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Mt. SAC Welcomes New Foundation Executive Director

William Lambert, Executive Director of Mt. SAC FoundationWilliam Lambert, formerly of Harvey Mudd College, has been tapped as the new executive director of the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation. He started Aug. 6.

“We are thrilled that Bill is coming on board,” said Mike Shay, the Foundation Board president. “With his experience and his enthusiasm, we look forward to taking the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation to the next level.”

Lambert previously served as Director of Development and Reunions at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. While there, he managed the college’s first 50th reunion and executed the most successful and best attended Alumni Weekend. Before Harvey Mudd, Lambert worked in the fundraising office at UC Berkeley and at the University of Wisconsin, Stout as a major gift officer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

A Pasadena resident, Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts and a law degree from Northern Illinois University.

Founded in 1967, the Mt. SAC Foundation is a nonprofit entity, governed by a 16-member board of community and business leaders, which raises funds for scholarships, programs, and unfunded needs.

Another Record Breaking Foundation Golf Tournament

HMC Architects Foursome at the Golf ClassicThe Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Classic generated more than $118,000, the highest gross income in the tourney’s history. Proceeds benefitted the Mt. SAC Foundation and the Mt. SAC Kinesiology Department. Thank you to our corporate sponsors and prize donors for providing generous support of the golf outing in June at Pacific Palms’ Industry Golf Club.


Foundation Recognizes Reynolds Family for 25 Years of Support

Reynold's BUICK-GMC RecognitionThe Reynolds Family was given recognition at the 25th Annual Golf Classic on June 1, 2012 for the 25 years of unwavering support and generous contributions to the Mt. SAC Foundation Golf Classic. The award was presented by Mike Shay (Foundation Board President), Joe Jennum (Dean, Kinesiology Department) and Mike Gregoryk (VP – Mt. SAC Administrative Services). Don Reynolds accepted the award on behalf of the Reynolds Family.

Fundraising Dinner Raised $4,000 for the Kepler Scholarship

Kepler Scholarhsip DinnerHeld last April 12 at Kellogg West, Cal Poly Pomona, the 3rd Annual Kepler Scholarship Fundraising Dinner raised over $4,000 for the scholarship. Students Juan Carlos Madrigal, Miguel Diaz, and Rodrigo Ferrufino were honored at the evening’s event with a prestigious Kepler Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributions toward the advancement of the College’s Astronomy Program. Miguel Diaz (center) is awarded a scholarship by Julie Bray-Ali, Chair of The Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department (left) and Dr. Manuel Baca, Vice President of the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees (right).

The Final Frontier: In Search of Other Earths

Chief Engineer for the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at NASA’s JPL in Pasadena,  Mr. Riley Duren, was the highlighted speaker at the 3rd Annual Kepler Scholarship Dinner.  His work on the Kepler Mission in search of Earth-size planets was a “down-to-earth” presentation for the attentive audience. Mr. Duren’s talk was preceded by a delicious dinner and the awarding of 3 scholarships by Julie Bray-Ali, Chair of The Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department and Dr. Manuel Baca, Vice President of the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees.  Students Juan Carlos Madrigal, Miguel Diaz, and Rodrigo Ferrufino were honored at the evening’s event with a prestigious Kepler Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributions toward the advancement of the College’s Astronomy Program.

Dr. Bill Scroggins, President of Mt. SAC, acknowledged and thanked James and Eleanor Randall, who are major donors to the Planetarium and the Astronomy Department. The Randall’s unwavering support of Mt. SAC and their recent gift to provide a  technician for the Planetarium that bears the Randall’s, has and will enhance the programs offered to students and the community.

The scholarship raising event included all five district elected Mt. SAC Board of Trustee members: President of the Board, Ms. Rosanne Bader; Vice President of the Board and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Dr. Manuel Baca; Clerk of the Board of Trustees, Fred Chyr; Board Member, Judy Chen Haggerty; and Board Member, Dr. David Hall. Additional guests included members of the Mt. SAC Foundation Board, Ms. Lois Ingham, Mr. Bill Roman and Ms. Alta Skinner. Attendees also included, students, staff, and distinguished guests from surrounding higher education institutions, the community and the astronomy world.

The evening’s event raised $4,000 towards the Kepler scholarship fund.  If you are interested in donating to the the Kepler Scholarship or to other Mt. SAC programs/scholarships please contact the Mt. SAC Foundation at

Jim and Eleanor Randall Continues to support the Mt. SAC Planetarium

Mt. SAC Foundation recently received $32,000 from Jim and Eleanor Randall.  Through this annual gift, the Mt. SAC Planetarium will be able to hire a Planetarium technician. Jim and Eleanor are long-time supporters of the Planetarium. Last year, they also contributed in upgrading the seats of the Planetarium.

Alta Skinner and Ryan Asao joins the Foundation Board of Directors

Mt. SAC Foundation welcomes 2 more new board members – Alta Skinner and Ryan Asao. Alta Skinner is very involved in San Dimas and would like to help the Foundation in promoting its goals and visions.  Ryan Asao is a Mt. SAC Alumni from Class 1999. He is extremely passionate about education and helping the youth reach their full potential.

Foundation Welcomes 4 New Board Members

The Mt. SAC Foundation welcomed 4 new board members - Philip Chen, Sharon Bolle, Lois Gray Ingham, and Ahm Qutubuddin - to bring expertise and experience to advance the Foundation’s missions and goals.

Philip Chen serves as the Health Deputy for the Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Sharon Bolle is the Director of Client Relations for NTD Architecture. “I am at a point in my life where I truly want the chance to help give back to the community,” she said.

Lois Gray Ingham recently retired. She believes in improving education and training today’s youth to allow them to be productive in our changing economy.  Ahm Qutubuddin works as a Senior Quality Engineer at Medtronic.  He supports fundraising for student scholarships.

Foundation Received $35,000 from Majestic Realty Foundation

Held by the Majestic Realty Foundation on December 15, 2011, the 11th Annual Crossroads Fundraiser was a great success.

Mt. San Antonio College Foundation was chosen as one of the recipients of the money received at the event.  Mt. SAC Foundation received $35,069 this year. Past beneficiaries of this gift were the Fire Technology Academy, Child Development, and Music Department.

During the event, the Mt. SAC Instrumental students performed along with the 12 Chamber Singers.  Jeff Ellwood's Jazz students performed on the piano, bass, saxophone, and guitar.  Dustin Barr's Wind Ensemble students were the other instrumentalists who performed.

These instrumental students performed from beginning to the very end of the event.  All of the students - instrumental and Vocal - really look forward to performing at the Majestic event.  They have said that they really feel the joy of Christmas and feel that the people who attend truly enjoy their music.

Foundation Interim Director Brings Wealth of Experience

Mt. SAC welcomes Lisa Sugimoto as the interim executive director of the Foundation, temporarily filling the vacancy left by Richard Morley, who recently accepted a similar position at Irvine Valley College.

Having just retired from Pasadena City College, where she was vice president of college advancement, Lisa says her immediate priorities at Mt. SAC are to recruit new board members, identify potential major donors, promote the Foundation on campus, and direct the search for a long-term Foundation director.       She brings a wealth of experience to her interim position, having served California’s community colleges for 34 years.

At PCC, Lisa served as president/superintendent for a year during a very challenging presidential transition. She also served as vice president/assistant superintendent for student and learning services at PCC for six years and previously was dean of counseling/student development and student support services at Long Beach City College for 14 years. Earlier in her career she served as the articulation officer/counselor at Cerritos College.

Lisa earned an M.S.Ed and an MBA at USC and a doctorate in educational leadership at UCLA. Her dissertation earned her the Mertes Award for Excellence by the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and the UCLA Educational Leadership Achievement Award. She has also served as an ACCCA board member and president.

We welcome Lisa to the Mt. SAC family!