Skyline Welcomes New Workforce Development Bioscience Program Services Coordinator

Please join us in extending a warm Skyline College welcome to Hazel Neoh, who has joined the Career and Workforce Department as a Bioscience Program Services Coordinator.

In partnership with the Genentech Foundation, Skyline College’s Career and Workforce department is excited to expand opportunities for students so they may gain access to viable internships and job placement in the bioscience field while gaining added support as they pursue a certificate or degree in our Biotechnology Manufacturing pathway on campus.

Neoh’s passion stems from the idea of providing a unique hands-on learning experiences and she is excited to build those connections for our diverse student population. In her work, she will work closely with faculty and academic divisions to identify and promote bioscience internships for Skyline College students, and to connect motivated students with biosciences companies in the Bay Area.

Prior to joining Skyline College, Hazel was part of a team at the National University of Singapore, Overseas Colleges Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley that successfully established relationships with high-tech companies in the Bay Area and secured internships for international college students at these companies.  Neoh believes that learning should not be confined to a traditional classroom. Work based learning experiences can promote academic, personal and professional development for students at Skyline College.  Neoh is a magna cum laude graduate of San Francisco State University.

Article by Andrea Vizenor

Skyline Student Receives Multiple National Recognition Awards

Skyline College student Mei Ling Lai has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and also has been selected as a 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar. Lai will be awarded $5,000 for being a Guistwhite Scholar, and $1,500 for being a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar.

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Fifteen Guistwhite recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 3,100 applicants this year.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at

Article by Christine Case


The Student Voice Survey is Out – Help Spread the Word!

Skyline College is conducting the student voice survey this semester and we want to hear from all students! Please share the link below to have students complete the survey and make their voice heard!

This survey is an opportunity for all students (age 18 and older) to reflect on their experiences at Skyline College in terms of diversity, equity, and campus climate. The survey also includes new topics that matter to students, including questions on financial security, childcare, and textbook affordability, as well as opportunities for open-ended feedback on what the college may be doing well to promote a positive campus climate.

By filling out the survey, students may also enter for a chance to win one of 15 gift cards, including a grand prize $150 gift card to the Skyline College Bookstore/World Cup Coffee & Tea in Building 6 (see survey instructions for details).

See the student voice survey FAQ below.

Skyline College Student Voice Survey – Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQ)

Who takes the survey?

All Skyline College students age 18 and older are invited to take the survey.

How long will the survey take?

This survey is intended to be completed in 10-15 minutes.

Will student’s answers be kept confidential?

Yes. Entering their G# is optional. The survey results will be presented in summary form; no individual responses will be identified.

What if students have more questions?

If you have additional questions about this survey, you may email

2018 Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award

end of year celebrationFor the nineteenth year, the Skyline College Academic Senate is soliciting your nominations for an award to be given at the end of the academic year to a colleague who has been a full-time Skyline College faculty member for no more than five academic years. This monetary award was established by SMT faculty member, Professor Phil Meyer, to celebrate excellence in the classroom—the primary criterion for this award. Other criteria include departmental participation, student activities beyond the classroom, and overall collegiality.

Nominations are due by April 9 and may be made by any administrator, faculty, or staff member of the Skyline College community. To nominate a faculty member, refer to the list of eligible candidates and answer the following:

  1. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates “excellence in the classroom.”
    1. Part I: Innovative Teaching Techniques, and/or above-average success with student populations that are frequently challenged.
    2. Part II: Supporting Students beyond the classroom, either emotionally or by connecting them to on-campus resources.
  2. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates excellence in other areas of campus and off-campus work.
  3. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates overall collegiality.

Please email nominations to Academic Senate Past President Nick Kapp, Professional Personnel Co-Chair Amber Steele & Academic Senate President Kate Browne.

Eligible Faculty Members:


Carina Antilla-Suarez, Paul Bridenbaugh, Tammy Calderon, Younga Choi, Serena Chu-Mraz, Amir Esfahani, Michelle Hawkins, Julia Johnson, Carmen Richardson, Paula Silva, Phillip Williams, Robert Williams, Adam Windham


Michael Cross, Lorraine Demello, Melanie Espinueva, Carla Grandy, Jessica Hurless [2017 awardee], Ruben Parra, Mustafa Popal, Danielle Powell, Kwame Thomas, John Ulloa, Ronda Wimmer, Lavinia Zanassi, Hellen Zhang


Filip Gleyzer


John Calavitta, Brianna Clay, Kim Davalos, Rika Fabian, Jarrod Feiner, Safiyyah Forbes, Nicholas Langhoff, Soledad McCarthy, Regina Mitchell, Lucy Perez Jovel, Carlos Romero, Bianca Rowden-Quince, Cassidy Ryan, Gabriel Saucedo, Erinn Struss


Nicole Porter, Alberto Santellan, Jessica Truglio, Miranda Wang, Kenyatta Weathersby, Kim Saccio-Kent, Pia Walawalkar

Article by Amber Steele

Energize Colleges Program Prepares Students for the Future

Skyline College’s Energize Colleges student interns participated in a professional development workshop on March 9, 2018,  to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to be effective not only in their current positions, but also in their future careers.

Alex Fuentes, the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, led eight of the program’s 10 total interns in a number of engaging activities to strengthen interns’ time management and networking skills. In addition to sharing tips with each other, interns developed their own “minute messages” to communicate their projects and goals during networking opportunities. They also had a chance to listen to the program’s regional supervisor, Rebecca Aviles from Strategic Energy Innovations, about her career path and current role.

Energize Colleges is an internship program on campus that provides students with hands-on experience in the green workforce. Interns work on projects that aim to generate energy and water savings for campus and local organizations. Spring 2018 intern projects include developing a car counter for campus parking lots, helping campus reach its waste diversion goal, and conducting home energy audits. Besides work experience and professional experience, Energize Colleges provides interns with opportunities to engage local high school students in sustainability career exploration.

Article by Mary Thomasmeyer

President’s Breakfast Sold Out; Still Opportunities to Support Students

campusThanks to an incredible response from the community, the 2018 President’s Breakfast is SOLD OUT!

If you are still interested in attending, we are happy to take your name for a waitlist in case a seat becomes available. To be added to the wait list, please click Add Me to the Waitlist to email us your name and phone number.

You can still make a difference!  DONATE NOW.

Your support will provide Skyline College Promise scholarships to high school students, offering the means to attend college full time.  Resulting in more students graduating and innovative projects that make an impact on students’ lives. Your donation is very much appreciated.

Article by Cherie Colin

Expanding Your Horizons Conference Sells Out in Record Time

girls at EYHThe 38th Annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science conference at Skyline College will take place on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, and sold out in record time!  The event will  provide exciting, innovative, and hands-on STEM workshops to nearly 1,400 6th to 12th grade girls.

This year, the conference will have 55 workshops with a variety of presenters including:

  • local institutions: Cañada College STEM Center, Stanford University, UC Davis
  • STEM museums: Cal Academy, Lawrence Hall of Science,  Aquarium of the Bay, SF Zoo, Marine Science Institute
  • Local Industry: Genentech, Rambus, County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability
  • Tons of Skyline College faculty and students

Over 200 volunteers, lovingly refered to as Go’fers, ensure the event flows smoothly.

More About EYH

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for 6th through 12thgrade young women to learn about career opportunities in math, science, and technology. STEM careers are fun, exciting, and rewarding, and so is EYH! Conference participants conduct lab experiments, wire high-tech network systems, examine microscopic creatures, and design their own computer software. Each girl attends three hands-on workshops during the all-day conference. Also during the day, the girls participate in a Problems and Puzzles Contest, where winners receive A Day With a Scientist.

Expanding Your Horizons has been held at Skyline College annually since 1980, with more than 30,000 young women attending. The Expanding Your Horizons Planning committee are volunteers who work in science- and math-related fields.

Women’s Leadership Conference & Hall of Fame

Regina Stanback StroudPresident of Skyline College, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud will serve as keynote speaker for the Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame, hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women of San Mateo County on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Cañada College.

Registration is open and costs $100 to attend the conference and the Women’s Hall of Fame reception. Visit the San Mateo County Women Lead website for more information and to register:

About The Conference:

Rather than asking women to change themselves to “better fit” the current culture, our speakers will talk about how they are driving systemic change in corporate culture, policy, compensation, and government representation to empower women and encourage their leadership style. Since 1988 women make up more than half the US population and outnumber men on college campuses and in degree completion. Yet their rise in the ranks of leadership, both in the political and business worlds, has plateaued. Women’s’ presence in top leadership positions—as law partners, university school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains below twenty percent. Female “share of voice,” the average proportion of representation on op-ed pages and corporate boards, as TV pundits, and in Congress—is just 15%. In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, women won’t reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country until 2085.* Living, as we do, at the epicenter of innovation, it is incumbent upon us to break out and bring this timetable to gender parity forward.

International Student Program and Career Services Center Host Employment Workshop

WorkshopThe Skyline College International Student Program (ISP) and the Career Services Center held an Employment Information and Resume Writing Workshop for international students on February 15, 2018. This event was designed to inform international students about the various employment opportunities on and off campus, and explain how they can pursue them in the US. The event was well attended, and included students from various majors and career goals.

The students in attendance sat for an hour and a half taking notes on how to get employment on and off campus, the technicalities of the OPT and CPT opportunities available to international students, and valuable information on how to write a resume. Students had the chance to hear from one of the Career Center’s student assistants, Meng Ma, who has first-hand experience on the subject. It was an eye opening experience for many international students because U.S. employment practices are very different from what they knew from their home countries. The Career Center staff was eager to answer questions that the students had as well as make them aware of the different resources that the Career Center has to offer such as resume writing, interview practice, etc.

The event was very informative and students received information and resources that will be very beneficial throughout their college careers.

ISP will continue to conduct events and workshops to improve the services offered to its students and the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at

Article by Naledi Mthembu | Photo by Chikako Walker