April 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Mt. SAC Art Gallery to Host 63rd Student Art Exhibition

WALNUT, Calif.–– The 63rd Annual Mt. San Antonio College Student Art Exhibition will open Tuesday, May 10, and runs through Thursday, May 26, in the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The annual show is a juried event and features the best original work by Mt. SAC art, photography, and animation students. A special opening reception with entertainment and refreshments will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening hours are held on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.


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 21 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, academic, and personal achievement. Recipients of this year’s Academic Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.75 GPA, are Ayaka Ando of Irvine, Brenda Anne Chandler of Ontario, Douglas Jonathan Ong of Chino Hills, Jacqueline Sun of La Puente, and Joohee Sohn of Pomona.

Recipients of the Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and provided notable volunteer service to the college and community, are Rebecca Lynne Alonzo of Walnut, Guadalupe De La Cruz of Duarte, Nichole Marie Escamilla of Whittier, Patrick J. Martinez of Diamond Bar, and Jesus E. H. Rios of Walnut.

Recipients of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Laurie Lynn Covarrubias of West Covina, Jennifer Lynn Donahue of Pasadena, Amy MacKinnon of Pomona, Amna Pervez of Hacienda Heights, and Iosif Todoran of Riverside.

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 Alexa Kaylan Limon of La Habra, James Martin of Chino Hills, DeRod Taylor of West Covina, Diana Zambrano of La Puente, and Jessica Arias Zerrudo of San Dimas.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $15 and must be purchased by May 10 through the Student Life Office: (909) 594-5611, ext. 4525.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win 25 Awards at JACC Convention

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College journalism students won 25 awards recently at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state conference in Sacramento.

“Once again, our students had an impressive showing with some big wins at the state journalism conference, “ said Toni Albertson, Mt. SAC journalism professor and advisor for the student newspaper, The Mountaineer.

Beatrice Alcala (West Covina) won first place in the magazine design competition and third place for photo illustration. Alcala, Shadi Jurdi (Chino Hills), and Aldo Padilla (Phillips Ranch) won first place for magazine cover.

Isai Rocha (Baldwin Park) won second place for broadcast news writing. James Choy (Walnut) took third place for sports photo and fourth place for online photo. Sabina Gallier (Ontario) took third place for feature writing, and Raul DePaz (La Puente) took third place for magazine photo. Peter Pham (Rowland Heights) took fourth place for feature photo.

Top editor awards went to Mountaineer editor-in-chief Claudia Gonzalez (Baldwin Park), Mountiewire.com editor-in-chief Isai Rocha (Baldwin Park), Substance Magazine editor-in-chief Shadi Jurdi (Chino). Mt. SAC’s student magazine, Substance Magazine, won its fourth consecutive general excellence award.

Honorable mentions went to Alcala and Jessica Cardenas (Rancho Cucamonga) for student designed advertisement; Gonzalez, Lianna Sapien (La Puente), and Evan Lancaster (West Covina) for news story; Jurdi for opinion story; Pham for editorial cartoon; and Alcala, Brigette Lugo (Covina), and Albert Serna (Covina) for team feature.

The convention featured the competition for hundreds of community college journalism students throughout the state.


Mt. SAC Students Win 10 Medals at State HOSA Competition

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College health career students won three gold medals, four silver medals, and three bronze medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held in Sacramento on April 6-10. More than 1,600 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the state competition.

Tiffanie Dunn (Covina), Brian Ragland (Fontana), and Rashida Chappell (Rancho Cucamonga) won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Dunn and Chappell were also top finalists in the Kaiser Permanente healthcare issues examination.

Alyssa Lee (Pomona), Elizabeth Meneses (Diamond Bar), Judith Ongere (Covina), and Joe Diaz (Pomona) won silver medals in the creative problem solving competition. Cleo Ashmore (Corona), Sikiru Bamgbose (Highland), and Susana Palomares (West Covina) won bronze medals in creative problem solving.

All 10 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 22-25 at the Anaheim Hilton.

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 Theater to Stage “Antigone” April 22-23

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of “Antigone” on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, at 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater. A special Saturday matinee performance will be given on April 23 at 2 p.m.

“Antigone” is an ancient story—and one of the very first plays ever preserved—but it unfolds a very modern dilemma: What to do when confronted with a choice between family values and society’s rules. Caught between tradition and bureaucracy, Antigone stands up for her family in the face of tyrannical oppression and censure. Sophocles’ classic play from the Greek Golden Age examines and answers the question of who the real loser is in a battle between two inflexible forces.

Theater Professor Leigh Kennicott directs this Mt. SAC production.

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

For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.4tix.org.

Mt. SAC Students Take Home “AeroDef Award” in Manufacturing Competition

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College’s Engineering Design Technology Team won the first-ever AeroDef Outstanding Project Award at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers AeroDef conference held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 5.

The Mt. SAC students, part of a multi-departmental team, won for their computerized torque tools entry in the student manufacturing competition portion of the event, an exposition and convention for companies in the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry.

“This is a significant achievement for our students to compete, win, and shine in the front of some of the giants in the aerospace industry,” said Mt. SAC Architecture & Engineering Design Professor Max Lizarraga.

The torque tool entry, designed to ensure safety in aircraft maintenance, alerts the user when he or she has reached the appropriate torque. The device uses Bluetooth functionality to read the torque level and send a signal that could be routed to a nearby computer. The data signal from a current job in progress could in turn be monitored for safety by a supervisor.

Mt. SAC students who worked on the project were Richie Han (Walnut), Abdul Hameed (Baldwin Park), David Couzens (Walnut), and Amy Russell (Pomona).

More than 100 companies from the aerospace industry such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin participated in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers 25th annual convention.