Monthly Archives: November 2013

Coming Up….

Friday, November 22, 2013

• 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Skyline College Public Speaking Presents Professor Solomon Darwin, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6204

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Test Taking Strategies Workshop, The Learning Center, Building 5, Room 5115

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Test Taking Strategies Workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, The Learning Center, Room 5115


Saturday, November 23, 2013

• 10:00 a.m., Wrestling, Conference Tournament, Hayward

• 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Fifth Annual Performing Arts Showcase, Skyline College, Main Theater, Building 1


Monday, November 25, 2013

• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Career Assessment Interpretations, Skyline College, Building 1, Career Services Center, Room 1219B

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Career Assessment Interpretations, Skyline College, Building 1, Career Services Center, Room 1219B

• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Career Assessment Interpretations, Skyline College, Building 1, , Career Services Center, Room 1219B

• 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – Career Assessment Interpretations, Skyline College, Building 1, Career Services Center, Room 1219B


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

• 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Skyline College Speaks: A Campus Forum on Diversity, Difference & Dialogue, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2350


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

• 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., FREE English Conversation/Pronunciation Workshops, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1218

• 2:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Gavilan College, Skyline College

• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B

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


Thursday, November 28, 2013

• Thanksgiving – Campus Closed

All Day Event, Skyline College


Friday, November 29, 2013

• Thanksgiving – Campus Closed

All Day Event, Skyline College


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


Promoting Positive Financial Behaviors for Student Success

FinAidMoney is one of the most stressful topics for most people regardless of age, income, background or financial history. SparkPoint at Skyline College can ease the pain! Specializing in financial education and personalized financial coaching free for both students or non-enrolled members of the community, SparkPoint at Skyline College presents Financial Education workshops throughout Fall 2013 at Skyline College. Serving both students and residents of San Mateo County, the workshops cover topics ranging from:

  • Banking
  • Building Savings
  • Money Management and Budgeting
  • And Credit and Identity Theft

Learn to set financial goals, create budgets, identify attitudes towards money and savings, and explore how to identify predatory financial services. You will and increase positive financial behaviors for personal and academic success.

In addition to monthly workshops, SparkPoint at Skyline College partners with excellent organizations including Community Financial Resources and Wells Fargo, to present financial education workshops for student programs throughout the district.

This semester, SparkPoint presents customized workshops for TRiO students including Credit Basics, Identity Protection, and Budgeting Financial Aid and Scholarships. For the second semester in a row, SparkPoint partners with EOPS and CalWORKS students at Cañada College to present customized financial education workshops.

A special thanks to Michele Enriquez-Da Silva of San Mateo Credit Union, SparkPoint financial coaches Saul Gonzalez and Axel Flores, TRiO Counselor, Jessica Lopez, and Cañada College

EOPS Counselor, Lorraine Barrales-Ramirez, for their support of this semester’s financial education workshops.

SparkPoint presents financial education workshops at the SparkPoint Center on the Skyline College campus in the English Language Institute, Bldg 1, Room 1218, once per month. Certificates of completion are available for all attendees. This series of workshops will be offered again in Spring 2014. For more information, please visit the SparkPoint website.

Article by Melanie Espinueva.


Campus Forum on Diversity, Difference & Dialogue: Building Unity Through Our Differences


You are invited to join us for an experience of learning through our differences and appreciating our diversity while applying vital dialogue skills.

When: Tuesday, November 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Skyline College, Room 2350 (old cafeteria)

Lunch Provided

Extra Credit Slips Provided

RSVP or for information email Jennifer Mair at

Article by Jennifer Mair.

Scholarship Social Event Raises Scholarship Awareness

Scholarship Social Collage (FA13)On Monday, November 4, the Financial Aid Office kicked off National Scholarship Month with a Scholarship Social. Students who completed a scholarship quiz received a root beer float. Students also received scholarship information as well as information about upcoming National Scholarship Month events. Upon completing the quiz, students were entered into a drawing for $30 gas cards.

National Scholarship Month Flyer (Fall 2013 for Skyline Shines jpeg)Please encourage your students to attend the Scholarship workshops which are available all month. Also, if you would like the scholarship coordinator to present to one of your classes regarding scholarship opportunities, please contact Crystal Shetaya at

Article by Crystal Shetaya, Photos by Jocelyn Vila.


Tenderloin Dirt Harvested, Transformed, and Served with Tenderloin Food

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 21, 2013) – On October 24th and November 7th, conceptual artist Ilana Crispi invites the public to sit on, drink from, and eat out of Tenderloin dirt transformed into ceramic vessels and furniture. “Most people demonstrate visible disgust at the idea of touching the ground here. I want to challenge that stigma and help people feel a direct connection to this soil,” shares Crispi, who lived and taught in the Tenderloin.

Food grown atop Glide Memorial Church will be served in Crispi’s dirt creations — attesting to the vibrant and verdant promise of the Tenderloin. “We are excited to be involved with Crispi’s urban transformation and to share our abundant autumn harvest of heirloom greens, edible flowers, and tomatoes as well as honey from our rooftop beehives,” says Lindsey Dyer of Glide Foundation’s Graze the Roof. Crispi chose to serve local food because “There’s so much hiding beneath the surface in this neighborhood, even nature in spite of the concrete.” she explains.IlanaCrispiDirt

Crispi single-handedly excavated 90 gallons of dirt for this show from sites like Tenderloin’s Boeddeker Park, where she taught art to neighborhood kids. At that time, Crispi’s students could not use the soil because the park was littered with needles and a prison-like fence was needed to address the number of bodies found in the mornings. “I want people to experience a beautiful version of this place. People once picnicked here among dwarf oaks and blackberry bushes. Now there’s no green space.” reminds Crispi. Declaring a vista point where visitors are directed to stop, sit, look, eat, and drink “is a celebration of our neighborhood, past and present. She’s excavating the history of the Tenderloin through its dirt,” appreciates Frank Merritt, Co-Founder of Ramon’s Tailor.

Decades earlier, when the Tenderloin catered to the white middle-class and bourgeois, “people came together to enjoy theater, dance, skating, and bowling in the past incarnations of Boeddeker Park. Now the site’s dirt is being transformed again. The Tenderloin — like the Fillmore, Western Addition, and Mission — struggles against losing its sense of place and Crispi’s project calls on us to deeply consider its rich history and future,” shares Betty Traynor of Friends of Boeddeker Park. Sarah Wilson of Uptown Tenderloin Museum adds “We welcome contemporary artists like Ilana Crispi who engage with the community to shed light on the Tenderloin’s past.” After all, Crispi observes: “In the Tenderloin, much of the history of this place, like the dirt, is not visible.”


WHERE: Ramon’s Tailor, 628 Jones St. (and Post St.), San Francisco, California |

EXHIBITION: October 24 – November 22, 2013 | Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00PM – 4:00PM COST: Free





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SF Weekly


Ilana Crispi is a San Francisco based visual artist. Using ceramics, fiber, and traditional craft along with contemporary technologies and junk materials, she creates excessively crafted objects and environments. Her creations are sometimes temporary and change over time. They occupy the gallery space and extend beyond to the street and sometimes into unexpected encounters. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Crispi has also lived and worked in Providence, New York, and Madrid. She received her MFA from Mills College and BA in Comparative Literature and Visual Arts from Brown University. She was the recipient of the Eklind Fellowship and the Resident Artist at the Montalvo Arts Center, the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums in San Francisco, and at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in New York. Her work has been shown at conventional and alternative sites including public streets in Oakland, Artist’s Television Access, Little Tree Gallery, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, and Shanghai Normal University Gallery in Shanghai, China. Crispi teaches at San Francisco City College and Skyline College. CONTACT: | 415.685.3159 |




Wishing Rob Johnstone a Fond Farewell!

Please join me in extending warm wishes to Dr. Rob Johnstone as he embarks on a new venture of starting the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement (NCII). Rob has been collaborating with the RP Group to do work with the Gates Foundation across the nation for the recent two years. During his leave, Dr. David Ulate has served as the Interim Dean of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness. Rob officially notified us of his intent to resign his position effective December 30, 2013. During his time here, Rob was instrumental in developing a strong foundation for institutional research and a culture of data informed decision making. Also, his work on Completion by Design has given Skyline College a solid framework from which to contextualize our work to improve student success. For this and all that he has done, we are very appreciative. “We certainly wish Rob well and extend our heartfelt gratitude to him for his great service to our college, students and community.”

The college will immediately begin the hiring process of seeking candidates to be considered for appointment to the position.

 Article by Regina Stanback Stroud.

Kappa Beta Delta Business Honor Society Initiation

KBD Fall 2013 initiation pix

Donald Carlson, Dean of Business, Education and Professional Programs welcomed twenty-two new members Skyline College Alpha Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society on November 6. Kappa Beta Delta is the Associate Degree Honor Society for Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Skyline College is the only community college in California to achieve business accreditation status. New initiates include: Flavious Abellana, Thein Aung, Omar Bakir, Kimberly Ann Bryant, MK Bryant, Christopher Chang, Miki Heitzman, Tetiana Kaut, Todd Kirk, RuoBing Lei, Jia Chuan Lu, Ben Mayer, Maura O’Flynn, Melanie Parazo, Wilfredo Pasamba, Edwin Qiu, Alexander Reyes, Julie Sabangan, Marissa Wong, Hoi Ying Wong, Nara Xavier da Costa, and Naoko Yumoto. Membership is open to all Business majors who have completed a minimum of 15 units completed at Skyline College, completed 3 courses in the major, and maintained a minimum of 3.4 GPA.

Article by Linda Whitten, Photo by Hellen Zhang.


Transfer Awareness Month a Success!!!

Fall 2013_Transfer Conference Attendees_Transfer TeamRecently, the Transfer Center hosted Transfer Awareness Month, a time when a host of workshops and events are available to students interested in learning more about transferring and what it would take to get the process started.

We kicked off the month with a very well attended CSU Drop-In Application Assistance Workshop. More than 30 students visited the Transfer Center during the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm for assistance with their online application and many students were able to successfully submit their applications to their preferred colleges and universities. And for those students who missed the workshop, the Transfer Center also hosted an informational CSU Application Workshop.Fall 2013_Transfer Conference Opening Photo_Joy_VP This workshop offered students information about the process and how to start the application, where to go for information, and what type of information they would need to complete the workshop. With at more than 18 students attending, this was also a very well attended workshop, which students found to be very informative and helpful to them starting the process to transfer.

Fall 2013_Transfer Conference Attendees_StudentsAlong with workshops, the Transfer Center worked hard to provide Skyline College students access to college representatives from UC Davis, SFSU, UC Santa Barbara and Columbia University. At least 40 or more students met with these representatives, which gave them an opportunity to meet one-on-one regarding questions about applying and information about various programs and majors. For students interested in attending San Francisco State University, college representative Paul Mendez and Doris Fendt were on hand! They met with over 20 students during their various college visits answering questions about transferring to SFSU and discussing with students the Transfer Articulation Bridge Program. The TAB program offers Skyline College students an opportunity to enroll in one course at SFSU while still earning units at Skyline College. The course prepares students by giving them an overview of the various resources available to students at SFSU and how to make sure they are transfer ready! Both Paul and Doris expressed how impressed they were with Skyline College’s students; they illustrated strong interest in transferring and were asking many critical questions.

Finally, in addition to college representative one-on-one conferencing, the Transfer Center and Skyline College hosted our annual Transfer Day on Monday, October 21. Over 40 college and university representatives were in attendance for this event! Representatives met with Skyline College students and assisted them by providing access to important information regarding transfer to the colleges or universities of their choice. Many representatives, similar to Doris and Paul, also expressed how impressed they were by our students’ excitement and critical thinking skills. With over 200 students in attendance for the event, many asked very good questions that showed their earnest interest in moving forward with their academic goals.DSCN4131

And finally, the Transfer Center ended Transfer Awareness Month by meeting with the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee. This committee is setting the groundwork to make the Transfer Center a constant part of Skyline College Community. During the meeting the committee revisited the group’s discussion from the previous meeting and narrowed its focus by spending more time defining Transfer Culture and by conducting a group activity designed to prioritize tasks and goals for the following meeting.

Overall, Transfer Awareness Month was very successful. Many dialogues regarding transfer were robust and all of our activities and events were overwhelmingly attended. We look forward to the coming months as planning months for the rest of the semester as we continue to host college representatives and workshops or events geared toward making transfer happen for our awesome Skyline College student community.

Article by Michele Haggar, Program Services Coordinator, Photos by Michelle Haggar and Raul Guerra.


Honors Transfer Program Update – Fall 2013

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Bay Honors Consortium Roundtable 

On October 19, 2013, the Bay Honors Consortium hosted its annual conference at Mills College in Oakland. Skyline Honors Faculty were in attendance, and they had the opportunity to hear a wonderful keynote speech by distinguished scholar Dr. Kimberley Phillips, Mills Provost and Dean of Faculty. Dr. Phillips message of meeting students “where they are” and the importance of culturally relevant pedagogy was very inspiring. Honors faculty also participated in breakout sessions, including our own Shari Bookstaff’s presentation on teaching honors biology online.

Honors Transfer Program Co-Sponsors “Hip Hop Wars” 

Kudos to CIPHER (Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research) for hosting Dr. Tricia Rose’s engaging talk on Hip Hop. Nate Nevado and the entire CIPHER team did an amazing job, and the HTP is grateful to have been a co-sponsor of this event.

Honors Club 

The Honors Club enjoyed a successful Harvest Festival with their “Jeopardy” game. To finish the Fall 2013 semester The Honors Club will do a holiday book read with a preschool class at the Skyline College Child Development Center.

The club meets bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 in room 4-240A. The Honors Club has new, great-looking shirts hot off the presses for sale for $15. Contact John Ulloa at if you would like to purchase one.

Mark Your Calendars

The Honors Research Symposium will be held at UC Berkeley on May 3, 2014. Honors faculty should encourage students to participate! Contact John Ulloa at for more information.


The Honors Transfer Program admission is ongoing. Please have your students stop by room 4-242 to fill out an application or download one:

Connect with the Honors Transfer Program on Facebook:

Article written by John Ulloa, Honors Transfer Program Coordinator.


Sustainability Ambassador Network Explores Green Campus Initiatives


The Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN) met on Wednesday, November 20 to explore solutions to campus sustainability issues around transportation, waste diversion, water efficiency, and green learning environments. Twenty Skyline College students, administrators, faculty and staff gathered to identify goals and develop action plans for the 2013-2014 academic year. Some of SAN’s upcoming initiatives include improving access and incentives for alternative modes of transportation, reducing material waste, energy use, and water use in campus buildings, and expanding a successful composting pilot program that was implemented at Skyline College last year.

SAN encourages participation from all Skyline College employees and students. If you are interested in campus sustainability initiatives and want to get involved, please contact Richard Hsu,

 Article by Richard Hsu, Photo by Aaron Wilcher.