June 2010

THURSDAY, JUNE 03, 2010

Former Mt. SAC Forensics Champion to be Honored as Alumnus of the Year

WALNUT, Calif.––Jimmy Nguyen, a nationally recognized attorney and former Mt. SAC forensics champion, will be honored as Mt. San Antonio College’s “Alumnus of the Year” at the college’s 64th commencement on Friday, June 11, 6:30 p.m., at the campus stadium.

“My two years attending and competing for Mt. SAC’s forensics team, and then my later years helping coach the team, were the most defining years of my life,” said Nguyen, who attended Mt. SAC from 1991-93. “That experience profoundly shaped both my professional and personal life.”

Named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon in 2008, Nguyen is a partner in the Beverly Hills office of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, a major corporate law firm. Providing services in diverse fields, he is considered a “renaissance” attorney, and in 2010, the Daily Journal called him a “one-stop shop for companies in entertainment, technology, advertising, sports and other industries.” His clients include top companies such as CBS Films, Major League Baseball Properties, Kia Motors, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and BBC Worldwide Americas. He has also been named a Southern California “super lawyer” by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines for the past six years.

Nguyen also serves as chair of the executive committee for the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section and on the board of Equality California, the state’s leading political and civil rights organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

As a student at Mt. SAC, he competed for the college’s forensics team. He was a seven-time national gold medalist and twice won the Bovero-Tabor Award, which is given to the top overall speaker at the prestigious Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament. He went on to graduate magna cum laude, at age 19, from UCLA and earned his law degree from USC, where he was the youngest member of his class at age 22. Over the ensuing years, Nguyen has returned to Mt. SAC to help coach forensics teams to several national titles.

“Professionally, those years at Mt. SAC elevated my public speaking skills to a whole new level and were partly responsible for leading me to law school,” Nguyen said. “Every day in my legal career, I call upon the communication, analytical, writing, and coaching skills I honed at Mt. SAC.”

His selection as Mt. SAC’s “Alumnus of the Year” was based on professional accomplishments as well as philanthropic and community activities.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 02, 2010

Mt. SAC to Award Over 2,000 Degrees to the Class of 2010

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will award more than 2,000 associate degrees to the Class of 2010, further establishing the college nationally as a top-tier degree-awarding institution. Graduates will receive their diplomas at Mt. SAC’s 64th commencement ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 11 at the campus stadium.

A total of 2,424 graduation petitions for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees were filed by Mt. SAC students (some earn more than one degree). Members of the Class of ‘10 range in age from 17 (Bryant Lee, liberal arts major) to 73 (Charles Lawrence Moore, paralegal major). In addition to associate degrees, Mt. SAC will also award bachelor degrees in aviation management in partnership with Southern Illinois University.

During the commencement ceremony, the college will honor noted attorney Jimmy Nguyen as “Alumnus of the Year,” representing the Class of ’92. Ranked among the state and nation’s top lawyers, Nguyen is a partner in the Beverly Hills office of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon with a high-profile, corporate client list that includes CBS Films, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Kia Motors, and Major League Baseball Properties.

As a Mt. SAC student, Nguyen was one of the stars of the college’s nationally ranked forensics team. He was a seven-time national gold medalist and twice won the Bovero-Tabor Award, which is given to the top overall speaker at the prestigious Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament.

History professor Ralph Spaulding will “give the Class of ‘10 a hopeful sendoff” via his commencement address, “Fulfilling the Noble Experiment.” He has taught history at Mt. SAC for 40 years and was honored as “Educator of the Year” in 1994.

In addition to recognizing retiring faculty, Mt. SAC will also recognize outstanding students, particularly those who have overcome enormous personal odds to earn their degrees.

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