April 2002

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2002

Mt. SAC Student Named to All-U.S.A. Academic Team

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College student Manish Jain was one of 20 community college students throughout the United States recently named to the 2002 All-U.S.A. Academic first team, as chosen by Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honors society.

Jain, a Mt. SAC Honors Program student, was featured--along with the other first team, second team, and third team selections--in the April 22 edition of USA Today. As a first team selection, he received a $2,500 scholarship during an awards ceremony April 22 in Seattle, WA.

Jain, 19, is an Business/Political Science major and carries a 3.91 grade point average at Mt. SAC. Jain, a resident of Pasadena, is involved with Mt. SAC’s Associated Students student government and currently serves as vice president. He is also the vice president of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) economics club at Mt. SAC. In addition, he served as a volunteer for the Democratic national convention in July 2000 and helped coordinate the campus "September 11 Remembered" relief efforts.

Jain plans to transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall of 2002 to pursue a double major in Business Administration and Political Science. His goal is to pursue careers as a business consultant and civil rights lawyer.

The academic team award is given based on grades, leadership, and community service.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2002

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Asteroid Program

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on asteroids, "Vermin of the Skies," on Friday evenings, May 3 and 10, at 7:15 p.m.

"Vermin of the Skies" explores the phenomenon of asteroids and looks at the recent findings from space missions. How much of a threat are asteroids to Earth? This program will answer that question.

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

Admission for adults is $4.50, and admission for children is $3. Children under four cannot be admitted. There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance at the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.


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Mt. SAC Students Win State Medals, Advance to VICA Nationals

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College drafting, welding, and electronics students won 10 medals at the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) State Skills Championships held April 11-14 in Riverside, and three of Mt. SAC's gold medalists will advance to the VICA Nationals.

Mt. SAC students Christian Calbes (Fontana), who won the gold medal in the state computer maintenance technology competition, Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar), who won the gold medal in electronics applications, and Daniel Fuller (Hacienda Heights), who won the state gold medal in electronics technology, will represent Mt. SAC at the VICA National Skills competition on June 24-28 in Kanas City.

Other state gold medalists for Mt. SAC were Ryan Kelley (Glendora) in welding, Eric Child (Chino Hills) in arc welding, and Michael Estrada (West Covina) in welding.

Mt. SAC's Vern Johnson (Ontario) won the state silver medal in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) competition. Mt. SAC’s bronze medalists included Justin Gibson (Diamond Bar) in welding, Jeff Michaels (Chino Hills) in technical drafting, and Greg Hager (Montclair) in electronics technology.

VICA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters.


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Mt. SAC Celebrates 'Time for Special People'

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Family and Consumer Sciences Department will present 38 recognition awards and $6,400 in scholarships at its annual awards ceremony, "A Time for Special People," Friday, May 3, 4 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Technology Building lecture hall, building 28A-103.

Eighteen Mt. SAC students will be awarded scholarships. Claudia Guzman of Rowland Heights will be receiving the Outstanding Student Award and a $500 scholarship from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Annette Rocha of Diamond Bar and Sandra Moreno of Pomona will be receiving Katie Gerecke Child Development scholarships. Judith Carlos and Ana Escobosa of Baldwin Park, Josephine Monyei of Hacienda Heights, and Tara Pfluger of Ontario will be receiving Child Development Incentive scholarships. Laura Kein of Glendora will be receiving the Isabel Robertson Child Development Scholarship. Elizabeth Garcia of Pomona will be receiving the Sophia Clarke Scholarship. Maud Shearer-Aretz of Covina, Christy Penton of Fullerton, Donna Linville-Salber of Glendora, Sally Ureno of Pomona, and Elizabeth Sumaria of West Covina will be receiving Interior Design scholarships. Katrina Mosher of Upland will be receiving the Interior Design Transfer Scholarship. Connie Hosch of Chino will be receiving the Patti Bertino Memorial Trust Scholarship. Amy Martinez-Romero of Ontario will be receiving the Interior Design Bank of America Scholarship. Lilia Martinez of Chino Hills will be receiving the Fashion Scholarship. Maria Reyes of Azusa will be receiving the Vincent Farone Fashion Scholarship.

Scholastic Achievement awards will given to Ian Vollum of Claremont who will be receiving the Shirley McGillicuddy Scholastic Achievement Award. Donna Linnville–Salber of Glendora will be receiving the JC Penney Scholastic Achievement Award. Debra Hughes of Ontario will be receiving the Promising FCS Professional Award sponsored by Kay Ragan, Mt. SAC Emeritus Dean of Student Services.

Students who will be receiving recognition awards, which are sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Department faculty, are Maria Reyes of Azusa; Sandy Chen, Jennifer Perz, and Nafisa Maniar of Chino Hills; Tina Arakelian of Covina; Fontaine Chan and Jung Hyun of Diamond Bar; Curry Riley of La Verne; Esther De Pena, Perla Pelayo, and Laura Sanchez of La Puente; Kristi Agosta of Moreno Valley; Heather Starling of Pomona; Karen Lyons of San Dimas; Katrina Mosher of Upland; and Linda Brown of West Covina.

Connie Hosch of Chino will receive the Family and Consumer Sciences Service Award. Sally Ureno of Pomona, and Alice Mampourian and Helen Perkins from West Covina will be receving the Re-Entry Student Award.
A Special Service Award will be presented to Karlene Morris who will be retiring after 36 years as a professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department.

For more information, call Stella Miller in the Consumer Sciences Department at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4683, or Sandra Weatherilt at ext. 4684.

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Mt. SAC Forensics Sets Mark at Nationals

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team placed fourth overall in the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament—the highest finish of any two or four-year California college in the history of the tournament—held April 6-9 at Bradley University in Illinois.

With 231.5 points, the Mt. SAC team ranked as the top community college team at the tournament and placed fourth behind first-place University of Texas, second-place Bradley University, and third-place West Texas A & M University. A total of 106 colleges and more than 750 students competed at the national speech tournament.

Individually, Mt. SAC students Tasse Godinez (Walnut) and Rafael Guerrero (West Covina) won the Drama Duo event with their performance of Gertrude Stein’s play "Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights." Mt. SAC’s Allan Axibal (Hacienda Heights) took second place nationally in the Poetry competition with selections by poet Beau Sia, and Miles Gregley (West Covina) took second in the After Dinner Speaking event with his speech "It’s Time for a Black President of the United States."

Only two other community college teams have placed in the national top 10 in the 25-year history of this tournament, the College of DuPage in 1992 and Mt. SAC in 1999.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the National Community College Championship in 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2001. In 1999, the team placed seventh overall in the national championship for four-year colleges. The team is coach by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.


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Poet Donald Hall to Speak at Mt. SAC

Walnut, CA … Poet Donald Hall, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, will speak at Mt. San Antonio College as part of a Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation on Monday, April 22, 9:30 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101. This event is free and open to the public.

Hall is the author of 14 books of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and plays. His collection of poetry, The One Day (1988), won the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His book of poetry The Happy Man (1986) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and his Exiles and Marriages (1955) was the Academy’s Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956. He served as the poetry editor for the Paris Review from 1953 to 1962, as a member of the editorial board for poetry at Wesleyan University Press from 1958 to 1964, and as the editor of over two dozen textbooks.

His other honors include two Guggenheim fellowships, the Poetry Society of America’s Robert Frost Silver Medal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project. He served as the poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989, and he and his wife and fellow poet Jane Kenyon were the subject of a 1993 Emmy Award-winning Bill Moyers documentary, "A Life Together."

This presentation is made possible by the Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Committee, the Mt. SAC English Department, and the Mt. SAC Associated Students.

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


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Mt. SAC to Honor Ontario CEO as Alumnus of the Year

Walnut, CA … Ontario businessman Carlo Moyano will be honored with Mt. San Antonio College's Alumnus of the Year award during Mt. SAC's 56th commencement on May 17, 7:30 p.m., at the college's Hilmer Lodge Stadium. A reception honoring Moyano will be held at 6 p.m. before the graduation ceremony.

Moyano, who is the president and chief executive officer of JCM Engineering Corp. in Ontario, attended Mt. SAC from 1977-81. Moyano’s story epitomizes the American Dream. An immigrant from South America, Moyano studied mechanical engineering at Mt. SAC and at same time helped start the family-owned manufacturing business from his family’s garage in 1978.

Today, JCM Engineering is one of the nation’s leading manufacturing companies of complex machining and assemblies for the aerospace, commercial, and defense industries. The company employs 140 workers in a 140,000 square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, and its clients include Boeing, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and the U.S. Government.

Both Boeing and Raytheon selected JCM for their "Supplier of the Year" honor, and Moyano was Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" for 2000. This January, the company was selected to receive a personal visit from President George W. Bush, who met with Moyano to discuss the opportunities for growth of small businesses.

In the community, Moyano is involved with charitable organizations, including Harvest House, the United Way, and the Inland Empire Abandoned and Abused Children’s Group.

Mt. SAC’s Alumnus of the Year award recognizes the contributions Mt. SAC Alumni make to the community and the impact Mt. SAC may have made on an alum’s success in life. The nominees are selected for the award based on the significant contributions an alumnus has made to his or her community, the contributions an alumnus may have made to his or her profession, or alumnus’ philanthropic efforts.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 09, 2002

New Counselors Augment, Create Needed Services at Mt. SAC

Walnut, Calif.....Newly-hired counselors at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) meet the challenges of a burgeoning student population in need of specialized services.

This year marks a record-breaking enrollment in the College's EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program and Services), which begs the addition of Counselor Lina Bazan, specializing in delivering services to at-risk, first generation college students.

Likewise, the hiring of Clinical Psychologist Karen Salter-Moss, Ph.D. in the College's Community Education Center breaks new ground in the development and delivery of services to the College's learning disabled.

Where encouragement and custom-made services can mean the difference between passing and failing, Mt. SAC places a high priority on removing the barriers that can inhibit student retention, completion and transfer.

Services provided to EOPS students, which include counseling, workshops, book vouchers, priority registration and more, ensure that at-risk, first generation college students remain in the fold of college, while working to fulfill requirements for graduation and transfer.

Mt. SAC has a reputation for breaking records, as each year brings heightened enrollment, more academic offerings and services. With the addition of students comes the need to increase services to provide the highest quality educational opportunities. According to Dean of Counseling Raul Rodriguez, the hiring of new counselors is evidence that Mt. SAC is working hard to improve its student-to-counselor ratio.

Counseling provided to other target populations, such as the learning disabled, is also tailor-made to students' needs.

"I perform evaluations to identify the presence of learning disabilities, and to identify strategies and resources to aid them in maximizing their learning," explains Salter-Moss of her newly-created counseling position at Mt. SAC.

"I am enjoying the challenge of developing a service delivery model from the ground up!"
Students are referred to Salter-Moss via the segments of the Community Education Center (CEC), which includes the adult high school, basic skills, and CalWORKs, among others.

She provides crisis counseling when appropriate and conducts multiple, weekly "Student Success Workshops" that are open to all CEC students. Educated at Stanford and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, Salter-Moss is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Specialization in Neuropsychology.

"With the addition of Karen, we now have the ability to provide very qualified evaluations and the tools students need to process their education," explains Margaret High, director of Mt. SAC's Special Programs and Basic Skills.

"Although the College has had an extensive disabled students program, offering these services to our non-credit students is new and unique."
Salter-Moss and Bazan have more than a title in common, as they have both "returned to their roots" and assumed roles that resonate with their backgrounds. For Salter-Moss, her position returns her to a graduate school emphasis and predoctoral internship in the neuropsychology of learning disabilities.

For Bazan, it is returning to the challenges of being a first generation college student.

Educated in ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego and in multicultural counseling at San Diego State University, Bazan brings her heart to the job everyday: "I want to let every student know that no matter how rough it gets, anybody can get through," says Bazan. "As long as you can make the sacrifice and commit to it."

As Mt. SAC reaches out to a growing number of new students each year, newly-hired faculty are crucial to maintaining high quality academics and services.

In all, Mt. SAC celebrates the hiring of 53 new faculty members in 2001-02, who together enhance the College landscape with their unique blend of education, training and experience.

For more information about Mt. SAC, call (909) 594-5611 or visit its website at www.mtsac.edu.


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Earth Science Professor Hits the Ground Running

Walnut, Calif.....Mt. San Antonio College’s (Mt. SAC) new Earth Science Professor Mark Boryta brings his expertise in geology/earth science to the forefront, reinvigorating a low-demand course, advancing new science offerings and online learning, and shaping how future teachers present scientific material to students.

Hired to fill a brand new faculty position, Boryta is in the company of over 30 faculty hired by Mt. SAC in 2001-02, not to replace retired faculty, but rather to augment the College’s offerings over seven divisions.

Boryta teaches Environmental Science - a course that recently took a four-year hiatus from Mt. SAC’s schedule of classes - as well as Oceanography and Environmental Geology.

"The program is small, but growing," explains Boryta, who plans to add another course to his teaching repertoire in Spring, 2003 with the introduction of an earthquakes class.

"People who take my Environmental Geology class develop a higher awareness of earthquakes in our area," explains Boryta, referring to the fault lines that cross through Southern California.

Anticipating a strong interest in the new earthquakes class, Boryta explains that although most students enroll in Environmental Science to fulfill a general education requirement, many realize the impact geology has on their lives after taking the course.

A product of Massachusetts and the high quality educational offerings of Amherst College, Boryta went on to complete his postgraduate work at "New Mexico Tech"- short for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Noted in the "top ten" of geological research institutions for small graduate programs, New Mexico Tech offered Boryta the opportunity to specialize in the geochemistry of the earth's crust.

Now a full-time faculty member at Mt. SAC, Boryta enjoys branching-out to offer aspiring teachers a course about Earth Science, along with techniques for teaching science in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

"Standard teaching courses may not fit the need," explains Boryta. "We look at how to tailor the class to the material that is being presented."

Boryta is also branching-out into online learning as a member of a select Internet study group called the Online Skills Pilot Project. Comprised of faculty members, project team members work to identify the tools and training that faculty members need to develop and implement additional online classes.

According to Dick Ryerson, director of Staff and Organizational Learning at Mt. SAC, Boryta was chosen from an applicant pool of 20 faculty members to participate in the ten-member team. Boryta was chosen in part because he had concrete plans for applying online skills to his teaching: he is already incorporating online components into his courses where students consider and answer questions posed on class web sites, among other activities.

Boryta has "hit the ground running" at Mt. SAC, adding to a full teaching load an array of other projects designed to heighten awareness about Earth Science and diversify course delivery methods.

For more information about Earth Sciences at Mt. SAC, call (909) 594-5611, extension 4425.


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New Interior Design Professor Brings Fresh Perspective

Walnut, Calif.…Mt. San Antonio College's (Mt. SAC) Interior Design Program, one of a handful of programs in Southern California, welcomes the fresh perspective of Professor Linda Kammerer.

Kammerer took on a full-time faculty position at Mt. SAC this year, after teaching at the College for several years as an adjunct instructor.

Grateful to settle down full-time at Mt. SAC, Kammerer says that Mt. SAC has more than its share of great people, with whom she is pleased to work.

"This is a wonderful campus. People here are very efficient and always accommodating and friendly."

Due to her 12 years experience teaching at four different campuses, Kammerer is versatile and knowledgeable about a number of subjects within her field.

"I feel like I was hired to teach at Mt. SAC because I can teach such a variety of classes. And I can create a class, as well," she explains.

Interior Design students at Mt. SAC can select from Kammerer's six courses, including "Fundamentals of Interior Design", "Color Theory", "Materials and Products", "Space Planning", "Illustration", and a studio course. Due to a regional consortium, Mt.
SAC's Interior Design courses are easily transferable to other colleges, which opens-up doors for Mt. SAC students.

The consortium in which Mt. SAC is a member includes Saddleback, Orange Coast, Long Beach City, and Fullerton Colleges. Kammerer reports that together, the colleges have been able to streamline transferability and accomplish shared goals.

Many Mt. SAC Interior Design students go on to pursue additional training and degrees at California State Universities at Northridge (CSUN) and Long Beach (CSULB), among others. Kammerer herself earned her degrees in Environmental Factors and Color Theory at CSULB.

"In Interior Design, there are very few permanent teaching opportunities. It takes years!", says Kammerer, who adds that her daily, 75-mile round trip commute from Huntington Beach to Walnut and back is worth it.

The current program coordinator for Interior Design at Mt. SAC, Karlene Morris, will be retiring soon, Kammerer explains sadly. Calling Morris "my blessing" due to the ongoing mentoring between them, Kammerer reports that her coordinating responsibilities may increase upon Morris' retirement.

For more information about Mt. SAC's Interior Design Program, please call the Business Division at (909) 594-5611, extension 4600.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 05, 2002

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents 'Bear Tales'

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on constellations, "Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories," on Friday evenings, April 19 & 26, at 7:15 p.m.

"Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories" explores the constellations of the night sky and the stories behind their names. For audiences of all ages, this program on the origins of the constellations includes stories from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern humorous tales. "Bear Tales" is a perfect program for children and includes the sing-along, "Waltzing with the Bears."

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

Admission for adults is $4.50, and admission for children is $3. Children under four cannot be admitted. There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance at the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.

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Mt. SAC Music Professor to Conduct at Carnegie Hall

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College music professor Bruce Roger will guest conduct the New York Chamber Orchestra and an honors choir of college students from throughout the country at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 15.

The honor to conduct the ensemble of honors choral students is reserved for the top choral directors in the nation. Rogers and his vocal ensembles at Mt. SAC have received nation and international recognition since Rogers came to the college in 1994.

In January of last year, the Mt. SAC vocal jazz group "Singcopation," directed by Rogers, was chosen to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators national convention in New York City. The conventional features performances by the best instrumental and vocal jazz groups in the United States.

In March of 2001, the Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers, also directed by Rogers, were chosen to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The invitation to perform for the American Choral Directors Association made Mt. SAC the first community college ensemble to ever receive an invitation to perform at the national convention attended by an estimated 10,000 choral directors.

In summer 2000, Rogers' Chamber Singers established themselves as one of the top choirs in the world after winning second place in the "Choir of the World" competition at the prestigious International Eisteddfod Choral Festival held in Wales. The Mt. SAC ensemble was one of only two vocal groups from the United States to vie for the world title.

Prior to Mt. SAC, Rogers, a resident of Upland, was the music director at Upland High School from 1987-94. He also has served as music director for Central Middle School in Riverside, the Riverside Community Theater, the Riverside Children's Theater, and St. Mark's Church in Upland.


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Chavez Rodriguez to Speak at Cesar Chavez Day Event

Walnut, CA … Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will be the featured speaker for the Mt. San Antonio College Cesar Chavez Day of Service Learning program to be held April 15, 9-11 a.m., at the College’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

The event is the culmination of a series of local service learning projects that since January have involved 400 students from eight area K-12 schools. The event, underwritten by the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV), is just one of many state-wide Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning programs sponsored by GO SERV.

"The College is making connections at elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in our area to promote the values of Cesar Chavez, which show that it is imperative that we work together," said Medical Services Professor and Coordinator of the Service Learning Program at Mt. SAC Lane Braver.

One of the featured projects of the event at Mt. SAC is a portable 16-foot mural, "Cesar’s Garden: Growing the Colorful Seeds of Character," by elementary students with assistance from local artists Jill Hatcher and Pavel Vogler.

Other projects include educational skits, literacy tutoring, production of a Cesar Chavez documentary, creative writing projects, and trips to the Museum of Tolerance--all projects focused on espousing Chavez-inspired principles. In addition, Mt. SAC Physician Assistant Preparatory students will participate in a service learning project that involves preparing food and serving the homeless through the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.

Schools involved in the Mt. SAC Cesar Chavez Day project are Vejar Elementary School in Walnut, Evergreen Elementary School in Diamond Bar, Suzanne Middle in Walnut, Walnut High School, Northview High School in Covina, Philadelphia Elementary School in Pomona, Atid Hebrew Academy in West Covina, and Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley.

The Cesar Chavez Day of Service Learning--designed to unite business and community leaders, teachers, and school children in meaningful service projects that commemorate the legacy of Cesar Chavez--was signed into law last year by Governor Gray Davis. GO SERV promotes service and volunteerism, and supports 7,000 AmeriCorps members who work in community service in California.

For more information on the Mt. SAC Cesar Chavez Day of Service Learning, call Lane Braver at Mt. SAC at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4656.


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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 2002 Students of Distinction award at the college's annual awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 27, 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 have a minimum 3.75 grade point average, include Wendy Beltran of Chino, Si Lee of Hacienda Heights, Gabriel Pretel of Arcadia, Abhay Shah of Diamond Bar, and Jollen Gibbs of Hacienda Heights.

Winners of the 2002 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 Manish Jain of Pasadena, Katrina Mosher of Upland, Amanda Wong of Walnut, Winnie Yee of Orange, and Laura Mendoza of Chino Hills.

Winners of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and their ability to overcome personal hardship, are Juliza Perez of Pomona, Zhang Liu of Rowland Heights, Ashish Tripathi of Glendora, Lamont Lemmons of Pomona, and Brett Christenson of Diamond Bar.

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 Launches New Electronics Program

Walnut, CA … Just as today’s technology has created changes in lifestyle, so technical training has also had to respond to recent changes in technology. To keep up with those changes, Mt. San Antonio College’s Electronics Department this spring semester launched its new Electronic Cabling and Wiring Technology certificate program that will help technicians keep up with the demand for technology today and in the future.

"What used to be done with telephone wires before simply can’t be done today," said Mt. SAC Electronics Professor Dave Vredenburg.

The new five-course certificate program is designed so that electronic systems technicians can address the technological demands of today’s chang ing lifestyles and new products. Computer network systems (in businesses and at home), home theater, home automation, home security, and even today’s telephone industry all require more than what once was the standard.

"Now, usage has changed, and the quality and types of cabling are all different," Vredenburg said. "There’s really no comparison between what cabling once was and today."

According to Vredenburg, central to the change is the need for cabling and wiring systems that can handle more data at greater and greater speeds. The solution is known as structured cable, which includes coax, copper, category 5E cable, and fiber optic cabling. Many new home builders, for example, require that structured cable be installed in new houses. And while the uses for fiber optics are not yet mainstream for most households, today’s cabling technician must plan for changes in the not-too-distant future. Mt. SAC’s Electronic Cabling and Wiring Technology program aims to help technicians do just that.

The certificate program offers courses in cable installations, microcomputer technical applications, wiring standards, and even home theater and automation systems. The fast-track program is broken down into two certificate levels—one that provides the basic training needed by today’s technicians and a second certificate that provides more in-depth training in specialized areas, including home theater and home automation systems.

New standards for cabling have also driven an increased need for electronic technicians. According to the International Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, telecommunications work will be the highest single source of employment over the next ten years.

Statistics from a 1999 study of 9,000 companies by the Consortium for Electronic Systems Technician Training and Polk-Verity Research further exemplify the need for technicians. The study shows that in 1998 openings in the field grew by 18 percent and that an estimated 81,000 openings in the field will need to be filled in 2002.

Locally, the numbers for trained electronic technicians are similar. A job report from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office estimates that in the field of electronics an additional 9,300 workers will be needed in Los Angeles County through 2004. In San Bernardino County, another 1,900 workers in electronics will be needed by 2004.

"The number of openings has been jumping about 20 percent per year," said Vredenburg.

So far, 40 students are enrolled in the new certificate program, which is expected to be approved by the Community College Chancellor’s Office soon. Classes are offered both at the Mt. SAC campus and at Mt. SAC’s off-campus location at the Village at Indian Hill in Pomona. But those enrollments can be expected to grow with the increased need for technicians.

"No matter where you look someone has to make the connection," Vredenburg said.

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Mt. SAC Students Named to State Academic Team

Walnut, CA …. Mt. San Antonio College students Abhay Shah and Manish Jain are two of the 25 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2002 All-California Academic first team, as chosen by Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honors society.

Shah and Jain, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will be honored and will receive cash stipends during the Community College League of California awards ceremony April 11 in Sacramento. The academic team award is given based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Shah, 19, is a Business major at Mt. SAC and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Shah, a resident of Diamond Bar, has also been active in the Service Learning Program at Mt. SAC, is a member of the college’s facilities bond Oversight Committee, and is involved in student government. He also served an internship with the Treasury Department last summer.

Jain, also 19, is an Electronics Engineering major at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.9 grade point average. Jain, a resident of Pasadena, is involved with Mt. SAC’s Associated Students student government and currently serves as vice president. He is also the vice president of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) economics club at Mt. SAC. In addition, he served as a volunteer for the Democratic national convention in July 2000.

As first-team selections, Shah and Jain will receive certificates and $300 in awards.

The 25 first-team, 25 second-team, and 24 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 1.5 million students in the California community college system.

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