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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.
Student Services Executive Assistant Susana Andrade and Secretary Lucy De Leon are the joint recipients of the Atta Bear Award. In selecting them, Dean of Enrollment Management George Bradshaw (November’s recipient) said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with these two ladies for the last four years and am routinely impressed by their ability to successfully respond to a wide variety of issues, opportunities, and concerns. I’ve seen them both deal with everything from emergency building evacuations to missing desk chairs needed for an upcoming meeting, to angry parents who are requesting confidential information concerning their adult students. But perhaps their most admirable talent is their ability to routinely be counted on to render outstanding service to whomever they encounter—be they students, staff, faculty, or community members. Their commitment to their craft is laudable and is a prime example of that world-class Mountie spirit!”
Dean of Enrollment Management Dr. George Bradshaw is the recipient of the November Atta Bear Award. In selecting George, Community & Career Education Director Paulo Madrigal (October’s recipient) said: “George exemplifies the true MT. SAC spirit of outstanding service. He is always focused on excellent service to students, and his leadership is well reflected in the professionalism and quality of work his staff consistently delivers. George has worked with Continuing Education on multiple projects and has constantly been a key player in developing processes that benefit noncredit students. His continuous help and collaboration have made a significant difference for our students and staff alike. Thanks for all your help George!”
Community and Career Education Director Paulo Madrigal is the recipient of the October Atta Bear Award. The Enterprise Application Support and Development Team (September’s recipient) selected Paulo for the award. Speaking for the team, IT’s Antonio Bangloy says, “Paulo is one of the finest people working at Mt. SAC. He's always ready to help with anything he can with a smile. He is very friendly and accessible, and always works closely with EAS staff to come up with ideas and solutions to provide better access and information to the campus community.” Recently, Paulo collaborated with EAS on the implementation of Lab Attendance and Applications, through which noncredit students can access Self-Service Banner.
The Enterprise Application Support and Development Team (EAS) is the recipient of the September Atta Bear Award. August recipient IT Supervisor Antonio Bangloy selected the team for its hard work in implementing the Banner database system on campus. Antonio says, “To the whole EAS team, both the retired and current, I would like to send my congratulations for a job well done in getting Banner up and running so that the college will have a database system that is robust enough to handle Mt. SAC's Human Resources, Financial Aid, Finance, Student, and Accounts Receivable departments. All individuals in that team need to be commended for all the hard work, effort, time and dedication of each of them.” The EAS Team (l-r) is composed of Vimi Bharadwaj, Chuong Tran, Kat Kusaba, Sharon Shriver, Lajuana Lawrence, Julie Anderson, Werner Vorster, Vic Belinski, Andrea Heard (retired), Paul Mercier (retired), Olice King, Antonio Bangloy, Doreen Ramirez, Lisa Baas, Joanna Yin, and Rick Nguyen. Not pictured are recent retirees Sheryl Hullings, Mary McGhee, Madhu Bhatnagar, Maribel Buono, Christine Willey, and Paul Bjork.
IT Supervisor Antonio Bangloy is the August recipient of the Atta Bear Award. He was selected by Payroll Manager Richard Lee (July's recipient), who worked with Antonio during the Banner live rollout in 2009. He notes: ;"Antonio is a hard-working Mt. SAC employee who--time and again--demonstrates his dedication to providing outstanding service and support to the college. He was instrumental in developing and streamlining many of the new Banner processes and reports, which have resulted in the college bcoming more fiscally accountable. He continues to demonstrate a positive and dedicated work ethic. He is very deserving of this award."
Budget and Accounting Technician Ron Titus and June's award recipient, presents the July Atta Bear to Payroll Manager Richard Lee, noting that "Rich's diligent work ethic and positive attitude embody the key elements of this award. Rich is a problem solver and works extremely hard to ensure the payroll processing in Banner runs smoothly throughout the month. Because of his exceptional job commitment, I'm happy to pass the Atta Bear onto him." Congrats, Richard!
Budget and Accounting Technician Ron Titus is the recipient of the June Atta Bear Award. He was selected by Pam Childs (May's recipient), because "Ron is one of the most conscientious and dedicated employees I have had the opportunity to work with. His ability to work with suppliers, his organizational skills, and his professionalism make him the perfect choice as he always rises to the challenge." Congratulations to Ron!
Congratulations to Senior Buyer Pam Childs for being selected as the May recipient of the Atta Bear Award. Pam is nearing her 13th year at Mt. SAC, having worked all that time in the Purchasing Department. She was selected for the Atta Bear Award by last month's recipient, Bill Eastham, who said, "Pam is one of the most cheerful people I know on campus, and she is genuinely happy to help everyone who calls, no matter how busy she might be. Her attention to detail, her great work ethic, and her outstanding knowledge of Banner make her a natural choice for this award. I have worked with Pam on some really difficult projects, and she always makes my job easier. I'm very pleased to be able to send her this award."
Congratulations to Bill Eastham, Director of Technical Services, who was selected as the April recipient of the Atta Bear Award. March’s award recipient, Diana Casteel, said “Bill was really an easy choice. So much of what we do in the President's Office involves Bill, and he is service-oriented and really wonderful to work with. I've said many times that I just don't know what will happen at the college when he retires. I'm just not sure we can run without him."
Well done Diana Casteel, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and Board of Trustees, for being named the March recipient of the "Atta Bear" Award. Bill Rawlings, February's award recipient, selected Diana because "she resembles the Mt. SAC spirit. She keeps a great attitude regardless of challenges the day may bring, works hard to do the best job she can, and is a valuable resource for anyone with a question or problem. She clearly loves her job as much as she loves Mt. SAC and our students."
Congratulations to Computer Facilities Supervisor and CSEA 262 Past President Bill Rawlings for being named the February recipient of the "Atta Bear" Award. Mt. SAC President John Nixon, January's award recipient, selected Bill in recognition of his longstanding leadership and dedication. He said: "As a local and state leader of CSEA, Bill serves his constituency and the college with skill, understanding, and commitment. His focus on the needs of students and of employees is extraordinary, making Bill a well-deserved recipient of Atta Bear."
We proudly announce that President John Nixon is the first recipient of the newly revived Atta Bear Award, which was last presented in 2003. Members of the VOICES Committee presented the award to John for his leadership and foresight in college recognition efforts.
Pictured with John are VOICES Committee members (l-r): Darma Paden, Maria Cetina, Rondell Schroeder, Wanda Fulbright-Dennis, and Odette Richardson. Atta Bear, John!