May 2011


Mt. SAC Sets Spring Dance Concert May 20-22

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Dance Department will perform a variety of dance styles at its Annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-22, at the college’s Sophia Clarke Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a special 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 22.

The Spring Dance Concert features a wide variety of dance styles, including modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Choreographed by talented Mt. SAC students, the spring concert has something for everyone.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $9 for seniors, students and children under 12.

For tickets, visit online or call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Mt. SAC Student Advances to 47th SkillsUSA Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College Engineering Design Technology student Jeff White (Diamond Bar) recently won a gold medal in mechanical drafting at the SkillsUSA state competition in San Diego and will advance to the SkillsUSA 47th Annual National Leadership conference competition on June 19-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The state competition gives our students have the opportunity to apply their skills and compete at an intense level with other students throughout California,” said Mt. SAC professor and SkillsUSA advisor Max Lizarraga.

Abdul Hameed (Baldwin Park) won the second-place silver medal in electronic technology, and Adrian Garcia (Fontana) won second place in welding combo at the state competition in San Diego April 28-May 1, 2011.

Mt. SAC’s Joseph DeMel (Rancho Cucamonga) won the third-place bronze medal in welding shielded metal arc.

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 fields. The vocational education organization represents more than 310,000 students in over 13,000 chapters in all 54 state and territorial associations.

FRIDAY, MAY 06, 2011

Mt. SAC Students Win $30,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College honor students Lisa Bastio and Rene Kouassi are two of 60 scholars selected among 785 community college nominees across the nation to receive the 2011 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Their selection marks the fifth consecutive year that a Mt. SAC student has won the coveted scholarship, valued up to $30,000 annually. It also marks the second consecutive year that two Mt. SAC students were selected.

"Both of our awardees have accomplished so much, despite the challenges they have had to overcome,” said Mt. SAC Student Services Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji. “Lisa and Rene no longer need to worry about how they will get to the next step of their educational journey. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has built the bridge to the future for these two very deserving students."

Bastio, 40, is an English major and carries a 3.75 GPA. Earlier this spring, she was named to the 2011 All-California Academic Third Team, chosen by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. A resident of Pomona and mother of six, she is a member of the college’s Honors Program and has served as president of the Mt. SAC PTK chapter. She has served on the President’s Advisory Committee, chaired the Associated Students Inter-Club Council and has been a longtime tutor at the Mt. SAC Writing Center. She was named a Student of Distinction for service, has won the Pepsi Scholarship three times and the Guistwhite Scholarship. She plans to transfer to USC.

Kouassi, 25, is a political science major and carries a 3.57 GPA. A San Bernardino resident, he has served as Associated Students president and is also a member of the Honors Program and PTK. He was a member of the Mt. SAC’s award-winning forensics (speech/debate) team and has run track at the college. He was named a Student of Distinction last year and has won several scholarships, including the Pepsi Presidential Leadership Scholarship and President’s Circle Leadership Scholarship. A native of the Ivory Coast, Kouassi came to the United States four years ago. He plans to transfer to UC San Diego or Claremont McKenna.

The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program was designed to help community college students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need make the transition to four-year colleges and universities. Every year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selects approximately 50 high-achieving, low-income students from community colleges for scholarships that provide funding for tuition, room and board, fees and books.

TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2011

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Program on Telescopes

WALNUT, Calif.–– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium will present a program on telescopes, Two Small Pieces of Glass, on Friday evenings, May 6 through June 10, at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., in the campus planetarium. Telescope viewing using the planetarium telescope will be available after the program, weather permitting.

Mysterious moons, icy rings, and distant galaxies were all unknown before the invention of the telescope. Two Small Pieces of Glass is a full-dome digital planetarium program that visits a local star party and examines how the cosmos was discovered through a telescope. There will not be a planetarium show on Friday, May 13.

Mt. SAC multi-media planetarium shows use a variety of state-of-the-art special effects projectors, lasers, and multi-channel surround sound. Seated under the planetarium's 35-foot dome, viewers see stars as they might away from city lights and pollution.

More than 300,000 people have benefited from the planetarium through classes, community shows, and school programs. The Mt. SAC Planetarium is the only planetarium in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.

Admission for adults is $6, and $4 for seniors, students, and children under 12.

For tickets, visit online or call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.