Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

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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. – 2:00 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


Sunday, November 3, 2013

• 9:00 a.m., Wrestling, SFSU Tournament, San Francisco


Monday, November 4, 2013

• 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition Reception – Art Gallery, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

• 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Drop-In Application, Personal Statement Assistance, Skyline College, Building 2, Transfer Center , Room 2227

• 12:30 pm., Women’s Soccer vs. Mission College, Santa Clara

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

• 6:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Mission College (DH), Santa Clara

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

• 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Notre Dame de Namur Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room

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

• 11:30 am. – 12:30 p.m., FREE English Conversation/Pronunciation Workshops, Skyline College, Building 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

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


Thursday, November 7, 2013

• 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m., Classified Senate Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

• 12:00 p.m. – 1:100 p.m., Transfer Center – How to Research Colleges; Majors, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A

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


Friday, November 8, 2013

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

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

• 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


Saturday, November 9, 2013

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


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 colinc@smccd.edu.


$30,000 scholarship available: Please tell your students!

Do you know a high-performing community college transfer student? Does he or she have financial need?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-performing community college transfer students with financial need who plan to transfer to a top four-year college or university for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Selected students may use the award for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees, may pursue any area of study, will have the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community, and will receive up to $30,000 each year, making this scholarship the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. If you know any students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application is open from September 12 to November 7, 2013.

Article by Christine Case.

Career Services Center October 2013 Events

careerservcenterThe Career Services Center hosted a Fall Job, Internship and Community Service Fair with forty participating companies and eighty employment representatives attending with available employment and internship Opportunities. Five hundred Skyline College students looking for employment or internships attended the event held in the Skyline College Dining Hall.

cv6Career Conversation Series focusing on Civic Involvement a collaborative effort between Career Services, Senator Jerry Hills Office, South San Francisco City Council and Financial Aid. Presenters were Maurice Goodman, South San Francisco Board Supervisor running for South San Francisco City Council, Leslie Guevarra, Senior District Representative/Communications for Senator Jerry Hill, Josh Jubelirer Americorps volunteer, and Jocelynn Villa representing Skyline College Financial Aid Office. Presenters spoke about their perspective career paths to students who were interested in persuing similar occupations. Joycelyn Vila discussed how college tuition can be affordable and assist students in achieving their career goals.

cv5Francis Grisgood with the Employment Development Department presented the Resume Essentials workshop providing a step by step process for creating effective resumes. Resume handbooks were provided to all participating students.

Students Learn about Green Jobs from industry professionals and skyline faculty members, Aaron Wilcher and Bruce Greenstein who gave an overview of the green economy and green jobs. Students were also introduced to the green 360 website to connect with Green mentors at http://green360careers.net/.



InternationalTrade Development Students attend an Internship Workshop in the Career services Center. Pcsyeta stroud and Alex Jones collaborated to introduce new interns to work place skills.

Employers have begun recruiting and interviewing Skyline College students at the Career Services Center.

Article by Virginia Padron.

Dialogue, Facilitation & Leadership Skills Workshop

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 4.06.23 PMPlease invite your students to attend a workshop focused on enhancing their communication skills related to participating in and facilitating productive difficult conversations. The number one skill set employers are looking for are communication skills, and the skills focused on in this workshop are critical to important conversations and managing human differences.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Where: Skyline College, Room 8308

Pizza Provided

Certificates of Completion Awarded

Extra Credit Slips Provided

For more information & to RSVP contact Jennifer Mair at mairj@smccd.edu.

Article by Jennifer Mair.


TRiO SSS Connects Students to Financial Aid

Fin AidOn Friday, October 18, 2013, Jocelyn Vila, Program Services Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office, facilitated a workshop for TRiO SSS students regarding Financial Aid. Over fifteen TRiO SSS students were present for this informational workshop.

During the workshop, Jocelyn presented on recent changes to Financial Aid, particularly focusing on the Federal Pell Grant Program; however, she also addressed Cal Grants, Loans, and Work-Study. Furthermore, Jocelyn encouraged every student present to apply for scholarships, stressed the importance of planning every semester carefully, and meeting with an academic and financial aid counselor regularly.

Students were very engaged throughout the workshop and appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on their Financial Aid concerns. A special thank you to Jocelyn Vila and the Financial Aid Office for their collaboration!

Article and Photo by Jessica Lopez.


Allensworth Exhibition Opens with a Bang!

3504The Allensworth Exhibition at the Skyline College Library has officially opened! On October 29, President Stroud, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and VIP reception declaring the exhibition officially open. The reception was attended by members of the community, including members of the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees, San Bruno Rotary Club, as well as members of the President’s Council. Skyline College was represented at the occasion by several staff members, faculty members and Administrators.

3480The Allensworth Exhibition was brought on campus through a partnership with the African-American Museum and Library of Oakland and the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College and hosted on campus in partnership with the Skyline College Library.

Allensworth is a historic California town in the Central Valley, founded by African-Americans and serves as a symbolic representation of self-determination for all African-Americans in the areas of education, community empowerment and economic development.

Please encourage your students to visit the exhibit!



Skyline College Library

Building 5, Second floor

Exhibit Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm

Friday 8am-2pm

Saturday 10am-2pm


For guided tours of the exhibit and for more information on the African Diaspora Program, please contact:

Pcyeta Stroud stroudp@smccd.edu or Allison Mello melloa@smccd.edu.



Article by Richard Soyombo and CITD Intern, Alex Hernandez, Photos by Raul Guerra.


Skyline College Career Services Center Introduces new Staff Member Adriana Armas

AdrianaArmasThe Skyline College Career Services Center (CSC) is excited to welcome the newest member of the CSC staff, Adriana Armas. Adriana, who was recently hired as the new Career Resource Counseling aid, is also a Skyline College Alumni and is anything but new to the Skyline College family. Adriana started off as a student-assistant, and has been part of Admissions and Records for the past two years. Adriana Armas continued her education as she transferred to San Francisco State University where she recently graduated this past May 2013. During her time at SFSU Ms. Armas was a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology. She also completed an internship at the Women’s Jail in San Francisco as well as an internship at Alpha Pregnancy Center.

Ms. Armas plans to further her education and one day become part of the counseling profession. The CSC is truly grateful to have such a friendly and charismatic individual join our staff. Along with her welcoming attitude and ability to relate well to students she has proven to be dedicated, knowledgeable, and a dependable person. Please stop by the Career Services Center to welcome Adriana Armas as the newest member of the CSC team.

Article by Virginia Padrón, Photo by Raul Guerra.


Welcome The New Skyline College Sustainability Coordinator

betterhsuRichard Hsu joined the Skyline College community on October 7, as the college’s new Sustainability Coordinator. He is a Fellow with Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA), a program that matches emerging professionals with projects that mitigate global warming and other environmental challenges.

Richard will coordinate the Sustainability Ambassadors Network (SAN) on campus, a planning group of students, faculty, and staff, who will prioritize sustainability projects on campus in areas such as transportation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and campus awareness and engagement. Richard recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master of Science in Environmental Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Systems: Environmental Policy from University of California, San Diego.

Fellows in the CCBA program participate in a comprehensive training program in climate change policy and science, strategies for tackling climate change in large organizations, leadership and career development. The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) worked with Environmental Science and Technology (ENVS) to develop two courses, Climate Protection Professional I & II. The CWD will issue a certificate of participation for the program Fellows for these two courses, combined with Cooperative Education credits for their work at project sites. Other partners include Oakland Unified High School District, San Jose and County of San Mateo Energy Watch, Sierra Business Council, and others.

To find out more about participation in the Sustainability Ambassador’s Network (with a 2013-2014 kickoff meeting in the works for November or December), contact Richard Hsu at hsur@smccd.edu or (650) 738-7044 or Carina Anttilla-Suarez at anttilasuarezc@smccd.edu or (650) 738-4217.

Article and Photo by Aaron Wilcher.


Welcome Kathleen Tshifunda

KatPlease join us in welcoming Ms. Kathleen (Kat) Tshifunda to the President’s Office. Ms. Tshifunda comes to us with a wealth of experience in administrative, non-profit and academic institutions. She has previously worked for Spelman College, in Atlanta as an Administrative Assistant in the Provost and President’s Office. Her most current position was as a French translator for Cefla North America. She has also served as an Assistant Office Manager for the National Black Art Festival.

Kat’s warm welcome and pleasant smile will be first thing you encounter when you visit the Building 4, third floor administrative suite housing the Office of the President, Vice Presidents, Administrative Services, Public Information and Research and Planning.

Kat attended Heald College in Hayward and received her Associates of Arts in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Art in Art History with a minor in French Literature from Mansfield University and is on track to graduate in May 2016.

If you get an opportunity to stop by and welcome her, please do so. She can be reached at tshifundak@smccd.edu or ext. 7053.

Article by Regina Stanback Stroud, Photo by Raul Guerra.