Daily Archives: September 24, 2015

Early Childhood Education Alumna Receives the 2015 Bright Futures Scholarship

Sarra WicklineThe Bright Futures Scholarship Program was developed by Bright Horizons to support the field of early childhood education by offering scholarships to future teachers.

Here is what Bright Horizons had to say about Sarra Wickline:

“Sarra holds an Associate’s degree from Skyline College and is continuing her studies to earn her Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. While completing her Associate’s, Sarra worked as an Associate Teacher at the Early Learning and Child Development Center on campus. Her supervisor writes that “she was able to use positive interactions to engage the children and keep them focused.” Sarra plans to continue working with young children and hopes to become a kindergarten teacher after completing her Bachelor’s degree.

“In the meantime, she plans to continue to work as a preschool teacher. Sarra believes that ‘children and their families deserve the most dedicated, creative, passionate, innovative, and understanding teachers.’ It is those qualities that she tries to reflect in her teaching practice and reinforces her goal of becoming the best educator she can be.”

The ECE/EDU staff here at Skyline College are so proud of Sarra and the work she continues to do for children and families!!

Article by Kristina Brower

Academic Team Scholarship Applications Are Open

ireneThe All-USA/Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team application is now open. Nominated students are placed in competition for over $1,000,000 in national scholarship opportunities. In addition, scholarship and recognition opportunities are available through All-State Academic Team Programs.

Skyline College students have won the All-USA, Coca-Cola, Guistwhite, New Century, and $7,500 Hites scholarships. Skyline College students have won the All-California scholarship every year since 1999.

One common application is used for all of these scholarships:

  • All-USA Academic Team
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team
  • Coca-Cola New Century Scholarship
  • All-California Academic Team
  • GEICO Pathway to Completion Baccalaureate Scholarship (Phi Theta Kappa members only)
  • Guistwhite Scholarship (Phi Theta Kappa members only)
  • Hites Transfer Scholarship (Phi Theta Kappa members only)

Students can access the application at skylinecollege.edu/boo. Phi Theta Kappa membership is not required. Criteria for these scholarships include GPA, scholarly activities, community service, and personal measures such as re-entry or self-supporting.

Please encourage students to apply. Applications are due November 3.

Article by Christine Case


Introducing the New Sustainability Coordinator: Allison Callow

CCBA_AllisonAllison Callow joined Skyline College as the newest Sustainability Coordinator on September 8. She is a Fellow at Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA), a program for emerging professionals in the field of climate change and sustainability. CCBA places more than 35 Fellows in various government agencies, school districts, and community colleges across the Bay Area. CCBA has partnered with Skyline College for the past three years with former CCBA Fellows at Skyline College leading the charge in several major campus-wide sustainability projects.

With the help of our previous Fellows, Skyline College has become a leader in sustainability for community colleges across the state. Our Sustainability Plan provides other community colleges with a template for use in their own campus communities.  We also host an annual innovative program integrating sustainability into curriculum and support student initiatives and projects in greening the College. One of these projects, the Green Gorillas, received a state award from the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges.

Our newest Fellow, Allison, has worked across non-profit, for-profit and public sectors in communications, community engagement, and capacity building roles leading back to sustainability and community development. She has a B.A. from UC Davis in International Relations with an emphasis on Global Health and Resources and a minor in Environmental Policy, Analysis and Planning. As the Sustainability Coordinator at Skyline College, Allison will be coordinating the annual Sustainability Blitz program and leading outreach and engagement efforts to increase student, staff, and faculty participation in sustainability programs on campus, including the Sustainability Ambassadors Network.

The first Sustainability Ambassadors Network meeting will take place on October 06, 2015 from 2:30pm-4:00pm in Building 6, Room 6-2305. To RSVP, please email Allison at callowa@smccd.edu.

If you would like to hear more the Sustainability Ambassadors Network, or if you would like to talk about sustainability issues in general and how they relate to your area of study, you can visit Allison in room 7326C in Building 7 or email her directly at the email provided above.

Article by Carina Anttila-Suarez, Carla Grandy | Photo by Carina Anttila-Suarez

Internship Job Shadow Program

Internship Flyer F2015Please spread the word about the Fall 2015 Internship Job-Shadow Program.

The Internship Job Shadow Program provides an opportunity for Skyline College students to receive training and exposure in a real-world business environment. The program is a collaboration between the Skyline College Career Services Center, the Global Learning Programs & Services Division (GLPS) and the Retail Hospitality & Tourism Program (RHT).  Through our job-shadow program, students interested in business, international trade, marketing, international tourism and other related industries are exposed to professional development and networking opportunities. All interns are eligible to receive up to three units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.

Via the Internship Job Shadow program students are exposed to valuable experiences and skills such as:

  • Networking events
  • Business Seminars
  • Grant Writing
  • Trade Conferences
  • International Delegation Events and Meetings
  • Campus events
  • In-bound Trade Missions
  • And more!

This program is supported by the President’s Council and funded by the President’s Innovation Fund!

Contact Pcyeta Stroud at stroudp@smccd.edu to apply

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Learning Communities 1st Annual Launch Party

Learning Communities Launch PartyThe first annual Learning Community Launch Party was held on August 28, 2015.  Students from all Learning Communities were invited to attend with their classes and professors were encouraged to bring their students as a group. Students and faculty from ASTEP, Kababayan, CIPHER, PACE, FYE, Puente, Social Justice League and the Career Advancement Academy attended the event with friends and classmates. The Launch Party festivities drew many members of the campus community as well.
The Learning Community Launch Party was envisioned as an event to kick-off the start of the academic year with a fun and memorable event, strengthen informal bonds between students and faculty, increase students’ sense of belonging within the larger framework of Skyline College Learning Communities, and increase school spirit and connections to the campus.

The Learning Community Launch Party included a Trail Mix Bar, Skyline College craft tables, ping pong, campus services and programs tabling as well as music and an open microphone giving program staff, students and faculty the opportunity to share information and welcome the groups of Learning Community students. Some students took advantage of the open mic to publicly thank faculty members for great mentorship and some students also shared their musical talents.

All Skyline College students were invited to attend to learn about Learning Communities and find out how to join a Learning Community in the Spring 2016 semester. Those who missed the event can access more information via a flowchart of course sequences for each Learning Community on the Learning Communities website.

More photos from the Launch Party and other Learning Community events can be viewed on Facebook.

Article by Marisa Thigpen

Academic Support & Learning Technologies Division Welcomes Dr. Pearl Ly

Please welcome Dr. Pearl Ly as the Director of the Learning Commons in the Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) Division. Dr. Ly will provide leadership to our efforts toward realizing our Learning Commons vision – one that merges the functions of the Library and The Learning Center into a technology enriched, collaborative academic support resource for student success.

Dr. Ly earned a Joint Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego/California State University San Marcos, a Master of Library and Information Sciences and a Masters of Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ly comes to Skyline College from the College of Marin where she served as the Director, Library Services. She has also served as an Access Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian and Interim Assistant Dean, Library Services at Pasadena City College, a Natural Sciences Librarian at California State University San Marcos and an Associate Librarian at MiraCosta College. Dr. Ly has published several articles in refereed and non-refereed publications and has presented at numerous conferences.

Dr. Ly is excited to join the Skyline College team and looks forward to working with everyone on campus.

Article by Jonathan Paver

Science in Action Seminar Series Has Begun

science in action lecturerThe fall 2015 Science in Action Seminar Series has started and our students are attending and learning some science while meeting researchers who are at the beginning of their careers.  The first two Science in Action Seminars were well attended with over 30 students visiting room 7106 at 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoons.

The seminar by Jonathan Z. Butler, PhD MDiv “Triumph in the Face of Adversity: Reflections of an African American Male PhD” was covered in the Skyline View.

Gabriela Monsalve, Ph.D.  gave a talk titled “From Venezuela to California – How I Ended Up Working on Steroids”. She knew from a young age that she wanted to earn a Ph.D. but she did not know in what field.   She has interests from Spanish Literature to Physical Astronomy.  Dr Monsalve, spoke about her journey and how she finally decided to  earn her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and study how steroids and affect cancer.

The Science in Action Seminar series will continue every Monday afternoon at 4:30pm in room 7206.  The talks are open to any and all students who have an interest in doing research as well as learning what it takes to become a scientist.  This year will be a little special, because we are inviting Skyline College alumni to speak.

Article by Nick Kapp

Class Schedule Distribution Gets Greener!

Fall ScheduleThis semester, Skyline College will be changing its distribution practices starting with the Spring 2016 class schedule. Instead of mailing the full class schedule to the local community, the College will be sending out a postcard advertising the online schedule and offering a link to a website where community members can order a print schedule if they so desire.

This decision is part of our campus commitment to sustainability, is a result of feedback from the community and reflects our efforts to use funds wisely.

Some additional facts about this decision:

  • 91,000 households in the service area will now get postcards instead of the entire class schedule – this is the same number of households who typically receive the full schedule
  • We are printing roughly half the number of schedules as we did in previous years
  • An online request system is available for those that would like/require a hard copy
  • The online version of the class schedule will be digitized – meaning it will be searchable and more user-friendly than a PDF

Article by Cherie Colin & Connor Fitzpatrick



Latino Heritage Month Has Begun

The Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC), in collaboration with Dance, Puente, LASO, SHPE, and the History Department proudly present Latino Heritage Month!

Join us in celebrating the rich and vibrant traditions of Latin America with special performances, guest speakers, and a variety of interactive and educational programs through mid-October. Share your Trojan pride over social media using #LHMskyline

Latino Heritage Month Poster

Article by Dennis Zheng

Dr. Luis Perez Delivers Presentation on Universal Design and Accessibility in the iOS Environment

Apple Educator PresentationSkyline College was honored to have Dr. Luis Perez deliver a presentation on Universal Design and Accessibility in the iOS Environment on Wednesday September 23. Dr. Luis Pérez received his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida and was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009. He is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press.

Participants learned about the accessibility features that iOS9 and existing operating systems had to offer. In any Apple device, simply tap ‘General,’ and then ‘Accessibility’ to view all of the features. One amazing feature that was introduced for mobility was called ‘Switch Control.’ Switch Control allows the user to navigate through the iPhone screen by tapping a connected device that had two buttons.

Apple does its best to reach out to every type of user through a great concept called Universal Design (UD). Have you ever used Siri? Siri is an example of UD in Apple products that allows users to navigate through the phone via voice commands. With similar technology, Dr. Perez introduced an iPad app called ‘Book Creator.’ This powerful app allows the author the ability to utilize VoiceOver, which helps editing in Book Creator and when reading the books in iBooks. Dr. Perez’s presentation on Apple products and software has shown us the potential in broadening the scope of users and the impact of accessibility improvements in the iOS software that can benefit all.

The presentation was videotaped and will be available at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) in the coming weeks.

A full list of resources discussed during the presentation is available at the Universal Design & Accessibility website.

Article by Jonathan Paver & Liezl Madrona | Photo by Keisha Ford