November 2004


Mt. SAC Students Hold Holiday Ceramics Sale

WALNUT, Calif.— Just in time for the holidays, Mt. San Antonio College Art students will hold a special holiday ceramics sale for the public, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 7-9.

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 Dec. 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Ceramics Lab, building 1A, room 10.

For more information on the Mt. SAC ceramics sale, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4316.

Mt. SAC Spring Registration Begins Dec. 1

WALNUT, Calif.—New, continuing, and returning students are encouraged to register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2005 spring semester credit classes by telephone or online beginning Dec. 1 through Jan. 5.

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 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To use the telephone registration system, students must check their permit for their assigned registration date and time. Students will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

Students may also register online via the web at

The Spring ’05 Schedule of Classes—which now combines credit and community education courses—is available on campus, at local libraries, and online at The Schedule also contains admissions information as well as telephone and online registration instructions and financial aid opportunities.

New students need to submit an enrollment application 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, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New students must also contact the Counseling Office to sign up for an orientation session before registering for classes.

Mt. SAC’s Spring Semester begins Jan. 10. Registration will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

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

An Evening of Vocal Jazz

An Evening of Vocal Jazz at Mt. SAC
Concert will Feature award-winning groups Singcopation and Frontline
with special guest, the Kristin Korb Trio

WALNUT, Calif., Nov. 17, 2004 - Join Mt. San Antonio College's award-winning vocal groups Singcopation and Frontline for an evening devoted to jazz with a flair at 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 4 at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater, 1100 N. Grand Ave.

Embracing swing, blues, funk, and of course jazz, Singcopation and Frontline will delight the crowd with a toe-tapping performance.

Swinging with Singcopation and Frontline will be the Kristin Korb Trio. A unique talent in the jazz world, Kristin sings in the tradition of Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald and plays the bass with the authority and swing of the great Ray Brown. Completing the trio is award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman and in-demand jazz drummer Steve Barnes.

Singcopation has garnered its third Downbeat Magazine award as the nation's "Best Vocal Jazz Choir" and has been honored with an invitation to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in Long Beach, California in January. Frontline continues to garner awards from festivals throughout the U.S. Recently, the group performed at the Reno Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the western United States, taking home honors and awards.

General admission is $10, $8 for seniors and 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 Mt. SAC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


Mt. SAC Jazz Band Returns for Its Second Season with Guest Artist Clay Jenkins

WALNUT, Calif., Nov. 8, 2004 - Creating a unique blend of killer jazz, the Mt. SAC Jazz Band, led by guitarist, Tom Hynes, celebrates the opening of its second season on Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, 1100 N. Grand Ave. in Walnut.

With their unique blend of hard-driving and soulful renditions, the band will present a varied program, featuring jazz artist Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins has performed with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, toured with the big bands of Buddy Rich, Harry James and Count Basie Orchestra, and recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I and II. He has also presided at jazz clinics throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

The program includes the music of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and a host of other renowned jazz artists.

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

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


Mt. SAC Students Sponsor Fall Marketplace

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Student Life Office will sponsor the College’s first Fall Marketplace, featuring business vendors from throughout the Southland, on Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Life Center, Building 9C.

Vendor products include furniture, electronics, clothing, food, boutiques, financial services, and much more from an estimated 35 businesses. The vendors are sponsored by Mt. SAC student clubs.

Proceeds from the Marketplace will benefit student club activities, which include cultural, educational, and social events.

For more information, call the Student Life Office (909) 594-5611, at ext. 4525.


"Horse Whisperer" Works Magic at Mt. SAC

WALNUT, Calif.—There’s something about horses and Clayton Price that naturally fit together. The professional rodeo rider has won more championships than he can remember, he has worked with actors such as Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton on their riding skills, and now he’s training horses through Mt. San Antonio College’s Horse Ranch Management Program.

“In one capacity or another, horses have made my living all my life,” said Clayton.

Currently, Clayton works with 13 horses through Mt. SAC’s Equine Center, training them to eventually become riding horses. But along the way, they must adjust to and pass several milestones. They must get used to riding equipment, different situations, and different riders.

“A horse usually has a fight or flight response,” he said. “Every horse is different, and each one provides a different challenge.”

Patience and positive reinforcement are the two main tools that Clayton uses in training. A little bit of both goes a long way.

“I try to make the horse I’m working with my best friend,” he said. “If you approach it that way, you’re bound to end up on top. Trust is always earned; it’s never assumed.”

Horses trained through the program may end up as part of Mt. SAC’s equestrian team, part of class instruction, or part of the equine breeding program at the College. The program also provides a unique opportunity for students who may have not grown up around horses.

“Mt. SAC’s horse program provides a rare outlet for students to work with and learn about horses,” he said. “They get to see a horse from start to finish--from being born to weaning to being saddled and ridden.”

And the rapport he establishes with the horses also carries over to the students.

“I think it’s great to work with students and have them come back to you years later so you can see what they’ve accomplished.”

Horses have always been a part of Clayton’s life. His father dealt in horse trading, breeding, and training in Norco, and Clayton began riding when he was 4 years old.

“I found myself around a horse more often than not,” he said.

By age 8, he won his first junior rodeo, and it was also that same year he began his Hollywood career. After being noticed because of his rodeo skills, he roped, rode, and acted in Walt Disney’s Mystery of Rustlers’ Cave.

He continued his rodeo riding, advancing through the ranks to become a professional. Over the next 18 years, he would rank among California’s top five in bronco saddle riding for more than a decade and became the state champion in 1994 and 1997.

Meanwhile, he worked as a stuntman and actor in films, television, and commercials. He has worked in commercials for Burger King, a recent episode of CSI, and a total of 10 films, including City Slickers in 1991 with Billy Crystal and last year in The Alamo with Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.

In a scene in The Alamo, Clayton rides into a swamp, stunt fights atop his steed, and falls into water. But it was the scene in which he had to ride through a burning town that Clayton calls his most “anxious” moment as a stuntman. In the film, he rides through the town as parts of the burning buildings fall around him. It was a matter of impeccable timing.

“If you don’t get anxious, you’re in trouble,” he said. “It’s the adrenaline that keeps you going. The irony is that part of the set didn’t come down, so we ended up having to retake the scene.”

In the future, Clayton will continue his acting and stunt work, and has an ambitious upcoming rodeo schedule. He will also continue training horses at Mt. SAC.

And one bet’s for sure—this cowboy won’t be riding off into the sunset any time soon.

Mt. SAC VP Wins Robie Award

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Administrative Services Vice President Nancy Rice has been named the recipient of the 2004 Walter Star Robie Award by the California Community Colleges Association of Chief Business Officials. The award is presented to community college chief financial officers who demonstrate outstanding achievement.

Known as an advocate for fiscal responsibility and strategic planning, Rice has served as Administrative Services Vice President at Mt. SAC since 2000. She holds the distinction of being the only California community college chief business officer who also serves as a community college trustee. Currently, she serves as Board President for the North Orange County Community College District.

A resident of Yorba Linda, Rice started at Mt. SAC as Director of Fiscal Services in 1994. Before coming to the College, she served for 12 years as Director of Fiscal Affairs at the North Orange County Community College District where she had worked since 1976.

Throughout her career, she has been involved with professional organizations such as the Association of California Community College Administrators and the California Association of School Business Officials.

Al Stewart

Al Stewart to Perform at Mt. SAC Nov. 20

WALNUT, Calif., Nov. 5, 2004 - Explore the rhythm with new works and favorite classics with one of the greatest musicians of our time, Al Stewart, on stage at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater, 1100 N. Grand Ave., Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Stewart, a Scottish singer/songwriter, is perhaps best known for his hit song, Year of the Cat. Evoking a songscape of styles, Stewart's lyrical dexterity juggles historical detail with poetic wit, expertly delivering a combination of crafted melody and sophisticated lyrics.

Dave Nachmanoff, an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will join Stewart on stage. They have shared the stage on numerous occasions, including Stewart's tour of the UK. There is a real synergy between these two performers.

General Admission is $25, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for 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.


Wind Ensemble Fall Spectacular

Wind Ensemble Fall Spectacular

WALNUT, Calif., Oct. 29, 2004 -The Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble presents a special evening of music on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater, 1100 N. Grand Ave.

The centerpiece of this concert is Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait. One of the most important and successful compositions of its time, A Lincoln Portrait is a piece for voice and orchestra comprising quotes from Abraham Lincoln's writings and speeches narrated over Copland's musical composition. Narrating this patriotic work will be Mt. SAC President/CEO, Dr. Christopher C. O'Hearn.

Copland wrote A Lincoln Portrait in 1942, soon after the U.S. entered WW II. He was one of several American composers commissioned to write orchestral works descriptive of great Americans that would mirror the exceptional spirit of the country. The composition offers a simple, yet impressive frame for the words of Lincoln himself; the narration, drawn from his letters and speeches, concludes with the closing lines of the Gettysburg Address.

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.