November 2002


Mt. SAC to Hold Ceramics Sale

Walnut, CA . . . Just in time for the holidays, Mt. SAC Art students will hold a special holiday ceramics sale, Tuesday through Thursday, December 10-12.

Find that special holiday gift at the Mt. SAC ceramics sale. All types and styles of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ceramics made by Mt. SAC Art students will be on sale December 10 and 11, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and December 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Art Gallery.

For more information on the Mt. SAC ceramics sale, call the Mt. SAC Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.

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Spring Registration Begins Nov. 27

Walnut, CA … New and returning students can register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2003 spring semester credit classes by telephone beginning November 27 through January 8.

To register by touch-tone telephone, students may call (909) 595-6722 to add classes, drop classes, and make scheduling changes. The service is available 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To use the telephone registration system, students must check their permit to register. Students will not be allowed to register before the date and time on their permit. The telephone system will not be available December 24 through January 1.

New students need to submit an application for enrollment to the college's Admissions and Records Office located on the lower level of the campus Student Services Building. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students who are new to Mt. SAC must also contact the Counseling Office to sign up for an orientation session.

Schedules for Mt. SAC's spring semester, which begins January 13, are available at local public libraries, the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office, the college administration building reception desk, the Mt. SAC library, and the campus bookstore. The schedule is also available at the Mt. SAC web site at

For more information on registration for the spring semester, call the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4415.

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High Demand Brings Histology to Mt. SAC

Walnut, Calif..... When Biology Professors Cindy Anderson and Lou Shainberg job-shadowed at nearby San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, Calif., they discovered a promising teacher to direct a new program within Mt. San Antonio College's (Mt. SAC) Biology Department. Professor Jennifer MacDonald, the former pathology manager at the hospital, now directs Mt. SAC's Histotechnology Program, through which students learn how to prepare tissue slides for diagnosis in hospital, lab and research settings. After two years of training, says MacDonald, Mt. SAC students may be gainfully employed by numerous health care facilities.

"When Cindy and I job shadowed Jennifer, she mentioned the extreme shortage of well-qualified histologic technicians," says Biology Professor Lou Shainberg. "It seemed to us that Mt. SAC could serve its community well by starting a program to train histotechs." Shainberg adds that industry surveys conducted by Mt. SAC's Biology Department confirm the statewide and nationwide need for more histotechnicians.

MacDonald also reports that a 2000 wage and vacancy survey states that sixteen percent of histotechnology jobs are vacant nationwide - a number that she imagines has grown in the past two years. "Many technicians were given on-the-job training as there is a shortage of schools in the U.S. for histotechnology. Procedures are becoming more complex and require people with a stronger background in the theory of the field," she explains.
Initially working with Mt. SAC as an advisory committee member, MacDonald now maintains a full-time teaching schedule that includes introductory, beginning, and advanced histotechnology courses. To move toward a career as a histotechnician, students must pursue an associate's degree, completing all general education requirements, as well as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, histotechnology courses, and four units of work experience. Teaching six classes in all, MacDonald prepares students to become nationally certified in the field.

"For national certification, students will have a two-part examination - a written and practical portion," explains MacDonald. "My goal is to have 100 percent of my students pass this examination on the first attempt. It's a lofty goal, but I have a great team of students."
Upon becoming certified, students may become employed in many healthcare settings with a starting wage of $19.00 to $25.00 per hour, reports MacDonald. Mt. SAC's Histotechnology students have become so enthused about the program that they started their own club, with MacDonald as club advisor, to help them learn more about what it takes to succeed in the field.

MacDonald serves currently as a grader for the American Society for Clinical Pathology histotechnician certification exam, processed in Chicago, Illinois. Keeping-up with a busy travel schedule to the Midwest throughout this month, MacDonald's involvement at the national level serves to better prepare Mt. SAC students to perform according to standards required throughout the U.S.

"She has already brought national recognition to her program, which is now showcased as a model after which other new programs developing around the United States are being patterned," says Shainberg. "We are extremely fortunate to have been able to hire Jennifer as Program Director."

MacDonald completed a three-year, medical technology program in Ontario, Canada, prior to joining the staff at San Antonio Community Hospital, where she encountered her current Mt. SAC colleagues. She now pursues a bachelor's degree from a Canadian university, while continuing to participate in her field statewide as the secretary for the California Society of Histotechnology, in addition to her nationwide involvement.

For more information about the Histotechnology Program at Mt. SAC, contact the Biological Sciences Department at (909) 594-5611, extension 4554.



Mt. SAC Student Awarded Auto Scholarship

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College student Ja Hee Hwang is the recent recipient of a $2,000 Women’s Automotive Association International scholarship in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company.

The scholarship, designated for educational expenses, was awarded at the Women’s Automotive Association International’s sixth annual Professional Achievement Awards Dinner held September 19 in Detroit, Michigan.

Hwang, a 22-year-old Psychology major and resident of Rowland Heights, is an honors student at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.76 grade point average. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (the national honors society for two-year colleges), a frequent volunteer with her church, and an employee of Tustin Acura. She plans to transfer to Pepperdine University in fall 2003.

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Child Development Center Hosts Thanksgiving Feast

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Child Development Center will hold its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 26, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at the Child Development Center.

The center’s Thanksgiving Feast is an opportunity for the center’s children, their parents, and college staff to share the holiday and celebrate.

The Mt. SAC Child Development Center provides quality child care for approximately 200 children each semester. Special programs and activities are available to children who attend the center.

To RSVP, call the Mt. SAC Child Development Center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4920.

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Mt. SAC to Hold Auditions for 'The Foreigner'

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will hold auditions for its production of The Foreigner on Monday, November 25, 7 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Sophia B. Clarke Theater. Auditions are open to the public.

Open roles forThe Foreigner, a farce by Larry Shue, include casting for five men and two women, ages 20-50, plus a small ensemble. This Mt. SAC production of The Foreigner, directed by Mt. SAC Theater Professor Alan Brooks who played the lead in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s original production of The Foreigner and later in New York, will run for two weekends, beginning March 7, and rehearsals will be held January 13 through March 6.

Perusal scripts are available through the Mt. SAC Library circulation desk.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4337.

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Mt. SAC to Host National Physics Workshop

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College will host the 2002 National Two Year College Workshop on Modeling and Physics Education Research for community college and high school physics educators to be held on November 14-16 at Mt. SAC.

The three-day workshop, to be attended by educators from nine states across the U.S., will focus on current physics teaching pedagogy, including active learning strategies and modeling. The modeling approach incorporates teaching that uses a small set of models and applies them to physical situations. The workshop will also feature the work of well-known physics educators and innovators in the field.

The workshop is part of a physics revitalization project sponsored by Joliet Junior College in Illinois, Lee College in Texas, and the Advanced Technological Education Program of the National Science Foundation.

This event will be held 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 16.

For more information, call Mt. SAC Physics Professor Martin Mason at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5306.

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Loan Default Rate Slips Below National Average

Walnut, CA … An increasing sense of responsibility and measures taken to ensure repayment have set off a national trend of falling student loan default rates, and the default rate at Mt. SAC is no exception as new figures indicate that the college’s loan default percentage has dropped below the national community college average.

According to recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, Mt. SAC’s loan default rate for the most recent year (2000) for which data is available is 8.2 percent, one percent below the national community college loan default rate of 9.2 percent.

The fall in the default rate for student loans mirrors a national trend that has seen rates drop from double-digit figures just 10 years ago to below 10 percent for the past five years. In 1990, for example, the default rate for Mt. SAC’s students was 19.3 percent.

One of the reasons for the fall in defaults, according to Mt. SAC’s Financial Aid Department which processes approximately 300 to 350 loans per year, is a proactive stance to lower the default rate through financial aid counseling and changes in the process itself.

"Defaults have dropped because we changed our procedures, and the loan process changed," said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Susan Jones.

Six years ago Mt. SAC’s Financial Aid Office started requiring orientation counseling sessions for students who were trying to get educational loans. That counseling now includes yearly sessions and an exit counseling session to remind students of their obligation to repay their loans. Since then, defaults have plummeted.

"Basically, we want to reinforce their responsibility," said Jones. "Schools are making sure students attend the exit interview to make sure they repay their loans."

In addition to the student loan counseling sessions, the Financial Aid Department also provides students with information on other sources of financial assistance that do not involve going into debt, including scholarships, grants, and part-time work.

"We try to look at other resources for students other than loans. We tell them not to apply for a loan unless they absolutely have to," Jones said.

Yet while the most recent numbers for loan defaults look good, they seem inflated along side the default rate for 1999 when loan defaults by Mt. SAC students stood at a mere 1.6 percent.

"That rate [for 1999] was the lowest rate we’ve ever had," said Jones.

The default rate is monitored by the federal government and accrediting agencies.

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Prop. 47 Means a New Science Building for Mt. SAC

Walnut, CA … While the passage of Proposition 47 means $13 billion for the state’s public education institutions, locally the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2002 means a new science building for Mt. San Antonio College.

"The passage of Proposition 47 means continued access to quality education for future students, and shows the voters’ commitment to and support for the state’s educational systems, particularly community colleges," said Mt. SAC President Christopher C. O’Hearn.

The bond measure brings $21.7 million in facilities funding to Mt. SAC for the south wing building of the college’s science complex, a new 60,000 square-foot, three-story science building that will house the college’s physics, earth sciences, chemistry, and biology programs.

"The passage of this proposition allows us to play out options for the benefit of students and staff for the future of the college," said Mt. SAC Natural Sciences Dean Larry Redinger, whose division at Mt. SAC gained a science building with the passage of the state bond measure.

The state bond will also help fund the remodeling of two existing science buildings. The remodeling includes additional classroom space and upgrades for the two current science buildings that will be part of the college’s future science complex.

"It means we will have an integrated, comprehensive science program," Redinger said.

Currently, the different science programs are spread out over different parts of the campus. However, Mt. SAC’s future science complex, which will include two new buildings and two existing buildings, will group together the college’s science programs in one area. A second new building, the north wing of the complex, will be funded by Mt. SAC’s local bond measure, Measure R.

Funds for the south wing building will be available in spring 2003 with groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for summer 2003 and an opening date in either late 2004 or early 2005.

The growth of the science programs at Mt. SAC reflects the growth in the student population and the demand for science courses at the college. Mt. SAC, the state’s largest single-campus community college, served 7,450 science students during the spring 2002 semester. Yet in recent semesters, the college’s natural sciences division has had to turn away approximately 2,000 students each semester due to the lack of classroom space.

"The growth in the sciences is the largest single growth area in education," said Redinger.

Redinger said the demand for science courses at the college grows between 2.5 percent and 5.5 percent each year.

Proposition 47, which was passed by voters 58 percent to 41 percent during the November 5 election, also provides facilities bond funding for the state’s K-12 schools and universities. The state’s 108 community colleges stand to receive $745 million in funding for more than 150 projects. The proposition will provide funds to relieve overcrowding, make safety repairs, and make upgrades to facilities.

In September, the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees passed a resolution showing its support for the proposition. Proposition 47 was also supported by Governor Gray Davis, the California Legislature, the California PTA, the California Taxpayers’ Association, the League of Women Voters, and the California Chamber of Commerce

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Mt. SAC to Host British Debate Team in Public Debate

Walnut, CA … Britain’s top collegiate debating duo, Anna Kirk and Richard Osbourne, will take on two Mt. San Antonio College students in a free public debate Tuesday, November 12, 7pm, in Mt. SAC’s Social Science Auditorium, 26B-101.

Bill Nones, of Upland, and David Tashroudian, of West Covina, were selected from an audition to represent Mt. SAC in the debate. Both are members of the Mt. SAC Forensics Team.

The British pair are on a two month debating tour of the United States, including stops at New York’s Hofstra University, Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, the University of Arkansas, the University of Iowa, Southwest Texas State University, The College of William and Mary, USC, and nine other colleges.

The topic to be debated is: "The United States is out of step with the world community." Both teams will debate in the parliamentary style – a form of debating that requires strong argumentation, but also emphasizes wit and tact.

During the debate, the audience will be encouraged to "knock" to show support for ideas they support, and will vote to determine the winners of the debate after its conclusion. The debaters will also be available for a brief Q & A session afterward.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mt. SAC Forensics Team and the Mt. SAC Department of Communication.

For more information, call Mt. SAC Forensics Coach Liesel Reinhart at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4616.

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Developmental Ed Team Wins State Award

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Developmental Education Team is the recipient of a California Community College League "Celebrating the Way California Learns" award to be presented November 16 at the League’s annual convention in San Jose.

The "Celebrating the Way California Learns" award recognizes educational efforts that ensure student learning, create outstanding learning environments, and promote professional growth in classroom developmental approaches.

The Development Education Team is a cross-disciplinary group of 16 faculty and administrators that have been involved in efforts to improve developmental education at Mt. SAC. The team’s goal is to develop awareness of theories and practices to help learners at all levels.

Activities the team has been involved in include participating in a national year-long study of developmental education with 15 other colleges, hosting a regional developmental education conference, establishing a staff development program, and developing an assessment pilot project.

The Mt. SAC Development Education Team is Debbie Boroch, Pat Bower, Glenda Bro, Mary Chabot, Meghan Chen, Luisa Fuller, Jean Garrett, Jim Jenkins, Al Kirchgraber, Sue Long, Carol Norton, Julie Perez-Garcia, Karen Salter-Moss, Rick Stepp-Bolling, Jeff Wakefield, and Lorie Walker-Guyer.

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New Members Join Foundation Board

Walnut, CA … Diamond Bar residents Kathleen Newe, Mei Lien Chang, and Anyork Lee have recently been selected to join the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation Board of Directors.

Newe is a sales agent with Century 21 E-N Realty Company in Diamond Bar and has worked as a volunteer for the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library, the Diamond Bar Historical Society, and St. Denis Catholic Church.
"I am very interested in helping to make our community a better place. Mt. SAC is such a valuable part of that," said Newe. She and her husband Jack live in Philips Ranch.

Mei Lien Chang is the Vice President of Trade Union International, Inc. and Duck House, Inc. located in Montclair. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Brahma Foundation, which serves Diamond Bar High School. She is a member of the President’s Council for California State Polytechnic University, the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library, the Founders Committee for Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, and the Diamond Bar Chinese Association and Chinese School.

"I think Mt. SAC is such an important college in our community. We need to support education and we need to support Mt. SAC. I think that lifelong learning is very important and Mt. SAC is providing that valuable opportunity to all of us," Chang said.

Anyork Lee is a doctor of acupuncture and is a member of the Mt. SAC Advisory Board for the Medical Interpreter program. He has been a member of the governing board of the Walnut Valley Unified School District since 1997 and is a founding member of the Chinese American Association and the Chinese American Parent Association of Walnut. He is also a board member for the Walnut Sister City program. Lee earned his doctorate of Acupuncture Medicine from the Asian American Acupuncture College in San Diego, and has an MBA from California State University Stanislaus, and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from National Taiwan University.
Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation funds scholarships and provides supplemental funds for Mt. SAC. The Foundation sponsors two community fund-raisers each year, the annual Golf Tournament in April and a blues and jazz concert in August.

For more information about the Foundation and its special events, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4225.

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Afghan Girls' School Is the Creation of Mt. SAC Math Teacher

Walnut, Calif.... When it came to the point of giving-up tenure at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) to continue his humanitarian work abroad, Math Professor Joe Franko had to take a good, long look at his mission. What started as a one-year unpaid leave in 1999 to serve as a director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) became a three-year stint, ultimately resulting in the opportunity to begin a girls' school for Afghan refugees in 2002. Today, he is a "new" math professor at Mt. SAC, rehired after an extended leave.

"When the bombing started in Afghanistan, I decided to do some work in that area. I went to my meetings and asked them if they would support us," says Franko, referring to meetings of the AFSC and others. "We started the girls' school with our first $400, and I am still raising money." The school, named Akora Khatak Afghan Refugee Girls Primary School, is located in an Afghan refugee camp just outside of Peshawar, Pakistan, 70 kilometers from the Afghanistan border. Although the school has no official connection with any organization, the AFSC, a Philadelphia-based humanitarian organization supported primarily by the Society of Friends, or Quakers, acts temporarily as the school's fiscal agent.

A friend of Franko’s named Edith Cole, who traveled frequently to Pakistan to visit family members, in part facilitated his entrée into the Afghan region. While visiting the area with Cole, intending to gather stories about the effects of bombing in Afghanistan, Franko quickly observed the dire needs within a camp for 50,000 displaced Afghans, located just outside of the country. Although schools existed for boys in the camp, there was none for girls. Franko says he was also compelled toward this work, because there were no other American organizations working in the camps, only German and Canadian.

With monetary support from the AFSC and a non-profit organization named Bartimaeus, among others, Franko and Cole teamed-up with a man named Rahmatullah, who served as a translator in the camp. Interestingly, in addition to translating, Rahmatullah was also a teacher struggling with very limited resources to educate 30 girls. Within two months of their partnership, four classrooms and two outhouses were built, four teachers were hired, and uniforms and supplies were purchased. On April 1, 2002, the school for 260 girls ages 5-13 opened its doors. Today, the school's enrollment has grown to 300 girls.

Although timely and significant, the girls' school is just one of Franko's humanitarian projects. During his three-year term as an AFSC director, he worked nationally to establish standards for those working with youth to ensure safety in their programs. In addition, he established a program for gay and lesbian youth in Hawaii. He served as a relief worker in hurricane-ravaged Colombia and worked to preserve the rainforest in Costa Rica.

While working in Costa Rica, Franko studied the structure of the country's government, which has no standing army. He now uses Costa Rica as a reference for college peace talks and for the formation of peace groups nationwide. Locally, he established a peace group at a prominent Pasadena, Calif. school - the California Institute of Technology, also known as "Cal Tech". In time, he hopes to lend his expertise to humanitarian activities at Mt. SAC, as well.
Franko says that although he spends most of his time getting settled back into teaching, he hopes to link Mt. SAC faculty with the Afghan girls' school. "I'd like to take groups of teachers there to teach," says Franko.

As he plans to return to the girls' school this December, Franko knows that his humanitarian work continues, albeit juggled-in with his full-time teaching commitment. He currently teaches statistics, as well as beginning and college algebra.

For more information about Franko or the math offerings at Mt. SAC, please contact the Division of Natural Sciences at (909) 594-5611, extension 4425 or visit the College website at