Daily Archives: October 11, 2013

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Friday, October 11, 2013

• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Training for Insurance Agents on Covered California, Skyline College Theatre, Building 1

• 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., AMSA Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6207

• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., National Coming Out Day Celebration!, Skyline College, Quad

• 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Theater Club Meeting, Skyline College Theater , Building 1

• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Runners Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 3, 1st floor in the Lobby.

• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Stigma & Mental Illness Poster Presentations, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4180

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

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

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

• 1:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. City College San Francisco (DH), Skyline College

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

• 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. 10:00 a.m., Wrestling, Modesto Tournament, Modesto

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

• 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Smokey Mountain- A concert of Songs and Dance of Philippine Indigenous Tribes, Skyline College Theater , Building 1

• 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Smokey Mountain- A Concert of Songs and Dances of Philippine Indigenous Tribes, Skyline College Theater , Building 1


Monday, October 14, 2013

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

• 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Skyline Science and Research Club, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7-7304

• 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Cal Grants for Transfer Students, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

• 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., UC Berkeley Virtual Advising, Skyline College, Transfer Center, Building 2, Room 2227

• 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., SFSU Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B

• 10:00 a.m. – 2 :00 p.m., Notre Dame de Namur Rep Visit – INSTANT ADMISSIONS DAY, Skyline College, Building 6 – Main Cafeteria

• 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., Transfer Articulation Bridge (TAB), Skyline College,Transfer Center, Building 2, Room 2227

• 12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m., A Call to Consciousness Lecture Series, Skyline College Theater, Building 1

• 2:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Monterey Peninsula (DH), Monterey


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

• 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FREE English Conversation/Pronunciation Workshops, Skyline College, Building1, Room 1218

• 12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., CSU Application Process Workshop, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

• 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7-303

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

• 6:00 p.m., Wrestling vs. Menlo College, Atherton

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


Thursday, October 17, 2013

• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Palo Alto University Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6 – Fireside Dining Room


Friday, October 18, 2013

• 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Theater Club Meeting, Skyline College Theater , Building 1

• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Runners Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 3, 1st floor in the Lobby.

• 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., TRiO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115

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

• 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Stigma & Mental Illness Panel Discussion, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4180

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

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

• 1:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. De Anza College (DH), Skyline College

• 3:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Monterey Pen. College (DH), Skyline College

• 6:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball vs. Chabot College, Hayward

• 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Skyline College Concert Band Performance, Skyline College Theater , Building 1


Saturday, October 19, 2013

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

• 10:00 a.m., Wrestling, North Dual Meet, Santa Rosa


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.





Accreditation Update

Open Forum imageThe Accreditation Open Forum Celebration held on October 3, 2013 was a huge success. Over 80 Skyline College students, faculty, staff and administration enjoyed lunch. The focus of the Open Forum was to help the college community prepare for accreditation. President Dr. Regina Stroud kicked off the forum with opening remarks. Dr. Sarah Perkins, Accreditation Liaison Office and Vice President of Instruction, Donna Bestock, Accreditation Co-Chair and Christine Roumbanis, Accreditation Co-Chair lead the forum discussions including:

• Accreditation updates

• What happens during accreditation

• Review of the Accreditation Guide to Essential Resources

• Review of the Mission – Vision – Values Statement (MVV)


• Know where to find information or resources. Visit these essential websites and Resources.

o Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE)

o Distance Education (DE)

o The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)

o Distance Education Website

o Distance Education Handbook

o District Gateway to Distance Education Website

o SLOAC Website

Thanks to Dr. David Ulate and Karen Wong for leading discussions on planning, research, and assessment and SLOAC.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the dialogue. Special kudos to the students for their contributions. We look forward to the accreditation site visit and showing how Skyline College really does Shine.

In case you missed the Accreditation Open Forum Celebration, click here to watch.

Skyline Shines!

Article by Donna Bestock and Christine Roumbanis.



College Budget Committee Update

The College Budget Committee met on October 10, 2013 co-chaired by Academic Senate President Leigh Anne Shaw and Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones.

Eloisa presented in detail the Fund 1 Resource Allocation for 2013-2014 that shows an increase of $1,063,778 from last year, including compensation adjustments of $641K. Skyline College also receives Prop 30 funds calculated at $100 per FTES from the State’s Education Protection Account. The college has $294K of Measure G funds carried over from 2012-13. CBC will allocate these funds based on requests submitted by the divisions.

Eloisa also shared the list of District One Time fund allocations for 2013-14 which includes funding for equipment, technology replacements/upgrades and emergency building repairs. These were proposed by the districtwide Long Range Planning Committee for Equipment Replacement as part of an integrated plan of purchasing, replacing and recycling equipment to address the district’s total cost of ownership of its facilities and technology infrastructures. In response to the Board of Trustees initiative to rebuild our institution in light of the district’s community-supported status, the college developed its Strategic Priorities for 2014-2017 through its integrated planning and participatory governance processes. Skyline College received $1.8 million in one-time funds to enable the college to operationalize its Strategic Priorities. The District has assured continued support in succeeding years until such time as the college’s site allocation is able to cover these costs through increases in its allocation.

The College Budget Committee will allocate $200,000 in one-time funds and will review and prioritize requests at its next meeting. As the CBC prepares its recommendation for the 2014-2015 budget, operational budgets will be reviewed and assessed to ensure that divisions and programs are adequately funded to meet their needs.

David Ulate directed the CBC to the Accreditation website, particularly the Quick Guide that contains valuable information about the college’s various processes and planning documents. CBC has been selected as one of the committees to be interviewed by the visiting team.

CBC will meet again on November 14, 2013.

Article by Eloisa Briones.

Fall 2013 Transfer Conference Update

transfer5On Saturday, September 28, 2013 Skyline College Transfer Center hosted the 2nd Annual Transfer Conference for Skyline College students. The staff in the Transfer Center worked diligently to publicize the event by organizing tremendous efforts toward outreach and as a result, this event was overwhelmingly attended. Over 100 students, 80% of the students registered for the event, committed their time on a Saturday morning to participate in workshops throughout the day covering topics ranging from Top 10 Tips to Transfer, Exploring and Choosing Majors, Workshops on Financial Aid and Career Paths.

The day started with a warm welcome and introduction by Dr. Joi Blake, Vice President of Student Services. This event was supported by the Career Center, Virginia Padron and Lavinia Zanassi who presented “Keep Calm and Career On”, a workshop covering “…how to counteract the common misperceptions and bloopers students make while considering their major area of transfer1study”. Kent Gomez, General Counselor, conducted a workshop on Transfer Resources. Kent had many students in his workshops eager to learn more information regarding the cost to transfer and ways they could increase their chances of being accepted in their college or university of choice. Jessica Lopez, TRiO counselor, presented students with “Transfer Tips 101.” Jenny Yang from the Financial Aid Division presented students with information on ways they can finance their education through grants, scholarships, and financial aid.

Among these highly attended workshops, the Transfer Center hosted a College Panel and a Student Panel. The College Panel featured College Representative Doris Fendt from San Francisco State University and representing CSUs, Priscilla De Souza from Menlo College representing Private Colleges, and Jacqueline Escobar, Articulation Officer from Skyline College, representing UCs. These speakers shared important information regarding Transfer to UCs, CSUs and Private Colleges that would help students learn about their options and the requirements for transfer. Additionally, during lunch several colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, SFSU, UC Santa Cruz, and USF along with student resources such as the Student Health Center and the Opportunity Fund tabled so students could ask individual questions regarding their campus and the resources available.

transfer2The student Panel, which featured five former Skyline College transfer students, gave students an opportunity to hear first-hand the process former students experienced as they planned out their Transfer to the college or university of their choice. During the question and answer portion, students were able to ask the guest speakers about their experiences, how they decided on a college, how they juggled work and school, and what to expect when they transfer. This workshop provided students access to people who traversed the same path and were able to accomplish their transfer goals thanks to the tremendous amount of support provided to students via the Counseling Division, Career Center, TRiO Services, Spark Point, the Transfer Center and many other outreach communities and clubs on campus. In addition to all the great workshops, student had the opportunity to participate in a raffle to win Skyline College gear, College and University gear from SFSU, Menlo College, and a Samsung GALAXY Tab netbook donated by the Skyline College Bookstore and presented Kevin Chak, Bookstore Manager.transfer3

Overall the workshop was successful and the feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few of their comments:

  • Great Event, please keep these events going!
  • Very informative and would/will advise others to attend the next one.
  • I really enjoyed the Transfer Conference. There was really good advice and information that I didn’t know before this, I am glad I came.
  • I learned that there are people here to help me!
  • It is nice knowing Skyline College takes time to make events like this.
  • This conference was very helpful. It opens doors for student to better achieve their dreams.
  • I learned a lot more about private universities and the different requirements for transfer, and that they have a lot of financial help for students.

Special thanks to the presenters: Jacquie Escobar, Kent Gomez, Jessica Lopez, Virginia Padron, Jenny Yang, Lavinia Zanassi; to the former Skyline College transfer students, Counseling Division volunteers, Lucy Perez and Arielle Smith, student volunteers, and the Transfer Center faculty, staff and Transfer Ambassadors.

Article and Photos by Michele Haggar, Program Services Coordinator, Transfer Center.



Southern Africa Solar Reverse Trade Mission Held at Skyline College

SouthAf_groupOn September 5, 2013 the Bay Area Center for International Trade and Development (CITD) co-hosted a one day in-bound trade mission at Skyline College. This was the first stop for the South African delegates on their ‘Reverse Trade Mission to the U.S.’ This trade mission was sponsored and funded by the U.S Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). This opportunity brought together delegates representing top private sponsors and developers in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar power experts and suppliers from the United States in order to discuss project opportunities and the various U.S. private and public financing resources for trade development in the Southern African region.

After the opening comments by the President of Skyline College, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, presentations were made by representatives from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, USTDA, and SAFE-BIDCO. Additional presentations were made by Skyline College’s Energy Systems Technology Management program in support of the CITD’s international contract education projects. Among those in attendance from Skyline College were Richard Soyombo, CITD Executive Director, CITD staff and representatives from Skyline College’s Energy Systems Technology Management program.

For additional information please contact: Ms. Allison Mello at melloa@smccd.edu.

Article by Elizabeth Tablan, photo by Raul Guerra.



Skyline Students Shine at SACNAS Once Again

At the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Convention on October 3-5, eight Skyline College students presented their original scientific research alongside students from University of Texas, Princeton University, Yale University, University of California, University of Vermont, Stanford University, and many other universities. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas and sponsored by the University of Texas.

Papers were selected for the conference in a competitive judging from abstracts submitted in July. Skyline College students started their research last spring with Christine Case in BIOL 230 or BIOL 690. The students spent the summer in the lab to continue and complete their research. Stephen Fredricks worked with the students to register and prepare them for presenting at a national conference. Stephen reported that the students were knowledgeable and professional, and represented Skyline College well.

All of these students now have their first publication. You can see the students and their posters on their website. Here are their research topics:

  • Allelopathy and Biotoxicity of Cape Ivy Delairea odorata. Alyssa Koszis.
  • Growth and Lipid Production of the Microalga Spirogyra for Biofuel Production. Beatriz Millare.
  • Antimicrobial Effects Of Mimulus aurantiacus. Jackson Womack.
  • The Effects of Cape Ivy on Soil Microbial Populations. Keefah Khalil.
  • Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties of Symphoricarpos albus. Jashwin Sagoo and Myriah Stitt.
  • The Impact of The Invasive Plant Delairea Odorata On Carbon Cycling. Ronnette Biancah Naungayan and Jaimelynn B. Alvarez.

SACNAS group 2013

Photo: From Left, back row: Jackson, Alyssa, Jashwin, Stephen Fredricks, Irene Yim. Front row: Jaimelynn, Myriah, Keefah, Ronnette, Beatriz.

Insets: (Left) Keefah explains her research to a professor. (Right): Jashwin and Myriah at their poster.

Written by Christine Case, Photos by Irene Yim, Jaimelynn Alvarez, and Stephen Fredricks.


Veterans Resource Center Advisory Committee Meets to Address Resources Available for Veterans

The newly formed Skyline College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) Advisory Committee met for the first time on Thursday, September 29, 2013, to discuss the resources available to Skyline College’s military veteran population, which consists of approximately 123 student veterans. The committee is comprised of Skyline College faculty, staff, student veterans, and community partners that are involved with veterans at both our campus and the community. A couple of the distinguished committee members are San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees President Karen Schwarz and Skyline College Dean of Student Services Dr. John Mosby.


Back Row (Left to Right): John Mosby, Amory Cariadus, Jarrod Feiner, Gerardo Valencia, Karen Schwarz, Dan Evenhouse, and Carolyn Livengood.

Front Row (Left to Right): Eric Larson, Silvia Martinez, Gustavo Andrade, and Joyce Lee.

The mission of the VRC Advisory Committee is to provide advice and support for services and programs designed to facilitate the smooth transition of military veterans and to promote overall veteran student success. Additionally, the committee will assist in opening up a dialogue between veterans and non-veterans. The committee has already identified a few programs and services to implement and improve at Skyline College. Among these programs/services identified are establishing a veterans-focused orientation and a peer support/mentorship program for veterans.

The formation of this committee comes at a crucial time since military downsizing and the high monthly housing allowance of the bay area attracts many veterans to migrate to the bay area to use their educational benefits at institutions of higher learning. All veterans, regardless of branch of service and occupation, come from a very structured environment and can face many difficulties transitioning back into society. Skyline College can provide them not only an opportunity to advance their education, but also arm them with the tools necessary to transition back to society and become integral members of our community.

Aricle by Gustavo Andrade, Photo by Jazmena Bannag.


Skyline College TRiO SSS Students Visit the Seawolves

sonomaLast Spring the TRiO SSS Project contributed to Skyline College’s graduation and transfer rate with a total of 73 students who either received a certificate and/or associate degree and/or transferred to a four-year college. Forty three of these students transferred to a four-year institution of higher education (IHE). Feedback from the students indicated that campus visits were a significant contributing factor to the project’s transfer rate. Each year the TRiO SSS Project provides opportunities for its students to search for high quality academic education by visiting different IHE campuses throughout California.

Why visit? The TRiO SSS staff believes campus visits gives first-generation students many of whom have never an opportunity to get a real-time experience of an IHE campus is like.

The first TRiO SSS campus visit for this academic year was to Sonoma State University which is considered one of the Best 368 Colleges in the country, one of 25 of the “most connected” and “wired” (Forbes) as well as being among the top “green” campuses (Princeton Review), and recognized as having one of the best 25 liberal arts and science education program in the nation.

TRiO SSS students had the chance to experience a campus tour, visit the residence halls, dine in a residence hall dining room, and meet with an admission transfer officer—all of which was designed to give them a sense of what it would like to attend Sonoma State University and be a Seawolf. The impact of this campus visit was expressed by a student who reflected, “I really like Sonoma, definitely my #1 choice for a possible transfer.”

Article by Raymond Jones.


ECE/EDU Career Pathways to Your Future

ece2On Wednesday evening at the Skyline College Child Development Center, 2 October, 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 College 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.ece1

Stay tuned for the next ECE event, Saturday 22nd 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.


Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

MentalOn October 4, about 50 students joined psychology professor Jennifer Merrill for a presentation aimed at reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. The information was presented by Joe Balabis of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and was the first in a series of four presentations all designed to call attention to stigma and its consequences. This is a topic of great importance as research indicates that 25% of Americans will meet diagnostic criteria for a psychological disorder over the course of their lifetime. However, various factors – stigma being a big one – may prevent a person from seeking treatment.

The second event will be held Friday, 10/11, from 11:10am-12:00pm in room 4180. During this time students enrolled in Abnormal Psychology will display posters depicting different ways a specific population may view mental illness.

The third event will consist of a panel of individuals who have either been diagnosed with a psychological disorder or have a family member with a disorder. The panel will discuss the effects of stigma as well personal experiences with disorders. This discussion will take place Friday, 10/18, from 12:30pm-1:30pm in room 4180.

The last presentation will be given by Joe Balabis and Dr. Jei Africa, both from San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and will focus on providing specific strategies designed to reduce stigma. This presentation will be Friday, Oct 25 from 12:30pm-1:30pm in room 4180.

These events are open to the campus and we’d love to have you join us. Extra credit slips and light refreshments are provided.

Many thanks to the Disability Resource Center and Psychological Services for their collaboration in these events.

Article by Professor Jennifer Merrill, Photos by Raul Guerra.