March 2012


Four Mt. SAC Students Advance to 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 qualify to advance to the SkillsUSA 45th Annual State Leadership conference competition on April 12-15 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Mt. SAC’s Abdul Hameed (Baldwin Park) won the gold medal in aviation maintenance, while Xiauqing Wu (La Puente) won the gold medal for architectural drafting. Jeremy Gonzales (Pomona) took the gold medal in mechanical drafting, and Leah Horowitz (Claremont) won the gold medal in electronic technology. All four qualify for the state competition.

First-place winners at the state competition will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference slated for June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, more than 5,700 students competed and over 1,500 judges and contest organizers participated in the national event.

SkillsUSA 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.


Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College students Laurie Covarrubias and Hirbod Rahimi are two of the 68 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2012 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Covarrubias and Rahimi, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, received medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony held on March 7 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. The academic team award is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Covarrubias, 29, is a biology major and carries a 3.94 GPA. She was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. A resident of West Covina, she serves as vice president of scholarship for Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter. On campus, she is a member of the Native American Intertribal Student Association (NAISA), is a presenter for the college’s Single Parent Academy, and volunteers for the Child Development Center. She also serves as a volunteer off campus with the Lodge Circle Ministries. She was honored as one of Mt. SAC’s Students of Distinction last year. She plans to transfer to Pomona Pitzer College as a biology major.

Rahimi, 19, is also a biology major and carries a 3.6 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic Third Team. A resident of La Verne, he serves as vice president of service for PTK. On campus, he also serves as a student instructor in anatomy and chemistry, is a member of the Caduceus Club, and played on the college’s tennis team. Off campus, he is an intern with Citrus Valley Hospice and a volunteer with the Emeritus Alzheimer’s Center in San Dimas. He plans to transfer to either Dartmouth College or Northwestern University as a neuroscience major.

The 22 first-team, 22 second-team, and 24 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 2.8 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.

Mt. SAC Art Gallery to Show “Reflections” Photo Exhibit

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will host a special photography exhibit, “Reflections: Jesse Mezquita Retrospective,” which runs Mar. 15 through Apr. 12, at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Multidisciplinary artist, photographer, and Mt. SAC Photographics Professor Jesse Angel Mezquita will exhibit a collection of his photography that brings together film and digitally retouched prints covering 43 years from 1969 to 2012. The exhibit includes photographs from his early years as a photography student at East Los Angeles College during the Vietnam War. The collection also features streetscape photography from East Los Angeles’ Tierra area and landscape images inspired by conversations with Ansel Adams during the early 1970s.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Mar. 15, 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) 274-4328.