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Health Career Students Win Silver and Gold
at State, Advance to Nationals

Health and CareerCongratulations to Mt. SAC’s Health Career students who won six gold medals and six silver medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held March 29-April 1 in Anaheim. More than 2,100 students competed at the state competition.

Nichole Campos, James Nma Onwuka, and Blanca Tovar-Garcia won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Felicia Dunn, Jessica Munoz, and Cecily French won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition.

Darlene Cabrera, Mercedes Hamilton, and Lori Osterman Fructuoso took silver medals in creative problem solving. Deborah Delgado, Irma Macias, and Denise Workman won silver medals in biomedical debate.

All 12 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 25-28 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Professor Mary-Ellen Reyes is the team’s advisor.

Parachutes & Ladders XIII Conference
4/18/14, 8:30 am-3:30 pm | Design Technology Center

Dr. Yeap Ban HarInternationally renowned Singapore Math expert Dr. Yeap Ban Har will address the conference theme, “Teach Less, Learn More: Tools for Sharing, Learning, and Growth” at this annual gathering focused on effective teaching methods. Lecture and breakout sessions will explore critical thinking, problem solving, lesson study, questioning techniques, collaboration, and investigation.

Mt. SAC employees may pre-register online at; all others at: Onsite registrations accepted at the door. For conference information, contact Martha Hall at (909) 274-6381 or

*Anyone requiring interpreting services should make arrangements through the Mt. SAC Human Resources Office: (909) 274-4225.

Bursar's Office moves to Admin Bldg. May 1

To more efficiently serve students, the Bursar’s Office is moving to the lower level lobby of the Administration Building (4), effective Thursday, May 1. The last day of service in the Bursar’s current location (9A) is Monday, April 28.

Hours of operation will remain Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will continue to go to the Bursar’s Office for payment of:

  • Registration fees for credit courses
  • Parking permit and parking citation fees
  • Enrollment verification fees
  • Production card fees
  • Mandatory and optional fees for certain classes (e.g., field trips)

Photo ID’s will no longer be issued by the Bursar after April 21. Students will obtain ID’s in the SacBookRac after that date.

The Bursar’s new space will house a HigherOne student refund ATM as well as computer stations to allow students to handle various business transactions online via their portals.

Two Instructors Win Starbucks
During the Faculty Directory Event

Congratulations to Barbara Gonzales and Kathleen High, Mt. SAC instructors from the Learning Assistance Center. They submitted their contact information to the online directoryand will be rewarded with a Starbuck’s gift card. Both names were drawn at random from the pool of faculty who submitted their contact information.

Picture of Terri Long drawing the winners

Dr. Terri Long (pictured), Dean, Instructional Services, will distibute the prizes.

Self Service Screen captureIt is not too late, you can win a Starbuck’s Gift Card too!

To be entered in the next Starbuck’s gift card drawing, simply login to the portal (, click the Update Contact Information link on the Faculty tab (as shown to the right), and enter your information. Whether you drink coffee or not, please update your professional contact information regularly, especially if you move offices or change phone numbers. Your students will thank you and the college administration thanks you.

(Posted 4-04-14)

Flying Team Headed to Nationals

Flying TeamCongratulations to the Mt. SAC Flying Team which will advance to the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s nation competition after recently qualifying with a third-place finish at the regional airmeet hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University in Arizona.

At the 2014 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) airmeet, Mt. SAC also claimed its 23rd consecutive regional community college award as the top two-year school in the competition. With 112 points, Mt. SAC placed third behind first-place Embry-Riddle with 333 points and second-place San Jose State University with 114 points.

In addition to the top two-year school award, Mt. SAC took second in the flight event rankings. Manutea Maurin placed second overall in the short-field landings event, and Josh Spolar took second in the instrument flight event.

 The top three regional teams receive invitations to the national competition. The national SAFECON airmeet will be hosted by Ohio State University on May 12-17.  

Over the years, the Mt. SAC Flying Team has consistently earned top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. The team has won the Top Community College trophy at the regional competition every year since 1991. Mt. SAC has won the Top U. S. Community College award at the national airmeet in 1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.

Aeronautics Professor Robert Rogus serves as advisor for the Flying Team.

(Posted 3-14-14)

Design Engineering Team Wins Manufacturing Competition

Industrial Design Engineering TeamCongratulations to Mt. SAC’s Industrial Design Engineering Team who won the design competition at the AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition on Feb. 25-27 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The team’s multi-platform simulator was the winning entry in the community college/trade school competition. After weeks of planning and work, students completed the project and adapted it to simulate flight, car racing, and a roller coaster. It also has the capacity to simulate other activities and sports.

Orange County Wheelchair Repair and Maintenance owner Mike Williams donated the motors used for the simulator, an example of the Design Engineering Program’s cooperative relationships with industry.

Professors Max Lizarraga and Steve James serve as advisors for the team.

(Posted 3-14-14)

Turf Teams Trample Competition in Texas

Turf TeamCongratulations to Horticulture Professors Brian Scott and Chaz Perea whose Turf Team captured a national championship college competition at the Sports Turf Managers Association’s 25th annual conference held on Jan. 21-25 in San Antonio, Texas.

With a total score of 136, Mt. SAC’s first-place championship team set a scoring record for all two-year college teams over the past three years. The first-place finish comes with a $4,000 award that will be used for the turf program at Mt. SAC.

Two Mt. SAC teams, Turf Teams 202 and 209, competed against students from 31 two-year colleges and universities from throughout the country, including teams from Purdue and Virginia Tech.

Turf Team 209 tied for third place in the two-year college division. (Posted 3-2-14)

Classified, Faculty Flex Day Focuses on Growth, Technology


A joint classified and faculty Spring Flex Day afforded two opening general sessions and provided nearly 20 employee breakout sessions with topics ranging from union contracts to Adobe Acrobat to the cosmos.

During two separate faculty and classified opening sessions, President Bill Scroggins focused on the college’s current state of enrollment and a potential increase in future funding from the state.

“There’s more money on the horizon—that’s the good news,” Scroggins told faculty and staff. “The challenge going forward will be to grow enrollment to qualify for the funding.”

Recently, Gov. Brown proposed a 3% hike in growth funding and an overall funding increase for community colleges of 11%, Scroggins said. So with additional funding on the line, Mt. SAC is doing what it can to qualify for those funds.

“We are positioning ourselves to reach the growth target,” he said. One of the ways the college is trying to grow enrollment is through the use of social media.

The flip side of the funding increase for growth is that enrollment is currently down. Enrollment for fall was basically flat, and for the first day of the spring semester, unduplicated credit enrollment was down 1.8%.

Scroggins said the shift in the enrollment pattern could be tied to an improving economy and job market. He said growth at community colleges has not been uniform throughout the state with coastal area colleges experiencing declines in enrollment while inland area colleges are seeing some growth. Conversely, coastal areas are also seeing lower unemployment at about 6% while inland areas are experiencing higher unemployment at around 9%.

Another $2 million in funding is available for Student Services, but there are certain requirements for those funds tied to the Student Success Act. One such requirement will be major changes in student priority registration as early as next summer.

“There’s new money coming, but it comes with a lot of strings,” he said.

President Scroggins also introduced the technology-themed sessions with the question: “Does technology drive teaching or does teaching drive technology?”

Breakout sessions such as “Copyright and Fair Use in an Open Access World,” “DVD Captioning,” and “Adobe Acrobat Basics” were offered during Flex Day.

Other offerings covered CSEA contracts, street self-defense, campus safety, student emotional issues, CalPERS, student behavioral issues, decision making, SB440, content review and requites, student success, study abroad, and distance learning as well as tours of the planetarium and the wellness center.

Opening session presentations were also given by Student Services VP Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Academic Senate President Dan Smith, Learning Assistance Center Director Bailey Smith, Supervisor of the Writing Center Nicole Blean, and Web Specialist Mark Fernandez.

(Posted 2-25-14)

High-5 to Forensics Coaches
for Tournament Awards

Forensics Team winCongratulations to Mt. SAC Forensics coaches Danny Cantrell, Jeff Archibald, and Roger Willis, whose team captured third place in the overall sweepstakes at the Sunset Cliffs Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, held Feb. 7-9 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Competing against 44 colleges and universities, Mt. SAC students won a total of 12 awards, including two first-place awards. Mt. SAC’s Matthew Schaupp was recognized as the top community college speaker at the tournament, and Professor Cantrell was recognized with the Quintilian Service Award for his contribution to coaching, judging, and speech tournament administration.

This spring, the team is looking forward to competing at the state community college championship, the national championship in Denver, and an international tournament in Paris, France as well as a tournament in China later this year. (Posted 2-13-14)

Midterm Accreditation Report Earns Commendation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for SchoolsMt. SAC's Midterm Accreditation Report passed its review by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges with flying colors and earned commendation.

In a letter to President Bill Scroggins, the commission commended Mt. SAC on the report, submitted last October, and for meeting the recommendations made by the commission, based on its last site visit in 2010. Colleges are expected to meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards at all times during their accreditation cycle. For Mt. SAC, that cycle was the maximum allowable—six years.

ACCJC accreditation is a community college’s “good housekeeping seal of approval,” affirming the quality of learning, teaching, administration, and student service delivery.

Mt. SAC’s next full accreditation review and site visit will be conducted in the fall of 2016. (Posted 2-11-14)

Honors Director Receives
PTK Administrators Award

CarolynHonors Program Director Carolyn Kuykendall is one of 25 educators to be chosen for Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious Distinguished College Administrator Award. She will receive the award in April at PTK’s 96th annual convention in Orlando, FL.

The international honor recognizes college administrators who demonstrate outstanding support for PTK, the largest honors society in higher education with chapters throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Peru.

“Mt. SAC’s Honors Program is clearly on the international radar,” said Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jim Jenkins. “Carolyn has brought this program a long way in a short time, and many students have transferred to top schools because of her.”

Carolyn has served as the Honors Program Director at Mt. SAC for five years and has a total of 19 years’ experience as an honors director. Mt. SAC boasts the largest honors programs in the state with 700 students and an average of 30 honors courses offered per semester.

(Posted 2-04-14, pictured from her national award)

Mt. SAC Athletics to Induct 8
at Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 8

SealMt. SAC will induct eight former athletes and program supporters at its 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m., at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in the City of Industry.

This year’s inductees are former New England Patriots running back and 1991 NFL Rookie of the Year Leonard Russell, former Dodger pitcher Brett Tomko, Olympic silver and bronze medalist in the 110 high hurdles Dr. Mark Crear, former Dodger first-round draft pick and the current manager of the Milwaukee Brewers Ron Roenicke, former All-American and the first Mountie to play in the WNBA Lauren Ervin, former San Diego Charger and Simple Green founder Bruce Fabrizio, retired Mt. SAC Dean and long time supporter of the athletic program Dr. Kay Ragan, and the first Mountie track team to win a state championship, the 1957 Mt. SAC Track Team.

Individual tickets for the event are $65 with tables of eight going for $500. For event information and tickets, click here. (Posted 1-31-14)

Faculty Public Memorial Services

Phillip D. Maynard

Math Professor Joe Franko
Saturday, Feb. 15 @ 2 p.m.
Orange Grove Friends Meeting House
520 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena

Communication Professor Phil Maynard
Thursday, Feb. 27 @ 3:00 p.m.
Design Technology Center Auditorium

Mt. SAC Mourns Loss of 3 Family Members

Mt. SAC mourns the loss of three family members, which occurred over the holiday season—two admired faculty members and a student leader.

Joe FrankoMath Professor JOE FRANKO passed away on Dec. 19 at the age of 67. He joined Mt. SAC in 1990 and was very engaged in academic and campus life. He was a regular performer in the annual Puttin’ on the Hits scholarship fundraising show, sponsored by the Mt. SAC Faculty Association, and he was a key faculty supporter and mentor to LGBT students. Joe was recognized for his work and passion in this area by being presented the first-ever David Sanchez Award.

In addition, Joe established a school in Pakistan that is now educating more than 600 Afghan refugee girls. A public memorial service for Joe will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Orange Grove Friends Meeting Home, located at 520 E. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena.

Phillip D. MaynardCommunication Professor PHILLIP D. MAYNARD passed away on Jan. 4 at age 66. He also joined the Mt. SAC faculty in 1990 and was also a regular performer in Puttin’ on the Hits. He served as Academic Senate President at Mt. SAC and was appointed to serve on the State Academic Senate. An outspoken champion for student equity and diversity, Phil was widely admired by his students as an inspirational exceptional instructor and mentor. See his full biography below.

Phil’s services are still pending as of this writing. Plans for a campus celebration of his life are also underway.

Taylor EwingTAYLOR EWING, captain of the Mt. SAC Flying Team, died unexpectedly on Dec. 28. He was a bright student who made a huge impact on the aeronautics program—not only as the team leader, but also as an aeronautics tutor and as an employee at Brackett Airport in Pomona.

Taylor enrolled at Mt. SAC in 2010 and earned dual degrees (A.S. in Commercial Flight and A.S. in Aviation Science). He was working on an additional degree at Mt. SAC, with plans to transfer to a university. He earned his FAA Instrument Rating and FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate through Mt. SAC and was working toward his FAA Flight Instructor Certificate. Taylor captured many academic and precision flying awards at regional and national competitions. His national ranking was 10th, and he was instrumental in leading the Flying Team to national recognition last year with the American Airlines Safety Award.

Taylor’s inseparable girlfriend and flying partner, Samantha O’Brien, is also a member of the Mt. SAC Flying Team and is a Mt. SAC flight instructor. Samantha is featured in the video-feature about Mt. SAC's Aeronautics Program, produced by the California Lottery. Click here to see that segment.

Taylor's memorial arrangements are pending as well.

The entire Mt. SAC family expresses sympathy and compassion to the families, friends, students, and colleagues of these awesome individuals who, in unique ways, brought additional distinction to the college and profoundly touched the lives of everyone around them. RIP.

(Posted 01-10-14)

Mt. SAC Mourns the Passing of Professor Phillip D. Maynard

Phillip D. MaynardMt. SAC Communication Professor Phillip D. Maynard, who taught speech classes at the college for 23 years, passed away on Jan. 4 at age 66. Services are pending.

“This is a sad moment for Mt. SAC as the college mourns the passing of one of its most celebrated and popular faculty members,” said President Bill Scroggins. “He not only was a valued faculty leader on our campus, but he was also an impactful leader statewide to improve the quality of instruction for millions of students throughout California.”

Maynard began teaching at Mt. SAC full-time in 1990. He was actively involved in addressing diversity on campus through extensive faculty training, and he developed the college’s inter-cultural communication course. He served as an advisor to various student organizations at Mt. SAC, including the Muslim Student Association, the Inter-Cultural Awareness Council, the Associated Students, and others. He also mentored innumerable students across all cultures and was highly regarded by those he taught in his popular speech communication classes and by those he coached on Mt. SAC’s nationally ranked Forensics Team.

“Phil’s passing is a tremendous loss for the entire Mt. SAC family, particularly his current and former students as well as his campus colleagues,” said Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jim Jenkins. “He had a passion for teaching in a dynamic way that uniquely connected with students. They truly admired him.”

During his distinguished tenure at Mt. SAC, Maynard served as president of the Academic Senate and in 2004 was appointed to serve on the State Academic Senate, which represents faculty throughout California’s community college system. In 2002, he delivered the keynote address at Mt. SAC’s 56th Commencement, and he earned numerous honors, including the Educator of Distinction Award in 2010, the Community Service Award of the National Council of Negro Women in 2012, and the National Campus Faculty Award in 2001, given by the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning.

Prior to coming to Mt. SAC, Maynard worked as an executive director for an urban social service agency and later served as deputy director for CETA, one of the first government-funded job-training initiatives for low-income persons.

Maynard received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno.

(Posted 01-07-14)

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