March 2009


Track’s Best to Grace 51st Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif.— Many of the world's best track and field athletes will kick off their 2009 season at this year’s Mt. SAC Relays to be held April 11, 16-18 at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the Mt. San Antonio College campus.

In all, more than 13,600 athletes—including Youth Days participants—will compete, representing the best youth, high school, university and elite competitors from various parts of the world, noted Relays Director and Mt. SAC Track & Field Director Doug Todd.

“The Mt. SAC Relays continues to attract the very best athletes, and it continues its longstanding legacy as the world’s largest track and field competition,” he said.

Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix will start her 2009 season at the Relays as will American hurdler Dominique Arnold. Felix won a gold medal at the 2008 Games in the women’s 4x400 relay and is a two-time Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters. Arnold set the American record in the 110-meter hurdles (12.90) in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2006.

Other notable athletes competing include the 2008 Women's 400-meter hurdles Olympic silver medalist, Sheena Tosta, 2000 women's pole vault Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila, America's No. 1 and No. 2 men's discus throwers Ian Waltz and Jared Rome, 2007 world champion in the 100-meter hurdles, Michelle Perry, masters world record holder and former NFL star Willie Gault, and high school phenom Jordan Hasay, who finished fifth in the Olympic trials at 1,500 meters.

The 51st Relays begins with the Youth Days portion of the meet on April 3 and 4. Community colleges compete April 11, and the high school invitational is set for April 17-18. The distance carnival runs April 16 -17 with the Puma Collegiate Classic scheduled over three days, April 16-18. The event culminates with the International Day of Champions (featuring elite-class competition) on Saturday, April 18.

Tickets are $10 for April 11, $10 for April 16, $12 for April 17, and $15 for April 18. A four-day pass is $30.

For tickets, call the Performing Box Office at (909) 468-4050 or visit online at


Two Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College students Adam Prohoroff and Bijal Toprani are two of the 75 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2009 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Prohoroff and Toprani, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, received medallions and cash stipends during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony held at the Sacramento Convention Center on March 23. The academic team award is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Prohoroff, 21, is currently an accounting/economics student at Mt. SAC and carries a 4.0 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. A Phillips Ranch resident, Prohoroff is active in Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter, student government, and accounting club. He is also an English tutor through Mt. SAC’s Learning Assistance Center. He plans to transfer to Claremont McKenna and go on to law school.

Toprani, 19, is a sociology major and carries a 3.48 GPA. She was named to the All-California Academic Third Team. A resident of Diamond Bar, Toprani is the service vice president for PTK at Mt. SAC and is active with the college’s student government, Interclub Council, and accounting club. She works as a tutor at Mt. SAC’s Writing Center. Toprani plans to transfer to UCLA and eventually become a lawyer.

The 25 first-team, 25 second-team, and 25 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 2.6 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.


Mt. SAC Sponsors 5th “Mountie Carlo Night” on March 20

WALNUT, Calif.— The Diamond Bar Center will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras set featuring casino-style games for the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation’s fifth annual “Mountie Carlo Night” on Friday, March 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Alumni, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to try their luck at blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette, and craps during an evening of reunions and new acquaintances. The $45 ticket price includes chips for gaming, dinner, and dancing.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Mt. SAC Foundation’s student scholarship program and special campus projects. Funds raised will also assist the Mt. SAC Classified Senate development scholarships.

The Diamond Bar Center is located at 1600 S. Grand Ave., Diamond Bar.

For tickets and more information, call the Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.

FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009

Mt. SAC Names New Foundation Executive Director

WALNUT, Calif.—Richard H. Morley, CFRE/CSPG, a respected Southern California nonprofit and planned giving professional, has been named the new director of development and executive director of the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation.

Morley, who has served as interim director of the Mt. SAC Foundation for the past year, is credited with improving Foundation operational processes, including the use of Web 2.0 technology to cultivate donors and to process donor transactions more efficiently. He also established 10 new scholarships, preserved 105 existing scholarships despite today’s difficult economic climate, and secured the Foundation’s largest gift ever.

“We are pleased and fortunate to have a professional of Richard’s caliber, who brings a solid and diverse portfolio of experience and skills to the leadership of Mt. SAC’s fund development efforts,” said Mt. SAC President/CEO John S. Nixon. “In spite of tough economic times, we are confident that Richard will be effective in securing needed gifts and funds from willing donors who believe in and support our mission to provide quality education for our students.”

Prior to Mt. SAC, Morley served as the director of development for Community Care Health Centers, the largest nonprofit health care provider in Orange County. He also served as director of corporate and foundation relations for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, an $18-million adult learning /workforce development agency in Chicago. In the 1980s, Morley founded and was the CEO of CraneMorley, Inc., one of the premiere corporate training and development firms on the West Coast. Previously, he was a teacher and assistant principal at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach.

A Signal Hill, resident, Morley holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University. He holds two of the highest distinctions granted in the fund-raising profession, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG).

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit entity that supports the College by raising funds for scholarships, programs, and unfunded needs. It is governed by a board of directors composed of community and business leaders.


Worlds of Art and Dance Intersect at Mt. SAC March 12, 20

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will present cross-disciplinary events this month, featuring the artwork of Rita Blitt and a special performance by the internationally renowned Parsons Dance Company at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

“Fear of War/Courage to Hope While Dancing” is a collection of Blitt’s drawings, paintings, and sculpture, based on gesture and movement, that runs March 12 through April 9 at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. Blitt’s artwork has been featured on the Mt. SAC campus and is part of several permanent displays. A special opening reception will be held Thursday, March 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery.

The Parsons Dance Company will take the Clarke Theater stage on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Artistic director and founder David Parsons was lead dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Parsons’ work has been performed by the Paris Opera Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and other prestigious dance ensembles around the world. The Parsons Dance Company is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.

The same evening, Mt. SAC will unveil a permanent sculpture by Blitt, titled “Dancing.” The unveiling will take place at the Clarke Theater courtyard at 7:15 p.m.

The Art Gallery exhibit is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Parsons Dance performance are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors, students, and children under 12, and $15 for Mt. SAC students with ID. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday evenings, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328. For tickets, call the Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050 or visit:


Mt. SAC to “Put on the Hits” for Scholarships March 13 and 14

WALNUT, Calif.—For the 11th year, Mt. San Antonio College will have the only stage in the world where you can see stars such as Elton John, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis as the Mt. SAC Faculty Association sponsors its annual scholarship fundraiser, “Puttin’ on the Hits.” Show times are Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 14, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., in the Sophia B. 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. Since its inception, “Puttin’ on the Hits” has raised more than $100,000 for scholarships for deserving Mt. SAC students.

Tickets are $20. For ticket and program information, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050 or visit: