President’s Breakfast Back in Person!
Skyline College hosted its 21st Annual President’s Breakfast on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in the beautiful Farallon Room in Building 12, marking the first time the event has been held on campus. Approximately 175 guests were welcomed to campus from across northern San Mateo County, including representatives from national, state and local government; the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees; our sister colleges and fellow educators; and the local business community.
This year’s Breakfast raised over $94,000 to support students through the Promise Scholars Program. In addition to providing student scholarships, these funds continue to support the innovative projects and initiatives of the President’s Innovation Fund – a mini-grant process that allows faculty and staff to launch creative and effective approaches to achieving Skyline College’s mission, vision and values. These projects continue to shape the landscape of Skyline College.
A live student performance of the song “Haven’t We Met” by Ruth Batchelor, arranged by Rosana Eckert, featuring soloist Amy Spencer, was performed by the Skyline College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Attendees then watched a short film highlighting the great work accomplished by several of the President’s Innovation Fund recipients – work that is a direct result of fundraising from the breakfast.
This year’s student speaker, Promise Scholar Patricia Mae Sumang, spoke about the benefits of the Promise Scholars Program and how it has transformed her Skyline College experience. Speaking to a crowd of over 150 people in the Farallon Room at Skyline College, Patricia said the following: “I know there are so many students who have similar stories to me. The challenges we face are tough. But for so many of us Promise Scholars, this program has allowed us to meet those challenges head on and has provided us the tools to take charge of our lives.” The moving address underscored why the Promise Scholars Program is such a critical initiative to ensure that every student can attend college and graduate successfully.
Article by Cherie Colin & Connor Fitzpatrick | Photos by Mia Coo & Paul Bridenbaugh