Monthly Archives: March 2019

Nissan Training for Skyline College Professors

Nissan TrainingThe week of March 11, 2019, Nissan sponsored a specialized program to teach the trainer for Nissan Technical Training Academy (NTTA) and Infinity Technical Training Academy (ITTA) schools. This took place at their main training facility in Franklin, Tennessee.

Program coordinator and professor Tom Broxholm along with professor Ruben Parra participated along with 28 other professors from across the country who are in the NTTA and ITTA program. Our partnership with Nissan provides our students with advantages such as access to on-line technical training, internships and a tuition reimbursement program up to $6000. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and our Automotive Technology program.

Some of the specialized training involved fully electric vehicles, variable compression engines and semi-autonomous self-steering systems. The training also included technology that can prevent accidents such as blind spot detection and automatic braking systems.

Nissan of America has committed tremendous resources to this program and we are proud to be part of it. More information about the NTTA/ITTA program can be found at:

Article by Thomas G. Broxholm

Legacy Celebration in Honor of Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Please join the Skyline College community as we honor and acknowledge President Regina Stanback Stroud’s invaluable contributions and extraordinary achievements at Skyline College! As we celebrate Dr. Stanback Stroud’s retirement, we’ll also be raising funds for the Promise Scholars Program and the Equity Institute!



Thursday, April 25, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mariott SFO, San Mateo


Please register online to attend this event. We hope to see you there!

19th Annual President’s Breakfast


The Skyline College President’s Breakfast brings business, civic and community leaders together as advocates for higher education; it’s a time for us to celebrate transformational change for our community. This inspiration event is a fundraiser for the Promise Scholars Program and Presidents Innovation Fund. Just $1,200 sends a student to college for a year!

We hope to see you for a morning of networking, a delicious breakfast and motivating presentations about Promise Scholars Program and President’s Innovation Fund projects and the students they benefit. Attendees will be given the opportunity to donate.

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Networking & Coffee

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Program



Nearly sold out, register today!

Individual tickets are $100 each. 


Can’t Attend?  You can show your support for higher-education by making a donation to the Skyline College President’s Council Fund.  


Select Skyline College President’s Council Fund under the Designation drop down menu.

Life’s Lessons Learned & Shared: Human Library Advances the Movement to “Unjudge”

human libraryContinuing the theme “don’t judge a book by its cover,” the Skyline College Learning Commons concluded its fall semester with a November 29 session of the Human Library. At these events, “human books” — in the form of Skyline College students, faculty and staff — are “loaned out” to readers just as libraries loan physical books to library patrons. Each reader selects or “check outs” a human book and the two engage in one-on-one conversations in the comfort of the Library. The inspiration for this now international movement began in Denmark almost 20 years ago.

November’s event featured five new human titles ready to share their stories: Creating New Bonds, Navigating Life’s Series of Firsts, Never Tell Me the Odds, A Road to Redemption, and The Sunflower Who Grew from Concrete. Readers enjoyed rich discussions, requesting and receiving extra time with their books.

The Human Library returned by popular demand on February 21, 2019. This time 10 readers chose from four human books: Defining First-Generation, Lost in Translation, Success Starts in the Mind: Take Command of Your Life, and When Life Throws You Lemons … Make Cranberry Juice!

Following the event, human books relayed their positive experiences with staff. Lost in Translation explained, “I really liked my third reader. She wanted to learn more about both my [personal] experiences and my cultural experiences.” When Life Throws You Lemons noted, “[I] enjoyed discussing my reasoning for writing a book about my experience.” Success Starts in the Mind enjoyed “informing readers that failing is part of life; you just need to learn how to re-frame problems.”

Information about past books are kept in the Human Library Book Archive. Meanwhile, The Learning Commons is committed to keeping the Human Library momentum going! If you missed previous sessions, please join us at Skyline College Library on March 20, 2019 from 1:00 p/m. – 3:00 p.m. or April 12, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to share your story as a “human book”? Simply fill out the Human Library Participation Interest Form as soon as you can and a staff person will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Pia Walawalkar at

Article by Sherri Wyatt & Jessica Silver-Sharp | Photo by Marisa Thigpen

DRC Welcomes Celia Pender as a Math IA-II!

Celia PenderThe Disability Resource Center is welcoming Celia Pender as our full time, Math Instructional Aid. Celia is providing one-on-one, intensive math support for students registered with the DRC as well as supporting DSKL courses. Celia has been tutoring all levels of math at Skyline College since 2011. She has also been involved in Skyline College’s Math Jam, where she focused on elementary math and algebra.

Prior to becoming a tutor at Skyline College, she was a scientist in the biotechnology industry and at UCSF. Her projects included research into Type 2 diabetes, working on genetic sequencers and performing scanning electron microscopy.

Celia holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Southampton University in England. When she’s not working with Skyline College students, Celia’s passions are rock climbing and paragliding. Off campus you may find her at one of the Bay Area climbing gyms, one of the local crags or possibly paragliding at Pacifica’s Mussel Rock Park; on campus she’s in DRC’s Assistive Technology Lab in Building 5.

Article by Melissa N. Matthews

Maroon Melodies Reception at the Art Gallery

Over 200 gallery visitors, which included students, staff, faculty and members of the local community enjoyed viewing visiting artist Christopher Burch’s solo art exhibition, Maroon Melodies: Soliloquies of a Slick Sound, at the reception for the artist on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The reception provided visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist and find out more about his artistic practice (including how he painted two temporary full-wall murals in the gallery). The exhibition features the onsite wall murals, plus many artworks in other mediums that explore and re-invent mythology, folklore and history. Through storytelling, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, Burch’s works find their greatest strength in his eloquent, thoughtful manner of interpreting and investigating some of humanity’s most disquieting realities.

Visitors to the gallery love this show, and everyone wants to know how the artist painted the two murals directly onto the walls of the gallery.

If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to not to miss this powerful art exhibition!

Maroon Melodies: Soliloquies of a Slick Sound will be on view in the Art Gallery through March 15. This exhibition has been made possible by a generous donation from the Associated Students of Skyline College. The Skyline College Art gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, and is located on the ground floor of Building 1.  |  |   #skylinecollegeartgallery

Article by Paul Bridenbaugh | Photos by Zaw Min Khant

Championing Voices Through Poetry

poetry cornerSince its inception on October 8, 2018, the Learning Commons Poetry Corner Series continues to be more than a monthly event where an instructor and a few students just gather in Skyline College Library’s lounge area to read classical poetry and engage in boring philosophical discussions. The Poetry Corner continues to be that activity where students express their ideas, read their original work, declare their spoken word and engage in challenging discussions.

On February 13, 2019, Spring semester kicked off with African American Heritage Month. Three original paintings by Skyline College student Calvonnia Kelly were on display and Nathan Jones, English Associate Professor, published author and host of the Learning Commons Poetry Corner, facilitated the poetry reading.  After reading his response to a poem written by Maya Angelou, the discussion commenced with a question about the parallelism and differences of the African American communities in Oakland, CA and Harlem, NY.

Middle College student Jessica Jacinto also shared her original poems: “What happened to 1?” was about her desire to pursue political science as a major with an emphasis on social justice, as well as imagining herself in the shoes of victims of systemic racism. “Fake News, Real News” was an ode to journalists who have passed while pointing out the tragedy of suppressing the journalistic voice. The most poignant stanza “as I look out at the ropes of society, fake news becomes our reality while reality is distinguished, causing us to lose our mortality” was a reminder of the damaging effects of fake news.

Sonya Pope, Interim Division Assistant for Global Learning Programs, shared her original poem, “We Must Speak Her Name.”  She wrote this in response to police brutality toward women like Sandra Bland and many others. This spurred more students to share published poems that spoke to the need for empathy and support for the communities that are continually being disenfranchised.  Even another student who decided to leave his study group shared the chorus line from a Kanye West song called “We Don’t Care.”  With over 20 attendees, this successful event sets the precedent for what is to come in the next two months.

Join the Learning Commons Poetry Corner on March 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Skyline College Library. Kim Davalos, Pinay, counselor for Student Services, photographer and published poet, will host and share her original poems, as well as other female artists in honor of Women’s History Month. Treats and refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Williams,; Pia Walawalkar,; or Sherri Wyatt, See you at the next Learning Commons Poetry Corner event from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019!

Article and Photo by Sherri Wyatt

Skyline College Announced as the Top Gilman Scholarship Producing Community College in California

TGilmanhe U.S. Department of State announced its list of U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program over the 2017-2018 academic year. Skyline College has been announced as the #1 community college in California and the #3 community college (tied with Kirkwood Community College) nationwide for producing Gilman Scholars. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list of top producing institutions, organized by size and type.

Skyline College was the only community college in California to be recognized as a Gilman Top Producer for Students with Disabilities and First-Generation College Students. It was also recognized for Greatest Growth for Associate’s Colleges, Most Unique Destinations, and Students with Disabilities. This recognition highlights Skyline College’s commitment to making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program. Staff have made district-wide efforts in prioritizing the Gilman Scholarship by hosting scholarship workshops for students and collaborating with the Financial Aid and The Learning Center offices on campus.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population that studies and interns abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent 28,000 Gilman scholars to 149 countries around the globe. For a full list of the institutions by category, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website at

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at (650) 738-7088 or You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article and Photo by Stephanie Wells

Model United Nations

UNDuring the weekend of February 28, 21019 through March 3, 2019, the Skyline College Model United Nations (MUN) team participated in the UCBMUN XXIII Model UN conference at the Hilton hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Skyline College MUN is a parliamentary debate team that competes against other universities at regional conferences where they attempt to solve global issues in the style of the United Nations. Committees include crisis, specialized, general assembly formats, and discussion topics range from historical scenarios to the most recent current events.

The UCBMUN XXIII conference featured teams from all over the world, including prestigious universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC and Stanford University. Delegations from universities in Russia, Africa and the West Point military academy provided unique perspectives on the issues in their committees. The best delegate in each committee is awarded the gavel in the closing ceremony after the final session of debate. While the Skyline College MUN team didn’t bring home any gavels from this conference, each member of the delegation had the opportunity to contribute to the flow of debate and to learn from their colleagues from other schools.

For this conference, the Skyline College MUN team also featured eight students from the Skyline College Middle College community, one international student and several Skyline College Promise scholars. Middle College senior, Nicole Liu, said about her experience, “Despite having little experience with Model UN, I gained a lot of confidence over the span of the three days to the point where I voluntarily stepped up to deliver a direct examination in my committee.”

The club’s agenda for the rest of the 2019 semester includes preparing for another competitive debate season next year, recruiting new members, as well as hosting a Skyline College Invitational MUN conference at the end of the school year.

Skyline College MUN actively welcomes new members who are interested in participating in debate both locally in weekly meetings at Skyline College, as well as those interested in travelling to participate in regional conferences and competitions. Please e-mail for more information.

Article by Tim Rottenberg