Daily Archives: November 7, 2019

Music Faculty Wins Regional Fiddle Competition

Ms. Ingber In October 2019, Music Faculty, Elizabeth Ingber competed in a regional Scottish fiddling competition held in Ventura, California at the Seaside Highland Games and won her division, allowing her to compete next year at the national level.

Trained as a classical musician, Ms. Ingber recently began exploring Scottish fiddling. Since joining the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers in 2018, she has been studying the various tune types, playing techniques, and stylistic characteristics of this tradition.

At Skyline College, Ms. Ingber teaches the Violin/Viola class that meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 12:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  in Building 1, Room 1115.  To bring Scottish fiddling with her students, Ms. Ingber has attended various fiddle programs, including the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling in Pennsylvania. Students in the class learn string playing technique, and work on a variety of solo and ensemble repertoire over the course of the semester.  Scottish tunes are incorporated to gain exposure to a non-classical style. The class is open to students of all levels, including those with no prior music experience. Please contact Elizabeth Ingber at ingbere@smccd.edu for further information about the class, or to find out more about becoming involved in fiddling in the Bay Area.

Article by Jude Navari and Danni Redding Lapuz | Photo by Coastside Video

Kappa Beta Delta Initiation

Kappa Beta DeltaKappa Beta Delta is the International Business Honor Society for schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The initiation was led by chapter President Jakarta Kumasi.

Fall initiates include: Sienny Angky, Zhijian Cai, I Jou Chang, Yandog Cheng, Sharon DeBono, Habeeb Barham Fadllallah, Thomas Robert Good, Chenyi Li, Kaileiani Louis, Jessielyn Marie Pil, Katrina Ayana Salas, Jack Samman, Eric Christopher Torres, Jingyi Xiang, Wanxin Yan, Haiyi Zhang, and Liya Zhu.

Article and Photo by Linda Whitten



Community Members Attend Informational Meetings for India, France and Japan Community Travel

Informational Meetings for India, France and Japan Community TravelLast month, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Office held informational meetings at Skyline College and College of San Mateo for members of our community interested in traveling with the upcoming Community Travel Programs to India (February 2020), France (June 2020), and Japan (October 2020). The SMCCCD Community Travel Program is a curated, small-group travel experience for adults and life-long learners. Participants travel with an SMCCCD representative and local tour manager as they enjoy local food, special attractions, and guided sightseeing. Click here for the upcoming Community Travel postcard.

Nearly sixty community members attended the October informational meetings to learn about upcoming travel abroad tours. Registration links for the programs opened on October 30, and several programs immediately began to fill.

SMCCCD Study Abroad will hold two information sessions next week as well:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | College of San Mateo, College Heights, Building 10, Room 468.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6-202

Interested travelers may RSVP online for either session.

The Community Travel Program was created as a way for Skyline College to connect with the larger community of San Mateo County, as well as to help our students live and learn in other countries. For many college students, study abroad is a special goal of their undergraduate years; however, financially, the experience is often out of reach. With the Community Travel Program, $500 (tax-deductible) of each participant’s registration fee goes directly into the SMCCCD Foundation for Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, helping to make transformative global opportunities more accessible for our students.

The Community Travel Program is part of the SMCCCD Study Abroad Program—a district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about SMCCCD Study Abroad and Community Travel Program opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at ghoriz@smccd.edu or (650) 738-7088 or Stephanie Wells at wellss@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article and Photo by Stephanie Wells

Discover Puente

discover puenteOn October 30, 2019, in collaboration with the Puente Learning Community, the Outreach office hosted 70 students from South San Francisco (SSFHS) and Capuchino High School for Discover Puente. The students in attendance are in the Hermanos y Hermanas Program at both schools and included a group from the English Learning department at SSFHS.

Luis Escobar, Dean of Counseling, welcomed the group in the Multicultural Center followed by an icebreaker that incorporated the traditional Mexican game, La Lotería. Images of various objects were displayed around the room and participants were asked to stand next to one they most connected with that morning. A student from SSFHS expressed that he choose the image of a “ladder” because “being at Skyline College is the start of rising to success”.

Soon after the activity, participants sat in on classes that included:

  • BUS 100: Introduction to Business
  • BUS 162: Money Talks: Personal Finance
  • SPAN 120: Advanced Elementary Spanish
  • ART 430: Introduction to Digital Art
  • ENGL 105: Composition with Support
  • COUN 100: College Success
  • SOCI 105: Contemporary Social Issues

Interactive hands-on workshops were also conducted by faculty in the Biotechnology and Fabrication Labs. Students were exposed to engineering simulations and built structures using fabricated materials. An informational workshop for undocumented students in the Dream Center and a campus tour were also part of the agenda.

Dr. Angelica Garcia, Vice President of Student Services, joined the group and participated in the debriefing of the overall students’ experience. Skyline College prizes were given out to those who shared their highlights from Discover Puente. Survey showed majority of the participants were 11th and 12th graders from SSFHS and Capuchino High School. Prior to the event, 76% said their knowledge about college was good, in comparison to 83% post event. 100% of the participants agreed that they planned on attending college after graduating from high school.

A thank you to everyone involved in the success of this event: Grace Beltran, Paul Bridenbaugh, Luciana Castro, Rika Fabian, Eric Imahara, Nick Kapp, Maryam Khan, Lucia Lachmayr, Soledad McCarthy, Pamela Ortiz Cerda, Alberto Santellan, Marisa Thigpen, Marco Wehrfritz. Hermanos y Hermanas instructors, Dino Garcia (Capuchino), Charlie Morales (SSFHS), and Alejandra Tovar (SSFHS). Outreach ambassadors: Angelica Alvarez, Mark Estrada, Elijah Hernandez, Athena Mendoza, Tom Tran, and EJ Unisa. Event and Facilities team and Media Services (Roger Marcelo).

Discover Puente provided students with an opportunity to engage culturally with faculty, staff, and current Puente students to create a safe space to learn and ask questions about college.

Discover Puente is a part of the Discover Days initiative. The purpose of Discover Days is 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. For more information about Discover Days, contact Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos at evangelistaj@smccd.edu.

Article by Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos | Photo by Charlie Morales

Expanding Your Horizons Last Call for Presenters

expanding your horizonsIt’s that time of the year again!  The 40th Annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science conference for young women is scheduled for March 14, 2020 at Skyline College. Volunteer workshop presenters are always needed to make this conference successful.  Our focus is on hands-on, engaging activities with a STEM connection.

The goals of the conference are:

  • To promote education as a means of expanding young women’s possibilities
  • To foster awareness of career prospects for women in STEM fields
  • To increase young women’s interest in STEM opportunities
  • To provide students an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with women working in traditional and non-traditional STEM occupations

To find out more about EYH, see the attached documents, and visit skylinecollege.edu/eyh.

To sign up to be a presenter, visit skylinecollege.edu/eyh/presenters.  We must confirm our volunteer presenters by November 15th every year.

For more information, contact Alyssa Wong-Conway at wongconwaya@smccd.edu or Nadia Tariq at tariqn@smccd.edu.

Article by Alyssa Wong-Conway

Students Shine at SACNAS

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is hosting the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference on October 31 – November 2, four Skyline College students presented their original scientific research alongside 800 students from University of California campuses, University of Texas, Rutgers University, Yale University, Brown University, Stanford University, several CSUs, and other institutions. The conference was held in Honolulu and sponsored by the NSA, Amazon, and University of Hawaii. Over 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country attended the conference.

Papers were selected for the conference in a competitive judging from abstracts submitted in July. Skyline College students started their research last spring with Christine Case in BIOL 230 or BIOL 695. The students spent the summer in the lab to continue and complete their research.

Stephen Fredricks worked with the students to register and prepare them for presenting at the national conference. At the conference, students were knowledgeable and professional, and represented Skyline College well.

Sokleng Kelley Leong’s presentation of her research won the Undergraduate Microbiology Award. Kelley (pictured top) now has her first publication, “Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Activity of Usnea Lichen.”

The other Skyline College students who presented also have their first publications:

David Dela Criz (pictured middle) and Tyler Ma’s publication is titled “In Vitro Antimicrobial Activity of Mimulus aurantiacus.”

Alessandro Mazzora’s (pictured bottom) publication is titled Effects of Urbanization on the Microbiome of a Coastal Stream.”

Kelley, David, and Tyler transferred for the fall 2019 semester: Kelley is now at UC Berkeley, David is at UC Davis, and Tyler is at UC Irvine.

Article and Photos by Christine Case

Meet Your Meta Major Fair: Exploring Majors and Making Connections to Dream Jobs

Meta Major FairOn Thursday, October 24, 2019, students had the wonderful opportunity to engage in the Meet Your Meta Majors Fair, an event designed to support major, career, and job readiness! Michele Haggar, Program Service Coordinator, the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development team, Carla Grandy, Director of Guided Pathways, and 30+ Faculty and Staff from across the college worked collaboratively to put together an exciting and engaging event!

About 200 students who participated in the event had the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff to learn about Meta Majors and how majors fell into the various categories.  The Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Job Placement Coordinators and the Coop Office was present to support students with questions about resumes, interviews and job searches relating to their field. Job placement coordinators engaged with students fun games, giving students the opportunity to learn about their Meta Major Job Placement Coordinator and the jobs they could connect them with.

Faculty and staff from the following majors were present to support students in their exploration and how it connected to dream jobs: Accounting, Administration of Justice, Allied Health, Art, Biology, Biotechnology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, English, Esthetician, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Surgical Technology.

Students who participated in the survey shared that the event was very well organized and contributed greatly to career planning. Many students took the opportunity to book appointments with Job Placement Coordinators so that they could receive help with applying for jobs within their majors.

Overall, it was a successful and well attended event. Special thanks to all of our faculty and staff who made it out there to support student exploration and success!

Article by Michele Haggar

Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Supports Meta Major Week and Launches Suite of Services!

Meta Major WeekOver the last few weeks, the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Division, in collaboration with Guided Pathways Director Carla Grandy and many other faculty and staff across the College, hosted a variety of events to support Meta Major Week. This was also the perfect opportunity for the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development division to launch our Suite of Services to the campus!

On Monday, October 21, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development kicked off the week with the “Be a Boss” day hosted by Laura DeKelaita, Job Placement Coordinator for Business, Entrepreneurship and Management. The event allowed students to engage with local entrepreneurs from various industries including the confectionery, art, apparel and skincare industries. Students learned strategies for building a business and having an entrepreneur mindset. The “Be a Boss” event also helped students gain a deeper understanding of the Business, Entrepreneurship and Management Meta Major at Skyline College. Students who participated in the event were entered into a drawing to win merchandise from the Be a Boss entrepreneurs.

On Tuesday, October 22, Steven Lopez, Job Placement Coordinator for Arts, Languages, and Communication, along with the team introduced students to the newly designed “Sweets” of Services guides available through the Strategic Partnership and Workforce Development Division. During the event, students were given bold and helpful printed guides covering career readiness topics such as Job Search, The Resume, Interviewing and Networking. Students were invited to pop into these topics with a free bag of butter popcorn and various candy shop treats, like chocolate bars, cotton candy, and Cliff bars. It was the perfect way to share with the campus just one of the many ways that the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development division works to support students around job readiness and bring them closer to achieving their dream jobs.

Additionally, later that evening, Alexa Moore, Job Placement Coordinator for Society and Education hosted the Careers with Children Job Fair! The event supported job placement efforts by connecting students directly to employers within the industry. Students who participated networked with employers and had the chance to learn about the various roles and jobs available within the field of Early Childhood Education.

On Wednesday, October 23 the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Division hosted the event, “Look Good in Person and Online,” which incorporated three different features. On this day, students had the chance to hear about the upcoming launch of the Skyline College Career Closet. Michele Haggar, Program Services Coordinator and Jose Milan, Career Resources Aid for the division invited students to participate in this event by having students complete surveys which will be used to inform the division on what the Closet will need to support students who are getting ready for job or employment engagement opportunities. With the help of Claudia Paz, Visual Communications Coordinator and Student Assistant, Millie Santos, students also had the wonderful opportunity to try on some of the clothing and pose for professional headshots, which will be used for their LinkedIn profiles. And to continue to support professional development for students, Laura DeKelaita and Alexa Moore provided LinkedIn Learning accounts at no cost! Having access to LinkedIn Learning is another great resource for students to develop their professional skills online and to continue bringing them closer to landing their Dream Jobs.

And finally, Tia Samn, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Student Assistant DJ’d the event with the help of Sarina O’Gilvie, Staff Assistant who introduced students to our new social media platforms and connected them to fun prizes for stopping by!

Overall, the event was an overwhelming success as students shared it was fantastic to hear of all the very valuable resources the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development has to support student success and job placement.

Special thanks to the fabulous team for all their hard work and to Andrea Vizenor, Dean of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce development for her dedication and support.

Article written by Michele Haggar, Laura DeKelaita, Steven Lopez and Alexa Moore