March 2011


Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College students Xavier Padilla and Lisa Ann Bastio are two of the 77 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2011 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Padilla and Bastio, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, received medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony held at the Sacramento Convention Center on March 21. The academic team award is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Padilla is a business major and carries a 3.8 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. A resident of Upland, he is the current Associated Students President and served as the Student Trustee on the college’s Board of Trustees last year. He is active in Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter, was named a Mt. SAC Student of Distinction last year, and formerly was a member of Mt. SAC’s award-winning speech team. He plans to transfer to either USC, Chapman University, Columbia University as a business-entrepreneurship major.

Bastio is an English major and carries a 3.75 GPA. A mother of six and a resident of Pomona, she was named to the All-California Academic Third Team. She is a winner of the national 2010 Guistwhite scholarship based on academic achievement and service. She has served as the president for PTK on campus, was a Mt. SAC Student of Distinction last year, and is the previous recipient of two Pepsi scholarships. She plans to transfer to USC to either USC, Pomona Pitzer, or UC Riverside to study English.

The 27 first-team, 23 second-team, and 27 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 2.8 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.


Mt. SAC to Stage 13th “Puttin’ on the Hits” Scholarship Fundraiser

WALNUT, Calif.––– For the 13th year, Mt. San Antonio College will have the only stage in the world where you can see stars such as Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, 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, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 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. This year’s theme is “Music in the Movies.” Over the past 13 years, “Puttin’ on the Hits” has raised more than $125,000 for student scholarships.

Tickets are $20 for general admission at all performances with discount prices of $15 for seniors and students at the Saturday 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 to Host 900 High School Seniors

WALNUT, Calif.–––Nearly 900 seniors from 24 area high schools are expected to converge on the Mt. San Antonio College campus for Seniors’ Days on Thursday and Friday, March 17 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.

High schools participating are Baldwin Park, Covina, South Hills, Sierra Vista, La Puente, Park West, Bonita, Chaparral, West Covina, Charter Oak, Fairvalley, Northview, Los Altos, Santana, Bassett, Coronado, Ganesha, Ron Hockwalt, Valley Alternative, Garey, Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut, and Wilson.

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


Mt. SAC Faculty Art Show Runs March 17 to April 14

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will feature the work of Mt. SAC faculty in a group exhibit ”Transition: In Memory of Richard Raynard,” which runs March 17 through April 14 at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

“Transition” will feature selected artwork from full and part-time faculty in the art, animation, and photography departments. Artists featured in this mixed media exhibit are Carolyn Alexander, Keith Batcheller, Cherie Benner Davis, Ron Brown, Fatemeh Burnes, Thomas Butler, Michael Falzone, Peter Frank, John Donahue, Damon P. Day, Craig Deines, Dirk Hagner, Laurie Hartman, Walter Impert, Gail Jacobs, Joan Kahn, Charles Ketcham, Jesse Mezquita, Nancy Monk, Byoung Park, Kirk Pedersen, Nathan Rohlander, Susie Rubenstein, Amy Runyen, Thomas Stubbs, Dan Van Clapp, Shari Wasson, Joe Weatherly, and Keith Wilson.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, March 17, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays March 19 and April 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2011

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents “Stars of the Pharaohs”

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on the stars and astronomy of ancient Egypt on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 18 through April 30, at 7 and 8:30 p.m., in the campus Planetarium.

"Stars of the Pharaohs" explores the stars and various astronomical phenomena of the ancient Egyptians during the time of the pharaohs. For audiences of all ages, this program includes how the ancient Egyptians used science to tell time, to formulate a workable calendar, and to align huge buildings. Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and see some of the ancient world’s most spectacular temples and tombs recreated in their original splendor.

Mt. SAC multi-media planetarium shows use a variety of state-of-the-art 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.

More than 300,000 people have benefited from the planetarium through classes, community shows, and school programs. The Mt. SAC Planetarium is the only planetarium in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.

Admission for adults is $6, and $4 for seniors, students, and children under 12.

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


Mt. SAC Students Qualify for State SkillsUSA Competition

WALNUT, Calif.–––Four Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students recently won gold medals at the SkillsUSA regional competition held at Mt. SAC, and a total of five students qualify to advance to the SkillsUSA 44rd Annual State Leadership conference competition on April 28 to May 1 in San Diego.

Jeff White (Rancho Cucamonga) won the gold medal for mechanical drafting, while Alvin Vuong (Hacienda Heights) won the gold medal for architectural drafting. Adrian Garcia (Fontana) took the gold medal in welding, and Joseph DeMel (Rancho Cucamonga) won the gold in shielded metal arc.

In addition, Abdul Hameed (Baldwin Park) won a silver medal in electronics technology and also qualifies for the state competition.

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 in over 13,000 chapters nationwide.