Daily Archives: February 8, 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.

Franck 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. Even while still in high school, Franck developed two social projects at his school that were in line with the United Nations’ Quality Education and Climate Action Sustainable Development Goals. Franck also led a social campaign to advocate for global warming that led to the development of fourteen tourism and climate change clubs all over Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire.

After graduation Franck visited the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan and became part of the Competitive College Club, a cohort advising program organized by EducationUSA which supports talented yet disadvantaged students by informing them and helping them to develop the skills and they need to compete for admissions and scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities. It was at a college fair organized by EducationUSA that Franck learned about Skyline College.

“Being selected as one of the United Nations youth ambassadors is a dream that came true and this would never have happened without the support of Skyline College.” Franck said, “Being an international student here gives me the opportunity every day 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.”

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 foundation.smccd.edu and click on the “What to Support” or “Ways to Give” sections.

To make a donation visit the Foundation’s donation page (https://foundation.smccd.edu/donate.php) 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 studyabroad@smccd.edu. You can also learn more about our summer and fall programs by visiting https://smccd.edu/studyabroad/.

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 skylinemun@gmail.com for more information.

Article by Timothy Rottenberg