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The 10th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN): Ang Pag-uwi

Perfomers and crew from pilipino cultural nightOn May 7 and 9, 2015, this year’s Pilipino Cultural Night production Ang Pag-uwi (The Journey Home) followed a fictional, extended family as they traveled by boat to the Philippines from the United States after a nuclear fallout. The group believed that it was worth the journey to find out if they would reach the Philippines or end up sailing forever searching for a better future. The story was written by the English 103/203 AK class under the supervision of head writer CJ Navalta. The students performed two shows, a Preview Night and Gala Night, to an audience of their peers, family members, and PCN alumni. On Gala Night, after the show, the Kababayan Learning Community celebrated three Friends of Kababayan Scholarships and 22 graduates and transfer students. Students were awarded graduation stoles and program patches. The Kababayan Learning Community also awarded the departing Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for 2014-2015, Edward “Tim” Nubla, with his own stole and program patch.

Ang Pag-uwi is the 10th Annual PCN and the first instructed by Janice Sapigao, following Liza Erpelo’s nine years of teaching the course. Grace Burns will begin teaching English 103/203: Applied English Skills in Cultural Production in Fall 2015 as well as English 104/204 in Spring 2015.

A limited number of the Ang Pag-uwi hooded sweatshirts ($30) are still available, and the DVDs of the Gala Night show ($15) will be on sale in a few weeks. Please contact Janice Sapigao at or x7161 if you are interested in purchasing either of these items. All proceeds from the show go toward future productions and activities for the Kababayan Learning Community and its very active and dynamic student-initiated and student-run programs: Filipino Student Union and Kapatiran Mentorship Program.

This show would not be possible without the help and support of several important people: Kababayan Learning Community advisors, Grace Burns, Liza Erpelo, Melanie Espinueva, Kent Gomez and Nate Nevado. Many thanks to Theater Events Manager Joshua Harris, Dance Professor Amber Steele for teaching and providing a space for PCN students’ dance rehearsals; Kevin Chak in the Bookstore; Amanda Bortoli and the students in Graphic Arts/Production; Rob Williams for your support during National Poetry Month events; Cherie Colin in Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations; the Associated Students of Skyline College, and our deans and their assistants: Mary Gutierrez and Kennya Ruiz, Donna Bestock and Kathy Fitzpatrick, Joe Morello and Sandra Hatzistratis, and Angélica Garcia and Nadia Tariq. Thanks for your support.

Article by Janice Sapigao | Photos by Venus Cayabyab and Liza Erpelo

Skyline College Students Win with YEP!

YEP WinnersOn May 13, 2015, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Skyline College (YEP) hosted its 6th bi-annual Student Business Plan Competition. This year, YEP received twenty business plan submissions – our largest competition to date!  Out of all the entries, ten businesses advanced on to the Final’s Round for a chance to present their ideas before a panel of industry judges.  In order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the Spring 2015 Student Business Plan Competition winners are:

  • J’s Automotive, A women-owned and operated automotive business.
  • Montego Bay, A down-home Jamaican restaurant.
  • Fortune Cookie Empire, A new spin on an old favorite, the fortune cookie.

Congratulations to all of our winners!! 

The Student Business Plan Competition has grown to include more participants, stronger business ideas and ever-increasing involvement with the campus and community.  The Competition provides coaching and mentoring to the students, in addition to external resources and support. YEP has also been fortunate to partner with the Business Division, specifically, the Small Business Management course (BUS 150), for additional support and participation.  As a testament to such a collaboration, two of this year’s winners were also enrolled in the course.

In addition to the cash awards, student receive valuable feedback and advice form the judges. Our judges all hail from various business backgrounds and companies, and include business owners, tech company executives, branding consultants and public speaking experts. Students participating in YEP receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring from YEP staff, local business owners and faculty to help refine ideas and develop other transferable skills.

On behalf of  YEP and the Global Learning Division, we would like to thank the President’s Innovation Fund for providing support, through its network and funding, for this program-we look forward to their continued support.  We also want to thank Skyline College students, administrators, faculty and staff for their support of YEP and this year’s Competition!

For more information on the Student Business Plan Competition or on how to be involved in YEP, please contact Pcyeta Stroud:

Article by Pcyeta Stroud

Experience Hospitality: Creating Awareness of Post-Secondary Career Pathways in Hospitality

Experience Hospitality Poster On May 4, 2015, the Bay Region Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) Initiative housed at Skyline College participated in Experience Hospitality: Sacramento 2015, a California outreach event for students studying hospitality and culinary arts in high school. Experience Hospitality was held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and ended with a lunch reception at the Wedgewood at the Sterling Hotel. This event invited approximately 200 Northern California high school ProStart students to a unique one-day experience in efforts to increase their knowledge of educational pathways in college while highlighting the diversity of careers in the hospitality industry.

In addition, students were provided with resources to continue their hospitality and culinary education and careers beyond high school. The event included an education fair that showcased the community college system and the various California State Universities (CSU) with programs in Hospitality Management. CSUs present included CSU East Bay, San Jose State, Chico State, and Sacramento State. Andrea Vizenor, Bay Region Deputy Sector Navigator for RHT, was in attendance representing Skyline College and California Community Colleges. The event also featured a CSU Hospitality Management student panel, a behind the scenes walking tour of various local hospitality venues in Sacramento, a tourism presentation from Visit California and a networking lunch. During the networking lunch, Vizenor gave a presentation on newly developed Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Skyline College, the many degree options in the California Community College system, and the opportunity of Associate Transfer Degrees into CSU institutions.

Experience Hospitality SpeakerThis event was hosted by the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) and the California State University’s Hospitality Management Educational Initiative (CSU HMEI) with sponsorship from The California Community Colleges and Visit California. CRAEF and CSU HMEI hosts a Northern and Southern California events in order to reach high school students pursuing this educational pathway throughout the state of California.

For more information, please contact Andrea Vizenor at

Article and Photo by Elizabeth Tablan

TRiO All-Stars Rock!

TRiO Grads On Friday, May 8, 2015 TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) held its annual “End of the Year Celebration” recognizing 61 TRiO graduate and transfer students, also known as our TRiO All-Stars! A total of 61 TRiO students were acknowledged for their academic accomplishments and active participation in the program.  Our transfer students were accepted at institutions such as UC Berkeley, SFSU, CSU-East Bay, SJSU, USF, UCLA, CSU-Long Beach, and UC Santa Cruz.  Students, family members and Skyline College administrators, faculty, and staff enjoyed a wonderful dinner catered by La Tapatia while they enjoyed a TRiO slideshow that recapped events that took place during the past year.  The event brought out more than 150 attendees.

Nate Nevado, Interim TRiO Director, welcomed the TRiO SSS students, family members, friends, administrators, faculty and staff with a fun and engaging speech that provided an energetic spirit throughout the night. Dr. Angelica Garcia, Dean of Counseling, Advising, and Matriculation also addressed the audience with an inspirational welcome. Brianna Clay, TRiO Counselor, and Miranda Wang, TRiO Math Coordinator, provided words of encouragement to our students as they enter their new academic journey.

We also took a moment to provide a special recognition for Eugene Garcia with a Game of Thrones themed video illustrating his work over the years.  Students also provided quotes that expressed his impact on their academic endeavors. He has served Skyline College students for 20 years with dedication and commitment.

TRiO Students of the YearVanessa Aragon and Naing Aung Min, were both recognized as “TRiO Students of the Year” for demonstrating academic excellence, perseverance in the face of emotional and financial challenges, strong participation in TRiO, and graduating with an Associate Degree as well as transferring to a four-year university. In the fall semester, Vanessa will be attending UC Berkeley to pursue her degree in Psychology and Naing will be transferring to UCLA to pursue a B.S in Computer Science.

In addition, 32 TRiO students were recognized for receiving Grant Aid financial support.  We also would like to acknowledge the Financial Aid Office and Sparkpoint for their support in this endeavor.  TRiO Graduates and Transfers were recognized with a “Certificate of Completion” and a TRiO stole. Throughout the evening, there were photo opportunities at our Photo Booth for students and families to capture these moments of academic achievements.

We would also like to acknowledge Carsbia Anderson and Dr. Angelica Garcia for their support in providing plaques and stoles for our students as well as Kevin Chak of the Bookstore for donating tablets for our TRiO Student of the Year recipients.  You all have been very instrumental in making this celebration a huge success!

Article by Nate Nevado | Photos by Claudia Paz

Badminton Has Smashing Success at State Championships

badminton playersSkyline College Women’s Badminton concluded a successful season with outstanding single and doubles performances at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Badminton Championships contested at beautiful Irvine Valley College on May 8-9. Skyline College was represented in singles by MJ Phan (Woodside High School) and in doubles by Phan and Rachel Lum (George Washington High School)

In singles competition, Ms. Phan, the second ranked singles player in Northern California, dropped her opening match to Cassandra Ka of San Diego City College placing her in the consolation bracket. From there it was smooth sailing for MJ as she routed two consecutive opponents earning a spot in the consolation finals against Melody Zhou of Fresno City College. In an extremely competitive final, Phan was triumphant in consecutive sets earning her second consecutive Consolation State Championship in singles.

In doubles play, the team of Phan and Lum entered the competition ranked fifth in Northern California. They quickly dispatched their opponents from San Diego Mesa in the opening round. Their second round opponent was the third ranked pair in Southern California, Carmina Ortiz and Eugenia Mendez of Pasadena City College. This match ended up going into a decisive third set which had multiple lead changes until Phan and Lum emerged triumphant by a score of 22-20. This victory put the dynamic duo into the state semi-finals for doubles where they were ultimately eliminated by Alice Liu and Megan Hsioa of DeAnza College.

Congratulations to Coach Jan Fosberg and the players and coaches on a great 2015 season.

Article by Tony Brunicardi | Photo by Jan Fosberg

Classified Staff Honored at 2015 Classified Service Awards

Barbara DaleyOn Monday, May 11 classified staff gathered in Building 6 to celebrate the dedication of several of their colleagues at the 2015 Classified Service Awards. The awards are held every year to honor classified staff who have served the District for 10, 20, 25 and 30 years, demonstrating their commitment to higher education and their passion for their work.

Dr. Stanback Stroud opened the event with a brief welcome and acknowledgement of the work that all classified staff do on a daily basis. She mentioned that without their consistent dedication, the college simply could not function.

After a greeting from Classified Senate President, Alana Utsumi, the award presenters each took the podium and, one at a time, spoke about each of the award winners. Evident across all of the individual awardees was a clear desire to do good work and to improve student experiences, all while making their workplaces more positive places to be for the people around them.

A special thanks goes to this year’s awardees, and to all Classified Staff on campus for their commitment to Skyline College.

This year’s awardees are:

30 Year Service Award:

  • Barbara Daley; Library Support Specialist

25 Year Service Award:

  • David Hall; Instructional Aide

20 Year Service Award:

  • Marta Cuellar; Bookstore Operations Assistant
  • Eugene Garcia Jr.; Instructional Aide II

10 Year Service Award:

  • Nancy Rosario Argarin; Senior Accounting Coordinator
  • Marcella Escobar; Accounting Technician
  • Angelica Gorostiza; Division Assistant
  • Kennya Ruiz; Division Assistant

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

J  Russell Kent Award RecipientsOn Monday, May 11, 2015 the Middle School Outreach Project (MSOP) received the prestigious J. Russell Kent Award by the San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA).

The J. Russell Kent Award recognizes innovative programs in San Mateo County that promote success in and out of the classroom.  Nominated 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

The J. Russell Kent Award is a recognition of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of a passionate team of educators, administrators, and community leaders who have shared and believed in the vision of MSOP.

I would like to thank Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Dr. Angelica Garcia, Trustees Karen Schwarz, Thomas Mohr, and Dave Mandelkern, President’s Council members Teresa Proano and Steve Martinez, and our partners at Parkway Heights Middle School for their presence during this important recognition and their continued support of MSOP.

Article by Jessica Lopez | Photo by Teresa Proano

MCPR Wants to Feature Your Work on the Website

Are you doing notable or groundbreaking research? Do you know a teacher who is implementing a new method of teaching students and can talk about results.

We want to feature interesting and impactful Skyline College faculty work on the front page of our website to help bolster Skyline College’s reputation as a top higher-education destination. You’re doing great work both on and off campus and we’d like to hear about it.

If you, or a faculty member you know, is doing academic or extra-curricular work that deserves to be recognized and profiled in an article in our Featured News section of the website, we want to hear from you.

Articles will be personal in nature, and will profile one faculty member or group of faculty members and the work they are doing. Ideally, featured work will be fully formed, in process, and have some demonstrable results. A brief interview will take place before the article is written.

Examples of featurable stories include, but are not limited to:

  • A faculty member who has just had an academic paper published and can explain their work and the impact he/she hopes it will have on their field.
  • A group of faculty that have launched a new student-focused organization/program and can provide concrete examples of how they are seeing success.
  • A faculty member who just returned from a research trip abroad and can speak to what they learned and how they will use the experience moving forward.
  • A faculty member who recently had an art piece featured in a gallery or had creative writing published in a magazine or journal, and can also speak to how that piece influences their teaching style.

Please reach out directly to Connor Fitzpatrick at or (650) 738-7087 with any leads or to speak about your own work.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Join in the Giant Year-End Celebration!

Skyline CollegePlease mark your calendars for the End-of-Year Celebration Luncheon on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  in Building 6, Rooms 202-206. This will be an opportunity for the campus to come together and celebrate another successful year at Skyline College. The theme this year will be focusing on the GIANT impact we have made within the Skyline College community.

This luncheon offers us a time to come together to CELEBRATE the hard work put forth throughout the year, CHEER over our accomplishments, acknowledge dedicated MVP individuals for their service, and enjoy a gathering of goodwill. Please save the date to join your colleagues for a time of camaraderie and TEAM SPIRIT!

Please also consider organizing a gift basket for our annual auction to benefit the faculty/staff scholarships offered each year. Be sure to check in with your department or division offices to learn if a basket has already been coordinated. Raffle tickets will be available in each division office for purchase. We encourage you to support the scholarship for our students!

Contact Alana Utsumi for more information:, or x. 4310.

Article by Alessandra Zanassi | Photo by Alana Utsumi

Skyline College Transfer Advocates Shine

Transfer Advocate LuncheonAs part of the Transfer Initiative, the Skyline College Transfer Center has asked faculty, staff and administrators to sign up to be Transfer Advocates. These are people who are committed to students’ transfer success and are willing to promote and participate in all events related to transfer. Most importantly, these individuals make themselves available to students to discuss the campus they attended, their major and career path. Many have participated in Transfer Advocate Career Panels in Counseling 100 classes and others have met one on one with students. This academic year alone, over 150 students attended one of the various panels offered.

On Thursday, April 30, the Transfer Center took a moment to thank these individuals for their dedication and support of transfer and our students. Over 25 advocates attended and our President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, an advocate herself, came to share some words of support.  She spoke to the idea that everyone on our campus has a role to impact transfer and that the Advocates’ role reflects our strong campus-wide transfer culture and commitment to make Skyline College the place that is known for transfer – where students get in, get out and achieve transfer.

Currently, we have 50 Transfer Advocates. Our goal is to double that number to 100 Transfer Advocates by the end of the year. The commitment can be as minimal as promoting transfer in your everyday work to participating on a panel or meeting with students.  If you are interested in becoming a Transfer Advocate, you can learn more by visiting: Please join us and your colleagues and become a Transfer Advocate Today!

A special thanks to our current 50 Transfer Advocates for their commitment to transfer and to Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud for speaking at our event!

Article by Suzanne Poma | Photo by Michele Haggar