Daily Archives: March 5, 2015

Dolores Huerta Lecture Rescheduled for March 18

DoloresHuertaSkyline College is proud to host special guest Dolores Huerta on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Theater.

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who has battled against inequity for over 50 years. She co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962. A skilled organizer and tough negotiator, Huerta was instrumental in the union’s many successes, including the strikes against California grape growers in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dolores Huerta has received many honors for her activism, including the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award (1993) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1998).  In 2011, President Obama awarded Huerta with the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Today Dolores Huerta continues her fight for social justice and advocates for the rights of workers, immigrants, women and the LGBT community.

For more information about Dolores Huerta and the Dolores Huerta Foundation visit http://doloreshuerta.org/.

Please join us March 18, and encourage your students to attend as well.

Meet Your Major Fair Scheduled for April 14

Meet Your Major Fair LogoThe Career Services Center is excited to introduce a new campus-wide program that will assist students undecided about their major, helping them make meaningful decisions about their future through direct connection with our instructional faculty.


Organized much like an open house or job fair, the Meet Your Major Fair will provide each division an opportunity to engage students about their prospective areas of study and certificate/degree programs.  Students will have a chance to receive firsthand information and feedback from faculty as they explore their options at Skyline College.


Meet Your Major Fair:

  • Tuesday, April 14
  • Fireside Dining Hall, Building 6
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Call to Instructional Faculty:

The key component that will set this program apart is faculty participation.  If you are interested in participating in this event, please complete this brief form.

Article by Lezra Chenportillo

Over 45 Students Participate in “Discover UC Davis” Tour

UC Davis Tour_Students_EditedOn Friday, February 27 the Transfer Center hosted the annual Discover UC Davis Tour. Over 45 students participated in the tour. In addition to a campus tour, students attended a general admissions session and workshops on financial aid, internships, disciplines and majors, and transfer tips. They also learned about scholarships; pre-health major preparation; undergraduate research; education abroad; positioning yourself for a career in law, business, and education; and matching careers to majors. Finally, an engaging panel of current UCD Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) students and alumni answered questions and shared their insights and experiences into the transfer student experience.

For many students this was the first time they had traveled to UCD. Students responded positively to the overwhelming support UC Davis provides to transfer students. Many students discovered that there were many options and resources available to them at UC Davis and felt that the tour, as one student put it, “was very inspirational. I wish students would take advantage of this opportunity… they would have a different outlook.”

At the end of the tour, students were introduced to the Skyline College Representative from UC Davis, Mayra Escobar so that they could schedule meetings with her on Skyline College’s campus for more information and advising on transfer to UC Davis.

This tour is offered exclusively to campuses that partner with UC Davis through the Transfer Opportunity Program. The attentiveness that UC Davis faculty and staff give to Skyline College students is exceptional. Many thanks to UC Davis for sponsoring the tour and to the faculty and staff that helped advertise and support it.

Campus tours have been identified as a critical part of the transfer process by the Skyline College Transfer Initiative and the Transfer Center is looking forward to the two other tours coming up this semester. The Center will be visiting San Francisco State University on Friday, March 10 and UC Berkeley on Friday, April 10 in conjunction with TRiO. Demand has been very high for all three tours and the Transfer Center is excited to be able to offer these opportunities to our students.

Article and photo by Michele Haggar

TRIO Visits Stanford University

Trio visits stanfordOn Friday, February 27,  approximately 40 students from the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program participated in an all-day visit to Stanford University. Highlights of the trip included a student-led tour, a visit to a multicultural student association at the El Centro Chicano/Latino Center and Black Student Cultural Center, a presentation on transfer-related admission from the Stanford Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Office, and a student panel comprised of first-generation, low-income students of color who fielded questions about their challenges and experiences on Stanford University’s high-profile campus life.

Upcoming TRiO trips include a visit to Santa Clara University on Friday, March 6; a Student Empowerment Conference at Stanford University on Saturday, April 4; and a day of service in partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank on Friday, April 3. 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 www.skylinecollege.edu/trio.

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh

Skyline College ECE Program Holds “Be a Teacher, Touch the Future” Conference

ECE ConferenceThe ECE Program hosted  its 6th annual conference for students and community members interested in the field of early childhood and elementary teaching. This year’s conference, held on February 28 and titled “Be a Teacher, Touch the Future,” brought together 100 people for a day-long orientation that included career tables for networking, several workshops, and a keynote address.

“This field is currently on the cutting edge of educational change and breakthrough,” explained Skyline College Child Development Lab Director Tina Watts. “Working with children is exciting, fast-paced, and dynamic and that means that teachers need to be flexible and adaptable.”

ECE ConferenceThese characteristics were demonstrated by each of the panelists in all three workshops. The panelists in the “Mentor Teachers,” “ECE Entrepreneur Business Owners,” and “Kindergarten/TK Teachers” workshops all spoke of the challenges and the benefits of working with young children and their families. Our ECE/EDU program services adviser Kristina Brower also offered a workshop on the CA Child Development Teaching Permit and both state and local supports for students.

During the conference, students were encouraged to describe what they learned in a way that would make a positive impression on employers.  “There is a great need for good teachers now in preschool and beyond,” noted Teacher-Director Gillian Smith of Brighton Preschool in Pacifica.

Dr. Melinda Ramzel, ECE faculty at Cañada College, concluded the day by addressing the group about key characteristics of good teachers.  “Teachers need to have knowledge and be lifelong learners, but they also need passion and patience,” she said.

Thanks to the panelists, keynoters, and ECE/EDU faculty Dr. Sarita Santos, Bob Genevro, Shawna Whitney, and Nick deJosia for their support of this excellent conference.  Special thanks to Kevin Chak, Bookstore Manager, for the donation of Skyline College water bottles for the presenters.

Stay tuned for the Early Intervention Conference later this year with a theme of “Music, Movement and the Brain” on Saturday, May 2, in the Skyline College Theater.

Article and Photos by Kate Williams Browne & Kristina Brower

Transfer Center and DRC Host High School Counselors

On February 26, the Transfer Center and Disability Resource Center teamed up to provide local high school counselors with a hot breakfast and informational updates. High school counselors from both public and private schools received a warm welcome from Dean Angelica Garcia and Interim Dean Will Minnich.

Attendees learned about the latest Transfer Center updates and workshops from Counselor/Coordinator Suzanne Poma. The DRC’s Counselor/Coordinator, Melissa Matthews, and Learning Disability Specialist, Carol Newkirk announced DRC’s upcoming Priority Enrollment Program event for incoming high school students. The meeting concluded with some great suggestions on how to continue strengthening the relationships between local high schools and Skyline College!

Article by Melissa Matthews

Coming Up…

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 8th Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Conference, Skyline College
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Badminton Coast Conference Tournament @ Skyline College
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Baseball @ Ohlone College, Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Free Tax Preparation, Skyline College, Building 8, Room 8209
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., 8th Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Performance, Skyline College, Building 1, Theater

Sunday, March 8, 2015

  • Daylight Saving Time Starts

Monday, March 9, 2015

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

  • 8:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., Transfer Advocate Career Panel, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6204
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sustainability Ambassador Network Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Spring Transfer Fair, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., “Spanish Vocabulary” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab
  • 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Davis Representative, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., “Accounting : Inventories” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., “Composition Development & Editing” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., “Annotations & Reading Strategies” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Room 5115
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Inequality for All – Film Screening, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4170
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., “Spanish Vocabulary” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab

Thursday, March 12, 2015

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Berkeley Representative, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2227
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., “Sentence Level Editing Practice” workshop, Skyline College, Building 5, Language Lab
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., “Meet Your Major” workshop, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Concert: The Outreach Exclusive with CRSB, Urban Youth Society, HOLLADOUGHBLEH and more, Skyline College, Building 1, Theater

Friday, March 13, 2015

  • The Incredible Art Faculty Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • 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., “Calculator Clinic” workshop, 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 owenblackmonj@smccd.edu.