July 2007

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2007

Mt. SAC HOSA Students Take Gold at Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College health career students won eight gold medals and had 19 finalists compete at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition held recently inOrlando, FL. More than 4,000 secondary and post-secondary students from 40 states competed at the national tournament.

Mt. SAC’s Summer Hopkins (San Dimas), Robert Ives (West Covina), Evelyn Lwamusayi (Rancho Cucamonga), and Mary Wagabaza (Corona) won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Laura Espinoza (Pomona), Amber Sheppard (Riverside), Randy Luttrell (Ontario), and Anthony Mendez (Pomona) won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.

Other competitors from Mt. SAC included Chijioke Egboluche (West Conva), Brian Iavicoli (West Covina), and Bertha Nkemere (Alta Loma), who were finalists in creative problem solving. Aris Hidayat (Montclair), Chotinan Mahapiti (Walnut), and Brian Skulavik (Pomona) were finalists in the biomedical debate event. Crissy Burroughs (Ontario) was a finalist in the prepared speaking event, Nnenna Emeruwa (Riverside) was a finalist in extemporaneous writing, Defina Osby (Apple Valley) was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking, and Rudy Widodo (Montclair) was a finalist in the extemporaneous health poster competition.

Established in 1976 by the U.S. Department of Education, HOSA is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students. The organization provides students in more than 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.

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Mt. SAC Student Receives Coca-Cola Scholarship

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College student Leanne Dogoldogol has been named as one of the 400 community college students nationwide to receive a Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship.

As a scholarship recipient, Dogoldogol will receive $1,000. The scholarship recognizes student commitment to academics and community service, and is designed to provide support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students.

A resident of Chino Hills, Dogoldogol graduated from Mt. SAC in 2007 with an associate’s degree in mathematics and an associate’s degree in behavioral sciences. She carries a 3.75 GPA and is also a student in the college’s nursing program. She plans to transfer to UCLA.

At Mt. SAC, Dogoldogol was a member of the Honors Leadership Team and served as the president for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society. She was the recipient of the regional PTK “Outstanding President” award. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina.

Since 2000, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has committed $400,000 annually for scholarships to students attending two-year colleges.


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Mt. SAC Names New Enrollment Management Dean

WALNUT, Calif.—Dr. George Bradshaw, the former Director of Admissions and Outreach at Cal Poly Pomona for the past five years, recently began as the new Dean of Enrollment Management at Mt. San Antonio College.

Bradshaw now oversees the Admissions & Records organization within Student Services, which processes thousands of admission applications, coordinates student registration, and maintains the records and transcripts for more than 25,000 students annually. He is also responsible for developing strategies to manage enrollment growth at Mt. SAC, which has been increasing each year.

At Cal Poly, Bradshaw was responsible for admissions, recruitment efforts, and outreach services. Prior to Cal Poly, he was the Associate Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Utah for six years and an admissions counselor at Cal State San Bernardino for four years. He also taught middle school mathematics and science, coached basketball at Eisenhower High School, and coached baseball at Rialto High School.

A Pomona resident, Bradshaw served as the president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association at Cal Poly and was awarded a Roald and Della J. Campbell Fellowship at the University of Utah. He holds a bachelor’s in communication studies and a master’s in social science from Cal State San Bernardino, and earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah.


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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

Mt. SAC Chamber Singers Win “Choir of the World”

WALNUT, Calif.—For the Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers, the wait is over. After singing in international competitions for years and coming in second place at Choir of the World competition, the elite Mt. SAC choral ensemble finally captured the “Choir of the World” title recently at the prestigious 61st Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

The Mt. SAC ensemble not only won the “Choir of the World” title, but also broke Eisteddfod festival records by also winning first place in three different musical categories. The Chamber Singers won first place in the Youth Choir, the Folk Song Choir, and the Mixed Choir categories.

“By winning three first-place awards and the world title, we’ve done what no choir has done in the 61-year history of the competition,” said Mt. SAC Choral Director Bruce Rogers. “Now we are considered one of the top choirs, if not the top choir, in the world,”

The Mt. SAC students beat some of the best choirs in the world, including the famous Tower Youth Choir from New Zealand, the University of Maryland, and DePaul University. A total of 55 choirs from around the globe competed.

“For me, it’s thrilling to see the students win,” said Rogers. “I really wanted the title for the students because they worked so hard and the last time they came in second place.”

The Mt. SAC students sang a variety of music chosen from sacred songs, secular music, folk songs, and traditional spirituals. They also performed for a BBC nationally televised audience and sang four of their winning selections––Zdenek Lukas’ “Dies irae,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux aurumque,” Sydney Guillaume’s “Kalinda,” and the traditional spiritual “Way Over in Beulah Lan’.”

The Eisteddfod competition was established after World War II as a way of healing war-torn Europe. The Chamber Singers competed at Eisteddfod after winning a first-place trophy and second-place at the 44th Spittal International Choral Competition in Spittal an der Drau, Austria.

Formed in 1994, the 34-member Chamber Singers perform selections from the Renaissance through new works of the 21st Centuury. The ensemble established itself as one of the top choirs in the world after winning second place at the 2000 International Eisteddfod Choral Festival. In 2003, the Chamber Singers won the Grand Prix Varna International Choir Competition in Bulgaria and in 2004 competed in Grand Prix International Choir Competition in Italy.

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Mt. SAC Fall Semester Registration Begins July 25

WALNUT, Calif.— New, continuing and returning students can register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2007 Fall Semester credit classes by telephone or online beginning July 25 through Aug. 22.

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 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Students must check their permit for their assigned registration date and time. They will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

Continuing students who prefer to register online may do so at my.mtsac.edu. A student ID number and PIN are required.

New students need to submit an enrollment application to the college's Admissions and Records Office, located on the lower level of the campus Student Services Building (9B). 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 the required orientation session before registering for classes.

Mt. SAC’s Fall Semester begins Aug. 27.

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

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Mt. SAC Student President Awarded $30,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

WALNUT, Calif.—Former Mt. San Antonio College Associated Students President Miguel Del Mundo has been selected among the 51 community college students across the nation to receive the 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship.

A West Covina resident, Del Mundo, 21, was awarded a scholarship valued at up to $30,000 annually, which he will use to continue his education next fall as a political science major at UCLA. He graduated from Mt. SAC in June with honors and a 3.78 GPA as part of the Class of 2007.

He served as the president of Mt. SAC’s student government for the 2006-07 academic year and was a member of the college’s Honors Program. He also participated on the Forensics and Martial Arts teams, and was among the recipients of the 2006 Student of Distinction honor.

The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program was designed to help community college students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need make the transition to four-year colleges and universities.

Every year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selects approximately 50 high-achieving, low-income students from community colleges for scholarships that provide funding for tuition, room and board, fees and books.

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Mt. SAC to Offer Child Care Food Program

WALNUT, Calif.- For the 13th 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. The program is free to families who meet the income requirements.

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


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Mt. SAC Offers New Latin Courses for Fall

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will offer brand new courses in the Latin language and the Latin perspective in art history for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 27.

Elementary Latin (Latin 1) covers vocabulary, grammar and reading while exploring ancient Roman and Greek history and culture. History of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (Art History 10) offers a chance to study Latin art and architecture before 500 CE and the Roman and Greek cultures from a different perspective.

Registration for fall classes begins on July 25.

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

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Mt. SAC Offers Day and Evening German Classes

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foreign Languages Department will offer day and evening German classes during the fall semester, which begins Aug. 27.

Learn German conversation, reading, and writing for travel, business, and fun. German I will be offered both days and evenings while German II and III will be offered only during the evenings. Earn college credit while you learn the language that is the native tongue for more than 100 million people in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Registration for fall classes begins on July 25.

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

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TUESDAY, JULY 03, 2007

Isaiah Deresa Sworn in as Mt. SAC Student Trustee

WALNUT, Calif.— Mt. San Antonio College student Isaiah Deresa was sworn in as the new student trustee for the 2007-08 academic year during the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees' June 27 meeting.

As student trustee, Deresa, 25, will present the student perspective on policy issues before Mt. SAC’s governing board. He will have only an advisory vote, which 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.

Deresa, a resident of Diamond Bar, is a molecular biology major at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.26 GPA. He served as the Chief Justice for the Mt. SAC student government court and is active with the college’s Honor Program, Chemistry Club, and Caduceus Club. Deresa also represented the Mt. SAC student government as a delegate to the statewide Student Senate for California Community Colleges fall 2006 assembly in Sacramento. After he graduates from Mt. SAC, he plans to transfer to UCLA or UC Berkeley.


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Mt. SAC Foundation Receives $10,000 Scholarship Donation from Kaiser Permanente

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation recently received a $10,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente to be used as scholarship funds for students enrolled in Mt. SAC’s Radiologic Technology Program.

Mt. SAC currently offers an Associate in Science degree in Radiologic Technology that prepares students to become certified radiologic technologists. Students are trained in the diagnostic use of x-ray equipment on campus and at Mt. SAC’s affiliated hospitals. Upon completion of the program, students are ready for the registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the California Certification of Radiologic Technology.

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit community volunteer organization that provides scholarships and supplemental funds for the college. The Foundation supports Mt. SAC’s mission to provide accessible and affordable quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the community it serves.

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Mt. SAC Foundation Receives Property Donation from Pomona Philanthropist

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation recently received a residential property donation valued at $700,000 as a planned gift from longtime Pomona philanthropist and Mt. SAC supporter Sophia B. Clarke. The three-bedroom, three-bath home in Pomona was Clarke’s residence for a number of years.

Clarke, 96, was the primary contributor to Mt. SAC's performing arts theater and has a long history with the college. In July 2006, the college and the City of Walnut celebrated “Sophia B. Clarke Day, “ marking the tenth anniversary of the campus theater, which bears her name.

Her association with Mt. SAC began with her concession business selling popcorn at the college’s athletic events. Later, she became a board member of the Mt. SAC Foundation and was the major contributor to the construction of the college's James T. Clarke facility at Brackett Field, which opened in 1991. The $400,000 facility, named after her son, affords classrooms and a hangar for Mt. SAC's Aircraft Maintenance Program. In September 1996, she participated in the opening ceremonies for the Clarke Theater, for which she donated more than $200,000 for its construction.

Previously, Clarke was honored by the college as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” at the Mt. SAC Friends of the College program in 1989 and received the President's Special Award at the Foundation awards program in 1993. At the college’s commencement in 1998, she received the first honorary associate's degree ever given by Mt. SAC and was honored by the YWCA as a “Woman of Achievement” later that year.

She also has been committed to a number of other community organizations, including the Pomona Soroptimists, Friends of the Pomona Library, Brackett Field, Fairplex, the Salvation Army and St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Covina.

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit community volunteer organization that provides scholarships and supplemental funds for the college. The Foundation supports Mt. SAC’s mission to provide accessible and affordable quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the community it serves.

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Mt. SAC Foundation Receives $170,000 from Librarian’s Estate

WALNUT, Calif.— The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation recently received $170,000 from the Estate of Harriet Genung to be added to an endowed scholarship fund in her name.

From this fund, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an exceptional Mt. SAC student studying in vocal music.

Genung, who joined the College when it opened in 1946, served as the College's first librarian. She later became Mt. SAC's Dean of Educational and Library Services and retired in 1975. She remained active with the College through the Mt. SAC Foundation and served as the Foundation's President for several years.

Genung also remained active in higher education, serving a library consultant for several community colleges throughout California. In 1980, she received the Mt. SAC’s “Citizen of the Year Award” at the Friends of the College annual awards banquet.

Genung passed away in 1999 at the age of 89.

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit community volunteer organization that provides scholarships and supplemental funds for the college. The Foundation supports Mt. SAC’s mission to provide accessible and affordable quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the community it serves.


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