March 2003


Mt. SAC to Host African American Dialogue

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College’s Bridge Program, a program that helps transition at-risk students to college, will sponsor an African American Dialogue on Friday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the campus Student Center. This event is open to the public.

High school and community representatives will meet with Mt. SAC faculty, staff, and students to discuss issues and concerns while focusing on ways to build a "bridge of success" with the community. Focus groups will discuss recruitment and retention strategies to help meet the needs of the African American community.

For more information, call Mt. SAC Bridge Program Coordinator Patricia Maestro at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6231.

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Marion Jones to Compete at 45th Mt. SAC Relays

Walnut, CA . . . Marion Jones, winner of five Olympic medals and arguably the greatest athlete in the track and field world today, will join a field of world-class athletes who will compete in the 45th running of the Mt. SAC Relays on April 11 and April 17-19.

"Certainly, it is one of the biggest meets in the world, and I think it’s the best meet in America," said Mt. SAC Relays Director Scott Davis.

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. This year, Jones is expected to compete in the 400 meter event at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Jones will be joined by the likes of four-time NCAA champion Angie Williams, the men’s and women’s U.S. National Relays camp featuring the top relays runners in the country in the 4x100 and 4x400, a great men’s and women’s pole vault field, and athletes from the top college programs in the country, including USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Arkansas, as well as the Ivy League, Big 10, and PAC 10 colleges. In addition to track and field’s world-class stars, athletes from more than 150 colleges and 200 high schools will compete in this year’s relays.

"We run the gamut from the elementary and high schools to the colleges and the huge invitational section," said Davis. "What sets the Mt. SAC Relays apart is we have this unique invitational portion."

The 45th Mt. SAC Relays gets underway with the Youth Days portion of the meet on April 4 and 5. Junior high school athletes compete April 4, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the elementary schools competing on April 5, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Friday, April 11, community college competition will be held all day starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 17, the Invitational Distance Carnival gets underway at 4 p.m. The High School Division rules the day on Friday, April 18, beginning at 7:45 a.m. with the University/Open Division Middle Distance Carnival starting at 6 p.m. The University Open competition continues on Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. with the Day of Champions Invitational Division featured during the day.

Tickets at the gate are $10 general admission on April 11 and 17, $12 on April 18, and $18 on April 19. Tickets for children ages 6 to 13 are $5 each day, and discount tickets for seniors are available. Special four-day, advance tickets for the Relays are also available for $30.

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

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Mt. SAC Men's Vocal Ensemble to Compete in Semifinals

Walnut, CA . . . The Mt. San Antonio College Men’s Vocal Ensemble Fermata Nowhere will compete in the western regional semifinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella to be held March 15 at Stanford University. The Mt. SAC ensemble is the only community college group in the United States to advance to the semifinals.

Fermata Nowhere finished second at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals on February 1 at the University of Southern California. The Mt. SAC ensemble finished ahead groups from UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara. The top two groups at the quarterfinals advance to the next round of competition.

At the semifinals, the 10-member Mt. SAC ensemble, which performs contemporary a cappella music, will face groups from Brigham Young University, Arizona State, UC Berkeley, Oregon State, Colorado State, the University of Colorado, and Stanford. The top group at the semifinals will advance to the national finals to be held in New York in April.

Fermata Nowhere is directed by Mt. SAC Music Professor William McIntosh.

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Mt. SAC to Host Fifth Annual Celebration of Asian Pacific Culture

Walnut, CA . . . Mt. San Antonio College will hold its Fifth Annual Celebration of Asian Pacific Culture featuring entertainment with Spirit of Nature and the finest in Asian Pacific cuisine on Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., at Mt. SAC’s Music Recital Hall.

The festival features the Chinese music ensemble Spirit of Nature, a trio of well-known traditional Chinese musicians—Gao Hong, master of the pipa, a pear-shaped lute; Chen Tao, woodwinds; and Wa Haung, who plays the Erth, a two-stringed vertical fiddle.

An hors d’oeuvre reception, to be held during the program intermission, will be hosted by the Pacific Palms Conference Center and Resort and CIMA Restaurant, and will showcase the culinary delights of Asia. CIMA is the San Gabriel Valley’s newest dining sensation at the Pacific Palms Resort.

Tickets are $21 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, $12 for Mt. SAC students, and $10 for children under 12.

For tickets and information, call the Mt. San Antonio College Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

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