Daily Archives: March 3, 2016

Pictures of Immunity and the Memory Function of Sleep

Melanie MatheauOn Monday, February 29 the Science in Action Seminar series was proud to host Melanie P. Matheu, PhD. She is currently a postdoc at UCSF, but is looking for opportunities in Academia in addition to a position at a Biotechnology company.  The title of Dr. Matheu’s talk was “When cells have a mind of their own: How cell movement supports immune responses.” Dr. Matheu uses a two photon imaging technique to look at how immune cells interact with one another in real time, you can also check out her work online. Dr. Matheu also talked about how students can succeed in science by having he following characteristics: hard work, persistence, building relationships having personal responsibility, staying true to yourself and just saying yes to opportunity. After her talk Dr. Matheu (middle) posed with student Anthony Petraki (left) and adjunct faculty Dr. Jing Folsom.

This coming Monday, Tanuj Gulati, PHD, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Translational Engineering, UCSF will speak about “Using mind-controlled external devices to understand the memory functions of sleep.” Dr. Gulati studied Medical Physics in New Delhi India and earned his PhD in Neuroscience at Drexel University. Refreshments will be provided for this talk from 4:30 to 5:30 in room 7106.

Photo and article by Nick Kapp

CTTL Launches New Website


CTTL LogoAfter many months of content gathering and collaboration with MCPR, the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) has launched its new website at http://skylinecollege.edu/cttl/.  The new website features a variety of resources for and information about Instructional Design & Technology, Online Teaching, Professional Development, Teaching & Learning, and more.  Visitors to the new website will find the CTTL calendar of events easily accessible and can learn more about the content of upcoming (and also past) workshops/activities. As well, the Google calendar of activities allows visitors to save events to their own Google calendars.

Materials and handouts from past workshops, links to faculty and classified staff professional development funding, tips and information on accessibility and captioning, and a Teaching & Learning Blog containing recent articles on a variety of topics are among the content housed on the new CTTL website. Those looking for the most recent iterations of the DE Handbook, Skyline College Online Course Standards, Flex Activity Reporting Form, CTTL Workshop Proposal Form, access to a variety of other online teaching tutorials and handbooks, and other helpful professional development-related materials and resources may find what they need at our new URL: http://skylinecollege.edu/cttl/.  The CTTL staff invites you to explore our exciting new website.

Article by Nina Floro

Brothers and Sisters Conference

brothers and sisters conference participantsOn Monday, February 22 Skyline College hosted its third annual Brothers and Sisters Conference. This year’s theme, “Each One, Reach One: Each One, Teach One”, focused on each student’s civil responsibility to reach back into their communities. Keynote speaker Dr. Jamal Cooks (San Francisco State Graduate instructor), addressed this topic expressing the importance of higher education, using your social capital to complete your educational goal, and giving back to your community as a mentor.

Throughout the day, the students met with academic programs and support services on campus, learning about specific resources available. The students also experienced a campus-wide Spoken Word event. Student heard passionate poems that expressed positive messages of identify and perseverance. A campus tour followed as the students concluded their day.

The mission of the Brothers and Sisters Conference is to serve as a transitional and welcoming opportunity for African American students as they graduate from high school and go to college. Special thanks to everyone who participated. The conference was a HUGE success and our goal of creating a positive first experience for the students was reached.

Article by Kwame Thomas

Schools Our Children Deserve:  A Gathering of Teachers, Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members

Conference flyerPlease join us on Saturday March 19, 2016 for a lively half-day conference, Schools Our Children Deserve, at Skyline College.  The San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers is collaborating with the Jefferson Elementary and the Jefferson High School unions to bring the community together to talk about a subject near and dear to all of us:  public education, and Skyline College is co-sponsoring the event. Registration  starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Main Theatre lobby and the conference gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m.

Come hear exciting keynote speaker and youth advocate, Jeff Duncan Andrade; enjoy opening remarks by former legislator and current Skyline College professor, Tom Ammiano; and choose between 16 separate breakout workshops, discussing everything from EC/Pre-K issues to immigration to restorative justice.  Northern San Mateo county community groups, National AFT representatives, local elementary and high school teachers and parents as well as SMCCD faculty, staff and students will all be presenting workshops. The conference is free, and all participants will be served breakfast, lunch, and have an opportunity to pick up free childrens’ books auspices of National AFT in Washington, as well as certificates of participation, free backpacks and much more.

You must register to attend:  register at www.AFT1481.org/SchoolsOurChildrenDeserve OR go to our faculty union website:  AFT1493.org.  See you on Saturday March 19, 2016 at Skyline College!

Article by Katharine Harer

Brian Copeland in “Not a Genuine Black Man”

Brian CopelandConcluding African American Heritage Month, Associated Student of Skyline College (ASSC), the Black Student Union (BSU), and the Career Center sponsored Brian Copeland in “Not a Genuine Black Man.” In his one man performance, Brian provided a sociological perspective on “identity” by taking his audience through a journey of his life, sharing his experiences growing up in the East Bay during the 60’s and 70’s. During his performance, Brian addressed the tough question: What does it mean to be genuinely black in today’s society? In a performance of laughter and tears, Mr. Copeland explores how our surroundings help make us who we are.  Although our identities are influenced by others’ perspectives, it’s truly our personal self-awareness that ultimately determines our character, our confidence and our authenticity as individuals.

Students and faculty joined in to fill the theater as his performance was widely attended. Special thanks to all the instructors who brought their class, and the students who came out to support.

Article by Kwame Thomas

Heads Up for the CCSSE this Spring: Factors that Enhance Student Success


What college practices and student behaviors correlate highly with student success? To gain more insight about this question pertaining to our college and students, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) will be administered at Skyline College this April. A national survey that our students have taken every four years since 2008, the results will give us insights about what our students do in and out of the classroom and what we can do to create an environment that enhances their learning, development and retention. We’ll have the opportunity to compare our present results to the past results, as well as to comparable community colleges.

What is the time line? Within a three week window from April 11- 29, the survey will be administered in classes randomly selected by the Center to ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. The survey is designed to be completed in fifty minutes. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive specific information from the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness office in the next two weeks.

Skyline College is intent on being a leader in higher education, and this survey can assist us in improving course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals. To learn more about CCSSE, visit www.ccsse.org, or contact the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin at 512-471-6807 or info@cccse.org. For more information about Skyline College’s participation, contact Karen Wong, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness at wongk@smccd.edu or (650) 738-4369.

Article by Karen Wong

Mission – Vision – Values Revised to Increase Focus on Equity and Social Justice

As part of a regular cycle, committees entrusted with providing input on strategic planning and institutional effectiveness reviewed Skyline College’s Mission – Vision – Values to ensure that it accurately reflects our college’s educational purposes, the types of degrees and credentials we offer, and our commitment to student learning and achievement.

Each committee took action to recommend the changes after careful review and dialogue. At their September meeting, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) recommended key additions to the Values section pertaining to social justice, equity, distance learning, and our recently approved baccalaureate degree. At their October meetings, the Stewardship for Equity, Equal Employment and Diversity Committee (SEEED) and Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) weighed in on these recommendations, which went forward to the College Governance Council (CGC) in January and February. Consisting of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Students, and the President and Vice Presidents of Skyline College, the CGC unanimously recommended adoption of the revised MVV at its February 24 meeting. The following revisions were approved:

  • “Social Justice” is an entirely new addition: “We are committed to a comprehensive diversity framework that promotes social justice throughout all policies, procedures, and practices of the College.”
  • Under “Open Access,” we added “gender, ” “gender expression,” and “sexual orientation” to the range of demographic factors, replaced “prepared” with the more precise “preparedness”, and noted that “programs and responsive student services” be provided “both in person and online.”
  • “Equity” was added to “Student Success.” Specifically, “We aim to close gaps that result in inequitable outcomes by ensuring that each student has the opportunity to succeed.”
  • Under “Academic Success,” we added our newly minted “baccalaureate degree” to AA/ AS degrees, certificates, basic skills development and lifelong learning to our list of comprehensive educational options.

President Regina Stanback Stroud was very appreciative of the commitment to governance that the review of the MVV demonstrates, noting “I’m very impressed with the work that went in not only to the thorough review and resultant revisions, but also the vetting process through the committees.”

For the full text of Skyline College’s Mission – Vision – Values, please see http://www.skylinecollege.edu/aboutskyline/mission.php .

Article by Karen Wong

International Student Program Celebrates Chinese Lantern Festival!

student and dr. robinsonThe International Student Program (ISP) and the International Affairs Student Club (IASC) co-hosted the Chinese Lantern Festival event at Skyline College. Faculty, staff and students across the campus enjoyed the beautiful lantern displays, learned “57 Fun Facts About China” and sampled some authentic yuanxiao sweet dumplings. The audience also received some “lucky candies” to bring a good luck to the New Year!

The Lantern Festival is also known as the Yuan Xiao festival or the Shang Yuan festival in China and signifies the last day of the Spring Festival.  It is traditionally celebrated on the on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month and corresponds with the first full moon of the year.

ISP and IASC will host more cultural events during the semester. Please check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/skylinecollege.internationalstudents or contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu for more information.

Article & Photo by Chikako Walker

Associated Students of Skyline College Builds Ties Across Campus

Valentines Day in the Fireside dining room This year the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) council was challenged to do the following things: bridge the gap and build relations with communities both on campus and off and to educate students, faculty and staff alike during set events.

At the halfway point of the academic year, they are meeting those expectations as a council. They have reached out to constituents on campus such as the upcoming Foster Youth and Guardian Scholars Programs and hosted a couple of holiday gatherings to build lasting relations that affect the quality of their education on campus. In the community they have been giving back by assembling essential hygiene bags and bagged lunches for the homeless and have gone out and distributed them around the city of San Francisco. Among other upcoming community outreach projects the council has also volunteered their time to serve meals as part of the Daily Free Meals Program at Glide Memorial.

The council accepted the challenges put forth in front of them and this Spring’s retreat was unalike those previous in that they attended the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to further educate themselves on one of Skyline’s most prized attribute, cultural diversity. The experience has brought some new insight and a clear lens on how to diligently plan and educate the campus through the events sponsored by the council.

students playing drumsThey have begun with celebrations in honor of Lunar New Year and African American Heritage Month by implementing cultural traditions of Taiwanese kumquat tossing and a heart-pounding African drum djam. For Valentine’s Day the council gave out condoms, goodie bags, chocolate and pamphlets to promote safe sex. These are only a few examples of the events that the council will be sponsoring for the remainder of the semester and will continue to be a reflection of what the council has learned thus far.

With Spring elections coming up, now is that time to get students thinking about how they can get involved in student government and what type of impact they can have here at Skyline College. Stay tuned for Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming, as well as more charity drives for the community, and an exciting lineup of events celebrating the cultural diversity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders!

Article by Anjelica Gacutan

Skyline College Migration from WebAccess to Canvas

student at computerSkyline College is partnering with the District to leverage tools and resources available through the California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative (OEI) that will transform how online education is delivered at the College with the goal of increasing student success rates. The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses.

Key to taking advantage of the programs and benefits of the OEI is the adoption of Canvas as the course management system (CMS) for Skyline College and SMCCCD. Canvas was selected as the CMS for the California Community Colleges participating in the course exchange portion of the OEI.

In June 2015, OEI announced that Canvas would be available to any College who would like to change their current CMS and that OEI will be providing 100% of the costs of the services for Canvas at least through the 2018-2019 academic year. Over the next 18 months, SMCCCD will be

working with OEI through a cohort program to transition from Moodle/WebAccess to this new course management system.

WebAccess to Canvas Timeline:

District ITS will begin the technical implementation of Canvas on April 1, 2016. While much of this work will be behind the scenes, this phase will include the migration of courses from WebAccess to Canvas. Existing summer and fall WebAccess courses will be migrated to Canvas in April and May and Spring courses will be migrated in June and July. Canvas will be providing training for technical staff and for our CTTL staff in late spring.

Professional Development for Skyline College Faculty and Staff:

The CTTL will be providing training for faculty using Canvas course materials that have been developed by @One in partnership with the OEI and Canvas. During Flex Day on Thursday, March 3 there will be two information sessions held by Ricardo Flores at CTTL.  To attend the Canvas Basics 1 session, visit the Flex Day Registration Form. Training will be offered in cohorts starting in spring for the small group of faculty who will be teaching with Canvas in the summer. During the summer, several intensive training options will be offered to ready faculty to teach with Canvas in the fall semester. Then during the academic year, a series of Canvas workshops will be offered and faculty will be able to work with CTTL staff on their courses. At the conclusion of the training, faculty will have their course ready to teach in Canvas for the following term.

This professional development for faculty will be focused on designing learning environments online that are enhanced for student success and access. This training will be centered on the application of the OEI Online Course Quality Rubric that was developed collaboratively with the California Academic Senate and is based upon research supported best practices for online education. Many of these practices are applicable to the traditional classroom (face-to-face Instruction) therefore as faculty are trained on Canvas and online course design, they will also be exposed to best practices that positively impact student success, persistence, retention, and completion in all courses. In addition, we will be able to assure that all instructional materials in online and face-to-face courses meet Section 508 standards for accessibility.

Teaching with Canvas:

Skyline College will teach 7 or 8 courses in Canvas during the Summer 2016 term. An additional 90 courses will be taught in Canvas during Fall 2016 semester, and then the remainder of our courses should be using Canvas during the Spring 2017 term.


For further information, contact your Skyline College Canvas Migration Team:

Additional information and updates will be made available on the CTTL website at www.skylinecollege.edu/cttl.

Article by Jonathan Paver