Student Awards

Students at City College

City Times takes home Best in Show

City Times was recently awarded with two prestigious first place honors — winning both best college newspaper and first place college news site — at the San Diego Press Club’s 40th annual Excellence in Journalism awards Oct. 29 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Read More






San Diego City College Students Awarded $10,000 Annual Scholarships
from UC San Diego

Twenty San Diego City College graduates are being awarded $10,000 annual scholarships from the University of California, San Diego that will ensure they pay virtually no out-of-pocket costs when they transfer there this fall. The awards are offered through the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program. To be eligible, students must be accepted to UC San Diego and they must qualify for the University of California’s Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan.  Under the Blue + Gold plan, tuition and fees are covered for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 a year. Read More

10th annual MESA statewide student leadership conference

13 MESA Program students proudly represented City College at the 10th annual MESA statewide student leadership conference, held October 18-19 at the Marriott Mission Valley. In addition, congratulations go out to our MESA students Alejandra Martinez and Atl Arredondo for winning the “careers in energy” video challenge, along with $500 scholarships each! The winning video will be used to promote energy engineering careers to MESA pre-college students throughout California and MESA USA. The conference recap and City College team picture (PDF) is available here.

Graphic Design Class of 2013 Takes Home Top Honors

City Graphic Design LogoAt the American Institute of Graphic Arts San Diego Portfolio Review, the hard working, passionate students in our 2013 portfolio class pulled out all the stops to take home top honors. As a community college our students competed at this event with San Diego four year universities and private art and design schools. Students from San Diego City College took first, second and third place overall. Their vibrant work was also recognized by judges from the professional design community winning 14 of the 16 awards given. Their portfolios were judged as best in the following categories: Advertising, Cross Cultural Design, Design for Good, Environmental Graphic Design, Identity and Branding, Illustration, Packaging, Publication Design, Sustainability and Typography. Our students were also awarded by their peers all three Student's Choice honors and both Portfolio scholarship honors from Academy of Art San Francisco. Please take a look at the incredible portfolios and websites of our 2013 SDCC Graphic Design Portfolio Class here!

City Dance Student and Alumnus Awarded

City Dance Student and Alumnus Awarded For San Diego CIty College student Jamie Nixon and alumnus Zaquia Mahler Salinas, hard work and dedication paid off when they tied for third place in the third annual Young Choreographer’s Showcase. Jean Issacs, the artistic director for San Diego Dance Theater, holds the YCS each year to give up and coming choreographers a chance to present their talent and get their name out there. The showcase was held in City College’s Saville Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 23. Read the full article.

The MESA Story 2013-2013

San Diego City College AWIS Scholarship Recipients

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a national organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Since 2003, six remarkable young women from the San Diego City College Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program have received a $1,000 scholarship from AWIS San Diego. Overcoming life challenges—first in their family to attend college, low income, single mom or military veteran—this is their inspiring story of transfer, achievement, and success!

Click here to read about the six MESA AWIS scholarship recipients.

San Diego City College Student Chosen for Leadership Conference


A select San Diego City College student recently honed his leadership skills at a special invitation-only conference in Sacramento for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by San Diego Gas and Electric and six other companies. Click here for the Press Release.

From City College to Georgia Tech!


From City College to Georgia Tech! City College & MESA Program student Sergio Sandoval was officially accepted for transfer to Georgia Tech University as an aerospace engineering major! Sergio enrolled at City College in Fall 2011 with the dream of attending Georgia Tech. This dream was affirmed in January when he visited the Georgia Tech campus for the first time. The City College community has helped Sergio to realize his dream and move one step closer to his life dream of becoming an aerospace engineer. Sergio received the news of his transfer admission in June 2013 while in New York. He is currently conducting research in "graph theory" at the Rutgers University Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. He will proudly become a Yellow Jacket in the Fall.

City College Dance Students Recognized for Artistic Vision

Congratulations to San Diego City College Dance alumni Zaquia Mahler-Salinas and current Dance student Jaime Nixon for winning monetary awards for their choreographic visions at the San Diego Dance Theater's Young Choreographer Showcase! The showcase was held Saturday, February 23rd, at City College's Saville Theater. A sold out crowd watched with delight as 11 young emerging choreographers, including Zaquia and Jaime, each presented a dance demonstrating artistic vision and technically skilled dancers.
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California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association Announces Academic All - American Team

Congratulations to Lady Knights Softball catcher, Jonna Kallstrom, who has been selected to the 2013 Academic All-American 1st Team by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association (3CFCA). Selections to the Academic All-American team must have completed one year of competition and have an overall GPA of at least 3.2. The 1st Team selections are the top GPA's at their position, as recognized by the 3CFCA.

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City College's Student Newspaper Wins Summer Accolades

Contact: Roman S. Koenig, journalism adviser, (619) 388-3815

City Times, San Diego City College's student newspaper, has taken top awards in two competitions this summer.

The paper won Best of Show in the San Diego County Fair's Student Showcase college newspaper division, and second place Best College Newspaper from the Society of Professional Journalists' San Diego Pro Chapter. City Times also won first-place and Best in Class ribbons at the fair for Focus on School and Editorial.

"These awards are really significant for us because we beat larger, more prominent college journalism programs," said faculty adviser Roman S. Koenig, who won an honorable mention from SPJ for his freelance writing work covering education for the Carmel Valley News/Del Mar Village Voice. "This recognition is great encouragement for my students in a small program like City's. Their work really shines."

The SPJ awards were handed out July 16 during a banquet at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. The event included a speech by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, author of the book "The Soloist," which will be released in November as a major motion picture starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.

Several former City Times student staff members won awards from SPJ, as well.

  • Lauren Ciallella, First Place review/criticism: ‘Tango’ steps on your toes
  • Luis Bahena, Second Place regular column: Live and Learn
  • Lauren Ciallella, Second Place feature story: Halley’s Comet’s got nothing on Bauer’s asteroid
  • Katie Dunn, Second Place arts/entertainment story: Art on track
  • Scott Landheer, Second Place layout and design: Hi-tech, vo-tech
  • Rosemarie Davis, Honorable Mention regular column: Sports on the Edge
  • Rebecca Saffran, Honorable Mention photography: An evening of dance
  • Alissa Wisniewski, Honorable Mention review/criticism: ‘Beowulf’ is a step back for digitally animated films

Judges had specific praise for Ciallella's first-place review: "Excellent job of selling the experience – from high expectations to getting the bum’s rush. Makes us want to check it out."

Spring 2008 arts editor David McAtee won first-place and Best in Class ribbons for his two-page design highlighting City's Language Day, and a second-place ribbon for his two-page design covering the renovation of the college's L building.

City College's journalism program offers courses in beginning newswriting, newspaper production and mass communication, and often works in conjunction with the college's radio/television, photography, graphic design and English programs.

The program is scheduled to host a California Newspaper Publishers Association high school journalism day in September.

Call (619) 388-3815 for more information.

Radio/TV Assistant Professor Laura Castaneda proudly announces...

City’s NEWSCENE won two EMMY AWARDS at the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Awards Banquet this past weekend….   for the anchor team on a San Diego Firestorm special - Susana Franco and David Furlin, and one for Newscene en Español  - Tony Sanchez and Micaela Arroyo.

More at Sign On San Diego

Celebrating City College ATHLETICS...

State Badminton Champs, Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year, Pepsi Scholar Athlete Award, Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, many more (pdf)....

Best bet – 'I just wanted to express what I felt' – Derek Avalos

From Union Tribune – December 27, 2007; page 23 of Night and Day Magazine

The painter, who has a small studio in Tijuana, has enrolled in  City College's arts program.

“The library at City College is a place where we encourage students to forge ahead, and Derek's art is his way of expressing his feelings,” said José Salgado, the librarian in charge of organizing exhibitions.

Best Bet

Already more than 40 years old,  Derek Avalos had never put brush to canvas. But one day, when visiting an art supplies store, he felt the urge to create something.

“When I saw all those brushes, paints and canvases, I felt the need to start painting,” said Avalos, who works as a security guard. “I had no experience, I'd never taken any classes – I just wanted to express what I felt.”

That was four years ago, and now, at age 47 and having created more than 80 paintings and sculptures, Avalos is having a show.

“Alcanzando la naturaleza” (“Reaching Nature”), an exhibition of paintings born of his love of nature, will be open through January at the San Diego City College Library. His canvases portray leaves, tree trunks and roots.“Alcanzando la naturaleza” (“Reaching Nature”), an exhibition of paintings born of his love of nature, will be open through January at the San Diego City College Library. His canvases portray leaves, tree trunks and roots.“Alcanzando la naturaleza” (“Reaching Nature”), an exhibition of paintings born of his love of nature, will be open through January at the San Diego City College Library. His canvases portray leaves, tree trunks and roots.“Alcanzando la naturaleza” (“Reaching Nature”), an exhibition of paintings born of his love of nature, will be open through January at the San Diego City College Library. His canvases portray leaves, tree trunks and roots.

“Being in touch with nature is being in harmony with everything,” said the artist, who was born in Tijuana, grew up in Santa Ana and lives in San Diego.

Avalos said the inner peace he feels as he paints or sculpts has improved his mood and helped him combat the depression he had suffered for years.

“When I paint, my mind pauses. I stop thinking about negative things and focus on the colors and the shapes I'm creating.”

The painter, who has a small studio in Tijuana, has enrolled in City College's arts program.

“The library at City College is a place where we encourage students to forge ahead, and Derek's art is his way of expressing his feelings,” said José Salgado, the librarian in charge of organizing exhibitions.

Avalos said his daily surroundings have become the subject of his paintings. Some of the pieces from “Alcanzando la naturaleza” were inspired by the trees that dot the campus.

“I'd like for people to see one of my paintings and get a positive message and for it to spark their creativity so they want to do something artistic.”

– PABLO JAIME SAINZ