BioScope Team and Biomanufacturing Club at Skyline College Delivers Hundreds of Materials to Local High Schools

Back row, left to right: Shabnam Fazlalizadeh, Clapton Hernandez, Nick Kapp, Jonathan Zhang, Patrick Talavera, Khaledh Tahan, Megan White
Front row, left to right: Kaileiani Louie, Lareytha Dilian Husni
Not pictured: Chuyun Wang, Kevin Recinos

The BioScope Team and Biomanufacturing Club, which meets once a week, kicked off the semester by pouring and shipping out nearly 3,000 microbiological growth plates to BABEC (Bay Area Bioscience Education Community). These plates will be distributed to high schools in the Bay Area. Skyline is one of two community colleges which teams up with BABEC to procure supplies and collaborates to provide materials at free or reduced cost for Biotech and science classrooms around the Bay Area.

Dr. Nick Kapp, a professor at Skyline College’s Biology department, and the student-led BioScope Team take initiative to encourage and guide the Biomanufacturing Club through technical and documentation procedures to enhance their in-lab skills and techniques. This also allows students to gain work and leadership experience while collaborating with their peers.

The BioScope project is a federal grant funded by the NSF. Skyline is in its 3rd and final year of this project. The BioScope Team and Biomanufacturing Club consists of students from Skyline College who are first- and second- year students, students who are seeking to gain work experience and/or transfer, as well as those who are interested in learning more about the field of biotechnology and instrumentation. It’s open to anyone who would like to join, with meetings on Friday from 9a-12p (drop-in and leave at any time) in room 7-204.

For more information on BioScope and joining the Biomanufacturing Club, please reach out to Dr. Kapp (kapp@smccd.edu) or Khaledh Tahan (ktahan@my.smccd.edu).

For more information on who BABEC is and what they do, visit their website at babec.org/

Article by Kaileiani Louie | Photos by Biomanufacturing Club

BHM Events at the Library!

In celebration of Black History Month, the Library is hosting these series of events: 

  • Green Book Display, February 6, 2023 – February 28, 2023

Learn about the Green Book directory used by the Black community between 1936 and 1966 as a guide for safer traveling, which inspired the movie, Green Book.   

  • Book Display, February 6, 2023 – February 28, 2023
    Honoring Black authors’ contributions to the literary form, books and eBooks will be displayed in different locations for the public to check out. 
     
  • Mic DROP! Poetry SLAM!!!, February 27, 2023, 4 – 6 p. m. 

This event is open to the Skyline College community – faculty, staff, students, and the community – to share their creativity through spoken word.  Please visit bit.ly/micdrop23 to register and submit your poem.  Last day to register is Thursday, February 23, 2023. Refreshments will be provided. 

If you have questions, please contact Sherri Wyatt at wyatts@smccd.edu.  

Article by Sherri Wyatt

Save the date for Critical Global Citizenship Education: Exhibit, Films and Discussion Panel

Are you interested in bringing a more critical global perspective into your teaching and assignments? Introducing the Critical Global Citizen Education (CGCE) Project! 

This PIF funded collaboration brings together Skyline College faculty from a range of disciplines to engage our students with social and ecological issues through a pluralistic and global lens. 

The goals? To transform and empower each of our students to become agents of change through civic engagement at local, national, and global levels. Towards this end, a variety of events are planned. Please save these dates in February/March:

February 13 – March 31, 2023: Traveling Exhibit: The Newest Americans. On display at Skyline College Library, building 5, 2nd floor beginning February 13, 2023.

Monday, March 13, 2023, 3:30pm.:  Community Film Screening: Bitter Seeds (virtual)

Bitter Seeds: This documentary exposes the tragic impact of the American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, Monsanto on rural farming communities in India. This is the third film in Micha Peled’s Globalization Trilogy, following the award-winning Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 3:30pm.:  Community Film Screening: Wasted: The Story of Food Waste (virtual)

In this documentary, renowned chefs discuss the economic and environmental costs of global food waste, exploring solutions involving educating consumers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 3:30pm.: Panel Discussion (hyflex)

How are individual, local, national, and global interconnected and co-produced, and how can each of us recognize and take responsibility for our choices & actions?  Panelists include activists, writers, artists, journalists & Skyline faculty.

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the film screenings and panel discussion into their Spring course assignments for students. Ready to use assignment and reflection prompts can be found under teaching guides for each of the documentaries on the Spring 2023 events page.

Please consider inviting members of the project team to speak about global citizenship events and programs at your division meetings in February and March! 

You can find more information on the CGCE project homepage: guides.skylinecollege.edu/cgce/home or contact Professor Pia Walawalkar, Equity and Outreach Librarian walawalkars@smccd.edu or Professor Rob Williams williamsrob@smccd.edu.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Introducing Free Digital Textbooks @ Skyline College Library

Find digital textbooks at out Digital Library

Thanks to a President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) grant, Skyline College Library began a pilot project in fall 2022 to digitize selected textbooks not otherwise available in digital format. This project aims to further reduce the cost burden of traditional textbooks for students and make these books more easily accessible. 

Textbook affordability can be a barrier to student success. Skyline’s Zero-Textbook-Cost (ZTC) Initiative and the library’s print textbook loan program have been alleviating some of this financial pressure, but there are still many courses that require expensive print textbooks. 

The PIF grant has enabled the Library to give students another option. The Library’s student assistants have recently finished scanning several textbooks and more are in progress. Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Physical Education are some of the subjects for which digital textbooks are now available. 

Faculty and students can find these recently digitized textbooks at our Digital Library All scanned books in the Library’s Digital Textbook Collection are freely available to students 24/7. The PDF files are fully searchable, although they cannot be downloaded for copyright reasons. 

How does it work?  Students search for a book by subject in the library catalog using the Digital Textbooks tab or by Course/Professor/Title through a Course Reserves search of the library catalog.  When they find their book, they sign in with their SMCCD/Canvas login.  They then can “check out” the book and read it online for up to two hours. After two hours, students have the option to renew the book if no other students are waiting. Otherwise, they can join the waitlist.  They receive an email message when the book becomes available.

We welcome feedback on our pilot project.  Faculty can contact Gabriela Nocito <nocitog@smccd.edu>, Ame Maloney <maloneya@smccd.edu>, or Lori Lisowski <lisowskil@smccd.edu> for more information or to suggest textbooks to be added to the Digital Textbook Collection.  Please note that not all textbooks can be scanned, but we are happy to consult with faculty about options.

Job Opportunities!

The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following job opportunities with you. Check them out!

How may we assist you in landing your dream job? Whether you’re interested in short- or long-term career planning, the Career Readiness & Job Placement team offers a variety of services and career readiness experiences to assist you with your specific career needs. If you want to work with a Job Placement Coordinator, please fill out this brief welcome form and someone will contact you soon to schedule an appointment!

Study Abroad Program Relaunches France Community Travel with 17 Participants

On Thursday, January 19, 2023, San Mateo County community members gathered at Skyline College, joining the SMCCCD Study Abroad Program and retired College of San Mateo Art faculty Rebecca Alex for a Meet-and-Greet Mixer for their upcoming Art in France Program. This event allowed the future travelers to get to know each other and prepare for their one-month stay in France this March.

Dr. Vinicio Lopez, Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College, gave a welcome address, sharing his own experience with study abroad as well as stories of the impact that study abroad has on students. He thanked the travelers for their participation in the program and their support of students. The Community Travel Program was created as a way for Skyline College to connect with the larger community of San Mateo County, as well as to help our students live and learn in other countries. For many college students, study abroad is a special goal of their undergraduate years; however, financially, the experience is often out of reach. With the Community Travel Program, $500 (tax-deductible) of each participant’s registration fee goes directly into the SMCCC Foundation for Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, helping to make transformative global opportunities more accessible for our students.

Seventeen members of the San Mateo County community will participate in the Spring 2023 Art in France Community Travel Program, many of whom have been waiting nearly three years for this program; the original program, scheduled for Summer 2020 was cancelled due to the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. They expressed their excitement to finally be able to immerse themselves in the art of France for four weeks this spring while making new friends along the way.

The SMCCCD Community Travel Program is a curated group travel experience for adults and life-long learners. Participants travel with an SMCCCD representative and local tour manager as they enjoy local food, special attractions, guided sightseeing, and in the case of the Art in France Program, lectures with local art historians, visits to art museums, and guided time for painting and drawing. The program is part of the SMCCCD Study Abroad Program—a district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about SMCCCD Study Abroad and Community Travel Program opportunities, please contact Alice Yang, Acting Director of Special International Programs, at yanga@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells | Photo by Joshua Porter.

Winter Research Scholars Kick off 2023 in the Skyline Fab Lab

In 2023, the STEM division hosted 25 students as part of the Winter Research Scholars Internship program. The two-week program, held from Tuesday, January 3, 2023, to Friday, January 13, 2023, in Skyline College’s Fab Lab, provides an introduction to scientific research as well as topics and skills to help students gain further research and industry internships in STEM. These exceptional students from computer science, biology, engineering, and chemistry majors gathered to learn about STEM research and participate in a variety of workshops.

Lauren Ashley Gan, a former Skyline mechanical engineering student and 2022 Winter Scholars graduate who transferred to San Francisco State University, was recruited to help with the program. She was of huge help and support to the students with their assignments and projects.

Brittney Sneed and the Career Readiness and Job Placement Program team provided valuable instruction on how to build a resume as well as feedback on the students’ resumes and cover letters for upcoming internship applications. Students had the opportunity to participate in mock group and individual interviews during the second week of the program and received valuable feedback on how to structure their answers, what to focus on, and general interviewer expectations.

Last year, COVID challenged the program; this year, it was the weather. The program was moved online using Zoom lectures as well as interactive online activities during the two days that the bomb cyclone passed over the Bay. The students spent the first week in the Fab Lab in BLDG 7 with Professors Marco Wehrfritz and Susanne Schubert, learning about rapid prototyping using 3-D modeling and printing techniques, laser cutting, soldering, working with sensors and metrology, and programming with the Arduino microcontroller. In week two, the group was divided into six working groups, each of which worked on an engineering project. The projects were self-proposed by the participating students. This year, we had a huge bandwidth of creative and sophisticated designs, all of which were Arduino-based and incorporated the Fab Lab’s programming, design, and manufacturing techniques. A room occupancy counter that tracks and transmits the number of people in a room, a camera stabilizer, a sourdough monitoring system, an atmosphere analyzer, an RFID tag controlled doggy door, and an autonomous garbage collecting boat to clean pools were among the projects.

On one day, students took a virtual lab tour of San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) School of Engineering in the morning, learning about faculty research areas and the S-SMART summer internship program, which includes projects in computational fluid dynamics, intelligent systems in structural engineering, neural machine interfaces, and assistive rehabilitative robotics.

On the last day of the program, all of the groups presented their work in the STEM center. Each group gave a presentation and demonstrated their prototypes to the group and attending faculty guests. They were able to put skills learned and honed during the presentation skills workshop to use, as well as reflect on their personal and academic growth during this internship, and there was a very lively and active discussion about each project.

The students grew tremendously during the time they were working together, both personally and academically. The groups were frequently mixed, so that by the end of the program, everyone had a chance to work with and meet everyone else in the program. Over time, the students learned to work as a team and created a supportive and collaborative environment, which led to them helping each other even outside of their own project groups. Some students were so inspired by their success and learning outcomes that they considered changing their major to engineering or purchasing their own Arduino to program on their own time.

The STEM Pathways project, a collaborative grant project funded by the US Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) program, provides support for the Winter Research Scholars program (award No. P031S180169). Nicholas Langhoff, Marco Wehrfritz, and Dr. Susanne Schubert, the coordinators, would like to thank Thanh Nguyen, Bryan Swartout, Nadia Tariq, Rita Gulli, and Dr. Jing Folsom for their tremendous behind-the-scenes support. The organizers would also like to thank their colleagues at SFSU, Dr. Wenshen Pong, Dr. Quintero, Dr. Ghose, Dr. Chen, Dr. Wong, Dr. Wang, Dr. Zhang, Dr. Qin, and Dr. Khalkhal, for sharing their research with us and for the school’s long-standing collaboration with Skyline College.

Article by Marco Wehrfritz and Dr. Susanne Schubert

International Student Program Welcomes 79 New Students for Spring 2023

At the start of the Spring 2023 semester, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a New Student Welcome, welcoming over 70 new international students from different parts of the world. Skyline College Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Vinicio Lopez, and Interim Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services, Zaid Ghori, opened the event. Following that, ISP staff members were introduced: Clair Yeo-Sugajski (Acting Program Manager), Sirreck Brown (Detail Retention Specialist), Carlos Romero (Counselor), and the student ambassadors.

ISP student ambassadors led an icebreaker activity, Bingo, to help the new international students get to know each other better. Each student was given a bingo sheet and walked around the room asking each other questions on the bingo sheet. They were allowed to ask the same person up to two questions. The first three winners received a prize. The second game was an F1 immigration regulation “Kahoot,” which required students to answer questions correctly and quickly. The top three winners of the game each received a prize too. Finally, the students participated in a campus tour scavenger hunt. Every group had to locate offices such as the ISP Office, the Library, the Learning Center, Admission and Records, Health Center, Bookstore, and Building 12 using hints, a campus map provided on a piece of paper, and with the guidance of a student ambassador.

After the scavenger hunt, the new students came back to Fireside Dining Room and had lunch together while listening to a presentation by Kari Mendoza, a Risk Strategies representative, on their health insurance. Overall, the New Student Welcome was a huge success as most of the students said that they had fun and they were able to make new friends at Skyline College.

The International Student Program is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about ISP, please contact Clair Yeo-Sugajski, Acting International Program Manager at yeoc@smccd.edu.

Article by Lasheana Husni Dilian | Photo by Kelly Li

SMCCCD Students Prepare for Global Learning in Florence, Italy

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, over 20 San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) students attended the pre-departure orientation for the Spring 2023 Florence Program at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Although it was a windy and stormy day, they were excited to meet students from other community college districts who will attend the same program in Italy and eager to learn more about the logistics of the program to get prepared for their global learning and adventure. The orientation covered the detailed logistics of the program, including packing, flight, travel, living in Florence, housing, health and safety, student services, and cultural activites, etc.

The semester study abroad program is offered by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) in partnership with Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC), which is composed of Contra Costa Community College District, Los Rios Community College District, Santa Rosa Junior College, and SMCCCD. Our district joined the consortium in 1986.

SMCCCD, one of the two largest sending institutions, will send 26 students to Florence for the Spring 2023 semester as part of a cohort of 98 students from the consortium. Faculty and students depart for Florence on February 4, 2023 and return on May 5, 2023.

Courses offered for this program are in the disciplines of art, business, economics, kinesiology, and sociology. Units earned in Florence will appear on students’ transcripts issued by the participating colleges. The SMCCCD Faculty Leader, Cañada College Economics professor, Paul Roscelli will teach four courses in Florence: Principles of Macro Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Business Law, and Italian Life and Culture, which consists of weekly lectures focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of Italy and Florence, and some field trips.

Congratulations to Diana Castro and Kimberly Zarco from Cañada College, who received the prestigious U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the Florence Spring 2023 Program. We also want to congratulate Gianela Gutierrez from College of San Mateo, Sienna Martinez from Cañada College, and Diana Castro who were selected for the AIFS Ambassador Scholarship. They will share their study abroad experiences via AIFS social media and on campus after return from Italy. SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Alice Yang at yanga@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Alice Yang | Photo by Kerry Loewen

Free Health Services!

We are here to help you with your medical and health needs.  Skyline College Health Services offer free virtual and in-person appointments.  We provide health care, health & wellness education and referrals to off campus resources.  For more information, contact us at 650-738-4270.  Or come visit us in Building 19, Room 19-110