October 2009


Mt. SAC Repertory Dance Company Stages Fall Concert Nov. 6-8

WALNUT, Calif.––The Mt. San Antonio College Repertory Dance Company will perform a variety of dance styles at its Annual Fall Repertory Dance Concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 - 8, at the college’s Sophia Clarke Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a special 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The dance company is Mt. SAC’s elite group of student performers who showcase the talent of this award-winning dance department. The troupe performs thought-provoking modern works and entertaining musical theater pieces along with ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. Faculty and guest choreographers are highly acclaimed professionals with credits that include major dance companies, film, and television.

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

For tickets, visit www.4tix.org online or call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


Mt. SAC to Dedicate $79.1M Natural Sciences Complex

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College will hold a formal dedication ceremony for its new Natural Sciences Complex on Friday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., at the front of the newest addition to the complex, the Math and Science Instructional Center, building 61. The $79.1-million complex is now arguably the largest sciences complex at a California community college.

“As a learning environment, the new Sciences Complex stands alone among the state’s community college science facilities in terms of size, scope, and state-of-the-art technology,” said Natural Sciences Dean Larry Redinger.

More than 12 years in the making and over 250,000 square feet, the four-building complex was completed in several phases and includes the Science Laboratory Building, the Bio-Chem Lecture Building, the Science Lecture Building, and the Math and Science Instructional Center. The complex is the result of years of collaborative planning by faculty, administration, staff, and students.

“With the opening of the Math and Sciences building last spring, we finished the process to unify all the math and all the science instruction in single area, a process that was first conceptualized in 1996,” Redinger said.

The complex houses the disciplines of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics, and histotechnology. It is home to over 90 full-time professors, 120 adjunct professors, and 20 percent of Mt. SAC’s student population.

“Two thousand students per day go in and out of these buildings,” said Redinger. “That’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

The Science Laboratory Building (building 60) was the first of the new buildings to be built. The 70,000-square-foot state-of the-art lab facility opened in fall 2006, prior to the renovation of two older buildings that would become the Science Lecture Building (building 11) and the Bio-Chem Lecture Building (building 7), and the construction of Math and Science Instructional Center.

The last of the building projects, the Math and Science Instructional Center, affords 66,000 square feet of instructional space, 30 classrooms, faculty and division offices, computer labs, lecture halls, two math tutorial centers, study rooms, and an Exploratorium. The Exploratorium features the B.J. Meek collection of taxidermic animal specimens. The more than $1-million exhibit, which was donated to the college, includes animals from nearly every continent, including lions, tigers, wolves, and grizzly bears. The second half of Exploratorium will feature science displays by the different disciplines within the division. In addition to providing a unique learning opportunity for Mt. SAC students, the Exploratory will also provide tours for area school children.

Some of the other unique features of the complex include a state-of the-art instrumentation lab in the Bio-Chem Lecture Building, several student study areas and a robotics room for physics students in the Math and Science Instructional Center, and a cadaver lab for anatomy classes in the Science Laboratory Building. The complex project was funded by Mt. SAC’s $221-million Measure R facilities bond and state bond funds.

The dedication ceremony for Mt. SAC’s Natural Sciences Complex is open to the public.


Mt. SAC to Break Ground for $24.8M Design Tech Center

WALNUT, Calif.–– Mt. San Antonio College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s future Design Technology Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m., at the site of new facility just north of building 16 and northwest of building 26.

“This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility that will allow our design-based programs to be in close proximity to each other, creating a synergy for our students,” said Arts Division Dean Sue Long.

One of the last projects to be funded by Mt. SAC’s Measure R facilities bond, the $24.8-million Design Technology Center project will consolidate the College’s computer-based design programs such as Animation and Graphic Design, Architecture and Interior Design, Photography and Computer Graphics, and Web Design. The 69,000-square-foot facility will feature advanced computer systems and state-of the-art technology to accommodate these programs.

The project will also include several student-oriented areas conducive to various aspects of learning.

“This project is particularly exciting for design students because this facility will have a built-in gallery area so that our students can exhibit their work and receive feedback from their peers,” said Long.

Another feature of the new center will be an open computer lab area for students of the different disciplines in the building to work together.

“Everyone in the building will also have access to an open multi-discipline media lab, which will have possibilities for multi-discipline interaction and learning,” said Business Dean John Heneise.

The Design Technology Center is expected to be completed in spring 2011.

The project will be 50% funded by Measure R funds and 50% by state capital outlay funds. Measure R is Mt. SAC’s $221-million facilities bond passed by voters in 2001.


Mt. SAC to Host Community Volunteer Fair

WALNUT, Calif.–– Mt. San Antonio College is seeking local organizations that would like to recruit volunteers at its fall Community Volunteer Fair on Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Student Life Center patio area.

The fair 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 West Covina Senior Center, the Pomona Community Collaborative, Reach Out West End Mentoring, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Coachart, the Del Haven Community Center, International Student Volunteers, and the David and Margaret Home in La Verne.

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


Mt. SAC Theater to Stage “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its fall production of Alan Ball’s "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 16-17 and 23-24, 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

From the writer of "American Beauty" and producer of HBO’s "Six Feet Under," "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" is a comedy set at a Southern wedding reception where the five bridesmaids ditch the wedding and realize, among other things, that they are closer friends with each other than they are with the bride. It's a raucous, raunchy comedic romp about life, love, men, marriage, and intimacy as seen through the eyes of five very different, yet similar women. This Mt. SAC production is directed by Alan Brooks.

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

For tickets and information, visit www.4tix.org online or call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.