Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

International Student Program (ISP) Hosts a Campus Tour to Stanford University

On November 17, 2017, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a trip to Stanford University for a customized campus tour. The event was part of the International Education Week (IEW) which was celebrated during the same week. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to highlight the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. The tour was offered exclusively to Skyline College international students.

A total of 26 international students currently studying at Skyline College participated in the tour. The group began the tour at Bechtel International Center which provides support services for international students at Stanford University. Dr. Rolando Villalobos, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director, and Mr. Mario Mihelcic, Student Advisor at the Center, welcomed the group with an introduction to the university. Along with an interesting history of Stanford University, the students were provided with a wide range of information on the university admissions as well as the programs that the university offers.

In addition, the group had an opportunity to meet with current international students at Stanford University who shared valuable insights on the application process, classes and student life. Following the introduction, the students had a chance to walk around the beautiful campus and take pictures. For many students, this was the first time they had visited Stanford University. They were impressed with the scale of Stanford University and the opportunities that they can provide to the students. We hope that those who participated in the tour will see Stanford University as an option in the future!

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

Article & Photo by Chikako Walker

Engineering Tech Scholars STEM Pathway Program Receives Exemplary Program Award

Skyline College’s Engineering Tech Scholars STEM pathway program received an honorable mention for the 2017-18 Exemplary Program Award that recognizes outstanding community college programs! This Board of Governors award, sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, recognized our ETS program, and presented them with a plaque at the Board of Governors meeting.

Since this year’s theme was “guided pathways,” the Academic Senate was particularly proud to nominate our campus for their outstanding support for STEM student scholars, particularly for their accomplishments in improving the success rates of students who have been underrepresented in STEM majors.

Congratulations to Dean Hernandez and our SMT / ETS Faculty on their exemplary service to students!

ETS Learning Community

Engineering and Tech Scholars (ETS) is an accelerated learning community designed to support students in Engineering, Computer Science, and Biotechnology pathways. Part of the Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways project, ETS students are enrolled in accelerated Mathematics courses to establish foundational skills necessary to succeed in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering fields of study.

Through supportive group-based learning, hands-on and team-based design projects, and introduction to advanced manufacturing techniques in a brand new state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory, students advance from entry-level mathematics through intermediate Science, Engineering and Technology courses. ETS prepares students for an Associate of Science Degree in the Engineering and Tech pathways, transfer to university, and provides manufacturing experience to prepare students for internships in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Tech industries.

Article by Amber Steele

Buy a Cookbook and Feed Your Brain!

cookbook coverLove to cook and looking for new recipes? Have a home cook on your holiday shopping list? If so, please consider checking out the Feed Your Brain Cookbook.

These cookbooks were created by students enrolled in Introduction to Psychobiology and are the result of several assignments examining how the food we consume effects our brains. The entire project was student driven in terms of meal categories, recipes, and the student-created art on the cookbook cover.

Each recipe includes a color photo, ingredients, instructions, and a short paragraph detailing how ingredients in the dish contribute to brain health.

The Feed Your Brain cookbook is available in the Skyline College Bookstore and costs $20.

Article by Jennifer Merrill

Phi Theta Kappa presents at SSF STEM night

students at stem nightSkyline College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter was invited to provide STEM activities for the community at the South San Francisco STEM night on November 15.

Chapter officers, Shelvana Cai, Thanh Nguyen, and Michael Wong, developed fun, hands-on activities for kids. The kids (and their parents) especially enjoyed watching critters moving through the microscope.

Chapter members brought a different activity to the Spring STEM night and were invited back because of the positive feedback the SSF Community Learning Center received. The STEM night generated excitement for STEM learning by encouraging families to explore STEM together in a fun way.

Our students are doing a remarkable job helping people and being role models for precollege students. If you have students looking for community service or just wanting to contribute to society, please encourage them to contact our Phi Theta Kappa chapter co-presidents:

Thanh Nguyen: thanhnguye2@my.smccd.edu

Shelvana Cai: xiaowencai@my.smccd.edu

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Skyline College Gets a Taste of the World at International Food Festival

international education weekTo start off International Education Week, the Skyline College International Student Program hosted its annual International Food Festival. The event was platform for students from various regions of the world to showcase their cultures through food, fashion and fun activities.  It was held in the Fireside Dining Room on November 13, 2017.

The festival started with a fashion show where students presented their traditional attires. There were ten different models who showcased their cultural wear, both modern and from earlier times. The MC’s of the event then introduced the main event: the delicious, multinational cuisine. Spectators felt as if they were travelling to different parts of the world with the vast array of foods available from all over the planet. There was a wide selection of sweet and savory finger foods from seven different countries and regions, namely Africa, Burma, Middle East, Nepal, China, Japan and Latin America, which the guests enjoyed. They also got to have their names written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean calligraphy, so they had a little bit of the international energy to take home with them.

People were amused by the different traditional outfits and enjoyed the food so much that many went back for a second round. They were also very happy to be a part of the campus’ global environment and to learn more from people who hail from places all over the world.

International Student Program will continue to provide international and cultural programs and events for Skyline students, faculty and staff members and the greater Skyline College community. Please check future events on the ISP website at: www.skylinecollege.edu/international.

Article by Naledi Mthembu | Photo by Chikako Walker

Wrestling Team Wins Coast Conference Championship

Skyline College’s wrestling team won the Coast Conference Championship on November 18, 2017 at Chabot College. The Trojans finished the competition with 99 points finishing 16.5 points in front of second place Santa Rosa Junior College. Skyline College last won the Coast Conference Championship in 2000.

Congratulations to Head Coach, James Haddon, his assistants, Jason Moorhouse and Andrew Ramirez, and all the student-athletes on the team. Skyline College will compete next at the Northern California Wrestling Championships scheduled Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Lassen College in Susanville, California.

Below are the Skyline Medalist and Team Score.

  • 125 Pounds 1st Place- Danny Borrego (Skyline)
  • 141 Pounds 2nd Place – David Ortega (Skyline)
  • 149 Pounds 1st Place – Joshua Aceves (Skyline)
  • 157 Pounds 2nd Place – Zack Franco (Skyline) 4th Place – Christian Shelley (Skyline)
  • 174 Pounds 4th Place -Thomas Montserrat (Skyline)
  • 184 Pounds 1st Place – Hugo Plancarte (Skyline)
  • 197 Pounds 2Place – Jose Ayon (Skyline) 3rd Place – Tristan Helin (Skyline)
  • 285 Pounds 1st Place – Ramon Guzman (Skyline) 4th Place – Joseph Salt (Skyline)
  • Team Scores: Skyline College 99.0 pts. Santa Rosa Jr. College 82.5 pts. Chabot College 77.0 pts. Fresno City College 59.5 pts. Modesto Jr. College 18.0 pts.

Article by Joe Morello