March 2013

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Astronomy Programs in April

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium presents a series of programs on the stars and planets with evening and afternoon showings for adults and children throughout April.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure," a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Fridays, April 5 and 19, at 4 p.m. In this program, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.

"Star Tales," a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, April 5, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Learn the stories behind the heavenly bodies and find out how to view them from your own backyard.

"Deep Space: Binocular Astronomy," a program on using binoculars to explore the night sky, will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of an astronomer, examine star clusters, distant galaxies, and beautiful nebulas all with the use of binoculars. Binoculars will be provided.

"Stars of The Pharaohs," a program on the stars and astronomy of ancient Egypt, will be shown Friday, April 19, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Travel to ancient Egypt and explore the stars and various astronomical phenomena during the time of the pharaohs. This program looks at how the ancient Egyptians used science to tell time, to formulate a workable calendar, and to align huge buildings.

"Wonders of the Universe," a program on the origins of the universe, will run on Saturday, April 20, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take a breathtaking journey back in time to witness the Big Bang, the formation of stars and galaxies. Then travel back to the Milky Way to view our solar system as it has never been seen before.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

Mt. SAC Students Amass 16 Medals at HOSA State Competition

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College health career students won eight gold medals and eight silver medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held Mar. 20-24 in Sacramento. More than 2,200 students competed at the state competition.

Michelle Alejandrez (Pomona), Darlene Cabrera (Rowland Heights), Deborah Delgado (Upland), and Bryan Everage (Pomona) won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Arnold Brown (Ontario), Gabriela Franco (Hesperia), Cecily French (Pomona), and Irma Macias (Azusa) won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.

Perla Borrayo (Ontario), Jeremy Kurkowski (Chino Hills), Blanca Tovar-Garcia (Pomona), and Laura Wroth (Chino) took silver medals in creative problem solving. Han Duong (West Covina), Stephanie Gonzalez (La Puente), Amanda Repato (Corona), and Tenique Silcott (Fontana) won silver medals in biomedical debate.

All 16 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

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Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College students Austin Cooper and Diana Blake are two of the 80 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2013 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Cooper and Blake, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, received medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony held on March 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Selection to the academic teams is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Cooper, 20, is an economics major and carries a 3.76 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team, the highest honor. A Walnut resident, he is a past-president of Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter. He also played football for the Mounties for a year. Off campus, he volunteers with Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park and has helped sponsor community health fairs. He plans to transfer to UC Berkeley or USC as a development studies major and eventually pursue a medical degree.

Blake, a 33-year-old mother of three, is an English major and carries a 3.8 GPA. She was selected for the All-California Academic Third Team. A Chino resident, she has helped coordinate the Breast Cancer Walks on campus. Off campus, she volunteers with her church in Hacienda Heights and with the Save Our Beach project in Seal Beach. She plans to transfer to Cal State Fullerton as an English major and eventually teach English.

The 26 first-team, 27 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.


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TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 2013

Mt. SAC Art Gallery to feature “drift”

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will present a unique collection of artwork from the gallery’s director, “drift: painting and photography by Fatemeh Burnes,” which runs Mar. 14 through Apr. 18, at the gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

A Mt. SAC art professor and gallery director and curator for more than 20 years, Burnes is featured in this one-person exhibit. Her paintings and photography embody a dreamlike quality that reflects on nature and humanity’s role within it. This exhibit mirrors the release of her recently published book, “drift.”

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Mar. 14, 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.


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