Monthly Archives: January 2014

NEW Guidelines for Skyline Shines

Many of you submit material to be included in Skyline Shines. Thanks so much for taking to time to help me keep the college informed. Here are a few guidelines that will facilitate the publication of Skyline Shines each week:

  • Send submission to
  • Submit your article by 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays; articles received after this time will appear in the following week¹s issue.
  • Attach pictures to be included in the article to the email. Please do not paste them in the Word document as previously requested.
  • Please submit photos that are less than 1mb in size.
  • Don’t forget to add a headline/title to the article.
  • Please make sure to indicate who wrote the article and who took the photos. We like to give writer and photographer credits.
  • Use the following commonly accepted abbreviations: a.m. or p.m. (i.e. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m.-­1:30 p.m. The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m.-Noon.)
  • Spell out numbers of one or two words. Use figures for numbers that require more than two words to spell out. (i.e., Almost eight years ago I began taking ceramics courses. And I counted 176 records on the shelf).
  • If a sentence begins with a number, spell out the number or rewrite the sentence.
  • Use the month, day, a comma and the year to indicate the date (i.e., March 4, 2011 not March 4th, 2011 or March 2nd, 2011).
  • Add the word College when you refer to the name Skyline (i.e., Skyline College instead of Skyline).

Do you have a suggestion?

One way to submit it is through our general Suggestion Box.

For state level information on community colleges, see these websites:

The California Community College Chancellor¹s Office in Sacramento:

The Community College League of California:

Coming Up

Friday, January 31, 2014

  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4042

Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Trip to Oakland HBCU Workshop, Oakland

Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Art Exhibit: Other Dimensions of Narrative, Skyline College, Art Gallery, Building 1
  • Deadline to Apply for Pister Scholarship, Apply online,
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m., Guest Lecture with M.K. Asante, Skyline College, Student & Community Center, Building 6, 2nd Floor
  • 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Cal Grant Workshop for Transfer Students, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Information Fair: Dream Tree, NAACP & more!, Skyline College, Building 4, Fireside Dining Room
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Chinese New Year Celebration, Skyline College, Building 4, Multicultural center
  • 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
  • 5:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. City College of SF (DH), San Francisco
  • 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. San Francisco City College (DH), San Francisco

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Classified Senate Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203
  • 12:35 p.m. -1:35 p.m., Transfer Center – Understanding the New Associate for Transfer Degree, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Friday, February 7, 2014

  • 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – HIV AIDS Awareness Informational Sharing, Skyline College, Building 4, Fireside Dining Room
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4240
  • 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Foothill College (DH), Skyline College
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Jose City College (DH), Skyline College

For the latest information on events and activities happening at Skyline College, please view our calendar.

If you would like to include your college event or activity on the calendar, please submit the event, date, time and location to Cherie Colin via email at

Governance: College Governance Council

The Skyline College Governance Council met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. in room 4343. The group approved the October 23, 2013 minutes and proceeded to address agenda items discussed here.

Currently there are no updates regarding the results of the ACCJC action on Skyline College’s Accreditation visit. The ACCJC Board acted on January 8th but at this time we are waiting to hear from them on their decision.

The ALO position here at Skyline College has shifted from the Vice President of Instruction to the Dean of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. David Ulate.

Classified Employee of the Year
President Stroud announced that each year the Board of Governors selects 6 Classified Employees across the state to be recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year. Each district of all the Community Colleges is invited to nominate one person to the Board of. In the past years, the SMCCCD has had two Classified Staff selected by the Board of Governors as Classified Employee of the year, one of which was Barbara Daley of Skyline College.

The Deadline to submit your nomination is February 10th at 12 noon to Theresa Tentes. At the February 26 board meeting the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees will select the Classified Employee that will represent our district.

The College Governance Council decided that if there is more than one nomination from Skyline College the Council will have a special meeting to select the college nominee. If there is only one nomination submitted to the council, the council will not meet but will vote by email.

(M/S/U Kate Browne/Pat Tyler)
If there is more than one nomination from Skyline College the Council will have a special meeting to select the college nominee. If there is only one nomination submitted to the council, the council will not meet but will vote by email.

President’s Innovation Fund
President Stroud reminded the Council that the President’s Innovation Fund application is available on the Skyline College website. The President’s Council is interested in funding projects that are innovated and are new. The deadline for submission of the applications is Monday, April 7th to Theresa Tentes in the President’s Office. Theresa will be updating the website so that the application is easier to locate.

Skyline Shines Award
President Stroud asked the council to review the process for how the Skyline Shines Award recipients are selected and to be prepared to make suggestions on the change of the process if desired. The College Governance Council chooses the internal recipient and the President’s Council chooses the community recipient. The criteria will be reviewed and updated by the Council and discussed at the February meeting.

MOT Selection Process
Leigh Anne Shaw shared with the Council that the Museum of Tolerance opportunity is now available to all employees. She wanted to ask the Classified Senate how they will be selecting the Classified Staff who will attend this year. In the past there was a waitlist created for those wanting to attend but were unable to due to budget cuts. This year the Academic Senate and Classified Senate each can choose two people to attend and the College President can select one administrator. It was decided that both the Academic Senate and Classified Senate will review the waitlist from 2008 and work from there to make their selection for the 2014 MOT trip. Regina will check to see if there is a way that the student leaders of the ASSC can attend the MOT trip.

Promise Advisory Committee
President Stroud reported that she recently met with the SMCCC Foundation Director Stephani Scott regarding ways the college enhance its fundraising abilities, maximize the giving culture here at the college and raise resources for the Skyline Promise.

Stephani discussed the issues with the Skyline College Cabinet members. She suggested that the college form a Promise Advisory Committee that would provide advice on enhancing our ability to raise resources so we as a college may further support students and programs. Without opposition, the group supported the formation of the advisory committee. President Stroud will work with the constituent groups to appoint members to the committee. Once the committee is formed Stephani Scott has committed to supporting our efforts to staff and launch the committee.

Middle college
In response to Leigh Anne Shaw’s question about the Director of Middle College, President Stroud affirmed that Skyline College has reengaged in the development of the Middle College. The board members have been very clear in their interest in the development of a program such as the ones at Cañada College and the College of San Mateo. It is anticipated that it will take a yearlong planning process to launch the program and have students enrolled. An interim director will be appointed to develop the program. The executive leadership of the college will meet with Superintendents and Principles from the high school districts that we serve next week. The Skyline College Middle College planning will take approximately one year. The plan is to start the Middle College Fall 2015. The planning of the Middle College will build on some of the work that has already been completed with the High School Principals but was abruptly halted due to budget cuts. Dr. Ray Jones will be appointed as the Interim Director of the Middle College.

Academic Senate
Leigh Anne Shaw reported that the first Academic Senate meeting will be held Friday, January 24th. The Academic Senate is trying to move away from Friday meetings due to low attendance. This semester they will be testing new days for the Senate meetings and will have made a decision by the Fall of the new meeting schedule.

The Academic Senate will be discussing making changes to the Professional Personnel Committee. They will be looking at the current charge and encouraging professionalism among colleagues. The committee would nominate faculty for state, senate and local awards.

This spring they will also be revisiting the Academic Senate bylaws which they will need to ratify. Leigh Anne mentioned that she is still looking for an office space for the Academic Senate. Possibly one office that both Academic Senate and Classified Senate can share for Shared Governance work could be considered. President Stroud indicated she would have concerns about one person having more than one office on the campus. During their term, would they be willing to move to the senate office? Leigh Anne indicated that it would have to be thought through. In her case, for example, she is located in the learning center, also in the ELI and also in her faculty office and if there were a senate office, she would be located in that space as well. President Stroud indicated that she would discuss the issue in the CIP process.

Both Leigh Anne and Linda Allen will continue the conversation of planning a joint event with Academic Senate and Classified Senate. An idea that was suggested was a baseball game with one team from Instruction and the other from Student Services. After discussion and an indication that Administration would like to participate, and the idea of a Tailgate BBQ arranged by the Administrators was suggested. This could be a way to raise funds for scholarships.

Classified Senate Report
Linda Allen reported that on December 13, 2013 the first Annual Classified Social was held at Chevy’s Restaurant in South San Francisco. About 20 Classified Staff attended the event.

The first Classified Senate Meeting was held January 9, 2014. They Classified Senate is still fine tuning their constitution and by-laws. Linda is working with Dr. David Ulate’s office to send the information out to the Classified Staff for review via email in order for all staff to vote.

Linda also shared that the Classified Senate is working with the MCPR department to create a new Classified Senate logo because the previously considered logo incorporated the college’s logo which would not be consistent with the style-guide for displaying the college logo

ASSC Report
Kayla Razavi reported that the ASSC just returned from a retreat. They discussed goals for the semester and what the ASSC would like to leave as their legacy.

On Thursday, January 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the dining hall of building 6, there will be a Martin Luther King Jr. dream tree. This is for students to write their dreams and hang them on the tree. Members of the Council were invited to come and participate.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm


$20,000 Scholarship to Attend UCSC!

pister.karl.200The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program has been established to enable community college transfer students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience, co-sponsored by private-and public-sector employers. Recipients will be selected by the chancellor of UCSC from candidates submitted by the presidents of participating community colleges.

How to Apply:

  • To download the application visit the Skyline College Financial Aid page. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.
  • Apply for admission to UC Santa Cruz during the filing period, November 1-30, 2013. Visit the Transfer Center for more information.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2014.

For more information contact the Financial Aid office in Building 2, Room 2234, (650) 738-4236 or

 Article by Crystal Shetaya and Jared Martin.


Enactus Club Update

Final_Enactus_January 2014The Enactus Club is up and running with the New Year. As a business club, Enactus helps college students to create community and global empowerment projects. Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to worldwide progress through entrepreneurial action. As an Enactus member, students gain the skills to become effective and socially responsible business leaders.

On February 13, 2014, the Enactus Club will present the first in a series of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series events. This exciting Business Career Speaker Series Panel event is hosted by DeVry University in collaboration with Skyline College. Speakers from the United States Government Accountability Office, Global Foundation Services, Kaiser Permanente, Kaizen, Cisco & EBay will speak. The speakers will suggest ways to land a career in your field of studies. Including topics such as “What will you do after you graduate?”

Please join us Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6:30PM – 8:00PM in Building 6, Room 202.

Article by Christine Roumbanis and Enactus Club Members.


VITA is Back! Free Tax Preparation

Tax Preparation AssistanceSparkPoint at Skyline College and the Business Division, in partnership with Earn it! Keep it! Save it!, are excited to announce free income tax preparation assistance for students, faculty, staff and community members (households that earned less than $52,000 in 2013).

Taxes will be prepared every Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, March 29, 2014 (except February 15), from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Building 8, Room 8209. Please call SparkPoint at Skyline College at (650) 738-7035 to make an appointment.

Last year, student volunteers from Instructor John Miller’s Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) class were able to complete over 280 tax returns, resulting in over $297,000 being returned to the community. We expect to complete even more returns this year, so book your appointment today!

For more information about VITA, please visit Sparkpoint.

For more information on SparkPoint at Skyline College, please visit the SparkPoint website or contact Dr. William Watson, Director at

Like us on FaceBook[2]Article and Photo by Adolfo Leiva.




Classified Employee of the Year Award

Nominations due by February 10, 2014 – 12 NoonStudents

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors created the Classified Employee of the Year Award honoring community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges. Every college district is invited to submit a nominee. Nominees must be classified employees with a minimum of 5 years of service as a permanent employee within the nominating Community College District (full-time or part-time).

All nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to the mission of community colleges; professional ethics and standards; serving the institution through participation in professional and/or community activities; and serving as a leader beyond the local institution. A $500 cash award and plaque will be presented to each statewide recipient at the May 2014 meeting of the Board of Governors. Any one may nominate an employee consistent with the criteria set by the CCC Board of Governors

Each district is allowed to submit one nomination. SMCCCD is soliciting the names of four proposed nominees, one each from the three colleges and the district office. At its February 26, 2014 meeting, The SMCCCD Board of Trustees will select one of the four nominees to submit to the Board of Governors. All four of the nominees will be recognized at the District Board meeting.

In 2009, using the College Council adopted process; Skyline College submitted the name of Barbara Daley who was subsequently selected by the SMCCCD Board as their nominee. Barbara Daley went on to become one of only five people statewide selected by the CCC Board of Governors. Subsequent nominations from Skyline College include Pat Carter, Sue Lorenzo, Maria Norris and Nancy Argarin.

The criteria and nominating form are available online on the right side of the main page of the Chancellor’s office website at

Here you will find the Guidelines and Instructions and the Nomination Form. Anyone can make a nomination. Simply submit the completed nomination form in electronic format to Theresa Tentes at by Friday, February 10, 2014 at 12 p.m. A special meeting of the College Council will to screen the nominations and select a Skyline College nominee in time for the February 26, 2014 agenda packet for the SMCCCD Board of Trustees’ meeting.

 Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud.




Exciting Changes To Email – Coming Soon

emailThis message is to let you know that we are moving employee email accounts to a hosted solution from Microsoft called Office 365.

Moving to Office 365 will give you over 50GBs of space and new features including voicemail transcription, SkyDrive (similar to Dropbox) and integrated Instant Messaging.


We started a pilot last Fall and have moved about a hundred of your co-workers to the new system. We will be moving the remainder of the District accounts over this Spring semester.

Quick FAQs

1) Your email address and password will not change.

2) All email mailboxes will be increased from 2GB to 50GB of storage!

3) Your existing email messages will be moved to the new account.

4) You will be switched to the new voice mail system along with the email move.

5) SharePoint is also moving to Office 365. We are contacting site owners individually as we migrate their sites.

6) You will also have access to 25GB of online web storage in SkyDrive Pro (similar to Dropbox)

7) Student email accounts will continue to be hosted by Google and will not be affected by this change.

8) Please be aware that during the migration period, you cannot see the calendars and scheduling status (free, busy, etc.) of those employees that have not yet been migrated. This will not be an issue once all employees have been migrated to Office 365.

You will be receiving an email prior to your account being moved with more details.

Article by Eric Raznick.