March 2010


Mt. SAC Student Awarded National Scholarship

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College honor student Lisa Bastio has been named as one of 20 recipients of the national 2010 Guistwhite scholarship to be awarded during Phi Theta Kappa’s 92nd annual convention on April 8-10 in Orlando, Florida.

A resident of Pomona, Bastio will receive the $5,000 scholarship based on academic achievement, service to the college and community, and participation in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. The scholarship is earmarked for baccalaureate studies.

“The Guistwhite scholarship is a very prestigious award that recognizes Lisa’s academic excellence and commitment to service on campus, where she serves as president of the PTK chapter,” said Mt. SAC Honors Program Director Carolyn Kuykendall.

A mother of six, Bastio is a natural sciences major and carries a 3.8 GPA. She is also a previous recipient of two Pepsi scholarships, the Cheryl Jamison scholarship, and the Lee Brandon scholarship at Mt. SAC. She plans to transfer to USC to study dental hygiene.

The scholarship is named after Dr. Jack Guistwhite, who established the first designated transfer scholarship for PTK students at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. Since then, thousands of students have benefited from the program.


Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Team

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College students Isaac Powell and Martin Medrano are two of the 67 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2010 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Powell and Medrano, 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 22. The academic team award is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Powell, 25, is a math/economics student and carries a 4.0 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. A resident of San Dimas, he is active in Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter, the Basic Skills mentoring program, and InterClub Council. He was also a member of the Mt. SAC men’s basketball team. He plans to transfer to USC as a public policy major.

Medrano, 21, is a political science major and carries a 3.64 GPA. A resident of Hacienda Heights, he is a vice president for PTK on campus. He has served internships with Assemblyman Ed Hernandez and the Inter City Law Center in Los Angeles. He plans to transfer to UC Berkeley as a political science major and eventually go to law school.

The 22 first-team, 22 second-team, and 23 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 2.8 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.


Mt. SAC Students Win 15 Medals at State HOSA Competition

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College health career students won six gold medals, six silver medals, and three bronze medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held at the Ontario Convention Center on March 11-14. More than 1,200 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the state competition.

Cleo Ashmore won a gold medal in the creative problem solving competition, and Karina Cardiel won a gold medal in the medical spelling competition and a silver medal in creative problem solving. Brian Ragland won a gold medal in creative problem solving and a silver medal in the concepts of health care competition.

Carmen Gervas won a gold medal in the dental assisting competition and a silver in creative problem solving. Andrew Garcia won silver medals in the pathophysiology knowledge test competition and creative problem solving, and was a finalist in the Kaiser Permanente health care issues examination.

Monica Kimani won a gold medal in creative problem solving and a bronze in the pathophysiology knowledge test competition, and was a finalist in the Kaiser Permanente health care issues examination. Alyssa Lee won a silver medal in creative problem solving and a bronze in the pharmacology knowledge test competition. Elizabeth Meneses won a gold medal in creative problem solving and a bronze in the growth and development knowledge test competition.

All eight Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition in Orlando, Florida in June.

HOSA, established in 1976 by the U.S. Department of Education, is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students. The organization provides students in 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.


Mt. SAC Sponsors 6th “Mountie Carlo Night” on March 26

DIAMOND BAR, Calif.–––The Diamond Bar Center will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras set, featuring casino-style games for Mt. San Antonio College’s sixth annual “Mountie Carlo Night” on Friday, March 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. The center is located at 1600 S. Grand Ave.

Co-sponsored by the Mt. SAC Foundation and the Mt. SAC Classified Senate, this fund-raising event is open to the public in the Mountie spirit.

Alumni, faculty and staff, and the community 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 will benefit the Foundation’s scholarship program and special campus projects as well as the Classified Senate’s 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. 5707.

11 Mt. SAC Students Advance to State Vocational Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Eleven Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students recently won gold medals at the SkillsUSA regional competition, which entitles all of them to advance to SkillsUSA’s 43rd annual State Leadership Conference competition, April 8-11 in San Diego.

Jason Barrajas (Chino Hills), Alen Canales (Montebello), Kalun Cheng (Roland Heights), Robert Clark (Covina), Michael Salvaglio (Chino), Hector Silva (Monterrey Park) and Devendra Tandekar (Pomona) won gold medals in aviation maintenance at the regionals.

Austin Gentry (Corona) won the gold medal in architecture and design technology, and Crystal Mayfield (Rancho Cucamonga) took the gold in electronics technology. John Kuchta III (Pasadena) and Adrian Garcia (Fontana) won gold medals in welding.

SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America-VICA) 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 spread across 13,000 chapters nationwide.


MONDAY, MARCH 08, 2010

Mt. SAC to Host 1,200 High School Seniors

WALNUT, Calif.––– More than 1,200 seniors from 30 area high schools are expected to converge on the Mt. San Antonio College campus for Seniors’ Days on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, March 15, 16, and 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campus tours and informative presentations are all part of the event designed to help high school seniors start planning for the future. Students will also learn about financial aid resources and the various support programs Mt. SAC offers to foster their academic success.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC High School Outreach Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5905.


Mt. SAC Names Annette Loria Human Resources Vice President

WALNUT, Calif.––Annette Loria, formerly the executive director of human resources and labor relations at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, has been named the new vice president of human resources at Mt. San Antonio College.

A Claremont resident, Loria comes to Mt. SAC with over 20 years of experience in education and a clear understanding of the challenges the state’s schools and colleges face.

“Mt. SAC has always had a very good reputation not only here, but across the state,” said Loria. “It feels good to be here, even during these extraordinarily difficult economic times when the college must make tough decisions that could impact employees, services and programs.”

Prior to Mt. SAC, she served as the executive director at Cuesta College for three years, served as the director of classified personnel at the Ontario-Montclair School District for 17 years, and was the fiscal officer for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District for a year.

Loria holds a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s in business administration from Cal Poly Pomona. She is also a member of the Association of California Community College Administrators.

Mt. SAC is among the largest of California’s 110 community colleges, with an employee base of about 2,700 part- and full-time instructional, management and classified employees, serving 65,000 credit and noncredit students annually.



Mt. SAC to Stage 12th “Puttin’ on the Hits” Fundraiser

WALNUT, Calif.––– For the 12th year, Mt. San Antonio College will have the only stage in the world where you can see stars such as Barbara Streisand, the Talking Heads, Loretta Lynn, the Black Eyed Peas, and Lady Gaga as the Mt. SAC Faculty Association sponsors its annual scholarship fundraiser, “Puttin’ on the Hits.” Show times are Friday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 13, 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. Over the past 12 years, “Puttin’ on the Hits” has raised more than $115,000 for student scholarships.

Tickets are $20 for general admission at all performances with discount prices of $15 for seniors and students at the Sunday matinee performance.

For tickets and information, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Mt. SAC Art Gallery to Host Wood Panel Exhibit

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will feature an exhibit of carved wood panels by Mt. SAC art professor Craig Deines, “Craig Deines 2006-2009,” which runs March 11 through April 8. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Deines’ new series of carved wood panels deals with our identity, our cultural identity, and our potential. Deines, who usually works in 3-D, refers to the carved marks as brush strokes and the surface as a skin or vital material. He thinks of these compositions as taking on their own life, growing and changing after his work is complete.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, March 11, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.