April 2006

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006

Sparky Anderson to Help Name Mazmanian Field

WALNUT, Calif.—Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson will be the featured speaker at the naming ceremony of Mt. San Antonio College’s baseball stadium, which will be named after his friend of 60 years and long-time Mt. SAC Baseball coach Art Mazmanian, on Saturday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to Anderson, who won World Series titles with the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers, many of Mazmanian’s former players and members of the Angels organization are expected to attend.

Mazmanian, who recorded more than 700 wins in his 31 years as coach of the Mounties, has known Anderson since their days together at USC when Mazmanian played second base and Anderson was the batboy. The two later played against each other for a year in the minor leagues when Anderson played for Pueblo and Mazmanian played for Omaha. Anderson and Mazmanian have been friends ever since.

Mazmanian’s storybook career as a player and coach began at USC where he was a two-time All American and helped capture the NCAA championship in 1948. In 1949, he signed with the New York Yankees and reached the Triple-A level. After retiring as a player in 1954, he began his coaching and teaching career at his alma mater, Dorsey High School, where he remained for 13 years. He also coached for 17 years in the minor leagues during the summer for teams with the Yankees, the Kansas City Athletics, the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Orioles. He managed stars like Don Mattingly and Jack Clark, and holds the distinction of being the only manager in the history of professional baseball to win six division championships in six consecutive seasons.

Mazmanian came to Mt. SAC in 1968, and during the next 31 years, 115 of players signed professional contracts. His former Mt. SAC players include current major leaguers Shawn Wooten and the Dodger pitcher Brett Tomko.

The baseball stadium is located on the Mt. SAC campus along the south side of Temple Avenue between Mt. SAC Way and Bonita Avenue.

Mt. SAC to Hold 41st Consumer Sciences Awards

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Family & Consumer Sciences Department will present 38 awards and scholarships at its 41st annual recognition ceremony, Friday, April 28, at 4 p.m., in the Technology and Health Lecture Hall, 28A-103.

The Child Development Achievement Award will go to Karla Cordova (Baldwin Park). The Katie Gerecke Child Development Book Scholarships will be awarded to Claudia Mendez (Montclair) and Blanca Vega (Rowland Heights). The Isabel Robertson Child Development Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Vickie Lee (La Mirada) and Dulce Maldonado (La Puente). The Child Development Professional Development Scholarships will be awarded to Claudia Reid-Lopez (La Puente) and Venicio Anchondo (Pomona). The Child Development Incentive Awards will be presented to Wendy Olguin (Pomona), Kelly Selner (Baldwin Park) and Kumudu Jayagoda (West Covina).

The Promising Early Educator Award will be presented to Linda Ju-Ong (Walnut). Interior Design Scholarships will be awarded to Tracy Etherington (Glendora), Jennifer Fernandez (Corona) and Haydee Garcia (Covina). Promising Interior Design Student Awards will go to Corey Stevens (Pomona), Tania Fajardo (Rowland Heights) and Karen Holder (Diamond Bar). The Phillips Interior Design Scholarship will be awarded to Olivia Ambriz (Baldwin Park).

Chris Culler (West Covina), Lisa Fang (La Verne), Natalie Martinez (Chino) and Hong Yang (Diamond Bar) will be awarded Auxiliary Dining Services/Pepsi Scholarships. Gilbert Vela (Diamond Bar) will be awarded the Miller Hospitality and Restaurant Management Scholarship. The Outstanding Child Development Award will be presented to Lauren Gonzalez (Ontario). The Outstanding Fashion Design Award will be presented to Monica Carreon (Pomona). The Outstanding Fashion Merchandising Award will be presented to Victoria Berry (Upland). The Outstanding Interior Design Award will be presented to Marylyn Waring (Ontario). The Outstanding Hospitality and Restaurant Management Award will be presented to Lisa Fang (La Verne). The Outstanding Nutrition and Food Award will be presented to Lisa Nguyen (Arcadia).

The Returning Student Awards will go to Roy Tang (Hacienda Heights) and Yolanda Duran (Covina). Family & Consumer Sciences Scholastic Achievement Awards will be presented to Walid Bitar (Covina), Sondria Wright (Walnut) and Alice Lu (West Covina). The Family & Consumer Sciences Outstanding Student Scholarship will be awarded to Anthony Ruiz (Corona), and the Family and Consumer Sciences Department Recognition Award will be presented to Mt. SAC Business and Economic Development Division Dean Margie Chitwood.

Mt. SAC Dance Students Set Spring Concert

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Dance students will perform a variety of dance styles at their Annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-30, at the College’s Sophia Clarke Theater.

The Spring Dance Concert performances feature choreography by Mt. SAC dance professors and students. Performance times are 8 p.m. with a special 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 30.

Tickets are $12, and $9 for general admission, seniors and students.

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 07, 2006

48th Mt. SAC Relays to Feature Track’s Elite

WALNUT, Calif.—Some of track and field’s biggest names will be off and running at the 48th Annual Mt. SAC Relays on Apr. 13-15, including 2004 Olympic long jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips and silver medalist at 200 meters Allyson Felix.

Joining Phillips and Felix on the Mt. SAC track will be 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles Felix Sanchez, Olympic silver medalist in the pole vault Toby Stevenson, 2006 World Indoor Championship silver medalist Chaunte Howard, and 2006 World Indoor Championship fourth-place finisher Giovanni Lanaro. Also scheduled to compete are the U.S. national relay team and the Chinese national distance team.

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 invitational distance carnival and university/open events get started at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 13. The distance carnival and university/open events are joined by the high school distance carnival on Friday, Apr. 14. The Day of Champions invitational events and high school events will be featured on Saturday, Apr. 15, beginning at 7 a.m.

Tickets at the gate are $10 general admission on Apr. 13, $12 on Apr. 14, and $18 on Apr. 15. Discount tickets for seniors are available, and special three-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.

Mt. SAC Art Gallery Exhibits “Urban Landscapes”

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will host an exhibit by artist Kirk Pedersen, “Urban Landscapes,” which combines realism and ‘50s abstractionism to depict urban environments. This exhibit, which runs April 18 through May 1, is free and open to the public.

Pedersen’s paintings examine the tension between informational and aesthetic perception, between seeing and knowing. Street gutters, crushed cars and urban graffiti are all par for the course in this exhibit that emphasizes aspects of the urban environment most of us overlook.

A special lecture on the exhibit will be given by Pedersen, who also chairs the Mt. SAC Art Department, on Tuesday, April 18, in the art gallery at 3 p.m., with an opening reception to follow at 4 p.m.

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) 594-5611, ext. 4328.

Mt. SAC Health Students Bring Home the Gold from State Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won eight gold medals, five silver medals, and seven bronze medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state competition. More than 800 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the state tournament.

Chotinan Mahapiti (Walnut) won a gold medal in the nursing assistant competition and a gold in creative problem solving. Randy Luttrell (Ontario) won a gold medal in medical math and a silver in creative problem solving. Amber Shepard (Riverside) and Chijioke Egbduche (Ontario) won gold medals in creative problem solving. Jacob Oroks (Fontana) won a gold medal in researched persuasive speaking. Robert Ives (West Covina) won a gold medal in basic concepts of health care and a bronze in creative problem solving. Sherri Randall (Rancho Cucamonga) won a gold medal in prepared speaking.

Rachel Otubuah (Highland) won a silver medal in creative problem solving and a bronze in nursing assistant. Julia Moran (Pomona) won a silver medal in creative problem solving. Saharith Lopez (Monrovia) won a silver medal in nursing assistant and a bronze in creative problem solving. Summer Hopkins (Highland) won a silver medal in creative problem solving. Britney Beeks (Upland) won a bronze medal in creative problem solving. Defina Osby (Inglewood) won a bronze medal in extemporaneous speaking. Manuel Quintero (Pomona) won a bronze medal in medical spelling. Arlyn Vallejo (La Puente) won a bronze medal in extemporaneous writing. Aris Hidayat (Montclair) was a finalist in the nursing assistant and extemporaneous health poster competitions. Elizabeth Lopez (Baldwin Park) was a finalist in the nursing assistant category. Evelyn Lwamusayi (Rancho Cucamonga) was a finalist in the extemporaneous writing competition.

All 18 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition in Anaheim in June 21-24.

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.

Mt. SAC Students Selected for State Academic Team

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College students Mohammad Naim and Samaneh Pourjalali are two of the 66 community college students throughout the state recently selected for the 2006 All-California Academic teams, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

Naim and Pourjalali, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will receive certificates and cash awards during the Community College League of California’s awards ceremony April 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The academic team award is based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Naim, 21, is a business administration major at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.65 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic Second Team. A Walnut resident, Naim is active in Mt. SAC’s student government, the Student Civil Liberty Union and the Economics Club. He is a vice president for PTK and a tutor for K-12 students through the Kaplan Group School Education Center in Walnut. Naim is also the recipient of a UC Irvine research grant and plans to transfer to UC Berkeley.

Pourjalali, 24, is a double major in philosophy and psychology and carries a 3.94 GPA. She was named to the All-California Academic First Team. A resident of Alta Loma, Pourjalali is president of the PTK chapter at Mt. SAC and is a tutor at the college’s math lab. She also volunteers to help youth groups through Calvary Baptist Church in La Verne. She hopes to transfer to Pomona College.

The 22 first-team, 22 second-team, and 22 third-team winners represent some of the best of the 1.7 million students enrolled in California’s community college system.