We are very pleased to announce that the SparkPoint Food Pantry officially re-opened on Tuesday, March 22, 2022!
Until further notice, our food pantry will serve only students and will operate by appointment only. Due to capacity limits, we are not able to serve community members or drop-ins at this time. The Wednesday Drive-thru Grocery Distribution will continue to operate through May and will be open to the public, but this new modality is an effort to prioritize student needs and create more flexibility for grocery pick-up on our campus. We will have appointments available Monday-Friday and students will be able to book your appointment up to 2 weeks in advance.
- We will be open during Spring Recess and over the summer
- Space is limited (please do your best to make it to your appointment)
- No ID required. A car is not required.
- Groceries will be pre-bagged (no substitutions at pick up)
- Items vary, but typically can include:
- fresh fruit, vegetables, canned goods, beans, rice, pasta, milk, eggs, meat, snacks and much more!
- Meat and dairy alternatives are sometimes available
- This will not affect the student food grant or financial aid
- An online order form and appointment are required (no drop-ins)
We invite students to provide feedback within the order form or to contact the SparkPoint Front Office at 650-738-7035 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions.
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program and the Financial Aid Office coordinated to host the Student Success Workshop at the STEM Center in Building 7. Students were invited to learn how to take advantage of scholarships and work study, filing for FAFSA, and understanding eligibility for different forms of grants and loans.
Financial Aid Program Services Coordinator Patricia Flores and Financial Aid Campus Ambassador Jonathan Scott discussed their experiences, providing useful advice to attendees.
Students’ were primarily concerned with eligibility for financial aid and how it could be used and applied to support their educational goals. With many students facing uncertainty as they transfer or are beginning their college journey, the event facilitated connecting directly with the Financial Aid department.
For more information about FAFSA and student aid, please reach out to Patricia Flores (email@example.com), or visit the website at: https://www.skylinecollege.edu/financialaid.
Article by Kaileiani Louie | Photo by Emilie Hein
You might think that by 2022 we’d be finished playing “catch up” in telling the true stories and revealing the radical work women/womxn have done historically; that enough books have been published, purchased and displayed. Or you might argue that we are only just getting started.
While many of us believe women’s/womxn’s work truly deserves to be highlighted year-round, every Spring “Women’s History Month” does provide an important opportunity to pause and celebrate the often overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood people who have changed our lives for the better. As librarians, we do this by carefully curating book displays throughout our libraries.
In fact, selecting current themes like the #MeTooMovement and also evaluating our library collections for gaps — where are the books on radical Asian-American women/womxn? — is a kind of cathartic Spring ritual that librarians across the country collectively engage in. In searching out these books, we ask ourselves: how far have we come in telling these stories? What’s missing from our collections? What work remains to be done?
This year you’ll find on display at Skyline College Library a collection of books about “Rad Women/Womxn”: anarchists, writers, artists, musicians, teachers and political leaders all across the ethnic and LGBTQ+ spectrums (front foyer case). Book displays inside the Library highlight recent 2019-2022 memoirs by American women/womxn (above the graphic novels), both new and classic histories of women/womxn who were pioneers in their fields, and groundbreaking novels of the 20th and 21st centuries (front and center).
If you were educated to believe that Rosa Parks was just a tired woman who didn’t want to give up her seat on the bus, drop by the Library for some eye-opening reading revealing the true stories of women/womxn who have changed our world! Some new titles include Rosa Parks: In her own words, Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and Kathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Not to be overlooked: When women invented television. Check back soon for a critical biography of Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama, Heartbeat of Struggle.
Last but not least, we want to hear from you. Which books would you like to see added to our collection? Faculty can fill out this form: https://smccd-czqfp.formstack.com/forms/library_materials_request_form
All others, please send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp
WISER! (Women in Science and Engineering Represent!) along with the Physics and Astronomy Club and Honors Club will be hosting a moving screening this Friday. Join us March 25, 2022, from 6:00-9:00 pm in the STEM Center to celebrate the Black Female Mathematicians who helped to win the Space Race. We will be viewing Hidden Figures and everyone is welcome to attend — please join us as we celebrate these influential women is history! Contact Emilie Hein (email@example.com) or Maryam Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Movie Title: Hidden Figures
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: STEM Center, Building 7, Room 7-303 to 7-307
This Spring we are reading author Mia Alvar’s highly acclaimed In the County: Stories. Three times this semester, we’ll enjoy discussions as an informal hybrid group via Zoom or in-person (your choice) at Skyline College Library. No homework beyond reading is required. Here is what you need to know:
Who can join? This Book Club is facilitated by librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp and is open to students, staff and faculty in SMCCCD. Undocumented students are especially welcome. The Book Club is a safe space for discussions about sometimes difficult topics. The theme of Alvar’s stories is the Filipinx diaspora. From our first meeting, we have learned that these stories are “morally messy” — there’s a lot for us to deconstruct!
When: Our second meeting takes place Tuesday, April 12 from 2:00-3:00pm. Since we are reading short stories, anyone who did not attend the first meeting is welcome to join the conversation. Just sign up here so we will know you are coming: bit.ly/MiaAlvar
Where: This is a hybrid club! You can join in person at the Library (Skyline College, Building 5, 2nd floor) or by zoom at this link: https://smccd.zoom.us/j/83121121288?pwd=SGRPYzBGSU03bFJxSGNFL2oxQkxkUT09
Can students get credit for participating? This is a non-academic book club. However, you may speak to your professor to learn whether they might offer extra credit.
Do I need to read the entire book? As this is a book of short stories, we will discuss only selected stories at each meeting. Attendance at every meeting is not required. You can also listen to the audiobook if you choose.
You can find the April 12 reading guidelines and additional details here: https://guides.skylinecollege.edu/dreamersstudentresources/bookclub
Questions? Do you need a copy of the In the Country: Stories? Please contact Jessica Silver-Sharp, email@example.com.
Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp
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. Check out some current Job Opportunities available now. Should you be interested in looking at all opportunities available please visit our website. 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!
How may we assist you in landing your dream job? The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following job opportunities with you. Check them out—
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. Check out some current Internship Opportunities available now. Should you be interested in looking at all opportunities available please visit our website. 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—
As you get ready to enjoy the spring break, please remember to keep COVID-19 in mind. Continue to take steps to prevent its spread, and remember to stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Get Your COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Before the Break
Home antigen tests continue to be distributed through public safety for employee and student distribution. Please make sure you have a test kit on hand as we head out for spring break.
For those who will travel or gather in vacation activities, you are encouraged to take a home test prior to returning to campus.
Employees can request test kits through their division office and students can receive their free test kits via the Bookstores.
Onsite Testing Available During Spring Break
Onsite testing continues to be available through spring break at all three campuses. Free PCR testing is available to students, employees and the community Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Fridays 10:00am – 3:00pm.
For more information, visit: https://smccd.edu/return-to-campus/testing.php
CDC Travel Advisory Reminder
The CDC is advising individuals not to travel if:
- You are sick, even if you recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days or are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines
- You tested positive for COVID-19
- You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
- You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine
Follow all the latest info at: https://smccd.edu/return-to-campus/employees.php
Please join us as we celebrate the 21st Annual President’s Breakfast on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
We hope to see you for a morning of networking, a delicious breakfast and motivating presentations about Skyline College Promise Scholars Program and President’s Innovation Fund projects and the students they benefit. Attendees will be given the opportunity to donate.
Thursday, April 14, 2022
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM PDT (7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking & Coffee | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast & Program)
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The Farallon Room at Skyline College & Online
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
In-Person tickets are $100 each
Virtual tickets are $75 each
Sponsorship opportunities available.
Can’t Attend? You can show your support for higher education by making a donation to the Skyline College President’s Council Fund.
On March 14, 2022, the Black History Mobile Museum curated by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim came to Skyline College as part of its nationwide traveling tour of over 100 colleges and universities. The CIPHER Hip Hop Learning Community hosted this event as part of their 15th Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop event series.
Over 10 tables of artifacts detailing Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to Hip Hop culture was on display for viewing in the Farallon Room in Building 12. Through his selection and framing of artifacts, Dr. el-Hakim created visual narratives and constructed meaning for his attendees. He explains through his presentation that, “Exhibitions are interpretive acts and forms of pedagogy.” He challenges us as educators to reflect on how we can impact student learning in different ways beyond the classroom walls.
We were also blessed with a special guest appearance by Marvin X who performed two powerful poems that resonated throughout the halls of Building 12. Marvin X was part of the Black Arts Movement led by Amiri Baraka and worked alongside Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver.
Dr. el-Hakim facilitated a learning activity with Middle College students, sparking students’ academic growth, cultural competence, and sociopolitical awareness. Students engaged with the artifacts that were intentionally placed in chronological order from the time of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement to Hip Hop culture. Dr. el-Hakim explains, “The point is to get us out of our comfort zones and force that uncomfortable conversation about race and identity to happen.”
This event was organized in collaboration with Student Equity & Support Programs, the Center for Student Life and Leadership, TRiO, ASTEP/Umoja, Skyline College Outreach, and the Equity Institute.
Article by Nate Nevado | Photos by Marisa Thigpen