2014: Recognizing exemplary employee dedication and service.
Atta Bear is a hand carved wooden bear clad in Mountie maroon and is awarded monthly to a Mt. SAC employee, group, or department that demonstrates the Mt. SAC spirit, outstanding service to the college, and/or extraordinary teaching. The current Atta Bear recipient selects the following month’s recipient. In addition to the bear statue, each honoree receives a congratulatory message on the college marquee, a framed award, and other forms of recognition like this one.
June 2014: Laura Demitria
Facilities Planning and Management Clerical Specialist Laura Demitria was selected for the June Atta bear by May recipient, Humanities & Social Sciences Division Secretary Kim Garcia, who wrote: "Laura Demitria is always so pleasant and willing to assist our division with each inquiry and request. Sometimes our requests are last minute and seem to be impossible to fulfill, but Laura always comes through for us. Her jovial, friendly demeanor makes it such a pleasure to work with. Laura is extremely helpful, surpasses all expectations with outstanding service, and demonstrates through her attitude and daily kindness the spirit of Mt. SAC."
May 2014: Kim Garcia
Humanities & Social Sciences Division Secretary Kim Garcia was selected for the May Atta Bear by April recipient, Admissions & Records Assistant Director Patricia Montoya, who wrote: "Kim is always willing to assist Admissions & Records and takes the time to listen to and assist students and staff with questions regarding grade changes, course enrollment information, eligibility or anything else. Kim is an outstanding representative of Humanities and is a great asset to the college. She thoroughly researches every issue and has such a caring nature. Kim exemplifies the spirit of Mt. SAC!"
April 2014: Patricia Montoya
Admissions & Records Assistant Director Patricia Montoya was selected for the April Atta Bear by March recipient, Clerical Specialist Rosemary Rodriguez, who wrote: "Patricia, on a daily basis, is always available to assist students and fellow colleagues with any questions they may have regarding residency or any admissions application in general. She has such a caring nature and always takes the time to listen to students, which they really appreciate, knowing her busy schedule. Paty is the true spirit of Mt. SAC!"
March 2014: Rosemary Rodriguez
Clerical Specialist Rosemary Rodriguez was selected for the March Atta Bear by February recipient Project/Program Coordinator Jacolyn Martinez, who wrote: "Rosemary greets students and staff with a warm smile and a happy 'Hello' on a daily basis. She helps the students with their financial aid needs but goes on to ask them how they are doing in their classes and listens to their concerns. Students stop by her office area just to say “Hi” and to let her know how much her concern means to them. Rosemary supports our athletic programs as well. You’ll see her on the football and soccer field cheering “Go Mounties!” She has done so much for the sports teams. Rosemary is the spirit of Mt. SAC!"
February 2014: Jacolyn Martinez
Project/Program Coordinator Jacolyn Martinez was selected for the February Atta Bear by January recipients Help Desk Staff Jacquelyn Grier, Raul Magdaleno, and Tan Wilton, who wrote: "Jacolyn is one of the best go-to persons at the college. She's always willing to accommodate the help desk when we need student information and pin number resets. She never hesitates to help us even when it's quite busy in her department. If she can't do it now she'll certainly do it later! I'm proud to hand the Atta Bear to a deserving person!"
January 2014: IT Help Desk
Help Desk Staff Jacquelyn Grier, Raul Magdaleno and Tan Wilton were selected for the January Atta Bear by November recipient Database Administrator Werner Vorster, who wrote:
"The IT Help Desk consists of a small group of individuals who provide a wide range of services to so many people. Whether it be a single user needing assistance or a campuswide registration issue, this team remains calm and professional while providing the much-needed support. For all their help and assistance, I thank and congratulate them."
Click here to view the Atta Bear Recipients for 2013