The International Student Program (ISP) hosted an International Student Program Reception on November 18, 2019 to kick off International Education Week in style. The event was graciously hosted by Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza and was attended by numerous faculty, staff, and students, including Interim Chancellor Mike Claire, Provost of International Education Jing Luan, and Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones.
Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones gave the opening address highlighting the positive impact that international students had on the campus. Next, the attendees viewed a series of student testimonial videos where spring 2019 alumni talked about their positive experiences with faculty and staff at Skyline College who helped them to succeed and achieve their goal of transferring to their dream universities.
The program culminated in the presentation of the International Student Appreciation Award to Professor Danielle Powell. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member who has actively made a positive impact on international students at Skyline College. Prof. Powell gave an emotional and moving speech on how she guides students towards achieving their dreams and how they are her inspiration to be Nosizwe (noh-seez-wey), her South African name meaning “mother of the nation” in Xhosa.
The event concluded with a quick raffle with two lucky winners who each walked away with a basket full of international goodies!
Article and Photo by Clair Yeo-Sugajski