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Thursday, January 10

January Program at-a-Glance


Stop the Bleed

When: 9:00am

Where: Back half of Cafeteria

Presenter: Kaiser Permanente

Description: The Solano Community College Nursing Program has been given the opportunity by our program affiliate Kaiser Permanente to offer to our campus the national initiative “STOP The BLEED”.  As nursing faculty, we believe in assisting and educating not only prospective new nurses, but the community in which we serve.  The Stop the Bleed program provides bystanders the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding while waiting for first responders.  While we hope to never have to experience a situation on our campus where these skill may be needed, the knowledge that you will be able to render assistance in an emergency is invaluable.   Please join us on January 10th  from 9am to 11 am for this 2 hour Flex-Cal activity and learn how you may save a life.  Please register by Dec 14th, though EventBrite (place hyperlink). Space is limited. See attached flyer.

Flyer: Stop the Bleed - Solano


Academic Senate Meeting

When: 9:00am

Where: Fish Bowl (Room 1421)

Presenter: LaNae Jaimez

Inputting SLO Assessments into CurricUNET META

When: 9:00am

Where: Room 504

Presenter: Amy Obegi

Description: Come learn how to input your SLO assessments into CurricUNET META. Solano College's goal is to have ALL course SLOs assessed and in META by the end of Spring 2019. If you haven't already had this training, come see how it is done!

PLO Mapping in CurricUNET META

When: 10:00am

Where: Room 504

Presenter: Amy Obegi

Description: Every program must map their relevant SLOs to their PLOs so the program learning outcomes for degrees and certificates can be assessed. If your program hasn't already done this, come learn how to do this mapping in CurricUNET META. Accreditation requires that all PLOs are assessed, and we are required to report our completion rates yearly. Help us to get to the 100% completion level! Discipline faculty are encouraged to come as a team.

OFFICE 365 Part II

When: 9:00am

Where: Room 103A

Presenter: Robert Nunez

Description: Part II session of Office 365 will provide a brief overview teaching faculty and staff on how to operate and access online Office Applications such as: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook, Publisher and how to upload and share files the correct way using OneDrive. 

Banner 9 Workshop: "How To" Complete a Requisition & Schedule Classes

When: 10:00am

Where: Room 103A

Presenter: Robert Nunez

Description: Effective as of January 1st 2019, Banner 8INB will be upgraded campus-wide to a new version called Banner 9 Admin Pages. The Banner 9 project supports the Colleges Strategic Initiative to build a responsive infrastructure for a sustainable campus. It will deliver a fresh user experience, including all new-tools, and significantly improve our system capabilities across Banner in order to drive new efficiencies so we can focus on our student success in a modern web-based platform.

The purpose of this workshop will touch on two key concepts. One, teaching admins how to complete a requisition through Banner 9. Secondly, we will finish out the remainder of the workshop with our Curriculum staff showing how to schedule classes. 

Review of the Brightsity Course

When: 11:00am

Where: Room 414

Presenter: Dr. Dan Martin

Description: Did you participate in the Brightsity Program in fall 2018? Would you like to discuss your experience?  Dr. Dan Martin will facilitate conversations with those who participated in the fall, those interested in participating in the future, and those who might be interested in using the program in the classroom or with student groups.  Dr. Martin will also share the latest about Dr. Phil Zimbardo’s Heroic Imagination Project. 

Presentation: Compassion Skills Training and Beyond

The Intricacies of Counseling  

When: 11:00am

Where: Transfer/Career Center, Room 402/403

Presenters: Marcie McDaniels, Kimberly Ramos, Nick Cittadino, and Kelley Graham

Description: Don't miss out on a great opportunity to find out what's happening in the Counseling Department! Come learn:

  • How Counselors guide students down paths to certificate/degree completion
  • The tools and resources counselors use to illuminate the way
  • Common challenges students face as they seek to attain their personal, career and educational goals. 

Guided Pathways Workshop: Areas of Emphasis and First-Year Planning

Full Title: Joint Meeting of the Academic Senate and Academic Affairs: Guided Pathways Workshop: Areas of Emphasis and First-Year Planning

When: 1:00pm

Where: Fish Bowl (Room 1421)

Presenters: LaNae Jaimez and Michael Wyly

Description: As we make progress in the development of a vision for Guided Pathways at Solano, it is time to consider presenting our many programs in ways which make more sense to our incoming students. Considerations include how recent program mapping may inform planning for pathways, especially in students’ first academic year. In this afternoon session, the Academic Senate, its subcommittees, Administration, and any other interested participants will participate in a workshop to initiate key conversations regarding the development of areas of emphasis (aka metamajors) at Solano. Together, we will work to frame an initial draft to be shared broadly with the campus community. This transformative work will inform Guided Pathways and First Year Experience planning for Spring 2019, as well as the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Using Canvas eCompanion Shells for Face-to-Face Courses

When: 1:00pm

Where: Room 503

Presenters: Erica Beam, Carol Zadnik, and Glenny Keyser

Description: Canvas eCompanion shells can be a great addition to your face-to-face courses. This session will include tips and tricks to best use your Canvas eCompanion shells including getting started, changing your notification settings, weighting grade categories, sending announcements and much more!

Maker Space Mania - 3D printing

When: 1:00pm

Where: Maker Space - 1852

Presenters: Karen Cook and Debbie Berrett

Description: Check out the new SCC Maker Space!  Learn by doing when you design and print your own 3D models. See how available technologies and equipment can engage students in learning 21st century skills. This workshop highlights 3D printing but we will also demonstrate and explain the industrial uses of CNC milling and vacuum forming. Registration required. Maximum of 20 participants. 


Accessibility in Canvas Shells

When: 2:00pm

Where: Room 503

Presenters: Erica Beam, Carol Zadnik, and Oanh Lam

Description: Did you say Canvas has a new accessibility checker? Let me show you how easy it is to use the Canvas accessibility checker. Find out how to make your Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint slides accessible before you upload them to Canvas. Find out how to get help with video close captioning. Bring your documents or examples and we will help you make them accessible!

Maker Space Mania - Laser and Vinyl Cutting

When: 2:30pm

Where: Maker Space - 1852

Presenters: Karen Cook and Debbie Berrett

Description: Check out the new SCC Maker Space! Learn by doing as you use the laser and vinyl cutters and t-shirt press. See how available technologies and equipment can engage students in learning 21st century skills. This workshop highlights 2D technology and equipment. Create and build! Registration required. Maximum of 20 participants. 


Prebuilt Canvas shell, now what?!

When: 3:00pm

Where: Room 503

Presenters: Erica Beam and Carol Zadnik

Description: There is all of this new stuff in my Canvas shell, what do I do with it? Come join us and learn how to efficiently and effectively use the pre-built tools within your new Canvas shell. This shell is meant to help you start the semester off on top saving you time and effort! Be ready to open the shell and get started!

Athletic Academic Mentor Program (AAMP)

When: 3:00pm

Where: Room 1746

Presenters: Nicole Gentile and Alison Aubert

Description: Program overview

The Rewards and Challenges of Teaching Inside Prison

When: 4:00pm

Where: Room 704

Presenter: Damany Fisher

Description: This session will take an in-depth look at the experiences of Solano Community College faculty who teach inside California State Prison Solano. The format will be a roundtable discussion where each panelist will share their views and take questions from members of the audience.

Maker Space Mania - Electronics

When: 4:00pm

Where: Maker Space - 1852

Presenters: Doug Green and Karen Cook

Description: Check out the new SCC Maker Space!  Learn by doing.  Participants will create a lighted box by soldering wires for LED's and assembling parts.  See how available technologies and equipment can engage students in learning 21st century skills.  Registration required.  Maximum of 20 participants. 


Acing Your Next Job Interview

When: 4:00pm

Where: Room 1301

Presenters: Leigh Anne Jones & Kristin Conner

Description: WOULD YOU HIRE YOU? Do you dread job interviews? Or do you feel like you're good at interviewing but can't quite land that dream job? Come learn valuable tips and tricks for preparing for and acing your next interview. Learn why faking it AIN'T making it! This workshop is geared toward classified employees but adjuncts and students are welcome, too.

*NEW!* Adjunct Convocation

When: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Board Room

Speakers:  Celia Esposito-Noy, Superintendent/President

David Williams, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Greg Brown, Vice President of Student Services

Rob Diamond, Vice President of Finance & Administration

LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President

Michelle Smith, Professional Development Coordinator

Michael Wyly, Guided Pathways Coordinator


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Friday, January 11


When: 8:00am - 8:50am 

Where: Cafeteria


When: 9:00am - 9:20am 

Where: Theater 

Presenters:  Rachel Dwiggins-Beeler, Master of Convocation

Celia Esposito-Noy, Superintendent-President 

LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President

Distinguished Faculty

When: 9:20am - 9:35am 

Where: Theater 

Awardee: Dr. Ed Re, Professor of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Student Panel

When: 9:35am - 10:25am

Where: Theater

Moderators: Rachel Dwiggins-Beeler and Rebecca LaCount

Keynote Address

Title: Equity, Economic Mobility & Guided Pathways: The Case for Urgency and Implementation

When: 10:35am - 12:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Rob Johnstone

Description: Our best efforts by our best people to significantly improve community college completion rates haven't produced the scaled improvements in outcomes we’ve desired - especially for the students we most hope to serve. During this session, we'll explore how to build on our past efforts and evolve our thinking about how students are recruited to, enter, and progress through our colleges so they complete their goals at markedly higher rates. We will begin by setting the table for an exploration of guided pathways by focusing on the issues of economic mobility and equity. This session will integrate Dr. Johnstone’s work on the AACC Pathways Initiative, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Completion by Design, NCII’s A2I2 Cohort Beyond Financial Aid, JFF’s Student Success Centers, and numerous other national, state and college-level projects.

Presentation: Guided Pathways: The Case for Urgency and Institutional Transformations

Website: National Center for Inquiry & Improvement


When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Where: Cafeteria

Guided Pathways Demystified

Full Title: Guided Pathways Demystified: Exploring the Key Transitions in Guided Pathways and Common Questions about Guided Pathways

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Faculty/Staff Lounge

Presenter: Dr. Rob Johnstone

Description: Dr. Rob Johnstone of NCII wrote Guided Pathways Demystified I in 2015 to address ten excellent questions faculty, student services practitioners and administrators alike were asking about the Guided Pathways movement.  In 2017, as the movement gained momentum, the questions had shifted to include less theoretical and more practical questions about designing and implementing guided pathways.  NCII released Guided Pathways Demystified II in Fall 2017 to address ten new questions.  In this lively and interactive session, we will explore the twenty questions, starting by crowdsourcing participants’ top questions to explore more deeply.

Presentation: Demystifying Guided Pathways

Website: National Center for Inquiry & Improvement

Breakout Session with Student Panel

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Room 802

Moderators: Rachel Dwiggins-Beeler and Rebecca LaCount

Description: Come and hear more from our students at this breakout session.  This is your opportunity to follow up with our student panel from the morning and ask your questions about their Solano experience.  This session promises to be engaging and informative for all as we seek to gain insight into the student perspective of Solano Community College.

School and Department Meetings

When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 


  • Applied Technology and Business – Room 503
  • Counseling – Room 445
  • Health Sciences – Room 807B
  • Liberal Arts – Room 1301
  • Librarians – Room 103
  • Mathematics and Science – Room 308
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – Room 713

Meet Your Faculty Leaders and Enjoy Dinner

When: 4:30pm - 7:30pm 

Where: Cafeteria

Presenters: Erin Farmer, Pam Muick, and LaNae Jaimez

Description: All full-time and adjunct faculty are invited to an informational dinner session where you will meet Senate and Faculty Association Leaders. Dinner will be followed by announcements and updates. Two breakout sessions will follow. One session will be geared towards adjunct faculty and will include an introduction to David Williams, VP of Academic Affairs, Adjunct Senate reps, and Adjunct FA reps. The other session will be geared towards full-time faculty. Both sessions will include an opportunity for faculty to discuss concerns and priorities. Many thanks to the FA association for providing dinner.


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Friday, January 25

How a sabbatical project re-energized my career

When: 12:00pm

Where: Faculty/Staff Lounge

Presenter: Zak Hannan

Description: In 2015 I took sabbatical leave to write a book on computer algebra applications in calculus.  The research and writing experience put me on an innovation-minded track for the last several years, resulting in multiple student research projects, conference attendance, the development of new fabrication skills and the adoption of open texts in my courses. Talk attendees will get to play with the 2D gas simulator developed Fall 2018 for a student research project in physics.


Friday, February 8

Fake News, Social Justice, and Informed Consent: Assessing Discipline Specific Ethics

When: 12:00pm

Where: Faculty/Staff Lounge

Presenter: Amy Obegi

Description: Our institutional learning outcomes call upon us to assess how we are teaching ethics to students. Join us for a round table discussion to consider ways we can prompt students to consider ethics within our discipline-specific coursework, learn about how other faculty teach ethics, and how we might potential build ethics into student learning outcomes assessment.



Tuesday, February 12

Paradigm Shifting Toward Justice Lecture and book signing

When: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Theater (Bldg. 1200)

Presenter: Dr. Maisha Winn

Dr. Maisha Winn

Maisha T. Winn is the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis, and co-director of the Transformative Justice in Education Center.

For information on her latest book, go to


Description: Restorative justice represents “a paradigm shift in the way Americans conceptualize and administer punishment,” says author Maisha T. Winn, from a focus on crime to a focus on harm, including the needs of both those who were harmed and those who caused it. Her book, Justice on Both Sides, provides an urgently needed, comprehensive account of the value of restorative justice and how contemporary schools can implement effective practices to address inequalities associated with race, class, and gender. Winn, a restorative justice practitioner and scholar, draws on her extensive experience as a coach to school leaders and teachers to show how indispensable restorative justice is in understanding and addressing the educational needs of students, particularly disadvantaged youth. Justice on Both Sides makes a major contribution by demonstrating how this actually works in schools and how it can be integrated into a range of educational settings. It also emphasizes how language and labeling must be addressed in any fruitful restorative effort. Ultimately, Winn makes the case for restorative justice as a crucial answer, at least in part, to the unequal practices and opportunities in American schools.

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Wednesday, February 13

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Screening, Interview, and Hiring Process

Where: Board Room

Presenter: Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding

Description: SCC will offer training for employees who wish to serve on interview committees in the spring. The primary objective of the trainings is to identify potential biases and strategies to avoid and reduce biases that might occur at any stage of the hiring process.

These training sessions fulfill the EEO requirement of those wishing to serve on interview committees.  Those who are unable to attend one of these training sessions may meet their obligation through the existing online EEO training module.

Registration for each session will be available at EventBrite for the following days and times:

  • Wednesday, February 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 6, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 12, 9:00am - 11:00am
  • Wednesday, April 17, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


March 7, 2019

When: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Theater (Bldg. 1200)

Presenter: Dr. Sarah T. Stewart

Sarah T. Stewart
UC Davis Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Sarah T. Stewart (left) at work.


UC Davis Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Sarah T. Stewart won a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on how random collisions in the early stages of solar system formation give birth to planets and their natural satellites, like the Earth and Moon.


Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2014, Dr. Stewart taught at Harvard University for 11 years. At UC Davis, she directs the Shock Compression Laboratory. The lab conducts experiments using a light gas gun to study how shock waves behave in planetary materials.


Dr. Stewart will join us to discuss her research and inspiration to study the early formation of our solar system.


 Coming March 9, 2019!

Watch for more information about this exciting event:

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