Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

Disability Resource Center Welcomes New Learning Specialist!

NewkirkPlease join us in welcoming Carol Newkirk, the newest member of our faculty team in the DRC. She will be working with students as a Learning Disabilities Specialist and looks forward to bringing her expertise to this position. Carol comes to us most recently from Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College where she enjoyed working with students in a variety of capacities including a basic skills instructor, a DSPS Counselor and a Learning Disabilities Specialist.

Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned a postgraduate certification as a Learning Disabilities Specialist after successfully completing the Adult Learning Disability Program at California State University, Sacramento and the Eligibility Model Training from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Carol is also licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Feel free to refer any students that might benefit from the services that DRC and the Learning Disabilities Specialist can provide. Carol’s contact information is (650) 738-4108, Building 5 room 5-130.

Article by Melissa Matthews.


Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 Commencement

J.SepulvedaOur 2014 Commencement Exercises are fast approaching. It is an exciting time and we are all looking forward to collaborating with all of you to create a meaningful and enriching celebration for the entire campus community. As such, The Center for Student Life and Leadership Development is currently accepting nominations for a Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Commencement Exercises. The ceremony will take place at 5:00p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014

Past Commencement Speakers have included Juan Sepulveda, Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee, and Lloyd LaCuesta, Emmy award winning journalist from KTVU.

Please submit nominations via email to Amory N. Cariadus, Student Life and Leadership Manager, at cariadusa@smccd.edu. Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 31. Thank you in advance for your contributions to the creation of this commemorative event for the entire Skyline College Community.

Article by Amory N. Cariadus, Photo by Raul Guerra.


Skyline College Carolers Bring Cheer

Members of the Skyline College Concert Choir brought some holiday cheer to residents of the Westborough Royale Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in South San Francisco. The carolers performed an a cappella program of holiday music while residents and their families enjoyed a festive Sunday dinner on December 22, 2013. Thank you to Deborah Meckler for organizing the event, and to the Skyline College students who volunteered their time during this very busy season!

Concert Choir CarolersFeatured singers (left to right): Kevin Valera, Preston Sturtevant, Barbara Graham, Maile Wong, Vicki Abrahamsohn, Barbara Daley, Ellen Ron and Deborah Meckler (shown with her mother).

Article by Barbara Daley. Photo courtesy of Ellen Ron.


VITA is Back! Free Tax Preparation at Skyline College

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 william.watson@smccd.edu.

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 Article by Adolfo Leiva.


Meet & Greet Kick Off!

6704 smallEducation Across the Miles, Liberia

On January 23, 2014 The Center for International Trade & Development at Skyline College (CITD) and the SF Links held an inaugural Meet & Greet for the new Education Across the Miles, Liberia mentorship program. Eight Skyline College students were inducted into the program as both mentors and mentees. The young women were presented with acceptance letters signed by both the President of Skyline College and the President of the SF Links.

6597 smallThe goal of Education Across the Miles, Liberia is to expose Skyline College students to mentorship opportunities through the SF Links and provide them with tools to serve as mentors to the young women in Liberia. Concurrently, the program will also provide both educational and financial assistance via scholarships to young women in Liberia that aspire to graduate high school and pursue higher education. The Skyline student-mentors and young women in Liberia will engage in a cross cultural exchange where both parties will have the opportunity to teach, inspire, and learn about each other. The Skyline student-mentors will be able to learn and apply their mentorship skills, network with their Liberian peers, and gain a better global awareness and general understanding of the African Diaspora.

6645 smallEducation Across the Miles, Liberia is made possible by an on-going partnership between the SF Links, Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia, the Liberian Senate, the CITD, and the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud. Photod by Raul Guerra.


Classified Employee of the Year Award

Nominations due by February 10, 2014 – 12 Noon

StudentsThe 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 http://extranet.cccco.edu/SystemOperations/BoardofGovernors/RecognitionandAwards.aspx

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 tentes@smccd.edu 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.