Monthly Archives: October 2019

50th Anniversary Gala

GalaIn celebration of Skyline College’s 50th Anniversary this year, the college is hosting the Legacy of Achievement Gala Fundraiser on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m in the Farallon Room, Building 12.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Promise Scholars Program and the President’s Innovation Fund (PIF). Don’t miss out on a night of commemorating Skyline College’s accomplishments and developments with a four-course dinner, live music and a cash bar!

Here are the ticket details for the event:

  • Faculty/Staff: $150/person | $250/VIP
  • Community Members: $200/person | $300/VIP

The VIP reception will start at 6:00 p.m. featuring an exclusive Meet & Greet and open bar.

The event is black tie optional. Reserve your tickets today by visiting or contacting Cherie Colin at (650) 738-4346 or

Article by Marie Kyla Perez

Donate to the 1st Annual Classified Senate Student Scholarship Drive!

The Classified Senate is excited to report that as of this week, we’ve raised $550.00 for the Classified Senate Student Scholarship. The funds raised during this drive will give Skyline College students access to a quality education. Students will be able to use the funds to pay for tuition, fees, books and other expenses as they achieve their educational goals.

If you have not done so already, please consider helping us to reach our goal of $1,500.00. We ask that you donate a minimum of a $15.00 one-time donation. PLUS – All those who donate $25 or more will be entered to win a Hydro Flask and a few other prizes from the Skyline College bookstore! Every dollar counts! The scholarship drive will continue through October 31, 2019. Raffle prize drawings will be held on November 1, 2019.

Please note: This scholarship drive will be replacing the Classified Senate’s yearly See’s Candy fundraiser. While we’re sad to see that fundraiser go, we’ve found that in recent years we were unable to meet our fundraising goals. This new fundraising model will allow us to ensure that 100% of your donations will be placed directly towards the student scholarships.

If you are able to donate towards our 1st Annual Skyline College Classified Senate Student Scholarship to help provide students a better access to higher education, please DONATE ONLINE.

Your generous contribution to support our students is greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Sherrie Prasad.

Article by Sherrie Prasad

SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

The committee’s first topic was the new Fund 1 Budget Allocation, which is comprised of approximately one percent of Skyline College’s projected funds for fiscal year 2019-20. New funding is available in categories for new faculty full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, new classified professional full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, innovative strategies support, general operating and discretionary funds, and instructional equipment. At the last meeting on September 26, 2019, in groups, members finalized three budget scenarios that they brought back to their respective areas for discussion. Members submitted their votes at the October 10, 2019 meeting, following an opportunity to collect feedback from their constituent group.

The budget presentation can be viewed here. Scenario two was selected to be recommended to the College Governance Council meeting on the October 23, 2019 for their discussion and vote to recommend to the Interim President.

On a separate agenda item, Tri-Chair Ingrid Vargas, Dean of Planning, Research, Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness, shared enrollment trends data with the committee. The presentation documents can be viewed here.

From fall 2009 through fall 2019, the enrollment for all three colleges within the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) has been gradually declining. However, Skyline College has the largest enrollment of the three district colleges with 9,260 students enrolled as of the fall 2019 census date.

Following are enrollment trend highlights at Skyline College from fall 2009 through fall 2018:

  • Enrollment by student types (continuing students, returning students, first-time transfer students, special admit students, and first-time students) decreased in all types, except special admit students and first-time students. This trend is most likely due to an increase in dual enrollment, Middle College, and the Promise Scholars Program.
  • Enrollment by age shows an increase in the 19 or younger age group and a decrease in students aged 35 and older.
  • Enrollment by ethnicity decreased in all ethnic groups, except multi-race and Hispanic/Latinx groups.

Next meeting is Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

Internship and Job Opportunities from Career Readines and Job Placement Team

Expand your network in ways that will lead to your dream job. The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following paid internship opportunities with you. Check them out—

How may we assist you in landing your dream job? The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following job opportunities with you. Check them out—

Article by Alexa Moore

Meta Majors Week

Meta Majors WeekMajors Week is next week! October 21-25, 2019 will be our first Meta Majors Week at Skyline College. The purpose of the week is to:

1) Create community and a sense of identify within each of the Meta Majors

2) Provide opportunities for students to explore career options and skills needed in each of the Meta Majors and

3) Connect students to resources that exist on campus that can support their educational goals.


Faculty and staff will be hosting a variety of opportunities throughout the week for students to explore each of the Meta Majors as well as career exploration opportunities that will benefit all students. You can help support students and make the events successful by:

  • Encouraging students to attend Meta Majors Week events
  • Raising awareness by talking with students about Meta Majors and designing an assignment or activity to explore the Meta Majors in your class or program and
  • Bringing students to Meet Your Meta Major Fair (Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)


Students can enter to win a prize at each of the events. Calendar of events is attached here. More information on Meta Majors Week can be found on the website by visiting Look for daily updates with descriptions of events.

If you have any questions, please contact Carla Grandy at or (650) 738-7918.

Article by Carla Grandy

Students Table and Network at the 22nd Annual Chinese Bioscience Association Conference

Chinese scientific conferenceSkyline College’s biology and biotechnology students attended the 22nd Annual Chinese Bioscience Association (CBA) Conference titled “From Disruptive Innovations to Real-World Application” on October 12, 2019 held at Crown Plaza in Foster City. For many of the students, it was their first experience at a scientific conference. Student volunteers arrived as early as 7:45 a.m. to set up the college’s booth to ensure everything was perfect. Students took turns to man the ship and provided information about Skyline College’s Biotechnology Program, its degrees and certificates, as well as shared their experience as a Biology major. Many of the biotechnology students are also members of the West Coast Chapter of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and handed out pamphlets.

Dr. Jing Folsom and Dr. Nick Kapp gave an assignment to each of the students attending. They were encouraged to practice their networking skills by asking to get a selfie with a conference vendor or researcher. The conference lasted all day with multiple presenters. During breaks, students would either man the table and talk to scientists as they walked by or network.

The highlight of the conference was the interaction of computer technology with good old fashioned pharmaceutical medicines. Many of the talks at the CBA conference featured elite biotechnology companies presenting current projects and research on advanced pharmaceuticals for complex diseases such as Parkinson’s, non specific seizures, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s.

Students were introduced to medical devices like a digital medicine that reminds the patient to take their medicine. The compliance data is sent to their physician to help improve medication outcomes. Patients who have seizures are often told to keep a personal diaries after they have a seizure. This is often problematic for epileptic patients. To assist, a watch and app developed by Empatica, Embrace Watch, was made to detect tonic clonic (a type of seizure) and notify caregivers. The device also keeps data on seizure occurrence and length to better report out to physicians. In all cases, the group observed implications for artificial intelligence use in assisting patients. Data collection would allow artificial intelligence to predict when the patient would likely have a seizure, sending signals to the brain to stop a seizure before it happens. This will replace using service dogs and cats to alert when a seizure will happen.

Another medication is called Proteus, an ingestible sensor hidden in prescription tablets that transmits signals to an online patch. The digital record of medication is stored in a cloud and with permission, health care providers can access when a patient takes their medication. The patch also measures daily activity and sleep quality. Proteus allows cancer patients to inform their doctors about their medication information without taking multiple trips to the doctor or invasive tests. Patients were successful in taking their medications on time due to the notification system provided by the app. This way the app maintains a log of the medication history and vitals, forwarding the information to healthcare providers directly. This eliminates the risk of losing “health diaries” and false verbal information from the patient. This way, patients are able to get better without the pressure of being told what to do from the doctors. The success of patients following their medication regimes in this way, surprised physicians in the study.

The conference was a great opportunity to engage with professionals in the biotechnology field as well as gain knowledge about innovative industrial machines such as cell counters and small particle analyzers. The conference also provided opportunities for students to look for internships, jobs, and mentors.

We look forward to going back to this conference again next year, with resumes in hand.

Article by Nick Kapp | Photo by Jing Folsom

SMCCD Ambassador Training

SMCCD Ambassador trainingOn Friday, October 11, Skyline College partnered with College of San Mateo (CSM) and Cañada College for a district-wide training for new and continuing student ambassadors. College Recruiters, Mayra Arellano (Cañada College), Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos (Skyline College), and Estela Garcia (CSM) invited ambassadors from all three colleges to participate in an all-day training hosted at CSM.

After a warm welcome by Kim Lopez, Acting President and Mike Holtzclaw, Vice President of Instruction at CSM, student ambassadors received an overview of the San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD) Public Safety Services. Owen Yoch, Public Safety Sergeant, conducted a workshop regarding campus lockdown procedures and emergency preparedness.

Martin Ulloa, CSM Ambassador, gave a presentation highlighting CSM specific resources and provided a tour of the campus which included programs such as Nursing, Dental Assisting, and Fire Technology. Students were also treated to a private screening of “The Sky Tonight” – a deeper look into our constellations inside the planetarium that showcased their Astrology program.

The trainings were established to onboard new ambassadors and provide opportunity to learn more about each of the colleges. It also serves as a refresher for continuing ambassadors. The goal is to ensure they gain knowledge that helps with recruitment and establish a larger cross-functional outreach team for future events.

Additional training will be held this fall at Cañada College and Skyline College covering various other components such as customer service skills and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

For more information regarding the trainings, feel free reach out to Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos at

Article and Photo by Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos

International Transfer Scholars Program

International Transfer Scholars ProgramThis year, the International Student Program (ISP) established the first ever International Transfer Scholars Program. The program was set up to provide more support to students who are interested in transferring to the University of California institutions or other top schools such as Stanford University. Near the start of the semester, students were invited to be part of the program based on their academic records and active community participation.

As a member of this program, they have access to multiple one-on-one advising sessions with our UC Berkeley representative as well as added support from the ISP team, including academic advising from Carlos Romero, the international student academic counselor. They also receive guidance and support for every step of their application from the start until they have successfully transferred to the school of their choice.

So far, the students have been on a UC Berkeley campus tour, participated in two workshops (one on the UC application and the other on Personal Insight Questions), and have also had at least one advising session with the UC Berkeley representative. We look forward to providing continued support to our transfer scholars!

Article and Photo by Clair Yeo-Sugajski

Biotechnology Conference Drives Partnerships

BABEC anual meeting viewOn Saturday, September 28, Skyline College Biomanufacturing partnered with the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Community (BABEC a non profit) to host the BABEC fall Conference 2019. Over 100 high school and community college bioscience educators and stakeholders from across the Bay Area and other parts of California attended the conference. The Biomanufacturing program, Science Math and Technology division as well as Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development division partnered with BABEC to host the conference. The event was made possible by sponsorships and grants provided by the California Community Colleges, Biorad and Genentech. Attending and tabling were students representing the Skyline Biomanufacturing cub, the West Coast Student Chapter PDA, the Biolink Depot, BioSCOPE and Carlmont HS biomanufacturing group.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Vice President of Instruction, welcomed the conference attendees to Skyline College and our new building. The BABEC team featured their updated bioscience curriculum and introduced their new initiatives for the 2019-20 school year, which includes a collaboration with Genentech, and an expansion project funded by the National Science Foundation. The Regional K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) team provided an introduction to the initiative and K12 SWP grantees shared how they plan to use the funding to develop talent for a stronger biotech workforce in the Bay Area.

In the BABEC tradition of creating a community for Bay Area bioscience educators, attendees were able to break out into regional groups to design collaborative pathways to biotech careers. With a strong mix of professionals representing colleges, high schools, administration, industry and nonprofits, the regional breakout groups formed cross-functional teams that focused on taking a diversified approach to building successful bioscience programs in California.

As a result of their community work, attendees agreed that exposure to life science or STEM careers should start at an early age. Consequently, educators need access to updated innovative curriculum and support in introducing students to biotech careers. The annual kick off meeting by BABEC provides this support. The Bioscience educators were given a special presentation on how to easily align biotech lessons with NGSS by Kirk Brown, author of the text book “Biotechnology: A laboratory Skills Course” and Director of STEM Programs at San Joaquin County Office of Education. BABEC staff demonstrated their up to date curriculum and classroom support that is available to all local Bay area high schools. BABEC collaborates with community colleges like Skyline College and Laney College in order to provide materials to the high school in our initiative called BioSCOPE. BABEC looks forward to convening the bioscience community again to continue strategizing on how to support science teachers and inspire students for science careers.

The Skyline Biotechnology Manufacturing program will continue their work with our community college, high school and baccalaureate partners in order to form a strong connection for students to matriculate from the HS to CC and onto to Bachelors in Biomanufacturing programs. We plant to help this connection by forming partnerships with local industry like Genenetech, non profits like BABEC, Governmental bodies like SSF, High schools as well as Bachelors programs. The BioScope project (for which we just submitted an NSF grant proposal) allows the community college manufacturing programs to product “biotechnology” laboratory materials that are used in high schools. We hope to show high school students that our programs have relevant work experience that will allow them to compete for jobs, while they are in school.

Check out our social media (Instagram and Facebook) to see what Skyline Biotechnology Manufacturing is doing. For June 2020 we hope to partner with Madison Area Technical College, Solano Community College (NIIMBL and NSF) to convene a workforce summit for advanced manufacturing of cell and tissue based pharmaceuticals.

Article and Photo by Nick Kapp

Award-Winning Poet Jan-Henry Gray Welcomed to Campus!

flyerOn Friday, October 11, 2019 poet Jan-Henry Gray, author of the book Documents (BOA Editions, 2019) and winner of the 2019 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, will be the Learning Commons Poetry Corner Series featured poet for the month of October.

His visit represents the intersectionality of our campus on National Coming Out Day, Filipinx American History Month, and right before our Undocuweek. We are excited to welcome him to campus, and all are invited to attend two readings in the campus Library:

  1. From 9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Jan-Henry Gray will read and share space with Janice Sapigao’s English 110 class. Janice Sapigao will facilitate with her students.
  2. From 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Jan-Henry Gray will read and discuss his work at length. Janice Sapigao will facilitate.

A tremendous thank you to the following organizers and everyone involved: Pia Walawalkar, Marisa Thigpen, Rob Williams, Alvin Gubatina, Ryan Samn, Liza Erpelo, and Chris Gibson.

Please take the time to read one of Gray’s poems here.

Article by Janice Sapigao | Flyer by Marisa Thigpen