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History Professor James I. Wong and Chinese Americans of the Famed Flying Tigers

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, nine Chinese-American veterans gathered on July 1, 2015 for a luncheon in Alameda, California. The oldest veteran attendee was 97. They were members of Combined Units of the 14th Air Service Group and 987th Signal Company, including the component units of the 407th Air Service Squadron, 555th Air Service Squadron, Headquarters Squadron, 1157th Signal Company, 1544th Ordnance Company, 1077th Quartermaster Company, 2121st Quartermaster Trucking Company, 2122nd Quartermaster Trucking Company and the 987th Signal Company Special, US Army.

The veterans were joined with their family members and friends, including Skyline College History Professor James I. Wong (second from right in last row).


This was the fourth time in the last five years that Professor Wong has joined them in conducting his own research about Chinese Americans of the famed Flying Tigers, which included his own late father.

Article by James I. Wong

Rick Escalambre Retiring After 31 Years at Skyline College


Rick Escalambre has been a full-time faculty in the Automotive Department since 1984, and the department’s coordinator for the past 23 years. He has trained thousands of technicians and encourages former students to return to Skyline College’s Automotive Program as teachers.

With his dedication to educating students, he has won numerous awards during his career, and among his recent awards, he was awarded the 2014 California Automotive Teachers (CAT) College Teacher of the Year; and the Instructor of the Year in March 2015 at the Vision Hi-Tech Training Conference.

With the many hats Rick wears so well – author/editor of books in the field of Engine Performance, Emissions, and Computer Control, educator/mentor, he loves the recent hat he put on – grandfather, and that is the main reason he is retiring from teaching full-time.


Hopefully we will see Rick’s smiling face on campus because he truly loves passing his knowledge to the next generation. We wish him all the very best.

Article and photos by Nancy Lam

Two Skyline College Phi Theta Kappa members on the All-California Academic Team

At the luncheon, from left, Wafa Zeidan, Dr. Stanback Stroud, and Emily Colby

At the luncheon, from left, Wafa Zeidan, Dr. Stanback Stroud, and Emily Colby

Two Skyline College students were honored at a Community College League luncheon in Sacramento. President Stanback Stroud attended the luncheon, which honored the All-California Academic Team. Skyline College students Wafa Zeidan and Emily Colby ranked among the top 60 California community college students to earn this honor. There are 20 students on each of three teams.

First team member Wafa Zeidan is studying Biology with the desire to continue on with her education and earn a Medical Degree, while continuing to do research throughout her career. She plans to transfer to a four-year university in Fall 2015 to complete her undergraduate studies. During her time at Skyline College, she conducted independent research along with her mentor, Dr. Christine Case to test the effects of a plant extract on various microorganism, thus proving that the extract is effective in killing and inhibiting various bacteria. She went on to present her research at the annual SACNAS conference in October 2014 and still plans to continue and further the scope of her research. In addition to doing research, she is also an active volunteer in her community, both volunteering with children at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and also volunteering with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Computer Literacy and Internet Competency for Seniors program.

Second-team member Emily Colby lives in Millbrae with her parents and her dog and cat. She hopes to transfer to a four-year university to study International Relations. At school she stays involved through participation in the Honors Club and Skyline College Model United Nations. She also works at her school’s Student Life and Leadership office. Emily is proud to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and an honor student. Someday Emily plans to pursue international diplomacy and or law. She is passionate about travel, art, culture and learning. She is thankful to her family and friends who encourage her to try her best while taking care of herself.

Article by Dr. Christine Case

Nominations for Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award 2015

Every year, the Academic Senate selects one or more recipients of the Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award. This award was established by former Science/Math/Technology faculty Phil Meyer to honor the contributions of faculty in their first five years of hiring who demonstrate excellence in teaching, on/off campus activities, and overall collegiality. Last year’s joint recipients were Chris Gibson and Amber Steele.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, or administrators. Multiple nominations for the same people or multiple people will be accepted. Nominations are due by April 29, 2015. The Academic Senate will select a winner of the award at its meeting on May 14 and will announce the winner at the May 15 End of Year Celebration.

The following faculty members are eligible for the 2015 Meyer Excellence in Teaching Award:

Year Hired Name
2010 Stephen Fredericks
2010 Tina Watts
2011 Amber Steele
2011 Carmen Velez de Jesus
2011 Christopher Gibson
2011 David Hasson
2011 Edmund Yee
2011 Zachary Bruno
2012 Jessica Lopez Jimenez
2012 Melissa Matthews
2012 Sarita Santos
2012 Nathan Jones
2012 Jesse Raskin
2013 Carina Antilla-Suarez
2013 Amir Esfahani
2013 Paul Bridenbaugh
2013 Julia Johnson
2013 Kym Jackson
2013 Tammy Calderon
2013 Carmen Richardson
2013 Bruce Greenstein
2013 Paula Silva
2013 Robert Williams
2013 Serena Chu-Mraz
2013 Younga Choi
2013 Phillip Williams
2013 Michelle Hawkins
2013 Adam Windham
 Ijaz Ahmed
Michael Cross
Carla Grandy
Jessica Hurless
Ruben Parra
Mustafa Popal
Danielle Powell
John Ulloa
Ronda Wimmer
Hellen Zhang

Nominations may be made by filling out the nominations form, which will appear in all faculty e-mail inboxes.

Please send all nomination forms and letters of recommendation to Leigh Anne Shaw at or Nick Kapp at Thank you for acknowledging the hard work that our new hires do.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw

Middle School Outreach Project is a 2015 J. Russell Kent Award Recipient!

Students of the Middle School Outreach Project

Funded by the President’s Innovation Fund and in collaboration with the President’s Council, Parkway Heights Middle School, and South San Francisco High School, the Middle School Outreach Project was founded in 2012 with the goal of exposing middle school students to college, careers, and financial aid at a young age. Additionally, the program seeks to offer information about college and the financial aid process to parents in an effort to support their development as educational advocates for their child.

On AStudents of the Middle School Outreach Projectpril 1, 2015 the San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA), the San Mateo Community College District, and the San Mateo County Office of Education announced that the Middle School Outreach Project is one of sixteen programs in San Mateo County to receive the 2015 J. Russell Kent Award.

The J. Russell Kent Award is awarded to innovative programs in San Mateo County that promote success in or out of the classroom. Programs are evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

1. Program Goals
2. Program Description
3. Evidence of Student Success
4. Program Assessment
5. Innovation
6. Transferability, and
7. Communication

There will be an Award Celebration Ceremony to recognize all J. Russell Kent Award recipients on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Foster City, California.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Mr. Carsbia Anderson, Dr. Angelica Garcia, the President’s Council, especially Mrs. Teresa Proaño and Mr. Steve Martinez, our partners at Parkway Heights Middle School and South San Francisco High School, and the Middle School Outreach Project Team—Nate Nevado, Lorraine DeMello, Lavinia Zanassi, Suzanne Poma, Kent Gomez, Jocelyn Vila, and Gretel Barreto for their support. I am humbled by the opportunity to work with a great team of passionate educators, administrators, and community leaders!

Article by Jessica Lopez | Photo by Claudia Paz

Library Celebrates National Library Week, April 13-18

National Library Week Graphic

The Skyline College Library staff invite you to drop by the Library (Building 5, 2nd floor) to enjoy complimentary cake and coffee at 11 a.m. on April 15, 2015 (and yes, you can eat it IN the Library).

In celebration of National Poetry Month, you’ll also see displays of original poetry by fellow students. Find some inspiration browsing the Library’s poetry collection or try your hand at our Poetry Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to World Cup Coffee & Tea (see the Reference Librarian for details on the Hunt).

Don’t forget to check out other Skyline College campus poetry events this week, including Talisman-Meet the Editors of Skyline College’s Literary Magazine, starting at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 and the Dead-Beat Writers Club Meet & Greet & Write a Poem also beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 on the Skyline College Quad.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Not Anymore: Sexual Assault Prevention


Join the Skyline College Health Center for a candid look at sexual assault prevention with presenter Robert Hackenson next Thursday, April 16th from 11:10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Not Anymore: A Candid Look at Sexual Assault Prevention
Presenter Robert Hackenson
Thursday, April 16, 2015
11:10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Building 4, 3rd Floor, Room 4301

• Social norms of alcohol & sex
• Alcohol & consent
• Steps to ensure your safety
• Why bystanders often do not act
• Spotting a potential risky situation & safe ways to intervene

For more information, contact the Skyline College Health Center in Building 2, Room 2209 or at (650) 738-4270.

Paralegal Career Night

Please encourage students to join us for Skyline College’s Paralegal Career Night, on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Paralegal Career Night Ad

We will explore how students can get a head start to employment and a clear path for college transfer with a series of panels including: Pathways to Law School, Getting Started as a Paralegal, and Career Options for Paralegals. There will be additional opportunities for students to engage with legal professionals, have their resume reviewed, and network.

Please RSVP at: or contact Lezra Chenportillo, Employment & Internships Coordinator, Career Services Center, if you need additional information. Hope to see you there!

Automotive Internship and Hiring Event a Success!

Automotive Employers Interviewing Students

Julia Johnson, Professor of Automotive Technology set up and organized an automotive student internship program and hiring day on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The event featured 16 premier automotive employers who participated in a job fair where they met and interviewed 25 Skyline College students. The employers represented car dealers like BMW, Lexus, Toyota, Ford and Honda. Also represented were independent repair owners such as San Bruno Auto Repair and chain stores like Firestone and Midas just to name a few.

Professor Johnson Assisting Automotive Students

Professor Johnson ensures all of the prospective students are prepared with instruction on what to expect from an employer, how to act and behave, as well as putting them all through mock interviews both in person and over the phone. These are soft skills that often get overlooked. Some of these employers are hiring Skyline College students as interns and offering pay well over 25% to 35% of what most entry-level automotive students would normally be offered.

Due to the retirement of baby boomers in the automotive profession, quality automotive students are in high demand. The Skyline College automotive program excels at meeting these demands, not only in turning out skilled knowledgeable students but also helping to mold mature, responsible and productive members of society. When students graduate after they have spent 3 years of their life with Skyline College getting their education, they are now part of our extended family.

Article & Photos by Thomas G. Broxholm