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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.
Maintenance mechanics Brian Bishop and Troy Lyon have been selected for the August Atta Bear by July recipients custodians Lubi Wilburn, Peter Gonzales and Jose Briceno, who wrote: "Brian and Troy are some of the hardest working mechanics on our campus. No matter what they are doing--whether working on a car or on break--they will stop and see how they can help you. That's why the custodial staff feels these guys deserve this Atta Bear recognition."
Facilities Management Custodians Lubi Wilburn, Peter Gonzales and Jose Briceno have been selected for the July Atta Bear by the June recipients, Warehouse staff, who wrote: "Lubi, Peter, and Jose are great people to work with. They're always polite, willing to lend a hand, and they have one of the busiest jobs on campus. They're always ready at the radio to answer those emergency calls in addition to maintaining their own busy schedule . . . and yet they just keep going. They are a pleasure to work with."
The Warehouse staff has been selected for the June Atta Bear by May recipient Robert Jackson, who writes: “Shana Jeffrey-Gudenau, Susan Rosas, George Shira, and Rey Venegas are simply the best. The entire Mt. SAC community--faculty, staff, and administrators--benefits from the outstanding service they consistently provide. They can be seen anywhere on campus, busy at their tasks, always with a smile and a bit of wit. Shana and her team justly deserve the Atta Bear Award.”
Computer Facilities Coordinator Robert Jackson has been selected for the May Atta Bear Award by the April recipients at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, who write: “Robert is an amazing support for this division. Not only is he responsive to our many and various technology needs, he even anticipates situations before they actually become problems. His professionalism and consistently positive attitude are sincerely appreciated by our staff and faculty. He is definitely a highly-valued member of the division team!”
The Humanities and Social Sciences Division has been selected for the April Atta Bear Award by the March recipients at The Writing Center, who write: “Jim Jenkins, Jeanne Marie Velickovic, Teresa Delaby, Kim Garcia, and Leticia Lopez create a wonderfully inviting atmosphere in the division office and respond promptly and enthusiastically to even last-minute requests. They treat students with unfailing respect and a genuine desire to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. They are the hidden catalyst of a thousand vital operations, performed with grace, humanity, and good humor. Those of us who rely on their skills are grateful for this exemplary professionalism.”
The Writing Center staff has been selected for the March Atta Bear Award by February recipient Elizabeth Casian, who writes: “The Writing Center's innovative director, David Charbonneau, its hardworking staff, Nicole Blean, Amy Azul, Erin Tyson, and Star Taylor, its front desk team, and its highly effective peer tutors are committed to student success with proven results. With services such as tutoring, Directed Learning Activities, informative workshops, and educational software, our students have the tools to develop and strengthen their writing skills—none of which would be possible without all of those who work at the Writing Center.”
Elizabeth Casian, Adjunct Professor-ESL/Tutorial Specialist, has been selected for the February Atta Bear Award by January recipient Glenda Bro for the "outstanding work she has done in her new role as the Arise Program Tutorial Specialist. In the past few months, she has created workshops, learning activities and a week-long mini course for our students. Our students have responded positively to her hard work. Her creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication are exemplary. She certainly deserves this award."
American Language Professor Glenda Bro has been selected for the December Atta Bear Award by November recipient Terri Long, who wrote: “I have had the pleasure of working with Glenda for the past 3 ½ years as we serve as the co-chairs of the Basic Skills Coordinating Committee. Glenda is a hard-working and dedicated faculty member. She is committed to learning about and sharing new and innovative ways to improve student success and progression through basic skills courses at the college. She is dependable and focuses her efforts on making a difference for our students. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with her and am excited to be able to pass this award on to her. She is truly deserving!"