San Bruno Chamber Hosts Installation and State of the City Address

San Bruno Chamber of CommerceThe San Bruno Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Installation of Officers and State of the City Address luncheon on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Skyline College. Over 90 community members attended the event in the Fireside Dining Room. Skyline College is proud to host the annual event as it has become a tradition. Twenty-six employees of Skyline College attended the event to support Pcyeta Stroud, who was installed as a San Bruno Chamber Board of Directors member representing Skyline College. We certainly demonstrated how committed our college is to being a partner of the City and the Chamber.

Attendees enjoyed a lunch buffet courtesy of Pacific Dinning and were welcomed by Jamie Monozon, CEO of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce. Marty Medina, Vice Mayor of the City of San Bruno led the Pledge of Allegance and Pat Neilson, 2015 Chairman of the Board for the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce reviewed the myriad accomplishments the chamber realized in the last year. Some of the accomplishments mentioned include the most well attended and successful Taste of San Bruno event in the history of the chamber and a stellar Chamber of Commerce staff who support the agenda of the board members without fail.

The Mayor of San Bruno gave the State of the City Address, focusing on the plans for the funds available as a result of the PG&E pipeline explosion which promoted the establishment of the San Bruno Community Foundation and the exciting new development plans for the transit corridor on San Mateo Ave. He also announced that construction will begin shortly on a multi-story housing and retail building on the former site of the movie theater on San Mateo Ave.

A special presentation of proclamations to recognize the dedication and service on the board of Cherie Colin from Skyline College and Gwen Daly were presented by Marc Hershman from Senator Jerry Hill’s office, Ben Cohn from Assemblyman Kevin Mullin’s office and David Burruto from Supervisor Dave Pine’s office.

Mayor Jim Ruane conducted the installation ceremony of the new and returning San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Board Members including:

  • Barbara Einsiedl, Gordon Associates
  • Scott Hart, PG&E
  • Josie McHale, Mac Cutting Boards
  • Caitlin Niedermyer, YouTube
  • Patrick Nielsen, Pat Nielsen Consulting
  • Joey Oliva, Marshall Realty
  • Robert Reichel, San Bruno Patch
  • Dennis Sammut, Artichoke Joes
  • Pcyeta Stroud, Skyline College
  • Max Wain, Noori’s Restaurant
  • Shannon Welch-Moore, Welch Family Partners

Skyline College looks forward to hosting this important community event for years to come.

Article by Cherie Colin

“Skyline College Promise” Focal Point of Spring 2016 Opening Day

Dr. Stanback StroudSpeaking to a crowd of faculty and staff gathered in the Theater, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud opened the Spring 2016 semester with inspiring words and a challenge to the entire college.

Her remarks focused on the development of a “Skyline College Promise” – a unified, comprehensive plan that ensures the College takes concrete, measurable steps to meet its goals, while continuing to fulfill its obligation to each and every student. It is a promise for the future, and one that is shared between every member of the Skyline College community, but at its highest level, it is designed to ensure students “Get in. Get through. Get out…on time!”

This Promise – an ongoing project in development over the next year – will combine input from students, faculty and staff with data from across the community in order to expand and build out this commitment that will serve as a guiding principle for the College in the years to come.

A Skyline College Promise Forum followed Dr. Stroud’s remarks and focused on each of the three core principles of the Promise: Get In, Get Through and Get Out.

Several panels, comprised of College faculty and staff, spoke to the successes of the college in working towards these principles over the past year.

TRiO has spearheaded the creation of a Summer Scholars Program – a four-week transformational life and career planning course that incorporates Math and English workshops, built-in supplemental instruction, and a focus on how students can build their own future.

A college-wide movement, led particularly by the Math and English Departments have worked to revamp the Placement Test rules and requirements in order to ensure they aren’t unnecessarily hindering student progress and are accurately placing them in correct classes. In some cases, that meant developing alternative placement measures that bypassed placement tests.

The Counseling Department is working to help students choose a major and work out an effective Educational Plan within their first semester through their “Dare to Declare” campaign. And the development of pathway guides will help students navigate a clear path towards the most popular educational goals.

All of these initiatives, and many more, are moving the College towards fulfilling its Promise to its students. As we enter the new semester, all of us are challenged to think critically about how we, as faculty and staff, are called to do the same, every single day.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Essay by Dr. Stanback Stroud Featured in New Book on America’s Financial Future

What Its Worth Book CoverSkyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud has authored an essay on education featured in a new book titled What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation.

Her essay, titled When Colleges Get It Right, Students Succeed, is one of 30 essays authored by experts from across a broad range of fields. What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face, the enormous creativity and innovation already happening to increase financial well-being, and how we can implement proven and emerging solutions.

The book makes clear why every household’s financial health matters for the U.S. economy to thrive.

Read more about What It’s Worth at the What It’s Worth website.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

ISP Welcomes New International Students!

ISP OrientationThe International Student Program (ISP) hosted a series of orientations to welcome new international students for the spring 2016 semester. The first orientation was held in December last year, and the second one was hosted on January 11 and 12. ISP plans to conduct three more orientations for late arrivals later this month. This will add approximately 50 new international students to the campus community. The new international students are coming from 20 countries. The top 4 sending countries are China, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Myanmar. According to the survey ISP conducted during the orientations, the majority of the new students first heard about Skyline College through their friends and families. This was also the reason why they chose to come to the College among many other choices.

The past two orientations included a variety of ice breaker activities and presentations, placement tests and counseling, and a welcome party. In addition to the ISP staff, a total of six orientation leaders helped welcome new international students. Representing five different countries, the orientation leaders are current Skyline College international students who volunteered their time for the event. One of the orientation leaders from Nepal was amazed how many Nepalese students the College is welcoming this semester. Another orientation leader from China noted that he was glad to help fellow Chinese students with various questions. Having the current international students involved in the orientation certainly made a difference in engaging the new students in the campus community.

ISP wishes to thank Eugene Whitlock, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and General Counsel, and Dr. Tammy Robinson, Interim Dean, Global Learning Programs and Services for delivering opening remarks for our new international students during the spring 2016 Orientation.

ISP will continue to provide services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu or call (650) 738-7021.

Article by Chikako Walker | Photo by William Nacouzi

Study Abroad Program Receives Record Number of Applications for London Fall 2016 Semester Abroad

london red busThe San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Office has received over 30 applications for the fall 2016 semester in London. SMCCCD Study Abroad participates in the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and three community college districts. There are 14 students who have been approved for the program. Cañada College professor, Salumeh Eslamieh and the Study Abroad Office coordinated information sessions across the District at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College about the program during the fall 2015 semester.

According to Alina Din, Study Abroad Program Services Coordinator, who interviewed 14 of the approved students at Skyline College, “We started outreach efforts early for London since students need to plan ahead with their student educational plans, apply for study abroad scholarships and budget for a semester abroad program.”

The priority deadline for students to apply for London is April 22, 2016. SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed at the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about the program, please visit the SMCCCD Study Abroad website or contact Zaid Ghori at ghoriz@smccd.edu.

Article and photo by Zaid Ghori.

Guardian Scholars Invited to Attend the John Burton Foundation Gala

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Featured left to right: Harmonie Taylor, Erlinda Marques (Linda), Calvonnia Kelly (Cece), Soledad McCarthy, Latisha Truvillion, Dominique Bill, Kailee Torres-Magat, Tia Holiday

Students in the Guardian Scholars Program at Skyline College were invited to attend a gala sponsored by the John Burton Foundation celebrating former Senator, John Burton’s 85th birthday on December 10, 2015.

Students enjoyed getting pampered by the Skyline College Cosmetology Department, sharing an elegant three course meal at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel with Guardian Scholars from other colleges, and sharing their unique stories and academic successes with John Burton Foundation donors.

Based in San Francisco, the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes works state-wide to improve the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster and homeless youth.

The Guardian Scholars Program would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Skyline College Cosmetology Department, their students and instructors for donating their time and care to our Guardian Scholars to make them look and feel their best for the evening.

Article and Photo by Tia Holiday

 

 

 

 

Goodwill Industries Warehousing and Logistics Orientation

Goodwill industries orientationThe Skyline College Workforce Development Program and Goodwill Industries welcomed their Spring 2016 Warehousing and Logistics cohort during orientation on January 7, 2016. The orientation was facilitated by Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) Program Services Coordinator, Jeremy Evangelista, and invited guest speakers from SparkPoint and Guardian Scholars.

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 and photo by Monique Hernandez

Business Coaching at the BAEC!

baec logoThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) is now offering one-on-one business coaching in partnership with the San Mateo Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Starting this month, appointments will be available for two days a week with an SBDC counselor to assist clients with preliminary stages of business development.

The BAEC is a business development incubator and resource center, serving the small and start-up business community.   In addition to business resources, the BAEC offers competitive rates on conference, meeting and event space.  Click here to check out our offerings on LiquidSpace.

The BAEC is open, to the public, Monday thru Friday from 9am – 5pm.  For more information, please contact baec@smccd.edu and visit us at www.skylinebaec.org.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Women’s Basketball Defeats San Jose City College

Skyline College Women’s Basketball battled Wednesday night to defeat San Jose City College and move into second place in the Coast Conference.  The Trojans played from behind for most of the first half before a Victoria Langi put-back tied the game at 29.  The Trojans took charge early in the third quarter on back-to-back three pointers by Alyssa Dela Cruz.  Skyline College stretched their lead to 13 before San Jose forced some turnovers to make a run of their own.  Clutch rebounding and scoring from Charme Noordzee and Stephanie Allen as well as good free throw shooting down the stretch by Dana Michaels and Arianna Sheehy clinched a 64-51 victory.  Stephanie Allen led all scorers with 23 points and all rebounders with 14.  Skyline College travels to Chabot Friday for a 5pm game.

Article by Christopher Watters

November 2016 Flex Day Workshops: Practical and Thought-Provoking

Flex day workshopAs part of Professional Development/Flex Day on Wednesday, November 25, the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning organized a day of professional development activities for faculty, staff, and administrators.  In addition to the special event featuring Lee Mun Wah’s seminar, What We Do Not See: Exploring What We Leave at the Door,” the PRIE office and Skyline College’s Public Safety Office facilitated two concurrent workshops after a delicious lunch event catered by Pacific Dining.

Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, Aaron McVean, and Zahra Mojtahedi, Planning & Research Analyst, co-facilitated an excellent and thought-provoking presentation titled, “The Missing First Semester Student: What Can We Do?” The presenters posited that every Fall semester approximately 2,500 students, representing one quarter of all students, experience Skyline College for the first time, but by the following semester, only a little over half of those students return. The presenting team led a discussion around that claim, and presented data to help attendees begin the discussion about who those students are and what some of the critical factors are that impact their success and retention.

The second workshop that day featured Skyline College’s Public Safety Chief Jim Vangele, and Consultant Tom Maloney. During the “Campus Crisis Training” workshop, the facilitators focused on what to do when a crisis occurs in the classroom or on campus. When an emergency occurs, it is critical that employees take immediate steps to protect themselves, their students, co-workers, and other people on campus. Some takeaways of this workshop encompassed Immediate Action Responses so that staff can follow specific directions without having to learn extensive protocols for each of several dozen different emergency situations.

Do you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to see offered, or would you like to facilitate one? Contact the CTTL at skylinecttl@smccd.edu.

Article by Ricardo Flores