December 2006

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2006

Rosanne Bader Elected Mt. SAC Board President

WALNUT, Calif.--At its annual organizational meeting on Dec. 13, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees elected Rosanne Bader President, Dr. Manuel Baca Vice President, and Fred Chyr Clerk. They will serve a one-year term.

Bader was elected to the Board in 2003 after serving a 10-month appointment as a Trustee in 2001. She is a retired school administrator with 32 years of experience in education. She is the former Principal of Diamond Point Elementary School in Diamond Bar and Allison Elementary School in Pomona, and she is a former teacher. In 1999, she was named “Administrator of the Year” by the Association of California School Administrators-Region XV. Most recently, she was appointed to the California Community College Trustees Board, which makes recommendations about education policy issues pending before the state Board of Governors and the California Legislature.

A Pomona resident, Bader remains active as board Vice President of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Foundation and as a member of the Pomona Rotary Club Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Pomona Friends of the Library.

Baca has served as a Mt. SAC Trustee since 1999 and is a former Board President. Professionally, he is the Interim President at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. Baca is a career educator with over 25 years of experience in the state university and community college systems. Long active in the community, he is past President of the Walnut Valley Kiwanis, serves as a mentor with the El Monte Union High School District, is a member of the 32nd Congressional District's U.S. Military Academies Advisory Committee, and is a past member of the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club Executive Committee.

Chyr, who has been a Mt. SAC Board member since 1995, is serving his third term. A resident of Hacienda Heights, Chyr has more than 20 years of experience in education and marketing technology for Southern California educational institutions and businesses. Currently, he is the Director of Marketing and Publications for the University of La Verne. He is a member of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006

Mt. SAC Selected for Chancellor’s Student Equity Award

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College was honored as one of two recipients of the 2006 California Community College Chancellor’s Award for Best Practices in Student Equity, presented by Chancellor Mark Drummond at the Community College League of California’s recent awards luncheon in Costa Mesa.

Mt. SAC was selected for the award based on its student equity strategy, “Achieving Student Empowerment through Equity and Diversity.” Mt. SAC’s plan for student equity focuses on learning more about its students through surveys and panels, articulating student needs, and meeting student needs through a variety of campus support programs and services.

“The focus on student equity and diversity at Mt. SAC is an essential value and is incorporated in every aspect of fulfilling our mission,” said Mt. SAC President Christopher O’Hearn.

Specifically, Mt. SAC has engaged in campus activities that include developing diversity awareness through faculty presentations, hosting the annual Black College Fair, and providing support programs that promote the success of underrepresented students such as thee Male Summit, Upward Bound, the Bridge Program and the Learning Community Program. The equity strategy also includes continually updating the college community on its progress in fostering student equity and diversity, and developing community partnerships. Mt. SAC is currently working with USC’s Center for Urban Education on developing Mt. SAC’s “Equity For All” report.

The college’s efforts have been spearheaded by its interdepartmental Student Equity Committee, co-chaired by Dean of Student Services Carolyn Keys and Communications Professor Phillip Maynard, who is also the former Academic Senate President. The committee includes representatives from the instructional, student service, research, and administrative divisions of the college as well as a community representative.

The Chancellor’s Award honors colleges and college districts that implement successful programs and strategies to advance student access and equity.




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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2006

New Mt. SAC AmeriCorps Students Volunteer as Tutors at Local Schools

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College recently inducted 21 students into its AmeriCorps Program during a swearing-in ceremony at which they pledged to fight illiteracy and help boost children’s math skills by serving as tutors at local elementary schools.

Through the AmeriCorps program, students in Mt. SAC’s Teacher Preparation Institute serve as reading and math tutors in first-through-fifth-grade classrooms at local elementary schools. The program exposes community college students to the teaching while addressing children's literacy and math skills needs.

“This is an opportunity for our students to gain valuable training in the classroom while serving the community,” said Mt. SAC AmeriCorps Program Director Dr. Kathryn Henkins.

Each student will serve as a tutor in one of six local elementary schools, including Pueblo Elementary and Montvue Elementary in Pomona, Rorimer Elementary in La Puente, Shull Elementary and Ekstrand Elementary in San Dimas, and Roynon Elementary in La Verne. The tutors provide elementary school students in regular classrooms and after school programs with one-on-one and small-group tutoring to help increase literacy skills. These students will provide a combined total of 12,000 hours of tutoring to children.

The Mt. SAC students also assist in community service projects, including family literacy workshops, Cesar Chavez Day celebrations, and Young Authors’ Week.

Mt. SAC students who were sworn in are Robbie Acosta, Frank Canada, Adriana Jacobo, and Audry Muller of Pomona; Laura Arias of Baldwin Park; Stefanie Cabrera and Crystal Leung of West Covina; Krystal Cardenas, Araceli Lopez, and Denise Kelly of San Dimas; Justine Carrion and Christen Carter of Chino Hills; Jeremy De Nieva and Phillip Flores of Rowland Heights; MonaLisa Escobedo and Ana Frausto of La Puente; Keith Gatzke and Heather Tran of Covina; Emma Gonzalez of Pico Rivera; Carmen Sanchez-Cantu of Ontario; and Maria Whitby of Azusa.

Now in its seventh year at Mt. SAC, AmeriCorps, a national community service option for young people, funds the tutoring program. More than two million Americans work through AmeriCorps each year, meeting critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, and homeland security.


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Mt. SAC Trustee Rosanne Bader Named to State Trustee Board

WALNUT, CA.—Mt. San Antonio College Trustee Rosanne Bader, an executive officer of the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees, has been appointed to serve on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board.

The Sacramento-based organization is composed of community college trustees throughout the state, who meet five times a year to make recommendations about education policy issues pending before the state Board of Governors and the California Legislature. The CCCT and the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges make up the Community College League of California.

Bader will fill a vacant seat on the board through April, when she will be eligible for election to a full two-year term.

“We’re pleased to have Rosanne join our board of local trustees, who are recognized
statewide for their outstanding leadership and dedication to serving students,” said League President & CEO Scott Lay.

“I am honored to have been appointed to this important body, representing Mt. SAC, the largest single-campus community college in California,” said Bader. “I will be able to serve our students and community from a unique perspective and advocate on their behalf regarding key policies that affect them and our College.”

Bader has served on the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees since 2001, when she filled a 10-month vacancy, and then was elected to a four-year term in 2003. She currently serves as Clerk of the Board and is past president of the Mt. SAC Foundation Board of Directors.

Bader spent 32 years in public education, both as a teacher and administrator. Before retiring from the Pomona Unified School District in 2001, she was principal of Diamond Point Elementary School in Diamond Bar, and formerly served as principal of Allison Elementary School in Pomona. In 1999, she was named “Administrator of the Year” by the Association of California School Administrators-Region XV.

A Pomona resident, Bader remains active as board Vice President of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Foundation and as a member of the Pomona Rotary Club Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Pomona Friends of the Library.

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