May 2002

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002

Grad's Dad to Address Class of 2002

Walnut, CA … If you’re a teenager, it may be hard enough to have your father teach at the college you attend. But how about having your father as the commencement speaker when you graduate?

Ciara Maynard has a father who’s both, but just as she has grown out of her teenage years, so she likewise has grown accustom to the idea that her father is a part of her college experience. In fact, she learned that, in some cases, dad can be downright helpful.

"In the beginning, I wasn’t too excited about going to school with my dad," said Ciara, an English major at Mt. SAC who will be graduating May 17 when her father, Mt. SAC Communication Professor Phillip Maynard, addresses the Class of 2002.

"I would get a little embarrassed when teachers would ask, ‘Are you Phil’s daughter?’," she said. "I didn’t feel independent."

That sense of teenage independence was very important to Ciara, who started at Mt. SAC when she was 17 years old. But after five years of attending Mt. SAC on a part-time basis, she has gotten used to the idea that having dad around on campus is perhaps not such a bad thing after all.

"I felt that Mt. SAC would be a good place for her to grow," said Phillip, who encouraged his daughter to go to Mt. SAC. "I felt that if she needed anything, I would be there for her."

But that sense of "being there" seems to work both ways.

"He would come to my class to drop off errands," said Ciara, who recalled her father dropping little chores for her to do after classes.

But dad was also a unique source of help. "Especially in math," Ciara remembers, and while Ciara never actually enrolled in a class that her father taught, Phillip also helped tutor his daughter so that she could succeed on her own. Soon she was no longer known by her professors as Phillip Maynard’s daughter.

"As time went by," Phillip said, "she developed her own identity. It had nothing to do with me. It had to do with her talent and skill."

For Phillip, the opportunity to address the Class of 2002 is not only an honor but something he’s always wanted to do. Yet will Ciara’s father’s graduation address, "Essence of the Heart: Helping Educating, and Rebuilding Together," seem like advice for the future or more like a lecture from dad?

"It will be memorable," Ciara said flatly.

"There were times he would be speaking at an event or on an occasion," she said, "and he would point me out."

However, Phillip maintains that the address will be both global--in the sense that it will apply to all 1,711 graduates of Mt. SAC’s Class of 2002—and local because it contain elements that certainly consider that fact that Ciara is one of 1,711 graduates.

"I would like to address graduates and impress upon them the importance of their accomplishment of getting an education and that we use education as a tool for greater understanding and more tolerance," said Phillip.

Actually, Ciara already knows what her immediate future holds. She plans on transferring to Kean University in New Jersey, she will be getting married in December, and she plans to become a high school English teacher.

"It’s a great joy for me that she want to be in education," he said.

And after Ciara graduates, Mt. SAC may have another Maynard in its future—Phil’s 15-year-old son, Phillip, Jr., who may or may not attend the college where his father teaches speech classes.

"I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it," said Phillip, Sr.

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Mt. SAC to Host Memorial Blood Drive

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College’s Information and Educational Technology department will host the first Memorial Blood Drive in honor of Breanna Schmidt on Tuesday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., in front of the college’s administration building.

The blood drive commemorates the life of Breanna Schmidt, the infant daughter of Mt. SAC telecommunication technician Dave Schmidt. Breanna, who was born with a lung condition called pneumothorax and was awaiting a lung transplant, passed away last June.

Donations made at this blood drive will go to the American Red Cross.

To schedule an appointment for the blood drive, call Mt. SAC at (909) 594-5611, ext. 3080.

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Mt. SAC Student Receives State Agriculture Award

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Horticulture student Christina Walton was selected as the Top Community College Horticulture Student in the state by the California Association of Nurserymen.

Along with the honor, Walton will receive a $1,750 scholarship. Walton was selected for the award from among students in horticulture programs at 44 community colleges in the state. She becomes the third Mt. SAC student in the past five years to be named for the honor.

Walton, a resident of West Covina, plans on opening her own growing operation. The California Association of Nurserymen is a professional organization representing nursery workers throughout the state and is the largest nursery association in the United States.

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Mt. SAC President Selected for Management Award

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College President Bill Feddersen has been selected to receive the National Council for Research and Planning’s management recognition award, which is presented to a chief executive officer who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of research, planning, and information-based management.

The National Council for Research and Planning (NCRP) is a national organization that serves institutional research and planning professionals in two-year, post-secondary educational institutions and other persons with a special interest in community college research. The NCRP is nationally recognized as an official council of the American Association of Community Colleges and is an affiliated group of the international Association for Institutional Research.

Feddersen, who became president of Mt. SAC in 1991 and has 30 years of experience as a community college president, helped to establish Mt. SAC as one of the top community colleges in the nation.

Feddersen’s presidency saw the construction of the first buildings on the Mt. SAC campus in 25 years--the Student Services Center in 1994, the Performing Arts Center in 1996, and the Learning Technology Center in 1999. He also led the effort to infuse continuous quality improvement practices into both the methodology of teaching and learning and administrative operations. But perhaps the most lasting legacy of his presidency will be the recent passage of Mt. SAC’s $221 million facilities bond measure.

Prior to Mt. SAC, Feddersen served as President of Napa Valley College in northern California’s wine country for 11 years. Dr. Feddersen currently serves and has served in many state and national leadership positions, including 8 years on the ACCCA Board of Directors, on the Advisory Council for the North Central Association’s Academic Quality Improvement Project, on the President’s Advisory Council for Phi Theta Kappa, and as Treasurer of the Continuous Quality Improvement Network.

Locally, Feddersen currently serves on the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Board of Directors, and is a member of the Covina Rotary Club.

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TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2002

Professor, Student to Address Class of 2002

Walnut, CA … Mt. San Antonio College Communication Professor Phillip Maynard and Mt. SAC Honors student Abhay Shah will deliver graduation addresses to the 1,711 students of Mt. SAC’s Class of 2002 at the College’s 56th commencement on Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., in Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Shah, who was one of the 25 community college students throughout the state selected for the 2002 All-California Academic first team, is a Business major at Mt. SAC and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Shah, 19, has been active in the Service Learning Program at Mt. SAC, is a member of the College’s facilities bond Citizens Oversight Committee, and is involved in student government. He also served an internship with the Treasury Department last summer. His address will be "What is Quality Education?".

Maynard, who has taught at Mt. SAC since 1988, was honored for his contributions to diversity teaching and learning by receiving the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning’s Campus Faculty Award at a national conference last year. At Mt. SAC, he has participated as a staff and organizational development trainer on diversity in the work place, and he wrote the chapter on service delivery to diverse students and staff for Mt. SAC’s five-star customer service training program.

In addition, Maynard has taught classes in learning communities designed for students in developmental English and Math. He has also taught a linked speech and counseling class for the College’s Bridge Program. He has also served as an advisor to various student organizations at Mt. SAC, including the Muslim Student Association, the Inter-Cultural Awareness Council, the Associated Students, and others.

Maynard’s address is "Essence of the Heart: Helping, Educating, and Rebuilding Together."

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