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Campus to Conduct "Lockdown Drill" March 26

Cañada College will be conducting a "Lockdown Drill" at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The drill is designed to identify how the college can best provide for the safety of staff, faculty, and students.

This will be the third lockdown drill performed on campus. Each drill have provided useful information to help campus personnel improve emergency procedures. Comments received from each drill have been used to improve subsequent drills.

Here is the process that will be used for today's drills:

Notification: The loud speaker system will be used to notify the campus that there is a lockdown drill. The announcements will be made at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm.

Before the Drill: Faculty and staff will “lockdown” all areas during the drill. Students should listen for instructions from faculty and staff.

During the Drill: During the lockdown, staff and faculty will make sure to:             

Lock, barricade, or block the doorway to secure the door(s) to classrooms or …

Middle College Student Jacqueline Kerns to Perform at PTK Convention

Kerns will perform a song from the musical “South Pacific”

Middle College student Jacqueline Kerns will take center stage at this year’s Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Jose. Kerns, a San Carlos resident, will open the program with “A Cockeyed Optimist”, a song from the musical “South Pacific”.

“It’s very exciting,” Kerns said. “The space is amazing. They hold rock concerts there.” Kerns will sing at the convention on April 6.

This year’s convention is being held April 4-6 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Phi Theta Kappa’s 95th annual convention features more than 100 educational forums, detailed information on college completion resources, opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with students, advisors and alumni chapters from around the world, and award presentations.

Cañada’s PTK chapter is one of the strongest in the country. Paul Roscelli, a faculty advisor for the club, has been named a PTK Faculty Scholar seven times. Former Cañada President Thomas Mohr received th…

Two Interior Design Students Win Regional Honors

It is the 13th consecutive year students at the school have placed in the competition

Denise Sigillo of Redwood City and Jennifer Roseborough of San Carlos both won honors for their designs at the recently held Interior Design Student Career Forum in San Francisco. This is the West Coast’s premier interior design student symposium, drawing up to 500 students from California, Nevada, and other states. Roseborough earned Second Place honors in both the kitchen and bathroom design competitions. The Kitchen Design competition was sponsored by NKBA California Capital Chapter, and the Bathroom Design competition was sponsored by NKBA Northern California Chapter.

Sigillo won first place in the Residential Lighting Design Competition sponsored by the Northern California chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association. “Both students, on their own initiative, worked over the winter break to complete and submit their entries,” said Nancy Wolford, Professor of Interior Design at C…

Cañada College Student Chosen for Prestigious Internship at Brookhaven National Lab

Fidel Salgado will be working in the computer technology department this summer.

Cañada College student Fidel Salgado has been chosen to participate in a summer internship at Brookhaven National Lab. He’ll be working in the lab’s Engineering Technology – Computer Department but his exact duties have yet to be defined. One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security.

Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic …

Cañada MESA Students Team Up with Cisco for Mentor Program

MESA students will gain insight and knowledge from Cisco employees during a new mentor program.

Six MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement) students from Cañada College attended a shadow day last week at the networking giant’s San Jose headquarters to launch the year-long program. Cisco employees shared about the company and led tours. A panel of Cisco employees who are MESA alumni also answered student questions. Alex Ramos, a former Cañada student, was part of the panel discussion. He's currently studying engineering at UC Berkeley and is serving an internship at Cisco.
The Cañada students are among 30 specially chosen from six Northern California MESA centers. (photographed from left to right) Hector Prado, Nehad Dadabo, Rita Melgar, Elizabeth Carranza, Fidel Salgado, and Norman Ettedgui were picked to be among the first class of Cisco MESA mentees.
The mentees and mentors will meet monthly online for one year to discuss career interests, leadership, and other topi…

Cañada Student Mayra Rios Lands Nine-Week Paid Internship at Brown University

The biochemistry student will study fetal cells

Cañada College student Mayra Rios will travel to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island this summer for an internship to study fetal cells to better understand how doctors can accelerate lung maturation in premature infants.
Rios heard about the internship from a Brown recruiter when she was presenting at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Jose last summer. Rios studied under Dr. Khameeka Kitt at Stanford University, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine’s Cancer Institute. Kitt encouraged Rios to present her research on the effect of mechanical strain on epithelial cell-cell adhesion at the conference.
“At Brown, I’ll be working to identify key regulatory pathways that control fetal type II cell differentiation as well as analyzing the effect of mechanical forces on fetal alveolar cells,” Rios said.
Rios is hoping to transfer to Stanford, Brown or a UC school. She was …

A Love of Robots Has Resulted in a Summer Internship for Cañada’s Omar Arriaga

Arriaga will be studying how to control robots from a distance at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

San Mateo High School graduate Omar Arriaga has always loved building robots. That passion led him to study electrical engineering at Cañada College and has resulted in a prestigious summer internship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Arriaga will be working in the center’s Virtual Environments Lab designing teleoperation interfaces for robotic systems. Teleoperations is the science of controlling a machine from a distance. An example is the MARCbot, a low-cost robotic platform used in Iraq for inspecting suspicious packages at a safe distance. The MARCbot is one of the primary robots Arriaga will study as part of his internship.
“The Marshall Space Center has a manipulator for testing the capture of inactive orbital objects such as dead satellites,” Arriaga said. “They also have other robotic systems such as…

General Information Session on Nursing Program March 25

The Sequoia Hospital/San Francisco State University Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College will hold a general information session for students interested in earning a nursing degree without leaving the Cañada campus.

The session will be held Monday, March 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building 18, Room 205.

The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for entry-level positions in professional nursing practice. Graduates are prepared to take a national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses and for positions in maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, community health, long-term care and home-care. In addition, they are eligible for public health nursing certification in California upon licensure as a registered nurse. For RNs, the Bachelor of Science degree builds upon previous nursing education and experience for professional role development.

All classes are taught by SFSU faculty on the Cañada College cam…

Almost an Evening Opens March 13

Almost an Evening takes the audience on a darkly comedic journey as we watch a young man struggle to escape purgatory (or is it hell?), a British intelligence agent undergo a sudden crisis of faith, and two versions of God engage in a passionate competition for their audience’s faith.

These three short plays by Ethan Coen - one half of the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers responsible for “Fargo” and the “The Big Lebowski,” among other films - deliver an engaging and surprising evening of comedic entertainment, in what Newsday called “… the serious stage debut of a shrewd and weirdly endearing comic voice.”

Almost an Evening opens Wednesday, March 13 with a special matinee at 12:45 p.m. Please be advised that this play uses strong language & profanity, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

All performances will be held in the Flex Theater, Building 3, Room 129. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 students and are available at the door hour before show t…

Two Cañada College Students Named to the 2013 All-California Academic Team

Miles Casella and Kate Lam were recognized at a ceremony in Sacramento on March 6.

Two Cañada College students have been named to this year’s Community College League of California All-California Academic Team. Members of the team were recognized in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 6.
Kate Lam was named Second Team All-California while Miles Casella was named Third Team All-California.
Casella, who is studying business with an emphasis in finance, called it a great honor being named to the All-California Academic Team. “I still can’t believe that I’m on the team,” he said. “This accolade just pushes me to work harder in my studies.”
Casella attended the recognition ceremony with Cañada College President Larry Buckley.
Casella attended high school in Templeton, California in San Luis Obispo County. He was recruited to Cañada to play soccer in the fall of 2010 but has since focused his efforts on academics. He said Cañada offers students a lot of resources to succeed academically.
“The Lear…

ASCC Election for Student Trustee Underway

The Associated Students of Cañada College is hosting an election to select a nominee from Cañada for the office of Student Trustee for the San Mateo County Community College District.

Election packets are available in the Center for Student Life and Leadership, Building 5, Room 354. The deadline to turn in the election packets is Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. The election will be held March 25-26.

The winner of the election will be forwarded to the Student Trustee Appointment Panel on Saturday, April 13 at the District Office where they will go against the Skyline and CSM elected student trustee nominee for the final spot of District Student Trustee.

All interested students are encouraged to apply. The term of the District Student Trustee will be April 2013 through June 2014. Minimum Qualifications to Run for Office

As stated in ASCC Constitution and Bylaws, SMCCCD Rules and Regulations and the California Education Code, in order hold the office of Student Trustee: Students must be current…

Cañada College Develops Courses to Help Green Entrepreneurs

The courses are being taught by Chris Yalonis, a leader in green business development.In an effort to support budding entrepreneurs interested in developing “green” businesses, Cañada College has developed two short courses designed to help students create business and marketing plans tailored to the specific sector.


The courses were developed and will be taught by Chris Yalonis, a 25-year veteran of seven start-ups as well as a strategy consultant and marketing expert-advisor to more than 100 organizations large and small across the technology, consumer goods, and professional service sectors. Yalonis is the founding partner of Sustainametrics, a sustainability consultancy that helps cities, businesses, and colleges with sustainability strategy planning execution.
Business 396: Creating a Business Plan Embedding Sustainable Principles, starts Monday, March 4 and meets every Monday through April 15. It will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held in Building 13, Room 116.
“This is a…

Ismael Barragan: From Cañada to a Future Career in Medicine

Barragan Recently Finished the UC Davis School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate ProgramIsmael Barragan grew up in Redwood City, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, and recently finished the UC Davis School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program and is now preparing for a future career in medicine.

He said Cañada’s small class sizes and close-knit community helped prepare him for the rigors of studying medicine.
“The student population is small enough that you get the feel of having a close-knit community where people are willing to help each other out,” he said. “The professors are awesome. They were always willing to help me during office hours or review sessions, and provide the guidance to excel in classes.”
Barragan said he will never forget his organic chemistry class at Cañada with Dr. Jeanette Medina. “Although a challenging class, Dr. Medina was always willing to help out any student who was struggling in the class. She provided regular office hours as well as extra office hou…