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Skyline Shines Award Winners

Each year Skyline College recognizes individuals or groups who help Skyline College to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality. Two awards are given annually, one to a member or group of Skyline College employees and one to a member or group from the community.

William Watson receives skyline shines awardCollege Employee Category:

Dr. William Watson is being recognized for his steadfast dedication to serving the Skyline College community. He has worked as the Director of SparkPoint using his influence to make sure students and community members are served in a way that expands access to educational opportunity. His leadership in implementing the overall vision of SparkPoint includes mobilizing partnerships to bring services to the students. This student’s first approach allows students to connect to benefits they are eligible for but may not have been able to navigate the processes to actually access them. These benefits include supplemental nutrition (food) and money. Students are also able to access scholarships that allow them to complete career technical educational programs and become connected to potential employers through the Grove Scholars Program. This allows the community to be engaged in the college and allows students to connect to community resources.

William works to scale innovative approaches to make real the promise of higher education for a better life. That collective work has been featured by the Center for Enterprise Development, Rutgers University Center for Workforce Development, MDC, Annie E. Casey Foundation (College Innovator of the Year), Community College Times, Community College Journal, the Discovery Channel’s Profiles Series, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award), National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, California Employment Development Department and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

He has a vision for social justice and equity. He is well respected by all constituents and has demonstrated an ability to work with all groups. The multiple areas of recognition and awards for William’s work and leadership demonstrated the high commitment and dedication he has made to Skyline College and its community.

He has been instrumental in bringing increased grant resources to the college to serve the students and community. He has worked with several divisions to initiate new programs supporting the value of academic excellence, connect students to employers and help them navigate toward successful completion and graduation. He implemented the financial literacy component of the center making financial literacy the central anchoring service for helping students break out of poverty.

William is tireless and is always positive and supportive, no matter how impossible the task. It is with great respect and admiration and gratitude for his contribution toward making Skyline College shine in the way it does – that William Watson be awarded this year’s Skyline Shines Award.

Lee Guion recieves skyline shines awardCommunity Category:

Ms. Lee Guion is being recognized for her commitment to Skyline College and its students. For over two decades, Lee has volunteered her time to students and the Skyline College respiratory therapy program in San Bruno, California. She has mentored students in every area of respiratory care, from the critical care unit to outpatient neuromuscular care. She was voted “preceptor of the year” by Skyline College students multiple times over the years. Lee has chaired the Skyline College RT Program community advisory committee for over 20 years assisting faculty, students, and RT managers in program development, CoARC accreditation, and participation in the AARC’s 2015 and beyond proposed changes to respiratory therapy education. She has served on full time and part time faculty Respiratory Therapy hiring committees, Respiratory Therapy Medical Director appointments, scholarship award processes, annual program reviews, and recently a comprehensive curriculum review and update to meet current practice standards. She works tirelessly to ensure active employer, faculty, staff, and student involvement in all aspects of the program and college events as they relate to health care.

In summary, Lee exemplifies the best qualities of a respiratory therapist and an educator. As a highly respected respiratory care practitioner within a multidisciplinary care team she helps elevate our role on par with other allied health professionals. In her personal and professional life she is a model for students just entering the field and learning the ropes and those looking ahead for creative options in an expanding and dynamic health care environment. She has been instrumental in helping the program maintain a prized reputation for producing highly qualified practitioners in the Northern California Bay Area. Lee has truly carried out Skyline College’s mission to “empower and transform a global community of learners” via her commitment to open access, success, and equity for all students. She is a star that makes Skyline College shine brightly.

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Nonprofit of the Year Awarded to Skyline College

San Bruno Non-Profit of the Year AwardThe San Bruno Chamber of Commerce held its 1st Annual Excellence in Business and Community Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 20th 2014 at the San Bruno Senior Center. The event was attended by approximately 200 Chamber of Commerce Members representing businesses from throughout San Bruno, including a table full of Skyline College attendees.

Skyline College was voted by the membership of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce as a finalist in the non-profit category along with the San Bruno Lions Club and the Rotary Club of San Bruno. Each finalist was then asked to encourage their constituents to vote and the night of the awards, the winner would be announced. The college rocked the vote and won the honor of nonprofit of the year this past Wednesday! Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President of the College accepted the award on behalf of the college.

The following winners were announced during the dinner in their respective categories:

  • Rookie of the Year: Carroll’s Meats & Deli
  • Children’s Services: Happy Hall School
  • Best Restaurant: Don Pico’s Restaurant
  • Individual and Home Based Business: Karin Cunningham, Josie McHale, Robert Riechel (these 3 tied with equal votes)
  • Small Business: Chapel of the Highlands
  • Medium Size Business: Mollie Stones Market
  • Large Size Business: Recology San Bruno
  • Non-Profit: Skyline College
  • San Bruno Volunteer of the Year: Pam Riechel

Thank you to the faculty, staff and community members who voted for the college to win this exciting award!

Article by Cherie Colin

Public Safety Bulletin – 2014 Number 1

Campus_6-21-11Welcome back to the new school year, and the Fall 2014 semester.  The Opening Day Celebration featured an hour long presentation by Tom Maloney on school safety, highlighting the San Mateo County’s Safe School Initiative and the report’s moniker, “The Big Five.” Please review the Big Five Staff Packet or the Big Five – Administrator Packet as they both have a great deal of useful information.

The hour long session was highlighted by the ‘open mic,’ where participants asked whatever questions they had on school safety and related topics. The questions were well directed and the interaction very informative; it was truly a give and take.  Public Safety’s goal is to take the comments from the session and work with Dr. Joi Blake to develop school safety related training and information resources to be disseminated to the faculty and staff here at Skyline College.

Bulletin Tip #1

When on campus and in your office, be aware to not leave valuables out in the open and your office ‘unsecured’, even for short periods of time.  That quick trip to the bathroom can turn into 5-7 minutes easily if a colleague or student engages you in a brief chat or clarification on a particular topic.

A women’s purse, calculator, sunglasses, iPad and Smart Phones are easy and desirable theft targets.

Take your keys, pull the door shut and lock it.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety committee meets the third Tuesday of each Month, beginning in September.  Bring questions or concerns to your area or designated representative for our meetings.

This year, Public Safety is going to try to change the format to include some training highlights and/or some in-person presenters to get feedback from members on ideas and methods of delivery for safety training.


This is the text message system that gives emergency information out to students, faculty and staff.  Sign up on the campus website by going to Campus Resources, Public Safety, Emergency Messaging and enter your cell number.

Anyone can sign up-so your significant other can subscribe also and get the alerts.

Cautionary Information: Depending on your cellphone service provider, delivery times will vary.

Building Captains

Additional staff and faculty are needed to volunteer as Building Captains. In times of stress and excitement such as an emergency, people will look for direction and will move towards persons who seem to be in control.

We here at Skyline need you!  Public Safety will be setting up an informational meeting, hopefully within the next three to four weeks where we will do an overview of the needs and expectations for being a Building Captain.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

2014 First Bulletin Issue – KUDOS

Linda Herda, at the One Stop Help Desk, diligently read through the Big Five Staff Packet sent out last week, and she asked about the “Rule of Nine” Protocol for safety issues surrounding opening your locked door during a ‘Lock Down’ incident or drill.

What is the rule of nine?  An agreed to number, whereupon if queried, you either add or subtract 9 to the number verbalized.  So you are in your office, locked and hiding, and a person outside wants you to open up.  You say 19, and they either say 10 or 28.

Questions and suggestions are welcomed. Please email them to Chief Rob Dean at or stop him on campus any time.  Public Safety wishes you an enjoyable and healthy Fall 2014 Semester.

Article by Rob Dean | Photo by Raul Guerra

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

Students Organize Successful Charity Event: Together We Thrive

Students at Together We Thrive EventOn August 2, 2014, Skyline College hosted Together We Thrive (TWT). Families in the community came to campus for an exchange of needed goods. Skyline College students Nicole Garza and Irene Yim conceived the idea because Skyline College is in one of the richest counties in the country but approximately 18% of the population is living below the poverty line and an additional unknown percentage is below the housing wage. Nicole and Irene raised over $1,500 to purchase school supplies and backpacks for kids in the local community. About 80 children showed up in the Student and Community Center to receive their backpacks filled with school supplies. The accompanying clothes drive was successful and everyone is looking forward to next year’s TWT event.

The ECE/EDU students that participated, really enjoyed coming together to participate in an event that benefited young children and spoke about organizing a club in order to network and be a part of more events benefiting children and families.


At the event, activity tables were hosted by Gaylord Garcia (Respiratory Therapy Program), Kristina Brower (Early Childhood Education), Mary DeAngles (Karate club), Sherri Bookstaff (Biology Department), and John Carpio (Photography Club).


Nicole and Irene reached out to the community and received cash donations to purchase school supplies from the following.


  • San Francisco Plumbing
  • Ideal Carpentry
  • Lakewood Apartments
  • Nicks Seafood Restaurant
  • SF Department of Building Inspections
  • Target
  • Outback
  • Home Depot
  • Skyline College Cosmetology
  • Genentech


Students at Together We Thrive Event Volunteer at Together We Thrive Event

Article by Christine Case & Kristina Brower | Photos by John Carpio


California Science Teacher Association Award Winner Credits Biology Professor with Recent Success

Carina Anttilasuarez

Carina Anttila-Suarez in a biology classroom

All professors wonder if they are making a difference in the lives of their students. Dr. Carina Anttila-Suarez loves being a Biology Professor at Skyline College but wonders if her teaching impacts the future of the students in her classroom. Carina was recently rewarded with the answer to this question when her former student Laurie Gillis won the Future Science Teacher Award for 2014 from the California Science Teacher Association (CSTA). Laurie contacted her former professor to let her know that the award application essay was based on the effect Carina’s teaching had in her life.

“I wrote about my experience in your classes in my application essay.  It turns out I received the award and they quoted my essay on the website(!).  They didn’t include your name (unfortunately), but this little excerpt is about the significant impact you made on me and I just wanted to tell you what an amazing and inspiring professor you were for me.  There were a lot of little moments in your classes that have stayed with me and made such a positive impact on my life/career.  I can’t thank you enough for those experiences.”

Carina celebrates Laurie’s accomplishment and works hard as a Skyline College faculty to give her students a similar experience!

Article by Carina Anttila-Suarez

Bringing our Campus Together with Shared Curriculum!

English Shared CurriculumIf you assign reading and writing in your class, please consider joining us in using the Rhetoric: What, Why, and How? which was written by the English teachers at Skyline College with contributions from our librarians and ESOL faculty. This project was volunteer and not for profit.


* to promote consistency amongst our classes by using shared definitions, philosophies and approaches when teaching the fundamental writing and reading concepts.

* to save our students money! We know textbooks are expensive, so we created one that is free online and can be used at all levels. If students want a print version of the textbook, they can get a copy through our bookstore and pay only the duplication costs of $35 plus tax

* to appeal to different types of learning styles. Since we created all the materials, we were also able to adapt the lessons into PowerPoint and voiced podcasts for students with more visual and auditory learning styles.

Article by Rachel Bell

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

Computer Access for Students and Labs Available for Instruction

Recent changes in Building 2 to the space formerly occupied by the Center for Advanced Learning and Technology (CALT) have resulted in new options for computer access for students and for instruction at Skyline College.

Computers and Printing Available for Students
Networked PC-platform computers are available to any registered student doing specific course-related work on a drop-in basis at several areas on campus.

Library ComputersLibrary Computers
Computers with printing services are available in the Library located on the 2nd floor of building 5, during open library hours. Students can work on course-related work for up to 3 hours at a time. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Learning Center Computers
For students registered for LSKL courses, computers are available in the Learning Center located on the 1st floor of building 5 during open center hours. Students need to sign-in at the Learning Center Welcome Desk using the CRN for their LSKL course. LSKL 803 is a 0 unit course that provides students with access to peer tutoring and other Learning Center resources. The Learning Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Learning Center Computers

Computer Applications for Business Labs (CABL)
The CAB Labs serve students enrolled in Computer Applications for Business classes. These labs are located on the first floor in Building 8, Rooms 8119 and 8121. The labs are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the daytime hours and in the evenings from 4:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The labs close at 4 p.m. on Fridays. During the summer semesters, the labs are not open on Fridays or Saturdays. Please call (650) 738-4291 for more information.

Computer Labs for Instruction
Computer labs are available for faculty to reserve for occasional instructional use.

Building 2 Room 2117B is available for instruction on an as needed basis:
• To schedule a class in the Room 2117B, please contact Alana Utsumi at
• Please contact Public Safety Officer at 650.738.4199 to unlock/lock room 2117B
• If you encounter any computer problems in room 2117B, please place a work order using the following link:
• Room 2117A is no longer available to be scheduled. This is a multimedia lab (Apple Computers) that is managed by the Social Science/Creative Arts department.
• Room 2122 no longer has computers

Building 8
Business Department computer labs in Building 8 are also available for limited use:
• To schedule a class in the business computer lab contact Teresita Del Castillo at

The Library classroom in Building 5 is primarily used to support Information Literacy workshops for students, however it is also available for research workshops with faculty librarians for any course. The research workshop request form is located at or you may contact Thomas Hewitt at

Article & Photos by Jonathan Paver

MCPR (Marketing, Communications and Public Relations) Wins Two Awards

Skyline College CampusOn April 10, 2014 Skyline College MCPR attended the CCPRO (Community College Public Relations Organization) Annual Conference in Santa Cruz. Skyline College won First place for the College Annual Report award category for the second year in a row and won Second place for the TV PSA (Public Service Advertising) or Ad award category among the 32 PRO categories. The PRO (Public Relations Organization) awards recognize outstanding work by California’s community college marketing and public relations professionals.

The statewide Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) is a professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence in California’s community college public relations and related professions. The organization serves as a central resource of information and provides counsel and assistance relating to the advancement of community colleges statewide and the professional growth of its members.

Article by Claudia Paz | Photo by Raul Guerra

Try Our Library’s New SUPER SEARCH

Super SearchSkyline College Library has launched a brand new search system which does a single search for books in our library catalog and articles in most of our article databases, plus e-books and other academic documents all at the same time!  The system is a trial of a new type of comprehensive library search system called a “discovery service” which allows library users to enter searches in a single “Google-like” search box for all library materials.  You’ll find our new “SUPER SEARCH” in the middle of the library home page.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Librarians are happy to show it off to individuals and classes any time.

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


Coming Up….

Friday, August 22, 2014

• 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ice Cream Social, Skyline College, Quad

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – Friday, September 5, 2014

• Double Vision: Photographic Portraits from Cuba & Ghana, Skyline College, Gallery, Building 1, Room 121

Thursday, September 11, 2014

• 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., An Evening with Dr. Cornel West, Skyline College, Theater

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

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