May 2007

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2007

Mt. SAC 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 Team Sportsmanship Award at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national competition held recently at Ohio State University. This honor marks the eighth time Mt. SAC has won the national Top Community College Award.

The country’s top flying teams from 31 colleges and universities competed in the national airmeet, including teams from Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Purdue and the University of North Dakota.

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

Individually, Mt. SAC’s Ryan Tynning (Temecula) placed third in the competition for the Kershner Men’s Achievement Award, and Bryce Gordon (La Verne) placed fifth in the Short-Field Landing competition..

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, 2003 and 2005.

Mt. SAC Art Gallery Presents “Tactile” Exhibit May 29

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will present a special exhibit of abstract paintings by Father Bill Moore, “Recovering the Tactile,” which will run May 29 to June 6.

Father Moore’s abstracts primarily utilize acrylics and are created with the intent to have the viewer slow down, look and explore the colors and shapes that feed the soul. His use of heavy impasto layering, marking and scarring of the painting surface creates sculptural-type paintings that entice the viewer’s sense of touch.

The Mt. SAC Art Gallery is located on the college campus at 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, Building 1B/C. Gallery hours for this exhibit are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.

Mt. SAC Students Win Gold at State Skills Tournament, Advance to Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.—Three 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) won a gold medal in the electronics applications competition, Paul Fernald (West Covina) won a gold medal in electronics technology, and Kevin Griendling (Pomona) won a gold medal in the architectural drafting division. All three will advance to national competition scheduled for June 25 in Kansas City, MO.

Other medalists at the state championship for Mt. SAC included Warren Estrellado (Chino Hills), who won a gold medal in technical drafting, and Gilbert Vallez (Chino), who won a gold medal in architectural computer-aided-draft (CAD). Binh Huynh (Garden Grove) also won a silver medal in electronic technology, Jonathan Valles (Brea) won a silver medal in electronics applications, Zachary Jeckell (Glendora) won a bronze medal in welding, and Erick Milicich (Pomona) won a bronze 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2007

Mt. SAC Forensics Team Wins 10th National Speech Title

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team recently won its tenth national speech title at the American Forensics Association national tournament in Mankato, MN. The Mt. SAC team, competing against speech students from 85 colleges across the nation, placed eight overall in the tournament for two-year and four-year colleges, and is the only community college team in the country to place in the tournament’s top 10 in the past 15 years.

Student Rachael Phipps (La Puente) was the national champion in the program oral interpretation competition, and Mt. SAC’s Evan Chang (Rancho Cucamonga) won the title in the after dinner speaking category. With two individual championships, Mt. SAC joins a select group of colleges who have two or more national champions. Phipps was also a quarterfinalist in informative speaking, dramatic duo, and poetry interpretation.

In all, Mt. SAC had 17 students compete at the nationals in 56 events with 13 students advancing to the elimination level of the tournament.

Others students who advanced to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds included John Hamzehee (Hacienda Heights) fourth place in after dinner speaking and a semifinalist in dramatic duo; Adam Carrillo (Chino) semifinalist in dramatic duo and quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation; Jennifer Torres (Hacienda Heights) semifinalist in after dinner speaking and quarterfinalist in program oral interpretation; Rodrigo Vicuna (Upland) semifinalist in after dinner speaking and quarterfinalist in dramatic duo; James Stevenson (Baldwin Park) semifinalist in dramatic duo; Brandon Nakawaki (Ontario) quarterfinalist in informative speaking; Kim Duenas (Chino) quarterfinalist in persuasive speaking; Kailia Criscione (Diamond Bar) quarterfinalist in dramatic duo; Aaron Grant (Temple City) quarterfinalist in dramatic duo; and Kyle Van Sant (Covina) quarterfinalist in dramatic duo.

The team is coached by Mt. SAC speech professors Ken Klawitter, Liesel Reinhart, Casey Garcia, Anne Fleischer, Steve Seagle, and Jeff Archibald.

Mt. SAC won the top community college title at the American Forensics Association national tournament for two-year and four-year colleges in 1999, 2002, and 2004. The team also won Phi Rho Pi community college national championships for two-year colleges in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006.

Mt. SAC Hosts Financial Aid Awareness Workshop

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will offer personalized assistance and information during its one-on-one Financial Aid Awareness Workshop on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Services Center, Building 9.

The bilingual workshop will provide information and one-on-one assistance to high school seniors, community college students and university students to help them complete and file Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2007-08 academic year. The event will help students explore financial aid options to cover tuition, books and living expenses.

Students must bring a copy of their Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2006 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2006 information is not available, a 2005 tax return may be used.

Information and application forms will also be available for Admissions, Extend Opportunity and Programs Services and Mt. SAC’s Summer Bridge Program for first-time college students.

A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and reservations are recommended for one-on-one financial aid assistance appointments.

To make a reservation or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4458.