Monthly Archives: March 2016

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

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