Daily Archives: October 23, 2014

Bécalos Students to Visit Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown_SFOn October 25, all of the Bécalos students will visit China Town in SF, as part of the Bécalos Cultural Immersion component of their exchange program.

These trips are born of the belief that full integration into an educational process involves perspectives from various aspects of the community. To enhance and bring this belief to fruition, the GLPS division has established a weekend immersion series for the Bécalos Students.  The students will be “immersed” in an experience of different cultures, civil engagement activities and community diversity events throughout the Bay Area.

After the field trip the students are given an assignment to prepare a presentation addressing a number of things, from cultural differences such as people, dress, and atmosphere to the most interesting thing they learned from the trip. These presentations are open to the entire campus and will be held every Friday, in room 2306 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.

For more information or to participate in these Immersion Trips, please contact Pcyeta Stroud, stroudp@smccd.edu

Article by Carol Quan

Colors of the Wind Book Reading with Author Coming Up

Colors Of The WindDisability Awareness Month concludes with author JL Powers who will be doing a reading of her powerful children’s book, Colors of the Wind, which features blind artist George Mendoza’s incredible artwork. A book signing will follow. This event is hosted in conjunction with Language Arts and the Business Division. The event will take place October 29, from 12:10pm-1:10pm in room 6204.

More about George Mendoza from Colors of the Wind:

George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he is breaking more barriers because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees. He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record in the mile for blind runners, and later competing in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist, Mendoza’s collection of paintings, titled Colors of the Wind, is a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.

Article by Melissa Matthews

Altars for Dia de los Muertos Currently Under Construction and Open for Viewing in Gallery

DiaDeLosMuertos2.pdfAltars for Skyline College’s Día de los Muertos 2014 Exhibition are currently under construction. The gallery is open for viewing during the altar construction phase, and artworks are now on view.

Skyline College students, staff and faculty are all welcome to submit artworks to the gallery for our Día de los Muertos celebration on Wednesday, November 5.

The reception will take place on November 5 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and will include live music by the BECALOS student ensemble and refreshments. Please check our website for more information on this event:

This year’s exhibition features collaborative student projects and Día de los Muertos Altars by:

  • LASO – Staff coordinator: Lezra Chenportillo
  • BECALOS Program
  • Anthropology Club – Faculty coordinator: Lori Slicton
  • Art 301- 2D Design – Faculty coordinator: Amir Esfahani
  • Art 665 SFAD- Gallery Practicum, Art 214- Color – Faculty coordinator: Paul Bridenbaugh
  • History 429- History of Latinos in the U.S. – Faculty coordinator: John Ulloa

Posters for this year’s Día de los Muertos exhibition were designed by students in Art 430- Introduction to Digital Art


Article and Photos by Paul Bridenbaugh