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Welcome John J. Serrato, Jr.

Website Content Coordinator

John JPlease join me in welcoming John J. Serrato, Jr. (John J) to Skyline College as the new Website Content Coordinator.  John brings a multitude of experience in website design, promotions and content management having worked for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment on station websites for over 10 years.

John joined the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations department this week to assist the team in improving the content and usability of the college website.  He will assist faculty and staff in updating content and ensuring accuracy and consistency in the way the college is represented on the web to students and the community. He will also be creating the Skyline Shines newsletter blog weekly.

Please join me in welcoming John J. to the Skyline College family!

Article by Cherie Colin.


New 2012-2013 UC Transfer Data Students

UC Davis Representatives

Photo: In Photo Mayra Escobar, UC Davis representative and her colleague from the College of Biological Sciences at Skyline College’s Fall Transfer Day event.

Through the UC Office of the President’s (UCOP) Data Sharing project, Skyline College has received new numbers of transfer students from Skyline College to each UC campus who entered in Fall 2013 and applied during the 2012-2013 application cycle.

Of the 174 Skyline College students who applied for Fall 2013 admission to a UC, 120 subsequently enrolled. This means that nearly 70% of applicants actually enrolled at a UC campus. Skyline College students applied broadly to multiple campuses and submitted a total of 685 applications to various UC campuses. A total of 322 award letters were issued to students (this is a duplicated number, as some students were offered multiple award letters). The most popular campuses among students continue to be UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Davis had the highest enrollment at 51 students followed by UC Berkeley at 28 students.

Also through the data sharing project, each January the Transfer Center get the names, contact information, campuses applied to and majors of students who have applied to the UC for the previous Fall semester. With this data, the Transfer Center is able to send reminder emails so students complete their application updates for the system, as well as specialized emails. For example, an email went out to all UC Santa Cruz applicants informing them of the process to apply for the prestigious Pister Scholarship.

This is the first year the Transfer Center has received the application, admit and enrollment data from the UCOP, so in future years, we will be able to track the data over time. The overall numbers show a great interest in the UC system and the programs they have to offer and a strong applicant pool among our student population. The Transfer Center offers several collaborative programs through the UC. The Transfer Center regularly hosts a UC Davis and UC Berkeley representative on campus for individual advising appointments, tours UC Davis each spring and is currently collaborating with the UC Santa Cruz Peer Mentorship Program to expand UC Santa Cruz’s presence on campus.

Article by Suzanne Poma. Photo by Michele Haggar.


Social Justice Expert to Speak on Flex Day

Deepening the National Conversation on Race with Dr. Shakti Butler : Cracking the Codes

                          We need to talk:  Devastating racial inequity persists in the U.S.

Special All-Campus Event, Wednesday, March 5, 1:00-3:30pm

Shakti ButlerRace, more than any other demographic factor, determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth in the U.S.

The conversation on race is shallow  and remains focused on individuals.  It stops us from talking. It freezes our capacity to connect and act across crucial racial divides. If not interrupted, it is a system that is endlessly self-perpetuating.

What if we deepen the conversation?

A Cracking the Codes film/dialogue event sets the stage for transformation in classrooms, conference rooms and communities by unpacking the system of racial inequity and enabling people to—finally—talk about it.

Talking about race opens the way for institutional change. Authentic dialogue is a critical component of any equity effort.

Thousands are talking with Cracking the Codes. This year over 10,000 people in communities and on campuses nationwide have participated in a live Cracking the Codes event with World Trust facilitators.

Shakti Butler, PhD., is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services.  She is also the producer/director of World Trust films. Dr. Butler shares her holistic framework for conveying the interconnection between internal and external/structural components of racial inequity, and revealing how self-perpetuating systems reinforce disparities in institutions. This framing, along with the use of Butler’s films, set the context for constructive conversation.

Date: Flex Day, Wednesday, March 5, from 1:00-3:30
Location: tbd
Contact: Nina L. Floro, 650-738-4414 /

Article by Nina Floro.

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

Collage of PhotosOn Monday, February 3, 2014 the Financial Aid Office hosted their Spring 2014 Financial Aid Awareness Event in the Quad.  Financial Aid Awareness Month serves as a reminder that there is still time to apply for financial aid.  At the event, students were also encouraged to apply for Skyline College Scholarships.  The 2014-2015 Skyline College Scholarship Application is due February 13, 2014.  During the event, students were asked to complete a survey regarding their knowledge of financial aid and scholarships.  As thank you for completing the survey, students were treated to freshly popped kettle corn by Peter’s Kettle Corn ( Over 280 students attended the event and a submitted a survey.  The Financial Aid Office values students’ opinions and they are always open to hearing suggestions on how they can better assist students and help them achieve academic success.

In honor of Financial Aid Awareness Month, the Financial Aid Office will be offering the below workshops to help students better understand and utilize all of their financial aid and scholarship options.  Please encourage your students to attend an event by offering extra-credit.  Certificate of attendance slips will be available.

Also, please remind your students to apply for Skyline College Scholarships – no minimum GPA is required. AB540 and undocumented students are also eligible to apply.   The 2014-2015 Skyline College Scholarship Application can be found online at:





Financial Aid &   Scholarships for African American Students

Monday, February   10, 2014

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Bldg. 6 – Room 6204

Scholarship   Application

Tuesday, February   11, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Room   2117B

California Dream   Act

Tuesday, February   13, 2014

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Room   2117B

SAP and R2T4

Tuesday, February   18, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Room   2117B

Student Loans

Thursday, February   20, 2014

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Room 2117B

Cal Grant for   Transfer Students

Tuesday, February   25, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Room   2117B

Thank you to the Financial Aid Office Staff and Financial Aid Ambassadors, Jose Milan, Leitu Takapu and Bianca Porras for coordinating and staffing the event.

Article and photos by Jocelyn Vila.

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

President's Breakfast BannerDr. Regina Stanback Stroud

President, Skyline College

Cordially invites you to join the

Skyline College President’s Council for the

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7:00 a.m. Networking Opportunity

7:30-8:30 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast

South San Francisco Conference Center

255 South Airport Boulevard • South San Francisco, California 94080

Please RSVP to (650) 738-4325 by March 10, 2014

Transportation: Sustainable Solutions to Get to and From Campus

Traffic on Hwy 101Spectacularly situated above the Pacific Ocean, the Skyline College campus can be a little challenging to get to. When community leaders and members of the Skyline College campus community convened for the President’s Council Success Summit in September 2013, “Transportation – The Last Mile” was one of the discussion themes.

Skyline College however is more than a mile from key transit hubs. San Bruno and South San Francisco BART stations are four miles away, and Daly City and Millbrae BART stations are what seem a distant seven miles.

The President’s Council, taking the input of the Success Summit attendees who voted with “clicker technology” to focus attention on this problem, has developed a plan to move forward a new initiative on transportation. The project goal is to identify and create sustainable opportunities for students, faculty and staff to conveniently and economically travel from public transit stations (or other locations) to the campus.

Richard Hsu, Skyline’s Sustainability Coordinator and members of the Sustainability Ambassador’s Network, have met with Greg Cochran and Cindy Abbott, representing the President’s Council, and John Ford and Brenda Valencia of the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance ( to kick off the project. A survey developed in collaboration with the Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) office and members of the working group, will find out how people currently travel to campus and to assess their needs. It is anticipated the data collection will take place in February, with results of the survey available by April.

Concurrently, the President’s Council is working with regional transit organizations to learn about opportunities that include technical assistance for planning and funding sources, carpool and other commuter options. Updates on this initiative will be provided every few months.



Now on View in the Art Gallery

Other Dimensions of Narrative, a group exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, and mixed media works by Miriam Hitchcock, Keiko Ishihara, and Masako Miki.

Please join us for a reception for the artists next week.

Tuesday, February 11, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Check the Skyline College Art Gallery website for more information and hours:

 Other Dimensions of Narrative will be on view from February 3 through March 7.

Art Gallery Photo

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, January 31, 2014

  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., LASO Club Meeting, Skyline College, Building 4, Room 4042

Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Trip to Oakland HBCU Workshop, Oakland

Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Art Exhibit: Other Dimensions of Narrative, Skyline College, Art Gallery, Building 1
  • Deadline to Apply for Pister Scholarship, Apply online,
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m., Guest Lecture with M.K. Asante, Skyline College, Student & Community Center, Building 6, 2nd Floor
  • 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Cal Grant Workshop for Transfer Students, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Information Fair: Dream Tree, NAACP & more!, Skyline College, Building 4, Fireside Dining Room
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Chinese New Year Celebration, Skyline College, Building 4, Multicultural center
  • 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
  • 5:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. City College of SF (DH), San Francisco
  • 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. San Francisco City College (DH), San Francisco

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Classified Senate Meeting, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203
  • 12:35 p.m. -1:35 p.m., Transfer Center – Understanding the New Associate for Transfer Degree, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117A
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Friday, February 7, 2014

  • 10:00 p.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., 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

For the latest information on events and activities happening at Skyline College, please view our calendar.

If you would like to include your college event or activity on the calendar, please submit the event, date, time and location to Cherie Colin via email at

Governance: College Governance Council

The Skyline College Governance Council met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. in room 4343. The group approved the October 23, 2013 minutes and proceeded to address agenda items discussed here.

Currently there are no updates regarding the results of the ACCJC action on Skyline College’s Accreditation visit. The ACCJC Board acted on January 8th but at this time we are waiting to hear from them on their decision.

The ALO position here at Skyline College has shifted from the Vice President of Instruction to the Dean of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. David Ulate.

Classified Employee of the Year
President Stroud announced that each year the Board of Governors selects 6 Classified Employees across the state to be recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year. Each district of all the Community Colleges is invited to nominate one person to the Board of. In the past years, the SMCCCD has had two Classified Staff selected by the Board of Governors as Classified Employee of the year, one of which was Barbara Daley of Skyline College.

The Deadline to submit your nomination is February 10th at 12 noon to Theresa Tentes. At the February 26 board meeting the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees will select the Classified Employee that will represent our district.

The College Governance Council decided that if there is more than one nomination from Skyline College the Council will have a special meeting to select the college nominee. If there is only one nomination submitted to the council, the council will not meet but will vote by email.

(M/S/U Kate Browne/Pat Tyler)
If there is more than one nomination from Skyline College the Council will have a special meeting to select the college nominee. If there is only one nomination submitted to the council, the council will not meet but will vote by email.

President’s Innovation Fund
President Stroud reminded the Council that the President’s Innovation Fund application is available on the Skyline College website. The President’s Council is interested in funding projects that are innovated and are new. The deadline for submission of the applications is Monday, April 7th to Theresa Tentes in the President’s Office. Theresa will be updating the website so that the application is easier to locate.

Skyline Shines Award
President Stroud asked the council to review the process for how the Skyline Shines Award recipients are selected and to be prepared to make suggestions on the change of the process if desired. The College Governance Council chooses the internal recipient and the President’s Council chooses the community recipient. The criteria will be reviewed and updated by the Council and discussed at the February meeting.

MOT Selection Process
Leigh Anne Shaw shared with the Council that the Museum of Tolerance opportunity is now available to all employees. She wanted to ask the Classified Senate how they will be selecting the Classified Staff who will attend this year. In the past there was a waitlist created for those wanting to attend but were unable to due to budget cuts. This year the Academic Senate and Classified Senate each can choose two people to attend and the College President can select one administrator. It was decided that both the Academic Senate and Classified Senate will review the waitlist from 2008 and work from there to make their selection for the 2014 MOT trip. Regina will check to see if there is a way that the student leaders of the ASSC can attend the MOT trip.

Promise Advisory Committee
President Stroud reported that she recently met with the SMCCC Foundation Director Stephani Scott regarding ways the college enhance its fundraising abilities, maximize the giving culture here at the college and raise resources for the Skyline Promise.

Stephani discussed the issues with the Skyline College Cabinet members. She suggested that the college form a Promise Advisory Committee that would provide advice on enhancing our ability to raise resources so we as a college may further support students and programs. Without opposition, the group supported the formation of the advisory committee. President Stroud will work with the constituent groups to appoint members to the committee. Once the committee is formed Stephani Scott has committed to supporting our efforts to staff and launch the committee.

Middle college
In response to Leigh Anne Shaw’s question about the Director of Middle College, President Stroud affirmed that Skyline College has reengaged in the development of the Middle College. The board members have been very clear in their interest in the development of a program such as the ones at Cañada College and the College of San Mateo. It is anticipated that it will take a yearlong planning process to launch the program and have students enrolled. An interim director will be appointed to develop the program. The executive leadership of the college will meet with Superintendents and Principles from the high school districts that we serve next week. The Skyline College Middle College planning will take approximately one year. The plan is to start the Middle College Fall 2015. The planning of the Middle College will build on some of the work that has already been completed with the High School Principals but was abruptly halted due to budget cuts. Dr. Ray Jones will be appointed as the Interim Director of the Middle College.

Academic Senate
Leigh Anne Shaw reported that the first Academic Senate meeting will be held Friday, January 24th. The Academic Senate is trying to move away from Friday meetings due to low attendance. This semester they will be testing new days for the Senate meetings and will have made a decision by the Fall of the new meeting schedule.

The Academic Senate will be discussing making changes to the Professional Personnel Committee. They will be looking at the current charge and encouraging professionalism among colleagues. The committee would nominate faculty for state, senate and local awards.

This spring they will also be revisiting the Academic Senate bylaws which they will need to ratify. Leigh Anne mentioned that she is still looking for an office space for the Academic Senate. Possibly one office that both Academic Senate and Classified Senate can share for Shared Governance work could be considered. President Stroud indicated she would have concerns about one person having more than one office on the campus. During their term, would they be willing to move to the senate office? Leigh Anne indicated that it would have to be thought through. In her case, for example, she is located in the learning center, also in the ELI and also in her faculty office and if there were a senate office, she would be located in that space as well. President Stroud indicated that she would discuss the issue in the CIP process.

Both Leigh Anne and Linda Allen will continue the conversation of planning a joint event with Academic Senate and Classified Senate. An idea that was suggested was a baseball game with one team from Instruction and the other from Student Services. After discussion and an indication that Administration would like to participate, and the idea of a Tailgate BBQ arranged by the Administrators was suggested. This could be a way to raise funds for scholarships.

Classified Senate Report
Linda Allen reported that on December 13, 2013 the first Annual Classified Social was held at Chevy’s Restaurant in South San Francisco. About 20 Classified Staff attended the event.

The first Classified Senate Meeting was held January 9, 2014. They Classified Senate is still fine tuning their constitution and by-laws. Linda is working with Dr. David Ulate’s office to send the information out to the Classified Staff for review via email in order for all staff to vote.

Linda also shared that the Classified Senate is working with the MCPR department to create a new Classified Senate logo because the previously considered logo incorporated the college’s logo which would not be consistent with the style-guide for displaying the college logo

ASSC Report
Kayla Razavi reported that the ASSC just returned from a retreat. They discussed goals for the semester and what the ASSC would like to leave as their legacy.

On Thursday, January 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the dining hall of building 6, there will be a Martin Luther King Jr. dream tree. This is for students to write their dreams and hang them on the tree. Members of the Council were invited to come and participate.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm


$20,000 Scholarship to Attend UCSC!

pister.karl.200The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program has been established to enable community college transfer students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience, co-sponsored by private-and public-sector employers. Recipients will be selected by the chancellor of UCSC from candidates submitted by the presidents of participating community colleges.

How to Apply:

  • To download the application visit the Skyline College Financial Aid page. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.
  • Apply for admission to UC Santa Cruz during the filing period, November 1-30, 2013. Visit the Transfer Center for more information.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2014.

For more information contact the Financial Aid office in Building 2, Room 2234, (650) 738-4236 or

 Article by Crystal Shetaya and Jared Martin.


Enactus Club Update

Final_Enactus_January 2014The Enactus Club is up and running with the New Year. As a business club, Enactus helps college students to create community and global empowerment projects. Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to worldwide progress through entrepreneurial action. As an Enactus member, students gain the skills to become effective and socially responsible business leaders.

On February 13, 2014, the Enactus Club will present the first in a series of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series events. This exciting Business Career Speaker Series Panel event is hosted by DeVry University in collaboration with Skyline College. Speakers from the United States Government Accountability Office, Global Foundation Services, Kaiser Permanente, Kaizen, Cisco & EBay will speak. The speakers will suggest ways to land a career in your field of studies. Including topics such as “What will you do after you graduate?”

Please join us Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6:30PM – 8:00PM in Building 6, Room 202.

Article by Christine Roumbanis and Enactus Club Members.