November 2009


Mt. SAC to Stage “The Changeling”

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of “The Changeling” on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 3-5, at 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Studio Theater. A special Sunday matinee performance will be given on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

A Jacobean tragedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, “The Changeling” is regarded as one of the best tragedies of the English Renaissance. Performed and appreciated for over 300 years, the play graphically portrays the schemes of a love struck villain as he seduces a young noblewoman into a web of lies, deception, perversity, and murder. Ralph Eastman directs this Mt. SAC production.

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

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


Mt. SAC to Host 12th Annual Wassail Dinner and Concert

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College will hold its popular holiday Wassail Dinner and Concert on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 3-5 at 6 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Dance Studio and William H. Feddersen 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 before Nov. 20. After Nov. 20, tickets are $44 for general. No tickets will be sold after Nov. 30.

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


Mt. SAC’s Winter Intersession Registration Opens Nov. 18

WALNUT, Calif.—Online registration for Mt. San Antonio College's six-week winter intersession credit classes opens Nov. 18 through Dec. 22. Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

New and continuing students must register for classes online at, as telephone registration is no longer available. Before registering, new students are required to activate their personal Mt. SAC portal accounts at the same website, which provides set-up instructions. Students will receive a registration date and time in their portal account and will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

For students who do not have computer access, computers and assistance will be provided in the Student Services Center during business hours.

New students must submit an admission application online at They may also apply in person at the Admissions & Records Office on campus, located in the Student Services Center. 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 Department to sign up for the required orientation session before registering for classes.

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


Mt. SAC Trustees Chen Haggerty, Hall Re-elected

WALNUT, Calif.—Incumbents Judy Chen Haggerty and Dr. David K. Hall were re-elected to the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees for another four-year term in the Nov. 3 election. They were the two leading candidates, with Chen Haggerty capturing 26,403 votes (42.3%) and Hall garnering 24,538 votes (39.3%).

Hall currently serves the board as vice president, while Chen Haggerty serves as clerk of the board, which establishes policy for California’s largest single-campus community college with an annual student population of over 65,000. They join three other publicly elected trustees (Fred Chyr, Dr. Manuel Baca, and Rosanne Bader) as well as a student trustee, Xavier Padilla.

First elected in 2001, Chen Haggerty has completed two terms on the Mt. SAC board. Professionally she is a managing director/attorney for the law offices of Edward J. Haggerty, P.C. A Rowland Heights resident for over 25 years, she is also a law professor at Rio Hondo College and the University of Phoenix. In the community, Chen Haggerty has served on the boards of directors for the Mt. SAC Foundation, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, American Red Cross, the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program, FORUS Foundation (Rowland Unified School District) and the Rowland Heights Chinese Association.

Hall now begins a fourth board term and holds distinction as the longest-serving Mt. SAC trustee since 1995. Professionally, Hall is senior vice president of Hitchcock Automotive Resources in City of Industry, one of the nation’s largest privately owned retail automotive groups. He also chairs the Human Resources and Security Management Committee for the Industry Manufacturers Council and is president of the Southern California Agriculture and Nutrition Foundation. In the community, he serves on the San Gabriel Valley YMCA board and supports a wide variety of local service, business and community groups.

A San Dimas resident, Hall has been widely recognized for his professional and civic accomplishments, including the San Gabriel Valley YWCA’s Community Commitment Award, the Puente Hills Area Chamber of Commerce Silver Service Award, and the American Heart Association’s Exceptional Service Award.

Mt. SAC Students Win 52 Awards at Journalism Convention

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College journalism students won 52 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) Southern California Convention, the most awards Mt. SAC students have ever won at the competition.

“The students just keep raising the bar,” said Mt. SAC journalism professor and faculty adviser Toni Albertson. “We are placing in categories that we never have in the past, categories like enterprise news, broadcast news and Web-only categories. This shows how far this program has come and how far we can go.”

Of the 52 awards, 29 were first-, second-, third-, or fourth-place awards. The student newspaper, The Mountaineer, and the student publication Substance Magazine both took General Excellence, the highest award given to a publication at the convention.

Top editor recognitions were given to Evan Lancaster (Walnut), editor-in-chief of the student newspaper; Carmichael Cruz (Rowland Heights) and Alfredo Camacho (Pomona), co-editors-in-chief of Substance Magazine, and Isai Rocha (Baldwin Park), editor-in-chief of

First place awards went to Vanessa Solis (Alhambra) for Outstanding Copyediting; Aldo Padilla (Pomona) and Beatrice Alcala (Walnut) for Outstanding Magazine Cover Design; and Beatrice Alcala for Outstanding Magazine Design.

Second place awards went to Shadi Jurdi (Chino) for Outstanding Magazine Opinion Writing; Michelle Liptak (West Covina) for Outstanding Sports Action Photo; Beatrice Alcala, James Choy (Walnut) , Michelle Liptak and Isai Rocha for Outstanding Photo Essay; Beatrice Alcala for Outstanding Magazine Line Illustration, and Joe Calatrello (Covina) for Outstanding Feature Photo.

Third place awards were given to Wendy Rubick (Ontario) for Outstanding News Writing; Evan Lancaster (Walnut), Wendy Rubick and Ray Mendoza (Walnut) for Outstanding Enterprise News Story Writing; Evan Lancaster and Frank Cardenas (Whittier) for Outstanding Column Writing; Henry Montemayor (Walnut) for Outstanding Sports Writing; Carmichael Cruz (Rowland Heights) for Outstanding Broadcast News Writing; Aldo Padilla (Pomona), Shadi Jurdi and Beatrice Alcala for Outstanding Magazine Photo Essay; and Beatrice Alcala for Outstanding Magazine Line Illustration.

Fourth Place awards went to Isai Rocha for Outstanding Sports Writing; Justine Mrsich (Pomona) for Outstanding Copyediting; Araceli Salinas (Pomona) for Outstanding Magazine Photo; Joe Calatrello (Covina) for Outstanding Feature Photo; and Adam Valenzuela (Ontario) for Outstanding Editorial Cartoon.

Honorable Mentions went to Ray Peregrina (Whittier) for Profile Feature Writing; Frank Cardenas for Opinion Writing; Magali Amezquita (San Bernardino), Tawny de la Pena (Walnut) and Wendy Rubick for Broadcast News Package; Wendy Rubick for News Feature Writing; Jessica Cardenas (Upland) for Feature Profile Writing; Vanessa Solis for Feature Writing; Adam Valenzuela and Beatrice Alcala for Newspaper Line Illustration; Adam Valenzuela for Editorial Cartoon; Beatrice Alcala for Student Designed Advertisement; Isai Rocha for Sports Action Photo; Vanessa Gonzalez (Rowland Heights) and Aldo Padilla for Feature Photo; Aldo Padilla for Student Designed Web Advertisement.

Aldo Padilla, Vanessa Gonzalez and Joe Calatrello won special awards in the Photo Slideshow Competition.

The journalism students will move on to the 2010 JACC State Convention, scheduled in April at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where they will compete against journalism students from throughout California.


Mt. SAC Art Gallery to Host “The Hungry Eye” Exhibit

WALNUT, Calif.––The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will feature an exhibit by Mt. SAC art professor Dirk Hagner, “The Hungry Eye: Ruckblick 1999-2009,” which runs Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Hagner studied drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting at the Folkwang School of Fine Arts in Germany. In Hagner’s work, influences from German Expressionism meet the sensibilities of line and space from the Far East, and old processes like woodcut and etching are married with photo intaglio and fax machine. His work can be seen on the sets of a variety of television programs, including “CSI Miami,” “Brothers and Sisters,” and ”House.”

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery with an artist’s lecture scheduled at 5 p.m. 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.