Upcoming Foundation Events

Join us for our Alumni Events & Lectures series!
Open to donors, friends, alumni, and the entire community



 Upcoming 2022-2023 Foundation Events: 

  • Lowriders, From the Bay to the World with John Ulloa - TBD in the Spring

  • Sustainable Fashion & Design with Shana McCraken - TBD 

  • Financial Planning and Giving Workshop - TBD

    • Join us for a workshop on estate, retirement, and giving planning.

  • SMCCCD Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards - TBD

Past Events:

  • 2021 March: Cañada College STEM Center/Alumni Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 3

    • Tamara Dorian NetSuite Functional Consultant, Zenardy and Cañada College alumna. "The Challenges of Finding a Job Straight Out of College. Especially in the Middle of a Pandemic." 
  • 2021 March: Cañada College STEM Center/Alumni Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 10

    • Andres Andres Cabrera – Staff Design Engineer at Samsung Austin Research Center and Cañada alum. "The Importance of Internships and Networking to Obtain Early Exposure to Your Career Work Environment.” 
  • 2021 March: Cañada College STEM Center/Alumni Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 18

    • Angel is a CSM alum and the author of “Skilled: Why Customer Service Is More Than a First Job.” A first-generation college student, Angel worked numerous customer service and retail jobs while pursuing her academic goals. Frustrated by her own difficulty landing key job opportunities, she figured out how to pivot her entry-level jobs into career opportunities. She will share lessons learned on securing internships, networking and interviewing, as well as how to leverage relationships and open doors to opportunities without an Ivy League degree or a pedigree. 
  • 2021 March: Alumni Association/CSM Career Center Speaker Series: Rhonda Demars, CEO Erzulie on Tuesday, March 23

    • Demars is CEO and Founder of Erzulie Cosmetics and CSM alum. She will share insights on her path from CSM to the C-Suite. Lessons learned on identifying her target customer demographic, selling products and building brand loyalty using social media, and staying true to your passions. 
  • 2021 April: Restorative Yoga & Mindfulness Free Workshop for Self-Care on Wednesday, April 7, 5:30-7 PM

    • A collaboration between SMCCCF, the San Mateo Athletic Center, and the MindKind Institute, please join us for a deeply relaxing workshop, created exclusively for our Foundation community, utilizing restorative yoga and mindfulness practices to allow us an opportunity to center ourselves, reduce stress, and import our overall well-being in our day-to-day lives.
  • 2021 April Protecting Your Skin Outdoors Workshop on Thursday, April 22

    • A workshop for men and women. Skyline College aesthetics faculty instructor Tammy Calderon will teach a hands-on workshop to participants on caring for our skin. Especially how to protect ourselves when enjoying the great outdoors.
  • 2021 March and April: In honor of Women’s History Month A Two-Part Free Lecture Series

    • Processing Atlanta: An Asian American Studies Perspective with Professors Seon-Hye Moon and Malathi Iyengar on Tuesday, March 30th, 5:30-6:30 PM - Part one of this series has already been presented
      • Join us for a conversation about critical ethnic studies frameworks and how they enable us to process the massacres in Atlanta
    • "Can Dolly Save Us?" on Tuesday, April 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM
      • College of San Mateo Ethnic Studies Professor Seon-Hye Moon, will present her lecture entitled, "Can Dolly Save Us?: Examining American Exceptionalism Through a Black Feminist Perspective."
  • 2021 May: Districtwide Student Scholarship and Awards ceremonies 
  • 2021 October: Shipwrecks of San Mateo County on Tuesday, October 5 at noon 

    • Join us for a fascinating exploration of local history. California State Parks archaeologist and community college professor Mark Hylkema will lead us through various shipwrecks that occurred in San Mateo County and share how our state parks are preserving the wreckage.
  • 2021 November 18 at noon: Improving Sleep with Emily Risk, RN 

    • There is a time for many words. There is also a time for sleep.” – Homer. You're invited to join us for a fascinating conversation about sleep health. A good night’s sleep is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure your mental and physical wellness, but modern lifestyles make it harder and harder to achieve. Whether it’s the 24/7 nature of our work-from-home culture, the lure of and constant presence of technology, or just stress of balancing home and work. Emily Risk will explain the latest science on sleep, and share her favorite tips for a good night’s sleep.

  • 2021 November 30 at 11am: Translating Your Military Experience: From Service to Salary 

    • Calling all alumni and students veterans, both current and prospective students! You are invited to join us for a live program co-hosted by the SMCCCD Alumni Association, the Cañada College Veterans Resource and Opportunity Center, the College of San Mateo Veterans Services, and the Skyline College Veterans Resource Center, focused on you. We’ll talk to Bay Area employers on how vets can distinguish themselves as job candidates and how to highlight military experience for civilian jobs. We’ll also discuss common roadblocks as they transition out of the military and into college or career, the most popular roles for folks coming out of the armed forces, supporting their unique needs, as well as the wrap-around support and services available within the District for students including career counseling, health and wellness, scholarship opportunities, and more.  

  • 2021 December 16 at 5pm: Holiday Mixology Class With the Foundation

    • Join us for a fun evening exploring how to make creative holiday cocktails. Josh Suchan is a veteran barman with over 15 years’ experience. Through his company, Ice & Alchemy, Josh brings to life the vision and goals of restaurant and bar owners via unique beverage programs, drawing attention from multiple publications including from LA’s top food critic, the late Jonathan Gold. 

      Teaching is Josh’s favorite part of the consulting process. He launched his Virtual Mixology Classes as a response to the pandemic as a way to connect with and teach the home cocktail enthusiast how to drink better at home. The cost for this event is $10 and advance registration is required. Instructions will be sent after registration.

  • 2022 January 19 at 5pm: Alumni Book Club "Wild Board in the Cane Field" by Anniqua Rana (Cañada College alumna) 

  • 2022 February 9 at 5pm: BSU + SMCCCF Present: Financial Aid 101: scholarships, grants, deadlines, and how to graduate debt-free! 

    • Did you know the SMCCC Foundation awards about $1 million in scholarships annually? Thanks to generous donors, there are scholarships available for students pursuing their college education and career training at all of the San Mateo County Community College District colleges. In honor of Black History Month, the SMCCCD Alumni Association, in partnership with Cañada College's Financial Aid, TRIO, and Black Student Union, are hosting a "Scholarships 101" workshop on Wednesday Feb. 9th, 5pm. The event is open to ALL STUDENTS. During this webinar, financial aid officers will review the application process, available scholarship opportunities, required documentation, key deadlines, and more. Don't miss out on your opportunity to attend.