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Watch Our 50th Anniversary Commemorative Video!

In celebration of Skyline College’s 50th Anniversary, the marketing team spent many hours working with New Vision Media to create a commemorative video that highlights the past, present, and future of Skyline College. For 50 years, Skyline College has been a beacon for its community. Check out how we’ve established our legacy of achievement in this incredible video…trust us, it’s worth your time. Watch it now!

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The San Bruno Chamber Launches Student Ambassador Program in Partnership with the BAEC!

studentIn partnership with the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce welcomed their first Student Ambassador, Madeleine Hayes.  In a continued effort to connect the local business community to Skyline College students, the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce has developed a program meant to encourage more participation from students interested in their local economy. As Chamber Ambassadors, students will learn and participate in, the basics of online marketing, events and community outreach and relations; they will also have the opportunity to shadow directly under the Board President & Interim CEO of the Chamber, Pcyeta Stroud.  We are excited to collaborate with the Chamber on this project and to introduce Madeleine to the team!

For more information on the Student Ambassador Program for the San Bruno Chamber, please contact: stroudp@smccd.edu or sanbrunochamber@gmail.com.

Article by Olivia Vialau | Photo by Sam Panganiban

Energize Colleges, Sustainability Blitz and more!

growsphereWith the Energize Colleges student internship program in its fourth year, a new set of nine interns are working hard on their individual sustainability projects on campus! Some of these projects address zero waste on campus, energy auditing on the new Environmental Science building, environmental education with Rollingwood Elementary school, plug load capacity, construction of a solar powered charging station and continued work on the growsphere on the third floor of building seven. Pictured is the growsphere advancement, championed by Krishan Ram, Christal Nevarez and Francis Manansala as well as a group of amazing volunteers. Be sure to check it out as it progresses next semester!

As Skyline begins the implementation of it’s new curriculum redesign, some faculty will be participating in our Spring 2020 Sustainability Blitz. Faculty such as, David Hasson in Math, Kristina Brower in Early Childhood Education, Bridget Fischer in Art, and many more, will be working with Climate Corps fellows to design lesson plans that bring sustainability into the classroom with a hands-on learning approach.

Additionally, we have recently rebooted the Sustainability Ambassadors Network (SAN) to bring the conversation of sustainability at Skyline to an open space for discussion for students, staff, and faculty. There will be three more meetings of SAN in Spring Semester of 2020, so keep an eye out for posters that will be going up and mark down the dates on your calendar.

Lastly, Earth Week is happening from April 20th-24th. 2020 will mark the 50th year anniversary since the beginning of Earth Week so we hope to bring a week of sustainability, learning, and fun, that lives up to a 50 year celebration. If you would like to input ideas for Earth Week, come by the SAN meetings and share them as we start to plan it. As the Spring semester begins, make sure to look out for future Sustainability Ambassadors Network (SAN) meetings and activities for Earth Week (April 20-24)!

We hope you have a wonderful break filled with sustainability and fun! Happy Holidays, and see you all next year!

Article by Kayla Belich and Landon Smith

Students Shine at Mock Mixer

The Internship Job Shadow Program wrapped up the fall semester with their first-ever mock mixer for their End-of-the-Year Celebration.  The student mixer was held on Thursday, December 5, at the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC). The cohort of student interns were all recognized for their work and accomplishments, and they had the opportunity to experience the art of networking with other Skyline College students, administrators, faculty, staff and members of the community.

This semester’s fall cohort consisted of nine student interns who shadowed under different programs (job shadow sites) throughout the campus and off-site at the BAEC. Throughout this Job Shadow, students learned industry-related skills and provided solutions to improve different aspects in their program area.

The Internship Job Shadow Program is actively seeking students looking to contribute to a team, build their resume and enhance their soft skills for the spring 2020 cohort. It will allow students to experience hands-on learning in a professional environment based on their career and educational interests.

To apply, visit: https://smccd-czqfp.formstack.com/forms/baec_internship_application

Applications are open until Monday, January 20, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.  Please share with you students and divisions.  This is an unpaid internship experience.

Article and photo by Sam Panganiban

Library Honors World AIDS Day for First Time through Dialog & Display

students in libraryHIV/AIDS awareness and prevention was the deep focus of last week’s events at Skyline College Library as students voiced questions and found answers in a safe and comfortable learning space. On December 3, for more than an hour, Skyline College psychology student and AIDS survivor Chris Hollingshead led more than 25 students in open honest dialogue about the disease and it’s associated stigma. Additional details were reported in the Skyline View’s recent article, “Stigma ends with ME” (December 5, 2019). Another session brought students to the library for a conversation with Skyline College Health Center leader Dr. Walter Cheng on December 5. Through both events, students learned about the history and impact of the disease, it’s symptoms, screening and treatment options.

Throughout the week, the library displayed a beautiful hand-crafted panel from the massive AIDS Memorial Quilt created in memory of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. According to the National AIDS Memorial,

The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and continues as the largest ongoing community folk art project in the world. More than 50,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels – commemorating more than 105,000 individual lives of people who have died of AIDS – have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members and has transformed into a national treasure.

Find more images at the Learning Center’s photo gallery on Facebook.

World AIDS Day events in the Library were made possibly by collaboration with student club Sexuality & Gender Alliance (SAGA) and the ASSC. Questions? Please contact Pia Walawalkar, Outreach Librarian <walawalkars@smccd.edu>.

Article and Photo by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Meta Majors Week Was a Big Success!

meta majors weekThanks to the campus community, Meta Majors Week was a huge success! October 21-25, the campus came together to build relationships and give students opportunities to explore each of the four Meta Majors. The goals for the week were to:  1) Create community and a sense of identify within each of the Meta Majors; 2) Provide opportunities for students to explore career options and skills needed in each of the Meta Majors; and 3) Connect students to resources that exist on campus and can support their educational goals.

Throughout the week, more than 500 students participated in over 30 events. Faculty leads in each of the Meta Majors helped to organize a range of events including: poetry readings, a virtual scavenger hunt, mindfulness exercises, STEM labs open house, math and physics games in the quad, anthropology bones exhibit, and many, many more. For students who are exploring or in need of career support, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development hosted a range of activities to help to connect students to career related resources and opportunities to develop career skills. Various events held in the library throughout the week, connected to the range of Meta Majors and, finally, Meta Major Counselors tabled in the quad all week to connect with students and schedule counseling appointments for students to complete their Comprehensive Student Educational Plans.

Students were entered to win one of ten prizes at each Meta Major Week event that they attended, thanks to generous donations from the Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development Division as well as the Skyline College Bookstore. Overall feedback from students as well as faculty and staff participants was very positive. In a survey sent to student participants, 80% of respondents said that they made new connections during the week and students expressed that they would like to see more Meta Major related events in the future.

We hope to make Meta Majors Week bigger and better next year. If you are interested in helping to plan the week or in organizing an event, contact Carla Grandy (grandyc@smccd.edu) to get involved.

Article by Carla Grandy | Picture by Christopher Branco

50th Anniversary Barbecue Celebration

students at bbqThe students, faculty and classified professionals of Skyline College gathered on Tuesday, December 3 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary at a campus-wide celebration barbecue. The event featured five food trucks parked throughout campus with a variety of awesome free food to choose from including chicken and waffles and Filipino Burritos – participants lined up for free lunch tickets that they could spend at any truck of their choosing.  Many people also walked away with some free 50th anniversary swag from the marketing table to show their Skyline College pride.

students at bbqOn top of all that, radio station 99.7 hosted a booth where they blasted music and radio DJ Saint John was there to get people hyped up. The station also raffled off two tickets to 99.7’s Poptopia concert featuring Normani, Halsey and headliner Lizzo! The winner received tickets and an opportunity to meet their choice of artist prior to the concert.

The event was an opportunity for the campus to come together and celebrate this incredible milestone. For 50 years, Skyline College has been empowering and transforming the people of this community – this barbecue was a small opportunity to give back and give thanks to the people who make that possible every day: the students, faculty and staff of this college. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick | Photos by Ricardo Coronado

Latinx Professionals Come to the BAEC

people at mixerOn Thursday, October 10, 2019 the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, held their monthly Networking Mixer.  It was in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and was a vehicle to encourage professionals throughout the Latinx diaspora to attend.

In conjunction with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, BAEC staff and students welcomed professionals from all different industries and from around the bay area. From authors to financial advisers to business coaches to restaurateurs.  Professionals mingled with each other and had in-depth conversations about financial security, networking, and building a strong personal brand. The conversations lasted for several hours and attendees entered into a drawing for prizes.

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center hosts monthly mixers, meetups and workshops for emergent and seasoned entrepreneurs and for interested members of the community.  Join us for our Halloween Mixer on Wednesday, October 30, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Join us on our socials and learn more about our events here: skylinebaec.org.

Article by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer | Photos by Chad Burnaw

Biotechnology Conference Drives Partnerships

BABEC anual meeting viewOn Saturday, September 28, Skyline College Biomanufacturing partnered with the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Community (BABEC a non profit) to host the BABEC fall Conference 2019. Over 100 high school and community college bioscience educators and stakeholders from across the Bay Area and other parts of California attended the conference. The Biomanufacturing program, Science Math and Technology division as well as Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development division partnered with BABEC to host the conference. The event was made possible by sponsorships and grants provided by the California Community Colleges, Biorad and Genentech. Attending and tabling were students representing the Skyline Biomanufacturing cub, the West Coast Student Chapter PDA, the Biolink Depot, BioSCOPE and Carlmont HS biomanufacturing group.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Vice President of Instruction, welcomed the conference attendees to Skyline College and our new building. The BABEC team featured their updated bioscience curriculum and introduced their new initiatives for the 2019-20 school year, which includes a collaboration with Genentech, and an expansion project funded by the National Science Foundation. The Regional K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) team provided an introduction to the initiative and K12 SWP grantees shared how they plan to use the funding to develop talent for a stronger biotech workforce in the Bay Area.

In the BABEC tradition of creating a community for Bay Area bioscience educators, attendees were able to break out into regional groups to design collaborative pathways to biotech careers. With a strong mix of professionals representing colleges, high schools, administration, industry and nonprofits, the regional breakout groups formed cross-functional teams that focused on taking a diversified approach to building successful bioscience programs in California.

As a result of their community work, attendees agreed that exposure to life science or STEM careers should start at an early age. Consequently, educators need access to updated innovative curriculum and support in introducing students to biotech careers. The annual kick off meeting by BABEC provides this support. The Bioscience educators were given a special presentation on how to easily align biotech lessons with NGSS by Kirk Brown, author of the text book “Biotechnology: A laboratory Skills Course” and Director of STEM Programs at San Joaquin County Office of Education. BABEC staff demonstrated their up to date curriculum and classroom support that is available to all local Bay area high schools. BABEC collaborates with community colleges like Skyline College and Laney College in order to provide materials to the high school in our initiative called BioSCOPE. BABEC looks forward to convening the bioscience community again to continue strategizing on how to support science teachers and inspire students for science careers.

The Skyline Biotechnology Manufacturing program will continue their work with our community college, high school and baccalaureate partners in order to form a strong connection for students to matriculate from the HS to CC and onto to Bachelors in Biomanufacturing programs. We plant to help this connection by forming partnerships with local industry like Genenetech, non profits like BABEC, Governmental bodies like SSF, High schools as well as Bachelors programs. The BioScope project (for which we just submitted an NSF grant proposal) allows the community college manufacturing programs to product “biotechnology” laboratory materials that are used in high schools. We hope to show high school students that our programs have relevant work experience that will allow them to compete for jobs, while they are in school.

Check out our social media (Instagram and Facebook) to see what Skyline Biotechnology Manufacturing is doing. For June 2020 we hope to partner with Madison Area Technical College, Solano Community College (NIIMBL and NSF) to convene a workforce summit for advanced manufacturing of cell and tissue based pharmaceuticals.

Article and Photo by Nick Kapp

Award-Winning Poet Jan-Henry Gray Welcomed to Campus!

flyerOn Friday, October 11, 2019 poet Jan-Henry Gray, author of the book Documents (BOA Editions, 2019) and winner of the 2019 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, will be the Learning Commons Poetry Corner Series featured poet for the month of October.

His visit represents the intersectionality of our campus on National Coming Out Day, Filipinx American History Month, and right before our Undocuweek. We are excited to welcome him to campus, and all are invited to attend two readings in the campus Library:

  1. From 9:10 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Jan-Henry Gray will read and share space with Janice Sapigao’s English 110 class. Janice Sapigao will facilitate with her students.
  2. From 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Jan-Henry Gray will read and discuss his work at length. Janice Sapigao will facilitate.

A tremendous thank you to the following organizers and everyone involved: Pia Walawalkar, Marisa Thigpen, Rob Williams, Alvin Gubatina, Ryan Samn, Liza Erpelo, and Chris Gibson.

Please take the time to read one of Gray’s poems here.

Article by Janice Sapigao | Flyer by Marisa Thigpen