The Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Learning CommonsOn Wednesday, February 20th, join the Skyline College Learning Commons for our Spring 2019 Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn more about our programs and services, meet staff, faculty and student representatives. Get a tour of the below campus offerings and grab a pastry and coffee or tea on us!

Learning Center:

  • Tutoring (Writing/English/ESOL/Math/Science/Business/Social Sciences)
  • Supplemental Instruction (Visit our new spaces!)
  • Peer Mentoring (Workshops and one-on-one support)
  • ReUSE Hub (FREE school supplies!)
  • Student Success Lab
  • Group & Quiet Study Areas
  • Computers & Printing

Meet & Greet/Tours:

  • Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM)
  • Women’s Mentoring & Leadership Academy (WMLA)
  • Honors Transfer Program
  • Human Library & Poetry Corner (Advanced sign-ups available for February 21th Human Library event)
  • Learning Communities (Cohort-based thematic courses)
  • Library & Reference / Research (Meet our Librarians!)
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • Zero Textbook Cost (Open Educational Resources program)

If you plan to bring a class or group to this event, please email gutierrezraymon@smccd.edu by Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with an estimated number of students and time of arrival so that we can plan accordingly.

Article & Photo by Marisa Thigpen

Skyline College’s STEM Women Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Skyline College Women in STEM at Strava HQStudents from WISER! (Women In Science and Engineering Represent!) and the Engineering and Tech Scholars learning community celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2019 by hosting a lunch and discussion on the importance of closing the gender gap within STEM fields by reaching out to younger women and increasing retention in science. Club members shared their personal and cultural experiences with STEM gender disparities while empowering each with the notion that resilience is power.

The women continued their festivities at Strava Headquarters on February 12, 2019 for a Girl Geek X Dinner which are hosted weekly at different tech companies in the Bay Area with the aim of women empowerment and career retention in the workforce. Students were funded to attend the dinner through Skyline College’s STEM Pathways Program, a grant-funded project supported by the U.S. Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Program (DHSI Award No. P031S180169).

Leading women at Strava, a highly popular and international social fitness network application company, shared their thinking and expertise in areas of career development, meaningful data, iOS and server engineering, scaling to meet demands, branding, and company culture that encourages innovation. Students practiced their elevator speeches beforehand and anticipated the networking event as a first of many for our Skyline College women pursuing engineering and science. It was a highly engaging and inspirational event for our students!

If you are interested in events like this, please stop by our WISER! Club meetings. WISER! aims to empower Skyline College women in their STEM pathways for an improved gender balance within the classroom and workforce. We support each other as fellow peers while celebrating and recognizing our cultural diversity. The club meets every Monday, from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7-307. Guest speakers, workshops and off-campus excursions are facilitated based on monthly themes: Careers in February, Women’s History Month in March, Academics in April and Personal Growth in May.

For more information, contact Christal Nevarez, the club president at skyline.WISER@gmail.com or their advisor, Maryam Khan at khanm@smccd.edu.

Engineering & Tech Scholars (ETS), a learning community for students pursuing Engineering, Computer Science and Physics, is now receiving applications for its Fall 2019 cohort.

Apply here: goo.gl/UY1iNZ. For questions regarding ETS, contact Jenny Le at lej@smccd.edu.

Article by Jenny Le, Maryam Khan and Christal Nevarez

Wrestling and Women’s Basketball Selected by CCCAA as Scholar Teams for 2017-2018

Skyline College wrestling and women’s basketball teams were named Scholar Team recipients by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Only one team is selected for each sport sponsored by the CCCAA. This is a special award as it emphasizes academic achievement of all the members of a specific team.

The criteria for nomination are:

  1. Participation in an intercollegiate sport during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  2. 80% or more of team participants successfully completing 12 or more units during their season of sport.
  3. Achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all units attempted by members of the team during their season of sport.
  4. Achieving better than average results in intercollegiate athletic competition.

Teams are nominated by each conference in every sport and compete against other teams and conferences in the state for this honor. Congratulations to the deserving students on their wonderful accomplishments both in the classroom and on the court and mat. Additionally, congratulations to their Head Coaches, Chris Watters (Women’s Basketball) and James Haddon (Wrestling) and their staff in supporting and working with the students. A final note of thanks to all the faculty and staff at Skyline College, with special recognition to Kate Browne, Danielle Powell, Kwame Thomas and Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza for their hard work in helping the Scholar Team recipients as well as writing letters of support for the nominations.

Article by Joe Morello

Summer 2019 Global Internships Applications due Monday

Applications for the Summer 2019 SMCCCD Global Internship Program and Global Internship Scholarship are due this Monday, February 11, 2019.

In support of Skyline College’s goals to internationalize the educational experience, the SMCCCD Study Abroad Office will offer students from Skyline College, Cañada College and College of San Mateo the opportunity to participate in two-month academic internships around the world in a variety of fields such as journalism, business and marketing, communication studies, computer science, criminal justice, social work and more. Last year, students interned in Chile, Germany, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Hong Kong, and domestically in San Francisco and New York. This year, the program is also offering internships in Spain and France.

In addition to hands-on learning in supervised, academic internships, students enroll in a 3-unit Skyline College course—Global Identity and Professional Development—designed to provide them a structured opportunity to understand, reflect on and articulate their multi-layered experiences in their host country, as well as develop their professional portfolio.

Students are eligible to apply for the Global Internship Scholarship to help offset the cost of living and interning abroad. Priority is given to students who demonstrate financial need and clear academic, professional and personal goals for the program. This scholarship is made possible through the Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund and the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program.

The Global Internship Program is a part of SMCCCD Study Abroad, housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at (650) 738-7088 or ghoriz@smccd.edu or Stephanie Wells at (650) 738-7159 or wellss@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells

SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met for their first meeting of the calendar year 2019 on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The committee received an update on the Mid-Year Budget for the college by Finance and Operations Manager Paul Cassidy. He gave an overview of the Fund 1A (General Fund) and noted that it is projected that Skyline College will spend some of its carryover balance from fiscal year 2017-2018. He provided an early projection for fiscal year 2019-2020 using the Preliminary Site Allocation based on the fiscal year 2018-2019 Revenue Allocation Model. The San Mateo County Community College District has not yet distributed the Preliminary Site Allocation for fiscal year 2019-2020. He also presented a historical review of the Skyline College International Student Program revenues and headcount.

Karen Wong, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and Zahra Mojtahedi, Planning and Research Analyst, provided an orientation to the CPR review process taking place in SPARC, including an overview of recent changes to the program review process and understanding SPARC’s role in the CPR process. Changes in the CPR process initiated through a task force group in 2016 supported the improved alignment of the APP with CPR. The implementation of SPOL, a strategic online planning tool, has also made the process for submitting and receiving feedback on program reviews easier and smoother.

A rubric, created by a task force within the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, will be implemented to help SPARC members to provide feedback to the CPR presenting teams. Feedback will be executed in form of appreciative inquiry, with review teams emphasizing the strengths, opportunities for improvement and solutions from within.

For further information and resources, please see the Program Review website skylinecollege.edu/programreview.

Next meeting is Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

Peer Mentoring in The Learning Center

Peer MentorThe Peer Mentoring Program at Skyline College is designed to help all students achieve their short and long term goals! Our eight peer mentors are trained to facilitate academic and personal success for their fellow students through practical skills by:

  • Building knowledge of college resources
  • Fostering social engagement and a sense of belonging
  • Increasing student engagement in academics
  • Developing education, leadership, career and learning goals

Peer mentors are excellent resources for information about Skyline College programs and services. Our peer mentors facilitated over 150 mentor and mentee meetings in Fall 2018 and led 18 workshops on topics such as:

  • Time management and organization
  • Note taking
  • Stress management
  • Writing and reading strategies
  • Goal setting

To connect with a peer mentor in your Meta Major or learn more about our workshops and other services, join us for our Meet the Mentors Mixer this Tuesday, February 12th, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in The Learning Center. Food will be served!

For more information:

Contact: Raymon Gutierrez, Retention Specialist
Office: Bldg 5, Room 110

Phone: (650) 738-7136

Website: skylinecollege.edu/peermentors

Article written by Raymon Gutierrez | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

Skyline College Learns, Connects and Collaborates at Flex Day

2019 Flex DayOn January 11, 2019, staff, faculty and administrators came together for the first Flex Day of Spring 2019. The program was designed to highlight approaches to education that emphasize a focus on who we teach not just on what we teach. As keynote speaker Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales urged the audience, “We have a shared responsibility to be responsive to our students and their understanding of the world, to prepare them to transform it for the better.”

Early feedback suggests that the campus welcomed this approach: “Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales delivered an inspiring keynote that set the tone for Flex Day. What resonated with me was her focus on building relationships with students and asking what they need, instead of assuming,” said Michelle Batista, Director of Student Support.

After the keynote, faculty moderator Nate Nevado and a panel of four Skyline College students took the stage to share and discuss what motivates them to achieve their educational goals. Yatin Kumar, Paul Dzul, Tia Samn and Chantel Jaycee Giner each made clear that they deserve and desire educators willing to connect with them as humans and as learners. Unprompted, each student named a specific Skyline College educator who made a transformative difference in their lives, making this was a proud moment for our institution.

Having students take the spotlight was part of an intentional approach on Flex Day to situate learners at the center of our efforts as educators. In the words of Jessica Silver-Sharp, Adjunct Librarian, “Flex Day was great, especially the student panel! It was empowering for me to hear from students in their own words about what motivates them to succeed.”

The day also included sessions on topics such as Open Educational Resources, being student ready, transformative teaching practices, consequential communications, high impact practices, classified engagement in the college redesign and supporting students with children. This aligns with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning’s (CTTL) commitment to support the college’s efforts to close equity gaps and increase opportunities for student success. In designing the program, CTTL sought to bring multiple voices to the fore, since students, faculty, classified staff and administrators have a role to play in these efforts. In the words of Classified Senate President, Michele Haggar, “It is inspiring to see several professional development sessions on one flex day led entirely by classified staff!”

The CTTL provides, supports and promotes professional development at Skyline College and is available to faculty, staff and administrators for consultation on all aspects of transformative teaching and learning. For more information or to make an appointment to enhance your practice as an educator, click the link to skylinecollege.edu/cttl/about.php.

The next flex day will be on March 6, 2019. Save the date!

Article by Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

Our America: An Aspiring Writer

Kaileiani LouieKaileiani Louie, a 12th grade Middle College student and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was honored by Nota Bene which showcases the writing talents of Phi Theta Kappa members from throughout the nation. Nota Bene takes its name from the Latin expression for “note well” and it is the nation’s only literary anthology featuring excellence in writing among community college students. She was published in the 24th edition of the Nota Bene. The title of her submission “Corruption and Contradicting Comments” analyzes the messaging about the economic inequity between the American working class and the upper class.

Article by Raymond Jones

An Emerging Poet

Poet: Kayla JacksonKayla Jackson, an 11th grade Middle College student, published her first poetry selection entitled “Blue Mondays” in the anthology, the Gifted Penman’s Poetry Collection Volume 1.  Founded in 2018, Gifted Penman’s Poetry was created with one goal in mind: to give every poet a voice.  On Amazon, the collection “…showcases talented aspiring poets and their expressions on a multitude of topics in many poetic forms. These authors come from many different walks of lives. Their various individual experiences can be felt within the pages of this book, and this is exactly what sets this colorful collection apart from the others.”

Article by Raymond Jones

Building a Hunger-Free Community

Second Harvest Foodbank17 Middle College students, a combination of 11th and 12th graders spent a Friday afternoon volunteering at the Second Harvest Foodbank Bing Center in San Carlos sorting food.  They were able to sort 5,408 pounds into 336 cases. Second Harvest is committed to providing free healthy food to anyone in need. People are welcome at their food distribution sites, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Article by Raymond Jones