Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Friday, October 25, 2013

• 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Stigma & Mental Illness – Strategies to Reduce Stigma, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4180

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4240A

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7304

• 2:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Canada College, Skyline College

• 4:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Hartnell College, Salinas


Saturday, October 26, 2013

• 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m., San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services – Mental Health First Aid Workshop, Skyline College, Building 6, 2nd floor

• 9:00 a.m., Wrestling, Meathead Invitational Tournament, San Luis Obispo


Monday, October 28, 2013

• 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., SMCCCD EV-ent Rally for Sustainability, Skyline College, Parking Lot F

• 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m., Model United Nations Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2305


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

• 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., UC Berkeley Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 2, Transfer Center , Room 2227

• 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m., Filipino Student Union Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4274

• 1:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Las Positas College (DH), Skyline College

• 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., Transferring to SFSU as a Business Major, Skyline College, Building 1, Career Center, Room 1219B

• 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Skyline Go Green Environmental Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7109

• 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Las Psitas College (DH), Skyline College

• 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Allensworth: An Exhibit of California History, Skyline College, Building 5, 2nd floor


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

• 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Women In Transition Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2307

• 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., Academic Fair, Skyline College, Quad

• 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FREE English Conversation/Pronunciation Workshops, Skyline College, Bldg. 1, Room 1218

• 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m., SOCC Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202

• 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Science Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

• 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Personal Statement & Application, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

• 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. Foothill College, Skyline College


Thursday, October 31, 2013

• 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Skylloween – Harvest Festival, Skyline College, Behind Building 4

• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Skyline Christian Fellowship Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Veterans Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2307


Friday, November 1, 2013

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Anthropology Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1250

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4240A

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7304

• 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m., Phi Theta Kappa Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7104

• 1:30 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Ohlone College (DH), Fremont

• 6:30 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Evergreen College (DH), San Jose

• 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. West Valley, Saratoga


Saturday, November 2, 2013

• 10 :00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Ceramics Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1103


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. Colin via email at


Science in Action Lecture Series

GilmerValdes10.23.13This week’s Science in Action Lecture Series welcomed medical physicist Gilmer Valdes, PhD. Dr. Valdes is a Postdoctoral fellow doing a clinical rotation in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF. He spoke on the topic of Gene Therapy and Radiation with great energy and enthusiasm, and kept the attendees very interested in the topic.

Dr. Valdes was born in Cuba and attended the University of Havana, where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Nuclear Sciences and a Masters in Radiochemistry. After a tumultuous departure from Cuba, including seeking political asylum in Mexico, he was able to move to the United States and go on to win the Cota-Robles Fellowship to join the Biomedical Physics Interdepartmental Program at UCLA to pursue his PhD, where he studied a different approach to kill glioblastoma cells in the brain using a combination between a drug delivery and radiation therapy.

In 2013, he completed his program and joined the Radiation Oncology Department at UCSF as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests go from interaction of radiation with matter, to developing automatic QA processes to assure the safe use of ionizing radiation in Radiation Oncology Clinics. Currently he is working on automation of radiotherapy equipment.

This popular weekly lecture series is always free and open to anyone who may be interested. If you would like more information, contact Dr. Carmen Velez at

Written by Alana Utsumi and Carmen Velez, Photo by Carmen Velez.


Allensworth: An Exhibit of California History


Hi Everyone,

Just another quick reminder of an event that I hope you all can attend.  This is an exhibit well worth seeing as it is a significant part of our state’s history.  You all are VIP’s in our eyes so we do hope you can attend.

Though the RSVP date has passed, we will welcome your rsvp at any time. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

San Mateo County Community College District EV-ent Rally for Sustainability

EV Rally Flyer

Please join us in a celebration and ribbon cutting for the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations now available on all three campuses and the District Office. To commemorate this EV-ent the three Colleges and the District are holding an EV and EV/hybrid car rally from Skyline College to Cañada College with a stop for pictures at the EV charging stations at the College of San Mateo.

Skyline College will host the start of the rally with a BBQ lunch and ribbon cutting of the EV charging station in the Automotive Technology department to showcase not only the EV chargers, but also the increased role of the Auto Department in training technicians for these types of vehicles. Please join the car rally and ask your students if they own or drive these vehicles to also participate.

Art Gallery News


artgallerynewsOur current exhibit – Cast & Crew, by Pacifica based artist Jerry Ross Barrish is on display for two more weeks. If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to come by the Skyline College gallery before the last day of the show on October 25.

Coming up: Día de los Muertos Exhibition

All students, staff and faculty are invited to submit their artworks for this exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 1 – 16.

diadelosmuertosArtworks in all media are welcome, and we encourage group projects for this show. Drop off your submissions to the gallery October 29-31. For information and entry forms, please visit our website.

We will have a festive Día de los Muertos reception on Monday, November 4 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. with live music and refreshments.


Article and Photos by Paul Bridenbaugh.


Transfer Day and Alma Mater Day: Success!

On Monday, October 21, Skyline College welcomed over 40 colleges from UC, CSU, private and out-of-state universities to our campus to meet with our students. There was a great turnout among students and several instructional faculty brought their classes to attend the event.

Many of the representatives were excited to see so many students visiting with them and they were impressed with how well Skyline College students were prepared with questions for them about their goals. Hundreds of students attended and over 200 students completed evaluations, which will contribute to the Transfer Center’s evaluation process for our Program Student Learning Outcomes. And so far, the surveys show that there was an overwhelmingly positive response to the event. One student indicated that he/she, “learned great tips from the reps to use prior to transfer”. Many other students expressed that they were able to learn more about the colleges and universities they are interested in transferring to in the next year. Others expressed that they have become more aware of what they need to do to get to the colleges and universities of their choice.

And special thanks to all faculty who were able to bring their students to the event and to all the faculty who offered extra credit for attending.TransferDay1

Additionally, the Transfer Center hosted an Alma Mater Day as a way to raise awareness about transfer and increase our Transfer Culture, a goal of the Transfer Initiative. Over 20 faculty and staff participated.

And the winners of the Faculty and Staff drawing for Alma Mater Day are…

  • Wine Gift Basket – Goldie Lee, Program Services Coordinator, Assessment, B.A. Criminal Justice Studies, M. Ed Administration, SFSU
  • Coffee Gift Basket- Rob Williams, Associate Professor, English B.A. Arizona State University, Tempe, M.F.A. Columbia University
  • Movie Tickets – Joyce Lee, Professor, Counselor B.A. UC Berkeley, M.S., SFSU
  • And the most faculty from 1 campus: UCSB! Go Gauchos!


John Chavez, Suzanne Poma, Sarita Santos and Nohel Corral

Did you miss Alma Mater Day?

Not to worry! Alma Mater Day will continue on into November too! On Fridays through the month November, please participate by wearing your gear! As students apply to colleges this fall, it helps them to think and explore different options and keep the transfer conversation going!

Do you know your fellow alumni from your Alma Mater on campus? Gather for a picture by the end of November and the largest alumni group that submits a picture wearing their Alma Mater gear will win a free lunch! There are plenty of Gators, Bears, Spartans, Agies and ??? out there!

Article by Suzanne Poma and Michele Haggar, Photos by Michele Haggar.



The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, SHPE, Empowers Students at Skyline College and Beyond


Front kneeling down, starting from left to right (Christopher Amaro, Alex Bautista, Daniel Powers). Center line, starting from left to right (Carmen Orozco, Clarissa Chin, Josh Garcia). Back line, left to right, ( Brandon Rivas, Wesley Wang, Javier Moreno, Diego Sanchez, Luis Jimenez, Oscar Ceron, Alejandro Ildefonso, Raymond Loi II)

Skyline College’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, SHPE, has been working hard since 2007 to improve the lives of students at Skyline College and elsewhere. SHPE of Skyline College follows the Mission of Skyline College “To empower and transform a global community of learners” and the Mission of its founding national organization by helping the “Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.” SHPE’s Vision “is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” as stated in the national organization’s website.

Luis andSkyline College’s SHPE follows their Mission through creating environments where students can come together to assist and support each other in building the skills necessary to be successful in STEM related courses, including, among many things, through study groups and inviting guest speakers to engage students in their academic futures. Moreover, Skyline College SHPE seeks to empower learners beyond Skyline College, such as through creating a local SHPE Jr. chapter program at a local school to support middle and high school students in overcoming persistent educational barriers and to encourage them to pursue STEM studies and related careers. In addition, SHPE is planning on organizing Noche de Ciencias for Spring 2014. Noche de Ciencias is an initiative to inform K-12 students and their families about STEM education and college options through interactive workshops and activities. At the moment SHPE members are seeking funding for this event by reaching out to local businesses

SHPE at Skyline College joins the national SHPE organizations 339 chapters, including 262 student chapters and 77 professional chapters with almost 10,000 members nationwide. The benefits of becoming a SHPE member are expansive: SHPE provides leadership opportunities and development via the national and regional structure and scholarships through industry leaders such as Northrop Grumman, Purdue University, Cisco Systems, and among others, Texas Instruments. SHPE also provides fellowships, internships, pre-college programs, grants, graduate programs, workshops, and the national initiative, Noche de Ciencias.

SHPE also hosts a national conference that “attracts over 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives…. and is an opportunity for engineering companies and corporations to recruit top talent from SHPE membership. It also provides educational, technical and career opportunities for professional and student engineers.” SHPE also holds leadership conferences that prepare students with skills that will assist them to fundraise, recruit and retain members, manage time, plan strategically, and communicate and lead skillfully.

SHPE is a club that Skyline College students earnestly embrace:

Skyline College Civil Engineering Major and current Skyline College SHPE President, Luis Jimenez, pondered his goals and aspirations, “… earn a PhD in engineering and to persuade underrepresented minorities to consider a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.”

When asked what inspired him to join SHPE and what SHPE means to him, Luis responded, “I was first introduced to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) through the Puente Program at Skyline College. At first, I was reluctant to join SHPE and that was partly because as a high school student, I was not a part of any clubs. As a result, I felt unwilling to join any club organization offered at Skyline College. As I got more in tune with my major, I decided to join SHPE to learn more about what civil engineering does. In other words what inspired me to join SHPE was the necessity to learn more about my major. Through that necessity, I got to learn more about what SHPE really is and the benefits of being a part of it.” Moreover, “I am a first-generation college student and what that means to most is that you are doing everything on your own: your parents never went to college, you’re figuring out financial aid, tuition, and all the details about your major and have no one there to help you or support you. For me SHPE means quite a bit, because it is the support system that I never had and it is one of the reasons why I continue to be a part of SHPE. Through SHPE, I am able to give back something that I never had growing up.”

Luis also pointed out what he liked about Skyline College. “Skyline College or any community college is a great path to take when you’re undecided about your major. Financially, you are not spending as much compared to a four-year university. Skyline College in particular, has great professors who are willing to give advice and help at anytime. Specifically, what I like about Skyline College are the support programs that are out there for students to be a part of. There are many programs and clubs out there that provide students with different experiences, and, as a result, it is very diverse.”

Oscar Ceron, a Civil Engineering major and Co-President of SHPE at Skyline College, spoke about interests with and inspirations. [He is] “…interested in creating cities, bridges, and more for the Bay Area community. My dream is to become a professional engineer and have my own company in the construction industry so I can create a better community for people. In five years I see myself with my degree and a job. I will be helping the community, especially since the community has been the reason I am interested in becoming an engineer…. I was inspired to be a SHPE member because of the support I get from the SHPE familia regional and nation-wide organizations. They also have a lot of things to offer students in college studying engineering.”20131018135725868

Skyline College’s SHPE chapter is also closely tied to the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program at Skyline College, which Skyline College student Jenny Minh-Ai Vo-Phamhi pointed out, “I joined SHPE because of my friendship and respect for friends at the MESA center who are in SHPE and inspired me with their hard work and determination, and because of Professor Stephen Fredricks, who inspired me with his deep dedication to the students. He is the director of MESA and is the advisor behind the other Skyline STEM clubs: SHPE, SASE, SWE, and SACNAS.” Jenny continued to speak about what attracts her to Skyline College, “I love the profound sense of solidarity involving us students, who are persevering toward individual goals and inspiring and supporting each other in the process. There is a definite sense that many members of the faculty want to help us succeed. The MESA Center in particular is brilliantly conceived and run by MESA director Stephen Fredricks to provide this sense of community. He works tirelessly for students to get the help and support they need to meet the challenges of the difficult STEM courses. My MESA friends have been important in my life. I have made it so far through challenging pre-engineering math and physics classes.

SHPE meets every Friday afternoon from 1pm-2pm in room 7307. You can contact SHPE through Professor Stephen Fredricks at

All quotations are from the website except where otherwise noted.

Article and Photos by John Saenz.


CITD Internship Student Success Story!

Tablan_E_rtsb6The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) would like to congratulate Ms. Elizabeth Tablan for being hired as a part-time Office Assistant II with the new Retail Tourism & Hospitality program, here at Skyline College. Elizabeth began as an intern with the CITD in the spring semester of 2013 and continued on as a senior intern this semester. In her role as an intern Elizabeth carried out day-to-day operations of the office which included composing marketing materials, grant reporting, and detailed record keeping. She also helped organize several projects and events for CITD and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). These events included international delegation visits, executive business briefings with industry and the Skyline College community, and YEP outreach events, like RTSB6. As a senior intern, Elizabeth helped train the new internship class and worked on more high-level projects. Elizabeth has been a great addition to the CITD/YEP team.

Elizabeth had the following to say about her experience as a CITD intern, “I am thankful for CITD’s internship program as it has provided me a chance to continue working at Skyline College. When I submitted my application for the internship, I applied for the chance to get involved in international business relations. This internship has provided me valuable experience and opportunities to work on international projects and other developments within the college.”

In her new role as an OAII with the Retail Tourism & Hospitality program (RHT), and under Andrea Vizenor’s leadership, Elizabeth will continue to utilize her skills and gain valuable experience. The entire CITD family congratulates Ms.Tablan for her outstanding achievement.

The CITD Internship Program is a collaborative effort between the Career Resources Center and the CITD. The program provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience in the areas of international business development and education. The Internship program recruits students at the start of every semester.

For more information please contact: or

Article written by CITD Intern, Dominic Lucio.


Skyline College Students Meet Author Lac Su at Cañada College

LacSuwithClassOn Wednesday evening, Paula Silva’s English 100 students carpooled to Cañada college instead of going to their usual 6:00 p.m. class in building 8.  The idea that they would meet the author of the book they recently read and wrote about was intriguing, but the reality of listening to him and meeting him turned out to be mesmerizing, a definite highlight of the semester.

Lac Su, author of the memoir I Love Yous are for White People, sat alone on the stage of the Main Theater and shared quietly and candidly about his life as a Vietnamese refugee seeking love and belonging in his volatile home and surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods. After his talk, Su spent an intimate moment with every student who stood in line to have their book personally signed—this was a thrilling first for most students (The bookstore will NOT be getting those treasured books back!).

Skyline College students were one of the largest groups in attendance and shone beautifully at this event.

Article by Paula Silva.

Sacramento City College Hosts Their 1st Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Educational Conference

IMG_4303With the help Skyline College faculty and staff, EOPS counselors of Sacramento City College and the Low End Theory Collaborative, hosted their 1st Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Educational Conference for over 150 youth and students from local feeder high schools in Sacramento. Counselors, Nate Nevado and Melanie Espinueva, and English instructor, Nathan Jones, represented Skyline College.

Vice President of Student Services of Sacramento City College, Michael Poindexter, and the Dean of Learning Resources, Dr. Rhonda Rios-Kravitz, provided welcome remarks for the event. Nate Nevado provided the keynote address emphasizing the importance of higher education and social responsibility through Hip Hop.NateKeynote

The conference consisted of many educational workshops that included: Social Action through Hip Hop, spoken word and writing workshops, and Exploring Race and Ethnicity through the lenses of Hip Hop. Educational programs and services were also at hand to provide students with degree and transfer information to 4-year universities. In addition, Skyline College’s very own student club, Urban Youth Society provided an energetic live performance.



Rock The School Bells aims to empower and educate our youth about the importance of higher education and career exploration, increase awareness of the value of personal development and healthy lifestyles, and promote social change within their communities through Hip Hop. Our goal is to expand Rock The School Bells to other college campuses in California.

Check out news highlights of Rock The School Bells – Sacramento, on

For more information on Rock The School Bells, you can contact Nate Nevado at or check out our website.

Article by: Nate Nevado, Photos by Melanie Espinueva & Nate Nevado.