Monthly Archives: August 2013

Coming Up….

Friday, August 30, 2013

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer, Skyline College

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., Transfer Articulation Bridge (TAB), Transfer Center, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2227
  •  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Skyline Christian Fellowship Club, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., UC Personal Statement & Application, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

Thursday, September 5, 2013

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Art Institute Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6 – Fireside Dining Hall
  •  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., CSU East Bay Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6 – Fireside Dining Hall
  •  12:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m., Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG), Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Skyline Christian Fellowship Club, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

Friday, September 6, 2013

  • All Day Event, The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) has internships opportunities!, Skyline College, CITD office, Building 1, Room1311

For the latest information on events and activities happening at Skyline College, please view our calendar at the following link:

If you would like to include your college event or activity on the calendar, please submit the event, date, time and location to Cherie M. Napier via email at

Career Services Center Faculty Develop Internships for Skyline College Students

Career Services Center

Career Service Center

Lavinia Zanassi and Alex Jones have been working diligently developing Internship opportunities in areas where our students have demonstrated interest. Career Services Center has developed and internships beginning this fall 2013, in the following areas: Education, Business/Leisure/Recreation, Health/Medical, Social Service, Criminal Justice, Communications/Broadcasting, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Career Services has received an overwhelming response from students applying for our available internships. Students attending the Career Services Internship Program will have the opportunity to gain essential work place skills in communication, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving.

Article by Virginia Padrón.

It Was Worth It!

Twenty-six years ago, Tammy Calderon walked onto the Skyline College Campus as a freshman in the Cosmetology Department.  She went on to complete a Cosmetology certificate in the fall of 1988 and in the spring of 1992, earned an Associate in Science degree.

Coming full circle from student to instructor, on August 19, 2013 Tammy had the opportunity to welcome 29 freshmen students into the Skyline College Cosmetology Program.  The students who are anxious to start their journey in becoming professional hairstylists will learn the necessary skills to serve this campus community of students, staff, faculty, and public through a variety of cosmetology services including haircuts, manicures, hair color, perms and even facials.

Cosmetology Students

Skyline College Cosmetology Students

Tammy believes that upon completion of their Cosmetology certificate, some of these students will continue their education and complete their Associate degrees.  When asked, Tammy says, “I did and I can honestly say, IT WAS WORTH IT!”

Tammy Calderon

Tammy Calderon

To make an appointment for Skyline College Cosmetology services call (650) 738-4165 or just come to building 4.

Hermanos y Hermanas End of the Year Celebration 2013

Hermanos/as  End of the Year Celebration

Students at Hermanos/as EOY 2013 Celebration

On Thursday, May 16, 2013 over 125 Hermanos and Hermanas students, family members, mentors, community members, and friends attended the Hermanos/as End of the Year Celebration to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Hermanos/as students and the commencement of their higher education at Skyline College.  This extraordinary event included a keynote speech by Ivan Martinez, a former Hermano, a speech by Santos Alvarez, a current Hermano student, and awards for all of the Hermanos and Hermanas students. The awards recognized High School Hermanos and Hermanas as well as current Skyline College Hermanos and Hermanas. Additional recognitions included German Valencia receiving the Community Leadership Award and the Shining Star Awards given to Dania Delgadillo, Alex Delgadillo, Natalia Zaragoza, and Daniel Jimenez. The event was coordinated by Aricka Bueno, the Hermanos/as Counselor and Instructor. The Hermanos/as Programs provides academic instruction, mentoring, and family support for Latino/students with the goal of preparing students to transition out of high school and into college with confidence along with gaining the academic and personal skills needed to succeed.  The event was a true collaboration between the students and their families, the community, and Skyline College. The strong presence of the students’ family members was indicative of the interest that Latino/a parents have in their children’s education and the importance of family to the success of Latino/a students. A special thanks goes out to all of the Hermanas/os students for their hard work throughout the year! Many of the high school students will be joining us here in the Fall as Skyline College students! Congratulations to all of the graduating Hermanos and Hermanas!

Article by Aricka Bueno.  Photography by Raul Guerra.


Classified Senate Retreat

Classified Senate Retreat

“Fun, Fellowship and Fitness” was the theme for this year’s Classified Senate Retreat.  The Classified Senate hosted 20 staff members at this year’s retreat held on July 25, 2013 at the College Vista clubhouse.  The goal of the retreat was to provide a relaxed environment for classified staff to discuss how they can strengthen their organization and encourage more participation in Senate meetings, campus committees, and classified-sponsored events.

The group enjoyed a spirited brainstorming session over breakfast before moving on to the Filoli Estate in Woodside for a walk in the spectacularly blooming gardens.  Staffs were able to congregate in small groups, allowing time to get to know each other better and meet new employees that have recently joined the Skyline College family.

After lunch, the group worked to create a solid draft for their new constitution and bylaws.  Participants appreciated the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns about many issues that affect classified staff.  The day ended with an energetic Zumba Gold session led by instructor Katie Nielsen Mateo, and everyone was sent home relaxed, if a bit exhausted!

Article by Classified Staff Photo by Vivian Paw.

Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism “Learn and Earn” Grant

Faculty and Staff “Kick-Off” Event

Skyline College was recently awarded a grant through the State’s Chancellors Office “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” Initiative to build on and develop innovative and high quality Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Programs in Bay Region Community Colleges.

In our efforts to bring together interested individuals, we will be hosting the Bay Region: Faculty/Staff “Kick-Off” Event for the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism “Learn and Earn” Grant, the event will be held at Skyline College on September 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6:  Rooms 6202, 6204 and 6206.

This event is for faculty and staff who are interested in taking part in our many exciting activities around the development of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism programs and training.  It will also be an opportunity for all to learn more about the grant, how they can get involved, and network with others who are doing great work in this sector.  We will also allow faculty to share what they are currently offering and what they are working on in the areas of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism program development.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to, if you have any questions please free to call Andrea Vizenor at 650-738-7124 or email

Please help spread the word, as it will be a great afternoon of opportunity and collaboration; I hope to see you all there!

Doing What Matters

Doing What Matters

Article by Andrea Vizenor.

Accreditation Update

ACCREDITATION NEWS FLASH!  The Accreditation Team worked over the summer to complete the 2013 Accreditation Report. It is posted on the Accreditation Website at  Take a look, it is very impressive and accurately reflects Skyline College.

We are all looking forward to a great year! Read Skyline Shines for continuous accreditation updates.

Accreditaion Webpage

Accreditation Webpage

Article submitted by Christine Roumbanis.

Retail, Hospitality & Tourism “Learn & Earn” Grant


Skyline College was recently awarded a grant through the State’s Chancellors Office “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” Initiative to build on and develop innovative and high quality Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Programs in Bay Region Community Colleges. Through this grant Skyline has the exciting opportunity to build a Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Program on campus.

In our efforts to hit the ground running, we held our first Industry Kick-Off Event on August 20th. We hosted representatives from the following organizations, San Mateo County/Silicon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hyatt SFO Airport, Hampton Inn, Daly City, Flying Foods Group, Visual Aids Electronics, Best Western El Rancho Inn & Executive Suites, Enterprise Holdings, and the Hilton SFO Airport Waterfront.  It was a valuable opportunity to share information about the grant and to gain their support in building programs that meet the needs of an ever-changing industry. We are thrilled with the excitement and commitment from industry to support the activities of this grant.

The development of this program at Skyline College will create exciting new opportunities for students who are interested in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Industry. There will also be many opportunities for faculty to get involved in curriculum development and other activities as we begin the development of this program.

Program Areas we are considering include, but are not limited to: Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Tourism/Cultural Relations, Meeting and Event Management, Gaming Management, Sports & Recreation Management, and Food & Beverage Management. We will explore options in: stackable credentials, certificates, and transfer programs. As we move forward in our efforts we will keep you informed about all of the exciting developments!


Article by Andrea Vizenor.

Susan Brissenden-Smith and Dennis Wolbers Make Skyline College Shine!

Each year individuals or groups who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality are recognized.  Awardees are nominated by the college faculty, staff and administrators and recommended for selection by the College Governance Council. Two awards are made annually, one to a member or group of Skyline College employees and one to a member or group from the community.

Photo of Dennis Wolbers accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

Dennis Wolbers accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

In the Skyline College employee category, this year, we are pleased to honor Professor Dennis Wolbers of the Library. Dennis is intent on helping students achieve their dream.  He enhances the campus climate, academic excellence and open access mission through his leadership in advancing informational literacy. Dennis has been known to take particular care with students facing challenges to help them resolve their challenges.  This is quite demonstrative of Dennis Wolbers’ steadfast “Students First” approach. Dennis has been active in participatory governance, including accreditation and curriculum committee work for many years. His inclusivity and respect for all is evident in every interaction one has with him.  Congratulations to Professor Dennis Wolbers.

Photo of Susan Brissenden Smith, community member accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

Susan Brissenden-Smith, community member accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

In the Community member or group category, it is our pleasure to honor Ms. Susan Brissenden-Smith, a founding member of the Skyline College President’s Council. Susan has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Skyline College through her leadership in the President’s Council and in The Breakfast Committee. She supports the mission, vision and values of the college by being instrumental in raising resources for the President’s Innovation Fund, a fund that supports innovation and ideas and allows faculty and staff to “Dream Out Loud”. Susan is an ambassador for Skyline College to vendors, businesses, community organizations and local leaders. She uses her network and influence to develop donations both financial and in-kind to support Skyline Colleges. She has assisted the president in identifying and expanding community resources to support various programs and services. As a result of Susan’s commitment, Skyline College faculty and staff have been able implement hundreds of innovative ideas, programs and services.  Congratulations to Susan Brissenden-Smith!

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President.

Welcome to the New Year!

Opening Day Graphic

Opening Day Welcome Slide

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year here at Skyline College. We are going to have a great year. We are fortunate to be able to welcome many new faculty and staff to the college family. The students are here and ready to learn. We had a very inspiring opening day meeting and we would not have been able to do so were it not for a wonder staff that pulled together to make it enjoyable. I want to take this moment to thank the cabinet members for their leadership in making all of the items available for our enjoyment on the first day, including the Annual Plan, a beautiful program with all of the new faculty and staff photographs, an ambitious schedule complete with faculty and staff development opportunities and a phenomenal speaker, Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade.

Photo of Faculty Mingling on Opening Day

Faculty Mingling on Opening Day

I also want to thank the people behind the scenes who made such a wonderful gathering look like magic – Theresa Tentes in Office of the President, Golda Margate in the Vice President Student Services office,  Bryan Besnyi, Maria Norris and Sherrie Prasad in the Vice President Instruction office, Linda Bertellotti and Lynette Gray, in the Vice President of Administrative Services office, Amory Cariadus and John Saenz in the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development office, Katie Beverly and the staff  in the Graphic Arts and Production Department, Kevin Chak and the staff in the Bookstore, Cherie Colin, Keisha Ford, Raul Guerra and Jared Martin in the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations office, Kamla Bucceri, Ira Lau, Ricardo Flores, Jim Petromilli in the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Jan Phemester of the Chancellor’s Office, Jose Milan , Leitu Takapu, Bianca Porras, Alvin Wu and Griselda Erazo, Student Assistants/Student Ambassadors from the Student Services One Stop Center, Michael Rojas of the Disability Resource Center, Alan Ceccarelli and Kathy Fitzpatrick in Social Science Creative Arts Division, Annie Trinh, Nancy Argarin and Marci Escobar in Vice President of Administrative Services office, Rick McMahon and his staff in Pacific Dining, the staff of the Facilities, Planning and Operations office.

Photo of Faculty & Staff Mingling on Opening Day

Faculty & Staff Mingling on Opening Day

Also, let me take a moment to publicly acknowledge and thank Vice Chancellor Jose Nuñez, Karen Powel, Karen Pinkham and their teams for giving us a beautiful theater in which to welcome the new year!  It is gorgeous, and it is the kind of facilities that are befitting to our deserving Skyline College family.

Thank you everyone.  Yes, this is going to be a great year!

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President.