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Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

SAN to Engage Students in Campus Sustainability

Sustainability MeetingThe Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN) met on Tuesday, January 28th to explore campus outreach strategies and improve student engagement in campus sustainability. Ideas discussed included campus-wide essay/photo/design contests, infographic flyers, and student speaker groups.

SAN also welcomed two special guests from San Francisco State University: Guy Dalpe, Managing Director of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, and Sharon Daraphonhdeth, Sustainability Strategist and cofounder of the SFSU Student Sustainability Coalition. Sharon presented on several successful sustainability initiatives at SFSU, including campus-wide composting, a bike barn and workshop series, and the Fossil Free campaign to divest from fossil fuel companies.

The Sustainability Ambassador Network is a forum for students, faculty and staff to address sustainability at Skyline College. The mission of the Sustainability Ambassador Network is to inform, collaborate, and inspire action for sustainable change on campus. Look for some of SAN’s activities this semester, including composting and waste diversion peer education, in-class curriculum presentations, a transportation study, and special events throughout Earth Week in April.

SAN encourages participation from all Skyline College employees and students. If you are interested in campus sustainability initiatives and want to get involved, please contact Richard Hsu,

Article by Richard Hsu. Photo by Sarah Perkins.




Introducing John Ulloa

UlloaJohn Ulloa of the Social Science/Creative Arts Division has been appointed to a full-time position in the History department as of this spring semester. He is also the Honors Transfer Program coordinator. John has a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that we are very happy to make exclusively ours.

John has a B.A in History, a M.A. in History and an M.A. in Anthropology, all from San Francisco State University. He has taught at Skyline College in both the History and Anthropology departments since 2005. He has been the Honors Transfer Program Coordinator since fall 2013. John is also an Afro-Cuban percussionist of note, with a CD out entitled Rum and Smoke.

John is a community college success story, having started his higher education at Modesto Junior College, where he received an A.A. degree before transferring to San Francisco State. He is a mentor and a model for our students. We are very pleased to have him in this expanded role.

Congratulations John!

Article by Donna Bestock.


Best-Selling Author to Lecture 2/4

M.K. Asante PhotoTo kick off the African American History Month, the Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research (CIPHER) will be hosting a Guest Lecture by M.K. Asante, a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, Hip Hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force”, on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:00-12:30pm, followed by a book signing of his new book, Buck.

His critically acclaimed memoir, Buck, is described by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Literary Work nominee. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.

M. K. Asante PhotoAsante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He has toured in over 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

Please invite your students to this “can’t miss” event as described by many colleges and universities who had the opportunity to hear him speak. Essence Magazine has called him “the voice of the new generation.”

The guest lecture will be held in Building 6, Rooms 6202-6206. It was also be streaming live on UStream.

For more information on this event and CIPHER, you can email Nate Nevado at  or check out




14th Annual President’s Breakfast

Breakfast BannerDr. Regina Stanback Stroud

President, Skyline College

Cordially invites you to join the

Skyline College President’s Council for the

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7:00 a.m. Networking Opportunity

7:30-8:30 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast

South San Francisco Conference Center

255 South Airport Boulevard • South San Francisco, California 94080

Please RSVP to (650) 738-4325 by March 10, 2014


Regional Study Abroad Orientation

Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral (Photo is public domain from Wikipedia)

On Saturday, January 11th Skyline College hosted more than 175 students and family members from around Northern California as they prepared to study abroad in Florence, Italy for the Spring Semester. The group, which included students from Skyline College, CSM and Cañada as well as the Los Rios District, Diablo Valley, and Santa Rosa JC provided an orientation to the Florence Program and a chance to meet faculty and colleagues. The group is now in Florence enjoying their first week of classes and field trips.

The Florence Study Abroad Program is one of many opportunities that Skyline College students have to study abroad. Upcoming programs include Paris, France during Fall Semester 2014 and Florence again in Spring 2015.

For more information please contact Gary Fleener, Education Abroad Coordinator at

Article by Gary Fleener.


Mentorship Program Kick-Off!

Education Across the Miles:

group_photoThe African Diaspora Program at Skyline College has officially launched its mentorship project for young women: Education Across the Miles.

On January 30, 2014, a group of Skyline College students (mentors) participated in a video conference with a group of high school students (mentees) in Liberia. This videoconference is the first of many meetings between the two groups of young women. During this introductory session, both groups learned about each other and their cultural customs and backgrounds.

Video Conference PhotoAllow us to introduce the Skyline College Mentors:

Ashanti McLeod

Kandace Davis

Queana McLeod

Nicole Harris

Stephany Burton

Mentors_LinksThe goal of Education Across the Miles is to expose Skyline College students to mentorship opportunities and provide them with tools to serve as mentors to the young women in Liberia.

At the same time, Education Across the Miles seeks to provide both educational and financial assistance via scholarships to young women in Liberia that aspire to graduate high school and pursue higher education.

This program is a part of an on-going partnership with the SF Links, Inc., Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia and the Liberian Senate, the Center for International Trade Development and the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College.

Seven members of the International Trade and Services (ITS) Facet of SF Links agreed to contribute a $200 scholarship for each of the seven Liberian high school girls. The ITS Facet’s contribution will allow Skyline student mentors and Liberian young women to engage in a cross cultural exchange where both parties will have the opportunity to teach, inspire, and learn about each other. The Skyline students will be able to learn and apply their mentorship skills, network with their Liberian peers, and gain a better global awareness and general understanding of the African Diaspora.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud. Photo by Noelle Encina.


Chinese New Year Celebration

Let’s celebrate in style with Chinese Calligraphy and painting demo with instructions on how to write and paint traditional Chinese art. Enjoy The Twelve Zodiacs Chinese movie, popular Chinese holiday games and a Chinese Food Fest! Please join us for the festival in the Multicultural Center in Bld. 4 between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Sponsored and hosted by Skyline College’s Asian Studies Center. Assisted by Skyline College International Student Affairs Association. Funded by the Skyline College President Innovation Fund.Chinese New Year Poster