July 2008

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008

Mt. SAC Foundation Welcomes 4 New Members

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, a nonprofit community volunteer support organization for the College, has recently appointed new four members to three-year terms on its Board of Directors.

Aziz Amiri is the executive director of Aegis Senior Living in Chino Hills. He serves on the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging and is the immediate past president of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also served on chambers in Monrovia and Diamond Bar.

Christopher Lancaster is the director of government relations and new business development for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. He is the former mayor of Covina and was elected to the Covina City Council for three terms beginning in 1988.

William Roman is the vice president and manager of Citizens Business Bank’s Financial Center in Pomona. He previously served as a vice president with the Ontario Airport Business Financial Center and as a vice president with Community Bank in Fontana.

John Soward is a self-employed certified public accountant. He has his own accounting office in Glendora and is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors in Pasadena. He is also an adjunct professor of Accounting and Financial Planning at Mt. SAC.

“The Foundation is delighted to have these new members with such great skills, enthusiasm, and community connections. They will greatly enrich the work of our Board of Directors,” said Richard H. Morley, Interim Executive Director of the Mt. SAC Foundation.

The 17-member Mt. SAC Foundation Board partners with and supports the College by raising funds for student scholarships, programs, and other unfunded needs. The Board supports the College’s mission to provide accessible and affordable quality learning opportunities that meet the needs and interests of students and the community it serves.

For more information, call the Foundation at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4215.

Mt. SAC Health Students Win Silver at National Competition

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College health career students recently won three silver medals and a bronze medal at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition in Dallas, Texas. More than 5,000 secondary and post-secondary students competed at the national tournament.

Laura Espinoza (Pomona), Randy Luttrell (Ontario), and Chaona Malunga (Riverside) all won silver medals in the biomedical debate competition. Crissy Burroughs (Ontario) won a bronze medal in prepared speaking. In all, nine Mt. SAC students competed at the nationals.

“We have been very fortunate to have so many Mt. SAC health careers students compete and win at the state and national levels since 2001,” said Mt. SAC Psychiatric Technician Professor and HOSA Advisor Mary Ellen Reyes.

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

Mt. SAC Forensics Team Crowned Community College Champions

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team left other community college competitors speechless as it was recently crowned World Champion Community College Forensic Program at the International Forensics Association Tournament in London.

The Mt. SAC team was ranked the fourth best speech team in the world overall in the competition that included both two-year colleges and universities.

Mt. SAC’s Anthony Mendez (Pomona) won the Communication Analysis competition, while taking second place in the After Dinner Speaking event and placing seventh in Dramatic Duo Interpretation.

Kim Duenas (Chino) won the Elizabethan Interpretation event, while teammate Jessica Soo (Covina) won second place in Informative Speaking and was a semifinalist in the Impromptu Speaking competition. Aaron Grant (Temple City) took third place in After Dinner Speaking, fourth place in Poetry Interpretation, and seventh place in the Dramatic Duo Interpretation competition.

For the 2007-08 season, the Mt. SAC Forensics Team participated in more than 20 intercollegiate competitions, speaking for a combined 300 hours and winning more than 250 individual and team trophies.

The team is coached by faculty advisors Liesel Reinhart, Anne Fleischer, and Casey Garcia.