Faculty and staff are preparing for the start of the new fall semester. The academic year will begin with convocation, the opening meeting on Thursday, August 8 in the OAB Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Where we have been, where we are going.” The morning starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in OAB 251 and then reports and updates will be presented in the Auditorium. Topics include accreditation, bond projects, student success initiatives, FCC Everywhere, distance education, and enrollment growth.
On Friday, August 9, a day full of trainings and workshops are planned for faculty and staff. The sessions are sorted into four learning strands and include: Building Connections & Community, Collaborating for Student Success, Innovations in Teaching & Learning, and Know Your Campus.
The FCC Associated Student Government, Student Activities Office and Technology Support Services Office will host Welcome Week during the first week of the fall semester. There will be computer access at the main fountain area to assist students to find their classes and locate offices, connect their phones and devices to the campus WiFi, print out schedules, activate email accounts and orient them to the Canvas software.
The FCC Speakers Forum Committee is proud to announce that Dr. Cornel West will be the first speaker for the academic year. He will speak on Tuesday, August 27 at noon in the Old Administration Building Auditorium. Dr. West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.
Seven former Fresno City College football players will be inducted at the 30th Annual FCC Football Wall of Fame. An Induction Dinner is set for Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Pardini’s, at 6:00 p.m. Each inductee was selected by a committee of current and former coaches, players and WOF members on the basis of playing ability, positive character, and service to the football program. Each name will be etched on the marble wall on the home side of Ratcliffe Stadium. This latest group of inductees brings FCC’s distinguished Wall of Fame roster to 198.
The Faculty Biennial Exhibit is scheduled from August 22 through September 6 in the Art Space Gallery. It will showcase the eclectic work of the FCC Art Department which includes; film, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and more! The artist’s reception will be held on August 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For the second year, FCC will host the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Fresno at Ratclliffe Stadium on September 7 and 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This special fundraising event celebrates survivors, remembers loved ones and supports the mission of the American Cancer Society. The goal is to form 70 teams for this 24-hour event. Other activities planned include food trucks, a bar-be-que contest, kid’s activities and music.
The fifth annual City Fest will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20 in the Courtyards of the Old Administration Building. All are welcome for a festive evening complete with food, silent auction, spirits and dancing to the music of popular 80s cover band Max Headroom. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the FCC Applied Technology Dean’s Medallion Scholarship. Tickets are now being sold at the Business Office or on Eventbrite.
FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, will be honored at the 2019 Women’s Equality Day reception on Tuesday, August 27 at Stone Soup. The event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fresno, will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with special guest and author Angelica Carpenter, who wrote, “Born Criminal” – the story of Suffragist Matilda Gage.
The FCC Business Division has formed a new partnership with Bitwise to offer Computer Information Technology classes along with a variety of general education courses for the fall semester. Classes will be held at the Bitwise Hive location on Ventura Avenue.
FCC is again offering classes this fall at Sunnyside, Edison, Duncan and Kerman high schools. Each Neighborhood Campus location will offer unique classes in the evenings beginning August 26 at Sunnyside and on August 27 at Edison. These are full credit, three-unit classes. All classes are open to the general public. Special registration events will be held at each high school to make registration convenient for neighborhood residents.
Another successful registration event was held on August 2 and 3 in the Library as staff and faculty were on hand to assist students with assessment testing, counseling, registration, financial aid, and business services.
The new student welcome, Ram Ready, will offer four sessions this year on Tuesday, August 6 and Saturday, August 10 in the morning and afternoon. The event is designed to help new students become familiar with the college via tours, presentations, and campus information tables. Students will be divided by major to meet their Student Success Teams which are made up of Student Services and academic division staff and instructors. The Bookstore, Business Office, Financial Aid Office and Student Activities Office will be open for students as well. Over 1600 new students and their families are expected to attend.
The annual Scholarship Reception will be held on Friday, August 9 in the OAB Auditorium. The evening will begin with the donor and student reception at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The scholarship ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. This year, students will receive Foundation awards totaling more than $250,000 for the 2019–20 academic year.
Join us for a fundraising dinner to benefit women’s indoor and beach volleyball teams on Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Gazebo Gardens. Tickets are $40 per person and include dinner and dessert from a variety of food trucks.
The Fresno City College athletic teams are just weeks away from their scrimmages and season openers. The women’s volleyball team will host their annual Red vs. White scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28. The Ram football team will host a scrimmage on August 23 against Chabot College and open their season at home against College of the Siskiyous on September 14 at 5 p.m. The men’s soccer team will scrimmage against Fresno Pacific on August 26 at 7 p.m. at Fresno Pacific. Their home opener is on September 7 against Rio Hondo College at 1:00 p.m. The women’s soccer team will host Las Positas College on August 28 at 5 p.m. The Annual Fresno Cross Country Invitational is slated for September 7 at Woodward Park starting at 8:30 a.m.