Daily Archives: March 19, 2021

Skyline College Forensics Team Prepares for Spring Intramural Tournament

San Francisco’s collegiate forensics programs unite each semester to offer a bi-annual intramural tournament that affords CCSF, SFSU, Skyline College, and USF students an opportunity to practice and apply methods and skills studied in courses such as public speaking, oral interpretation of literature, persuasion and debate.

Last fall Skyline College students competed in this bi-annual intramural speech and debate tournament. Two Skyline College students placed in finals; Nerissa Chang received Gold for her informative speech about the impacts of live streaming, and Jonathan Zhang received bronze for his informative speech about heavy metal pollution caused by global industrialization.

COVID-19 has impacted the forensics community in ways we hadn’t previously imagined. We still want to offer something like a competition for students that still want to get some experience. We also want this tournament to be an opportunity for students in Argumentation courses to experience a debate tournament environment.

The Spring Intramural will be taking place on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 1pm-5pm. All students enrolled in a public speaking and/or debate class are welcome to compete. If you are interested in competing, please reach out to Skyline College’s Director of Forensics, Lindsey Ayotte (ayottel@smccd.edu). We encourage any and all interested students to register and participate in our intramural tournament!


Article by: Lindsey Ayotte

SITE Conference to Feature CSM Faculty Member, Dr. Tabia Lee

SITEIf you missed the District-wide Flex Day workshop on the using the TISL method to build empathy around student camera use that was presented by College of San Mateo Faculty Instructional Designer Dr. Tabia Lee, you’re in luck!

Dr. Lee is facilitating a 2-hour workshop entitled Teacher Inquiry into Student Learning: Empathy Building and Student Camera Use at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference that is taking place March 29-April 2.  SITE 2021 is the 32nd annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is the premiere international conference in this field and annually attracts more than 1,300 leaders in the field from over 60 countries.

Please register and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Article by Tabia Lee

Former Men’s Basketball Players Receive Academic Recognition Around the State

Former Men’s Basketball Players Receive Academic Recognition Noah Haynesworth was selected from over 24,000 student-athletes in California to the 2019-20 California Community College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was the only men’s basketball player to receive the distinction this year. The award concludes an outstanding athletic and academic career for Noah at Skyline College. In addition to this honor, Noah was voted the top men’s basketball scholar-athlete in Northern California, while also being named Academic All-State. Noah excelled on the court as well. He was named All-Conference and team MVP. Noah is currently continuing his education and athletic career at UC Davis.

Jacob Salinero was awarded the 2020-21 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Scholar Award for recording the highest GPA among all men’s basketball student-athletes in the 13-team conference. This comes on the heels of Jacob being named to the 2019-20 All-Academic Team. Jacob started the final eleven games of the season for Sonoma State University. He shot a team-high 42% from the 3-point line.

Masie Mohammadi was named to the 2020-21 Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He earned a 3.82 GPA majoring in Business Administration. Masie also shot a team-high 43% from the 3-point line this season, while starting 11 of 12 games.

Article by Justin Piergrossi

Join Us for the “Medical School Panel: Preparation Tips & Tricks” Event this Tuesday!

The Biology and Chemistry Scholars (BCS) program is excited to remind you all of our “Medical School Panel: Preparation Tips & Tricks” event as a part of the Science in Action (SiA) Series. Both BCS and SiA are programs lead by our STEM Center Student Success team. Since many of our students are already considering Medical School, Amber Gougis (STEM Retention Specialist) wanted to provide an opportunity for them to hear directly from 1st and 2nd year Medical School students!

Science In Action is a weekly speaker series lead by Bryan Swartout, STEM Center Program Services Coordinator. Zoom meetings have peaked at 73 Participants almost every week. All of these are being recorded, with speaker permissions, and are available on our YouTube Channel and SiA website.

For our event on Tuesday, March 23rd from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm PT, we will have medical school student panelists from UCSF, UCSD, and Rutgers.

You can join the event via the following zoom link: https://smccd.zoom.us/j/86031329996

Interested in learning more about joining Biology and Chemistry Scholars (BCS)? Email Amber Gougis at gougisa@smccd.edu or visit the STEM Learning Communities webpage at https://skylinecollege.edu/biology/bcs.php

Article by Amber Gougis

Skyline Middle College Students Win Honorable Mention in National Film Making Competition

On Wednesday March 10th, the 150 winners of the C-SPAN StudentCam national student documentary competition were announced. Over 2,300 students from 43 US states submitted documentaries for consideration. Among the winners were Skyline Middle College students Arlette Mendez Joaquin, Divina Moreno, and Natalia Chevez Molina.

Their documentary, titled The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic, was awarded the Honorable Mention prize, earning the students $250 for their hard work. THeir film explored the ongoing crisis of exploitation and harm against indigenous women in the United States, and the lack of accountability by those in power to help solve this issue.

The students began working on their film in August 2020, and submitted their final cut to C-SPAN in January 2021. Skyline Middle College Seniors have participated in the StudentCam competition for three years, beginning in Fall 2018. However, Arlette, Divina, and Natalia are the first students from Skyline Middle College to be selected as winners in this prestigious national competition.

In response to her victory, I asked student filmmaker Divina Moreno the following question: What would you like viewers of your film to do after watching your documentary?

In her own words, “The most crucial thing I could ask viewers to do after watching our documentary is to spread awareness. This epidemic has been silenced by the media for so long which is why these tragedies continue to occur. We need justice for our indigenous women. Now that Deb Haaland has been appointed [as Secretary of the Interior] we hope to see more progress in the fight for indigenous rights, but we need to keep the conversation going.”

Article by Timothy Rottenberg, Middle College Instructor

Academic Senate Update

The Academic Senate met on March 18, 2021. Here are highlights from the meeting; please see the Minutes/Agendas page for further detail.

The Academic Senate engaged in a brief discussion in response to the rising incidence of Anti-Asian violence and the horrific murder of 8 people, 6 of them Asian women, in Georgia this week. The Academic Senate condemns this violence and stands in solidarity with Asian students, colleagues and community members. We repel all acts of white supremacy and we urge all faculty to speak up and disrupt acts of violence, aggression, and hate. Suggestions to support our community included:

  • Hosting open dialogue in classrooms that establishes no tolerance for hate, not hiding behind hate speech as “free speech”
  • Centering discussion on how Anti-Asian hate events impact students and our campus community, and address omissions of Asians as a group for consideration in curricular programming and professional learning
  • Being proactive in rooting out structural causes and not merely reactive to symptoms or discrete events
  • Prioritizing the creation of guidance that helps faculty learn how to lead conversations on equity that include an understanding of whiteness and white supremacy
  • Myth-busting of the “model minority” and eliminating stigma around mental health

The senate also had several presentations.

Faculty Gateway portal:  Richard Rojo and Chris Smith of District ITS shared the new Faculty Gateway portal at https://faculty.smccd.edu/. They welcome feedback on the site.

Elections:  The senate voted to pilot a new process of elections this year aimed at greater inclusivity and broader participation; this required a suspension of the bylaws governing elections.

New Professional Learning Structure Proposal: Drs. Porter and Rowden-Quince shared their process of proposing a new structure for Professional Learning. The next steps will be to share it with the relevant deans governing funding of Professional Learning; then it will head to the Participatory Governance Task Force. Once the PGTF has given its feedback, the proposal will come back to senate before going to the College Governance Council.

CTE News: CTE Liaison Cassidy Ryan shared that ASCCC is looking for moderators in CTE discipline-specific gatherings to be held May 14, 2021, from 12-1pm.  Faculty interested in being moderators can reach out to Cassidy before April 1st. The areas (specific to Skyline) include MBA, retail, hospitality, tourism, environmental technology, ICT and digital media, Global trade, Life sciences/biotech, and ECE/EDU.

Curriculum: Curriculum Chair Jessica Hurless shared that the Curriculum Committee voted to approve the following measures in anticipation of alignment with CSU’s Ethnic Studies requirement:

  • Aligning Skyline College’s Associate Degree’s general education with CSU’s general education by adding Area F: Ethnic Studies (thus, changing the local Associate Degree’s general education total from 19 units to 22 units).
  • Removing Skyline College’s Ethnic and Cultural Diversity graduation requirement.
  • Removing the Skyline College 5A/5B Ethnic and Cultural Diversity designation from the courses currently listed with it in the 2020-2021 Catalog.

Nominations for Meyer Award for Excellence in Teaching:  Call will go out next Tuesday.  This year, it is open to the class of faculty starting in 2016 until now.

Elections: Faculty are encouraged to consider running for a Skyline College Academic Senate officer position.  Past local senate officers and committee chairs are encouraged to run for the District Academic Senate President-Elect position.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

Skyline College Leads SMCCCD Celebration of Open Education Week 2021!

On March 1-5 Skyline’s ZTC Team partnered with CSM and Cañada to kick off the year with the annual Open Education Week 2021. Open Education Week is designed to raise awareness of free and openly shared educational resources that reduce the cost of materials to students and increase student engagement and retention. Professors and students shared how these programs have transformed the college experience.

The ZTC Team is excited to introduce FWS ZTC Student Assistant, Gloria Carbajal who got to learn first-hand from the OEWeek experiences that students and professors have had in the program. She talked to other students across the country and connected with them on their project ideas regarding ZTC and OER while sharing what we are working on at Skyline College, including the news that Skyline students have saved $4,631,357.73 by choosing to sign up for ZTC and OER class sections since Spring 2018!

The ZTC Team is extremely excited for the work that our professors have already done and the amazing ideas that they have to further expand textbook affordability solutions. We encourage students to sign up for ZTC & OER classes in the upcoming summer/fall 2021 registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ame Maloney, Faculty Services Librarian at maloneya@smccd.edu. Together we can make a change!

Article by Gloria Carbajal and Ame Maloney


¡Skyline College lidera la celebración de SMCCCD de la Semana de la Educación Abierta 2021!

Del 1 al 5 de marzo, el equipo ZTC / OER de Skyline se asoció con CSM y Cañada para dar inicio al año con la Semana de la Educación Abierta anual 2021. La Semana de la Educación Abierta está diseñada para crear conciencia sobre los recursos educativos gratuitos y abiertos que reducen el costo de los materiales para estudiantes y aumentar la participación y retención de los estudiantes. Profesores y estudiantes compartieron cómo estos programas han transformado la experiencia universitaria.

El equipo de ZTC se complace en presentar a la asistente de estudiantes de FWS ZTC, Gloria Carbajal, quien aprendió de primera mano de las experiencias de OEWeek que los estudiantes y profesores han tenido en el programa. Habló con otros estudiantes de todo el país y se conectó con ellos sobre sus ideas de proyectos sobre ZTC y OER. A la vez, el equipo compartió los logros del programa incluso que los estudiantes de Skyline han ahorrado $ 4,631,357.73 al optar por inscribirse en las secciones de clases de ZTC y OER desde la primavera de 2018.

El equipo de ZTC está extremadamente emocionado por el trabajo que nuestros profesores ya han realizado y las increíbles ideas que tienen para expandir aún más las soluciones de asequibilidad de libros de texto. Alentamos a los estudiantes a inscribirse en las clases de ZTC y REA en el próximo verano / otoño de 2021. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Ame Maloney, Bibliotecaria de Servicios Docentes en maloneya@smccd.edu. ¡Juntos podemos hacer un cambio!

Artículo escrito por Gloria Carbajal y Ame Maloney

Can Dolly Save Us? Examining American Exceptionalism Through a Black Feminist Perspective

Dr. Tressie McMillan CottomAs part of our Events at Home Series, the Foundation will be presenting a very timely talk on March 30 from 5:30-6:30pm by CSM Professor Seon-Hye Moon: Can Dolly Save Us? Examining American Exceptionalism Through a Black Feminist Perspective.

The past few years have been Dolly years. What drives our current cultural fascination–and worship–of Dolly Parton? How can we read this alongside the realities of our #BlackLivesMatter and the #MeToo movements? Is there a connection? This talk will explore these questions through the work of Black feminist scholars.

All the information and a photo can be found here: https://foundation.smccd.edu/events-at-home-women.php.

Professor Seon-Hye Moon (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the College of San Mateo. She applies interdisciplinary methods to her research focused on socially reproductive labor of women with an emphasis on women of color. Currently, her dissertation research centers on the gendered and racialized labors of the early childhood education workforce. She earned her BA in Literature from Columbia University, an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State. Presently, Professor Moon is working towards her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at UC Davis.



Women in Business Panel @the BAEC

Women in Business PanelThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College (BAEC), hosted a Women in Business Panel in celebration of Women History Month on March 17th. The discussion featured women from different industries, all sharing their experiences and perspectives on everything from overcome doubts and fears to how they became the leaders they are today.  In addition to share insights, our panel of dynamic women also shared tools and best practices for managing and coping, through this pandemic and in just about any situation.  Allowing ourselves some grace, resting in our best, maintaining a daily schedule (that can change) and creating to-do lists, are just a few of the tools and suggestions discussed by the panel.

In case you missed it, the panel discussion was recorded and can be viewed anytime, here on our YouTube channel.

Information or resources you’d like to share with the business community? Connect with us here: baec@smccd.edu.

Article and Image by Ling Chien