October 2006


Mt. SAC to Dedicate New Science Lab Building

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will hold a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Science Lab Building on Friday, Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m., at the building’s second floor courtyard.

Speakers for the event will be Assemblyman Bob Huff, Mt. SAC President Christopher O’Hearn and Mt. SAC Natural Sciences Dean Larry Redinger. Brief presentations will also be made by two science students. Refreshments and tours of the facility will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $28-million, three-story Science Lab Building, which opened in August, is the result of years of collaborative planning by faculty and staff. The first floor of the new building is devoted to Earth Sciences and Physics/Engineering, the second floor is primarily Biology, and the third floor is dedicated to Chemistry.

“More than a decade in the making, the new Science Lab Building reflects the vision of the deans, faculty and students of the Natural Sciences Division, and it addresses their objectives to foster innovative instruction and learning,” said President O’Hearn.

The 70,000-square-foot Lab Building houses 99 rooms and 23 labs, including the histologic technician lab, an anthropology lab and the cadaver lab for anatomy classes. The facility is a mechanically complex building with complicated air balance and venting systems, drains for acid waste, special handicapped features and safety options, including showers in certain labs.

The new building represents the first phase to consolidate all science and math instruction in one complex. The project will also include the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot math and science classroom building and the renovation of the former natural sciences and chemistry buildings. Expected to be completed by spring 2008, the combined four-building complex will provide more than 300,000 square feet of classroom, lab and office space.

To R.S.V.P. for the dedication ceremony, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

Mt. SAC to Offer Saturday U.S. Citizenship Class

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will offer a free U.S. citizenship course on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Nov. 11.

Designed to help people with limited English skills prepare for the citizenship interview, the class will be held on four Saturdays and provide 20 hours of intensive instruction and practice. No class will be held Saturday, Nov. 25.

Interested persons should register in person through Mt. SAC’s English as a Second Language Department on the first floor of the Language Center, Building 66. Students can also register in class at the Language Center, room 186.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 5235.


Mt. SAC to Offer International Educational Tour Series

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Community Education will offer a series of educational tours to unique locations around the world including Italy, Russia, Switzerland and historic destinations within the United States, beginning spring 2007.

This new travel series targets people who want to learn about the art, architecture, culture, crafts and food of a specific country or region. Programs include lectures and special visits to unique sites, cooking classes and culinary excursions, and visits to local artists and craftsman in their homes and studios.

These small-group tours include “Italy Through the Kitchen Door,” a culinary tour through Florence, Tuscany and Chianti; “Imperial Russia,” a cultural tour of the opulence of old St. Petersburg and Moscow; “Historic Charleston,” a seven-day tour of historic homes and gardens; “Chicago, Your Kind of Town,” a 2007 fall tour of sites and sounds that made the Windy City famous; and “A Taste of the Swiss Alps,” featuring cooking lessons at the Hotel Victoria in Meiringen, Switzerland.

Tour leaders are Susan Coleman from Orange Coast Community College and retired Mt. SAC professor Karlene Morris.

For reservations and more information, call Community Education at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.


Mt. SAC Theater to Stage “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will stage its production of Brian Clark’s Whose Life Is It Anyway? on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

The award-winning Whose Life Is It Anyway? examines one of the most complex medical and moral issues of our times––do we have the right to choose how we want to live and when we want to die? Originally produced for television, Clark’s play focuses on the quality of life issues faced by a sculptor who is a left a quadriplegic after a grizzly car accident. The play won the Society of West End Theatre’s Best Play Award and won a Tony Award for Mary Tyler Moore in the Broadway version.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $9 for students and seniors.

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

Mt. SAC Applauds 25% College Fee Reduction

WALNUT, Calif.—The recent Chancellor Office announcement of a nearly 25% reduction in community college fees could further boost student enrollment at Mt. San Antonio College in the near and distant future, according to President Christopher C. O’Hearn.

An education trailer bill (AB 1802), recently signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with bipartisan support, will decrease enrollment fees from $26 to $20 per unit for California residents, effective Jan. 1, 2007. This means a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 units next semester will save $75.

“We applaud this action, as it will help many more students to afford college and get a first-rate education, leading to gainful employment,” said O’Hearn, who also serves on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. “If the San Gabriel Valley is to remain economically viable, we must ensure that we are preparing our future workforce to meet the challenges and demands of tomorrow.”

O’Hearn’s comments resonate with state researchers who recently predicted a 27% enrollment increase at California’s 109 community colleges by 2014. Called the “hidden tidal wave,” this surge, they said, will be created by young adults who realize they simply aren’t prepared to meet the demands and requirements of today’s workplace.

Mt. SAC is already experiencing the early effects of the wave, having reported a nearly 7% increase in enrollment this fall—the largest in over five years. Already one of California’s largest colleges, Mt. SAC has a student population nearing 40,000.

Despite the positive impact the fee reduction will have on accessibility, many low-income and underrepresented students will still need help to afford college.

“Mt. SAC remains committed to ensuring that students continue to have abundant financial aid resources available to them to help pay for fees, books, living expenses and other college-related costs,” said Student Services Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji. “We encourage current and potential students to take advantage of these many resources and pursue their education now.”

Yamagata-Noji noted that Mt. SAC has shortened its fall and spring semesters this year in order to add a new, 6-week winter session, which begins Jan. 8.

“This special session will help students accelerate their transition to universities or directly to the job market,” she said. “It’s a great time to start or resume college; and thanks to new legislation, higher education and job training are now even more affordable.”

Mt. SAC Animation Students Receive Feature Film Credits

WALNUT, Calif.—Four students from Mt. San Antonio College’s Animation Program will soon be receiving credit where credit is due. Students Randall Eide, Tony Bui, Ronan Relosa and Tim Salvage will be receiving screen credit for their animation work as interns on Gener8xion Entertainment’s release of One Night with the King, which opens nationwide on Oct. 13.

“This was an incredible opportunity for the students, and they received rave reviews for the work they did,” said Mt. SAC Animation Professor Don Sciore, who set up the internship for the students in the summer of 2005.

While working as a storyboard artist during the design stage of the film, Sciore made the internship proposal to one of the film’s producers.

“I thought the animators working on the film are basically doing what we do at school, using the same techniques and some of the same software, so why not see if we can work something out,” Sciore said.

Once the details of the internship were ironed out, the students were able to test their 3-D animation skills while gaining valuable industry experience and using some very specialize animation software.

One Night with the King is a live-action film that uses animation, including virtual sets. The movie contains fantastic computer-generated environments, architecture, props and people all blended seamlessly together with live action.

“All the little things that are seen in the background were built using animation software,” said Sciore.

The film’s storyline follows a young girl who rises from peasant to princess by going against the culture and seeking the King’s heart rather than the riches of the kingdom.

Mt. SAC’s Animation Program is now in its eighth year and enrolls more than 250 students.

Mt. SAC to Host Community Volunteer Fair

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College is seeking community organizations that would like to recruit volunteers at its fall Community Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., just outside of the Student Life Center.

The fair also provides an opportunity for students to engage in public service, obtain hands-on learning experiences and make a difference in the community. Some of the organizations already scheduled to participate include the American Heart Association, the YMCA, Project Sister in Pomona, Recording for the Blind, the Children’s Museum in La Habra, the Inland Empire United Way, WINGS, Positive Choices Youth Organization and the David and Margaret Home.

Community organizations that would like to participate should call the Mt. SAC Student Life Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.

Mt. SAC to Hold Auditions for Play Chronicling Hollywood’s Blacklisted

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will hold auditions for its production of Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? on Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., in the Studio Theater.

During the House Un-American Activities Committee’s investigation of show business in the 1950s, some the biggest names in Hollywood came under scrutiny and were blacklisted as communists. Eric Bentley’s Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? looks at the era of McCarthyism and uses the actual words of both the interrogators and witnesses to dramatize what has been described as one of the most damaging assaults on personal liberties in U. S. history.

Rehearsals for this Mt. SAC production will be held Mondays through Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m., with performances set for Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. Characters are needed for a variety of roles, including narrators, committee members and witnesses. This production will be directed by Christopher Coddington.

Copies of the play are available in the Mt. SAC Library, building 6 (Learning Technology Center).