Monthly Archives: November 2015

Skyline College Celebrates Veterans

Veterans Day at Skyline CollegeLast week, the entire Skyline College campus community participated in events in appreciation of our veterans. The Veterans Resource Center hosted a speaker on Tuesday, Byron Suarez, who spoke about his transition from the military to higher education and his career as an Attorney. Those who attended found his story very positive and motivating.

The Skyline College Veterans Club, in partnership with the Associated Students of Skyline College and the Veterans Resource Center, hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony last Wednesday in the Quad and an Open House at the Veterans Resource Center. The event began with a warm welcome message from President Stanback Stroud. Professor Timothy Dupre along with many Skyline College student veterans shared their stories. It was a very special day for the campus community to come together and honor veterans for their sacrifices and service.

Thursday offered another opportunity to show support for veterans with a resource event at the Veterans Resource Center. The San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Mateo County Veterans Service Office and Peninsula Vet Center had representatives available to answer questions and allow all veterans and dependents easy access to the resources they provide.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Skyline College Bookstore, we were able to provide coffee service to veterans at the Veterans Resource Center on Friday at our Meet and Greet. A very special thank you to everyone who participated and helped create a wonderful week of celebration, including administration, staff, and students. We look forward to more events in support of veteran success to come.

Article by Gina Ciardella | Photo by Keisha Ford

Educator Preparation Institute Opens

EPIcenter_RibbonCuttingOn Tuesday November 17, the Early Childhood Education/Education (ECE/EDU) Program, hosted the Grand Opening of the Educator Preparation Institute (EPIcenter).  The EPIcenter along with the Child Development Laboratory Center is designed to create a teacher preparation culture at Skyline College by providing aspiring educators (ECE, Elementary Education, Special Education) a place to collaborate, study, check out resources, and meet with faculty. The EPIcenter also provides computers and a printer for ECE/EDU students to use for their classes.

Funded by the President’s Innovation Fund, Heising Simon’s Fellowship, and a generous donation by a former Skyline College ECE/EDU student, the EPIcenter was able to purchase materials and equipment, hire student assistants, and plans to offer tutoring and instructional support for target courses.

This event was well attended by Skyline College ECE/EDU students and faculty, Skyline College administrators (VPI Sarah Perkins, Dean Aaron Mcveen) and staff, District Board Members Karen Schwarz, Thomas Mohr, and newly elected Maurice Goodman.

For more information on the EPIcenter please visit the EPIcenter website.

Article by Kristina Brower and Sarita Santos

Students Begin Internship Job Shadow Program

glps internsPlease join us in welcoming our new class of interns into our Student Internship Job-Shadow Program for the fall 2015 semester! The Internship Job-Shadow Program, provides an opportunity for Skyline College students to receive training and exposure in real-world business environments. The program is a collaboration between the Skyline College Career Resources Center, the Global Learning Programs & Services Division (GLPS) and the Retail Hospitality & Tourism Program (RHT).  Through the job-shadow program, students interested in business, international trade, logistics, marketing, international tourism and other related industries are exposed to professional development and networking opportunities. Our interns are also eligible to receive up to three units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.

All students participating in the program receive an assessment determining specific areas of interest and are trained on a range of interpersonal job skills, or soft-skills.  In addition, the Internship Job Shadow program students are exposed to valuable experiences such as:

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

The GLPS division provides internship and job-shadow opportunities each academic semester to all Skyline College students regardless of their field of study.  We congratulate our new class of interns and welcome them to the GLPS team!

The Internship Job Shadow Program is made possible with funding from the President’s Innovation Fund.

Article and Photo by Pcyeta Stroud

Butte County Fire Donation Drive

Student donates to Butte FundraiserMembers of the Academic Senate, Associated Student of Skyline College, Classified Council and College Administrators teamed up to create a donation drive to aid the people who lost so much in the recent fires in Butte and Valley Counties.  Last week marked the end of a month long donation drive. A total of 450 food and essential items as well as a cash donation of $315.00 were collected for the donation drive.  The donation drive committee would like to thank the Skyline College Bookstore and all members of the campus community for their support and participation in the drive.

Article by Dennis Zheng

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts Students


Phi Theta Kappa StudentsWith friends and family in attendance, 93 students from Skyline College, 30 from CSM, and 38 from Cañada College were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for the fall 2015 semester. On November 13, Beta Xi Eta, the College of San Mateo chapter, hosted the induction ceremony for new members of Phi Theta Kappa from the three colleges. It is a tradition to alternate the induction ceremonies between the three chapters. CSM President Mike Clair welcomed attendees and Joan Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., gave the keynote address and commended the members on their academic achievement. Some of the new Skyline College Phi Theta Kappa members are shown in the photo.

Article by Christine Case

Medical Assisting Certificates and Degree Approved by State

MEDA plus Patient Navigator Info Sheet_Page_1The Skyline College Administrative Medical Assisting (MEDA) Program began in fall 2015 and offers five certificates and an A.S. Degree, which are designed to meet cutting edge needs in the various areas of administrative medical assisting.  The courses are available for registration and require no special application, offering a direct route for students who are interested in working within a medical environment.  While students have been able to take part in the MEDA program and work towards their certificate or degree goal, the college has been waiting on the final approval from the State Chancellor’s office.

Just last week, Skyline College Counselor and Articulation Officer Jacqueline Escobar was able to announce the program approval to Ray Hernandez, Dean of the Science, Math, and Technology (SMT) Division.  They are proud to announce that the following certificates and degree in the MEDA Program have been approved by the State Chancellor’s office for Skyline College:

  • Administrative Medical Assisting, A.S. Degree
  • Administrative Medical Assisting, Certificate of Achievement
  • Medical Coding, Certificate of Achievement
  • Medical Editing, Certificate of Achievement
  • Medical Insurance Billing, Certificate of Achievement
  • Medical Office Receptionist, Certificate of Achievement

Interested students may see the Counseling Office or the SMT Division Office for further details.  Additionally, flyers listing necessary classes for the certificates are available outside the SMT Office in Building 7.

Article by Bernadette Newland and Alana Utsumi

Business is Booming at the BAEC

Presenter at BAECThe Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center (BAEC) is a business development and resource center, serving the small and start-up business community. The BAEC offers competitive rates on conference, meeting and event space and welcomes new members and clients every week! Come check us out on LiquidSpace!

The BAEC hosts workshops and training sessions in conjunction with local resource providers, such as the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo Credit Union.  BAEC clients receive in-house business consulting for preliminary stages of business development and referrals to the San Mateo Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for next stages in their business development.

The BAEC is open, to the public, Monday thru Friday from 9am – 5pm.  For more information, please contact and visit us at

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

ACBSP Western Region Conference Co-Hosted by Business Program

ACBSP MembersSkyline College Business Program and Notre Dame de Namur co-hosted the annual Association Council for Business Schools and Programs  (ACBSP) Western Region Annual Conference October 21-23, 2015 at the Sobrato Center in Redwood City.  Presentations were made by faculty on the conference theme “Creating New Knowledge in the Classroom”.

Skyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback-Stroud welcomed the attendees to the conference and talked about the value of business accreditation to Skyline College.

The Keynote speaker was Rhonda Abrams, CEO The Planning Shop. Rhonda is a member of the Business Program Advisory Board at Skyline College.

Dean Christine Roumbanis, Professor Linda Whitten, and former Dean Don Carlson made a presentation on the value of accreditation and honor societies.

Article by Linda Whitten

Books to Inspire and Relax

Library Book DisplayDe-Stress for Success – With finals week quickly approaching, you may be experiencing extra stress. Let the Library aid in reducing stress! Browse and borrow from our collection of recreational and educational de-stressing materials. Learn about contemporary topics like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga to help you find your inner peace.

The 3rd Annual Student Sustainability Summit Display – What does sustainability mean to your future? What has been done to maintain environmental sustainability?  Browse the Library’s collection of sustainability-oriented materials in preparation for Skyline’s Sustainability Forum on December 1. Learn about America’s largest import – trash – in Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, or envision what our future may hold in Life Without Oil.

Filipino American Heritage through Photography Display – In celebration of Skyline College Art Gallery’s exhibition Through My Father’s Eyes – Photographs by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado, enjoy images and narratives of Filipino-American life in California during the 1940s and 1950s. Pinoy in America and Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America offer different perspectives of the Filipino-American experience from the past to the present. Other important works complete the picture.

All library materials on display are available for checkout using your Peninsula Library System (PLS) card. Don’t currently have a library card? Come to the Check Out desk and register today.

Article and Photos by Kristen Lee

Next Week is International Education Week 2015!

International Education Week LogoPlease come celebrate International Education Week with the International Student Program (ISP) Office! International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to highlight the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, 2015). All events are free and open to Skyline College students, faculty, staff and community members. We hope many of you can join us for IEW 2015!

11/16 (Mon) 12 – 2 PM @ 6-202, 204 & 206

Opening Reception

  • Opening remarks presented by Dr. Sarah Perkins, Vice President of Instruction
  • Special guest to deliver a speech on International Education
  • Free lunch & raffle prize!

11/17 (Tue) 11 AM – 1 PM @ Building 6, Dining Room

Global Learning Programs and Services Fair

Resource fair presented by:

  • International Student Program (ISP)
  • Study Abroad and Special International Programs
  • Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center (BAEC)
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP)
  • Center for International Trade Development (CITD)

11/18 (Wed) 11 AM – 1 PM @ Building 6, Dining Hall

International Food Festival

  • Free international food sampling!
  • International music, activity & resources
  • Meet with Skyline international students

11/19 (Thu) 2 – 3 PM @ Building 4, Multicultural Center

International Student Workshop/Coffee Hour

  • Free workshop for Skyline international students
  • Topics include: on-campus & off-campus work, internship, volunteer, etc.
  • Light refreshment is provided

ISP will continue to provide international and cultural programs and events for Skyline College students, faculty and staff members and the greater Skyline College community. Please check future events on the ISP website at:

Article by Chikako Walker