March 2002


Mt. SAC Forensics Headed to National Tournament

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team will compete in the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Tournament in Peoria, IL, against community colleges and four-year universities, April 2-8.

More than 1,000 students from 120 colleges will compete at the national tournament in Peoria. Mt. SAC, which qualified 18 students in 43 different events, will be one of about 10 community colleges competing at the nationals.

Most recently, the Mounties won the overall sweepstakes and won the first-place community college honor at the American Forensics Association District One Qualifying Tournament held March 8-9 at Cypress College. (District One covers California, Nevada, and Hawaii.) Mt. SAC students Allan Axibal (of Hacienda Heights) and Rafael Guerrero (of West Covina) tied for first place for the overall individual student honors during the 2001-2002 season. So far this year, Mt. SAC students have won a total of 294 speech tournament trophies, eclipsing the previous school record of 271 trophies.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team has won back-to-back national community college speech titles and has won the national championship three of the last four years. The team is coach by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.

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Mt. SAC to Install Commemorative Bricks

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College has begun its sale of commemorative, engraved bricks that will be installed around the base of a new fountain scheduled to be built by June 2002 in front of the College’s library.

The engraved brick pavers will commemorate the achievements of Mt. SAC alumni, students, and staff, and are a wonderful way to honor a soon-to-be graduate, a favorite faculty member, an alumnus, or any other achievement. The bricks can be engraved as a permanent remembrance of the donor’s association with Mt. SAC.

The new fountain, a project sponsored by Mt. SAC Associated Students and the College, will celebrate achievements at Mt. SAC. Approximately 1,000 bricks will be sold, now until April 15. The price of each commemorative brick is $50, and orders placed after April 15 will be installed during the 2002-2003 academic year.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Institutional Advancement Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

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Hospitality is a Multifaceted Industry

Walnut, CA … Last fall, Mt. San Antonio College launched its new Restaurant/Hospitality Management Program, and new full-time professor Noreen White believes the program provides a needed service for industry in a field that is, well, just plain fun.

"The hospitality industry is a lot of fun. It’s probably as much fun as you can have and get paid for it," White said.

The new Restaurant/Hospitality Management major offers an associate’s degree program and five certificate programs in Food Services, Fast Food Service Management, Catering, Restaurant Management, and Hospitality Management. An added benefit of the program is that it offers a myriad of possibilities for a variety of people.

"This business takes in so many different personalities. Nearly everyone can find something that they like in hospitality," said White.

White realized this firsthand when she began in the hospitality field 20 years ago almost by accident. She was working as a florist for a full-service catering business when one day three of the pastry chefs called in sick. She was asked if she could do the cake decorating that day, she did, and later she realized what a multifaceted and fun industry hospitality is.

"I decided I liked it because I could put together all these things that I thought were fun," said White.

Another benefit of the restaurant/hospitality industry is employability within the field.

"The hospitality industry is the world’s largest employer bar none," said White. "There will always be a need for people in this industry no matter where you go."

The hospitality industry today, she said, is more than hotels and restaurants. Today, hospitality includes a wide range of businesses such as the travel industry, cruise ships, clubs, amusement parks, and a seemingly endless list that spans the globe. And according to White, the qualifications for some positions in hospitality have changed as well.

"In the industry before, very few people had degrees," she said.

As recently as 40 years ago, degrees in hospitality were virtually unheard of. Now corporate chains may demand a degree, especially for management positions.

Through the program at Mt. SAC, White attempts to dispel the misconceptions that some students may have about the industry and the major. Some, for example, may have the misconception that they will never open a book as a Restaurant/Hospitality Management major, and while there is a hands-on approach to the program, White assures her students that there is a great deal of work involved.

"I’m trying to get them to try everything, to think outside of the box," she said.

Mt. SAC’s program is set up so that students can transition to Cal Poly Pomona’s well-known Hotel and Restaurant program. But even if students don’t transfer on to Cal Poly they will have a well-rounded education in hospitality.

For the future of the program at Mt. SAC, White only sees growth. In fact, the future may see a pronounced culinary dimension in the major.

"I would like to see this become the premiere community college program in the state of California," White said.

Yet her ebullience for the Restaurant/Hospitality program and the industry is matched only by White’s enthusiasm for education.

"I tell the students that education is never wasted," she said. "You can never learn too much."

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Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents 'Planets on Parade'

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on planets and constellations, Planets on Parade, Fridays, March 22, April 5, and April 12, at 7:15 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Planetarium, building 26-C.

Planets on Parade explores the planets, their groupings, and their motions in the night sky. All five of the solar system’s planets which can be seen by the unaided eye are now viewable in the western evening sky. This program will provide fascinating facts about these spectacular heavenly bodies and the springtime constellations.

Admission for adults is $4.50, and admission for children is $3. Children under four cannot be admitted. There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance at the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office.

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

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2002

Mt. SAC VP Named Senate District's Woman of the Year

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr. Patricia Rasmussen has been selected the 29th Senate District’s Woman of the Year. Rasmussen will receive the honor March 18 during the Woman of the Year luncheon in Sacramento.

Dr. Rasmussen, who has been the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Mt. SAC since November 1997, was selected for the award by State Senator Bob Margett based on her community involvement, outreach efforts, and work with the Glendora Unified School Board.

Prior to Mt. SAC, Rasmussen, resident of Glendora, worked as an administrator at Citrus College for 14 years, serving in positions that included Dean of Planning and Economic Development and Administrative Dean of Planning and Institutional Advancement. Rasmussen also taught high school English and Journalism at Glendora and Mark Keppel high schools for ten years.

In the community, she has been involved with the Glendora Community Coordinating Council, the Glendora Library Board of Trustees, and is currently serving her second term on the Glendora Unified School Board. In 1994, she was named Woman of the Year for the 59th Assembly District, and in 1989, she received the Glendora Coordinating Council Humanitarian Award.

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Mt. SAC Student Awarded Aviation Scholarship

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Aeronautics student Gena Brown was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Women in Aviation, an organization that encourages women’s effort in the field of aviation. Brown will receive the scholarship at the Women in Aviation annual conference March 13-16 in Nashville, TN.

Brown, a resident of Covina, is a Commercial Flight major at Mt. SAC and is president of the Mt. SAC chapter of Women in Aviation. At Mt. SAC, she has been involved with Women in Aviation for the past three years. She also holds her private pilot’s license and is an engineering major at Cal Poly, Pomona. She plans to graduate from both Mt. SAC and Cal Poly this year.

Last fall, Brown was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Aero Club of Southern California.

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