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Yan-Jun “Sophie” Liao has already become the most accomplished College of San Mateo women’s sprinter this century. Now, she is shooting for the best standing in program history.

For the second time in three consecutive years, CSM’s Honors Project publication, Labyrinth, has won first place in a national honors newsletter competition. The National Collegiate Honors Council awarded Labyrinth first place among all public and private universities and colleges in the nation. The awards were announced at NCHC’s annual national conference in Boston in November 2018.

CSM student Oscar Franco has been named a 2019 Latinos In Technology Scholar by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The scholarship provides LatinX students in STEM fields with funding of up to $10,000 per year for three years when they transfer to a four year university.

This summer, the inspirational former CSM Track Coach Joe Mangan was inducted into the California Community College Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held August 4 at the group’s annual convention in Walnut Creek.

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Andrade (‘18), who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at San Francisco State. Titled The Influence of Validation on Academic Outcomes for Oceania Community College Students, the dissertation examines the extent to which Oceania students experience validation by institutional actors on a community college campus.

Shuai was the only finalist to qualify for and win the Grand Prize. The national grand 7 prize for the qualified individual with the high total score is a $3000 scholarship to go toward the continuation of his or her education at an accredited four-year institution.

College of San Mateo career education programs have again earned numerous awards from the California Community College’s Strong Workforce Stars recognition program. CSM’s career education programs won one Gold Star, two Silver Stars, and eight Bronze Stars for success in helping students reach new heights in earning power and social mobility.

College of San Mateo has developed the Year One Promise—a program that removes the financial stress while providing important tools for having a successful first year of college. The Year One Promise combines a full scholarship, up to $750 for books, and a dedicated counselor who will work with each student to make an education plan. So far, over 800 students have completed a Year One Promise application.

It was perhaps fitting that the 400th softball victory by College of San Mateo softball coach Nicole Borg and her staff — 6-4 over host Ohlone College — also gave the state top-ranked Lady Bulldogs a game and a half lead over the rival Renegades in the Coast North Conference.

CSM’s promotional video, “Welcome to College of San Mateo,” was awarded the gold medallion for best college promotional brand video by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, District 6. The district includes all community colleges in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and the Pacific territories. The awards were announced in March at the district’s annual dinner in Las Vegas.