April 2005

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2005

Mt. SAC Students Named to Nation’s Highest Academic Team

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College honors students Kathryn Bosia of Chino Hills and Jeffrey Chung of Rowland Heights were among only 20 students across the United States to be named to the 2005 All-USA Academic First Team—the highest academic distinction for the nation’s community colleges.

Their historic selection marks only the second time in the competition’s 47-year history that two winners came from the same college. Mt. SAC became further distinguished as the only Southern California college this year to have students selected for this national honor.

“It just doesn’t get much better than this,” beamed an ecstatic Carolyn Inmon, Director of Mt. SAC’s Honors Program. “While we have had a student selected for All-USA in three previous years (1998, 2000, 2002), Mt. SAC has never had two students selected to the prestigious First Team in the same year. This is so rare, and we are so proud of Kathryn and Jeff for bringing home such a distinction.”

The 20 All-USA Academic First Team winners were selected from a highly competitive field of 1,500 associate’s degree candidates nationwide by Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honors society. Candidates are assessed based on grades, leadership and community service. Winners were recognized at the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention in Boston on April 11 with trophies, medallions and $2,500 scholarships.

Inmon says that both Bosia and Chung personify the diverse, contrasting profiles of community college students—with radically different demographics, experiences and career paths.

For example, Bosia is considered a “nontraditional” student. She is 38, married and a mother of two. Set to graduate next month with a near-perfect GPA, she studied health sciences with plans to become a physician. Further distinguished as the first female student from Mt. SAC to be selected on the All-USA First Team, Bosia will transfer to either USC or Azusa Pacific University next fall.

Bosia is the honors society president at Mt. SAC, where she initiated a campus recycling program and wrote an anatomy course study guide that the college library carries to help students. She has also published research in selected abstracts from the Fourth Annual Research Conference for Community Colleges, conducted by the Honors Transfer Council of California. Somehow she finds time to participate in community outreach projects in Mexico sponsored by her church, and she serves as a chess club volunteer.

By contrast, Chung is much younger, 20, and single. A 4.0 student at Mt. SAC, he is majoring in business administration and plans to become an investment banker. After graduating in May, he will transfer to UC Berkeley.

Chung has studied abroad and says he came to Mt. SAC, “because I was aware of its reputation for preparing capable students. There’s just so much opportunity here that you can’t find at a university, with outstanding faculty. In the honors program, it feels like you’re part of a private college.”

He serves as president of the Society of Accountants at Mt. SAC and as vice president of the Business Club. He is also involved in Students in the Free Enterprise (SIFE) economics club at the college and devised a program modeled after Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” program, which assigns business students to challenging projects that require them to demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills. In the community, Chung spends 15 hours a week as a tutor at the Chinese School in Rowland Heights, which offers academic and cultural enrichment programs.

Asked how they are taking their newfound ranking among the nation’s academic elite, both students said they were elated, extremely honored and humbled by the recognition.


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Mt. SAC Program Provides Pathway for Nurses to Pass State Licensing Exam

WALNUT, Calif.—Hot on the heels of the Governor’s California Nurse Education Initiative to reduce the state’s critical nursing shortage, Mt. San Antonio College has launched a review program to help nurses pass the state RN licensing exam.

Specifically targeted to Registered Nurse candidates who, for whatever reason, have not passed the exam, Mt. SAC’s Licensed Nursing Pathway Project provides a full range of services, including a thorough review of the National Clearinghouse Licensing Examination (NCLEX) as well as a review of essential nursing skills, test-taking techniques, and medical terminology.

“There are several different reasons candidates don’t pass the R.N. exam, ” observed Dr. Jesus Oliva, Director of Mt. SAC’s Regional Health Occupations Resource Center, which is administering the test preparation program. “Sometimes it’s just anxiety, or poor test-taking skills, or a need to refresh oneself on the material or the terminology. We believe we can help nursing graduates overcome these and other obstacles to pass the exam and start practicing their profession.”

Oliva said ideal candidates who can benefit from the program are those who have already completed a nursing program in the United States and those foreign-trained nurses who have not yet passed the licensing exam. Because of discouragement, many of these trained nurses are working outside of the health field.

Oliva said his goal in the next two years is to help 525 nursing graduates pass the state exam and get their licenses. These efforts, combined with similar efforts statewide, will help reduce the critical nursing shortage in California, which stands at approximately 14,000 nurses.

According to a recent report, “Educating California’s Future Nursing Workforce,” Californian ranks 49th among 50 states in its share of registered nurses, with a ratio of only 544 registered nurses for every 100,000 residents. Some experts are predicting the state will be short by as many as 25,000 nurses by 2006, creating a public health crisis for California’s growing and aging population.

The state graduates fewer than 6,000 nurses annually when approximately 9,500 new nurses are needed. Community colleges graduated 70% of registered nurses last year. Oliva noted that Mt. SAC will graduate next month its largest nursing class of 60 students.

These efforts are in alignment with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $30-million Nurse Education Initiative, which will partner with community colleges to address the state’s serious nursing shortage. Mt. SAC’s Pathways program is funded through a $250,000 California Community Foundation grant and an $800,000 allocation from the Governor’s Discretionary Funds to train more than 300 board-eligible nursing students.

For information about the Licensed Nursing Pathways Program, call the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center at (866) 372-9707.


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Family & Consumer Sciences Students Honored

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Family & Consumer Sciences Department will present 45 awards and scholarships at its annual recognition ceremony, Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m., in the Technology and Health Lecture Hall, 28A-103.

The Child Development Achievement Award will go to Beatriz Hernandez (La Puente). The Katie Gerecke Child Development Book Scholarships will be awarded to Yolanda Duron (Covina) and Irene Marquez (Pomona). The Isabel Robertson Child Development Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Patricia Diaz (Ontario), Lauren Gonzalez (Ontario), Pauline Marquez (El Monte), and Kelly Seiner (Baldwin Park). The Child Development Professional Development Scholarship will be awarded to Rosa Shimotani (Chino Hills). The Child Development Incentive Award will be awarded to Janee Salinas (Pomona).

Michael Chung (Hacienda Heights) will receive the Vecchiarelli Bros. Fashion Design Award. The Fashion Merchandising Scholarships will be awarded to Chun Cheng (San Dimas) and Carol Lee (Azusa). Promising Early Educator awards will be awarded to Verna Trujillo (Walnut), Karina Perez (Pomona), Kim Peace (La Verne), Claudia Lopez-Reid (La Puente), Denise Cabrera (Rowland Heights), and Mu-Ching Weng (Rowland Heights).

California Fashion Associations award will go to Richard Gray (Diamond Bar) and Morris Nguyen (Corona). Interior Design Scholarships will be awarded to Olivia Ambriz (Baldwin Park), Diane Mead (Covina), and Christina Ziegler (Ontario). Naomi Rodriguez (West Covina) and Marylyn Waring (Ontario) will receive The Phillips Design Scholarship. Jeri Munoz (Chino Hills) will receive the Karlene Morris Honorarium Award.

Promising Interior Design Student awards will go to Rachael Parker (Phillips Ranch), Jennifer Grady (Covina), Tracy Etherington (Glendora), and Jonathan Esguerra (Corona). Bart Aleen (Arcadia) and Shawnte Mosley (West Covina) will be awarded Auxiliary Dining Services/Pepsi Scholarships. Mathew Looney (Ontario) will be awarded the Miller Hospitality and Restaurant Management Scholarship. The Returning Student Award will go to Van Nguyen (West Covina) and Charlene Shah (Diamond Bar).

Students receiving recognition for excellence are Rachel Cordova (Baldwin Park), Michael Chung (Hacienda Heights), Danielle Porche (Covina), Mary Ann Chi (Walnut), Shawnte Mosley (West Covina) and Monique Mariscal (Walnut). Karla Cordova (Baldwin Park) will be awarded the JoAnn Driggers Family & Consumer Sciences Achievement Award. Stuart Mills (Arcadia) will be awarded the Family & Consumer Sciences Scholastic Achievement Award. Regina Holoman (West Covina) will be awarded the Outstanding Student Scholarship, and Ron Bean (Pomona) will be awarded the Family & Consumer Sciences Department Award.
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Mt. SAC Honors Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.—Fifteen Mt. San Antonio College students will be honored as winners of the 2005 Students of Distinction award at the college's annual awards ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m., in the Student Life Center.

The annual award recognizes 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 Kathryn Bosia of Chino Hills, Jeffrey Chung of Rowland Heights, Darlene Lee of Hacienda Heights, Mohammad Moravedj of Phillips Ranch, Richard Moreno of West Covina and Jan-Mitchell Zerrudo of San Dimas.

Recipients of the 2005 Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 g.p.a. and are honored for their volunteer service to the college and community, are Alma Bejarano of Ontario, Jean Christophe Le of La Puente, Debory Li of Chino Hills, Troy Majeska of La Puente, Christopher McKay of Rowland Heights and Jan-Mitchell Zerrudo of San Dimas.

Winners of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 g.p.a. and overcame personal hardship, are Robert Godzik of Walnut, Veronica Guerra of Baldwin Park, Richard Moreno of West Covina, Crystal Orem of Monrovia and Yunita Yunita of Walnut.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2005

Marion Jones to Run 47th Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif., April 6, 2005—Marion Jones, winner of five medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, is one of many world-class athletes scheduled to compete in the 47th running of the Mt. SAC Relays April 9 and April 15-17 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Jones 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 will compete in the 400-meter event at the Relays. Taking on Jones in the 400 meters at the Relays is Australia’s Jana Pittman, ranked fifth in the world in the 400-meter hurdles last year.

Sprinter Veronica Campbell, 200-meter Olympic gold medalist, will run the 100-meter heat at the Relays while the University of Arkansas’s Wallace Spearmon, who set the American indoor and collegiate records this year at 200 meters, is also scheduled to compete. This year’s distance carnival will see Kenyan Bernard Lagat, Olympic silver medalist at 1,500 meters, facing off against Canadian Kevin Sullivan in the 5,000 meters.

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.

Community college athletes compete on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 11 a.m. The distance carnival and university/open field events get started at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15. High school competition rules the day on Saturday, April 16, starting at 8: 30 a.m., and the Day of Champions invitational field and running events are featured on Sunday, April 17, beginning at 9 a.m.

Tickets at the gate are $10 general admission on April 9 and 15, $12 on April 16, and $18 on April 17. 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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Mt. SAC to Offer CBEST Preparation Workshop

WALNUT, Calif.—For the first time, Mt. San Antonio College will offer a one-day workshop in Mt. SAC’s Social Science lecture hall to prepare future teachers, substitute teachers or instructional aides to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

On Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the workshop, offered at a $50 fee, will provide math, reading and essay writing review. Test-taking strategies will be presented, and participants will work through sample test questions and receive an evaluation of their essay writing skills.

Passing the CBEST is a requirement to obtain a K-12 state teaching credential. This particular workshop is intended for those who plan to take the CBEST in June.

For more information or to register, call (909) 594-5611, ext.4220.


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Mt. SAC to Host 18th Golf Classic May 23

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will host the 18th annual Mt. SAC Golf Classic to raise funds for the college’s athletic program on Monday, May 23, at South Hills Country Club in Covina. Sponsored by the Mt. SAC Foundation, this annual event supports the Mountie golf and cross country teams.

The $225 golf package includes 18 holes of golf, cart, tee bag with prizes, lunch, buffet dinner, and opportunity packages including a drawing for a trip for two to Hawaii and the chance to win a Buick La Crosse with a hole in one sponsored by Reynolds Buick GMC Trucks. Tee and Green sponsorships are also available for $150. The putting contest begins at 9:30 a.m. with the shotgun at 11 a.m.

“This tournament has generally been a sell out and everyone enjoys the entire day,” said Mt. SAC Foundation President Gary Ingham. “We welcome non-golfers to attend the buffet banquet, where a number of prizes will be given away through a chance opportunity drawing.”

Sponsors for this year’s tournament include Reynolds Buick GMC Trucks, Bovis Lend Lease, Citizens Business Bank, American Medical Response, Data Plus Communications, Financial Investment Corporation, Industry Manufacturer’s Council, Kaiser Permanente, Keenan and Associates, Moore Flooring Inc., Pepsi Bottling Company, Scoreboard and Trade Union International.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611 ext. 4215.


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Mt. SAC to Dedicate New Athletic Complex April 12

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will dedicate its new $7.6-million Baseball and Softball Complex on Tuesday, April 12, 2 p.m., at the Mt. SAC athletic field just south of Temple Avenue.

Mt. SAC Trustee Fred Chyr and former long-time Mt. SAC Baseball Coach Art Mazmanian will throw out the first pitch on the two fields as part of the dedication, which will be followed by simultaneous baseball and softball games at 3 p.m. The Mountie baseball team will face Compton while Mt. SAC women square off against Cerritos.

“This new facility is like going from playing at a local park to now playing at Anaheim stadium,” said Mt. SAC Softball Coach Kelly Ford. “The new complex puts Mt. SAC on parity with four-year colleges. The playing surface is one of the best in the state.”

The complex affords new softball and baseball fields with state-of-the-art lighting, seating for 500 at the baseball field (250 at the softball field), a concession stand, and press boxes for each diamond. The new fields and lighting also mean Mt. SAC will now be able to host night games and hold night classes in physical education.

Construction of the new complex was funded through the college’s $221-million facilities bond approved by voters in 2001.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Athletic Department at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4630.

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Swanegan Named Coach of the Year

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Men’s Basketball Coach Michael Swanegan was recently named the South Coast Conference’s “North Division Co-Coach of the Year.”

Swanegan led the Mounties to a 21-6 season and a division co-championship this year. Mt. SAC advanced to the second round of the Southern California Regionals seeded fourth in playoffs until the Mounties were stopped by Moorpark. Five Mt. SAC players received postseason honors this year.

A resident of Diamond Bar, Swanegan has been at the helm of Mounties for six years. Prior to Mt. SAC, he coached for 10 years at the high school level, guiding his teams to the playoffs 8 times. In 1994, he was named Mission Valley League Coach of the Year.


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34 Faculty Granted Tenure

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees recently granted tenure to 34 faculty members across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Before receiving tenure, the 34 “probationary employees” were working under their third contract with the College and were evaluated against a set of vigorous policies and procedures established by the Board and the Faculty Association.

Teams of at least two tenured faculty members and an administrator assessed each professor, based on information gathered from classroom visitations, student evaluations, input from faculty peers, a review of a portfolio of materials used by the professor and other sources deemed relevant by the evaluation team. The teams’ recommendations for tenured professors were reviewed and approved by the President and ultimately the Board.

Following are the professors who now join the ranks of some 300 tenured Mt. SAC faculty, offering nearly 40,000 students quality instruction:

Kristina Allende, English; Barry Andrews, Computer Information Systems; John Blyzka, Computer Information Systems; Maya Boehner-Staylor, English; Mark Boryta, Earth Sciences; Julie Bray-Ali, Astronomy; Michael Falzone, Art; Kelly Ford, Physical Education; Maria Luisa Fuller, Learning Assistance; LeAnn Garrett, Librarian; Rebecca Hatch, Sociology; Robert Jastrab, Physical Education; Paul Jefferson, Public Services; Linda Kammerer, Family & Consumer Sciences; Tamara Karn, English; Dafna Kohn, Geography; Darlene Landeros, Family & Consumer Sciences; Dionne Loera-Ramirez, English; Audra Lopez, Agriculture; Jennifer McDonald, Biological Sciences; Rasool Masoomian, Economics; Elizabeta Meyer, Biological Sciences; Stacy Parker, Physical Education; Robert Perkins, Architecture; Robert Rogus, Aeronautics; Andrew Sanchez, Mental Health; Brian Scott, Agriculture; John Smith, Public Services; Lina Soto, Counseling; Richard Strand, Communication; Christine Sun, Mathematics/Computer Science; Cameron Troxell, Mathematics/Computer Science; Stephen Tyler Trull, Political Science; Sandra Weatherilt, Family & Consumer Sciences; Jill Wilkeson, Disabled Student Programs & Services; Samuel Wolde-Yohannes, Philosophy; and Carola Wright, Biological Sciences.


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