Daily Archives: April 11, 2019

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!

Skyline College Engineering Department Attends and Presents at Regional Engineering Education Conference

Regional Engineering Education Conference From April 4 – 6, 2019, the Skyline College Engineering Department attended and presented extensively at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Southwest (PSW) section conference, held jointly with the California Engineering Liaison Council (ELC) Spring meeting at CSU Los Angeles. Engineering professors Nicholas Langhoff and Maryam Khan, along with Skyline College’s new STEM Counselor, Jenny Le, attended workshops and seminars on a variety of educational initiatives.

The event was a special arrangement for statewide faculty, administrators and student services personnel from the various segments (Community College, CSU and UCs) to meet and collaborate with engineering educators from the PSW region including California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. As Chair of the ELC and a member of the ASEE-PSW Board of Directors, Professor Langhoff was largely involved in the planning and implementation of the joint conference.

Over three jam-packed days, the team attended, moderated or presented in a variety of sessions including:

  • A poster presentation on Skyline College’s Engineering and Tech Scholars (ETS) learning community and the outcomes and opportunities that ETS students gain through the program (pictured here with Nick Langhoff and Jenny Le).
  • A workshop on 2+2 Articulation Agreements including a spotlight on Skyline College’s emerging dual-enrollment Engineering Transfer Bridge program with San Francisco State University (SFSU). Jenny Le and Nick Langhoff presented.
  • A teaching techniques seminar in which Professor Langhoff gave two presentations:
    1. First Time Flipping – Student feedback and lessons learned from teaching Skyline College’s Materials Science course as a flipped class.
    2. The Art of Electronics: ideas and discussion for a new Skyline College engineering technology curriculum in practical electronics design, test and measurement including schematic entry and PCB design/manufacturing.
  • A workshop on interdisciplinary computing: the team learned about local Bay Area four-year programs in or related to data science and made valuable connections with faculty from these institutions.
  • A workshop on Access, Inclusion and Workforce Retention of Underrepresented Groups: Gender Issues in Engineering and becoming part of the solution.
  • A statewide planning meeting between members of the ELC, the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, and the Intersegmental Curriculum Workgroup (ICW) to work on the planning and implementation of a resolution submitted to the CCC and CSU Chancellor’s office for the Engineering Model Curriculum degree pathways to gain similar benefits to those of a Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) degree as outlined by Senate Bill 1440.

The team had a wonderful conference and wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the host, CSU Los Angeles. Professor Langhoff extends his sincere thanks and gratitude to the PSW Conference Planning Committee: Jane Dong (CSU Los Angeles), Gustavo Menezes (CSU Los Angeles), Panadda (Nim) Marayong (CSU Long Beach), David Lanning (Embry-Riddle University, Az), Lily Gossage (Cal Poly Pomona) and Paul Nissenson (Cal Poly Pomona); he had a wonderful time planning and running the event with them.

Please click on the links for more information on the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section and the California Engineering Liaison Council.

Article by Nicholas Langhoff, Jenny Le, and Maryam Khan | Photo by Greg Pottie, ELC Vice Chair and UCLA Chair of Electrical Engineering

Beta Theta Omicron Receives Awards at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention

Beta Theta Omicron Receives Awards Skyline College’s Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was named in the top 100 Chapters at the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Orlando, Florida on April 6, 2019. Nearly 4,000 community college students participated in the three-day conference that was filled with scholarship and leadership forums.

Skyline College’s Chapter also received the 2019 Honors in Action Awards for their project. During the year, members investigated the relationship between tasting genes and food preference. The Chapter won the Honors Case Study Challenge for their entry on the benefits and risks of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. The Chapter has consistently earned national recognition since its chartering in 1999. The Chapter has earned Distinguished Chapter 13 times and has earned the Nevada/California Regional Distinguished Chapter award five times.

The awards were the result of competitive essays documenting the Chapter’s multiple projects this year, including a year-long project addressing microbiomes and service projects that taught computer literacy to local senior citizens and a project that brought science labs to middle schools.

Additionally, the 2018-2019 Chapter officers received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award. Officers are shown in the photos receiving their awards on stage at the Convention Center.

“This recognizes our students’ outstanding service to our college and the community and recognizes Chapter members who work so hard during the academic year on the four PTK hallmarks of PTK: fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service,” said Christine Case, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. “Phi Theta Kappa offers so many opportunities for our students to extend their education and experiences far beyond the classroom as they prepare for their futures.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,300 chapters at two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the British Virgin Islands. There are 94 chapters in California.

Article and Photo by Christine Case

Discover ASTEP Welcomes Students to Skyline College

Discover ASTEPDiscover ASTEP (African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence) took place on February 20, 2019 and served 30 students from Capuchino High School and McClymonds High School. Students were able to sit in on Intro to Business, College Success (COUN 100), General Psychology, Elementary Communication, Engineering Graphics, Visual Theory/Practice: Ceramics, Gender & Communication, Literature & Critical Thinking (ENGL 110), General Psychology, Psychobiology and Introduction to Sociology. Additionally, students were able to visit the Mobile Black History Museum and hear from museum curator Khalid El-Hakim.

Organized in collaboration with the ASTEP Learning Community, Discover ASTEP provided students with an opportunity to engage with culturally similar faculty, staff and students, which provided a safe space to learn and ask questions. Feedback received on the post-event evaluation included:

“Skyline College can offer me many benefits for my future”

“I learned that business could be interesting”

“What to expect in college”

“I learned a little more about Black history”

Additionally, pre- and post- event surveys displayed an increase in both students’ “college knowledge” as well as their interest in attending Skyline College after high school. When asked about their current level of “college knowledge” prior to the event, only 18% of students reported very good (none reported having an excellent level of college knowledge). Most students (40%) reported having a fair understanding of college for community colleges. After the event, 55% of students reported having an excellent/very good level of college knowledge with the majority reporting very good (40% very good vs. 11% excellent). There was also a decrease in those having only fair college knowledge for community college with only 7% selecting that option.

A tremendous thank you to everyone involved for the success of this event: Danielle Powell and the ASTEP Learning Community, Grace Beltran, Outreach Ambassadors Angelica Alvarez, Cara Loo, Rex Chow, Yatin Kumar, and the professors and students that opened their classes to welcome the student visitors: Soleded McCarthy, Kwame Thomas, Jennifer Merrill-Sinarle, Ryan Lescure, Maryam Khan, Tiffany Schmierer, Nathan Jones, Tony Jackson and Rika Fabian.

A special thank you to Khalid El-Hakim for spending time with the Discover ASTEP students during the Mobile Black History Museum exhibit. Finally, thank you, as always to the Events and Facilities Team, Media Services (Roger Marcelo), and Eric Imahara for ensuring that our space was welcoming and prepared for our guests.

Discover ASTEP is a part of the Discover Days initiative, which hosts shadow days for underserved high school students to help them better connect to Skyline College and develop a level of comfort with higher education. Discover Days is graciously funded by the President’s Innovation Fund and supported by the President’s Council.

Article by Lauren Ford | Photo by Lasana Hotep

Discover Puente Welcomes Students to Campus

puenteDiscover Puente took place on October 31, 2018 and served 43 students from South San Francisco High School and Capuchino High School.  The students in attendance were in the Hermanos y Hermanas programs at both schools.  Students were able to sit in on American Sign Language I, Intro to Business, Child Development, Intensive Composition & Reading (ENGL 105), College Success (COUN 100), Intro to Psychology, and Contemporary Social Issues (SOCI 105).  Additionally, students were able to attend an Undocumented Students Workshop and an engineering simulation through the Fabrication Lab.  Students were also able to enjoy Skyloween during lunch and learn more about the various student clubs and organizations that were present on the Quad.

Organized in collaboration with the Puente Learning Community, Discover Puente provided students with an opportunity to engage with culturally similar faculty, staff, and students to create a safe space to learn and ask questions. Feedback received on the post-event evaluation included:

“College classes are different from high school.”

“I learned about how college works.”

“College is not as stressful as I thought.”

“I would be able to understand the classes.”

A tremendous thank you for everyone involved in supporting the success of this event: the Puente Learning Community especially Lucia Lachmayr and Rocio Aguilar-Pedroza, Jackie Flores for speaking with the students, Outreach Ambassadors Cara Loo, Angelica Alvarez, Rex Chow, Yatin Kumar, and the professors who opened their classes for the student visitors: Gerardo Di Pietro, Soledad McCarthy, Nicole Porter, Jarrod Feiner, Doris Garcia, Aricka Buena, Paula Silva, Jennifer Merril, Rika Fabian, Pam Ortiz Cerda, Maryam Khan, and Marco Wehrfritz.  Thank you to the ASSC and all student organizations for welcoming the Discover Puente guests to Skyloween. Finally, thank you, as always to the Events and Facilities Team, Media Services (Roger Marcelo), and Eric Imahara for ensuring that our space was welcoming and prepared for our guests.

Discover Puente is a part of the Discover Days initiative.  The purpose of Discover Days to host shadow days for underserved high school students to help them better connect to Skyline College and develop a level of comfort with higher education.  Discover Days is graciously funded by the President’s Innovation Fund and supported by the President’s Council.

Article and Photo by Lauren Ford

Lauren Ford Completes Year-Long Fellowship with Biden Foundation

Lauren FordOver the past year, Lauren Ford, who serves as the project director for the Promise Scholars Program (and former campus recruiter) has held a prestigious fellowship as the Higher Education Fellow with the Biden Foundation located in Washington, D.C.  As a proud member of the inaugural class of Biden Foundation Fellows, Lauren was the only remote fellow who continued to live and work in California, visiting the D.C. office once a quarter.

Through weekly check-in calls, she received assignments and updates from the higher education team. Her assignments included writing policy memos, creating event plans, conducting research on higher education trends, drafting social media content and writing literature reviews. In addition to providing important content and serving as a community college expert for the Foundation, Lauren also documented her experience through a variety of blog posts published on the Biden Foundation website.

As part of her fellowship, Lauren was able to work with the National College Promise team with Martha Kanter, former undersecretary of education within the Obama administration. She also helped to launch a joint initiative supported by Achieving the Dream (ATD) and the Biden Foundation: Community College Women Succeed (#CCWomenSucceed). CC Women Succeed is an initiative that aims to help adult women students — including single parents — succeed in community college.

In her final blog post, Lauren shared the following sentiments:

“I appreciate all that I have learned and the opportunity to contribute to a nationwide discussion on community college reform. I really appreciate the Biden Foundation team for allowing me to work remotely and making me feel welcomed each time that I visited the office.

 I also thank the 2018 Fellows for joining me on this journey and working hard to advance a national conversation around ending violence against women, ensuring LGBTQ equality, strengthening the middle class and supporting military families. I want to end by thanking the Bidens for creating such an amazing organization that is doing important work that will impact the lives of people throughout the country.”

You can read more about Lauren’s experience as a Biden Fellow at bidenfoundation.org/news/blog/.

Article by Lauren Ford

Paralegal Career Roundtable on April 25

ParalegalHave you ever wondered what it is like to work as a paralegal? To gain a greater understanding of this dynamic profession, join the Paralegal Career Roundtable Networking Event on April 25, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at Building 6, Room 6-202. Free dinner is provided for all attendees.

The Paralegal Roundtable is a bi-annual event for students, alumnae and community members to mix, mingle and network with legal professionals. Throughout the evening, participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with public and private sector paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys and faculty representing employers across the sector.

Learn more about the American Bar Association (ABA)-approved Paralegal Studies Program at Skyline College. This rewarding and highly supportive academic experience will help develop the skills needed to excel as a legal professional. For more information, visit: skylinecollege.edu/paralegal/index.php.

Article by Rachel Deliz | Photo by Kevin Perez