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Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in the Faculty Evaluations Training

The Skyline College Evaluation Guidance Committee would like to invite all faculty and education administrators for a training that will cover the new guidelines and process in place for faculty evaluations (Appendix G of the faculty contract). Timelines, observations, student surveys, dean’s assessments, mandatory self-assessments and portfolios will be reviewed. The training, while beneficial for all, will be especially helpful for those being evaluated, serving as evaluators and/or serving on Division Evaluation Committees in the spring semester.

The training will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. in Building 4, Room 4148. Professor Kate Browne, Professor Joaquin Rivera, and Dean Joe Morello will facilitate the training in collaboration with the CTTL and Professional Development Coordinator, Nina L. Floro. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Joe Morello at (650) 738-4271 or by email at morelloj@smccd.edu.

Article by Joe Morello

Chinese New Year Celebration a Success, Events Continue Next Week

Speaker SeriesThe 2015 Skyline College Chinese New Year celebration was another success that drew many participants. The February 23 event featured President Regina Stanback Stroud’s rousing welcoming speech, an exciting Lion dance, a Kung Fu showcase by the Shaolin Culture Center of San Mateo, a Chinese food fest and a traditional Chinese movie.

The event was hosted by the Skyline College Asian Studies Center along with the International Student Program.  The event was funded thanks to the President’s Innovation Fund. Dr. Hui Pate served as the Emcee during the festivities.

The Skyline College Asian Studies Center and International Trade program are hosting an executive Speaker Series on Monday, March 2 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in Building 4. Principal Zhang of Hebei No. 42 High School, Hebei Province, China will provide a presentation on intercultural communication through her first-hand experience working with both inbound international students and outbound Chinese students. Participants will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with her 10 Chinese student delegates.

Article by Hui Pate

Transfer Advocate Career Panel & Program Orientation

Transfer Advocate PanelThe Transfer Advocate Program has teamed up with Counseling 100 Faculty to host Transfer Advocate Career Panels. Through the panels, students have learned about the educational paths and experiences of our faculty and staff Transfer Advocates. Students have asked insightful questions and have walked away from the panels learning more about themselves and about how they think about their futures.

Students received assignments to reach out to Transfer Advocates on campus who either attended the campus of their choice or have a major or career that the student is interested in. The first two panels were hosted on February 18 and 25 and the final panel of the semester will be on Tuesday, March 10.

On Wednesday, February 25, the Transfer Center hosted its second Transfer Advocate Program Orientation. A new group of advocates was oriented to the program, moving the program closer to its goal of reaching 100 advocates on campus. Currently, the program has just over 50 participants, including President Stanback Stroud!

Are you interested in becoming a Transfer Advocate or hosting a panel in one of your classes?  Please contact Michele Haggar at haggarm@smccd.edu.

Article and photo submitted by Suzanne Poma

WOW! Voices Now Event Celebrates Creative Writing at Skyline College

WOW EventSkyline College faculty, staff, and students welcomed writers and readers from throughout the Bay Area to the campus on Saturday, February 21 for WOW! Voices Now, an annual literary event showcasing the accomplishments of women writers.  Kathleen McClung, adjunct professor of English, served as creative director and event coordinator for the sixth year.

More than eighty audience members of all ages listened closely to keynote speakers Natalie Baszile and Eileen Malone as they presented their work and engaged in lively Q&A.  Baszile read from her debut novel, Queen Sugar, which focuses on an urban African-American woman and her daughter who move from Los Angeles to Louisiana after inheriting a sugar cane farm.  Baszile spoke movingly about the eleven-year period she spent working on the novel and the strategies she used to persist in her creative project.  She spoke one-on-one with audience members and signed dozens of copies of her novel, which is being adapted to a television series by executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay.

Eileen Malone, author of I Should Have Given Them Water and Letters with Taloned Claws, has published over 500 poems in literary journals and anthologies and has won numerous awards, including three Pushcart Prizes.  She serves as a writing contest director, television interviewer, book reviewer, and mental health activist.  During her presentation, she read a series of powerful poems ranging in tone from fierce to tender to funny, and she spoke of the essential, often healing role that writing plays for people struggling with mental illness or substance abuse within families.  As she signed books, she provided information about the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, which she founded and directs. She encouraged WOW participants to submit entries and attend the annual awards reading at the San Francisco Main Library in March.

Skyline College creative writing professors Katharine Harer and Rob Williams presented awards to outstanding creative writing students Erin Perry and Daniela Tabora, who each read original poems and received enthusiastic ovations from the crowd, along with gift bags containing books and certificates. WOW! Founder Marijane Datson told the audience that the ISA Awards honor the memory of Isabelle (Isa) Maynard, a featured author at the first WOW! Conference in 2003 whose creative accomplishments spanned many decades and literary genres.

Fourteen writers, including Skyline College creative writing professors Jessica Powers and Rob Williams, read poems, short stories and memoirs during the open reading.  Professor Harer emceed this portion of the program, which featured pieces ranging from meditations on banana slugs, cats, and horses to narratives of transcendent moments in hospitals and churches.

One Skyline College student said about the event, “Not only did it inspire me to start writing more and devote more time to the craft, but it also refreshed my passion to be able to make it to the stage as well. I want to be up there—hopefully someday soon—reading my writing out loud to an audience.”

Thanks to Mary Gutiérrez, Dean of Language Arts, and Kevin Chak, Skyline Bookstore Manager, as well as WOW! Ambassadors Priscilla Schwartz, Valerie Malliett, Tom McAninley, and caterer John Alvergue.

Article by Kathleen McClung | Photo by Tom McAninley

TRiO Celebrates 50 Years at National TRIO Day

Trio Day 1 On Saturday, February 11, approximately 100 students from the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program planned and participated in an all-day National TRiO Day conference at Cañada College. The event celebrated five decades of TRiO programs nationwide.

According to the 1968 Congressional resolution, National TRiO Day is meant to “[focus the nation’s] attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country.” The day was also commemorated on social media, using Twitter, under the national hashtag of #NTD2015.

National TRiO Day highlights included:

  • A keynote address/Q&A with TRiO alumnus—and youngest city council member in California history—Stanford adjunct Michael Tubbs;
  • Student panels meant to raise awareness and draw attention to best practices among TRiO students and staff;
  • A resource and college fair that featured several programs from Skyline College including Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management;
  • Professional workshops that aimed to address key issues germane to first-generation, low-income, and disabled students including text anxiety, alumni transition into four-year institutions, and personal statement writing.

Trio Day 1Upcoming trips include a visit to Santa Clara University on Friday, March 6, a Student Empowerment Conference at Stanford University on Saturday, April 4, and a day of service in partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank on Friday, April 3. TRiO Students may register with the TRiO office in the Learning Center in Building 5.

Trio Day 1**NOTE: TRiO is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Spaces are limited, so qualified first-generation, four-year degree bound students are encouraged to apply by visiting the TRiO-SSS office in the Learning Center in Building 5, or online on our website www.skylinecollege.edu/trio.

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh

African American Experience and Social Justice Panel Continues Dialogue

African American Experience 1The Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) hosted an African American Experience and Social Justice Panel on Thursday, February 19, in honor of African American Heritage Month. The panel featured Skyline College student Dessaline Douglas, ASSC President Nicole Harris, Professor Paul Bolick and Dr. Tony Jackson. ASSC Commissioner of Activities, Marlon Gaytan Jr. organized the event and facilitated the discussion.

Each panelist offered a unique perspective on what it means to be a black American in today’s social climate. Some of the topics that were discussed include the Black Lives Matter movement in Oakland, the psychological anxieties regarding the traumatic effects of racism, an analysis of the media as a biased reporter on political issues and praise for Skyline College as a leader in multicultural education and social justice advocacy.

African American Experience 1The ninety-minute panel was well-attended with students interested in learning about contemporary social issues. The discussion sparked a lively Q & A session at the end of the event with thoughtful questions about how the young generation can keep momentum going for social justice.

Skyline College student Davante Cade summarized the event in honor of African American Heritage Month as “insightful and informative.”

Article by Marlon Gaytan Jr. | photos by Albert Ramos and John Saenz

Afia Walking Tree Comes to Skyline College to Lead Students in a Unique Drum Djam

Drum Circle 1 On Monday, February 23, the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) hosted a drum circle with activist, educator and performer Afia Walking Tree. Students had the opportunity to play authentic, African percussion instruments for a 90-minute session. A map of Africa was projected as a visual aid for the stories that were told about the African Diaspora. Afia Walking Tree also spoke about the history of drums and drumming, their cultural-historical significance, African greetings and call and response, their empowering affects, and how rural life added value to the drum as a musical instrument, a medium for communication, and even as a vessel for storing valuables.

Skyline College student Jay Miller said he learned about “the history behind the drum in Africa and how it translated across different continents.”

Drum Circle 2The ASSC promoted the event in a lively fashion, carrying large drums into the Fireside Dining Room and spontaneously pounding rhythms that caught the attention of students. The energy during the event was exciting, soulful and so loud that the music resonated all through Building 6.

Skyline College student Vanessa Aragon said she felt “alive and empowered.”

The Drum Djam was definitely a memorable event and will keep our hearts beating in unity as a Skyline College community.

Article by Marlon Gaytan Jr. | Photos by John Saenz and Albert Ramos

“Leading On” with Cutting Edge Career Connections and Hilary Clinton

Resume Review ProgramSkyline College’s Career Services Center team was invited to participate in the Resume Review program at the inaugural 2015 Lead On Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The sold-out event for over 5,000 attendees was designed to offer insights and practical advice about career connections, development, and advocacy. Local and international senior executives, entrepreneurs, and authors convened to provide a forum for dialogue and networking with over 100 thought leaders and industry experts.

The highlight of the conference was Hilary Clinton’s luncheon keynote address.  During her first U.S. speech of the year, the former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady urged the audience to continue progress toward paid family leave, equal pay for women, affordable childcare, and greater diversity in the workforce – especially in the male-dominated technology industry. Though she made no definitive comments about her highly anticipated run for the White House in 2016, when asked whether she would consider a second attempt at the Presidency, Clinton remarked, “All in good time. There’s a lot to think about, let me tell you.”

Article and Photo by Lavinia Zanassi

Cosmetology Department Celebrates African American History Month

Cosmo EventOn February 25, as part of African American History Month, the Cosmetology Department presented a special program entitled “Moments in Black History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Stan Nash, owner of Milstan Thermal Products, spoke about pioneers in the black haircare industry.  Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud attended the event to receive an award for “Level 5 Leadership,” a concept from Jim Collins’ book Good to Great, from Coordinator Kym Jackson. A Level 5 Leader is someone who combines genuine personal humility with intense professional will to set an example of compassionate excellence.

Last week several Cosmetology students had the privilege of a private interview with Dr. Stanback Stroud, in which she answered questions about motivation, success, her legacy and the transformative power of Black hairstyles. In particular Cosmetology’s African-American students were excited and inspired to meet her and they shared their experience at the Moments in Black History event.

Our commemoration of Black History Month also included a pamphlet detailing African hairstyles, African-American inventors of haircare products and tools, and a fashion show featuring looks from the 1920’s through today.

Article by Linsey Hemstreet

CCSF Students Talk about Their Research During Science in Action Presentation

Science in ActionThis past Monday the Science in Action series had a set of exciting and inspiring speakers.   Vanessa Cota and David Ruvalcaba were both CCSF students who started to do research for the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at SFSU, then continued with their research as they transferred to SFSU.  The Science in Action Series is a unique way for students to not only learn about some cutting edge science, but also to hear the personal stories of scientists who are starting their careers and are only a few years ahead of Skyline College students.

Vanessa’s path to the sciences is an interesting one, since her original degree was in Theater Arts.  After working in her field she decided to go back to school and study science. She came back to community college to take science classes and started practicing science with the Bridge to Baccalaureate program. Her participation in the program allowed her to get paid to do science rather than work in a retail job and she was then able to matriculate directly into the graduate program at SF State.

Vanessa told a story about how she is inspired to do her job. On the door to her laboratory is a sign that says “today it will work.” This inspires her to continue to do her research during the day. If things do not work the same doorway has a sign on the back that reads “tomorrow it will work,” letting her know that if she continues to work towards her goal she will eventually achieve it.

The Science in Action Series will continue through the semester with talks on Monday, March 2 in Building 7, Room 7106 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., when we will host Dr. Steven Weinstein, who will also talk about the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at SFSU and how students can apply to get paid to work in a lab and do research over the summer. See the list of upcoming events.

Photo from left to right: Skyline College students Daniel Messier, and Osama Ibrahim; Speakers David Ruvalcaba and Vanessa Cota; Student Pricsilla Sanchez and in the back is Patricio Trejo Lerdo.

Story and Photo by Nick Kapp