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Middle College Student Takes Second Place in Alcatraz Swim

Andrea FloresOn Sunday morning, August 23, 2015 Middle College at Skyline College student Andrea Flores dove into the San Francisco Bay to compete in the Touch Alcatraz ‘n Go annual open water race. She started at the Aquatic Park beach and swam round-trip 2.5 miles to Alcatraz Island in the time of 1:06:50 taking second place in the all-ages coed competition!  An open water race has no lane lines, walls, or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win.  It requires swimming strength along with the ability to navigate a winning course against complex currents. This was Andrea’s very first competitive race, to prepare she swam two miles a day, six days a week for a month and monitored her diet, eating proteins, fruits and vegetables.  When asked about future open water competition, the sixteen year old replied, “In the future want to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the English Channel between Britain and France, and the Strait of Magellan between the tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego.”

Middle College students take a combination of core high school courses and college courses to receive their high school diploma plus achieve one or more of the following three goals: earning a career technical education certificate; earning units toward an associate degree; and earning transferable units to a four-year institution of higher education.  The Middle College main office is located in Building 2, Room 2304.


Article by Raymond Jones

The Learning Center Welcomes Christina Trujillo!

Christina TrujilloChristina Trujillo is the newest addition to the Learning Center staff, starting her position of full-time Instructional Aide II on August 31. Christina comes to us from Purchase College in the State University of New York system, where she supported a wide range of tutoring and academic support programs. Christina holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Christina will provide support for tutoring in the Writing and Reading Lab; hiring, training, and supervision of peer tutors and student staff, and she will take the lead role in planning and scheduling academic success workshops each semester.

We are very excited to have Christina here and we can’t wait to get her plugged in to all of our TLC programs and services. If you are curious about academic success workshops, interested in leading a workshop, or just want to stop by and say hi you can find us on the first floor of Building 5, and Christina is usually in the Writing and Reading Lab area. Christina can be reached directly at

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

LEGIT 3D Art Exhibition Opening

The LEGIT 3D Exhibition opens at the Art Gallery next week. The show features sculptural installations made from unconventional, commercial, and recycled materials including a huge extension cord macramé wall hanging by Dana Hemenway, a disco-mirror bomb by Jeremiah Jenkins, faux-fur toilet paper by Michael Arcega, and miniature google bus dioramas by COLL.EO (Colleen Flaherty and Matteo Bittanti). Definitely come see this show!

The exhibition runs from Tuesday, September 8 through October 9.

Gallery hours are posted to our website and facebook page.

There will be a LEGIT 3D reception / party on Sept. 15th, 12-2p.m., at the Skyline College Art Gallery.

  • Art, music, food, fun, friends!
  • Music provided by DJ [and Skyline College History Professor] Mustafa Popal! – Can’t be cooler than that!

Article by Paul Bridenbaugh

EPIcenter: Where Future Teachers Can Shake, Rattle, and Roll

epicenter staff Thanks to the Skyline College Presidents Innovation Fund and a very generous anonymous donor, The ECE/EDU Program can now begin work on an Educator Preparation Institute (EPIcenter).  This will be housed in Building 8, Room 8317, and will be designed to be a “one stop shop” for all things teacher prep.  Our Skyline College future educators will have two valuable academic resources on campus to assist with achieving their educational goals; the first being the Child Development Laboratory Center (CDLC) in Building 14 and now the new EPIcenter.

children playingThese two highly integrated programs, EPIcenter and CDLC, will provide students the opportunity to work on child observations, participate in the care of children from infancy through Prekindergarten, and assess a high quality child development environment at the CDLC, and at the EPIcenter, access to computers, educational resources, and space to meet with faculty or peers.

All of the staff in the ECE/EDU program are dedicated to the training of our students who aspire to teach (Prek through elementary and Special Education), so keep an eye out for more to come, including our upcoming grand opening on November 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Article by Kate Williams Browne, Sarita Santos, and Kristina Brower

GLPS Engages Education Committee

Half Moon Bay Chamber of CommerceThe Global Learning Programs and Services Division was invited to speak at the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau Education Committee meeting on September 1, 2015. Zaid Ghori, Director of Special International Programs, represented the division and presented on the San Mateo County Community College District Study Abroad Program.

Of particular interest to the committee was the GLPS Community Travel Program that will offer non-credit travel tours around the world to the San Mateo County community. The program is designed as a study abroad scholarship fundraiser for students at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College.

Representatives of the committee included Cabrillo Unified School District, La Honda Pescadero Unified School District, Sea Crest School, Pilarcitos High School, Cunha Middle School, Coastside Stem Alliance, Cabrillo Education Fund, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Half Moon Bay Rotary Club.

The Study Abroad Program’s involvement with the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recently launched 50 enrichment grants of $1,000 each available to high school teachers to conduct any learning activity in the U.S. or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience.  Through their experiences, teachers will be able to further internationalize their classroom and advance their role as global educators to positively impact student learning.

The mission of the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau Education Committee is to enhance the quality of education that students receive at Coastside schools and to foster strong, mutually beneficial relationships between educational and business communities.  Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Cabrillo Unified School District located at 498 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, California. Skyline College Community members interested in their events can contact Ms. Charise Hale McHugh at For more information on the Study Abroad program, please contact Zaid Ghori at

Article by Zaid Ghori | Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Former Men’s Basketball Players Selected in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Draft

Austria draft Simon Enciso (Terra Nova HS) and Alli Austria (St. Ignatius HS) realized their dreams on August 23, 2015 when they were chosen in the PBA Draft.  Simon was the 17th overall pick in the draft and Alli was drafted in the 5th round.

Simon and Alli received considerable media coverage leading up to the draft.  Here is a link to an interview on CNN Philippines:

The San Mateo Daily Journal also printed an article this week which can be found Draft Dayhere:

Both young men competed for Skyline College from 2009-2011.  Simon continued his career at Notre Dame de Namur University and Alli continued his career at San Francisco State University.

Article by Justin Piergrossi

Coaches Available to Help You Strengthen Your Assessment Game!

SLOAC CoachesWhether you’re new to student learning outcomes (SLO) assessment or been a member of your department’s team for years, seasoned players are available to coach you to achieve your potential. At this point, you’ve assessed all of your courses and/or programs, though you may feel dissatisfied with the process. Perhaps the SLOs don’t fully capture the core elements of the course and/or program; perhaps the assessment itself doesn’t reflect the core knowledge and skills you hold students accountable to; perhaps it’s not clear what to do with the results; perhaps you need a refresher on how to use TracDat…however you’d like to strengthen your SLO assessment game, SLOAC coaches are available to help you to strategize. Learn how to make assessment authentic, sustainable, worth your time, and most importantly— with the students’ best interests in mind. Be empowered to field the best team possible.

Please contact Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness Karen Wong at x4369 if you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, and/ or any of the coaches in the photo.

Photo: (bottom, l. to r.) Karen Wong, Lucia Lachmayr (LA), Sarita Santos (BEPP), Lorraine DeMello (COUN/ SS); (top, l. to r.) Chris Gibson (LA), Tiffany Schmierer (SS/CA), Christine Hansell (SS/CA), Guillermo Ortiz (BEPP), Adam Windham (SMT); (Not pictured) Nick Kapp (SMT)

Article by Karen Wong

Skyline College Library Highlights Important Collections

Vote Library Book DisplaySuffrage and skin are the related topics of two new book displays at Skyline College Library.

American women vote! marks 95 years this month since the 19th amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Most of us know about Susan B. Anthony, but what about Sojourner Truth or Ida B. Wells? Victoria Woodhull and the spiritualist movement? Don’t forget those who opposed the female vote. Biographies, histories, personal narratives are available for check out. Voter registration applications are also available for citizens of any gender.

Skin : across the disciplines illustrates the many ways that skin plays out across American life. From biology, cosmetology and psychology to all-important issues of race and skin color. The Library has a rich collection on this topic. Read up!

Students, staff, adjunct and regular faculty alike are invited to apply for a free Peninsula Library System (PLS) library card. Applications are always available at the Library Check Out Desk.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) Hosts Co-working Day

BAEC ClassroomThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) of Skyline College hosts monthly Co-working Days, our latest event was held on Tuesday, August 18. Over twenty budding entrepreneurs spent the day co-working, networking and participated in discussions with business owners.  During the event, Cliff Moss, BAEC’s in-house adjunct professor gave a presentation on the BAEC and the benefits of becoming a member.

The Co-working day also featured a guest speaker, Jeff Faust, Director of Valuation Services with the accounting firm, Abbot, Stringham & Lynch.  Jeff, who is a Certified Valuation Analyst, focused on early-stage startup valuation models and how to determine their company value. He also discussed the models and terms of common stock values.

Co-working Days are held the third Tuesday of every month.  Be on the lookout for future seminars including the “business starts here” kick-off event.

Logon to and check out all the opportunities for entrepreneurs! For more information on the BAEC, contact Raul Guerra, 650-825-6840.

This event was co-sponsored by Idea-to-Ipo.

Article by Raul Guerra | Photo by Pcyeta Stroud

Beta Theta Omicron Brings STEM to Boys and Girls Club

Children in classroomSkyline College’s Phi Theta Kappa officers developed a summer science program for precollege students. The research that the students did earlier this year showed early exposure to STEM activities positively impacts elementary students’ perceptions of science. And college students can inspire and motivate to precollege students to achieve higher goals. During the summer, Sam Reveles, Karen Lai, Donway Sy, Jose Campos, Akayi Thein, Spencer Wu, Justin Tom, and Michael Wong brought science labs to the Boys & Girls Club. The kids especially enjoyed ice cream science (photo).

Our students are doing a remarkable job: helping people and representing the College. If you have students looking for community service or just wanting to contribute to society, please encourage them to contact our Phi Theta Kappa chapter Vice-president of Operations Donway Sy.

Article by Christine Case | Photo by Pauline Maccay