April 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Mt. SAC to Honor 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 18 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 Ken Vittayarukskul of El Monte, Lizbeth D. Zuniga of Hacienda Heights, Melanie Andrea Montano of West Covina, Tun T. Aung of Hacienda Heights, and Valeria Zaporozhets of Walnut. .

Recipients of the Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and provided notable volunteer service to the college and community, are Angelica C. Ekeke of Chino Hills, Austin Gregory Cooper of Walnut, Awais Spall of Diamond Bar, Dennis T. Lee of Chino Hills, and Edgar Omar Soto Zuniga of La Puente.

Recipients of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Gabriela Amel of Pomona, Jesse David Casillas of La Verne, Rene Amel Peralta of Pomona, Robert T. Cortez of Montclair, and Yomeri Castuera of Claremont.

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 Jasmine Marie Hennessy of Rowland Heights, Joshua Ryan Gordon of Montclair, Justin Ogan of Yorba Linda, Saleen Victoria Sanchez of Whittier, and Sarah Beckham of Chino Hills.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $15 and must be purchased by May 7 through the Student Life Office: (909) 274-4525.

Mt. SAC Planetarium Programs Scheduled in May

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium presents a series of programs on the stars and planets with evening and afternoon showings for adults and children in May.

"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket," a special program for children, will be presented on Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m. In this program, two children are on the adventure of a lifetime when they build a rocket out of cardboard and go on an exciting journey through the solar system using nothing but an astronomy book, their own imaginations, and the magic of the cardboard rocket.

"Star Tales," a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, May 3, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Learn the stories behind the heavenly bodies and find out how to view them from your own backyard.

"Astronaut," a program on what it takes to be an astronaut, will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject “Chad,” our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

"Awesome Light: Discoveries from the Telescopes of Maunakea," a program on recent telescope discoveries, will be shown Saturday, May 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Find out what discoveries can be made with telescopes by experiencing the observatories in Maunakea, Hawaii. Chase asteroids with NASA’s Infrared Telescope, watch supernovae through the giant 2.2-meter optical telescope, and share stories with the astronomers of tomorrow.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.


Mt. SAC Forensics Team Wins Community College National Title

WALNUT, Calif., April 24, 2013––– The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won the overall sweepstakes taking first place at the Phi Rho Phi National Championship Tournament, held April 16-20 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.

Mt. SAC students won six gold medals, three silver medals, and 11 bronze medals. Mt. SAC’s total of 180 points placed first ahead of Irvine Valley College and El Camino College with identical scores of 148.5. More than 400 students from 60 community colleges competed at the national tournament.

Awais Spall (Diamond Bar) won gold medals in the impromptu and informative speaking events, as well as a silver medal as part of a parliamentary debate team. Cliff Davis (Rancho Cucamonga) won a gold medal in the impromptu event and a silver medal as part of a parliamentary debate team with Spall. Shalimar Malimban (Diamond Bar) won a gold medal in program oral interpretation, and the team of Barrett Tate (Walnut) and Brandon Orewyler (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in parliamentary debate. Conny Chege (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in program oral interpretation.

Kelly McDivett (Ontario) won silver medals in informative speaking and prose, while Rachel Tennell (Ontario) won silver in analysis and a bronze medal in informative speaking. Jon Roach (Upland) won a bronze medal in the poetry competition, and Jannelle Hill (Walnut) won a bronze medal in program oral interpretation. Swaim Guetling (Walnut) and Ricky Recinos (Fontana) took bronze medals in dramatic interpretation, while Desiree Kroner (West Covina) took the bronze in the impromptu speaking event and David Kim (Walnut) won a bronze medal in the debate competition.

The team of Recinos and Malimban won a bronze medal in the duo interpretation competition, while two Mt. SAC teams won bronze medals in reader’s theater category.

The team is coached by faculty members Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Shae Hsieh. Since 1994, Mt. SAC has won eight community college national titles and has placed among the top 10 in university-level competition four times.


Mt. SAC Professor Honored with Diversity Award

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College Communication Professor Liesel Reinhart was honored with the 2013 Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award at the spring plenary session of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges on April 19 in San Francisco.

Reinhart, a resident of Altadena, received the award along with $5,000 from the Foundation for California Community Colleges for her work and commitment to helping underrepresented students.

“Rather than specializing in work for a single student population, her career reflects a consistent series of high-impact projects and programs that enhance the experience of African-American, Asian-American, Latino, LGBT, and deaf students while making the campus climate more open for all individuals,” said Mt. SAC Academic Senate President Eric Kaljumagi.

At Mt. SAC, she helped create the Black History Month Speech Contest, which celebrates African-American history as part of a speech contest. She has also been actively involved as collaborator with former Mt. SAC communication students on an original play, N*IGGER WETB*CK CH*NK (N*W*C), which deals with racial stereotypes. The play has toured the nation for six years and has been performed in more than 40 states for over 100,000 people.

Reinhart also serves as the communication department chairperson at Mt. SAC and served for many years as the coach for the college’s speech team.


Mt. SAC Theater to Stage “Still Life with Iris” April 19-21

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of Steven Dietz’s adventure fantasy drama “Still Life with Iris” on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater. Special matinee performances will be given on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.

“Still Life with Iris” is a fantastical adventure that centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things––home. Iris lives with her mom in the magical land of Nocturno. When the mysterious rulers steal Iris and her memory, it takes great courage, determination, and the help of a few very interesting friends for her to find her way back home. “Still Life with Iris” is an exciting, funny, and whimsical journey for the whole family and is suitable for all ages.

Theater Professor Matthew Burgos directs this Mt. SAC production.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors, students, and children 13 and under.

For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 274-2050. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.tickets.mtsac.edu.


Mt. SAC Students Advance to SkillsUSA Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students Rhiannon Britney, Allan Kang, and Xiaoquing Wu won gold medals at the SkillsUSA state competition in San Diego April 4 - 7 and will advance to the SkillsUSA 49th Annual National Leadership Conference competition in June.

Britney (West Covina) won the gold medal in technical drafting, Wu (Walnut) won the gold medal in architectural drafting, and Kang (Hacienda Heights) won the gold medal for culinary arts. The three Mt. SAC students will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held on June 25-28 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“All nine of our students that we sent to the state competition came home with medals, and that’s quite an accomplishment,” said Mt. SAC professor and SkillsUSA advisor Max Lizarraga, who also serves as the SkillsUSA Region 3 coordinator.

Other medal winners include Carlos Galdamez (West Covina), who won the gold medal in technical design; Rodolfo Herrera (La Puente), who won the silver medal in technical drafting; and Jose Gomez (Azusa), who won a silver medal in electronic technology. Bronze medal winners were Cesar Bustamante (Anaheim) in electronic technology, Phillip Tran (Rosemead) in welding MIG, and Brittany Johnson (La Puente) in commercial baking. This year’s event marks the first time Mt. SAC’s Consumer Science & Design Technology Department has participated in the competition.

The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, more than 5,700 students competed and over 1,500 judges and contest organizers participated in the national event. This year, the national conference will occupy an area the size of 17 football fields filled with tools, machinery, and equipment for the competition.

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 330,000 students in over 13,500 chapters in all 54 state and territorial associations.


Mt. SAC Student Awarded National Scholarship

WALNUT, Calif.––– Mt. San Antonio College honor student Awais Spall has been named as one of 20 recipients of the national 2013 Guistwhite scholarship to be awarded during Phi Theta Kappa’s 95th annual convention on April 4-6 in San Jose.

A Diamond Bar resident, Spall will receive the $5,000 scholarship based on academic achievement, service to the college and community, and participation in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. The scholarship is earmarked for baccalaureate studies.

“The Guistwhite scholarship is a very prestigious award that recognizes Awais’ academic excellence and commitment to service on campus,” said Mt. SAC Honors Program Director Carolyn Kuykendall.

Spall is a philosophy major and carries a 4.0 GPA. At Mt. SAC, he has served as the PTK service vice president and is a member of the college’s forensics team. With PTK, he coordinated the mentorship program and an animal shelter project. He also volunteers in the community with the Fullerton “Barks of Love” program, a dog adoption project. He plans to transfer to UC Berkeley next fall.

The scholarship is named after Dr. Jack Guistwhite, who established the first designated transfer scholarship for PTK students at Florida Atlantic University in 1975. Since then, thousands of students have benefited from the program.