There it is, fog, atmospheric moisture still uncertain in destination, not quite weather and not altogether mood, yet partaking of both.–Hal Borland
Students and administrators from all three colleges and the District alongside local elected officials gathered at Cañada College on Thursday, September 22, 2022 to rally in support of Senate Bill 893, a measure that, if signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, would allow our students to attend all three colleges in our District without the burden of tuition. It was a remarkable showing of support for our students by our elected officials.
State Senator Josh Becker, co-author, shared that this bill puts students first and offers more opportunities to succeed in education, in life, and in their careers. For our students, this was a significant moment representing the power of legislation to effect change for the betterment of our students. SMCCCD Trustee John Pimentel reminded us that community college started out free. The time has come to go back to free, and remove the financial barriers to our students’ success for generations to come. We are all awaiting the Governor’s signature, and this rally made it very easy for Newsom to sign, for who can say “no” to our students?
ASSC Field Trip to the State Capitol and the Exhibit: “Between 2 Worlds – Untold Stories of Refugees from Laos”
In keeping with our legislative theme of the week, Guest Blogger Muang Pharn, Staff Assistant to the President’s Office, shares this story with us.
Our ASSC student government officials, along with members of our Myanmar Student Union, International Student Program, and a small group of staff and faculty, traveled to Sacramento this week to visit the California Museum to experience the traveling exhibit “Between 2 Worlds – Untold Stories of Refugees from Laos.” To highlight and educate our campus community on the Southeast Asian experience, ASSC is hoping to recreate a similar Southeast Asian Experience Exhibit on campus some time soon. Following that, the group went on a guided tour of the State Capitol where we learned about the history of the State Capitol, lobbying, and the legislative process. In addition to learning about California’s long history, the group was able to see where the lawmaking process took place.
Chris Watters Visits the President!
I learn something new every week about our connections to our community. Chris Watters, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, visited my office this week and shared with me an amazing partnership with the Jason Kidd Select Foundation. The Foundation and Skyline College have partnered to provide life-changing opportunities to young women who love playing basketball. Our organizations share deeply held values of student success and equity. Our partnership has empowered more than 500 young women who are mostly first generation college-goers to receive scholarships to help them attend four-year universities! We are considering what’s the next big thing for this partnership? Exciting times are ahead!
The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation Hosted a Fundraiser in Half Moon Bay for our Promise Scholars Program
This year’s tournament was part of a once-in-a-century series of events celebrating the founding of College of San Mateo and our entire community college district. The Tournament took place at the stunning Half Moon Bay Golf Links Ocean Course on the grounds of Ritz Carlton last Monday. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Promise Scholars Program. And look who showed up – our very own Dr. Newin Orante (and other Skyliners!) Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. Looks like I missed a gorgeous day.
Free Form Fridays with the President is intended to provide us with a virtual space to connect. Anyone is welcome to join throughout the session which keeps the conversation interesting! Next one: October 7, 2022.
Upcoming dates: 10/07, 11/04, 12/02, 02/03, 03/03, 04/07, 05/05. Zoom In!