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Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

High School Invasion at Serramonte Mall a Success

111On April 26th 2014, in collaboration with Clear Channel Radio Station Wild 94.9 and Serramonte Mall, Skyline College hosted its first “Serramonte High School Invasion” at Serramonte Mall in Daly City. The goal of the event was to allow high schools students to see the innovative programs that Skyline College has to offer while rocking out to the Bay Area’s number #1 hit music station. Radio personality Nessa and Outreach Coordinator Florentino Ubungen co-hosted the event and gave out prizes throughout the day. Students were given passports upon arrival and were entered into the drawing after receiving stamps from eight program tables. The prizes included ten, $100 gifts; a David Lee signed basketball and a PS4. The grand prize was Wild 94.9 would throw a mixer at the high school with the most student attendance.

222The event was a great success with over two hundred high school students participating in the drawing. Representatives from various departments and programs at the college made invaluable connections with future Skyline College students! This was a great event for the college that benefitted the community at large. Special thanks to the Office of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations and Outreach for coordinating this innovative event and thanks to all the programs/departments that participated.

Article by Florentino Ubungen | Photos by Wild 94.9

Urban Music Ensemble Performance

music_notesThe Skyline College Urban Music Ensemble (UME): Music 287 will perform on Monday, May 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30pm in the Dining Room, Building 6. The UME is a performance ensemble focused in the music of Hip Hop, Jazz Funk R&B and Blues. This performance is FREE to the public!

Urban Music Ensemble Performance
Monday, May 12th
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

For more info on the UME, or associated course Hip Hop Culture and Politics (Mus 276) or the Business of Independent Music (Mus 287) please contact professor Kymberly Jackson, email

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.

Talisman Literary Magazine Issue 44 Release Party


Friday, May 16th at 7 p.m. in the Skyline College Art Gallery
Ground Floor of Building 1.

Please join and celebrate the release of the 44th Issue of Talisman, Skyline College’s Literary Magazine. The event, held in the Skyline College Art Gallery, will include food and beverages, copies of the magazine, as well as feature readings from the Student Prose and Poetry Prize Winners and many other student writers from this issue of Talisman.

Talisman staff hopes to see you at this special event. If you have any questions please contact Rob Williams, Talisman Faculty Advisor

Beta Theta Omicron Wins USA Today Challenge

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABeta Theta Omicron, the Skyline College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, won the 2013 USA Today Case Study Challenge. USA Today sponsors a Case Study Challenge for Phi Theta Kappa chapters. Members develop a Case Study on a current event within the framework of the Honors Study Topic. The 2013 topic was The Culture of Competition. Beta Theta Omicron’s case study was “Will we have to compete for a place to live?” The winning case studies are published at

Case studies are intended to be used by students and faculty. The Case Study includes a 700-word explanation of a current issue, references, and study questions. Beta Theta Omicron has won eight of the 12 Case Study Challenges, including the first challenge in 2002. All of the Chapter’s case studies can be found online here.

Article by Christine L. Case

Respiratory Care Program Wins Sputum Bowl

Congratulations to Skyline college for winning annual Greater Bay Area Region (GBAR) Sputum Bowl Preliminaries.

Skylsputum bowel pictureine College has proven its academic prowess by sending eight representatives in two teams to the annual GBAR- California Society of Respiratory Care Sputum Bowl Preliminaries. The victor (Skyline College) of the preliminaries will represent the Bay Area at the statewide respiratory conference in Long Beach for a chance to win California on a national level at the CSRC annual conference.

This competition was conducted in a fashion much like the gameshow, Jeopardy. A total of 8 teams competed in a preliminary round robin competition to determine seeding and then compete in bracketed elimination rounds. Two Skyline College teams (Spit-tacular and Spit Happens) entered this competition. Skyline made it to the finals as “Spit Happens” faced off with San Joaquin Valley College’s team “Valley Fever” in an epic 12 minute battle of wits. Cheered on by faculty and students, “Spit Happens” emerged victorious and earned the right to represent the Bay area in Long Beach in May.

Let’s wish them best of luck for State competition.

Article by Ijaz Ahmed


ESL Registration Day a Success

IMG_8826On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the English Language Institute hosted its twice-annual ESL Registration Day for new ESOL students.  Fourty-one attendees were able to come to Skyline College’s Learning Center and participate in nearly all of the steps to matriculation.  Thirty-one placement tests were given and 37 people attended an orientation with counselor Kenny Gonzalez.  All of these students are meeting with Kenny this week to review their placements and register for classes.


Chris Rico, ELI Program Services Coordinator, assembled a volunteer team of ESOL students to assist new enrollees at every step of the way.  Students assisted clients with filling out the application, and A&R’s Minerva Velasquez was on hand to provide G-numbers.  Goldie Lee and her excellent assessment staff ran the testing process, ably assisted by Jairo Barreto, who ensured that the technical aspects of the day ran smoothly.  ELI student assistants America Lopez and Selena Wu helped make counseling appointments and guide students throughout the day.  Campus Ambassador Bianca Porras introduced new students to the processes of Financial Aid.

ESL Registration Day is critical to many members of our non-English speaking community who would like to improve their English and get an education, but who need encouragement and guidance through the very complicated steps of matriculation.  Outreach for the event takes many months and can be difficult to target the population.  The event often brings out very dedicated and tenacious individuals; the ELI staff were particularly touched by a mother and daughter who walked forty-five minutes to get to the college for the event.

The ELI wishes to thank Dr. David Reed for allowing The Learning Center to be used for this event and the College Success Initiative for providing the funding.  Because of this campus collaboration, over forty new students can begin their educational journey at Skyline College.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

DRC Hits a Home Run at EdRev


LD Specialist Carol Newkirk stands on the pitcher’s mound.

On May 3rd, Skyline College’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) joined the Education Revolution (EdRev) at AT&T Park in San Francisco. EdRev is a fun and informational event for parents and students with learning differences and ADD/ADHD. In addition to enjoying activities on the baseball field, participants heard from national speakers on LD and ADD/ADHD, as well as connected with many exhibitors and vendors. DRC was the only Bay Area public institution of higher education to exhibit at the event and had a great response from attendees. DRC met with parents and prospective students and connected with local high schools special ed programs and community organizations. EdRev participants were able to sign up for a DRC open house and assistive technology demo to take place on May 13th at the DRC in 5-132. The DRC team ended the wonderful event by heading to the baseball field and running the bases!


DRC faculty Melissa Matthews, Carol Newkirk, and Judy Lariviere tabled at EdRev and received a huge response from conference goers.

Article by Melissa Matthews

Jefferson Adult School ESL Students Visit Skyline College

On Thursday, May 8, ESL students from Jefferson Adult School visited the ELI for a campus field trip.  For many, this was the first time that any of these students had been on a college campus.  Although they may be months or more from their decision to attend, their ESL teacher Francisca Wentworth was committed to instilling a vision of a college pathway to careers.

“Our students need to be able to see what is possible for them, and visiting the college is the best way to do that,” said Wentworth.


This field trip was the culmination of several activities planned through a Silicon Valley Foundation grant written specifically to create more pathways between Jefferson Adult ESL and Skyline College ESOL.  Events preceding this field trip have included a faculty textbook retreat and discussion, faculty class visits, and a series of workshops conducted by counselor Lavinia Zanassi and ESOL faculty Leigh Anne Shaw.

Chris Rico met the students and brought them to the Career Services Center, where Lavinia Zanassi presented information on careers.  Florentino Ubungen met the students there and took them on a comprehensive tour of Skyline, featuring many of the CTE programs.  The students finished at the ELI for a Q & A session before departing the campus.

The students were excited at the idea of someday joining their former classmates who have moved from Adult School into Skyline ESOL classes.  It was an incredibly inspiring day for students who previously had never considered a college education as part of their immediate future.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

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

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.

Math Tutoring at TRiO

1112The TRiO Student Support Service (SSS) provides a variety of services to students at Skyline College, one of which is math tutoring.  If you’ve ever been to The Learning Center then you’ve probably seen the TRiO tutors Eugene Garcia and Celia Pender hard at work making sure that TRiO students get the help they need in order to be successful in their math classes.  TRiO tutors help students in a wide variety of math subjects, ranging from algebra to calculus and especially statistics.  About forty-one percent of TRiO students using the math tutoring are Science Technology Engineer and Math (STEM) majors.  The students are also working hard, with each TRiO student spending an average of twenty hours per semester receiving services.  Recently, Extended Opportunity Program Services (EOPS) has joined with TRiO by allowing students from EOPS to receive services from the TRiO Math tutors, so our tutors are busier than ever helping others to succeed in math.

If you think that you might qualify for TRiO SSS, you can apply either on our website (  or in person at The Learning Center.  Make sure to ask for Judith Cheung.  If accepted to the program, your needs will be assessed and you can get started right away!

Article by Ching-Yi (Miranda) Wang

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.

Recruitment Open for the Global Mentorship Program


The Global Mentorship & Leadership Project is actively recruiting students to participate in its pilot mentorship program: Education Across the Miles-Liberia.

The Global Mentorship & Leadership Project is designed to expose Skyline College students to mentorship and leadership through the African Diaspora. This is done through face to face mentoring sessions with local professionals, networking events and interacting with students from around the world, via international video-conferences. Education Across the Miles– Liberia, focuses on young women. All young women in the program are mentored by members of the SF Links, a professional service organization that’s committed to improving the lives of underserved youth. Five Skyline College students have been selected to participate in the program, all of whom interact with nine students from Liberia on a monthly basis.

The Global Mentorship Leadership Project is an initiative developed in partnership between the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College, the African American Success Though Excellence & Persistence Learning Community (ASTEP), and Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia and the San Francisco Chapter of the Bay Area Links, Inc., (SF Links) an international professional service organization primarily composed of professional African American women.

To refer students to the Global Mentorship Project or for more information, please contact Pcyeta Stroud. Email:

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Accreditation Oversight Committee Update

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Skyline College’s Accreditation Oversight Committee (AOC) held its final meeting of the year. The AOC focused much of its discussion on reviewing the experiences of preparing for this year’s accreditation visit and brainstorming strategies the College can implement to build on the strong foundation of work that was done. In particular, the committee discussed ways in which evidence can be collected, documented, and summarized on an ongoing basis to help facilitate the writing of the next self-evaluation. Also, the AOC discussed developing a timeline that begins now and maps out the responsibilities of the college to maintain compliance with all accreditation standards. It is important that we continually document and report our great work to ensure Skyline College Shines! So, be ready for changes to come next fall…have a wonderful summer!

Article by David Ulate