College staff members organize a wide variety of programs that are open to the general public as well as to students. They include:
Studium Generale—Lectures, forums, performances, and discussions are presented Thursdays in the Little Theater. Topics represent a variety of interests in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Global Issues and are designed to contribute to a liberal arts education.
Foothills Writers Series—Readings by poets and writers of local, regional, and national note. Each quarter an “Open Mic” program gives students and other area writers an opportunity to share their poetry and prose.
Writer-in-Residence—Past writers include James Welch, Tim McNulty, Tess Gallagher, Robert Pyle, Debra Magpie Earling, Rick Bass, Mary Clearman Blew, Dan O’Brien, Jacqui Banaszynski, Anna Castillo, Nancy Rawles, Carol Cassella, Lucia Perello, Jane Mead, and Cristina Garcia.