September 2005


Faculty, Staff Come to the Aid of Hurricane Victims

WALNUT, Calif.— With their skills and hearts, Mt. SAC faculty and other employees are offering help and compassion to survivors of Hurricane Katrina both in the Gulf and here locally.

Nursing Department Director Clarence Edwards and Professor Julie Hughes-Lederer were among the first of the faculty to head to Houston on Sept. 6. They joined 50 registered nurses deployed by the California Nurses Association to assist at a major clinic set up at the Houston Arena.

“We just had to do something,” said Edwards, who has taught nursing at Mt. SAC for the past 24 years. “I checked with every emergency and nursing agency in the affected areas as well as in California and found this prime opportunity to provide needed relief for those nurses who have worked tirelessly around the clock in Houston. I’m just grateful that we can help.”

Lane Braver, Medical Services Department Chairman and a Physician’s Assistant for 19 years, is part of a seven-member team of physicians dispatched by the Los Angeles County Disaster Medical Assistance Team/FEMA to provide medical care to hurricane survivors in a “tent city” clinic in Baton Rouge.

“I’m anxious to do something to help the victims of the hurricane,” said Braver, who will help with diagnoses and treatment of the injured.

Three part-time faculty from Mt. SAC’s Fire Academy—David Baker, John Chappell and Jimmy Ramirez—have been deployed by the California Office of Emergency Services to conduct search-and-rescue missions in Louisiana. The Fire Academy instructors, who are also members of Southern California fire departments, are expected to be deployed in the region from 30 to 60 days.

“They have the expertise to help find people and get them to safe ground,” said Jerry Austin, Director of the Academy.

Also dispatched on search-and-rescue details in Baton Rouge are adjunct paramedic faculty Lisa Moden and Doug Cox.

“The College is making this commitment to help relief efforts in the impacted areas in the greater sense of the word community,” said Mt. SAC President/CEO Dr. Christopher O’Hearn. “We are extremely proud of those faculty members and other employees who are aiding the survivors of Hurricane Katrina both in the Gulf Coast and locally.”

O’Hearn noted that the full-time faculty volunteers are on paid leave, authorized by the College.

Locally, Mt. SAC staff and students have also pitched in with the relief efforts. The College’s Student Services staff, Business Club and Phi Theta Kappa students have organized fund-raising activities on behalf of the American Red Cross. The Mt. SAC Academic Senate and Faculty Association are accepting collections for the National Education Association’s Katrina Relief Fund to help teachers and their families who have been affected by the disaster.


Business Students Organize Hurricane Relief Effort

WALNUT, Calif.—In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Mt. San Antonio College business students have organized a campaign on Sept. 13-15 to collect donations to help the victims in New Orleans and the gulf area.

Students from Mt. SAC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)/Business Club will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts. Donations will be collected Sept. 13-15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Miracle Mile area of campus.

With chapters on more than 1,400 college and university campuses, SIFE is a nonprofit organization that works with business and higher education to provide business students with the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

For more information, call at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5630 or ext. 4612.

Rockwell Exhibit Opens Art Gallery

WALNUT, Calif.—An exhibit of Norman Rockwell’s work for the covers of the Saturday Evening Post will open the 2005-06 season at Mt. San Antonio College’s Art Gallery, running Sept. 20 through Dec. 1. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features 40 of the original tear sheet covers Rockwell created for the Saturday Evening Post in the 1940s, including the popular War News, Homecoming Soldier, and Rosie the Riveter covers. Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, and Freedom from Fear, the cornerstone of Norman Rockwell’s work during the war years, are also included in this exhibit. These images chronicle the impact of social and political events in America during World War II.

A special lecture on the exhibit will be given by Tom Daly, Curator of Education at the Rockwell Museum, on Sept. 20, in the art gallery at 3 p.m., with an opening reception to follow at 4 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328.