May 2005

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005

Mt. SAC to Dedicate Four New Buildings

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College will formally dedicate its four newest buildings—the Language Center, Health Careers Center, Student Health Services Center and the Welding/Air Conditioning Instructional Complex—on Wednesday, May 25, at 4 p.m., in the courtyard of the Language Center located off of Bonita Drive.

Community leaders will join staff and students in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new facilities, built at a cost of $24.6 million through the college’s voter-approved Measure R facilities bond. The new buildings provide increased classroom space and state-of-the-art facilities for instruction.

The new Language Center affords 19 classrooms and three labs for the English as a Second Language Program, which serves 2,600 students per semester and has a waiting list of approximately 2,000 students. It also houses classes for the Foreign Languages Department and the Humanities Division Office.

The Health Careers Center is the new home for the college’s EMT/paramedic, radiology technician, respiratory therapy, mental health and nursing programs. This facility includes 10 classrooms, three state-of-the-art labs and faculty offices while grouping the five health programs in the same location for the first time.

The Welding/Air Conditioning Instructional Complex provides both programs with an additional 5,000 square feet of instructional space, while the facility for the new Student Health Center is also a larger new home, doubling the number of treatment rooms for the center.

Tours and refreshments will be provided at the dedication ceremony.

Glendora Escrow Broker Elected to Mt. SAC Foundation Board

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation recently elected Catherine Battaglia, broker/owner of ERA Advantage & Advantage Escrow in Glendora, to its Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Battaglia is a former educator who always had great interest in public education and its impact on the community. She is a member of the Citrus Valley Association Board of Realtors, the California Association Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

“We are pleased to welcome Catharine to our Board,” says Mt. SAC Foundation Board President Gary Ingham. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the community and the contribution public education makes to its success.”

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit community volunteer organization that provides scholarships and supplemental funds for the College. The 35-member Board supports Mt. San Antonio College’s mission to provide accessible and affordable quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the community it serves.

Country Comes to the Clarke

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will host a special homestyle evening of country music and barbecue in “Goin’ Country” on Saturday, June 4, at 5 p.m. at the Clarke Theater.

The concert/dinner event will feature the JB Walker Band and Chaparral, two dynamic country western bands that capture the heart and soul of the music of the old American West. The concert showcases a variety of Rocky Mountain-flavored bluegrass, Old West ballads, fiddle waltzes and traditional cowboy folk tunes.

The concert will be preceded by a chicken-and-ribs barbecue dinner catered by Chris and Pitts.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children under 12.

For tickets and information, call the Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 486-4050.

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005

Olympian, Former Legislator to Highlight 59th Commencement

WALNUT, Calif.— Former Assemblyman Bob Pacheco will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2005, and Olympic gold medalist Bob Seagren will be honored as Mt. San Antonio College’s “Alumnus of the Year” at Mt. SAC’s 59th Commencement on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Pacheco, who represented the 60th Assembly District, was a champion for community colleges throughout his three terms in the Legislature. He fought for equitable funding and introduced legislation on behalf of community colleges. His commencement speech, “Achieving Success in a Changing World,” is expected to be an inspirational address for Mt. SAC’s graduates.

Seagren, who attended Mt. SAC in 1964 and 1965, won the gold medal in the pole vault at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games and won the silver medal at the 1972 Olympics. He later became an actor in numerous TV programs and starred in the 1970s sitcom, Soap.

The selection of the “Alumnus of the Year” is based on the recipient’s professional accomplishments as well as philanthropic and community activities.

Mt. SAC will award 1,750 associate’s degrees this year. Graduates range in age from 17 to 68, and the college will graduate 60 nursing students, the largest nursing class in Mt. SAC’s history.

Mt. SAC to Host 18th Annual Golf Classic May 23

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will host the 18th annual Mt. SAC Golf Classic to raise funds for the college’s athletic program on Monday, May 23, at South Hills Country Club in Covina. Sponsored by the Mt. SAC Foundation, this annual event supports the Mountie golf and cross country teams.

The $225 golf package includes 18 holes of golf, cart, tee bag with prizes, lunch, buffet dinner, and opportunity packages including a drawing for a trip for two to Hawaii and the chance to win a Buick La Crosse with a hole in one sponsored by Reynolds Buick GMC Trucks. Tee and Green sponsorships are also available for $150. The putting contest begins at 9:30 a.m. with the shotgun at 11 a.m.

“This tournament has generally been a sell out and everyone enjoys the entire day,” said Mt. SAC Foundation President Gary Ingham. “We welcome non-golfers to attend the buffet banquet, where a number of prizes will be given away through a chance opportunity drawing.”

Sponsors for this year’s tournament include Reynolds Buick GMC Trucks, Bovis Lend Lease, Citizens Business Bank, American Medical Response, Data Plus Communications, Financial Investment Corp, Industry Manufacturer’s Council, Kaiser Permanente, Keenan and Associates, Moore Flooring Inc., Pepsi Bottling Co, Scoreboard and Trade Union International.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611 ext. 4215.

FRIDAY, MAY 06, 2005

"It's Not Too Late" Financial Aid Workshop Set for May 14

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Financial Aid Office will sponsor the “It’s Not Too Late” workshop on Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., to help students complete financial aid forms for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Designed for community college students, high school students and their parents, the workshop will feature one-on-one assistance completing the Federal Student Aid application, a free lunch and information on Student Services programs. Students who plan to attend the 2005 summer session at Mt. SAC may also complete financial aid forms to determine eligibility for a Summer Federal Pell Grant.

Parents and students need to bring a copy of the student’s Social Security card or permanent resident card, and a 2004 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2004 information is not available, a 2003 tax return may be used.

Registration will be held at the Campus Café, Building 8.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4454.

Flying Team Wins Top U.S. Community College Award

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won the Top Community College Award and the prestigious Loening Trophy at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national competition held recently at Kansas State University.

The top flying teams from 29 colleges and universities competed in the national airmeet, including teams from Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Southern Illinois University.

In the community college competition, Mt. SAC won the championship ahead of second-place Central Texas College and third-place Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. Overall, Mt. SAC placed 15th among all community colleges and universities that competed at the airmeet.

The Loening Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy of college education, is awarded to the nation’s top aviation educational program based on community involvement, competition skills, and aviation safety. The Loening was first awarded to Harvard University in 1929 by Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. With this honor, Mt. SAC becomes the only community college to ever win the trophy twice. Mt. SAC last won the Loening in 1987.

Individually, Mt. SAC’s Kristina Barnwell (Pomona) placed second among the top women pilots at the airmeet, and Ruben Murrieta (Whittier) was honored with one of three Men’s Achievement awards.

The Mt. SAC Flying Team consistently earns top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. Mt. SAC's Flying Team has won the Top U.S. Community College award at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national airmeets in 1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Forensics Finishes as Top California Team at National Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Forensics team amassed 230 points to finish as the top school from California and just 25 points behind champion Southeastern Illinois at the Phi Rho Pi national community college speech and debate championships recently in Philadelphia, PA. Mt. SAC finished in second place out of 75 teams at the tournament.

Mt. SAC students won 13 gold medals at the competition. While the tournament does not recognize individual national champions, four Mt. SAC students received the best total scores in their events--Courtney Howe (West Covina) in Prose Interpretation, Jacinda Strubbe (Chino) in Dramatic Interpretation, Lynze Milne (Glendora) in Programmed Oral Interpretation, and Milne and Rodrigo Vicuna (Upland) in Duo Interpretation.

Other gold medals were won by Milne in Prose Interpretation, Howe in Dramatic Interpretation, Erika Jenko (Rancho Cucamonga) in Informative Speaking, Casey Currie (Walnut) in Programmed Oral Interpretation, Adam Carrillo (Chino) and Jenko in Duo Interpretation, and Casey Williams (San Dimas) and Howe in Speech to Entertain.

Silver medalists were Williams and Vicuna in Informative Speaking, Williams in Persuasive Speaking, Strubbe in Communication Analysis, and Vicuna in Speech to Entertain.

Mt. SAC students winning bronze medals in their events were Carrillo and Max Bonilla (Baldwin Park) in Prose Interpretation, Currie and Jenko in Poetry Interpretation, Carrillo in Programmed Oral Interpretation, Jerred Berg (Phillips Ranch) and Josh Hamzehee (Hacienda Heights) in Duo Interpretation, Williams in Communication Analysis, and Alyssa Plackitt (Fontana) and Strubbe in Speech to Entertain. Two of Mt. SAC’s Readers Theaters received bronze medals as well. Readers Theaters competitors for Mt. SAC were Kelly Looney (Ontario), Currie, Jenko, Berg, Bonilla, and Carrillo.

Mt. SAC has won the tournament in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003. The team is coached by Communication Department faculty members Jeff Archibald, Liesel Reinhart, John Vitullo, and Steve Seagle.

Mt. SAC Health Students Win Gold at State HOSA Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won six gold medals, six silver medals, and four bronze medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state competition. More than 700 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the state tournament.

Patricia Bush (Rialto) won a gold medal in prepared speaking, Sarah Collett (Long Beach) won a gold medal in medical spelling and a silver in creative problem solving, Jaime Fosmo (Phelan) won a gold medal in creative problem solving, Brandell Garcia (Fullerton) won a gold medal in creative problem solving and a bronze in test growth and development, and Saharith Lopez (Baldwin Park) won a gold medal in the nursing assistant competition and a silver in creative problem solving, and Supaphan Wiget (Ontario) won a gold medal in creative problem solving.

Elizabeth Lopez (Baldwin Park) won a bronze medal in the nursing assistant competition, Randy Luttrell (Ontario) won a silver medal in creative problem solving, Jacqueline Noone (Highland) won a silver medal in creative problem solving, Defina Osby (Inglewood) won a silver medal in extemporaneous speaking, Colleen Shields (Los Angeles) won a silver medal in extemporaneous writing and a bronze in health care basic concepts, and Carlos Villarreal (Whittier) won a bronze medal in extemporaneous writing.

All 12 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition in Nashville in June.

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.