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Program Prioritization and Budget Allocation Update

Last week, Governor Brown signed a new $108 Billion State Budget that should be viewed as being generally favorable to the needs of California Community Colleges. While the Community College System budget still has not recovered to pre-economic crisis levels, the new State Budget contains substantial improvements meant to ensure that colleges can better serve our communities and students.

The largest portions of the State Community College Budget, funds for apportionment, have no real effect on Cañada College. We are part of a community supported college district, and as such, we rely on County-level funding rather than State-level funding. Among the benefits of being “Community Supported” is that the college actually receives greater per-student funding than if we relied on state funding for apportionment. Our County-based funding process is still tied to enrollment at each of the SMCCCD colleges, but the system affords us resources that would not otherwise be available if we were si…

Announcing the Colt Academy

A new program is being piloted this summer. The Community of Leadership and Transfer Success (COLTS) Academy is a 4-day student support program that begins on Monday, July 28 and ends on Thursday, July 31st. This summer program was created through a collaborative effort across many departments and student support programs. The steering committee consists of representatives from Counseling, ASCC, A2B, BTO, TRIO, STEM, Transfer Center, Career Center, EOPS/CalWORKS, Learning Center, and Outreach. We hope to also include faculty, the financial aid office, and the Welcome Center.

The purpose of the Academy is for students to:
1. Connect – meet fellow Cañada students, faculty, and staff.
2. Lead – learn their leadership style and how and when to apply it.
3. Succeed – walk away with a Transfer Success Portfolio equipped with tools and resources for college success.
We hope to serve 50 new students in this summer pilot; the target group will be first-time freshmen who have completed our Prio…

Cañada College Students in CSU Summer Arts Program

Two of our MART students have been accepted into the CSU Summer Arts program. Sharon Wong and Ace Del Rosario are the students, admitted via portfolio review, to the program.

The CSU Summer Arts animation series has been running for several years, and during the six-week program, students work with and are mentored by artists from studios such as Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, and Pixar, as well as CSU animation faculty. The students make professional and peer contacts, with the goal of producing a portfolio- or demo reel ready piece of work by the end of the program.
Summer Arts is a very competitive program, with students from all over California applying. That we had two accepted speaks volumes about the dedication and effort of our students and the quality of the work they produce.


Sarahi Espinoza Honored at the White House

Cañada College Broadcast Journalism Major, Sarahi Espinoza, was named one of 10 DACA recipients of the Champions of Change award by the Obama administration.
Espinosa was brought to the United States from Mexico by her parents when she was just four-years-old. She moved back and forth between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, living with relatives and friends. It was a difficult transition and her father eventually moved back to Mexico. When she turned 16, Espinosa’s mother left for Mexico, but Espinosa remained behind to live with her brother’s family and finish high school at North Hollywood High School. After graduating from high school in 2008, Espinosa moved back to the Bay Area to live with a sister in East Palo Alto. She worked as a babysitter and registered for classes at Foothill College as an AB540 student. That spring she learned that her dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Her mother was caring for him, but they did not have enough money to pay their bills. Espinosa droppe…

English Instructor Doniella Maher

Doniella Maher, currently an adjunct in our English Department, will be joining the full time ranks in the fall. Doniella has taught for the past four years as an adjunct member of the faculty at Chabot College, City College of San Francisco, and Cañada College. Now she is thrilled to be joining Cañada as a fulltime tenure track faculty member.
Doniella grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She completed half of her Bachelor’s degree coursework in Florence, earning an Italian Studies degree from CSU Sacramento. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature. She also earned a Certificate to Teach Post-Secondary Reading and Learning from CSU-Fullerton. Her scholarly emphasis and specialty area is contemporary Italian literature and critical theory, but her personal interests have led to an in-depth study of immigrant literature from all over the world. This study has led to a great desire to explore the unique …

Third Annual Athletic Hall of Fame

The 3rd Annual Cañada College Hall of Fame Dinner was held on June 7, 2014 at the Elks Club in San Mateo.
Inductees Dennis Trixler (Men's Golf), Rocky Maguire (Men's Tennis), Frank Mangiola (Men's Soccer Coach), Sheryle Cattaneo Wienckowski (Women's Soccer), John DeFoe (Basketball), Roger Keilig (Baseball), and Eliezer "Polla" Garibay (Men's Soccer) were honored, along with Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year Sarah Rotter (Women's Golf) and Dylan Cook (Baseball). 
The highlight of the evening came when former Major League standout Moises Alou (Baseball) was honored with the Colts Lifetime Achievement Award. 
The evening served as a fundraiser for Cañada Athletics. 
Congratulations to Mike Garcia and the Hall of Fame Committee for a successful and memorable event!

Commencement 2014

The 2014 Commencement Ceremony was held on the main quad at Cañada College on Saturday morning, May 24th. A record 326 of over 850 students who received their Associate of Arts Degrees, Associate of Sciences Degrees, and Certificates this spring, participated in the Commencement Ceremony. A crowd of more than 1,200 family and friends joined faculty, staff, and administrators in the celebration. In addition, Chancellor Ron Galatolo and each member of the Board of Trustees were in attendance.


The students were treated to an electric presentation by Commencement Speaker, Dr. Andrés Roemer, Consul General of Mexico. Dr. Roemer’s primary message was that the very purpose of education was to challenge convention and the status quo. Those who did, could change the world, while those who fear change, are generally those who see little value in education. Transforming perceptions of education is critical to making ours a better, more flourishing society.
Nikita Michelson Receives President’s L…

Middle College High School Graduation

Our Middle College High School program graduated 35 high school seniors on Thursday, May 22, 2014. There were over 200 friends and family members in the audience of the Main Theater (in Building 3), all there to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014. SMCCCD Chancellor Ron Galatolo, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent, James Lianedies, and SMCCCD Trustees, Tom Mohr and Karen Schwartz, were among the attendees. While several of the graduates will be staying right here at Cañada to continue their studies, the majority of graduates will be moving on to such institutions as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Willamette, University of Vermont, University of San Francisco, Menlo College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Redlands University, Northwestern, UMass-Amherst, and University of Oregon. Congratulations to our grads!

MCH Featured Speaker Maria Ayalla Middle College High School Graduate Maria Ayalla gave a moving and heartfelt address at the grad…

Engage the Election

This June, Javier Santos, President of the Associated Students of Cañada College and Student Life and Leadership Manager, Misha Maggi, will be attending the 4th Annual American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. Innovative and pioneering, this coalition acts as a national initiative to bring together over 600 attendees—invigorating and generating an equitable campus climate for civic engagement. Through sharing research, best practices, literature, and collaboration, TDC and the national conference are dedicated to educating all students about the importance of democracy. Utilizing the Spring 2014 Cañada College Community Engagement report, Javier and Misha will present Cañada’s engagement data to all attendees at the national convention.



Alaa Aissi Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

2014 Cañada Graduate Alaa Aissi has been awarded the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship from UC Berkeley. The scholarship is the most prestigious and the highest honor awarded by the university to an undergraduate. It attracts, retains, and graduates the most sought-after students in the world. After the pool of over 90,000 Cal applicants is thoroughly reviewed, only the top 1 percent of incoming students are invited to be interviewed by Berkeley faculty. From there only two hundred students receive the scholarship. Benefits of the scholarship include a Faculty Mentor, research fellowship opportunity, further networking with faculty and fellow scholars throughout their academic careers, along with a monetary award. Upon receiving this honor, Alaa expressed, “I am humbled by the opportunity to have received this scholarship and to be a part of the Regents’ and Chancellor¹s Scholars Association. I am looking forward to being lauded at the Chancellor¹s residence at this fall’s recept…

Huang Joins A2B Staff

Tracy Huang will join the research and grant program staff early in June. For the past 10 years, she has been a research analyst at SRI International – conducting research in early childhood and K-12 education, including school readiness, early childhood program evaluation, services for young children with disabilities, and educational assessment. She has also provided evaluation consultation and services to a variety of agencies, including recipients of the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3); San Francisco Unified School District; and county mental health service agencies in California. In addition, she has worked at the City University of New York’s assessment and institutional research department. She holds a Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University. Please welcome Tracy to Cañada College.

Theater Lobby Renovation

Last fall, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management, Jose Nuñez, initiated a project to complete a facelift of the Theater Lobby using District Deferred Maintenance and remaining Bond funds. To fulfill this initiative, President Buckley assembled a project group, which included faculty and staff from the college’s Performing Arts and Art programs as well as Interior Design Professor Elsa Torres. Professor Torres included three of her students who had the opportunity to work closely with the architectural firm, LCA Architects. 

The group has met several times over the past couple of months to assist in developing design ideas which would include: improving display cases for student art work, new carpeting, new doors, baffling panels, and light fixtures. The goal has been to develop a more inviting and modern lobby to welcome the community and our students. 


Architect Brent Randall, listening to the ideas and practical needs of the users, incorporated them into a proposed design. He indi…

Meet Lale Yurtseven, New Business Instructor

Please welcome Lale Yurtseven, who will be joining our full-time Business faculty. Ms. Yurtseven will be teaching courses across the Business curriculum.
Ms. Yurtseven is Turkish, grew up in Germany, and is multi-lingual, speaking English, German, and Turkish.
She holds an M.B.A. in International Management and a B.A. in International Relations from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has been an adjunct faculty member, teaching Business, at both De Anza and West Valley Colleges for over eight years. She has also served as a grant manager promoting business and education collaboration throughout the California Community Colleges system.
She started an Entrepreneurship Center at West Valley College, where she counseled students and community members who are interested in starting a business.
Prior to her experience in education, Ms. Yurtseven worked in management positions at both fortune 500 companies as well as startup companies. She also founded an information techn…