Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

The Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Learning CommonsOn Wednesday, February 20th, join the Skyline College Learning Commons for our Spring 2019 Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn more about our programs and services, meet staff, faculty and student representatives. Get a tour of the below campus offerings and grab a pastry and coffee or tea on us!

Learning Center:

  • Tutoring (Writing/English/ESOL/Math/Science/Business/Social Sciences)
  • Supplemental Instruction (Visit our new spaces!)
  • Peer Mentoring (Workshops and one-on-one support)
  • ReUSE Hub (FREE school supplies!)
  • Student Success Lab
  • Group & Quiet Study Areas
  • Computers & Printing

Meet & Greet/Tours:

  • Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM)
  • Women’s Mentoring & Leadership Academy (WMLA)
  • Honors Transfer Program
  • Human Library & Poetry Corner (Advanced sign-ups available for February 21th Human Library event)
  • Learning Communities (Cohort-based thematic courses)
  • Library & Reference / Research (Meet our Librarians!)
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • Zero Textbook Cost (Open Educational Resources program)

If you plan to bring a class or group to this event, please email gutierrezraymon@smccd.edu by Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with an estimated number of students and time of arrival so that we can plan accordingly.

Article & Photo by Marisa Thigpen

Skyline College’s STEM Women Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Skyline College Women in STEM at Strava HQStudents from WISER! (Women In Science and Engineering Represent!) and the Engineering and Tech Scholars learning community celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2019 by hosting a lunch and discussion on the importance of closing the gender gap within STEM fields by reaching out to younger women and increasing retention in science. Club members shared their personal and cultural experiences with STEM gender disparities while empowering each with the notion that resilience is power.

The women continued their festivities at Strava Headquarters on February 12, 2019 for a Girl Geek X Dinner which are hosted weekly at different tech companies in the Bay Area with the aim of women empowerment and career retention in the workforce. Students were funded to attend the dinner through Skyline College’s STEM Pathways Program, a grant-funded project supported by the U.S. Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Program (DHSI Award No. P031S180169).

Leading women at Strava, a highly popular and international social fitness network application company, shared their thinking and expertise in areas of career development, meaningful data, iOS and server engineering, scaling to meet demands, branding, and company culture that encourages innovation. Students practiced their elevator speeches beforehand and anticipated the networking event as a first of many for our Skyline College women pursuing engineering and science. It was a highly engaging and inspirational event for our students!

If you are interested in events like this, please stop by our WISER! Club meetings. WISER! aims to empower Skyline College women in their STEM pathways for an improved gender balance within the classroom and workforce. We support each other as fellow peers while celebrating and recognizing our cultural diversity. The club meets every Monday, from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7-307. Guest speakers, workshops and off-campus excursions are facilitated based on monthly themes: Careers in February, Women’s History Month in March, Academics in April and Personal Growth in May.

For more information, contact Christal Nevarez, the club president at skyline.WISER@gmail.com or their advisor, Maryam Khan at khanm@smccd.edu.

Engineering & Tech Scholars (ETS), a learning community for students pursuing Engineering, Computer Science and Physics, is now receiving applications for its Fall 2019 cohort.

Apply here: goo.gl/UY1iNZ. For questions regarding ETS, contact Jenny Le at lej@smccd.edu.

Article by Jenny Le, Maryam Khan and Christal Nevarez

Wrestling and Women’s Basketball Selected by CCCAA as Scholar Teams for 2017-2018

Skyline College wrestling and women’s basketball teams were named Scholar Team recipients by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Only one team is selected for each sport sponsored by the CCCAA. This is a special award as it emphasizes academic achievement of all the members of a specific team.

The criteria for nomination are:

  1. Participation in an intercollegiate sport during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  2. 80% or more of team participants successfully completing 12 or more units during their season of sport.
  3. Achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all units attempted by members of the team during their season of sport.
  4. Achieving better than average results in intercollegiate athletic competition.

Teams are nominated by each conference in every sport and compete against other teams and conferences in the state for this honor. Congratulations to the deserving students on their wonderful accomplishments both in the classroom and on the court and mat. Additionally, congratulations to their Head Coaches, Chris Watters (Women’s Basketball) and James Haddon (Wrestling) and their staff in supporting and working with the students. A final note of thanks to all the faculty and staff at Skyline College, with special recognition to Kate Browne, Danielle Powell, Kwame Thomas and Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza for their hard work in helping the Scholar Team recipients as well as writing letters of support for the nominations.

Article by Joe Morello