Daily Archives: December 16, 2016

Marketing’s Mia Coo Joins Team as Visual Communications Coordinator

Mia CooThe Marketing Department would like to extend a belated official campus-wide introduction to the newest member of the MCPR team, Rossmia “Mia” Coo who has been serving as the Visual Communications Coordinator for the college since October. Mia is a talented graphic designer with experience working in a marketing department for a performing arts organization and most recently as an Office Assistant in Cosmetology here at Skyline College providing exemplary customer service and producing marketing materials for the department. She volunteers her graphic design services to nonprofits throughout the bay area. Her experience also includes copyediting, copywriting, photography and social media.

Mia earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Political Science from International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was just 6 credits shy of completing her Master’s in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business in the Philippines, when she emigrated to the United States. Mia has continued her education in the U.S., taking graphic design and art courses at City College of San Francisco and Skyline College.

Mia can be found with the MCPR team in office 4329-A, and can be reached at extension 7062 or coor@smccd.edu. Please extend a Skyline College welcome if you haven’t already.

Equity Summit Brings Thought Leaders to Campus

angela davis speaking at Skyline College
Skyline College has made a commitment to rethink and be intentional about the way we engage teaching and learning. In an effort to remain true to this commitment, on Friday, December 9, 2016, the college invited some of the nation’s leading scholars on educational equity and critical pedagogy to share their theories and practices. The program opened with a welcome from President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud and Nina Floro from the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, Lasana Hotep, opened the program reminding the audience that, “As we reimagine our educational institutions, we should consider the material needs, support services, and pedagogy we implore in charting a new course for student success.”

The Summit featured six 15-minute equity talks addressing topics ranging from political imaginations of STEM education and integrating culturally relevant pedagogy. This style of short, concise presentations kept the audience engaged throughout the day. Six of the speakers engaged in dialogue on two separate plenary sessions: Value of Race and Equity in Education and Equitable Pedagogical Practices. The speakers shared a wealth of knowledge drawing from their experiences as faculty and administrators within their respective campuses on programs, strategies and practices that value difference and the lived experiences of students.

administrators with angela davisThis format, alternating between short talks and plenary sessions, made for a community-oriented and intellectually stimulating experience adding a modern twist to the traditional model of a professional development conference. The purpose of the Equity Summit was for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to increase their understanding of educational equity and learn best practices on culturally relevant teaching. It also gave a preview of what can be expected for the Equity Training Series (ETS), a six-week professional development opportunity for Skyline College staff, faculty, and administrators that will be offered in spring 2017.

The event culminated with a Keynote Address from Distinguished Professor Emerita, scholar-activist, and public figure, Dr. Angela Davis. “I would like to begin from the assumption that there can be no social transformation with no education and that the overarching purpose of knowledge is, indeed, to make a difference in the social world…ultimately it is about creating a better world, creating a more habitable universe,” Dr. Davis said to a crowd of over 450 attendees from all over the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California.

Dr. Davis covered a myriad of local and global issues in relation to the current state of education. These topics included the prison-industrial complex, post-election climate, and the history of institutionalized oppression that continues to affect communities of color in the United States and abroad. Dr. Davis’ address was followed by a Community Connection Mixer where participants were able to continue the dialogue and network.

Lucia Lachmayr, an Associate Professor of Language Arts shared, “The Equity Summit was a much-needed boost for me as an educator. It helped me to reimagine the classroom beyond a safe space to a brave space, beyond critical pedagogy to humanizing pedagogy. It also reminded me that oftentimes we are not just teaching content, but helping students unlearn ineffective ways of learning as much as teaching them new ways of learning. It was incredibly engaging, useful professional development. And to cap it all off, Angela Davis! This summit was a much-needed tonic and I’m very excited about continuing the discussions next semester.”

Article by Lasana Hotep and Katrina Pantig | Photo by Gino DeGrandis

International Students Host Holiday Get-together!

international studentsInternational Student Program (ISP) hosted the holiday get-together for international students during finals week, on Wednesday, December 7. Students enjoyed watching the slideshows, decorating holiday cookies, and making hot chocolate together!

The event was also an opportunity to thank international students for their contribution to the college. This year, more than 30 international students actively participated in the ISP programs. The highlight of the fall semester was the International Food Festival that took place during International Education Week 2016. Students from 18 countries took part in the event, introducing the rich cultures and traditions from their home countries.

The International Student Program is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division. ISP plans to host follow-up workshops in the Spring semester for Skyline College faculty and staff members. Please check future events on the ISP website at: www.skylinecollege.edu/international/

Article & Photo by Chikako Walker

Career Services Engages with Bay Area Employers

Career Services Center at PWCCareer Services brought together students and employers through a variety of Career Development events in November and December.

On November 29, a networking workshop with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the Big Four auditors and ranked as the most prestigious accounting firm in the world for seven consecutive years, presented on the importance of building relationships in the world of work. PwC will be returning for a second year in the spring to invite, interview, and select eligible students as participants for competitive PwC summer internships.

December 7 brought SV Academy CEO, Rahim Fazal to the campus for a Lunch and Learn in the Career Services Center. The afternoon featured the launching of an academic fellowship in January 2017. This 12-week training is designed to assist graduating Skyline College students in finding jobs within the fast-growing tech industry. This free inaugural fellowship will guide students through the process of landing sales & business development jobs at Silicon Valley start-ups.

On December 8, Career Services and Digital Film Professor Sam Sanchez held an evening with cinematographer Jacques Haitkin and photographer Johnny Wu.  Both passionate about the creative fields in which they work, they had fascinating stories to share. Johnny Wu, specializing in the photographing of action figures, explained how his “hobby” became a career.  Mr. Wu was gracious enough to show scenes from recent work that he completed while going over some of the techniques that he uses in his award winning photos. Jacques Haitkin, a professional cinematographer who has worked in partnership with the film industry’s biggest names for 5 decades, spoke about the various contributions he has made to such action movie projects as Captain America, Kong: Skull Island, Fast 8 and several others.  He also gave us insight into a typical day on the set of a Hollywood production.

On December 9, KQED, the Bay Area’s premier Public Broadcasting Station generously offered an afternoon tour of its San Francisco studio. Thanks to Skyline College student, Jolie Bauman, ‎Associate Director of Membership Marketing, who served as docent and host, gave a behind-the-scenes look and shared KQED’s mission to recognize the importance of membership television in broadcasting programs that entertain and educate on culture, politics, theater, and documentaries. Employing both technical and language arts majors, KQED’s history of communicating both historical and news-breaking stories makes it one of the most trusted sources of information. A follow-up student group visit will be coordinated in the spring semester.

Article by Lavinia Zanassi | Photo by Nicholas Zuniga

Associated Students Host District-wide Student Senate Mixer

On Friday December 2, the Associated Students of Skyline College hosted a social and training mixer for the student senates of Skyline College, Cañada College and CSM. The mixer aimed to help participants strengthen the relationship between sister schools, learn about team building, and gain cultural competency training. After starting off with an ice breaker introduction between senate members, the mixer was divided into three activities—one focusing on team work, another on strategy, and the final one focusing on diversity training. The mixer ended with a cross-the-line activity and discussion about privilege and how to be competent and representative as councils at each of our respective schools. The mixer most importantly succeeded in bringing together the Associated Students within the District —setting up a strong basis for moving forward as representatives and unified schools. The mixer ended with dinner, socializing, hopeful discussions of our now more relationship-based future, and hope for another mixer in the near future.

Article by Margo Feldman

Results of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement

Community College Student ReportHow do you feel when you hear that 97% of survey respondents would recommend Skyline College to a friend or family member? In fact, 84% of survey respondents indicated that their overall Skyline College educational experience was “good” or “excellent.”

These insights were garnered from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a national survey which 1,005 Skyline College students completed last spring. What students are doing within and outside of the classroom, knowing their goals, and understanding their external responsibilities can inform how we create an environment that enhances their learning, development, and ultimately their ability to succeed in achieving their academic goals. A snapshot of students’ experiences, the current results can be compared with the results from the 2016 cohort (colleges that administered the survey between 2014- 2016) and the past two times we administered the survey.

The CCSSE provides information on the institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. Conceptually related items are clustered under the five “benchmark” areas which educational research has shown to be important to students’ college experiences and educational outcomes: (1) active and collaborative learning, (2) student- faculty interaction, (3) academic challenge, (4) student effort, and (5) support for learners. The College fared better than the 2016 cohort in “support for learners,” and was most challenged in “student effort.” “Support for learners” encompasses a variety of goals: providing effective student support services, cultivating positive relationships among groups on campus, and demonstrating a commitment to student success. “Student effort,” meanwhile, pertains to students’ own behaviors. For instance, with one survey item, 21% of Skyline College respondents “often” or “very often” come to class without completing readings or assignments, compared to 14% of the 2016 cohort. The point of the CCSSE is not to blame, however, but rather to better understand the challenges students face—including those outside of school, and to take an honest look at our roles in impacting students’ ability to flourish at Skyline College. For further exploration of the survey items that fall under these benchmarks, you’re encouraged to participate in one of the CCSSE interactive presentations that will take place next semester.

Our college community has begun to analyze the results, and the Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) office is eager to engage more of the college in talking about the results. So far, discussions have taken place in the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), the Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC), the College Governance Council (CGC), and the CTTL’s Boot-Up Camp. Next semester, additional venues will be through the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) and potentially division meetings and governance committees, as well as research briefs in “Skyline Shines.” We hope to see you at one of these interactive presentations!

For more information about the CCSSE, visit www.ccsse.org, or for a copy of the actual survey, see http://www.ccsse.org/aboutsurvey/docs/CCSR_2005.pdf .

Article by Karen Wong

Kappa Beta Delta Hosts Post-Election Analysis with Dan Logan

KBD Post Election AnalysisKappa Beta Delta, International Business Honor Society, hosted a Post Election Analysis on Monday, November 28, 2016 and it was a great success. KBD invited Stanford graduate Mr. Dan Logan who was actively involved in registering voters in Mississippi 50 years ago during the Freedom Summer. Mr. Logan led the discussion and analysis of the 2016 election. During the event, the audience participated in various activities such as expressing their opinions about the election and discussing how this election will affect their future. They also had a chance to hear different voices and perspectives from the community including Jacqueline Jacobberger, a previous President of the League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County. The event ended with Mr. Logan raffling off a few copies of his book for the audiences who actively participated in those activities. Thank you to all those that joined.

Article by Seng Bu Aung