Daily Archives: April 10, 2014

A Call To Consciousness with Tim Wise

timwiseTim Wise, Antiracist Essayist, Author and Educator

Thursday, April 24 at 11:00AM
Student and Community Center
Building 6, Room 6202

For more information about Tim Wise, please visit Mr. Wise’s website.

Proudly sponsored by the Associated Students of Skyline College, Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund, and Center for Student Life and Leadership Development.

An Evening with Dr. Cornel West


R.S.V.P for an Evening with Cornel West here

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. | Skyline College Theater | Building One
Skyline College 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066

Directions to Skyline College: 

Coming from the north 

From Hwy 101
Head south on 101. Take San Bruno Ave. West exit. Head West on San Bruno Ave. to Skyline Blvd. Turn right on Skyline Blvd. to College Drive. There is a signal light, and left hand turn lane. Turn left onto College Drive, which will take you through a residential area and dead-ends at the campus.

Coming from the south 

Head north on Hwy 280
Take the Skyline/Pacifica/Highway 35 exit. Continue north through 2 traffic signals. At the 3rd signal, turn left on to College Drive, which will take you through a residential area and dead-ends at the campus. 

Proudly sponsored by the Associated Students of Skyline College, Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund, 

Center for Student Life and Leadership Development, and The African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence.


Recruitment is open for the Global Mentorship Program


The Global Mentorship & Leadership Project is actively recruiting students to participate in its pilot mentorship program: Education Across the Miles-Liberia.

The Global Mentorship & Leadership Project is designed to expose Skyline College students to mentorship and leadership through the African Diaspora. This is done through face to face mentoring sessions with local professionals, networking events and interacting with students from around the world, via international video-conferences. Education Across the Miles– Liberia, focuses on young women. All young women in the program are mentored by members of the SF Links, a professional service organization that’s committed to improving the lives of underserved youth. Five Skyline College students have been selected to participate in the program, all of whom interact with nine students from Liberia on a monthly basis.

The Global Mentorship Leadership Project is an initiative developed in partnership between the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College, the African American Success Though Excellence & Persistence Learning Community (ASTEP), and Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia and the San Francisco Chapter of the Bay Area Links, Inc., (SF Links) an international professional service organization primarily composed of professional African American women.

To refer students to the Global Mentorship Project or for more information, please contact Pcyeta Stroud. Email: stroudp@smccd.edu

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

14th Annual President’s Breakfast a Huge Success


The community poured into the 14th Annual President’s Breakfast yesterday morning from 7:00 a.m. at the South San Francisco Conference Center.  The breakfast, hosted by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President and the Skyline College President’s Council, is the primary fundraising event for the President’s Innovation Fund.  This fundraising event provides the community the opportunity to learn about the exceptional education offered at Skyline College and how the President’s Innovation Fund awards faculty and staff with seed money for creative programs and services.

Entrants were welcomed into the center by the Skyline College Men’s baseball players, Vince Lozano, Dabian Canales, Lance Montano, Ismael Orozco, Joey Carney, Nic Bongi, Aldo Severson, Mike Franco and the head Baseball coach, Dino Nomicos.   Once inside, attendees enjoyed coffee that was provided by City Toyota of Daly City.  ASSC President Kayla Razavi provided some inspiring welcoming remarks, indicating the continued support by the ASSC for the President’s Innovation Fund.  Event Co-chairs Theresa Proaño and Kirsten Pinochi set the stage for a baseball themed event.  Donning the Skyline College baseball jerseys, Kirsten and Theresa acknowledged the Spring Musical Performers, Skyline College students – past and present, faculty, staff, Past Presidents, the College Council, Deans, and administrators for their commitment and dedication.  LaMontè Bishop representing State Senator Mark Leno and Leslie Guevarra and Marc Hershman representing Senator Jerry Hill were acknowledged.  Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and his staff Virginia Kroger and Mario Rendon were thanked for their attendance.  Rober Chua attended representing Assemblymember Phil Ting.


SMCCCD Board members in attendance were President Karen Schwartz, David Mandlekern, Richard Holober, and Tom Mohr.  Several cities were represented including Councilmember Cliff Lentz from Brisbane, Daly City Mayor David Canepa and Councilmembers Ray Buenaventura and Mike Guigona, Colma Vice Mayor Rae Gonzalez, Pacifica Mayor pro tem Karen Ervin and Councilmember Sue Digre, Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee, San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane and Vice Mayor Ken Ibarra, and Carol Bonner, San Bruno City Clerk, South San Francisco Council member Pradeep Gupta.  Surrounding School board and Harbor and Water Districts including President Maurice Goodman and Vice President Judy Bush, of the South San Francisco Unified School District; Anne Campbell, Superintendent for the San Mateo County Board of Education; Katherine Zarate Dulany – trustee for the Jefferson Union High School District; Eric Ruchames trustee from the Pacifica School district; Pietro Parravano of the San Mateo County Harbor District; and Katherine Slater-Carter – from the Montara Water and Sanitary District

7544The purpose of this annual breakfast is to showcase the President’s Innovation Fund programs that have funding from our community partners and to highlight a few.  We also took the opportunity to acknowledge donors who make these programs possible.

Special mention goes to our Innovation Patrons at the $2,500 level: Bank of the West, City of Brisbane, and Kaiser Permanente.  We are fortunate to have the Associated Students of Skyline College continue their support at the Innovation Patron $5,000 level. Our on-going partner, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, hosts this year’s breakfast at the “Dream out Loud” $7,500 level. Finally we continue to have to come up with new ways to describe this last sponsor who has hit a grand slam this year!  We are so pleased to announce our $35,000 Premiere Presenting Sponsor – The San Mateo County Community College District Auxiliary Services & Enterprise Operations under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Tom Bauer!  The entire list of PIF investors can be viewed here.


Vice Chancellor Tom Bauer provided inspirational remarks explaining why he and his team are so supportive of the effort.  He announced the successful textbook rental program at Skyline College that has now resulted in saving students close to a million dollars since its inception a few years ago.  Quoting Trustee Tom Mohr, he said that he was committed to closing the economic and opportunity divide between middle class students and so many community college students.

President Stanback Stroud joined Vice Chancellor Bauer on stage to receive the giant replica of the $35,000 check.  Dr. Stroud extended sincere expressions of gratitude to everyone, while acknowledging the executive administrators in attendance, Dr. Sarah Perkins and Eloisa Briones along with the esteemed faculty, staff, students and administrators of Skyline College.  Special thanks and acknowledgement was given to Chancellor Ron Galatolo and the SMCCCD team members, Vice Chancellors Nuñez, Keller, Blackwood and Bauer. Both presidents of Cañada College and College of San Mateo were in attendance and were thanked for their continued support – One team indeed.


Current recipients of PIF funds were introduced including:

  • Dr. Hui Pate of the Asian Studies Center
  • Kwame Thomas of the Brothers and Sisters Conference
  • Christine Roumbanis, Linda Witten, Don Carlson and Dr. William Watson, Business Technology Speaker Series
  • Nate Nevado, Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research
  • Jessie Raskin, Center for Paralegal Studies
  • Amory Cariadus, College Lecture Series
  • Christine Roumbanis and Soledad McCarthy Enactus Student Chapter
  • Dr. John Mosby, KinderCaminata
  • Levinia Zanassi and Alexander Jones, Literacy Intervention  Community Program
  • Jessica Lopez, Middle School Outreach
  • Shari Bookstaff and Chip Chandler, Science and Rehabilitation Colaboration using Interactive Metronome Technology
  • Dr. Jude Nevari, Dr. Zachary Bruno, Amber Steele, and Alan Ceccarelli, Spring Musical
  • Jennifer Mair, Step Up
  • Pcyeta Stroud, Youth Entrepreneurship Program

The lights were then dimmed for a touching video created by Brian Kingston of Kingston Media, featuring the PIF Programs.  The student speaker in the video, Carolyne Cornett, described her journey and the impact the SparkPoint Center has had on her life.  As she finished telling her story from homelessness to hope, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.  She made it apparent that the donations really do make a difference in the lives of the students.

1671Each year a speaker is selected to serve as spokespersons who will reflect on the impact that the PIF program has had on them.  This year we heard from Pcyeta Stroud.  Mrs. Stroud is a mentor in the African Diaspora Program and the Program Services Coordinator of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, founded by the Center for International Trade and Development, now located in the newly formed Global Learning Programs and Services Division.  Pcyeta says that her job is to serve students in a way that enables them bring their creative ideas to life in the form of newly created businesses, furthering their own professional development or furthering their education.  She told her story, her journey and how PIF not only changed the lives of the students in the YEP program but her life as well.  Two student speakers followed her with statements of their journey and the ways YEP has changed their lives.  Both students, Sam Uce Veu and Nancy Peng entered and won the YEP Business Plan Competition.

The event culminated in the most creative and fun ask ever…..the cast of Avenue Q, students and puppets sang “Gimme your money!” in a way that roused the audience and inspired giving.  President Stanback Stroud closed the event by announcing the winers of the baseball themed basket centerpieces that were created by Kirsten Pinochi and the Recology team.


Initial tallies of the receipts are at approximately $118,000 – shy of the $150,000 goal but an impressive increase over last year’s receipts.  If you are interested in making a donation to the President’s Innovation Fund you may still do so at the Foundation Donation Page. (*Please note “President’s Innovation Fund” in the comments box to direct your donation to the PIF.)

Special thanks go to Susan Brissenden-Smith, Theresa Tentes and all of the Skyline College staff and administrators that worked behind the scenes to pull off a flawless effort.

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud | Photos by Raul Guerra

Revamped SI Program at Skyline College

SI LogoFall 2013 was the kick-off semester for the revamped SI program at Skyline College. Seventeen SI Leaders conducted sessions for 22 classes, including English 828 and 846, and Math 811 and 190. Spring 2014 sees the addition of ESOL 400, Math 120 and English 100. 9 new SI Leaders have joined the program for spring 2014, and along with new SI faculty they took part in two days of training on January 8th and 9th preceding the first week of the semester.  Get more  information about the SI Program at Skyline College

President’s Suite Wins a McCafe Breakfast Party

mcds600To kick off a McDonald’s two-week promotion offering a free small coffee at any participating location, the staff in the President’s Suite enjoyed a McCafe Breakfast Party on Monday, March 31. Keisha Ford, the Visual Communications Coordinator, entered the drawing sponsored by Star 101.3FM and was selected as the sole Bay Area winner. Wai-Ling Eng, the Owner/Operator of the McDonald’s location on Westborough and Gellert, and her daughter Stephanie presented the office with breakfast and spoke briefly of the organization’s charitable partnerships as the team enjoyed McDonald’s new egg white McMuffin sandwiches (only 250 calories) and McCafe coffee.

After the announcement that she had won, McDonald’s asked Keisha why she thought her office deserved the special treatment. She responded, “Thank you! We are extremely grateful to be the recipients of a McCafe party! As a community college, we work hard to meet the needs of every student that enters our campus. Our staff in the President’s Suite, a small group of 25 people, serves a campus of over 10,000 students, faculty and staff and often pulls together outside of our individual areas of responsibility to ensure the campus runs as smoothly as possible.

Aside from the day-to-day tasks, most recently our team rallied for our annual fundraising breakfast to ensure that some of our innovative projects such as the College Lecture Series, the Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER) and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) remain funded. Our College mission statement is ‘To empower and transform a global community of learners.’ Our office strives to meet this goal every day. I am proud to work with such committed individuals and happy to share this with them.”
With the start of spring break and auxiliary services closed on campus, the timing of the party was perfect and the third floor staff enjoyed the moment of fellowship. To take advantage of your free McCafe coffee, visit a participating McDonalds between now and April 13.


McDonald’s representatives, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud and the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Staff.

Article by Keisha Ford. Photos by Keisha Ford and Dr. Sarah Perkins.



Students Juried into American Museum of Ceramics Art Exhibition

The American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, located in Pomona California, is preparing to host their biannual ceramic art exhibition. It is called kilnopening.edu, and it focuses on the artwork of ceramics professors and their students.  In past years the exhibition was limited to Southern California colleges and universities, but this year invitations were extended to several Northern California professors.  Tiffany Schmierer, Associate Professor of Art at Skyline College, was invited to exhibit her work and was also asked to choose two of her students to compete for spots in the juried student category. She selected Ceramics III students Pauline Maccay and Andriaj Cirkelis to apply.  The museum’s Associate Curator, Rody Lopez, selected both students’ sculptures for the show.  Pauline’s piece, called Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing, is a playful twist on a familiar fable. Andriaj’s figurative sculpture Angel is a seated winged guardian, painted in soft floral colors.  All their work will be on display at the Museum from April 12, 2014 to June 1, 2014. More information about the exhibit can be found at Amoca.org.


“Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing” by Pauline Maccay

Andriaj_Cirkelis_Angel“Angel” by Andriaj Cirkelis

Article by Tiffany Schmierer

Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic Award Winners


Irene Yim and David Latt with SMCCCD Board of Trustees president Karen Schwarz.

Skyline College students Irene Yim and David Zay Latt were honored April 3, 2014 at a luncheon in Sacramento sponsored by the Community College League of California. Awardees were members of the Phi Theta Kappa Society who have demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement.  There were 25 students from around the state who were selected for the All-California First Team, and 26 students from around the state who were selected for the All-California Second Team .

They represent the best of the two million students enrolled in California’s 122 community colleges. Irene Yim was selected for the All-California Academic First Team.  In addition, she was awarded a Coca-Cola scholarship.  Irene is a double major in Food Science and Microbiology with a 3.7 GPA.  She is the co-president of Skyline College’s Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.  She was the 2013 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students winner in microbiology for her undergraduate research presentation.  She was previously president of Skyline Colleges chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, where she helped develop a science service project for middle school science programs called SMiLE (Science for Middle school Laboratory Experience).

As the coordinator for SMiLE Irene has promoted the importance and fun of hands-on learning for more than 600 middle school students and provided service-leadership opportunities for Skyline College students. David Zay Latt was selected for the All-California Academic Second Team.  David is a Political Science major and has a 3.91 GPA.  David is currently serving as the student trustee for the SMCCCD Board of Trustees.  He has received a Distinguished Service award from the Skyline College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for his active service.  He has started a Model United Nations Club at Skyline College, after having enjoyed participating in one throughout high school.  In 2013 he received the Geraldine H. Read Memorial Award from the World Affairs Council of Northern California for his commitment to student engagement in international affairs.

Article and photo by Donna Bestock


Mother’s Day Specials in Cosmetology


Looking for a special gift for Mother’s Day? Why settle for the old standard of flowers and chocolate when you can treat Mom to a day-long pampering session at the Salon & Spa at Skyline College? Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Cosmetology, Esthetics and Fashion Merchandising departments will join forces for a special occasion: a decades-themed photo shoot. Most busy moms have spent some time in sweats and a ponytail feeling decidedly unglamorous. Now they can enjoy a two-part special sure to remind them of their natural beauty.

Part one: Photo Shoot. On April 18th moms will meet with a hair and makeup team to transform them into a 1920’s flapper, 1950’s bombshell, 1960’s mod, 1970’s glamazon or 1980’s alpha female. A professional photographer will help each “mommy model” strike the poses best suited to her new retro look with appropriate accessories and backgrounds.

Part two: Spa Package. On May 10th, just before Mother’s Day, the spa is open for business and ready to pamper each mom that walks through the door. Three levels of spa packages all include two complimentary 8×10 photos and a CD of images from the photo shoot, as well as a combination of luxurious spa treatments. Mom could spend her day getting a facial, mani/pedi, makeup application, blowout or all of these services. She is sure to feel the love from her family with such a deal!

Contact the Salon & Spa at Skyline College at (650) 738-4164 to book a Mother’s Day package. Limited quantities available!



Article by Lynsey Hemstreet

CSU Northridge Representative Visits International Students Program

On March 17, 2014, the International Students Program hosted a college visit by representative from California State University (CSU) – Northridge. Stacey Chen, International Outreach Counselor at CSU – Northridge, was welcomed and given a tour of the campus and program by Chris Rico, ISP interim Project Director, Diane Arguijo, SMCCCD International Education Director, and Richard Soyombo, Dean of Global Learning Programs. This visit was made possible in collaboration with the San Mateo Colleges with a goal to enhance our partnership with four-year institutions and further support our students and transfer program.

For questions or inquiries, please contact the Skyline College International Students Program at (650) 738-4430, or send an e-mail to skyinternational@smccd.edu.

Article by Chris Rico