Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sign up for a Free DACA Renewal Workshop on April 9th

Free DACA Renewal Workshop

Meet outside of Cañada Library at 3 p.m. to travel to law firm

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

BTO, the DREAMers Student Club and DREAMers Task Force are partnering with the Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and the Law Offices of Goodwin Procter to provide: free transportation, a tour and presentation of the Goodwin Procter offices, dinner and assistance completing DACA forms. Registration is required! To reserve your spot, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/dacadreamer2015

What's Happening at Cañada? Week of March 30, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cañada College Art Department presents an exhibition of paintings by the Bay Area artist Rachelle Agundes



The Cañada College Art Department is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by the Bay Area artist Rachelle Agundes. The exhibition runs from March 16 - April 16 in the Cañada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152.  Please note: the gallery will be closed the week of Spring Break, March 22 - 28.

The show consists of nine oil paintings completed within the last three years.

These works explore the process of memory and how it becomes distorted through the steady passage of time. The paintings depict collaged images from Agundes’s memory, family history, photographs and dreams, which are filtered through studio processes. These processes include working from hand-built sculptural forms, projecting onto these forms, and layering compositions with collaged spaces. In her practice, Agundes uses materials to distort images from memory into further realizations that demand to be questioned and re-examined. History is also questioned, time is boundless and runs in all directions, and perception is redefined.

Originally from Red Bluff, California, Agundes now lives in Oakland and teaches Art at U.C. Davis. She earned a B.F.A. from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, and continued her studies at Boston University, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts degree. Before returning to the Bay Area, she was living in New York City. Rachelle has also exhibited her work in New York, Milan, Boston and Maine. In 2010 she was the recipient of the ArtSlant Showcase Competition 1st Place Award for Painting.

The College Gallery is open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information contact William Morales, Art Department, moralesw@smccd.edu, 650 306-3343.

Cañada Chemistry Professor Recognized with 2014 Community College Teacher Scholar Award

Cañada College Chemistry Professor Jeanette Medina presents the 2014 Community College Teacher Scholar Award to Cañada College Chemistry Professor Robert Tricca.

Cañada College Chemistry Professor Robert Tricca was recently recognized by Santa Clara Valley American Chemical Society (ACS-SCV) with a Community College Teacher Scholar (CCTS) Award. The award recognizes the contributions of a community college chemistry teacher to science education.  Tricca was chosen from one of the 13 community colleges in the ACS-SCV local area that includes five counties around San Jose, CA. 

Professor Tricca received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Boston College in 1980 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Tufts University in 1985. He started his professional career in the chemical industry where he spent a significant number of years. He has held positions at Pfizer, Oral B/Gillette, Align Technology and Oral Health Technologies ranging from bench work to upper administration and co-founder. In 2008, Tricca decided to pursue his passion for teaching. His teaching career started as an adjunct faculty at Diablo Valley College, Laney College and Cañada College. His commitment and aptitude for the job were unquestionable and only two years later, Professor Tricca assumed his current fulltime position at Cañada College. In a short period of time, Tricca has contributed to the advancement of chemical education by updating the general chemistry laboratory experiments to reflect modern relevant bench skills; establishing an ongoing undergraduate student research environment in collaboration with the National Resources Conservation Service and has continuously promoted students success by mentoring and exposing them to professional organizations and professional networking opportunities.

The sixth annual Teacher Scholar Award was presented to Professor Tricca at Mission College in Santa Clara. Tricca was nominated by his fellow Chemistry Professor Jeanette Medina. His nomination was reviewed by a separate selection committee.  The award includes a $500 stipend for the award recipient, a plaque and additional $500 for the award recipient’s department.

Cañada College students came to support Professor Tricca at the awards dinner: Fadi Syriani, Ari Kashaniamin, Everado "Lalo" Gomez, Jonathan Bussing and Aarohi Bhargava-Shah

SJ Mercury News: Colts Sweep NorCal Men's Basketball Awards


By Vytas Mazeika

Daily News Staff Writer

Posted:   03/18/2015 10:08:46 PM:   about 11 hours
Cañada College swept the NorCal men's basketball awards, with Mike Reynoso named the coach of the year, sophomore Rohndell Goodwin the player of the year and guard Crisshawn Clark the freshman of the year.

The Colts (24-7), who lost in overtime in the semifinals of the state championships, were also recognized as the top team from the North by the California Community College Coaches Association.

For members of the program, at least right now, it's hard not to view the awards as a consolation prize.

"We kind of got word as we were coming off being heartbroken," said Reynoso, whose team was stunned in last week's final four when eventual state champion Saddleback College drained a 30-footer with 0.4 seconds left to force overtime. "But definitely really proud of everything that those guys accomplished. What more can you say from a kid (Goodwin) that didn't play high school basketball, coming off injuries and everything to be the NorCal player of the year. And Crisshawn to really just develop and mature his game and be the freshman of the year."

Reynoso, 31, in his second season at the helm, bounced back from a 5-22 season to lead the Colts into the state championships for the second time in program first, the previous appearance in 1994.

"It's still tough," Reynoso said. "The play still goes over and over in my head of, you know, how to do things different and be better and all that. And I think that's what great coaches have to do. I don't think I can sit there and not analyze it. And I'm probably over analyzing it to a point, but I think that's how I'm going to become great, it's by doing that."

Clark, who scored a game-high 23 in the loss to Saddleback, was the only member of the All-State Tournament team not to play in the final.

"Crisshawn set himself apart from everybody," Reynoso said. "He was the best player out there out of the four teams left, for sure."

Reynoso and his staff took the weekend off, then went on the recruiting trail Monday and checked out some of the high school NorCal semifinals Tuesday night.

"For me, that's the only way to get over it," Reynoso said. "That's the only time that I really don't think about that play to be honest you, when I'm focusing on the next year's class and developing these freshmen. Just ready to get back there, just really preparing to do that."

Email Vytas Mazeika at vmazeika@dailynewsgroup.com; follow him at Twitter.com/dailynewsvytas.

Friday, March 13, 2015

San Jose Mercury News: Canada's Martin matures on and off the court

Canada's Martin matures on and off the court

By Vytas Mazeika

Daily News Staff Writer

Manny Martin doesn't back down from a fight in the post, which is a good thing for the Canada College men's basketball team. But growing up, the 25-year-old didn't back down from a fight in general, which was bad for Manny Martin.
"It's a story tell, I guess, where I was at and where I am now," he said.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore power forward with the Colts constantly ran away from home as a kid. At age 11 or 12, Martin was sent to a boot camp in San Luis Obispo akin to the A&E series Beyond Scared Straight.

"And it didn't work," he said. "I used to fight almost every single day."
Martin was expelled from middle school and sent to a boarding school in Utah that more resembled a juvenile facility. Then his mother passed away in 2006.

"That's kind of when I looked myself in the mirror and, I guess, you could say in a way found who I was," Martin said.
He returned to Los Angeles, but never played basketball at Fairfax High. Then one day he joined a pickup basketball game at Santa Monica College. The coach asked Martin if he wanted to work out with the team, and it wasn't long before he was playing tournaments and entering dunk contests in Venice Beach.

"To be honest with you, when I was in L.A., basketball really saved my life," said Martin, who has two biological daughters who live with their mother in Modesto and is the father figure to a 7-year-old girl he's known since Day 1 of her life. "So it was just something that I really believe in my heart that without it, I could have definitely exited on a completely different path and went the wrong direction, for sure."
Word got out about this raw talent and then-Canada coach Peter Diepenbrock, who guided Palo Alto High to a state championship in 2006, flew down to visit Martin.

"Anybody that ever asks me about Diepenbrock, I'll tell them he saved my life," Martin said. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I'm at today. We had our ups and downs and our problems, but he was a good man and it's emotional to talk about him."
As a freshman during the 2009-10 season, Martin was a force to be reckoned with. He remembers ranking in the top 20 in the state in scoring and third in rebounding.

But the team struggled in conference play and finished with a 10-14 record. Martin, who failed to adjust to the discipline and structure in his first full season of organized basketball, wasn't in the starting lineup for the last seven games.
"I wasn't ready for basketball yet," said Martin, who admits he made a lot of bad choices. "I recognize that and Diepenbrock recognized it and everybody recognized that."

Short temper

"He was a troubled kid for sure," said Oladele Sobomehin, a mentor to Martin and founder of Team Esface, a year-round basketball academy for boys and girls established in 2005 with headquarters in East Palo Alto and gym locations in Redwood City and Menlo Park. "It was obvious he had a very bad attitude, a hot temper, was quick to get into a scuffle with his opponent. But he had a lot of youthful energy and he was a pretty positive kid for the most part. He enjoyed the game of basketball, just how he dealt with conflict revealed his lack of character."

Two months after Martin decided not to return for his sophomore season with the Colts, he was shot outside a bar in Fremont.

"Just wrong place, wrong time and I was targeted," he said.
It was the night of Dec. 12, 2010. Martin got into an altercation with a man. As he tells, words and punches were exchanged. Friends of the other guy, who went back to his car, began to punch and step on Martin. Eventually able to get up, he said he ran about 4 feet when a loud boom reverberated.

"I looked down and I actually saw the bullet go through my chest," said Martin, who managed to run another couple of blocks. "I remember putting my left hand on a white car and then laughing and saying, 'I just got shot.' And the next thing I remember I was in a hospital bed two days later."
Wake-up call

When he woke up from a coma, Martin had a shattered scapula, fractured rib, punctured lung. It wasn't until March that he regained feeling in his left arm and shoulder. He was unable to get back on the court until September of 2011.
An opportunity arose to play J.C. basketball in Seattle the next year, but that didn't work out. Instead, he ended up in a small town called Centralia and blew out his right knee trying to join the local college basketball team.

Martin returned to the Bay Area for his rehab and rejoined Team Esface as a coach, a job for which he was first hired in the summer of 2010.
"I wanted to invest in him and I saw the potential in him becoming a great coach," said Sobomehin, who next week will meet with Martin to look at pros and cons of scholarship offers from four-year colleges. "And with that opportunity, obviously he would learn a lot of life lessons along the way."

Just like there were ups and downs his freshman season at Canada, there were rough patches with Team Esface.
"There was obviously a learning curve and it wasn't a very smooth road," Sobomehin said. "There were plenty of times where he would get into little scuffles or conflicts with other coaches, so the chemistry was always an issue, although he would always be good with the kids."

Back to college

A successful stint in 2014 at the San Francisco Pro-Am basketball summer league at Kezar, where he got to guard NBA players such as Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics, rekindled his passion for organized basketball.
"I was actually able to stand my ground, so I made a decision that maybe it's time to see where my basketball career can go," Martin said. "I felt mentally ready, emotionally ready, physically ready to try this college thing again."

Via email he contacted Canada coach Mike Reynoso, who heard through the grapevine that Martin had expressed interest in returning after a three-season hiatus.
The question was, would Martin see this through until the end?

"Everybody has problems that they run into in life," Reynoso said. "And for him, really seeing his growth and maturity through this year is just unbelievable. Who he's become as a young man is great to see. More than all the stats and every accolade that you can give him on the court, he's just really bought into the program and bought into the philosophy of what we do."

The final four

Martin averages 11.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals on the fourth-highest scoring team in the state. The Colts (24-6) completed a turnaround from a five-win season to reach the four-team state community college championships, which tip off tonight at El Cerritos College in Norwalk.
Diepenbrock joined the Colts bandwagon this season, and he was in the stands when Canada won on the road to clinch a spot in the final four.

"When I came away from these last several games that I've watched, the thing that I tell people is that Manny is playing basketball," Diepenbrock said. "The light is going on. ... He's playing like a team guy. He's a much different player now than when I had him, and it probably goes with him being a much different person, I gotta figure."
The Colts began the season 19-2, then faced adversity for the first time during a five-game stretch in which they lost four times. Reynoso called a team meeting after back-to-back crushing losses that ended any hopes of a conference title.

"I was expecting us to sit in the meeting and Coach yell at us and people point fingers and blame it on the next person," Martin said. "But Coach put up a YouTube video of Kevin Garnett and how hungry he was, and he showed us what a championship team is really about."
The 19-year-old version of Manny Martin might have been one of those people to point fingers. Maybe he runs his mouth at the coach and gets benched after making yet another bad choice.

The 25-year-old version is a catalyst on a team contending for a state championship, and those who know him best hope there's not a relapse in his future.
"People that know me say that I'm a scorer," Martin said. "They say, 'Manny, you can put the ball in the hoop.' On this team, they want me to do the little things. They want me to rebound, they want me to take charges. I love that stuff. I love battling inside, I enjoy the physicality, I enjoy just the fight inside."

Email Vytas Mazeika at vmazeika@dailynewsgroup.com; follow him at Twitter.com/dailynewsvytas.


Cañada College's Mike Reynoso Named Northern California Coach of the Year

California Community College Men's Basketball Association (CCCMBA) has named Cañada College's men's basketball Head Coach Mike Reynoso as Northern California Coach of the Year.

This is Reynoso’s second year as the Head Coach of the Cañada Men's Basketball Program. Under his leadership, the team has made it to the state Final Four and competes in the semi-finals tonight against Saddleback College.

Reynoso brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the court, both as a head coach and skill developer.   As a player during his high school and college years he learned how to develop players and lead a program to insure the individual success of his student-athletes. Prior to his arrival at Cañada, Coach Reynoso served as Head Coach at local Woodside High School (Woodside, Calif.) from 2007-2011. He then moved on as Assistant Coach for Cañada College from 2011-2013, where he eventually took over as the Head Coach.  

"In the last twelve months, Coach Reynoso has built a championship caliber team nearly from scratch, and lifted our program decades beyond where it stood when he took over the head coaching position in 2013," said  Cañada College President Larry Buckley.  "No one in the state is more deserving of the recognition he has earned as Coach of the Year."



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What's Happening at Cañada? Week of March 9, 2015


San Jose Mercury News: Junior college basketball: Canada reaches final four for first time since 1994


Junior college basketball: Canada reaches final four for first time since 1994

By Vytas Mazeika
Daily News Staff Writer

What a difference a year makes.
The men's basketball team at Canada College didn't even sniff the playoffs during a five-win season in 2013-14. Now the Colts find themselves in the four-team state community college championships.
"It's something else," said second-year coach Mike Reynoso said. "It's an exciting time."
It's the first trip since 1994 to the final four for Canada (24-6), which was seeded ninth in the NorCal Regional and needed three road victories to extend its season.
"I think we actually like being on the road," Reynoso said. "That's something that our team has thrived on throughout the season, just being tested on the road and that atmosphere where everybody is rooting against us."
The latest victory came Saturday night at No. 3 Marin, which trailed by 17 points during the send half before chipping away at the deficit.
"It was intense," Reynoso said. "It was so much energy, so much just passion involved in the game from both sides."
Free throws down the stretch by sophomores Kenny Hatch and Rohndell Goodwin helped Canada cling to its lead.
Goodwin came down with a key rebound with 3.8 seconds left and converted both free throws to finish with a game-high 24 points off the bench.
"We definitely rushed the court," Reynoso said. "I ran and jumped on Rohndell Goodwin. Our other assistant Jason Hardee went and hugged Manny Martin and everybody was kind of getting in together, excited before we went in line and shook their hands."

The Colts take on Saddleback (31-2), the No. 1 seed out of the south, in Friday's semifinals at 7 p.m. All games will be hosted by Cerritos College in Norwalk with the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.
The semifinal will provide a contrast in styles, as Canada features the No. 4 offense in the state at 83.9 points per game, while Saddleback ranks second in fewest points allowed at 56.2.
"I expect a good team regardless at this point," said Reynoso, who in a brief scouting report noted Saddleback features a big post presence.
"He's going to have to run with us and we're going to have to bang with him inside. I think it's going to be an old-fashioned matchup. It's going to be blow for blow, and whoever makes the most runs and keeps their composure will come out the winner."
Freshman guard Crisshawn Clark finished with 15 points and nine rebounds against Marin, while power forward Manny Martin had 13 points and nine boards. Hatch scored 12.

"They went to a zone and we hit 3's, they overplayed us on the perimeter and we drove by them, we pounded it inside, we rebounded, hit free throws," said Reynoso, whose team overcame 25 turnovers. "We just played a complete game and we took care of the ball until the last seven minutes."
In the opposite side of the bracket, No. 17 Foothill fell 62-50 to No. 5 Merritt in Oakland. The Owls, who upset the No. 1 seed the previous weekend, finish the season with a 15-17 record.

Email Vytas Mazeika at vmazeika@dailynewsgroup.com; follow him at Twitter.com/dailynewsvytas.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cañada College Men’s Basketball Team in State Final Four

Cañada College Men’s Basketball Team in State Final Four

Cañada Colts compete in Semi-finals in Southern Calif. this Friday

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. (March 9, 2015) – The Cañada College Colts men’s basketball team has secured a spot in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Final Four and is slated to play Saddleback College in the semi-finals this Friday, March 13.

The Colts bested College of Marin in the Northern California Regional finals on Saturday night with a 73-70 victory. With the win, the Colts head to Southern Calif. to compete in the state Final Four and are just two wins away from a state championship.

The Colts play Saddleback College in the semi-finals this Friday, March 13. The winning team advances to the Championship on Sunday, March 15 and will play either Merritt College or East Los Angeles College.

"I am so proud of this group of young men, and what they have accomplished this season thus far." said Mike Reynoso, Head Coach of the Cañada College men’s basketball team. “They have worked hard to get to the Final Four.  The opportunity to represent Cañada College and it's Athletics program at the state level is an honor, and real testament to how hard this group has worked throughout the year.  On another note we have had so much support from our fans, and are hoping to have all them make the trip to Los Angeles."

"We are proud of Coach Reynoso and the accomplishments of his team. He has fashioned this extraordinary group of young student athletes into a championship caliber team both on the court and in the classroom.” said Larry Buckley, President of Cañada College.

Cañada College will play Saddleback College in tournament at 7 p.m. this Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. The championship game will also be held at Cerritos College on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m.

For updates on the Colts throughout the tournament, please follow the Cañada College Facebook page or visit the College news blog. For interview and/or photo requests, please contact Megan Rodriguez at rodriguezm@smccd.edu or (510) 759-5818.



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

COLTS WIN AGAIN! Basketball team one win away from Community college Final Four

Cañada on verge of final four
March 05, 2015, 05:00 AM By Terry Bernal Daily Journal

The Cañada men’s basketball team is one win away from a trip to the California Community College final four.

The Colts rolled to a 67-58 win at San Jose City in the Northern California Regional semifinals Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark scored a game-high 24 points, including a 3-pointer near the start of the second half to give Cañada a commanding lead.

Cañada forwards Manny Martin and Rodrigo Puliceno dominated in the paint. While Puliceno was holding San Jose in check with nine rebounds, Martin grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and added 19 points to tab the double-double.

“Just an animal,” Cañada head coach Mike Reynoso said of Martin. “Just a big-time game for him.”

But it was one of Clark’s eight rebounds that was the highlight of the game, according to Reynoso. With 3:20 remaining in regulation, Clark went soaring over a San Jose post player to grab the ball above the rim, Reynoso said.

“It was a monster, big-time board,” Reynoso said.

San Jose previously defeated Cañada in the regular season. It was the Colts’ first loss of the year, a 77-70 decision on Nov. 14.

Reynoso said Wednesday’s win wasn’t so much about revenge as it is about Cañada’s mission to win the state title.

“I think for me, it’s just the win says so much about the program and our guys,” he said. “Yeah it’s sweet revenge, I get that, for those on the outside looking in … but we know we’re a championship team if we do what we’re coached to do.”

With the win, Cañada advances to Saturday’s Nor Cal finals to face Marin Saturday at Marin. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Link to Story:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's Happening at Cañada: Week of March 2, 2015

What's Happening at Cañada: Weekly Campus Calendar of Events


March 4:

Cañada College Men’s Basketball in Round 3 of the 2015 CCCAA Men’s Basketball NorCal Regional

San Jose City College -- 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

7 p.m.  

Come cheer on the Colts as they take on the Jaguars at San Jose City College.

March 10 & March 12:

"Migration is Beautiful" Art Workshops with Artist / Activist / Educator, Favianna Rodriguez

Building 6, Room 102

March 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Poster Making

March 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Linoleum Block Printing

FREE and open to all Cañada students; Lunch and Art Supplies will be provided. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/migrationisbeautiful

For more information or to register by phone: Prof. Yolanda Valenzuela, 650-306-3206 or email: candreamers@smccd.edu. To learn more about Favianna Rodriguez: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/26/migration-is-beautiful-artist-favianna-rodriguez-documentary_n_2535690.html

Hosted by the Cañada College DREAMers Student Club and the DREAMers Task Force. Sponsored by ASCC and the Vending Commission Fund.

March 12:

Civil Rights Activist Colia Lafayette Clark

Building 3, Main Theater

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Free event! Colia Lafayette Clark was an early member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  Come join a discussion about the Civil Rights Movement, the importance of grassroots organizing and how it relates to Civil Rights struggles today.

Hosted by the English and History Departments and sponsored by the Initiative for Men of Color and AFT 1493.  

March 17:

Second Annual Colt Classic – Cañada Colts vs CSM Bulldogs

Cañada Baseball Field

2 p.m. explore activity booths; 2:30 p.m. start of game

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Colts Classic! Cheer on the baseball team and enjoy activity booths, food specials and more! Wear green and bring your student ID for free exclusive memorabilia.






Monday, March 2, 2015

Cañada College Theatre Arts Presents: Spring Sprung Comedy Show II: Spring Springs Back!

Spring Sprung Comedy Show II:
Spring Springs Back!

Cañada College Theatre Arts presents five hysterical comedies packed into one hilarious hour!
·         Bed and Breakfast by Richard Dresser
·         Gave Her the Eye by John Sheehy
·         Candy Likes Your Status by Matt Henderson
·         Guest of Honor by Richard Strand
·         Unprimed by John McKinney
Veteran Cañada College Theatre Arts performers Greg Newton, Tori Sazio, Allan Gomez, Andrew Barri, Christine Price, Andrea Walker, Alejandro Mejia, and Eli Agkelos-Solari return to the Flex Theatre stage, along with newcomers Manny Martin, Farrah Abu-Halimeh, and Ester James.
Directed by Anna Budd.
1st Week
Wed 3/4 12:45 p.m.*
Thurs 3/5 11 a.m .*
Sat 3/7 8 p.m.
Sun 3/8 p.m.
2nd Week
Wed 3/11 10 a.m.*
Sat 3/14 8 p.m.
Sun 3/15 2 p.m.
*These are donation-only matinees!
$5 students, $10 seniors, $15 general admission. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Get your tickets at the door; tickets go on sale one hour before show time.
LOCATION: Flex Theatre, Cañada College Campus, Redwood City. (Building 3, Room 129).
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Cañada College Medical Assisting Department Student Success Story – Julie Burns

Julie Burns graduated from the Medical Assisting program at Cañada College in December of 2015. After earning her Associates degree, ...