February 2002

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2002

Mt. SAC to Hold Annual Seminar for Students with Disabilities

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Disabled Student Programs and Services will host its annual Transition Seminar for students with disabilities on Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium.

The Transition Seminar is designed to help new students transition to college life by providing information about programs and services available to students with disabilities. The seminar will focus on student, staff, and faculty collaboration in learning and goal setting.

Mt. SAC's Disabled Student Programs and Services provides various services and accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

For more information on the Transition Seminar, call Dr. James Andrews at or Vicki Greco at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4290.

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Poet John Brandi to Speak at Mt. SAC

Walnut, CA … Poet John Brandi will speak at Mt. San Antonio College as part of a Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation on Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101. This event is free and open to the public.

Brandi, the author of several books of poetry, has had his work appear in publications in Europe, India, Mexico, and, of course, the United States. Some of his books of poetry include Empty Moon/Bellyfull: Asian Haiku (2001), Heartbeat Geography: Selected & Uncollected Poems (1995), A Question of Journey (1995), and Weeding the Cosmos (1994). Brandi has received numerous awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a Djerassi Foundation Residency, the Portland State University Prize, and a Witter Bynner Translation Award. He has held readings throughout the United States, and as an artist, he has had major exhibits of paintings in the U.S., Mexico, and France. Brandi also teaches poetry as a member of the summer faculty at Idyllwild Arts in California.

This presentation is made possible by the Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Committee, the Mt. SAC English Department, and the Mt. SAC Associated Students. The 25th annual Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Festival will be held on March 30.

For more information on this Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4712.


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Mt. SAC President Receives State Leadership Award

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College President Bill Feddersen recently received the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award during the association’s annual conference, February 20-22, in Hollywood, CA.

Established in 1986, the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award honors community college administrators who make an impact on the future of community colleges through their leadership.
Feddersen, who became president of Mt. SAC in 1991 and has 30 years of experience as a community college president, helped to establish Mt. SAC as one of the top community colleges in the nation.

During Feddersen’s presidency, Mt. SAC saw the construction of the first buildings on campus in 25 years--the Student Services Center in 1994, the Performing Arts Center in 1996, and the Learning Technology Center in 1999. During the 1990’s, Mt. SAC programs also gained statewide and national attention, including national championship forensics, choral, aviation, and athletic programs.

Feddersen also led the effort to infuse continuous quality improvement practices into both the methodology of teaching and learning and administrative operations. Most recently, the college passed a $221 million facilities bond measure to help Mt. SAC deal with growing enrollment and facilities needs.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Feddersen began his career in education as a high school teacher in 1962. He served as a Kellogg Community College Leadership Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education. He later went on to serve as the President of Williamsport Area Community College in Pennsylvania, and as the President of Napa Valley College in northern California’s wine country for 11 years.

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Mt. SAC Takes Second at Regionals, Headed to Nationals

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won the Top Community College trophy and second place overall at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON 2002, a regional airmeet competition featuring flying teams from colleges and universities in the Western United States, held at Chino Airport, February 15-17.

With the second-place finish, the Mt. SAC Flying Team will advance to the national intercollegiate airmeet at Ohio State University on May 18-26. Mt. SAC has won the Top Community College trophy for the regional competition every year since 1989.

With 140 points in the airmeet, the Mt. SAC squad placed second in the overall competition behind first-place Embry-Riddle University from Prescott, Arizona, and ahead of third-place San Jose State University. Other colleges competing included Cypress College, Central Washington University, Christian Heritage College, and California Institute of Technology.

The Mounties’ Tracy Perkins of La Puente was the Top Female Pilot honor at the airmeet, and Mt. SAC's Michelle Bathalter of San Dimas won the Top Female Pilot Safety Award. As a team, Mt. SAC also won the Team Safety trophy.

The Mt. SAC Flying Team consistently earns top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. Mt. SAC won the Top U.S. Community College award at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national airmeets in 1984, 1985, 1995, and 2000.

Only the top two college teams at the regionals advance to the national competition.

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Walnut, CA … The music and dances of Asia will be part of the 4th Annual Thunder and Silk Celebration at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m. in the college’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

Part of Mt. SAC’s Cultural Arts Series, the Thunder and Silk Celebration features music and traditional dance from Japan, China, and Korea with over 125 performers in a two-hour program. The show is highlighted by the thunder of Kishin Daiko Japanese drummers of West Covina, whose exciting and choreographed program presents traditional Japanese taiko pieces as well as original compositions.

"The pageantry of this beautiful program is a wonderful gift to our community, 40 percent of which are of Asian heritage. The performance includes historic information about the dances," said James Gonzales, the program’s artistic director.

Also performing in the show will be two repeat command performances by the Los Angeles Chinese Folk Dancers led by Olivia Liou, and the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy. The Taiwan Aborigine Dance, the Dance of Da-Ban Cheng, and a folk dance from Jiao-Zuo area of China are expected to be performed during the evening by the Los Angeles Chinese Folk Dancers. Masakazu Yoshizawa, a Japanese percussionist, will also perform originally composed songs on the Shakuhachi. Three dances from the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy to be performed during the show include the Angel Dance, Farmer Dance, and Wedding Dance.

New to the show this year will be an Indonesian group called Burat Wangi, led by Nyomen and Nanik Wenten, who will perform the Cendrawasih Dance and the Puspawresti Dance. The group has performed at the Japanese Amercian Theater in Los Angeles, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and the Getty Center. Returning to the show this year will be Kultura Philippine Folk Arts under the direction of Ceclia De Fato. The group performed at the Thunder and Silk Celebration in 2000.

Among the sponsors for this year’s event include Foothill Transit, Topline Products, Pacific Western National Bank, the Gas Company, and Verizon.
General admission tickets are on sale now for $15.

Tickets for children under 12 and senior citizen tickets are $10.

For tickets, call the Mt. San Antonio College Box Office at (909) 968-4050.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2002

Mt. SAC Forensics Team Takes Tourneys

Walnut, CA … The Mt. SAC Forensics Team took top community college honors at two recent speech tournaments, the Southwestern College Invitational, February 1, in San Diego, and the Sunset Cliffs Tournament, February 2-3, at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

The Mt. SAC Team took first place in the community college category at the Sunset Cliffs Tournament, where 800 students from 92 colleges and universities competed. Mt. SAC placed second in the open division events among both two-year and four-year colleges. Mt. SAC’s Allan Axibal ((Hacienda Heights) won first place as the overall community college speaker at the tournament. Meanwhile, Mt. SAC’s Amy Jung (Glendora) won first place in the Communication Analysis competition, Axibal won first place in Informative Speaking, Rafael Guerrero (West Covina) and Miles Gregley (West Covina) won first place in Duo Interpretation, and Jason Buktenica (Diamond Bar) took third place in Communication Analysis.

At Southwestern College with 42 colleges competing, Mt. SAC also won first place as the top community college and second place overall among the two-year and four-year colleges. Mt. SAC’s Nishita Lal (Pomona) won third place in the Speech to Entertain competition, Axibal took third place in the Program Oral Interpretation, Guerrero placed third in Drama, and Danne Pye (Chino Hills) was third in Communication Analysis.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team has won back-to-back national community college speech titles for the last two years and has won the national championship three of the last four years. The team is coach by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.


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Mt. SAC Sponsors Literary Tour of Britain

Walnut, CA … Applications are now available for Mt. San Antonio College’s five-week Summer Literary Tour of Britain designed to make the study of English literature come alive.

The Literary Tour, May 20 through June 27, is a unique opportunity to study literature for college credit while experiencing the rich literary history of the land of Shakespeare, Dickens, and Shelley. Just part of the itinerary includes a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon for the performance of a Shakespearean play, a day trip to Bath and Stonehenge, walking tours of Victorian London, a day trip to the ancient colleges of Oxford, and much more.

The Summer Literary Tour of Britain, offered in association with the Foundation for International Education, also includes round-trip air transport from Los Angeles International to London, a London transport pass for five weeks, accommodations, and medical insurance.

The deadline for applications is April 23.

For more information about the Summer Literary Tour of Britain, call Mt. SAC Study Abroad Director Robin Benedict at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5919.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2002

Mt. SAC Holds Annual Golf Classic

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation and the college’s Athletic Department will host the 15th Annual Mt. SAC Golf Classic on Monday, April 29, at Sierra La Verne Country Club in La Verne.

The format for the Golf Classic, which begins with registration at 9 a.m., is a men’s and women’s scramble. The cost per player is $150, and tee and green sponsorships are available for $100. Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorships, for corporations and businesses, are also available. The packet for the $5,000 Gold sponsorships includes fees for three foursomes, tee sponsorships, opportunity package per golfer, lunch and dinner. The $2,500 Silver sponsorship includes fees for the two foursomes, tee sponsorships, opportunity package per golfer, lunch and dinner. The $1,000 Bronze sponsorship includes fees for one foursome, tee sponsorship, opportunity package, lunch and dinner.

This year’s tournament is sponsored by Reynold’s Buick & GMC, Rogers, Clem & Company Certified Public Accountants, Southwest Airlines, GolfGear International, Citizens Business Bank, Rancho Bank, the Shilo Inn, and Score Board. Proceeds will go toward the Foundation’s efforts to develop student scholarships and loans, and to help underwrite the college’s athletic programs. The Mt. SAC Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides support to the college through fundraising activities for scholarships and other campus projects.

To make reservations or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.


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Mt. SAC Host 25th Writers' Day

Walnut, CA … Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes will be the featured speaker at the Mt. San Antonio College 25th Annual Writers’ Day Festival on Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, in the Mt. SAC Social Sciences Lecture Hall, building 26B, room 101.

Muske-Dukes, a critic for the New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, is the author of six books of poetry and three novels, including An Octave Above Thunder, New and Selected Poems (Penguin 1997) and her third novel, Life After Death (Random House 2001). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and L.A. Magazine, and has been widely anthologized in selections, including Best American Poems and 100 Great Poems by Women. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the new doctorate program Literature and Creative Writing at USC. She has received many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a national Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Witter Bynner award from the Library of Congress, and several Pushcart Prizes.

The festival includes readings by the featured author, the Writers’ Day contest awards, and a question and answer session. In addition, Mt. SAC History Professor Bill King will sign copies of his recently published history book on Pomona, Pomona: The Citrus Empire.

The Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Festival is free and open to the public.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2002

Press Conference Held for Health Worker Center

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College’s Welcome Back International Health Worker Assistance Center, a new center to help healthcare workers from other countries who now live in the Los Angeles area get back into the medical field, will hold a press conference on Thursday, February 7, at noon, at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

The center, a collaborative project funded through a $1.4 million grant from The California Endowment, will assist physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, respiratory technicians, and others trained in the healthcare field in other countries obtain appropriate licenses and credentials to work in the U.S. health care system. Additional training, guidance, career counseling, and placement in healthcare professions are some of the services the center will provide.

Those scheduled to speak at the press conference include the President and CEO of The California Endowment Robert Ross, M.D., Mt. SAC President Dr. Bill Feddersen, the President of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Charles Francis, M.D., Los Angeles City College President Dr. Mary Spangler, San Francisco Welcome Back Center Initiative Director Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, and Los Angeles Welcome Back Center Interim Director Dr. Jesus Oliva.

In addition to helping healthcare professionals from other countries, the center will help to meet the demand for highly trained professionals in communities that desperately need their skills, as well as their linguistic and cultural competency. The project also addresses the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the health care work force.

Funded through a $1.4 million grant from The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation, the International Health Worker Assistance Center at Mt. SAC will serve as the main center in the Los Angeles area with satellite offices at California State University Long Beach, Los Angeles City College, and Charles R. Drew University. The Mt. SAC center joins three other similar main centers in California in San Francisco, Fresno, and San Diego.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Welcome Back International Health Worker Assistance Center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6101, or call The California Endowment at (800) 449-4149, ext. 3351.

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Newswriter: Mike Taylor, Mt. SAC Public Information
Mt. SAC Students Win Silver and Gold at VICA Regionals

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College students won 17 gold medals and six silver medals at the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America's (VICA) regional competition held January 26 at Mt. SAC, Cal State L.A., and Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.

Mt. SAC students Daniel Fuller (Hacienda Heights), Greg Hager (Montclair), and Rick Hodson (Hacienda Heights) won gold medals in the electronics technology competition, while Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar) took a gold medal in the electronics applications competition.

Students Christian Calbes (Fontana) and Josh West (Ontario) won gold medals in the computer maintenance competion, and Cynthia Simmons (La Habra) took the silver medal in computer maintenance.

In the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) competition, Kevin Schimmel (Rowland Heights), Vern Johnson (Ontario), Justin Keough (Duarte), and Eloy Loera (Chino Hills) all won gold medals. Victor Salcido (Chino Hills), James Pearson (Rancho Cucamonga), and Daniel Ives (Chino) took silver medals in the HVAC events.


In the welding competition, Michael Estrada (West Covina) won the gold medal in MIG welding, Eric Child (Chino Hills) won the gold in SMAW welding, Michael Otwell (Ontario) won the gold medal in TIG welding, and both Justin Gibson (Diamond Bar) and Ryan Kelley (Glendora) won gold medals in welding.

Others winning gold medals included Brian Spooner (Brea) in the aviation maintenance competition and Jeff Michaels (Chino Hills) in technical drafting. Silver medalists also included Jeff Toe (Chino Hills) in architectural drafting and Francisco Reynaga (Montclair) in computer aided drafting.

The gold and silver medalists at the regional competition will advance to the VICA State Skills competition to be held April 11-24 in Riverside. The top finalists at the state level then go on to compete at the VICA National Skills competition, which will be held June 24-28 in Kanas City.

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.

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Newswriter: Mike Taylor, Mt. SAC Public Information

Mounties to Hold Clinic at LeRoy's Boys Home

Walnut, CA … The Mt. SAC Football team will host a "Sports Day and Football Clinic," a community outreach project, for the youths of LeRoy’s Boys Home in La Verne on Saturday, February 2, 1 to 4 p.m.

Players from the Mounties’ 2001 team will teach the youngsters the fundamentals of football, including blocking, tackling, and quarterbacking skills. The players will also officiate a scrimmage between the clinic participants.

For more information about the Mounties’ "Sports Day and Football Clinic" at LeRoy’s Boys Home, call Mt. SAC Head Football Coach Bill Fisk at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4883.

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Newswriter: Mike Taylor, Mt. SAC Public Information
Poet Wanda Coleman to Speak at Mt. SAC

Walnut, CA … Poet Wanda Coleman will speak at Mt. San Antonio College as part of a Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation on Monday, February 11, 11 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101. This event is free and open to the public.

Coleman, a recent selection for the National Book Award for poetry, is the author of Bathwater Wine and is the winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry in the previous year. A former magazine editor, journalist, and scriptwriter, Coleman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation for her poetry. A former columnist for Los Angeles Times Magazine, Coleman is the first African-American to receive an Emmy for daytime television writing. Her other books of poetry include Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors (1993), Hand Dance (1990), African Sleeping Sickness (1989), and Imagoes (1983).

This presentation is made possible by the Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Committee, the Mt. SAC English Department, and the Mt. SAC Associated Students. The 25th annual Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Festival will be held on March 30.

For more information on this Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4712.

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Newswriter: Mike Taylor, Mt. SAC Public Information

 

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