April 2009


Mt. SAC Honors 19 Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College will honor 19 Students of Distinction at the college's annual awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Vista Country Club, 20055 E. Colima Road, in Walnut.

This annual award recognizes students for outstanding 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 Chandni Parikh of Rowland Heights, MinLi Zang of West Covina, Priscilla Sugianto of Rowland Heights, Rebecca S. Wei of Glendora, and Shirley Shou-Chu Sui of San Gabriel.

Recipients of the 2009 Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and provided notable volunteer service to the college and community, are Isaac Powell of San Dimas, James Thao of Hacienda Heights, Priscilla Audrey Soetanto of Fullerton, William Lee Hsu of Rowland Heights, and Xiwen Wang of West Covina.

Winners of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Gina Eilene Guerrero of West Covina, Rhonda Anne Hottman of La Puente, Julio Fregoso of La Puente, Shalini Swastika Pal of La Puente, and Josue Velasquez of Pomona.

Recipients of the Competitive Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and earned distinction as part of a competitive student group or team, are Cassie Molinari of Glendora, Joseph Davis of Whittier, Michael William Edwards of Walnut, and Shane Michael Nigro Hurter of West Covina.

Tickets for the awards dinner are $15 and must be purchased by May 5 through the Student Life Office: (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.

Mt. SAC Speech Students Win 7 Gold Medals at National Tournament

WALNUT, Calif.–– Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team students won seven gold medals at the Phi Rho Pi national speech tournament held recently in Portland, Ore.

Derod Taylor won second place in the individual sweepstakes, a gold medal in the interpreter’s theater category, a silver in prose interpretation, and a bronze in programmed oral interpretation. Emiliano Bolado won a gold in interpreter’s theater and bronzes for duo interpretation and programmed oral interpretation.

Ginna Escobar won gold medals in interpreter’s theater and speech to entertain, and a bronze in duo interpretation. Rikiesha Pierce won gold in interpreter’s theater and in duo interpretation, and a bronze in dramatic interpretation. Arielle Hamilton won a gold in prose interpretation and a bronze in persuasive speaking. Luis Sandoval won a gold in extemporaneous speaking. Kit Garner won a gold in persuasive speaking. Elisa Sandoval won a gold in duo interpretation and a bronze in prose interpretation.

Maite Bruce won a gold in duo interpretation and silvers in prose interpretation and programmed oral interpretation. Xavier Padilla took home the bronze in informative speaking, and Andy Sadang won a bronze in the speech to entertain category.

Mt. SAC placed fourth out of 67 teams at the national tournament for two-year colleges. The team also brought home a silver medal for the sweepstakes individual events, earning third place in that category.

Forensics is coached by Mt. SAC professors Casey Garcia, Jeff Archibald, Crystal Lane Swift, and Anne Fleischer.



Mt. SAC Student Named Among Nation's Top 20 Elite Scholars

WALNUT, Calif.––Adam Prohoroff continues the Mt. SAC legacy of being among the nation's top 20 community college scholars named to the All-U.S.A. Academic First Team, as chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.

He was selected from a highly competitive pool. of nearly 1,450 associate degree candidates nationwide. All 20 winners received a medal, a trophy and a $2,500 scholarship at an awards ceremony April 6 in Phoenix. Prohoroff becomes the sixth Mt. SAC student scholar to win a place on the All-USA academic team in recent years.

“It’s such an extreme honor to be recognized as one of the top 20 two-year college students in the nation,” said Prohoroff, a 21-year-old Pomona resident. “The programs and professors at Mt. SAC helped me achieve this goal.”

Selection to the prestigious Academic First Team is the highest national honor a community college scholar can receive. The selection is based on grades, leadership, and community service. Prohoroff's national recognition comes on the heels of recent statewide honors, as he was earlier named to the 2009 All-California Academic First Team.

"Adam is a very focused and caring young man," said Mt. SAC Honors Director Carolyn Kuykendall. "His selection to the Academic First Team is an extraordinary achievement, considering the rigorous criteria and the fierce national competition. Beyond his perfect GPA, Adam is involved on campusand in his community, and he is particularly concerned about the quality of life of others."

Prohoroff is a 4.0 accounting/economics major and plans to transfer to Claremont McKenna and go on to law school. On campus, he is involved with Mt. SAC's PTK chapter, student government, and the Accounting Club. He is also an English tutor and has organized a panel discussion on Islam and democracy, and promoted the benefits of securing bipartisan support for improving the citizen process for undocumented workers.

Kuykendall noted that Mt. SAC's All-USA legacy is highlighted by the selection of two First Team student scholars in 2005--representing only the second time in PTK history when two of the 20 winners came from the same college.

### TUESDAY, APRIL 07, 2009

Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win a Record 28 Awards at State Conference

WALNUT, Calif.–– Mt. San Antonio College journalism students outdid themselves again by winning a record 28 awards recently at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state conference in Sacramento.

“Our students have walked away with the most awards ever won by Mt. SAC at the state level, “ said Toni Albertson, Mt. SAC journalism professor and advisor for the student newspaper, The Mountaineer. “Winning this many awards at the state conference shows the dedication these students have for journalism and the association’s recognition of the caliber of their work.”

Mt. SAC’s student newspaper, The Mountaineer, and the student magazine, Substance Magazine, each won general excellence awards. Beatrice Alcala (Walnut) won first place for in the magazine design competition, while Jessica Cardenas (Upland) won first for magazine cover and Aldo Padilla (Fontana) won first place for magazine photo.

Carmichael Cruz (Rowland Heights) won second place in the feature writing competition, while Adam Valenzuela (Riverside) took second in the editorial cartoon category. Padilla took second in the magazine feature photo competition, while Alcala won second- and third-place awards in advertisement design.

Charlye DeHart (Montclair), editor of Mt. SAC’s newspaper, and Jessica Cardenas (Upland), editor of the student magazine, won the top editor awards. Wendy Rubick (Ontario) and Frank Cardenas (Whittier) won the top online editor awards.

DeHart received honorable mentions in news writing, copyediting, and front page news. Evan Lancaster (Walnut) received a front page news honorable mention, Jessica Cardenas took a feature writing honor mention, and Ray Peregrina (West Covina) received a sports writing honorable mention. Sara Heady (Upland) and Mary Obeyd (Chino Hills) received honorable mentions in magazine feature writing, while Alcala took an honorable mention in magazine design. Rubick took the honorable mention in critical review, while Shawn Raymundo received the honorable mention in front page news design. Isai Rocha (Baldwin Park) received the honorable mention in broadcast news writing, while Lois Rodrigo (Chino Hills) and Carmichael Cruz took honorable mentions in broadcast newscast.

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2009

Mt. SAC Students Win the Grand Prize at WESTEC Competition

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Engineering Design Technology Team won the overall grand prize as well as the first-place award for community colleges at the WESTEC Student Manufacturing Challenge competition held March 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Manufacturing Challenge is a creative engineering competition in which students choose and design their own manufacturing project. Approximately a dozen California universities and colleges competed.

The Mt. SAC team’s design is called “Tuk-Air,” which uses pneumatics to lift heavy equipment, pallets, or even cars. It is a compact alternative for a forklift that can be used in tight spaces.

Mt. SAC’s Jacob Tucker (Hacienda Heights) also won the William B. Johnson Leadership in Manufacturing award, which carries with it a $500 prize for leadership abilities in the manufacturing field.

The Manufacturing Challenge was part of the 2009 WESTEC Exposition that featured 500 exhibitors from manufacturing technology and nearly 1,000 companies displaying more than 6 million pounds of machinery.



“Born Yesterday” Comes to Mt. SAC’s Clarke Theater

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, Fridays and Saturdays, April 17-18 and 24-25, 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

Born Yesterday was one of the most popular and longest running of American post-war comedies. When Harry Brock, a junk dealer made rich by supplying the wartime military with scrap metal, arrives in Washington, D.C. to buy power and influence with his new-found fortune, he hires an idealistic young magazine writer to teach class to his ex-chorus girl girlfriend, Billie Dawn. Love blossoms as the writer discovers Billie is really a diamond-in-the-rough and they take well-deserved revenge on the crude and arrogant Brock. Mt. SAC Professor Ralph Eastman directs this Mt. SAC production

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

For tickets, call the Performing Box Office at (909) 468-4050 or visit online at www.4tix.org.