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San Mateo County community college basketball teams haven’t had a ton of playoff experiences over the last 20 years. But the last two years has seen a renaissance of sorts. Last year, the Cañada men’s team made a run to the Northern California semifinals and this season, both the College of San Mateo men and the Skyline women are in position to make the postseason. “I just want to the ability to play our best basketball in February and March,” said CSM head coach Mike Marcial, who has led the Bulldogs into the playoff race in the program’s first year back after a 36-year hiatus.

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Welcome to the Cascade Collegiate Conference, where in recent years the NAIA softball world has been ruled by a pair of Oregon-based programs. What do Southern Oregon University and Oregon Tech have in common? Well, as of this year, it is the College of San Mateo pipeline.

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Speed and power — Shea Moreno has quickly impressed in both facets in her short College of San Mateo softball career. The freshman out of Sheldon-Sacramento opened Saturday’s home doubleheader with a bang, socking a leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, already the second of Moreno’s collegiate career in just six games. She added two singles to go 3 for 3 and totaled four stolen bases in the Lady Bulldogs’ 15-0 win over College of the Siskiyous.

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The Associated Students of College of San Mateo invites you to a Town Hall with the candidates for State Senate, District 13. CSM alumnus Jerry Hill has served as our State Senator since 2012, and will retire this year. Five of the candidates for his seat will be on campus on February 6 to share their views.

Candidate Town Hall: California Senate District 13
Thursday, February 6
12:30 – 2:30 pm
College Center Building 10, Bayview Dining Room

Participants include:

  • Josh Becker (D)
  • Mike Browrigg (D)
  • Alex Glew (R)
  • Sally Lieber (D)
  • Shelly Masur (D)

The Town Hall will be moderated by CSM Political Science Professor Lee Miller. Candidates will answer prepared questions, then the floor will be open for attendees to ask their own questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard!

This event is sponsored by the Associated Students of College of San Mateo and organized by the ASCSM Advocacy Board. For any questions, please contact the Center for Student Life in Building 17, Room 112 or email at

CSM’s SparkPoint Center has a shiny new home in the Center for Equity, Leadership, & Community (Building 17). With a fully stocked food pantry and an a convenient new location, SparkPoint is ready to continue serving CSM and the broader community.

SparkPoint provides huge benefits for College of San Mateo students and community members:

  • Free weekly groceries
  • Free financial planning (budgeting, building credit, reducing debt, tax preparation, and planning for transfer with all of its financial costs)
  • Referrals to subsidized county programs for housing, medical insurance, and additional funds to help pay for food.

Want to schedule an appointment? Call SparkPoint at (650) 378-7275 or visit our new location in Building 17, Room 154.

The CSM chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society earned national recognition in 2019. The Honor Society achieved “Five Star” status, which is PTK’s highest level of club activity and engagement.

The Beta Xi Eta chapter won an Honors in Action Distinguished Theme award and a Distinguished Honors in Action Project. PTK Hallmark Awards are based on competitively judged applications. The awards recognize excellence in PTK’s areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Honors in Action Theme Awards are awarded to the top chapter projects submitted in connection with each theme.

Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society focusing on recognizing the academic achievements of community college students. The society creates unique research and leadership opportunities for members through yearly projects and events.

To be eligible for membership in PTK, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12+ units of associate degree coursework. For more information, visit the CSM PTK website.

The Assessment Committee and the CTL will be working to improve assessment support, and to continue to make the process meaningful, well-integrated into institutional routines, and non-onerous.

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Dennis Tordesillas, longtime executive assistant to the vice president of student services, will serve as executive assistant in the SMCCCD Facilities Planning, Maintenance & Operations Department through the end of March 2020.

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College of San Mateo will celebrate its centennial in 2022-23 with a major community outreach initiative, as well as commemorative videos, website, and special events.

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The Center for Equity, Leadership, & Community will be the new home of the Promise Scholars Program, Student Life & Leadership, SparkPoint and its food pantry, Mana, Umoja, Puente, the Honors Project, and Project Change.

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