Daily Archives: October 5, 2017

Reminder for the Great California ShakeOut Drill

Thursday, October 19, millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in the Great California ShakeOut – the largest annual earthquake drill!

As proud participants who put students first, Skyline College will be conducting evacuation drills on Thursday, October 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.

What you need to do:

  1. At around 11:10 a.m. and 7:10 p.m., all faculty, staff and students will be reminded of the drill time through an AlertU text message (for all registered cell phones), and SMCCCD DPS twitter. https://twitter.com/smcccd_dps  Please encourage your students to sign up for the AlertU text messages and follow SMCCCD DPS on twitter.  Faculty and staff should do so also.  http://www.smccd.edu/alertu/
  2. At 11:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. the Emergency Announcement System will be activated with an announcement “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for one minute. Stay calm and follow instructions. If for you do not hear the announcement, proceed to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for one minute.
  3. While under cover on the floor, look up and around for objects that could become hazardous in a real earthquake.
  4. After one minute, look around for anyone who needs assistance.
  5. Evacuate your class outside, away from buildings and tall objects. Make certain your classroom is empty.  Building Captains will assist in evacuating the building.
  6. Once everyone is out of the buildings and in safe evacuation areas, the Emergency Announcement System will announce an “ALL CLEAR” message. You may then return to your classrooms.

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere in California and the Great ShakeOut is a chance to be more prepared.  For more information:

Please contact the Dept. of Public Safety if you have any questions.

Article by MCPR

Environmental Science Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony at the campus Vista Point for Skyline College’s Environmental Science building on October 3, 2017 marked the beginning of construction for the brand new facility overlooking the Pacific.

Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud welcomed the 150 people in attendance, noting that the momentous occasion was years in the making and a milestone for both Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD).  She recognized that the college’s capital improvement projects were ambitious, stating that they aimed to “create physical spaces that inspire communication, drive innovation and provide the space for students to be empowered at every point in their educational journey.”

District Vice President-Clerk Richard Holober, District Chancellor Ron Galatolo, District Vice Chancellor José D. Nuñez, Skyline College Academic Senate President Kathryn Browne and Skyline College Classified Senate President Michele Haggar also delivered remarks in celebration of the groundbreaking and in recognition of their working relationship with DES Architects and XL Construction.

“This new building is about looking to the future. So it’s fitting that it’s situated here at Vista Point, overlooking the ocean,” said Dr. Stanback Stroud. “It encourages us to look to the horizon and the world beyond this campus. And it encourages us to think big and dream bigger.”

The Environmental Science building is a state-of-the-art educational facility made possible by taxpayers through the passage of Measure H in 2014. It is 21,000 square feet with two 56-seat classrooms, two 119-seat tiered lecture halls, academic offices, an outdoor learning space, a gallery with sweeping views, and will be built using sustainably grown, harvested and processed wood and equipped with water-efficient fixtures. The Design Team is aiming for LEED Gold certification and Zero Net Energy. The projected completion date is in December 2018.

Special thanks to the taxpayers of San Mateo County for supporting bonds that provide world-class facilities that enable quality teaching and learning for students, and to XL Construction for providing catering and refreshments.

Article by Kevin Perez | Photo by Gino de Grandis



Disability Awareness Months Kicks Off with Listening Booth

The Disability Resource Center kicked off Disability Awareness Month with a Tell Your Story Listening Booth powered by Storycorp and the Disability Visibility Project.

Students, faculty, and staff passing through Building 6 were encouraged to stop and take a few moments to listen to personal stories of individuals with disabilities.

Students were also encouraged to write or draw their responses to what they heard.

“It’s a great reminder to see the humanity in other people,” stated one participant.

DRC has a wide variety of events throughout October including a Transferring Accommodations to the 4 Year on Oct. 19th and a Monday Movie on disability and the arts on Oct. 23rd.

DRC will be providing tickets for a drawing to all individuals who attend Disability Awareness Month events. The drawing will take place at the final event on Nov. 9, Going Beyond Inspirational.

Article by Melissa Mathews