April 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

Mt. SAC to Honor 20 Students of Distinction

WALNUT, Calif.––Mt. San Antonio College will honor 20 Students of Distinction at its annual awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Vista Country Club, 20055 E. Colima Road, in Walnut.

These annual awards recognize students for competitive, academic, and personal achievement as well as outstanding service to the college. Recipients of this year’s Academic Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.75 GPA, are Aldo Hadiwijaya of Corona, Sijin Yan of Covina, Veronica Chavez of Baldwin Park, and Eunice Briët.

Recipients of the Service Achievement award, who earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and provided notable volunteer service to the college and community, are Cinthia Rios of Hacienda Heights, Cynthia Nunes Robinson of Rancho Cucamonga, Edgar Morelos of Pomona, and Melissa E. Candell of Pomona.

Recipients of Personal Achievement award, who were selected based on a minimum 2.75 GPA and overcame personal hardship, are Alexandra Nina Latorre of Pomona, Chloekae B. Nepomuceno of West Covina, Heather Dawn Melendez of Upland, Jayson Amrit Heyer of La Verne, Jazmin Salgado of Baldwin Park, Nicholas Ryan Lazzareschi of Brea, and Rhonda S. Walker of Chino Hills.

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 Adrian Ramirez of Ontario, Brody Goens of Chino Hills, Edward Isao Sanchez of Covina, Nathan Kenji Pike of West Covina, Tiziana Ruiz Dominguez of Murrieta.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $15 and must be purchased by May 6 through the Student Life Office: (909) 274-4525.


Mt. SAC to Unveil Karl Benjamin’s Mosaic Triangle Series

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College and its Public Arts Council will unveil the first of a series of mosaic reproductions of internationally renown Claremont artist Karl Benjamin during an unveiling ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Mt. SAC Art Complex, building 1A.

Following the unveiling ceremony, a discussion of the mosaic exhibit will be facilitated in the Feddersen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Four of the artist’s eight-panel Triangle Series have been reproduced and will be unveiled, representing the first phase of the project. Noted mosaicist Alba Cisneros was commissioned to reproduce all of the 6’ x 6’ square panels, which will be mounted on concrete structures in front of the campus Art Complex to be enjoyed by students. The mosaic project is a living legacy to the art of Benjamin, who was an influential part of the California art scene since the early 1950s.

Benjamin was a painter of vibrant geometric abstractions and was known as a “Hard Edge painter” whose work reflected the relationship between color and form. He experienced early success in 1950s with showings at museums and community galleries in Southern California, but the exhibit that put his work under a national spotlight and gave him a lasting label was Four Abstract Classicists in 1959. The exhibit, which also featured the work of three other Los Angeles-based artists, was viewed as Los Angeles’ answer to Abstract Expressionism and was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum (later to become LACMA), the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and Queen’s College in Ireland.

Subsequently, Benjamin produced a critically acclaimed body of work that explores a vast array of color relationships. He was also a public school teacher until 1977. In 1979, he began a second teaching career as the artist-in-residence at Pomona College and also taught art classes at the Claremont Graduate School. Later, Benjamin was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1983 and again in 1989, and secured a prominent place in "Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Mid-Century," a 2007-09 national traveling show organized by the Orange County Museum of Art.

The unveiling is being held in conjunction with Mt. SAC’s 66th Annual Student Art Exhibition, a juried exhibit of works by Mt. SAC art, animation, and photography students, with an opening reception to be held on Thursday, May 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Art Gallery. The free exhibit runs through June 5. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Art Gallery’s website at www.mtsac.edu/artgallery or call the gallery at (909) 274-4328.


Mt. SAC Forensics Team Wins Back-to-Back National Titles

WALNUT, Calif.–––For the second straight year and the third time in the last four years, the Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won the Phi Rho Pi national speech title at the national tournament held April 7-12 at Casper and Northwest colleges in Denver.

Mt. SAC edged out rival Moorpark College for the community college title, while Matthew Schaupp (Pomona) won first place in parliamentary debate and Barrett Tate (West Covina) placed fifth for the Bovero-Tabor Award, which recognizes the best individual speakers. All together, Mt. SAC won seven gold medals, five silver medals, and nine bronze medals.

Gold medals winners for Mt. SAC were Tate in impromptu speaking and informative speaking, Conny Chege (Chino Hills) in interpretation, Joshua Hartwell (Upland) in informative speaking, Chege and Hartwell in duo interpretation, Christian Green (Claremont) in poetry interpretation, and Jasmine Paek (Hacienda Heights) in informative speaking.

Silver medals winners were Jendi Samai (Chino Hills) in communication analysis. Naseen Akramian (Upland) in impromptu speaking, Tate and Akramian in parliamentary debate, Schaupp and Chidi Agu (Chino Hills) in parliamentary debate, and Sowmya Murthy (Chino Hills) in persuasive speaking.

Bronze medal winners were Samai in prose interpretation and Lincoln-Douglas debate, Agu in speech to entertain, Schaupp in informative speaking, Murthy in communication analysis, Murthy and Hartwell in parliamentary debate, Jonathan Roach (Upland) in poetry interpretation and speech to entertain, and Matthew Covalt (Chino Hills) and Kristen Swafford (Walnut) in parliamentary debate.

This championship victory marks the ninth time Mt. SAC has won the Phi Rho Pi national title. Combined with four wins as the top community college at the four-year college national tournament, the championship marks the 13th time in the last 20 years that Mt. SAC has been recognized as the top community college in the nation.

Professors Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Roger Willis-Raymondo coach the team.

Mt. SAC Ensembles Win Big at Reno Jazz Fest

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College’s Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz group Frontline each won first place in their respective divisions at the 52nd Annual Reno Jazz Festival held April 10-12 at the University of Nevada.

This year’s wins mark the first time Frontline has taken first place at the festival while the Mt. SAC Jazz Ensemble has won the college division at the festival four of the last five years. Frontline competed against 12 ensembles from community colleges and universities, including Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Sacramento. The jazz band competed against 16 university and two-year college bands.

Mt. SAC’s Tama Shutts (Upland) won the Outstanding College Vocal Musician Award at the festival. His renditions of Burt Bacharach’s “Wives and Lovers” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star” earned rave reviews at the competition.

The festival provides a platform for college competition as well as participation in music workshops and concerts highlighted by performances by the some of the legends of jazz.

Professor Bill McIntosh directs Frontline, and professor Jeff Ellwood directs the Mt. SAC Jazz Ensemble.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

Mt. SAC Theater to Stage “The Diviners” April 18 & 19

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of Jim Leonard’s “The Diviners” on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

“The Diviners” tells the story of a soul-searching ex-preacher who stumbles upon a small town in need of spiritual guidance. Reluctant as he may be, he finds purpose with the townsfolk and, in particular, one unique boy. Terrified of the water because of a childhood trauma, the boy trusts the preacher with his rehabilitation. Together, they must work with the town to find their own individual salvation. “The Diviners” is a beautiful and compelling story about forgiveness and faith—forgiveness in others, forgiveness in one's self and faith in humanity.

Theater Professor Matthew Burgos directs this Mt. SAC production.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors, students, and children under 12.

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 Win 12 Medals at HOSA State Competition

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College health career students won six gold medals and six silver medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held March 29-April 1 in Anaheim. More than 2,100 students competed at the state competition.

Nichole Campos (Covina), James Nma Onwuka (Highland), and Blanca Tovar-Garcia (Mira Loma) won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Felicia Dunn (Upland), Jessica Munoz (Riverside), and Cecily French (Pomona) won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.

Darlene Cabrera (Rowland Heights), Mercedes Hamilton (Pomona), and Lori Osterman Fructuoso (La Verne) took silver medals in creative problem solving. Deborah Delgado (Norwalk), Irma Macias (Azusa), and Denise Workman (Diamond Bar) won silver medals in biomedical debate.

All 12 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 25-28 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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.