By Aziza Othman, Staff Writer
Dr. James Skalicky (ska-lis-key), professor of psychology is a popular figure here at Citrus College among both students and faculty members.
Skalicky recently conducted a workshop for managers entitled “Violence in the Workplace.”
“There isn’t a problem of violence or harassment here at Citrus, so we conducted the workshop in order to keep our environment the way it is, which is uniquely ideal.” Skalicky said.
Skalicky grew up during the 1950’s and attended elementary school in a suburb of Los Angeles. He later attended and graduated from San Gabriel Mission High School. In 1961, he became president of a group called “Youth for Kennedy.”
“When I was in the ninth grade, I started my own printing business,” Skalicky said. “I was so involved in having my own business and making my own money that my grades went down.
That is why I believe that the community college system is one of the greatest institutions going. It gives hope for people who want another chance,” Skalicky said.
Proud to be a product of the community college system, he attended East Los Angeles College after high school. During his first year Skalicky was sent to the Vietnam War where he served in the Navy as a third class petty officer radioman.
After returning from Vietnam, Skalicky went on to graduate from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He received his Ph.D. at Kansas State University. Shortly after receiving his doctorate, Skalicky completed his internship at Sierra Royale Hospital in Glendora working with inpatients.
Skalicky was part of an inspirational radio talk program on KIEV radio for almost six years. The underlying theme of the program: “life is tough, you’ve got what it takes to deal with it.”
Skalicky joined the Citrus faculty in 1979 as a part-time instructor. He became full-time in 1988. Today , he teaches classes in Personal & Social Adjustment, Human Relations, and Abnormal Psychology.
Skalicky’s students say they enjoy his hilarious stories about “Sister Mary Whatever” and “Father Leo” from his years in San Gabriel Mission High School.
Dr. Skalicky is the advisor to a new club starting up next month called “The 30+ Club.” It is for students over 30 years old who wish to be involved in a social group that helps them integrate into school.
“As I approach turning 50, I have sculptured my goals,” Skalicky said. “I have a dedication to the community in a small and nuclear way. I would like to act as a catalyst to help students define their potential.”
In addition to teaching, Skalicky is presently conducting research with disgruntled employees, mostly from the postal service.
“Paradigms of the Millenium” – Rethinking the new ways of looking at human relations, is a theory that Skalicky will be integrating into his future classes.