Fall 2017 International Student Welcome Party

International StudentsSkyline College celebrated an eclectic group of students from countries all over the world in the “International Student Mixer” event held in the Multicultural Center on August 25, 2017.

President of Skyline College Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Interim Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Vice President of Student Services Dr. Angelica Garcia, and Dean of Global Learning Programs/Social Science and Creative Arts Dr. Tammy Robinson, were just a few of the people present that day. The guest list consisted of over 50 students, including new and continuing international students, domestic students, and students from the Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP). The melodic singing of Xinyu Shang from China and Clara Freitas Metta from Brazil filled the air. The audience became part of the show as they joined in with dances by Nellyana Altuve Rojo from Venzuela who got them involved in salsa dancing, and Danial Imaseeh from Jordan who taught everyone how to get down with the dabke dance. A lively dance was led by Franck Yao from Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). The DJ got people to show off their secret dancing skills and the food table satisfied the guests’ stomachs. People’s expectation were met and exceeded!

The event would not have been a success without the help of the clubs organizing it, namely the International Student Club, the Japanese Culture link, the Nepalese Heritage Club, and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association.

Article by Naledi Mthembu | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

President’s Message Regarding DACA Students

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Dear colleagues and Skyline College Community,

On Tuesday, President Trump made clear his plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This means that Skyline College employees and students (often referred to as Dreamers) who currently have DACA status may be immediately affected. Skyline College stands ready to support and advocate for our campus community members who are affected by this change in policy.

DACA provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation for nearly 800,000 young people who arrived to the United States as children. The program has significantly increased opportunities for higher education, jobs, and enabled individuals to contribute to their families and to their communities. Under the administration’s directive, the DACA program will be phased out over the next 6 months, and it will be up to congress to legislate a replacement.

These times of uncertainty can be unnerving but we must remember that the United States Constitution gives all immigrants certain rights regardless of their documentation status. The mission of Skyline College is to empower and transform a global community of learners. We can and do realize that mission when we stand up to protect our democratic society and ensure safe, equitable spaces for expression and learning.

One thing is certain: Dreamers can attend Skyline College to continue their education.

The current political discourse has created uncertainty for many simply because of their race, religion, gender, sexual identity/orientation, and documentation status. These challenges affect the way many students, faculty and staff experience their lives, move through the world, and undoubtedly, how they approach their jobs and their education. It is our role as an educational institution to seek to address and transcend these challenges.

I think it’s important to reiterate the specifics of the resolution that the SMCCCD Board of Trustees adopted in January 2017, directing the Chancellor to:

  • Develop directives and procedures to protect the safety and security of all students and employees of the District, and to facilitate a greater sense of community and enhance the relationship with and between District public safety staff; and
  • Protect student privacy and ensure confidentiality by prohibiting the release of information about a students’ immigration status to law enforcement and federal agencies unless legally compelled to do so; and
  • Limit access to SMCCCD campuses and property to federal officials for the purposes of immigration enforcement, unless legally compelled to do so; and
  • Provide opportunities for students and their families, employees and their families, and members of the community to know about and understand their legal rights and, when appropriate, provide referrals to legal services that provide such assistance; and
  • Ensure that students and employees are aware of counseling and support services and ensure that those services are available and provided as needed; and
  • Develop a process for evaluating student and employee feedback relating to this and other similar matters that aids the District in better promoting cultural sensitivity, understanding and promoting diversity, serving and protecting vulnerable, at-risk and marginalized populations, and providing trainings, forums, spaces and opportunities for understanding, communication and collaboration; and
  • Take all necessary steps to engage the college and broader communities, media, elected officials, policy makers and other supporters to bring to light any injustices surrounding or relating to this matter, should any occur.

I want to assure you that Skyline College’s administration will continue to speak out against hate. We will continue to provide students with opportunities to broaden their perspectives, share their stories, and explore new ideas.  We will continue to ensure that our entire community is welcomed, supported and safe.

There are resources are available that help us do that, and I encourage you to take advantage of them.

  • DACA students are encouraged to visit the Skyline College Dream Center, located in Building 1, Room 1-219. There, students will find faculty and staff allies who provide direct services. Also, students can be assisted in connecting with off-campus resources.
  • Psychological Services is also available to provide counseling or help students deal with trauma in Building 2, Rooms 2-206 and 2-237.
  • Legal resources are available, and free consultations can be arranged through the Dream Center.
  • A series of informational talks called “UndocuTalks” will provide a safe space to address concerns and fears around the issue, and “Know Your Rights” preparedness workshops will be open to the campus community during the coming semester.

The uncertainty around the permanent status of DACA is unsettling, but Skyline College remains steadfast in its commitment to students and the community. We move forward together because we know that together there are no limits to what we can achieve.

Best,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

The 2017 Skyline College Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Symposium

speaker addressing crowdHow do many excited and eager Skyline College part-time faculty spend their Saturday before the start of the Fall 2017 semester? Attending the 3rd Annual Skyline College Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Symposium, of course! The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) designs Symposium activities to support part-time faculty’s ongoing commitment to refining and improving their teaching practices. Breakout sessions and activities are geared towards helping faculty achieve equitable student outcomes and addressing the diverse learning and academic needs of our students.

This year’s Symposium brought in speaker and trainer, Dr. Paul Hernandez, for a special keynote, “[Re]Imagining How to Succeed with Our Students,” and workshop, “Learning How to Authentically and Effectively Connect with Students.” Other lively breakout sessions included:

  • “#EquityMatters: Educational Equity: Cultural Fluency & Student Success at Skyline College” (Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Equity & Support Services; Katrina Pantig, Program Services Coordinator)
  • “Authentic Assignments: Teaching in the World of Wikipedia” (Dr. John Calavitta, English Professor)
  • “Getting Started w/Canvas” (Ricardo Flores, Instructional Technologist)
  • “‘Strength in Numbers’: Easy Ways to Facilitate Small Group Work in the College Classroom” (Jessica Hurless, Communication Studies Professor)
  • “Thinking about Thinking: Using Metacognitive Reflection to Support Learning” (Jesse Raskin, Legal Studies Professor)
  • “Helping Students Engage in Challenging Texts” (Chris Gibson, English Professor)
  • “Supporting Students with (Dis)Abilities: A General Overview” (Melissa Matthews, DRC Counselor/Coordinator)
  • “Maximizing Student Success: Partnering with Student Services” (Dr. Luis Escobar, Dean of Counseling; William Minnich, Dean of Admissions & Records)

Faculty attendees indicated that “having dedicated time for adjuncts to participate in professional development” and “share ideas with other part-time colleagues” were the most useful aspects of the Symposium experience. Another evaluee shared, “[the Symposium] is tangible evidence that the administration values my professional development and commitment to Skyline.” In her welcome remarks, President Stanback Stroud underscored the power faculty have to serve as agents of change in students’ lives. Dr. Hernandez reiterated her sentiments, shared inspiring stories of how he was impacted by community college faculty, and thanked the faculty for the work they do with and for students every day.

Article by Nina Floro | Photo by Ricardo Flores

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Environmental Science Building 1The expansion of Lot L project between Pacific Heights and Loma Chica is currently underway. Public Safety, Facilities and Administration have been monitoring the impact on available parking spaces since classes began on August 16 and have found that there is a 2-3 hour period in the morning when there is no available student parking. District Facilities and Planning leadership along with executive college leadership have been in close contact and have considered several solutions with the goal of offering temporary parking. As a result of these discussions, subsequent quick research and the hard work of facilities staff to stripe this past week, yesterday, Thursday, August 31, 2017 an additional 285 parking spots were opened on the practice soccer field and a small dirt area next to Lot P. Thank you to public safety staff who provided exceptional customer service the first week of classes, assisting students in finding available parking and even providing rides to buildings from far away parking lots.

The expansion of Lot L will be completed in December 2017 at which time we will gain all parking spots we had before construction began, along with a net increase of 61 spaces.

The future construction site for the Environmental Science Building (Building 12) which will overlook the ocean is currently being prepared. Construction will begin in September with completion scheduled for December 2017. A groundbreaking celebration will be held for the Environmental Science Building on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The entire campus community is invited to attend the celebration along with the Board of Trustees, elected officials and many community members.

Upgrades to Loma Chica (Building 14) which is where the Child Development Center is housed are set to begin May 2018. New play-yards will be built with all new equipment installed and necessary updates will be made to the building. The project is scheduled to be completed December.

The new Social Science/Creative Arts Complex (Building 1) which will replace the current Building 1, is in the program planning phase. It will include a 520 seat theater, a black box theater, a recital hall, an art gallery and many classrooms for art, sculpture, music and other creative arts. The current Building 1 will be vacated in December 2018, with construction beginning April 2019. The completion of this building is schedule for June of 2021.

For more information regarding construction, please visit the Capital Improvements Project website.

Article by Cherie Colin

Classified Senate and SHNSF Team up for Students!

aladdin posterposterThe Classified Senate is excited to announce that we have teamed up with the SHNSF to support the senate’s Student Scholarship Fundraising efforts! Join the SHNSF for select performances of “Aladdin” and “An American in Paris” and save! By purchasing tickets for select discounted performances, $5.00 from each discounted ticket goes to the Skyline College Student Scholarship program.

The Senate is very excited that we have been able to secure very highly attended and popular shows, while still receiving a discount and donating to a great cause.

Both shows are at the Orpheum Theater

Book now!

Visit shnsf.com and use the promo code “SKYLINE1”.

Aladdin Dates & Times:

  • Nov 9 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov 11 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Nov 16 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov 17 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov 18 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Nov 30 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec 1 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec 2 at 2:00 p.m.

An American in Paris Dates & Times:

  • Sep 12 – Oct 8: Any weekday performance.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts to support Skyline College students! Enjoy the show!

Article by Michele Haggar

Puente Program Noche de la Familia Welcomes Student Families & Supporters

puente studentsThe Puente Program invited family and friends to learn how best to help students achieve success in the Puente learning community. Dean Mary Gutierrez and Program Services Coordinator Marisa Thigpen welcomed the assembled families of the two Puente cohorts and invited students and their families to stop by to ask for help or merely to say hello. This set the tone of welcome continued by the presentation of services: Flor Lopez spoke about all the services offered by SparkPoint, Pamela Ortiz Cerda let everyone know about the Dream Center, Aileen Conmigo shared how to access the Financial Aid office and key deadlines, and Jorge Murillo spoke to the benefits of the EOP&S program.

Guests also had the opportunity to hear from former Puente students as well as mentors (a big thank you to panelists Michele Haggar, Cindy Castillo, Jorge Murillo, Leandro Torres-Mantilla, Kimberly Cano-Avena, Jeremiah Holbrook, and Pricsilla Sanchez-Lopez).

During the event, students were able to share what would best help them to succeed and families and friends shared what they could offer to their students. This is important because being part of the “familia” is what Puente is all about—with the love and support from family members and the community, students are more easily able to reach their academic goals. Special thanks to Rocio Aguilar-Pedroza, Alberto Santellan, Denise Hum, and Marisa Thigpen for their facilitation as well as assistance at the event.

Article by Lucia Lachmayr

SparkPoint at Skyline College Presenting for NASPA Basic Needs Webinar

sparkpoint logo-01SparkPoint at Skyline College has been selected by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) to participate in an upcoming webinar titled California College/University Basic Needs: Context, Data, and Effective Models, part of NASPA’s NorCal Meaningful Conversations Virtual Roundtable series. This event will host three top leaders from the Community College, California State University, and University of California sister systems as they lead a conversation with the aim of deepening our understanding of the factors that produce hunger and homelessness, data on student basic needs, and effective strategies from each system.

The presenters include:

Chad Thompson: Chad serves as the Director of SparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, where he leads services including financial coaching, career counseling, public benefits support, food pantry support and community resource connection. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Film Studies from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Chad has a passion for financial literacy and student success and works toward creating positive change in the community.

Ruben E. Canedo: Ruben serves dual roles in the Basic Needs world. At the campus level, Ruben serves as Chair of the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee. At the UC system level, Ruben serves as the Co-Chair of the UC System Basic Needs Committee. Ruben is an alumnus of UC Berkeley with degrees in Ethnic Studies and Social Welfare. His graduate research focused on intersectionality, higher education policy, holistic equity services, and the politics of leadership decision-making.

Ravin Craig: Ravin is the Health Educator for Humboldt State University (HSU). Ravin has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Multicultural Queer Studies, as well as a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a focus on college community health communication. Ravin runs HSU’s on campus food pantry Oh SNAP Student Food Programs and the HSU Peer Health Education Program. She has a passion for food sovereignty and justice-minded health education.

If you are interested in learning more about the basic needs issues facing students in higher education and the leading strategies in addressing them, please register at the link below and join us on September 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST.

Registration

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXtG4T2clxKIa9hHiDNYDF5FBiBan_b93-qbmsRzaHAnznPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Join the webinar at: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/549833525

  • Call in: 1 (877) 369 0926 or 1 (877) 853 5247
  • Meeting ID: 549 833 525

If you have any questions, please contact Chad Thompson at thompsonc@smccd.edu

Article by Chad Thompson

Still Time to Join the College Redesign Teams!

facultyJoin Skyline College’s Comprehensive Redesign teams by September 5, 2017, and help the college fulfill its promise to empower students to find success at every point in their educational journey.

In year two of the redesign, we will confirm Meta-majors, continue to develop guided pathways, redesign Student Services, continue to expand the implementation of the Promise Scholars Program, and explore how we can redesign general education to engage students in deep and meaningful learning.

To start, the Design Team is creating six inquiry teams that will research, explore and work towards making recommendations to the Design Team on the following topics:

  1. Exploratory CourseAn exploration of how to best design a first semester course to support all students through the transition into college and careers with the goal of promoting academic and professional success for all.
  2. Foundation (Affective Domain)An exploration of the beliefs and behaviors that promote college success for all and how Skyline College can incorporate them into all foundational courses.
  3. GE RedesignA continued exploration of how Skyline College should contextualize general education courses to make them more relevant to students and make the curriculum more cohesive.
  4. HIPs (High Impact Practices)An exploration of pedagogy centered on equity and high impact teaching practices such as undergraduate research, service learning, e-portfolios, culminating projects, study abroad, internships and more.
  5. Student Support ServicesAn exploration of redesigning student services to be in alignment with meta-majors that includes implications for modifications to orientation, delivery of career development support and services, increasing comprehensive educational plans, and examining integration with instruction.
  6. The Undeclared Student ExperienceAn exploration of the experience of undeclared students, including how to incorporate exploration into their experience to give them the tools to choose a degree or certificate.

The inquiry teams will begin their work this semester and we need you! Interested in serving as inquiry team leader or joining as a member? Please e-mail skymmgp@smccd.edu for more information!

Have additional questions? Please reach out to the Meta-majors & Guided Pathways co-leads: Lorraine DeMello, Luis Escobar, Carla Grandy, Mary Gutierrez, Jessica Hurless, Mustafa Popal and Jesse Raskin or visit the Meta-Majors & Guided Pathways website: http://skylinecollege.edu/metamajors/index.php

Article by Jessica Hurless

SparkPoint Awarded $125,000 for Grove Scholarship Grant for 2017-2018

studentsSparkPoint at Skyline College received a $125,000 grant from The Grove Foundation. This funding supports the scholarships and services provided by SparkPoint through the Grove Scholars Program.  Up to 50 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students from Skyline College will be selected to receive up to $2,000 in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Grove Scholarship applications are available online at www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint and are due by September 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Eligible students will be selected for the program based on three short personal statements that describe who they are, why they have chosen their career path, and why financial literacy is important to them. Academic standing and GPA are not a factor in selection, as long as the student meets the minimum requirement of 2.0 GPA and 75% completion rate.  Once being selected for the Grove Scholars Program, students will receive individualized financial coaching and career counseling, as well as a $2,000 scholarship for the semester.

Please forward any questions regarding the Grove Scholarship program to Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu at anyanwua@smccd.edu, or to grovescholar@smccd.edu grovescholar@smccd.edu.

Article by Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu | Photo by Angelita Gajeton

Join the College Redesign Teams!

faculty at workJoin Skyline College’s Comprehensive Redesign and help the college fulfill its promise to empower students to find success at every point in their educational journey.

In year two of the redesign, we will confirm Meta-majors, continue to develop guided pathways, redesign Student Services, continue to expand the implementation of the Promise Scholars Program, and explore how we can redesign general education to engage students in deep and meaningful learning.

To start, the Design Team is creating six inquiry teams that will research, explore and work towards making recommendations to the Design Team on the following topics:

  1. Exploratory CourseAn exploration of how to best design a first semester course to support all students through the transition into college and careers with the goal of promoting academic and professional success for all.
  2. Foundation (Affective Domain)An exploration of the beliefs and behaviors that promote college success for all and how Skyline College can incorporate them into all foundational courses.
  3. GE RedesignA continued exploration of how Skyline College should contextualize general education courses to make them more relevant to students and make the curriculum more cohesive.
  4. HIPs (High Impact Practices)An exploration of pedagogy centered on equity and high impact teaching practices such as undergraduate research, service learning, e-portfolios, culminating projects, study abroad, internships and more.
  5. Student Support ServicesAn exploration of redesigning student services to be in alignment with meta-majors that includes implications for modifications to orientation, delivery of career development support and services, increasing comprehensive educational plans, and examining integration with instruction.
  6. The Undeclared Student ExperienceAn exploration of the experience of undeclared students, including how to incorporate exploration into their experience to give them the tools to choose a degree or certificate.

The inquiry teams will begin their work this semester and we need you! Interested in serving as inquiry team leader or joining as a member? Please e-mail skymmgp@smccd.edu for more information!

Have additional questions? Please reach out to the Meta-majors & Guided Pathways co-leads: Lorraine DeMello, Luis Escobar, Carla Grandy, Mary Gutierrez, Jessica Hurless, Mustafa Popal and Jesse Raskin or visit the Meta-Majors & Guided Pathways website: http://skylinecollege.edu/metamajors/index.php

Article by Jessica Hurless