Daily Archives: November 3, 2017

Art Exhibit Profiles 1,000 Years of Latin American Art

BreachingWalls_PosterThe Skyline College Art Gallery is proud to present an unprecedented exhibition highlighting 1,000 years of Latin American art.

“Breaching Walls: Real and Imaginary” (showing Nov 6 – Dec 1) brings together artwork from major private and public collections of “Arte Hispano-Americano.” The artists whose work is exhibited in “Breaching Walls” are primarily 20th century Mexican and Mexican-American painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors. The exhibition focuses on the artists’ use of symbols that have retained relevance over centuries; symbols which have roots in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.


  • OPENING RECEPTION: November 8, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Skyline College Art Gallery

(Light refreshments will be served; All are welcome)

  • EXIBITION DATES: November 6 – December 1, 2017

This is one of the most extensive exhibitions to have ever showed at the Skyline College Art Gallery, and represents a labor of love for the individuals who have helped to bring it to bear. We hope you will stop by, either the opening reception or on your own time, to enjoy these amazing works.

Composting Starting at Skyline College!

compost binWhen you put something in the garbage it doesn’t just go away. The waste we generate as a campus has adverse impacts not only to the environment but to the people in the community as well. That’s why we are instituting a food waste diversion program as Skyline College’s part to keep the planet and people healthier.

Waste services at Skyline College currently include landfill and recycling, but starting this month composting services will begin in the Sky Café and in all campus restrooms.

The Sky Café in Building 6 will introduce a new compost bin to include with our recycle and landfill bins. By composting items such as banana peels, coffee grounds, coffee stir sticks, and compostable utensils we will send less waste to landfills.

Restrooms will also be a part of the initial launch as paper towels can be composted. Paper towel dispensers and bins will have new signage to educate users about the disposal of paper towels in restroom bins and all other waste in designated landfill bins.

SMCCCD will now be compliant with CA Assembly Bill 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling, and is also one of the first community college districts to implement a comprehensive composting program.

Composting will be deployed throughout the campus in a series of phases throughout the next year, beginning with the Sky Café and campus restrooms.

For more information about SMCCCD’s Zero Waste Program click here, and check out the Sustainability at SMCCCD Facebook Page for updates.

Article by John Doctor

Getting New ESL Students Enrolled For Spring 2017

The English Language Institute hosted its twice-annual ESL Registration Day on October 28, 2017 from 9:00am-3:00pm. We had over 30 new ESL students who attended the event and completed the key steps to enrollment! Many of them are friends and family of current Skyline College students.

The new ESL students enjoyed meeting ESOL Counselor Virginia Rosales in the “Ask Me Anything about Skyline” table. They also appreciated speaking to Sparkpoint, Financial Aid and Adult School staff.

Thanks to: Minerva Velasquez and Adriana Johnson for helping with the Student ID Numbers; Goldie Lee and Jacky Ip for running the placement tests; ESOL Counselor Virginia Rosales for an informative orientation; and Jairo Barreto for his solid IT Support. Also, many thanks to the ELI student assistants and Leigh Anne Shaw, Stacy Nojima and Erinn Struss for the excellent teamwork.

Article and Photograph by Mylene Foo

Hospitality and Tourism Bridge Experience Hosted at South San Francisco Adult School


As part of the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Initiative, Andrea Vizenor, Director for The Center of Career and Workforce Programs, has continued her work to bridge neighboring adult schools as well as high schools to the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Program at Skyline College. Together with Serena Chu-Mraz, Professor for English of Other Languages (ESOL), students are able to experience the HTM program offsite at South San Francisco Adult School – these courses are open to adult school students and high school students at Peninsula High School located in San Bruno, CA.

The adult school students kicked off the Fall Semester with a non-credit course called Hospitality ADVANCE 1, a 6-module dynamic training program that integrates English language development competencies with a set of essential hotel/restaurant operations skills and capabilities. This was a stepping stone to take the next set of courses being offered for credit and for students to work towards a Hospitality and Tourism Management certificate (certificated can be completed in as little as two semesters).

The courses at South San Francisco Adult School started on October 10, 2017. A group of students from Peninsula High School were able to join the program after Hospitality ADVANCE. Courses include HTM 124 – Excellence in Guest Service and HTM 101 – Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Mangement. HTM 124 prepares students to take the exam needed to earn the Certified Guest Service Professional (GSP), industry-recognized credential offered through the American Hotel and Lodging Association while HTM 101 gives them an overview of the careers and different segments HTM has to offer.

The next courses slated for Spring 2018 are Hospitality ADVANCE 2, HTM 125 – Restaurant and Banquet Operations, and HTM 230 – Hotel and Resort Management. The bridge program is thoughtfully designed for students to not only earn industry recognized certificates but to earn the Guest Service Entry-Level Professional Skills Certificate as little as two semesters. For more information, please contact: Andrea Vizenor at vizenora@smccd.edu

Article by Elizabeth Tablan | Photo by Cladia Paz

College Governance: SPARC Meeting Updates


The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

District 2017/18 Budget Update

Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Blackwood, provided an overview of the District Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/18. The committee was able to ask questions and discuss the budget outlook and external impacts. Budget details are included here. She noted that the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Galatolo are looking at ways to expand the Promise program to provide greater support to students and achieve student success.

Skyline College 2017/18 Fund 1 Adopted Budget

Eloisa Briones reviewed the Skyline College Fund 1 Adopted Budget. The Committee moved to adopt the 2017-18 College Budget.

Integrated BSI/SEP/SSSP Plan

James Houpis, Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies, Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Equity and Support Services, and Luis Escobar, Dean of Counseling, Advising, and Matriculation gave a joint presentation on the Integrated Basic Skills Initiative/Student Equity Plan/Student Success and Support Program Plan for Fiscal Year 2017-2019.

The State Chancellor’s Office has implemented a new Integrated Planning process for these three categorical programs. The College receives annual allocations for these programs and have two years to expend the funds. The Integrated Plan allows the College to leverage and maximize the use of the funds. Further details can be seen here.

The committee voted recommend that the Integrated Plan be approved by the College Governance Council.

Technology Plan

Dean Houpis shared the Skyline College Technology Plan 2018-2022 with the committee. Plan details can be viewed here. The committee voted to recommend that the Technology Plan be approved by the College Governance Council.

Comprehensive Program Review Update

Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Raymond Hernandez provided a comprehensive overview of the Associate of Science in Respiratory Care program, including the self-study highlights, evidence and outcomes. The program will be undergoing accreditation review.

Accreditation Update

Jacqueline Honda, Accreditation Liaison Officer and Interim Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness briefed the committee on updates to the Accreditation process. She noted this cycle, we changed from a co-chair to a tri-chair structure. The chairs are William Minnich (Administrator), Karen Wong (Faculty), and Michele Haggar (Classified). Interested parties who would like to serve on the writing teams should submit their information on to https://surveys.smccd.edu/n/accreditationwriting.aspx, and direct any questions to Dean Honda at hondaj@smccd.edu.

Next meeting

SPARC is scheduled to meet on November 9, 2017 (Thursday) from 2:10 to 4:00 p.m. in Room 6-203