August 2002


Mt. SAC Bond Construction Projects Begin

Walnut, CA … Ten months after voters approved Mt. San Antonio College’s facilities bond measure, a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Beef Unit and Tractor Barn—one of the first projects included in Mt. SAC’s bond building program—has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 4:30 p.m., at the Agricultural Sciences farm area.

"This groundbreaking is symbolic because this represents the first step in the transformation of the Mt. SAC campus through the facilities bond program," said Mt. SAC President Bill Feddersen.

The first project to be funded through Mt. SAC’s $221 million bond includes the construction of a 14,400 square-foot beef unit and a 6,642 square-foot tractor barn for Agricultural Sciences. Both of the structures are prefabricated, metal buildings that will be located in the farm area east of Bonita Drive and north of the Student Parking Lot F.

"The old facility was dilapidated and had to be replaced. Meanwhile, the agriculture program is solid and growing," said Natural Sciences Division Dean Larry Redinger.

The agriculture program at Mt. SAC occupies about 25 percent of the campus, according to Redinger.

"Agriculture was one of the earliest programs this college ever had, and even though emphasis has shifted, agriculture is a big part of the campus," he said.

Other bond construction projects and their tentative start dates include a new Welding/Air Conditioning building to replace the current facility built in the 1940’s scheduled for construction starting February 2003, the relocation of the softball field and improvements to current athletic fields planned for March 2003, a Health Careers Center and a permanent English as a Second Language facility slated for June 2003, and a new Science building with construction beginning November of 2003.

Voters passed Mt. SAC’s facilities bond measure, Measure R, during the November 2001 general election. The bond funds are being used to renovate and replace the college’s aging and deteriorating buildings, and to accommodate Mt. SAC’s growing enrollment.

Projects included in Mt. SAC’s facilities bond program are reviewed by an eleven-member Citizens Oversight Committee, which is comprised of members of the college community and is responsible for seeing that bond funds are used in accordance with their intended purpose.

Forming a Citizens Oversight Committee is a requirement of Proposition 39. Proposition 39 prohibits the use of bond funds for administration, imposes accountability requirements on school districts to ensure that bond funds are spent on approved projects, and requires that schools provide voters with a specific list of construction projects.

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Mt. SAC to Host State Healthcare Interpreters Conference

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Welcome Back Center will host the second statewide conference of the California Healthcare Interpreters Association on Saturday, September 28, for educators and healthcare professionals.

The conference will address issues in the field of healthcare interpreting, including standards of training, codes of conduct, and improved working conditions.

"It will offer us the opportunity to share perspectives on healthcare interpreting with other healthcare organizations and agencies," said Welcome Back Center Director Jesus Oliva.

Mt. SAC graduated its first class of healthcare interpreter students on June 27. The goal of the program is to increase the number of trained interpreters to meet the growing needs of ethnically-diverse communities.

The Healthcare Interpreter Program is part of Mt. SAC’s Welcome Back Center, which opened last February to provide additional training, guidance, career counseling, and placement for healthcare professionals from other countries. The center assists physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, respiratory technicians, and others trained in the healthcare field in other countries obtain appropriate licenses and credentials to work in the U.S. health care system.

The center also helps meet the demand for highly trained professionals in communities that desperately need their skills, as well as their linguistic and cultural competency. In addition, the project addresses the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the health care work force.

"There is a great demand for health professionals who understand the community’s culture and language," said Oliva.

For more information on Mt. SAC’s Welcome Back Center, call the center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6101.

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New Mt. SAC Program Responds to Retail Industry

Walnut, CA … One of Mt. SAC’s new programs this fall—the Retail Management Certificate program—is the result of a collaborative effort between business and education and was created in direct response to the needs of the retail industry.

"One thing that’s unique about this program is that it was put together by a coalition of businesses and community colleges," said Business Professor and Program Coordinator Tom McFarland.

"This program is really the outgrowth of weighing the needs of the industry coupled with the incredible value of community colleges when it comes to training," McFarland said.

The 10 course certificate program is designed to expose students to the business world and the role of retail distribution. The experience gained through the program will help students in their search for entry-level positions in retail management.

"It’s a very popular certificate that’s designed to give practical experience to employees in the retail industry," McFarland said.

The Mt. SAC program, which has 70 students enrolled this fall, offers exposure to a broad range of skills needed by managers in the retail industry,
including experience with balance sheets, income statements, human resources management, marketing principles, and much more.

The program has also received a boost from the retail industry itself—specifically the grocery industry which actively promotes the Retail Management Program now offered at community colleges throughout the state. In fact, it was the grocery industry’s Western Association of Food Chains that helped establish the program.

But, McFarland said, the program is not specific to any one particular segment of the retail industry.

"This program will serve anyone in retail management, said McFarland. "It’s generic in nature to the retail industry."

Courses offered in the certificate program, part of the Accounting/ Management Department, include classes such as business communications, merchandising management, principles of accounting-financial, and others.

For more information on the Retail Management Certificate Program, call the Mt. SAC Business Division at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4600.

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Mt. SAC Offers German Courses

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Foreign Languages Department will offer day and evening German classes during Mt. SAC’s fall semester, which begins August 12.

Learn German conversation, reading, and writing for travel, business, and fun. German I and German II will be offered both days and evenings during the fall semester. 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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Mt. SAC Board Selects New College President

Walnut, CA … At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees named Christopher C. O’Hearn the new President/CEO of the College.

O’Hearn, who has served as President of Mission College in Santa Clara since 1999, will tentatively begin as Mt. SAC’s seventh President on September 1. O’Hearn replaces Dr. William H. Feddersen, Mt. SAC President for the past 11 years.

"I am enormously pleased to have been selected by the Board of Trustees as the President of Mt. San Antonio College, an impressive center of teaching and learning in California and in the nation," said O’Hearn.

As President/CEO, O’Hearn will be responsible for the administrative tasks at the largest single-campus community college district in the state with more than 44,000 students per semester and over 3,000 full and part-time employees.

"I look forward to working with the administration, faculty, and staff to advance the goals of the College in providing superior programs and services for the students of Mt. San Antonio College," he said.

Prior to serving as President at Mission College, O'Hearn was the Vice President of Instruction at Orange Coast College for six years. He also served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Chairman of the Communications Division at Los Angeles Harbor College.

As an educator, O'Hearn was also a Professor of English for eight years at Los Angeles Harbor College and taught at El Camino College, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Pepperdine University, and the University of Maryland as well.

O'Hearn is in the process of receiving his doctorate in Higher Education from Capella University in Minnesota. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration, a master’s degree in Twentieth Century British Literature, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. He received his associate’s degree from El Camino College in Torrance.

O’Hearn maintains professional affiliations with the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Publications and Public Relations, the California Community Colleges International Education Advisory Board, the International Learning Committee, the American Association of Community Colleges Manuscript Reviewer/Community College Press, and the Association of California Community College Administrators .

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2002 Mounties Kick Off Season with Fund-raiser

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College football team will kick off its 2002 season with the team’s 14th annual pancake breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, August 31, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., by the stadium fieldhouse, building 50-G.

The 2002 Mounties, players and coaches, will be introduced and a scrimmage follows the pancake breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast help support the Mt. SAC football program. The Mounties begin their season Friday, September 6, 3 p.m., with a scrimmage against Compton College at Mt. SAC. Mt. SAC's first home game is Saturday, September 14, 6 p.m., against Chaffey.
Mt. SAC is the home of the 1997 National Championship Mounties and the 2000 Mission Conference Champs.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast are $4 and are available from the Mt. SAC Football office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4883 or ext. 4886.

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Mt. SAC Performing Arts Tickets Now On Sale

Walnut, CA … Tickets for Mt. San Antonio College’s 2002-03 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 A Taste of CIMA and a musical performance by Forever Plaid on September 14. The evening of dining and music features melting pot of Asian, American, Latin, and Mediterranean cuisine from chefs of the Pacific Palms Conference Resort, 6 to 8 p.m., and the music of the 1950’s from Forever Plaid beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are also available for Mt. SAC’s Seventh Cultural Arts Series, which offers five culturally enriching programs, including Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist Olga Kern on November 10, 2002; the Caribbean Jazz Project on February 1, 2003; m-pact, an a capella contemporary quintet, on February 22, 2003; five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross on March 29, 2003; and Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner Paul Williams on June 21, 2003. 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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Mt. SAC Foundation Hires New Director

Walnut, CA … The Mt. San Antonio College Foundation has hired Elizabeth "Ann" Savage as its new Director of Development for the non-profit organization, which raises supplemental funds for Mt. SAC, the largest single campus community college in California.

Savage comes to the Foundation with eight years experience in fund-raising for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Public Counsel Law Center. Currently, she directs fundraising efforts for the Conservation Corps, an agency serving more than 6,000 children, teens, and young adults annually. She has also raised more than $1 million in grants for Public Counsel Law Center.

Savage holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School and both a Masters and Bachelors degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany. She has been appointed by Governor Gray Davis to serve on the California State Workforce Investment Board, the California State Youth Council, and the State Rehabilitation Council.
A resident of Upland, Savage is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Los Angeles.

Founded in 1966, the Mt. SAC Foundation raises supplemental funds for Mt. SAC for student scholarships and in support of college programs and services. Last year the Foundation gave Mt. SAC over $35,000 in support of the Athletic program, Forensic Team, Book Loan Fund, Scholarships, and bond campaign and brought in $56,000 in grants to support the Wildlife Sanctuary and the Equine Center.

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Councilman Joins Mt. SAC Foundation Board

Walnut, CA … Kevin Stapleton of Covina will serve a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises supplemental funds for Mt. SAC.

Stapleton, a Covina city councilman and attorney, is an active member of the state, county, and San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. He also is a member of the American Legion and Health View Inc. He and his wife Victoria are partners in Stapleton and Stapleton, a law firm specializing in charitable and estate planning, real estate, corporate and business law, and civil litigation

The Mt. SAC Foundation is run by a volunteer board of community members who raise friends and funds for Mt. SAC.

"We are pleased to welcome Kevin to our board of directors. He brings a wealth of experience in planned and charitable giving and is an active community member," said Mt. SAC Foundation President Heinz Gehner.

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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 Mt. SAC Child Development Center.

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

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Carey Sworn in as Student Trustee

Walnut, CA … Joseph Carey, a 20-year-old pre-med transfer major at Mt. San Antonio College, was sworn in during the Mt. SAC board of trustees' June 26 meeting as the new student trustee for the 2002-2003 academic year.

As student trustee, Carey 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.

Carey, a resident of Ontario, is an honors student at Mt. SAC and carries a 3.5 grade point average. He has been involved in Associated Students, Mt. SAC's student government, for the past year-and-a-half. He has also served as the vice chair for the student Inter-Club Council.

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