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Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma – Opening Reception, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Film Screening:  Tattoo Nation, Skyline College, Building 4, Multi-Cultural Room
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer v. Las Positas College, Conference Division Match, Skyline College
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer v. City College of San Francisco in a Conference Match, Skyline College
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Women’s Volleyball v. West Valley College in a Conference Division Match, Skyline College

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor

Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer v. Chabot College, Conference Division Match, Skyline College
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer v. Hartnell College in a Conference Match, Skyline College
  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Student Photo Exhibit:  Images of Stigma, Skyline College, Building 2, 3rd Floor

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Facilities Department Welcomes Bryant Evans as Custodial Supervisor

Bryant EvansThe Facilities Department is proud to announce that Bryant Evans has permanently transferred to Skyline College Facilities as the Custodial Supervisor. Bryant has a rich history in custodial services, first starting at the College of San Mateo in 1995 as a custodian where he was promoted to the Lead Custodian, and then to Custodial Supervisor in 2002. As the newly appointed Custodial Supervisor at Skyline College Bryant will bring the core values of customer service, teamwork, professionalism and communication, which the Facilities Department strives for. Please join us in welcoming Bryant to the Skyline College Family.

Article by John Doctor

Bécalos Students Perform for Latin American Heritage Month

becalos students performOn October 14, 2014, El Grupo Bécalos, a music group comprised of five of our Bécalos students, performed for other students, faculty and staff in the Fireside Dining Room in Building 6 as part of the Latin American Heritage Month activities.  Members of the band were very comfortable on stage as they belted out traditional and up-beat Latin music and preformed a classic rock song completely in English.  These Bécalos students not only showcased their talents and knowledge of music, but also exhibited their progress in learning the English language.  Language immersion is one of the many goals of the Bécalos Program and the students have been demonstrating an increased level of English language ability since the start of the program.  Thank you to the ASSC for providing the Bécalos students with such a unique learning experience and opportunity. For more information on the Bécalos Program, please contact Pcyeta Stroud at

Article by Troy Barros | Photos by John Saenz

Skyline Students Shine at SACNAS Once Again

SACNAS Group 2014At the SACNAS (Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Conference on October 16-18, eight Skyline College students presented their original scientific research alongside students from University of Texas, Princeton University, Yale University, University of California, Brown University, Stanford University, and many others. The conference was held in Los Angeles and sponsored by UCLA and USC. Over 4000 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country attended the conference.

Papers were selected for the conference in a competitive judging from abstracts submitted in July. Skyline College students started their research last spring with Christine Case in BIOL 230 or BIOL 690. The students spent the summer in the lab to continue and complete their research. Stephen Fredricks worked with the students to register and prepare them for presenting at a national conference. At the conference, students were knowledgeable and professional, and represented Skyline College well.

All of these students now have their first publication. You can see the students and their posters at Here are their research topics:

  • Photosynthetic Characteristics of Invasive Delairea odorata and Native Coastal Sage Scrub Plants – Jean Luke Campos
  • Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Activity of Rhodiola rosea, a Medicinal Plant – Sweta Sharma and Wafa Zeidan
  • Antimicrobial Properties of a Traditional Medicinal Plant, Lupinus variicolor – Jia Gwee
  • Antimicrobial Properties of a Traditional Medicinal Plant Mimulus aurantiacus – Jackson S. Womack and Keefah Khalil
  • Antibacterial Activity of Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), a Traditional Native American Herbal Medicine – Anna Portelli and Jashwin Sagoo

Pictured in the photo are: Top row from left: Jackson Womack, Anna Portelli, Jean Luke Campus, Wafa Zeidan, Keefah Khalil, Front from left: Sweta Swarma, Jia Gwee

Article & Photo by Christine Case

ASTEP Brings the Community Together with its Fall 2014 Family Night Event

ASTEP Family Night 2014 Phote 1 _10.21.14 On October, 8, 2014, the ASTEP Learning Community celebrated its fall 2014 Family Night with panache! Students, staff, faculty, and administrators who contributed towards the preparations for this event worked diligently, as they were eager to show family and friends why ASTEP has become so pivotal in the Skyline College Community and in their own lives. The assortment of various cuisines on deck encompassed a mélange of cultures within the ASTEP student body. This special event was well attended, but even more important was the collective feeling that all present appreciated this chance to step aside from the usual motions of life in order to bond in solidarity and get informed.

ASTEP Family Night Fall 2014 Photo 2_10.21.14The festivities began with a chance to mingle. Students who had brought along family members had a introduced them to their ASTEP instructors and counselors, and ASTEP faculty, staff, administrators, and allies present had the opportunity to meet those behind the scenes of their students’ lives, students they have strived to empower all semester long. This was followed by a presentation of all faculty, staff, and administrators who support the ASTEP Learning Community and an explanation of each member’s role/s on the Skyline College Campus.

The range of other activities at this affair included a thoughtful explanation of ASTEP’s history and goals by ASTEP Learning Community Coordinator and Associate Professor, Nathan Jones, and an ice breaker where students had a chance to contribute their collective knowledge about the mission of ASTEP and its benefits for students. In addition, Language Arts Program Services Coordinator, Michael Manneh helped students and family members achieve greater awareness about what a learning community is and why and how such cohorts engender student success. This was followed by a culminating break down of specific ways that the ASTEP Learning Community supports students facilitated by ASTEP Counselor and Professor, Kwame Thomas and then a raffle. Last, but certainly not least, attendees finally had a chance to “get their grub on” thanks to the selfless contributions of many in attendance.

This was a heartwarming event that brought those in the ASTEP learning community and their families closer together in their understanding of one another and their motivation to continue supporting our students’ achievement in their uphill climb towards academic victory!

The ASTEP Learning Community welcomes students of all diverse backgrounds to join its ranks and strives to represent the experience of the African American community within Skyline College. For any questions about ASTEP, please feel free to contact ASTEP at 650-738-7037 or visit the program in Building 4.

Article by Chanel Daniels  I  Photos by Nathan Jones

Learning Differences Demystified

“Wee reed in vairee difrint waez frum hou wee see werdz” – Sam Barclay

learningdisabilitiesdemystifiedThe Disability Resource Center continued its celebration of Disability Awareness Month with Learning Differences Demystified, a tabling event in Building 6 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students, faculty and staff were able to interact with learning disability (reading and math) simulations and experience how individuals with learning disabilities process information. DRC’s Learning Disability Specialist, Carol Newkirk, was on hand to answer questions about learning disabilities.

The Skyline community also learned that having a learning disability is not a barrier to success. Quotes from successful individuals with dyslexia like Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Magic Johnson, Erin Brockovich, Keira Knightly, and Whoopi Goldberg were also on display. DRC’s Assistive Technology Specialist, Judy Lariviere, demonstrated iPad apps that promote student success, regardless of disability status. This event was a great opportunity for student, faculty, and staff to engage with DRC staff members and learn about the wide variety of services provided to students.

Disability Awareness Month concludes on October 29, with Colors of the Wind, from 12:10-1:10pm in room 6204.

Article by Melissa Matthews

Fall 2015 UC Transfer Admissions Guarantee Program a Success!

Each year, from Sept. 1- Sept. 30, Skyline College students apply to the UC Transfer Admissions Guarantee Program. Students who meet UC requirements for their campus of choice are able to apply for guaranteed admissions to that campus. UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz are the participating campuses in the UC TAG program.

Skyline College has a very hands-on personalized approach to TAG, where students attend TAG workshops and meet with a counselor to review all of their options and to get a final evaluation of their TAG application. We have a strong TAG Counseling team with nine Counselors participating!

This year, 92 Skyline College students submitted TAG Applications – marking a steady increase in applicants over the past 2 years! The largest increase was in applications to UC Santa Cruz. Last year, there were seven TAG applicants to UCSC and this year there were 22! Davis continues to be the leader in TAG applicants with 50 students submitting TAGs to UC Davis this year. Students will get the final results for the TAG as early as November 15th for some campuses and other will inform students during spring 2015.

Planning and qualifying for TAG is very tricky and early awareness of the program greatly contributes to ensuring as many students as possible are eligible and apply. Thank you to all of the faculty and staff who helped promote this program on campus! The Transfer Center will be partnering with UC Davis in the spring semester to offer a workshop to prepare students for Fall 2016 TAG applicants!

Article by Suzanne Poma

ECE Hosts Career Pathways to Your Future

ECECareerPathwaysEvent1 On Thursday evening, October 15, 80 participants in Early Childhood Education heard a stellar panel of professionals talk about careers and college pathways.  Using Early Childhood Education as a foundation, students learned about the range of careers ahead of them for working with and in support of children and families.

The group was welcomed by ECE/EDU Program Coordinator Kate Williams Browne.  Several panelists from Skyline College told their stories of inspiration:

  • Wendy Fung-Burt taught swimming and volunteered in her children’s classrooms before finding the Skyline ECE program; she now plans to get an Elementary Credential and Masters degree in Early Childhood Education;
  • Pat Sasso began as an English major, attended Community College, raised a family, and is now a Literacy Specialist with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation;
  • Dr. James Adams helped his mother raise a niece and a nephew while getting degrees in Educational Psychology and currently leads the Jefferson School District’s Special Education Department;
  • Tina Watts planned to study white sharks, but shifted from biology to education and now directs the Skyline Child Development Lab Center;
  • Michele Haggar struggled through school, overcoming disability to complete her education and is now at the campus Transfer Center;
  • Kristina Brower found herself interested in education after becoming a parent, and earned an AS from community college and BA in Child & Adolescent Development while becoming a Head Teacher at the Skyline College Children’s Center.

The requirements and services here at Skyline were noted by Transfer Center Program Services Coordinator Michele Haggar, ECE/EDU Program Services Coordinator Kristina Brower, and Director Tina Watts for the campus CDLC. ECE Department’s Dr. Sarita Santos described the degree programs available at San Francisco State and CSU East Bay Universities.

ECECareerPathwaysEvent2Stay tuned for the next two ECE-sponsored events. On Wednesday, October 29, come hear the inspirational story of George Mendoza, blind visual artist and children’s book author. Saturday, February 22,  the annual “Orientation to Teaching,” will offer workshops and permit instruction for those interested in the teaching profession in early, special, and elementary education.

Article and Photos by Kate Williams Browne

Skyline College Participates in Oxfam Hunger Banquet

OxfamHungerBanquet1  On September 23, students, faculty, and staff gathered in a campus forum to deliberate various approaches to addressing food security and access to safe and affordable food in our communities.

The forum began with an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to illustrate the global inequities in food access and security.  As participants arrived, they were assigned seating and a socio-ecomonic class.  Twenty percent of participants were served a full meal at a table with full table service, thirty percent were provided with rice and beans that they served themselves, while the remaining fifty percent of participants congregated in blankets on the floor with rice and water.

OxfamHungerBanquet2This stark demonstration of global inequities was followed with a reflective deliberation on how we might continue to address food security issues locally.  Students presented various approaches to address the issue, and participants deliberated each of the options presented, adding personal experiences and direct knowledge to the discussion.  The collective wisdom that arose from the small group deliberations was reported out in a large group format, where each group shared their best ideas to address the issue of access to safe and affordable food.  The event was a great success and feedback from the participants was enthusiastic.

OxfamHungerBanquet3The forum was organized and facilitated by Skyline College students taking a course focusing on Dialogue, Deliberation, and Community Engagement with Jennifer Mair, Communication Studies instructor.

Article by Jennifer Mair

Transfer Day a Success

TransferDay1Skyline College’s annual Transfer Day held on Monday, October 20, was a huge success. Skyline College welcomed over 40 colleges from UC, CSU, private and out-of-state universities to our campus to meet with our students. This was an overwhelmingly well attended event by both representatives and students. All university representatives that had originally RSVP’d attended the event, often bringing with them additional representatives, items from their respective colleges for our student give-away, and additional college information brochures and materials for our Transfer Center. Over 300 students signed in and participated in the event. Several instructors brought their classes that were in session during Transfer Day so their students could participate. Following the event, UCLA Admissions Advisor and representative provided students with an admissions workshop for students interested in applying. The workshop covered major requirements, how to prepare to transfer, and resources/ programs available to students at UCLA.

TransferDay3Feedback from the event was very positive as many of the representatives were impressed with how many students attended the event. College representatives were excited to see how well Skyline College students were prepared with questions for them about their goals to transfer. These same students submitted over 150 evaluations, which will contribute to the Transfer Center’s evaluation process for our Program Student Learning Outcomes.

Thus far, the surveys show that there was an overwhelmingly positive response to the event. One student indicated that “Transfer Day had a lot of information that helped me make a better decision about where I want to transfer”. Another student shared, “my chances of actually getting into the college of my choice is pretty good”.   Many other students expressed that they were able to learn more about the colleges and universities they are interested in transferring to and what majors they offer so that they could make well informed decisions when it came time to submitting applications.  Others expressed that they have become more aware of what they need to do to get to the colleges and universities of their choice.

TransferDay2Overall, this was our most attended event and we want to give special thanks to all faculty who were able to bring their students to the event, to all the faculty who offered extra credit for their students who attended, and to the Faculty and staff in the Transfer Center who helped to make this a great day. Thank you.

Did you miss Alma Mater Day?

Not to worry! Alma Mater Day will continue on into November too!  On Thursdays through the month of November, please participate by wearing your gear! As students apply to colleges this fall, it helps them to think and explore different options and keep the transfer conversation going!

Do you know your fellow alumni from your Alma Mater on campus? Gather for a picture by the end of November and the largest alumni group that submits a picture wearing their Alma Mater gear will win a free lunch! There are plenty of Gators, Bears, Spartans, Agies and??? out there!

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

Bécalos Students to Visit Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown_SFOn October 25, all of the Bécalos students will visit China Town in SF, as part of the Bécalos Cultural Immersion component of their exchange program.

These trips are born of the belief that full integration into an educational process involves perspectives from various aspects of the community. To enhance and bring this belief to fruition, the GLPS division has established a weekend immersion series for the Bécalos Students.  The students will be “immersed” in an experience of different cultures, civil engagement activities and community diversity events throughout the Bay Area.

After the field trip the students are given an assignment to prepare a presentation addressing a number of things, from cultural differences such as people, dress, and atmosphere to the most interesting thing they learned from the trip. These presentations are open to the entire campus and will be held every Friday, in room 2306 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.

For more information or to participate in these Immersion Trips, please contact Pcyeta Stroud,

Article by Carol Quan

Colors of the Wind Book Signing Coming Up

Colors Of The WindDisability Awareness Month concludes with author JL Powers who will be doing a reading of her powerful children’s book, Colors of the Wind, which features blind artist George Mendoza’s incredible artwork. A book signing will follow. This event is hosted in conjunction with Language Arts and the Business Division. The event will take place October 29, from 12:10pm-1:10pm in room 6204.

More about George Mendoza from Colors of the Wind:

George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he is breaking more barriers because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees. He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record in the mile for blind runners, and later competing in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist, Mendoza’s collection of paintings, titled Colors of the Wind, is a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.

Article by Melissa Matthews

Altars for Dia de los Muertos Currently Under Construction and Open for Viewing in Gallery

DiaDeLosMuertos2.pdfAltars for Skyline College’s Día de los Muertos 2014 Exhibition are currently under construction. The gallery is open for viewing during the altar construction phase, and artworks are now on view.

Skyline College students, staff and faculty are all welcome to submit artworks to the gallery for our Día de los Muertos celebration on Wednesday, November 5.

The reception will take place on November 5 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and will include live music by the BECALOS student ensemble and refreshments. Please check our website for more information on this event:

This year’s exhibition features collaborative student projects and Día de los Muertos Altars by:

  • LASO - Staff coordinator: Lezra Chenportillo
  • BECALOS Program
  • Anthropology Club - Faculty coordinator: Lori Slicton
  • Art 301- 2D Design - Faculty coordinator: Amir Esfahani
  • Art 665 SFAD- Gallery Practicum, Art 214- Color - Faculty coordinator: Paul Bridenbaugh
  • History 429- History of Latinos in the U.S. - Faculty coordinator: John Ulloa

Posters for this year’s Día de los Muertos exhibition were designed by students in Art 430- Introduction to Digital Art

Article and Photos by Paul Bridenbaugh

College Governance Council Held on Sept. 24

The College Governance Committee met on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 2:10 – 4:00 pm, in Building 4, Room 4343.  All council members were present.

The group considered the April 23, 2014 minutes (the last meeting of the spring semester) unanimously and the minutes were approved. (M/S/U Perkins/Browne.)

Orientation to College Governance Committee

President Stanback Stroud welcomed the new members of College Governance Council (CGC) and provided an orientation of the CGC to the members of the committee.  The orientation included a review of the Governance Philosophy Statement, the Bylaws of the Council, and council member responsibilities as constituent representatives and the SharePoint site for managing the agenda, sharing documents, creating reference files and holding electronic discussions.  Dr. Stroud reminded Dr. Blake to have Amory Cariadus ensure that students have access to the site by working with IT to develop a solution to the lack of student access to the SharePoint for governance process.

A Participatory Governance Manual for the CGC is available for their review on the CGC SharePoint site under documents.  Dr. Stroud recommended that the committee reviews the manual in preparation for the year.

Dr. Stroud explained the role of the CGC and how items are discussed and approved by the governance committees before it is brought before the CGC.  The CGC is the primary governance body that makes recommendations to the President through a majority vote.  When possible, the group seeks to reach consensus.

Notes will be included in Skyline Shines.  Regina recommended that all governance committees/councils place articles in Skyline Shines in order to disseminate information about the status of governance items.  President Stanback Stroud reminded CGC to think of the governance in the contexts of the Accreditation Standards.

SPARC Update

Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones, provided an update on the newly combined budget and planning committee – Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources (SPARC).  In the 2013-2014 fiscal year the recommendation to merge CBC (College Budget Committee) and the IPC (Institutional Planning Committee) was approved.  The new committee, SPARC, has a membership which is similar to the CBC and IPC.  There will be a member from all the constituent groups, divisions, and administration.  During the times the committee considers budget issues, the committee will be co-chaired by Vice President Briones and Senate President Kate Brown.  When the committee addresses Planning issues, it will be chaired by Aaron McVean.

Vice President Briones reviewed the charge of the committee: “The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee will coordinate, integrate and communicate college-wide planning and budgeting.  This committee will make integrated planning and budget recommendations to the College Governance Council.”

Vice President Briones announced that on September 30 from 2-4 p.m. in room 6202 there will be a District Strategic Planning Forum for all to attend.  The District has engaged the services of Voorhees Consulting for this project. Council members were encouraged to attend and to encourage their constituency to attend as well.

Vice President Briones announced that at the October 30 SPARC meeting, Kathy Blackwood will be presenting the new resource allocation model.  The meeting will be held in room 6203 from 2-4 p.m.

SSSP and Student Equity Update

​The college will be submitting a plan for Student Equity and SSSP.  Many are involved in the development of the plans which will go to the appropriate governance committees.

The Student Equity Plan is being developed in collaboration with SEEED under the leadership of Dr. Angélica Garcia.

Dr. Blake, Vice President of Student Services, provided an update on the status of the draft SSSP and Student Equity plans.  The SSSP plan is due October 17 and will include the allocated resources.

The SSSP four categories are:

  1. Assessment – alternative methods
  2. Orientation
  3. Counseling and Advising (1 semester to comprehensive)
  4. “At Risk” Services

Dr. Angélica Garcia, Dean of Counseling, Advising, & Matriculation, has been meeting with constituent groups.  The plan will go through SPARC for planning integration.  The plan will come to CGC for recommendation to the President.

Dr. Blake continued with an update on the work being done with the Student Equity Plan.  The plan is due January 1, 2015.  The areas of the Student Equity Plan are:

  • Access
  • Retention
  • Transfer
  • Degree and Certificate Completion
  • ESOL

There will be forums held in October for additional feedback.

Middle College

Dr. Sarah Perkins, Vice President of Instruction provided a report on the progress in the development of the Middle College under the leadership of Dr. Raymond Jones and Mary Gutierrez.  The first Middle College cohort is expected to start Fall 2015.

The Middle College is one of the Strategic Priorities of the College.  The Chancellor provided support funds to support the planning and development process leading up to a fall implementation.

Dr. Jones has begun the initial work for this project and there have been many meetings over the past year with potential partners such as the South San Francisco Unified School District, Jefferson Union High School District and San Mateo Union High School District.  On Monday, September 29, Chancellor Ron Galatolo, Regina Stanback Stroud, Sarah Perkins, Mary Gutierrez and Raymond Jones will be meeting with local Superintendents.

Career Pathways Trust

The SMCCCD/SMC consortium proposal for Career Pathways Trust funds is being resubmitted for funding.  ​There are two initiatives for AB86:

1.  Adult Ed – Noncompetitive.  Funds given to High School and partners based on a formula.  San Mateo County did a fantastic job being organized.  Larry Tesharo and Gregory Anderson provided the leadership on this component.  Two of the working groups were led by Leigh Ann Shaw and Mary Gutierrez.

2.  Career Pathways Trust Funds (CCPT or CPT) – competitive.  Dr. Perkins provided leadership for this SMCCCD submission.  The SMC consortium proposal did not receive funding.  The next round of funding is expected to be released this fall.

At this time we do not have an estimate time for the grant to be submitted. The first round was $250 million.  The follow up will be the second half which is $250 million.  We are beginning planning for application

Introductions – Director of Marketing Communications and Public Relations

President Stanback Stroud introduced Ms. Jennifer Owen-Blackmon, substitute for Cherie Colin, Director of MCPR, who is out on family leave.  Jennifer will be with us until March 31, 2015.  She has 15 years of experience in marketing.

Academic Senate Report

Kate Browne, President of Academic Senate, reported that this year the Academic Senate goal is to be all inclusive with the college.  They have invited AFT, Classified Senate and Administration to attend Academic Senate meetings.

Dean of Counseling, Advising, & Matriculation, Dr. Angélica Garcia, will be a guest at the Academic Senate meeting to discuss the SSSP and SE plans.  President Stanback Stroud has also been invited to attend an Academic Senate meeting to speak on College Plans and Challenges.   Sarah Perkins and Joi Blake will be attending an Academic Senate meeting as well as the three new Division Deans.

The Academic Senate has been discussing the Faculty Evaluation process.  There have been many comments made about Appendix G of the process.  Soon there will be appointments to the Evaluation Guidance Committee (EGC).

Another topic of discussion is Professional Development and Professional Personnel.  The Senate is taking a very active role in recreating the structure.  This way the information regarding applying for funds is clearer to all employees.  Kate and Sarah will be working together to complete this goal.

The other item of discussion is the minimum qualifications.  Currently the District Office is creating two committees for Psychology and Reading.

Classified Senate Report

Alana Utsumi reported to CGC that the Senate is currently working to create a Classified Senate Code of Ethics district wide.  Originating from a discussion between a member of the accreditation site visit team and the past President of the Classified Senate, we are currently working on a district-wide classified staff code of ethics.  Michele Haggar and Alana Utsumi will be visiting to Cañada College to discuss with the college’s Classified Senate President and Vice-President, and will eventually seek approval of the Classified Senate of Cañada and the Classified Staff at CSM before moving it forward for approval. Some clarification will be pursued, based on information received at the CGC regarding a Management/Staff Code of Ethics already in existence. Dr. Stroud referred Alana to review the Board of Trustees ethic statement.  She also explained that the discussion by the Accreditation Site visiting team member regarding the ethic statement was a misunderstanding.

The Classified Senate is also discussing Assembly Bill 2558, Faculty and Staff professional Development, approved by the governor on September 19th.  This bill will bring changes to funding for professional development.  We’ve been keeping an eye on this bill in the hopes of expanding professional development opportunities and just trying to bring awareness to the staff that they are supported in their efforts to improve themselves and their professional skills.

Upcoming workshops led by Classified Staff members, through the CTTL:

  1. Wellness Walking Club, Sandra Hatzistratis in Kinesiology (Tuesday, October 7 at 1pm)
  2. Going Green in the Workplace – Becoming resource-efficient, myself (Wednesday, October 8 at noon)
  3. Beginning LinkedIn and Professional Portraits, Lezra Chenportillo from Career Center (Wednesday, October 22 at 1pm)
  4. Beginning Excel Workshop (Wednesday, November 19 at 2pm)

We are in the planning stages of our annual scholarship fundraiser; trying to come up with some new ideas to help raise funds.

Associated Student Body of Skyline College Report

Nicole Harris, President of ASSC, shared with the CGC upcoming events.  Currently they are in the midst of the Latino Heritage Month, ASSC gave $5000 for various activities. On September 25, they hosted a movie screening of “Summer of Gods” in the multicultural center.  Following the screening the director was in attendance to answer questions.

The ASSC is thinking of restarting the “The Fog” newsletter this year.  The goals this year is to get students engaged with the events on campus.  The month of October is DRC month and the ASSC gave $1000 for events.  Meier Schneider will be on campus to speak on the topic of vision for life, how to enhance your vision.  Skytalks is being planned as well.

Dr. Cornel West delivered a presentation to a full theater of college faculty, staff, students, and community members.  The ASSC has scheduled the Harvest Festival on October 30th which will also be the kick off to the Can Food Drive.  The ASSC Council attended their first retreat where they worked on their leadership skills.

Dennis Zheng, Vice President of ASSC, shared a concern regarding the Wi-Fi on campus.  During high level of usage, especially midterms and finals, the Wi-Fi works sporadically on campus in different areas.  Jonathan Paver, Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies will check with IT to see how information can be collected regarding the weak Wi-Fi areas on campus.

Accreditation Follow-Up Report

The follow up report for the ACCJC is due October 15th.  Aaron McVean, Dean of PRIE, reviewed the response report on the recommendation on the deficiency found during the site visit.  The group discussed the short document.

(M/S/U Perkins/Browne.) It was moved that the CGC recommend to the President that the document to ACCJC addressing the Deficiency be forwarded to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Meeting Adjourned

Skyline College Hosts U.S. Department of Labor Event for Multi-State Meeting on New Workforce Legislation

DOL Event 1 Over 250 state and local leaders from a wide range of workforce development systems gathered at Skyline College on October 10, 2014 to discuss the Department of Labor’s new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed by President Obama in July this year.  This Town Hall meeting was second in a series of nationwide meetings organized by the Department of Labor (DOL) to solicit input on the WIOA implementation.

The signing came after the bill’s passage in Congress with strong bipartisan majorities in both houses. The new law marks the first major update to federal job training programs in more than 15 years and outlines plans to improve coordination in workforce programs for adult and youth training and education programs at the federal, state and local levels. The law was previously called the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), itself an update to previous federal workforce investment policy. That law was enacted under President Clinton in 1998.

DOL Event 2The Town Hall meeting was organized by the Department of Labor (DOL) Region 6, headquartered in San Francisco, in partnership with Skyline College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD). The DOL Region 6 encompasses a large area including Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, American Samoa, Saipan-CNMI, Federated States of Micronesia, and Territory of Guam.

In the opening plenary, Skyline College Vice President of Administration Eloisa Briones highlighted the community college connection to the new WIOA by mentioning President Obama’s visit to the Los Angeles Trade Technical College soon after signing the WIOA.

She also mentioned Skyline College’s long history of collaborating with the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the DOL on various workforce training projects. The WIB is a local agency that received federal dollars to guide workforce policy and investment at the local level with other industry and education partners.

Virginia Hamilton, Regional Administrator and Bryan Rogers, Regional Director of the DOL Region 6, facilitated morning and evening group discussions. Participants identified and prioritized various aspects of WIOA implementations strategies.

The event commenced with panel discussions by representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Under direction of Dr. Raj Lathigara (Director of the CWD), Rita Gulli, Aaron Wilcher, Soledad McCarthy, Jeremy Evangelista, and Alina Varona from the CWD helped organize this event. Staff from the Department of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations at Skyline College assisted with the event publicity.

Article by Raj Lathigara | Photos by Maryam Ali and Claudia Paz