Daily Archives: March 10, 2016

Students Vote for Sustainability Projects at Summit

2016 Sustainability SummitOn Tuesday, March 1, over 80 students came together for the Student Sustainability Summit Voting Day to vote on four student-led sustainability projects proposed in February. Grants to support these projects were awarded courtesy of the President’s Innovation Fund. The Summit was led by a team of Skyline College and San Mateo Community College District employees, dedicated to making Skyline College a more sustainable campus.

Four students, including Yanni Guo, Kendra McIntyre, Angelique Fuentes, and Jose Iniguez, presented diverse sustainability projects for the spring semester. The winners were chosen by student vote using iClickers during the Summit.

In first place, Yanni Guo will lead an awareness campaign about water bottles and promoting on-campus hydration stations.

In second place, Kendra McIntyre will be working alongside Pacific Dining and the Garden Project, a local nonprofit farm located near campus, to conduct a pilot project, sourcing local, sustainable, organic food in the cafeteria. The project hopes to offer new vegetarian and vegan recipes.

The third place winner, Angelique Fuentes, will expand on her innovative Carpooling Pilot Project from last year. She will be expanding carpool options beyond Parking Lot M and exploring incentives to encourage carpooling among students.

Jose Iniguez, fourth place, proposed a solar aquaponics project to be located near the Pacific Heights Buildings to educate and bring students into the world of solar aquaponics.

We look forward to supporting the students to ensure they lead successful projects this spring.

Thank you to the faculty advisors who assisted the students in their proposals: Lucia Lachmayr, Carla Grandy, Ronda Wimmer, and Carina Anttila-Suarez. Thank you to the District Sustainability Team, Joe Fullerton, Hilary Ego, and Gwen Alldredge, for their support, especially Joe Fullerton for facilitating the event. Finally, thank you to Jennifer Mair for four years of help organizing this event and to Ray Hernandez for his continued sponsorship.

If you are interested in joining a project, please email Allison Callow, Sustainability Coordinator, at callowa@smccd.edu or join us at an upcoming Student Ambassadors Network meeting held on the first Tuesdays of each month in Building 6, Room 6203.

Article by Allison Callow and Carina Anttila-Suarez | Photo by Hilary Ego

Information about Power is Power

new water meter assembly installed

Installing new meters is no simple task. Skyline College’s new water meter took multiple days to prepare and install.

Buildings across campus are constantly working to supply all of us with fresh air, heat as appropriate, and the appropriate amount of light. Pumps, motors, fans and other systems are all programmed to efficiently and effectively keep buildings safe and comfortable. These critical services require a lot of energy.  Unfortunately the Facilities team can only guess at how much energy each building uses.

You might be wondering why there is not more certainty about where our energy is being used.  The answer is that Skyline College, like many College campuses, is metered as a whole. Historically, individual buildings have not been metered. That is, until now.

Currently San Mateo County Community College District, in partnership with Schneider Electric, is installing an advanced Facility Management System (FMS). The FMS consists of hardware and software that, as it nears completion later in 2016, will increasingly help building operators and users understand and see energy issues in near real-time. Not only does the FMS present a wonderful opportunity for shifts in building and energy management, it also allows for building users to see, and thus positively influence, energy use patterns.

water and gas meters within fence area

Hardware to collect data from a water meter is secured alongside a PG&E meter interface.

One of the most exciting elements of this project is the ability for the campus to interact with the new system – a major asset in turning Skyline College into a living laboratory. The possibilities are endless but one can imagine a situation in which psychology students might study the behavioral impacts of having information about energy usage. Mean-while statistics students might find exciting efficiency opportunities by examining data derived from the system.  Communications students might find opportunities to tell the story of energy and water use on campus, while students at the Center for Sustainable Construction may find exciting ways to expand their knowledge of residential systems to commercial applications.

Be on the look-out for building energy dashboards that help you see how much energy is being consumed in your building in late 2016.

To find out more about SMCCCD Sustainability Initiatives please visit: www.smccd.edu/sustainability

Article by Joe Fullerton

4th Annual Middle School Outreach Project Student Conference

MSOP ParticipantsThe Middle School Outreach Project (MSOP) was founded four years ago with the goal of exposing middle school students to college and careers beyond their scope at a young age.  The project also seeks to provide information about college and financial aid to parents in order to foster and support their development as educational advocates for their child.

Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the MSOP Team has worked closely with forty 8th grade middle school participants from Parkway Heights Middle School and approximately forty-five former MSOP participants currently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade at South San Francisco High School.

On Friday, February 26, 2016, the College hosted the Middle School Outreach Project Student Conference at Skyline College for forty participating middle school students and staff.  During the conference, students toured the campus and visited various CTE labs, including Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Cosmetology, and Automotive Technology.

Students visited the soccer field and spoke with former Skyline College soccer players about their experiences as student athletes.  In addition, middle school students attended a financial aid presentation led by Jocelyn Vila and experienced a college class firsthand!

The conference concluded with a dynamic college panel comprised of current and former Skyline College students who eagerly shared their personal experiences in college and offered words of encouragements for our middle schoolers.

The conference was a tremendous success, which served to instill motivation and the desire to attend college among participants.

Article by Jessica Lopez | Photo by TRiO Student

Discover UC Davis Tour

Student holding uc davis penantOn Friday, February 26 the Transfer Center hosted the annual Discover UC Davis Tour and it was a very successful event! Over 35 students participated in the tour. In addition to a campus tour, students attended a general admissions session and workshops on financial aid, internships, disciplines and majors, and transfer tips. They also learned about scholarships, pre-health major preparation, undergraduate research, education abroad, positioning yourself for a career in law, business, and education, and matching careers to majors. Finally, an engaging panel of current UCD Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) students and alumni answered questions and shared their insights and experiences into the transfer student experience.

For many students this was the first time they had traveled to UCD and for some it was the school they had applied to for the fall 2016 semester. Students responded to the overwhelming support UC Davis provides transfer students, some noticing the support and passion UC Davis has for their students. Many students discovered that there were many options and resources available to them at UC Davis.

This tour is offered exclusively to campuses that partner with the UC Davis through the Transfer Opportunity Program. The attentiveness that UC Davis faculty and staff give to our students is exceptional. Many thanks to UC Davis for sponsoring our tour and to the faculty and staff at TRIO, that helped advertise, support and partnered with the Transfer Center for the event. Through this partnership, students have bi-weekly in-person access to our UC Davis Representative, Mayra Escobar. UC Davis continues to be the most popular UC campus for Skyline College students – and with 178 students applying for fall 2016, over 75% of all students who applied to a UC campus applied to UC Davis.

Campus tours have been identified as a critical part of transfer by the Skyline College Transfer Initiative and we are looking forward to the two other tours coming up this semester. We will be visiting San Jose State University on Friday, March 18 and University of California Santa Cruz on Friday, April 22. Demand has been very high for all three tours and we are excited to be able to offer these opportunities to our students.

Article by Dionicio Garcia and Suzanne Poma | Photo by Ashley Cabrera

Spring Internship Job Shadow Program

Spring Job Shadow Program InternsPlease join us in welcoming our new class of interns into our Student Internship Job-Shadow Program for the spring 2016 semester! The Internship Job-Shadow Program, provides an opportunity for Skyline College students to receive training and exposure in real-world business environments and soft skills training. The program is supported by the Global Learning Programs & Services Division (GLPS) and is hosted by the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center.   Through our job-shadow program, students are exposed to skills training, professional development and professional networking opportunities. Our interns are also eligible to receive up to three units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.

Student participants receive an assessment determining specific areas of interest and skill level and are trained on a range of interpersonal/essential business skills, and soft-skills.  Via the Internship Job Shadow program students are exposed to valuable experiences such as:

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

The Student Internship Job-Shadow Program provides 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 team!

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

Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Alex Kramer

There is Still Time to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Labs ScheduleDo your students need help with paying tuition and other educational expenses?  The Financial Aid Office can help – there is still time to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (Dream Act) for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic year.

Though the March 2 Cal Grant Priority Deadline has passed, students are still able to submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application for year-round aid such as, the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver and Federal Pell Grant. Students attending a California Community College can still qualify for the Competitive Cal Grant which has a deadline of September 2, 2016.

Please encourage your students to attend a free weekly Financial Aid Application Lab held:

  • Every Tuesday: 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Bldg. 2, 2117-B
  • Every Wednesday: 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Bldg. 2, 2117-B

Please continue to encourage your students to apply for financial aid, please contact Jocelyn Vila, Program Services Coordinator at vilaj@smccd.edu to schedule a financial aid presentation in your classroom.  Financial Aid Ambassador, Leitu Takapu, Lesley Bode and Michael Mark are available to come to your class and give a brief financial aid presentation.

Article and Photo by Jocelyn Vila

Students Use Photographs to Learn about Stigma

Images of Stigma PhotoSince 2013, Psychology 410 (Abnormal Psychology) has partnered with San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in an effort to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. What originally began as a one-class seminar has evolved into a four-part series.

Part three of the series is the Images of Stigma photo exhibit. In this exhibit students display a photograph of a time they felt stigmatized and include a one paragraph explanation under the photo. This assignment is designed to personalize the concepts of labeling and stigma and assessments indicate that the assignment achieves the intended outcome of increasing understanding of stigma and its consequences.

The Images of Stigma exhibit is on display in the Hosting Gallery of Building 4 and will remain there until Friday, March 18.

Article and photograph by Jennifer Merrill

Kappa Beta Delta Welcomes 19 New Members for Spring 2016

KBD initiationKappa Beta Delta welcomed 19 new members during our induction ceremony last Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kappa Beta Delta (KBD) is an international honor society for Associate Degree business programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The purpose of Kappa Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students pursuing business degrees. Currently, there are 20 faculty and staff members of KBD at Skyline College, including Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Skyline College President and Dr. Sarah Perkins, Vice President of Instruction. Newly initiated members include:

  • Mohamed Ali Abdelaal
  • Seng Bu Aung
  • Phillip Kai-Lap Chan
  • Cynthia Fastidio dela Cruz
  • Kellie Anne Glevarec
  • Daniela Salome Gonzalez
  • Gianni Grelli
  • Luis Hernandez
  • Minh Sam Ho
  • Andy M. Huang
  • Justin Jauyang Lai
  • Elizabeth Levis-Tokash
  • David Roberto Martinez
  • Phone Myat Oo
  • Jimmy Zong Ming Shen
  • Nan Kaythi Win
  • Spencer E. Wu
  • Guiting Xu
  • Paul Douglas Young

These new members have shown outstanding academic excellence and we are proud to welcome them into Kappa Beta Delta. For more information about our honor society, please email me at mfeldm18@my.smccd.edu.

Article by Margo Feldman | Photo by Helen Zhang

International Student Program Conducts CTTL Workshops

students at CTTL workshopThe International Student Program (ISP) conducted two CTTL workshops to discuss the International Student Program and the unique challenges of its students. The first workshop was held February 23, 2016 and the second was hosted on March 2, 2016. Wissem Bennani, ISP Program Manager, led the discussion which allowed various faculty members to share their experiences with international students.

Wissem presented the SEVIS rules and regulations. Irene Tieh, an experienced global study consultant, gave a presentation about her research and findings about the differences between learning in Asian countries and in the United States. Irene provided some valuable tips to help international students acclimatize to the United States, make friends, learn effectively and simultaneously described the mindset of international students. For the group, this perspective provided a much appreciated understanding of our students’ lives.

The attendees of the workshop included faculty and staff members across campus, who had valuable input regarding the process of strengthening the academic learning program for international students. Everybody at the workshop offered constructive advice and suggested various methods to overcome the challenges facing international students.

ISP will continue to conduct discussions and workshops to improve the services offered to its students and the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu or call (650) 738-7021.

Article by Sujaya Chandran | Photo by Chikako Walker

DRC Staff Assistant Referees in Special Olympics Basketball Championships.

linda allen at special olympicsFor the past 3 years, I have had the opportunity to referee Special Olympics Basketball Championships.  Each year this event is held at Amador High School in Pleasanton.  This events gives individuals with mental, physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to display their athletic talents.

Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races and countries.  Through sports, these athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities.  They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments.

As a volunteer we are given an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these individuals.

For more information visit: http://www.specialolympics.org

Article by Linda Allen, photos by Amador Valley Boosters