Monthly Archives: August 2015

Registration is OPEN! “Integrating Global Trade & Logistics and Cybersecurity” (IGTLC)  Conference Nov 12-14, 2015

IGTLC ConferenceBay Area Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is delighted to announce that Registration is OPEN for the first annual “Integrating Global Trade & Logistics and Cybersecurity” (IGTLC) Conference, from November 12-14, 2015, in San Francisco. You may register at I have attached the official announcement for posting on your website and sharing with your colleagues and clients.

Details about the IGTLC Conference Registration, Hotel, Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser, Exhibitor Booths, and Sponsorship can be found on the CITD website:

We look forward to you joining us.

Thank you for your support!

Article by Yvonne Reid

Join the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC): Business Starts Here!

BAEC LOGOIf you have a strong desire and are passionate about becoming an entrepreneur, let the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) help you realize your dream.  Join the BAEC for our business workshops!

These workshops will begin in late September and will be held at the BAEC, right in the heart of downtown San Bruno.

These interactive sessions will include:

  • Business plan development
  • Identifying your company type
  • Required licenses
  • Patents and copyright laws
  • How the BAEC can help you get started

These workshops are aimed at anyone who has an idea and wants to develop or turn that idea into a business.  Be on the lookout for updates and visit us on the web at

For more information on the workshop series or on the BAEC, contact Clifford Moss at, 650-825-6840.

Article by Clifford Moss

The Career Services Center Visits Youtube!

students visit youtubeOver the summer, in addition to planning workshops, events and programs, the Career Services Center and Skyline College’s Chess Club took a tour of YouTube! Our gracious host, John Angelo, led Lavinia and Alessandra Zanassi, Brian Jenney, Julien Goavec and a small group of students around the San Bruno-based company’s sprawling offices where they learned about different careers and internships within the company.

YouTube’s employees represent nearly every major and degree (not just computer science) and John encouraged those interested in working there to apply themselves, develop their critical thinking skills and discover ways they can contribute to our increasingly interconnected community: whether it be through marketing, programming, art, or writing.

We hope to have John visit Skyline College as a guest speaker in the near future and inspire our students as much as he inspired us!

We encourage all students to visit the Career Services Center in Building 1, Room 1219B for help planning their career, creating a resume or cover letter and staying informed about the dynamic programs we have planned for the Fall Semester. Career On!

Article by Brian Jenney

Skyline College Study Abroad, Cuba: Success!

Cuba Study Abroad StudentsSkyline College’s first faculty-led, short term Study Abroad trip occurred July 31-Aug 11, 2015.  Led by Skyline College History Professor, John Ulloa, the trip was comprised of 14 Skyline College students and one College of San Mateo Student.  All student participants earned 3 units of credit by enrolling in  SOSC 680SB, Life and Culture of the Local Area – Cuba.  Trip highlights included lecture presentations and discussions with Cuban intellectuals including architect/urban planner Miguel Coyula, a discussion on contemporary race relations with Gisela Arandia as well as private music performances by Pablo Melendez and Grupo Mezcla and the top Afro-Cuban folkloric group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.  There will be a 2016 trip in early summer.  Please contact John Ulloa or Zaid Ghori for more information.

Article by John Ulloa

Guardian Scholars Program Launches

Guardian ScholarsThe Guardian Scholars Program at Skyline College launched on July 1, 2015. The program is committed to providing services to former foster youth at Skyline College to help them succeed in college. The resources include a dedicated space located in Building 2 Room 2-321, a dedicated counselor, a dedicated financial aid liaison, financial coaching, retention support, credit building or repair, resume development or building, cultural field trips, workshops and priority registration.  Students may be eligible for free text books, school supplies and a laptop.

Please visit our new location in Building 2 Room 2-321 or contact Soledad McCarthy, Program Services Coordinator, at or 650-738-4319 for more information.

Photo: Featured left to right: Leticia Truvillion, Dominque Bill, Soledad McCarthy, Robin Alim, Joseph Jaballa

Article by Soledad McCarthy | Picture by Keisha Ford



Skyline College Graduate Wins Bay Area Gardener Foundation Scholarship

Abby picCongratulations are in order for Skyline College student, Abby De Los Reyes, recipient of the 2015 Bay Area Gardner Foundation Scholarship. Yearly, BAGSF awards twenty scholarships of $1,500 to applicants who demonstrate superior academic performance, a measure of not just knowledge but commitment, dedication, and responsibility in achieving higher education goals, and community involvement through volunteering at non-profit organizations.

Abby, a transfer student to SFSU this fall semester received an AAT in Psychology from Skyline College. Throughout her years here at Skyline, she worked as a student assistant in the Career Services Center, clocked over 300 volunteer hours at the San Francisco SPCA as a Shelter Medicine Volunteer, served as a Teaching Assistant, and maintained an impressive academic grade point average.

Present at the awards ceremony in July to cheer her on were Lavinia Zanassi, and Jocelyn Vila. The event proved to be an incredible evening for Abby as she was further recognized as a student displaying outstanding community involvement and excelling academically. For this distinguished effort, she was presented with an additional Scholarship of Excellence for a total award of $2,500!

We applaud this young woman as she continues on with her studies in Psychology and Animal Behavior.

Article by Lavinia Zanassi

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 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

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

Welcome Week 2015 3

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.

Welcome Week 2015 2Welcome Week 2015 1

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