Monthly Archives: March 2018

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

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.

You can still make a difference!  DONATE NOW.

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:

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

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

Governance: College Governance Committee

The College Governance Council met on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 2:10-4:00 pm, in Building 4, Room 4343. In attendance was Eloisa Briones, Angélica Garcia, Jacqueline Honda, Leandro Torre Mantilla, Jesse Raskin, Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, and Christina Trujillo. Absent from the meeting was Christine Abella, Kate Browne, Michele Haggar, Regina Stanback Stroud

Approval of Minutes

The October 25, 2017 minutes was approved.
(M/C/U Christine Trujillo/Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza) Unanimously.

The Academic Senate provided the following report.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza will present Board Policy 6.04 and the policy and procedures regarding class cancelations at the March 1st Academic Senate meeting.

The Classified Senate provided the following report.
• Classified Public Forum–Friday, 3/2 from 12:00pm-2:00pm
o Working with the DT Co-leads and Carla Grandy in particular to help craft the agenda
o Meta-Majors Names, among other topics
• Additional Scholarship Fundraising–In addition to the baskets at the End of Year Celebration, we are holding another See’s Candy Fundraiser (ending on Wed. 3/7) to raise more funds this semester
• Theme Selected for End of Year Celebration–Fairy Tales/Connection to student musical production “Into The Woods” – May 9, 2018 – 12:00-2:00 location TBA
• Alcatraz Volunteer Day–Second of what we hope will be a reoccurring volunteer opportunity (once a semester) on Saturday, March 10th, 8:00am-12:00pm

The Associated Student Body of Skyline College provided the following report.

At the beginning of the semester, the ASSC attended its annual Winter Leadership retreat. This year’s retreat took place in Tahoe City where the students had the opportunity to learn more about their fellow council mates and to develop strong relationships with each other.
In regards of activities, the ASSC started this spring semester celebrating Valentine’s Day and Chinese Lunar New Year. The Student body is currently planning more events/activities for Women’s History Month and Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The ASSC is also getting ready for the upcoming elections. Candidate’s packets for Student Trustee as well officer’s positions have been updated.

SOCC approved the induction of Middle College Student Council. This club will represent Middle College students with the purpose of creating fundraisers for their own events. SOCC members also participated in their annual Spring Club Rush on February 28, 2018.

Vice President of Administrative Services, Eloisa Briones presented information regarding the Merger of the Skyline College Emergency Preparedness Group and the Health and Safety Committee

Skyline College currently has two separate groups that were formed to address the health and safety needs of the college community of students, faculty and staff: the Health & Safety Committee & the Emergency Response Plan Committee. The Health & Safety Committee is a governance committee. The Emergency Response Plan Committee was formed as an operational work group, but has stayed active since inception.

Membership in both groups are almost similar, i.e. The Health Center, Public Safety, Facilities, ASSC, MCPR, Office of the VP Student Services, SMT and KAD. Combining both groups will integrate the work around disaster preparedness with the charge of the Health & Safety Committee.

Health and Safety Committee (Governance Committee)
Charge: The Health and Safety Committee promotes a healthful and safe environment for staff and students, educating and training personnel in safe work practice. The committee conducts safety inspections and recommends corrective action to the College. The Committee is charged under CSEA contract (article 13. 13.6) to meet at least quarterly. A district Safety Management Committee will meet at least twice each fiscal year. The committee is to include two representatives appointed by CSEA.

Emergency Response Plan Committee (Operational Work Group)
Charge: The Emergency Response Committee develops strategies for disaster preparedness and recovery for the campus. The committee is charged with maintaining the campus Emergency Response Plan, updating contact information and the evacuation plan, providing training for the campus on emergency procedures.

Currently there is redundancy and overlap involving both groups in terms of membership, as well as commonality with topics of discussion and campus projects. Consolidating both groups into one group will present an opportunity to streamline scheduling and communication, while making available a greater number of people for committee business, providing an enriched focus on health, safety, and emergency preparedness to Skyline College.

The committee title will change to reflect the merging of both committees. The new title will be Health/Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The committee will be tri-chaired by Eloisa Briones, Amory Cariadus and Jim Vangele.

(M/S/U Jesse Raskin/Leandro Torre Mantilla) Unanimously. To support the recommendation of merging the Skyline College Emergency Preparedness Group and the Health and Safety Committee.

Jacqueline Honda, Interim Dean of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness presented an initiative Skyline College will begin titled “A Great Place to Work”

Skyline College is applying to be one of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 100 Great Colleges to Work For. This requires our staff, administrators and faculty to complete a survey that they generate as part of the application process. The survey is sent to all full-time faculty, all administrators, and a sample of adjunct faculty and classified staff. The survey will begin on March 19th for three weeks. There is also an internal survey that asks for additional information that the Office of the Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness will complete with the help of the District and the President’s Cabinet. There is no guarantee we will receive the designation, but does provide the college an opportunity to learn how employees experience Skyline College.

Jessica Hurless and Carla Grandy presented the Proposed Meta-Majors Names

Jessica made a presentation of the proposed Meta-Majors names. She explained the steps that were followed in order to create the proposed names. Once the presentation concluded each constituent representative praised Jessica and the team of Administrators, Faculty and Staff of their work in creating the Meta-Majors. The presentation has been shared with Associate Students and will be presented at the Classified Senate meeting March 1st. Dr. Garcia stated that this is a monumental vote for our College Governance Council, as it is the first recommendation connected to the comprehensive redesign efforts that has come through the Design Team.
Dr. Garcia asked for a motion to support the four Meta-Majors Names.

(M/C/U Leandro Torre Mantilla/ Christina Trujillo) Unanimously


Dr. Angélica Garcia announced that Skyline College is taking lead with submitting a district wide grant proposal for the Innovation in Higher Education Grant to scale an evidence-based practice. The grant proposal seeks $4 million dollars, which includes scaling the Promise Scholars Program across the SMCCCD, as well as enhance Dual/Concurrent Enrollment efforts with local high school partners over a performance period of 3 years.

The committee decided that the March 28th College Governance Committee will be canceled due to Spring Break. If there is an important item that needs discussion by the CGC, then Dr. Stanback Stroud will call a special meeting to discuss the topic. Otherwise, the next meeting is April 25, 2018.


(M/S/U Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza and Eloisa Briones) Unanimously.

Ellen Lee Selected to Represent District at the State Chancellor’s Office

ellen leeSkyline College is proud to announce that Ellen Lee, Payroll Technician in the Administrative Services division has been named the San Mateo County Community College District nominee for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Classified Employee of the Year Award. Ellen was selected from 4 nominees from all three colleges and the district, to be forwarded to for the state-wide award.

The Classified Employee of the Year Award has been given out annually since May 2009 to honor community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges. Recipients are nominated by members of their college/district community and endorsed by their local Board of Trustees. Award recipients are selected by representatives of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community College and must have a record of outstanding performance of professional activities, as well as a record of active participation on campus and beyond.
According to her nomination:

“As a payroll technician, Ellen Lee supports the fiscal integrity of the college to be able to provide programs and services for students to navigate college successfully. She is the last point of contact from the college to the district – bearing a tremendous responsibility for accuracy so that people’s lives are not disrupted by bureaucratic mix-ups. Her ability to anticipate issues, correct problems, catch the details that have the potential of either helping or hurting employees is done consistently with accuracy and excellence. She has performed this job for over 37 years and put in place the structures and processes to ensure excellent service to the college. In doing so, the reputation of the college is stellar. The District has confidence in the work from Ellen’s office – a much-appreciated reflection on the college as a whole.

Ellen has a deep knowledge of her job. Over the decades, she has redefined what it means to perform the work. She works well with other members of the administrative services team, the college and the district. Ellen’s style of working with others is always professional and above reproach with an undeniable sense of high ethics and integrity.

Ellen exemplifies the epitome of commitment and dedication to her job and profession. She goes above and beyond at the college. She works tirelessly to connect the community to the college by supporting, sponsoring or coordinating high profile community events that bring hundreds of community members onto the campus each year. She takes an active interest in the international students program and lends her cultural and language expertise to the college in serving and supporting the International Students Program. As the college hosts delegations of visitors in efforts to expand the program, Ellen volunteers to provide cultural guidance. She has voluntarily hosted tea services for visiting delegations and coached the college leadership on etiquette and protocol to maximize the impact of the visit.

Ellen has been actively engaged in the annual Asian Cultural Week activities each year, where the Skyline College Asian Studies Center in collaboration with China Dance School/Theater of San Francisco hosts a special event that brings 500-800 community members onto the campus to experience the programs, services, events, film festivals and Asian cultural showcases festivities.

Beyond the connections and service to the community through Asian Cultural Week, Ellen volunteers to serve the community by participating in the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center. VITA is an IRS sponsored program that assists people who need it most, in the preparation of their income taxes. It brings millions of dollars back into the community. Ellen’s volunteering with VITA means she is able to give back to the community by lending her experience and expertise to support the service to the community. This demonstrates her strong work ethic and sense of civic involvement.

Often staff in “back office” positions are unsung. However, Ellen’s commitment to making sure the college is a well-reputed viable option for the community is evident in the views she articulates and the engagement she provides is attributed to her commitment to open access and higher education opportunities for the community.

Ellen Lee has been the invisible backbone of the administrative services component of the college.”

Congratulations Ellen, we are proud to call you a colleague and a member of the Skyline College family!

Article Compiled by Cherie Colin