Daily Archives: April 10, 2014

Spring 2014 New International Students Orientation Day

international-studentOn January 7, 2014, the International Students Program (ISP) at Skyline College sponsored the New International Student Orientation Day which included orientation, placement testing, and counseling. For Spring 2014 semester, the ISP program has welcomed and enrolled 32 new international students to the College; this is in addition to approximately 70 students currently enrolled. This mandatory event highlights some important guidelines on how to succeed as an F-1 student, and provides useful information regarding immigration rules and regulations, housing, transportation, and other key campus and community resources.

The day started off with a welcome and introduction of staff by Chris Rico, interim ISP Project Director. The event speakers were Richard Soyombo, Dean of Global Learning Programs, and Dr. John Mosby, Dean of Enrollment Services. Diane Arguijo, SMCCCD International Education Director, was also on hand to welcome new international students to the District and conduct a short survey of our students. The day’s program was divided into three sessions: 1) Campus/Academic Information; 2) How to Succeed as an International Student, and; 3) Student Support Information. In the afternoon, students were given an opportunity to interact with their fellow ISP students and ask questions in the Q&A part of the program.

The ISP program provides academic and personal support to students as they transition to the American culture and way of life. Moreover, The program helps manage projects that supports international education and strive to enhance partnership with programs such as the Study Abroad Program, African Diaspora Program, and Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) to name a few.

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 | Photo by Raul Guerra

“Inequality For All” film Screening

The Social Science/Creative Arts Division is hosting a film screening of a must-see, powerful documentary on April 23rd & April 24th. INEQUALITY FOR ALL follows Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has impacted the American economy. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was recently released in theaters nationwide by The Weinstein Co.

Inequaility-For-All_Flyer600Join us at Skyline College on Wednesday, April 23rd or Thursday, April 24th at 2:00 p.m. for a free film screening and discussion to follow in Building 4, Room 4180.

Please encourage your class to attend. If you would like to bring your entire class to the screening, please let Professor Moynihan know which day and how many students you plan to bring at moynihanm@smccd.edu.

Film Synopsis
A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert
Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company.

Website: http://inequalityforall.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InequalityForAll
Twitter: https://twitter.com/InequalityFilm
Trailer: http://bit.ly/1ikWtTn

Skyline College Hosts International Educator Conference

NAFSA conference photoOn April 1st more than 150 participants gathered from colleges and universities around Northern California to share ideas and build connections during a regional conference of NAFSA – the worlds largest association of international educators. Session topics ranged from international student advising issues to biculturalism to study abroad and campus internationalization. The event was hosted by Skyline College’s new Global Learning Programs & Services team in collaboration with NAFSA.

Article by Gary Fleener

YEP Business Plan Competition Spring 2014


YEP’s Spring 2014 Business Plan Competition is currently underway! The Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Skyline College (YEP), has officially kicked off this semester’s bi-annual competition with a series of exciting orientations and workshops.

BPC_Finals_F2013.8On March 11th, YEP held its second Orientation & Workshop for the Business Plan Competition. The orientation was designed to give the students an in-depth view of the competition and an opportunity to ask questions. The orientation will be followed by a public speaking workshop led by renowned public speaking expert and local business owner, Mike Neuendorff. All students enrolled any other the District’s three colleges are welcomed to participate. Students participating in the competition are eligible to receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring from business owners, CITD representatives and faculty to refine and perfect their business plans. Cash prizes will be awarded to three winning business plans to help support their start-up business ideas.

The competition will culminate in a Final’s Round. Students will have the opportunity to present or “pitch” their business plans to a panel of industry judges from various business backgrounds, and a chance to receive immediate feedback and suggestions to include in their plans. All plans that advance on to the finals round will be in the running for cash prizes totaling $3500!

We would like to invite all faculty, students and staff to attend the Finals Round & Awards Ceremony.

Please come out and support the students!
Date: May 7th, 2014 
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Building 6, Room 6204

For more information on the Business Plan Competition or on how to be involved in YEP, please contact Pcyeta Stroud: stroudp@smccd.edu.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Campus Climate Survey

Skyline College is committed to continuously improve its offerings. To provide campus leadership insights about how Skyline College can best serve student needs, please encourage students to take the Campus Climate Survey which will be accessible from Monday, April 14 – Friday, May 9. This survey will take about twenty minutes to complete.

At the completion of the survey, students are welcome to submit their name to enter to win one of three $100 gift cards to the Skyline College Bookstore/World Cup Cafe. The results of this survey will not be connected to any individual; only summary data will be provided.

Take Survey the here!

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Karen Wong in the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness Office at 4369 or wongk@smccd.edu

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 ptk.org

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Institutional Planning Committee Update

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Skyline College Institutional Planning Committee (IPC) held one of its last meetings of the year.  General announcements/updates were made regarding the Annual Program Plans (APPs) and Comprehensive Program Reviews (CPRs) to inform committee members that 1) some APPs have been received and the rest are due by April 15, which is when we will then begin to post them all online and that 2) all CPRs have been submitted and are now posted online and are available for their review.  The IPC also reviewed the ACCJC Annual Report and discussed the information prepared for the president’s approval and submission to ACCJC.  The committee also spent time discussing the Student Success and Support Program report that is due in the fall and the task force being formed to support the work.  This task force will be made up of members from constituency groups across the campus and next steps were discussed regarding bringing the group together and meeting the requirements of the report in a way that demonstrates all the great work the College does.  As always, the IPC meetings are open to the public and we welcome any and all to join us.

Article by David Ulate

Accreditation Oversight Committee Update

On Monday, April 7, 2014, Skyline College’s Accreditation Oversight Committee (AOC) met for the first time.  This is a new committee to the institution that is charged with supporting the college in its effort to stay informed on changes with regards to accreditation as well as coordinate and communicate activities related to Skyline College’s accreditation.  On Monday’s meeting, the AOC reviewed the ACCJC website, discussed the college’s reaffirmation letter, the ACCJC annual report, and the proposed new ACCJC standards.  Relative to the reaffirmation letter, the committee discussed how the college has already addressed its one deficiency and is prepared to report out to ACCJC in the fall how the issue has been resolved.  Regarding the proposed new ACCJC standards, the AOC reviewed notes provided to them by the chair on proposed changes to the standards and agreed to provide the chair with any feedback they wish to be given to ACCJC.  All feedback is welcome and please contact your constituency rep. with any questions.  Please don’t hesitate to join us in future meetings!

Article by David Ulate

Coming Up

Friday, April 11, 2014
• 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Complimentary Haircuts for Veterans, Skyline College, Building 4, The Cosmetology Department
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO (Latino-American students) Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Multi-Cultural Room

Saturday, April 12, 2014
• 12:00 p.m., Baseball @ College of San Mateo, San Mateo

Monday, April 14, 2014
• 12:10 p.m. 1:10 p.m., Transfer Center – I’ve been Accepted to SFSU, Now what?, Skyline College, Building 6. Room 6202
• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
• 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Davis Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6. Room 6202
• 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Transfer Articulation Bridge Program, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2227
• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Gay-Straight Alliance Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7-307

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
• 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., Transfer Admissions Planner Workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Learning Center
• 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Santa Cruz Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A
• 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Program Review Presentations, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 301
• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
• 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., How Does Your Cash Flow?, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1218

Thursday, April 17, 2014
• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Skyline College Engage, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202-6206
• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
• 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Badminton vs. City College San Francisco, Skyline College

Friday, April 18, 2014
• 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center – CSU East Bay Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO (Latino-American students ) Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Multi-Cultural Room

Saturday, April 19, 2014
• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Mental Health First Aid, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202

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 colinc@smccd.edu.