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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!

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