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Skyline College Rolls Out Phase One of New Website

Skyline College WebsiteWe are excited to announce that we have officially begun to roll out the redesigned Skyline College website. During this first phase of the rollout, you’ll notice a few major changes on seven key pages at the top level of navigation.

What’s New?

Mobile Friendly:

These seven new pages, and all subsequent new pages, are “mobile friendly,” which means they use responsive web design to adapt to different sized mobile devices. In other words, these pages automatically scale up and down to best fit on your laptop, tablet, phone or other device by detecting how big your screen is. That means greater accessibility and ease of navigation for students and staff accessing the Skyline College website from devices other than a desktop computer.

Home Page:

The home page has a clean, dynamic new look designed for greater visual impact, simplicity and ease of navigation. The new design removes some of the clutter that clogged the old page and makes a large slideshow and key featured news stories the centerpiece of the new website – allowing us to better tailor our messaging to students and influence users’ immediate perception of the college through the visual cues on our website.

“Portal Pages:”

The black navigation bar at the top of our Home page lists six unique sections of the website including, Admissions, Academics, Career Advancement, Student Life, Campus Resources, and About. We wanted to highlight these important sections by creating new “Overview” pages for each of them – we’re calling them “portal pages” internally.

These pages include striking images with an aspirational “tagline,” a simplified navigation bar and clear and concise introductory text that highlights the college’s offerings and goals within each of these six areas. This new language is student focused, speaking directly to them as opposed to speaking generally about the college.

The Road Ahead

As we move into the coming months, we will be migrating other sections of the website to pages that blend with the look and feel of these initial 7 pages. This will be a long process and we ask you to be patient. In the meantime, your respective pages will remain on the old templates, and if you’ve made edits to the site using Omni in the past, you’ll still be making edits the same way until we migrate your page(s) to an updated template.

As with any major new launch, we expect to meet some small bumps in the road, and we also expect to fix them, quickly, as they arise, with a consistent eye towards improvement.

This is an exciting new step for Skyline College. We cater to an increasingly mobile-oriented and technologically-savvy student body – updating our website to reflect this reality is essential to making the student experience the best it can be.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

International Student Program Presents Multilingual Hour!

International Affairs Student ClubAre your students interested in learning new languages or planning on traveling abroad this summer? Then encourage them to attend the Multilingual Hour presented by the International Affairs Student Club (IASC) and the International Student Program (ISP)! Through this free language tutorial you can learn useful words in Korean, Turkish, Mandarin and Japanese. All IASC members and non-members are welcome to join us for this fun activity.

  • When: April 1, Wednesday, 2 – 3 PM
  • Where: Multicultural Center (Building 4)

If you have any questions about the event, please contact ISP Manager, Wissem Bennani at or 650-738-4430.

Article by Chikako Walker | Photo by Keisha Ford

April is National Poetry Month!

goodwin Please join us for a month-long celebration of all things poetic!

The celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Skyline College Art Gallery, Building 1. San Mateo Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin will read from Trapline, her acclaimed book of poems.

Goodwin will be reading with guest local poet Maisha Z. Johnson, author of Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care.

Other events going on in the first two weeks of National Poetry Month include a special performance of Classic Poetry by Filipino/a Writers read by PCN Students, April 2 from 1:00 -2:00 pm in the quad.

Maisha ZJohnsonOn Thursday, April 9, Rob Williams’ English 161/162 Creative Writing Class will be in the quad writing poems on the spot and reading them out loud– all are welcome to write with us or just listen in!

Tuesday, April 14 from 11:00 -1:00 p.m. meet the Editors of Talisman, Skyline College’s Literary Magazine and pick up a free copy of a past issue and find out about the Spring 2015 release of Talisman 45 (our 45th issue!) as well as how to submit your writing for the next issue.

And on Thursday April 16, get to know the Dead-Beat Writers! Skyline College’s Creative Writing Club will be in the quad with pens, paper, poetry prompts, and other materials to get you waxing poetic on paper.

These are just the first two weeks of a full month of Poetry Events! Please join us!

Article by Rob Williams

CITD Creates Partnerships and Collaborations at the 2015 CTE Leadership and Curriculum Academy

YvonneThe Center for International Trade and Development (CITD) at Skyline College is making waves with its cross-regional institutional and business partnerships yet again! Two months ago, the CITD collaborated with community college faculty from the CTE Curriculum Academy at the event, “Doing What Matters for CTE Students: A Collaboration for CTE Faculty with Economic and Workforce Development and Regional Leaders.” The event was sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office through the Perkins Leadership Funds. The CCCAOE and Academic Senate for California Community Colleges hosted the event in Garden Grove, CA on January 15 and 16, 2015.

On the first day of the two-day event, attendees participated in the Leadership Academy offered by CCCAOE.  They explored how Doing What Matters has affected their roles, responsibilities, and relationships with others at their institution and with other organizations in their region. On the second day, the attendees engaged in an intensive CTE Curriculum Academy led by the Academic Senate to help them better navigate state and local curriculum processes.

Yvonne Reid, Adjunct Faculty Special Projects for Global Logistics Programs, who represented Skyline College CITD, commented, “The Curriculum Academy was a remarkable platform that allowed me to foster collaborations with colleagues from Allan Hancock College, Foothill College, Feather River College, and the College of Alameda, and many more. During the Leadership Academy, the participants discussed how their roles and responsibilities overlapped and how that opens opportunities to coordinate and collaborate. We received information and training on topics including curriculum basics, effective practices for curriculum development, the Program and Course Approval Handbook (PCAH), Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID), and the approval process.” Yvonne will apply her training as she evaluates, modifies, and develops curricula and awards for the CITD International Logistics program.

For more information on the CITD Global Logistics Program, please contact Yvonne Reid at or at 650-738-7098.

Article written by Alina Din | Photo by PJ Shelton

Skyline College Hosts the NAFSA Region XII Northern District Conference

nafsaSkyline College hosted the NAFSA Region XII Northern District Conference on March 23rd. It was a great opportunity for administrators in the field of international education to hear from experienced professionals and representatives from different U.S. government agencies.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, promotes the professional development of U.S. college and university officials in charge of helping domestic and international students. The conference had many interesting sessions, such as the Seasoned NAFSAns Roundtable, Updates from Customs and Border Protection, Intercultural Understanding, and Grey Areas in International Student Advising.

Skyline College received special thanks from the NAFSA team for hosting the event. Eva Hu the Conference Co-Chair stated in a thank you email “We have really enjoyed hosting this event at your campus these last two years. Your team, Linda Bertellotti (Facilities and Events) and Roger Marcelo (Multimedia Services), were spectacular throughout the planning.”

For more information on NAFSA, or if you want to be part of the next conference, visit or contact the International Student Program of Skyline College at (650) 738-4430.

Article by Wissem Bennani | Photo courtesy of NAFSA

New Division Assistant Joins the GLPS Division!

AlessandraPlease join the Global Learning Programs and Services Division as we welcome our new full-time team member, Ms. Alessandra Zanassi, Division Assistant.

Alessandra brings substantial experience to the position and to the division. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University with a double major in Communication and Philosophy.  In addition to her administrative experience she has lived and studied abroad while working with both college and high school student programs locally and internationally. Most recently, Alessandra completed a year of service with CityYear, an AmeriCorps program, in New York City. She enjoys community advocacy, outdoor recreation, and spending time with her dog, Emmy.

We are delighted to have Alessandra join our team.  Please join us in welcoming her.

For more information on the GLPS division, please contact or call 650-738-7098.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Keisha Ford

The GLPS Division Announces New Program Services Coordinator!

AlinaMs. Alina Din, our newly hired, CITD/Study Abroad Program Services Coordinator officially joins our office this week.

Alina comes to the division with a wealth of knowledge in both the economic sector and community development. Alina earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from UC Berkeley in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, and a Master’s degree in Urban Regional Planning from UCLA. Alina has worked with the Pakistani government, at the local level, to enhance the use of technology in streamlining governance. Alina is eager to contribute to the Skyline College community.

It is our pleasure to welcome Alina to the division. Please welcome her to our college campus.

For more information on the GLPS division, please contact or call 650-738-7098.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Keisha Ford

The GLPS Division Welcomes New Director!

ZaidThe Global Learning Programs and Services Division enthusiastically announces our new Director, Special International Programs, Mr. Zaid Ghori. In his position, Zaid will oversee the District-wide Study Abroad Program and Special International Programs at Skyline College.

Zaid comes to the division with an impressive background in international higher education having worked at the University of California Office of the President, University of California, Riverside and Long Island University C.W. Post. He has led admissions delegations internationally and recruited international students in over 25 countries.

Zaid earned his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a major in Business Economics and his Master’s degree from California Baptist University in Public Administration.  He enjoys traveling, baking and spending time with his family.

We are excited to have him on board.  Please make sure to say hello and officially welcome him to the Skyline College family!

For more information on the GLPS division, please contact or call 650-738-7098.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Keisha Ford

Bay Area CITD Attends Global Markets Business Forum

Pic 3 Discover Global Markets Business ForumThe Center for International Trade Development (CITD) at Skyline College, hit the ground running this Spring 2015 semester by attending and launching events to build cross-regional partnerships with community colleges and businesses.

On February 9, 2015 the California Centers for International Trade Development convened in Santa Clara at the Discover Global Markets Business Forum for the US Commercial Service.  The BACITD was in attendance and was represented by Ms. Yvonne Reid, MS BA. Yvonne is currently Adjunct Faculty and Special Programs Coordinator for the CITD/Global Logistics Program under the GLPS division at Skyline College.  Yvonne joined other industry faculty and leaders in discussions on a number of topics, including “Tools of the Trade: Navigating Unchartered Waters—Assessing Emerging Business Risk Across the Supply Chain” and “Getting Your Foot in the Door—Leveraging Government Resources to Win Foreign Contracts.”

In collaboration with the statewide CITD, regional Centers displayed and shared literature with attendees from their respective locations across the state.  The BACITD provided information on our growing logistics program and on how we assist California business to expand internationally.

The Forum proved to be an ideal venue to meet Foreign Commercial Service Officers from U.S. embassies throughout the world. Further, it allowed the BACITD to connect with other industry exhibitors and conference attendees; thereby, expanding the network and establishing partnerships with numerous U.S. and Foreign businesses.

For more information on the CITD Global Logistics Program, please contact Yvonne Reid at or at 650-738-7098.

Article by Yvonne Reid

President’s Breakfast Draws More Than 400 Community Members        

President's BreakfastSkyline College hosted the 15th Annual President’s Breakfast on Thursday, March 19 at the South San Francisco Convention Center, drawing a crowd of over 400 people for an early morning breakfast fundraiser. Attendees gathered from all across northern San Mateo County, including representatives from national, state and local government; the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees; our sister colleges and fellow educators; and the local business community.

The President’s Breakfast is the primary fundraiser for the President’s Innovation Fund (PIF) which enables Skyline College to provide programs that expand students’ world view, ultimately making them more informed, engaged and responsible members of our community. Over the last 15 years, the PIF has made possible more than $308,000 in grants supporting 133 programs. Donations to the fund have enabled Skyline College faculty and staff to develop many of the dynamic programs and services that continue to benefit students and our community today.

After a live student performance of selections from Skyline College’s spring musical Grease, Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud took the podium to announce the President’s Innovation Fund Grant recipients for 2014-15. Speaking of the winners, past and present, Dr. Stroud stated, “The inspiration of the Skyline College faculty and staff to dream out loud and develop innovative programs that support student success never ceases to amaze me. Your dreams have become part of this institution.”

This year’s guest speaker, Skyline College alumnus and President’s Council member Damien Guzman, spoke about his own journey from struggling high school student to successful corporate attorney in Silicon Valley, and how his story of struggle, and overcoming his obstacles, was not a unique one.

“For some of us, education is not a straight line through which one progresses from grade school to grad school, perhaps on a path cleared by family tradition or financial support. Rather, for some of us, the path is full of obstacles and pitfalls where one wrong step often results in significant setbacks,” Guzman said. “This is where the President’s Innovation Fund truly shines.”

Guzman concluded by stating, “The programs made possible by the President’s Innovation Fund are immensely helpful. They work because they allow Skyline College to put into practice new ideas to engage students in the process of learning, enabling students to apply their newfound knowledge to the real world.”

Guzman’s remarks were followed by a video created by Bryan Kingston that featured interviews with students who had been affected by a PIF-funded program—specifically ASTEP, CIPHER, Hermanos, Kababayan and the Honors Transfer Program but with stories common to many other programs in the history of the PIF. The students each described how one of these programs had transformed their college experience, and changed their lives, demonstrating the clear effectiveness of programs started through the President’s Innovation Fund.

The event concluded with moving remarks from SMCCD Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Services and Enterprise Operations Tom Bauer, who through a deeply personal story of love and loss, stressed how a single action, at the right time and at the right place, can have a lasting and profound impact on an individual. The contributions made at the President’s Breakfast touch lives on a personal level, helping to transform educational experiences and create pathways to success for individual Skyline College students.

This year’s Breakfast successfully continued that mission.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick| Photos by Raul Guerra