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Skyline Shines Award Nominations

AWARD ICONThe 2014 Skyline Shines Award Nominations are now open! The purpose of the awards is to recognize individuals or groups who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality. Two awards will be made annually, one to a member or group of Skyline College employees and one to a member or group from the community. Please submit your nomination(s) by Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at noon to the President’s Office. Download the application here.

Nominations for Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award 2014

Jessica LopezEvery year, the Academic Senate selects one or more recipients of the Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award. This award was established by former SMT faculty Phil Meyer to honor the contributions of faculty in their first five years of hiring who demonstrate excellence in teaching, on/off campus activities, and overall collegiality. Last year’s recipient was Jessica Lopez Jimenez.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, or administrators. Multiple nominations for the same people or multiple people will be accepted. The Academic Senate will select a winner of the award at its May 9th meeting and will announce the winner at the May 16th End of Year Celebration.


The following faculty members are eligible for the 2014 Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award:

Year Hired


2010 Stephen Fredericks
2010 Tina Watts
2011 Amber Steele
2011 Carmen Velez de Jesus
2011 Christopher Gibson
2011 David Hasson
2011 Edmund Yee
2011 Zachary Bruno
2012 Jessica Lopez Jimenez
2012 Melissa Matthews
2012 Sarita Santos
2012 Nathan Jones
2012 Jesse Raskin
2013 Carina Antilla-Suarez
2013 Amir Esfahani
2013 Paul Bridenbaugh
2013 Julia Johnson
2013 Kym Jackson
2013 Tammy Calderon
2013 Carmen Richardson
2013 Bruce Greenstein
2013 Paula Silva
2013 Robert Williams
2013 Serena Chu-Mraz
2013 Younga Choi
2013 Phillip Williams
2013 Michelle Hawkins
2013 Adam Windham
2013  Ijaz Ahmed

Nominations may be made by filling out the nominations form sent out in email, also available for download here under “Other Vital Information.”

Please send all nominations to Leigh Anne Shaw at or Nick Kapp at Thank you for acknowledging the hard work that our new hires do.

End-of-Year Celebration – Save the Date!

8774402768_fd2ef035eb_bMay 16, 2014 is the End of Year Celebration! This is when the campus comes together to celebrate the hard work we’ve done all year, cheer over our accomplishments, acknowledge individuals for their service, and enjoy some food and good cheer. Please save the date from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and join your colleagues for a bit of much-needed levity before the end of the semester!

The theme is TOP SECRET, but…Trekkies are encouraged to make contact with the Enterprise in the SMT division, ext. 4221.

Academic Senate Elections Coming Up May 9-16

Image 1The Academic Senate will be holding elections for its 2014-2015 Governing Council. Faculty are asked to review the candidates’ statements and prepare to vote on May 9, 2014. The ballots will come to all faculty in email from the Academic Senate president. Upon receiving the ballot, faculty are asked to please vote immediately. The ballot will close on the morning of May 16.

Faculty may read candidates’ statements on the Academic Senate website
The results will be announced at the End of the Year party on May 16.

Goodwill Orientation

spring 14-2 goodwill orientation

Photo: Adolfo Leiva, Troy Barros, Julie Lamson, Toti “Jay” Anamani (sitting down), Chante Mobley, Travis Hall, Christopher Gascon (sitting down), Soledad McCarthy, Jeremy Evangelista, Irving Magallan, Derricka Benton (sitting down), Adrian Benton, Emiliano Zaragoza (sitting down), Alpha Lewis, Francisco Ramos, Jose Amador (sitting down), Douglas Galyardt

The Skyline College Workforce Development Program and Goodwill Industries welcomed their second spring 2014 Skyline College Warehousing and Logistics cohort on March 31, 2014. Skyline College’s Business Division and Workforce Development partnership with Goodwill Industries awards certificates in Warehousing and Logistics to students wishing to reenter the workforce. For many of the Goodwill students, this is their first time entering a college environment.

As a result of the partnership, graduates are encouraged to enroll in the Career Advancement Academy. Students are currently enrolled in the Allied Health Bridge Program and the Entry Level Automotive Career Advancement Academies. The Career Advancement Academy (CAA) provides stackable certificates in Auto Entry Level Technician, Foundations in Early Childhood Education, Paralegal and Allied Health (EMT, Medical Office Administrator, and Sterile Processing).

For more information about joining or creating a Career Advancement Academy or the Goodwill Partnership, contact Soledad McCarthy,

Article by Soledad McCarthy | Photo by Jeremy Evangelista

Brothers and Sisters Conference a Huge Success

B&S13898253215_396717c22f_oOn Monday April 14, Skyline College hosted its first annual Brothers and Sisters Conference. The conference strengthens and expands Skyline College’s existing outreach efforts to local high schools bridging the gap that currently exists in our educational pipeline for African American students. In collaboration with the ASTEP learning community, CIPHER, Student Services, Career Advancement Academy Programs, and Career Technology Education Programs, the Brothers and Sisters Conference served as a great transition and welcoming opportunity for these students as they graduate high school and come to Skyline College. Sponsored by the President’s Innovation Fund (PIF), the funds provided gave the team the opportunity to dream out loud. Components of the conference included:

1. Welcome
2. Institutional Welcome
3. Guest Speaker Milton Bowens
4. Enrollment Presentation
5. Program Fair
6. Campus Tour

Participating high schools included Capuchino, South San Francisco, Emery, Jefferson, and Lowell. Over 60 students were in attendance and they all were amazed by the programs and services Skyline College has to offer them.

If you want to see more photos from the day, click here

Article by Kwame Thomas

Introducing Inside Skyline College

shinesInside Skyline College is a newly developed website that serves as a resource for faculty, staff and administration of the college. This site takes the place of the former Faculty/Staff site and includes important resources such as how to order business cards online. The goal of the page was to shift internally-focused information from the public website into an easy to use portal format. Much of the information on the site contains quick links to easily access information of interest.

The site is still a work in progress, so feedback about what would be helpful for you and your department to see/be able to access from this portal is welcome. Please contact Cherie Colin at with any feedback.

Thank you to Liz Gaudet, Web Programmer Analyst who worked diligently in conceptualizing and implementing the site.

Article by Cherie Colin with help from Liz Gaudet

Mental Health First Aid Event

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Skyline College hosted a Mental Health First Aid training event. The event was a collaboration between Psychological Services and the Filipino Mental Health Initiative. Interest was high with over thirty-five people participating in an eight-hour training regarding how to help individuals experiencing a mental illness or crisis. Attendees consisted of staff members and students of Skyline College, and community members. The trainers, Jei Africa and Sisilia Sisita of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, led the group through engaging, interactive exercises as they covered topics such as: recognizing the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses, learning the potential risk factors for developing a mental illness, and carrying out a five-step action plan to help individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Several students reported that it was a great and informative event. All attendees received a certificate of completion and are now recognized as Mental Health First Aiders. Congratulations!

If you are interested in information about future Mental Health First Aid events, please contact Liz Llamas at

KinderCaminata at Skyline College


On Friday, April 25, Skyline College was invaded by over 350 Kindergartners and 140 parents as the institution held its first KinderCaminata event. This event in collaboration with the San Bruno Park School District provided activities for students throughout the morning. Students from Allen, Belle Air Elementary, El Crystal, John Muir, Portola and Rollingwood Elementary Schools were greeted by Skyline staff, faculty and students as they drove onto campus. Dr. Stanback Stroud, President, welcome the students followed by Dr. David Hutt, San Bruno Park School District, Dr. David Hutt who thanked Skyline College for their participation and commitment to students.

kinder2Students, dressed in Skyline College “Kinder” shirts carrying backpacks filled with coloring books and pencils then participated in a host of activities at different locations throughout campus. Many thanks to San Bruno Fire Department, Skyline College Public Safety, San Mateo Community College District Construction Services, Allied Health, Cosmetology and Early Childhood Education programs for their fun-filled activities and exercises for the students. The event concluded with lunch and students left on buses going back to their respective schools.

kinder3This successful event was coordinated by Florentino Ubungen, Outreach Coordinator and Adriana Armas, Staff Assistant, Enrollment Services. In addition, over 60 Skyline College staff, faculty and students volunteered their time and created a wonderful experience for the San Bruno students, teachers and families. A special thanks to Joseph Morello, Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance for the use of the gymnasium and Facilities for preparing the buildings for our visitors.
This event would not have been possible without the support of the President’s Innovation Fund at Skyline College.

Article by Dr. John R. Mosby | Photos by Raul Guerra

Cosmetology Mothers Day Present Photo Shoot


Mimi Vasquez, Kym Jackson and Regina Pelayo of the Spa at Skyline College.

The costume box overflowed with pearls, feather boas, headbands and tie-dye fabric and giggling girls struck silly poses. This was no ordinary opportunity to dress up; it was a special photo shoot in which the Cosmetology, Esthetics and Fashion Merchandising departments combined to make over their clients as a present for Mother’s Day.

Over a few short hours, ordinary women transformed into flappers, movie stars, flower children and secret agents with the magic of makeup, hairstyling and a few props. Photographer Gino de Grandis brought the best out of every model, coaxing smiles and laughter even from camera-shy shrinking violets. Once the paying clients had enjoyed their makeovers and photo shoots, the staff and students got in front of the camera for a few portraits of their own. Kym Jackson and staff looked lovely draped in fur and pearls, or just plain funny in oversize sunglasses. Even the Dean of the Business Division, Don Carlson, stopped by to try on a smashing fedora and snap some new head shots.

The photo shoot offered selected clients a fun experience (and some souvenir portraits!) to balance their upcoming relaxing afternoon at the Spa at Skyline College just before Mother’s Day. Students who participated in the project have glossy new photos for their portfolios, and the moms who modeled have a reminder of their own personal beauty and sense of style. If you missed the boat this year, check back with Cosmetology next spring to arrange the same special treatment for your mom. On Mother’s Day, she deserves something special.


Cat Nguyen and her mother Cam-Hoan Dinh celebrate Mother’s Day with a sixties-inspired photo shoot.


Freshman cosmetology instructor Tammy Calderon strikes a pose.


Flower children dance for the cameras.

Article by Lynsey Hemstreet | Photos by Gino de Grandis

Beta Theta Omicron Receives International 2014 Distinguished Chapter Award


Photo: (Back row from left) Jose Campos, Christine Case, Irene Yim, and Andrea Gabriel. (Front row from left) Jaimelynn Alvarez, Deanna Badong, Elena Gochez, and Twinkle Lok.

Skyline College’s Beta Theta Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received several awards at the honor society’s 2014 international convention held April 24-26 in Florida. Over 4,000 students from 1,300 chapters attended the convention. Beta Theta Omicron received the Honors in Action Theme Award, the Honors in Action Award, and the 2014 Distinguished Chapter Award. Awards are based on the chapter’s Honors in Action project. The project must address the Honors Study Topic (The Culture of Competition) and must include scholarly research as well as a service component. Chapter members write a 2600-word essay describing their planning process, literature review, the project and implementation, and results. During 2013, Beta Theta Omicron mapped and analyzed an invasive plant on Sweeney Ridge.

The chapter vice-president of Operation, Jaimelynn Alvarez won the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Distinguished Chapter Officers must be nominated by their chapters through the Hallmark Awards application process and are chosen based on a student’s demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action, other engagement in the Society and enthusiasm for the Hallmarks of the Society (Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship). They were selected by a panel of judges from more than 600 nominees internationally.

Article by Christine Case

Transfer Happenings!

San Jose State University College Tour- Another SUCCESS!!!

The Transfer Center recently visited San Jose State University on Friday, April 25 for a college visit. And despite the unpleasant weather conditions, over 45 students were in attendance, including students from the Hermanos Y Hermanas program and Puente. Similar to the Cal State East Bay tour, the visit was a private tour and included an Admissions presentation with one of their admissions counselors. The presentation covered transfer requirements, programs and resources available to students on campus, and information on degrees and majors. The admissions counselor remained on-hand to answer student questions such as which majors were most popular, what GPA is required to transfer to SJSU and other integral questions that helped students learn about their options to transfer.

SJSU-College-Tour-Group-Photo_2Following the admissions presentation, students where escorted on a guided tour of the campus where they had an opportunity to learn about the historic importance of the school, where key departments such as the Engineering, Social Sciences, and Humanity offices were located, and a quick visit to the library, which is the largest library west of the Mississippi! From there, students were treated to lunch at the Dining Commons, which was sponsored by the Transfer Center and Hermanos Y Hermanas program. Students were able to order food from a wide variety of restaurant options and many students indulged in free Jamba Juice.

Also, the most important part was that this tour helped some students decided whether or not they wanted to transfer to SJSU. Some students expressed that this tour helped them learn about housing opportunities, financial aid, impacted majors, student support programs, and the diversity that SJSU offers to their students. Some students said, “they do have my career and since they are in the Silicon Valley, they make it easier to find a job.” Other students said, “…there are a lot of job opportunities after graduating from SJSU.” Overall, students found the tour to be very helpful when it came to their transfer knowledge and options.

Special thanks to the Transfer Center team who planned and coordinated the admissions presentations and tour, and to Alberto Santellan for taking students on a short surprise tour to the housing apartments on campus and to the famous library.

The Transfer Hour
Every day, Monday- Thursday day and evening students in the Fireside Dining Room will have an hour of learning about Transfer through a video montage. Students will be introduced to Transfer Center services and programs and will watch college tour videos- learning about a variety of different campuses, in state, out of state, public and private.

Check it out on:
• Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm and 4:30-5:30pm
• Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:00 and 4:30-5:30pm

The idea of the Transfer Hour came from the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee last Fall. The Committee thought it would be a way of increasing Transfer Culture and introducing new campuses and opportunities to students. This is one of the many ideas and priorities that he Committee came up with!

Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee wraps up Spring semester meeting and prepares for next year!

In an effort to increase our Transfer Culture, the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee has 3 main priorities they identified:
• Outreach and Promotion
• Cross-Division Collaboration
• Creating student-centered Transfer Pathways “Transfer Pods”

Here are some highlights of the implementation of these ideas:
• The Transfer Center hosted 3 College tours – UC Davis, CSU East Bay and San Jose State reaching over 100 students!
• The Transfer Hour was debuted – check it out in the Fireside Dining Hall!
• The best yet Alma Mater Day – including the WHOLE counseling Division showing up in Alma Mater wear (YES, that’s a challenge to ALL divisions in the future!)
• Faculty signed up for a regular “transfer slide” so that they can display/announce information on upcoming transfer related events and workshops at the beginning of class
• Presentations on the work of the Advisory Committee were made to all Divisions, the Academic and Classified Senates, the BSI Committee, and the Student Services and Instructional Leadership Teams creating opportunity for feedback and further cross-division collaboration
• Skyline College has begun the process of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data from SFSU, UCD and CSUEB our major feeder campuses for a PRIE Data project for 2014-2015
• The SMT Division Faculty and Transfer Center collaborated to submit a PIF to pilot a ‘Transfer Pod’ for STEM majors, where all students who are STEM majors would get all transfer support and services, including access to all STEM discipline faculty, tutoring, counseling and additional transfer specific workshops in a STEM Center. If granted, this would be pilot for future ‘Transfer Pods’.
• Set the goal to transfer 337 students for the CSU, 88 students for the UC, 425 total as a benchmark.

Looking forward
The Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee will continue to meet next year. The focus of the year will be to continue the efforts and priorities of this year, to continue to grow our campus-wide transfer culture and to engage our students around how to best support them to transfer. Following the Completion by Design Model, we hope to engage students at the different phases of a student’s education, in this case, Entry, Progress and Completion. The PRIE Office will begin its’ qualitative data project with our key university partners and the results will help inform our work for future years. If you are interested in joining the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee, please contact Suzanne Poma at

Article by Suzanne Poma and Michele Haggar
Photos by Suzanne Poma and Michele Haggar

ASTEP’s First Annual Tournament of Champions was a Slam Dunk


On Saturday, April 26, ASTEP hosted its first annual three on three basketball tournament in the Skyline College gymnasium. The tournament, held from 8 am to 1:30 was open to all students within the San Mateo Community Colleges. Ten teams participated, competing against each other for first and second place prizes. Breakfast and lunch was provided along with giveaways throughout the day. Teams and visitors were entertained during half time with performances from Urban Youth Society, a student organization at Skyline College. Our first place team; 300 Gunners- students Vika Jimenez, Elijah White and Terry Booker won three $75 dollar gift cards to

DSC02006Our second place team; The Kings-students Jordan Dougherty, Aaron Brown & Etienne Boutan won $50 dollar gift cards to In addition, there were students sponsored by the ASSC and Kappa Delta Beta. The following programs helped sponsor the tournament: Associates Students at Skyline College (ASSC), Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), Urban Youth Society (UYS), Black Student Union (BSU), Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Resources (CIPHER), SparkPoint, and African Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP). Special thanks to all the ASTEP students who volunteered throughout the event.

Article by Kwame Thomas | Photos by Phyllis Taylor

Last Week of Annual Student Art Exhibit

Don’t Miss the Last Week of the Annual Student Art Exhibit at the Skyline College Art Gallery

Next week is the final week to swing by the art gallery to view our annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, a group exhibition featuring artworks by our very talented students here at Skyline College.

For more information, including hours, please visit the gallery website or visit the facebook fan page

Gallery Reception Photos from our lively and very well attended reception on Wednesday, April 30, 20141

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Article by Paul Bridenbaugh

TLC Director Presents at 40th Annual ACTLA Conference

ACTLA LogoSkyline College Learning Center Director David Reed presented a concurrent session at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) in Anaheim, CA on Friday, April 24. The title of his presentation, Evaluating the Tutoring Session: Approaches and Implications provided a summary of the Skyline College Learning Center’s recent development of an online assessment tool that has been embedded into the tutor-tracking software used in the Learning Center. The development of this tool was a collaborative project involving David Reed, Leigh Anne Shaw (ESOL instructor and Faculty Coordinator of the English Language Institute), and John Chavez (recently retired Math Lab Coordinator of the Learning Center).

The presentation was well-received and sparked some lively exchanges about data gathering and assessment among the participants, who included community college learning center staff, administrators, students, and staff from the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office. Next year’s ACTLA conference will be held in San Francisco March 27 – April 1, 2015, and the Skyline College Learning Center staff is looking forward to participating and representing the college and district.

Article submitted by David Reed