April 2008

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008

Mt. SAC Honors Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.—Twenty Mt. San Antonio College students will be honored as winners of the 2008 Students of Distinction award at the college's annual awards ceremony and dinner on Saturday, May 17, 5 p.m., in the Student Life Center.

The annual award recognizes students for service to the college, competitive achievement, and academic and personal achievement.

Winners of this year's Academic Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.75 GPA, are Brooke Gentle of Walnut, James Ryan Doyle of Walnut, Kiran Alvi of Chino Hills, Laura A. Moreno of Hacienda Heights, and Riley Kendall Quan of Walnut.

Recipients of the 2008 Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and are honored for their volunteer service to the college and community, are Angelica Maria Sabado Juarez of Rowland Heights, Cheryl Jamison of West Covina, Isaiah Deresa of Walnut, Joseph Woodard of Corona, and Maria Tirtatunggal of Rowland Heights.

Winners of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Elizabeth Sandra Reyes of Bradbury, Kimberly M. Juarez of Pomona, Monserrat Toro of Pomona, Paul Tse-Weng Chiou of Rowland Heights, and Sarah Jacquie Wheeler of Ontario.

Recipients of the Competitive Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and are honored for outstanding performance as part of a competitive student group or team, are Adrian Israel Gonzalez Garcia of Pomona, Jaleesa K. Follens-Jones of Montclair, Jared Carey of Chino Hills, Matthew D. Todd of Walnut, and Megan E. Hill of Alta Loma.

Tickets for the awards dinner are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

For tickets, call the Student Life Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008

Mt. SAC President Awarded First Amendment Honor

WALNUT, Calif.-—Mt. San Antonio College President John Nixon recently received the First Amendment Award from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges during state conference in Los Angeles.

“Dr. Nixon is a gem among college presidents for his support of the student newspaper,” said Mt. SAC Journalism Professor and Newspaper Advisor Toni Albertson. “I was thrilled that the JACC Board voted to give him this award.”

The First Amendment Award is given to college administrators who understand and support First Amendment efforts by student publications. Nixon, who officially became President of Mt. SAC in February and served as Interim President for the college since last July, worked on his own high school’s student newspaper.

“In addition to being an important link in the campus communication cycle, a student newspaper provides a very practical hands-on learning experience for our students,” said Nixon. “I wholeheartedly support the earnest efforts of our journalism students.”

The convention featured the competition for community college journalism students throughout the state. More than 800 students from 60 California community colleges competed.

Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win 18 Awards at State JACC Convention

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College journalism students won 18 awards recently at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state conference in Los Angeles.

“Winning this many awards on the state level shows the dedication of these students and is reflective of all their hard work,” said Toni Albertson, Mt. SAC Journalism Professor and advisor for the student newspaper, The Mountaineer.

Angelica Juarez (Rowland Heights) and Beatrice Alcala (West Covina) won first-place awards in the infographics design competition, while Alcala and Raul DePaz (La Puente) won second-place awards for advertising design and photography. Agnes Radomski (Diamond Bar), editor of Mt. SAC’s student newspaper, and Mary Obeyd (Chino Hills), editor of the college magazine, won the top editor awards.

Third-place awards went to Gabriel Mendoza (San Gabriel) and Victor Castellanos (West Covina) for news writing, Jessica Fakkema (Upland) for feature writing, and Ron Fu (Rowland Heights) for sports action photo. Alcala and Fakkema took fourth-place awards for advertising design. Adam Valenzuela (Mira Loma), Veronica Grant (Rancho Cucamonga), Alcala, DePaz, and Fu took home honorable mentions.

The convention featured the competition for community college journalism students throughout the state. More than 800 students from 60 California community colleges competed.


Mt. SAC Student Named to All-USA Academic Team

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College honors student Leanne Dogoldogol was among 20 community college students throughout the United States recently named to the 2008 All-U.S.A. Academic first team, as chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national community college honors society. The Mt. SAC student was selected from 1,500 associate’s degree candidates nationwide.

“It’s such an extreme honor to be recognized as one of the top 20 two-year college students in the nation,” said Dogoldogol. The academic team award is given based on grades, leadership, and community service.

Dogoldogol, 21, is currently a nursing student at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.68 GPA. A Chino Hills resident, Dogoldogol graduated from Mt. SAC in 2007 with associate’s degrees in mathematics and behavioral sciences. She is active in Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter and was the recipient of the 2007 International PTK outstanding president’s award. Dogoldogol was awarded a $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship last year and was named one of Mt. SAC’s Students of Distinction in 2006.

"Leanne is truly deserving of this honor," said Mt. SAC Honors Director Carolyn Inmon. "Her dedication on campus and off is inspiring."

In the community, she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. She has interned as a care provider for hospitals for three years and also coordinates recruitment and training for the program. She also helped establish a “big sister” program that helps nursing students persevere through the rigorous demands of the program. She plans to transfer to UCLA and pursue a career as an emergency room nurse.

Dogoldogol was featured––along with the other first team, second team, and third team selections––in the April 7 edition of USA Today. As a first team selection, she received a trophy and a $2,500 scholarship during an awards ceremony April 7 in Philadelphia.

### Mt. SAC Cyber Defense Team Advances to Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Cyber Defense team, an eight-member team of computer security students, will advance to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition after winning first place at the three-day Regional Cyber Defense Competition hosted by Cal Poly Pomona.

The Mt. SAC team, known as “The Protectors,” defeated teams from Cal Poly, Cal State San Bernardino, and Sacramento State to advance to the national competition on April 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas. The event was the first competition for the Mt. SAC squad and the first-ever Regional Cyber Defense Competition.

“Our students have been training many long hours for this competition, and it’s particularly satisfying when all the hard work pays off,” said Robert Loya, Mt. SAC Computer Information Systems Professor and the director of Mt. SAC’s Regional Information Systems Security Center (RISSC).

As part of the competition, the teams have to protect a business network by identifying Trojan horses, installing firewalls, and other tasks. Teams also have to stave off cyber attacks from other teams.

Mt. SAC is one of the few colleges in the Western United States to offer a program in the emerging field of computer security, which trains information security professionals to guard against cyber crime. Established in 2003 with Cal Poly, the center was developed in response to the need for information security at government agencies and businesses.

Last fall, the center was awarded a three-year $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to bolster its program. In partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, and Long Beach City College, Mt. SAC’s center is using the grant for workforce development, curriculum development, and outreach.

Today, students are able to earn an associate’s degree in Network Security and Systems Management, the first local degree program of its kind. The center offers an array of classes and certificate programs while continuing to focus on enhancing security content for other degree programs and professional training.

MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2008

Mt. SAC AmeriCorps Students Volunteer as Tutors at Local Schools

WALNUT, Calif.—Determined to fight illiteracy and help boost children’s math and reading skills, 20 Mt. San Antonio College students recently pledged to serve as tutors at local elementary schools.

Through the AmeriCorps program, students in Mt. SAC’s Teacher Preparation Institute serve as reading and math tutors in first-through-fifth-grade classrooms at local elementary schools. The program exposes community college students to teaching while addressing children's literacy and math skills needs.

“This is an opportunity for our students to gain valuable training in the classroom while serving the community,” said Mt. SAC AmeriCorps Program Director Dr. Kathryn Henkins.

Each student will serve as a tutor in one of seven local elementary schools: including Pueblo Elementary and Montvue Elementary in Pomona, Rorimer Elementary in La Puente, Shull Elementary and Ekstrand Elementary in San Dimas, and Grace Miller Elementary and Roynon Elementary in La Verne. The tutors provide students in regular classrooms and after-school programs with one-on-one and small-group tutoring to help increase literacy skills. These students will provide a combined total of 12,000 hours of tutoring to children.

The Mt. SAC students also assist in community service projects, including family literacy workshops and Young Authors’ Week.

Mt. SAC students who were sworn in are:

• Nancy Adams and Sukhbir-Kaur Sandhu of La Verne
• Laura Arias of Baldwin Park
• Manuel Arias and Evangelia Novarro of Covina
• Christen Carter and David Ornelas of Chino Hills
• Hsiu Mei Cheng and Denise Raygoza of West Covina
• Karen Corless and Nikka-Michelle Sapuriada of Walnut
• Mary Dinsmore of Upland
• Breanna Fetters, Larry Henderson, and Denise Kelly of San Dimas
• Dinh Nguyen of Pomona; Yvette Perez of La Puente
• Elizabeth Preciado of El Monte
• James Rancour of Rancho Cucamonga

Now in its eighth year at Mt. SAC, AmeriCorps, a national community service option for young people, funds the tutoring program. More than two million Americans work through AmeriCorps each year, meeting critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, and homeland security.