Monthly Archives: April 2021

Be a Part of Virtual Commencement!

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in virtual commencement by submitting a five-second clip of themselves waving, applauding, dancing, giving thumbs up, holding “Congratulations, Skyline Grads!” signs, etc. by Wednesday, May 5.

The original sound in these clips will not be used, so be sure to show your excitement through your body language, attire, or signage. NOTE: it’s also recommended to avoid calling out specific class years in the clips so the clips can be used for both virtual ceremonies. Submitted clips will be edited into an opening montage that sets the mood for each ceremony. To get a feel for what we are creating, an example of a virtual commencement opening can be found here.

Submit Your Five-Second Commencement Video Clip to this Dropbox Folder

Please submit your five-second clip to this page by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. For questions, please contact the Skyline College Marketing Department.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our students at virtual commencement!

Global Virtual Internship Application Open for Fall – Info Session Thursday May 6

Global InternshipsThe SMCCCD Study Abroad office is happy to announce that the application for the Fall 2021 Global Virtual Team Internships Program is now open! Interested students should apply by Thursday, May 27, 2021 to be considered for the Fall 2021 Global Virtual Internship program and accompanying scholarship.

Through this program, students intern internationally from home with companies based in Australia, Canada, England, India, Japan, South Africa, or the U.S. (New York or San Francisco).

What’s the benefit of participating in a global team-based internship online? The world of work is changing. This program allows students to gain exposure to and proficiency within a remote workplace, experience working with a global team, expand their knowledge of an industry, further their understanding of global culture, and make international connections. Exact internships are determined through a placement process, but students may be matched with companies in various industries, including Business and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing and PR, Policy and Government, Public Health and Education, Sustainability and Environment, Technology, and more.

We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us Thursday May 6th @ 4PM to learn more.

Register here to join the info session or to receive the recording

Questions? Please visit the Fall 2021 Global Virtual Internship page or email

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

Skyline College Call for Nominations – Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award – Due to the Professional Personnel Committee by May 3rd

Our Skyline College Academic Senate is still accepting nominations for the Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 3rd. Details for submitting nominations are listed below.

The Meyer Award is an monetary award established by SMT faculty member, Professor Phil Meyer, to be given at the end of the academic year to a colleague who has been a full-time Skyline College faculty member for no more than five academic years. This award seeks to honor and celebrate  excellence in the classroom—the primary criterion for this award. Other criteria include departmental participation, student activities beyond the classroom, and overall collegiality. This prestigious award acknowledges the hard work of our full-time faculty colleagues in the beginning of their tenure at Skyline College. Since we did not award a Meyer Award recipient last year (…global pandemic), this year, eligible full-time faculty will include those from 2016.

Skyline Faculty Members Eligible for the Meyer Award


Brianna Clay, Kim Davalos, Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Jarrod Feiner, Nicholas Langhoff, Soledad McCarthy, Regina Mitchell ,Lucy Perez Jovel, Carlos Romero, Bianca Rowden-Quince, Cassidy Ryan, Gabriel Saucedo, Erinn Struss


Nicole Porter, Alberto Santellan, Jessica Truglio, Miranda Wang, Kenyatta Weathersby, Kim Saccio-Kent, Pia Walawalkar


Yancy Aquino, Lindsey Ayotte, Vincent Chandler, Perry Chen, Jing Folsom


Athena Nazario, Ame Maloney, Emily Hein, Janice Sapigao, Kenny Gonzalez, Katie Hern. Jenny Le


Andrea Fuentes, Mandy Lucas, Christina Shih, Beatriz Qura del Rio, Christopher Watters, Felicia Mazzi, Kolo Wamba, Shaun Perisho, Herlene Grace Beltran


Joseph Adams

Kathy Zarur


Nomination Specifics:

To nominate a faculty member for the Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award, refer to the list of eligible candidate above and submit the nomination form. Share how the nominee demonstrates “excellence in the classroom”, i.e. innovative teaching techniques, supporting students, excellence in other areas on/off campus, and overall collegiality.


Nominations are due by Monday, May 3rd and may be made by any administrator, faculty, or staff member of the Skyline College community.


The Professional Personnel Committee will review all of the applications received and make a recommendation to Academic Senate for the official Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Bianca Rowden-Quince, Professional Personnel Committee Chair at


Article by Bianca Rowden-Quince

$2 Million in Groceries!

Skyline Second HarvestOver $2,000,000 in Groceries Distributed at the Skyline Drive-Thru Free Community Market!

This past week marked the 32nd Skyline College Free Drive-Thru Community Market! At this most recent weekly grocery distribution event we served 845 families with the support of 30 volunteers including the Golden State Warriors organization!

Every week each household or family receives almost 50 lbs of groceries, including milk, eggs, pasta, rice, fresh produce, canned goods and dry goods, as well as a protein item (ham, chicken, turkey, etc.).  Second Harvest Food Bank calculates that over 1,199,000 pounds of groceries have been distributed since our program started in September 2020 and that we have offset over $2,000,000 in grocery costs for the most at risk members of our local community! A special thanks goes to SMCCCD employees from SparkPoint, public safety, and facilities, as well as the wonderful volunteers who make this event possible every week.

This event is held at Skyline College every Wednesday, 11:00am-1:00pm and has been extended through August 2021. All staff, volunteers and participants adhere to all COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols at all times.

  • Only drive-thru pickups will be served
  • All participants must remain in their cars at all times and wear a mask
  • Open to students and the community
  • No I.D required to pick up food
  • Please call 650-738-7970 for weather and air quality closure updates
  • Please use Skyline Blvd entrance

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the Second Harvest Food Bank website.  If you have any questions please email us at


Article by Chad Thompson

Photos by Becky Threewit

Statewide FILGRAD Ceremony

FILGRADStatewide FIl-GRAD Ceremony! Save the Date!

Filipinx organizations in community colleges across the state of California have come together to celebrate the Spring 2021 graduates! We invite all Filipinx community college students to join us for the first statewide ceremony filled with amazing speakers and performers, but ultimately to acknowledge your extraordinary accomplishment. This event will be held on June 10th, 2021 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Registration is open now! We will officially close registration May 7th, 2021. This is the link to register:

We are also offering custom stoles for a small fee. Let us know on your registration form if you’d like to order a one of a kind stole.

Can’t wait for this Filipino celebration!

Article by Jayde Nieve

Free! – A Virtual Model United Nations Conference

Model UNEver wonder what it would be like to be a council member in the world of Katniss Everdeen? Want to practice advocating for climate justice in a safe and welcoming environment? Do you simply want to brush up on your debate and networking skills?

The Skyline College’s Model United Nations Team is hosting an online Model United Nations Conference on Friday, May 7, from 3p.m. – 9p.m., no entrance fee required. Even if you’ve never heard of Model United Nations, we’ll have a tutorial session from 3p.m. – 4p.m., so please don’t miss out on this unique occasion!

The art of communication and persuasion thrives in Model United Nations, where participants mimic governmental/international organizations and engage in formal debate to stand up for their assigned role’s best interests. Participants at conferences will read a background guide and take part in committees that cover different topics; in our case, two! A General Assembly committee is typically larger than a Crisis committee, and a Crisis committee is typically a more creative and fast-paced environment than a General Assembly committee.

Our Crisis committee is the 75th Hunger Games Council, and our General Assembly committee is International Court of Justice: Climate Justice.

If you are interested in joining us for this free and unique, hands-on educational opportunity, please visit the “Events” tab on our website and register with the Google Form and Zoom link:

Please read the background guides linked on the website to ensure a fruitful experience!

Article by Amadea Manalili

The Human Library Offers a Safe Space for Authentic Connections during Challenging Times

Always a StudentOn April 28 the Human Library once again welcomed our community of staff, students and faculty to share personal stories as part of an international movement to “unjudge.” This was a virtual recurring event organized by Skyline College Library and Learning Center.

While all “human books” were fully reserved ahead of time, this session took place on a smaller scale than previously, allowing for an even more intimate space for readers and books to share their stories. As usual, all parties reported wishing they had more time together. 

The human books of the day included two “new” human books, Always a Student and An Intentional Tumbleweed and three returning books, Legend of Latin Rock’s Rise from Darkness into the Light, Lifetime of Impactand Writing in Silence. (Full descriptions of each book appear here).

Students and books alike reported “powerful” and “relatable” experiences from their connections. One student reader described her experience after the event:

“…I will now think before I judge people; my first book really impressed how important that is. For my second book, I think number one is “don’t do drugs;” I also learned about just how resilient people are. My book had a really rough time in his life, and I realized a lot of people have had bad times, maybe not that bad, but bad…and still survive and push through. It’s sort of beautiful.”

A former student hoping to return to Skyline soon explained the impact of reading two human books, noting that while she’d stumbled on the Human Library event accidentally while searching for something else, “I don’t believe in coincidences….” She found that the experiences her books conveyed paralleled aspects of her own life, providing inspiration for her to move forward:

“I was moved by the genuine authenticity and candid honesty of both Leo and Martin. This…experience I’ve had for the first time today was memorable and worthwhile and should be done as often as possible so that others can gain the same value and enjoyment that I gained…”

Human books also reported on “excellent” connections in tackling difficult topics. From one book, “We were able to visit topics of racism toward people of color (LatinX), microaggressions faced by individuals of color, silencing of POC narratives, and discrimination of first generation students in colleges/private institutions.” 

You can find the complete archive of human books here. If you missed the Human Library this time around, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in Fall 2021– even if you’ve graduated.

Would you like to share your story as a human book in the future? Have other questions? Please contact Pia Walawalkar <>.

The Human Library at Skyline College is supported by a President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) award.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

New Staff and Staff Changes at Skyline College

Skyline College LogoOnce a month, Skyline Shines will be highlighting staff changes at the college. “New Staff and Staff Changes at Skyline College” will provide a list of new staff members in each division, including transfers and detail positions. Please be sure to email with any new members of your staff and they will be featured here at the end of the month. Please join us in congratulating the following employees!

April Staff Changes:

  • Steven Chan
    Child Development Center Aide III (Master Teacher)
    Business, Education and Professional Programs
  • Karmann Robbins
    Program Services Coordinator (CARE, CalWORKs, and Guardian Scholars Program)
    Student Equity and Support Programs
  • Susanne Schubert
    Instructor, Chemistry
  • Qimmah Tamu
    Laboratory Coordinator

Article by Becky Threewit

Internship Opportunities

How may we assist you in landing your dream job? Whether you’re interested in short- or long-term career planning, the Career Readiness & Job Placement team offers a variety of services and career readiness experiences to assist you with your specific career needs. If you want to work with a Job Placement Coordinator, please fill out this brief welcome form and someone will contact you soon to schedule an appointment!

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—