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Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

NEW Guidelines for Skyline Shines Submissions

Many of you submit material to be included in Skyline Shines. Thanks so much for taking to time to help me keep the college informed. Here are a few guidelines that will facilitate the publication of Skyline Shines each week:

Send submission to

•Submit your article by 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays; articles received after this time will appear in the following week¹s issue.

•Attach pictures to be included in the article to the email. Please do not paste them in the Word document as previously requested.

•Please submit photos that are less than 1mb in size.

•Don’t forget to add a headline/title to the article.

•Please make sure to indicate who wrote the article and who took the photos. We like to give writer and photographer credits.

•Use the following commonly accepted abbreviations: a.m. or p.m. (i.e. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m.-­1:30 p.m. The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m.-Noon.)

•Spell out numbers of one or two words. Use figures for numbers that require more than two words to spell out. (i.e., Almost eight years ago I began taking ceramics courses. And I counted 176 records on the shelf).

•If a sentence begins with a number, spell out the number or rewrite the sentence.

•Use the month, day, a comma and the year to indicate the date (i.e., March 4, 2011 not March 4th, 2011 or March 2nd, 2011).

•Add the word College when you refer to the name Skyline (i.e., Skyline College instead of Skyline).


Do you have a suggestion?

One way to submit it is through our general Suggestion Box.

For state level information on community colleges, see these websites:

The California Community College Chancellor¹s Office in Sacramento:

The Community College League of California:

The Research and Planning Group:

Skyline Shines can be viewed at


Coming Up…

Friday, January 24, 2014

• 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Ohlone (HD), Skyline College

• 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Ohlone College (DH), Skyline College

Monday, January 27, 2014

• Reminder to students, One Week left to Apply for the Pister Scholarship,

• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

• 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

• 5:30 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Mateo, San Mateo

• 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Canada College, Canada College

Thursday, January 30, 2014

• 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

For the latest information on events and activities happening at Skyline College, please view our calendar.

If you would like to include your college event or activity on the calendar, please submit the event, date, time and location to Cherie Colin via email at


Are All of Your Textbooks in the Library?

SkylineLibraryReserveDeskStudents are requesting course textbooks from the library’s reserve collection, but not all textbooks are available.

Your students count on you to put copies of all of your textbooks on reserve in the library. As textbooks become more and more expensive, we are getting many more requests from students for textbooks to use in the library. Since the library cannot afford to buy the current textbooks for all classes, we rely on faculty to request an extra copy from the publisher and place that copy on reserve for their students to access. (Publishers are urged to provide copies of textbooks for library reserve free of charge per California AB2477, passed into law in 2004.)

If you have any questions about placing materials on reserve or about requesting copies from publishers, please call us at the library at extension 4311.

We have a form you can use to put materials on reserve at here.

You can search by your name to see what materials you have on reserve here.

The full text of AB2477 is available on our bookstore’s website.

Article and Photo by Eric Brenner.


$20,000 Scholarship to Attend UCSC!

pister.karl.200The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program has been established to enable community college transfer students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience, co-sponsored by private-and public-sector employers. Recipients will be selected by the chancellor of UCSC from candidates submitted by the presidents of participating community colleges.

How to Apply:

•To download the application visit the Skyline College Financial Aid page. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.

•Apply for admission to UC Santa Cruz during the filing period, November 1-30, 2013. Visit the Transfer Center for more information.

•Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2014.

For more information contact the Financial Aid office in Building 2, Room 2234, (650) 738-4236 or

 Article by Crystal Shetaya and Jared Martin.


CITD Co-Sponsors 10th Annual Global California Conference

MBTA2On December 5, 2013 Skyline College’s Center for International Trade (CITD) co-sponsored the 10th Annual Global California Conference with partner, the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA). Held in Redwood City, this year’s conference theme focused on the Latin American marketplace and the bilateral trade and investment opportunities that exist for businesses of all sizes. Executive Director, Richard Soyombo, moderated a panel of government officials and business people representing Brazil, Chile, and Peru. The afternoon roundtable discussion brought together country experts, local business leaders, legal, and logistics professionals to provide current, relevant information to California companies interested in pursuing opportunities abroad. CITD clients were able to participate in this event free of charge.

MBITAFor additional information please contact: Ms. Allison Mello at

Article and Photos by Allison Mello.


Marketing, Communications & Public Relations News

marketing_stratThe Marketing, Communications & Public Relations office has completely overhauled and updated the College Style Guide to assist in maintaining the college brand both on campus and in the community. In the new Visual Identity Guide you will find information on logo usage, advertising and promotions available, website standards and guidelines for creating publications.


  • It is the policy of Skyline College that all marketing materials be reviewed by MCPR prior to printing and distribution. The term marketing materials refers to anything that is representing the Skyline College brand including fliers, postcards, promotional videos, promotional items with the logo printed on them such as pens, etc. You can expect to receive a response from the office within 24 to 48 hours on your marketing piece. This policy ensures that the brand integrity of the college is maintained and mistakes that are costly in time, money and/or perceptions are avoided.


  • Looking for assistance with marketing materials, advertising, branding, event promotion or other marketing campaigns? Review the current MCPR Guidelines for initiating a project, fill out and submit an MCPR Request Form to Cherie Colin at  Need more guidance or a meeting to brainstorm ideas, strategies, etc.? We are happy to meet with you to discuss and help define your goals, target market and best strategies for reaching that target market. Contact the Marketing, Communication & Public Relations Office for assistance. It is never too early to get started on promoting your event or program.


  • Planning an event? Please remember to notify MCPR of that event to get it listed on the College calendar as soon as you have a firm date. This will ensure that your event gets the visibility it deserves and will help event coordinators throughout campus to avoid booking conflicting events.

We look forward to assisting you!

 Article by Cherie Colin.


Visit the Allensworth Exhibit at Skyline College

Allensworth_Flyer.contactCome and visit the Skyline College Library to experience the inspiring Allensworth exhibit. The historic town of Allensworth tells a story of the all-black settlement in California’s Central Valley. The exhibit is a great representation of self-determination for all Californians in the areas of education and economic development. The exhibit at Skyline College is a collaborative effort between the Bay Area CITD, the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College and the African American Museum & Library of Oakland.

The Allensworth Exhibit is currently running through January 2014 and is open to the entire campus as well as the general public on the following days:

allensworth shotsMonday through Thursday: 8am until 9pm

Friday: 8am until 2pm

Saturday: 10am until 2pm

If you would like to bring your class on a guided tour of the exhibit, or for more information on the African Diaspora Program please contact, Pcyeta Stroud at

Article written by Pcyeta Stroud, Images by Elizabeth Tablan.



Disability Resource Center Welcomes New Learning Specialist!

NewkirkPlease join us in welcoming Carol Newkirk, the newest member of our faculty team in the DRC. She will be working with students as a Learning Disabilities Specialist and looks forward to bringing her expertise to this position. Carol comes to us most recently from Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College where she enjoyed working with students in a variety of capacities including a basic skills instructor, a DSPS Counselor and a Learning Disabilities Specialist.

Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned a postgraduate certification as a Learning Disabilities Specialist after successfully completing the Adult Learning Disability Program at California State University, Sacramento and the Eligibility Model Training from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Carol is also licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Feel free to refer any students that might benefit from the services that DRC and the Learning Disabilities Specialist can provide. Carol’s contact information is (650) 738-4108, Building 5 room 5-130.

Article by Melissa Matthews.


Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 Commencement

J.SepulvedaOur 2014 Commencement Exercises are fast approaching. It is an exciting time and we are all looking forward to collaborating with all of you to create a meaningful and enriching celebration for the entire campus community. As such, The Center for Student Life and Leadership Development is currently accepting nominations for a Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Commencement Exercises. The ceremony will take place at 5:00p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014

Past Commencement Speakers have included Juan Sepulveda, Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee, and Lloyd LaCuesta, Emmy award winning journalist from KTVU.

Please submit nominations via email to Amory N. Cariadus, Student Life and Leadership Manager, at Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 31. Thank you in advance for your contributions to the creation of this commemorative event for the entire Skyline College Community.

Article by Amory N. Cariadus, Photo by Raul Guerra.


Skyline College Carolers Bring Cheer

Members of the Skyline College Concert Choir brought some holiday cheer to residents of the Westborough Royale Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in South San Francisco. The carolers performed an a cappella program of holiday music while residents and their families enjoyed a festive Sunday dinner on December 22, 2013. Thank you to Deborah Meckler for organizing the event, and to the Skyline College students who volunteered their time during this very busy season!

Concert Choir CarolersFeatured singers (left to right): Kevin Valera, Preston Sturtevant, Barbara Graham, Maile Wong, Vicki Abrahamsohn, Barbara Daley, Ellen Ron and Deborah Meckler (shown with her mother).

Article by Barbara Daley. Photo courtesy of Ellen Ron.


VITA is Back! Free Tax Preparation at Skyline College

Tax Preparation AssistanceSparkPoint at Skyline College and the Business Division, in partnership with Earn it! Keep it! Save it!, are excited to announce free income tax preparation assistance for students, faculty, staff and community members (households that earned less than $52,000 in 2013).

Taxes will be prepared every Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, March 29, 2014 (except February 15), from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Building 8, Room 8209. Please call SparkPoint at Skyline College at (650) 738-7035 to make an appointment.

Last year, student volunteers from Instructor John Miller’s Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) class were able to complete over 280 tax returns, resulting in over $297,000 being returned to the community. We expect to complete even more returns this year, so book your appointment today!

For more information about VITA, please visit SparkPoint.

For more information on SparkPoint at Skyline College, please visit the SparkPoint website or contact Dr. William Watson, Director at

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 Article by Adolfo Leiva.