April 2001

MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2001

Mt. SAC Students Advance to National Health Competition

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Psychiatric Technician students Colleen Shields and Elena Ordaz will advance to the national Health Occupation Students of America (H.O.S.A.) competition to be held June 12-16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shields, a resident of Los Angeles, and Ordaz, a resident of Walnut, earned berths in the national competition after competing against more than 600 other students in the state-wide H.O.S.A. competition held March 22-25 in Santa Clara. Shields won the second-place silver medal in the extemporaneous writing competition and fourth place in the medical terminology spelling, while Ordaz took fourth place in the extemporaneous art poster competition.

Students who place first, second, or third at the state level go on to compete at the nationals. Students who place fourth go to the national competition and may compete if other first, second, and third-place students cannot attend.

H.O.S.A., 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 to Host Leadership Presentation on Ethics

Walnut, CA ... Michael Josephson, founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, will be the featured speaker at Mt. San Antonio College's Spring Leadership Institute program on Friday, April 20, 9:30-11 a.m., in the Mt. SAC Student Life Center, building 9C. This event is free and open to the public.

Josephson, who previously was a law professor for 20 years, will speak on "Ethics, Leadership, and Character." In 1987, he established the Josephson Institute of Ethics, a nonprofit organization founded to improve the ethical quality of society, and since then he has conducted programs for more than 100,000 leaders in government, business, education, and other organizations.

In 1993, Josephson organized the Character Counts! Coalition, a national partnership of over 200 human-service organizations that reach millions of young people to create character-building youth programs.

Lunch will be served following the program.

For more information and to RSVP, call Mt. SAC Associated Students Secretary Anita Lopez at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4528.

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Writers' Day Series Presents Poet Ginger Andrews

Walnut, CA ... Poet Ginger Andrews will be the featured speaker for a Mt. San Antonio College Writers' Day Series presentation on Tuesday, April 17, 11 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101.

Held in conjunction with April as National Poetry Month, this event is free and open to the public.

Andrews, an up and coming poet from Oregon, writes from a working-class perspective, and her poetry has been compared to the work of William Carlos Williams. Her poetry has been published in The Hudson Review, Poetry, River Sedge, Fireweed, and The American Voice. Her first collection of poetry is An Honest Answer, and she is the winner of the 12th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.

For more information on this Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4712.

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Mt. SAC Honors 'Students of Distinction'

Walnut, CA ... Twenty Mt. San Antonio College students will be honored as winners of the 2001 Students of Distinction award at the college's annual awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Swisspark Restaurant in Whittier.

The Students of Distinction award honors students for service to the college as well as academic and personal achievement.

Winners of this year's Academic Achievement award, who had a minimum 3.75 grade point average, include Jennifer Chong of Rosemead, Danielle Cote of San Dimas, Teresa Henrich of Glendora, Alice Huang of Hacienda Heights, Lillian Huang of Diamond Bar, Gregory Kosmala of Riverside, Judy Samattasribootr of Hacienda Heights, and Yuan Xie of Walnut.

Winners of the 2001 Service Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and their volunteer service to the college and community, are Nealy Farshadi of La Verne, William Goodman of Walnut, Ramon Guerra of Walnut, Tammy Hilke of La Puente, Tonya Kneff of Covina, and Dhruti Patel of Cerritos.

Personal Achievement awards, selected for those with a minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and those who have conquered personal hardships and challenges, will go to Guadalupe Godoy of West Covina, Evelyn Gonzalez of West Covina, Brittany Joiner of Walnut, Karen Kinder of Diamond Bar, Angel Monestere of Hacienda Heights, and Ana Serrano of La Puente.

Tickets for the awards program are $25 per person and are available through the Mt. SAC Student Life Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.

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Mt. SAC Student Named to State Academic Team

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College student Phillip Thompson is one of 28 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2001 All-California Academic second team, as chosen by Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society.

Thompson, a student in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will be honored and will receive cash stipends during the Community College League of California awards ceremony April 19 in Sacramento. The academic team award is given based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Thompson, a resident of Glendora, is a Biology major at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.4 grade point average. At Mt. SAC, he has served as the president and co-president of the EAGLE Club, a student club that is concerned with environmental issues and public awareness of these issues. He also volunteers his time to assist with Mt. SAC's Wildlife Sanctuary and assists on biology class field trips. In addition, he is a biology tutor at the college.

As a second-team selection, Thompson will receive a California State University scholarship of $1,800 and a stipend from the Community College Foundation.

The 27 first-team and 28 second-team winners represent some of the best of the 1.5 million students in the California community college system. All-California Academic Team participants will have a chance to be named to the All-USA Academic Team featured in USA Today.

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Mt. SAC Professor to Receive Diversity Award

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Communication Professor Phillip Maynard has been selected to receive the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning’s Campus Faculty Award and will be honored at the Diversity in Teaching and Learning’s national conference, April 18-21, in Miami, Florida.

Maynard, who has taught at Mt. SAC since 1988, is being honored for his contributions to diversity teaching and learning at the college. At Mt. SAC, he has participated as a staff and organizational development trainer on diversity in the work place, and he wrote a chapter on service delivery to diverse students and staff for Mt. SAC’s five-star customer service training program.

In addition, Maynard has taught classes in learning communities designed for students in developmental English and math courses. He has taught a linked speech and counseling class for the college’s Bridge program, a program for first-time, "at-risk" students. He has also served as an advisor to various student organizations at Mt. SAC, including the Muslim Student Association, the Inter-Cultural Awareness Council, the Associated Students, and others.

Maynard, a resident of West Covina, previously taught at Chaffey Community College, at Los Angeles Southwest College, and with the Lynwood Unified School District.

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Grant to Increase ESL, Basic Skills Student Access

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Basic Skills Program have recently been awarded a $512,000 California Department of Education grant that will help increase student access to both programs.

“This grant is a real plus to the college to help expand the program for our students and the community,” said Mt. SAC ESL Program Director Carol Ryerson.

Mt. SAC’s ESL program, which provided classes for 4,620 students last year, will receive $422,000 in funding from the grant. The grant comes at a time when student access has become an issue for the program. At any given time, the ESL Program, now two-and-a-half times the size it was in 1994, has a waiting list of between 1,500 and 2,000 students.

“The demand for ESL classes has been constant for the last five years, and students typically have to wait anywhere from several months to a semester to get into a class,” Ryerson said.

With a staff of 70 part-time faculty, Mt. SAC’s ESL Program also offers classes at off-campus sites. The ultimate goals of the program are to advance ESL students into college credit classes and to improve employment opportunities for its students.

“With this grant, students will be able to get the classes that they need,” Ryerson said. “The grant also improves instruction by providing tutorial assistance in the classroom, by providing technological support for instruction, and by providing a broader variety of instructional materials.”

In addition, the grant will help fund the student services component of the ESL Program, which includes services such as educational advisement, career guidance, counseling, and assessment and outcomes.

The remaining $90,000 of the grant funding will be used to address student access and growth in the college’s Basic Skills Program, which, according to Special Programs and Basic Skills Director Margie High, has also experienced increased demand in recent semesters.

The State Department of Education grant is funded through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

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