Each year individuals or groups who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality are recognized.  Awardees are nominated by the college faculty, staff and administrators and recommended for selection by the College Governance Council. Two awards are made annually, one to a member or group of Skyline College employees and one to a member or group from the community.

Photo of Dennis Wolbers accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award
Dennis Wolbers accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

In the Skyline College employee category, this year, we are pleased to honor Professor Dennis Wolbers of the Library. Dennis is intent on helping students achieve their dream.  He enhances the campus climate, academic excellence and open access mission through his leadership in advancing informational literacy. Dennis has been known to take particular care with students facing challenges to help them resolve their challenges.  This is quite demonstrative of Dennis Wolbers’ steadfast “Students First” approach. Dennis has been active in participatory governance, including accreditation and curriculum committee work for many years. His inclusivity and respect for all is evident in every interaction one has with him.  Congratulations to Professor Dennis Wolbers.

Photo of Susan Brissenden Smith, community member accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award
Susan Brissenden-Smith, community member accepting the 2013 Skyline Shines Award

In the Community member or group category, it is our pleasure to honor Ms. Susan Brissenden-Smith, a founding member of the Skyline College President’s Council. Susan has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Skyline College through her leadership in the President’s Council and in The Breakfast Committee. She supports the mission, vision and values of the college by being instrumental in raising resources for the President’s Innovation Fund, a fund that supports innovation and ideas and allows faculty and staff to “Dream Out Loud”. Susan is an ambassador for Skyline College to vendors, businesses, community organizations and local leaders. She uses her network and influence to develop donations both financial and in-kind to support Skyline Colleges. She has assisted the president in identifying and expanding community resources to support various programs and services. As a result of Susan’s commitment, Skyline College faculty and staff have been able implement hundreds of innovative ideas, programs and services.  Congratulations to Susan Brissenden-Smith!

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President.