May 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Mt. SAC Planetarium to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse May 20

WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium will present a special program to celebrate the annular solar eclipse that will include observations with the planetarium’s solar telescopes on Sunday, May 20, 4 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The annular solar eclipse on May 20 will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental United States and the first since May 10, 1994. The next solar eclipse is October 2023, according to NASA.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the sun, which causes the Sun to look like a ring of light around the darkened silhouette of the moon.

The event begins with a free 4 p.m. showing of “Secrets of the Sun,” a unique look at the sun’s role in the solar system from nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to mass ejections of solar material into space. This planetarium feature traces the life cycle of the sun, going back to its beginnings and moving forward to its eventual death.

After the planetarium show, attendees will be able to view the eclipse beginning at 5:10 p.m. through solar-safe viewers and will have the opportunity to take a closer look using the planetarium’s solar telescopes. The eclipse, which will last several hours, reaches its maximum at 6:32 p.m.

For more information, call the Planetarium at (909) 274-5795.

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FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2012

Mt. SAC to Host 64th Student Art Exhibition

WALNUT, Calif.–––The 64th Annual Mt. San Antonio College Student Art Exhibition will open Thursday, May 10, and runs through Thursday, June 7, in the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The annual show is a juried event and features the best original work by Mt. SAC art, photography, and animation students. A special opening reception with entertainment and refreshments will be held Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening hours are held on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 274-4328.

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TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2012

Mt. SAC Student Selected for All-USA Academic Team

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College honor student Laurie Covarrubias was among 20 students from across the nation recently named to the 2012 All-USA Community College Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. She was selected for the honor from a competitive pool of 1,700 students from over 800 colleges in 48 states, Guam, and Canada.

“By encouraging me, the faculty and staff at Mt. SAC helped me realize my potential,” she said. “Winning this award validates my efforts and the efforts of all of those who have helped along the way.”

Covarrubias was recognized at the 54th annual PTK Presidents Breakfast during the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges April 22-23 in Orlando, FL. As an All-USA Academic Team selection, Covarrubias received a medal, a trophy, and a $2,500 scholarship. Selections are based on academics, leadership skills, and campus/community involvement.

Covarrubias, 29, is a biological anthropology major and carries a 3.95 GPA. Prior to the national honor, she was selected for the All-California Academic First Team earlier this spring. She was also honored as one of Mt. SAC’s Students of Distinction last year.

“She’s an amazing young woman, who balances her activities with her academics and sets an impressive example for other students to follow,” said Mt. SAC Honors Program Director Carolyn Kuykendall.

A resident of West Covina, Covarrubias serves as vice president of scholarship for Mt. SAC’s PTK chapter. On campus, she is a member of the Native American Intertribal Student Association (NAISA), is a presenter for the college’s Single Parent Academy, and volunteers for the Child Development Center. Driven by a passion for the plight of Native Americans, she heads a school supplies and personal products drive on campus to help supply the needs of Native American school children in South Dakota. She also serves as a volunteer off campus with the Lodge Circle Ministries.

She plans to transfer to Pomona Pitzer College as an anthropology major with an emphasis on forensic science and eventually wants to work in the field of forensic science in a crime lab.

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