The Learning Commons Open House Welcomes Hundreds

students touringOn Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, the Skyline College Learning Commons (Learning Center & Library) welcomed hundreds of students for our second bi-annual Learning Commons Open House and Tour Week! The campus community was invited to learn more about Learning Commons programs and services as well as meet representatives from programs housed within the Learning Commons.

Visitors received personalized tours of the Learning Commons spaces and programs and were invited to have a pastry and coffee or tea on us! We were honored to welcome over 600 students as part of the group tour experience. Over 200 other students, staff, and faculty also stopped by to say hello and grab a treat. Thank you to the faculty members who brought their classes to take part in this special fall 2019 semester kick-off event!

The Learning Commons will host another Learning Commons Tour Week for the Spring 2020 semester from January 27-31. As always, we welcome and accommodate requests for tours before or after these dates.

If you missed the Open House, please stop by the Learning Commons to learn more about the programs below:

Learning Commons:

  • Tutoring (Writing/English/ESOL/Math/Science/Business/Social Sciences)
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Student Success Lab
  • Group & Quiet Study Areas
  • Computers & Printing
  • ReUSE Hub (FREE school supplies!)
  • Library & Reference / Research
  • Human Library & Poetry Corner
  • Zero Textbook Cost

Other Programs:

  • BAM (Brothers Achieving Milestones)
  • WMLA (Women’s Mentoring & Leadership Academy)
  • Honors Transfer Program
  • Learning Communities
  • TRiO Student Support Services

This event was made possible with the financial support from the Honors Transfer Program and the Academic Support & Learning Technologies Division! Thank you to the Skyline College Bookstore for the generous donation of coffee and hot water and the World Cup Coffee & Tea student staff for keeping the coffee flowing for our visitors!

To view all photos from the event, please visit:

Article by Chelssee De Barra and Marisa Thigpen | Photography by Marisa Thigpen and Maya Thigpen Carmody


Immigration Legal Clinic Re-opens for Fall 2019!

The Skyline College Legal Clinic, located in the SparkPoint Center, aspires to meet the unmet needs for access to legal information by our community.

Since 2014, under the direction of supervising attorney Maria Segarra, the Clinic has served Skyline College students, faculty, and staff, as well as other members of our community.

As envisioned, the clinic will help bridge the justice gap by providing access to legal services for under-resourced members of the local community. Since late in Fall 2016, the clinic has seen a noticeable increase in the number of students who come to the Clinic to ask questions about their immigration status and to voice fears of deportation. This investment in our community allows the Clinic to be an integral part of holistic services to students by providing free and confidential legal information on immigration matters, SparkPoint helps students stay safe and on track to meet their educational goals.

As clinic supervisor Maria Segarra stated, “As an immigrant, I know what it feels like to be afraid, to be uncertain, and to worry about what the future holds.  I hope that together with the Dream Center, Sparkpoint, and Skyline College, we can provide a safe and caring place for undocumented students, families, and community members. We are here to serve.”

The clinic is open to students, staff, and the public. For appointments, go  All consultations are free and confidential.  For questions or information, please contact SparkPoint at 650.738.7035.

For more information on the clinic and the many invaluable people who made this work possible, please see this article.

Article by Chad Thompson

Check Out the Learning Commons’s Spring Newsletter!

The Common Good Spring 2019.First PageSkyline College Learning Commons brings together the functions of the Library and The Learning Center into a unified, technologically enhanced academic support space for students and staff in Building 5.  We are excited to announce our Spring 2019 newsletter – The Common Good – is now available online.

The Common Good is a collaborative publication, put out each semester, to showcase the resources and outreach services we provide for the Skyline College community.  Please visit The Learning Commons page at and read why The Learning Commons is The Common Good!

For questions, please contact Sherri Wyatt.

Jazz Band Hosts El Camino Musicians in Colorful Concert

jazz band skyline shines april 2019On Sunday, March 17, the Skyline College Jazz Band and the El Camino High School Jazz Band (South San Francisco, CA) joined forces for a collaborative concert in the Skyline College Theater.

In celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, Skyline College’s Jazz Band sought the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by performing songs that included the colors of the rainbow. Count Basie’s “Kid from Red Bank,” Nat King Cole’s “Orange-Colored Sky,” Frank Sinatra’s “Yellow Days,” and a tribute to Oscar Peterson called “On Green Dolphin Street” were among the color-themed selections, as well as the Judy Garland classic “Over the Rainbow.”

The final piece on the program brought the Skyline College and El Camino High School student musicians on stage together for a joint performance of Tito Puente and Arturo Sandoval’s “Mambo Caliente.”

On Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., the Skyline College Concert Band will host the famed Golden West Winds from the Travis Air Force Base Band (Fairfield, CA) for a concert titled “Part of Your World.” Music from composers all over the world and inspired by several regions including Andalusia, Serbia, the Caribbean, and Israel will be featured. A medley of tunes from Disney’s The Little Mermaid will conclude the evening.

For more information regarding upcoming Music Department performances, please visit the music website.

Submitted by Dr. Zachary E. Bruno

The Skyline View Wins Awards at State 2019 and for Website

students at state

The Skyline View once again took home General Excellence in Online Journalism award at the 2019 Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento, CA. Students from across the journalism program competed in on-the-spot contests and learned about all aspects of journalism from professionals in the field at the event which took place March 28-30. In addition to the online general excellence award, former editor in chief Simone Ledbetter clinched first place in environmental portrait, while former staffer Cristina Macz earned an honorable mention in Online Photo Story/Essay and sports editor Daniel Archuleta won honorable mention in Sports Game Story. Current co-editor in chief Mark David Magat earned an honorable mention for Creative Portrait for the on-the-spot contest, while co-editor in chief Olivia Bowman and staffer RJ Rapada both earned honorable mentions for on-the-spot copy editing.

The Skyline View ended the year strong by winning first place for online general excellence in the two-year college division from the California News Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Competiton. Judges said about, “The breadth of the coverage is astounding…the writing is great across all sections.”

In March, the publication won online general excellence at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention held in Sacramento, making it the third time this semester that the publication has won an award for its website. At this same convention, sports editor Brian Silverman took home an honorable mention in the on-the-spot video story contest. Former staffer Dave Newlands earned a second place for student-designed ad, while former staffer Ryan Love clinched a second place in critical review.

Article by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

ReUSE Hub: Skyline College School Supplies Exchange

hubThe Energize Colleges Program is teaming up with the Environmental Club to revamp the ReUSE Hub. The ReUSE Hub allows students to easily pick up any school supplies needed for their academic success and/or bring some of their own to donate for the benefit of others.

The ReUSE Hub is designed to be a useful resource for the campus community and promotes the important ethic of reuse. Unused school supplies/ office supplies can be thrown away into waste streams and lose potential to be a valuable resource for a student. In the interest of student equity and campus sustainability, the aim of the ReUSE Hub is to divert school supplies from landfills and provide access to the school and office supplies necessary for the transformative process of learning at Skyline College.

The ReUSE Hub is located in The Learning Center on the right side as you are entering. Items welcome for donation include: binders, calculators, rulers, notebooks, folders, one-sided clean paper, pens, pencils, scissors, art supplies, and other office supplies.

For questions or comments regarding the ReUSE Hub, please contact Angie Gutierrez, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator at:

Share your unused school/art/office supplies with others through the ReUSE Hub or pick up something of value for FREE!

Article by Angie Gutierrez

Energize Colleges Internship Spotlight: Marc Cirilo

waste audit The Energize Colleges Program is in its third year at Skyline College, and ten student interns are working hard on community and campus energy and sustainability projects.

One project involves intern Marc Cirilo, who has coordinated and assisted in conducting a waste audit, focusing on Skyline College’s cafeteria waste. The goal of the waste audit is to educate students on real-time contamination and possible diversion of waste, as well as influencing a behavior change to reduce and recycle waste on campus.

The waste audit took place on April 9, 2019 in one of Skyline College’s loading docks. Over 25 students and community members participated in the waste audit, including Carla Grandy’s Environmental Earth Science class, members of the Sustainability Team at San Mateo County Community College District, and educators from San Mateo County Office of Sustainability.

The audit consisted of re-sorting waste correctly, weighing the waste, and compiling the data. Marc was able to analyze the data and concluded that approximately 82% of the waste stream was not sorted correctly and could have been diverted from the landfill, and only 18% was sorted correctly. Students and community members felt that the waste audit gave them valuable information regarding what items were to be recycled, composted, or thrown in the waste bins. Many felt empowered to educate and encourage their friends, families, and others about the importance of sorting waste items into the proper bins.

If you would like more information about the waste audit or about the Energize Colleges Program please contact Angie Gutierrez, Energize Colleges Program Coordinator at and Marc Cirilo at

Article by Angie Gutierrez

C-SPAN Bus Visits Skyline College

CSPAN busOn Tuesday, April 23, Skyline College hosted the C-SPAN bus on campus. Middle College students toured the bus in small groups from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then bus was open to the campus community. On the bus, students and faculty learned about C-SPAN’s mission from education specialists Pam McGorry and Jenae Green. Visitors on the bus sat in the same place where many famous politicians have been interviewed by C-SPAN, and used tablet computers to watch C-SPAN programming and take quizzes on US History and politics.

Middle College Senior Aliyah San Juan said “It was a great opportunity, and I was grateful for the chance to meet the people who work behind the scenes to provide the public programming that C-SPAN shows.”

According to C-SPAN, “The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN’s public affairs programming and resources. The all new, state-of-the-art customized motor coach stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN’s comprehensive educational and political resources.”

The C-SPAN bus visit was coordinated in part by Timothy Rottenberg, adjunct faculty member at Skyline College Middle College. In Summer 2018 Timothy attended the C-SPAN Educate! Conference in Washington DC. At the conference, Timothy was interviewed by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, where he spoke about Skyline College Middle College and his pedagogy as a US Government instructor. Additionally, he collaborated with other teachers from around the country to create new US Government curriculum for C-SPAN Classroom, and received training on using existing C-SPAN Classroom resources in his courses at Skyline College Middle College.

Last Fall, Skyline College Middle College students also participated in Studentcam, a national documentary video competition, as part of the curriculum for their US Government class. Although Skyline College students did not produce any winning documentary videos this year, we hope to invite the C-SPAN Bus back in future years for an award ceremony for our students.

If you would like to learn more about using C-SPAN classroom resources, or coordinating with the C-SPAN office in Washington DC, you can reach Timothy Rottenberg at

Article by Timothy Rottenberg

Generous Donation Sets Stage to Launch Astronomy Club

Tadashis DadAfter spending many years as a hobby astronomer, generous benefactor Roy Tsuchida (father of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida) decided to pass on the torch by donating his highly valuable astronomy gear to the Skyline College Science Math Technology division. It is clear evidence that an interest in science and in supporting the community seems to be in the genes of the Tsuchidas.

Thanks to the effort of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida, who drove all the way to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving to pick up the gear from his father, we now how this equipment at the college.

Roy’s passion led him accumulate various pieces of observation equipment over the years. Among the treasures are a 30 cm Newtonian Mirror Telescope and a 25 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Mirror Telescope with electronic tracking and following system which are both so big and powerful that they allow the observation of distant and spectacular cosmic objects like nebula. In addition to these two powerful telescopes we received two spotter telescopes, various filters and eyepieces, red lights, star charts, camera mounts, etc. Roy has given us basically all of his equipment, everything which is needed to start a student astronomy club.

If you, or any of your students are interested in founding a Skyline College Astronomy Club please contact me at my email:

Thank you Roy Tsuschida for this wonderful donation!

Article by Marco Wehrfritz

Engineering Students Get Insider Insight into Career Opportunities

engineering studentsEarlier this month, Swinerton Builders opened its gates to engineering students for insight on career opportunities within construction management. On Tuesday afternoon of October 4, Intro to Engineering students attended an informative talk from Pam Welty, Senior Construction Manager on the upcoming Environmental Sciences Building. The talk focused on the project overview, innovations with LEED, and sustainable design for the (in-progress) Environmental Sciences building. The presentation also shed some light on the interdisciplinary aspect of construction with key engineering branches.

The talk was followed up with two breakout sessions where the students went on site to meet different project engineers on site to learn about their day-to-day work, as well as their educational pathway. Comments from the students regarding the experience include “This made me learn about how dynamic the engineering field is. Even though you will study a particular discipline, there is still a chance that you’ll take on something else as a career. This makes me excited for the potential opportunities I could have in the future.”

Special thanks go to Swinerton Builders and XL Construction for providing our students this unique opportunity for career exploration on campus! Perhaps some of these prospective engineers will shine on as future builders.

Article and Photo by Maryam Khan