March 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Teams

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College students Brian Yu and Cynthia Robinson are two of the 76 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2014 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Yu and Robinson, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will receive medallions during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony to be held on April 3 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Selection for the academic teams is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Yu, 19, is an English major and carries a 3.93 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team, the highest honor. A Walnut resident, he has served as a mentor for the Honors Program on campus and is a co-founder of the campus transfer club STEP. He was also a member of college’s championship forensics team last year and won three medals at the state championship. Off campus, he has raised over $180,000 as a volunteer for cancer research as part of Walnut’s Relay for Life board. In 2012, he was honored as a “Voice of Democracy” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. He plans to transfer to Stanford or UCLA as an English major and eventually become a screenwriter.

Robinson, a 30-year-old mother of two, is a horticulture major and carries a 3.76 GPA. She was selected for the All-California Academic Third Team. A Rancho Cucamonga resident, she served as vice president of scholarship for PTK on campus and also served on the college’s InterClub Council. Off campus, she volunteers as a horticulturalist for the University of California Cooperative Extension Program. She also works as a horticulturalist for the nonprofit Incredible Edibles Community Garden in Upland. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture at either Oregon State or U.C. Davis.

The 25 first-team, 25 second-team, and 26 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 Exhibit “From Mind Thru Hand”

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will present an exhibit featuring the artwork of former Mt. SAC art professor and art department chairperson Ron Ownbey, “From Mind Thru Hand: A 60-Year Retrospective,” which will run March 13 through April 17 at the campus Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Sixty years in the making, “From Mind Thru Hand” showcases work that embodies a style described as “embracing the breadth of modern artistic practice.” This survey of Ownbey’s art provides an insight into the man who helped bring the Mt. SAC Art Department into the 21st Century. Ownbey is credited for the introduction of digital media at the college.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, March 13, 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 or visit the gallery’s website at


MONDAY, MARCH 03, 2014

Mt. SAC Students Win 4 Gold Medals at the SkillsUSA Regionals

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students won four gold medals, three silver, and a bronze at the SkillsUSA regional competition held recently at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and seven qualified to advance to the 47th Annual State Leadership Conference competition on April 24-27 at the Town Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Rhiannon Britney (West Covina) and Kevin Velasquez (Ontario) won gold medals in technical drafting and will advance to the state competition. Sukhdev Singh (Chino) won a gold medal for technical design and will advance to state. In the electronics technology competition, Jose Gomez (Azusa) won first place and Cesar Bustamante (Anaheim) took the silver medal. Both will advance to the state level. In telecommunications cabling, Samuel Arrieta (Monrovia) took second place and Hyun Cha (Rowland Heights) won third place with both advancing to state.

Other competitors for Mt. SAC were Carlos Galdamez (West Covina) with a silver medal in technical drafting, Trevor Lauritson (Pomona) with a fifth-place finish in technical drafting, and Rodrigo Del Villar (El Monte) with sixth place in the computer maintenance technology competition.

First-place winners at the state competition will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference slated for June 21-27 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. More than 5,600 students are expected to compete at this year’s 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.