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TRiO-SSS, SparkPoint, Financial Aid Office Partner for 2014 “TRiO Family Night”

Trio Family NightOn Thursday, November 6, TRiO Student Support Services hosted 102 students and their family members at SSS Family Night.

The evening commenced with introductions and philosophical vision statements made by members of the TRiO team. Rooted in the philosophy of community building through synergized interests, new members of the extended TRiO family were welcomed by the TRiO SSS Student Ambassadors, and discussed overcoming obstacles facing first-generation, low-income students over a savory Hawaiian barbecue dinner.

Trio Family nIGHT 2As well, Family Night integrated several educational components, thanks to our gracious colleagues from the Financial Aid Office and the SparkPoint Center who facilitated two 45-minute workshops on scholarships and financial literacy, respectively.

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Skyline College Bookstore, Family Night ended with an opportunity drawing which featured prizes that accented the college culture theme.

Trio Family Night 3Please Note: TRiO is now accepting New Student Applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Please refer students who may benefit from TRiO services while spaces are still available. Returning students who wish to continue their TRiO services are advised to complete a Returning TRiO Student Form at the Enrollment Center of Building 5, and to schedule their first counseling appointment for the fall semester.

For more information, please contact Judith Cheung at or call 650-738-4144.

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh

Giving Thanks and Hands-On Learning – Bécalos Program

Becalos at ExploratoriumOn Monday, November 24 the Bécalos students took part in a Skyline College Thanksgiving Feast.  For the majority of students, this was their first opportunity to sample classic American Thanksgiving dishes like roast turkey, glazed sweet potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Students, faculty and staff alike came together to share a meal and speak about what they were thankful for, both in their personal lives and within the Skyline College community. It was a wonderful opportunity to break bread and celebrate the season among a group of newly established friends. The students also used the occasion to combine classic American and traditional Mexican dishes from their homes to share home cooked meals with fellow Bécalos colleagues on Thanksgiving Day.

becalos at estmTo kick off December, Bruce Greenstein, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science & Technology Building Science Program led the students on a tour of the Solar & Building Science Learning Center. Students were provided with information on sustainable and energy efficient construction options.  They enjoyed walking through the Residential House Model, followed by the Solar Electronics and Insulation Labs for a hands-on view of  state-of-the-art building solutions.

On Sunday, December 7, the students continued the trend of applied learning with a trip to the Exploratorium Museum on “The Science of Sharing” Day. Students touched, smelled, listened to and viewed numerous exhibits at the museum. A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Fog Bridge experiment, which allows visitors to stand on a bridge surrounded by a blanket of misty, cool air. This is a chance to experience a layer of fog as if standing on the Golden Gate Bridge during the early morning hours. It was truly a San Francisco treat!

For more information on the Bécalos Program, please contact Pcyeta Stroud at

Article by Alessandra Zanassi | Photos by Alessandra Zanassi and Liezl Madrona.

Coming Up…

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wrestling, CCCAA State Championships, San Luis Obispo
  • 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball v. TBA at Skyline College Basketball Tournament, Skyline College
  • 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball at Fresno City Tournament, Fresno

Sunday, December 14, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball v. Skyline College Basketball Tournament, Skyline College
  • 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball at Fresno City Tournament, Fresno

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Covered California Application Assistance, Skyline College, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1214

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Day and Evening Classes End
  • 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball at City College of San Francisco Tournament, City College of San Francisco
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball at Hartnell College, Hartnell 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 Jennifer Owen-Blackmon via email at

Hospitality ADVANCE Helps Hotel Industry Workforce Succeed through Language Development

Hospitality Advance ReceptionThe Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Skyline College joined forces with the Language Arts Division to develop hospitality-specific language development training.

As part of the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Initiative, Andrea Vizenor, Deputy Sector Navigator, worked with hotel industry leaders to identify specific training needs within their companies to advance the sector’s workforce in San Mateo County. Through a series of collaborative sessions, it was evident that a need existed to increase the English language skills of incumbent workers in major hotels such as the Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Best Western.

Industry leaders were excited to join a session led by Vizenor to outline the essential skills and competencies that would be important to include in this type of training.  ESOL Professor Serena Chu-Mraz also joined the session and provided great insight and interest in the project.

As a result, Hospitality ADVANCE, a 12-module training program for Hotel and Hospitality incumbent workers was created.  It is a dynamic training program that integrates English language development competencies with a set of essential hotel operations skills and competencies.

Professor Chu-Mraz and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program team partnered to develop the curriculum and training materials. The program also imbeds skills essential to prepare trainees to take the exam needed to earn the Certified Guest Service Professional, industry-recognized credential offered through the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Through the interest and added funding provided by the Allies Grant project awarded to the SMWIB, Professor Chu-Mraz was able to pilot the training program at the Best Western El Rancho Inn and Executive Suites in Millbrae for 9 of their employees and 2 adult school students interested in pursuing a career in hotels.  Upon completion of the training, 11 individuals earned a certificate of completion and a celebration was held to recognize everyone’s efforts.

The leadership of the Best Western El Rancho Inn and Executive Suites are very impressed with the increased confidence of their team, outcomes of this project, increased communication skills and the added cohesiveness of their team members this experience provided.

Professor Chu-Mraz’s enthusiasm, commitment and talent invested in this project and its delivery have been invaluable to its success.

Hospitality ADVANCE will also provide valuable training that will be able to be offered at Adult Schools as a bridge component to the new Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Skyline College.

For more information, please contact: Andrea Vizenor at

 Article and photo by Elizabeth Tablan

Hospitality SUMMIT Underscores Regional Importance of Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality Summit GroupThe Hospitality SUMMIT was held on December 5 at the Marriott SFO Waterfront Hotel. Dr. Stanback-Stroud, President of Skyline College welcomed close to 130 participants and was joined by Anne LeClair, President and CEO of San Mateo/Silicon Valley CVB, who spoke about the importance the hospitality and tourism industry plays on our local and regional economy and the many exciting career opportunities that exist here.

Andrea Vizenor, Deputy Sector Navigator facilitated the event which provided engaging and interactive training for participants from three major industry leaders.

Hospitality Summit PresentersThe morning session was led by Lynn Carpenter, VP of Marketing for Visit California, where she shared the array of marketing strategies used to position California as a top choice destination among business travelers and tourists throughout the world.  She spoke about the importance of international tourism and the many opportunities that exist in growing international markets.

Second to take the stage was Clif Clark, General Manager with Marriott. He discussed major plans within the company to take the brand to the next level. Topics included: major room design modifications, loyalty guest program changes, strategies to attract the millennial travelers, and the utilization of smart phone key access to guest rooms.

Alexandra Valentin, a trainer from The Ritz Carlton Leadership Series led the afternoon session where she taught attendees the necessary skills needed to deliver “Memorable Customer Service”, showcasing strategies utilized by the luxury brand.

Among the attendees were community college and CSU faculty, high school teachers in culinary and hospitality and community college and CSU students.

Over 30 Skyline College students were in attendance. Professor Nathan Jones accompanied a group of ASTEP students who are interested in the Hospitality and Tourism Program as well as students from Professor Dupre’s Counseling 100 classes.

This event provided an exciting opportunity for educators to gain skills they can utilize to advance programs and ensure they have relevant knowledge necessary in the industry to integrate into course content.  Students equipped themselves with a variety of skills and knowledge that will be valuable as they progress through their educational programs, prepare for work-based learning experiences and enter the workforce.

It was also a fabulous opportunity to promote Skyline College’s new Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.  This event was made possible through the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism “Learn and Earn” grant awarded to Skyline College in August of 2013.

For more Information, please contact:  Andrea Vizenor at

Article by Elizabeth Tablan | Photo by Nicole Ruggiero

Holiday Appreciation Reception on Dec 17

As the year ends and many take time to celebrate the holiday season or simply relax and reflect, President Stanback Stroud would like to express her sincere gratitude to the Skyline College family and community.

Please join us for desserts in the Hosting Gallery from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

  • Location – Hosting Gallery
  • Date – Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  • Time – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

National TRiO Day Slated for February 21, 2015

trio dayThe planning for National TRiO Day 2015 has begun. Skyline College’s TRiO Student Support Services, Cañada College’s TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Upward Bound programs are partnering to plan the 5th Annual National TRiO Day, which will be hosted this year at Cañada College on Saturday, February 21, 2015. This one day conference is planned, organized, and facilitated by the students of all three TRiO programs.

This conference is designed to help and support the successful transition of TRiO students into four-year institutions of higher education. Workshop topics have been solidified, which will include: managing test anxiety, college success/learning to avoid self-sabotage and procrastination, alumni transition panel, writing personal statements, and challenges of being a first generation student.

For more questions about National TRiO Day, please contact Arash Daneshzadeh, Interim TRiO Director at Skyline College, at and/or Jessica Lopez, TRiO Counselor at Skyline College, at

Article written by Griselda Erazo, TRiO Ambassador

Scholarship Writing Workshops at the Learning Center (TLC)

Learning Center ComputersSpring 2015 classes begin on January 22 and the 2015-2016 Skyline College scholarship application deadline is February 12, so there is not much time remaining for students to prepare.  TLC will provide five one-hour workshops for students in advance of the deadline to help them fine-tune the writing portion of their scholarship applications. These workshops will be led by faculty from the English department and Career Advancement Academy (see schedule below).

As always, these workshops are free and open to all students. Please spread the word to prospective transfer students who may not be aware of this important opportunity.

All workshops will be held in Building 5 Room 5115 inside the Learning Center

  • Wednesday, December 10 from 12-1 pm with Mike Urquidez
  • Friday, December 12 from 12-1 pm with Soledad McCarthy
  • Tuesday, January 27 from 2-3 pm with Katharine Harer
  • Tuesday, February 3 from 2-3 pm with Katharine Harer
  • Thursday, February 5 from 12-1 pm with Lucia Lachmayr

To get more information about TLC programs and services, please visit us in Building 5, or visit us on the web at

Article by David Reed

Transfer Awareness Month and Application Awareness Month Prove Transfer Culture is on the Rise!

TransferDay1October was Transfer Awareness Month and the Skyline College Transfer Center was busy getting the word out to students about transfer opportunities!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The CSU Application opened on October 1 and several workshops and drop-in hours were overflowing with students seeking assistance on their applications.
  • On October 20, the Transfer Center hosted its annual Transfer Day event with over 40 colleges and 300 students attending
  • On the same day, Skyline College had its first Alma Mater Day of the year with numerous faculty and staff showing their Alma Mater pride!
  • On the same day, UCLA hosted a well-attended admissions presentation to prospective students
  • SFSU’s Doris Fendt facilitated a well-attended, informative “Applying to SFSU’s Nursing Program” workshop so current and future applicants could get current and detailed information on the nursing application process
  • The UC Transfer Admissions Guarantee Program cycle was completed on October 15, with 92 students applying for TAGs, the highest number in recent years
  • A UC Davis representative hosted the workshop “Turning a UC Degree into a Career”
  • 31 classroom presentations were conducted through the Transfer Center, which raised awareness of application season, events and programs available to over 874 students

November 30 was the deadline for UC and CSU applications and the Transfer Center partnered with our campus community to reach all of our Fall 2015 applicants by encouraging them to attend as many of the hosted events as needed.

A few highlights:

  • In collaboration with the Learning Center, 4 Personal Statement Workshops were hosted
  • Faculty and staff across divisions signed up to review personal statements. Through the Transfer Center’s drop-in days, over 50 students had their personal statements reviewed
  • On the last drop-in day, Tuesday, November 25th, 63 students got help on their CSU or UC application during the 4 hour drop in period- a record number!
  • Overall, for October and November, over 200 students received application assistance!

A huge thanks to the collective effort of our campus community for supporting our students, directly, through promotion, or participation in our activities! We could not have done it without such a strong culture of transfer on our campus!

Article by Suzanne Poma | Photos by Michele Haggar

Patient Navigation Symposium Introduces Students to Volunteer Opportunities Around Bay Area

patient navigator symposiumOn Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Career Services Center and Patient Navigator Program hosted a panel of 10 Volunteer Coordinators and Patient Navigator volunteers to share what it means to be a Patient Navigator in their unique healthcare environments.

Patient Navigator students—about to embark on a cooperative externship course—had the chance to ask questions and mingle with the volunteer coordinators and volunteers to learn what it’s like to do Patient Navigation in an array of healthcare environments. Not only did students get a chance to rub shoulders with possible internship site leaders, they got to hear about the real difference patient navigators make in the field. From making phone calls to help patients follow up with appointments to guiding undocumented patients through the process of receiving a liver transplant, it was evident that patient navigators are already making a difference in the lives and health outcomes of patients.

patient navigator symposium 2As an Emergency Department Resident from Highland Hospital stated, “When a patient comes to the ER who’s suicidal because he’s tired of being homeless, I don’t have a treatment for homelessness. That’s when [the patient navigators] can help patients work through those problems that we can’t solve in the ED.”

The panel represented a diverse range of Bay Area healthcare providers including:

  • Bay Area Regional Help Desk Consortium in San Francisco
  • Highland Hospital in Oakland
  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement in San Jose
  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco
  • El Concilio of San Mateo County

Article and Photos by Lezra Chenportillo & Paul Rueckhaus

Skyline College Celebrates International Education Week

 International Education Week ParticipantsSkyline College celebrated International Education Week (IEW) from Monday, November 17 to Thursday, November 20, hosting a variety of globally themed events and activities. This year’s IEW started off with an Opening Reception on Monday where Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud gave some brief opening remarks highlighting the importance of international education. The event attracted students, faculty, staff and San Bruno community members and was followed by a series of international documentaries: Discovery, China The New Super Power; Roads of Arabia and The French Revolution Tearing Up History. On the same day, the “Key To World Understanding” event was held in Building 6. At this event, Ms. Maricruz Arteaga-Garavito from the Mexican Consulate, and Ms. Lupe Gallegos-Diaz from the University of California-Berkeley each gave presentations about Latin American culture and cross-cultural understanding.

IEW continued on Tuesday with the celebration of Mexican Cultural Day. Students from the Bécalos program showcased the rich culture of Mexico by making presentations and demonstrations on Mexican clothing, traditional dance forms, Día de los Muertos makeup, and live music and singing. For the Día de los Muertos makeup tutorials, Evelyn Smith, Cosmetology Instructor and professional horror make-up artist, brought two students who took the lead in demonstrating the Día de los Muertos makeup to the audience.

On Wednesday, November 19, the International Affairs Student Club (IASC) celebrated IEW by bringing in ethnic cuisines to the Multicultural Center. These included various types of Chinese pastries, Korean pancakes, Japanese sushi and Mexican churros. Despite the rain, IASC received a number of students, faculty and staff members who enjoyed the cultural foods presented by the IASC members. Following the lunch event, the Global Learning Programs and Services Division (GLPS) presented the African Diaspora Evening which included an introduction to the African Diaspora Program (Clyde Lewis, African Diaspora Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty), an “Africa in Pictures” presentation (Jaye Atkin-Taylor, Former ISP Director and International Scholar), and a panel discussion on African Diaspora (Jaye Atkin-Taylor, Professor Johannes Masare, Political Science and Professor Michael Moynihan, Sociology). At the end of the program, the audience had an opportunity to network with the panelists and learn more about African culture through foods, books and arts and crafts exhibited at the event.

On the last day of IEW, the International Student Program (ISP) hosted a workshop for the international students at Skyline College. The invitation was extended to 110 international students currently on campus. During the workshop, Wissem Bennani, ISP Manager, gave a presentation on job opportunities for international students. Additionally, Andrea Vizenor, Director of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Program, joined the workshop as a guest speaker, introducing the new initiatives in her program. The workshop also provided the chance for international students to mingle with ISP staff members and fellow international students.

Article by Chikako Walker

English Language Institute Hosts its 11th Consecutive ESL Registration Day

ESLRD1ELI staff look forward to the twice-annual ESL Registration Day with great anticipation and excitement, and this year did not disappoint.  Over thirty new students came to Skyline College to apply, take the placement test, participate in orientation, and get an appointment with a counselor.  They spoke with financial aid representatives, asked questions about classes, and were guided every step of the way.  The Learning Center was, once again, the perfect location for students’ first step into college.

The day was expertly organized by Program Services Coordinator Chris Rico, who coordinated testing with Goldie Lee and her staff.  Minerva Velasquez processed applications, and Serena Chu-Mraz and Leigh Anne Shaw assisted students during the day.  Counselors Kenny Gonzalez and Daryan Chan led wonderful orientations that cleared up many students’ questions.  Student assistant Selena Wu was invaluable in all areas of assistance all day.

Special thanks to Jonathan Paver and David Reed for making the TLC available that day, and also to Jairo Barreto, who lent IT support.

Article and Photo by Leigh Anne Shaw

The Career Services Center Welcomes the Department of Rehabilitation for Hiring Event

Hiring EventOn Friday, November 21, the Career Services Center hosted the Department of Rehabilitation and Randstad Staffing Agency for a one day hiring fair. Over 40 people attended the event which was open to students as well as community members. By the fair’s end, Randstad had successfully placed nearly all applicants into holiday sales positions at TOBI, a company that specializes in women’s clothes.

The Department of Rehabilitation and the Career Services Center will continue to partner with agencies for upcoming hiring events and workshops in the future. We encourage all students to visit the Career Services Center to stay informed of upcoming events, career and job opportunities.

The Career Services Team thanks the Department of Rehabilitation staff, Randstad agency, TOBI and the students and community members who participated for making this event a success!

Article and Photo by Brian Jenney

Skyline Women’s Basketball Defeats Gavilan College

Skyline College defeated Gavilan College last night to improve to a 5-0 record on the season.  Skyline College never trailed in the game and received scoring contributions from nine players.  Good team defense and timely shooting gave Skyline a 41-21 lead at halftime.  The Trojans pressed their lead to over 20 points early in the second half and maintained that lead throughout the contest.  The offense was led by Stephanie Allen, 20 points, Tianna Mitchell, 12 points, and Alyssa Dela Cruz, 11 points. Jazel Talauta controlled the tempo of the game and set up Skyline College scorers with eight assists.  Mitchell and Sahara Clay lead the College’s rebounding effort with 10 and seven rebounds respectively.  Skyline College will open the Fresno City College Tournament against Porterville College on Friday, December 12.

Article by Christopher Watters

Strategic Planning Public Forum Scheduled for December 11 – Open to All

As announced back in September, our College District has embarked on a strategic planning process this semester to be concluded in the spring. An initial strategy session held at Skyline College on September 30 focused on external trends.

Please join us for our next strategy session/ public forum at Skyline College:

Thursday, December 11, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Building 6, Rooms 6202-6206, Skyline College

This session will focus on internal data, and what we know about our students, programs, and students’ experiences within the District’s colleges. Topics for discussion including: changing demographics, student retention, student success, and more. Additionally, the December strategy session will provide an overview of instructional program trends and their potential connections to labor markets, overall enrollment scenarios, and the District’s competitor analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the SMCCD student experience and to provide input on how the District and its colleges can improve that experience. Your participation is welcome and encouraged!

Additional background and upcoming meeting dates

The District’s Strategic Planning process has been endorsed by the Strategic Planning Taskforce and put the District on a “fast track.” It will conclude with a written plan for review by all members of the campus community in late April. The process includes strategy sessions at each college at which the data and information produced as part of this process will be considered.

The current calendar for the process is:

·        Tuesday, September 30: Initial Strategy Session at Skyline College to review Planning Assumptions, Environmental Scan and other documents – completed

·         October: Environmental Scan, Planning Assumptions and other information reviewed and posted to webpage - completed

·         November/ December: Review internal and external data with Strategic Planning Taskforce

·         December:  Internal and external strategy sessions (external data). Public session at Skyline College on December 11 at 2:30 p.m..

March:  Internal and external strategy sessions (preliminary goals and strategies). Two public sessions on March 18, 2:30-4:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (times to be confirmed)

·         Late April:  Draft strategic plan ready for review

·         Early May:  Feedback finalized. Final plan delivered. Public session at Skyline College on May 5, 2:30 -4:30 p.m.

Please join us for our upcoming sessions. Your insights, ideas and vision will help us develop a data-driven strategic plan that will allow the College District and its stakeholders to meet the challenges ahead.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact Aaron McVean, Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness at (650) 738-4454 or

Article by Jennifer Owen-Blackmon with input from Rick Voorhees and Barbara Christensen