November 2011


Mt. SAC Winter Intersession Registration Begins Nov. 17

WALNUT, Calif.––– Online registration for Mt. San Antonio College's winter intersession credit classes begins Nov. 17. Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.

For the six–week winter intersession, new and continuing credit students must register for classes online at New students must also submit an admission application online. For students who do not have computer access, computers and assistance are available in the Student Services Center during business hours. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Before registering, new students are required to activate their personal Mt. SAC portal account at the same website, which provides set-up instructions. Students will be able to view a registration date and time in their portal account and will not be allowed to register before their assigned time. New students must also contact the Counseling Department to sign up for the required orientation session before registering for classes. For more information about required orientation sessions, call the Mt. SAC Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380.

The enrollment fee is $36 per unit for California residents, and all fees are due upon registration. The campus will be closed for winter recess Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.

For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 274-4415, or visit

Mt. SAC to Host 14th 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. 8-10 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, Concert Choir, and Fermata Nowhere. For many, this unique event has become a holiday tradition.

Tickets are $36 for general admission before Nov. 21. On or after Nov. 21, tickets are $44 for general admission. No tickets will be sold after Dec. 5.

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


Rehab Program Transforms Race Dogs into Pets

WALNUT, Calif.–– Even after life in the fast lane, Flying Bachelor probably never imagined that he’d wind up in rehab.

Bachelor finished his three-year racing career last August with seven first-place wins out of 85 races in Mexico. Then the sleek, muscular four-year-old began his new life as part of Mt. San Antonio College’s greyhound rehabilitation program.

“It used to be that after they were done racing, the greyhounds were taken to a local facility and euthanized,” said Darlene Vale, registered veterinary technician and adjunct faculty member at Mt. SAC.

Now the dogs face a much better scenario in retirement.

Each semester, the rehabilitation program at the college takes up to 24 dogs and cares for them. Through an agreement with Fast Friends, a local greyhound rescue program, Mt. SAC becomes the first stop for the racers whose only previous goal was to catch a mechanical rabbit.

“When the bell rings, their job is to chase that rabbit and get across the finish line as fast as possible,” said Vale.

But in rehabilitation, the racers learn to slow down and become pets.

Most of the dogs come from the Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. They are given saucy names like Savvy Manny or Diehard Gabby or Bella Chic. But once a race dog is injured or if they’re not fast enough or if they didn’t earn enough money, their racing career is over.

“Racing is hard on the dogs. It puts a lot of stress on the tendons and the bones,” she said.

Fast Friends picks up the animals in Mexico and delivers them to Mt. SAC. There, the dogs receive the necessary medical care, cleaning, and grooming. They are checked immediately for parasites, receive vaccinations, and have their teeth cleaned. They are also afforded the services of the college’s new state-of-the-art surgical facility, where they are spayed or neutered.

“We’ve seen some come in with injuries such as broken bones and strained ligaments,” Vale said.

But just as important as the medical care, the greyhounds receive the socialization that they never got as racers.

“When they first arrive here, they are very timid,” said Vale.

As race dogs, the greyhounds generally don’t socialize with other dogs or humans very much. They’re working dogs with a single purpose. Yet through rehabilitation, Mt. SAC veterinary technician students teach the dogs to play ball, walk them on a leash, and give them the type of warmth and attention they have never known.

But the greyhounds aren’t the only ones who benefit from the exchange.

“It’s a learning tool for our students, and it helps the rescue program and future pet owners who will later adopt the dogs,” said Vale. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The students gain the knowledge and experience they’ll need to pass the state licensing exam and to eventually go out and succeed in the veterinary field. Mt. SAC’s Registered Veterinary Technician Program is a two-year associate’s degree program that includes core courses in areas such as radiology, surgical nursing, and pharmacology. Students learn skills that enable them to give medications, draw blood, provide anesthesia, and assist in surgery.

Still there’s yet another a less tangible benefit for the students that’s more difficult to measure, but equally gratifying.

“It’s so rewarding to see the dogs go from being scared animals at first to being pets,” said student Marica DeLuna, 28, of San Pedro.

After a stay of five to six weeks, the greyhounds are sent back to Fast Friends and put up for adoption¬¬–which doesn’t take long. In fact, many are adopted before they are even finished with their rehab stay due to the reputation of the program.

“Once the dogs leave Mt. SAC, they are highly sought-after animals because our students do an excellent job of caring for them and transforming them into pets,” said Vale. “What we do in this program is we try to transform racing animals into pets that will have normal happy lives.”

Working with the greyhounds is a requirement of the Registered Veterinary Technician Program, but some students have other reasons for continuing to work with the former race dogs.

“At first, I wasn’t sure about the program,” said student Alicia Leyva, 24, of Baldwin Park. “But I got into the veterinary technician program, started working with the greyhounds, and fell in love with them.”

Mt. SAC Art Gallery Hosts “The Splendor of Taiwan”

WALNUT, Calif.–– The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will host a special Chinese photography exhibition, “The Splendor of Taiwan: Contemporary Photography Celebrating the Republic of China Centennial,” which runs Nov. 10 through Dec. 8, at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

“The Splendor of Taiwan” showcases a photographic journey through the natural, personal, and technical world of Taiwan. It commemorates 100 years of the Republic of China with a visual passage through present-day Taiwan. The culture, landscape, and modern technological advances are what make this land and this exhibit unique.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, 4 to 7 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) 274-4328.