June 2011


State Controller and Super Bowl Champion to Headline Mt. SAC Commencement June 17

WALNUT, Calif.—California’s top fiscal officer and one of the NFL’s top linebackers will headline Mt. San Antonio College’s 65th commencement ceremony on Friday, June 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the campus stadium.

State Controller John Chiang, who has served as California’s chief fiscal officer since 2006, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2011. His presentation will be followed by the recognition of this year’s “Alumnus of the Year,” former Super Bowl NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce.

Pierce attended Mt. SAC and played for the Mounties during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. A star linebacker and team captain, he led the Mounties to their first national championship in 1997. After graduating in 1998, he played for the University of Arizona and later signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. The New York Giants signed Pierce in 2005, and he became the team’s defensive captain, helping the team win Super Bowl XLII in 2008. Today Pierce is an ESPN commentator and volunteers for programs that improve the lives of underprivileged youth.

During the ceremony, Mt. SAC will recognize outstanding members of the Class of 2011 and award associate degrees to hundreds of graduates who actively participate in the ceremony. In all, more than 2,400 degree petitions were filed. The youngest graduate is 19; the oldest is 65. Additionally, 19 candidates will receive Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degrees in conjunction with Southern Illinois University.

Mt. SAC will also recognize the retiring faculty and academic managers, including Dr. John S. Nixon, who is retiring as president and chief executive officer of the college, effective June 30.


Mt. SAC Theater to Stage “Proof”

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Theater Program will stage its production of “Proof” on Thursday through Saturday, June 9-11, at 8 p.m., in Mt. SAC’s Studio Theater. A special Sunday matinee performance will be given on June 12 at 2 p.m.

David Auburn’s Tony Award-winning “Proof” explores the dilemma of Catherine whose young life is in tatters after years spent caring for her father, a brilliant but mentally unstable mathematician. The question of how much of her father’s genius—and insanity—she has inherited haunts her and those who love her. Throughout, the play examines Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally, and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

Theater Professor Ralph Eastman directs this Mt. SAC production.

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

For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.4tix.org.