August 2001


Learning Services Receives Wells Fargo Contribution

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Service Learning Program will receive a $1,000 contribution from the Wells Fargo Foundation at breakfast reception on September 12 at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in the City of Industry.

Mt. SAC's Service Learning Program will be awarded the contribution by the San Dimas Wells Fargo branch for the program's work in the community. Service Learning courses are offered through Mt. SAC's Physician Assistant Preparatory Program and provide a unique approach to learning through service to the community. Service learning projects have included volunteering to help feed the homeless, assisting in beach clean-up efforts, renovating facilities for abused women and their children, providing medical services to disadvantaged communities, and others.

The projects are designed to give the students experience through providing service to the community while exposing them to a variety of situation and people they may face as physician assistants.

The award contribution is part of Wells Fargo's partnership with non-profit organizations that embody a philosophy of community involvement and making a difference.

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Mt. SAC to Host College Fair

Walnut, CA ... Representatives from baccalaureate level universities and colleges will be at Mt. San Antonio College to provide information on college transferring to students during a College Fair, Monday, September 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Mt. SAC's Miracle Mile.

Representatives from Cal State Universities and UC campuses as well as several independent and out-of-state colleges will answer questions on admissions, financial aid, housing, and academic major information for students interested in transferring to one of these campuses.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Advising Center at (909) 594-5611, extension 4293.

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Mt. SAC Students Win Best Animation Honor

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Animation Team won the award for Best Animation at the Annual World Animation Marathon held at Animaction Studio in Hollywood on August 5.

The Mt. SAC team of eight students won one of the five college awards at the marathon where students produced their animation based on the event's theme "Fresh Energy, Clean Transportation." A videotape of the Mt. SAC team's animation was later screened at the awards ceremony attended by the animators from the industry's leading studios.

Other colleges competing at the marathon included teams from the Art Institute of Los Angeles and Cal State Fullerton.

The advisor for the team is Mt. SAC Professor Don Sciore.

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Mt. SAC Opens Off-Campus Sites

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College will open new off-campus sites in Pomona and Baldwin Park to provide access to evening credit classes in the west and east areas of the college district.

“The new sites reach out to residents in Pomona, Baldwin Park, and surrounding communities, and offer residents the opportunity to take selected classes closer to home,” said Assistant Vice President of Student Learning Barbara Crane.

Crane said that, in addition to providing access to certain classes, the new sites enhance the economic development of the communities they serve and promote partnerships within these communities. For example, one of the Baldwin Park sites, which is located at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, will foster a partnership between Mt. SAC’s health occupations programs, Kaiser Permanente, the City of Baldwin Park, and Baldwin Park Unified School District. Business management classes will be offered at the Esther Snyder Community Center and Baldwin Park City Hall.

In Pomona, Mt. SAC and the Pomona Unified School District will partner to offer courses in the beautiful, new state-of-the-art Village at Indian Hill Conference and Technology Center. Future plans also include a cooperative project designed to create seamless career pathways for high school students enrolled in the new academy programs in the Pomona District and new career institutes at Mt. SAC in the areas of teacher preparation, multi-media/computer graphics, health occupations, business management, energy and transportation, and technology.

Registration for credit classes at the Pomona site will be held August 27-30, 6 to 9 p.m., for the late-start 14-week classes that begin September 10 and continue through December 14. The Pomona registration site is the Career Transition Center, 1444 E. Holt Avenue in the Village at Indian Hill.

Registration for the credit classes at the Baldwin Park locations will be held August 27-30, 6 to 8 p.m. In Baldwin Park, registration for health classes will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital Medical Center Education Room, room 0960, located at 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd. Registration for business classes will take place at the Esther Snyder Community Center located at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd.

For more information about Mt. SAC's new off-campus sites, call the Mt. SAC Student Learning Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4204.

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Psych Tech Program Receives Grant

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College’s Psychiatric Technician Program recently received a $100,000 Chancellor’s Office grant to provide computers and training for psychiatric technicians.

The "Psychiatric Technician Program Techology in the Classroom" grant provided computers to equip the Psychiatric Technician lab. The goal of the grant is to provide psychiatric technician students with the computer skills needed in their field. A variety of computer courses have been offered, including classes in PowerPoint, Internet searches, Excel, e-mail, and web development.

Another goal of the grant project is to increase the number of students who pass the computer-administered Psychiatric Technician State Board Exam from 60 percent to 70 percent. Training was provided through Mt. SAC’s Staff and Organizational Learning Department

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Walnut, CA ... Back by popular demand, Mt. San Antonio College’s Sixth Annual Taste of the San Gabriel Valley will be held Saturday, September 22, together with an evening of music by the River City Brass Band.

The evening of fine dining and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the “Taste of the San Gabriel Valley,” featuring delicious cuisine from the San Gabriel Valley’s favorite restaurants. This hugely successful fund-raiser has been a sell-out in previous years. This year the “Taste” will be co-sponsored by the Pacific Palms Resort and Conference Center (formerly the Industry Hills Sherton) and will showcase cuisine from restaurants such as Cask ‘N Cleaver, Emillio’s at the Radisson, Charley Brown’s, Graber Olive House, Marie Callender’s, Mariposa Inn, Starbuck’s, Claro’s Italian Market, BJ’s Restaurant, the Campus Cafe, and more.

The buffet-style dinner will be followed by the River City Brass Band at 8 p.m. in the Sophia B. Clarke Theater. The River City Brass Band’s repertoire includes big band music, the marches of John Phillip Sousa, love songs, and movie favorites.

Tickets for the “Taste of the San Gabriel Valley” are $15 per person, tickets for the River City Brass Band are $31, and special discount tickets for the combination of dinner and show are available for $40.

For tickets, call the Performing Arts Center box office at (909) 468-4050.

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Walnut, CA ... Assemblyman Robert Pacheco (R-Walnut) pledged to amend legislation to restore some of the $126 million in community college funding cuts recently made by Gov. Gray Davis. The announcement came at a press conference held at Mt. San Antonio College on August 14.

"I think it's time community colleges stand up for what has rightfully been earned," said Assemblyman Pacheco, who represents Assembly District 60.

Pacheco announced to a crowd of community college staff, students, area community college presidents, and media members that he has amended Assembly Bill 1159 to restore $98 million for community college maintenance funding that was cut from the state budget by Gov. Davis early in August.

"I am prepared to do all I can to restore the $98 million for maintenance," said Pacheco.

Locally, those cuts mean $2.4 million less funding for Mt. SAC. Gov. Davis' vetoes translate into cuts in equipment and maintenance funding for Mt. SAC. Equipment such as computers, biology microscopes, and physical education safety and first aid equipment would be affected by the governor's cuts.

"These cuts came as a complete surprise," said Mt. SAC President Bill Feddersen.

At the same time that the funding cuts have been introduced, the burden on community colleges has become even greater. The state's financial support for community colleges is $4,700 per student compared to $7,000 per K-12 student, $11,000 per Cal State University student, and $18,000 per University of California student. Meanwhile, the state's community colleges enroll 1.6 million students, and Mt. SAC serves approximately 40,000 students per semester, making it the state's largest single-campus community college.

"Community colleges have shown that they are the workhorse in California education," said Pacheco.

Yet while Mt. SAC produces national championship speech, choral, and theater programs as it did last year, community colleges remain the most underfunded segment of education in California.

Other area community colleges hit by state budget cuts include Rio Hondo College $1.4 million, Long Beach City College $1.4 million, Pasadena City College $1.2 million, the North Orange Community College District $3.2 million, Citrus College $1 million, and Chaffey College $1 million.

"We're hurting the students who want to learn," said Mt. SAC Associated Students President Brian Calle.

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Faculty and students raise guide dogs for the blind

Walnut, CA ... Faculty and students at Mt. San Antonio College have taken their love for dogs and turned it into a full-time occupation that reaps big rewards and benefits for everyone associated.

A partnership forged by Mt. SAC faculty and students with Guide Dogs of America benefits the faculty and students who volunteer as "puppy raisers," the veterinary technician students who receive veterinary training by performing procedures on the animals, the Guide Dogs of America Center in Sylmar which receives quality health care for its dogs, and ultimately the blind and visually impaired men and women who, in the end, receive a well-trained guide dog valued at between $10,000 and $15,000.

"This partnership benefits both programs," said Mt. SAC Registered Veterinary Technician Program Director Jean Hoffman. "Guide Dogs of America is getting quality health care for the dogs, and students are gaining valuable experience."

Part of the College's collaboration with the non-profit organization that raises guide dogs for the blind involves Mt. SAC's Registered Veterinary Technician Program which provides spaying and neutering services for the dogs.

Through Mt. SAC Animal Health Technology Professor Gary Uyeno's classes, students gain hands-on experience, and Guide Dogs of America is having a vital procedure performed on its animals. While Uyeno, a veterinarian, performs the actual surgery, students receive experience as they prep the animals, ready the dogs for the anesthesia, monitor the dogs during surgery, and assist with the surgery.

"It's really enhanced our program. It's turned into a very cooperative situation," Uyeno said.

But the genesis of this association with Guide Dogs of America began when students and later faculty volunteered to serve as puppy raisers for the non-profit organization. Puppy raisers receive the dogs--usually the Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever breeds--when they are eight weeks old. From then on, the puppy raisers need to incorporate the dogs into as much of their lives as possible.

"I love dogs, and it's for a great cause," said Mt. SAC Registered Veterinary Technician student Beth McCuaig, who is on the waiting list as a puppy raiser.

First, all prospective puppy raisers must fill out an application and are interviewed. The puppy raiser plays a key role in the dog's socialization, and one of the items they receive in this new role is a puppy raising manual. The dogs need to know basic obedience and commands such as sit, lie down, come, and stop. But they also need to know commands unique to guide dogs, commands such as when to walk, when to stand for examination, and when to position themselves underneath a table in a setting such as a restaurant or workplace.

Guide dogs also need to get used to several different environments. Puppy raisers take their dogs shopping in stores, riding on buses, and walking on busy streets so that the dogs are used to cars and not afraid of them. The basic idea is the guide dog should be familiar with going anywhere a blind or visually impaired person would go.

"They encourage you to take your dog everywhere with you," said Hoffman about her yellow Labrador retriever, Mac. "Basically, you train them for the lifestyle to which they will soon become accustomed."

The puppy raisers periodically go back to the Guide Dog Center. There are meetings once a month, occasional outings, and the Puppy Trials. The Puppy Trials are basic tests of obedience. The trials may include such doggy tests as going down stairs or being able to walk by food without being tempted.

"They look for temperament and physical and medical soundness," Hoffman said. "Any signs of aggression are not allowed."

In all, the puppy raisers care for the future guide dogs for 18 months, but after an evaluation, the trainers at the Guide Dogs of America Center take the dogs for further training. The dogs go through another six months of training when they either make the cut or don't. For those dogs that pass the training, there is the guide dog graduation where the puppy raisers and their dogs are reunited.

Next, the dogs are matched with their future owners with whom the dogs spend the entire day and become their "eyes" to the world. So it is important that owners and dogs are properly matched.

"If your dog passes and gets placed, Guide Dogs of America will match the personality of the blind person with the personality of the dog," said Hoffman.

Mt. SAC's partnership with Guide Dogs of America began in 1998 with a former student who became a puppy raiser and is now an apprentice instructor for Guide Dogs of America.

"I love working with dogs and with people," said former Mt. SAC student Yvonne Martin, whose association with Guide Dogs began seven years ago.

Martin started as a puppy raiser, got others involved, and later was offered a position at the Guide Dogs Center. But beyond the enjoyment she receives from her work, there is an added bonus.

"The end result is something you just can't put into words," said Martin. "When you see the people working with these dogs, going down the street, it's just incredible. The program has been able to give a lot of people the independence they wouldn't have had before."

Since then, the partnership with Mt. SAC has grown to include other puppy raisers and veterinary training. In fact the puppy raiser program has become so popular that now there are students on a waiting list to be puppy raisers.

But throughout the 18 month ordeal of being a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America, the hardest part, according to Hoffman, is giving the dogs up at the end.

"You feel as though there's something missing when they have to leave," she said.

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Mt. SAC Offers Child Care Food Program

Walnut, CA ... The Child Development Center at Mt. San Antonio College offers the Child Care Food Program to all children who attend the center.

This program provides free and reduced cost meals to children. Each semester the Child Development Center serves approximately 200 children from birth to age 5. The children receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Infants receive formula. All children in attendance at the center will be offered the same meals at no separate charge.

The federally-funded Child Care Food Program allows the center to provide children with healthy foods that support the goal of developing lifelong, positive, health-related attitudes and behaviors for children and their families.

Eligibility guidelines are available from the Child Development Center. For more information, call (909) 594-5611, Ext. 4920.

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Mt. SAC's Golden Notes Accepting Memberships

Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College's Vocal Music Program is offering sponsorships in its Golden Notes membership program to help support the college's vocal programs.

The Golden Notes patron program provides supplemental support for Mt. SAC's music students through donations of $150 to the program. The funds help to defray some of the costs for community and national travel for the program.

Membership includes four tickets to any of four concerts presented by the vocal music students this year at Mt. SAC. The names of Golden Notes supporters will be listed in all vocal music show programs. The donation is a tax-deductible charitable donation to Mt. SAC.

In summer 2000, Mt. SAC's College Choir competed at the International Musical Eisteddfod music festival at which 100 choirs from 44 nations competed for the title of "Choir of the World." Mt. SAC's students took second place in the competition. In addition, two of Mt. SAC's vocal music groups participated in national competition this year, and the vocal jazz ensemble, Singcopation, was named co-winner of the college jazz vocal choir category in Downbeat magazine's 24th annual student music awards.

For more information about the Golden Notes sponsorship program or the Mt. SAC Vocal Music Program, contact Music Professor Bruce Rogers at (909) 594-5611 ext. 4334.

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Performing Arts Tickets On Sale Now

Walnut, CA ... Tickets for Mt. San Antonio College’s 2001-2002 Performing Arts season, which features different programs in instrumental music, choral music, theater, and dance, are now on sale.

This year, Mt. SAC’s Performing Arts Center will showcase a variety of programs for the community, starting with its Sixth Annual Taste of the San Gabriel Valley and a musical performance by the River City Brass Band on September 22. The evening of dining and music features cuisine from the some of the San Gabriel Valley’s finest restaurants, 6 to 8 p.m., and the big band music, marches, love songs, and movie favorites from the River City Brass Band beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are also available for Mt. SAC’s Cultural Arts Series which offers five culturally enriching programs, including classical piano music by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist November 18, the Savage Jazz Dance Company February 2, the Turtle Island String Quartet with special guest Paquito DiRivera February 17, baritone vocalist Nmon Ford April 20, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet June 22. Special season tickets for the entire Cultural Arts Series are available for $95 (general admission) and $65 (seniors). Student tickets for the entire series are $50, and series tickets for children under 12 are $40.

Other programs throughout the year include performances by Mt. SAC’s award-winning jazz band, choral groups, Mt. SAC theater productions, dance performances, and more.

For ticket information, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.

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