Monthly Archives: May 2022

Faculty Use of ZTC Course Material Supports Student Access, Saves Students Money

With gratitude, commendation and recognition, the Zero Textbook Cost Program celebrates all 158 unique Spring 2022 faculty currently offering ZTC and LTC courses! 339 fully ZTC ($0 for course materials) class sections and 73 Low Textbook Cost (LTC, ≥$40 for course materials) class sections are serving 8,801 students registered in ZTC/LTC classes! Faculty course material choices this SP2022 semester resulted in an out-of-pocket course material estimated savings to Skyline Students of $860,779.

We look forward to continued growth and cultivation of the ZTC program. Stay tuned new opportunities for supporting the Zero Textbook Cost Program this Fall.

Until then, have a happy, healthy summer and stay engaged with us on the web at


Article by Bianca Rowden-Quince & Ame Maloney


Biotech Students Attend Science Garage Poster Session

Top photo: L-R: Azure Bell and Jonathan Zhang at Science Garage Poster Session at the SSFHS, Calif., May 10, 2022. Photo by Nick Capp. Science Garage Poster Session at the SSFHS, Calif., May 10, 2022. Photos by Nick Kapp.

Although the Bay Area is still a bit cold in May, it cannot stop the progress of biotechnology professor Dr. Nick Kapp and students Jonathan Zhang and Azure Bell. On May 10, 2022, with Dr. Kapp as the team leader, a group of three Skyline College Biotechnology students participated in the 7th annual South San Francisco High School (SSFHS) Science Garage Poster Session.

Science Garage is part of the Genentech Futurelab science education initiative to inspire the next generation of scientists at South San Francisco Unified School District. At the high school level, students have the option to participate in a four-year biotechnology pathway. The pathway begins at 9th grade with students taking biology with a biotechnology unit. Students will then have the option to join the SSFHS Biotechnology Pathway. Both El Camino High School and South San Francisco High School have the same pathway, curriculum and equipment. This year’s Science Garage Poster Session was held in a 8000 sq. ft. biotechnology laboratory in SSFHS donated by Genentech Futurelab. All the students are welcome to use the state-of-the-art building to engage in an innovative, hands-on and minds-on curriculum.

Skyline College also has a close cooperation with SSFHS. Right now high school students taking biotechnology courses will earn Skyline College credits in Dual Enrollment. These credits will appear on their community college transcript. The final grade earned in the dual-enrolled courses will be counted towards community college GPA calculation. Students who wish to enroll in biotechnology should anticipate a college-level rigor curriculum. Additionally, students can earn college credits for free! Skyline College offers BTEC 400(2 units ,CSU transferable), BTEC 170 (3 units, CSU/UC transferable) and BTEC 171 (1 unit, CSU/UC transferable) courses for students to take. 

During the Science Garage Poster Session, a total of more than a dozen groups of posters were displayed, and there were research displays in the field of microorganisms, including the impact of different phages on antibiotic screening. There were also studies in the field of biochemistry, including comparative studies of different ELISA methods for meat contamination detection, etc. Meanwhile, in the field of molecular biology, a comparative study of rapid detection methods for genetically modified foods was also presented. In all presentations, high school students can share their research content confidently and fluently. The research route was clear, including pre-hypotheses, experimental verifications, post-conclusions, and future prospects, etc. The research demonstrated the outstanding scientific research strength of contemporary high school students, a very exciting event.

The Skyline College Biotechnology students enjoyed giving back to the community and seeing where they were just a few years ago.  By helping evaluate these posters the Skyline Biotechnology students can gauge how far they have come in their Biotech studies.


Article by Jonathan Zhang | Photos by Nick Kapp

Provide Your Feedback on our College Logo (and win $50)

Skyline College is committed to ensuring the effectiveness of our brand identity – a huge part of that identity is our college logo. After engaging the campus community with an interest survey last year that showed a broad desire to update our logo, the college has contracted with a branding agency to explore the possibility of redesigning our college logo and establish a college seal. As a campus community, we are visualizing possibilities for the future brand identity of Skyline College.

We want your feedback on this important process.

Please take about 2 minutes to fill out the Envisioning the Future of Skyline College Survey. Your feedback will help to shape a potential logo redesign. Survey participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card to the Skyline College Bookstore / World Cup Coffee & Tea.

Here is some additional information about the work that has gone into this process and what you can expect in the future:

What we’ve done so far:

  • Launched an initial interest survey last year that showed a broad desire to revisit and modernize our college logo.
  • Engaged a branding agency to explore the possibility of a logo redesign and the creation of a college seal.
  • Met with focus groups representing campus constituencies including students, faculty, classified staff, administration, alumni and community members. These focus groups provided valuable insight into their unique perspectives on our logo and brand which will inform any future design processes.

Where we’re going from here:

Survey responses will be collected and used in conjunction with focus group feedback to inform any future logo and college seal design processes.

Self-Defense Workshop with Master Joseph Bautista – Tuesday, May 10

Join us for a Self-Defense Workshop with Master Joseph Bautista from Legacy Filipino Martial Arts on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

We will meet up at the Intercultural Center Event Area (Bldg. 4) and proceed outdoors. This special workshop is open to the first 25 registrants and a waiting list will be available. Register here:

For more information, visit

Description of Workshop: Learn how to defend against a punch, a push, and a choke. You will also be given basic self-defense tips and tactics regarding situational awareness and verbal de-escalation. You will leave having working knowledge of how to use everyday items as a tool for self-defense. Expect to have fun while learning to defend yourself!


About Master Joseph Bautista:

Master Joseph Bautista is all about safety, specializing in Filipino martial arts. He began his training in martial arts at the age of 4.  Since 2003, he has been mainly focused on Filipino Martial Arts. Joseph runs Legacy Filipino Martial Arts, a Filipino martial arts school based in Daly City, California.


He also teaches self-defense with Self Defense For the People, a self-defense program with clients such as Salesforce, Airbnb, Gap, UPS, and UCSF. When not teaching self-defense, he is teaching CPR and First Aid Skills to 911 Dispatchers and Local Police Officers in the SF Bay Area with 1st Five Minutes.


Coordinated by the Anti-Asian Hate Task Force at Skyline College

‘How Do We Trust the Media?’ A Dialogue + Workshop: May 11

Have you ever accidentally believed fake news? With all the information available out there these days, it can be hard to tell the difference.

We invite you to join us Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. for a virtual discussion and workshop, “How Do We Trust the Media,” with fun games, prizes and more!

  •     Learn how to navigate the world of information using new tools
  •     Talk with professionals who can help you learn to tell the difference between truth and fiction — and feel confident about it!

Participants are encouraged to watch the film Trust Me ( and then register for the workshop. Faculty are additionally encouraged to assign extra credit for student participation.

Can’t make it? Encourage your students to log into Canvas to enroll in this Canvas short course, Trust the Media, and review the Library’s Research Guide Evaluating News.

Lastly, faculty can also import the Trust Me teaching module in their Canvas course; find instructions and more information here:

“How do we Trust the Media” is presented by Skyline College Library, The Skyline View, and the Associated Students of Skyline College. We looking forward to seeing you!

An Interview with Amanda Sayaseng, Honors Transfer Program Graduate!

The Skyline College Honors Transfer Program recognizes and celebrates current student and soon-to-be graduate Amanda Sayaseng!

Amanda will be one at the Honors Transfer Program Graduate Medallion Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 6, Rm. 6-206 – all are invited to attend!

Amanda is one of twenty students who will be graduating from the program and transferring  this year.


Learn more about Amanda here:

JS: What is your major, and what programs at Skyline College would you like to shout out? (Which programs shaped you into the student you are today?)

AS: My current major at Skyline College is Computer Science and I am hoping to transfer into Computer Science and Engineering programs in the fall. Skyline has a lot of great programs that have made my community college experience extremely memorable, despite the majority of it being online. I came to Skyline as a computer science major so my counselor directed me to Engineering and Tech Scholars, through which I met a cohort of students that I take many classes with and share similar interests with. Another awesome program is the Winter Research Scholars Internship Program, which takes place over winter break. Through this program, I got to learn more about what research looks like in engineering, and we even had the chance to take on our own projects. My team decided to build an Arduino-based quadcopter drone, and it was definitely a super fun experience that further solidified my interest in engineering. The Honors Transfer Program gave me a chance to conduct undergraduate research with my professors and explore different fields. I really love this program because I made great connections with my professors and I learned more about my interests through the research projects I completed.


JS: Can you describe your educational journey?

AS: I started at Skyline College in Fall 2020 as a computer science major. I had a really difficult time deciding between computer science and biomedical engineering as I have always wanted to be a doctor growing up, but I also had a newfound interest in technology. I flipped-flopped between biomedical engineering and computer science a couple of times before eventually settling on computer science and engineering. Currently, I am waiting to hear back from universities to see where I will be going in the fall.


JS: What research projects from Skyline College are you most proud of?

AS: I loved all of the research projects I completed through the Honors Transfer Program. One of my favorites was about Dissociative Identity Disorder and criminal responsibility. I looked at various cases and their attempts to hold a defendant with DID who had committed crimes criminally responsible in a way that was morally just to society but still ethical to the defendant. I really enjoyed this project in particular because it was a great opportunity to learn about a field that is very different from what I am used to studying. Another research project I really enjoyed looked at scintillators in medical imaging techniques. Most of my college experiences had been online so I was super excited to be able to get some hands-on experiences in the physics lab. As a second part to this project, I worked on putting together a scintillator-based detector, through which I learned new skills such as soldering.


JS: How did faculty and staff help you as you did your research?

AS: One way my professors have helped me is with narrowing down a research topic. Oftentimes I will have a broader idea of what I am interested in researching. I’ll bring this idea to my professor and they’ll point me in a few different directions to explore possible ways to specify a topic. Another way my professors have helped is by connecting me to other staff members or faculty that would be beneficial to speak to. Throughout the research process, they have also helped with explaining what the results or data I come find could indicate, as well as ways to present these.


JS: What were the most important steps you took to start your transfer journey?

AS: The most important step I took was starting early. Before starting my first semester at Skyline, I met with my counselor multiple times and thoroughly researched the transfer requirements for my major and the programs I was interested in. I made note of important deadlines based on when I was planning to transfer and set up meetings with admission counselors of the programs that I was interested in.


JS: What valuable piece of advice do you have for current and future transfer students?

AS: Get involved with the Skyline Community! Whether through clubs or programs, it is a great way to meet new people. It is helpful to have a strong support system of other students that you take classes and share similar interests or goals with.


JS: What do you want to do as a career, and why?

 AS: As of right now, I’m not entirely sure what I want to do as a career yet. I am still super interested in medicine and I would like to find a way to use computer science and engineering concepts to advance medical technology. Currently, I have been thinking about exploring a career in research and development.


JS: Thank you, Amanda! We wish you the best of luck on your journey!


Article and flyer by Janice Sapigao | Photo provided by Amanda Sayaseng

In-Person Pilipino Cultural Night ‘The Color of Love’ May 6 & 7

The Kababayan Learning Community invites you to the 17th annual Pilipino Cultural Night – The Color of Love / Ang Kulay ng Pag-ibig / El Color del Amor –  a celebration of love to welcome back the Skyline College community for the first in-person PCN in three years!  Join us for a live performance featuring the work of Kababayan and Puente Learning Community students and faculty on Friday, May 6 or Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Tickets (and donations if you want to support but are unable to attend the performance) are available on a sliding scale and can be purchased online in advance by visiting the links below. Tickets are limited and masks will be required in Building 1.

Friday, May 6th  –

Saturday, May 7th

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show: 7:00 p.m. (runtime approx. 2 hours)
Location: Building 1, Skyline College Theater

Brief Synopsis: Belinda Lupe Martinez and Josephine Marie Capistrano are 25-year-old seniors at San Francisco State University. They’re also engaged. At Belinda’s birthday picnic in San Antonio, Texas, the couple announces to both of their conservative families their plan to get married. Belinda’s Roman Catholic grandmother adamantly opposes her relationship with another woman as her mother and siblings manage their shock upon learning her real identity. While Josephine has her grandparents’ support, she is pressured by her parents to marry a man to save their family business and dissuade her from being gay. The couple continues to stand up for their real identities, and they weather the chaos their revelation unleashes on everyone, including family secrets that will decide the future of their relationship.

To learn more and to see previous PCN performances, visit the Kababayan Learning Community YouTube Channel at

Ceramics Students Showcase Artwork at 2022 California Clay Conference

Skyline College ceramics students participated for the fourteenth year in the annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA) in Davis, April 29-30, 2022. The conference, hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, draws ceramics students from all over the state to put on a display of their colleges’ artwork, and to attend exhibitions by other colleges from California.  Each school is provided a space in downtown Davis to transform into a gallery for the weekend. This year we were located in a complex with many other schools including other California community colleges, CSUs, and private arts colleges.


Participating students welcomed conference guests to our show, sharing their inspirations and techniques. The large variety of school exhibitions presented a beneficial opportunity for students to connect with instructors and current students from potential transfer colleges. In addition to attending the student shows, there were several local galleries showcasing Statewide and National Ceramic exhibitions featuring a wide range of ceramic artwork from professionals in the ceramic field. This provided a rich community of those passionate about ceramic art.


Skyline College’s Student Ceramic Exhibition featured a range of clay pottery and sculpture that represented the wide creative and technical range of our students. The exhibition was co-curated collaboratively by Tiffany Schmierer, Art Professor, Ashley Asaro, Studio Art Lab Technician, and the students. One of the featured pieces was a large-scale tile mural installation by Miyuki Togi titled “Silent Cascade” evoking the wonderous and fragile nature of our environment with delicate porcelain tile reliefs. This piece, along with others displayed at CCACA are currently showing in the campus Art Gallery for the 22nd Annual Skyline College Student Art Exhibition.


Article and photo by Ashley Asaro and Tiffany Schmierer

Employment Workshop for International Students

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, the International Student Program (ISP) and the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Division (SPWD) collaborated to host an employment workshop for international students currently attending Skyline College. Hosted in a HyFlex modality to allow students flexibility, the purpose of the event was to educate international students on U.S. employment practices as well as to review employment-specific regulations for F-1 international students.


ISP advisors Clair Yeo-Sugajski and Chikako Walker went over the basics of immigration regulations for international students, the types of employment they are allowed to engage in and how to apply for work authorization. Following the ISP presentation, SPWD Program Services Coordinators Brittney Sneed and Derek Allenby reviewed a sample resume with the students, focusing on some key elements and tips for an American style resume. They also introduced a wide variety of services and resources designed to assist students in landing their dream job and to meet their individual academic and career goals.


It was an eye-opening experience for many students in attendance because employment practices are often very different in their home countries. The workshop helped them to be better informed and prepared for their future employment and career endeavors.


Special gratitude to SPWD for sharing their information and resources! This event would not have been possible without their support.


ISP provides services and programs for international students and the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at


Article by Chikako Walker | Flyer by Lasheana Dilian Husni