Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

Success Summit: Friday, September 25, 2015

Success Summit LogoJoin Community Leaders as They Convene to Shape Innovative Strategies on Local Issues

The President’s Council of Skyline College is bringing community leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors together to engage in participatory sessions focused on issues of importance to the economic vibrancy of the northern peninsula. The half-day forum, Success Summit, will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Skyline College from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The college and the general public are invited to register to participate at skylinesuccesssummit.com. The registration fee is $75 per participant.

Attendees will have the opportunity to add their voice to the conversation, contributing their perspective and sharing solutions to shape innovative forward movement. Breakout topics for the 2015 Summit include Housing in North County – Success Stories, City Manager Roundtable and Transportation.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for organizations who would like to partner in this cutting edge community event. Event sponsors include Skyline College, Pacific Gas & Electric, First National Bank, San Mateo Credit Union, Recology of San Bruno, CA State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin’s Office, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and San Mateo County Economic Development Association. To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Summit, please visit skylinesuccesssummit.com.

Amory Cariadus, ACCEL Win 10th Annual Skyline Shines Awards

This year marked the 10th year of Skyline College’s Skyline Shines Award, presented annually to one College employee or group and one community individual or group who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality.

 Amory Skyline ShinesCollege Winner: Amory Cariadus

This year’s college award went to Amory Cariadus, Director of Student Development. Amory has dedicated her career to supporting a campus climate that values students by placing them at the center of the college work, decisions, activities and efforts.  Her leadership with the Associated Students of Skyline College helped create a robust and active student governance council that gives student voice to the many issues at the college.

Amory uses her position to ensure students have access to quality programs and services.  She often takes the time to provide the student perspective in the participatory governance process.  Amory works with college administration, faculty and staff to bring in notable speakers, providing enrichment for the college campus and community, and she leads the student governance council and organizations to provide robust connections to the community.

Amory transformed the student activities department to a Center for Student Life with comprehensive programing that supports students’ leadership development, academic excellence, a scholarly institutional environment and interesting social, political and career events.

Community Winner: Adult-Education College and Career Educational Leadership

ACCEL Skyline ShinesThis year’s community award went to Adult-Education College and Career Educational Leadership (ACCEL). ACCEL is the planning body for San Mateo County responsible for carrying out the charge and opportunity of AB 86. ACCEL is collaboratively rethinking and redesigning Adult Education to accelerate student success. They are a coalition of adult schools, community colleges and partners throughout the region and their mission is to support adult education students’ transition to college, workplace success, and community contributions.  Skyline College’s own Mary Gutierrez is on their steering committee and Leigh Anne Shaw and Gary Nichols in the ESOL area are active and influential participants.

Since its inception in 2014, the ACCEL North Collaborative Action Team, or CAT, has embodied a students-first philosophy with an express focus on diversity.  Founded directly in response to Assembly Bill 86 – Adult Education Consortium, this team has been active in devising creative solutions to education for the thousands of adults left unserved by budget cuts to Adult Education.  The team had a good foundation in the decade-long established relationship between Skyline College’s ESOL department and the ESL departments at South San Francisco and Jefferson Adult School; AB 86 provided the opportunity for the ESOL and ESL faculty to turn their dreams into reality in the interest of their students, and they were joined by GED, Math, Counseling, and English faculty to round out the project.

Carolyn Livengood, President’s Council Member, Wins San Bruno Mayor’s Award

Carolyn LivengoodOne of Skyline College’s own President’s Council members was recognized Wednesday for her service to the city of San Bruno and the surrounding community. Carolyn Livengood, the unofficial “Mother of Skyline College” and long-time member of the President’s Council, was presented with the Mayor’s Award at the annual San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.

“[Carolyn] is one of San Bruno’s longest serving, most diligent and dedicated citizen volunteers who for over 5 decades has continuously and generously devoted personal time, energy and spirit to strengthen the quality of life in our community and of the entire San Mateo County region,” said Michael Salazar, reading remarks prepared by Mayor Jim Ruane.

Carolyn has been a particular champion of Skyline College. In 1964, she was North County Chair of the first bond campaign to build the College and she is a proud member of Skyline College’s 1971 first graduating class. She has pushed for the passage of every major college-related bond campaign since through her weekly column in the San Mateo Times. Additionally, she has dedicated 22 years to service on the County Committee on School District Organization and she is a Board Member of San Mateo Jobs for Youth.

Carolyn also served 25 years in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and remains active as President of the Avenue of Flags at Golden Gate National Cemetery and an ardent participant and advocate in Veterans’ organizations.

We at Skyline College congratulate Carolyn on this well-deserved award.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Associated Students of Skyline College Hit the Road for Welcome Week

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The Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) hosted Welcome Week 2015 to welcome students to the first week of the Fall semester. The student government teamed up with faculty and staff volunteers to serve food to hundreds of eager students, as they dashed through the Quad to find their classes. The ASSC also sponsored a Back to School Free Drawing over social media, to facilitate communication with the student body.

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Students fueled up for the first day of class with doughnuts, coffee, and hot chocolate in the Quad. The ASSC also tabled throughout the day to help new students navigate their way through campus and promote student IDs. Tuesday featured a Dole Whip Social with ten of the unique Learning Communities that students can join. The annual Pancake Breakfast succeeded for another year on Wednesday morning, followed by a pizza night kickback in the evening. The Program Services and Club Fair concluded Welcome Week, as twenty-six campus groups gathered in the Fireside Dining Room to spread information and promote opportunities to students. A travelers-themed photobooth allowed students to share where they plan to go next on their academic journey!

Article by Marlon Gaytan Jr | Photos by Katherine Chan, Margo Feldman, Dennis Zheng

Middle College is Here!

20543958915_f90a5156f7_zLast week, Skyline College welcomed its first class of 39 middle college students from El Camino and South San Francisco high schools with a three-day orientation. Skyline College President Regina Stanback Stroud and South San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Shawnterra Moore-Thomas greeted the students by expressing their enthusiasm about this unique educational experience being offered to students living in north San Mateo County. Both encouraged the students to take advantage of being in Middle College to pursue their dreams for academic and career success.

19923069063_c7bc21eec7_zThe three-day orientation familiarized the students with the campus facilities, provided a career education workshop, allowed the students to obtain textbooks and instructional materials, and introduced them to college resources and services. It also served to introduce students to Middle College staff and to build a sense of community. Students in this program are concurrently enrolled in high school and community college, taking all their courses on the Skyline College campus for two years with the college courses being tuition-free up to 11.5 units. Upon graduation from the Middle College, each student will receive a high school diploma and earn college credit toward a Career Technology Education certificate and/or an Associate Degree. Additionally, students may transfer their units to four-year college/university.


Skyline College Middle College is located in building 2, 3rd floor. Directed by Raymond Jones, the Middle College staff includes Martina Center, Retention Specialist, Lucy Lopez, Counselor, Vince Lorenzo, Office Assistant, and teachers Lora Rasmussen (History) and Laureen Mercer (English).


The Middle College staff is excited to offer this program, and appreciates the welcome they and the students have received from the Skyline College community.

Article by Dr. Raymond Jones. Photos by Claudia Paz.

Skyline College Delivers Education…Literally!

Skyline College’s Center for Sustainable Construction will be taking a “mobile classroom” (specially equipped vehicle) on the road this year to deliver a college-level, “Green” Construction Basics course to students on their high school campus. The program is designed to be a “bridge” for students in high school to get exposure to college faculty, curriculum, and culture. Students will receive both high school and college credit for the two-semester program. Our high school partners for the 2015-2016 pilot program include Capuchino and Mills High School.

Assistant Professor Bruce Greenstein is coordinating the program as well as teaching the courses. “It is my hope this program will garner interest in Skyline College’s plethora of amazing program offerings or an interest in continuing education on some level. Integrating a young demographic into the emerging green sector is essential to the development and growth of a robust workforce to meet the challenging climate, energy, and water challenges in our near future.”

This program was made possible through the efforts and dedication of Skyline College’s Center for Workforce Development. Through support and collaboration with Deputy Sector Navigator, Catherine Ayers – a DSN sub-grant was awarded in April 2015 from Foothill/DeAnza CCD to develop, support, and execute the program.

19245330256_f269967fd5_oThe grant also supported our third annual High School Summer Energy Camp, another innovative “bridge” project to interest and inspire students to attend college, as well as educate youth on energy, environment, and science. The seven-day camp this year had nine students who came to learn about energy efficiency, solar and creating videos that illustrated their point of view on the importance of reducing energy consumption, creating more comfortable and less energy-using homes and using solar as a cleaner, greener energy source.


As with last year, the camp blended technical knowledge on environmental subjects with film making best practices. The students got to apply what they learned to story telling using video production techniques. They were asked to produce two videos during the seven-day camp. And, once again, the camp culminated in an awards ceremony where judges gave feedback on the six videos that were created by three teams of students. This year, judges agreed that the video quality was the best ever. The final videos are uploaded to the dedicated YouTube channel.

The Green Energy Camp staff included: Celia Canfield, camp producer and marketing instructor, Bruce Greenstein and Joan Connolly as subject matter experts on energy efficiency and solar, Rita Gulli as the coordinator for the camp, Anasanique Fountain as the lead videographer and she was assisted by two Skyline College film students, David Oriqat and Nicole Smith.

Article by Bruce Greenstein

Welcome Sam Sanchez

Sam_Sanchez_2014_smPlease join us in extending a warm welcome to Digital Media & Design professor, Sam Sanchez, who will be on partial assignment in the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) to work with faculty on the integration of audio and video into their instructional materials. Though Sam’s primary assignment is within the Social Sciences/Creative Arts Division, the CTTL is happy to have him on board sharing his expertise to assist faculty. Sam comes to us as a faculty transfer from CSM, where he designed and taught audio, video, and web design classes for 16 years in the Multimedia Department and performed coordination duties as well. Prior to joining CSM, Sam managed his own multi-media consulting firm with various clients in Silicon Valley. Feel free to say hello to Sam when you see him on campus!

Article by Nina L. Floro & Liezl Madrona

Former Men’s Basketball Players Enter the San Francisco Police Department

Police uniformRodney and Ronney Freeman graduated from the San Francisco Police Academy on August 14, 2015. Rodney served as the Class President.

The identical twins from San Francisco played basketball at Skyline College from 2007-2009. Both players were named All-Conference as sophomores and led the Trojans to the regional semi-finals of the state tournament.

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Rodney and Ronney were interviewed on KTVU’s 10 o’clock news recently. The link to the interview is included below.

KTVU Interview

Article by Justin Piergrossi

Skyline College Partners with Capuchino High School

Skyline College Library recently completed its first outreach project with San Bruno’s Capuchino High School, our new Middle College partner. Librarians were asked to “make research less stressful for Cap’s International Baccalaureate (IB) students — to demystify and make accessible the research process.”

capuchinoIn May, Skyline College librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp hosted Capuchino instructor Martee Lopez-Schmitt and school librarian Anna Lapid on the Skyline College campus. The group decided the best way to support the IB students would be to develop an online student Research Guide to be used in conjunction with a week-long research workshop taking place on the Capuchino High School campus the first week of June. On June 1st, the Guide went live.

To carry the partnership forward, Cap students will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive research workshop taught by Skyline College librarians. Students will gain additional experience with information literacy skills such as finding, evaluating and citing library sources.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Faculty – Are All of Your Textbooks in the Library?

Many students are requesting course textbooks from the library’s reserve collection, but not all textbooks are available.

Students count on faculty to put copies of all course textbooks on reserve in the library. As textbooks become more and more expensive, we are getting many more requests from students for textbooks to use in the library. Since the library cannot afford to buy the current textbooks for all classes, we rely on faculty to request an extra copy from the publisher and place that copy on reserve for students to access. Publishers are urged to provide copies of textbooks for library reserve free of charge per California AB2477, passed into law in 2004.

If you have any questions about placing materials on reserve or about requesting copies from publishers, please call us at the library at extension 4311.

We have a form you can use to put materials on reserve. You can search by your course title or your name to see what materials you have on reserve here. The full text of AB2477 is available on our bookstore’s website.

Article by Eric Brenner