January 2002


Learning Expert to Keynote Education Conference

Walnut, CA … Nationally known expert on the assessment of student learning Dr. Thomas Angelo will be the keynote speaker at the Developmental Education Conference, "Parachutes and Ladders: Developing the Whole Student," at Mt. San Antonio College on February 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the college’s Clarke Theater. This conference is open to the community.

Angelo’s keynote address, "Ten Levers for Higher Learning: Research-based Guidelines for Improving Teaching, Assessment, and Learning," will summarize extensive research studies and provide examples of ways to improve student learning.

Angelo is the author of "Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers," a reference standard in the field of educational assessment. His work has focused on applying research to improve teaching and learning, assessment, faculty evaluation, and professional development. Angelo served as faculty member, administrator, and/or researcher at Miami University, the American Association for Higher Education, Boston College, Cal State Long Beach, UC Berkeley, and Harvard He has presented and led assessment workshops on nearly 200 campuses and at 75 conferences in the United States and abroad.

The conference will also include breakout sessions that highlight innovative approaches in education. The presentations will include the rights of adult learners, model learning communities, rubric-based assessment, and more.

The Developmental Education Conference is sponsored by the California College Reading and Learning Association, Mt. SAC Staff Development Resource Center, the Mt. SAC Title V grant, VTEA grant funds, and the Mt. SAC Developmental Education Team.

For more information, call Mt. SAC Professor Rick Stepp-Bolling at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4303.

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Health Worker Center Helps Professionals Get Back

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College’s new Welcome Back International Health Worker Assistance Center will open its doors this February to help healthcare workers from other countries who now live in the Los Angeles area get back into the medical field. A press conference to announce the opening of the new center will be held Thursday, February 7, at noon, at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

"Our major goal is to get healthcare workers from other countries back into the health field," said Mt. SAC International Health Worker Assistance Center Interim Director Jesus Oliva.

The center will assist physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, respiratory technicians, and others trained in the healthcare field in other countries obtain appropriate licenses and credentials to work in the U.S. health care system. Additional training, guidance, career counseling, and placement in healthcare professions are some of the services the center will provide.

"They are healthcare professionals—physicians, nurses, dentists—who are not currently working the health field," Oliva said.

Already, the Mt. SAC center has identified 126 clients for the program, and in February, the center will continue identifying clients while it begins offering its services.

Beginning in March, the center will offer classes—"Introduction to Healthcare in the United States" and "English as a Second Language for the Health Professions"—to help acclimate workers. At the four International Health Worker Assistance Centers across the state, 964 clients are involved in the program and include 514 doctors, 186 nurses, and 135 dentists. These program participants come from a variety of countries, including Mexico, China, Greece, Egypt, Columbia, the Philippines, and many others.

But in addition to helping healthcare professionals from other countries, the center will help to meet the demand for highly trained professionals in communities that desperately need their skills, as well as their linguistic and cultural competency. In addition, the project addresses the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the health care work force.

"There is a great demand for health professionals who understand the community’s culture and language," said Oliva. "We are trying to bridge that gap."

Funded through a $1.4 million grant from The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation, the International Health Worker Assistance Center at Mt. SAC will serve as the main center in the Los Angeles area with satellite offices at California State University Long Beach, Los Angeles City College, and Charles R. Drew University. The Mt. SAC center joins three other similar main centers in California in San Francisco, Fresno, and San Diego.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Welcome Back International Health Worker Assistance Center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6101.

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Citizens Oversight Committee Selected

Walnut, CA … Eleven members of the Mt. San Antonio College community have been appointed by the college’s Board of Trustees to the Citizens Oversight Committee that will review the expenditure of proceeds from the college’s $221 million facilities bond and will advise the public on Mt. SAC’s compliance with accountability requirements.

The 11 committee members named to the committee represent a broad spectrum of the college community. Represented are community, business, senior citizens, taxpayers’ associations, students, and the Mt. SAC Foundation. Appointed to the Oversight Committee were Lina Ledford, C.P.A. and Covina Rotary Club President; Edward Lo, CEO and Chairman of the Board of United National Bank; Richard Malooly, owner of Remax Realty in Diamond Bar; Dan Marostica, Walnut Planning Commission member; Forest Tennant, M.D., former mayor of West Covina and president of Veract, Inc.; Marina Montenegro, San Gabriel Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Ron Everitt, Walnut Valley Unified School District Personnel Commission; Roy Test, Baldwin Park Senior Center treasurer; Mike Spence, President of the California Taxpayer Protection Committee and West Covina Unified School District Board of Education member; Abhay Shah, Mt. SAC Honors student and Associated Students senator; and Barbara Price, former president of the Mt. SAC Foundation.

Forming a Citizens Oversight Committee is a requirement of Proposition 39. The Citizens Oversight Committee is responsible for seeing that bond funds are used in accordance with their intended purpose. Proposition 39 prohibits the use of bond funds for administration, imposes accountability requirements on school districts to ensure that bond funds are spent on approved projects, and requires that schools provide voters with a specific list of construction projects.

Voters passed Mt. SAC’s facilities bond measure, Measure R, during the general election last November. The $221 million bond measure will be used to renovate and replace the college’s aging and deteriorating buildings, and to accommodate Mt. SAC’s growing enrollment. With more than 40,000 students, Mt. SAC is California’s largest single campus community college.

Appointed members will serve a two-year term.

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Mt. SAC Writers' Day Presents Novelist Susan Straight

Mt. SAC Writers’ Day presents novelist Susan Straight

Walnut, CA … Novelist Susan Straight will speak at Mt. San Antonio College as part of a Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation on Wednesday, January 30, 11 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101. This event is free and open to the public.

Straight, author of five novels, was recently selected as a National Book Award finalist for her latest work, Highwire Moon. Her other novels include Aquaboogie for which she won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights, The Getting’ Place, and I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots. Among her awards for writing are the 1999 Lannan Foundation Award and a 1997 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This presentation is made possible by the Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Committee, the Mt. SAC English Department, and the Mt. SAC Associated Students. The 25th annual Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Festival will be held on March 30.

For more information on this Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4712.

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Mt. SAC Administrator Named to State Council

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Director of Financial Aid Susan Jones was recently elected to the executive council of the California Association of the Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA) association as the community college segmental representative.

Jones, who has been at Mt. SAC for 27 years and was named Director of Financial Aid in 1992, will serve a one-year term on the executive council and will represent the community college perspective. As a segmental representative, she will also serve as an executive board member on the state association of financial aid administrators and the community college financial aid administrators association.

Last year, Jones, a resident of Walnut, received the CASFAA’s Segmental Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession and students.

The California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators represents all financial aid administrators in all segments of higher education in California.

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Mt. SAC Sponsors Tour of China

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 on March 20-31.

Sightseeing tours include the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Beijing’s Unique Hutong, Hong Kong, and more. The tour will be highlighted by a four-day, three-night cruise on the Yangtze River through the magnificent Three Gorges.

The cost of the tour is $2,699 per person and includes all air and transportation; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and all hotel and entrance fees.

For more information, call Bruce Hines at Mt. SAC at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6105.

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Mt. SAC president to retire

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College President Bill Feddersen has announced his intention to retire at the end of next summer, prior to the start of the new academic year.

Dr. Feddersen became Mt. SAC’s sixth president in 1991. This is his 30th year as a community college president and 22nd year as a California community college CEO—giving him the highest seniority of all California community college CEOs.

"His presidency will define what Mt. SAC will be for the next 50 years," said Mt. SAC Board of Trustees member David K. Hall. "He has put Mt. SAC on the map."

Dr. Feddersen’s presidency saw the construction of the first buildings on the Mt. SAC campus in 25 years--the Student Services Center in 1994, the Performing Arts Center in 1996, and the Learning Technology Center in 1999. He also led the effort to infuse continuous quality improvement practices into both the methodology of teaching and learning and administrative operations. But perhaps the most lasting legacy of his presidency will be the recent passage of Mt. SAC’s $221 million facilities bond measure.

"Without Bill Feddersen’s leadership, we wouldn’t have the type of bond we have today," said Mt. SAC Trustee Manuel Baca.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Dr. Feddersen began his career in education as a high school teacher in 1962. He served as a Kellogg Community College Leadership Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education. He later went on to serve as the President of Williamsport Area Community College in Pennsylvania, and as the President of Napa Valley College in northern California’s wine country for 11 years.

Dr. Feddersen said he will be leaving Mt. SAC with mixed emotions. "I love Mt. SAC and the College has been my life for the past 11 years. Retirement will give me time to read, reflect, write, travel, spend more time with my family, and lead a more ‘normal’ life."

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Mt. SAC wins PR awards

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College was recently honored with four Medallion awards, including a first-place award, in regional competition sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Mt. SAC received a first-place award for a color photograph of Physics Professor Julia Tudor and a student. A Bronze Medallion (third-place) award was given for a second color photograph of Earth Sciences Professor Craig Webb and a student. Third-place awards were also won for the College’s High School Recruitment Brochure and Mt. SAC’s 2000-2001 highlight video.

The regional community college awards were presented by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for the western states, which include California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado.

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Mt. SAC's Mountaineer wins journalism awards

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College student newspaper, the Mountaineer, won top honors and seven individual awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) Southern California conference in October.

The Mountaineer won the overall top honor, the General Excellence award, in the tabloid newspaper category. JACC judges reviewed five consecutive issues of the Mountaineer from spring 2001 to make their decision.

In addition to the overall award, students also received individual honors. Student Alec Johnson of Pomona won second place for critical review. Melinda Gonzales of West Covina took an honorable mention in the news story category, and Heidi Antocicco of Walnut also won an honorable mention for news story. Other honorable mentions went to Sue Torres of Pomona for feature story, Cecilia Meza of Chino Hills for informational graphic, Meza and Shaun Emerson of Rialto for tabloid inside page layout, and the Mountaineer staff won for tabloid front page layout.

Jeff Schnaufer is the faculty advisor for the Mountaineer.

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Mt. SAC is 'Puttin' on the Hits' for scholarships

Walnut, CA … What type of a fund-raiser brings together celebrities like Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis? The answer is the Mt. San Antonio College Faculty Association's scholarship fund-raiser "Puttin' on the Hits" to be held Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC's Clarke Theater.

Mt. SAC professors, managers, and staff in full costume will impersonate famous celebrities in this event with proceeds going to student scholarships. A special matinee performance will be held Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for children, students, and seniors.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

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Employee Development Program lends a helping hand

Walnut, CA … With recent government reports that unemployment figures are reaching levels not seen since the recession of the early 1980’s, Mt. San Antonio College’s new Small Business Employee Development Program is an ambitious project that focuses on putting people back to work and matching employee skills with employer needs.

"It’s all about turning a jungle into a paradise," said Small Business Employee Development Program Director Arnita Myricks.

The basic idea of the program, which opened in November, is to provide training for CalWORKs participants and low-income workers and to give them the skills needed to get better jobs and become self-sufficient. According to a Los Angeles County Welfare Department report, welfare participants in the San Gabriel Valley are getting jobs, but only entry-level positions. The report further indicates the need for worker training.

The four to five month training portion of the program, which will take place at Mt. SAC’s Community Education Center, concentrates on general office skills classes (such as business English and grammar skills) and computerized office technology courses.

"Small businesses are looking for skilled clerical workers who can run an office," said Myricks.

The computerized office skills courses include data entry classes, ten key skills, and various Microsoft computer program classes. But the project’s helping hand doesn’t stop there. Courses are also offered in work preparation, which includes such topics as career assessment, job interviewing skills, and resume development. The final phase of the training part of the program is job placement. The initial goal of the program is to place 100 workers in upgraded jobs.

The second part of the program is establishing partnerships with small businesses in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. The idea is to match the needs of particular small businesses with the skills of the workers being trained. Small businesses constitute 85 percent of the businesses in the area.

The program will also work with Mt. SAC’s One-Stop Career Centers and its Small Business Development Centers in establishing partnerships.
The Small Business Employee Development Program is funded through a $363,000 "East Los Angeles County Basic Education and Self-Sufficiency Training Project" Chancellor’s Office grant.

Training classes for the program begin January 7 and are offered free of charge.

For more information on the Small Business Employee Development Program, call Arnita Myricks at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6080.

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GIS offers different view of the world

Walnut, CA … For the first time last fall, Mt. San Antonio College became one of the few local community colleges to offer courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a powerful multi-disciplinary analytical program. But what GIS really offers students and faculty is a greater ability to analyze data and a different way of looking at the world.

"One of the things that really grabs people are the three-dimensional images in GIS," said Mt. SAC Geography Professor Dafna Kohn, who teaches the GIS classes.

GIS is a computer program that allows the user to display information that is geographically linked. But its uses extend far beyond geography. Business, marketing, civil engineering, agriculture, public services, city planning, environmental studies, biology, geology, and anthropology are just a few of the areas in which GIS can be applied.

In biology, for example, GIS can be used to map wildlife ranges and habitation densities. In business, GIS can be used to plan building sites. And in civil engineering, GIS can help monitor public utilities.

While the applications are varied, the program, which was originally developed in the 1960’s, also empowers users with the ability to see problems and their solutions in a new way.

"It’s very analytical," said Kohn. "It allows the user to think of questions they never thought of before because they can see it graphically."

The GIS tool allows students to display information and manipulate it, and so far the typical student in a GIS course is working full time in industry or government and has come for training, said Kohn.

Mt. SAC will again offer credit GIS classes evenings and Saturdays in the spring 2002 semester, beginning January 7

For more information on GIS classes, call Dafna Kohn at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4844.

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Flying Team holds annual banquet

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m., at the Pomona Valley Mining Company in Pomona.

Friends and supporters are invited for an evening of dining and celebration as the Flying Team readies for the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Spring 2002 regional airmeet to be held February 15-17 at Chino Airport.

Last year at the regionals, Mt. SAC won the Top Community College trophy while competing against colleges and universities from throughout the Western United States. The Mt. SAC Flying Team consistently earns top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. Mt. SAC won the Top U.S. Community College award at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national airmeets in 1984, 1985, 1995, and 2000.

For banquet tickets and more information, call Mt. SAC Aeronautics Professor Wayne Lutz at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4774.

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