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Gallery Exhibit Features Paintings and Photo Drawings by Christine Canepa

You Will Miss Me When I’m Gone:  Paintings & Photo Drawings by Christine CanepaThe Cañada College Art Gallery begins its Spring, 2013 season with the presentation of You Will Miss Me When I’m Gone: Paintings & Photo Drawings by Christine Canepa, on view from Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Thursday Feb. 28, 2013.Canepa uses imagery of dens, nests, and burrows, and various endangered species to explore ideas around endings, loss, and the speculative potential of parallel worlds.
A “meet the artist” reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Cañada College Art Galleryis locatedBuilding 9, Room 152 on the Cañada College campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA.
The gallery is open Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Christine Canepa's work employs imagery from the animal world as a means of exploring ideas proposed in contemporary physics regarding the existence of multiple dimensions, or a “multiver…

Campus Survey Explores the Issue of Academic Dishonesty

More than 500 students and 40 faculty were surveyed by members of Phi Theta Kappa A group of honors students at Phi Theta Kappa surveyed more than 500 fellow students and 40 faculty members on the campus regarding the issue of academic dishonesty. The answers they received were surprising.
“The student surveys were administered in classrooms by several different PTK (Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society) members,” said Elaina Mattingly, one of the survey’s organizers. “We asked students 29 different questions that had multiple choice answers and were filled out on Scantrons. The faculty survey was administered via SurveyMonkey after an email was sent out containing directions and link to participate.”
The survey results will be presented at the PTK National Conference April 4-6 in San Jose.
“While we used the topic of academic honesty to fulfill a requirement for the PTK Honors in Action project, it was also an opportunity for us, as a group of students, to dig deep into a…

Tutors Are Available in the Learning Center to Help With Writing Projects

Drop-in help is available four days a week
If you are struggling with a writing project, help is available in the Learning Center. The college offers drop-in hours on Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.
“When students come to the Learning Center, tutors will want to see the specifics of the assignment from the instructor,” said Julie Wilson, assistant professor and director of the Writing Center. Students can get assistance with any writing assignment. Whether you are enrolled in Biology or English, History or Speech, Chemistry or Business, ESL or Psychology, someone is available to assist you in planning, researching, organizing and writing your paper. From the initial brainstorming through the final draft, the tutors in the Writing Center can support students in the entire writing process.
“In my experience with Cañada students, the most important area writers need help with is the organization and development…

Study Abroad in Barcelona: A Life Changing Experience

Professor Monica Malamud joined a group of 50 students and two professors from around Northern California on a three-month study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain last semester.

Malamud said students considered it a life-changing experience. “That was the phrase that kept popping up in their journals,” she said. “They wrote about how much they had grown, how they were able to see things through a different perspective, how they were going to change how they did things back in the US based on what they learned about different ways of doing things in Spain.”

Students were asked to write a weekly journal reflecting on different aspects of their study abroad experience as part of the Spanish Life and Culture class that was required of each student. The course included history, Spanish art, customs, politics, gastronomy, film, etc. Students could also choose to take Spanish, Psychology, or Art as part of their 12 units. The learning, Malamud said, extended well beyond the classroom.

“There wer…

Former Cañada Student John Paulino Named NASA Ambassador

Paulino is currently studying mechanical engineering at UC BerkeleyJohn Paulino, a former Aragon High School student and Cañada College graduate, has been named to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Student Ambassador Virtual Community.

Paulino is currently studying mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and is a member of the Pilipino Association of Scientists, Architects, and Engineers at the school. He is also going through machine shop training at Berkeley this spring.
The NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community (NSAVC) is an online community network designed to foster greater interaction and mentorship among outstanding interns of NASA's higher education projects. The goal is to provide participants with access to tools needed to serve as a NASA Student Ambassador, increase retention throughout the NASA educational pipeline into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, and provide strategic communication opportunities.

Redwood Symphony Concert Feb. 9

The Redwood Symphony presents, "Liberating the Soul," featuring Lou Harrison's piano concerto from 1985.

A pre-concert lecture will be held at 7 p.m. followed by the concert in the Main Theater at 8 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for students. The concert is free for all Cañada College students, staff, and faculty and any children under 18 accompanied by an adult.
The concert is centered around John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, written at the peak of the AIDS crisis in 1989. This piece is moving to become an enduring memorial, mixing expressive rage with melodies offering solace. Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral is the radiant balance to the program. Written in 2000, it is as much of a hit as an orchestra piece can be, having been playing by 400 orchestras around the world.

For more information, visit the Redwood Symphony website.

Candice Nance Joins Cañada to Build a High-Flying International Business Program

The former Ohlone College instructor has a passion for business and flying San Jose’s Candice Nance is ready to build an international business program at Cañada College that soars as high as some of the vintage aircraft that she loves. Nance is beginning her first semester at Cañada this spring. She has worked in marketing and communications at a variety of organizations such as NASA, IPC Information Systems, and Stanford University. Her teaching career began as an adjunct business instructor at Ohlone College in 2010. She teaches students about international business and how to effectively navigate the ever-changing world of technology.
“With the current globalization of the workforce, there is a huge demand for workers with both business and cultural skills,” she said. “Today’s students need to understand the bigger picture in business and the ever-changing business world.”
Because Cañada sits at the edge of Silicon Valley, students don’t have to look far to see the impacts of globali…

JobTrain is Offering Free Tax Return Preparation for Low-Income Filers

If your family income was less than $51,000 in 2012 you are eligible to receive free assistance in preparing your tax return.

Tax-Aid, a charity founded in 1988 by a coalition of Bay Area accountants and lawyers, will be at JobTrain, 1200 O'Brien Drive, in Menlo Park every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. to help low income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. U.S. citizenship is not required.

In order to receive this free assistance, you'll need to bring:

A Social Security card for each family member or ITIN number for each working adult.W2 and other income forms.Child care provider name, address and tax ID number.Bank routing and account numbers for checking and savings accounts.Name, address and phone number of landlord for renter's credit.2011 tax return. For more information, contact JobTrain at (650) 330-6428.

New University Center Team is Building a Path to a Four-Year Degree

Lizette Bricker, Jeffrey Rhoades and Sunny Choi will help Cañada students transition from their associate degrees to bachelor degrees. There’s a new team in the University Center ready to help Cañada students earn bachelor’s degrees.
Lizette Bricker, Sunny Choi, and Jeffrey Rhoades have been hired through the A2B (Associate to Bachelor Degree) Grant, a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The grant will also help pay for research, library services, tutoring, peer mentoring, and a distance education designer.
“This grant is a major step forward,” said Lucy Carter, director of the Center for International and University Studies, where the University Center resides. “Adding staff will increase our capacity to help students reach their educational goals.”
The University Center currently partners with San Francisco State University, Notre Dame de Namur University, National University, and National Hispanic Unive…

Brandon Price Hired to Research A2B Grant, CALSTEP Programs

Price is in the Educational Leadership Ed.D Program at CSU StanislausIt’s a long way from Moccasin, near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite, to Cañada College – both literally and figuratively. But that’s the route Brandon Price has traveled to become a researcher at the college. “I grew up in Moccasin, which is a very small company town,” he said. “Everyone who lived there worked for San Francisco Water and Power, which operates the reservoir and hydroelectric power plant in the town. I was a first-generation community college student at Columbia Community College before transferring to CSU Stanislaus where I did my undergraduate degree in economics and a Master’s in Public Administration.” Now, Price is finishing his Ed.D in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on community college leadership. He’s in the same program with Jeffrey Rhoades, who just joined the college as the Assistant Project Director for the A2B Grant in the Center for International and University Studies, and Jess…

Sarah Aranyakul: A Passion for Working with Cañada Students Because She Once Was One

Sarah Aranyakul’s passion for working with students led her from a career in business management to counseling community college students. “I love working with students,” said the native of Thailand. “I worked in business for about seven years before I realized that I wanted to devote my professional life to helping students.”

Aranyakul graduated from Cañada College in Business Administration 19 years ago before earning a Bachelor’s degree in management from Golden Gate University. She went to work in business before returning to Santa Clara University to work on her Master’s degree in counseling. She continued to work in business while she performed an internship in counseling but later she received a counseling position at City College of San Francisco and she’s never looked back. She has worked as a counselor at both Gavilan College and CCSF before being hired as an adjunct counselor in the EOPS Program at Cañada last March. Aranyakul has now been hired as Cañada’s new tenure-trac…

Preaching the Benefits of Math Jam

Math Professor Michael Hoffman and Five Students Will Present Original Research on the Benefits to Students and Faculty of the Popular ProgramCañada College Math Professor Michael Hoffman is an unabashed supporter of Math Jam. He’ll travel to San Diego with five students Thursday to the Joint Mathematics Meetings to tell colleagues from around the country why the program is so successful.
Hoffman and students Amanda Pitts, Bushra Bibi, Jose Covarubias, Rolando Del Valle, and alumnus Christina Arenas will be giving presentations on Math Jam and how to start a math club at a community college. The Joint Mathematics Meetings hosts the largest gathering of mathematicians in the United States. It is a jointly held conference of both the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Hoffman said he’s traveled with students to past conferences and listened as presenters discussed the virtues of their various programs. “As I listened, I couldn’t help but think our p…

Simple Advice For Your First Day at Cañada

So, you are preparing for your first day of the new semester and you want it to go as smooth as possible. We're here to help. If you take a few simple steps, and do a little planning, you'll have no problems. Let's get started.

·Arrive Early - If you pull onto campus 10 minutes before class starts you're off to a bad start. Parking on a college campus is never easy. Give yourself at least 20 minutes. Remember, you're not going to have Rock Star parking next to your class. Be sure to review the parking map and have a contingency plan if the lot you want to park in is full. Student Lots are Lot 1, 7, 8, 10 and 6. Do not park in staff lots without the appropriate permit or you are sure to get a ticket. You'll need to buy a parking permit but campus security will not issue tickets in student lots until Monday, Jan. 28.
·Know Where You Are Going - Because you have a plan, you'll have a great parking spot. But how do you get to your classes? Luckily, the Cañada cam…

Improve Your English and Reading Test Scores With Word Jam

If you need help improving your placement test score in English or reading, register now for Word Jam.

Word Jam is a free, non-credit, one-week program that provides support to current and in-coming Cañada College students at all levels of English, Reading, and ESL. It will be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 7-11, from 9 a.m. to noon in Building 9.
Word Jam students work with Cañada faculty to practice college-level reading and writing strategies, learn the expectations of their specific English, Reading, or ESL courses, and become familiar with Cañada College resources. “I participated in Word Jam, scored higher on the placement test, and I was able to skip the remedial classes and start in college-level English," said Christian Ayala, a former Word Jam participant. "Word Jam taught me some new skills and helped me remember some of the rules I learned in high school.” During his initial placement test, Ayala did not qualify for English 100. But after participating i…

Mini Math Jam Starts Jan. 7

There is still time to register for next week's Mini Math Jam, but you better hurry.

Next week's Mini Math Jam is a one-week, intensive preparation for the math placement test for students intending to major in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields. It is designed especially for students who placed into a college math course below pre-calculus and who want to advance to the next math level by scoring higher on the math placement test at the end of Mini Math Jam.

The program's goal is to help students complete their Associates Degree and/or transfer requirements for a four-year college in less time than previously possible.

The Mini Math Jam will be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 7-11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both sessions will be held on the second floor of Building 9 in the Learning Center.

"We currently have 96 students registered for daytime and 66 for evening," said Chris Burwell-Woo, a retention specialist at…

Spring Semester Fees Are Due By Jan. 7

On Monday, January 7, 2013, students who have any outstanding fee balances will be dropped from all spring classes at midnight for non-payment of outstanding fees. 

Beginning January 8, students will be dropped at midnight the day following their registration for non-payment of fees.

If you need assistance in paying your fees, you are encouraged to:
Enroll in an inexpensive payment plan via WebSMART by 11:00 p.m. on January 7.complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. A minimum of five (5) business days processing time is required to ensure receipt of the FAFSA to prevent your drop for non-payment (school code required: 006973 Cañada, 001181 CSM and 007713 Skyline). If you are an AB 540 student and unable to complete a FAFSA due to citizenship status, complete the 2012-13 California Dream Application at as soon as possible. A minimum of five (5) business days processing time is required to ensure receipt of the Dream Applicatio…