April 2004

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004

Guitarist Joe LoPiccolo to Perform at Mt. SAC April 30

WALNUT, Calif., April 23, 2004 - Noted guitarist-composer-educator Joe LoPiccolo will perform a varied collection of original jazz and world music compositions from his new CD "Passages," at the Mt. San Antonio College Performing Arts Center's Music Recital Hall on Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m.

A guitar instructor at Mt. SAC, LoPiccolo plays with a passion that can be felt deeply by the listener in both his live performances and his recordings. Widely admired for the rhythmic and harmonic ingenuity of his compositions, he is a guitarist and composer whose work is influenced by classical, jazz and world music styles.

Accompanied by saxophonist Eric Barber, bassist Larry Steen and percussionist Brad Dutz, LoPiccolo will perform a repertoire that encompasses elements of several genres - all with a refreshing twist.

He has composed for film, television and theater, with clients including MGM, Warner Brothers Online and Griffith Observatory. As an educator, he has authored two guitar texts and founded a music studio.

For information regarding this free public concert, contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

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Mt. SAC to Honor Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.— Fifteen Mt. San Antonio College students will be honored as winners of the 2004 Students of Distinction award at the college's annual awards ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 5 p.m., in the Student Life Center.

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 earned a minimum 3.75 g.p.a., are Kemar Ahmed of Chino, Erika Ruiz of Pomona, Jorge Soriano of Ontario, Andrew Worley of Covina, and Fangliang Wu of La Puente.

Recipients of the 2004 Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and their volunteer service to the college and community, are William Chiu of Walnut, Joseph Diaz of Fontana, Hugo Gonzalez of West Covina, Becky Meza of Covina, and Teddy Yen of Rowland Heights.

Winners of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 g.p.a. and overcame personal hardship, are Olivia Alatorre of Pomona, Dense Boyer of Chino, Susan Reyes of La Puente, Elmer Rodriguez of Baldwin Park, and Liliana Rodriguez of Covina.

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Mt. SAC to Give Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarships, Awards

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Family and Consumer Sciences Department will present 25 awards and scholarships at its annual recognition ceremony, Friday, April 30, at 4 p.m., in the Technology and Health Lecture Hall, 28A-103.

The Child Development Achievement Award will go to Wendy Olguin of Pomona. The Katie Gerecke Child Development Book Scholarships will be awarded to Julie Lagos of Walnut and Karla Tario of Baldwin Park. The Isabel Robertson Child Development Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Claudia Lopez-Reid of La Puente and Carol Walker of Ontario. The Child Development Professional Development Scholarship will be awarded to Martha Gonzalez of Pomona. The Child Development Incentive Award will be awarded to Sandra Moreno of Pomona.

Alicia Zaremba of La Verne will receive the Vecchiarelli Bros. Fashion Design Award. David Lancaster of Montclair will receive the Fashion Entrepreneur Award. The Fashion Merchandising Scholarship will be awarded to Sandra Thomas of Whittier.

Interior Design Scholarships will be awarded to Marissa Behee of San Dimas, Debra Harle of Chino, and Stuart Mills of Arcadia. Jimin Park of Rowland Heights and Jessica Rossow of Rialto will receive The Phillips Design Scholarship. Sara Clark of Riverside will receive the Karlene Morris Honorarium Award.

Students receiving recognition for excellence are Sandy Chen of Alta Loma (child development), Karen Bathalter of San Dimas (fashion design), Carol Lee of Azusa (fashion merchandising), Sandra Pina-Barbee of Pomona (interior design), Alex Quinonez of Baldwin Park (nutrition and food), and Bart Allen of Arcadia (restaurant and hospitality management).

A special Family and Consumer Science Department Award will be presented to Mt. SAC faculty members Joann Driggers and Stella Miller for outstanding contributions to the department. Stuart Mills of Arcadia will receive the Sophia Clarke Scholarship. Tammy Free of Pomona and Alex Quinonez of Baldwin Park will receive the Returning Student Award. Sandy Chen of Alta Loma will receive the JCPenney Scholastic Achievement award sponsored by Montclair JCPenney. Sandra Thomas of Whittier will receive the FCS Scholastic Achievement Award. The Covina Women’s Club Scholarship will be given to Cathy Lin of Hacienda Heights and Trudy Taylor of Chino.

For more information, call Sandra Weatherilt at (909) 594-5611 ext. 4684.

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Mt. SAC to Host Developmental Education Conference

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Developmental Education Team will present a one-day conference on learning for college educators, “The Brain’s Natural Learning Process,” on Friday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., in the Social Science Lecture Hall.

Dr. Rita Smilkstein, a psychology professor at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education and a nationally known lecturer, is the keynote speaker. Smilkstein’s expertise is teaching/learning theory, based on brain research. She will explain how the brain’s natural learning process can be applied to curriculum development.

For more information and to register, call Staff Development at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4504.

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Mt. SAC Honors Director Receives Paragon Award

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Communication Professor and Honors Program Director Carolyn Inmon was recently honored with a Paragon Award for New Advisors at the Phi Theta Kappa international convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Paragon Awards recognize distinguished service by chapter advisors who are serving in their second to fourth year. Phi Theta Kappa is the national community college honors society, which has recognized academic excellence at two-year colleges since 1918.

A resident of Irvine, Inmon has taught at Mt. SAC for 12 years. In addition to serving as the Honors Program director, she serves as the president-elect for the Honors Transfer Council of California, which negotiates contracts and agreements between the honors programs at community colleges and universities. She has also been active in Mt. SAC’s Faculty Association and Academic Senate.

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Mt. SAC Students Advance to National Health Occupations Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Four Mt. San Antonio College students recently won medals at the statewide Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) competition in San Francisco and will advance to the national HOSA competition June 22-26 in Orlando, Fla.

Colleen Shields (Los Angeles) won the gold medal in the extemporaneous speaking competition and was a finalist in medical spelling. Kathryn Magden (West Covina) won the second-place silver medal in extemporaneous speaking, and Bernadette Henry (Chino) won the silver medal in prepared speaking. Randy Luttrell (Ontario) was the bronze medalist in medical math and was a finalist in the extemporaneous health poster and health issues competitions.

More than 600 students participated in the state competition.

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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Program Examines Domestic Violence

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Psychology Department will sponsor a program on domestic violence titled, “Domestic Violence: Who Really Gets Hurt?,” on Wednesday, April 28, 4:30 p.m., in the Social Science Lecture Hall.

Open to the public, this presentation offers insight into the cycles of domestic violence, signs of abuse, and characteristics of both the abusers and the abused. It also looks at abuse in dating relationships and patterns of abuse within diverse cultural and ethic groups.

The program will be presented by staff from the WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) Center in Covina.

For information, call Mt. SAC Psychology Professor Rosa Preciado at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4446.


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Forensics Team Takes Top Community College Honor at Nationals

WALNUT, Calif., —The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won first place in the Community College Sweepstakes and ranked among the top 10 overall at the recent American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament at Cal State Long Beach.

“This is the most prestigious and competitive speech tournament in the country,” said Mt. SAC Speech Professor and Forensics Team Coach Liesel Reinhart. “For a community college to compete against four-year colleges and universities is of itself an extraordinary accomplishment.”

The Mt. SAC team competed against teams from 120 colleges at the tournament for four-year colleges and universities that saw more than 1,700 speeches during 900 hours of performances. Mt. SAC’s 10th place overall finish marks the third time in five years that the team has placed in the top 10 at this tournament.

“For us to make it to the top 10 is outstanding,” said Reinhart. “Our team and individual efforts set new records.”

Mt. SAC’s Damean Easter (Upland) placed third in the individual sweepstakes out of more than 550 competitors, the highest finish by any community college student in the tournament’s history.

In the individual contests, Easter placed fourth in the After Dinner Speaking event and fifth in Prose Interpretation. He was also a semifinalist in the Dramatic Interpretation event, a semifinalist in Duo Interpretation with teammate Courtney Howe, and a quarterfinalist in Program Oral Interpretation. Teammate Olivia Alatorre (Pomona) took third place in the After Dinner Speaking event for her speech on handicap accessibility on college campuses.

In all, 19 Mt. SAC students qualified for the tournament in 42 events. To qualify, a student must place in the top 3 in regional tournaments in three events.

Mt. SAC has won the National Community College Championship in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2003. In addition to Reinhart, the forensics team is coached by Mt. SAC speech professors Jeff Archibald, Steve Seagle, and John Vittulo.

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MONDAY, APRIL 05, 2004

Mt. SAC Men's Vocal Ensemble to Compete at Nationals

WALNUT, Calif. ... The Mt. San Antonio College men’s vocal ensemble, Fermata Nowhere, will become the first community college vocal group ever to compete at the national finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella on April 25 in New York City.

“If you look at who’s in these competitions traditionally, it’s all four-year colleges and universities. So for us to be a community college going in there, it’s really exciting,” said Mt. SAC music professor Bill McIntosh, who directs the ensemble.

Fermata Nowhere emerged as one of six ensemble finalists from a field of more than 300 groups that competed. Mt. SAC will now face a cappella groups from Cornell, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, McGill University in Canada, and National Cheng Kung University inTaiwan.

The Mt. SAC ensemble performs a varied repertoire, ranging from traditional choral music to Top 40 tunes.

Fermata Nowhere made the finals after beating ensembles from USC, Bringham Young, the University of Oregon, and the University of Colorado in the semifinals held March 13 at Stanford, which marks the second consecutive year that the group has competed in the semifinals.


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Mt. SAC's Blackmore Recognized as P.E. Administrator of the Year

WALNUT, Calif. ... Mt. SAC’s Interim Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director Deborah Blackmore will receive the State Community College organization of Physical Educators’ Physical Education Administrator of the Year award at a state Commission On Athletics (COA) conference April 2 in Burbank.

The award recognizes excellence in community college physical education, dance, and health departments.

Blackmore, a former standout student-athlete at the College, has more than 30 years’ experience as a physical education administrator, professor, and coach. She coached volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, and field hockey. She earned honors as California Community College Coach of the Year in field hockey and South Coast Conference Coach of the Year in both soccer and field hockey. She also served as the coordinator for Mt. SAC’s Fire Science Agility Testing program, and served as the liaison between the College and local fire departments.

A resident of Alta Loma, Blackmore was named Associate Dean for Physical Education and Athletics in 1998. Since last July, she has served as Interim Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director, overseeing an athletic program that consistently turns out championship teams, including Mt. SAC’s 2004 State Championship Women’s Basketball Team. She is a member of the California Commission on Athletics Management Council and the South Coast Conference Scholarship Committee.


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Foundation to Host 17th Mt. SAC Golf Classic

WALNUT, Calif....The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation will host the 17th Annual Mt. SAC Golf Classic on Monday, April 26, at Sierra La Verne Country Club in La Verne.

The format for the Golf Classic, which begins with registration at 9 a.m., is a men’s and women’s scramble. The cost per player is $195, which includes the opportunity package with the Hole-In-One Contest, the Putting Contest, the Closest to the Pin contest, Mulligans, and a special raffle ticket. Tee and green sponsorships are available for $150.

Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorships, for corporations and businesses, are also available. The packet for the $7,500 Platinum sponsorships includes four foursomes, three tee sponsorships, opportunity package per golfer, lunch and dinner. The $5,000 Gold sponsorships include fees for three foursomes, tee sponsorships, opportunity package per golfer, lunch and dinner. The $2,500 Silver sponsorship includes fees for the two foursomes, tee sponsorships, opportunity package per golfer, lunch and dinner. The $1,250 Bronze sponsorship includes fees for one foursome, tee sponsorship, opportunity package, lunch and dinner.

This year’s tournament is sponsored by Reynolds’ Buick & GMC Truck, Bovis Lend Lease, Southwest Airlines, GolfGear International, Citizens Business Bank, Rancho Bank, Industry Manufacturers Council, Kaiser Permanente, the Shilo Inn Hilltop Suites, and Scoreboard Sports Grill. Proceeds will go toward the Foundation’s efforts to develop student scholarships and loans, and to help underwrite the College’s athletic programs.

The Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support to the College through fundraising activities for scholarships and other campus projects. This year’s tournament will feature a Foundation tribute to the life of the late Don Rogers, a Mt. SAC alumnus who was involved with the College for 50 years and was one of the organizers of the tournament.

To make reservations or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.

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Marion Jones to Run 46th Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif...If you want to see a preview of the Summer Olympic Games, you don’t have far to go as Marion Jones and a host of Olympians past, present, and future compete in the 46th running of the Mt. SAC Relays April 8 and April 16-18 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

“What sets the Mt. SAC Relays apart is our unique invitational portion of the meet,” said Mt. SAC Relays Director Scott Davis. “It is one of the biggest meets in the world, and I think it’s the best meet in America.”

Jones, winner of five Olympic medals and arguably the greatest athlete in the track and field world today, captured gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4x400 relay. She also won bronze medals in the 400-meter relay and the long jump. This year, Jones is expected to compete in the 400-meter event at the Relays.

Also scheduled to compete are Olympian Ato Bolden, who will run the 200 meters, Joey Woody, silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles in the world championships last year, and former Mountie Mark Creer, who won the silver in the hurdles at the 1996 Olympics and the bronze at the 2000 Games.

This year’s distance carnival on April 16 holds special significance in the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters, which will both rank as Olympic A standard qualifying heats. Top competitors for the women include New Zealand’s Kim Smith, who has broken two collegiate records at 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Among the top competitors for the men is Kenyan Bernard Lagat, Olympic bronze medalist and Mt. SAC Relays mile record holder (3:54.97).

The 46th Relays will also feature the men’s and women’s U.S. National Relays camp, featuring the top relays runners in the country in the 4x100 and 4x400, and the top six nationally ranked jumpers in the long jump and triple jump, including two-time champion Kenta Bell. In addition to track and field’s world-class stars, athletes from more than 150 colleges—including Big 12 and PAC 10 collegesæwill compete in this year’s relays.

The 46th Mt. SAC Relays gets underway with the Youth Days portion of the meet on April 2 and 3. On Thursday, April 8, community college competition will be held all day starting at 11 a.m. On Friday, April 16, the Invitational Distance Carnival gets underway at 4 p.m. The High School Division rules the day on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 7:45 a.m. with the University/Open Division Middle Distance Carnival starting at 6 p.m. The University Open competition continues on Sunday, April 18, at 9 a.m. with the Day of Champions Invitational Division featured during the day.

Tickets at the gate are $10 general admission on April 8 and 16, $12 on April 17, and $18 on April 18. Discount tickets for seniors are available, and special four-day, advance tickets for the Relays are also available for $30.

For advance tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


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