Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

Welcome Liezl Madrona

Liezl MadronaPlease join the Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) Division in welcoming Liezl Madrona to the position of Instructional Aid II. Having recently completed Accessibility MOOC Certification, Liezl will join CTTL staff to assist faculty with accessibility issues related to instructional materials, captioning, and formatting instructional videos. Additionally, she will lend support to CTTL Co-Coordinators Nina Floro and Bridget Fischer, and Instructional Technologist, Ricardo Flores, and will on occasion facilitate a variety of workshops.

Liezl has been with Skyline College since August 2014. Prior to the ASLT Division, she worked in the Global Learning Program and Services Division with the Bécalos Program, and served as Interim Program Services Coordinator for the Language Arts and ASLT Divisions. Before joining Skyline College, Liezl worked with the California Academy of Sciences as a scientific researcher, completing her research career with a publication. Liezl has a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from San Francisco State University.

Article by Nina L. Floro.

New Library Learning Center Hours

Starting this semester, the Library and The Learning Center will have the same hours of operation during the week. Both the Library and The Learning Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, the Library is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This new schedule provides more access for students to:
– Receive tutoring and other academic support
– Get research support from faculty Librarians
– Check out books and other materials
– Use the student drop-in computer lab
– Study on their own or in small groups

Article by Jonathan Paver

Skyline College Student Receives National Scholarship

Ten two-year college students have been named recipients of the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, receiving a total of $75,000 to assist in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees. One of the recipients is Skyline College student Wafa Zeidan.


Wafa Zeidan is studying Biology with the desire to continue on with her education and earn a Medical Degree while continuing to do research throughout her career. She graduated from Skyline College in May 2015 and is transferring to the University of California, Davis in the fall to complete her undergraduate studies. During her time at Skyline College, she conducted independent research along with her mentor, Dr. Christine Case to test the effects of a plant extract on various microorganism, thus proving that the extract is effective in killing and inhibiting various bacteria. She went on to present her research at the annual SACNAS conference in October 2014. She continued her research with Dr. Case in the summer of 2015 and will present her findings on the use of a plant extract to prevent foodborne illness at the 2015 SACNAS conference. In addition to doing research, she is also an active volunteer in her community, both volunteering with children at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and also volunteering with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Computer Literacy and Internet Competency for Seniors program.

Article and photo by Dr. Chistine Case

History Professor James I. Wong and Chinese Americans of the Famed Flying Tigers

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, nine Chinese-American veterans gathered on July 1, 2015 for a luncheon in Alameda, California. The oldest veteran attendee was 97. They were members of Combined Units of the 14th Air Service Group and 987th Signal Company, including the component units of the 407th Air Service Squadron, 555th Air Service Squadron, Headquarters Squadron, 1157th Signal Company, 1544th Ordnance Company, 1077th Quartermaster Company, 2121st Quartermaster Trucking Company, 2122nd Quartermaster Trucking Company and the 987th Signal Company Special, US Army.

The veterans were joined with their family members and friends, including Skyline College History Professor James I. Wong (second from right in last row).


This was the fourth time in the last five years that Professor Wong has joined them in conducting his own research about Chinese Americans of the famed Flying Tigers, which included his own late father.

Article by James I. Wong

Rick Escalambre Retiring After 31 Years at Skyline College


Rick Escalambre has been a full-time faculty in the Automotive Department since 1984, and the department’s coordinator for the past 23 years. He has trained thousands of technicians and encourages former students to return to Skyline College’s Automotive Program as teachers.

With his dedication to educating students, he has won numerous awards during his career, and among his recent awards, he was awarded the 2014 California Automotive Teachers (CAT) College Teacher of the Year; and the Instructor of the Year in March 2015 at the Vision Hi-Tech Training Conference.

With the many hats Rick wears so well – author/editor of books in the field of Engine Performance, Emissions, and Computer Control, educator/mentor, he loves the recent hat he put on – grandfather, and that is the main reason he is retiring from teaching full-time.


Hopefully we will see Rick’s smiling face on campus because he truly loves passing his knowledge to the next generation. We wish him all the very best.

Article and photos by Nancy Lam