April 2010


Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win 56 Awards at State Conferences

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College journalism students won a total of 53 awards at two statewide competitions recently.

Mt. SAC won 36 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state conference in Los Angeles. Mt. SAC’s student newspaper, The Mountaineer, won the Pacesetter Award, which is given to the top four colleges in the state for general excellence and the most wins at the convention. The student magazine, Substance Magazine, won its third consecutive general excellence award.

Students then won another 17 awards including five first-place awards at the California College Media Association’s (CCMA) annual awards conference and competition at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Substance Magazine won the first-place award for general excellence, competing against university publications. This was the first year community colleges were allowed to compete at the CCMA conference.


Mt. SAC Honors 20 Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.–– Mt. San Antonio College will honor 20 Students of Distinction at the college's annual awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, May 15 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. These students earned a minimum 3.75 GPA. Recipients of this year's Academic Achievement award are Kyunghee Kim of Chino Hills; Trevor Lum of Rowland Heights; and Brian Santa Maria, Rebecca Stewart, and Cindy Xiao of West Covina.

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 Carmina Del Mundo and Koffi Rene Yves Kouassi of West Covina, Lisa Ann Bastio of Pomona, Israel Correa of Hacienda Heights, and Xaiver Padilla of Upland.

Recipients of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Araceli Gonzalez of Baldwin Park, Armando Barajas of La Puente, Evelyn Vargas Gutierrez of Pomona, Mary Regina Dinsmore of Walnut, and Xingjia Xu of Rowland Heights.

Recipients of the Competitive Achievement award earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and earned distinction as part of a competitive student group or team. These winners are Carissa Bronson of Hills, Emiliano Zapata Bolado of Covina, Nathan Hirsch of Brea, Rikiesha Pierce of Moreno Valley, and Wesley Yao of Arcadia.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $15 and must be purchased by May 6 through the Student Life Office: (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.


Mt. SAC Holds First Farm Day

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Agricultural Sciences Department will open its doors to the public for the first-ever Mt. SAC Farm Day on Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mt. SAC farm.

A day of great outdoor activities for the entire family is planned for this free event, which will include farm tours, hay rides, a barbecue, and games. Visit with the equine, porcine, and bovine residents on campus and get your photo taken with your favorite animal. Sow your own seeds on the farm or get carried away by Tractor Mania.

Mt. SAC’s Agricultural Sciences Department offers a comprehensive program in animal science, horticulture, and veterinary technician instruction. Facilities include an equine center, livestock pavilion, horticulture unit, animal care unit, raptor rehabilitation center, and the future $25-million agricultural sciences complex scheduled to open later this year.

For more information on Farm Day, call Agricultural Sciences Professor Jamie Sakugawa at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4598.

Mt. SAC Forensics Takes Gold Medal at National Speech Tournament

WALNUT, Calif.––The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won the first-place gold medal in the individual events sweepstakes and third place in the overall sweepstakes at the 2010 Phi Rho Pi national speech tournament held recently in New Orleans, La.

Mt. SAC, which won a total of 24 medals, placed third out of 65 teams at the national tournament for two-year colleges and won four individual gold medals, fielding the nation’s top speakers in two individual events.

Beena Alvi (Chino Hills) was the national champion in the persuasive speaking category with her speech “Pinkwashing,” about the misuse of breast cancer as a corporate marketing ploy. Rikiesha Pierce (Moreno Valley) was the national champion in the speech to entertain competition with her piece on the economic recession’s long-term aspects on a generation of young Americans who have never known financial hardship.

Other individual gold medalists were Emily Aldana (Claremont) in the informative speaking event and Dawne McClure (Chino Hills) in persuasive speaking.

Seyha Klam (Pomona) and Amy Wangsadipura (Hacienda Heights) won silver medals in the communication analysis category, and Ginna Escobar (Phillips Ranch) won the silver medal in the speech to entertain competition.

Individual bronze medals went to Emiliano Bolado (Covina) in prose, informative speaking, and communication analysis; Rikiesha Pierce (Moreno Valley), Stephanie Sasloff (Claremont), and Arielle Hamilton (Chino Hills) in poetry; Dawne McClure (Chino Hills) in poetry and program oral interpretation; Michael Olivier (Covina) in informative speaking; Amy Wangsadipura (Hacienda Heights) in informative speaking; Ginna Escobar (Phillips Ranch) in dramatic interpretation; and Derod Taylor (West Covina) in speech to entertain.

Mt. SAC students also won the silver and bronze medals in the readers theater competition, and two bronze medals in the duo interpretation event.

The Forensics Team is coached by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, and Jeff Archibald. The team was assisted by Jimmy Nguyen, Steve Seagle, and Adam Gonzales.


Mt. SAC Students Advance to SkillsUSA Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.–––Three Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students recently won gold medals at the SkillsUSA state competition and will advance to the SkillsUSA 46th Annual National Leadership conference competition on June 20-25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Our students continue to meet the challenge in this intense competition and now have the opportunity to display their knowledge and skills on a national level,” said Mt. SAC professor and SkillsUSA advisor Max Lizarraga.

Michael Savaglio (Chino) won the first-place gold medal in aviation maintenance, and Austin Gentry (Corona) won first place in architecture at the state competition in San Diego. Crystal Mayfield (Rancho Cucamonga) took the gold medal in electronics technology.

Mt. SAC’s Kalun Cheung (Rowland Heights) won the second-place silver medal in aviation maintenance. In all, 11 Mt. SAC students competed at the state conference.

SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America-VICA) is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health fields. The vocational education organization represents more than 310,000 students in over 13,000 chapters in all 50 states.

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Mt. SAC Holds 2nd Annual Children’s Literature Day May 8

WALNUT, Calif.–––Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Barney Saltzberg will be one of the featured authors at Mt. San Antonio College’s second annual Children’s Literature Day on Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mt. SAC’s Student Life Center, building 9C. This event is free and open to the public.

Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including "Crazy Hair Day," "Are You Ready for Baby?," and "Animal Kisses." He also teaches through the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program and has recorded four albums of music for children. His music has been used on PBS television’s "Arthur."

Saltzberg will be joined by local children’s authors Alexis O’Neill, "The Recess Queen" and "The Worst Best Friend," and Malathi Michelle Iyengar, "Tan to Tamarind: Poems on the Color Brown." Also part of the program are comedian juggler Michael Rayner, who has appeared on both "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Sesame Street," and children’s musician Tim Williams.

For more information, visit childrenslitday.mtsac.edu or call Professor Tamra Horton at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4753.


Olympian Allyson Felix to Headline 52nd Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif.––– Olympian Allyson Felix will headline a marquee of track and field stars at this year’s Mt. SAC Relays, set for April 10, 15-17 at the college stadium.

“This is the Relays’ 52nd year, and the meet is as exciting as it’s ever been,” said Relays Director Doug Todd. “This year’s talent is strong with some of the world’s top athletes competing.”

Felix won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the women’s 4x400 relay and is a two-time Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters.

Other notable competitors include world-class high jumper Jamie Nieto, who was the 2003 U.S.A. outdoor champion (7’ 6.5”), and pole vaulter Giovanni Lanaro, who was a silver medalist at the 2007 Pan Am Games.

Some of college teams competing are UCLA, USC, Michigan, Arkansas, Brigham Young University, Oregon, Washington State, Southern Illinois, and Colorado State. In all, more than 13,000 athletes––including Youth Days participants––will compete.

The 52nd Relays begin with the community college competition on April 10. The distance carnival begins April 15, and the collegiate elite invitational runs on April 16. The high school invitational, Puma Collegiate Classic, and International Day of Champions are all scheduled for April 17.

Tickets are $10 for April 10, $10 for April 15, $12 for April 16, and $20 for April 17.

Tickets are available through the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050 or online at www.4tix.org.