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Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

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Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Holiday – Lincoln’s Birthday Observed
  • 5:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Chabot (DH), Chabot College
  • 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Chabot College (DH), Chabot College

Mon Feb 17th, 2014

  • Holiday- President’s Day

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Transfer Center- UC Davis Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 1, Transfer Center
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Human Trafficking Educational Event, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202
  • 12:00 p.m.- 1:10 p.m., Transfer Center – Exploring Private Colleges as a Transfer Option, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – The African American Military Veteran Experience Workshop, Skyline College, Building 2, Third Floor, Veterans Resource Center

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Transfer Center- Academy of Art Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Transfer Center- John F Kennedy Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Transfer Center – UC Berkeley Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2227
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., No Financial Aid Application Lab on Feb. 19 due to a special event, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
  • 5:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Ohlone College (DH), Ohlone College
  • 7:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Ohlone (DH), Ohlone College

Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Common Diseases & Disabilities Exhibit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center- Notre Dame De Namur Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Friday, February 21, 2014

  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Young Gifted & Black SHEroes Performance, Skyline College, Building 1, Main Theater
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Mateo (DH), Skyline College
  • 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Canada College (DH), Skyline College

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., National TRiO Day, Skyline College

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

Join San Mateo Athletic Club

San Mateo Athletic Club LogoAs we continue to achieve new milestones at the San Mateo Athletic Club (SMAC), we are pleased to be able to announce a dues rollback for staff of the District which was approved by the Board of Trustees at it’s meeting on December 11, 2013. Since SMAC opened, Chancellor Ron Galatolo has insisted that as the club achieves financial success, he would recommend to the Board that rates for staff be lowered. Details of the new rates for the regular and non-prime time plans are as follows:

Faculty/Staff                       Monthly Dues                      Non Prime Time

Individual                            $35                                        $17.50

Couple                                 $60                                        $30.00

Family                                  $80                                        $40.00

The health and wellness of our team is very important to us. We are pleased to initiate this dues rollback effective February 1, 2014. As SMAC continues to grow, we will continue to offer staff incentives to membership.

If you have any questions about your membership or about becoming a member yourself, please call San Mateo Athletic Club and speak with a Membership Team representative at (650) 378-7373.

Article by Tom Bauer.

VITA is Back! Free Tax Preparation

Tax Preparation Assistance

SparkPoint 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

Like us on FaceBook[2]Article and Photo by Adolfo Leiva.

WOW! Voices Now

Women on Writing
A Morning of Readings and Refreshments

 Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Student & Community Center
Building 6, Room 6202

Women on Writing FlyerYou are cordially invited to a festive morning of readings, conversation and conviviality. This year WOW! is scaling back from a day-long conference, and we’re delighted to host a lively morning event to celebrate the WOW! community and creative spirit. Acclaimed authors Caroline Goodwin and Kirstin Valdez Quade kick off the program by reading their work, and then we’ll enjoy an Open Reading. Please join us!

Featured Readings:

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Stanford University Creative Writing Program

Author of fiction in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Best American Short Stories 2013, and elsewhere

Caroline Goodwin

Poet Laureate of San Mateo County California College of the Arts MFA Program Stanford University Writer’s Studio

Author of Trapline and Kodiak Herbal

For more information, contact Kathleen McClung at

Allensworth Exhibit Extended!

Allensworth Exhibit FlyerCome 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.

Allensworth Exhibit PhotosThe Allensworth Exhibit is open to the entire campus as well as the general public on the following days:

Monday 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. Flyers by Elizabeth Tablan.


African American Heritage Month Celebrated in the Career Services Center

The Career Services Center celebrated Afican American Heritage Month on February 12, by hosting a career workshop, “Career Pathways: African American Perspective.” Alex Jones, a Career Counselor in Workability, Brian Jenney, the Career Counselor Resource Aide, Pcyeta Jackson, a Program Resource Coordinator and Timothy Dupre, an instructor at Skyline College, discussed their personal experiences as African Americans in higher education and through their career paths. The presentations regarding their personal career pathways were both inspiring and heartfelt.  The individual challenges each speaker endured helped them develop the perseverance needed to pursue their academic and career goals.

Students were invited to ask questions to speakers and were hopefully inspired to pursue their own dreams both in and outside the classroom.

Article by Brian Jenney

Social Justice Expert to Speak on Flex Day

Deepening the National Conversation on Race with Dr. Shakti Butler : Cracking the Codes

                          We need to talk:  Devastating racial inequity persists in the U.S.

Special All-Campus Event, Wednesday, March 5, 1:00-3:30pm


Race, more than any other demographic factor, determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth in the U.S.

The conversation on race is shallow  and remains focused on individuals.  It stops us from talking. It freezes our capacity to connect and act across crucial racial divides. If not interrupted, it is a system that is endlessly self-perpetuating.

What if we deepen the conversation?

A Cracking the Codes film/dialogue event sets the stage for transformation in classrooms, conference rooms and communities by unpacking the system of racial inequity and enabling people to—finally—talk about it.

Talking about race opens the way for institutional change. Authentic dialogue is a critical component of any equity effort.

Thousands are talking with Cracking the Codes. This year over 10,000 people in communities and on campuses nationwide have participated in a live Cracking the Codes event with World Trust facilitators.

Shakti Butler, PhD., is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services.  She is also the producer/director of World Trust films. Dr. Butler shares her holistic framework for conveying the interconnection between internal and external/structural components of racial inequity, and revealing how self-perpetuating systems reinforce disparities in institutions. This framing, along with the use of Butler’s films, set the context for constructive conversation.

Date: Flex Day, Wednesday, March 5, from 1:00-3:30
Location: tbd
Contact: Nina L. Floro, 650-738-4414 /

Article by Nina Floro.

Coach Nomicos Reaches 300-Win Milestone

Coach NomicosAmid a flurry of Bay Area rains, Skyline College endured a wet weekend in its scheduled three-game series against the College of the Redwoods Corsairs. Saturday play was ultimately rained out before the two teams were able to squeeze in a twin bill Sunday. When it was all said and done, Skyline College Trojans swept the doubleheader to notch its first two wins of the season, downing the Corsairs in the opener 9-8 in 10 innings, then triumphing 12-1 in a rain-shortened seven-inning nightcap.

The wins mark career victories No. 299 and No. 300 for Nomicos, who started coaching at Skyline College in 2000. He is the fifth baseball coach in the history of the college and the winningest to date. Previous Skyline College Head Baseball coaches were Bill Harron, Terry Christman, Mike Givens, and Ken Bowman. With these victories, Nomicos is now second in career victories by a Skyline College coach only trailing Pete Pontac, the former legendary Hall of Fame Men’s Basketball Coach.

Article by Alexandria Hatzistratis

College Board Western Regional Forum Conference

Mosby_Feb2014[4]Dr. John Mosby attended the College Board Western Regional Forum Conference from January 29 – February 1.  In addition, Dr. Mosby facilitated the first ever College Board workshop centered solely on community college students.  The workshop, titled “Transitioning from a Community College to a Four-Year Institution: What Works and What Doesn’t?” This session looked at the transfer admission and transition experience from a student perspective. Student panelists provided insight on the practices and policies that enhance, or sometimes hinder, successful transitions for transfer students.

At the end of the conference, Dr. Mosby was nominated and accepted the opportunity to Chair the Guidance and Admission Assembly Committee for the Western Region of the College Board, representing educators from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  This is the first time that an educator from the Community College system will serve in this role.

Article by Dr. Joi Blake | Photo by Keisha Ford

Phi Theta Kappa Spring Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa Spring scholarship application, is now open for continuing students. The scholarships administered on this application are for students who plan to continue their education at a two-year college in the fall. More than $260,000 will be awarded through these scholarships:

• The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy students.

• The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

• The GEICO Pathway to Completion Associate Scholarship for Business majors.

• The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship for ADMJ and EMC majors.

Please encourage your students to apply. Skyline College student Gilbert Arellano won the 2013 Resureccion Public Safety Scholarship for Public Safety Leadership and Skyline College student Jamela Brown received the 2012 Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Applications are due April 30.  Download the application now at

Article by Dr. Christine Case

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

* Please note “Skyline College’s President’s Breakfast” in the Comments Box,
on the donation page, to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund.

President's 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

MK Asante Goes “Buck” At Skyline College

MK7025“The world is a university.” This was one of many insightful quotes, author and filmmaker, MK Asante, shared with our Skyline College students and faculty last Tuesday, February 7, 2014. Fitted in his Sixers hat, jeans, and Timberlands, MK Asante mesmerized a full house with his own personal experiences through literature from his new memoir titled “Buck”. His ability to weave both academia and street knowledge really resonated with the audience making it a very meaningful experience for everyone.

MK Asante, who is also a tenured professor at Morgan State University, explained that his intent of sharing his life story was to empower others about the importance of reading and writing, learning about different cultures, and being open-minded. The event kicked off African-American History Month with tremendous energy, highlighting the shared triumphs and struggles that many of our students really related to.

MK Asante was one of the guest presenters sponsored by the Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research also known as the CIPHER. CIPHER aims to provide students with educational and career opportunities through the new CIPHER Hip Hop Learning Community (which starts in Fall 2014), Urban Music Academy, and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program. In addition, CIPHER provides professional development and enrichment opportunities for faculty to learn about the various Hip Hop pedagogies utilized in classrooms and programs.

MK Asante further validated the importance of meeting students where they’re at and recognizing that students come to us with a breadth of knowledge and personal experiences that defines them. He states that, “The more we know about our students, the more they will believe that they can succeed.” That day, he connected.

The event concluded with a book signing of his memoir, “Buck”, as Maya Angelou described as “a story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” His books are still available for sale at the Skyline College Bookstore.

For more information about MK Asante, please visit his site at  You can also check out the live stream video at

If you’re interested in the work of CIPHER, please email Nate Nevado at

Article by Nate Nevado. Photos by Raul Guerra.


CRLA Certification Awarded to The Learning Center

IMG_2396The Skyline College Learning Center has long been a hub for developing future educators.  Current faculty in several departments around campus got their start as peer tutors in The Learning Center before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Effective December 1, 2013 the Skyline College Learning Center’s tutor training program became certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) through its international tutor training program certification process, as a Level I and Level II certified program. Level I (Certified Tutor) is awarded to tutors upon completion of the LSKL 110 Tutor Training course offered each fall and spring. Level II (Advanced Certified Tutor) is awarded to tutors after they have completed additional hours of supervised tutoring and training; each level additionally requires regular evaluations by faculty and Learning Center staff.

Skyline College tutors are now being recognized professionally for the great work they do each semester. This certification helps The Learning Center attract and retain quality tutors, helps tutors demonstrate their professionalism for employment and four-year transfer purposes, and demonstrates the credibility of the program to the Skyline College community. If you know a student who may be interested in tutoring or teaching, please send them to the The Learning Center or visit us on the web at

Article by David Reed