Monthly Archives: March 2014

Phi Theta Kappa Spring Scholarship

PTKThe Phi Theta Kappa Spring scholarship application, is now open for continuing students. The scholarships administered on this application are for students who plan to continue their education at a two-year college in the fall. More than $260,000 will be awarded through these scholarships:

• The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy students.

• The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

• The GEICO Pathway to Completion Associate Scholarship for Business majors.

• The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship for ADMJ and EMC majors.

Please encourage your students to apply. Skyline College student Gilbert Arellano won the 2013 Resureccion Public Safety Scholarship for Public Safety Leadership and Skyline College student Jamela Brown received the 2012 Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Applications are due April 30.  Download the application now at

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO (Latino-American students ) Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Multi-Cultural Room

Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m., Baseball @ Cabrillo College, Cabrillo College

Monday, March 31, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College
  • 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Regional Conference of NAFSA, Skyline College, Building 6

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., AIBD Building Design Conference, Skyline College, Building 6, Rooms 6202, 6204, and 6206

Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., AIBD Building Design Conference, Skyline College, Building 6, Rooms 6202, 6204, and 6206

Friday, April 4, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., AIBD Building Design Conference, Skyline College, Building 6, Rooms 6202, 6204, and 6206

Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • All Day Event, Spring Recess, Skyline College

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Celebrating 10, 20 and 25 years of Service to Skyline College


Faculty, staff and administrators gathered in room 6-202 on Friday, March 7, 2014 at noon for a wonderful luncheon in honor of five classified staff who have dedicated many years of service to the San Mateo County Community College District and Skyline College. After hearing welcoming remarks from President Stanback Stroud and the Classified Senate President, Linda Allen, the following people received recognition for their long-term service to the district.

13152466545_574bc5615aLinda Bertellotti joined Skyline College in April 2004 as Administrative Secretary to the Vice President of Student Services. When the opportunity came, Linda became the Administrative Assistant in the President’s Office in 2005. She worked briefly at the District Community Education Office and returned to Skyline College last year to become the Facilities and Events Coordinator for college and community events. Linda is the ultimate professional. She is competent and diligent with a strong work ethic. Yet, she always greets you with a kind word and a smile. You always feel welcome in any exchange with her. She’s the perfect person to be interacting with the public. Linda wants us to know that “I am most proud of the work that I do for Skyline College.” Congratulations and thank you, Linda, for 10 years of selfless service to Skyline College.

13152747784_91a66e5cd4Adolfo Leiva, Program Services Coordinator in the SparkPoint Center began working at Skyline College in 2003 for the Center for Workforce Development. He has continued his service with SparkPoint. Adolfo served for two years as president of the Classified Council. Through the years, Adolfo has earned an outstanding reputation for his passion for excellence among both the campus community and an extensive range of regional, state, and national partners. Adolfo’s steady service and joy for going the extra mile has made a difference in the lives of so many who have been served by Skyline College. Congratulations and thank you, Adolfo, for 10 years of selfless service to Skyline College.

13152750354_5a41f48db5Maria Norris, Curriculum and Instructional Systems Specialist in the Office of the Vice President of Instruction is celebrating 25 years of service. Prior to coming to the SMCCCD, Maria received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and rhetoric from UC Davis. Is it any wonder that one of her favorite TV show is The Newsroom? Maria began her tenure in the District 25 years ago by working in temporary positions at the CSM Public Information Office and Admissions & Records Office. She applied for a full-time Staff Assistant position available in the Special Programs & Services Office, but following her interview she attempted to withdraw because she didn’t think she did well in her interview. She had to be convinced not to withdraw because little did she know, but she was the only qualified applicant.

Maria developed experience working with the Child Development Center, Psychological Services, Health Services, and other special student services programs before accepting a division assistant position in Counseling Services at CSM. Following a stint in Counseling Services, she accepted a position in the Skyline Instruction Office working with Suzie Stevens and Theresa Tentes. Maria quickly fell in love with Skyline College and has been here ever since…and we are sure glad she did!!! Maria is the anchor for the Instruction Office with her expertise with curriculum systems, Banner, and general knowledge of Skyline College. Congratulations and thank you, Maria, for 25 years of selfless service to Skyline College.

13152747624_5672d273a8Manny Tablan came to Skyline College in December 2003 after serving 20 years in the US Navy. Following his military service, he worked for the US Post Office and that experience landed him the job as Shipping and Receiving Clerk at Skyline College. In his own quiet way, Manny manages the operation of the mailroom like a well-oiled machine with the help of student assistants. Manny continues his life of service and is quick to lend a helping hand anytime. Every Wednesday, he and a SparkPoint staff pick up a variety of staples and produce to stock up the Food Pantry, one of the many college resources that are available to our students and community members in need. His warmth, generosity and can-do attitude make working with Manny a pleasure. Congratulations and thank you, Manny, for 10 years of selfless service to Skyline College.

13152592253_dbc34a144eTheresa Tentes joined Skyline College as a student worker in the office of the Vice President of Student Services in 1990. As a student she studied and obtained a degree in Office Administration – Administrative Assistant. It was not long before she joined the President’s Office and provided support for the entire executive administration as she was prepared in the latest and greatest office administration technology. After obtaining her degree she joined the Vice President of Instructions office where she began as a staff assistant and eventually became an administrative secretary. Theresa served the office and the faculty for the next 18 years. She went on to become the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President were she continues to serve. Theresa is loved and respected by faculty and staff throughout the college. We have seen Theresa literally grow up at Skyline College and we now count on her strong development as the embodiment of professionalism and service. Congratulations and thank you, Theresa, for 10 years of selfless service to Skyline College.

Attendees celebrated and cheered the awardees, wishing them many happy and successful years to come. The event was followed by Administrators serving dessert to the participants.
Many thanks are extended to the bookstore for donating the prize $5-bookstore gift cards that were received by the bearer of the blue cards under their seats! Thanks are also extended to all of the individuals and departments that made this a memorable event including Theresa Tentes,
Kat Tshifunda, Golda Margate, Sherrie Prasad, Bryan Besnyi, Linda Bertellotti, Annie Trinh, the Facilities Staff, the Media Staff, the Bookstore Staff, the Graphics Arts and Production Staff, the Marketing, Communications, Public Relations Department, Amory Cariadus, Pacific Dining, and
Jan Phemester at the district office.

Article by Eloisa Briones | Photos by Cluadia Paz

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

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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

WOW! Women on Writing Event Inspires the Campus Community

Writers and readers from all over the Bay Area gathered at Skyline College Saturday, March 15, 2014 for WOW! Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments, an annual celebration of creativity during women’s history month. The appreciative audience of seventy women and men savored literary work crafted by a wide variety of writers.

2014-03-15 10.26.51-Kirsten (2)Event coordinator Kathleen McClung welcomed the two featured speakers, award-winning authors Kirstin Valdez Quade and Caroline Goodwin, both former Stegner Fellows at Stanford University and current Stanford creative writing instructors. Kirstin Valdez Quade read an excerpt from her short story, “Nemecia,” which won the 2013 Narrative Prize and is included in The Best American Short Stories 2013. Caroline Goodwin, recently named the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, read poems from her book Trapline and new work.

During the lively question and answer part of the program, both authors spoke candidly about their writing process and the challenge of preserving quiet time for writing in busy lives. Caroline Goodwin encouraged writers to start each day reading poems rather than checking Facebook. Kirstin Valdez Quade spoke of keeping a writing journal to help maintain focus on the slow, solitary work of crafting fiction. Both writers talked about the patience necessary to continue working on creative projects over many months and years.

2014-03-15 10.41.22-Caroline (2)After a break for book signing, networking, and continental breakfast, Skyline College English and creative writing professor Katharine Harer presented ISA Scholar Awards to two outstanding creative writing students, Haley Holmes and Frania Ramos-Arce, who each read their original poems with passion and poise, and received enthusiastic applause and WOW! gift bags filled with books, journals, art, a certificate of merit, and a Skyline College Bookstore gift card.

Ten writers from the community shared their poetry and prose during the Open Reading hosted by Professor Harer. The writers explored families, cultures, peace, war, nature, and other themes, and their tones ranged from light and humorous to mournful and meditative. Jessica Powers, a Skyline College English professor and novelist, and Avital Pelman, a Skyline College student and Learning Center tutor, were among the ten Open Readers.

“It’s so important for writers to come together for creative nourishment,” said Skyline College English professor and author Kathleen McClung. “The WOW! community spans all ages, interests, and backgrounds. The common ingredients are encouragement and support.” The WOW! conference was founded over ten years ago by Marijane Datson in collaboration with Skyline faculty, staff and community members.

Thanks to Kevin Chak, manager of the Skyline College Bookstore, Mary Gutiérrez, dean of Language Arts and Learning Resources, and WOW! ambassadors Valerie Malliett, Priscilla Schwartz, Ellen Woods, Raluca Ioanid, Lisa Melnick, and Tom McAninley.

Local business owners provided catering services and flowers for the event. Thanks to John Alvergue of John’s Bayhill Café and Cindy Gyrgyk of Pacifica Pavilion of Flowers.

Article by Kathleen McClung   Photos by Emily Jiang and Tom McAninley

Thousands of High Quality Videos for Classroom Use or for Students

FilmsOnDemandSkyline College Library subscribes to two academic quality streaming video databases that faculty can use any time to access excellent quality documentary videos in virtually all subject areas. These videos are accessed through the library website and can be used to show videos in class or to assign videos for students to view as homework, for optional review or for their own research projects.

Films on Demand includes videos from renown producers, such as Frontline, Nova, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, American Experience and many more. (See the list below.)


The Academic Video Online database (shown below) provides a second source for thousands more documentary videos.

These databases are accessible from our library website by clicking on the “Videos” tab on the home page and then selecting either database from the pull-down menu, as shown below.


To access these databases from home, a PLS library card, which is freely available from our library or any public library in San Mateo County. For more information, please contact the Library Reference Desk at x4312.

Article by Eric Brenner

Discover UC Davis Tour

photo 3On Friday, February 28 the Transfer Center hosted the annual Discover UC Davis Tour and it was a very successful event despite the rainy weather! Over 45 students participated in the tour, which was over 90% of the students who registered for the event. In addition to a campus tour, students attended a general admissions session and workshops on financial aid, internships, disciplines and majors, and transfer tips. They also learned about scholarships, pre-health advising, undergraduate research, education abroad, positioning yourself for a career in law, business, and education, and matching careers to majors. Finally, an engaging panel of current UCD Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) students and alumni answered questions and shared their insights and experiences into the transfer student experience.

For many students this was the first time they had traveled to UCD and for some it was the school they had applied for the Fall 2014 semester. Students responded to the overwhelming support UC Davis provides Transfer Students, some expressing how different the transformation is from community college to the UC lifestyle and that the trip helped to contribute to their understanding of what it would feel like to transfer. Many students discovered that there were many options and resources available to them at UC Davis and that “studying hard and planning well before transferring” is important!

Many thanks to UC Davis for sponsoring our tour and to the faculty and staff that helped advertise and support the tour.

Campus tours have been identified as a critical part to transfer by the Skyline College Transfer Initiative and we are looking forward to the two other tours coming up this semester. We will be visiting Cal State East Bay University on Friday, March 21 and San Jose State University on Friday, April 25. Demand has been very high for all three tours and we are excited to be able to offer these opportunities to our students.

Article and photos by Michele Haggar

Over 1,000 Girls Expand Their Horizons in Science and Math

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOn Saturday, March 15, over 1,000 middle and high school girls from San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties attended Expanding Your Horizons at Skyline College. EYH is a conference geared toward increasing their interest in the critical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) through hands-on workshops.

Skyline College hosted its 34th annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics. The conference is planned by volunteers from Skyline College and North San Mateo County Soroptimists. The Soroptimists also funded scholarships and school buses for north county girls.

Girls came from 100 schools from Hayward to Gilroy and San Francisco to San Jose. Over 100 scientists volunteered to present workshops. A few workshops were presented by Skyline College students and Skyline College alumnae who have completed their baccalaureates. Skyline College faculty who presented workshops and/or mentored students developing workshops include Alice Erskine, Carmen Velez, Kylin Johnson, Ann Gearhart, Ray Hernandez, Melissa Michelitsch, Nick Kapp, Shari Bookstaff, Chris Case, Carina Anttila, Yvonne Malloy, Jo Silken, Nancy Ruis, Janice McOmber, and Julia Johnson. Another 70 Skyline College students volunteered to be go’fers at the conference to help usher girls between their sessions.

Girls in attendance heard first from keynote speaker Jan Yanehiro, who gave an inspiring talk, encouraging the girls present that they can do anything they want. Ms. Yanehiro is a former KPIX journalist and currently Director of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University. In her morning address, she pushed the girls in attendance to pursue their dreams

The girls written evaluations show they were excited about their workshops. Their enjoyment of learning is what the conference each year is about. If we can inspire these girls to take an interest in science and math, it will open so many doors to them. Women, and especially minority women, are underrepresented in math, science, and engineering. Studying math and science will open many careers for the girls and allow them to have the lifestyle they want.

In other sessions, girls dissected squid, built a roller coaster, collected forensic evidence at the “murder in the produce aisle,” made lip balm as “cosmetic chemists,” and “scrubbed in for surgery.” There were 40 concurrent workshops for girls. Each girl participated in three workshops during the day.

Expanding Your Horizons aims to encourage girls to participate in high school math and science courses, provide role models for young women who are interested in math and science, and provide support for and promote interaction between people employed by industry and education. Students and adults can obtain more information by visiting the conference website at

Planning committee members include AJ Bates, Shari Bookstaff, Pat Carter, Chris Case, Stephen Fredricks, Jon Freedman, Mousa Ghanma, Kylin Johnson, Pay Tyler, and Carmen Velez, and Alana Utsumi. Community members on the planning committee include Arlene Chang, Barbara Erli, and Judy Lewis.

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Hermano Students Take on the Ropes Course

ropes1It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Los Hermanos balancing on a wire over three stories in the air!  On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, eleven Hermanos accepted the Fort Miley ropes course challenge.  The ropes course is a progression of challenges built in the trees using cables, ladders and ropes to increase confidence, trust, support, communication, cooperation and leadership skills through physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

As the day began, students took part in stretching exercises to prepare them for the physical activity the course entails.  Following the intense stretching activities, students took on their first challenge, The Island.  Students had to get the group from one platform (1’X1’) to another that was twenty-five feet away using only four wooden boards and without touching the ground. With what students felt was impossible, was certainly achieved with teamwork and persistence.

Next, the students rotated through challenges that had them feeling anxious, worried, and excited all at the same time!  First off, students took on the “Multi-Vine” where students climbed a thirty foot tree and walked across a steal cable over thirty feet long.  Students held on to only a suspended rope, letting go only once they grasped the next rope and continued on to end where they enjoyed a fun ride on a zip line!  The second challenge was the “Balance Beam” where students climbed a tree over twenty feet high and walked across a wooden log twenty feet in length.  This challenge had students fueled with confidence as several even did pushups as they walked across.

“This ropes course made me go out of my comfort zone, but honestly…I kind of liked it.” -Brian Miranda

The third challenge was “The Perch” where students climbed a wooden tree over 30 feet high.  As they reach the top they jumped off towards a blue buoy hanging 5-10 feet away.  The final challenge was “Double Trouble” which required two students on opposite ends of a wire 20 feet high to cross and end on opposite sides.  As this may have been the most challenging course, students had the support, encouragement, and trust to complete the challenge.

ropes2As the Ropes Course came to an end, students had smiles from ear to ear knowing they completed challenges that at times seemed impossible.  Through the course students built trust, gained confidence, and increased their leadership skills. Hector Meza stated, “This course was very challenging but I was able to do it, I’m the man, I feel like I can accomplish anything now”


Article and Photos by Alberto Santellan