Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Walking for Wellness Series Gets Skyline College Employees Exercising

Walking for Wellness GroupIn an effort to get people out of their office and into the fresh air, the “Walking for Wellness” series was formed to encourage healthy activity amongst the employees of Skyline College.  It is co-led by Classified Staff members Sandra Hatzistratis and Kristina Brower, and organized with the immeasurable help of Nina Floro through the CTTL (Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.)

The first walk took place on Tuesday, October 7, when an enthusiastic group of 15 employees joined together to do a quick trail walk in and around the college campus.  When all was said and done, the group completed a nearly two and a half mile walk, enjoying a clear and beautiful day with amazing views of the Pacific, before going back to work feeling refreshed and invigorated!

“Walking for Wellness” will take place every month on the first Tuesday, at 1:00 pm.  Any Skyline College employees are welcome to join in any walk.  The group will always meet at the Vista Point at the back of the campus before beginning the walk.  If you would like more information, you can visit the CTTL website at http://skylinecttl.org/, or contact any of the employees mentioned in this article.  We hope you can join us for the next walk at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4!

Pictured are (L-R) Linda Herda, Belinda Chan, Michele Haggar, Nancy Lam, Alana Utsumi, Chikako Walker, Sandra Hatzistratis, Kristina Brower

Article by Alana Utsumi

Mark Matsui Visits the Career Services Center

Mark Matsui at Career CenterOn Friday, October 10, Mark Matsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges from the US Dept. of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, visited Lavinia Zanassi’s Career and Life Planning Class (CRER 137) in the Career Services Center while on a tour of the campus. Mark learned about some of the programs the Career Services Center offers such as Resume and Cover Letter workshops, Job Fairs, career counseling and career assessments.

Mark addressed the students in class and asked about their experience in CRER 137. Abby De Los Reyes, a student in the class, told Mark she believes CRER 137 is beneficial for students who have not yet declared a major as well as first year students, by offering career assessments to help them navigate their career and major options. Other students said they enjoyed learning about the career paths of successful people in different industries as they begin mapping their own career paths. The Career Services Center and Lavinia Zanassi’s CRER 137 class truly enjoyed speaking with Mark Matsui during his tour of Skyline College!

Article and photo by Brian Jenney

ACCEL Forum Brings Adult Education Providers Together

accel Forum2Tuesday, October 14, brought together educators from Skyline College and local adult schools to discuss alignment of the two systems of education.  Nearly fifty people were in attendance to learn about the progress that the San Mateo AB 86 consortium, ACCEL, has made on this project.  Following closely on the heels of the statewide AB 86 Summit held in Sacramento on October 6 and 7, the participants of the Skyline College ACCEL forum analyzed strategies and gave input on key elements needed for a successful alignment of systems.

Facilitator Paul Downs masterfully guided the group into productive breakout sessions where common concerns were highlighted and discussed.  Potential partners and collaborations such as connecting to local businesses and broadening the Career Advancement Academies took prominence in the afternoon’s conversations.

ACCEL’s North County team meets on October 23 at South San Francisco Adult Education on Southwood Avenue.  Any interested participants are asked to contact co-chair Leigh Anne Shaw at shawl@smccd.edu for information on getting involved.

Special thanks go to Mary Gutierrez and Michael Manneh for coordination of food and facilities for the event, to Pacific Dining for the delicious lunch, and to ESOL instructor Julie Carey for assisting in making the event a success.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

SPARC to host Kathy Blackwood

For those interested in the new proposed Funding Allocation Formula for our District, consider attending the next Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) meeting on Thursday, October 30th from 2:10 – 4:00 pm in Buliding 6, Room 6-203.

Kathy Blackwood will be joining us from the District Office to discuss the new formula and the individual factors that will determine funding for Skyline College moving forward. Please consider joining us for this important and enlightening discussion.

For more information, contact PRIE at (650) 738-7085

Article by Aaron McVean

Coming Up…

Friday, October 17, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer v. Chabot College in a Conference Match, Skyline College
• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer @ Hartnell College, Conference-Crossover Match, Hartnell College
• 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball v. Foothill College in a Conference Division Match, Skyline College

Saturday, October 18, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wrestling at the Northern California Dual Meet Championships @ Santa Rosa Junior College

Sunday, October 19, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery

Monday, October 20, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Transfer Day, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series – Cellular & Molecular Basis of Cancer, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Disability Awareness Month – Learning Differences Demystified, Skyline College, Building 6
• 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Learning Center Workshops – Parts of Speech & Their Uses, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
• 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Women’s Soccer @ DeAnza College, Conference-Crossover Match, DeAnza College
• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN) kickoff meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Disability Awareness Month – Learning Differences Demystified, Skyline College, Building 6
• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Learning Center Workshop – Doing Research to Prove an Argument, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
• 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball v. Ohlone College in a Conference Division Match, Skyline College
• 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Wrestling @ Chabot College, Chabot College

Thursday, October 23, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Learning Center Workshop – Writing a Unified Essay, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115

Friday, October 24, 2014

• Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Film Screening: Tattoo Nation, Skyline College, Building 4, Multi-Cultural Room
• 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer v. Las Positas College, Conference-Division Match, Skyline College
• 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer v. City College of San Francisco in a Conference Game, Skyline College
• 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball v. West Valley College in a Conference Division Match, Skyline College
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 Jennifer Owen-Blackmon via email at owenblackmonj@smccd.edu.