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The BAEC Hosts Free Co-Working Day

BAEC 1The BAEC hosted its first free co-working day on Tuesday, February 17. Fifteen companies enjoyed the hospitality and working space and were treated to a short discussion with Intellectual Property attorney, Mark Koo.

Business counselors were also on hand to assist with all levels of entrepreneurial needs. A few of the visitors found they had professional skills needed by others which allowed them to forge new partnerships. Erica Pardo was the winner of the raffle for a free month of space. She has an idea that she says “will rock the world in legal assistance.”

Mark your calendar for the third Tuesday of the month for your next opportunity to spend the day at the BAEC. Even if you don’t have a business but want to speak with entrepreneurs and learn more, please join us!

Article by Catherine Fraser

TRIO Welcomes New Instructional Aide for English: Chanel Daniels

Chanel DanielsTRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is thrilled to announce the hiring of its permanent Instructional Aide for English, Ms. Chanel Daniels.

Ms. Daniels brings an extensive educational and career portfolio to our program that will add rich texture to the academic access and equity upon which TRiO prides itself. Prior to her arrival at Skyline College, Ms. Daniels served as an English instructor for the EOP Program at San Francisco State University, where she also completed her Master’s degree in English Literature.

Most recently, Ms. Daniels served as faculty on our very own campus—as she assumed the role of Continuing Adjunct Professor teaching English during the fall term of 2014.

Buttressed by her love of learning, and fostering support for historically marginalized communities, Ms. Daniels, who was a first-generation college student herself, has been a phenomenal addition to the ethos of TRiO-Student Support Services. It is this fervent desire to engender a bridge “where learning is reciprocated, embraced as a tool for empowerment against injustice” that allows Ms. Daniels to earn the trust of so many of her beloved students. While her graduate education has provided Ms. Daniels with the theoretical background needed for college instruction and support, her cultural, linguistic, and salient background has allowed her to nurture spaces that propel what she prides as “the blossoming of others.”

In her spare time, Ms. Daniels relishes “the combination of cooking and absorbing literature like a sponge.” Her deep passion for leaving a positive watermark upon the lives of others will provide our TRiO students with another example of their own possibilities. Please join me in congratulating Chanel Daniels on her permanent appointment in the TRiO Department!

Article by Arash Daneshzadeh

Spring 2015 Transfer Articulation Bridge is Largest Class Yet

SFSU Transfer Articulation BridgeFor the past 3 years, Skyline College has offered the Transfer Articulation Bridge (TAB) program through San Francisco State University (SFSU). Through the program, Skyline College students are able to take the Introduction to SFSU course, offered through concurrent enrollment at SFSU. The class aims to support underrepresented and first generation college students by giving them access to the resources they need to successfully transfer to SFSU or any CSU or UC campus of their choice.

The class was originally designed and offered for decades to City College of San Francisco students – primarily to underrepresented and probation or dismissal students. This is the first time that Skyline College students make up half of the class, equaling the number of their CCSF peers. This is a testament to the great work of Professor Paul Mendez, in collaboration who has tirelessly attended events, offered orientations for interested students and attended several Counseling classrooms.  A South San Francisco resident himself, he never forgets to remind SFSU faculty, administrators and staff that Skyline College is a priority. He has inspired students for years and is always invited back wherever he presents.  Paul has been a true collaborator of the Transfer Center and advocate for Skyline College students.

Through the TAB Program, students are able to get SFSU student ID cards, access SFSU resources and library and attend class two days a week.  For students planning on transferring in the fall 2015, they get one-on-one financial aid counseling through the class to learn exactly how to fund their education after transfer – a huge benefit. As part of the class, Suzanne Poma from the Transfer Center presents three lectures specifically on transfer from Skyline College as well as information on eligibility requirements for an associate’s degree.

The Transfer Center is continuing to promote this program for the fall 2015 semester. If you are interested in learning more about it for your students or scheduling Paul to present in your classroom, please contact Michele Haggar at haggarm@smccd.edu.

Article by Suzanne Poma | Photo by Paul Mendez

Infusing General Education with an Energy Boost

GE CollectiveAs an institution of higher education, how can we maintain our relevancy to students and to the larger society in light of massive open online courses, readily accessible skill-based learning vehicles (such as Kahn Academy), and adaptive learning via data analytics?

How can we leverage a reconfigured general education program to reinforce our relevancy while fostering the development of the whole student, and maintaining our commitment to equity and inclusion?

GE Collective members Michael Cross, Jessica Hurless, Mustafa Popal, Paul Rueckhaus, Dennis Wolbers, and Karen Wong grappled with these questions with other participants at the “New Paradigms in General Education” conference last Thursday through Saturday. Inspired by the many programs and partnerships between community colleges and California State Universities, they hope to create and implement pilot projects that will reinforce the value of general education for Skyline College students. If you’d like to join their efforts, please contact Dennis Wolbers, and keep an eye out for professional development opportunities.

Article by Karen Wong

Respiratory Care Students Visit the State Capital

Resp TherapyOn Monday, February 9, 2015, the California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) held a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill in Sacramento, California.  The CSRC is a non-profit state professional organization whose mission is to represent and support its Respiratory Care Practitioner members and health consumers through public and legislative advocacy, educational opportunities, and standards for excellence in the cardiopulmonary profession.

Skyline College Respiratory Care students accompanied by Dr. Ijaz Ahmed, Director of Respiratory Therapy and Allied Health, participated at this event. The purpose of the legislative day was to provide CSRC members and supporters an opportunity to meet with state elected officials and share the role of Respiratory Care Practitioners and the positive impact they have on the health of Californians. Students had the opportunity to practice their professional skills as they met with legislators and shared with them their passion and enthusiasm for the profession of respiratory care.

Pictured left to right: Darren Wong, Ranielle De La Rosa, Jamie Gensel ,  Jamela Manglicmot,  Gaylord Garcia, Dr. Ijaz Ahmed (Director of Respiratory Therapy), Brian Jones (Assemblyman), Joel Cayanan, Elizabeth Williams, Jack Su, Liezl Bustos,and Ivane Patiag.

Article by Ijaz Ahmed

Students Learn About Asset Building Opportunities

Asset BuildingSparkPoint at Skyline College and Opportunity Fund kicked off the month of February with the spring 2015 semester’s first College Savers Orientation.  Approximately 30 students attended the orientation to learn about Opportunity Fund’s College Savers Program.

The program is an asset building program which promotes the positive financial behaviors of saving money and building assets.  For every $1 a student saves, they receive an additional $2 in matched savings.  Students may save up to $2000 in a two-year period, earning up to an additional $4000 in matched savings for a total of up to $6000.  The students may use their savings and matched funds for educational expenses, thus using their savings to invest back into their education. Included in the program are financial education workshops and assistance with establishing a savings account and online account management. This is a great financial support program for students, especially those preparing to transfer to 4-year universities.

This was the first orientation of the semester, and there will be two more orientations on March 19, and April 7.  Thank you to Mayra Cerda of Opportunity Fund for facilitating the orientation, and a big thanks to Annie Trinh, The Career Center, and The English Language Institute for providing space for the orientations.  For more information, please contact SparkPoint at Skyline College at (650) 738-7035, or email Melanie Espinueva at espinuevam@smccd.edu.

Article and photo by Melanie Espinueva

Soft Skills Make a Difference

On Wednesday, February 4, the Career Services Center kicked off its Career Talk Series: Soft Skills at Work, with guest speaker Erik Mindermann. Erik is the volunteer coordinator for Sutter Health in the Mills-Peninsula region and oversees the Skyline College Mills-Peninsula Internship Program.

During his presentation, Erik offered helpful suggestions for conflict resolution both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Everyone in attendance felt they gained new skills to help them navigate and positively approach crucial conversations and conflicts in an effective way.

There are five more Career Talks this semester with guest speakers including authors, entrepreneurs and business owners. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to network, develop your soft skills and participate in engaging dialogue. Visit us in Building 1, Room 1219B or call 650-738-4337.

Article by Brian Jenney

Bi-Weekly Book Discussion Group Will Examine The New Jim Crow

Book ClubProfessors John Ulloa (History/Honors Transfer Program), Chanel Daniels (English/Learning Center), and Nathan Jones (English/ASTEP), invite you to join them and other members of the Skyline College community in their bi-weekly examination and discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow.  Participants in this book discussion group will explore selected passages and/or chapters from Alexander’s book

The book discussion group will meet bi-weekly beginning Friday, February 20, from 12:00-1:00pm, in the Multicultural Conference Room, located in Building 4, 2nd Floor.  For more information, contact Chanel Daniels or John Ulloa.

Article by Chanel Daniels

Lee Mun Wah Leads Diversity Training for Students at Skyline College

Lee Mun WahOn Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Skyline College students, staff and faculty welcomed internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer, Lee Mun Wah to our campus to screen his documentary, If These Halls Could Talk, and facilitate diversity and conflict resolution training specifically for Skyline College students.  If These Halls Could Talk is a documentary that focuses on college students and their dialogue about race and racism as well as other diversity issues in higher education.

Skyline College professors, including Communication Studies Professors Jennifer Mair and Danielle Powell and English Professor and Professional Development Coordinator, Nina Floro, joined the day’s event and brought their classes to participate in training.

Skyline College student Boris Shkurko said, “I felt enlightened by Mr. Lee’s willingness to dig deeper into biases that society is often unwilling to address.”

By using a combination of film, personal stories, experiential exercises, discussion and lecture, the program offered:

  • a deeper understanding of how gender and race can enhance and stimulate a stronger sense of community and cooperation
  • a deeper understanding of divergent communication styles, perspectives, and expectations
  • ways to mediate gender and race issues cross-culturally
  • strategies for beginning conversations about gender and race.

Lee Mun Wah believes that 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.

To read about Lee Mun Wah and Stirfry Seminars and Consulting go to http://www.stirfryseminars.com.

Special thanks to the Associated Students of Skyline College for organizing this event and to Professional Development Coordinator Nina Floro and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning for co-sponsoring this event and connecting the students to Stirfry Seminars and Consulting.

Article by John Saenz

Women’s Basketball Update

Skyline Women’s Basketball Defeats Chabot College on Sophomore Night

Skyline College made sophomore night special by beating the #2 ranked team in Nor Cal, Chabot College.  Chabot’s stellar first half play earned them an 11 point halftime lead, but the Trojans refused to give up.  Skyline College battled back in the second half through great defense and rebounding, as well as some timely shooting.

The timeliest shot came from sophomore Monique Garrett who sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game to overtime.  The Trojans used more of Monique’s outside shooting in the extra period to seal the game and a 75-68 win.  Skyline College was led by Monique Garrett and Tianna Mitchell who both had 17 points, while Sahara Clay chipped in another 15.  Mitchell also led the team in rebounds with 21 and blocks with 4.  Skyline College has made great strides this year and much of the team’s success can be attributed to its sophomores: Clay, Garrett, Mitchell, forward Marielle Beltran, point guard Jazel Talauta, and shooting guard Chloe Tinio.

Article by Christopher Watters