February 2013


Mt. SAC to Host 15th “Puttin’ on the Hits” Scholarship Fundraiser

WALNUT, Calif.–––For the 15th year, Mt. San Antonio College will have the only stage in the world where you can see stars such as Adele, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, Prince, and Neil Diamond together in one show as the Mt. SAC Faculty Association sponsors its annual scholarship fundraiser, “Puttin’ on the Hits.” Show times are Friday, Mar. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Mar. 9, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., in the Clarke Theater.

Mt. SAC professors, managers, staff, and students in authentic costumes will impersonate famous celebrities and lip sync their hit tunes. The program showcases several styles of music, including country, swing, R & B, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll. Last year, the Faculty Association provided over $15,000 for student scholarships, and over the past 14 years, “Puttin’ on the Hits” has raised more than $125,000 for scholarships.

Tickets are $25 and up for general admission at the evening performances and $20 at the Saturday matinee performance.

For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 274-2050. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.tickets.mtsac.edu.


Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Astronomy Programs in March

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium presents a series of programs on the stars and planets with evening and afternoon showings for adults and children throughout March.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure," a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Fridays, Mar. 1 and 15, at 4 p.m. In this program, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.

"Star Tales," a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, Mar. 1, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Learn the stories behind the heavenly bodies and find out how to view them from your own backyard.

"Deep Space: Binocular Astronomy," a program on using binoculars to explore the night sky, will be held on Saturday, Mar. 2, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of an astronomer, examine star clusters, distant galaxies, and beautiful nebulas all with the use of binoculars. Binoculars will be provided.

"Stars of The Pharaohs," a program on the stars and astronomy of ancient Egypt, will be shown Friday, Mar. 15, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Travel to ancient Egypt and explore the stars and various astronomical phenomena during the time of the pharaohs. This program looks at how the ancient Egyptians used science to tell time, to formulate a workable calendar, and to align huge buildings.

"Wonders of the Universe," a program on the origins of the universe, will run on Saturday, Mar. 16, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take a breathtaking journey back in time to witness the Big Bang, the formation of stars and galaxies. Then travel back to the Milky Way to view our solar system as it has never been seen before.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.


Mt. SAC Students Win 8 Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Regionals

WALNUT, Calif.––– Eight Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students recently won gold medals at the SkillsUSA regional competition held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and 11 qualified to advance to the SkillsUSA 46th Annual State Leadership Conference competition on April 4-7 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Mt. SAC’s Xiaquing Allan Wu (Walnut) won the gold medal in architectural drafting, and Cesar Bustamante (Anaheim) and Jose Gomez (Azusa) tied for first place in electronic technology. Carlos Galdamez (West Covina) won the gold medal in technical design, and Rodolfo Herrera (La Puente) won first place in technical drafting. Phillip Tran (Rosemead) won the gold medal in welding (MIG), and Bryan Ashmore (Ontario) won first place in welding shield metal arc. Alan Kang (Pasadena) won the gold medal in culinary arts, which marks the time first time students from Mt. SAC’s Hospitality Management Program have competed in the event. All eight qualify for the state competition.

Other Mt. SAC medalists at the regional competition include Brittany Johnson (La Puente) who took second place in commercial baking, Rhiannon Britney (West Covina) who took second place in technical drafting, Derek Tang (Hacienda Heights) who placed second in welding (combo), and Gregory Cote (Upland) who placed second in welding (TIG). Britney, Tang, and Cote qualify for the state competition.

First-place winners at the state competition will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference slated for June 24-28 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, more than 5,700 students competed and over 1,500 judges and contest organizers participated in the national event.

SkillsUSA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical and health fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters nationwide.


Mt. SAC to Host “Cash for College” Fair on Feb. 9

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College will offer free financial aid assistance to area high school seniors and their parents during its annual “Cash for College” fair on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event kicks off with opening presentations by Senators Ed Hernandez and Bob Huff, starting at 9 a.m. in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are absolutely required.

“This event is all about helping students fill out the necessary financial aid forms by the March 2 deadline so that they don’t miss out on thousands of dollars that may be available to them,” said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Chau Dao. “We’re requiring all participants to register in advance so we can provide them quality personal assistance at the workshops.”

Cash for College provides hands-on assistance to college-bound students and their parents in completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for the 2013-14 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the March 2 priority financial aid filing deadline. Assistance with the California Dream Act application will also be available. Filing applications early is recommended.

Parents and students must bring a copy of students’ Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2012 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2012 information is not available, a 2011 tax return may be used along with 2011 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.

A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and participants may also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored through the California Student Aid Commission.

For more information and to make a convenient online reservation, go to: http://www.mtsac.edu/students/finaid/cashfair.html. Parents and students may also contact the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office by e-mail at financialaid@mtsac.edu, or by phone at (909) 274- 4457.