Honors students Brian Yu and Cynthia Robinson were two of the 76 California community college students selected for the 2014 All-California Academic teams.
Fashion students Faye Owen and Joey Beccerra each won first place in the Rising Star category in the competition sponsored by the Textile Association of Los Angeles. Each student received a $500 scholarship.
STUDENT GROUP & TEAM HONORS
The Wrestling Team won the State Championship for the first time in the program’s history.
The Women’s Track Team won the State Championship.
The Dance Team won the National Championship.
The Jazz Band and Frontline both placed first at the Reno International Jazz Festival.
The Flying Team won the Top Community College Trophy at the National Intercollegiate Flying Associations national competition at Ohio State University.
Mt. SAC Health Career students won eight gold medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition in Orlando, Florida.
For the second straight year and the third time in the last four years, the Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the Phi Rho Pi national speech title at the national tournament held at Casper and Northwest colleges in Denver.
Journalism students were the big winners at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) fall regional conference at Cal State Fullerton. With more than 600 students competing, Mt. SAC walked away with six first-place wins, 11 second-place honors, seven third-place awards, and six honorable mentions. Mt. SAC also captured top honors for its publications. The web version of the Mountaineer, mountiewire.com, won the general excellence award as did the student magazine, Substance.
The Mt. SAC Cyber Team won first place in the Cyber Wars national competition sponsored by the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) held via remote access.
The Robotics Team won first place in METAL CRUNCH, took third place at the VEX University World Competition, and won the National Robothon Robomagellan event.
Industrial Design students won first place at the Regional Aero Def Manufacturing Competition with their fully functional Multi-Platform Flight/Ground Simulation Chair.
Mt. SAC’s Turf Team captured a national championship college competition at the Sports Turf Managers Association’s 25th annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas. With a total score of 136, Mt. SAC’s first-place championship team set a scoring record for all two-year college teams over the past three years. The first-place finish comes with a $4,000 award that will be used for the college’s turf program.
Student Services Vice President Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji was honored with the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award. Yamagata-Noji was named for the award for establishing numerous programs that provide mentorship and tutoring services for underrepresented students. She has been a champion of diversity and equity programs at Mt. SAC that support student success, including the college’s Bridge Program for first-time college students, the Arise Program for Asian and Pacific Islander students, and the Aspire Program for African-American students. The award was established to honor community college staff, districts, colleges and programs that have made the greatest contribution toward diversity and equity at community colleges.
The Learning Assistance Center’s Study Techniques Committee, the Library and Learning Resources Division, and Music Professor Robert Bowen were the recipients of the President’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Angelena Pride, Outreach Specialist for Adult Basic Education, was elected to the Rowland Unified School District Board during the November elections. A Mt. SAC employee for 16 years, Angelena garnered the most votes (2,050) among the seven candidates for two school board seats. Rowland Unified operates 19 schools with 15,000 students and more than 700 teachers.
Former Honors Program Director Carolyn Kuykendall was one of six educators throughout the U.S. and Europe awarded the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council Fellows recognition. The prestigious honor is awarded based on leadership, scholarly activities, teaching, and sustained commitment in college and university honors programs.
English Professor John Brantingham published a collection of poetry, The Green of Sunset, which is derived from his life and travel experiences. Published by Moon Tide Press, the new poetry collection is Brantingham’s fifth book and second collection of poetry.
Mt. SAC’s Accreditation Midterm Report was not only accepted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), but passed with flying colors and a commendation. According to the commission’s findings, Mt. SAC met the recommendations made by the commission during the 2010 site visit. Colleges are expected to meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards at all times during the six-year accreditation cycle. In a letter to President Bill Scroggins, the commission commended Mt. SAC for making the necessary changes to meet accreditation conditions and maintain compliance.
Mt. SAC’s Art Department and the Mt. SAC Public Arts Council unveiled the first of a series of mosaic reproductions of internationally renowned Claremont artist Karl Benjamin. Four of the artist’s eight-panel Triangle Series were reproduced, representing the first phase of the project. Noted mosaicist Alba Cisneros was commissioned to reproduce all of the 6’ x 6’ square panels, which will be mounted on concrete structures in front of the campus Art Complex to be enjoyed by students. The mosaic project is a living legacy to the art of Benjamin, who was an influential part of the California art scene since the early 1950s.