Monthly Archives: April 2019

Jazz Band Hosts El Camino Musicians in Colorful Concert

jazz band skyline shines april 2019On Sunday, March 17, the Skyline College Jazz Band and the El Camino High School Jazz Band (South San Francisco, CA) joined forces for a collaborative concert in the Skyline College Theater.

In celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, Skyline College’s Jazz Band sought the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by performing songs that included the colors of the rainbow. Count Basie’s “Kid from Red Bank,” Nat King Cole’s “Orange-Colored Sky,” Frank Sinatra’s “Yellow Days,” and a tribute to Oscar Peterson called “On Green Dolphin Street” were among the color-themed selections, as well as the Judy Garland classic “Over the Rainbow.”

The final piece on the program brought the Skyline College and El Camino High School student musicians on stage together for a joint performance of Tito Puente and Arturo Sandoval’s “Mambo Caliente.”

On Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., the Skyline College Concert Band will host the famed Golden West Winds from the Travis Air Force Base Band (Fairfield, CA) for a concert titled “Part of Your World.” Music from composers all over the world and inspired by several regions including Andalusia, Serbia, the Caribbean, and Israel will be featured. A medley of tunes from Disney’s The Little Mermaid will conclude the evening.

For more information regarding upcoming Music Department performances, please visit the music website.

Submitted by Dr. Zachary E. Bruno

The Skyline View Wins Awards at State 2019 and for Website

students at state

The Skyline View once again took home General Excellence in Online Journalism award at the 2019 Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento, CA. Students from across the journalism program competed in on-the-spot contests and learned about all aspects of journalism from professionals in the field at the event which took place March 28-30. In addition to the online general excellence award, former editor in chief Simone Ledbetter clinched first place in environmental portrait, while former staffer Cristina Macz earned an honorable mention in Online Photo Story/Essay and sports editor Daniel Archuleta won honorable mention in Sports Game Story. Current co-editor in chief Mark David Magat earned an honorable mention for Creative Portrait for the on-the-spot contest, while co-editor in chief Olivia Bowman and staffer RJ Rapada both earned honorable mentions for on-the-spot copy editing.

The Skyline View ended the year strong by winning first place for online general excellence in the two-year college division from the California News Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Competiton. Judges said about, “The breadth of the coverage is astounding…the writing is great across all sections.”

In March, the publication won online general excellence at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention held in Sacramento, making it the third time this semester that the publication has won an award for its website. At this same convention, sports editor Brian Silverman took home an honorable mention in the on-the-spot video story contest. Former staffer Dave Newlands earned a second place for student-designed ad, while former staffer Ryan Love clinched a second place in critical review.

Article by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

ReUSE Hub: Skyline College School Supplies Exchange

hubThe Energize Colleges Program is teaming up with the Environmental Club to revamp the ReUSE Hub. The ReUSE Hub allows students to easily pick up any school supplies needed for their academic success and/or bring some of their own to donate for the benefit of others.

The ReUSE Hub is designed to be a useful resource for the campus community and promotes the important ethic of reuse. Unused school supplies/ office supplies can be thrown away into waste streams and lose potential to be a valuable resource for a student. In the interest of student equity and campus sustainability, the aim of the ReUSE Hub is to divert school supplies from landfills and provide access to the school and office supplies necessary for the transformative process of learning at Skyline College.

The ReUSE Hub is located in The Learning Center on the right side as you are entering. Items welcome for donation include: binders, calculators, rulers, notebooks, folders, one-sided clean paper, pens, pencils, scissors, art supplies, and other office supplies.

For questions or comments regarding the ReUSE Hub, please contact Angie Gutierrez, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator at:

Share your unused school/art/office supplies with others through the ReUSE Hub or pick up something of value for FREE!

Article by Angie Gutierrez

Energize Colleges Internship Spotlight: Marc Cirilo

waste audit The Energize Colleges Program is in its third year at Skyline College, and ten student interns are working hard on community and campus energy and sustainability projects.

One project involves intern Marc Cirilo, who has coordinated and assisted in conducting a waste audit, focusing on Skyline College’s cafeteria waste. The goal of the waste audit is to educate students on real-time contamination and possible diversion of waste, as well as influencing a behavior change to reduce and recycle waste on campus.

The waste audit took place on April 9, 2019 in one of Skyline College’s loading docks. Over 25 students and community members participated in the waste audit, including Carla Grandy’s Environmental Earth Science class, members of the Sustainability Team at San Mateo County Community College District, and educators from San Mateo County Office of Sustainability.

The audit consisted of re-sorting waste correctly, weighing the waste, and compiling the data. Marc was able to analyze the data and concluded that approximately 82% of the waste stream was not sorted correctly and could have been diverted from the landfill, and only 18% was sorted correctly. Students and community members felt that the waste audit gave them valuable information regarding what items were to be recycled, composted, or thrown in the waste bins. Many felt empowered to educate and encourage their friends, families, and others about the importance of sorting waste items into the proper bins.

If you would like more information about the waste audit or about the Energize Colleges Program please contact Angie Gutierrez, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator at and Marc Cirilo at

Article by Angie Gutierrez

C-SPAN Bus Visits Skyline College

CSPAN busOn Tuesday, April 23, Skyline College hosted the C-SPAN bus on campus. Middle College students toured the bus in small groups from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then bus was open to the campus community. On the bus, students and faculty learned about C-SPAN’s mission from education specialists Pam McGorry and Jenae Green. Visitors on the bus sat in the same place where many famous politicians have been interviewed by C-SPAN, and used tablet computers to watch C-SPAN programming and take quizzes on US History and politics.

Middle College Senior Aliyah San Juan said “It was a great opportunity, and I was grateful for the chance to meet the people who work behind the scenes to provide the public programming that C-SPAN shows.”

According to C-SPAN, “The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN’s public affairs programming and resources. The all new, state-of-the-art customized motor coach stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN’s comprehensive educational and political resources.”

The C-SPAN bus visit was coordinated in part by Timothy Rottenberg, adjunct faculty member at Skyline College Middle College. In Summer 2018 Timothy attended the C-SPAN Educate! Conference in Washington DC. At the conference, Timothy was interviewed by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, where he spoke about Skyline College Middle College and his pedagogy as a US Government instructor. Additionally, he collaborated with other teachers from around the country to create new US Government curriculum for C-SPAN Classroom, and received training on using existing C-SPAN Classroom resources in his courses at Skyline College Middle College.

Last Fall, Skyline College Middle College students also participated in Studentcam, a national documentary video competition, as part of the curriculum for their US Government class. Although Skyline College students did not produce any winning documentary videos this year, we hope to invite the C-SPAN Bus back in future years for an award ceremony for our students.

If you would like to learn more about using C-SPAN classroom resources, or coordinating with the C-SPAN office in Washington DC, you can reach Timothy Rottenberg at

Article by Timothy Rottenberg

Skyline College Common Day of Action: Connecting Learning with Community Engagement

Common Day of ActionOn Saturday, March 13, 2019, around 110 students and staff participated in the second annual Skyline College Common Day of Action, where they engaged in service learning projects at four different sites: St. Anthony’s Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Pacifica Beach Coalition. The purpose of Common Day of Action is to connect learning in the classroom with civic engagement, offer students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and become participating members of society.

The day began at Skyline College with breakfast, a warm welcome from Master of Ceremonies Carrie Ramirez, and opening speeches from ASSC student leaders Alejandro Guzman and Ana Giulia Serra, who got the energy flowing before students took off for their respective sites. A total of 15 student leaders from ASSC, Skyline College Middle College and the Promise Scholars Program facilitated pre- and post- reflection activities and provided support during the experience. The participants served in the following projects:

  • At St. Anthony’s, students sorted and hung bins of used clothing while engaging in in-depth reflections on the stigmatization of the poor and the charity model of welfare for economically marginalized communities.
  • At Second Harvest Food Bank, students packed over 15,000 pounds of food into boxes and discussed the issue of food insecurity and its causes.
  • Students at Habitat for Humanity cleaned and organized goods for sale that will help financially support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable housing and create opportunities for unhoused and low-income families.
  • The crew at the Sharp Park Beach Cleanup focused on cleaning the beach and reducing cigarette butts, which connected to the concepts of reducing waste, buying habits and attitudes about consumerism. They picked up 58 pounds of trash.

The day ended with all groups coming back to Skyline College for lunch and a post-experience activity, where students reflected on their service learning projects, the root causes of the social issues and their role in the community as agents of change. Student Jesse Dominiguez, who participated at St. Anthony’s, emphasized, “Before I did this, I was always on edge when coming across the homeless, but now I can have a conversation with them and just ask what’s wrong.”

The Service Learning Community of Practice, which organized the event, would like to thank Amory Cariadus and Ryan Samn from Student Life, ASSC leaders, the VPI’s office, CTTL, Dean Joe Morello, and Middle College staff for their generous support to make this event happen.

Article by Serena Chu-Mraz, Rika Fabian, Carla Grandy, Jennifer Merrill, Timothy Rottenberg and Sujatha Venkataraman | Photo by Rika Fabian

Skyline College Staff and Students Attended CalWORKs Association’s Annual Training Institute

calworksSkyline College students and staff attended the CalWORKs Association’s Annual Training in San Diego, California on April 15-17th, 2019. Students were treated to an inspiring keynote speaker, Ms. Patricia Williams (Ms. Pat) author of Rabbit. Ms. Pat’s keynote addressed many of the challenges, pain and resiliency of raising children on CARE/CalWORKs through the lens of humor.

Staff and students were able to participate in thought-provoking and useful breakout sessions to learn of updates as well as understand the rights of program participants. Veljanae Bradford, a program participant stated, “The conference gave me a new perspective on the CalWORKs program.”  In attendance from Skyline College Community College were Veljanae Bradford, Tiffannee Rush, Cynthia Haro (CARE/CalWORKs Counselor) and Linda Allen (Interim Program Service Coordinator, CARE/CalWORKs/Guardian Scholars).

Each year this event brings together more than 400 attendees and provides a forum for training, discussion, sharing, networking and invention.

Photo left to right: Linda Allen, Tiffannee Rush, Ms. Pat (keynote) Veljanae Bradford and Cynthia Haro.

Article by Linda Allen

Skyline College Students Win Grand Prize at Major U.S. Hackathon

UCLA hackathonOver spring break, a group of Skyline College attended and won a hackathon event at UCLA. Hackathons are programming competitions where college students and young professionals work on small teams to build a functioning hardware or software project in a limited period of time. LA Hacks is Southern California’s oldest premiere hackathon, with over 160 teams and over 700 participants at this year’s event.

The Skyline College team won the first-place prize for their app Harvyst, an innovative approach to small scale urban farming and garden monitoring. The students represented various majors at Skyline College. The team consisted of Matthew Haddad- Electrical Engineering, Krishan Ram- Mechanical Engineering, Malcolm McSwain- Computer Science, and Prince Castro- Business.

The project itself was an app (called Harvyst) integrated with a physical hardware system to care for and monitor plants. The system could collect data from temperature and soil moisture sensors, as well as water and cool plants using a fan and a motor that could move a water pump along a track. The hardware was programmed using Arduino, then connected to the mobile app by using a Raspberry Pi and React Native.

This was the first time three of the students had participated in a hackathon event, and after their success they are all excited to participate again. More details about the project can be found at

Article by Matthew Haddad

College Wins National Awards for Marketing Projects

annual reportSkyline College has won five awards in the 34th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Ed Marketing Report. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest and most respected education marketing competition in the country.

The college won Silver awards in two categories:

  • Annual Report (for the 2017-2018 Annual Report)
  • Special Video Production (for the Promise Promo Video by alumnus Jonathan Gonzales)

A Bronze award in one category:

  • Student Viewbook (for the 2018 Student Viewbook)

Merit awards in two categories:

  • Honors Transfer Program Brochure
  • Outdoor Advertising (for the Bus Enrollment Ads)

Both the Annual Report and the Promise Promo Video highlight the best of Skyline College and our marketing efforts.

The annual report blended graphic design and engaging content seamlessly to tell the story of a year in the life of Skyline College. It has been used as a marketing piece for the outside community and represents a public-facing record of the college’s most impactful and inspiring accomplishments.

About the Educational Advertising Awards

The 34th Annual Educational Advertising Awards is an opportunity for higher education institutions to test their programs and campaigns against the best in the country. A national panel of industry specialists review each piece; judging creativity, marketing execution and message impact.

Article by Marie Kyla Perez

Business and Biotechnology Programs Establish Innovative Partnerships with Japanese Biotech

Strategic Partnerships in Action: Business and Biotechnology Programs are Establishing Innovative Partnerships with the Leading Biotech Japanese Company – Furukawa Electronic Inc.Skyline College Business and Biotechnology Divisions welcome a new venture with a leading Japanese Biotechnology company- Furukawa Electronic Inc. From April 8 -12, Skyline College faculty received professional training on the latest cutting-edge biotech equipment Single Cell Hunter. This cutting edge equipment will be housed and used by Skyline College faculty and students.

This Strategic Partnership between Business and Biotechnology academic programs at Skyline College and a Japanese Bio-Engineering Company-Furukawa Electronic Inc. will benefit both business and STEM students.

Business students apply their sales and marketing skills to secure business projects from the local business community while our biotechnology students will conduct scientific research using this cutting-edge technology. By leveraging industry resources, our strategic partnership provides our students with experiential learning experience and access to cutting edge modern equipment. This also allows our college to use very expensive and up to date equipment without an exceptional capital outlay.

Dr. Pate and Dr. Kapp hope that our collaborative innovation project will provide a “hub” where students, faculty, industry experts and local business community will collaborate inside and outside of the classrooms. We hope our students from different interdisciplinary areas can receive training across curriculum in addition to exploring their careers as biotechnology lab technicians and/or sales and marketing specialists for their career.

Persons shown in the photo Mr. Kenichi Kimura, Drs. Hui Pate, Nick Kapp, Kumiko Yamaguchi, Jie Xu and Jing Folsom.

Article by Dr. Hui Pate and Dr. Nick Kapp | Photo by Hui Pate