September 2006


Mt. SAC Receives $2.8-Million Grant to Improve Success In English Courses

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College is the recent recipient of a $2.8-million U. S. Department of Education grant to improve the writing and literacy skills of students in pre-collegiate courses. The Title V grant is spread out over five years and targets Hispanic and at-risk students.

“We have a significant obligation and challenge to help students develop the skills necessary for success in college,” said Mt. SAC Vice President of Instruction John Nixon. “This grant will provide the basic skills instruction and connectivity to college life that students need for success.”

The grant project, “Addressing Acute Student Needs at Mt. San Antonio College,” focuses on improving student success rates in developmental reading and writing courses, expanding learning communities or “cohort groups” for developmental English courses, improving student services for targeted students and enhancing tracking abilities.

College statistics show that a majority of the students who come to Mt. SAC need remedial instruction in English, reading and mathematics. Approximately 95% percent of students test into pre-collegiate English courses.

“The majority of students come to our doors underprepared to do college-level work,” said Nixon. “We need to do everything we can to make them successful, and the more we can do to improve basic skills, the better the chances they will be successful in college.”

The project will incorporate the use of learning communities to give students a greater sense of belonging in the college environment and will provide tutoring while emphasizing basic skills to help students in their courses. Making students more familiar with support services will also help students succeed.

Mt. SAC has realized much success with learning communities, especially in working with basic skills and Hispanic students. This new grant will enable the College to further expand learning communities by using smaller learning groups so students are more closely interconnected with each other and with their instructors.

The Title V grant is awarded to Hispanic-serving institutions. Just over 44% of Mt. SAC’s students are Hispanic. The grant follows up on a previous Title V grant awarded in 1999 to address student success in math.

Mt. SAC VP Appointed to Chair State Organization

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College Administrative Services Vice President Michael Gregoryk was recently appointed chair of the Schools Excess Liability Fund (SELF) Board of Directors through June 2007.

SELF is a joint powers authority that operates and maintains cooperative programs for funding excess liability, excess workers’ compensation, and other plans for California public educational agencies. Formed by schools 20 years ago to combat the rising cost of liability insurance, SELF has more than 1,500 members, including K-12 districts, community colleges, charter schools, and the Cal State University system.

A resident of Claremont who has 31 years of service to community colleges, Gregoryk came to Mt. SAC in 2005. Previously, he served as Deputy Chancellor for the Ventura County Community College District for 9 years, including a post as Interim President for two of the district’s colleges, Ventura and Oxnard. With a strong background in finance, he has also served as Administrative Services Vice President at Palomar College and Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services at Western Nebraska Community College.

He is a past president of the California Community Colleges Association of Chief Business Officials and served as president, vice president, treasurer and is a founding member of the National Council of Community College Business Officials of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. He also currently serves on the Student Accident Insurance Network Board.


Mt. SAC Art Gallery Opens with Faculty “Inversion” Exhibit

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will unveil its 2006-07 season with “Inversion: A Faculty Exhibition,” which runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 19, at the Mt. SAC Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Participating faculty artists include Carolyn Alexander, Linda Allen-Kodama, Keith Batcheller, Cherie Benner Davis, Ron Brown, Fatemeh Burnes, Neil Chapman, Damon P. Day, Craig Deines, Michael Falzone, M. Paul Hayes, Walter Impert, Gail Jacobs, Ann Johnston-Schuster, Joan Kahn, Jesse A. Mezquita, Sharon McNeil, Robert A. Miller, Rose Misanchuk, Byoung Hyee Park, Kirk Pedersen, Susie Rubenstein, Gregory S. Smith, Thomas Stubbs, Dan Van Clapp, Shari Wasson and Keith Wilson.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery. 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.


Mt. SAC to Host “Power Your Future” Black College Fair Sept. 30

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will host its second Black College Fair on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus Performing Arts Center, 1100 N. Grand Ave. Admission is free.

Under the theme “Power Your Future,” the event will feature a presentation and panel discussion from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall (limited seating), followed by lunch in the courtyard and information/exhibit booths staffed by representatives from at least 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Texas Southern, Howard, Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Alabama A&M, Wilberforce and Tuskegee universities as well as Bethune-Cookman College.

In addition, representatives from Mt. SAC and local public/private universities, such as USC, University of La Verne, Claremont, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Los Angeles, will be on hand to provide information about their institutions.

All representatives will be prepared to provide assistance in completing admission applications and financial aid forms and discuss housing opportunities.

The morning panel session will focus on the benefits of attending HBCUs, the supportive learning and social environments at these institutions, as well as the experiences of local HBCU students and graduates.

Local radio station 93.5 KDAY will also be on hand to provide entertainment.

“This expo brings together under one roof representatives from some of the nation’s finest HBCUs who can provide area students with vital information about admission requirements, financial aid opportunities and, more importantly, discuss the advantages of attending a historically black institution of higher learning,” said Phillip Maynard, Co-chair of Mt. SAC’s Student Equity Committee and expo organizer. “We encourage students throughout the San Gabriel Valley to come and obtain the knowledge and resources they need to power their future at this important event.”

The Black College Fair is co-sponsored by the Mt. SAC Student Equity Committee, Associated Students, and the San Gabriel Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, which has conducted similar fairs throughout the region.

For more information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 5906, or visit

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Mt. SAC to Host Public Dialogue on Immigration

WALNUT, Calif.—The Mt. San Antonio College Humanities and Division will sponsor “Should American Immigration Policy Change?,” a panel presentation and discussion on immigration, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m., in the college’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater. This event is open to the public.

Those scheduled to participate in the panel discussion include Bishop Gerald Barnes, chairman of the Catholic Council on Immigration and Bishop of the diocese of San Bernardino; Carl Braun, currently the leader of the California Minutemen; Jorge Macias, an editor for La Opinion; George Cardona, currently the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California; Angelica Salas, Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles; Mark Cromer, journalist and member of Californians for Population Stabilization; and Jeff Corless, Deputy Coalitions Director for the California Republican Party.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Humanities Division Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4570.

Mt. SAC Celebrates 60 on Sept. 20

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a campuswide birthday party, cake cutting, live music and speakers from the college community on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at noon, in the Student Services Center courtyard (Building 9B).

Featured speakers for the anniversary event include Mt. SAC President Christopher O’Hearn and Walnut City Council Member Mary Su. The event reflects on Mt. SAC’s 60 years of educational and institutional excellence.

That excellence is evident through college’s award-winning programs and student and faculty achievements that have earned national and worldwide distinction. The college’s championship forensics program, nationally known flying team, top-notch music ensembles and the world-famous Mt. SAC Relays are just a few of the programs that have enhanced the college’s reputation.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 Californians has attended a community college, and in many ways, Mt. SAC’s growth and history mirror the 17 local communities the college serves. From its humble beginnings on Sept, 16, 1946 with 635 pioneer students attending classes in buildings originally designed as an army and naval hospital, Mt. SAC has grown to become one of the largest community colleges in the state with nearly 40,000 students and over 200 degree, certificate and community education programs.

Mt. SAC will continue celebrating six decades of excellence and distinction at its Anniversary Gala on Oct. 28 at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.