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Administration of Justice Students Awarded $1,000 Scholarships

Administrative Justice Students Recieving Scholarships

Left to right: Daly City PAL President Julian Agustin, Award Recipient Alazan Flores, Skyline College Administration of Justice Professor Steve Aurilio, Award Recipient Erik Risslen.

Skyline College Administration of Justice students Alazan Flores and Erik Risslen were awarded $1,000 scholarships at the 2014 PAL fundraiser banquet held at the South San Francisco Elks Club on Monday, July 28th. These exemplary students were recognized by the Daly City Police Department’s Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) Organization for their educational and community achievements while pursuing their vocational aspirations in the fields of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

The Daly City PAL, a partnership involving community leaders and the Daly City Police Department, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and helping young people to become healthy, social, and caring individuals through athletics since 1957. Professor Steve Aurilio of the Skyline College Administration of Justice Program, and member of the Daly City PAL board, founded the Daly City PAL Educational Foundation (PAL-Ed) in 2007 as an auxiliary component of the PAL organization to help provide financial assistance to career-minded students who are interested in the justice field. To date, the Daly City PAL-Ed Foundation has awarded scholarships to nine Skyline College Administration of Justice students.

To be considered for the scholarship award, students must be interested in a Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice career and enrolled in the Skyline College Administration of Justice Program or a Police Academy; have a qualifying GPA; have a personal history consistent with a career in law enforcement or criminal justice; and have performed some type of voluntary community service.

After undergoing interviews with DC PAL-Ed board members, the two awardees were selected on the basis of their achievements which met or exceeded the requirements. Both recipients have career aspirations of becoming police officers in our local area. Skyline College joins DC-PAL in congratulating Alazan Flores and Erik Risslen for being the DC PAL-Ed awardees for 2014!

Article by Steve Aurilio | Photo by Chris Parker, DC PAL

Public Safety’s Newest Full Time Officer Leo Khersonskiy

Public Safety Officer Leo KhersonskiyLeo Khersonskiy comes to Public Safety as a full time employee after working both as a part-time Public Safety Officer and as an Office Assistant in the Counseling Office helping students with scheduling and appointments. He has worked on all three campuses and has an easy, welcoming demeanor, willing to help others at any time. Officer Khersonskiy is a graduate of University of San Francisco, majoring in Economics. Leo attended the San Francisco Police Academy and has worked previously for the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department. Officer Khersonskiy is fluent in Russian, should his services in that language be needed.

Article by Rob Dean

Hermanos/as Students Celebrate Successful Academic Year

The end of the year is a time to celebrate and recognize the great accomplishments of the 2014 class of Los Hermanos/as students. On May 15, 2014, Los Hermanos had their End of the Year Celebration. Over 25 of students were in attendance, along with their families and friends. The evening began with dinner catered by La Tapatia, the carne asada and chicken tacos were very tasty!

Keynote speaker, Jorge Murillo.

Keynote speaker, Jorge Murillo.

As the evening continued, the celebration took off with numerous speeches. First was the keynote speaker, Jorge Murillo, a Hermanos and Skyline College Alum. The story he shared was very moving and inspirational and he was very happy to announce that he would be graduating from UC Davis in June! Next, were student speakers from the 2014 Hermanos class, Brian Miranda, Manuel Verdin, and Gabrial Pinacho. All three students shared their experience in the program and how it has motivated them enroll in college, Mr. Pinacho stated “We are hardworking and intelligent individuals. We are committed improving the Chicano statistics. By going to college, we will increase our knowledge to achieve our goals, dreams, and desires…We are Hermanos!”

As the event continued, on came the moment everybody was waiting for, the awarding of the certificates to the Hermanos/as class of 2014. Each student was awarded their certificate, a Skyline College T-shirt, and an Hermanos/as sash to wear at their high school and/or college graduation. One by one, each student came up with a smile knowing they have completed the Hermanos program and now are one step closer to graduating from high school.

As the event concluded, students stuck around for pictures and talked amongst each other about the program. They were all very happy and felt well prepared for college; the majority of the students will attend Skyline College in the Fall. So as the 2014 year class was a great success, we are excited for a new cohort for the 2014-2015 school year!

Article & Photo by Alberto Santellan

Classified Leadership Attend State Institute

Classified Leadership Institute Photo Collage

(Pictures, clockwise from left: 1) Alana Utsumi and Michele Haggar representing Skyline College, 2) The “Adventure” theme, 3) Nancy, Linda, Alana, Michele)

The California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) held their annual Classified Leadership Institute conference June 19-21 in Ventura, California, and the theme for the conference was An Adventure towards Student Success. With over 150 classified staff in attendance for the three day event, Classified Senates from around the state gathered to engage in dialogue around challenges faced by classified staff, receive training on new and improved ways to be a more active part of the college community, and exchange ideas on leadership practices. This year Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Executive Vice President of Oxnard College, and President of the Chief Student Services Officers’ Organization, gave a presentation on “The Student Success Act and its Implementation (SB 1456).” This was the largest attended workshop of the institute. From this presentation, classified staff gained a better understanding of SB 1456 and its implications in California Community Colleges.

The 2013/14 Classified Senate President Linda Allen was joined by Nancy Lam, 2013/14 Classified Senate Secretary, Alana Utsumi, 2014/15 Classified Senate President, and Michele Haggar, 2014/15 Classified Senate Vice President, for this year’s conference. In addition to participating in the event, Skyline College Classified Staff participated as volunteers during down-time to assist in welcoming participants to the conference.

The conference also recognized Linda Allen as she was sworn in as the Bay Area 2 Representative. She will serve as a liaison between 4CS and the local classified senates of Cañada College, City College of San Francisco, College of Marin, Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Jr. College, and Skyline College.

The Classified Leadership Institute provides access to tools that help further develop personal and professional leadership skills. All Classified Staff are encouraged to attend the Classified Leadership Institute.

For more information on the institute visit 4CS at

Article by Michele Haggar & Alana Utsumi | Photos by Linda Allen, Nancy Lam, & Alana Utsumi


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:

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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