Monthly Archives: November 2019

ISP Celebrates International Education Week

IEW ReceptionThe 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

BAEC and the Bookstore Discuss Partnership

Bay Area Entrepreneur Center Director, Pcyeta Stroud and Bookstore Manager, Kevin Chak, held their first meeting this week in an effort to collaborate and identify ways to connect the BAEC to the College campus through Auxiliary Services.

This meeting was an important first step in discussing ideas around offering Skyline College merchandise, vending, and other types of Auxiliary Services, on-site at the BAEC. Creating partnerships such as these are vital to fostering a deeper and more-familiar connection for students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community, between the Skyline College campus and its off-site location, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center.

For more information on the BAEC, please contact, 650-738-7994, or visit us at

Article by Sam Panganiban and Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Ryan Chin

SI Leaders Volunteer to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program volunteered to decorate journals for La Casa De Las Madres, a nonprofit in San Francisco that provides domestic violence victims support, household supplies, and shelter.

The students decorated journals with artwork, supportive quotes, and messages letting victims know that communities are here to support them. La Casa De Las Madres gives these journals to clients to use during their healing process as part of their self-care and participation with support groups.

In addition to decorating journals, the SI team discussed the importance of taking the skills they learn in SI and here at Skyline College back to their own communities.

SI and the greater Learning Center (TLC) team is dedicated to creating model student leaders both in our classrooms and in the larger communities integrated with Skyline College. Over the last year, the SI program has restructured to provide ongoing mentorship and professional development to all SI Leaders in order to build stronger communal support for students and student workers on campus. The team is excited and looking forward to the next volunteer opportunity in the spring 2020 semester!

Article and Photo by Gavin Townsley

Learning Commons Concludes Fall Season of Poetry Corner

Jan-Henry GrayWhere can students, faculty, staff and administrators get together outside of the classroom for stimulating discussions on works of poetry? The Learning Commons’ Poetry Corner series was designed exactly for this. Here’s what happened this fall:

In September, Puente Learning Community co-coordinator and English Professor Lucia Lachmayr read to her students from works of poetry representing LatinX voices. Students discussed the poems and read aloud from their own works of poetry.

In October, queer Filipino American author Jan-Henry Gray treated his audience to readings and discussion centered around his new work Documents (New Poets of America). A group of more than 25 students discussed his work intensely and read some of their own original poetry as well.

On November 19, 2019, Communications Studies Professor Vincent Chandler read works by Native American poet b:william bearhart. The audience was short on students but not lacking in librarians, who put their usual roles aside to shyly try their hand at interpreting bearhart’s poetry. Librarians were joined by two engaged students, Language Arts Division Dean and Professor Chris Gibson, and therapy dog “Bella” and her owner, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society’s therapy dogs event that took place earlier that day.

It’s part of the mission of Library outreach events to bring together people who might not otherwise meet. Thanks to all who turned out for a poetry experience this fall. Bookmark the Library’s Poetry Corner series page and stay tuned for spring poetry events in 2020!

Poetry Corner is supported by a President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) grant.

Questions? Contact Pia Walawalkar at

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp | Photo by Marie Kyla Perez

Automotive Department Outreach to High School Students

Skyline Automotive Department The Automotive Department hosted 200 high school students in the Farallon Room, Building 12 to learn more about the Automotive Technology programs offered in Skyline College. Approximately 100 of those students were Dual Enrollment students from the South San Francisco Unified School District. The remainder of the students came from the Jefferson Union High School District and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The students viewed our recent promotional videos that are hosted on our website, listened to student speakers as well as our guest speaker, Advisory Board Member, Brain Reidy, Service and Parts Director of Peninsula Infiniti. Brian completed courses in the Skyline College Automotive program 20 years ago. Brian spoke truth to our high school students about the great opportunities in the automotive and transportation industry, highlighting that it is not uncommon for automotive technicians to earn over $100,000 a year.

Tom Broxholm, Automotive Program Coordinator, explained how the Skyline College program differs in a good way from traditional two year automotive programs, highlighting the extensive hands-on training that every student receives. Tom added that there is cost savings of close to $33,000 compared to for profit automotive training programs such as Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Tom also noted our industry partnerships with Nissan, Infinity, Audi, Subaru and Ford, and that the automotive department is currently in talks with Mercedes Benz to become a campus partner. These partnerships provide factory training for staff as well as training and internships for students. The students were then treated to a rare opportunity to tour the automotive department while observing classes in full swing.

The high school students were able to see what it would be like to take automotive training by visiting classes in session. Professor Julia Johnson’s class was working on engine removal and replacement, Vikas Sen’s class was working on wheel alignments, Ruben Parra’s class was working on testing computer control systems, Filipp Gleyzer’s class was diagnosing vehicle lighting systems and Tom Broxholm’s class was taking apart and repairing an automatic transaxle.

All the students and staff were then treated to lunch before they returned to their respective schools. All of this was made possible with the support from Strong Workforce Development and grant funds from Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation.

Article by Thomas G. Broxholm

Priority Application for the Summer 2020 Global Internship Program Is Open Through December 6, 2019!

student study abroadIn support of Skyline College’s goals to internationalize the educational experience, the SMCCCD Study Abroad Office offers students from Skyline College, Cañada College, and College of San Mateo the opportunity to participate in two-month academic internships around the world in a variety of fields such as journalism, business and marketing, communication studies, computer science, criminal justice, social work, and more.

Last year, students interned in Chile, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Hong Kong, Spain, and domestically in San Francisco and New York. This year, the program is also offering internships in Tokyo and Berlin. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of living and interning abroad, with the support of the Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund and the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program.

In addition to hands-on learning in supervised, academic internships, students enroll in a 3-unit Skyline College course—Global Identity and Professional Development—designed to provide them a structured opportunity to understand, reflect on, and articulate their multi-layered experiences in their host country, as well as develop their professional portfolio.

Priority application for the Summer 2020 Global Internship Program will close December 6, 2020. Visit the website to see available internship sites and to submit your application.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or (650) 738-7088, or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells

Launch of STEM Center Forums

STEM center forum day 1STEM Center Forums: Empowering Changemakers in STEM is a President’s Innovation Fund project that launches monthly lunch forums that brings together students, peer mentors, and faculty advisors to engage in reflective dialogue to build community and empower student leadership.

There are a total of six forums planned this academic year that will walk students through a series of interactive workshops that centers on student discussion and builds on one another. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on identity, equity in STEM, and what it means to be a leader or advocate, as well as gain inspiration from current advocates and engage in community service projects.

On Monday, November 4th, 2019, over 40 students attended the launch of the first forum facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Jenny Le, and Bryan Swartout. Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza led students through the I AM Poem activity, where students explored their identities through crafting and sharing personal poems that celebrated each student’s rich history and where they came from. Bryan Swartout and Jenny Le then engaged students in an activity where students discussed their agreement or disagreement to statements such as, “My peers at Skyline College know the real me,” and “I see myself as a leader,” — which sparked thoughtful, stimulating, and lively conversations.

The next forum is on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the STEM Center located in Building 7, Room 7-307 featuring Science|Math|Technology Division Dean Ray Hernandez on the topic of Equity in STEM. Click here for more information on future forums!

Article by Jenny Le and Bryan Swartout

GLPS Hosts Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair During International Education Week

GLPS fairStudy Abroad will be hosting a Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair as part of International Education Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as “part of [their] efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences”.

Come learn about the study, intern, teach, and transfer abroad opportunities for SMCCCD students and faculty at the Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair at Skyline College! Program representatives, faculty, staff, and student alumni will be present to answer questions about applying for, funding, and experiencing these international opportunities.

Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Skyline College, Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information please call (650) 738-7098 or email You can learn more by visiting the SMCCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article and Photo by Stephanie Wells

Celebrate International Education Week!

IEWAll staff and faculty are invited to the following International Education Week (IEW) events:

International Student Program Reception

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Building 6, Room 6202 – 6206

International Food Festival

Thursday, November 21, 2019 |11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to highlight the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, 2016). Come join as we celebrate this initiative!

Article by Wissem Bennani | Photo by Will Nacouzi

Library Events of November

The Library is excited to share details about upcoming cultural, civic and related happenings, both new and returning, during the busy month of November. All events are open to everyone!

All of November

The Library continues its deep focus on civil liberties. Explore the new exhibit, Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California or check out the book that inspired it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Therapy Dogs |12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learning Commons Poetry Corner | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Celebrate Native American Heritage month with Vincent Chandler, Associate Professor of Communications and poet for a poetry discussion and readings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Transgender Day of Remembrance | An annual observance honoring the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost through acts of violence. Help create a wall in their memory in the Library, following the lunchtime observance in the Quad.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Human Library |12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The Human Library returns! Additional sessions will be on March 10, 2020 and April 16, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering as a human book, please fill out a Participation Interest Form.

Friday, November 22, 2019

3:30 p.m. | Screening and discussion of Real Boy, a film about about a trans teen navigating adolescence, sobriety and the ramifications of changing identity.

Questions? Contact Pia Walawalkar, Outreach and Equity Librarian at

Article by Jessica Silver Sharp