Monthly Archives: February 2014

Skyline College to Host “Building Design + Building Science” Conference

The American Institute of Building Design, California Society, is pleased to announce the 54th Annual AIBD California Society Conference: “Building Design + Building Science,” to be held on the Skyline College campus from April 2 – 4, 2014.

2014 AIBD Elec Screen

It is the goal of the conference to increase the working knowledge of attendees in the categories of building performance, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, building materials, construction methods, design practice skills and design business media.

For those who work in the residential construction industry as a building designer, contractor, consultant, student or educator, this conference is not to be missed.

It is the first conference of its kind addressing building design while operating hands-on devices, bridging the gap between design and science.

This year the conference will be 3 days filled with speakers, presentations, demonstrations, education, and networking. There will be sessions featuring the new Building Science Lab, a full-scale two-story portion of a house, to demonstrate and learn the dynamics of home performance with actual measuring instruments. During each day there will be two educational tracks, Building Science and Design Practice, where attendees may choose to bounce from one track to the other. With each day building upon the educational sessions, it will conclude with a keynote presentation, for a total of three keynote addresses during the entire conference.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Rick Chitwood, author of Measured Home Performance, mechanical engineer, mechanical contractor, educator and expert on optimizing residential home performance.

Ann Edminster, author of Energy Free, Homes for a Small Planet, primary author of LEED for Homes, educator and expert on Zero Net Energy homes.

Dan Perunko and Gavin Healy, owners of Balance Point Home Performance, an HVAC and insulation contracting company, educators and building science experts in the practical applications of home performance.

Additional information, session descriptions and registration can be found at AIBD CA Conference 2014. We hope you will join us for this special opportunity to engage with building designers, contractors, trades people, consultants and students. For more information regarding this event, please contact:

Clay Johnson
AIBD Conference Committee Chair

Peter Waring
Skyline College Instructor, AIBD Conference Manager

Article by Peter Waring and Clay Johnson

ECE/EDU’s Orientation to Teaching Conference

IMG_0278[1]Saturday morning, February 22nd, 100 participants joined a host of education experts in the ECE/EDU Department’s 6th annual “Orientation to Teaching” conference.  Keynote speaker Daniel Raskin, a preschool teacher of 25 years, gave opening remarks that highlighted the joys and challenges of teaching young children, emphasizing practices such as cooperative learning, exploration & discovery, self-expression, and teaching children the basics of how we live together.

Participants then chose among four outstanding workshops:

   *“How to Make Teaching a Career” Mentor Teachers Teresa Campbell [KidInk/SM], Nataliya Gamburg [Skyline CDC], Daniele Koenig [Peninsula TempleShalom], Maria McKenna [PalCare/Infant] & Michele McLaughlin Champion/School-Age]

   *“What We Look for in Teachers” Director/Administrators Tina Watts [Skyline CDC], Minie Lopez [Bright Horizons/Genentech], Rachelle Henley [SF Parks & Rec] & Kaytie Brissenden-Smith [Child Care Careers]

   *“Teaching in Primary/Elementary School: Transitional & Kindegarten Teachers Pam Barasch, Michele Edelstein, Susan Stanchfield, and Barbara Hernandez

   *“Getting a CA Child Development Teaching Permit: Skyline ECE Adviser Cecelia Rebele. 

The Conference ended with Program Coordinator Kate Williams Browne giving an update about State policy and legislative news, upcoming events and courses sponsored by Skyline’s Educator Preparation Institute [EPIcenter] along with ideas about what to do next to become Early Learning Educators.  Stay tuned for our 5th annual Early Intervention Symposium on Saturday, 3 May at Skyline’s Theater, and for the 3rd annual ECE Graduation Celebration on Thursday, 15 May, at the Child Development Center.

Article by Kathryn Browne


Phi Theta Kappa Spring Scholarship

PTKThe Phi Theta Kappa Spring scholarship application, is now open for continuing students. The scholarships administered on this application are for students who plan to continue their education at a two-year college in the fall. More than $260,000 will be awarded through these scholarships:

• The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy students.

• The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

• The GEICO Pathway to Completion Associate Scholarship for Business majors.

• The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship for ADMJ and EMC majors.

Please encourage your students to apply. Skyline College student Gilbert Arellano won the 2013 Resureccion Public Safety Scholarship for Public Safety Leadership and Skyline College student Jamela Brown received the 2012 Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Applications are due April 30.  Download the application now at

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Attention Deficient Hyper Disorder (ADHD) in the African-American Community

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) participated in African American Heritage Month by raising awareness of a silent disability that is under-diagnosed in the African American community – Attention Deficient Hyper Disorder (ADHD).  ADHD is a disorder that is often diagnosed in childhood; however, it can persist in adolescents and adults. ADHD is characterized by difficulty concentrating, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity.

It is estimated that ADHD occurs in 4% of adults. While ADHD occurs at the same rates in African-American populations, fewer African Americans are diagnosed and treated for the disorder. Cultural reasons and access to health care are cited as reasons for the differential in diagnoses rates.  (Information from WebMD and


Support is available if you have ADHD

Students who are diagnosed with ADHD are eligible for support services from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Skyline College. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD or any other disability, please contact the DRC at (650) 738-4280 to sign up for services. If you are interested in learning more, please stop by our offices in Building 5, Room 5132.

Melissa Matthews, DRC Counselor/Coordinator provides a student with information about ADHD

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Article by Melissa Matthews | Photo by Linda Allen

14th Annual President’s Breakfast

* Please note “Skyline College’s President’s Breakfast” in the Comments Box,
on the donation page, to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund.

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

Coming Up

Mon. Mar 3rd, 2014

Tue. Mar 4th, 2014

Wed. Mar 5th, 2014

Thurs. Mar 6th, 2014

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
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  • 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).

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Coming Up

Friday, February 21, 2014

• 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Young Gifted & Black SHEroes Performance, Skyline College, Building 1, Main Theater
• 5:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball vs. San Mateo (DH), Skyline College
• 7:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball vs. Canada College (DH), Skyline College

Saturday, February 22, 2014

• 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., National TRiO Day, Skyline College
Monday, February 24, 2014
• 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Science in Action Lecture Series, Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7106

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

• 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m., African American Heritage Month – African Americans in Math & Sciences Panel Discussion, Skyline College, Building 1, Art Gallery
• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B
• 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Cal Grant Workshop for Transfer Students, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117B

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

• 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Transfer Center- CSU East Bay Rep Visit, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
• 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Transfer Center – Transfer Articulation Bridge Program, Skyline College, Transfer Center Building 2, Room 2227
• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Labs, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Thursday, February 27, 2014

• 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., African American Heritage Month – Closing Events: Information, Entertainment & Spoken Word Competition, Skyline College, Building 6, Fireside Dining Room
• 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Foster Youth Sensitivity Training, Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6204
• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Financial Aid Application Lab, Skyline College, Building 2, Room 2117-B

Friday, February 28, 2014

• All Day Event, Men’s Basketball Regional Playoffs
• All Day Event, Women’s Basketball Regional Playoffs

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