Daily Archives: April 29, 2016

Skyline Striders at the Relay for Life

relayBeta Theta Omicron organized and participated in the San Bruno Relay for Life on April 23. The Skyline Striders walked the Capuchino High School track from 10 am to 10 pm to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Team members included Magali Yanez, Donway Sy, Pauline Maccay, Karen Lai, Akayi Thein, Chandandeep Singh, Alana Utsumi, and Eric Utsumi.

The 2015 Top 10 fundraising Phi Theta Kappa chapters were recognized during an Educational Forum at the Phi Theta Kappa convention on April 8, 2016. “We are so impressed with the level of continued commitment Phi Theta Kappa members invest in our fight against cancer and are inspired by their enthusiasm and genuine philanthropy,” said Kristen Solt, Vice President of the Hope Lodge Network with the American Cancer Society. “There is a spirit of service within Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Cancer Society is honored to count Phi Theta Kappa as a true partner in our work.”

Beta Theta Omicron has a long history with the Relay for Life events. In 2009, the chapter worked with the American Cancer Society to hold the first San Bruno Relay. That Relay was held on the Skyline College track on one of our foggiest days. Visibility was limited to 300 feet, approximately the width of the track. At the start of each San Bruno Relay for Life, Board Chair and San Bruno City Councilman Ken Ibarra always takes a moment to thank Skyline College for holding the first Relay for Life in San Bruno, and starting a beautiful tradition.

Photo (from left): Magali Yanez, Donway Sy, Pauline Maccay, Karen Lai, Akayi Thein, Alana Utsumi, and Eric Utsumi. Inset: Donway and Chandandeep Singh participate in the Miss Relay contest.

Article by Alana Utsumi and Christine Case. Photos by Donway Sy and Akayi Thein.

Disability Resource Center Hosts PEP Day!

On April 16, the Disability Resource Center welcomed students and parents to the Skyline College campus for Priority Enrollment Program (PEP) Day!  PEP is an all day orientation event for graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend Skyline College in the Summer or Fall. DRC PEP provides students and their parents an opportunity to learn about the types of technology and support programs available to students with disabilities. Representatives from TRiO, EOP&S, Financial Aid, Workability III, and the Learning Communities were also on hand to share information with attendees. Students were able to take the English placement test and make counseling appointments. This year, DRC will be further supporting these students by offering them two exciting follow up events. In conjunction with Financial Aid – Registration Evening, where they can receive support on registering for classes and signing up for the FASFA. These students have also been invited to participate in DRC’s Welcome Day at the start of the Fall semester to help further orient them to the college, ensure their accommodations are in place, and provide them with self advocacy tips. DRC is looking forward to welcoming PEP students to campus in the coming months!

Article by Melissa N. Matthews

CAA Hosts Financial Aid Workshop for Baden High School Families

FIN AID Workshop SP16On Monday, April 18, 2106, the Career Advancement Academy (CAA) hosted its first evening Financial Aid Workshop for parents and students of Baden High School. The evening workshop is a component of the Baden High School College and Career Readiness course, a CAA bridge program created in collaboration with Baden High School Faculty and Staff. High School seniors in this cohort participate in a six week college preparatory course which includes career exploration, financial literacy, college preparedness—FAFSA, registration, assessment, and an individual counseling session—and culminates with an all-day field trip to Skyline College. The course included several Skyline College Faculty guest lecturers from Counseling, Automotive, Retail and Hospitality, Biotechnology, Allied Health, Emergency Medical Technology, Paralegal, and ESTEM who generously gave of their time to support this project.

During the workshop, students and their families received an overview of the SparkPoint Center and its services from Heather Smith, while the CAA’s Jeremy Evangelista shared information about the many exciting opportunities that await this cohort of newly graduating seniors: the Skyline College’s Promise, Skyline College Promise Scholarship, and the Summer Scholars Institute. In addition, families received a step-by-step financial aid how-to and overview.  The event had over 20 Baden High School family attendees and will be incorporated into future Baden High School College and Career Readiness bridge offerings.

Baden High school is an alternative high school for students who are considered at-risk of graduating on time. CAA hopes to continue its collaboration with Baden High School and support students’ transition to career technical education programs and additional pathways in higher education at Skyline College.

The CAAs connect students to higher wage careers and opportunities in higher education by increasing foundational skills in reading, writing and mathematics while enrolling students in career technical training programs. Currently, the Career Advancement Academy has programs in Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Education, Legal Careers, and Biotechnology. For more information about the Career Advancement Academy and related programs contact Jeremy Evangelista, evangelistaJ@smccd.edu.

Article by Monique Hernandez and Photo by Alina Varona

Poetry is Alive at the Library!

Poetry Reading 04.2016The Skyline College Library hosted two events for National Poetry Month, a poetry reading from Jazz & Other Hot Subjects on Thursday, April 21, 2016 and Poetry as Practice: Spoken Word and Spine Poems on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Students, faculty, and staff were in attendance for both programs, and gained a greater appreciation of the written word.

Poet and Skyline College English Instructor Katharine Harer shared her work from her latest book of poetry, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects reading selected poems including, “Love Note To San Francisco,” “No One Listens To Poetry,” and “The Sacred.” Professor Harer shared the origin of her poem “The Sacred,” and writing it with her class. Inspired by a poem by Stephen Dunn of the same name, “The Sacred” depicts identifying what you find sacred in the world. Students were then welcomed to a Q&A where they inquired about what inspires her to write a poetry, when she knows a poem is finished, and other aspects of her writing.

The workshop Poetry as Practice: Spoken Word and Spine Poems with Skyline College English Instructor, Janice Sapigao, featuring Eddy M. Gana, Jr. and Stephanie Sajor, balanced the aspects of creating poetry using the titles of library books to express your creativity and perspective, with the performance art form of spoken word. Workshop attendees learned the significance of taking poetry “from the page to the stage” by emulating different personas and speaking their poems through different voices to identify what suited them best.

View more information regarding Katharine Harer’s work on Harer’s website. Also, April’s National Poetry Month is coming to a close. The Library’s Books Spine Poetry Contest will conclude April 30, 2016. Submit your entries to skylibrary@smccd.edu for a chance to win up to a $25 gift card to the Book Store!

Article by Kristen Lee and Photo by Dr. Pearl Ly

Watermark Conference for Women: Silicon Valley

watermark 2  Lavinia Zanassi, Alexandra Kennedy and Andrea Anyanwu of Skyline College’s Career Services Center team were invited to participate in the Resume Review program at the annual 2016 Watermark Conference for Women: Silicon Valley in San Jose. The sold-out event for over 6,000 attendees was designed to offer insights and practical advice about career, personal connections, development, and advocacy. National and internationally acclaimed senior executives, entrepreneurs, and authors convened to provide a forum for dialogue and networking with over 100 thought leaders and industry experts. The conference featured Mindy Kaling (actor, writer, producer and director starring in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project), Leila Janah (founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi), Pattie Sellers (assistant managing editor, Fortune), John Jacobs (co-founder and chief creative optimist of The Life is Good Company) and Abby Wambach (retired forward Watermark Conference photo 1of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.)

The highlight of the conference was Mindy Kaling’s luncheon keynote address in which Mindy talked openly about fear, self-belief, hope, and career. Four, insightful career focused takeaways from Mindy Kaling at the Watermark luncheon were:

1. Sometimes the world of work is unfair. Live through it, and take notes to improve your outcomes in all situations.

2. Being “sweet” is overrated. Mindy would rather be rich!”

3. Get a mentor by offering to help that person. mindy kalingSend an email telling your would-be mentor that you admire their work and that you would like to help them do it!

4. Don’t worry too much about networking. Work hard and make your own opportunities!

Article and photos by Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu and Getty Images