January 2001

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2001

Mt. SAC Learning Lab extends hours

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Learning Lab, a computer
learning center open to high school and college students throughout the
community, will extend its hours to 7:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Monday
through Friday, beginning February 5.
Part of Mt. SAC's Learning Assistance Center, the Learning Lab offers a
variety of learning and study services, including access to
word-processing programs, the internet, e-mail, spreadsheets, the Mt.
SAC Library databases, and course-related software. The facility has 90
PCs, 52 Macintosh computers, seven e-mail stations available for use.
In addition, programs in SAT preparation, grammar, vocabulary, reading,
and math are offered, and technical assistance with specific programs
and databases is available. Workshops are scheduled monthly to help
students with word-processing programs, e-mail, and internet research.
The Learning Lab's weekend hours will also be extended to 8 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The Learning Lab is open to any current high school or college student
with school identification.
For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4300.
Mt. SAC accepting 'Alumnus of the Year' nominations

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Institutional Advancement
Office is now accepting nominations for Mt. SACs Alumnus of the Year
Award to recognize the contributions Mt. SAC Alumni make to the
community and the impact Mt. SAC may have made on an alums success in
life.
The Alumnus of the Year, which will be presented at Mt. SACs
commencement on May 18, will be selected based on the significant
contributions an alumnus has made to his or her community, the
contributions an alumnus may have made to his or her profession, or
alumnus philanthropic efforts. Nominees must have attended Mt. SAC (
but not necessarily graduated from Mt. SAC).
Nomination forms will be accepted until March 1 and are available
through the Institutional Advancement Office. The selection will be made
in March.
For more information, call the Mt. SAC Institutional Advancement Office
at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4259.
Mt. SAC to host 'I'm Going to College' event

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College will host the annual "I'm Going
to College" program for 100 Kenmore Elementary School kindergarteners on
Friday, January 29, 9 to 11 a.m., in Mt. SAC Social Science Auditorium,
building 26B room 101.
The "I'm Going to College" program is designed to introduce the
kindergarten students to the idea of going to college. Through the
program, presentations are made and students recite a pledge to go
college.
Students, their parents, and Kenmore Elementary teachers and school
officials will attend the program. Kenmore Elementary School is located
in the Baldwin Park Unified School District.
For more information, call Lupe Chavira at (626) 962-8316.
Mt. SAC sponsors China tour

Walnut, CA ... In conjunction with the American-Chinese Cultural
Exchange Center, Mt. San Antonio College's Regional Health Occupation
Resource Center is sponsoring a 12-day guided tour of China, April 3-15.

Sightseeing tours include the Great Wall, Tianamon Square, Forbidden
City, Beijing's Unique Hutong, Yu Garden, Hong Kong, and more. The tour
will be highlighted by a four-day, three-night cruise on the Yangtze
River through the manificient Three Gorges.
The cost of the tour is $2,750 per person and includes all air and bus
transportation; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and all hotels and
entrance fees.
For more information, call Bruce Hines at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6105.
Mt. SAC students awarded speech scholarships

Walnut, CA ... Four Mt. San Antonio College speech students have been
awarded Tan-Goulet Scholarships for Speech Communication Excellence for
Mt. SAC's spring 2001 semester.
Angelique Tavizon and Rafael Guerrero of West Covina, Jeremy Berry of
Diamond Bar, and Marl Gatchalian of Walnut were each selected for the
scholarship based on their success in speech courses at Mt. SAC and for
their application of speech principles outside the classroom. The
students will receive tuition and bookstore credits totaling $250 for
the spring semester.
The Tan-Goulet Scholarship for Speech Communication Excellence is named
after former Mt. SAC Speech Professors Coleen Tan and Helen Goulet.
Mt. SAC to fill vacant board seat

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees will make
a provisional appointment to the Board to fill the vacancy left by
Trustee Martha House, who resigned her Board seat effective January 15
after serving seven years as a trustee for the college.
Mt. SAC will begin accepting applications for the Board seat beginning
January 16. The appointed trustee will serve the remainder of House's
term, which expires November 30, 2001.
Supplemental application forms for the trustee appointment are now
available from the Mt. SAC President's Office, and those interested in
applying should submit a letter of interest, resume, and supplemental
application form.
The deadline for applications is February 7, 4:30 p.m. Finalists will
be interviewed on February 21, and the appointment will be made by
February 21. The new trustee will be sworn in February 28.
Candidates for the trustee position must be 18 years of age, must be a
registered voter, and must reside in the Mt. SAC District.
To receive a supplemental application form or for more information,
call the Mt. SAC President's Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4250.
Mt. SAC Planetarium presents 'Color in the Sky'

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a
program on colorful atmospheric phenomena, Color in the Sky, on
Fridays, January 19 and 26, 7:15 p.m., at the Mt. SAC Planetarium,
building 26-C.
"Color in the Sky" explains our weather and the phenomenon of how color
is caused in our sky and atmosphere. Find out the facts behind rainbows,
Sundogs, eerie halos around the Sun and Moon, and the Northern Lights.
Admission for adults is $4.50, $3 for children, and tickets must be
purchased in advance through the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office.
There will be no late seating, and children under four cannot be
admitted.
For tickets, call the Mt., SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909)
468-4050.
Mt. SAC student selected for national internship

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College honors student Shirley Torres
has been selected to serve a national internship this spring with the
Department of Defense. The internship program is sponsored through the
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
"I want to make myself as competitive as I can be. I realize that as a
woman and as a Latina, I must take advantage of everything that is out
there for me because I know how challenging the world is," said Torres.
For the internship, Torres, who is one of a handful of California
community college students selected for the honor, will travel to a
program orientation on January 18 in Washington, D.C. Her internship
with the Department of Defense's Naval Inventory Control Point will be
located in Philadelphia where she will work in the Excellence in Career
Education and Learning program helping high school seniors who work on
the military base as trainees. She will work as an assistant in the
Career Resource Center, helping the trainees with career planning,
assessments, and job searches.
The internship experience will not be completely new to Torres, who
helps students through Mt. SAC's High School Outreach program and served
as a peer advisor helping "first generation" college students in Mt.
SAC's Summer Bridge Program.
However, the internship does mark yet another accomplishment for the
20-year-old Mt. SAC sophomore who has come a long way in past few years.
Labeled "non-college material," Torres carried a "D" average in high
school, did not expect to go to college, and only came to the Walnut
campus because of the Summer Bridge Program, a program designed to
transition at-risk students to the college environment.
"The Summer Bridge Program made me realize how much potential I have,"
she said.
Today, Torres, a La Puente resident who is the first in her family to
attend college, carries a 3.75 grade point average at Mt. SAC and is
majoring in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. She plans on attending
UCLA in fall 2001.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities national
internship program is a 15-week, fully paid internship designed to
provide students with academic enrichment and professional experiences
that enable them to make educated career choices. Federal agencies in
the Washington, D.C. area make the final selections for the internships.
Mt. SAC Histo Tech Program receives approval

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio Colleges new Histologic Technician
associate degree program, which is the only program of its type in the
Western United States, recently received approval by the California
Community College Chancellors Office. The new program, scheduled to
open in Mt. SACs fall 2001 semester, is expected to fill an important
demand in the field.
Theres not another program of this type west of the Rockies, said
Mt. SAC Biology Professor Virginia Pascoe who is coordinating the
programs development.
In the local area, at least 25 percent of the job openings in the
histologic technician field are vacant, and according to preliminary
surveys, approximately 70 percent of local employers are interested in
hiring graduates of a histologic technician program. In total, there are
29 histologic technician programs in the entire United States. Because
of the lack of such programs in the Western U.S., graduates from Mt.
SACs program are likely to be in demand.
The new program is funded through a three-year $517,000 National
Science Foundation grant that began last May. Pascoe said that during
its first year the program will be working on developing curriculum,
purchasing equipment, hiring staff, and developing a student selection
process. New courses developed include Scientific Basis for Histologic
Technicians, Beginning and Advanced Histotechniques,
Immunohistochemistry, and Histology. The program will also incorporate
courses from Mt. SACs Chemistry and Biology departments. And while not
yet a year into the process, Mt. SAC faculty working on the project are
receiving inquiries from other colleges that are interested in the
program.
We think we have the potential to be a national model, said Pascoe.
The Histologic Technician Program will train students to prepare tissue
samples for microscopic examination by pathologists or research
scientists and will be trained to work in hospitals, clinical
laboratories, industrial research facilities, and veterinary facilities.

The program will operate with cohort groups of at least 24 students per
year and will offer Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degree
programs for students who can either immediately enter the work field or
transfer to a university. The program will also offer students the
opportunity for certification by the American Society of Clincial
Pathologists and is expected to achieve accreditation by the National
Accreditation Association for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Mt. SAC Faculty Association 'Puts On the Hits'

Walnut, CA ... What type of a fund-raiser brings together celebrities
like Frank Sinatra, Britney Spears, and Elvis? The answer is the Mt. San
Antonio College Faculty Associations scholarship fund-raiser Puttin
on the Hits to be held Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, 8 p.m.,
in Mt. SACs Clarke Theater.
Mt. SAC professors, managers, and staff in full costume will
impersonate famous celebrities in this event with proceeds going to
student scholarships.
Just a few of the scheduled performers include the Beatles, Diana Ross,
Britney Spears, Barbara Streisand, the Andrew Sisters, Gloria Estefan,
Wayne Newton, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Cher, Judy Garland, Tina
Turner, the Village People, Elton John, and others.
Last year, the event raised $8,000 for student scholarships, and this
year's goal is to raise $10,000. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10
for students.
For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909)
468-4050.
Mt. SAC's 'Singcopation' to perform in New York

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's vocal jazz group
"Singcopation" has been chosen to perform at the International
Association of Jazz Educators national convention to be held January
10-13 in New York City.
Seventeen students will attend the national convention which features
performances by the best instrumental and vocal jazz groups in the
United States.
"This is the highest honor that any vocal jazz group can receive," said
Mt. SAC Music Professor and "Singcopation" Director Bruce Rogers.
The selection process for performers at the national convention is
extremely competitive. Every jazz group in the country is invited to
send recordings which are judged by an all-star panel.
"This will give every vocal jazz teacher in the United States a chance
to hear our talented students perform," said Rogers.
In addition to "Singcopation's" performance, Mt. SAC's Chamber Singers
have been invited to sing at the American Choral Directors Association's
national conference in March.
The International Assocation of Jazz Educators includes performers and
directors from professional, university, college, and secondary school
jazz groups from all over the United States.
Hall elected President of Mt. SAC Board

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Trustee Dr. David K. Hall was
elected President of the Board of Trustees for a one-year term, and
Trustee Dr. Manuel Baca was elected Vice President at the Boards annual
organizational meeting, December 13.
Hall is a Senior Vice President for Hitchcock Automotive Resources, one
of the largest retail automotive groups in the U.S., and has served on
Mt. SACs Board of Trustees since October 1995. In the past, he served
two one-year terms as President of the Mt. SAC Foundation and served as
President of the Board of Trustees in 1997. Hall is currently the
Finance Chairman and Board member for Schools' Involvement Program for
the 48th District Agricultural Association, he serves as Chairman of the
Human Resources Steering Committee of the Industry Manufacturers
Council, and he is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the
San Gabriel Valley Family YMCA. Hall, a resident of San Dimas, was an
associate professor of government for the U.S. Airforce Academy and
Brown University for 11 years, and was a professor in the management
department at the U.S. Naval War College for eight years. Last May, he
received the WINGS Community Commitment Award for his work on behalf of
WINGS, which provides shelter, counseling, legal and social services for
battered women and children. He was also awarded the Puente Hills Area
Chamber of Commerce Silver Service Award in 1997 and the American Heart
Association's Exceptional Service Award in 1993.
Baca, who was elected to the Board in 1999, is a business
management/business law professor at Rio Hondo Community College and has
more than 26 years of experience in education, including 18 years in the
community college system. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree
from Cal State Fullerton, and earned his doctorate from USC. Baca, a
resident of Diamond Bar, is active in the community with the Los Angeles
Boys and Girls Club and the Walnut Valley Kiwanis.
Trustee Gayle Pacheco, a resident of Walnut who also joined the Board
in 1999, will serve as Clerk.

 

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