Drive Smart, Walk Smart Campaign Aims to Increase Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

drive smart campaign logoAs a result of concerns raised at the Health and Safety Committee meeting and recent communication with the San Bruno Police Department, the college is embarking on an informational campaign, Drive Smart, Walk Smart to raise awareness and increase traffic and pedestrian safety on and around campus. We are asking for your assistance in getting the word out and setting a positive example for students.

Drive Smart

The San Bruno Police Department has indicated it has stepped up traffic enforcement in the area around campus and has taken a “zero tolerance” approach to speed and stop sign violations due to dozens of citizen complaints, 15 reported collisions over the last year and 3 since the new semester began. The main area of concern for drivers entering campus is the intersection of College Drive and Sheryl Drive.

Make sure to watch your speed, put down your phone, stop completely at all stop signs and keep your eyes on the road. Citations for moving violations like those being issued at Sheryl Drive and College Drive can cost a few hundred dollars, not to mention the cost of traffic school and/or increased insurance premiums.

Walk Smart

The crosswalk and stop sign in front of Pacific Heights, Building 14 where the two do not align is a main area of concern for pedestrians and vehicles. Please be mindful while driving and walking in this area. Cross only at cross walks on campus and walk only on sidewalks. Pay attention when crossing or driving near the crosswalks inside campus parking lots.

This message and campaign is part of a partnership with the San Bruno Police Department in an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and our neighbors. Drive Smart, Walk Smart and let’s be good neighbors.

Article by Cherie Colin

CTTL Announces Lee Mun Wah Employee Special Event

Lee Mun WahThe Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning recently announced the return of cross-cultural facilitator, Lee Mun Wah, on Flex Day, November 25, for “What We Do Not See: Exploring What We Leave at the Door.” Last year’s Lee Mun Wah employee special event received rave reviews and drew well over 100 participants, most of whom shared that the workshop had a profound impact on them and requested he return to Skyline College to facilitate another workshop.

This November 25, Lee Mun Wah will be back to lead a half-day seminar during which Skyline College employees will explore the many ways implicit and explicit biases affect our relationships and sense of safety. Different from last year’s presentation, the upcoming seminar will include a Racial Identity Assessment, and will help participants:

  • explore and critically dialogue about implicit and explicit bias
  • learn the importance of mindfully listening and culturally responding
  • notice the impact they have on others
  • learn how to de-escalate conflict/disagreement
  • learn how to be curious, instead of being defensive, adversarial, or in denial
  • take responsibility and work towards change

Lee Mun Wah believes when we value others for their uniqueness and differences, then we enhance the possibilities for our children and ourselves. He is the Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, an agency that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilita­tion, and conflict mediation techniques. Lee Mun Wah’s films include award-winning The Color of Fear, Stolen Ground, and Walking Each Other Home. Other films include Last Chance for Eden and, most recently, If These Halls Could Talk.

Seating for “What We Do Not See: Exploring What We Leave at the Door” is limited, and registration is required.  RSVP by November 18 via Eventbrite.  Contact Professional Development Coordinator, Nina L. Floro, at 650-738-4414 or floro@smccd.edu if you have any questions.

Article by Nina L. Floro

Career Pathways in Education Event Highlights Working with Children, Families

Career Pathways Event at Skyline CollegeThis past Tuesday, October 6, Skyline College ECE/EDU Department held its annual “Career Pathways in Education” event. This event was created to inform students about the many different career paths available to students interested in working with children and/or families.  There were over 90 students in attendance.

Our panelist of speakers included Maurice Goodman, President of the South San Francisco School Board and SMCCD Board of Trustees candidate; Julie Tucker, Program Specialist at South San Francisco Unified School District; Tyrone Jones Child Development Specialist and Director of Soccer Shots; and Nicole Farley School Counselor at Jefferson Elementary School and former Skyline College ECE/EDU student.

In addition to our inspiring panelist, Lavinia Zannassi from the Career Center also spoke about services at the Career Center.  Finally Lygia Stebbing, Director of EDvance Early Childhood Workforce Development Initiative, discussed the PATH Program at San Francisco State.

Article by Kristina Brower

Beta Theta Omicron Shines at Leadership Conference

Photo, from left: Chapter Historian Pauline Maccay, Chapter President Sam Reveles, Chapter vice-president of Operations Donway Sy

Photo, from left: Chapter Historian Pauline Maccay, Chapter President Sam Reveles, Chapter vice-president of Operations Donway Sy

Three Skyline College students presented a General Session at the Phi Theta Kappa Nevada/California Leadership Conference. The conference was held October 2-3 in Sacramento.

The Regional Board asked Sam Reveles, Pauline Maccay, and Donway Sy to present tips for success to the 150 Phi Theta Kappa members from other chapters at the conference. They were asked because the Skyline College chapter was the only Nevada/California chapter to receive international recognition for a College Project. Sam, Pauline, and Conway were active participants in the College Project. Skyline College’s Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named the 2015 Distinguished Chapter in the Nevada/California Region and the 2015 5th Most Distinguished Chapter at the international convention. The is the fifth regional distinguished chapter award and second international most distinguished chapter award for Skyline College.

The Phi Theta Kappa fall scholarship application is open. Please encourage students to apply.

Article by Christine Case

Partnership Resource Team (PRT) Invited to Assist in Improving Institutional Effectiveness

A Team of community college professionals from around the CCC system has been invited to Skyline College as part of the technical assistance made available through the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). Skyline College submitted a Letter of Interest in August of this year inviting a Team to assist the college. This Partnership Resource Team (PRT) will make three visits to the campus, with the first one occurring on November 30.

The PRT will meet with representatives and stakeholders from all constituencies on campus in order to engage in dialogue and offer assistance. Skyline College has specifically requested assistance in the areas of 1) integrated planning and resource allocation and 2) enrollment management, particularly in light of the District’s recent transition to community supported status and the newly implemented resource allocation model. Additionally, the PRT has been asked to provide input on the College’s Distance Education program in light of the most recent accreditation Self-Evaluation Study and subsequent recommendation scheduled to be addressed in the upcoming accreditation Mid-Term Report.

Representatives from the Academic and Classified Senates, the SPARC, and the management team will meet individually and in small groups to discuss Skyline College’s areas of interest for technical assistance. There will be two additional visits scheduled for the team, likely to take place in the spring semester. As part of the IEPI and as a result of the PRT technical assistance, Skyline College can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding to help support implementation of strategies identified to improve institutional effectiveness. Any questions about the IEPI or the PRT visit can be directed to the Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) at ext. 4454 or mcveana@smccd.edu. More information on the IEPI and PRTs can be found at http://www3.canyons.edu/Offices/IEPI/index.html.

Article by Aaron McVean

SparkPoint Awards 25 Grove Scholars for Fall 2015

Wall of FameThe Grove Scholarship Program celebrates its tenth successful semester- awarding 25 new and continuing Career and Technical Education (CTE) scholars in Fall 2015. Recipients were selected on a competitive basis amongst approximately 110 applications from diverse academic programs. On September 24, 2015 the selected students met in the Career Services Center to complete the Grove Scholarship orientation. The orientation gave participants an overview of the expectations for the Grove Scholars Program which include: the maintenance of a 75% completion rate, 2.0 GPA, enrollment in at least one CTE course, financial workshop attendance and participation in the student Awards Ceremony. The orientation additionally, highlighted SparkPoint Center services such as: benefits access, personal financial classes available for college credit, food pantry, and the Career Services Center. A celebratory lunch was served to congratulate recipients.

Grove scholarships are funded by a generous $125,000 grant from the Grove Foundation eponymously named after Andy Grove, a founder of Intel Group Corporation. Each scholarship is worth up to $2,000 per semester and $4,000 of funding per school year per eligible participant.

Please forward any questions regarding the Grove Scholarship program to Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu or to grovescholar@smccd.edu.

Article by Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu and photos by Angelita Gajeton

Reflections from Cuba: The Study Abroad Experience

students in cubaJoin SMCCCD Study Abroad for our session “Reflections from Cuba: The Study Abroad Experience” on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The session is located in Room 6202 in Building 6 at Skyline College.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear from students who have recently returned from Cuba with Skyline College Professor John Ulloa’s Life and Culture of the Local Area: Cuba course this past summer. The session provides student reflections of their Study Abroad experience in Havana, Cuba in August 2015. Professor John Ulloa will present the study abroad experience and four student panelists will also provide their reflections on the course, life and culture of Cuba.

Please join us and bring your ideas, thoughts and questions as we learn for future study abroad experiences.

Article by Alina Din | Photo by John Ulloa

Goodwill Industries Warehousing and Logistics Orientation

Goodwill Industries ClassThe Skyline College Workforce Development Program and Goodwill Industries welcomed their Fall 2015 Warehousing and Logistics cohort during orientation on September 24, 2015. The orientation was facilitated by Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) Interim Program Services Coordinator, Jeremy Evangelista, and invited guest speakers from SparkPoint, Guardian Scholars, and the Dean of Business Education & Professional Programs (BEPP), Christine Roumbanis, to share some of the resources and opportunities available on campus.

The Workforce Development and BEPP partnership with Goodwill Industries awards certificates in Warehousing and Logistics to students wishing to reenter the workforce. For many of the Goodwill students, this is their first time in a college environment. The orientation includes the students enrolling into their class (BUS 269), meeting their dedicated counselor, visiting Financial Aid, touring the college grounds and receiving their Skyline College identification cards from ASCCC. This 10-week course concludes with a graduation that will be held at the Goodwill Industries Headquarters in San Francisco.

Article by Monique Hernandez | Photo by Troy Barros

Helping the Homeless to Look and Feel Their Best

homeless connectEvery few months in San Francisco, the 6,000-plus residents of the city who live on the sidewalks, in parks and in shelters, have one day to get free care and services. Project Homeless Connect makes it possible to call family and friends, get tested for diseases, take an animal companion to the vet, and get a free haircut. On Wednesday, September 23, fifteen students from the Salon & Spa at Skyline College donated their time and efforts to help homeless people feel like themselves again.

According to SF Gate, more than 6,600 people in San Francisco are “visibly homeless,” which means they live on the street or in a shelter. Even more city dwellers are in transitional housing programs or staying temporarily with friends or family. A lack of permanent address and phone number often make it difficult to receive care or communicate. Created in 2004 by then-mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Department of Public Health, PHC offers vital services to homeless people including dental care, reading glasses, phone and computer use, government ID, legal advice, HIV and STI testing, groceries, and veterinary care for pets.

Although many Skyline College students live in San Francisco and see homeless people on the street, this event put the problem in a human context. While touching, talking to and grooming clients, suddenly the perspective changed. During the day of service, our students made real connections, learning the personal stories of lives both before and during periods of homelessness. Injury, illness or mental instability can act as catalysts and quickly drain finances and resources, with the end result of losing a home and a job. To know that in a practical sense is one thing, but in an emotional sense it is quite another.

By the end of the day, the whole team was hot and tired and covered with hair clippings. But student faces were beaming with pride and accomplishment, having made a genuine connection. As a group they unanimously agreed to participate at the next Project Homeless Connect.

Article by Lynsey Hemstreet

Transfer Conference Another Success

students at transfer conference 2The 4th annual Transfer Conference held on Saturday, September 26 was yet another success. Over 130 students registered for the event and over 100 students were in attendance.

The conference is designed to provide students with connections to resources and support services that support their transfer and to provide them access to information about the transfer process. Through workshops presented by Financial Aid, the Career Center, and the Transfer Center, students learned about financial aid for transfer students, how to take their majors and transition them into careers, and how to have a successful transfer process.

The day started out with Student Panel focus groups where students had the opportunity to meet with former Skyline College students who have traversed the transfer path from here to their universities of choice. We had eight alumni join us as panelists! Students expressed that they learned from these panelists, like the importance of meeting with a counselor every semester and what student life is like in other UCs and CSUs. Additionally, students found the Financial Aid workshops very beneficial as they also learned of all the resources available to them and specific details about financial aid and their transfer. Overall the conference was informative and helped make connections to resources on campus that students were not aware of.

Students at Transfer Conference 1In attendance during our tabling hour were university representatives from Palo Alto University and San Francisco State University. Additionally, learning community and student support services from Associated Students of Skyline College, First Year Experience, TRiO, Early Childhood Education, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, and the Career Center were present to showcase their services to students to help bring awareness to the various types of support students have to help them access the help they need to make transfer happen.

Overall the event was a success and some students who entered into our giveaway were able to walk away with college gear! One student, Anna Pastor, won a tablet that our Skyline College Bookstore manager Kevin Chak generously donated for the event.

This event was ultimately a success thanks to all the supportive volunteers, faculty, and staff who helped set up and participate overall in the event. We extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who participated this past weekend.

Article and Photos by Michele Haggar