Monthly Archives: March 2019

WOW! Women on Writing Event Inspires the Campus Community

WOWWriters and readers from all over the Bay Area gathered at Skyline College on Saturday, March 2, 2019 for WOW! Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments, an annual celebration of creativity during Women’s History Month. An energetic crowd of 70 people braved a morning rainstorm to savor literary work crafted by a wide variety of writers.

Event coordinator Kathleen McClung welcomed the two featured speakers, award-winning authors Aileen Cassinetto and Jacqueline Doyle. Both read from their books and spoke about their dedication to writing over the years. Cassinetto is Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Doyle teaches at CSU East Bay and specializes in flash fiction.

During a lively question and answer, both authors spoke in depth about their writing process. Cassinetto talked of growing up under martial law in the Philippines and Doyle, who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Edgar Allan Poe, said she tends to explore dark themes in her work. Both emphasized the necessity for community, especially during difficult times nationally and personally.

After a break for book signing, networking and continental breakfast, Professor Katharine Harer presented awards and gift bags to two outstanding Skyline College students, Haley O’Shea and Yvette Estrada who read their powerful work with poise and passion and received sustained ovations from the audience. The awards memorialize two multi-talented, influential women from the WOW! community, Isabelle Maynard (1929-2007) and Joyce Unger (1942-2016).

12 writers from around the Bay Area shared short poems and prose during the Open Reading, exploring families, cultures, identity, creativity, nature and other themes. Skyline College students Emanie O’Neal and Gwyneth Ochsner were among the Open Readers.

“It’s so important for writers to come together to share experiences, bounce ideas around, and listen to each other deeply,” said Skyline College 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 in 2003 by Marijane Datson in collaboration with Skyline College faculty, staff and community members.

Thanks to Kevin Chak, manager of the Skyline College Bookstore and World Cup Cafe, Chris Gibson, interim 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 | Photo by Tom McAninley

Students Connect with Student Services at EOPS Spring Mixer

spring mixerOn Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the EOPS, EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, and Guardian Scholars Programs held their annual Spring Mixer. The Spring Mixer was an opportunity for newly admitted program students to meet EOPS staff, faculty and student ambassadors and to connect with other students. It also served as a resource fair for attendees to gain information about many student services on campus.

Students engaged in mini informational interviews with student services such as Financial Aid, TRiO, Outreach, Learning Communities, The Learning Commons, Peer Tutors, Personal Counseling Services, The Transfer Center, SparkPoint, in addition to the EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/Guardian Scholars Programs. Attendees and staff/faculty enjoyed lunch together and engaged in lively conversation about the benefits of each program.

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis for EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/GSP. We thank all student services that were present at the mixer. Should you have any questions about any of our programs, please contact skyeops@smccd.edu or call (650) 738-4139.

Article by EOPS Staff | Photo by Guillermo Alonzo

From OUR Uniform, to THE Uniform

police uniformsLast month, Alexander Austria became the latest men’s basketball alum to join the San Francisco Police Department.  Here’s a look at some other former players now serving the community in various public safety capacities.

Pictured (clockwise from top left) are: Rodney Freeman (SFPD, Skyline College ‘09), Ronney Freeman (SFPD, Skyline College ‘09), Shawn Echols (Dallas Fire Dept., Skyline College ’09), Alexander Austria (SFPD, Skyline College ’11), Dan Johnson (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept., Skyline College ’12), Pierre Battle (SFPD, Skyline College ’09).

Article by Justin Piergrossi

The English Language Institute (ELI) Will Become ESL Connect on March 25

ESL ConnectTo better reflect how we support our students, we are excited to announce that we are changing our name to ESL Connect!

At the heart of ESL Connect’s service is to link both new and current ESL students to a community of support at Skyline College and beyond.

The English Language Institute was founded in Fall 2009 as a service to better facilitate orientation and enrollment of new ESL students in Skyline College. The new ESL students needed more time and personal connection to complete the matriculation steps. Since its inception, the ELI has become a starting place for thousands of students entering college. Staffed by multilingual staff, ELI provides language support and personalized referrals to enable new enrollees to fully understand the complexities of college and the U.S. educational system.

Through our program outreach, we met Carlos Acuna, a new immigrant from El Salvador studying ESL in adult school in 2016. He attended the ESL Registration Day and got personalized help with Financial Aid and SparkPoint referral. Carlos also got connected to the Career Center who helped him explore his major. He decided on being a mechanical engineer.

As an ESOL student, the ELI connected him to the services at The Learning Center for ESOL tutoring and workshops. Through the ELI program, Carlos became an ESOL Student Liaison to develop his public speaking skills and to be a peer support to his classmates. As Carlos demonstrated increased leadership skills, he got hired as a student assistant at the ELI helping many immigrants access Skyline College. He also became a math tutor at The Learning Center. Carlos is one semester away transferring to a UC School or a CSU School of Engineering. The ELI, soon to be named ESL Connect, is proud to have supported him in his success!

Article by Mylene Foo & Leigh Anne Shaw | Photo by Rossmia Coo

NV/CA Northwest District Summit at Skyline College

PTK summitThe Nevada-California Northwest District Summit was hosted by Northwest Vice President of Northwest District, Michael Wong, in collaboration with the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Skyline College on March 2, 2019. Despite the rain, 36 members from Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College attended the summit.

Attendees were greeted at the door with refreshments, and were introduced to the Commit to Complete campaign. The three-hour summit began with an icebreaker called “The Name Game” and ended with a game of Jeopardy.

Attendees learned about Phi Theta Kappa projects including Honors in Action, College Project, Five Star Competitive Edge, Five Star Chapter Plan, and Regional and International Conventions. Most importantly, the attendees were able to build stronger fellowship among Phi Theta Kappans. The attendees rated the summit 4.8 on a 5.0 scale. The summit was a great beginning to prepare for the upcoming hallmark awards submissions and to build stronger chapters.

Article by Christine Case

Student Receives Hites Scholarship

michelle huangMichelle Huang has been selected as one of only 10 students to receive Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious and largest scholarship offering at $7,500.

Hites Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community activities. They were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 2,800 applicants.

Michelle Huang is a business administration major. She is president of the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is in the Honors Transfers Program. She is a peer tutor for economics, accounting, and statistics and a peer mentor. Through Phi Theta Kappa, Michelle volunteers at senior centers and middle schools. Also, Michelle did a fog-use study for Skyline College. Michelle aspires to work in finance, then give back to the community by becoming a college professor. Michelle wants to inspire individuals to aim high, believe in their capabilities and act toward their dreams.

Article by Christine Case | Photo by Zaw Min Khant