Monthly Archives: February 2015

“Leading On” with Cutting Edge Career Connections and Hilary Clinton

Resume Review ProgramSkyline College’s Career Services Center team was invited to participate in the Resume Review program at the inaugural 2015 Lead On Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The sold-out event for over 5,000 attendees was designed to offer insights and practical advice about career connections, development, and advocacy. Local and international senior executives, entrepreneurs, and authors convened to provide a forum for dialogue and networking with over 100 thought leaders and industry experts.

The highlight of the conference was Hilary Clinton’s luncheon keynote address.  During her first U.S. speech of the year, the former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady urged the audience to continue progress toward paid family leave, equal pay for women, affordable childcare, and greater diversity in the workforce – especially in the male-dominated technology industry. Though she made no definitive comments about her highly anticipated run for the White House in 2016, when asked whether she would consider a second attempt at the Presidency, Clinton remarked, “All in good time. There’s a lot to think about, let me tell you.”

Article and Photo by Lavinia Zanassi

Cosmetology Department Celebrates African American History Month

Cosmo EventOn February 25, as part of African American History Month, the Cosmetology Department presented a special program entitled “Moments in Black History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Stan Nash, owner of Milstan Thermal Products, spoke about pioneers in the black haircare industry.  Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud attended the event to receive an award for “Level 5 Leadership,” a concept from Jim Collins’ book Good to Great, from Coordinator Kym Jackson. A Level 5 Leader is someone who combines genuine personal humility with intense professional will to set an example of compassionate excellence.

Last week several Cosmetology students had the privilege of a private interview with Dr. Stanback Stroud, in which she answered questions about motivation, success, her legacy and the transformative power of Black hairstyles. In particular Cosmetology’s African-American students were excited and inspired to meet her and they shared their experience at the Moments in Black History event.

Our commemoration of Black History Month also included a pamphlet detailing African hairstyles, African-American inventors of haircare products and tools, and a fashion show featuring looks from the 1920’s through today.

Article by Linsey Hemstreet

CCSF Students Talk about Their Research During Science in Action Presentation

Science in ActionThis past Monday the Science in Action series had a set of exciting and inspiring speakers.   Vanessa Cota and David Ruvalcaba were both CCSF students who started to do research for the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at SFSU, then continued with their research as they transferred to SFSU.  The Science in Action Series is a unique way for students to not only learn about some cutting edge science, but also to hear the personal stories of scientists who are starting their careers and are only a few years ahead of Skyline College students.

Vanessa’s path to the sciences is an interesting one, since her original degree was in Theater Arts.  After working in her field she decided to go back to school and study science. She came back to community college to take science classes and started practicing science with the Bridge to Baccalaureate program. Her participation in the program allowed her to get paid to do science rather than work in a retail job and she was then able to matriculate directly into the graduate program at SF State.

Vanessa told a story about how she is inspired to do her job. On the door to her laboratory is a sign that says “today it will work.” This inspires her to continue to do her research during the day. If things do not work the same doorway has a sign on the back that reads “tomorrow it will work,” letting her know that if she continues to work towards her goal she will eventually achieve it.

The Science in Action Series will continue through the semester with talks on Monday, March 2 in Building 7, Room 7106 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., when we will host Dr. Steven Weinstein, who will also talk about the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at SFSU and how students can apply to get paid to work in a lab and do research over the summer. See the list of upcoming events.

Photo from left to right: Skyline College students Daniel Messier, and Osama Ibrahim; Speakers David Ruvalcaba and Vanessa Cota; Student Pricsilla Sanchez and in the back is Patricio Trejo Lerdo.

Story and Photo by Nick Kapp

Coming Up…

Friday, February 27, 2015

  • Faculty Art Exhibition through March 7
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Campus-Wide Forum on Capital Projects, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop: Calculator Clinic, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Baseball v. City College of San Francisco, Skyline College
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball CCCAA Regional Playoffs #10 Skyline v #7 Sierra College, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin

Saturday, February 28, 2015

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Touch the Future, Be a Teacher, Skyline College, Building 3, 3rd Floor
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Free Tax Preparation, Skyline College, Building 8, Room 8209
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball CCCAA Regional Playoffs #14 Skyline @ #3 College of Marin, College of Marin, 835 College Avenue, Kentfield
  • 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Baseball @ Mission College, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara

Monday, March 2, 2015

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Asian Studies Center International Trade Program presents Principal Zhang of Hebei Province, China, Skyline College, Building 4, Multicultural Center

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Combining Sentences, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Composition Development & Editing, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Human Biology: Digestive System, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Lecture by Dr. Joy DeGruy – A Call to Consciousness, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Developing Arguments, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Sentence Level Editing Practice, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab

Friday, March 6, 2015

  • Last Day to Apply for Degree – Certificate
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mental Health First Aid Training, Skyline College, Building 6, Rooms 6202-6204
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., The Learning Center Workshop – Calculator Clinic, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115

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

15th Annual Skyline College President’s Breakfast on Thursday, March 19, 2015

studentsThe 15th Annual Skyline College President’s Breakfast, now open for registration, will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the South San Francisco Conference Center located at 255 South Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco. The breakfast is hosted by Skyline College President Regina Stanback Stroud, Ed.D. and the Skyline College President’s Council.

This free event brings the community together for networking, a delicious breakfast, and presentations showcasing the innovative projects supported by the President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) and the students they benefit. Attendees will be given the opportunity to donate to the President’s Innovation Fund to support current and future projects benefiting students.

Since its inception in 2001, the President’s Breakfast has made possible more than $308,000 in grants from the President’s Innovation Fund. To date, 133 programs have been supported by the PIF. Donations to the fund have enabled Skyline College faculty and staff to develop many of the dynamic programs and services that continue to benefit students and our community today.

The President’s Breakfast program will feature students and alumni sharing their personal stories of transformation through their involvement in some of the many programs which were originally funded by the President’s Innovation Fund and are now integral to Skyline College student experience including CIPER, Kababayan, YEP, ASTEP, Honors Transfer Program and Hermanos y Hermanas.

The featured speaker will be Damien Guzman, an alumnus of Skyline College’s Honors Transfer Program, who subsequently transferred to and graduated from Cornell University and now serves as a President’s Council member. The program also includes a live performance by Skyline College students performing excerpts from the musical “Grease.”

Open Forum to Provide Update on Capital Projects Supported by Bond Measure

campus mapThanks to the support of the community, the San Mateo County Community College District recently passed a $388 million capital outlay bond that Chancellor Galatolo says ”…will allow us to complete the work that we began almost ten years ago updating and renovating our aging facilities to serve the needs of students for generations to come.”

A campus wide forum on February 27 will provide up-to-date information on the progress and status of the Capital projects supported by this bond.  Jose Nunez, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Maintenance and Operations will provide an overview.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input/feedback on the information presented.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
  • Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Location: Building 6, room 6-202.

We are embarking on a number of activities that will culminate in beautiful additions to the campus facilities including:

  • 2011 Facility Master Plan revision
  • Design Standards  update
  • Project budgeting and scheduling
  • Project delivery method and design team selection

Much more is happening now and we welcome your engagement.  Please bring your questions, suggestions, and ideas.

Questions? Please contact: Eloisa Briones,

Article by Eloisa Briones

Chamber Music Concert February 26

Chamber Music ConcertAttend a free Chamber Music Concert on Thursday in the Skyline College Theater featuring music by Loeillet, Beethoven, Fauré, Ravel, de Falla, Villa-Lobos, and Stern.

Event Details:

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
  • Skyline College Theater
  • Free Admission

About the Musicians

Rebecca Rust, Friedrich Edelmann, and Chris Salocks have concertized around the world, performing and teaching in Europe, Russia, China, North Africa, Israel, the United States and South America.  While on tour in Japan, they played a number of benefit concerts for the victims of the 2011 Great Sendai Earthquake.  Ms. Rust and Mr. Edelmann were honored to perform at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for a private musical evening with the Emperor and Empress of Japan.  In 2014 they toured Italy in a production of Duck, Death and Tulip by the German children’s author, Wolf Erlbruch.  The piece featured two dancers and music written for cello & bassoon, and the production won First Prize for Best Performance at the 2014 Italian-French Festival Terre Comuni – Terres Communes in Torino, Italy.

Student participation certificates will be available

Article by Barbara Daley

TRIO Visits Electronic Arts in Redwood Shores

EA 2 On Wednesday, February 11, approximately 30 students from the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program were invited to tour the campus of Electronic Arts (EA). EA is a highly prolific and global digital media company that has been popularized by generations of video games, including the Madden NFL Football franchise.

TRiO’s visit featured several exclusive highlights, including:

  • Life-sized models of forthcoming video games;
  • A brief synopsis of the marketing process, development stages, and research components involved in video game production;
  • A historical tribute to the evolution of computer graphics over the past two decades;
  • Question-and-answer session between students and our EA liaison who fielded a broad swath of topics from academic/career requirements to becoming a video designer to intellectual property laws.

EA 3Upcoming trips include Discover UC Davis in partnership with the Skyline College Transfer Center and the Stanford University Tour/Admission Presentation/Student Panel in partnership with the Honors Transfer Program. Both events are slated for next Friday, February 27. TRiO Students may register with the TRiO office in the Learning Center in Building 5.

**NOTE: TRiO is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spaces are limited, so qualified first-generation, four-year degree bound students are encouraged to apply by visiting the TRiO-SSS office in the Learning Center in Building 5, or online on our website

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh

South African Consulate Meets with the Center for International Trade Development

South Africa GLPSThe Bay Area Center for International Trade Development (CITD) has recently entered into a partnership with the South African Consulate in Los Angeles to jointly host a Trade and Investment Conference in San Francisco.

Scheduled to take place in September of 2015, the conference is expected to expand trade and investment relations between the African continent and the West Coast, particularly, California. The conference will include several of the African Economic/Investment Blocs, Ministers of Trade and Investment, Multiplier Organizations, US Government Agencies, as well as corporate leaders from both the U.S. and Africa.

For more information, contact Richard Soyombo, Executive Director of the CITD at (650) 738-7098 or at

Article by Richard Soyombo

TRiO Student Spotlight: Eddiezon Santiago

Trio Eddiezon SantiagoTRiO Student Support Services (SSS) would like to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of its students. This month, we celebrate the efforts of Eddiezon Santiago.

“Eddie” is a proud scholar with an infectious smile, and has been a member of the TRIO program for multiple terms. His indelible curiosity is undergirded by an insatiable thirst for knowledge. As a lifelong learner whose fluid ability to wear multiple cloaks as a humanist and burgeoning STEM student with a 3.70 GPA garnering him Skyline College Honors, Eddie has thrived in Skyline College’s holistic and intersectional approach to education. He is majoring in Kinesiology, but is also interested in Psychology and someday serving as a physical therapist or counselor for underserved communities.  Eddie’s passion for “repaying his community” has manifested in other ways—as he is oft the first to volunteer for community-building opportunities.

Eddie will share his perspective as a first-generation, college-bound student at two different seminars during this Saturday’s (February 21) National TRIO Day Conference, at Cañada College and as a CSI Peer Mentor. Eddie yields respect from various social groups on campus and became a Supplemental Peer Instructor within the Learning Center last semester. He is sincerely grateful for the myriad of learning opportunities that Skyline College has afforded him, and credits TRIO for “being his academic family”. In particular, Eddie notes that the stigma of being a first-generation, low-income student, while at times onerous, has not stifled his commitment to education—“as the relationships, connections, and genuine care for students makes TRIO feel like home.”

Eddie hopes to further climb the academic ladder by transferring into a four-year institution, targeting either USC, San Jose State University, or San Francisco State University. TRiO salutes Eddie for his sterling journey and look forward to celebrating his many achievements in the future!

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh