Monthly Archives: April 2017

President’s Innovation Fund Applications Due Monday

Guardian ScholarsThe 2017-2018 President’s Innovation Fund Applications are currently available.

The applications are due to Theresa Tentes in the President’s Office this Monday, May 1, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to realize your vision for these special programs, services and events! Download the application here.

About the President’s Innovation Fund

The President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) is an initiative designed to support creativity and innovation at Skyline College. Faculty, Staff and Administrators are encouraged to “Dream Out Loud” and propose ideas that will support the college’s Mission – Vision – Values. The primary provider of the funds is the President’s Council, a group of dedicated community members committed to actively supporting Skyline College. The President’s Council raises financial support for the President’s Innovation Fund by hosting the President’s Breakfast every spring.

The San Mateo County Community College Foundation, whose mission is to promote student success and program innovation, also provides resources to support the President’s Innovation Fund through the generosity of donors. The Board of Directors is made up of dedicated community members who champion development efforts and build meaningful relationships between the colleges and the community in order to advance the mission of San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. The experienced staff is committed to helping donors reach their philanthropic goals.

Library Provides Free, Online Access to The New York Times for Skyline College Community

Skyilne_Shines_NYTimesSkyline College students, faculty and staff now have full complimentary access to and NYT mobile apps, thanks to our school-wide subscription through the Library. covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to is available from any location, on or off campus.

To activate your pass for free access to, please make sure you are connected to our school network on campus and visit and follow the simple instructions. Once activated, your Pass will provide access to from any location and mobile devices.

The Library will offer hands-on workshops on the following dates:

  • Wed, April 26, 1-2pm (Library Lab, 5200A with Eric Brenner)
  • Wed, May 3, 4-5pm (Library Lab, 5200A with Pearl Ly)
  • Thurs, May 11, 12:30-1:30pm (Library Lab, 5200A with Eric Brenner)

Workshop outcomes include:

  1. Register for a account
  2. Be able to find, access, and share articles and videos
  3. Learn about various features within for faculty including The Learning Network

The Library encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity and to contact a Reference Librarian if you need assistance

Article written by Pearl Ly

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Performs at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall!

students at apolloOn April 7, 2017 the Skyline College Vocal Jazz Ensemble (VJE), under the direction of Professor Michelle Hawkins, traveled to New York City to participate in the New York City Jazz Festival and the Masterworks Choral Festival.  Skyline College is the first institution to have an ensemble participate in both the jazz and classical festivals held by Manhattan Concert Productions.  This speaks to the level of excellence and diverse skillset of our ensemble singers.

As participants in the New York Jazz Festival, The VJE performed a set of jazz songs at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.  Students were honored to perform on the same stage that launched the careers of so many jazz, RnB and pop legends. They had the opportunity to see the backstage areas of the theater and “rub the stump” on the famous stage. They also received a workshop by nationally renowned jazz educator, Rosana Eckert (University of North Texas).

For the Masterworks Choral Festival, the VJE combined with choirs from across the country to perform a large classical work for choir and orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  Under the direction of Bruce Rogers (Mt. San Antonio College), the Masterworks Choir performed Requiem by Gabriel Fauré with a full professional orchestra and soloists. Students were amazed, delighted and moved to perform on such a prestigious and beautiful stage.  Many students fulfilled a lifelong dream to perform at Carnegie Hall.

This life-changing opportunity was made possible by generous funding from the 2016-2017 President’s Innovation Fund.

Article by Michelle Hawkins | Photos by Phil Hawkins



Building the Next Generation’s Business Skills: BAEC Training Series

baec classThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center recently completed its March professional development workshop series hosted by Marlo Jones of Genesis 1 Consulting and Terri Wade, BAEC adjunct faculty. These workshops were established for our dedicated student interns under the President’s Innovation Fund for the College Internship Job Shadow Program.

Four eager student interns came to BAEC to learn what it is like to work in a business industry atmosphere. Along with learning the ins and outs of an office, it is imperative to equip our student interns with the necessary tools to succeed in the outside workforce.

In the first workshop entitled “How do you get the job you want?” Marlo Jones outlined what interviewers are looking for in a resume and in the interview process. Some key takeaways students received from this workshop were to always have a toolbox of stories, be an active listener, and have questions ready.

In the second workshop led by Terri Wade, the student interns learned online social media marketing and branding techniques. “Building relationships with your audience is key as people want to buy from someone they trust,” Ms. Wade mentioned. Learning how to find a target market and how to create content that is relevant to your market was a main focus, as was reviewing best practices for utilizing social media platforms.

Mr. Jones held his last workshop on public speaking tactics and strategies. According to the workshop, public speaking is the number one fear among Americans. Mr. Jones stressed that proper preparation prevents poor performance.

These interactive workshops involved interview role playing, impromptu public speaking, and practice social media posts. Our student interns left the workshop series well informed and ready to apply this information in their daily lives.

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center hosts many workshops open to Skyline College students and the local community. Find out more about upcoming events on our website,

Written by Terri Wade | Photography by Linda Truong

Come and See The Masks We Wear: 12th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night!

PCN12 FlyerThe Skyline College Kababayan Learning Community proudly presents its 12th annual Pilipino Cultural Night production, The Masks We Wear. The show will take place in the Skyline College’s Main Theatre (3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA, 94066) on Thursday, April 27, 2017 and Saturday, April 29, 2017: both shows will begin at 7:00 pm and doors will be open at 6:30 pm.

The particular production is about love, relationships, family, friendship, and realities of dating violence.

Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is a student-run event that is open to the community that celebrates the Filipino American experience, showcasing the cultural dances and traditional music from the Philippines as well as the elements of the Filipino American culture. The show is brought to life by students in English 104/204: Applied English Skills for Culture Production, who are responsible for the writing, directing, producing, advertising, acting, singing, dancing, staging, prop/set design and finally, the overall construction of the show.

At Skyline College, students in the Kababayan Learning Community and Filipino Student Union, along with the advisors Grace Burns, Liza Erpelo, Bo Aleonar, have been hosting events and fundraisers to help pay for costs and expenses of the production. Proceeds from this year’s PCN will benefit future productions and go towards scholarships for students in the Kababayan Learning Community and Filipino Student Union.

Pre-sale Tickets are now available!


  • Thursday April 29, 2017 @ 7pm
  • $7 pre sales/$10 at the door


  • Saturday April 30, 2016 @ 7pm
  • $12 pre sales/$15 at the door

Article by Janice Sapigao | Photos by the Skyline College Filipino Student Union

Skyline College Puts the Spotlight on Africa!

studentsThe Skyline College International Student Program and International Student Club exhibited a cultural celebration event for Africa on April 12, 2017. This colorful affair shed light to what different African traditions are like.

The event was fascinating for spectators who did not know much about Africa. They learned about the economies, attractions and lifestyles of different African countries through informative posters made by our own students and enjoyed a music performance by Piwai, a Zimbabwean artist based in Oakland. Her melodic voice and use of the mbira, a traditional thumb piano, left listeners in awe of the her sound. During the performance, the audience members adorned themselves with traditional Côte d’Ivoire face paint and ended the event by indulging in delectable South African snacks.

ISP will continue to provide international and cultural programs and events for Skyline students, faculty and staff members and the greater Skyline community. Please check future events on the ISP website at:

Article by Naledi Mthembu | Photo by Chikako Walker

18th Annual Student Art Exhibition Now on View in the Art Gallery

art galleryThe Student Art Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery through May 12. The Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, and is located on the ground floor of Building 1.

Featuring more than one hundred works of art, be sure not to miss this wonderfully diverse Art Exhibition! For more information and viewing hours, please visit our Art Gallery website or the Art Gallery Facebook page.


Article by Paul Bridenbaugh

Alternate Media Specialist Karmann Robbins Speaks at Conference

Karmann RobbinsOn April 13, 2017 Skyline College Disability Resource Center Alternate Media Specialist Karmann Robbins spoke at the Western Social Science Association 59th Annual Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Her presentation focused on “Having a Disability in the Art World of Technology”. Using her Skyline College experience and work as a guide, Karmann provided concrete examples for how students with disabilities can navigate technology.

Further, Karmann spoke about how her Skyline College experiences prepared her for her current roles and responsibilities as an art student at San Jose State University. She drove home the point that these experiences combined led to her wanting to focus her career on creating pathways for students with disabilities to excel in tech. During the three-day conference, Karmann participated in a roundtable discussion on “Accessibility Allies on College Campuses: Supporting Students with Disabilities and Learning”. Overall, both presentations went well and it was a great learning and networking experience.

Article By Karmann Robbins | Photo by James Morgan

Dream Centers Collaborate for Student Success

dream center

Mylene Foo, Stacy Nojima, Flor Lopez, and Raul Amaya represented Skyline College on April 11, 2017 at in a meeting with College of San Mateo and Cañada College’s Dream Centers to share the continued work and development of support services for AB540, DACA, Dreamers, and undocumented students across the district.

The intention behind the collaboration of SMCCD Dream Centers is to share resources and identify needs that extend beyond our schools and across the district. The Dream Center at Skyline College had the opportunity to highlight their approach to supporting students and community members.

The Dream Center Task Force also implemented a student focus group on April 19, 2017, in an effort to identify the needs of the Skyline College students and receive input on the services and strategies that students would like to see. With the collaboration of those involved in the Task Force, the voices of Skyline College students and the SMCCD Dream Center’s Collaboration, Skyline College will continue to strive to create equitable learning for all students regardless of immigration status. The next SMCCD Dream Center Collaboration meeting is scheduled for early May and will take place at Skyline College.

Article by Flor Lopez

Call for Entries: 2017 Skyline Shines Award

Pres Breakfast AttendeeThe Skyline Shines Award recognizes individuals or groups who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality. Two awards are made annually, one to a member or group of the Skyline College employees and one to a member or group from the community.

Nomination process: Please make nominations by Friday, May 12 at  4:30 p.m. using the Nomination Form to describe the ways in which the nominee(s) help the college live up to the college’s values, described below under “Criteria.” Submit nominations electronically to Theresa Tentes, Executive Administrative Assistant to the President, at Only electronic submissions will be considered.

If you have questions, contact Theresa at the email address above, or at 650-738-4111.

Criteria for the award:  The awardees would be those who most help the college live up to the college’s values:

  • Social Justice: We are committed to a comprehensive diversity framework that promotes social justice throughout all policies, procedures, and practices of the College.
  • Campus Climate: We value a campus-wide climate that reflects a ‘students first philosophy’ with mutual respect between all constituencies and appreciation for diversity. Both instruction and student services are dedicated to providing every student with an avenue to success.
  • Open Access: We are committed to the availability of quality educational programs and services for every member of our community regardless of level of preparedness, socio-economic status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, cultural, religious, or ethnic background, or disability status. We are committed to providing students with open access to programs and responsive student services both in person and online that enable them to advance steadily toward their goals.
  • Student Success and Equity: We value students’ success in achieving their goals, on time, and strengthening their voices as they transform their lives through their educational experience. We aim to close gaps that result in inequitable outcomes by ensuring that each student has the opportunity to succeed.
  • Academic Excellence: We value excellence in all aspects of our mission as a comprehensive community college offering preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate institution, workforce and economic development through career technical education programs and certificates, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, a baccalaureate degree, basic skills development, and lifelong learning. We are committed to academic rigor and quality with relevant, recent, and evolving curricula and well-equipped programs that include new and emerging areas of study. We are dedicated to an educational climate that values creativity, innovation and freedom of intellectual exploration, discovery, thought, and exchange of ideas.
  • Community Connection: We value a deep engagement with the community we serve and our role as an academic and cultural center for community including business, industry, labor, non-profits, government and the arts. We are dedicated to maintaining a college culture and institutional climate that is warm and welcoming to all.
  • Participatory Governance: We value just, fair, inclusive, and well-understood, transparent governance processes based upon open and honest communication.
  • Sustainability: We value an institutional culture that represents a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and justice. We are committed to the tenets of sustainability “To meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Context: The awards will be presented at the Skyline College’s Opening Day event on August 15,2017.

Process for selecting awardees:

  • College employee or group: awardee selected by the President in consultation with the College Council.
  • Community member or group: awardee selected by the President in consultation with the President’s Council Executive Committee.

Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. Nominations should be made on the nomination form.