Monthly Archives: February 2018

International Student Chosen to Participate in the “Future We Want Model United Nations: a Global Initiative for Young Leaders”

Please join Global Learning Program and Services Division in congratulating Franck Yao for his invitation to participate at the “Future We Want Model United Nations: a Global Initiative for Young Leaders” (FWWMUN) Conference on March 2018 in Manhattan, New York. He is one of 2000 delegates from 110 countries attending this prestigious conference.

Yao is an International Student from Côte d’Ivoire studying Business Administration at Skyline College. He is a proud African driven by passion and is committed to developing youth opportunities and communities around the world. He developed two social projects in Cote d’Ivoire tailored to promote and support the United Nations’ Quality Education and Climate Action Sustainable Development Goals. Yao also led a social campaign to advocate for global warming that led to the development of fourteen tourism and climate change clubs all over the capital of Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan.

“Being selected as one of the United Nations youth ambassador is a dream that came true and this would never have happened without the support of Skyline College.” Yao said. “Being an international student here gives me every day the opportunity to benefit and take advantage of powerful resources that empower and help me develop strong leadership skills which constantly spark the genius of my inner self.”

The Competitive College Club in Yao’s local high school aims to support talented high school student refugees and struggling students in extreme living conditions. By giving students’ academic coaching and organizing them into competitive school clubs, they are able to compete for scholarships across the globe.

World Federation of Model United Nations Associations (WFMUNA) with the support of Italian Diplomatic Academy, NGO affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information sponsors the events. WFMUNA was established to unite all major Model United Nations associations and clubs worldwide with the aim of creating a platform for knowledge sharing and coordination. A passionate guardian of UN principles, WFMUNA commits to supervising quality in MUN conferences globally, to monitoring the conduct and ethics of MUN organizations, and to making Model United Nations programs more accessible for all.

As a Global NGO committed to educating youth through Model United Nations programs and conferences, WFMUNA seeks to bring together future generations of leaders from all corners of the globe to gain first-hand experience in international relations, to produce high quality resolutions aimed at empowering future leaders to bring about the “Future We Want,” and to submit these resolutions to relevant UN agencies and world leaders for consideration.


Article and Photo by Emma Briones


Skyline College Athletics Mourn The Death Of Athlete

The Men’s Basketball program is mourning the sudden and tragic loss of KeDraun Buckner.  A sophomore from San Francisco, Buckner was a special person, player, teammate and friend.  His impact on the program will be remembered forever.

The Trojans will play its final home game of the season at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 against City College of San Francisco (ranked #1 in California).  On that night, the Trojans will honor all of its sophomores, including Buckner.

Please come out and support these young men who are representing, competing and grieving all at the same time.

For those interested, the schedule for Buckner’s service are attached.

Article by Justin Piergrossi

February  15, 2018

Cypress Lawn

1370 El Camino Real, Colma, CA

Memorial: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Repass: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Funds Raised for Promise Scholars Program

Last December, Skyline College was presented with a generous donation of $50,000 to the Promise Scholars Program to support students interested in vocational training.

The Promise Scholars Program is part of the students first priority for both Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community College District. The program helps students achieve their dreams by removing financial barriers to achieving higher education and providing support services.

Having initiated the Promise Scholars Program over two years ago, Skyline College has already seen a significant boost in first-year completion rates.

The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation is partnering with Skyline College and the District to raise funds for this important program. High school graduates and students who recently completed their GED/HSE and who enroll full-time to earn a certificate or a degree are eligible to apply for this exceptional program. $1,200 can send a student to college for the year and the goal is to provide 500 Promise scholarships next year!

Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation wish to thank all the generous donors who have supported Skyline College’s Promise Scholarship.

For more information visit the SMCCC Foundation’s new website at and click on the “What to Support” or “Ways to Give” sections.

To make a donation visit the Foundation’s donation page ( or contact Tykia Warden, Interim Executive Director, at 650.574.6566.

Article by Dafna Kapshud


New Scholarships Awarded For Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Office would like to congratulate two more Skyline College students who have received scholarships to study abroad this summer!

Pearl Ibeanusi and Xueyan Cai have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad, in addition to the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant they received last November. Ibeanusi will be studying Intercultural Communication for two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa with Skyline Professor Danielle Powell, and Cai will be participating in the SMCCCD Global Internship Program for two months in Hong Kong this summer.

Both Ibeanusi and Cai submitted early applications for these scholarships; however, it is not too late for students who are considering studying abroad this summer.

Applications for both the Gilman Scholarship and the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant are now open for summer and fall 2018 programs! Applications close March 6, 2018.

The Study Abroad Office is collaborating with the Learning Center at Skyline to offer Scholarships for Study Abroad Workshops throughout the month of February. Students will learn about the SMCCCD Study Abroad Programs, scholarships they may be eligible for, and creating a strong personal statement and application.

Scholarships for Study Abroad | Application Workshops:

Wed. Feb. 7, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Library Classroom, Bldg 5, 2nd floor

Mon. Feb. 12, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Bldg 5-102

Thurs. Feb. 15, 11:30 – 12:30 PM, Bldg 5-102

Wed. Feb. 21, 3:30-4:30 PM, Bldg 5-102

Tues. Feb. 27, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Bldg 5-102

*Some scholarships are for Federal Pell Grant Recipients only. We recommend visiting the Financial Aid Office prior to the workshop if a student is unsure if they are receiving the Federal Pell Grant.

If you have any questions about SMCCCD Study Abroad programs or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 650.738.7098 or You can also learn more about our summer and fall programs by visiting

Learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant at the respective links.

Article by Stephanie Wells | Photos by Stephanie Wells and Emma Briones

Save The Date For Earth Day In Pacifica

The Earth Day of Action VIP Tour and EcoFest is set for Saturday, April 21, at Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica. This year the focus is on sea stars.

The Pacifica Beach Coalition hope you’ll be able to spend some time celebrating our environment and our accomplishments.

In 2017, over 12,000 Pacifica Beach Coalition volunteers collected 10 tons of trash, 2.5 tons of recycles, and 25 tons of green waste.  That’s over 75,000 pounds of garbage and​ weeds removed from our city’s beaches, streets, and open spaces!   We also counted 205,000 cigarette butts collected via the cleanups and at our collections stations.

We hope to find less of everything this year and would love to show you how we plan to do just that.

Come celebrate with us!

You may also be interested in our upcoming Surf Movie Night on Feb. 9 at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar, Pacifica. We will host a screening of “Ocean Driven” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Professional surfers will be our special guests, prizes will be raffled, and refreshments will be offered for sale.

 Article by Karen Gorman

ACCJC Vice President Dr. Steven Reynolds visits Skyline College!

ACCJC Vice President, Dr. Steven Reynolds, was on campus to discuss the Accreditation Self-Study with our steering committee and writers on Tuesday, Februrary 6th. The ACCJC has changed the accreditation process by assigning a VP as a liaison to each campus. Dr. Reynolds will be Skyline College’s ACCJC liaison. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification about the writing process.

Several of the accreditation tri-chairs will attend the Accreditation Institute February 22-24th in Anaheim, as we continue to learn more about accreditation and support our college as we undergo writing our self-evaluation.

Article by Jacqueline Honda, Ed.D. | Photo by Zaw Min Khant



Skyline College Represented At The Aggie MUN IV Conference

The Skyline College Model United Nations (MUN) team participated in the Aggie MUN IV Model UN conference at the Grand Sheraton hotel in Sacramento on February 1, 2018.

Skyline College MUN is a parliamentary debate team that competes against other universities at regional conferences where they attempt to solve global issues in the style of the United Nations. Committees include crisis, specialized, and General Assembly formats, and discussion topics ranged from historical scenarios to fantasy simulations to the most recent current events.

The Aggie MUN IV conference featured teams from all over California, including such prestigious universities as UCLA, Berkeley, USC, and Stanford. The best delegate in each committee is awarded the gavel in the closing ceremony after the final session of debate.

While our team didn’t bring home any gavels from this conference, Skyline College student Lucas Lazaro was recognized during the closing ceremony with a verbal commendation for his performance in the Magical United Nations, a fantasy simulation committee that debated global issues within the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

For this conference, the Skyline College MUN team also featured three students from the Skyline’s Middle College community, including two current high school seniors and one alumni who is now a fulltime Skyline college student.

“It was really fun, but really stressful too.” Middle College senior Ana Giulia Serra said. “It was the first time I’ve ever experienced such competitiveness. All of the students participating were so passionate about what they were saying. They were so intelligent too. I feel like I did well for my first time, and I’m looking forward to attending the UC Berkeley Conference next month.”

Skyline MUN actively welcomes new members who are interested in participating in debate both locally in weekly meetings at Skyline College, as well as those interested in travelling to participate in regional conferences and competitions. Please e-mail for more information.

Article by Timothy Rottenberg

Informational Open Forum on Capital Improvement Projects

Environmental Science Building 2The next several years are bringing exciting changes to the Skyline College campus. A number of major capital improvements will ensure we continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our students, faculty and staff with state-of-the-art facilities.

Join us for an Informational Open Forum on Wednesday, February 7, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Fireside Dining Room to learn more about each of these projects.

The open forum will feature tabletop displays and detailed presentations by SMCCCD planners including Director of Capital Projects Chris Strugar-Fritsch, and Construction Campus Manager Glenn Claycomb. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The new facilities include a new Environmental Science Building designed to capitalize on Skyline College’s unique location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a new Social Science and Creative Arts Complex that will establish an inviting gateway to an expanded central quad.

These projects will inevitably have impact in terms of parking, road closures, office relocations and construction noise. The Town Hall will cover the latest news on these impacts.

Please attend the Town Hall to learn about the next generation of educational facilities, as we work to provide the best possible education for Skyline College students.

Technology Update: CRM Vendors Present to District

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Consulting firm Kennedy and Company continues to guide us through the discovery phase of our technology implementation to determine exactly what technologies we need as part of our college’s comprehensive redesign. They’ve already embarked on exploration by holding forums with campus stakeholders, asking questions about key needs and identifying existing holes in our capabilities that need to be filled.

Recently, Kennedy & Company invited four Customer Relationship Management (CRM) vendors to present their products to groups from all three campuses. This allowed individuals to get an initial sense of what these products could potentially offer, both from a staff and student perspective. The vendors invited to present to the district were Engage2Serve, Salesforce, Ellucian, and Enrollment RX.

About Technology & The College Redesign

Technology is a critical and integral part of every piece of our comprehensive college redesign – it will reshape how we interact with students, and how students interact with the college. The focus of the technology redesign is to architect a suite of well integrated solutions that will empower our students and campus community to support student success at scale. The combination of the College Redesign (Meta majors, Guided Pathways, and Promise Scholars Program), the technology redesign, and dedicated faculty and staff will allow us to achieve student success rates of 75% or higher.

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Welcome Tykia Warden as Interim Director of SMCCCD Foundation

tykia wardenTykia Warden has been serving for the past several months as the Interim Executive Director of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Skyline College extends a warm welcome and the college looks forward to working together to benefit our students.

As the Interim Executive Director, Tykia is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, operations, financial management, and community relations of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Tykia is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and directs SMCCC Foundation’s fundraising campaigns for the benefit of scholarships and special programs.

Previously, Tykia was Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution and has ten years of experience in fundraising, government relations, and nonprofit management. Tykia received her bachelor’s degree in communications and African-American studies from Indiana University, Bloomington and a master’s degree in communications from Bowie State University. Tykia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick