Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Skyline Shines Gets an Update

Skyline Shines Website ScreenshotSkyline Shines has a new look and feel!

In addition to the updated header you’ll see on the weekly newsletter, the Skyline Shines website has been updated to blend more seamlessly with the design of the new Skyline College website.

This new “blog-style” website is more modern, easily navigable, cleaner, clearer, and sets the Skyline Shines publication apart as its own unique Skyline College news source.

Continue to check the Skyline Shines website for regular updates and the latest news about what’s going on around campus.

We’d also love your feedback! Send your thoughts and suggestions to me, Connor Fitzpatrick, your friendly Web Content Coordinator.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Skyline College Dance Festival 2015

Skyline College Dance FestivalThe Skyline College Dance Festival 2015 will take place on September 19 from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Please buy your tickets in advance to reserve your lunch! Tickets available both online and from the Skyline College Dance Program students.

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month by Salsa Dancing and join us for a day of Master Classes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Tahitian, Salsa/Rueda and Swing Dance, with a dance party with Orquesta Saboricua!

Lunch is included with the General Admission Tickets* and all ages and levels welcome!

  • General Admission: $25 for three classes, lunch and a live band dance party!! Only $20 in advance!
  • Block: $5 for each 2-class “Block,” or for the salsa band dance party!*
  • Purchase Tickets Online

*Catered Lunch is NOT included with the purchase of Block Tickets.

Skyline College Male Scholars’ Mentorship Program

students from msmp programThe African Diaspora Program which is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division, coordinated by Clyde Lewis Jr. held its inaugural Male Scholars’ Mentorship Program during the summer of 2015. The Male Scholars’ Mentorship Program aimed to provide students with the necessary tools for academic, career and life success through structured activities. Participants between the ages of 16-25 were largely from the Bayview Hunters Point are in San Francisco. By working with the faculty from 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic, the program was able to identify and support students who are facing academic challenges in traditional classroom settings. The focus of this six week program is to re-align participants on their path toward academic success, increase their self-esteem and to help shape their career readiness. Students are also required to use what they learn from the program in their respective community in order to receive credit.

The program was facilitated by Professor Tim Dupre and Brianna Clay and was administratively supported, by two Skyline College students: Jazmena Bannag and Joseph Adams. Additionally, faculty from Financial Aid, Career Center/Co-op and Sparkpoint emphasized many of the points discussed. Further, faculty from Skyline College played a role in supporting the program by allowing participants to visit their classes in order to experience higher education first hand. By allowing the mentoring participants to engage in their classes, both Professor Kymberly Jackson and Professor Nate Nevado introduced the concepts that education can be challenging; however, it can also be engaging.

The overall goal for the program was to increase the likelihood that participants would attend college by providing them with the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their future. Since the completion of the program, one of the high school students is currently enrolled full time and another is taking courses at Skyline College. All of the students who participated in the program can now better appreciate how college can open doors to their future.

Article by Brianna Clay | Photo by Jazmena Bannag

Upcoming Title IX Training Sessions

Eugene WhitlockThe District will be providing additional live Title IX training sessions for employees at the dates and times listed below. Please note that there is one evening session, for those whose schedules do not permit them to attend during the day. All employees are welcome to attend any session at any campus. There is no need to RSVP, you may simply show up at the training.

District Office:

  • October 7, 6pm – 7pm


Cañada College:

  • Sept. 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (Rm. 3-142)
  • October 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  (Rm. 6-102)


College of San Mateo:

  • October 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  (Rm. 10-191)
  • October 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  (Rm. 10-191)
  • October 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Rm. 10-194)


Skyline College:

  • October 2, 2:30 p.m. – 3: 30 p.m.  (Rm. 6202)
  • October 7, Noon, 1:00 or 3:30 p.m.  (Rm. 4170)

As stated above, once we have an approximate idea of how many people will attend each session, we will announce the exact locations.

Skyline College Students Applying for CSU Spring 2016 Admissions

transfer studentAmidst all the buzz in the Counseling Division during the first few weeks of school, where students came in for drop-in support to figure out their classes, got student educational plans, and received many other counseling services, the Transfer Center offered two CSU Spring Application Drop-in Assistance days on Thursday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 26.

Over 50 students have received application assistance to apply for spring admissions to various campuses, mostly SFSU. Although not all campuses offer spring admissions and not all majors are available to spring admits, the opening of spring admits allows our students to move through the transfer process in a faster more efficient manner. Students responded overwhelmingly to this opportunity by coming to the Transfer Center and getting the support they needed to make sure their applications were reviewed and accurate. The last day to apply for spring 2016 admissions to a CSU was August 31.

Thanks to our amazing marketing team for sending out timely GWAMAILs and to faculty and staff who referred students for drop-in assistance. It is evident this is the beginning of a very busy application season and with everyone’s efforts we will make sure our students have the best chance possible in achieving their transfer goals!

Article by Suzanne Poma

Collection Highlights from Skyline College Library

student at library book displayFrom Darwin to Dawkins:

Who are we? Where did we come from? What makes us human? Whether you’re pondering your own existence or assigning a paper to persuade or inform, Skyline College Library has a rich collection of sources on the evolution-creation debate and related topics on evolutionary biology and genetics. From Darwin to Dawkins, a new display of books at the Check Out Desk tackles timely and tricky issues.

Guitar Books:

Question: What do Django Reinhardt, Robert Johnson and Carlos Santana have in common? The guitar! A second book display highlights guitar related books in the Library’s collection. Improve your playing or read up on the masters.

“Sustainability:” What does it mean to you?:

The term “sustainability” used to belong to the field of ecology, but today it spans the disciplines.  A third display in the Library foyer highlights the recent explosion of sustainability-related books. From food, fracking, and fashion to garbage, green building and global warming, authors make their case for preserving Mother Earth.

Remember: All displayed books are available for check out with your free Peninsula Library System (PLS) card. As always, library card applications are available at the Check Out Desk.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

What is a Learning Commons?

You may have been hearing the term “Learning Commons” used around the Skyline College campus lately and you may have asked yourself, “What is a Learning Commons?”

“[The Learning Commons’] strength lies in the relationships it supports, whether these are student-to-student, student-to-faculty, student-to-staff, student-to-equipment, or student-to-information. Effective learning commons are alive with the voices of students working together, establishing the kinds of connections that promote active, engaged learning.”

— from “7 Things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons”

The Skyline College Learning Commons will bring together the functions of the Library and the Learning Center into a unified, technology enhanced academic support space for students in Building 5. The Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) Division has been taking some of the initial steps towards realizing our Learning Commons vision over the past several months. Here are some things that we have been doing:

  • During the spring 2015 semester, the ASLT monthly division meetings have been used to create a list of priorities that the team would like to see in the Learning Commons
  • Monday through Friday hours of operation have been aligned between the Library and Learning Center. New hours are 8:00am – 9:00pm, Monday – Thursday and 8:00am – 4:00pm on Friday. The Library is also open from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturdays.
  • Small, portable whiteboards have been purchased to enhance student collaborative spaces in Building 5.
  • A Director of the Learning Commons has been hired and will be starting on Monday, September 21, 2015. We will introduce Dr. Pearl Ly to the campus in next week’s Skyline Shines.

Over the 2015-2016 academic year, we will continue to take steps toward realizing our Skyline College Learning Commons vision and will be gathering additional feedback from students, faculty and staff on what they would like to see in this academic support space. We will continue to update the College through Skyline Shines articles over the course of the year.

Article by Jonathan Paver