Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mentorship Program Kick-Off!

Education Across the Miles:

group_photoThe African Diaspora Program at Skyline College has officially launched its mentorship project for young women: Education Across the Miles.

On January 30, 2014, a group of Skyline College students (mentors) participated in a video conference with a group of high school students (mentees) in Liberia. This videoconference is the first of many meetings between the two groups of young women. During this introductory session, both groups learned about each other and their cultural customs and backgrounds.

Video Conference PhotoAllow us to introduce the Skyline College Mentors:

Ashanti McLeod

Kandace Davis

Queana McLeod

Nicole Harris

Stephany Burton

Mentors_LinksThe goal of Education Across the Miles is to expose Skyline College students to mentorship opportunities and provide them with tools to serve as mentors to the young women in Liberia.

At the same time, Education Across the Miles seeks to provide both educational and financial assistance via scholarships to young women in Liberia that aspire to graduate high school and pursue higher education.

This program is a part of an on-going partnership with the SF Links, Inc., Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia and the Liberian Senate, the Center for International Trade Development and the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College.

Seven members of the International Trade and Services (ITS) Facet of SF Links agreed to contribute a $200 scholarship for each of the seven Liberian high school girls. The ITS Facet’s contribution will allow Skyline student mentors and Liberian young women to engage in a cross cultural exchange where both parties will have the opportunity to teach, inspire, and learn about each other. The Skyline students 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.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud. Photo by Noelle Encina.


Chinese New Year Celebration

Let’s celebrate in style with Chinese Calligraphy and painting demo with instructions on how to write and paint traditional Chinese art. Enjoy The Twelve Zodiacs Chinese movie, popular Chinese holiday games and a Chinese Food Fest! Please join us for the festival in the Multicultural Center in Bld. 4 between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Sponsored and hosted by Skyline College’s Asian Studies Center. Assisted by Skyline College International Student Affairs Association. Funded by the Skyline College President Innovation Fund.Chinese New Year Poster

NEW Guidelines for Skyline Shines Submissions

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:

The Research and Planning Group:

Skyline Shines can be viewed at


Coming Up…

Friday, January 24, 2014

• 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Ohlone (HD), Skyline College

• 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Ohlone College (DH), Skyline College

Monday, January 27, 2014

• Reminder to students, One Week left to Apply for the Pister Scholarship,

• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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

• 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

• 5:30 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Mateo, San Mateo

• 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Canada College, Canada College

Thursday, January 30, 2014

• 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

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


Are All of Your Textbooks in the Library?

SkylineLibraryReserveDeskStudents are requesting course textbooks from the library’s reserve collection, but not all textbooks are available.

Your students count on you to put copies of all of your textbooks on reserve in the library. As textbooks become more and more expensive, we are getting many more requests from students for textbooks to use in the library. Since the library cannot afford to buy the current textbooks for all classes, we rely on faculty to request an extra copy from the publisher and place that copy on reserve for their students to access. (Publishers are urged to provide copies of textbooks for library reserve free of charge per California AB2477, passed into law in 2004.)

If you have any questions about placing materials on reserve or about requesting copies from publishers, please call us at the library at extension 4311.

We have a form you can use to put materials on reserve at here.

You can search by your name to see what materials you have on reserve here.

The full text of AB2477 is available on our bookstore’s website.

Article and Photo by Eric Brenner.


$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.


CITD Co-Sponsors 10th Annual Global California Conference

MBTA2On December 5, 2013 Skyline College’s Center for International Trade (CITD) co-sponsored the 10th Annual Global California Conference with partner, the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA). Held in Redwood City, this year’s conference theme focused on the Latin American marketplace and the bilateral trade and investment opportunities that exist for businesses of all sizes. Executive Director, Richard Soyombo, moderated a panel of government officials and business people representing Brazil, Chile, and Peru. The afternoon roundtable discussion brought together country experts, local business leaders, legal, and logistics professionals to provide current, relevant information to California companies interested in pursuing opportunities abroad. CITD clients were able to participate in this event free of charge.

MBITAFor additional information please contact: Ms. Allison Mello at

Article and Photos by Allison Mello.