. . . building on the legacy
The 2010-11 academic year was marked by superior achievement by individual students, groups and teams, as well as the faculty members who advised and coached them. Following is a roundup of the more notable accomplishments.
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT HONORS
- For the fifth consecutive year, Mt. SAC had a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship winner – and for the second consecutive year has had two winners! Lisa Bastio and Rene Kouassi were two of the 60 scholars selected from the 785 nominees across the nation to receive this prestigious scholarship, valued up to $30,000 annually.
- Xavier Padilla was selected to the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Academic First Team, and Lisa Bastio was named to the state Academic Third Team. Xavier is a former student trustee and currently serves as the Associated Students president. PTK is the international community college honor society.
- Mt. SAC Flying Team member Kate Darwin won the Top Female Pilot Award at Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association, Safety and flight Evaluation Conference, hosted by Mt. SAC.
- Claudia Amezcua and Nelson Aguilar won regional Edward R. Murrow awards for their work on KSAK. Claudia also won two Golden Mike Awards for her work at KSAK. Eight other Mt. SAC students were nominated in the “Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes” category.
STUDENT GROUP & TEAM HONORS
- Under the training of Communication Professors John Vitullo, Jeff Archibald, Ken Klawitter, and Shae Hsieh, the Forensics Team captured the national title at the Phi Rho Pi Speech Tournament. The team also won first-place Individual Events Sweepstakes, first place Overall Sweepstakes, and the Sylvia Mariner Perpetual Sweepstakes Award for earning accumulative points.
- Under Head Coach Bob Jastrab, the Football Team captured its second consecutive state championship title.
- Under Head Coach Juan Sanchez, the Men’s Soccer Team captured its second consecutive state championship title.
- Under Head Coach Brian Crichlow, the Women’s Basketball Team won the South Coast Conference Championship, two tournament championships, a Final Four appearance, and a 29-4 season record.
- The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams, under head coaches Mike Goff (women) and Doug Todd (men), captured the 2011 South Coast Conference championships. The women also captured an unprecedented 10th state championship.
- Music Professor Bruce Rogers and his Chamber Singers and Singcopation swept first-place honors in every category at the International Choral Competition in Reno. The Chamber Singers placed first in the Sacred Music Category, the Mixed Choir Category, and the Chamber Choir Category. The Singcopation jazz vocal ensemble earned the top score in the entire competition, winning the Grand Prix award.
- Professor Toni Albertson’s journalism students captured 25 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state convention and 20 awards at the California College Media Association competition. Substance magazine won the coveted Maggie Award, given for excellence in print and electronic publishing, as well as the General Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. The Mountaineer again won the General Excellence Award as well as honors for best overall design.
- Under Robert and Linda Rogus, the Flying Team won the Top Two-Year College Award at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s regional airmeet for the 20th consecutive time. The team also won the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.
- Under Professor Amy Nakamura, Mt. SAC’s Repertory Dancers received the Grand Prize (and $2,300) for winning the Division II Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert against a field of 120 dance troupes from several states.
- Under Professor Brian Scott, the Turf Team bested the competition from across the country by winning first place at the Sports Turf Management Association’s Student Challenge Competition in Texas.
- Under Professor and Advisor Mary Ellen Reyes, the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) team won four bronze medals at the national competition in Florida, in a competition with 7,000 students.
INSTITUTIONAL & EMPLOYEE HONORS
- The college’s accreditation was reaffirmed for the maximum allowable duration of six years by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- The Child Development Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
- Then-President John S. Nixon was honored with the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award from the Association of California Community College Administrators.
- The Mt. SAC Athletics Program received the 2010-11 National Association of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup Champions for another year.
- Head Football Coach Bob Jastrab was named the 2010 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year—the highest honor bestowed upon a community college coach.
- Head Athletic Trainer Bill Ito was appointed head athletic trainer for the 2011 USA World Youth Track and Field Team that competed in France.
- Communications Professor John Vitullo won the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at the Phi Rho National Forensics Tournament—the highest honor awarded to a college speech coach.
- Professor and Real Estate Program Coordinator Edwin Estes received the Affiliate of the Year Award by the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS for his contributions to advance industry education on behalf of the association.
- Academic Senate President Eric Kaljumagi was presented the WHO (We Honor Our Own) Award from the California Community College Association for his contributions to the Mt. SAC Faculty Association, where he served on the contract negotiation team for several years and also served as treasurer.
- Choral Activities Director and Professor Bruce Rogers was awarded the Outstanding Educator Spotlight Award by the Upland Community Foundation.
- Dr. Juan Carlos Astorga, director of TRIO Grant Programs (Upward Bound and ACES), was honored as Alumnus of the Year by the Cesar Chavez Celebration Committee at UC San Diego for exemplifying the spirit and values of the famed Chicano civil rights leader.
- Older Adult Program Supervisor Mary Lange was Mt. SAC’s nominee for the State Chancellor’s Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award.
- The Marketing, Communication & Public Affairs Department, under the leadership of Clarence Brown, won nine statewide PRO Awards for best marketing by the California Community College Public Relations Organization.