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Thursday, January 9th at Vallejo Center


Environmental Compliance

When: 10:00am

Where: VJO Room 136

Presenter: Mike Montanus, Premier Chemical

Description: Required training for science faculty.

Department Web Page Drop-In Lab

When: 11:00am

Where: VJO Room 125

Presenter: Michael Wyly

Description: Join us for a drop-in lab for faculty to receive one-on-one assistance in completing the online template to inform a new web page for all departments/programs, including recommended course sequences for our students. Ask questions. Provide information. Receive direct assistance. Computers provided or bring your own!

The Intracacies of Counseling-Part 2

When: 11:00am

Where: VJO Room 123

Presenters: Marcie McDaniels, Kimberly Coulter, & Nick Cittadino

Description: For those of you who missed out last year, here's another opportunity to find out what's happening in the Counseling Department! Come learn how Counselors guide students down various pathways to attain their personal/career/educational goals in the era of Guided Pathways, AB-705, Program changes and more!

Vallejo Discussion Panel

When: 11:00am

Where: VJO Room 121

Presenters: Ingeborg Bourdon, Chris McBride, & Rachel Purdie

Description: Teaching at the Vallejo Center is a unique and rewarding experience. Faculty will share what it is like to teach at this campus center. The informal panel discussion will allow for plenty of time for questions. The goal is to take the mystery out of teaching in Vallejo and ultimately increase the number of faculty interested in teaching at the Vallejo Center.

Sonoma State University at SCC Vallejo Center

When: 1:00pm

Where: VJO Room 122

Presenter: John Green, Sonoma State University

Description: Interested in professional development, taking your career to a new level, or helping students prepare for university admission to a degree program? Please join us at an information session hosted by John Green, Director of Outreach and Recruitment, on completing a B.S. in Business Administration or a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies locally at the Vallejo Center beginning with Fall 2020 classes. Hear about these programs---which are built for working adults, parents, and students—firsthand.

From Conversation to Action  

When: 1:00pm

Where: VJO Room 242

Presenter: Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson, SDR Consultants, LLC

Description: Participants will learn 6 key factors necessary to turn conversations and problems into action and results.

Presentation: From Conversation to Action

eLumen 101

When: 1:00pm

Where: VJO Room 129

Presenter: Lisa Abbott

Description: eLumen workshop and training. Learn how to log in and navigate eLumen to create and modify proposals. What the Technical Review and Curriculum Committees look for when reviewing proposals will be covered. Please make sure that you have access to eLumen prior to the workshop. Email for access.

A&R Best Practices/FAQ/Drop Roster Review

When: 2:00pm

Where: VJO Room 121

Presenters: Alysa Borelli, Robert Nuñez, & Tina Abbate

Description: Please join us to discuss best practices/FAQ related to Admissions & Records processing of adds, drops, and other common student record actions. We will also demo the new online Drop/Census and W Grade Rosters.

Please pre-register for this workshop by emailing Alysa Borelli              (

AutoTech Tour

When: 2:30pm

Where: VJO AutoTech

Presenters: Paul Hidy and Rick Marshall, ATEC Instructors

Description: Take a tour of the Automotive Technology Center, located at 1687 N. Ascot Parkway, Vallejo. One of the newest jewels in SCC’s crown, the 31,000 sq. ft. facility houses automotive technology, alternative fuel, and hybrid vehicle maintenance training. The state-of-the-art building includes classrooms, a computer lab, instructional bays, and stations for alignment, dynamometer, smog, and other services. Meet in the Auto Tech Center Lobby at 2:30 p.m.

Disruptive Students

When: 3:00pm

Where: VJO Room 123

Presenters: Lt. Collins & Dwayne Hunt

Description: What is disruptive behavior? What am I supposed to do? Who do I contact? What’s the procedure? If you have ever had a disruptive student in your class who is beyond your normal class management techniques, or there are other breaches of our academic conduct policy, please join this session to discuss the administrative support available through the Campus Police Department and the Dean of Academic Support Services Office.

Title IX

When: 3:00pm

Where: VJO Room 122

Presenter: Chor Thao

Description: Rights and responsibilities under Title IX.

From Incarceration to Graduation

When: 3:00pm

Where: VJO Room 124

Presenter: Damany Fisher

Description: This event will feature guest speakers from Open Gate, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. In 2016, Open Gate implemented one of the first Jail-to-College pipelines in the USA, from Santa Rita Jail, Dublin, CA, to Chabot Community College, Hayward CA (RISE Program). Open Gate has helped dozens of students either secure employment or transfer to universities. During this workshop, they will provide:

  • Insight into how Solano College can empower the system-impacted population to strengthen its student body and success.
  • Inspiration to faculty and staff to work successfully with this powerful population.
  • Empowerment on how to achieve successful outcomes for system-impacted students.

Please pre-register for this workshop via EventBrite:

Academic Senate Meeting

When: 3:30pm

Where: VJO Room 242

G.I.F.T. Great Ideas for Teaching

When: 4:00pm

Where: VJO Room 133

Presenters: Lorna Marlow-Munoz (French), Brad Paschal (Biology), Michelle Smith (Biology), Lauren Taylor-Hill (Anthropology), & Janene Whitesell (Speech)

Description: Similar to speed dating, small groups of participants will rotate through several tables where a faculty presenter has eight minutes to share one of their most effective teaching techniques or activities. When the buzzer sounds, it's time to rotate to the next table. It's fast, fun, and useful (and possibly humorous at times). Please join us and find out how your colleagues are getting their students to engage.

Updates for Adjuncts

When: 5:00pm

Where: VJO Room 121

Presenters: S/P Esposito-Noy, VP Diamond, & VP Williams

Description: Join the S/P and VPs for the latest updates. 


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Friday, January 10th at Main Campus


When: 8:00am - 8:50am 

Where: Cafeteria

Description: Sponsored by the Superintendent-President’s Office


When: 9:00am - 9:30am 

Where: Theater 

Presenters:  Janene Whitesell, Master of Convocation

Celia Esposito-Noy, Superintendent-President 

LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President


When: 9:50am - 10:00am 

Conversation with Dr. Judy K. Sakaki

When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Where: Theater Dr. Judy K. Sakaki

Presenter: Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, Sonoma State University


Dr. Judy K. Sakaki became Sonoma State University's seventh president on July 1, 2016. Sonoma State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University, the largest public university system in the country. She is the first Japanese-American woman in the nation to lead a four-year college or university. 

Her career in higher education has been devoted to leading, developing and implementing best practices in access, affordability, inclusion, and student success. Previously, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of California-Office of the President; Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Davis; and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Fresno State.

Under President Sakaki’s leadership, Sonoma State has:

  1. Increased its four-year graduation rate for undergraduates by 5 percent to nearly 35 percent;
  2. Increased its two-year graduation rate for transfer students by nearly 7 percent to 62.2 percent. Sonoma State is now ranked No. 1 out of the 23 CSU campuses for the highest graduation rate for transfer students; and
  3. Successfully completed “Building Our Future @ SSU Strategic Plan 2025.” Strategic priorities include: student success, academic excellence and innovation, and leadership cultivation, all with an emphasis on making a transformative impact on the lives of those on campus and in the community.

Dr. Sakaki is the recipient of numerous community and leadership awards. She was recognized as President of the Year in 2017 by the California State Student Association representing the 430,000 students of the CSU. She also received the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Region VI President’s Award in 2018. Dr. Sakaki is a former American Council on Education Fellow, an Executive Fellow of the California State University, a senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and an American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leader. She was a founding member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and was selected by the North Bay Business Journal for the Women In Business award in 2017.

Dr. Sakaki grew up in Oakland, Calif., and was a first-generation college student. She earned her B.A. in Human Development, her M.S. in Educational Psychology, both from CSU East Bay, and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. She serves on numerous local and national boards and speaks about leadership and resilience having been a victim of the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed more than 5,000 homes, in Sonoma County in October 2017.


When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Where: Cafeteria

eLumen Assessment for Beginners Training

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Main Room 503

Presenter: Andrew Wesley

Description: eLumen Training for Beginners: An introduction to eLumen and its assessment module.

eLumen 101

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Main Room 502

Presenter: Lisa Abbott

Description: eLumen workshop and training. Learn how to log in and navigate eLumen to create and modify proposals. What the Technical Review and Curriculum Committees look for when reviewing proposals will be covered. Please make sure that you have access to eLumen prior to the workshop. Email for access.

Questions about retirement you forgot to ask

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Main Room 446

Presenters: Mary Jones & Sal Abbate

Description: Deciding when to retire can be challenging, and there is more to consider than whether our savings and retirement income will be adequate. Information and recommendations from experts who study the anticipated and unanticipated effects of retirement will be presented, as well as strategies that employees can use to ensure that their retirement is well-planned, and that they are prepared to enjoy fully life after Solano.

Smart Classroom Demo

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Where: Main Room 2702

Presenter: Robert Nuñez

Description: Over this summer and fall, our IT Department updated a variety of different rooms on and off-campus to a New Audio/Video Control System. The new system is much easier to use and provides the faculty and staff with improved features that help transform the students learning experience in class. Although it is fairly intuitive to use, we have prepared this "How-To" training demonstration that will teach current and new users how to use our New Smart Classroom Technology. For example, we will cover the basics on how to operate and navigate with the touch screen tablet that controls the following sources: the Projector; your provided Desktop Computer; the Blu-Ray DVD player; Connecting your laptop or tablet device to the HDMI port and connecting wirelessly with your mobile devices.

Please note, everyone attending the workshop will also receive a "How-To" instruction manual covering everything discussed in the demonstration.

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 2703
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – Room 713

Meet Your Faculty Leaders and Enjoy Dinner

When: 4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Where: Cafeteria

Presenters: Erin Farmer (SCFA President), LaNae Jaimez (Academic Senate President), Pam Muick (SCFA Adjunct Representative), Melissa Reeve (SCFA Negotiator), & Andrew Wesley (Academic Senate Adjunct Representative)

Description: All full-time and part-time faculty are invited to an informational dinner session where you will meet Senate and Faculty Association Leaders. A Napa Deli catered 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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Thursday, February 13th at Main Campus

Let's Talk Teachin' It!

When: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Room 2728

Presenters: Joe Ryan with Zoom appearance by book author Felicia Darling

Description: Let's talk about Teachin' It - the book. Teachin' It! by Felicia Darling

First – Buy the book

Second – Try a strategy

Third – Come discuss ideas with your colleagues

Come prepared to discuss your impressions and ideas about how we can move forward with student success! 

Do the ideas in the book help you with equity mindedness?

Are you trying some of the techniques?


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Tuesday, March 10th at Vacaville Center


Converting Your Class to Online in Case of Emergencies

When: 9:00am - 10:50am 

Where: VVC Room 211

Presenter: Erica Beam

Academic Senate Office Hours

When: 9:00am - 9:50am 

Where: VVC Room 218

Presenter: LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President

Description: A brief presentation will be provided followed by a Q & A session.

Biotech Experience at Vacaville

When: 9:00am - 11:50am 

Where: VVC BioTech Lobby

Presenter: Jim DeKloe

Description: The biotechnology faculty invite other faculty and staff to spend time in Vacaville's Biotechnology Center to gain an appreciation of the fields of biotechnology and biomanufacturing. As part of this experience, participants will gain a greater understanding of the certificates and degrees within the program, including Solano College's Bachelor’s degree. Email Jim DeKloe ( to save your spot! 

Explorations in STEM Support

When: 9:00am - 11:50am 

Where: VVC Room 212

Presenter: Sarah Donovan

Description: Brainstorming ways to support our STEM students. Exploring as many diverse ideas as possible. Endeavoring to find promising paths to further develop.

Trauma Training Session

When: 10:00am - 11:50am 

Where: VVC Room 133

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Cooper

Description: This training will provide faculty and staff an overview of the impact of trauma on students and will explore how adverse life experiences can impact their behavior in the classroom and around campus.  Faculty and staff will learn a variety of trauma-informed strategies to support students’ success both inside and outside the classroom.

Completion Success Teams

Title: Completion Success Teams and Guided Pathways, Planning Session for AY 2020-2021

When: 10:00am - 11:50am  

Where: VVC Room 215

Presenters: Michael Wyly and Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson

Description: Members of the campus community will meet to discuss planning for Completion Success Teams at Solano College as part of its Guided Pathways development. The primary goal of Completion Success Teams will be to develop a positive intervention plan to help all students succeed, persist, and complete, including how to connect these efforts to existing resources/programs (e.g. ASTC, TAP, SOAR). Attendees will review an initial framework, including the development of recommendations for next steps for AY 2020-21 pilot..

Open Educational Resources

Title: Making Learning More Affordable - Adopting Open Educational Resources for Your Class

When: 11:00am - 11:50am  

Where: VVC Room 218

Presenters: Damany Fisher and Delmar Larsen

Description: In the effort to combat the skyrocketing cost of higher education, many instructors across the nation are turning toward open educational resources (OER). According the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." This event will showcase some of the many OER options available to instructors. Our featured presenter, Delmar Larsen, a professor of Chemistry at U.C. Davis, is the director of LibreTexts, an online textbook platform. LibreTexts' mission is to unite students, faculty, and scholars in a cooperative effort to develop an easy-to-use online platform for the construction, customization, and dissemination of OER to reduce the burdens of unreasonable textbook costs to our students and society.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for ALG

When: 12:00pm - 2:00pm  

Where: Main Campus Board Room

Description: Managers and supervisors are required to complete sexual harassment prevention training annually.  While SCC provides online modules through Keenan and Associates, this will be an in-person session facilitated by Greg Smith, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Shasta College.  Lunch will be provided.

If you have completed the online training for the year, you are not required to attend this session.

Biology Department Meeting

When: 1:00pm - 2:50pm  

Where: VVC Room 1112

Description: Biology faculty discuss SLO assessments, curriculum, and more!

Curriculum Workshop

When: 1:00pm - 2:50pm 

Where: VVC Room 208

Presenter: Lisa Abbott

Description: Curriculum workshop where you will get all your curriculum questions answered, create/modify proposals, and/or work on curriculum review within eLumen. If you have not previously logged in to eLumen, please go to and click on "forgot password" to set your password. Username = jdoe. email =

Clickers in the Classroom

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm 

Where: VVC Room 1122

Presenter: Oanh Lam

Description: Are you interested in assessing student learning and keeping them engaged within the classroom? "Clickers" is a useful tool that is quick and easy to setup. This workshop demonstrates the setup and use of clickers, with sample effective questions for learning assessment. Latest research data on efficacy of clickers will also be discussed.

Presentation: iClickers in the Classroom

Handout: iClicker Setup

Distance Education

Presenters: Erica Beam and Carol Zadnik

Where: VVC Room 211

Participants may attend one or more sessions:

DE Online Approval Process (1:00pm – 1:30pm):

Wondering what it takes to teach online? Find out what is included in the faculty training courses and how it can enhance your Canvas experience. Come get an introduction to the Online Education Initiative Rubric and how to interpret it for success.


Direct Share (1:30pm – 2:00pm):

Canvas has a new feature! Find out how you can use Direct Share in Canvas to send a page, assignment, or a quiz to another instructor or another course.


Canva (2:00pm – 2:30pm):

Need a little something extra to bring your Canvas pages to life? The possibilities are endless! Learn how to use Canva to create free graphic-designs, logos, and banners. Find out how simple it is to apply your creative designs to your Canvas course pages.


FLIPGRID (2:30pm – 3:00pm):

Get the scoop on FlipGrid! This exciting video discussion platform is free. Embed it inside your Canvas course and your students will experience a new level of social learning and sharing that is accessible.

13th Documentary Screening

When: 2:00pm - 4:30pm 

Where: VVC Room 133

Facilitator: Dr. Shannon Cooper

Description: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The film draws attention to the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, except for those that are incarcerated; it explores the connection between slavery and the Southern economy, and the beginning of the prison boom we see today with mass incarceration. Dr. Cooper will facilitate discussion following the film.


eLumen Basic Training for SLO Assessment

When: 3:00pm - 3:50pm 

Where: VVC Room 208

Presenter: Andrew Wesley

Description: Beginner training for the eLumen Assessment module.

Increasing Student Engagement

Title: Innovative Practices: Increasing Student Engagement

Where: VVC Room 218

When: 3:00pm - 3:50pm 

Presenter: Donnisha Lugo

Description: This workshop will highlight various methods to increase student engagement.

Implicit Bias Training

When: 4:00pm - 5:50pm 

Where: VVC Room 214

Presenter: Rita Cameron-Wedding

Description: The 2020 implicit bias training sessions will focus on applied learning activities designed to address and reduce biases at any decision-point, for faculty and staff in any classification on campus. The workshop will cover the many ways biases can manifest on a college campus, as a result of stereotypes, colorblindness, micro-aggressions and language.


Training Objectives; In this workshop participants will:

  • have an opportunity to identify and discuss the racial impact that occurs when campus policies and procedures are applied and enforced differently due to implicit bias;
  • leave more aware of the effects of implicit bias on their personal decision-making;
  • learn how to identify and intervene against biases within the purview of their responsibilities, including the classroom or departments throughout campus;
  • work through problems associated with implicit bias and working in small groups, identify strategies or approaches for problem-solving. 

This will be a lively interactive session!

The Implicit Bias 2020 training will be open to those who attended the first training series as well as those attending for the first time.


Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your Solano email address via EventBrite:


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