December 2001


Mt. SAC conserves energy and costs with thermal storage

Walnut, Calif..... Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) flips the switch on an innovative facility improvement, designed to save energy costs without compromising service. Through a consulting partnership with CMS Energy - Viron Energy Services, Mt. SAC now provides air conditioning to its two largest buildings via a new Thermal Energy Storage System (TES) that makes ice during the cost-effective evening hours, and in lieu of using the College's chillers, pumps cold water to cool buildings during the peak energy use hours.

Nancy Rice, vice president of Administrative Services, reports that the thousands of dollars in increased energy costs incurred recently by the College are addressed by the new system.

"An important aspect to this is that there is a guaranteed dollar savings. The firm we selected, Viron, guaranteed that Mt. SAC would achieve a savings of several hundred thousand dollars each year by using less electricity and gas because of the campus upgrades," explains Rice.

"With the amount of savings that are guaranteed, we will be able to pay back the entire cost of the system in less than five years."

"We have two systems, one located near the Chemistry Building, and the other is by our English/Math Building," explains Kent Smith, director of maintenance at Mt. SAC. "The buildings being served are our biggest and most populated buildings."

The new thermal energy storage units, part of the first phase of the College's campus-wide energy conservation plan, have double the cooling capacity of the old units. In addition, by generating ice during low demand-low cost hours, the College saves significant dollars.

Phase I of the energy plan also involves the implementation of a digital energy management system, cleaning of air conditioning units and comprehensive campus-wide lighting retrofit.

Mt. SAC's $5.7 million energy system improvement was made possible through utility company rebates, state grant funds, low cost loans and a grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office.



Mt. SAC receives grant for Wildlife Sanctuary

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Ludwick Family Foundation, a private family nonprofit organization, to renovate the College’s Wildlife Sanctuary.

The grant will provide funds to complete construction of an amphitheater, introduce native plants, improve the beachfront of the lake, and modify pathways throughout the Sanctuary.
"We are very grateful to the Ludwick Family Foundation for their generosity for without their assistance these improvements could not be made to this unique learning and teaching environment," Larry Redinger, Mt. SAC Dean of Natural Sciences.

Plans also include the installation of additional species identification signs, and development of a web site to provide the community with a virtual access to the Sanctuary and the animals that inhabit it.
In 1964, Mt. SAC set aside 10 acres of property to preserve the natural habitat of the Walnut Valley. The Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the corner of Grand, Amar and Temple, is a protected and maintained preserve for the trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers which once grew in abundance in the valley and for the birds and animals who use it as a migratory refuge and breeding ground.

In 1965, the College invested $73,000 to develop the Sanctuary. Since that time, relatively few financial resources have been available to maintain the facility.

"It’s really been a labor of love on the part of our faculty and groups within the community. You often see instructional staff inside the preserve working hand-in-hand with their students pulling up evasive plant life, or clearing and enhancing the pathways," said Redinger.

Five faculty members have each adopted part of the Sanctuary to provide continual maintenance in the facility. The biology faculty at Mt. SAC is dedicated to the preservation of this wilderness area said Redinger. They routinely donate their time to cultivate seedlings and remove debris from the trails and streams so that students can better see the wonders of this natural environment.

The habitat restoration, signage and wildlife viewing enhancements will last for decades. The Sanctuary is visited by thousands of people annually. Large numbers of tours for elementary, middle school, high school classes and community groups are conducted each year. Over 1,000 school children visit the site each year.

The completion of the amphitheater project will allow for entire classes to receive improved presentations in this unique outdoor environment. Handrails, shade cloth, bulletin and white boards, podiums and fencing to complete this part of the project will be purchased through the Ludwick Family Foundation grant.

The Ludwick Family Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation established exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.

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Mt. SAC professor's book explores Pomona history

Walnut, CA … When other kids were watching "Howdy Doody" on television, Mt. San Antonio College History Professor Bill King was busy dressing up the leaf and garbage incinerator in his backyard as a covered wagon and reenacting the history of the Wild West. The son of former citrus industry workers, King has always had an interest in local history, and it is that keen interest in history that has led to King’s third book—Pomona: The Citrus Empire.

"Today, we’re citizens of the world, and sometimes we don’t realize what’s right here," said King, who has taught history at Mt. SAC for 32 years and is a long-time resident of Upland.

King’s third history book offers a unique look into Pomona’s past and the events that colored and shaped the surrounding areas. As the title suggests, the history of Pomona and the surrounding communities was profoundly influenced by the citrus industry. King’s father worked in the citrus industry for 40 years, his mother was a champion citrus packer, and he himself packed oranges and lemons during the summer.

Of course, there are lesser known events included as well. The 1914 Battle of the Clouds, for example, which celebrated the aviation industry in the area. Prior to the United States’ entree into World War I, the National Guard erected wooden forts on the ground in Pomona and local aviators in biplanes bombed the forts with sacks of flour.

Or how about the high school baseball tournament in Pomona that saw some of the sport’s legends compete. Starting in the 1930’s, a service club called the 20/30 Club sponsored a high school baseball championship in Pomona. Teams from Santa Barbara to San Diego were eligible, and the tournaments, which predated the CIF championships and lasted until the 1960’s, saw the likes of Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, and Eddie Matthews.

"We’re such a mobile society, but history gives us a sense of connection, a sense of belonging," said King.

Then there are the local landmarks that remain with us today. The old Pomona churches speak volumes of a day (and architectural style) gone by. Another local treasure is the Phillips Mansion on Pomona Boulevard. The mansion, built in 1875 for landowner Louis Phillips, was the first brick home in Pomona.

From the Tobihar Indians (also known as the Pomona Indians) to boom years of the citrus industry, it’s all there in Pomona: The Citrus Empire, which received assistance from King’s fellow Mt. SAC faculty members Kathy Charlton, Bill Jones, Dave Lannom, and Henry Pacheco.

"Roots are what more of us need, and history provides that," said King.

Published by Heritage Media for the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Pomona: The Citrus Empire is available through Historical Society of Pomona Valley, at Barnes & Noble at the Montclair Plaza, and at the Mt. SAC bookstore.

King’s other history texts include The Vintage Years (1976) and The San Gabriel Valley, Chronicle of an Abundant Land (1990).

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Mt. SAC Planetarium presents annual holiday program

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present its annual holiday program, Season of Light, Fridays, December 14 at 7:15 p.m., and December 21, at 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Planetarium, building 26-C.

Season of Light explores the history of the holiday season and its connection with this astronomically significant time of year. The show examines the astronomical phenomenon of the "Christmas Star" and the beginnings of the holiday traditions, including decorating, feasting, and the exchanging of gifts.

Admission for adults is $4.50, and admission for children is $3. Children under four cannot be admitted. There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.

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Mt. SAC to host VICA leadership conference

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College will host the first Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) fall leadership conference for the Los Angeles area on Saturday, December 15, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference is being held for VICA student members and advisors, and the cost for student members is $10. VICA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters.

Mt. SAC drafting, aviation maintenance, welding, and electronics students compete each year in VICA skills championships at the regional, state, and even the national level. Last year, Mt. SAC students won nine medals at the state championships, and two students advanced to the national competition.

For more information about the VICA fall leadership conference, call the Mt. SAC Electronics Department at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4816.

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