Monthly Archives: January 2014

Spring 2014 Internship Program

Applications are due February 10th
Mandatory orientation will be held on February 24th

Internship Opportunities

The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) in cooperation with the Retail Hospitality & Tourism (RHT) program has launched its Spring 2014 Internship Program! This Internship Program provides real-world job experience to students interested in business, international trade, international tourism, entrepreneurship, office administration and other related industries. Interns are also eligible to receive up to 4 units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.

Via the Internship program students are exposed to valuable experiences such as:

  • Networking events
  • Business Seminars
  • Trade Conferences
  • Youth Events
  • International Delegation Events and Meetings
  • Hospitality training programs
  • In-bound Trade Missions
  • And more!

Please spread the word to students!

This internship opportunity is available each academic semester to all Skyline College students regardless of their field of study. We look forward to meeting our new class of interns.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud. Flyer by Allison Mello.


Financial Aid Office Presents at Cash for College Events

El Caminos High School Counseling Staff at their January 21st Cash for College Event.

El Caminos High School Counseling Staff at their January 21st Cash for College Event.

Skyline College’s Financial Aid Office presents at Cash for College workshops at several local high schools in both San Mateo and San Francisco County.  The Cash for College events are to assist low-income students and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification forms required for Cal Grants. These workshops are held during January and February 2014 at different high schools and community sites throughout Daly City, South San Francisco and San Francisco – please see below for details.

In addition to information about the FAFSA and Cal Grant, additional topics will also include information about in state tuition assistance for AB 540 eligible students, the California Dream Act application and the Middle Class Scholarship.

“The financial aid application process is often an overwhelming experience for our low-income families,” said, Jocelyn Vila, Program Services Coordinator for the Financial Aid Office. “By providing these free workshops, we can educate students and their parents about the availability of opportunities and options for financial support towards pursuing their college education.”

High school seniors who attend one of these Cash for College workshops can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship by submitting their FAFSA, Cal Grant GPA form and an exit survey by the March 2, 2014 Cal Grant deadline.

Thank you to the entire Financial Aid Office Staff, Financial Aid Ambassadors, Jose Milan, Bianca Porras and Leitu Takapu for staffing the below workshops.

Date Location


No. of Attendees

January 21, 2014 El Camino High School

5:00-8:30 p.m.


January 22, 2014 Balboa High School

5:00-8:30 p.m.


January 23, 2014 Burton High School

5:00-8:30 p.m.


January 25, 2014 Local Union 2

9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.


January 28, 2014 South San Francisco   High School

6:00-8:30 p.m.


January 30, 2014 Jefferson High School

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Photo by Jocelyn Vila.

Join San Mateo Athletic Club

San Mateo Athletic Club LogoAs we continue to achieve new milestones at the San Mateo Athletic Club (SMAC), we are pleased to be able to announce a dues rollback for staff of the District which was approved by the Board of Trustees at it’s meeting on December 11, 2013. Since SMAC opened, Chancellor Ron Galatolo has insisted that as the club achieves financial success, he would recommend to the Board that rates for staff be lowered. Details of the new rates for the regular and non-prime time plans are as follows:

Faculty/Staff           Monthly Dues           Non Prime Time

Individual                $35                              $17.50

Couple                     $60                              $30.00

Family                      $80                              $40.00

The health and wellness of our team is very important to us. We are pleased to initiate this dues rollback effective February 1, 2014. As SMAC continues to grow, we will continue to offer staff incentives to membership.

If you have any questions about your membership or about becoming a member yourself, please call San Mateo Athletic Club and speak with a Membership Team representative at (650) 378-7373.

Article by Tom Bauer.

WIT Presented to American Association of University Women

WIT Photo2Lori Slicton, Coordinator of the Women in Transition (WIT) Program and Professor of Anthropology, was the guest speaker for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), North Peninsula Chapter’s Annual Dinner. The AAUW members were keenly interested to learn more about the Women in Transition Program and the experiences of returning female students. Held at the Basque Cultural Center on January 21, 2014, Professor Slicton passionately described to the AAUW the diverse strengths and needs of returning women students, many of whom have led very complicated lives. While there are not any “typical” returning students, many have encountered similar obstacles to acquiring a higher education such as domestic violence or trauma, homelessness, unemployment and general poverty. Many WIT students also qualify for accommodations through the Disability Resource Center. Having said this, some returning students already hold academic degrees. Through the Women’s Resource Center, WIT students are also very generous with each other and work as excellent peer advocates and assist each other when in need. Re-entry students, Melody Glines and Shawn Kayln Edwards also spoke about how they have benefitted from the WIT Program. The WIT program provides a unique and vital function for our college by empowering students to be strong self-advocates, clarify their academic goals and to aim VERY high! Thanks to wonderful volunteers and a supportive work environment, the Women in Transition Program continues to grow. The AAUW membership responded very enthusiastically and are excited to work more closely with the Women in Transition Program.

Article by Lori Slicton. Photo by Shawn Kayln Edwards.


Allensworth Exhibit Extended!

Allensworth Exhibit FlyerCome and visit the Skyline College Library to experience the inspiring Allensworth exhibit. The historic town of Allensworth tells a story of the all-black settlement in California’s Central Valley. The exhibit is a great representation of self-determination for all Californians in the areas of education and economic development. The exhibit at Skyline College is a collaborative effort between the Bay Area CITD, the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College and the African American Museum & Library of Oakland.

Allensworth Exhibit Photos

The Allensworth Exhibit is open to the entire campus as well as the general public on the following days:

Monday through Thursday: 8am until 9pm

Friday: 8am until 2pm

Saturday: 10am until 2pm

If you would like to bring your class on a guided tour of the exhibit, or for more information on the African Diaspora Program please contact, Pcyeta Stroud at

 Article written by Pcyeta Stroud. Flyers by Elizabeth Tablan.


SAN to Engage Students in Campus Sustainability

Sustainability MeetingThe Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN) met on Tuesday, January 28th to explore campus outreach strategies and improve student engagement in campus sustainability. Ideas discussed included campus-wide essay/photo/design contests, infographic flyers, and student speaker groups.

SAN also welcomed two special guests from San Francisco State University: Guy Dalpe, Managing Director of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, and Sharon Daraphonhdeth, Sustainability Strategist and cofounder of the SFSU Student Sustainability Coalition. Sharon presented on several successful sustainability initiatives at SFSU, including campus-wide composting, a bike barn and workshop series, and the Fossil Free campaign to divest from fossil fuel companies.

The Sustainability Ambassador Network is a forum for students, faculty and staff to address sustainability at Skyline College. The mission of the Sustainability Ambassador Network is to inform, collaborate, and inspire action for sustainable change on campus. Look for some of SAN’s activities this semester, including composting and waste diversion peer education, in-class curriculum presentations, a transportation study, and special events throughout Earth Week in April.

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 Sarah Perkins.




Introducing John Ulloa

UlloaJohn Ulloa of the Social Science/Creative Arts Division has been appointed to a full-time position in the History department as of this spring semester. He is also the Honors Transfer Program coordinator. John has a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that we are very happy to make exclusively ours.

John has a B.A in History, a M.A. in History and an M.A. in Anthropology, all from San Francisco State University. He has taught at Skyline College in both the History and Anthropology departments since 2005. He has been the Honors Transfer Program Coordinator since fall 2013. John is also an Afro-Cuban percussionist of note, with a CD out entitled Rum and Smoke.

John is a community college success story, having started his higher education at Modesto Junior College, where he received an A.A. degree before transferring to San Francisco State. He is a mentor and a model for our students. We are very pleased to have him in this expanded role.

Congratulations John!

Article by Donna Bestock.


Best-Selling Author to Lecture 2/4

M.K. Asante PhotoTo kick off the African American History Month, the Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research (CIPHER) will be hosting a Guest Lecture by M.K. Asante, a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, Hip Hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force”, on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:00-12:30pm, followed by a book signing of his new book, Buck.

His critically acclaimed memoir, Buck, is described by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Literary Work nominee. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.

M. K. Asante PhotoAsante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He has toured in over 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

Please invite your students to this “can’t miss” event as described by many colleges and universities who had the opportunity to hear him speak. Essence Magazine has called him “the voice of the new generation.”

The guest lecture will be held in Building 6, Rooms 6202-6206. It was also be streaming live on UStream.

For more information on this event and CIPHER, you can email Nate Nevado at  or check out




14th Annual President’s Breakfast

Breakfast BannerDr. Regina Stanback Stroud

President, Skyline College

Cordially invites you to join the

Skyline College President’s Council for the

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7:00 a.m. Networking Opportunity

7:30-8:30 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast

South San Francisco Conference Center

255 South Airport Boulevard • South San Francisco, California 94080

Please RSVP to (650) 738-4325 by March 10, 2014


Regional Study Abroad Orientation

Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral (Photo is public domain from Wikipedia)

On Saturday, January 11th Skyline College hosted more than 175 students and family members from around Northern California as they prepared to study abroad in Florence, Italy for the Spring Semester. The group, which included students from Skyline College, CSM and Cañada as well as the Los Rios District, Diablo Valley, and Santa Rosa JC provided an orientation to the Florence Program and a chance to meet faculty and colleagues. The group is now in Florence enjoying their first week of classes and field trips.

The Florence Study Abroad Program is one of many opportunities that Skyline College students have to study abroad. Upcoming programs include Paris, France during Fall Semester 2014 and Florence again in Spring 2015.

For more information please contact Gary Fleener, Education Abroad Coordinator at

Article by Gary Fleener.