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Just a Note of Thanks from the President

regina-actionI would like to thank all of the faculty, staff and students for a tremendously successful academic year. We are incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant, innovative, excellent and important institution in the community.

Some of you will be away from the college for the summer – I hope you have an opportunity to refresh and relax. Some of us will be there throughout the summer continuing to serve students and carry out the general operations of the college.
Thank you for your continued and tireless efforts as well.

We will soon publish an annual report that will allow you and the community to reflect on the college’s accomplishments related to the Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Priorities. We have a lot to celebrate and a lot more to do. Your enthusiasm and willingness to engage and participate makes us all better able to serve.

In the next few weeks, we will announce the President’s Innovation Funds Awards so the recipients may return in the fall and begin their projects and programs immediately. The President’s Council raised more than 120,000 dollars – a great job indeed. The requests totaled over a half-million dollars. That means that we were not able to fund all of the great ideas and will definitely encourage the proposers to seek alternate sources and consider applying in the following year. Much more to come on this topic in the near future.

We are finishing up the year with a host of hiring processes as we bring in new faculty, staff and administrators, most of whom we will meet on the opening day in the fall. The work is hard, the process is long and can even be tiresome, but certainly, it is a good problem to have…having to have all these interviews and hire all these great people!

Finally, thank you for the great work in supporting our students in their educational pursuits. We have many who leaving as they graduate, transfer, go to work or do any combination of the three. Yet, we have many more coming in the front door to get started. And we are right here ready to serve them. Let’s all say congratulations to the class of 2014 and welcome to the next class.

Have a wonderful summer….

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud


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.


NEW Guidelines for Skyline Shines

Many of you submit material to be included in Skyline Shines. Thanks so much for taking to time to help me keep the college informed. Here are a few guidelines that will facilitate the publication of Skyline Shines each week:

  • Send submission to
  • Submit your article by 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays; articles received after this time will appear in the following week¹s issue.
  • Attach pictures to be included in the article to the email. Please do not paste them in the Word document as previously requested.
  • Please submit photos that are less than 1mb in size.
  • Don’t forget to add a headline/title to the article.
  • Please make sure to indicate who wrote the article and who took the photos. We like to give writer and photographer credits.
  • Use the following commonly accepted abbreviations: a.m. or p.m. (i.e. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m.-­1:30 p.m. The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m.-Noon.)
  • Spell out numbers of one or two words. Use figures for numbers that require more than two words to spell out. (i.e., Almost eight years ago I began taking ceramics courses. And I counted 176 records on the shelf).
  • If a sentence begins with a number, spell out the number or rewrite the sentence.
  • Use the month, day, a comma and the year to indicate the date (i.e., March 4, 2011 not March 4th, 2011 or March 2nd, 2011).
  • Add the word College when you refer to the name Skyline (i.e., Skyline College instead of Skyline).

Do you have a suggestion?

One way to submit it is through our general Suggestion Box.

For state level information on community colleges, see these websites:

The California Community College Chancellor¹s Office in Sacramento:

The Community College League of California:

Coming Up

Friday, February 7, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – HIV AIDS Awareness Informational Sharing, Skyline College, Building 4, Fireside Dining Room
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4240
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Foothill College (DH), Skyline College
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Jose City College (DH), Skyline College

Monday, February 10, 2014

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources Workshop, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6204
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Day of Healing: Love yourself; Love your Culture Display / Program, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Skyline College Speaks Sustainability Forum, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2306

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Career Pathways: African American Perspective Workshop, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1219B
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Career Pathways: African American Perspective, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1219B
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B

Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • All Day Event, Scholarships Opportunities, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2234
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Resume Essentials, Skyline College, Building 1, Room 1219 B
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Career Panel Workshop (Enactus), Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6202

Friday, February 14, 2014

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. Chabot (DH), Chabot College, Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Chabot College (DH), Chabot College, Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

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.

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.


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

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.

Classified Employee of the Year Award

Nominations due by February 10, 2014 – 12 NoonStudents

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors created the Classified Employee of the Year Award honoring community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges. Every college district is invited to submit a nominee. Nominees must be classified employees with a minimum of 5 years of service as a permanent employee within the nominating Community College District (full-time or part-time).

All nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to the mission of community colleges; professional ethics and standards; serving the institution through participation in professional and/or community activities; and serving as a leader beyond the local institution. A $500 cash award and plaque will be presented to each statewide recipient at the May 2014 meeting of the Board of Governors. Any one may nominate an employee consistent with the criteria set by the CCC Board of Governors

Each district is allowed to submit one nomination. SMCCCD is soliciting the names of four proposed nominees, one each from the three colleges and the district office. At its February 26, 2014 meeting, The SMCCCD Board of Trustees will select one of the four nominees to submit to the Board of Governors. All four of the nominees will be recognized at the District Board meeting.

In 2009, using the College Council adopted process; Skyline College submitted the name of Barbara Daley who was subsequently selected by the SMCCCD Board as their nominee. Barbara Daley went on to become one of only five people statewide selected by the CCC Board of Governors. Subsequent nominations from Skyline College include Pat Carter, Sue Lorenzo, Maria Norris and Nancy Argarin.

The criteria and nominating form are available online on the right side of the main page of the Chancellor’s office website at

Here you will find the Guidelines and Instructions and the Nomination Form. Anyone can make a nomination. Simply submit the completed nomination form in electronic format to Theresa Tentes at by Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12 p.m. A special meeting of the College Council will to screen the nominations and select a Skyline College nominee in time for the February 26, 2014 agenda packet for the SMCCCD Board of Trustees’ meeting.

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud.

SharePoint Upgrade – Coming Soon

Do you use SharePoint?  If yes, then we have some great news!!!!  We are upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013 in the next 3 weeks.

Now is your chance to see your site in the new system and kick the tires before we launch the new version.

New Features:

  • New Upgraded Interface
  • Edit Documents Online
  • Drag and Drop Uploading
  • Easier Collaboration
  • Better Integration with Office 2013
  • Annoying Login Prompts Gone
  • More Robust MySites (like having our own Facebook)
  • Easily Save Docs Directly to Sharepoint

Note: The website address (URL) for the new version of SharePoint is different and if you are linking to it from other sites you will need to update those links when we go live with the new version.

Sharepoint 2013 Quickstart Guide:

Don’t have a SharePoint site but want to take a peek at the new version?  Check out the Skyline College SharePoint site:   (requires you login with your email address and password)

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 Article by Jasmine Witham.



Spring 2014 Internship Program – Deadline Extended!

Applications are due February 12th
Mandatory orientation will be held on February 24th

Internship Opps Spring 2014

The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) in cooperation with the Retail Hospitality & Tourism (RHT) program has launched its Spring 2014 Internship Program! This Internship Program provides real-world job experience to students interested in business, international trade, international tourism, entrepreneurship, office administration and other related industries. Interns are also eligible to receive up to 4 units of college credit through the Cooperative Education Program.

Via the Internship program students are exposed to valuable experiences such as:

  • Networking events
  • Business Seminars
  • Trade Conferences
  • Youth Events
  • International Delegation Events and Meetings
  • Hospitality training programs
  • In-bound Trade Missions
  • And more!