Daily Archives: March 15, 2018

Skyline Student Receives Multiple National Recognition Awards

Skyline College student Mei Ling Lai has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and also has been selected as a 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar. Lai will be awarded $5,000 for being a Guistwhite Scholar, and $1,500 for being a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar.

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Fifteen Guistwhite recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 3,100 applicants this year.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

Article by Christine Case


The Student Voice Survey is Out – Help Spread the Word!

Skyline College is conducting the student voice survey this semester and we want to hear from all students! Please share the link below to have students complete the survey and make their voice heard!


This survey is an opportunity for all students (age 18 and older) to reflect on their experiences at Skyline College in terms of diversity, equity, and campus climate. The survey also includes new topics that matter to students, including questions on financial security, childcare, and textbook affordability, as well as opportunities for open-ended feedback on what the college may be doing well to promote a positive campus climate.

By filling out the survey, students may also enter for a chance to win one of 15 gift cards, including a grand prize $150 gift card to the Skyline College Bookstore/World Cup Coffee & Tea in Building 6 (see survey instructions for details).

See the student voice survey FAQ below.

Skyline College Student Voice Survey – Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQ)

Who takes the survey?

All Skyline College students age 18 and older are invited to take the survey.

How long will the survey take?

This survey is intended to be completed in 10-15 minutes.

Will student’s answers be kept confidential?

Yes. Entering their G# is optional. The survey results will be presented in summary form; no individual responses will be identified.

What if students have more questions?

If you have additional questions about this survey, you may email skylineprie@smccd.edu

2018 Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award

end of year celebrationFor the nineteenth year, the Skyline College Academic Senate is soliciting your nominations for an award to be given at the end of the academic year to a colleague who has been a full-time Skyline College faculty member for no more than five academic years. This monetary award was established by SMT faculty member, Professor Phil Meyer, to celebrate excellence in the classroom—the primary criterion for this award. Other criteria include departmental participation, student activities beyond the classroom, and overall collegiality.

Nominations are due by April 9 and may be made by any administrator, faculty, or staff member of the Skyline College community. To nominate a faculty member, refer to the list of eligible candidates and answer the following:

  1. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates “excellence in the classroom.”
    1. Part I: Innovative Teaching Techniques, and/or above-average success with student populations that are frequently challenged.
    2. Part II: Supporting Students beyond the classroom, either emotionally or by connecting them to on-campus resources.
  2. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates excellence in other areas of campus and off-campus work.
  3. Please discuss how the nominee demonstrates overall collegiality.

Please email nominations to Academic Senate Past President Nick Kapp, Professional Personnel Co-Chair Amber Steele & Academic Senate President Kate Browne.

Eligible Faculty Members:


Carina Antilla-Suarez, Paul Bridenbaugh, Tammy Calderon, Younga Choi, Serena Chu-Mraz, Amir Esfahani, Michelle Hawkins, Julia Johnson, Carmen Richardson, Paula Silva, Phillip Williams, Robert Williams, Adam Windham


Michael Cross, Lorraine Demello, Melanie Espinueva, Carla Grandy, Jessica Hurless [2017 awardee], Ruben Parra, Mustafa Popal, Danielle Powell, Kwame Thomas, John Ulloa, Ronda Wimmer, Lavinia Zanassi, Hellen Zhang


Filip Gleyzer


John Calavitta, Brianna Clay, Kim Davalos, Rika Fabian, Jarrod Feiner, Safiyyah Forbes, Nicholas Langhoff, Soledad McCarthy, Regina Mitchell, Lucy Perez Jovel, Carlos Romero, Bianca Rowden-Quince, Cassidy Ryan, Gabriel Saucedo, Erinn Struss


Nicole Porter, Alberto Santellan, Jessica Truglio, Miranda Wang, Kenyatta Weathersby, Kim Saccio-Kent, Pia Walawalkar

Article by Amber Steele

Energize Colleges Program Prepares Students for the Future

Skyline College’s Energize Colleges student interns participated in a professional development workshop on March 9, 2018,  to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to be effective not only in their current positions, but also in their future careers.

Alex Fuentes, the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, led eight of the program’s 10 total interns in a number of engaging activities to strengthen interns’ time management and networking skills. In addition to sharing tips with each other, interns developed their own “minute messages” to communicate their projects and goals during networking opportunities. They also had a chance to listen to the program’s regional supervisor, Rebecca Aviles from Strategic Energy Innovations, about her career path and current role.

Energize Colleges is an internship program on campus that provides students with hands-on experience in the green workforce. Interns work on projects that aim to generate energy and water savings for campus and local organizations. Spring 2018 intern projects include developing a car counter for campus parking lots, helping campus reach its waste diversion goal, and conducting home energy audits. Besides work experience and professional experience, Energize Colleges provides interns with opportunities to engage local high school students in sustainability career exploration.

Article by Mary Thomasmeyer