Monthly Archives: September 2017

CAA Health Care Panel Gives Insight to Allied Health Programs

On September 21st, over 60 guests attended the Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) fifth Discover Healthcare Panel. Held every semester, the event is a component of CAA’s Allied Health program, which designed for students interested in exploring San Mateo Community College District’s healthcare programs, health pathways and careers in Healthcare. The Allied Health Student Panel – moderated by Paul Rueckhaus, Allied Health Faculty for the Career Advancement Academy – featured several former Career Advancement Academy students along with students from across the San Mateo County Community College District’s healthcare Programs.

Distinguished student guest panelists offered practical advice and key insights on program preparation and expectations, working in the health field and balancing life and family as a full-time allied health student in a rigorous program.

Cian Haley is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and is currently in the Fire Technology program at the College of San Mateo working towards his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology. Chloe Tinio graduated from the College of San Mateo’s nursing program in May 2016, on track to receive her Bachelors of Nursing degree in the next year. Catheryn Hugo and Dimitry Pobyyvovk are current students in Skyline’s Surgical Technology program. Luke Lubag is a second year student in Skyline’s Respiratory Care program. Taylor and Johnathan Rodriguez, together, are first year students in the Dental Assisting program at College of San Mateo. And Dennis Martinez is a first year student in Cañada College’s Radiological Technology program sharing with the students his words of wisdom, “Give the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you”.

Our accomplished panelists helped current first semester CAA Allied Health students gain a deeper understanding of their next level allied health program and their future path in Healthcare. After the panel, the panelist and program staff were on hand to network with the student audience, answer questions and share additional insights.

Very special thanks to esteemed panelists, the CAA team and event supporters including: Paul Rueckhaus, Ray Hernandez, Alana Utsumi, Alice Erskine, Ijaz Ahmed, Judith Crawford, Courtney Mogg, Beth LaRochelle, Rafael Rivera and the many others who helped plan, organize and host this successful event.

Please click here to watch and hear the full panel:

To learn more about careers in Allied Health and the Allied Health Career Advancement Academy please visit our website or email

Article by Jeremy Evangelista | Photo by Kevin Perez



Meta-Majors Campus Forum

After a year of inquiry and work, the Design Team, in collaboration with the Meta-majors work team, presented four proposed Meta-majors at a campus-wide forum on Monday, September 25, 2017.

As one of the signature components of the Skyline College Promise, a Meta-major is…

  • A student-facing piece that presents information about majors, degrees and certificates with related coursework, in an easily accessible format for students.
  • Designed with a student’s end goal in mind and his/her interests as a starting point.
  • An integration of Student Services and instruction into a coherent, intentional and informed student experience.

When asked about the proposal of the Meta-majors work team, Design Team Co-Lead Carla Grandy stated, “It is exciting to see this part of Skyline College’s commitment to helping students ‘Get in, Get through and Graduate on time’ be revealed and receive positive feedback from the campus.”

If you were unable to make it to the forum, we still want to hear from you!

Visit the Meta-majors website:, view the four proposed Meta-majors and provide feedback by taking the short survey.

Together, we will help the college fulfill its promise to empower students to find success at every point in their educational journey.

Have additional questions? Please reach out to the Meta-majors & Guided Pathways co-leads: Lorraine DeMello, Luis Escobar, Carla Grandy, Mary Gutierrez, Jessica Hurless, Mustafa Popal and Jesse Raskin.

Article by Jessica Hurless | Photo by Mia Coo

Honors Transfer Program Recap

The Honors Transfer Program of Skyline College hosted its annual fall orientation and mixer.

The event was attended by newly admitted students and prospective students to the program as well as staff, faculty and administration. Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud gave the opening remarks and a warm welcome emphasizing the Skyline College Promise.

Flavious Abellana and Alec Roa, Skyline College Honors alumni, were in attendance, gave their insights on the program and conveyed messages of academic success through Honors study.

Both alumni are Skyline College-to-UCLA TAP transfer students, and Alec Roa was just awarded the UCLA TAP Scholarship.


Article by John Ulloa

Black Lives, Gray Matter Symposium brings Community Activists to Campus

Symposium panelistsOn August 30, 2017, the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs hosted the Black Lives, Gray Matter Symposium in collaboration with educator, filmmaker and activist, Kristina Williams. The program kicked off with a film screening of the documentary, “Black Lives, Gray Matter” directed by Williams who created the Black Lives, Gray Matter forum and has hosted this forum at different campuses to reclaim voices of the black community in discussing issues of police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The symposium continued with a panel discussion moderated by David “Davey D” Cook, Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. Special guests, Wanda Johnson, (mother Oscar Grant), Gwen Carr, (mother of Eric Garner) and Samaria Rice (mother of Tamir Rice) were greeted with a standing ovation from an audience of over 550 as they walked onto the theater stage and took their seats. Each of them shared their personal stories of loss, trauma, injustice, and the support they received from community activists that helped draw attention to the deaths of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice nationally and globally.

From this conversation, panelists implored students to become involved on campus and in their respective communities so they can use education as a way to enact social change. The panelists also shared the ways they became more engaged with efforts to address police brutality and educate society so that “another mother does not have to lose her child.” In addition to speaking to schools, organizations, houses of faith, and businesses all over the country, these women also oversee foundations and work on numerous community projects to increase awareness around these issues.

The second half of the symposium featured a panel of students and faculty from Skyline College moderated by educator and activist, Farima Pour-Khorsid. The featured panelists were faculty members, Tony Jackson and Steve Aurilio and Skyline College students: Alfredo Olguin, Naomi Quizon, and Olivia Yancey. The panelists shared insight from the perspective of the local Skyline College community. They addressed a variety of topics including the need for culturally competent professional development for staff and faculty, the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for universal health care, higher education and affordable housing.

Given the recent events of white supremacist and alt right protests taking place all across the nation, the denouncement of DACA, and events locally that have targeted people of color, the symposium provided an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, administrators and community members to collectively think, listen, and reflect on the actions that must be taken  to create a more humane, equitable and just world.

Jennifer Merrill, Professor of Psychology at Skyline College stated, “I teach the concept of self efficacy in Social Psychology. During the symposium, I thought a lot about self efficacy when Gwen Carr shared how she turned ‘her mourning into a movement.’ I was deeply moved by these words. To hear how these mothers experienced the tragedy of losing a child to injustice and still found the strength to turn the situation into something powerful and positive had a big impact on me.”

Article by Katrina Pantig

“Lowride Worldwide” Reception at the Skyline College Art Gallery

Over 200 gallery visitors, which included students, staff, faculty, and members of the local community, enjoyed viewing “Lowride Worldwide” at the opening reception on Thursday, September 14, at the Skyline College Art Gallery.

“Lowride Worldwide” provides a fascinating view of the spread of lowrider culture to Japan and beyond. The exhibition features two exquisitely painted 1954 Chevrolet lowrider cars, photographs, drawings, prints, historical artifacts, and plenty of other documentation of the lowrider communities in Japan, inviting the viewer to deeply investigate complex themes of multi-cultural appropriation and influence. This show has generated a buzz on campus, and visitors to the gallery want to know how two fully dressed lowriders were brought into the art gallery!

Be sure to not to miss this amazing art exhibition!

“Lowride Worldwide” will be on view in the Art Gallery through October 13. Open Mondays through Thursdays, the Gallery is located on the ground floor of Building 1.


Article by Paul Bridenbaugh

Join Us at the Meta-Majors Campus Forum

After a year of inquiry and work, the Design Team will present the proposed Meta-Major structure with recommended degree and certificate placement at a campus-wide forum. Join us to learn more, ask questions, and also provide feedback on the future names of the proposed Meta-Majors.

  • When: Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Building 6-206

Can’t make it to the forum? Check out the proposal and provide feedback on the Meta-Majors website or stop by Meta-major Mondays to share your thoughts.

Article by Jessica Hurless |Photo by Skyline College PR & Marketing



Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy Meet and Greet

Skyline College Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA) kicked off the semester with their official Meet and Greet on September 13, 2017. The event is held at the beginning of each semester to welcome back former women of the academy as well as welcome new women into the group.

Skyline College’s President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud was one of the guest speakers of the evening, and she reminded the ladies of the inner beauty they each possess while she encouraged the women to set a graduation date as a way to fulfill both their personal goal and Skyline College’s promise to “Get in, Get through and Graduate on Time.”

Language Arts Division Dean, Mary Gutiérrez, also shared words of encouragement by strongly expressing how each woman was worth the time, effort, and support provided through the academy.

The attendees also heard presentations about resources available to Skyline College students from Director of Career and Workforce Programs, Andrea Vizenor; Learning Center staff, Chanel Daniels and Christina Trujillo. Upcoming study abroad and global internship opportunities were also presented by Director of Special International Programs, Zaid Ghori and his Program Services Coordinator, Stephanie Wells.

Coordinator and Communication Studies Professor, Danielle Powell, gave an overview and highlights of the program through a moving video that features testimonials of some of the women who participated in WMLA last school year. WMLA will be holding its meetings on Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. in Building 4, room 274.

The students of WMLA are grateful for the endless support from all administrators, faculty and staff who were present at the event and who shared words of advice, support, and knowledge of the resources on campus. Any female students interested in the group may contact Professor Powell at for more information.

Article by Danielle Powell | Photo by Brittney Sneed

Accreditation Planning

It is time to begin our Accreditation Planning for our ACCJC visit in Fall 2019. The participatory governance committees will soon be identifying chairs and writing teams. Many faculty and administrators will attend the ACCJC  Accreditation Workshop on September 27 in Oakland. If you’re interested in serving as a chair or on a writing team, please contact our new Interim Dean of PRIE, and our ALO, Jacque Honda at x4454.

Article by Dr. Jacque Honda

Environmental Science Building Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking flyerPlease join the College Administration at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Skyline College Environmental Science Building. President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud will deliver a brief address and light appetizers will be provided.

Event Details:

DATE: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Vista Point

RSVP: To Cherie Colin by Sep 22, 2017
(650) 738-4346


Introducing Skyline College’s New Search Engine

funnelback screen shotAs a part of our overall Promise Redesign, the Skyline College website is getting a brand new search engine beginning Monday, September 18.

The new engine, called FunnelBack, will give students, faculty and staff a vastly improved search experience. With this new tool, our campus and community will now be able to quickly find and sort any information within our site.

The advanced search function allows students to filter by professor, degrees, pdf, class schedule, etc. The best way to see everything our new search has to offer is to visit and start using it.

The more that people use the tool, the more helpful data it will provide which we’ll use to analyze trends and statistics and ultimately provide a better, more cohesive experience to students.

With the FunnelBack implementation, we are driving forward in our mission to help students find the materials and the resources they need to graduate and succeed.


Article by Brian Collins