January 2006


Mt. SAC to Host “Cash for College” Financial Aid Assistance

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Department will offer free one-on-one financial aid assistance and a general information workshop during “Cash for College” on Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Life Center, Building 9C.

Cash for College will provide one-on-one assistance in English and Spanish for college-bound students and their parents to complete and file Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2006-07 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the early financial aid deadlines. The state financial aid deadline is March 2.

Parents and students need to bring a copy of the student’s Social Security card or permanent resident card, and a 2005 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2005 information is not available, a 2004 tax return may be used.

“There are millions in financial aid available, and we’re offering direct assistance to help you get your piece of the pie,” said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Susan Jones.

Information and application forms will also be available for admissions, assessment and Mt. SAC’s Summer Bridge Program for first-time college students.

A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and reservations are necessary for one-on-one appointments. Reservations must be made by Jan. 31.

To make a reservation or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5321 (English) or ext. 5356 (Spanish).

N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK Comes to Back to Mt. SAC on Feb. 7

WALNUT, Calif.—The controversial and explosive comedy N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK returns home to Mt. San Antonio College’s Clarke Theater as part of its two-year national tour for two performances on Feb. 7, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the 2003 American Readers Theater Association’s Award for Best Play, N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK charges into the touchy territory of race while tracing the origins of three derogatory racial terms and highlighting the importance of diversity. Developed from the actual life stories of its three cast members, the play comes to Mt. SAC after recent performances in Washington, Minnesota and Illinois and a critically acclaimed six-week run at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2004, where The Los Angeles Times called the show “a cult phenomenon.”

“The show looks at the evolution of these derogatory terms that have shaped our lives and took the place of a genuine understanding of our distinct cultures,” said cast member and co-writer Miles Gregley. “In doing this show we hope to incapacitate these words for ourselves and for our audiences.”

The performances at Mt. SAC represent a homecoming for the show’s cast and crew. Gregley, along with cast members/co-writers Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal, are Mt. SAC alumni and competed on the Mt. SAC forensics team, where they met fellow co-writers Liesel Reinhart and Steven Seagle, who coached the team. Gregley, Agustin and Axibal all transferred to UCLA, where the play made its debut, and Reinhart and Seagle now direct the show.

Tickets are $20 general admission.

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

Mt. SAC’s Faculty, Staff and Students “Put on the Hits,” Feb. 3 & 4

WALNUT, Calif.—Where can you see stars such as David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Frank Sinatra, U2 and Motown greats on the same stage? The answer is “Puttin’ on the Hits,” the Mt. San Antonio College Faculty Association's scholarship fundraiser. Showtimes are Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 and 8 p.m., at the Clarke Theater.

Mt. SAC professors, managers, staff, and students in authentic costumes will impersonate famous celebrities and lip sync their hit tunes as the program takes the audience through decades of music, including country, swing, R & B, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll.

“We’d like to raise a record amount of scholarship funds for our students,” said show producer and mathematics professor Joan Sholars.

Tickets are $20 for general admission at all performances, and $15 for seniors and students at the matinee performance only. Proceeds will go to student scholarships. Last year, the event raised more than $15,000.

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

Mt. SAC Alumni Association to Host “Mountie Carlo Night” Feb. 10

WALNUT, Calif.—The Shilo Hilltop Suites Hotel in Pomona will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras set featuring casino-style games for the Mt. San Antonio College Alumni Association’s “Mountie Carlo Night” on Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 11 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Alumni, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to try their luck at blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette, and craps during an evening of reunions and new acquaintances. The $35 ticket price includes chips for gaming, dinner, and dancing. A silent auction will also be held.

Proceeds from the event go to the Mt. SAC Foundation’s student scholarship program and to the Foundation’s support programs for special campus projects.

For tickets and information, call Alumni Relations/Special Events Coordinator Kari Virding at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5443. Tickets are also available at www.4tix.org.

“Rhapsody in Taps” Recreates the Choreography of Gregory Hines

WALNUT, Calif.—The dance company Rhapsody in Taps will be on its toes performing a tribute to legendary tap dancer Gregory Hines on Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., at Mt. San Antonio College’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Los Angeles-based touring company will recreate Hines’ choreography, “Toeing the 3rd and Fifth,” which he created for Rhapsody in Taps in 1990. “Toeing the 3rd and Fifth” was Hines first venture into choreography for a tap company.

Under the direction of Linda Sohl-Ellison, Rhapsody in Taps performs its exhilarating repertoire to live jazz, African drumming and original music, ranging from blues to swing. The performance also includes “Dat’s Right,” choreography to a medley of songs by Harry Belafonte, and “Riptide,” which features counterpoint tapping to an African percussion score.

Tickets are $30 for box seats, $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and Mt. SAC students, and $15 for children under 12.

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