May 2001

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2001

Mt. SAC Hires New Human Resources VP

Walnut, CA ... Wade Frary, the Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations at Antelope Valley College, has been named the new Vice President of Human Resources at Mt. San Antonio College. Frary starts at Mt. SAC on July 9.

Frary has over 20 years of executive level experience, including 13 years as Director of Personnel at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and five years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. At Antelope Valley College, he has been responsible for recruitment, health benefits, payroll, affirmative action, fiscal budget, risk management, negotiations, and other comprehensive personnel services for Antelope Valley's 740 employees. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers, the College University Personnel Association, and the Association of Community College Administrators.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Social Science from Colorado State University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

Frary fills the position formerly held by Peter Parra, who retired after 12 years as Mt. SAC's Vice President of Human Resources.

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Mt. SAC Workers Hold Blood Drive to Save Child's Life

Walnut, CA ... Employees at Mt. San Antonio College have organized a weekly blood donor vanpool to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles to help save the life of Breanna Schmidt, the infant daughter of co-worker Dave Schmidt, a telecommunications technician and part-time electronics professor at Mt. SAC.

Every Friday until Breanna is well enough to come home, Mt. SAC staff have arranged a vanpool that will meet in the college's maintenance parking area and will transport potential blood donors to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Breanna, who was born April 14, is awaiting a lung transplant. The infant was born with a condition called pneumothorax, which prevents her lungs from expanding. Doctors at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana discovered the problem. From there, she was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles and finally to Children's Hospital, where Breanna is on an organ donor list. She could be the youngest lung transplant recipient in history.

She was put on an ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxidation) pump, has battled infection, and is in need of blood. She is blood type O positive.

For information or to donate blood during any of the Friday vanpools to Children's Hospital, call Mt. SAC switchboard operator Rondell Griffin at (909) 594-5611, ext. 7777.

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Mt. SAC's 'Camp of Champions' Set for July 9-12

Walnut, CA ... The players and coaches of the Mt. SAC Football Team, the 2000 Mission Conference Champions, will hold their fourth annual Camp of Champions, a four-day instructional football camp for children age 7-14, to be held Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, at Mt. SAC.

The football camp will teach the techniques of conditioning, catching, passing, tackling, running, and blocking. All sessions will be taught by Mt. SAC coaches and demonstrated by Mt. SAC players. Mt. SAC is the home of the 1997 National Championship Mounties.

Registration fees are $100 with football cleats, $75 without cleats.

To sign up for the Mt. SAC Football Camp of Champions or for more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4883.

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Older Adult Art Show Exhibits at Mt. SAC Gallery

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will present an exhibit of artwork by students in Mt. SAC’s Lifelong Learning Community Education classes, the Older Adult Art Show, which runs Friday, June 15, through Saturday, June 23.

All of the pieces of artwork on exhibit--watercolor, oil painting, jewelry, and china painting--were created by students in the Lifelong Learning Program, a program for older adults offered through Mt. SAC's Community Education and Economic Development Division. The classes are provided at community and senior centers throughout the local area.

An opening reception, with entertainment and refreshments supplied by Rancho Park Villa of San Dimas and Sun Bridge of Glendora, will be held on Friday, June 15, 5 p.m. Special gallery hours for this exhibit are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; and evenings, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 17.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Community Education and Economic Development Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.

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Mt. SAC's 'Singcopation' Named for Honor in 'Downbeat'

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's vocal jazz ensemble "Singcopation" was named as a co-winner of the college jazz vocal choir category in Downbeat Magazine's 24th Annual Student Music Awards. The award was announced in the June 2001 issue of Downbeat.

Downbeat's Student Music Awards recognize excellence in a variety of jazz music categories at schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States. Downbeat is the jazz world's premiere music magazine.

Earlier this year, "Singcopation," directed by Mt. SAC Music Professor Bruce Rogers, was chosen to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators national convention in New York City.

The selection process for the national convention, which featured performances by the best instrumental and vocal jazz groups in the United States, is extremely competitive. Every jazz group in the country is invited to send recordings which are judged by an all-star panel.

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Faculty Retirees Have 202 Years of Service

Walnut, CA ... Seven Mt. San Antonio College faculty members are retiring this May with a combined total of 202 years of service to the college.

Patrick Allaway, Professor of English, is retiring after 31 years of teaching at Mt. SAC. He established the English Department's cinema course, Cinema 15, and graded more than 31,000 essays during his time at the college. Allaway, a resident of Santa Monica, served as one of the commencement speakers during the graduation for the Class of 2001.

Art Boster, Agricultural Sciences Professor, has 29 years of service to the college. He was in charge of the Agriculture Department's swine show team and previously also headed the department's dairy program. For years, he was involved with the L.A. County Fair, the Chino Fair, the Norco Valley Fair, and the California Farm Bureau. Last year, he was honored with the Future Farmers of America Distinguished Service Award. In retirement, Boster, a resident of Norco, plans to continue with his livestock business and will continue to work as a consultant with the L.A. County Fair dairy division.

Joanne Floyd, an Office Technology Professor, is retiring after 25 years at Mt. SAC. She helped establish the desktop publishing program at the college and also co-authored several desktop publishing textbooks. She served as the Office Technology Department Chair for seven years, and in 1990, she was named Mt. SAC's Educator of the Year. Floyd, a resident of Claremont, has also been active in the community, serving nine years on the Board of Directors for Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital and the past two years as president of the Marshall Canyon Women's Golf Club.

Jose Jacinto, a Philosophy Professor, has 34 years of service to the college. In addition to teaching philosophy classes, he also taught Staff Development courses at Mt. SAC. During his time at Mt. SAC, he taught philosophy and religion in Spain for a semester and was one of a group of community college instructors to receive a Department of Education grant to study in Egypt. Jacinto, a resident of Corona, helped establish Mt. SAC's Summer Bridge Program, a college transition program for at risk students.

Virginia McBride is retiring after 34 years of teaching English at Mt. SAC. She was involved in the establishing courses that integrated computers and writing, and helped develop distance learning courses at the college. She also created Mt. SAC's "Open Forum" in the 1960's and 1970's as a weekly open microphone program to air differences. Outside of Mt. SAC, McBride, a resident of Sierra Madre, has received numerous awards and honors: including the President's Special Award from the National Association of Business Owners, the IBM and League for Innovation's Competition for Excellence award for developing educational software, an Appointment to the Chancellor's Office Telecommunications Advisory Board, and the opportunity to serve on the Digital California Project, a project designed to develop a total education network for the state.

Robert Michel, a Math Professor through Mt. SAC's Learning Assistance Program and Assistant Football Coach, has 14 years of service to the college. At Mt. SAC, he was the Mounties' defensive coordinator for a year and defensive line coach. Before Mt. SAC, he was at Fullerton College for five years and at Tustin High School for 20 years. Michel, a resident of Irvine, coached two national championship college football teams--Fullerton College in 1983 and Mt. SAC in 1997--and was named Orange County Athletic Director of the Year in 1980 while at Tustin High School.

John Reck, a Business Administration Professor, is retiring after 35 years at Mt. SAC. He taught economics and also established Mt. SAC's College Starter Program. In 1970-71, he served as Acting Dean of Business Education at Mt. SAC. Outside of Mt. SAC, Reck, a resident of Diamond Bar, was active in the Rotary Club and was honored with the Cal State L.A. Alumni Association's Outstanding Achievement in School Administration award.

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Mt. SAC's Youngest Grad Started College at Age 15

Walnut, CA ... Rebekah Gillis is just one of Mt. San Antonio College's 1,445 graduates this May. But what sets Rebekah apart from the rest of the Class of 2001 is that at 18 years old she is Mt. SAC's youngest graduate this spring.

"Going to Mt. SAC was a completely different experience with so many different people and different ideas," said Gillis, who received her associate degree in liberal arts on May 18 during Mt. SAC's 55th commencement ceremony.

Gillis, a resident of Pomona, began at Mt. SAC when she was 15 years old. She attended elementary school, but after fifth grade, she was home schooled through the sophomore year of high school. Later, she decided to go Mt. SAC.

"The first day I didn't know what to expect, but after that I wasn't intimidated," she said.

Next fall, Gillis plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona and to major in hotel and restaurant management. She said she wants to go on to earn her MBA and eventually wants to manage a hotel.

"I like Mt. SAC because it prepared me to work," she said.

The 1,445 graduates of Mt. SAC's Class of 2001 received 1,558 associate degrees and heard four short commencement addresses by faculty and students at the college.

Dr. Ron Reel, a Communication Professor at Mt. SAC since 1988 and the current Faculty Association President, delivered his address, “You Can Reach The Unreachable Dream.” Retiring English Professor Patrick Allaway also delivered an address to the Class of 2001, “The College as Marketplace.” Allaway is retiring this May after teaching for 31 years at Mt. SAC.

Mt. SAC Associated Students President Bill Goodman gave his speech, “Together We Achieve.” Goodman, a resident of Walnut, is an English major at Mt. SAC and is one of the College’s 2001 Students of Distinction. And Angelique Tavizon, an honors student and member of Mt. SAC's National Championship Forensics Team, gave a speech titled "Mountie Pride." Tavizon, who also chairs the student Inter-Club Council, is a resident of West Covina. Both Tavizon and Goodman are graduating this May.

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Mt. SAC to Offer Leadership Courses

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Community Education and Economic Development will offer two Saturday workshops on personal growth, business, and community leadership on June 23 and July 21. These all day workshops cover leadership principles, strategies, and skills for personal growth.

On Saturday, June 23, Leadership 101 looks at discovering a “sense of purpose,” developing leader credibility, ethics, improving listening skills, managing change, developing commitment to action and service, and person growth.

On Saturday, July 21, Leadership 102 continues with facilitation, coaching and mentoring, visionary leadership, developing collaboration and teamwork, leading change, inspiring “a sense of community and service,” and organizational growth.

The cost for these workshops is $91 for both or $51 for either one, plus a $4 materials fee.

To register or for more information, call Community Education and Economic Development at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.

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Community Partner Awardees Named

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College honored its outstanding partnerships at the sixth annual Partnership Awards Breakfast, "Partners for Success," May 11 at Mountain Meadows Country Club in Pomona.

The awards breakfast is held to acknowledge community businesses, agencies, and organizations that have developed partnerships with Mt. SAC. Representatives from more than 60 area businesses attended.

Campus offices and departments honored outstanding community partnerships in the following areas: the Community Education and Economic Development Outstanding Partnerships, Emilio's Restaurant and the Radisson Hotel; the Exercise Science/Wellness Outstanding Partnership, La Verne Fire Department; the Small Business Development Center Outstanding Partnership, the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce; the Information and Educational Technology Outstanding Partnership, the Xerox Corporation; the Performance Improvement Outstanding Partnership, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership; the Career Placement Services Outstanding Partnership, United Airlines; the Community Education Special Programs Outstanding Partnership, Career Partners; The Training Source Outstanding Partnership, Lanterman Developmental Center; the Mt. SAC Relays Outstanding Partnership, Nike, Inc., West Regional Office; the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center Outstanding Partnership, The California Endowment; the Financial Aid Outstanding Partnership, the Rowland Unified School District; the Institutional Advancement Outstanding Partnership, the Highlander; the Agricultural Sciences Department Outstanding Partnership, Disneyland; the Photographics Program Outstanding Partnership, Claremont Camera; the High School Outreach Department Outstanding Partnership, Pomona High School; and the President's Award, Assemblyman Bob Pacheco.

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Mt. SAC Journalism Students Take Home Community College Awards

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College journalism students won seven awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual conference in Fresno, April 27-29.

Mt. SAC student Cecilia Meza (Chino Hills) won second place for on-the-spot tabloid design and received two honorable mentions for inside page layout design. Shaun Emerson (Rialto) won fourth place for on-the-spot feature photo, and Emerson and Felipe Delatorre (Glendora) took third place in the on-the-spot feature category.

Mt. SAC's Scott Carlson (Chino Hills) was also named for an honorable mention for his photo essay, and the Mt. SAC student newspaper staff received an honorable mention for advertisement.

The Mt. SAC student newspaper, the Mountaineer, returned to publication only one year ago after a two-year hiatus.

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Mt. SAC Honors Program Transfers 98% to UCLA

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College’s Honors Program has had 43 of 44 students, or 98 percent of those who applied, accepted for admission to UCLA for the fall 2001 semester through UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAPs), an agreement between UCLA and community colleges that provides honors students with guaranteed priority admission. The forty-fourth student was accepted at UC Berkeley.

The transfer rate for Mt. SAC honors students exceeds that of the total number of transfer applicants to UCLA, 35 percent, and the total of TAPs admissions, 83.5 percent.

One of the benefits of the Honors Program is that honors students are guaranteed priority admission to several state universities and colleges, including UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and others. Honors classes offer students greater opportunity to challenge themselves intellectually in an atmosphere supportive of critical thinking. Requirements for the Honors Program include a grade point average of 3.5. Motivated students may also be waived into the program with teacher recommendations.

For the spring 2001 semester, the Mt. SAC Honors Program offered more than 25 honors classes and has an enrollment of over 500. Mt. SAC’s Honors Program is the largest honors program in the state.
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Community Education Grants to Help Unemployed

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Community Education and Economic Development division was recently awarded two California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office grants that will help train and upgrade skills of CalWORKs participants and low-income unemployed residents in Eastern Los Angeles County.

“Both grants provide training opportunities and job placement for underserved populations in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Mt. SAC Community Education and Economic Development Vice President Karen Meyers.

The first grant, a $325,000 Chancellor’s Office grant, will fund the “San Gabriel Valley Telecommunications Technician Training Program” that will train approximately 100 individuals as telecommunications technicians to meet the local area’s demand. Through the grant, the project will provide 300 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The project will also include post-training in such areas as interviewing techniques and resume writing.

A second grant, the “East Los Angeles County Basic Education and Self-Sufficiency Training Project,” will provide CalWORKs participants and low-income workers with skills needed to get better jobs and become self-sufficient. The $363,000 Chancellor’s Office grant will also provide training in computerized office technology for 200 participants, provide career assessment for 400, and create 150 new jobs.

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Mt. SAC Journalism Student Awarded Times Scholarship

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College journalism student Sue Torres is the recipient of a $750 Los Angeles Times Fund Scholarship for community college journalism students. The award is available to full-time students who show aspirations in journalism and have financial need.

Torres, who is a re-entry student who started back to college in 1997, is a reporter and editor for Mt. SAC's student newspaper, the Mountaineer. She carries a 4.0 grade point average at Mt. SAC and upon graduation plans to transfer to either Cal State Northridge or Cal Poly Pomona.

Torres, a resident of Pomona, plans to become a freelance writer and copy editor.

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Mt. SAC Receives PR Honors

Walnut, CA ... At the 2001 Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) conference and awards competition, Mt. San Antonio College recently won a first-place award and a second-place award for its public relations and publications efforts during the past year.

Mt. SAC won first place for the college’s 1999-2000 highlight video, "New Beginnings," in the college video promotional campaign category. The video features accomplishments and innovations by Mt. SAC departments and students.

Mt. SAC also took a second-place award in the sports media guide category for the college’s 2000 Mt. SAC Relays program. The full color program for 42nd annual Mt. SAC Relays features many of the stars from the world of track and field, and provides in-depth statistics and records for the meet.

CCPRO is the statewide public relations/publications organization for community colleges and is the oldest educational public relations organization in the state.

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Mt. SAC's Class of 2001 Graduates 1,445

Walnut, CA ... Instead of one commencement keynote speaker, the 1,445 graduates of Mt. San Antonio College’s Class of 2001 will hear three of their own deliver graduation addresses during the college’s 55th commencement on Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., in the Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Retiring English Professor Patrick Allaway will deliver his address, “The College as Marketplace.” Allaway is retiring this May after teaching for 31 years at Mt. SAC. In the English Department, he established the cinema course at the college.

Dr. Ron Reel, a Communication Professor at Mt. SAC since 1988 and the current Faculty Association President, will deliver his address, “You Can Reach The Unreachable Dream.” In addition to teaching at Mt. SAC, Dr. Reel previously taught at Georgetown University, Cal Poly Pomona, and Bakersfield College.

Mt. SAC Associated Students President Bill Goodman will deliver his speech, “Together We Achieve.” Goodman, a 26-year-old English major at Mt. SAC, is one of the College’s 2001 Students of Distinction. Goodman, who carries a 3.6 grade point average, plans to transfer to either UCLA or Georgetown. Goodman is a resident of Walnut.

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Mt. SAC Students Clean Up at State, Advance to VICA Nationals

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College drafting, aviation maintenance, welding, and electronics students won nine medals at the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) State Skills Championships held April 19-21 in Riverside, and two of Mt. SAC's gold medalists will advance to the VICA Nationals.

Mt. SAC students Sang Park (Rowland Heights), who won the gold medal in the state electronics technology competition, and Kelepi Tuipulotu (Diamond Bar), who won the state gold medal in aviation maintenance technology, will represent Mt. SAC at the VICA National Skills competition on June 25-30 in Kanas City.

Other state gold medalists for Mt. SAC were Josh Smith (San Dimas) in MIG welding and Jeff Michaels (Chino Hills) in technical computer aided drafting (CAD).

Mt. SAC's four silver medalists were Daniel Fuller (Hacienda Heights) in electronics technology, Eric Child (Chino Hills) in SMAW welding, Frank Blanco (El Monte) in technical CAD, and Peter Erikson (Monrovia) in combo welding. Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar) won the lone bronze medal for Mt. SAC in electronics technology.

VICA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters.

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Mt. SAC Honors Community Partnerships

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College will honor its outstanding partnerships at the sixth annual Partnership Awards Breakfast, "Partners for Success," to be held Friday, May 11, 7:15 to 9 a.m., at Mountain Meadows Country Club in Pomona.

The awards breakfast is held to acknowledge community businesses, agencies, and organizations that have developed partnerships with Mt. SAC. More than 100 area businesses are expected to attend.

Twelve campus offices and departments will honor outstanding community partnerships. Awards will be given from the following areas: Community Education and Economic Development, Exercise Science/Wellness, Public Information, Information and Educational Technology, Performance Improvement, Career Placement Services, Community Education Special Programs, The Training Source, Small Business Development Center, President's Office, the Mt. SAC Relays, and the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center.

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Mt. SAC Professor Receives PTK Award

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College English Professor Mary Brackenhoff is the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Robert Giles Distinguished Advisor Award. Brackenhoff was announced as the award recipient at the 2001 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, March 29-31, in Denver, Colorado.

Over 500 nominees vied for the Phi Theta Kappa award, which recognizes excellence in programs and projects that promote scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges and has more than 1,200 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Japan.

Brackenhoff, who has taught English at Mt. SAC since 1991, received the award for her work as the Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the college for the last seven years. Under her leadership, Mt. SAC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, with more than 400 members, has grown to become the second largest chapter in the California/Nevada District. Brackenhoff is also the co-founder of Mt. SAC's PTK chapter and established the college's Honors Program, the largest community college honors program in the state.

In addition to honors activities, Mt. SAC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter is routinely involved in community service, including tutoring and mentoring children, and volunteering services for campus events.

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Cacique Awards Mt. SAC Students

Walnut, CA ... Cacique USA awarded $5,000 in academic and financial aid awards to Mt. SAC students at the second annual Cacique/Mt. SAC Foundation Single Parent Awards luncheon held April 19 at Mt. SAC.

Mt. SAC student Elizabeth Rouhana received the $500 academic merit scholarship. Cacique also presented nine $500 financial aid awards. Students who received the financial aid awards were Guadalupe Godoy, Christina Gutierrez, Bonnie Manuel, LelaMarie Montanez, Robin Range-Fontenot, Marcia Richardson, Manuela Rojas, Ingrid Littlejohn, and Joanne Persaud.

Cacique Vice President Orlando Ortega made the presentations for Cacique, a cheese and yogurt manufacturer in the City of Industry. Selections were made by the College Scholarship Committee.

The Mt. SAC Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides support to the college through fundraising activities for scholarships and other campus projects.

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THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2001

Mt. SAC Wins Back-to-Back National Speech Titles

Walnut, CA ... For the second year in a row, the Mt. SAC Forensics Team has captured the Phi Rho Pi Speech and Debate National Championship for community colleges held April 9-14 in Jacksonville, Florida. The 2001 competition marked the third time in last four years that Mt. SAC has claimed the national championship.

With 267.5 points, Mt. SAC won the community college title, beating second-place Moorpark College and third-place Orange Coast College. Approximately 500 students from 68 colleges competed for the title, but it was the Mt. SAC students with 19 individual gold medals, five silver medals, and 20 bronze medals who took home the championship.

Individually, Mt. SAC's Miles Gregley (West Covina) won three gold medals by taking first place in the Drama category, in the Speech to Entertain category, and in the Duo Interpretation with teammate Jeremy Berry (San Dimas). Berry also won three gold medals with additional first-place perfromances in the Poetry category and as part of Mt. SAC's Readers' Theater.

Mt. SAC double gold medalists at the national tournament included Marl Gatchalian (Walnut) in Poetry and Speech to Entertain, Susan Hall (Diamond Bar) in Duo Interpretation and Readers' Theater, Rafael Guerrero (West Covina) in Speech to Entertain and Duo Interpretation, Diana Mena (South San Gabriel) in Informative and Impromptu, and Tamara Jacobsen (Corona) in Informative and Readers' Theater.

Other gold medalists were Lisa Chiya (San Dimas) in Communication Analysis, Allan Axibal (Hacienda Heights) in Informative, and Josette Serrano (Diamond Bar) in Readers' Theater.

Silver medalists were Mena in Extemporaneous Speaking, Hall in Prose, Serrano in Program Oral Interpretation, Brian Redfern (Chino) in Communication Analysis, and Tyler Adams (Diamond Bar) in Informative.

Bronze medalists included Gregley, Axibal, Adams, and Tasse Godinez (Walnut) in the Prose competition; Chiya, Adams, Gatchalian, Axibal, Serrano, Redfern, Godinez, and Hernan Vicuna (Upland) in Duo Interpretation; Guerrero in Drama; Godinez and Vicuna in Program Oral Interpretation; Mena in Communication Analysis; and Godinez, Adams, and Axibal in Readers' Theater.

In its performance at the nationals, the Mt. SAC Forensics Team also broke the tournament record for the number of events advancing to elimination rounds. In all, Mt. SAC students have won over 300 trophies in competition this year.

Mt. SAC has won the national community college championship in 1994, 1998, and 2000.

The Mt. SAC Forensics Team is coached by Mt. SAC professors Liesel Reinhart, Ken Klawitter, Jeff Archibald, and Steve Seagle.

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Mt. SAC to Honor Senate Morrow as Alumnus of the Year

Walnut, CA ... State Senator Bill Morrow will be honored as Mt. San Antonio College's Alumnus of the Year award during Mt. SAC's 55th commencement on May 18, 7:30 p.m., at the college's Hilmer Lodge Stadium. A reception honoring Morrow will be held at 6 p.m. before the graduation ceremony.

Morrow, who attended Mt. SAC from 1972-74, was the Student Body President at Mt. SAC in 1974. After graduating from Mt. SAC in 1974, he transferred to UCLA, graduated with honors, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the School of Law. He then served eight years with distinction in the United States Marine Corps as a commissioned officer and military judge.

Morrow, who represents the 38th Senatorial District covering North San Diego County and parts of South Orange County, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1992. He was reelected to the Assembly in 1994 and 1996, and was first elected to the Senate in 1998.

In the State Legislature, Morrow has led the charge in the fight against frivolous lawsuits, and his efforts on behalf of school fund equalization provided more than $5.2 million to low wealth districts in his Senate District. In the Senate, he was appointed as Vice Chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications to help lead the state out of its current power crisis. He is also Chairman of the Senate Republican Energy Working Group and was appointed to the newly established Select Committee to investigate price manipulation of the wholesale energy market.

In addition to the Legislature, Morrow is active in community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis Clubs, YMCA, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After serving his first term in the Assembly, he was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Orange League of Cities, in 1996 he was named "Legislator of the Year" by the California Republican Assembly, and in 1997 he was selected "Legislator of the Year" by the Golden State Mobile Home Owners League.

Mt. SAC’s Alumnus of the Year award recognizes the contributions Mt. SAC Alumni make to the community and the impact Mt. SAC may have made on an alum’s success in life. The nominees are selected for the award based on the significant contributions an alumnus has made to his or her community, the contributions an alumnus may have made to his or her profession, or alumnus’ philanthropic efforts.

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Mt. SAC Offers Bookkeeping Course

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Community Education and Economic Development will offer a hands-on, seven-week course in bookkeeping on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning May 5.

This Community Education bookkeeping course--designed for small business owners, office managers, and those interested in the bookkeeping/accounting field--covers the rules of debit and credit, cash versus accural accounting, processing payroll, different business structures, W2 and 1099 forms, and more. Students in this course will receive hands-on training with journals, general ledgers, accounts payable, business taxes, and many other aspects of bookkeeping.

Through this short-term course, students can earn a certificate in bookkeeping. The fee for this class is $596.

For more information or to register, call the Mt. SAC Community Education and Economic Development Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.

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Mt. SAC Celebrates 'Special People'

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Family and Consumer Sciences Department will present 30 recognition awards and over $3,800 in scholarships at its annual awards celebration, “A Time for Special People,” to be held Friday, May 4, 4 p.m., in the college's Applied Technology lecture hall, building 28B, room 103.
Thirteen Mt. SAC students will be awarded scholarships. Connie Hosch of Chino will receive the Outstanding Student Award and a $500 scholarship from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Hillary Young of Covina will receive the Interior Design Transfer Scholarship, Clarinda Wells of Pomona will receive the Phyllis Specht Fashion Scholarship, and Ann Hernandez of Pomona will receive the Isabel Robertson Scholarship.
Erica Eriksson of Monrovia will receive the Sophia Clarke Scholarship, Amy Martinez-Romero of Ontario will receive the Inland-Palm Springs Chapter ASID Scholarship, and Katrina Mosher of Upland and Mitchell Sanders of Chino will receive scholarships from the Interior Design Club. Min Jung Kim of Diamond Bar will receive a scholarship from the Wells Fargo Foundation, and Corina Rodriguez of Baldwin Park and Karen Vanzitteren of Pomona will receive Katie Gerecke scholarships.
Elizabeth Walker of Claremont and Clarinda Wells will receive Scholastic Achievement awards sponsored by Shirley McGillicuddy of Sierra Madre and J.C. Penney Company Monclair manager Dave Kluver. Christy Rose of Chino Hills will receive the Promising Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Award sponsored by Kay Ragan, Emeritus Dean of Student Services at Mt. SAC.
Students who will be receiving recognition awards, which are sponsored by the Family and Consumer Sciences Department faculty, are Rosalyn Foster of Chino, Cynthia Chapple of Covina, Clint Lewis of Diamond Bar, Lissette Guevara of Fontana, Donna Linville-Salber of Glendora, Sophia Wang of La Verne, Sandra Moreno and Colette Saikaly of Pomona, Ivette Dryden of Rowland Heights, and Marisa Ignacio and Aggie Levy of West Covina.
The Mt. SAC Interior Design team of Daniel Devey (Altadena), Connie Hosch, Amy Martinez-Romero, Mitchell Sanders, and Hillary Young will receive the Family and Consumer Sciences Service Award. Marci Richardson of Chino will receive the Re-Entry Student award.
For more information, call Stella Miller in the Mt. SAC Family and Consumer Sciences Department at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4683.

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