May 2006

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006

Commencement to Kick Off Mt. SAC’s 60th Anniversary

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will begin the celebration of its 60th Anniversary with the commencement ceremony for the 1,824 graduates of Mt. SAC’s Class of 2006 on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m., in Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Assemblyman Bob Huff will deliver the graduation address, “Reaching for Excellence,” to the Class of 2006, whose members range in age from 17 to 69. Huff, who is the Republican Caucus Whip in the Assembly, represents the 60th District, which encompasses Walnut, Diamond Bar, City of Industry and San Dimas.

Mt. SAC will also honor three distinguished Alumni of the Year––retired auto industry leader Pete Reynolds (Class of ‘47), businesswoman and former state Cabinet Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet (Class of ‘75), and public administrator Mario Marin (Class of ’90). Reynolds is the founder of Reynolds Buick in Covina and one of Mt. SAC’s first graduates. Contreras-Sweet is the former Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing under Governor Pete Wilson and the first Latina to hold a cabinet-level position in California. Marin served as Senior Budget and Policy Analyst under former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and as the city’s Executive Director for Economic Development.

Their selection as “Alumni of the Year” is based on professional accomplishments as well as philanthropic and community activities.

A host of activities celebrating Mt. SAC’s 60th year is scheduled in the upcoming year, including a production of The Pirates of Penzance in July, an academic convocation and campus birthday party in September, and a 60th Anniversary Gala at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.

Plan Mt. SAC into Your Summer

WALNUT, Calif.—With summer just around the corner, now is the time to register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2006 Summer Session classes by telephone or online through May 17.

Mt. SAC has a variety of credit and noncredit classes that can make summer more fulfilling and productive for the entire family, including programs for working professionals, older adults, and the popular College for Kids program.

Fully transferable credit classes are also available to undergrads attending universities. Mt. SAC’s first Summer Session begins May 22, with the second session starting July 3.

To register for credit classes by touch-tone telephone, new, continuing and returning students may call (909) 595-6722 to add classes, drop classes, and make scheduling changes. The service is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Students must check their permit for their assigned registration date and time. They will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

Continuing students who prefer to register online may do so at A student ID number and PIN are required.

New students need to submit an enrollment application to the College's Admissions & Records Office, located on the lower level of the campus Student Services Building (9B), or for the first time, new students may apply online at The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New students must also contact the Counseling Office to sign up for an orientation session before registering for classes.

For more registration information on credit classes, call the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office at (909) 594-4415.

For registration information on noncredit classes, call the Community Education and Noncredit Division at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4220.

Mt. SAC Students Advance to National SkillsUSA Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Two Mt. San Antonio College students will advance to the SkillsUSA national competition after winning gold medals at the SkillsUSA state tournament held recently in Riverside. Mt. SAC students won a total of five medals at the competition.

Peter Dekluyver (Claremont), who won a gold medal in the electronics technology competition, and Fred Gonzales (Pomona), who won a gold medal in the computer maintenance technology division, will advance to national competition scheduled for June 19 in Kansas City, MO.

Other medalists for Mt. SAC included Anita Ying (Baldwin Park), who won a gold medal in architectural CAD, Justin Santana (Rancho Cucamonga), who won a silver medal in computer maintenance technology, and Yu T. Chow (Walnut), who won a silver medal in electronics technology.

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 education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters nationwide.

Forensics Team Is “Talk” of the Town with National Title

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. SAC's Forensics Team has captured its sixth national title, placing first out of nearly 70 teams at the Phi Rho Pi national community college speech and debate championships in Kansas City, MO. The team placed first in both the individual events sweepstakes and the overall tournament sweepstakes, scoring more than 40 points ahead of second-place finisher, Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.

Mt. SAC students advanced 22 individual and team events to elimination rounds at the competition. Mt. SAC students won nine gold medals at the competition, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual event. Two students, Brandon Nakawaki (Ontario) in Informative Speaking and Adam Carrillo (Chino) in Poetry Interpretation, achieved the best total scores in their individual categories.

Other students winning gold medals were: Zakir Khan (West Covina) in both Extemporaneous and After Dinner Speaking; Rodrigo Vicuna (Upland) in Informative Speaking and Duo Interpretation; Kaila Criscione (Diamond Bar) in Duo Interpretation; Arthur Agag (West Covina) in Communication Analysis and After Dinner Speaking; and Ian Nachreiner (Riverside) in Communication Analysis.

Silver medalists were: Josh Hamzehee (Hacienda Heights) in Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation; Kaye Ponnusamy (Walnut) in Informative Speaking; Ian Nachreiner in After Dinner Speaking; and “sever” a theater performance featuring Carrillo, Hamzehee, and James Stevenson (Baldwin Park).

Bronze medal winners included: Shae Hsieh (Chino Hills) in Program Oral Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, and After Dinner Speaking; Kaila Criscione in Dramatic Interpretation; James Stevenson in Dramatic Interpretation; Carrillo and Hamzehee in Duo Interpretation; Zakir Khan in Communication Analysis; and Rodrigo Vicuna in After Dinner Speaking.

Others team members contributing to the national title included: Kim Duenas (Chino), Jessica Leyva (Covina), and Sarah Karros (Upland).

The team is coached by faculty members Jeff Archibald, Ken Klawitter, Julie Mallard, and John Vitullo.

Mt. SAC also won the community college national championship in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Mt. SAC Journalism Students Win JACC Awards

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College journalism students recently won seven awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) Convention held in Los Angeles. More than 570 students from 47 community colleges throughout the state competed for journalistic honors.

The Mountaineer, the Mt. SAC student newspaper, won an honorable mention award for front-page layout and design.

Mountaineer photographer Watchara Phomicinda (Montclair) won fourth place for news photography. Photo editor Jessica Herrera (Pomona) was awarded an honorable mention for her bring-in photo. Copy editor Ariel Carmona (Covina) won an honorable mention for feature story. Co-editor Massiel Bobadilla (West Covina) was awarded an honorable mention for opinion writing.

Bobadilla and co-editor Tony Ingoglia (Diamond Bar) received editor honor roll awards.