Daily Archives: March 13, 2014

Global Learning Programs and Services Division, Welcomes Delegation from Mexico


On Wednesday, March 12, the President of Skyline College welcomed the Consul General of Mexico, Dr. Andres Roemer, for a partnership discussion on the topics of education and economic


Convened by Skyline College’s Division of Global Learning Programs and Services, the meeting included a brief tour of the Skyline College campus that included the Cosmetology Department, led by Coordinator Kim Jackson, as well as, the Solar and Building Science Learning Center lead by Dean Ray Hernandez and Instructor Bruce Greenstein.

Following the tour, College leadership and the Consul General enjoyed a working-lunch during which they explored partnership opportunities between international educational and economic development programs both at Skyline College and in Mexico.

“We are honored to welcome the Consul General to San Mateo County and provide him an opportunity to see the potential partnership possibilities with Skyline College,” said Richard Soyombo, Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Photos by Keisha Ford

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

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on the donation page, to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund.

President's 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

Recap: Rock the School Bells 7


On Saturday, March 1, Skyline College hosted it’s 7th Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Conference to nearly 300 youth and students from various middle school and high schools in the Bay Area. They engaged in a number of workshops ranging from experiencing interactive activities such as utilizing different instruments to create beats, participating in a live writing and spoken word sessions, creating a collective mural, and experiencing a live dance audition. They also participated in career-related workshops such as learning effective strategies using social media, how to create a strong brand, and learning the ins and outs of getting into the music industry.

A series of workshops were held specifically for educators in the Bay Area. Over 60 educators, administrators, youth service providers, and directors participated in workshops that provided them
with strategies utilizing Hip Hop pedagogies and ideological literacy practices that they can use in their classrooms and programs. Workshops included: Seeing Through the Lies: Ideological Literacy and Critical Consciousness, Word is Bond: Building Hope through Hip Hop, Critical Pedagogy, and Ethnic Studies, and Bringing Beats into the Classroom: Academic Applications of Hip Hop, Beatmaking, and DJing.

Here are some testimonials from facilitators and youth:

“RTSB was well organized, inspiring, and relevant. I left feeling culturally empowered, sustained, and humbles. Salute to Rock The School Bells for the important work that y’all do.” – Dr. Patrick Camangian, Ethnic Studies, University of San Francisco

“Rock The School Bells is unlike any other educational conference I have attended and is a truly unique and wonderful opportunity for youth, educators, and community members alike.” – Dr. Elliott Gann, Today’s Future Sound

“Rock The School Bells was sensational. I’ve never experienced an education that was this entertaining and powerful.” – Student testimony


The Dean of Counseling, Dr. Angelica Garcia, provided a warm welcome to conference attendees, emphasizing that Hip Hop is an effective and valuable tool to educate and empower communities. One of the main speakers included Sebastien Elkouby, who served as the conference keynote speaker. He provided an eye opening and thought provoking presentation on how Hip Hop has grown as a business and how some artists knowingly sacrifice the integrity of Hip Hop in order to sell and feed into misconceptions of Hip Hop culture.

In addition to the many workshops and presentations, we held a special recognition ceremony for our Rock The School Bells Scholarship recipients, Victor Moran and Cindy Castillo.

On behalf of the Rock The School Bells organizing team, we would like to thank all of the members of the Administration team, deans, faculty, and staff for their continued support for Rock The School Bells. There are many people to thank who have helped with the planning and coordination of the event. A complete list of acknowledgements can be seen on www.rocktheschoolbells.com.

This event would not be possible without the support of the Center of Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER), Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Low End Theory – Collaborative, San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, and the 4 Elements Hip Hop Club of De Anza College.

Many thanks go to Kevin Chak and the Skyline College Bookstore, Collective Green SF, Universal Zulu Nation – All Tribes SF, Whipt Baked Cookies, and many other local vendors for their gracious donations to the event.

For more information about Rock The School Bells, and CIPHER please contact Nate Nevado at nevadon@smccd.edu or visit www.rocktheschoolbells.com and www.skylinecollege.edu/cipher.
Article by Nate Nevado | Photos by Berlin Tomas & Shane Menez

YEP Public Speaking Workshop


On Tuesday, March 11, students attended the YEP Public Speaking Workshop.  This campus-wide workshop invited students to hear from renowned public speaking expert & business owner, Michael Neuendorff. Students learned the secrets of great public speaking and participated in interactive public speaking practice sessions. This dynamic workshop covered the following areas:

  • how to become a stronger and more effective public speaker
  • how to give a captivating speech
  • oral presentation skills
  • how to tell an engaging story

A number of students attended the workshop, including Business Plan Competition participants.  The workshop also included tips on writing a winning business plan.

For more information on YEP program & the Business Plan Competition contact: Pcyeta Stroud stroudp@smccd.edu.

 Article & photos by Pcyeta Stroud

Transfer Fair a Success

transfer-fairOn Wednesday, March 12, the Transfer Center hosted the 6 Annual Transfer Fair. The Fair hosted over 20 private colleges and universities who were available to answer student questions about transferring to their campuses. This year out of state universities were invited and University of Nevado, Reno and Arizona State University attended.  College representatives commented on how impressed they were with the questions and preparedness of our students. The Transfer Fair was very well attended – over 150 students signed in to participate and additionally several classes came through. Over 20 Faculty and Staff came through as well.

Over 90 students completed student evaluations and their responses were overwhelmingly positive. One student said that “they learned about tuition for schools and about the many bachelor degrees private schools offer”. Another student said that she “learned there are many colleges that have her major, which leaves room for many options to transfer”.  In addition to learning about private and out of state colleges, students were able to learn more about the various programs and services offered by the Transfer Center, Career Center, the Learning Center, the TRiO Program, Associated Students and among other programs that support transfer on campus.

Many thanks to the English, Math Faculty, Business Division and Counseling Faculty who brought their classes to the fair, and to faculty from various disciplines who offered extra credit for attending the event!!!

Special thanks to DeVry University for providing lunch for the day, Palo Alto University for providing breakfast and for the Transfer Center Ambassadors and staff for their efforts in making the day run seamlessly!

Alma Mater Day a great success!

In the spirit of promoting a campus-wide transfer culture and encouraging students to and inquire about and plan for transfer, the Transfer Center hosted Alma Mater Day.

In addition to campus announcement and emails, this is the first time Alma Mater Day was announced to the students through a campus-wide GWAMAIL. Over 15 faculty and staff from the Counseling Division alone participated! Several other faculty and staff from various divisions participated as well!

Thanks to those who participated and took the time to talk to students about transfer and their experience attending a four-year university!

Articles by Suzanne Poma

WOW! Voices Now

Women on Writing
A Morning of Readings and Refreshments

 Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Student & Community Center
Building 6, Room 6202

Women on Writing FlyerYou are cordially invited to a festive morning of readings, conversation and conviviality. This year WOW! is scaling back from a day-long conference, and we’re delighted to host a lively morning event to celebrate the WOW! community and creative spirit. Acclaimed authors Caroline Goodwin and Kirstin Valdez Quade kick off the program by reading their work, and then we’ll enjoy an Open Reading. Please join us!

Featured Readings:

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Stanford University Creative Writing Program

Author of fiction in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Best American Short Stories 2013, and elsewhere

Caroline Goodwin

Poet Laureate of San Mateo County California College of the Arts MFA Program Stanford University Writer’s Studio

Author of Trapline and Kodiak Herbal

For more information, contact Kathleen McClung at mcclungk@smccd.edu.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Skyline College’s Women in Transition Program Invites you to Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Tuesday, March 11:
12:30-2:30pm, Room 2306

Tuesday, March 18:
Showing “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai”
Mathaai is the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize…How the simple act of women planting trees changed a nation…
12:30-2:30pm, Room 2306

Tuesday, March 25:
Presentation by: Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) Intro to domestic violence and services provided by CORA
12:30-2:00 pm, Room 2306

Skyline College Student is a Coca Cola Scholar

irene_cocacola[1]Skyline College student Irene Yim received a Coca Cola scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to community college students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and significant campus and community engagement. Irene is an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and currently works in the Biology Stockroom. Irene is a food science major and  completed a summer internship at the USDA to evaluate nutritional quality of carrots. She presented her research at the SACNAS conference in October. Irene developed and is presenting a workshop at the March 15th Expanding Your Horizons on Molecular Gastronomy: polymer chemistry.

Article by Christine Case

Welcome Employment & Internship Program Services Coordinator, Lezra Chenportillo

LezraThe Career Services Center is very excited to welcome its newest member, Lezra Chenportillo.  Lezra will serve as Skyline College’s Employment and Internship Program Services Coordinator.  She will work with students to create and/or update their resumes and cover letters, and assist them in their job search and application process.  She will also continue to build relationships with local employers in order to provide ongoing and current job opportunities available on: www.SkylineJobs.com

Lezra holds a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling and is currently completing a Doctor of Education with a focus on Education Psychology from the University of Southern California.  She has had great success developing new programs that support student success and college retention, especially for first generation college students.  She views career and student motivation as deeply intertwined and is excited to work with students in creating a vision for their lives through Career Services.

Feel free to refer students in search of job or internship opportunities to Lezra at the Career Services Center, Building 1, Room 1219B.  Her contact information is:  (650) 738 – 7054 and chenportillol@smccd.edu .

Also please continue to direct students to www.SkylineJobs.com where they can find local job postings from employers seeking to hire Skyline College students.

Article by Brian Jenney