Monthly Archives: November 2018

Generous Donation Sets Stage to Launch Astronomy Club

Tadashis DadAfter spending many years as a hobby astronomer, generous benefactor Roy Tsuchida (father of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida) decided to pass on the torch by donating his highly valuable astronomy gear to the Skyline College Science Math Technology division. It is clear evidence that an interest in science and in supporting the community seems to be in the genes of the Tsuchidas.

Thanks to the effort of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida, who drove all the way to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving to pick up the gear from his father, we now how this equipment at the college.

Roy’s passion led him accumulate various pieces of observation equipment over the years. Among the treasures are a 30 cm Newtonian Mirror Telescope and a 25 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Mirror Telescope with electronic tracking and following system which are both so big and powerful that they allow the observation of distant and spectacular cosmic objects like nebula. In addition to these two powerful telescopes we received two spotter telescopes, various filters and eyepieces, red lights, star charts, camera mounts, etc. Roy has given us basically all of his equipment, everything which is needed to start a student astronomy club.

If you, or any of your students are interested in founding a Skyline College Astronomy Club please contact me at my email:

Thank you Roy Tsuschida for this wonderful donation!

Article by Marco Wehrfritz

Apply for the Equity Training Series

The Equity Training Series (ETS) is an eight week professional development experience that features thought experts and cutting edge scholars in educational equity who work directly with a cohort of 25-30 Skyline College staff, faculty and administrators. This is a spring semester experience designed to equip participants with skills, strategies and tools in the areas of educational equity and cultural fluency.

Date Topic Presenter
January 18, 2019 Equity in Education Dean Lasana O. Hotep
February 8, 2019 Critical Pedagogy Dr. Michael Benitez Jr.
February 22, 2019 Undocumented Student Support Dr. Genevieve Negron Gonzales
March 8, 2019 White Fragility in the Academy Dr. Robin DiAngelo
April 12, 2019 Equity in STEM Education Dr. Jeremiah Sims
April 26, 2019 Pin@y Student Success Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
May 2, 2019 Disability in Higher Education Isabel Dees
May 10, 2019 ETS Recognition Ceremony ETS 2019 Cohort


Participant Outcomes                                                                                                                  

The goal of ETS is for all participants to incorporate concepts and theories from ETS either into current initiatives or projects on campus, development a new project, or into various office culture/work spaces.

Participant Experience                                                                                                                

All of these workshops are hosted on Friday afternoons from 12:00 PM- 3:00PM. Lunch will be provided. The first hour and a half will be the talk/workshop by the designated presenter. The second half of the session is the group discussion and planning on how to apply the new information to their work. The final session will consist of presentations sharing the planned application of the practices discussed during the training. For more information about ETS and to hear from previous participants, visit the Equity Training Series Website.


The due date for all ETS applications has been extended to Friday, December 14, 2019. If you are interested in participating, submit an electronic application. All participants will be notified if they have been accepted into the program before winter recess. Contact Katrina Pantig at if you have any questions.­

Article by Katrina Pantig

A Call to Consciousness with Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams

Call to ConsiousnessOn September 20th, 2018, Skyline College hosted the Call to Consciousness College Lecture Series. This program was co-sponsored by the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development, the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC), and the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP). The program opened with welcoming remarks from Dean Lasana Hotep. He said to students, “Our goal as educators is not to provide you a syllabus, test, quizzes, assignments and grades. Our goal is to ignite a passion for lifelong learning in you. The world is a classroom and this opportunity outside of your formal class structure is to continue that journey about being excited about learning and being curious about the world.” Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud also provided remarks on behalf of the college and ASSC President, Michelle Chee, introduced Reverend angel Kyodo Williams to the stage.

Rev. angel is an author, spiritual leader, master trainer and founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California. Ordained as a Zen priest, Rev. angel is a Sensei¸ the second of only five black women recognized as teachers in the Japanese Zen lineage. Rev. angel talked about the value of finding and discovering one’s calling and purpose in life. She shared with the audience the different inflection points of her journey in learning and applying wisdom teachings. On a daily basis, we as human beings must make important decisions about our lives such as figuring out what to major in, what career path to take, which job to apply for, etc. Rev. angel challenged the audience to shift their thinking from focusing on WHAT we should be to think about HOW we should be in the society. She stated that there is no position or role that is useless or beneath anyone and that it’s more important to reflect on how we want to be or show up in that particular role. Rev. angel also shared that the call to consciousness is not an isolated event in our lives but in fact, we receive a call to consciousness consistently and daily and therefore we must make a decision to respond to those calls.

Rev. angel also talked about how our ancestors had to answer a call to consciousness in the face of injustice and discrimination. She said, “The Call to Consciousness has been there from the very moment at which someone stepped foot on this land and decided that they were discovering a place that other people had already been. The so-called dream of America was not designed for us in this room and yet you are here because people responded to a call of consciousness even when they were structures and systems that hindered the potential for people to be able to realize that dream.”

At the end of her talk, students participated in an engaging discussion with Rev. angel about how to find hope, motivation, and support on a daily basis while being confronted with major life challenges and struggles. Following the lecture, folks had an opportunity to meet Rev. angel and participate in a book signing for two of her books, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation and Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace.

Mustafa Popal, Professor of History said, “I think I have a firm understanding on equity and social justice. I have an ever-improving understanding of how to do the work of social justice and equity, but Dr. Angel Kyodo Williams provided clarity in how to find psyche-emotional peace with the complexity of the work we engage in. In social justice work there is always the conversation of ‘self-care’ that almost always translates to taking some time to yourself, but Rev. angel described a practice of “being”, which integrated ‘self-care’ into the work.”

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

CIPHER Presents 4th Annual Holiday Bling Vendors’ Fair & Open Mic

holiday blingTo support local businesses and provide the campus community an opportunity to do some early holiday shopping, CIPHER is hosting its 4th Annual Vendors’ Fair and Open Mic titled “Holiday Bling” on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Fireside Dining Room at Building 6.

Featured vendors include: Mixerfriendly, Crystal Clear, Greenwood Supply Company, the Ceramics Club of Skyline College and many others. Items range from head wear, clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts and custom posters and postcards. Proceeds from sales go toward educational scholarships for CIPHER and Rock the School Bells.

In addition to the Vendors’ Fair, CIPHER will also be hosting their Open Mic from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Students who are interested in performing, please meet in Building 6 for sign-ups.

To see some of the vendors’ merchandise, you can check them out at:

We hope you can stop by and do some holiday shopping while enjoying some great performances by our talented Skyline College campus community. For more information about Rock the School Bells and CIPHER, visit or

If you have any questions about the event, please email Kim Davalos at

Article by Nathaniel Nevado

Real News, Fake News: Media in the Era of Trump

Real News, Fake NewsOn October 15, 2018, the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs hosted “Real News, Fake News: Media in the Era of Trump,” a panel discussion featuring guest speakers, Kevin Powell and Rocky Rivera. The discussion was moderated by Jessica Hurless, Prof­essor of Communication Studies. The event opened with a message from Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs to provide context about the multiple layers of the program and the value in engaging in this particular experience. He said, “There’s no such thing as neutral media. Everything has an agenda in the way it is expressed. There are narratives being told about why things are happening, narratives about particular groups of people, and narratives about why those groups are situated in society a certain way.” The goal of the program was to expose, educate, and equip students with vocabulary and context to help them understand the information they’re being overwhelmed with in our current social and political climate.

Rocky Rivera and Kevin Powell shared their career trajectories and what made them interested in journalism and social justice. They said because our society is generally miseducated about American history, it’s very easy to be misguided by media outlets that criminalize communities of color, women, low-income, undocumented, and other minority groups in the U.S.

Kevin Powell stated, “There’s no way we can answer the question of, what is real news and what is fake news if we don’t even have a working knowledge of where we are.” We also live in a modern era where access to technology and social media have influenced present day journalism. Rocky shared the potential of using social media to help enact social change and our individual responsibility to be informed citizen-journalists when we see injustice. She said, “10 or so years ago, we did not have this ability to broadcast on demand… #MeToo or #BlackLivesMatter would have never happened if it wasn’t for social media. It’s so powerful because any one of us can document our experiences.”

The discussion with speakers was followed by a brief audience engagement segment and an announcement by the Director of the Learning Commons, Gabriela Nocito. She talked about the role the library plays in supporting students along with resources the library can provide to help students discern real news from fake news, which included an activity and display in the theater lobby.

After the program, the Associated Students of Skyline College hosted a voter registration table for the upcoming midterm elections. Participants also engaged in a book signing with Kevin Powell who recently published My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man.

Jess Grainger, Instructor and College and Career Advisor said, “I thought the event was powerful, both for the bold topic they chose, as well as the remarkable speakers Skyline was able to bring in.  My students were impressed by their clear expertise, and were also excited to see some of their own future goals, aspirations, and dreams represented, in-the-flesh, by the distinguished likes of Mr. Kevin Powell, and ­Ms. Rocky Rivera.”­­

­Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Naomi Quizon

Celebrating the CanInnovate Conference

CanInnovate ConferenceOn Friday, October 26th, 2018, Skyline College’s Hybrid/Online Community of Practice hosted the @ONE CanInnovate Conference, a series of webinars for community college Canvas users. The online conference was a huge success with hundreds of faculty from the 114 community colleges in the state. Some of the topics presented during the webinars included sessions on building an equity-minded syllabus, adding video to a Canvas course, previewing the new Canvas grade book and incorporating creative learning in online spaces. In addition to the online streaming of the conference, a delicious breakfast and lunch were provided by Noah’s Bagels Catering.

Program Service Coordinator, Ame Maloney, attended two sessions in the morning and said, “What I enjoyed about this experience was the variety of voices and perspectives from across the campus in one room discussing ways to create engaging classroom spaces online.” After attending the afternoon session, adjunct faculty member, Christopher Collins stated, “This experience was extremely enjoyable! I attended the Surprise! Good Things Happen When Students Get Creative session and learned to facilitate an online classroom that incorporates course content with student-led creativity.” The remarks made by Ame and Christopher echo the experiences of the other participants.

Because of the overwhelming success of the conference, the Hybrid/Online Community of Practice plans on hosting the conference again in late October 2019. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend! For faculty who were unable to attend the conference, the links below have materials from the conference.

General Info:

Canvas Shell:

Article by Hybrid/Online Community of Practice | Photo by Dr. Bianca Rowden-Quince

Former Men’s Basketball Student Assistant Appears on FOX Business News

Jonathan Madison at FOXFormer Men’s Basketball student assistant Jonathan Madison appeared on Fox Business News recently. After attending Skyline College, Jonathan went on to earn Magna Cum Laude Honors at Howard University and then graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Jonathan is currently an associate for Fried & Williams LLP in San Francisco. He is also a political strategist and contributes opinion columns to the San Francisco Chronicle and San Mateo Daily Journal.


Article by Justin Piergrossi

Science and Research Club Represent Skyline College STEM at the Bay Area Science Festival 2018

Science and Research Club BASFOn November 3, 2018, the Skyline College Science and Research Club hosted a table featuring an interactive DNA isolation activity at the fifth annual Bay Area Science Festival held at AT&T park in San Francisco.

During this event, over 1000 people visited their interactive experiment. For the past month, the Science and Research Club met to budget, plan and create an exciting, hands-on experiment of DNA isolation from fruits and vegetables. The experiment was meant to highlight the educational interactions that Skyline College students have with science and learning on campus. In this respect, Skyline College was in good company, while they were one of the few community college at this well known yearly event, other research clubs representing Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCSF were also present. When the students were not manning their booth, they were participating and talking with students from other campuses and saw how their research interests align with those of other schools. The Science and Research Club is rightfully proud to represent Skyline College in promoting an appreciation of science to everyone in the Bay Area.

The Science and Research Club also assisted the biotechnology manufacturing class from Carlmont High School that held their table at BASF as well. Skyline College has a dual enrollment class in biotechnology manufacturing at Carlmont High School. At their booth, the Carlmont biotechnology students presented “Kinetic Sand” to BASF attendees. In this activity, the Carlmont students stressed the need for good measurements and mixing in an experiment in order to observe the emergent properties of “Kinetic Sand”. The high school students also got to interact with our club members and learn what it is really like being a STEM student at Skyline College.

If you like fun events like this, the Science and Research Club officers would like to welcome new members to join and become part of their team. They invite proactive STEM learners to participate in volunteer activities and career development opportunities. Your involvement will help continue to provide quality experiences for the campus and community.

Mark your calendars! Here are a few upcoming announcements: Expanding Your Horizons on March 2019, “Folding Microscope” and the Skyline College Research Symposium in May 2019 are just some of the exciting events that the Science and Research Club will participate in next year.


Article by Yvette Dothy & Anne Lacsamana  | Photo by Nick Kapp

Student Leadership and Equity Summit on November 30, 2018

The Student Leadership and Equity Summit is on November 30, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Skyline College Theater. The event is designed for students to gain skills in leadership, inter-personal communication, advocacy and activism. Upon completing the program, students will receive a student leadership certificate, get a chance to dine with SMCCCD leadership, and gain the opportunity to attend the NCORE 2019 Conference in Portland.

Contact Michael Stokes, TRiO Director at or call 650-738-4161 for additional information.

Article by Michael Stokes

Celebrate International Education Week!

The Global Learning Programs and Services (GLPS) Division invites you to celebrate International Education Week 2018, November 13-15, 2018!

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare students for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about cultures through food, music, dance and more. All events are free and open to Skyline College students, faculty, staff and community members.

For more information on these events, contact the International Student Program at (650) 738-7179 or (650) 738-7021.

Article by Chikako Walker