Daily Archives: March 9, 2018

President’s Breakfast Sold Out; Still Opportunities to Support Students

campusThanks to an incredible response from the community, the 2018 President’s Breakfast is SOLD OUT!

If you are still interested in attending, we are happy to take your name for a waitlist in case a seat becomes available. To be added to the wait list, please click Add Me to the Waitlist to email us your name and phone number.

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Your support will provide Skyline College Promise scholarships to high school students, offering the means to attend college full time.  Resulting in more students graduating and innovative projects that make an impact on students’ lives. Your donation is very much appreciated.

Article by Cherie Colin

Expanding Your Horizons Conference Sells Out in Record Time

girls at EYHThe 38th Annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science conference at Skyline College will take place on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, and sold out in record time!  The event will  provide exciting, innovative, and hands-on STEM workshops to nearly 1,400 6th to 12th grade girls.

This year, the conference will have 55 workshops with a variety of presenters including:

  • local institutions: Cañada College STEM Center, Stanford University, UC Davis
  • STEM museums: Cal Academy, Lawrence Hall of Science,  Aquarium of the Bay, SF Zoo, Marine Science Institute
  • Local Industry: Genentech, Rambus, County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability
  • Tons of Skyline College faculty and students

Over 200 volunteers, lovingly refered to as Go’fers, ensure the event flows smoothly.

More About EYH

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for 6th through 12thgrade young women to learn about career opportunities in math, science, and technology. STEM careers are fun, exciting, and rewarding, and so is EYH! Conference participants conduct lab experiments, wire high-tech network systems, examine microscopic creatures, and design their own computer software. Each girl attends three hands-on workshops during the all-day conference. Also during the day, the girls participate in a Problems and Puzzles Contest, where winners receive A Day With a Scientist.

Expanding Your Horizons has been held at Skyline College annually since 1980, with more than 30,000 young women attending. The Expanding Your Horizons Planning committee are volunteers who work in science- and math-related fields.

Women’s Leadership Conference & Hall of Fame

Regina Stanback StroudPresident of Skyline College, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud will serve as keynote speaker for the Women’s Leadership Conference & Women’s Hall of Fame, hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women of San Mateo County on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Cañada College.

Registration is open and costs $100 to attend the conference and the Women’s Hall of Fame reception. Visit the San Mateo County Women Lead website for more information and to register: www.smcwomenlead.org.

About The Conference:

Rather than asking women to change themselves to “better fit” the current culture, our speakers will talk about how they are driving systemic change in corporate culture, policy, compensation, and government representation to empower women and encourage their leadership style. Since 1988 women make up more than half the US population and outnumber men on college campuses and in degree completion. Yet their rise in the ranks of leadership, both in the political and business worlds, has plateaued. Women’s’ presence in top leadership positions—as law partners, university school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains below twenty percent. Female “share of voice,” the average proportion of representation on op-ed pages and corporate boards, as TV pundits, and in Congress—is just 15%. In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, women won’t reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country until 2085.* Living, as we do, at the epicenter of innovation, it is incumbent upon us to break out and bring this timetable to gender parity forward.

International Student Program and Career Services Center Host Employment Workshop

WorkshopThe Skyline College International Student Program (ISP) and the Career Services Center held an Employment Information and Resume Writing Workshop for international students on February 15, 2018. This event was designed to inform international students about the various employment opportunities on and off campus, and explain how they can pursue them in the US. The event was well attended, and included students from various majors and career goals.

The students in attendance sat for an hour and a half taking notes on how to get employment on and off campus, the technicalities of the OPT and CPT opportunities available to international students, and valuable information on how to write a resume. Students had the chance to hear from one of the Career Center’s student assistants, Meng Ma, who has first-hand experience on the subject. It was an eye opening experience for many international students because U.S. employment practices are very different from what they knew from their home countries. The Career Center staff was eager to answer questions that the students had as well as make them aware of the different resources that the Career Center has to offer such as resume writing, interview practice, etc.

The event was very informative and students received information and resources that will be very beneficial throughout their college careers.

ISP will continue to conduct events and workshops to improve the services offered to its students and the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu.

Article by Naledi Mthembu | Photo by Chikako Walker

WOW! Women on Writing Event Inspires the Campus Community

WOW women on writingWriters and readers from all over the Bay Area gathered at Skyline College Saturday, March 3 for WOW! Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments, an annual celebration of creativity during women’s history month. The appreciative audience of seventy women and men savored literary work crafted by a wide variety of writers.

Event coordinator Kathleen McClung welcomed the two featured speakers, award-winning authors Lori Ostlund and Maw Shein Win. Both read from their books and spoke warmly and candidly about their dedication to writing over the years. Maw Shein Win referred to her six-month recovery from surgery as “a blessing in disguise” as she turned inward to write poetry during her recuperation.

During the lively question and answer part of the program, both authors spoke in depth about their writing process. Each writer talked about how traveling and working overseas has enriched their work. Lori Ostlund said a highlight of her writing career was a 2017 co-Visiting Writer fellowship in Tianjin, China with her wife, author Anne Raeff.

After a break for book signing, networking, and continental breakfast, WOW! founder Marijane Datson presented awards and gift bags to two outstanding Skyline College creative writing students, Brynn Allen and Gwyneth Ochsner who read their original poetry with poise and passion. The awards memorialize two multi-talented, influential women from the WOW! community, Isabelle Maynard (1929-2007) and Joyce Unger (1942-2016).

Eighteen writers from the community shared their poetry and prose during the Open Reading hosted by Professor McClung. The writers explored families, cultures, sexual harassment, racism, war, nature, and other themes. Skyline students Yilin Zhang and Clayborne Go were among the Open Readers.

“It’s so important for writers to come together for creative nourishment,” said Skyline English professor and author Kathleen McClung. “The WOW! community spans all ages, interests, and backgrounds. The common ingredients are encouragement and support.” The WOW! conference was founded fifteen years ago by Marijane Datson in collaboration with Skyline faculty, staff and community members.

One student in the audience said afterward, “Once I walked into the room I felt so many positive and calm vibes. I felt comfortable and welcome. I loved how everyone there was friends. Everyone seemed to get along. I would participate again without there being an extra credit piece. It gave me a glimpse of a different type of life than I’m used to and let me step out of my comfort zone. Maybe one day I’ll try to write some poetry of my own.”

Thanks to Kevin Chak, manager of the Skyline College Bookstore and World Cup Cafe, Mary Gutiérrez, dean of Language Arts and Learning Resources, English/creative writing professors Rob Williams and Katharine Harer, and WOW! ambassadors Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Ellen Woods, and Tom McAninley.

Article by Kathleen McClung   Photos by Tom McAninley