50th Anniversary Barbecue Celebration

students at bbqThe students, faculty and classified professionals of Skyline College gathered on Tuesday, December 3 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary at a campus-wide celebration barbecue. The event featured five food trucks parked throughout campus with a variety of awesome free food to choose from including chicken and waffles and Filipino Burritos – participants lined up for free lunch tickets that they could spend at any truck of their choosing.  Many people also walked away with some free 50th anniversary swag from the marketing table to show their Skyline College pride.

students at bbqOn top of all that, radio station 99.7 hosted a booth where they blasted music and radio DJ Saint John was there to get people hyped up. The station also raffled off two tickets to 99.7’s Poptopia concert featuring Normani, Halsey and headliner Lizzo! The winner received tickets and an opportunity to meet their choice of artist prior to the concert.

The event was an opportunity for the campus to come together and celebrate this incredible milestone. For 50 years, Skyline College has been empowering and transforming the people of this community – this barbecue was a small opportunity to give back and give thanks to the people who make that possible every day: the students, faculty and staff of this college. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick | Photos by Ricardo Coronado

Sharing Stories in Real Time: Human Library Concludes Fall Season

Human LibraryOn the November 21, the Human Library drew Skyline College another step closer as a community as more than 20 participants — including staff, faculty, students and administrators — shared personal stories as part of an international movement to “unjudge.”

At Human Library sessions at Skyline College, “human books” are “loaned” to readers just as libraries loan physical books to library visitors. Continuing the theme, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” readers are encouraged to ask questions freely for honest answers in return, as books and readers sit down together to engage in conversations.

This month’s roster of human books was wonderfully varied, including The Accidental Activist: A Caterpillar’s Journey, Learning who you are by Learning who you are not, I Really Do See Things Differently, Being Global, Navigating Life’s Series of Firsts, and last but not least, An Akon Storya: Narratives of a Filipino Fulbright Scholar in the US.

Both readers and participants have continued to report back powerful and positive experiences of their time together. For one reader in particular, the impact was especially heartfelt: “I get inspired by the stories; they create new perspectives! [Through stories, we] interpret the meaning of life. I feel like Human Library is a way to give people hope.”

Visit the Human Library photo gallery on Facebook and mark your calendars for our next session on Tuesday, March 10, 2020! Questions? Contact Pia Walawalkar at walawalkars@smccd.edu.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp | Photo by Marisa Thigpen

BAEC Thanks for Giving Mixer

chamber mixerOn Thursday, November 21, The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) co-hosted a very special event in conjunction with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce – the Thanks-for-Giving Mixer & Food Drive.  This mixer gave members of the community an opportunity to spread their generosity and network with local professionals, all at the same time. Guests were encouraged to bring canned goods and other shelf-stable food items, to help impact food insecurity here in San Bruno.

Community members, small business owners, the Chamber Board of Directors, the Mayor of San Bruno, Rico Medina, and City council member, Laura Davis, attended. Thanks to all of the donors, we were able to over-fill two large 30-gallon bins!  Donations went to benefit those served by the Catholic Worker Hospitality House, a local food kitchen and homeless shelter resource, right here in downtown San Bruno.

The BAEC opens its doors to the community to create a space for people to come together to create bonds over common interests and goals. It was great to see so many people from the community come together around being thankful and to collect food for others.

A big thanks to the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Downtown San Bruno Merchants Association, and Catholic Worker Hospitality House for making this happen!

For a list of upcoming events at the BAEC, visit our website at skylinebaec.org

Interested in hosting a community event at the BAEC? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu

Article by Chad Burnaw and Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Olivia Vialau

ASSC Hosts a Gratitude Dinner for Student Veterans

ASSC gratuity dinnerOn November 26, 2019, the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) hosted a Gratitude Dinner honoring Skyline College’s student veterans. The event kicked off with an activity led by Interim Student Life Manager Alvin Gubatina, where round tables mixed with ASSC council, student veterans and staff had a menu of questions to ask each other to break the ice. Questions ranged from appetizer questions “What do you do when you’re not working?” to entree questions “What is on your bucket list?” to dessert questions “Are you afraid to speak your truth?”

Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Gina Ciardella shared her words of gratitude for the campus’s student veterans as well as shared Interim Jannet Jackson’s words in her absence: “The gratitude dinner is a validation of your commitment to the values and mission of Skyline College to empower and transform a global community of learners. But by your actions, you are empowering…Continue to collaborate, be curious, seek answers, and build community.”

The event was not only held for appreciating student veterans’ service but also as a time of coming together as a student community through fostering respect and recognition of each other’s efforts, whether large or small scale. ASSC commemorates student veterans’ service during the thankful season.

For more information on the Veteran’s Resource Center, contact Gina Ciardella at ciardellag@smccd.edu. To reach out to the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development, contact Interim Student Life Manager Alvin Gubatina at gubatinaa@smccd.edu.

Article by Marie Kyla Perez | Photo by Alvin Gubatina

Violin/Viola Students Perform in Spirit of the Thankful Season

violin violaThe students of the Violin/Viola class capped off their semester of study with a performance for the children at the Child Development Center just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Having spent the past few months learning string playing techniques and new repertoire, the violinists were able to entertain the children with popular tunes such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Pop Goes the Weasel.  Led by music instructor, Elizabeth Ingber, the young audience was introduced to how different sounds are created on the violin, the idea of low and high tones, and marching in time to the music.  When the musicians played the folk tune Cluck Old Hen, a few of the young listeners volunteered to act out the part of the hen.

To finish the performance the students played a Scottish march, The Laird of the Foveran, while the children marched around the room.  It’s always a pleasure to share music with the children at the Child Development Center. The class looks forward to future opportunities!

Article and Photo by Elizabeth Ingber

Discover ASTEP Brings High School Students to Skyline College

discover ASTEPOn Wednesday, November 20, in collaboration with the African-American Success through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) learning community, the Outreach Office hosted 25 students from McClymonds (Oakland, CA) and El Camino High School for Discover ASTEP. Discover ASTEP provided students with an opportunity to shadow Skyline College courses, engage with culturally similar faculty, staff and current students to create a safe space to learn and ask questions about college.

Danielle Powell provided a warm welcome to the group followed by a campus tour led by Outreach ambassadors. High school participants sat in on classes that included: ADMJ 100 Introduction to Administration, BUS 100 Introduction to Business, SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology, PSYC 300 Social Psychology, MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music, COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication, BUS 162 Money Talks: Personal Finance, and COSM 703 Cosmetology Chemical Concepts. Additionally, interactive hands-on workshops were conducted by faculty in the biotechnology and Fabrication Labs where participants got to experience real-world biomanufacturing and engineering simulations.

Andrea Vizenor, Dean of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development moderated a panel comprised of industry professionals: Ayo “Tae” Osilaja, financial analyst at Oracle Corporation, Linda Walubengo, Senior Manager at LinkedIn, Brandon Johnson, Global Artificial Intelligence Solutions Engineer at NetApp, and Shaylona Wheeler, Graduate Research Assistant at Santa Clara University. The panel covered topics such as “navigating through white-dominated companies as professionals of color” and “the importance of networking for career growth and advancement”. The high school participants connected to current ASTEP, Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM), and The Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA), and Puente students during lunch.

A thank you to everyone involved in the success of this event:

Danielle Powell, Kwame Thomas, Steve Aurilio, Soledad McCarthy, Rika Fabian, Jennifer Merrill, Nick Kapp, Marco Wehrfritz, Maryam Khan, Zack Bruno, Ryan Lescure, Cassidy Ryan and Eric Imahara.

Outreach ambassadors: Tom Tran, Athena Mendoza, and Eduardo Unisa. Student Volunteers: Sabrina Alegre, Jessica Davila, Brian Hutomo, and Michael Low.

Event and Facilities team, Media Services (Roger Marcelo) and Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development for sponsoring the catering and hosting an awesome panel.

Discover ASTEP is a part of the Discover Days initiative. The purpose of Discover Days is to host shadow days for underserved high school students to help them connect to Skyline College and develop a level of comfort with higher education.  Discover Days is graciously funded by the President’s Innovation Fund and supported by the President’s Council. For more information about Discover Days, contact Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos at evangelistaj@smccd.edu

Article by  Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos | Photo by Eric Imahara

International Food Festival a Huge Success!

international food festivalThe International Student Program (ISP) along with the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) were proud to sponsor the International Food Festival as part of International Education Week on Thursday, November 21. The event was a huge success with students, staff, faculty, and community members able to see traditional attires and taste cuisines from countries such as Brazil, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan and Tunisia.

The event started off with a fashion show where student models presented their countries’ traditional/modern clothing. Then, it was on to the highlight of the event—the food tasting! With 12 tables to choose from, attendees were spoiled for choice. Should they have pão de queijos from Brazil, momos from Nepal, puff puffs from Nigeria, or falafels from Tunisia? These were just some of the tasty treats featured at each table.

Along with the food, one could also get their names written in Japanese calligraphy at the Japan table. Also, each table had mini country flags that attendees were more than welcome to take. Soon, the tasty treats were gone, and bellies were full. Attendees had a blast and could not wait to attend next year’s event!

The International Food Festival presented international students with an opportunity to share their cultures, and for other students to get a glimpse into the traditions of other cultures. The events served to highlight the diversity that is a key feature of Skyline College and its mission.

Article by Clair Yeo-Sugajski & Rachel Zhang | Photo by Nyi Tun

PACE Celebrates Family Night

PACEThe PACE Learning Community* held its annual Family Night on Thursday, November 21 in the Multicultural Center.

Two cohorts of PACE students and their families, faculty and administration and PACE alumni gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and commemorate the people who have supported them in their educational journeys.

The hit of the evening was the potluck of foods from around the world, featuring dishes such as Peruvian lomo saltado, Korean dumplings, Brazilian brigadeiros, and Burmese tea leaf salad.  The MC for the evening, PACE student Silvia Guzman Gutierrez, began the evening with a warm welcome. Faculty and students then gave speeches highlighting what they were grateful for. Tony Mok, from Hong Kong, spoke about the struggles he has experienced in his life journey and the gratitude he has towards his wife. Alison Ormeno, from Peru, shared how she is grateful for her husband, children, classmates, and the staff and faculty at Skyline College who have supported her in her dream of becoming a speech pathologist. The evening concluded with a keyboard and vocal performance by PACE student Ayumi Asayama and a slideshow to music curated by Teddy Liu.

This event was a celebration of the diversity that makes our learning community and campus special. The co-coordinators of PACE, Erinn Struss and Serena Chu-Mraz, would like to thank all those who have supported PACE and have made this event possible.

* The PACE (Proficiency in American Culture and English) Learning Community brings together English language learners and dedicated faculty and staff in a four-semester series of linked classes starting with ESOL 840 and culminating in ENGL 110.

Article by Serena Chu-Mraz and Erinn Struss | Photo by Chris Mraz