February 2010

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2010

Mt. SAC to Host “Cash for College” Assistance for Students

WALNUT, Calif.—With fees skyrocketing at Cal State and University of California campuses, the demand for financial aid is greater than ever. In response, Mt. San Antonio College will offer free financial aid assistance to area high school seniors and their parents during its annual “Cash for College” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in the demand for financial aid recently,” said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Susan Jones. “So far this year, we’ve already processed as many applications for assistance as we did all of last year.”

Mt. SAC is partnering with local high schools and legislators, such as Assemblymembers Norma Torres, Ed Hernandez, and Curt Hagman, to publicize this special opportunity in the community. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on campus at Feddersen Recital Hall with an opening presentation by both Torres and Hernandez.

Cash for College provides hands-on assistance to college-bound students and their parents in completing and filing Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2010-11 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the early financial aid deadlines. The Cal Grant aid deadline is March 2. While federal aid will still be available after March 2 deadline, filing applications early is recommended.

Parents and students must bring a copy of students’ Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2009 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2009 information is not available, a 2008 tax return may be used along with 2009 W-2 forms. While assistance will be provided to two cohort groups—students planning to attend Mt. SAC and those planning to attend another college—the workshop information and assistance can be used to apply to any college, not just Mt. SAC.

Information and application forms will also be available for Admissions, Extended Opportunity and Programs Services, and other Mt. SAC student support services.

Reservations are required, and a free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants will also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored through the California Student Aid Commission.

To make a reservation or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4458 or 5628.

Student Broadcaster Has a Nose for News

WALNUT, Calif.––– The broadcast news team that Karlo Sy Su is a part of didn’t win the Golden Mike award for Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes at the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California’s annual awards ceremony in January. But then again the Mt. San Antonio College broadcasting student isn’t exactly embarrassed to admit that the college’s 90.1 KSAK news team lost to the professional news team at KABC.

“There’s no shame is losing to a major market news station like KABC,” said Karlo. “In a way, it was an honor just to be nominated and compete with such a prestigious organization like KABC.”

And the lack of a Golden Mike award this year isn’t going to derail the 21-year-old Walnut resident’s dreams of becoming a professional basketball sportscaster. With internships at ESPN and KABC-TV already under his belt, Karlo is nothing short of confident and has already made a name for himself in broadcasting. Besides, he’s already won a Golden Mike in 2009 for Best Radio Sports Segment at KSAK.

“My dream is to be a play-by-play sportscaster like my idol Chick Hearn,” he said.

Already, he has experience with the Los Angeles Lakers, helping with KABC-TV’s coverage of the team last year. The icing on the cake was his getting to help with interviews in the Lakers locker room during the first two games of 2009 NBA Finals.

“For a lifetime Lakers fan like me, that was a dream come true,” he said.

But the one moment that stands out in his brief but busy broadcasting career was last year in March. It was then that he scooped the rest of the Southern California’s electronic media for an exclusive on slugger Manny Ramirez’s re-signing with the Dodgers. Without much of lead, he was able to track down Ramirez at Los Angeles International Airport.

“I volunteered to go to LAX, and our camera man and I just followed our intuition,” said Karlo. “I went into it following what I was taught in school––expanding on a small lead.”

He was able to confirm the re-signing with Ramirez himself and had the biggest story of his young career. He couldn’t sleep that night, even though he had to get up early the next day.

“I had to get up early for class the next day at 8 a.m. I turned on ESPN, and there I was interviewing Manny Ramirez on television,” he said. “People were calling me up that day saying that they had just seen me on TV!”

In addition to his duties with KABC and ESPN, he has also called the Mt. SAC Mounties championship football games for the past three years and the Mt. SAC women’s basketball state championship last year.

He has also garnered his share of broadcasting awards. He was the recipient of the Mark Twain Award for Best Sports Segment from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association and was part of the Mt. SAC radio station team that won the Communicator and Hermes Creative award.

In addition to taking classes at Mt. SAC and serving as a KSAK DJ, Karlo is also a broadcasting major at Cal State Fullerton, where he will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May.

“I did some online research on Mt. SAC when I was looking at broadcasting as a major, and that’s what pulled me in,” he said.

Initially, Karlo thought he would have had to wait to take the broadcasting classes he wanted, but the radio and television program at Mt. SAC offered him the opportunity get the experience he needed from the start.

“When I was just beginning college at Fullerton, I couldn’t get all the classes and hands-on experience in broadcasting that I wanted, but Mt. SAC gave me that chance,” he said.

After he graduates, Karlo hopes to realize his dream of becoming a sportscaster. With the contacts he’s made and networking he’s already done, his dream seems very likely.

“At some point, it would be nice to get paid for this,” he said.

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