January 2003


Student Named to Oversight Committee

Walnut, CA . . . The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees appointed Mt. SAC student Peter Peng to serve a two-year term on the college’s Citizen Oversight Committee.

Peng, a 21-year-old electronics engineering major at Mt. SAC, joins the 11 member committee as the student representative. The Citizens Oversight Committee, which represents a broad spectrum of the college community, reviews the expenditure of proceeds from the college’s $221 million Measure R facilities bond and will advise the public on Mt. SAC’s compliance with accountability requirements.

Peng was an active volunteer with Measure R campaign during elections in fall 2001. A resident of Rowland Heights, he carries a 3.2 grade point average at Mt. SAC and is active in several campus organizations, including student government, the Chinese Culture Club, and Alpha Gamma Sigma, the two-year college honors society.

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.

Members of the Citizens Oversight Committee represent many segments of the community, including business, senior citizens, taxpayers’ associations, students, and the Mt. SAC Foundation.

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Mt. SAC Taking Nominations for Alumnus of the Year

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College’s Institutional Advancement Office is now accepting nominations for Mt. SAC’s Alumnus of the Year Award to recognize the contributions Mt. SAC Alumni make to the community and the impact Alumni make in their chosen career fields.

The Alumnus of the Year, who will be presented at Mt. SAC’s commencement on May 23, 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 14 and are available through the Institutional Advancement Office. The selection will be made in March.

Those previously honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award include businessman Carlo Moyano, the president and chief executive officer of JCM Engineering Corp. in Ontario; State Senator Bill Morrow; Dr. Devorah Lieberman, Vice Provost and Special Assistant to the President at Portland State University; and Priscilla Gonzalez-Leiva, Deputy Director of the Primary Care Resources and Community Development Division for the state's Office of Health Planning and Development.

For more information, call the Institutional Advancement Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

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Truttmann Stirs Up Mixture of Learning and Achievement

Walnut, CA .... In front of the classroom, Dr. Janet Truttmann appears to be strictly teaching students about the challenging, yet fascinating, world of chemistry. However, behind the scenes, Truttmann is also hard at work assessing the math readiness skills of chemistry students, developing a new chemical technician program, and participating in web-based teaching and learning. Truttmann's Petri dish contains a concentrated mixture of high quality teaching and some educational "extras," designed to create a brighter future for student chemists.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Truttmann works collegially with her Mt. SAC and Pomona College colleagues to correlate students' math exam scores with success in chemistry. In search of solutions, Truttmann explains: "Some examples include validating or revising our math prerequisites and/or referring students to the tutoring center for additional help."

Chemistry students at Mt. SAC also benefit from web-based instructional materials, offered by Fullerton College to Mt. SAC students that offer text explanations about chemistry topics and practice problems, scored for students to review. Once students are comfortable with the material, they take an online quiz that is scored and shared with the professor. "The program is useful because it provides more immediate feedback to students and helps the instructor track student progress," says Truttmann.

Having made the decision to move away from a research-oriented teaching career and towards teaching exclusively, Truttmann appreciates that her Mt. SAC colleagues are "clearly dedicated to teaching and mentoring students." With an eye on student employability after college, Truttmann works with other professors to respond to industry's immediate need for chemical technicians.

With hopes of obtaining funding from the National Science Foundation, Mt. SAC proposes the new Chemical Technician Program, a two-year degree that trains students for well-paying jobs within a variety of local businesses. Headed-up by Professor Charles Newman, the proposed curriculum includes a general chemistry sequence and quantitative and instrumental analysis, among others. Truttmann says that she continues to be involved in the program's development: "I will be helping with the proposed summer workshops to introduce the program to the feeder high school communities and in developing the new courses." In addition to Newman and Truttmann, Professors Jody Williams Tyler and Eileen DiMauro join forces to initiate the program in Fall, 2003.

Chemistry at Mt. SAC is embedded with practical and entertaining activities, intended to open students' eyes to the possibilities within the field. Truttmann's students were delighted to see her joint demonstration with Professor Williams Tyler in honor of Halloween 2002. For fun, the two mixed-up a scary brew at a campus display to promote chemistry.

Likewise, Mt. SAC students also enjoy the camaraderie of the College's Chemistry Club, which goes on field trips, coordinates fundraisers, - such as "Mold Day" held in the fall - picnics and guest lectures. An upcoming club presentation given by Western University's College of Health Sciences informs students about how to prepare for a pharmaceutical career.

Truttmann currently teaches General Chemistry and Fundamentals of Chemistry, which are classes taken by science and pre-health students. For more information about chemistry classes at Mt. SAC, please contact the Division of Natural Sciences at (909) 594-5611, extension 4425.

Mt. SAC Scholarship Applications Available

Walnut, CA . . . Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for both continuing and transferring Mt. San Antonio College students, and are available in the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office, offices in the Student Services Center, and the Student Life Office.

Scholarships are available to students in a variety of majors and vocations, and include awards for merit and financial need. Scholarships can be used for a variety of school related expenses, including books and supplies.

"We encourage as many students as possible to apply for the scholarships," said Sue Cejas, Mt. SAC Scholarship Coordinator. "There are dozens of different funds available for students and it is important that as many students as possible take advantage of this opportunity."

A variety of scholarships, from $100 to $1,000, sponsored by the Mt. SAC Foundation and many civic and service groups in the community will be awarded based on academic success, financial need, and service to the College and community.

Four new scholarships will be awarded by the Mt. SAC Foundation. The first is the President’s Circle Scholarship of $1,000 for a transferring student. This award is funded with donations from Mt. SAC staff, Foundation Directors, and various businesses and private donors in the community. The Associates Scholarship, funded by donations from Mt. SAC employees, will also be awarded, and a $500 leadership scholarship will be given this year in honor of retired Mt. SAC President Dr. Bill Feddersen.

Scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000, will be awarded by the Foundation from its Race for Scholarship fund-raising campaign. Participating dealerships include Reynolds Buick GMC Trucks, Puente Hills Toyota/Volkswagen, Puente Hills Ford/Hyundai, and Inland Empire Mitsubishi Direct. A race track complete with miniature cars has been displayed in the Student Services building to document the progress of the scholarship fund-raising effort.

The deadline to apply is February 1. Completed applications should be taken to the Financial Aid Office. The application may also be accessed online at www.students.mtsac.edu/financial_aid/dlforms.htm.

For information about the Mt. SAC Scholarship Program, contact the Foundation Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.

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Histo-Tech Student Receives National Scholarship

Walnut, CA . . . Joanne Olivas-Russell, a student in Mt. San Antonio College’s Histologic Technician Program, is the recent recipient of $1,000 scholarship from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Olivas-Russell was chosen from over 150 applicants for the national scholarship, which is awarded based on academic achievement, leadership abilities, and professional goals within the medical technology field.

A resident of La Puente, Olivas-Russell carries a 3.7 grade point average at Mt. SAC and is a single mother of three children.

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