March 2001


Mt. SAC Forensics Team Takes Second in Prague

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team took second place in the overall sweepstakes at the International Forensics Association Tournament held March 12-13 in Prague, in the Czech Republic.

"This tournament gave the students the opportunity to compete internationally and to compete against some very strong four-year colleges," said Mt. SAC Forensics Team Coach Liesel Reinhart.

Mt. SAC placed second behind Western Kentucky University. Some of the other colleges competing included Ohio State, Western Michigan, and Oregon State.

Individually, Mt. SAC's Miles Gregley (West Covina) won first place in the After Dinner Speaking competition and in the Duo event with teammate Jeremy Berry (San Dimas). Tyler Adams (Diamond Bar) won first place in the Informative competition, and Diana Mena (South San Gabriel) and Brian Redfern (Chino) won second place in the Parlimentary Debate.

Other Mt. SAC performances at the international tournament included Gregley's third-place finish in the Prose Competition; Mena's sixth-place finish in the Informative category and as a semi-finalist in Impromptu; and Berry's, Tasse Godinez's (Walnut), and Allan Axibal's (Hacienda Heights) semi-finalist performances in the Poetry competition.

The Forensics Team, the defending national champions, will now compete in the Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Championships for Community Colleges to be held April 7-14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

At the national competition, teams from more than 75 of the nation's top colleges will compete in eleven speaking events, Readers' Theater, and debate. The Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the National Community College Championship in 1994, 1998, and 2000. In 1999, the team competed in the national championship for four-year colleges and placed seventh overall.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team is coached by Mt. SAC professors Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.

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Mt. SAC President to Speak at Leadership Forum

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College President Bill Feddersen and Western University of Health Sciences President Philip Pumerantz will participate in a "Presidential Leadership Forum," to be held Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m., in Bartlett Theater at Western University in Pomona.

Feddersen and Pumerantz will discuss issues relevant to leaders in the business, health, and education fields. The forum is being held in conjunction with an Educational Leadership course through Western University's Master's of Science Health Professions Education program.

Refreshments and a moderated round table discussion will follow the presidential forum. This forum is open to the public.

For more information or to RSVP, call Mt. SAC Medical Services Chair Lane Braver at (909) 594-5611, 4656.

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Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents 'Bear Tales'

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on constellations, "Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories," on Friday evenings, April 20 & 27 and May 4, at 7:15 p.m.

"Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories" explores the constellations of the night sky and the stories behind their names. For audiences of all ages, this program on the origins of the constellations includes stories from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern humorous tales. "Bear Tales" is a perfect program for children and includes the sing-along, "Waltzing with the Bears."

Mt. SAC multi-media planetarium shows use a variety of special effects projectors, lasers, and multi-channel surround sound. Seated under the planetarium's 35-foot dome, viewers see stars as they might away from city lights and pollution.

Admission for adults is $4.50, $3 for children, and tickets must be purchased in advance through the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office. There will be no late seating, and children under four cannot be admitted.

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

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America's Largest Track Meet Runs at Mt. SAC

Walnut, CA ... Marion Jones, winner of five Olympic medals in Sydney last year, will join a field of world-class athletes who will compete in the 43rd running of the Mt. SAC Relays, April 6-7 and 20-22.

Jones captured gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4x400 relay. She also won bronze medals in the 400 meter relay and the long jump. Jones will be joined by the likes of Bernard Lagat, Olympic bronze medalist and Mt. SAC Relays mile record holder (3:54.97), and Stacy Dragila, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the pole vault. In addition, the great athletes from the HSI track club have been invited to compete. The Relays will also feature competition among athletes from over 200 high schools and more than 150 colleges and universities.

The 43rd Mt. SAC Relays gets underway with the Youth Days portion of the meet on April 6 with the middle school competition, and April 7 with the elementary schools. On Friday, April 20, the community college competition begins at 8 a.m. while the Open and Invitational Distance Carnival starts at 4 p.m. The High School Division rules the day on Saturday, April 21, and the University and Open Middle Distance Carnival begins at 7 p.m. The University Open competition continues Sunday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m., while the Day of Champions Invitational Division closes the meet, running from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets at the gate are $10 general admission for April 20, $12 for April 21, and $18 on April 22. Tickets for children ages 6 to 13 are $3 each day, and discount tickets for seniors are available. Special three-day, advance tickets of the Relays (April 20-22) are also available for $30 until April 10.

For three-day advance tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.

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Mt. SAC Presents an Evening with Cluchey and Mandell

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will present "An Evening of Conversation with Rick Cluchey and Alan Mandell," a discussion of the work of novelist, playwright, and Nobel Prize Laureate Samuel Beckett by two actors associated with the San Quentin Drama Workshop, to be held Friday, March 30, 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC's Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

This event is free and open to the public.

Both Cluchey and Mandell worked with Beckett through the San Quentin Drama Workshop, a pioneering and socially committed group of ex-convict actors who appeared on Broadway and toured internationally with The Cage, a play that Cluchey wrote about the hardships of prison life. Between 1977 and 1988, Beckett directed Cluchey and other members of the San Quentin Drama Workshop in definitive productions of three of his plays--Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Krapp's Last Tape--in theaters, colleges, and prisons in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mandell, an actor with the San Francisco Actors Workshop in the late 1950's, was instrumental bringing in theater production and training to San Quentin as part of a rehabilitation program for the inmates. Mandell later returned to act in theater productions for Beckett.

Cluchey, who specializes in performing the works of Samuel Beckett, began his theatrical work behind the walls of San Quentin Penitentiary in 1957 and is a co-founder of the workshop. Cluchey's theater awards include the 1992 Individual Artist Award for playwrighting from the Maryland State Arts Council, 1988-90 recipient of the Samuel Beckett Performing Arts Fellowship, two 1987 Dramalogue Awards, a 1990 American Film and Video Blue Ribbon, a 1983 Obie Award for David Mamet's Edmond, a 1986 Exxon Distinguished Scholar award, and a shared Dramalogue Award for the 1997 Los Angeles production of Beckett's Women.

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Planetarium Presents 'A Journey through the Solar System'

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program for children, “A Journey Through the Solar System,” on Fridays, March 30 and April 6, 7:15 p.m., at the Mt. SAC Planetarium, building 26-C.

"A Journey Through the Solar System" is a presentation designed as an introduction to the solar system and is appropriate for children ages five through 10.

Admission for adults is $4.50, $3 for children, and tickets must be purchased in advance through the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office. There will be no late seating, and children under four cannot be admitted.

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

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Mt. SAC Professor to Present Geology Research

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Earth Sciences Professor Mario Caputo will present research on a geology education project before an annual joint meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of America on April 9-10 at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City.

The project, beach profiling, provides earth science and oceanography students with the opportunity to collect, interpret, and present data from field trips to Southern California beaches. Over time, students compile a library of historical changes in morphology for the beaches being analyzed. Caputo, resident of Upland, has taught Earth Science at Mt. SAC since 1993.

More than 1,000 geoscientists are expected to attend the 97th annual meeting which will include geologists from Cal State Northridge, the San Joaquin Geological Society, the Society of Sedimentary Geology, the Association of Women Geologists, the Association of Engineering Geologists, the California Science Teachers Association, and the Paleontological Society.

Mt. SAC Students Win Silver and Gold at VICA Regionals

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College students won eight gold medals and three silver medals at the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America's (VICA) regional competition held February 3 at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.

Mt. SAC students John Clark (Hacienda Heights), Daniel Fuller (Hacienda Heights), and Sang Park (Rowland Heights) won gold medals in the electronics technology competition, while Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar) took a silver medal in the event.

Students Frank Blanco (El Monte) and Jeff Michaels (Chino Hills) won gold medals in Computer Aided Drafting, while Mt. SAC welding students Josh Smith (San Dimas), Eric Child (Chino Hills), and Peter Eriksson (Monrovia) won first-place gold medals in the welding competition.

Mt. SAC's Dan Tilbury (San Dimas) won the silver medal in welding, and Kelepi Tuiplotu (Diamond Bar) won silver in the aircraft maintenance competition.

The gold and silver medalists at the regional competition will advance to the VICA State Skills competition to be held April 19-22 in Riverside. The top finalists at the state level then go on to compete at the VICA National Skills competition, which will be held June 26-30 in Kanas City.

VICA 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.

Mt. SAC Sponsors Women's History Month Luncheon

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) will host a Women's History Month luncheon, "Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision," which will honor four local women, on Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Learning Technology Center's teleconference room, room 160. This luncheon is open to the public.

Honored at the luncheon will be Walnut Times publisher Nadine Brown, retired educator Eugenia Gregoire, Evelyn Lewis of the Mt. SAC Relays, and Peer Mentor Coordinator for Mt. SAC's Disabled Student Programs and Services Trinette Barnes.

Mt. SAC's AAWCC is the local chapter of the national organization which supports the professional endeavors, promotes professional development, and encourages the educational achievements of women in community colleges.

The cost for the luncheon is $7.

For more information, call Odette Richardson at Mt. SAC at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5408.

FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2001

Mt. SAC Forensics Team to Compete at Nationals

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team, the defending national champions, will once compete in the Phi Rho Pi National Speech and Debate Championships for Community Colleges to be held April 7-14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

At the national competition, teams from more than 75 of the nation's top colleges will compete in eleven speaking events, Readers' Theater, and debate. The Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the National Community College Championship in 1994, 1998, and 2000. In 1999, the team competed in the national championship for four-year colleges and placed seventh overall.

Most recently in February, Mt. SAC's Speech and Debate Team won a combined 74 trophies while competing at the Tabor-Vinitsky Classic Tournament, a regional tournament, and the Russell D. Martin Invitational, a competition for four-year colleges and universities, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The Mt. SAC Team won the overall sweepstakes award and 44 individual trophies at the Tabor-Vinitsky Classic Tournament, and took second-place overall and won 30 individual trophies at the Russell D. Martin Invitational

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team is coached by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.
Mt. SAC, Cal Poly to Sign Partnership

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College President Bill Feddersen and Cal Poly Pomona President Bob Suzuki will formalize collaborative projects between the two institutions with a partnership signing ceremony on April 2, 11 a.m., at Mt. SAC’s Student Services Center.

“We have a number of partnerships with Cal Poly, and we’d like to formalize and expand them,” said Feddersen.

The overall purpose of the partnership agreement is to increase student success in higher education. Specific goals of the partnership include increasing the number of transfers from Mt. SAC to Cal Poly, eliminating barriers for students enrolled in partnership programs between the two institutions, and creating a seamless transition for students who transfer.

Through the agreement, the adjacent two-year community college and the state university will also explore additional partnerships in curriculum, programs, facilities, and staffing.
New Mt. SAC Professor Elicits Passion from Players

Walnut, CA ... New Mt. San Antonio College Music Professor and Band Director Jason Chevalier has spent the first part of his career as a music director at Upland High School striving for perfection in his concert bands and ensembles. But now in the middle of his first year at Mt. SAC, Chevalier wants to breathe life into the music his students play by attempting to elicit the emotion in their music.

“I think when I was a new director I wanted perfection,” said Chevalier, who directed the marching band, jazz band, and concert ensemble at Upland High School for six years. “Now I want music with passion and emotion.”

The difference, Chevalier explained, is a choice between music that may be technically exact yet mechanical and music that is fresh and alive.

“One sounds mechanically perfect, but lacks depth. I’ve heard Leonard Bernstein recordings that are technically flawed, but because of the communication and intensity of the musicians, it is much more passionate and has much more emotion,” he said.

Part of that passion in music translates to communication with the audience and the impression the concert band leaves with them. That focus on the emotion quality in music, however, doesn’t mean that expertise goes out the window.

“The first approach is quality in everything you do,” he said.

Bands under Chevalier’s direction have performed in the Sydney Opera House, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Upland High Wind Ensemble, under his direction, competed last year at the National Concert Band Festival in Indiana, so knowing full well that quality is not achieved easily, Chevalier empowers his student musicians, who vary greatly in terms of skill level, with the notion that they can succeed through hard work.

“I want them to come away with an understanding that they can accomplish whatever they want through tenacity,” he said.

Another part of his plan for Mt. SAC’s Concert Band is to build it up—both in terms of size and performance stature. One way to do that is to get the band out on the road.

“This band has never gone on tour,” said Chevalier, who also wants to double the size of the band over the next year.

Some of his plan is already in the works. In March, the Concert Band will travel north for a mini tour in Northern California, featuring a concert at Los Medanos College and a clinic at Cal State Hayward. The Concert Band will then perform its annual spring concert on April 20 at Mt. SAC’s Music Recital Hall. The spring concert will showcase selections with a water theme, including folk tunes and American river songs.

“Everything we are playing is challenging, yet well-rounded with a variety of styles,” he said.

Chevalier also wants to include regional performances as part of his plan for the concert and wants to build up a core of private instructors to assist students. In addition, he wants to establish a chamber ensemble and eventually would like the Mt. SAC band to vie for a youth group concert at Carnegie Hall.

And while a Carnegie Hall performance may seem distant at this time, Jason Chevalier believes that his plans may see fruition.

“I’ve been very impressed with the school,” he said. “It’s been very supportive.”
Mt. SAC Flying Team Wins Top CC Trophy

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team brought home the Top Community College trophy from the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON 2001, a regional airmeet competition featuring flying teams from colleges and universities in the Western United States, held at Arizona State University, March 1-3, in Phoenix.

Mt. SAC has won the Top Community College trophy for the regional competition every year since 1989.

With 116 points in the airmeet, the Mt. SAC squad placed third in the overall competition behind first-place Embry-Riddle University from Prescott, Arizona, and second-place San Jose State University. Mt. SAC's Michelle Bathalter (of San Dimas) won the Top Female Pilot honor at the airmeet.

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, and 2000.

Only the top two college teams at the regionals advance to the national competition.
Mt. SAC Student Organizes Dr. Seuss Event

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College student Amy Lopez saw the chance to organize an event based on one of her childhood idols, so she did.

The 24-year-old education major recruited fellow students, parents, and community business members to participate in a local reading event March 2 at Rorimer Elementary School in La Puente, held in conjunction with the National Education Association's fourth annual Read Across America celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss' (Theodore Geisel's) birthday

"I've loved Dr. Seuss since I was a kid," Lopez said.

Lopez, who is a reading tutor at Rorimer through Mt. SAC's AmeriCorps project, distributed flyers and brought together 25 readers for the event designed to promote reading and literacy.

"It's a fun way to promote literacy," said Lopez. "When kids listen to Dr. Seuss 'Seussisms,' they want to hear more."

Coordinating the event came almost as a natural to Lopez, who tied together her long-time admiration for Dr. Seuss books, her work as a tutor, and her major in college. As an AmeriCorps reading tutor, part of Mt. SAC's new Teacher Preparation Institute, Lopez is one of approximately 30 Mt. SAC students who serve as reading tutors in first through fourth grade classrooms at local elementary

But a big part of the program, funded through a $73,000 AmeriCorps grant and a $350,000 “Teacher and Reading Development Partnerships” Community College Chancellor's Office grant, is the spirit and volunteerism that the students, who are planning to become teachers, radiate.

"This event has an underlying theme of what AmeriCorps is all about," said Lopez, a Diamond Bar mother of two who plans to become an elementary school teacher some day.

An estimated 30 million children and adults across the nation took part in last year's Dr. Seuss celebration of reading. Still, the battle to promote literacy, Lopez realizes, doesn't end with Dr. Seuss' birthday.

As a result, she is also spearheading a book drive that has the goal of collecting 2,000 books for the Rorimer Elementary School library and its students. Wanted are age-appropriate (kindergarten through sixth grade) books.

"The books are in bad shape in the library, and a lot of kids don't have a variety of books at home either," Lopez said.

So far, 400 children's books have been donated to the drive which will continue through the month of March.

To make a donation to the book drive, call Rorimer Elementary School at (626) 965-3333.
Mt. SAC Students Selected for Aviation Scholarships

Walnut, CA ... Nine Mt. San Antonio College Aeronautics students have been selected for $6,000 in aviation scholarships from local aviation clubs and organizations.

Mt. SAC students who will be awarded scholarships are Steve Ortner (of Whittier), who will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Aero Club of Southern California; Tim Shaw (of La Habra), who will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Aero Club of Southern California; Tyson Shakespeare (of Walnut), who will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Aero Club of Southern California and the $500 Jim Clarke Air Traffic Control scholarship; Jeff Parker (of Anaheim), who will receive the $250 Charles Pacini Memorial scholarship; Michelle Bathalter (of San Dimas), who will receive a $500 scholarship from the San Gabriel Valley 99's; Jaime Moreno (of Baldwin Park), who will receive a $300 Aviation Career scholarship; Karena Marinas (of Harbor City), who will receive a $500 Pomona Valley Pilots Association Commercial Flight scholarship; Ken Cooper (of San Diego), who will receive a $500 Pomona Valley Pilots Association Air Traffic Control scholarship; and Jonathan Schiler (of Pasadena), who will receive the $300 Howard Godman scholarship.

The aviation scholarships will be awarded at Mt. SAC's Student Awards Ceremony on April 24.
Mt. SAC VP Receives Economic Development Award

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Vice President of Community Education and Economic Development Karen Meyers received the Economic Development Person of the Year award from the Association of Continuing and Community Education at the association's annual conference in Palm Springs on February 14.

Meyers, a resident of Diamond Bar, has headed Mt. SAC's Community Education and Economic Development division since 1989. Under her leadership, Mt. SAC's Small Business Development Center, which provides consultant services to small business owners, and The Training Source, which offers customized training and programs to the business community, were developed.

In addition, the Community Education and Economic Development division includes Mt. SAC's Regional Health Occupations Center, Adult Basic Skills and Special Programs, CALWorks, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Program, and Exercise Science/Wellness Center.

Meyers, who began at Mt. SAC in 1970 as a teacher in the college's Mental Health Technology Program and previously was a nurse and nursing administrator, also oversees Mt. SAC's Cultural Arts Series, Art Gallery, Wildlife Sanctuary, farm tours, planetarium programs, and the Older Adult Program.

The Association of Continuing and Community Education is the statewide community college organization of community education professionals.
Diamond Bar Principal Appointed to Mt. SAC Board

Walnut, CA ... At a special Board meeting February 21, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees appointed Rosanne Bader, Principal of Diamond Point Elementary School in Diamond Bar, as a provisional trustee to fill a vacant seat on the Board. She will be sworn in at the Board's February 28 meeting.

Bader, who has 32 years of experience in education, will serve out the remainder of former Mt. SAC Trustee Martha House's term, which expires November 30, 2001. House served on the College's governing board for seven years.

Bader, a long-time Pomona resident, has served as Principal of Diamond Point Elementary since 1995. She has also served as Principal of Allison Elementary School in Pomona and Assistant Principal of Emerson Junior High in Pomona. In addition, she taught at Emerson Junior High from 1976 to 1987 and taught at Diamond Point Elementary from 1969 to 1976.

In the community, she has been active on the YWCA Board of Directors, the Pomona Centennial Executive Committee (1986-88), the Pomona Friends of the Library, and the Pomona Jaycee Women as a past president. She was honored with an Association of California School Administrators 1999 Administrator of the Year award in the elementary principal category, a YWCA Recognition award in 1988, and a Pomona Progress Bulletin Woman Achiever award in 1986.

Bader holds a bachelor's in political science from UCLA, a teaching credential from the University of La Verne, and a master's in school administration from Cal State Fullerton.
Mt. SAC Forensics Students Win 74 Trophies in Eight Days

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won 74 trophies within an eight-day span at their last two tournaments in February.

The Mt. SAC Speech and Debate Team won the overall sweepstakes award and 44 individual trophies at the Tabor-Vinitsky Classic Tournament, a regional tournament, held at Cerritos College on February 16-17. Twenty-two community colleges from California, Utah, and Arizona and more than 400 students completed. Mt. SAC students won 10 first-place awards and received the two top individual speaker awards in debate at the tournament.

The Mt. SAC team also took second-place overall and won 30 individual trophies at the Russell D. Martin Invitational, a competition for four-year colleges and universities, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on February 9-10. Mt. SAC's Rafael Guerrero, a resident of West Covina, was named the top individual speaker of the tournament, and the Mt. SAC team won six of the eleven events offered at the invitational. At Cornell, Mt. SAC competed against teams from colleges such as James Madison University, George Mason University, Hofstra College, St. Joseph's College, Seton Hall University, and Dartmouth College.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the National Community College Championship in 1994, 1998, and 2000. The team will try to defend its title in Jacksonville, Florida this April and will also compete in Prague, Czech Republic in March for the International Forensics Association Championships.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team is coached by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.
Mt. SAC Theater Students Clean Up at Kennedy Center

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Theater students took home 36 awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival held January 29-February 3, at Cal State Fresno.

At the regional festival, students from community colleges and universities presented scenes and monologues, while competing for scholarships, meritorious awards, and summer theater positions.

Mt. SAC student Rafael Guerrero, a resident of West Covina, won the Irene Ryan Regional Competition, an award named after the actress who played "Granny" on the television series The Beverly Hillbillies, and will advance to the national competition to be held April 23-30 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Guerrero is the only community college student to make the nationals this year and one of the few community college students to compete at the festival's national finals in the last 15 years. At the nationals, he will compete against 14 other students from across the United States.

Mt. SAC students who won meritorious achievement awards and competed at the festival were Anna Quirante (West Covina), Sarah Richards (Upland), Mark Buenaluz (La Puente), Lilliana Carrillo (West Covina), Jeanne Castagnaro (Phillips Ranch), and William Richards (Upland). In addition, the entire cast of Mt. SAC's "Inspecting Carol" production received an meritorious achievement award.

The Mt. SAC Theater Program was also honored with the Outstanding Performance Award from the California Educational Theatre Association.
Youth Invited to the Mt. SAC Relays

Walnut, CA ... The Amateur Athletic Foundation (AAF) of Los Angeles and the Mt. SAC Relays Games Committee will again host two special "Youth Days" of track and field competition, April 6 and 7, at the 43rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays.

Friday, April 6, will be "Middle School Day" at the Relays, with events scheduled for boys and girls in grades 6-8 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance registration is necessary--on or before March 23. Participants will be given entry in one track, one field, and one relay event with awards given in each event to the top nine competitors. Youth with no prior experience are especially encouraged to participate. All will be given a free T-shirt, certificate, pin, and program as well.

On Saturday, April 7, elementary school students in grades 3-6 will compete in an extended schedule from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with the middle school division, awards will be given to the top nine competitors in each event with pre-registration including free T-shirts, certificate, pin, program, and entry into three events.There is no entry fee for elementary division youth.

The entry fee for the middle school division is $5 for an entire day of competition. All participants also receive a free $12 admission ticket to the "Day of Champions" competition or any day of the Relays, April 20-22.

In addition to the two days of competition, the Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days also provides elementary, middle, junior high school students the opportunity to have a staff of Mt. SAC coaches and athletes visit their schools and provide track and field instruction through clinics and all-school assemblies, which are offered free of charge.

The AAF - Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days is a non-profit Olympic Development project. Since the beginning of the Youth Days portion of the Relays 16 years ago, the project has reached more than 165,000 youth and their teachers.

Last year, more than 5,700 youth representing 180 elementary and middle schools participated in the two days of competition. Entry materials should be returned to the AAF - Mt. SAC Relays Office by March 23.

School, teachers, and parents wishing entry materials this year should contact the Mt. SAC Relays Office at (909) 468-3999 or (909) 594-5611, ext. 4840.

Mt. SAC Awarded Grant to Diversify Southern California Health Care Workforce

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Regional Health Occupations Resource Center is the recipient of a three-year, $1.4 million grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, to create an International Health Care Workers Assistance Center for the Los Angeles and Southern California area. While the first year of the program will include planning, the Center is expected to officially open in 2002.

"The primary goal of our program is to assist immigrants who received their training in other countries by providing them with additional training, guidance, career counseling, and placement in health professions in the greater Los Angeles area," said Mt. SAC Professor Bruce Hines, who is helping to coordinate the program at Mt. SAC.

The Center will assist physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, respiratory technicians, and others trained in the health field from other countries obtain appropriate licenses and credentials to work in the U.S. health care system. Orientation and job placement services will also be provided.

"In Southern California, there is a substantial number of health care professionals from other countries. Unfortunately, once they immigrate to the U.S., they are often forced to take jobs well below their intellectual capacity in non-medical related fields," said Hines.

By helping these workers transition to the U.S. health care system, the Center helps to meet the demand for highly trained professionals in communities that desperately need their skills, as well as their linguistic and cultural competency. In addition, the project addresses the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the health care work force.

"By developing a medical work force that more accurately reflects the demography of the state, residents will be able to more effectively communicate with their health care providers," stated Jai Lee Wong, senior program officer and manager of the Southern California region for The California Endowment. "Increasing the diversity of the health care work force is one of The Endowment's strategic areas of focus."

The project is sponsored by Mt. SAC in partnership with California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Long Beach, Los Angeles City College, and Charles R. Drew University.

The California Endowment was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment has regional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California. For more information, visit their Web site at .
Mt. SAC to Host College Fair

Walnut, CA ... Representatives from baccalaureate level universities and colleges will be at Mt. San Antonio College to provide information on college transferring to students during a College Fair, Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Mt. SAC's Miracle Mile.

Representatives from Cal State Universities and UC campuses as well as several independent and out-of-state colleges will answer questions on admissions, financial aid, housing, and academic major information for students interested in transferring to one of these campuses.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC School and College Relations Office at (909) 594-5611, extension 4293.
Mt. SAC Chamber Singers Invited to Texas

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers have been chosen to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s national convention, March 14-17, in San Antonio, Texas. The invitation to perform for the American Choral Directors Association makes Mt. SAC the first community college ensemble to ever receive an invitation to perform at the national convention.

Thirty-one students will attend the convention which features performances by the top choirs in the United States. An estimated 10,000 choral directors attend.

“This is absolutely the highest honor that any choir can receive,” said Mt. SAC Music Professor and Chamber Singers Director Bruce Rogers.

The selection process for performing choirs at the national convention is extremely competitive. The competing choirs are narrowed down to the top choirs at the state level, and a regional panel of judges then narrows the competition to 250 of the best choirs. Finally, a national panel selects the top 25 choirs in the country to perform at the national convention.

“This will give every choral director in the country a chance to hear our talented students perform,” said Rogers.

Last summer, the Mt. SAC Chamber Singers established themselves as one of the top choirs in the world after winning second place in the “Choir of the World” competition at the prestigious International Eisteddfod Choral Festival held in Wales. The Mt. SAC ensemble was one of only two vocal groups from the United States to vie for the world title.
24th Annual Writers' Day is March 24

Walnut, CA ... Poets Wanda Coleman and Austin Straus will be the featured speakers at the Mt. San Antonio College Annual Writers’ Day Festival on Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the Mt. SAC Social Sciences Lecture Hall, building 26B, room 101.

Coleman is the author of Bathwater Wine and is the winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry in the previous year. A former magazine editor, journalist, and scriptwriter, Coleman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation for her poetry. A former columnist for Los Angeles Times Magazine, Coleman is the first African-American to receive an Emmy for daytime television writing. Her other books of poetry include Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors (1993), Hand Dance (1990), African Sleeping Sickness (1989), and Imagoes (1983).

Straus, a poet and artist, has published over 300 poems, illustrations, and commentary in such publications and anthologies as Artweek, Cottonwood, Grand Passion, Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and New Letters. He has also created two dozen artist’s books and was a Writer-in-Residence for the Writers-on-Site spring 1998 program sponsored by Poets & Writers and The James Irvine Foundation. Straus was the creator and host of “The Poetry Connexion” on KPFK from 1981-1996. His first book of poetry, Drunk With Light, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2002.

This year, the festival includes readings by the featured authors, the Writers’ Day contest awards, and a question and answer session.

The Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Festival is free and open to the public.
Mt. SAC child center receives commendation

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Child Development Center received an excellent review and a commendation after its visit from officials from the California Department of Education's Child Development Division on January 17. The state Child Development Division conducts a contract monitoring review of the center every three years.
"They come to review the center to make sure we are providing a high quality program so that we can continue to receive state funding," said Mt. SAC Child Development Center Director Janette Henry.
Mt. SAC's Child Development Center receives approximately $400,000 per year in state funding to provide various child care programs.
Each semester the Child Development Center serves approximately 200 children from birth to age 5. A variety of special programs are available through the Center, including low-cost meal programs and special programs for students. The Center is also used as a Child Development Study facility for Mt. SAC students who are studying in the College's Child Development program.
The center is open Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and open until 5 p.m. on Fridays.