July 2004


Betty Sarjeant Named Alumni Director

WALNUT, Calif., —Former Pomona Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Betty Sarjeant has been named Mt. San Antonio College’s Director of Alumni Affairs. Sarjeant began at Mt. SAC on July 19.

In her new role, Sarjeant will oversee the college’s efforts to reunite Mt. SAC alumni with the institution and its activities.

“We are pleased to have Betty lead our expanded efforts to get our many alumni engaged and involved in a number of initiatives and activities that will support the mission of Mt. SAC,” said Pat Rasmussen, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College.

Sarjeant served as Executive Director for the Pomona Chamber of Commerce from 1993 to 2002 and coordinated the chamber’s fundraising events. She also served as the Director of Projects for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce from 1988 to 1993 and as Marketing Director for the City of Industry’s Great Western Fair in 1987-88.

A resident of Corona, Sarjeant has been active in the community through the Pomona Rotary Club, the Chino Kiwanis Club, and the YWCA.

Mt. SAC Offers Child Care Food Program

WALNUT, Calif., —For the 10th consecutive year, the Child Development Center at Mt. San Antonio College is offering a free and reduced-cost Child Care Food Program to all children who attend the center.

Through this federally funded program, the center serves nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to approximately 200 children from birth to age 5.

Income eligibility guidelines require a family of four to earn $34,873 or less annually to qualify for the program. Complete eligibility guidelines are available from the center.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Child Development Center at (909) 594-5611, Ext. 4920.


Mt. SAC Student Wins Silver Medal in National Skills Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College student Troy Majeska won the aircraft maintenance silver medal at the SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America—VICA) National competition held June 21-26 in Kansas City.

A 26-year-old resident of Valinda, Majeska advanced to the nationals after winning gold medals in the SkillsUSA regional and state competition earlier this year. Majeska, who carries a 4.0 g.p.a. at Mt. SAC, was also the recipient of several scholarships last spring, including a $1,500 Mt. SAC Faculty Association scholarship and a $1,000 Pepsi Vocational scholarship.

Also representing Mt. SAC at the national competition were Al Garzon (Azusa) in computer maintenance, Mark Stanley (Diamond Bar) in technical computer applications, and Scott Moore (San Dimas) in electronic technology competition.

SkillsUSA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters.

Registration for Fall Semester Begins July 14

WALNUT, Calif.—New, continuing, and returning students are encouraged to register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2004 fall semester credit classes by telephone beginning July 14 through Aug. 11.

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, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New students must also contact the Counseling Office to sign up for an orientation session.

Mt. SAC’s fall semester begins Aug. 16.

For more information on registration, call the Mt. SAC Admissions and Records Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4415.

Mt. SAC Hires New Safety & Risk Management Director

WALNUT, Calif.—Karen Saldana has been named the new Director of Safety, Health Benefits, and Risk Management at Mt. San Antonio College, effective July 12.

A resident of Highland, Saldana has nine years of experience as a Risk Manager with the Rialto Unified School District, where she coordinated worker compensation, and employee benefits insurance programs. She worked as an elementary school teacher for the past two years and worked as a Risk Management Specialist with the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

She has held memberships on the Risk Management Association of Southern California Schools, the Coalition for Controlling Insurance Costs in California Schools, and the California Association of School Business Officials.

Saldana holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands.

Blackmore Named Dean of Physical Education

WALNUT, Calif.—Deborah Blackmore has been named the Dean of Physical Education and Athletic Director at Mt. San Antonio College, effective immediately. For the past year, she has served as Interim Dean over the division.

Blackmore was selected among a competitive field of candidates in a nationwide search.

“Deb Blackmore has the experience at Mt. SAC to provide outstanding leadership for the College’s highly-successful athletic programs,” said Mt. SAC Vice President of Instruction Dr. John Nixon.

A former standout student-athlete at the College, Blackmore has more than 30 years’ experience as a physical education administrator, professor, and coach. She coached volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, and field hockey. Blackmore earned honors as California Community College Coach of the Year in field hockey and South Coast Conference Coach of the Year in both soccer and field hockey. She also served as the coordinator for Mt. SAC’s Fire Science Agility Testing program, and served as the liaison between the College and local fire departments.

A resident of Alta Loma, Blackmore was named Associate Dean for Physical Education and Athletics in 1998. As Interim Dean since last July, she oversaw an athletic program that consistently turns out championship teams, including Mt. SAC’s 2004 State Championship Women’s Basketball Team. She is a member of the California Commission on Athletics Management Council and the South Coast Conference Scholarship Committee.

In April, Blackmore received the State Community College organization of Physical Educators’ Physical Education Administrator of the Year award, which recognizes excellence in community college physical education, dance, and health departments.