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College of San Mateo ranked third in the country, Ohlone College in Fremont took the seventh spot, Las Positas College in Livermore grabbed 14th, and De Anza College in Cupertino was 19th.

Former Bulldog Softball players Harlee Donovan, Lauren Quirke and Allie Stines have been named to the Southern Oregon University’s All-Decade Team.

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 Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named College of San Mateo as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

Save the date for a special recognition event for faculty and managers who have been at CSM for 10, 20, and 30 years. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, College Heights Conference Room. Details to come.

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.