Becky Threewit

Spring 2022 Launches Virtual Parking Permits

Effective now, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College are introducing a virtual parking permit system for purchasing virtual parking permits on all San Mateo Community College District campuses.


What is a virtual parking permit? Essentially, your vehicle’s license plate will act as your virtual parking permit. Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into an online virtual parking permit system when purchasing their permit. The permit software then generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number. Visit the Parking website and the FAQs page for more information, including how to purchase a permit.

Include Your Events on the College Calendar for Extra Publicity

Remember to include all your events, workshops, info sessions, and anything else of interest to students on our public College Calendar.

The calendar allows the campus community to easily list events for students and the public.


We’ll be highlighting upcoming events for the week on our social media accounts, along with a link to the college event calendar. Make sure your events are listed for a bit of extra exposure.


You can submit events via the online submission form, available on the front page of the calendar. Training is not required. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ to help navigate the process. For questions not addressed in the FAQ, please contact Becky Threewit.

Useful features of the new event submission process include:

  • The event submission form is easy to fill out (no longer buried in Ad Astra)
  • Submit once to set up a recurring event (i.e., every Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Robust details sections for your events
    • Provide a short overview for the main calendar, and include full details on your event page
  • Set your event location as online, in-person, or hybrid, and include direct links to online registration or meetings

Useful features of the calendar include:

  • Have a lot of events? Create a calendar specific to your group, and display all or some events on the Skyline College calendar. For an example, check out the Athletics Calendar
  • Curated calendar widgets can be placed on web pages: see the homepage for an example!
  • If you have your calendar already set up for the semester on another platform, we can display it in the Livewhale format and link it into the Skyline calendar
  • Filters and search terms help users easily find what they’re looking for on the calendar
  • Easily share your events with options to copy a link or share through Facebook, Twitter, or email

Provide your Feedback!

This is a new system, and as such, we’ll need to make improvements as we go along. We welcome your suggestions and feedback!

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Community Market Seeking Volunteers for Spring 2022

The Skyline College Drive-Thru Community Market has distributed over 2.8 million pounds of free groceries since we launched in September 2020, but we couldn’t do it without student volunteer support.

We are very excited to announce that this grocery distribution will continue January through May 2022 (no grocery distribution on 1/19/2022), but we need your help to recruit volunteers please share this information with your students, friends, family and community!

There are additional details on the sign up link, but If you have any questions contact Thank you so much for your support!

Article by Chad Thompson

Marketing Team Wins Gold at Education Marketing Awards

Congratulations to the Skyline College Marketing Team who recently swept the Education Digital Marketing Awards!

Gold medal wins included the Skyline College Annual Report and Style Guide. Silver medals were awarded for our Skyline College Paralegal Newsletter and Support Programs Postcard Mailer, and Bronze was awarded for our Summer/Fall Recruitment Mailer.

Cheers to Marketing for their amazing work in making Skyline College truly shine!

Spring 2022 – Virtual Parking Permits

Effective now, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College are introducing a virtual parking permit system for purchasing virtual parking permits on all San Mateo Community College District campuses.

What is a virtual parking permit?

Essentially, your vehicle’s license plate will act as your virtual parking permit. Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into an online virtual parking permit system when purchasing their permit. The permit software then generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number.

Visit the Parking website and the FAQs page for more information including how to purchase a permit.

Skyline College Alumni Van Le Receives Academic Excellence in Political Science Award

Skyline College alumni Van Le

Skyline College alumni Van Le

Congratulations to Skyline College alumni Van Le, the 2021 recipient of the Michele J. Shover Award for Academic Excellence in Political Science at California State University, Chico.

This award honoring former CSU Chico political theory and American politics professor, Dr. Michele J. Shover, is given to recognize a student who is also inspired by the study of political science and by outstanding teachers and mentors. Dr. Shover’s research focused on women and politics, and she is the expert on the early history of Butte County, with publications on the experiences of women, African Americans, and Chinese residents in the region during the 1800s.

Responding in her award essay to the prompt “Explain ways an idea or concept in political science is shaping your understanding of the world in which you live”; Ms. Le described how the civic/community learning opportunities in which she participated at Skyline College impacted her view of “the social contract” between individuals and society. She eloquently articulated how courtroom visits, shadowing in the District Attorney’s office, interviewing legal professionals, and volunteering at Naturalization Workshops provided her with “practical learning activities” and “opened her eyes to the reality of how the legal system works”. Ms. Le quoted such legal luminaries as Justice Sonia Sotemayor, as she described the delicate but often imperfect balance of individual rights and duty to society inherent in social contract theory.

Recommendations from Skyline College Administration of Justice Professor, Steve Aurilio and Rena Preston from the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office added additional weight to Ms. Le’s already impressive application. Professor Aurilio described Van Le as one of those students who “separates themselves from the crowd because they display the energy and commitment that immediately tells you that they will be successful in the pursuit of their academic and vocational goals.”

Along with her exemplary academic work and stellar award essay, Van Le was recognized for her significant volunteer and professional work including three years as a legal operations and paralegal intern along with her ongoing work with the SFPCI Naturalization Workshop.

In 2019, Ms. Le received her Associate of Arts Degrees in Criminal Justice and Paralegal from Skyline College and was the recipient of the coveted Skyline College Administration of Justice Gold Medal. Clearly, this was just the beginning of her achievements and we are thrilled to congratulate her on this most recent award acknowledging her continued success.

Article by Chris Burwell-Woo

Skyline College Art Studio Tech Ashley Asaro Selected for Art Advisory Work Group

Art is the soul of a people. – Romare Beardon


In 2022, the RWCAP Foundation (“the Foundation”) is excited to launch a new art program designed to create opportunities for San Mateo County artists of all ages and abilities to showcase their artwork.

After a rigorous application and interview process, the Foundation selected an Art Advisory Group comprised of a diverse group of San Mateo County residents to implement their Arts Programming Plan. Congratulations to Skyline College Studio Art Tech, Ashley Asaro, on her selection to the Foundation’s Art Advisory Group! Other members of the Art Advisory Group include Fair Oaks Community Center Coordinator Ana Avendaño, Museum Art Preparator Dylan Roberts, Diversity and Inclusion Entrepreneur Irma Zoepf, and more.

Members of the Art Advisory Group select exhibition themes, conduct community outreach, and curate and host semi-annual art exhibitions.

The theme for each of the 2022 exhibitions will celebrate the community diversity.

The First Art Exhibition Theme of 2022 is:

Connecting Community:

Bridges to Understanding

Find more information at:

Click Here to Apply

CLOSES:  December 20, 2021

Ashley Asaro attended Terra Nova High School and has an Associate of Arts degree from Skyline College in Fine/Studio Arts. Ashley is currently pursuing an Art degree at San Francisco State University while supporting the Art Department at Skyline College. A talented artist in several mediums, Ashley is especially known for her work in ceramics. Recently, Ashley was the lead exhibit preparator for the Skyline College ceramics and sculpture exhibit at the annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art at UC Davis which included some of her own work.

Congratulations again to Skyline College’s Ashley Asaro on her selection to the RWCAP Foundation Art Advisory Group.

Article by Chris Burwell-Woo

New Staff and Staff Changes at Skyline College

Skyline College LogoOnce a month, Skyline Shines will highlight staff changes at the college. “New Staff and Staff Changes at Skyline College” will provide a list of new staff members in each division, including transfers and detail positions. Please be sure to email with any new members of your staff and they will be featured here at the end of the month. Join us in congratulating the following employees!

November/December Staff Changes:

  • Dino Nomicos
    Interim Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics, Dance
    Kinesiology, Athletics, Dance
  • Nancy Argarin
    Financial Analyst
    Administrative Services
  • Elisabeth Osai
    Financial Aid Technician
    Enrollment Services
  • Amber Gougis
    Retention Specialist (Middle College)
    Strategic Partnership & Workforce Development
  • Niruba Srinivasan
    Assistant Registrar (NP)
    Enrollment Services
  • Julia Goepel
    Child Development Center Aide III (Master Teacher)
    Business/Industry Relations


TalismanIn 2020, Talisman celebrated its 50th Anniversary/50th Issue! Due to the pandemic, the issue was put on hold, but I’m excited to announce that the 50th Issue of Talisman is now available online (with print copies available at the start of Spring 2022 semester).

The very first issue, titled LIM1, short for Skyline College Literary Magazine, was published in 1970, and features twenty-four pages of student writing and art. The first faculty advisor was beloved Skyline Professor Rich Yurman, who taught Creative Writing for over twenty years at Skyline College. Over the next few years, other iterations of the literary magazine were advised by Professors Samuel N. Goldman and Marvin Shaw; however, it returned to Prof. Yurman. In 1992, acclaimed poet and popular Skyline Creative Writing Instructor Katharine Harer, became the next advisor. Professor Harer brought a special passion and unique perspective, even changing the shape of the magazine from horizontal to vertical. The covers from her years are some of the most beautiful in the history of the magazine.

Skyline College Library Archives have copies of all fifty issues available for perusing. Each issue is a fascinating literal and literary time capsule.

I came on in 2013, with some pretty large, and esteemed shoes to fill. However, from day one I learned something very important: this magazine is about the students and it’s about collaboration. The editorial team is made up of Skyline Students from all Divisions—not just Creative Writing. Our team often includes students from Art, Math, Science, and Business, and more, in addition to English and Creative Writing. Students promote the open calls for submissions, collect the submissions, sort through them, and then read, discuss, and decide, for every issue, what pieces of writing or art, will end up in the issue. I’ve been amazed at the hours of dedication they put into every issue, working after classes, on a volunteer basis, to create the magazine. I’ve loved watching the students get excited over choosing a cover. And I’ve been impressed at their thoughtful delegation and deliberation.

Because of the students—for 50 years—Skyline College has produced a magazine that has vividly and uniquely recorded, through art and writing, the changing times, moods, politics, and other landscapes of our world. The name of the magazine has seen many incarnations, first LM, then expressions, Luminosity, until it finally became known as Talisman (an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune; something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects). The name fits. Creating the magazine brings students of different ages, histories, and backgrounds together, who work towards a common, wonderful goal: to create something beautiful, something true, something that reflects who they are and who they will become. And that’s definitely magical.

It has been an honor to advise these students for the past 8 years, but especially the last 17 months, when our world has been devastated by a deadly pandemic, when we didn’t think this issue, this 50th issue, would ever get to print. But now it has. And we present it to you at the link below.

If you have any feedback, the student editors and I would love to hear from you.

–Rob Williams, Faculty Advisor & English Professor, November, 2021

Link to the 50th Issue of Talisman:

Article by Rob Williams