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Archive for February, 2014

The Mammoth Cometh and its happening right here in our backyard. The NY Times Magazine story details the work of Ben Novak in UC Santa Cruz and the use of genetic engineering to save species from extinction as well as his work to resurrect extinct species. Called “de-extinction,” the idea of returning an extinct species like the Woolly Mammoth presents all kinds of ethical and environmental questions. Both positive and negative. Read the article to see what’s taking place in Santa Cruz, a short hour and half drive southwest of College of San Mateo.

Student Haoran Yu from China caught the Rockets vs. Warriors basketball game on Thursday, February 20. The Warriors not just won, but won in style, providing a thrilling finish when the Warriors tied the game in the last three seconds. They went on to win 102-99. You can find his pictures on our Flickr page.

Even if you’re stuck indoors studying, take a break to enjoy this beautiful weather. Yes, there is a drought in California so be sure to save on water when you’re at home, but let’s enjoy our golden winter! Here’s a website with a list of hikes near San Mateo. But this will be a great weekend to enjoy the coast. If you’ve only got a couple of hours, take Highway 92 west to Half Moon Bay. Once you get to Highway 1, turn left and drive for about 15 minutes until you spot the Ritz Carlton. There’s a beautiful beach area there to enjoy. Plus you can feel all fancy because you’re hanging out near the Ritz Carlton. If you’ve got more time, take the drive all the way down to Santa Cruz, then take Highway 17 back to 280 north.

Hunger Games

College of San Mateo and the International Student Center are open again. We were closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The next non-school day for students will be Wednesday, March 5, and then Spring Break the week of March 31. The International Student Center will be open during those days.


Hope you had an enjoyable break!

Optional Practical Training workshop

Did you know that as an international student you can work for one year after you complete an Associate’s degree? Well you can! The program is called Optional Pracitical Training (OPT) and the International Student Center will be conducting a workshop on this program. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 10, Room 191. All international students are welcome to attend, regardless of when you’ll be completing your degree. This information is important to learn as you can also use OPT after earning your Bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship Application Workshops

College of San Mateo scholarships are open to all new and continuing international students, even if it is just your first semester at the college or if you have no GPA! The Financial Aid office is offering several workshops to help you complete the application. Find a day and time that works for you, and attend the workshop if you have not already completed the scholarship application. The application deadline is February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Mario or Patty will be happy to write you a letter of recommendation for the scholarship!

Win a mini iPad

Please give us your opinion of the services you are receiving as an international student at CSM by completing the International Student Survey.  You will be entered into a drawing to win a mini iPad if you complete the survey by Friday, February 7. Our success depends on how well we serve our international students. Your feedback helps us to deliver the best possible service – something we work to improve every day. We encourage you to give us your comments and suggestions. All survey responses are strictly confidential.

Let’s Chat! A language partner program

We are excited to announce “Let’s Chat!” a language partner program that pairs a native English speaker with a non-native speaker to engage in English language conversation practice throughout the semester. This is a great way for you to develop communication skills and get to know someone from another culture. If you’re interested, complete the Let’s Chat Information and Application and submit it to the International Student Center.

International Student Club news

Chinese Lunar New year Celebration! Enjoy a lion dance performance and paper lantern making workshop next week (February 11, 12,and 13). The events will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. near Building 10. The events are presented by the Cultural Awareness Board. Come join your fellow international students next week for some fun!

Free UC Berkeley campus tour

College of San Mateo is hosting a FREE Campus Tour and Admissions Information Session on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday, March 5th from 8am – 3pm (ending time is approx.). CSM will be providing bus transportation. Students will be able to explore the campus and hear a presentation of the transfer admissions process to UC Berkeley. Part of the presentation will also include former CSM transfer students sharing their experiences transferring from a CSM to UC Berkeley. Interested students need to come to the Transfer Services Office in Bldg. 10 Room 340 to register for this special event.