February 2005


Mt. SAC to Host "Cash for College" Financial Aid Seminar

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Department will hold a financial aid information and application seminar, “Cash for College,” on Saturday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 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 2005-06 academic year before the state financial aid March 2 deadline. Information will be provided on the types of financial aid and support services available to students as well as the enrollment process.

Parents and students need to bring a copy of the student’s Social Security card or permanent resident card, and a 2004 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2004 information is not available, a 2003 tax return may be used.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.

To make a reservation for the seminar, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4450.

Mt. SAC Trustees Honor Pacheco for "Exemplary Support" of Community Colleges

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees honored former Assemblyman Robert Pacheco with a certification of appreciation for his work in the Legislature on behalf of California’s 109 community colleges.

“If I have a legacy, I think it would be that I believed in community colleges and fought for funding for them,” Pacheco told the Mt. SAC Board at its Jan. 26 meeting.

“We appreciate your commitment to Mt. San Antonio College and community colleges through your efforts to underscore the value and highlight the many accomplishments of California’s community colleges,” said Mt. SAC Board President David K. Hall.

Pacheco represented the Assembly’s 60th District from 1998 to 2004 and earned a reputation as a champion for California’s community colleges, often fighting for equitable funding for the system. Community colleges, he said, have shown that they are the workhorse among California’s higher education systems, enrolling approximately 2 million students while being funded at less than half of what the UC and CSU systems receive per student from the state.

In 2001, Pacheco authored legislation to restore $98 million in funding to community colleges after cuts made by then Gov. Gray Davis. Davis later approved partial funding for instructional equipment and scheduled maintenance.

A former community college student himself, Pacheco was named Legislator of the Year in 2002 by the Association of California Community College Administrators and the California Community College Faculty Association. His wife, Gayle, is also committed to community colleges and served as President of the Mt. SAC Board.

Mt. SAC’s Faculty Association and Associated Students (the student government) also honored Pacheco.

Backhaus Dance to Perform at Mt. SAC

WALNUT, Calif.—The Backhaus Dance Company will bring the passion and beauty of its performance to the stage of Mt. San Antonio College’s Clarke Theater on Feb. 25 and 26, 8 p.m.

Backhaus Dance is a unique mix of physically powerful, socially diverse, beautifully trained dancers with an aggressive approach to motion. These dancers express their joy for their craft within an amazing ensemble dynamic, creating riveting performances full of passion, physical beauty, and a breathtaking execution of movement. Five pieces from the company’s repertory will be performed, including “Disintegration,” “Sitting on January,” “La Jupe,” and a premier by guest choreographer Nancy Dickson-Lewis.

Choreographer Jennifer Backhaus’ works have been commissioned and produced by a number of dance organizations. Her piece, “Disintegration,” was selected for both regional and national performances with the American College Dance Festival, which included a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children under 12.

For tickets and information, call the Clarke Theater box office at (909) 468-4050.