Welcome to Foothill!


Welcome to the Honors Institute. We are excited to start the new academic year! We are Sam Connell and Tracee Cunningham. You are either new to honors and Foothill, or you already know the drill and just need updates and reminders. You may even be a professor who wants to teach honors or someone in the community who just wants more info. It's all good friends.

There is an honors orientation for Foothill College students and their families to learn more about the different opportunities through the Honors Institute. It will be Thursday at 5pm on Zoom. Check out the zoom link on the website.

Come learn about:

Here is a link to our slide show in case you missed this or other orientation.
The mission of the Foothill College Honors Institute is to nurture student growth by cultivating intellectual curiosity, fostering educational aspirations, and promoting engagement through an inclusive community dedicated to scholarly excellence and social consciousness.

The Foothill College Honors Institute is dedicated to advancing equity in education for all and our courses are open to the general public.

We do not require a separate program application to enroll in honors courses. Unless there is a prerequisite, students can enroll in honors courses through the regular registration process through https://myportal.fhda.edu.

Please visit https://foothill.edu/honors or e-mail us at honors@foothill.edu for additional information about the program.
Who are we?

We are Tracee and Sam

Tracee: I've been a counselor at Foothill College since 2015 and I love working with community college students. They have always had a special place in my heart since I was a transfer student myself. I've worked with the Umoja learning community at Foothill from 2016-2021 and now I am excited to work within the Honors community helping students navigate this exciting time in their lives while on the path to self-discovery and higher education.
Ask me about study abroad sometime in our counseling sessions and I'll talk your ear off about the benefits of that experience. I love to travel and I highly recommend studying, interning or working abroad for a semester or a year. Stop by and visit me during honors drop-in hours. https://foothill.edu/honors/ I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Sam: I am an archaeologist who studies in Ecuador, Belize, California, Ireland and now Hawaii. My interests are in the rise of complexity in societies and narratives surrounding colonization and resistance. I am also currently heavily involved with public and applied anthropology. Every summer we bring field classes of 30 students to field sites to take in active ongoing research projects. Students in Ireland spend a month focusing on late medieval castles in communities and in Ecuador they continue our amazing research on Inca fortifications. Last summer we also went to Hawaii to help Native Hawaiian groups study and revitalize their fishponds and traditional farming practices. It was amazing! Check out the Foothill Anthro website.
Start thinking about those applications this week!

Newsflash -- UC TAG applications are due this Friday! See link here.

Due dates for applications for applications are fast approaching. It is time to get your ducks in a row. Think about meeting one of us to make sure you get started on the writing components. It is great to have people like us to look at what you have written and help you edit.
Meet with an Honors Counselor!

You should be meeting with an honors counselor once a quarter to make sure you are getting everything aligned. There are many counselors at Foothill who can work with you. Meet with a counselor here: https://foothill.edu/honors/counseling.html

You can also meet with either Tracee or Sam -- here are our hours!

Counseling Office Hours with Tracee Cunningham
Meet Virtually
  • Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wedesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Meet In Person
Bldg 1900, Office 1961
  • Mondays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10–11 a.m.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, 9-10 in the Total BSS Lounge (3200 building on the quad)

Mon, Tues, Thursday 12-2 in the Honors Institute (rm 1960 - main admin building behind the flag pole across the quad).  
Virtual Orientation of Partnership Universities on October 14th!!!! Don't miss the Honors Transfer Council Fair.

The Calfornia Transfer Council Fair will have many universities who will meeting with you virtually on October 14th. Keep a look out for this key day. Each rep will have a block of time for you to join a zoom.
Global Experiential Learning

It is happening! We are sending honors students all over the world on amazing experiences. Foothill Global Experiential Learning offers Foothill students and members of our community a variety of unique, faculty-led experiences like the ones below, including short-term and quarter-long programs, credit and not-for-credit (Community Education), locally and abroad. Scholarships and financial aid options are available!

Here is the website. They are headed to Florence in Spring 2023 and London Fall 2023!

Honors Connection

The Honors club is geared toward building community. Their general hangout room or lounge is currently Rm 3102 - the Anthro Center. It 2 couches, computers, and food! Check it out.

Sign up for more info here

Discord Link (The QR code doesn't work)
Additional Student Support Services

Please know that all faculty, staff, and administration at Foothill College is hard at work to ensure that you still have access to important and necessary resources during this challenging time. We strongly encourage you to reach out and let us know how we can help! Check out the links below to see how these services have changed as part of the Foothill College Virtual Campus: