October 2004


NSF Grants to Provide Mt. SAC Students Chemistry Research Opportunity

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Chemistry Department is the recent recipient of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants for programs that are unique for a community college.

Mt. SAC chemistry professors Dr. Jenny Chen and Dr. Iraj Nejad were awarded a two-year $55,000 NSF grant to develop a pilot program for a university research center in collaboration with UCLA, Occidental College, and Cal State L.A. The grant will fund a 10-week summer research program in chemistry and biochemistry for Mt. SAC students who will work in laboratories at one of the partner universities.

“We are the only community college in the nation to be awarded this grant,” said Nejad, “and this program has the potential to be a national model.”

Professors Nejad and Chen were also awarded a three-year $135,000 NSF grant that will fund equipment and the implementation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques into general and organic chemistry laboratory classes. Specifically, the grant funds development of novel experiments and an NMR spectrometer, an advanced instrument for structural determination, which will give students hands-on experience using equipment usually reserved for research universities.

“Students at very few community colleges have the opportunity to engage in hands-on experience with NMR techniques, and the use of this advanced instrument greatly opens the possibility for research,” said Chen, who coordinates the grant projects with Professor Nejad.


Mt. SAC Professor Named to State Academic Senate

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Speech Professor Phillip Maynard has been appointed to a one-year term on the State Academic Senate, which represents faculty throughout California’s community college system.

Maynard will serve on the senate’s Equity and Diversity Action Committee, which recommends strategies that promote student equity and student success. The committee also advises the Senate Executive Committee on guidelines, laws, and regulations relating to equal opportunity and cultural diversity.

Maynard has taught speech at Mt. SAC since 1988. He is Vice President of the Mt. SAC Academic Senate, which represents faculty interests on academic and professional matters through the College’s shared governance system. In 2001, he was honored for his contributions to diversity and learning by receiving the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning’s National Campus Faculty Award. In 2002, he was the commencement speaker at Mt. SAC. He has also served as an advisor to various student organizations at Mt. SAC, including the Muslim Student Association, the Inter-Cultural Awareness Council, the Associated Students, and others.


An Elegant Evening of Chamber Music

An Elegant Evening of Chamber Music

WALNUT, Calif., Oct. 12, 2004 - Style, flair, grace, a magical ambiance - what better way to describe An Elegant Evening of Chamber Music presented by the Mt. SAC Chamber Winds and Hollywood Cinema Brass on Sunday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College's Music Recital Hall, 1100 N. Grand Ave.

The Chamber Winds will be performing Resonances I by Ron Nelson, The Renaissance Fair and Color by Bob Margolis. In addition to these larger works, there will be performances by small ensembles from within the group performing chamber works from the classic and baroque periods. Selections include music from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ben Hur, Silverado, Rudy and the 20th Century Fox Fanfare.

The Hollywood Cinema Brass, formerly known as the Pacific Brass Ensemble, is currently Southern California's only professional large brass ensemble performing concerts throughout California. They count among their number members of several southern California orchestras, including the Pacific Symphony and Hollywood Bowl orchestras. Their repertoire spans the ages from Gabrieli to Ewazen and includes styles ranging from traditional to movie scores and even some Stan Kenton.

General admission is $10 and $8 for seniors, students and children under 12 years old. Parking is free.

For information regarding tickets, special and advanced seating, directions or other special arrangements, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


Mt. SAC to present awesome arias and other operatic gems Oct. 16

WALNUT, Calif., Oct. 5, 2004 -An evening of arias, ensembles and scenes from some of the greatest and most familiar operas will be presented on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College's Music Recital Hall, 1100 N. Grand Ave.

Parodic and witty, combining evocative scores and social issues with pieces from Die Zauberflote ("The Magic Flute"), Giulio Cesare ("Julius Cesar"), Pirataes of Penzance and Die Fledermaus ("The Bat"), Oh Opera! offers an experience of outstanding entertainment.

General admission is $10 and $8 for seniors, students and children under age 12. Parking is free.

For information regarding tickets, special and advanced seating, directions or other special arrangements, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


Mt. SAC to Host Sexual Assault Program

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Psychology Department will sponsor a program on sexual assault titled, “Sexual Assault: Are You at Risk?,” on Thursday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m., in the Social Science Lecture Hall.

Open to the public, this presentation offers information on the risk of sexual assault and available crisis intervention programs. The program will be presented by staff from Project SISTER, a nonprofit organization that combats sexual assault and child abuse through crisis assistance and intervention in the East San Gabriel and Inland valleys.

For information, call Mt. SAC Psychology Professor Michelle Grimes-Hillman at (909) 594-5611, ext. 3394.

Mt. SAC Offers Over 100 "Short-Term" Fall Semester Classes

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College is offering 111 “short-term” credit classes this fall that include a full range of disciplines. Most classes will start Oct. 18.

“It’s still not too late to register for the fall semester at Mt. SAC,” said Mt. SAC Student Services Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji. “We’re offering a full range of late-start classes that give students an extra bonus––they earn full credit in half the time.”

Mt. SAC ‘s fall short-term classes range from 2-week to 11-week courses with the majority of classes being 9-week courses. Course offerings include everything from air conditioning and refrigeration repair to Web programming, business and technology, nursing and fire technology. Many high-demand general education courses such as English, math, science and P.E. are also offered.

Full lists of the fall short-term classes offered are available at the Mt. SAC Bookstore and the Student Services Center. The list is also available online at the College’s website, www.mtsac.edu.

Students who are currently enrolled in classes for the spring semester can register directly over the telephone at (909) 595-6722. New students and returning students who have an absence of two or more semesters need to submit an application through Student Services.

For more information, call the Admissions Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4415.


Last Night of Ballyhoo

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

WALNUT, Calif., Sept. 30, 2004 -Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry's charming and bittersweet comedy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo opens Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m. at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater of Mt. San Antonio College's Performing Arts Center, 1100 N. Grand Ave. Additional performances are set for October 16, 22 and 23 also at 8 p.m.

It's Christmas 1939. The Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind storms the silver screen, Hitler invades Poland, and the world is on the verge of World War II. Meanwhile, a segment of Atlanta's Jewish elite is more concerned with who will be attending Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.

This comedy captures the same heartfelt warmth as the author's earlier success, Driving Miss Daisy. Commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Ballyhoo opened at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway in February 1997 and was chosen Best Play by the American Theater Critics Association, the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama League, as well as winning the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

General admission is $10 and $8 for seniors, students and children under 12 years old. Ample parking is free.

For information regarding tickets, special and advanced seating, directions or other special arrangements, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


Mt. San Antonio College is one of California's largest community colleges, serving 17 communities and a million residents in the San Gabriel Valley. Offering more than 200 degree and certificate programs, the College is committed to academic excellence and preparing students for success in today's economic, professional and cultural sectors.

Mt. SAC Captures SCC All-Sport Athletic Supremacy Award

WALNUT, Calif.—For the seventh consecutive year, Mt. San Antonio College has received the 2003-04 South Coast Conference (SCC) Athletic Supremacy Award , given to the college whose overall program demonstrates athletic excellence in the conference.

The award was given yesterday at the annual South Conference Athletic Directors Meeting in Cerritos.

“This is an exciting and extraordinary accomplishment to receive this honor for seven straight years straight,” said Mt. SAC Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director Deb Blackmore. “It speaks to our historic commitment to excellence in men’s and women’s athletics and the outstanding teamwork of our faculty and students.”

Women's Basketball Coach Laura Beeman was named “SCC Women's All-Sport Co-Coach of the Year” along with Long Beach City College's Women's Soccer Coach, Mauricio Ingrassia. Beeman's team captured the 2004 California State Community College Basketball Championship title with an overall record of 33 wins and 2 losses. The team dominated the SCC, going undefeated in conference play.

Juan Sanchez, who coached Mt. SAC’s men’s soccer team last season, was named “SCC Men's All-Sport Co-Coach of the Year” for guiding the Mounties to an undefeated conference season (14-0) and a regular season record (18-0-1). For Sanchez, who is now the Head Coach at Cerritos College, this was his second straight SCC Championship for the Mt. SAC Men's Soccer Program.

The SCC is composed of area community colleges, including Cerritos, Compton, East Los Angeles, El Camino, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Southwest, Los Angeles Trade Tech, Marymount, Mt. SAC, Long Beach, and Pasadena.

Mt. SAC to Host 13th Annual Fall Fat Tire Classic

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College will once again host the Fall Fat Tire Classic, an off-road bicycle competition, to be held at Mt. SAC on Sunday, Oct. 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

This 13th competition, sponsored by the SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America––VICA), is organized through various divisions that encompass age and expertise. The racecourse features uphill climbs, downhill runs, and tunnel passes on a packed dirt track.

SkillsUSA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters.

To register and for more information on the 13th Annual Fall Fat Tire Classic, call Mt. SAC Professor Ben Eisley at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4638.

57th Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is Oct. 15, 22, and 23

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational, the nation’s largest cross country invitational, will celebrate its 57th anniversary this year as 16,000 runners from over 500 schools are expected to participate during the three days of competition, Oct. 15, 22, and 23.

Community college athletes begin the invitational on Friday, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m. The junior high school division and the elementary school division get under way at 1:30 p.m.

The high school competition starts Friday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:15 a.m.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4840.

Mt. SAC Awarded Health Care Grants

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Regional Health Occupations Resource Center (RHORC) recently received grants from The California Endowment and the California Wellness Foundation for health care interpreters and nursing programs in the local area.

The California Endowment’s $137,000 grant will fund curriculum revisions, data analysis, and tracking of students for Mt. SAC’s Health Care Interpreting Program, which has trained interpreters in health care field since fall 2001. Health care interpreters facilitate linguistic and cultural communication between patients and health care providers, and are trained in bilingual and bicultural interpretation in health care settings. The goal of the program is to increase the number of trained interpreters to meet the growing needs of ethnically diverse communities.

The California Wellness Foundation’s $150,000 grant will fund the Nursing Diversity Pipeline Project, which will educate 36 registered nurses from ethnically under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds in the San Gabriel Valley. The project addresses a critical nursing shortage in the Southland and the need for nurses of diverse backgrounds to serve an ever-growing diverse population. The project is part of the ongoing partnership between Mt. SAC, Citrus Valley Health Partners, and Community Outreach for Prevention & Education.

“The partners in the Nursing Pipeline Partnership each bring a unique set of skills critical to the success of the project, a long history of working together on similar programs, and a desire to build on each other’s strengths,” said Mt. SAC Program Director Dr. Jesus Oliva.

Citrus Valley Health Partners––which includes Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, Intercommunity Medical Center in Covina, and Citrus Valley Hospice in Covina––averages between 120 and 140 openings for nurses due to the nursing shortage.