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Student and Alumni Art at West-Coast Artists Gallery, San Bruno

The Skyline College Art Department, in collaboration with the Society of West-Coast Artists, is proud to present an exhibition in downtown San Bruno featuring artwork by Skyline College students and alumni. The exhibition is on view until November 4, 2022, and is located in the Society of West-Coast Artists Gallery on San Mateo Avenue. The exhibit highlights the amazing artwork Skyline College students are making, as well as demonstrating how dedicated they are to their practice, and their enthusiasm for community participation.

From ceramic sculpture to digital pieces, to paintings, photographs and sculptures, the viewer is certain to find an artwork here of personal interest. The exhibit is kaleidoscopic in style, from highly conceptual work in the form of a 90’s home computer desk clad with internet art (by Yu Huang) to a beautifully painted portrait of a pig (by Patricia Tollefson).

A well attended opening reception was held on October 7, 2022, giving members of the Skyline College administration, faculty, students, and local community the opportunity to mingle together, look at art, and have a great time. 

The exhibit will be on view through November 4, 2022, so please be sure to stop by during the gallery’s open hours, support the arts, and see what students are creating! Gallery hours are posted below.

Society of West-Coast Artists Gallery

527 San Mateo Avenue     

San Bruno, CA  94066     

(650) 225-9250   

info@societyofwest-coastartists.com

Exhibition Dates: October 5 – November 4, 2022

Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Article by Prof. Amir Esfahani

Leonardo Espino Receives PTK Scholarship

Leonardo Espino is a 19-year old student at Skyline College, communications major, and PTK member since April 2022. Leonardo was selected as a 2022 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to PTK members with outstanding academic achievements and leadership potential.

In this short interview Leonardo shares his educational journey thus far and experiences on getting the scholarship as a PTK Member.

Each education journey is unique. Please, share your story with us.

Leo: I played baseball since I could hold a bat; I always thought I would be a baseball player; however, during my high school senior year I clearly understood that my path had dramatically changed. I realized my calling was as a baseball analyst, not a player. I’m currently working on my communications degree, and I’ve recently finished my first year. I’m proud of my work the past two semesters and I hope to graduate in the spring of 2023. I then plan to transfer to USF where I hope to complete my communications education eventually with a master’s degree.

A huge part of being a PTK member is volunteering and being involved on campus. Which clubs/groups have you been involved with?

Leo: I have been vice president of our Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM) club since Fall 2021. I also served as a Learning Assistant during the summer Jumpstart program. In addition, I am also serving as an English tutor for the TRiO program this year.

With so many opportunities to choose from, why did you decide to join PTK?

Leo: I decided to join PTK after I received the invitation after the end of my first semester. It was a great feeling to be recognized for my grades and work during the semester. I looked into the prestigious organization and decided that it was an opportunity which I couldn’t refuse.

What skills have you learnt as a member of PTK?

Leo: I actually joined PTK in the Spring of this year and I’ve mainly been reading and familiarizing myself more with the organization. Being a member has helped me to develop leadership skills, apply for scholarships and explore career paths. I think there are some other paths which could help bridge me to my dream job at MLB Network. While I aspire to be like my icons Greg Amsinger or Dan O’Dowd in the future; I hope that PTK can continue to help me get there with other opportunities along the way.

What made you apply for this scholarship and why?

Leo: I applied for the scholarship because I need some financial help for tuition after I transfer to USF, so I plan to continue to apply for more scholarship opportunities. This scholarship seemed like a great opportunity.

What will be your next step on your professional journey?

Leo: The next step on my professional journey is to transfer to USF after I graduate from Skyline. I want to be an MLB analyst in the future, and I think USF is the perfect school to help get me there after Skyline College.

Do you have any advice or suggestions for the students who want to apply for this scholarship?

Leo: My advice to anyone applying for the scholarship is to apply as soon as you possibly can. It’s a bit of a lengthy process but it’s completely worth the effort. It’s also a good idea to get to know your administration and faculty as their support is truly valuable. I personally would not have won without the support of Director Stokes from the BAM and TRiO programs.

Beta Theta Omicron, the Skyline College Chapter of PTK, supports students with their scholarship applications. On Friday, October 14, 2022, Honors Counselor Joyce Lee held a scholarship application workshop and shared useful information with the students on how to write successful applications.

BΘO thanks Joyce Lee for her continued support of the chapter and campus community.

Interview by Hnin Thandar Win

Perhaps Libraries are Where Quiet Revolutions Start: A Report from Banned Books Week

On September 29, 2022, students, faculty, poets and writers came together at the Library for an international program about book banning and our freedoms of expression. Pia Walawalkar, Outreach and Equity Librarian for the College, explained the impetus for the program — the recent attack on Salman Rushdie by someone who had read only two pages of his famous novel, The Satanic Verses.  She provided background on the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwā calling for Rushdie’s assassination and the resulting attacks on his life and those of his translators. She also spoke of the PEN international organization which helps to protect exiled writers living in danger around the world.

Speakers emphasized that in our democratic society all of our rights are connected, noting the Supreme Court’s recent ban on our constitutional right to reproduction, and asking which rights might we lose next if we don’t take action? 

Students engaged with faculty to ask, “Who is responsible for book banning?” Language Arts instructor Rob Williams then continued, “When we think of banned books we often think about books in the U.S. by white writers.” Attention on banned books has often excluded queer writers, writers of color, and international writers. Recently our nation’s teachers (and curriculum) have also come under fire, especially around the teaching of critical race theory. We must continue to bring attention to this and fight back.

Six participants read from banned works they had selected and students had an opportunity to ask questions. 

Devi Laskar, feminist poet, novelist and former journalist, author of the 2019 novel The Atlas of Reds and Blues and other works, joined the group by zoom, explaining that her writings have been inspired by Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric and Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, books she felt gave her permission to tackle the subjects of racism and misogyny and to “be a champion for people to write what they want.” She read movingly from Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja (Shame), banned in Bangladesh, and of the fatwā against Nasrin. “People should be reading as much as they can… It’s so unfair to these writers in particular and we need to call attention to that.”

Faculty members Rachel Cunningham (Geography) and Jessica Silver-Sharp (Library) read passages from banned books they’d experienced as teenagers; Prof. Cunningham read from Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), commenting, “it always feels like an active rebellion to read banned books!” Jessica read the opening passage of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953).

World languages professor Luciana Castro, who grew up under a military dictatorship in Argentina and other countries, explained how this environment of repression made her “more prone to listen and pay attention to people who were less visible but needing to be leaving their mark in history.” She introduced the group to Marielle Franco, politician, sociologist, feminist, socialist and human rights activist, who gave voice to Brazilians living in the favelas. Assassinated in 2018, Franco’s books remain banned and largely untranslated. Prof. Castro shared Franco’s words, “The roses of resistance are born in the asphalt. We receive roses, but we will be with our fists clenched speaking of our existence against the push and pull that affects our lives.”

Aileen Cassinetto, author, poet and former poet laureate of San Mateo, introduced herself as “an immigrant writer who grew up during times of martial law in the Philippines.” She recalled unprecedented human rights abuses there during the Marcos era, and spoke about how subsequent leaders (post-Marcos) altered history by revising textbooks and banning other books such that children today understand the times of repression as a “golden age” they were not. 

Faculty member Susanne Schubert (Chemistry) who grew up in Germany spoke of times of repression in East Germany when many artists lived under house arrest. One such writer was poet, singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. In both English and German, Prof. Schubert and her son Paul read Biermann’s poem “Ermutigung” (Encouragement), a work written to a friend then under house arrest. The poem speaks of staying quiet, living in between the lines.  

Students voiced excellent questions for the speakers. Cuban international student Yessica explained that in her native country, countless writers have been banned. She spoke of the famous Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz (d. 1997) who despite being exiled within Cuba, continued to fight for freedom later in life. As many of Loynaz’s poems remain untranslated, Yessica read “Roses” in Spanish and then translated the poem into English herself. 

Professor Walawalkar concluded by reminding the gathering that while today we celebrate our freedom to read and speak out, if we aren’t vigilant our rights can be taken away from us. “Perhaps it’s actually our obligation to read. Maybe that’s our quiet revolution.”

Note: Book displays featuring banned books around the Library will remain in place through October 21. All members of the Skyline College community can check out library books; no library cards are required. You are also encouraged to donate a banned book to the Free Library box built by Professor Kaplan-Biegel’s journalism students. You’ll find it in the Library foyer by the glass wall display. More information is available here: bit.ly/WritersUnderAttack.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Job Opportunities

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. 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!

Internship Opportunities

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—

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 briefwelcome form and someone will contact you soon to schedule an appointment!

Skyline College Biomanufacturing Part of Local Biotech Ecology, Industry Growth in South San Francisco

The Future of Biotech looks bright in our area.   Amgen is the second large biotech company to open a large facility in SSF this year.  The research facility located in the Oyster Point Business Park neighborhood of SSF is over 250k square feet of lab space and employes over 600 people who do research on Cancer, Cardiovascular and Neural health.  Amgen CEO Bob Bradway in his opening remarks talked about the Biotech Ecosystem in the Bay area that was so appealing to the company.   Skyline College is part of this ecosystem of Universities/ Colleges, over 300 small Biotech companies and nonprofits like Skylines close partner BABEC, that contribute to the vibrant Biopharma landscape of South SanFrancisco.

Alumni and friends of Skyline are in all these places.   As we were walking into the celebration, the Amgen employee holding the door and directing people into the courtyard said “Hey I went to Skyline College too” after seeing the Red Skyline Logo on my shirt.  This goes to show that Skyline Alumni are working in all these places even if they do not take Biology or Biotec at Skyline.   These companies will also hire from accountants and admins to pipefitters and X ray techs. Who happen to be Skyline students. Professor Kapp attended the ribbon cutting with members of BABEC.  As we were leaving the building, dodging construction skiffs and large work trucks we happened on the Charles River Accelerator and Incubator.  This company site within another company site highlighted to us how partnerships are important to complete a goal.   Amgen and Charles River work together to research cancer.  Skyline works with Non Profits, Companies and government agents to help our students with their career and educational goals.    It felt good to walk out of the building knowing we are a part of an ecosystem that will help so many students.

Article and photos by Nick Kapp

Strong Turnout on Transfer Day 2022

We want to thank the entire Skyline College community for supporting Transfer Day and Alma Mater Day on October 6, 2022. The event included 35 colleges and universities and welcomed over 175 students. Students gained valuable information to inform their transfer planning while enjoying an event that included music, giveaways, and games. Students provided their feedback that expressed their gratitude for bringing back in-person interactions with admission professionals. Admission professionals also shared their enthusiasm about the strong turnout and return to pre-pandemic levels of student engagement. 

Fall is the primary transfer period for Skyline College applicants, and the event was scheduled to coincide with UC and CSU transfer application periods. This event supported students at different points of their journey. Transfer Day helps students who are just beginning at Skyline College by engaging them in transfer planning early. It supports continuing and returning students who are defining and committing to their transfer plans. It also supports students who will be applicants and will enroll into universities by Fall 2023.

Thank you to the entire Skyline Community for all the incredible support. We are grateful to the Facilities and Maintenance team for the setup. Thank you to the Public Safety department for parking arrangements. Thank you to the Outreach Department for all their support by providing staffing to support the event. Thank you to each of you that staffed and visited the event.

Article by Ernesto Hernandez and Alexandra Kaplan

Join SMCCCD’s Sustainability Committee!

Interested in making SMCCCD more sustainable? The Districtwide Sustainability Committee Is open to all interested CSM, Cañada and Skyline College students, faculty, and staff. We will meet bi-monthly to collaborate on sustainability projects, share current District initiatives, and work together to drive climate action. Fill out this short form to register your interest: tinyurl.com/4t4y837a. For more information, visit our website or email us at sustainability@my.smccd.edu.

Article by Georgia Roden, SMCCCD Utility and Sustainability Specialist

Biomanufacturing Networking Opportunities for Students

Networking is the process of making connections and building relationships. In the Biomanufacturing program we often stress that these connections can provide students with advice and contacts, which can help them make informed career decisions. Often networking can help students find unadvertised jobs/internships. Networking also breaks up the monotony of lectures and learning, giving students a new way to look at why they are in school. It’s also fun and a way to meet new people and make friends.

As part of the Student Chapter of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), Skyline College students were invited to an annual networking/vendor showcase for the West Coast Chapter of the PDA. In this free event, students were able to talk to many professionals in the Biopharma field and get a good idea of what jobs in Risk Management, Quality Control and Project Management really do.

The next Networking event for Biology and Biomanufacturing, will be with the Chinese Bioscience Association on October 8th.   Look for the posters in Building 8 or email Dr. Michael Song (SongM@smccd.edu) for more information.   

Being active in these professional organizations is not only good for one’s career but it is fun and gives students a chance to use the education that they get in their classes.

Article and Photos by Nick Kapp

Latinx Heritage Month

Happy October Trojans! For those of you who didn’t know, Skyline College has been celebrating Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month for the past two weeks. Here is a recap of what you may have missed so far:

Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Vendors, Food, and Giveaways
Kicking off Latinx Heritage Month, we had a celebration in the Quad highlighting Latinx and Hispanic culture by introducing students to street vendors from the mission. There were clothes, jewelry, and tons of art for students to come check out. On top of this, ASSC provided free churros, watermelon agua frescas, horchata, and tons of snacks. Throughout the event, there were several giveaways including a pair of Harry Potter Vans and jewelry from some of the vendors who came by.


Thursday, September 22, 2022 – La Mission Screening
The following week, we screened a movie, La Mission, and gave out churros, popcorn, and tons of candy. The screening was loads of fun and a huge learning experience, showcasing the identity, culture, and traditions of Latinx and Hispanic communities. Further, it reflects on ongoing challenges Latinx and Hispanic communities struggle with, including topics like gentrification.


Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Dia De La Mission
To end September, lowriders and vendors from the Mission District in San Francisco came together in the quad to continue celebrating Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. The event was filled with music, giveaways, and tons of food, including churros, agua frescas, and horchata. Some of our giveaways included art and jewelry.


Do not worry if you have missed out on these events because we have a ton more coming in celebration of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some dates to look forward to:

Thursday, October 6: Get to Know Menual Alejandro Perez
Thursday, October 13: Closing Day Celebration


This is a busy month which means you will have a lot to look forward to as we start to celebrate Filipinx History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, and Skyloween all in the month of October. Be sure to check out @skylineassc on Instagram for upcoming events and updates on what’s happening on our campus. Hope to see you at our events, and until then, peace out cool kids.

Article by Eureka | Photos by the Associated Students of Skyline College and Ryan Samn