February 2009


Mt. SAC to Host Atomic Bomb Exhibit and Survivors Presentation

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will host a showing of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit, a series of 30 photo posters, from Monday, March 9, to Friday, March 20, at the campus library, 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut.

Held in cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, the exhibit displays the destructive nature of the bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 and serves as a reminder to future generations of the importance of peace and preventing nuclear war. More than 170,000 people, mostly civilians, perished in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Atomic Bomb Exhibition comes to Mt. SAC after touring the United States since August 2007. The Mt. SAC Library is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A special survivors presentation will be held in conjunction with the exhibit on Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 to 6 p.m., in the Music Recital Hall. Kikuko Otake, an author and retired professor of Japanese at Pasadena City College, and Tommy Morimoto, a Korean War veteran and retired horticulturalist, will provide eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima. Otake was just one mile away from the hypocenter of the explosion while Morimoto was a mile-and-a-half away.

For more information, call the Humanities Division Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4570.

Mt. SAC Business Students Sponsor Green Fashion Show

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College business students will sponsor their “Spring into Green” fashion show and fundraising effort to promote environmental awareness on Thursday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in the Technology and Health auditorium, building 28A, room 103. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Mt. SAC chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the show will feature spring designs by students in the college’s Fashion Design classes. To fund the show, SIFE students will be selling recyclable polypropylene shopping bags to encourage green awareness and environmental concerns. The shopping bags will sell for $2.50.

Founded in 1975, SIFE has chapters on more than 1,400 college and university campuses. SIFE is an international nonprofit organization that works with business and higher education to provide business students with the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4612.


Mt. SAC to Host 1,200 from Area High Schools during Seniors’ Days

WALNUT, Calif.—More than twelve hundred seniors from 42 area high schools are expected to converge on the Mt. San Antonio College campus for Seniors’ Days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 3, 4, and 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campus tours and informative presentations are all part of the event designed to help high school seniors start planning for the future. Students will also learn about financial aid resources and the various support programs Mt. SAC offers to foster their academic success.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC High School Outreach Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5905.



State Budget Preserves Access to Community Colleges -- Mt. SAC salutes Governor Schwarzenegger and Legislature

WALNUT, Calif.—With the approval of an 18-month budget plan this morning by the State Legislature, Mt. San Antonio College President Dr. John Nixon and other community college leaders are returning their focus to the mission of providing Californians the education and training they need.

“Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislative leaders who have passed this budget are to be commended,” said Nixon. “In making these very difficult budget decisions, they have prioritized community college access for all types of students seeking higher education and training during these hard economic times.”

The budget provides funding for 36,000 more full-time students in the state’s community college system next year. Statewide, community colleges are currently serving more than 20,000 unfunded full-time students, a trend expected to continue next year with record enrollment demand.

“The Legislature is to be applauded for its efforts to support community colleges that must take on the many students who will be turned away from the state universities,” said Nixon. “At Mt. SAC, we still have challenges of meeting growing demand, as we are educating some 2,000 credit students for whom we are not getting state funding.”

Recently, Mt. SAC saw credit enrollment jump 7.2% for its winter intersession, which ended last week. Early numbers for Mt. SAC’s spring semester, which begins next week, are also on the rise with credit enrollments up 5.6% over last spring.

The resolution of the budget also is expected to let community colleges get back to work shortly on $1.5 billion in capital construction projects that have been delayed. As they construct 193 projects on 102 campuses, community colleges are putting voter-approved bond dollars to work, employing local construction workers and transforming the campuses to meet 21st century workforce needs.

At Mt. SAC, the story is no different with the opening of its new Math and Science building this spring and several other important construction projects online.



Mt. SAC Flying Team Wins 18th Top Community College Honor at Regional Airmeet

WALNUT, Calif.—For the 18th consecutive year, the Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won the Top Community College trophy at the recent National Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON 2009 regional airmeet competition in Salinas. The team also won second place overall, competing against flying teams from colleges and universities across the western United States.

Embry-Riddle University of Prescott, Ariz. placed first, followed by Mt. SAC, and host college San Jose State University, which tied for third place with San Diego Christian College. Other teams participating at the airmeet included Cypress College and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mt. SAC also won the Team Safety and the Team Sportsmanship awards. Individually, Mt. SAC’s Rob Clark won first place in the SCAN academic exam competition, and Eric Owens and Arnold Garcia took first in the message drop event.

With the second-place finish, the Mt. SAC Flying Team advances to the national intercollegiate airmeet, which will be hosted by Parks College of Saint Louis University in May.

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, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.


KSAK Has Its Biggest Year at the Golden Mike Awards

WALNUT, Calif.,—Mt. San Antonio College radio broadcasting students had their best year ever, with 90.1 KSAK winning six Golden Mike awards at the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California’s annual awards ceremony held recently at the Universal Hilton in Hollywood. KSAK's six Golden Mikes this year tied for most awards with Southland stations KFI, KFWB, and KCLU.

Student Daniel Nolte (Walnut) won a Golden Mike for Best Radio Traffic Report in Division B for radio stations with fewer than five full-time staff. The award was Nolte’s fourth Golden Mike as a radio broadcasting student at Mt. SAC.

KSAK won the Best Documentary award for its “A Voice In Your Life” tribute to the late Don LaFontanie, known as the king of voiceovers. LaFontaine, who died in 2008, was the voice of more than 5,000 movie trailers and television and radio commercials estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

The Mt. SAC station also won three Division B Golden Mikes for its “Sense on the Dollar” series, a consumer program that deals with how to save money and be environmentally responsible. The series won awards for Best Use of Sound, Best Business and Consumer Reporting, and Best Individual Writing.

KSAK operations coordinator Cason Smith (Rowland Heights) and students Karlo Sy Su (Walnut), Danny Saldana (West Covina), and Jeff Bowe (San Dimas) together won the Division B Best Radio Sports Segment award.

“Among these top-performing stations, only KSAK uses students in on-air positions,” said Smith, who has been the operations coordinator at KSAK for eight years and also teaches broadcasting at Mt. SAC. “It’s really amazing when you consider the competition that this college radio station goes up against.”

The Mt. SAC radio station has won 14 Golden Mikes in the past four years.

The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California annually honors the best in radio and television, ranging from the major networks to college stations.