July 2001

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2001

Mt. SAC Wins Web Award

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Web Site recently won an Award of Excellence in Communications Concepts’ 13th annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX). The competition included 5,100 entries with 1,336 Awards of Excellence recognizing entries in 97 subcategories.

The Mt. SAC Web Site has grown is size and usage in the past year. Site use has increased 150 percent (500 percent in some cases) averaged on a monthly basis, and the average number of daily hits has increased 468 percent.

APEX awards recognize excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications effectiveness. The awards sponsor, Communications Concepts, provides services for publishing, public relations, and marketing professionals.


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Histo Tech Program to Debut

Walnut, CA ... After more than a year of preparation, Mt. San Antonio College’s new Histologic Technician Program is poised to open this fall with what College officials say is enormous interest in the new program, which is the only one of its kind in the Western United States.

“We’ve had a huge interest in the program,” said Mt. SAC Histologic Technician Program Director Jennifer MacDonald. “I would anticipate that will we have full classes and may have to turn away students.”

Mt. SAC’s Histologic Technician Program will train students to prepare tissue samples for microscopic examination by pathologists or research scientists and will be trained to work in hospitals, clinical laboratories, industrial research facilities, and veterinary facilities. The program will offer Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degree programs for students who can either immediately enter the work field or transfer to a university.

Mt. SAC’s Histologic Technician Program has, in part, generated a lot of interest because of the demand for histologic technicians. Throughout the United States, 16 percent of the job openings in the histologic technician field are vacant. Locally, the figure for vacancies in the histologic technician field stands at 25 percent.

The program, approved by the Chancellor’s Office last December, is also unique in that it with include an on-site histology laboratory. The benefit of an on-site lab is that students will receive consistent training. The fact that there is only one other program with an on-site lab definitely makes Mt. SAC’s program unique.

“There is only one other program that has a laboratory on site and that is in New York,” said MacDonald.

In total, there are 29 histologic technician programs in the entire United States.

The new program is funded through a three-year $517,000 National Science Foundation grant that began in May 2000. In its first year, program coordinators focused on developing curriculum, purchasing equipment, hiring staff, and developing a student selection process. New courses developed include Scientific Basis for Histologic Technicians, Beginning and Advanced Histotechniques, Immunohistochemistry, and Histology. The program will also incorporate courses from Mt. SAC’s Chemistry and Biology departments.

MacDonald said that based on inquiries about the program from other colleges Mt. SAC’s Histologic Technician Program has the potential to become a national model.


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New Student Trustee Sworn In

Walnut, CA ... Brian Calle, a 20-year-old communications and international relations major at Mt. San Antonio College, was sworn in during the Mt. SAC board of trustees' July 25 meeting as the new student trustee for the 2001-2002 academic year.

As student trustee, Calle will present the student perspective on issues before the college's board of trustees, the Mt. SAC governing board. The student trustee has an advisory vote which indicates the student position on issues but does not count toward the passage or failure of a motion. The advisory vote helps the board know how the student trustee stands on issues and strengthens the student role in the college's shared governance process.

Calle, a resident of Chino, is an honors student at Mt. SAC. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (the honors society for two-year colleges) and a member of Mt. SAC's national championship forensics team. He has also been involved in Associated Students, Mt. SAC's student government.

Calle, who carries a 3.5 grade point average, has recently been serving as a summer intern for Congressman Gary Miller's office in Washington, D.C. In the community, he has been active with Calvary Chapel in Chino and has volunteered for the Diamond Bar Republican Party.

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Mt. SAC Offers German Classes

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Foreign Languages Department will offer a series of day and evening German classes this fall semester beginning August 13.

Learn German conversation, reading, and writing for travel, business, and fun. This fall Mt. SAC will offer two levels of German courses that, in addition to helping students learn the language, also offer exposure to German culture and history. Earn college credit while you learn the language that is the native tongue for more than 100 million people in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

For more information on German classes at Mt. SAC, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4570.

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Tickets Still Available for Hot Blues & Cool Jazz IV

Walnut, CA ... Tickets are still available for the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation's Hot Blues & Cool Jazz IV concert fund-raiser on Saturday, August 11, 6 p.m., featuring Joe Sample, Crusaders pianist/keyboardist for nearly 30 years. The concert will be staged at the Herbert Hafif family estate in La Verne.

Drawing from the musical genres of bebop, gospel, soul, blues, and classical music, Sample was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders in the late 1950’s, who later shortened their name to the Crusaders. He recorded more than 20 albums with the group and wrote many of the Crusaders’ best-known songs, including “Put It Where You Want It” and the top 40 pop hit “Street Life.” In the late 1970’s, he embarked on a solo career and has recorded over a dozen albums as a popular comtemporary jazz artist. An active sessions musician, Sample has appeared on recordings with various groups and artists, including Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott, Diana Ross, and the Jackson Five.

Joining Sample are Baton Rouge guitarist Larry Garner and Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band. Garner, who tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, is a four-time W.C. Handy nominee, including Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist in 2000. His latest release, “Once Upon the Blues,” hit number one on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke band is an 11-piece rhythm and blues group based in Los Angeles. The group’s performances include the Catalina Island Blues Festival, the Best of L.A. Festival, and the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Blowin’ Smoke’s “Beyond the Blues Horizon” CD was ranked as one of the top ten releases in 1999 by the Sixth Annual Real Blues Awards.

Sponsors for this Mt. SAC Foundation event include the Hafif Family Foundation, Mt. SAC Associated Students, Cacique Inc./Cacique USA, San Gabriel Valley News Group, T-Bird Restaurant Group, Miller Brewing Company, Puente Hills Toyota-Ford-Volkswagen, Southern California Gas Company, Shilo Inn Hilltop Suites Pomona, Toyota of Glendora, Diversified Securities, Pacific Bell, Rancho Bank, Southern California Edison, Suburban Water Systems, Upper San Gabriel Valley Metropolitan Water District, HMC Ontario, Adolph and Karen DuClusan, Advanced Apparel, Cedar House Volunteers, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Don and Karen Rogers, Edison VOICES Volunteers, Electronic Graphics & Publishing, Elemental Design, Rick and Francine Meza, Nelson Sound, Mt. SAC Phi Theta Kappa, RSVP Program/La Verne Police, and The Water Store.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Mt. SAC Foundation’s scholarship programs and activities. Guest tickets are $65 and include a steak and chicken dinner prepared on site by Outback Steakhouse.

For tickets and information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.

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Mounties to Hold Annual Pancake Breakfast

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. SAC football team will kick off its 2001 season with the team’s 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, August 25, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., by the stadium fieldhouse, building 50-G.

The 2001 Mounties, players and coaches, will be introduced and a scrimmage follows the annual pancake breakfast at 11 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast help support the Mt. SAC football program. The Mounties begin their season September 8 against Chaffey College at Chaffey at 3 p.m. Mt. SAC's first home game is September 15 against Ventura at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $4 and are available from the Mt. SAC switchboard at (909) 594-5611, ext. 8000, or from the Mt. SAC Football office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4883 .


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Mt. SAC Alums Commissioned as USAF Officers

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College alumni Mike Gomez and Ed Nichols received their commissions as United States Air Force second lieutenants during an Air Force officer commissioning ceremony held June 30 at the University of Southern California.

Both Gomez (La Verne) and Nichols (Alta Loma) were members of Mt. SAC's Flying Team and Commercial Flight majors at Mt. SAC. Gomez and Nichols are graduates of the Southern Illinois University Aviation Management bachelor's program which operates at Mt. SAC and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) operating through USC.

Nichols, who received his associate's degree from Mt. SAC in 1999 and was the student dispatcher for Mt. SAC's flight school at Brackett Airport in La Verne, will enter the Air Force navigator training and hopes to fly the B-52 bomber. Gomez, who graduated from the Southern Illinois University satellite program at Mt. SAC in May, will enter the Air Force's pilot training and hopes to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The Southern Illinois University's Aviation Management satellite program at Mt. SAC is a partnership program that gives students the opportunity to take advanced aviation courses at Mt. SAC and earn a bachelor's degree. The program, which began at Mt. SAC in 1999, is offered on the weekends for the convenience of students.

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2001

Chemistry Professor to Serve in NSF Post

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Chemistry Professor Iraj Behbahani Nejad has been selected to serve as Director of the Computer Science, Engineer and Mathematics Scholarship Program with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Nejad, who has taught chemistry at Mt. SAC since 1992, will serve in the director's position with the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program. The temporary assignment will last through the 2001-2002 academic year. The annual post with the NSF is granted to only one community college professor in the United States.
Prior to teaching at Mt. SAC, Nejad taught at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Lansing Community College. He holds memberships in the American Chemical Society, the Society of Biological Chemistry, and the American Institute of Chemists.
Nejad, a resident of Irvine, received his B.S. in chemistry from Jundi-Shapur University in Iran and his doctorate from Michigan State University.


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Mt. SAC to offer evening engineering courses

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Physics and Engineering Department will offer Engineering Physics courses during the evening next fall semester for the convenience of students who work during the day and are unable to attend regular day classes.
Engineering Physics (PHYS 4B), a transfer level physics course, covers kinetic theory of the gases, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Laboratory work in the course includes significant use of computers for data acquistion, analysis, and simulation.
Mt. SAC's 2001 fall semester starts August 13, and telephone registration for classes begins July 11.
For more information, call the Mt. SAC Natural Sciences Division Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4425.


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Telephone registration begins July 11

Walnut, CA ... Continuing students can register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2001 fall semester credit classes by telephone beginning July 11 through August 8.
To register by touch-tone telephone, students may call (909) 595-6722 to add classes, drop classes, and make scheduling changes. The service is available 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To use the telephone registration system, students must check their permit to register. Students will not be allowed to register before the date and time on their permit.
New students need to submit an application for enrollment to the college's Admissions and Records Office located on the lower level of the campus Student Services Building. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students who are new to Mt. SAC must also contact the Counseling Office to sign up for an orientation session.
Schedules for Mt. SAC's fall semester, which begins August 13, are available at local public libraries, the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office, the college administration building reception desk, the Mt. SAC library, and the campus bookstore.
For more information on registration for the fall semester, call the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4415.


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Joe Sample to Headline Hot Blues & Cool Jazz IV

Walnut, CA ... Joe Sample, Crusaders pianist/keyboardist for nearly 30 years, will headline the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation’s Fourth Annual Hot Blues & Cool Jazz concert fund-raiser on Saturday, August 11, at the Herbert Hafif family estate in La Verne.
Drawing from the musical genres of bebop, gospel, soul, blues, and classical music, Sample was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders in the late 1950’s, who later shortened their name to the Crusaders. He recorded more than 20 albums with the group and wrote many of the Crusaders’ best-known songs, including “Put It Where You Want It” and the top 40 pop hit “Street Life.” In the late 1970’s, he embarked on a solo career and has recorded over a dozen albums as a popular comtemporary jazz artist. An active sessions musician, Sample has appeared on recordings with various groups and artists, including Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott, Diana Ross, and the Jackson Five.
Joining Sample are Baton Rouge guitarist Larry Garner and Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band. Garner, who tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, is a four-time W.C. Handy nominee, including Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist in 2000. His latest release, “Once Upon the Blues,” hit number one on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke band is an 11-piece rhythm and blues group based in Los Angeles. The group’s performances include the Catalina Island Blues Festival, the Best of L.A. Festival, and the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Blowin’ Smoke’s “Beyond the Blues Horizon” CD was ranked as one of the top ten releases in 1999 by the Sixth Annual Real Blues Awards.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Mt. SAC Foundation’s scholarship programs and activities.
Guest tickets are $65 and include a steak and chicken dinner prepared on site by Outback Steakhouse. A limited number of special VIP tables to seat six with complimentary wine and full waiter service are also available. Tickets for this fund-raiser concert go on sale July 5 and are limited to 1,300.
Sponsors for this Mt. SAC Foundation event include the Hafif Family Foundation, Mt. SAC Associated Students, Cacique Inc./Cacique USA, San Gabriel Valley News Group, T-Bird Restaurant Group, Miller Brewing Company, Puente Hills Toyota-Ford-Volkswagen, Southern California Gas Company, Shilo Inn Hilltop Suites Pomona, Toyota of Glendora, Diversified Securities, Pacific Bell, Rancho Bank, Southern California Edison, Suburban Water Systems, Upper San Gabriel Valley Metropolitan Water District, HMC Ontario, Adolph and Karen DuClusan, Advanced Apparel, Cedar House Volunteers, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Don and Karen Rogers, Edison VOICES Volunteers, Electronic Graphics & Publishing, Elemental Design, Rick and Francine Meza, Nelson Sound, Mt. SAC Phi Theta Kappa, RSVP Program/La Verne Police, and The Water Store.
For tickets and information, call the Mt. SAC Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.


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