January 2004


Brown Named Mt. SAC Public Information Director

Walnut, CA . . . Clarence Brown, a Vice President for Southern California Edison, has been named Mt. San Antonio College’s new Director of Public Information. Brown begins at Mt. SAC on February 2.

Since 1995, Brown managed Southern California Edison’s communications program. He also served as the Public Information and Communications Manager for the City of Moreno Valley for four years, as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the Southern California Rapid Transit District for seven years, and as Director of Communications and Media Relations for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for two years.

Brown, a resident of Diamond Bar, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in communications from the University of Southern California.

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Mt. SAC Teacher Wins Flight Instructor Award

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College Aeronautics Professor David Todd received the Flight Instructor of the Year award from the Los Angeles Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office at the FAA’s annual flight safety banquet held December 13 in El Monte.

Todd, a flight instructor at Mt. SAC’s Brackett Airport flight training facility, won the award based on his involvement in local aviation safety programs and instruction techniques. His winning the award marks the first time a Mt. SAC flight instructor has won the honor.

A resident of Pomona, Todd is the western regional representative for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association and has coached the Mt. SAC Flying Team to three national championships as the Top Community College in the United States. He is a graduate of the flying programs at Mt. SAC and Southern Illinois University.

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Mt. SAC Awarded Grant for Youth Days

Walnut, CA . . . The Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days program has been awarded a $121,000 grant from the Amateur Athletic Foundation (AAF) of Los Angeles, marking the 19th year in a row the AAF has sponsored the event. Over 13,000 young athletes from 150 elementary and middle schools are expected to participate in this year’s Youth Days and track and field clinics.

The Youth Days portion of the Mt. SAC Relays is two days of track and field competition and instruction for youth in grades 3 through 8 scheduled this year on April 2 and 3. More than 210,000 coaches and students have participated in the Youth Days program over the past 18 years

In addition to the two days of competition, the Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days also provides elementary, middle, and junior high school students the opportunity to have a staff of Mt. SAC coaches and athletes visit their schools and provide track and field instruction through clinics and all-school assemblies, which are offered free of charge.

Friday, April 2, will be "Middle School Day" at the Relays, with events scheduled for boys and girls in grades 6-8 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 3, elementary school students in grades 3-6 will compete from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The AAF - Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days is a non-profit Olympic Development project. The 46th Mt. SAC Relays—competition for high school, college, university, and world-class athletes—will be run April 8, and April 16-18.

For more information about Youth Days, call the Mt. SAC Relays Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4840.
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New Members Appointed to Mt. SAC Oversight Committee

Walnut, CA . . . Five new members have been appointed to the Mt. San Antonio College Citizens Oversight Committee by the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees in January.

The new members of the Oversight Committee are Marlen Garcia, a member of the Baldwin Park City Council; Armando Macedo, President of Macedo & Associates; Laurie Marshall, President of Haddicks Auto Body & Towing; Don Sachs, Executive Director of the Industry Manufacturers Council; and Becky Meza, Mt. SAC Associated Students President for 2002-03.

The 11-member Citizens Oversight Committee reviews the expenditure of proceeds from the college’s $221 million Measure R facilities bond and advises the public on Mt. SAC’s compliance with accountability requirements. The Oversight Committee, a requirement of Proposition 39, is responsible for seeing that bond funds are used in accordance with their intended purpose.

Those members reappointed to the committee in January are Lina Ledford, former Covina Rotary Club President and a C.P.A. and partner with Parke, Guprill & Company, LLP; Edward Lo, CEO and Chairman of the Board of United National
Bank; Richard Malooly, owner of Diamond Bar Remax Realty; Roy Test, Treasurer of the Baldwin Park Senior Center and a volunteer at the La Verne Senior Center; Mike Spence, President of the California Taxpayer Protection Committee and member of the Board of Education for the West Covina Unified School District; and Barbara Price, former President of the Mt. SAC Foundation.

The members of the Citizens Oversight Committee serve a two-year term and represent many segments of the community, including business, senior citizens, taxpayers’ associations, students, and the Mt. SAC Foundation.

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Mt. SAC Awarded Grant to Help At Risk Students

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College has been awarded a four-year $880,000 federal grant to provide an Upward Bound Program that will offer instruction and support services for at risk high school students in the Pomona Unified and Hacienda Unified School Districts.

The goal of the Upward Bound Program--funded annually at $220,000 under a federal TRIO grant--is to provide at risk, low income students with instruction, services, and activities that will enable them to stay in school, graduate from high school, and graduate from college.

Mt. SAC President Christopher O’Hearn, who worked for 10 years with the Upward Bound Program at Occidental College, called Upward Bound a rewarding experience.

“The reward,” said O’Hearn, “is seeing the students’ success.”

The program targets students in ninth through eleventh grade. Components of the program include special Saturday academy sessions at Mt. SAC during the school year, counseling services at Mt. SAC, tutoring and counseling services at the high schools, and a five-week residential summer program to be housed in the dormitories at Cal Poly Pomona. The summer program, scheduled for July 12 to August 13, will provide intensive academic instruction in math, science, English, and foreign language to prepare the students to succeed at the college level. The residential program will also function as a cohort experience for many of the students who have never been away from home.

Upon graduation from high school, the Upward Bound students will enroll in Mt. SAC’s highly successful Summer Academy Bridge Program, which serves as a transition between high school and college. The academy helps students succeed in college through the use of learning groups and linked classes to develop a sense of community. Through the different stages of the program, the student’s progress will be tracked.

The new Upward Bound Program gets underway with an orientation program for students and parents in February, and with tutoring and counseling services available in March.

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