November 2008


Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win Record 30 Awards at Regional Conference

WALNUT, Calif.—A few years after the student newspaper was discontinued, the Mt. San Antonio College journalism program has rebounded in a big way as journalism students won a record 30 awards at the Southern California Journalism Association of Community College conference held recently at Cal State Fullerton.

“This is the most awards won since I've been at Mt. SAC,” said faculty advisor Toni Albertson, who has served as the advisor to the student newspaper, The Mountaineer, for two years. “That's quite an accomplishment considering the competition and where this program came from.”

Just two years ago, The Mountaineer was getting back on its feet after being cut from the college’s curriculum, but this year, the journalism program has come back in a big way, which has included the establishment of a new student magazine.

Charlye DeHart (Montclair) won the “Top Editor-in-Chief Award” for Mt. SAC’s student newspaper, while Jessica Cardenas (Upland) won the “Top Managing Editor Award.”

Gabriel Mendoza (San Gabriel) and Victor Castellanos (Walnut) took first-place awards in the news story competition, and Kiran Alvi (Chino Hills) won first in the column writing division. Beatrice Alcala (Walnut) and Jessica Cardenas (Upland) won second-place awards in the photo illustration competition, and Carmichael Cruz (Rowland Heights) took second in feature writing. Ray Peregrina (West Covina) picked up the third place award in sports writing.

Sara Heady (Upland) and Beatrice Alcala (Walnut) won second-place awards in the advertising design competition, and Adam Valenzuela (Riverside) took third place and Heady took fourth place in the editorial cartoon division. Jordon Takeyama (Walnut) took fourth in the broadcast video journalism competition, and Min Shon (Diamond Bar), Mauricio Torrez (Pomona), and Michelle Liptak (West Covina) won awards in the photo slide show event.

Newspaper award honorable mentions went to Katernine Contemprato (Chino Hills) for profile feature story, Evan Lancaster (Walnut) for news writing, and James Choy (Walnut) for sports action photo.

Mt. SAC’s new student magazine, Substance, won the general excellence award, while Jessica Cardenas (Upland) won magazine division’s the “Top Editor-in-Chief Award.” Mary Obeyd (Chino Hills) won second place in the magazine profile feature story competition, and Beatrice Alcala (Walnut) took second in magazine layout and design. Min Shon (Diamond Bar) won third place in the magazine photo essay category, and Anuja Kumaria (Walnut) took fourth in the magazine opinion competition.

Magazine honorable mentions went to Charlye DeHart (Montclair) for non-profile feature story, and Beatrice Alcala (Walnut), Raul DePaz (La Puente), and Mary Obeyd (Chino Hills) for magazine cover.

The regional winners will advance to the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in Sacramento next March.

Mt. SAC Theater to Stage Marat/Sade On Dec. 4 - 7

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of Marat/Sade (The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade) on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4-6, 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Studio Theater. A special matinee performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.

Dealing with the hypocrisy of politics, revolutions, and the infamous murder of French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat, Marat/Sade is set in the Charenton Mental Asylum in 1808. The asylum’s inmates are about to perform a play for Parisian high society about the historical assassination of Marat. The play within a play is a motley musical designed, directed, and produced by the Marquis de Sade, an inmate himself, jailed for his aberrant writings. Hailed as a theatrical marvel, Marat/Sade won the New York Critics Award for Best Play. Gary Davis directs this Mt. SAC production.

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

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

Mt. SAC to Hold Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale

WALNUT, Calif.—Just in time for the holidays, Mt. San Antonio College Art students will hold a special ceramics sale for the public, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 2-4.

All types and styles of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ceramics made by Mt. SAC Art students will be on sale Dec. 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 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 to Host 11th Annual Wassail Dinner and Concert

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College will hold its popular holiday Wassail Dinner and Concert on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4-6, at 6 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Dance Studio and Recital Hall.

The holiday spirit comes to life in a festive atmosphere of great food and fine choral music at this popular dining and concert event that sells out every year. Dinner is served in a hall that has been transformed into a winter wonderland while strolling carolers entertain. A candle-lit walkway then leads to the concert of yuletide music that features Mt. SAC’s elite vocal ensembles, including the award-winning Chamber Singers. For many, this unique event has become a holiday tradition.

Tickets are $36 for general admission and $26 for Mt. SAC students before Nov. 21. After Nov. 21, tickets are $44 for general admission and $32 for Mt. SAC students. No tickets will be sold after Dec. 1.

For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Mt. SAC Art Gallery to Present “Frag-ments”

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will feature the work of Mt. SAC faculty in a group exhibit called “Frag-ments,” which runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 11 at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

“Frag-ments” will feature selected artwork from full and part-time faculty in the art, animation, and photography departments. Participating artists in this mixed media exhibit include Carolyn Alexander, Linda Allen-Kodama, Keith Batcheller, Judith Davies, Cherie Benner Davis, Ron Brown, Fatemeh Burnes, Neil Chapman, Damon P. Day, Craig Deines, Charles W. Edwards, Michael Falzone, Dirk Hagner, Laurie Hartman, Dawn Huxley, Walter Impert, Gail Jacobs, Joan Kahn, Melissa Kauk, Charles M. Lohman, James Loy, Jesse A. Mezquita, Robert A. Miller, Kathy Pate, Nathan Rohlander, Susie Rubenstein, Amy Runyen, Shari Wasson, and Keith Wilson.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.


Voters Pass Mt. SAC Bond Measure Resoundingly by 70%

WALNUT, Calif.—East San Gabriel Valley voters resoundingly approved a $353-million bond extension yesterday to continue campus improvements at Mt. San Antonio College. Of the 194,780 ballots cast, 136,253 (69.95%) were in support of Measure RR.

"We are thrilled that the community has shown its solid support of our mission to educate and train the region’s workforce for decades to come,” said Dr. John S. Nixon, president of the state’s largest single-campus community college district. “Given the tough economic conditions of the region, the significance of this resounding support reflects the positive reputation that Mt. SAC has within the community. The funding we receive from this bond extension will allow us to relieve overcrowding with new and renovated facilities that will help foster innovative instruction and learning for our 65,000 students.”

Nixon noted that Measure RR’s passage was largely attributed to broad-based community support, including the valley’s chambers of commerce, city, county and state leaders, and Mt. SAC’s various partners in education.

“We particularly thank our student coalition and the dedicated volunteers who made the compelling case for Measure RR through presentations and grassroots efforts,” said Nixon. “Mt. SAC can now continue building for the future, creating opportunities for tomorrow's students and promoting economic growth in our communities.”

Measure RR is an extension of Measure R, a $221-million bond that was passed by local voters in 2001. It merely extends the Measure R assessments of property owners for nine years, without an increase in the tax rate. The passage of Measure RR qualifies Mt. SAC to receive state matching funds totaling as much as $132 million to complete the planned projects.

Among these projects, Measure RR will finance the renovation and modernization of aging facilities, improvement of handicap accessibility across campus, and completion of earthquake retrofits. New construction will add needed classrooms and labs, establish a new fire training academy, and add a much-needed parking structure, as well as a new business and computer technology complex, library and learning resources center, a gymnasium, a student union/campus center and a child development center.

“These essential projects will address the concerns that students have long expressed about parking capacity, traffic safety, sufficient places to study, and the lack of a campus center,” Nixon noted. “Many of our current classroom buildings—constructed over 60 years ago—were old wards and barracks, originally built when the campus site was a naval facility. Students and faculty were ecstatic over the news of Measure RR’s passage and the prospect of teaching and learning in cutting-edge classrooms and lab facilities.”

The need to accommodate surging enrollment and replace aging buildings has been another key concern of college officials for some time, Nixon said. This fall’s enrollment numbers set a new record—a nearly 7% increase. Enrollment of full-time students in credit courses swelled from 28,359 in 2007-08 to 30,129 in 2008-09. This number is expected to grow at a rate of 1,000 students a year.

"The passage of Measure RR will enable us to more effectively perform our key role as the region’s job training engine for a wide range of professions, including public safety, business, manufacturing, and health and human services,” Nixon said.