February 2004


Mt. SAC Students Win 13 Medals at SkillsUSA Regionals

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College students won 12 gold medals and a silver medal at the SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America-VICA) regional competition held recently at Cal State L.A.

James Blanco (Rowland Heights) and Scott Moore (San Dimas) won gold medals in the electronics technology competition, while Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar) won a gold medal in the technical computer applications division.

Fred Gonzales (Pomona) and Al Garzon (Azusa) won gold medals in the computer maintenance competition, while Justin Santana (Rancho Cucamonga) took the silver medal in computer maintenance.

In the welding competition, Steve Santana (Riverside), Scott Diaz (Walnut), Jason Robinson (Walnut), and David Russey (Hacienda Heights) won gold medals.

Charlie Noiboonsook (Chino Hills) and Troy Majeska (Valinda) won gold medals in the aircraft maintenance technology division, and Brad Williams (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in the technical drafting competition.

The gold medalists at the regional competition will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition on April 22 in Riverside. The top finalists at the state level then go on to compete at the SkillsUSA national competition.

SkillsUSA 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 nationwide.

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Mounties Find New Homes During Athletic Field Construction

Walnut, CA . . . When the Mt. SAC baseball team plays its home games this spring, the Mounties will have to share the diamond with the Cal Poly Broncos. And when the Mt. SAC softball team hosts its opponents, it will have to do so at Covina Park.

All of this is because construction is underway just south of the college along Temple Avenue, bringing the promise of a new facility with stadium seating just months away.

“It’s a challenging time and exciting time,” said Mt. SAC Interim Dean of Physical Education Deb Blackmore.

When completed in August, the $7.5 million athletic field project will group athletics south of Temple Avenue while creating new back-to-back fields for baseball and softball, two new fields for soccer, and a driving range and putting area for golf. The new facilities will help recruit desirable athletes, address safety concerns about the old fields, and enable the athletic program to conduct night classes and games with the new baseball field’s lighting addition.

“The new facilities will be a great boost to our athletic programs,” said Blackmore.

But while fields are being graded and construction is taking place, the Mounties had to find new homes. So collaborative deals were struck with nearby Cal Poly and Covina. At the Covina Park field, Mt. SAC had to make improvements before the Mounties could use the field, including adding bullpens to the field and bringing their own portable outfield fence.

“We are very grateful to the City of Covina’s Park and Recreation Department,” said Blackmore, “and Covina is very excited to have us there.”

For the use of Cal Poly’s baseball field, Mt. SAC struck a deal that includes the Mounties practicing during the morning and the use of the Mounties’ track for a Cal Poly-hosted meet.

The Mt. SAC baseball team will play 11 home contests this season at Cal Poly, and the softball team has 10 home games scheduled at Covina Park with the Mt. SAC Tournament scheduled for the Chino Hills Sports Complex.

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Mt. SAC Foundation to Sponsor Wealth Transfer Workshop

Walnut, CA . . . The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation will sponsor a free Wealth Transfer workshop Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., in the Shilo Room at the Shilo Hilltop Suites Hotel, Pomona.

Participants will learn how to reduce income tax burden, reduce or eliminate estate taxes , avoid probate on gift assets, and how to leave a legacy to family and charity. The workshop will be presented by Los Angeles attorney Claudia Sangster, who specializes in charitable giving and estate planning.

Reservations must be made to attend this workshop.

For more information and to make reservations, call the Mt. SAC Institutional Advancement Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

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Mt. SAC Planentarium Presents 'Messages from the Planets'

Walnut, CA . . . The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present “Messages from the Planets,” a program on the latest discoveries being made by space missions, on Fridays, Feb. 20 and 27, and March 5, 7:30 p.m., in the campus Planetarium.

“Messages from the Planets” explores the findings from the current Mars mission, the Galileo, the Cassini, and other probe missions to planets, asteroids, and comets. Planetarium lecturer Jeff Schroeder from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will explain what astronomers are learning from these missions.

Admission for adults is $5, and $4 for Mt. SAC students and children under 12 (those under 4 cannot be admitted). Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office.

Due to the nature of the presentation, no late seating will be permitted.

For tickets and information, call the Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

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Mt. SAC to Hold Financial Aid Seminar

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Department will hold a financial aid information and application seminar on Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Social Sciences Lecture Hall, building 26B-101.

The seminar will help students and their parents complete and file financial aid forms for the 2004-05 academic year before the state financial aid March 2 deadline. Information will be provided on the types of financial aid available to students, enrollment steps, and support services available at Mt. SAC.

Parents and students need to bring a copy of the student’s Social Security card or permanent resident card, a 2002 federal tax return, and a filed tax return and W-2 for 2003.

Lunch will be provided for participants.

To make a reservation for the financial aid seminar, call the Mt. SAC High School Outreach Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5905.

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Mt. SAC Director Presents at National Student Disabilities Conference

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College Director of Disabled Student Programs and Services Grace Hanson was a workshop presenter at a recent conference in Jackson, Miss., for educators who work with disabled students.

Hanson presented two workshop sessions, “Universal Design of Facilities and Instruction” and “Transition from School to Work.”

The conference was sponsored by the SUCCESS Program of Pearl River Community College in Mississippi and was funded through a grant from the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Hanson, who worked at Mt. SAC as a job placement specialist for eight years, has served as the director of Disabled Student Programs and Services at Mt. SAC since 1996. She is a resident of Chino Hills.

Mt. SAC serves approximately 1,500 disabled students through the college’s Disabled Student
Programs and Services Department, now celebrating its 30th year. Mt. SAC offers a variety of services for disabled students, including classes for learning disabled students, testing, classroom accommodations, and an on-campus tram service.

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Bridge Program Coordinator Selected for National Award

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College Faculty Coordinator for Student Success Patricia Maestro has been selected as one of 10 educators nationwide to receive the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award for 2003-04.

Sponsored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, the award will be presented to Maestro at the Resource Center’s annual conference on February 22 in Dallas. A total of 235 candidates throughout the United States were nominated for this prestigious honor.

As faculty coordinator for student success, Maestro works with Mt. SAC’s Summer Academy Bridge Program, a six-week program that helps first-time students make a smooth transition to college while orientating them to the academic and social aspects of college life.

For the past six years, the Bridge Program has helped students succeed in college through the use of learning groups and linked classes. The program also provides access to other support services available at Mt. SAC to help students.

Maestro, a resident of Hacienda Heights, has worked at Mt. SAC as an educational advisor and as faculty coordinator for three-and-a-half years.

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