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Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet Set for June 1

MLB Network Analyst Harold Reynolds Heads Second Hall of Fame Class
The second annual Cañada College Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at the San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo.

A social hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner and the presentation ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Reservations for dinner are $50 per person (Business Casual Attire). Admission is by dinner reservation only. The reservation deadline is Friday, May 10. For more information, call Mike Garcia at (650) 306-3212 or email

Harold Reynolds, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and currently the lead analyst for the MLB Network, headlines a list of eight former Cañada College athletes that will be inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

"This second group of former athletes and coaches is an exceptional class," said Cañada College Athletic Director Mike Garcia. In addition to Rey…

Learn How to Become a Music Entrepreneur

SF Artist Garrick Davis Will Discuss His Experience in the Music Industry What does it take to become a music entrepreneur? San Francisco artist Garrick Davis will discuss his experience in the music industry as part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by the Cañada College Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities designed to help budding entrepreneurs. The workshop will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Thursday, May 15 in the Grove. It is free and open to the public. "Rock, Blues, Funk and Passion" describe both the musical influences and the dynamic performance style of the San Francisco guitarist/singer/songwriter. Davis has toured the past 10 years on the West Coast. Davis performs regularly as a soloist, particularly at The Union Room at Biscuits and Blues in downtown San Francisco where for the last three years he has taken full advantage of the opportunity to hone his performing skills and command the stage in front of international audiences who readily purchase me…

Cañada College Student Ernest Frimpong Chosen for Prestigious Internship

Frimpong will conduct research at SRI International in Menlo ParkCañada College student Ernest Frimpong has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at SRI International in Menlo Park.
Frimpong was one of eight undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. chosen to participate in ongoing research projects at SRI for a 12-week period beginning at the end of May. He will be working in the Molecular Physics Laboratory at SRI.
The Molecular Physics Laboratory includes approximately 20 professional scientists and eight postdoctoral associates. Their work covers a wide range of topics in the areas of atomic, molecular, and biological physics as well as many areas extending into chemical physics, physical chemistry, and solid state physics. A wide variety of experimental and theoretical projects are available for undergraduate participation, including studies of atmospheric chemistry, energy transfer in molecular col…

Cañada Students to Present Research at Engineering Conference

More than a dozen current and former Cañada College students will be presenting original research at this year's American Society for Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Conference, April 18-20, in Riverside.

Students will be presenting the results of their summer research internships funded through the NASA Curriculum Improvements and Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CIPAIR) Program. All of the students were mentored by San Francisco State University engineering faculty during their internships.

For Jesus Garcia, the CIPAIR summer internship at SFSU focused on a phenomenon called Soft Oxide Breakdown in the performance of integrated circuits. Led by SFSU Professor Hamid Mahmoodi, the student researchers investigated whether or not Soft Oxide Breakdown could be prevented.

"If it can be prevented, the integrated circuits found in home appliances, computers, cell phones, televisions, and medical devices would last longer," Garcia said. "This wo…

New Exhibit Features "Recycled" Art

The Cañada College Art Gallery continues its Spring, 2013 season with Do Not Throw Away: Art from Recology San Francisco’s Artist in Residence Program, a unique presentation ofartworks made from recycled materials, videos, digital images, and photographs by artists includingAlex Nichols, Adrienne Pao, Lauren Scott, Bill Russell, Cherie Johnson, Linda Raynsford, Ethan Estess, Sharon Siskin, Dio Mendoza, David Hevel, and Nomi Talisman.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday May 9. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Cañada College Art Gallery is located at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Student Services Building 9, Room 152, Redwood City. Gallery hours are Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday's 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays 1 to 6 p.m.

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area professional and student art…

Learn About the Different Majors at Cañada College April 17

What's a major? Why is it necessary to declare a major? What does it take to complete the major from start to finish?

These and other questions will be answered at the first annual Cañada College Majors Day on Wednesday, April 17 from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building 6, Room 102. The event is open to all Cañada College students, prospective students, parents and anyone interested in taking courses at the college.

Professors and staff from the academic departments at Cañada will be on hand to answer questions and help students understand the sequence of courses, transfer opportunities, and professions associated with each major.

For more information, contact Jo'an Rosario Tanaka at in the Office of Instruction.

An Interview With Redwood Symphony's Eric Kujawsky

(The following is an interview conducted by David Meckler, Professor of Music at Cañada College and Redwood Symphony Board Member, with Dr. Eric Kujawsky, Founder and Music Director of the Redwood Symphony. It previews this Saturday's performance at Cañada College).

David Meckler: Hello, Maestro Eric! This interview is being posted on the Cañada College website for all staff and students, as well as the other San Mateo Community College District campuses. I bet they'd be pleasantly surprised to know that one of the Bay Area’s most notable symphony orchestras is not only based at Canada College, but is free for all SMCCD campus staff and students. Here's your chance: What can you say about Redwood Symphony that would make them want to come to one of your concerts, such as the one coming up on April 13 in the Canada College Main Theatre?
Eric Kujawsky: Having taught at all grade levels, from kindergarten to college, I have seen firsthand that so many people grow up with th…

Jane Rice Hired as Instructional Designer

Rice replaces Ricardo Flores who transferred to Skyline. Jane Rice has been hired as the new instructional designer at Cañada College and she’s eager to work with faculty to help them develop online courses. Rice replaces Ricardo Flores, who transferred to Skyline College.

Rice began her career as a faculty member, teaching German Studies and Women’s Studies at both Penn State and the University of Arizona. She left her faculty position at the University of Arizona to move back to the Bay Area. She has worked as an instructional designer at the UC Berkeley Extension and San Jose City College as well as for a San Jose tech company producing tutorials.
“It’s important that faculty know I’m on campus and I’m here to help them,” she said. “I can help them design online courses from beginning to end or just offer technical assistance in a variety of areas. It really depends on what they need.”
Rice will be visiting division meetings to meet faculty members and offer assistance. “Having taught …

Cañada Alum Isaiah Roggow Prepares for Med School

Roggow will focus on primary care for the needy

Former Cañada College student Isaiah Roggow has been accepted to the UC Riverside School of Medicine where he will study to become a primary care physician.
Roggow will be part of UC Riverside’s inaugural medical school class. The UC Riverside School of Medicine is California’s first new public medical school in four decades.
“My intention is to become a primary care physician, likely in family medicine, and work in a medically underserved area,” Roggow said. “I will be able to leverage my training in nutrition to better serve my patients.”
Roggow attended Cañada for several years before transferring to UC Davis in 2010. “Cañada has a strong honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, and the leadership and interpersonal skills I gained were put to good use at UC Davis,” he said. “It was through PTK and my subsequent projects that assisted me in preparing for medical school.”
In addition, Roggow said faculty and staff at the college were eager mentors. C…

Former Cañada Student Monique Ellis Teaches Others

Ellis is working as a teaching assistant at East Palo Alto Academy. Monique Ellis will never forget Cañada College professors Bob Lee and Michael Stanford. Lee, a professor of sociology, and Stanford, a professor of history, inspired Ellis to become a role-model for others in her East Palo Alto neighborhood.

Ellis graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2007 and initially attended the University of Pacific. After completing a semester, she withdrew because tuition costs were unaffordable for her family. She returned home, enrolled at Cañada in the spring of 2008, and completed her general education courses, where she met both Lee and Stanford.
“Attending Cañada was probably the best decision I ever made,” she said. “I really benefited from the small class sizes and professors who actually care about their students succeeding. Because of this support, I gained a wealth of academic confidence and skills.”
In the summer of 2010, Ellis transferred to UC Berkeley where she applied her newfoun…

Math Jam Program Honored with J. Russell Kent Award

Cañada's Math Jam Program will receive a J. Russell Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Boards Association at a special ceremony on Monday, May 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.
Math Jam is one of 19 educational programs in San Mateo County that will be recognized and is the only college program receiving the award. The awards are given to outstanding and innovative programs either in the classroom or outside. Programs must promote student success, employ a high degree of creativity, and demonstrate transferability. Named after the past San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, J. Russell Kent, SMCSBA initiated the award program in the 1980-81 school year.
Math Jam is an intensive, two-week, Math Placement Test preparation program for students who wish to test into a higher level math course or would like to review math concepts in preparation for upcoming math courses. The program's goal is to improve student success in math courses and thereby reduce the c…