Daily Archives: October 4, 2013

Coming Up….

Friday, October 4, 2013

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Stigma & Its Consequences Lecture, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4180
  • 4:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Chabot College, Hayward
  • 5:00 p.m., Wrestling vs. Santa Rosa, Skyline College
  • 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. Foothill College, Aptos

Monday, October 7, 2013

  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center – DeVry University Rep Visit, Transfer Center Building 6 – Fireside Dining Room

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • 2:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Canada College, Skyline College
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., ASSC Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202-4
  • 4:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Chabot College, Hayward
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Transfer Center – SFSU Business Major Rep visit, Transfer Center, Building 2, Room 2-306

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Latino Heritage Celebration, Skyline College – Quad
  • 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., FREE English Conversation/Pronunciation Workshops, Skyline College, Bldg. 1, Room 1218
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Science Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Transfer Center – CSU Application Process Workshop, Transfer Center – Building 2, Room 2117A
  • 6:00 p.m., Wrestling vs. Modesto, Modesto
  • 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. West valley, Skyline College

Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Transfer Center – DeVry University Rep Visit, Transfer Center – Building 6 – Fireside Dining Room
  • 10:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Berkeley Rep Visit, Transfer Center – Building 2, Room 2227

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Training for Insurance Agents on Covered California, Skyline College Theatre, Building 1
  • 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., Stigma & Mental Illness Poster Presentations, Building 4, Room 4180
  • 1:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. City College San Francisco (DH), Skyline College
  • 3:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Gavilan College (DH), Skyline College
  • 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. Canada College, Redwood City

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • 9:00 a.m., Wrestling, Modesto Tournament, Modesto

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 napierc@smccd.edu.

College Budget Committee


The College Budget Committee met on September 26, 2013 chaired by Leigh Anne Shaw, Academic Senate President, and Eloisa Briones, VP Administrative Services.  Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Blackwood presented the Final 2013-2014 Budget adopted by the Board of Trustees on September 25.  She explained the assumptions used for projecting property tax and other revenues as well as expenditures, resulting in a balanced budget for the general unrestricted fund for this year.  The district maintains a 5% reserve which the Board will be reviewing in a future study session, in light of the district’s community supported status.  The County Treasurer will be invited to present the County’s investment current practices and policies.

The Board wants to avoid investments losses similar to what the district incurred with Lehman Brothers going bankrupt.  Measure G will expire in June 2014 and the board will decide whether or not to go for a renewal. The current resource allocation model is FTES-driven.  The District Committee on Budget and Finance will continue its work in developing a new resource allocation model that will not only be based on FTES and growth, but also establish funding to maintain base staffing levels at each of the campuses.  Interim Dean of Planning David Ulate reviewed the integrated planning and budgeting process of the college and the role that CBC has in this process.  Eloisa reviewed the Skyline College financial reports for 2012-13 for fund 1 and the other major funds.  David Ulate presented the latest enrollment and productivity report.  Dean Joe Morello gave the CBC a thorough “primer” on attendance methods and explained the calculations behind FTES, WSCH and load.  This gave the CBC a better insight on what the numbers reported on the Productivity and Enrollment reports mean and how they were derived.  The College Budget Committee will meet again on October 10, 2013.

Article and photo by Eloisa Briones.

ECE/EDU Career Pathways to Your Future

On Wednesday evening, October 2, at the Skyline College Child Development Center, nearly 100 participants from Early Childhood Education heard from a panel of professionals about Careers and College Pathways.  Using Early Childhood Education/Child Development as a foundation, students can plan a range of careers working with and in support of children and families.

The group was welcomed by ECE/EDU Program Coordinator Kate Williams Browne and Skyline College student data was presented on behalf of County Office of Education/EQuIP Grant.  Several panelists from Skyline College told their stories of inspiration: Soodie Ansari on Early Language Development, Mary Yung of Special Education, Dr. James Adams of Educational Psychology, and Skyline graduate Jamie Hui now with San Francisco Unified School District Family Support Program.  Transfer requirements for the Child & Adolescent Bachelor program were explained by the PATH Coordinator Melinda Ramzel, and Special Education Graduate program was described by Dr. Sarita Santos.  The requirements and services here at Skyline were noted by ECE Program Services Coordinator Cece Rebele, and Child Development Center Director Tina Watts outlined several options at the Child Development Center on campus.

Stay tuned for the next ECE event, Saturday 22 of February. Entitled “Orientation to Education,” this morning session is for those interested in the Teaching Profession in early care and education.

Article by Kate Williams Browne, Chair/Program Coordinator, ECE Department, Photos by Shawna Whitney.

Skyline College Career Services Center Internship/ Externship Programs Begin

Skyline College Career Services Center

Skyline College Career Services has implemented new Internship/ Externship programs. Last month, twenty five students selected from over two hundred interested applicants were admitted into the California Pacific Medical Center/Skyline College Externship Program. This externship program combines hands on experience at one of the four CPMC medical centers. Career seminars will focus on high demand UCSF medical health care careers (e.g. physician assistants, speech language pathologists, physical therapy, sonography, etc). Students were placed in CPMC child development centers, rehabilitation therapy, food and nutrition, pediatric emergency departments, post partum/ newborn intensive care, nursing units, radiology and ultrasound.


On October 1 Skyline College students attended on-site orientations at the Radisson Hotel San Francisco Airport Bay Front. Students completed internship paperwork, toured their respective internship areas of sales/marketing/human resources, food and beverage and guest services, and created their semester schedule and learning objectives.

career2On October 1 Skyline College students participated in an orientation as preparation for volunteering and interning at Reading Partners, a nonprofit utilizing structured curriculum to provide one-on-one tutoring for elementary students in South San Francisco.  Reading Partners was brought to Los Cerritos Elementary due to a President’s Innovation Fund proposal created by Lavinia Zanassi and Alexander Jones.

Chicana Latina Foundation 2013 Awards Ceremony

Chicana Latina Foundation Awards
Skyline College Career Services Director, Virginia Padrón, along with her three SFSU Career Counseling Interns, Virginia Rosales, Janet Ramirez, and Nereida Angulo, participated in the annual Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. The keynote speaker, Dolores Huerta, pictured above, was the highlight to an evening filled with inspirational, motivational, and empowering personal messages. Dolores Huerta is most known for her social activist role in the American civil rights movement and is the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, alongside longtime partner and co-founder Cesar Chavez. Some of her awards and recognitions includes: The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton, Puffin Foundation award for Creative Citizenship Labor Leader Award, Kern’s County’s Woman of the Year by California State Legislature, James Smithson Award, and Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement Award. Her most recent recognition includes her induction to the U. S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor, 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the California Hall of Fame, and the Jefferson Award for Public Service.

As one of the most famous and celebrated Latinas in the U.S, Ms. Huerta has also been an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights. Dolores Huerta continues working to develop community leaders, working with the poor, immigrants, women and youth, with the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She speaks at universities and organizational forums on issues of social justice and public policy.

The evening also highlighted outstanding Latina students, including our very own Skyline College graduate Jackeline Monrroy Marroquin. Jackeline is one of the 2013 scholarship recipients of the Chicana Latina Foundation. She was recently accepted to San Francisco State University where she is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Pictured alongside Jackeline Monrroy Marroquin is Virginia Rosales, also a former Skyline College graduate and Chicana Latina scholarship recipient.career

Article by Lavinia Zanassi, Virginia Padron and Alex Jones, Photos by Virginia Rosales.


Skyline College Club Rush a Success

ASSC clubOn September 25, 2013, over twenty-six Skyline College student clubs and a few Skyline College programs joined together in the Quad to inform students their presence on campus and to recruit new members to their communities.

The Skyline College student clubs offer a wide variety of leadership, internship, and volunteer opportunities to enhance their college experience. These clubs build student relations correlating with common interests such as career options, academics, cultural support, social events and interest, political service and religion.  Participating in clubs on campus provides students with the tools and support to find their path and to create an environment of growth that allows for their establishment as active members of their community.  Moreover, participation in student clubs and organizations is a key way in which students are able to apply skills and develop assets that become a part of what makes them unique and desirable with job and college applications.Skyline View Club

Many of the students at their club booths shared why their clubs are important to them and how beneficial it is towards their future goals. Skyline College student Kevin Adler, vice president of the American Medical Student Association Club and Neuroscience major stated, “It’s the holy grail of clubs for me because being a part of this club really solidifies my place at skyline because there really are no other clubs offering similar opportunities to give an idea of the medical field.” Giving students a chance to play an important role regarding their dreams empowers them to pursue their goals.

Students can join clubs to see if they develop an interest in their future careers. Judah Darwin, a concurrent Skyline College student and high school freshman shares his concerns, “We can’t live without the environment. I’m here to create awareness.” Darwin currently has an interest in Theoretical Physics.

Heart WrenchersDavante Cade, a current Associated Students of Skyline College Senator and Business and Fashion major said, “Club Rush is an important day because it gives you a chance to get involved and be active. It gives you an opportunity to have a position of power, meet really cool people, and better your community as well as yourself.”

Lauren Tanedo, a Psychology major and an active member in Women in Transition, WIT, said,

“WIT is important because it’s not limited towards women but mainly for women and new students or re-entry students, people who have been away from school for a long time or don’t have any experience in school.  It’s important to get this information out to people like that because they don’t know what their resources are. If they don’t know what their resources are, it will be very hard for them to succeed. We are trying to form a community where we can refer students to where they need to go for certain things. For example, problems at home, domestic abuse, mental health issues, substance issues.Skyline Clubs It’s important to be here just because of the resources. We want to be here for you in order to be successful. It’s important to me because I’m a re-entry student. I’ve been out of school for 10 years and I came back in the fall and when I came here I didn’t know anything. It was overwhelming, keeping up with classes, working, and having a family at home. Being a part of WIT is important because they kind of tie everything together for me and they’re very supportive. They tell me ‘Hey, it’s okay, you can do it. It’s okay you didn’t get it the first time.’”

SHPE club Luis Jimenez, Engineering major and President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, said that SHPE “…has really shown me the side of professionalism that I haven’t seen since I’ve been here at Skyline College. It’s prepared me and has gotten me into internships.  It’s really gotten me out there to be a leader in my community by promoting STEM related fields. Also, it’s given me a great opportunity to network with professionals out in my desired major. We want more Hispanic people in our community to join our club so they know they’re not there by themselves, and that there’s actually support out there so that they don’t feel all alone when studying. We have support systems and they can come to us so we can help them out.

Kababayan Program clubLaura Sandifer, and Accounting major and President of Kappa Beta Delta, said, “KBD is an international business honors society used to help students get experience through leadership and help with the scholarship process to be able to move onto higher education.  It’s set up for two year college students. It helps provide support for when I’m trying to figure out which colleges work for me.  I also get advice about the pathways of where I want to go in the business community.”

 Article and photos by John Saenz.

Affordable Care Act, “OBAMACARE” Presentation

Affordable Care photo

On October 1, 2013 the Skyline College Health Center organized a special presentation to educate the community on the Affordable Care Act, “OBAMACARE.”

The hour and a half presentation by Tyler Smith, from Covered California was attended by over 100 people including students, family members, staff and faculty.  The presentation focused on the Affordable Care Act “OBAMACARE,” the law; eligibility and enrollment process. The PowerPoint presentation was followed by a question and answer session where many of the attendees were able to glean the information they needed to proceed with the enrollment process.

Our goal is to provide as much information as possible regarding changes being brought about by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the impact it will make in our community.

Affordable Care photo 2

With this goal in mind the Health Center’s objective is to encourage everyone to seek the information they need to make the right decisions when looking at health care.  We strive to educate everyone about the benefits and federal services available to them.

Due to the success and continued need for information an additional presentation will be held on November 13, 2013.  Keep your eyes open for more information regarding our next Affordable Care Act event.

Written by Jackie Espino, Donna Elliott, of the Skyline College Student Health Center, photos by Jared Martin.


Lot E ADA Parking Update

Lot E 1Dear Skyline College Faculty and Staff:

Skyline College Facilities and Public Safety Departments recently completed a thorough parking assessment and found the campus overall has approximately twice the code required number of ADA accessible parking spaces.  This demonstrates our commitment to our great community that we serve.   Additionally, the District worked with our permit authority, the Division of State Architect, to allow us to strategically locate the ADA accessible spaces in areas of highest use and need, rather than on a strict lot-by-lot basis, as is usual.   Representatives from the Skyline College DRC helped to identify the areas of highest need for placement of ADA accessible parking during the CIP II planning process.

Lot E 2There are currently 14 non-code compliant parking spaces designated as ADA Accessible spaces in Parking Lot E, south of Building One.  These non-code compliant spaces were not included in the above mentioned  inventory.  Because these spaces are not code compliant, their use may expose individuals to hazards associated with steep grades and a path of travel across the active traffic areas and loading dock.  Therefore, the existing ADA parking signs will be removed in the coming weeks.  The majority of these 14 spaces will be returned to standard permit parking.   A few spaces will be designated for special permits issued by departments with high levels of community visitors.

We plan to complete this by the end of November, 2013.

As always, we will communicate updates accordingly and appropriately.  If you have any questions, please contact John Doctor, Facility Manager, Skyline College at 650-738-4166 or doctorj@smccd.edu.

Coming Soon: Online Suite of Support Services

Good things are on the horizon! This past week the Board of Trustees approved funding for a district wide online suite of support services that includes: student orientation/advising, education planning, financial aid literacy and college success skills modules that provide students with 24/7 access to matriculation services. This suite of services is one strategy in response to the Student Success Act of 2012 which was enacted last year and requires all students participate in assessment, orientation, counseling/ advising, education planning and student follow-up. The system is accessible (including mobile devices), has multi-language capability, and incorporates text, audio and video, orientations for special populations (Veterans and International students) and tracks learning outcomes and performance.  Full implementation of the program is anticipated for summer 2014. Yes, exciting things are ahead for Skyline College.

Article by Dr. Joi Blake.