Toot Your Own Horn

Toot Your Own Horn 2011

Jeff Archibald (Faculty, Communication) was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal for outstanding service during the annual training exercises of 5th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment in Camp Guernsey, Wyoming.

Liza Becker (Director, ESL) earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach, in August 2010. Focus of her research was on adult immigrant students transitioning from noncredit education to postsecondary degree pathways.

Clarence Brown and the Mt. SAC Marketing & Communication Team captured nine PRO Awards, given by the California Community College Public Relations Organization for excellence in marketing, design, and communication—covering print, broadcast, Web, and public relations and advertising campaigns. The team placed first in four categories: Class Schedule, Commencement Program, Feature Story, Student Viewbook.

Meghan Chen (Dean, Library & Learning Resources) has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Council of Chief Librarians of California Community Colleges (CCLCCC) for a two-year term, 2011-13. As regional board member of the South Coast region, Meghan will be organizing regional meetings, disseminating information on current issues affecting college libraries, supporting members in gathering state-level data and reports, and representing members at CCL executive board meetings.

Kelly Ford (Faculty, PE; Softball Head Coach) was named Coach of the Year for the South Coast Conference.

Joe Franko (Faculty, Mathematics) was awarded the first ever David Sanchez Award, given to honor those who have supported, promoted, and educated community colleges and community college students on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues. He also has established a second school for Afghan refugee girls in Pakistan! The schools now are educating 600 Afghan refugee girls.

Allison Frickert (Professor of Asian History) has been selected as a NEH Summer Scholar from a highly competitive national applicant pool to attend one of 21 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Professor Frickert will participate in an institute entitled “The Historical and Cultural Development of Modern India”. The four-week program will be held in Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi, India.

Susan Jones (Director, Financial Aid) was presented the "Lifetime Achievement" award by the California Community College Student Financial Aid Administrators Association at their annual conference held in December 2010.

Teresa Alonso Landeros , (Adjunct Faculty, Child Development) is also an alumna of the college. She takes great pleasure in helping her Mt SAC students succeed not only academically but socially as well. She supplements her adjunct teaching with consulting services, through A+ Parenting by offering services such as parent education, staff development, coaching services, motivational speaking, etc. to local school districts and programs for the past six years. A+ Parenting was recently granted official trademark registration! Teresa's main focus is to motivate and challenge the people she works with to aim at becoming contributing self-actualized individual members of society while maintaining high yet realistic expectations.

David Mirman (Faculty, Biological Sciences) published a book review of "The Flaw of Averages" by Sam Savage in the fall 2010 issue of the The Objective Standard.

Richard Morley (Executive Director, Mt. SAC Foundation) has been elected to serve on the 18-member California statewide Network for California Community College Foundations (NCCCF) Board of Directors. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education invited him to speak at their Western Regional Conference in March on "Return on Investment for Technology" for community college foundation fund raising. The professional fund raising group for the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council for Resource Development has published Richard’s article, "Hearsay, Heresy and Evidence Based Fund Raising.”

Adrienne Price (Director, Grants) ran her first half-marathon in 1:50:10, finishing in the top 6% of women running the OC Half Marathon.

Cynthia Prochaska's (Faculty, English, Literature & Journalism) short stories have been selected by the New Short Fiction Series for a reading in October 2011.  Actors will perform her short stories at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles, as part of this long-running series.

Bruce Rogers (Faculty, Music) was awarded the "Upland Community Foundation Spotlight Award" for Outstanding Educator.

Ellen Straw (Adjunct Faculty, English, Literature & Journalism) Her short story "The Enhanced" won honorable mention and was published in the CrossTIME Science Fiction Anthology, Vol. IX. 

Margaret Teske (ESL Instructional Support Manager) was elected the President of CATESOL (a two-state ESL teacher's organization) and will serve 2011-2012.

John Vitullo (Faculty, Communication) won the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at this year's Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament held in Greenwich, CT. The Distinguished Service Award for coaches was first awarded in 1973. Voted upon by the National Committee, it is regarded as the highest recognition given to a coach at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. As such, a coach may only be awarded this honor once in his/her lifetime. John Vitullo is the first coach from Mt. SAC to ever receive this award.


Toot Your Own Horn 2012


Jeff Archibald (Communication) was meritoriously promoted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Liza Becker
(English as a Second Language) published an article in New Directions in Community Colleges entitled: Noncredit to credit transitioning matters for adult ESL learners in a California community college, Vol. 155(Fall 2011). She also participated in a webinar sponsored by California Department of Education on the theme of adult education students transitioning to postsecondary institutions and the workforce.

Clarence Brown (Marketing and Public Affairs) was selected for the "All Pro: Communicator of the Year" award by the statewide Community College Public Relations Organization for lifetime achievement in communication, marketing, and public relations work in the corporate, governmental, nonprofit, and educational sectors. His Mt. SAC Marketing Team won four gold PRO Awards at the recent CCPRO conference for best-in-class publications and marketing collateral.  


Danny Cantrell (Communication) won the 2012 Phi Rho Pi National Service Award. He was also selected by the International Debate Education Association to direct their 2011 and 2012 China Open Debate Tournament in Shanghai.

Linda Rillorta (Sociology) was honored by the Pacific Sociological Association with the Dean Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award

Lisbet Sanchez
(Foreign Languages) earned her second Master's from National University. It is a degree in Teaching Methodology with an emphasis on teaching today's Global Citizen. This degree is basically an update on teaching in today's global community, with all the advances in technology and how our students are connected instantly with the world around them, to be open to diverse cultures, and how recent immigration trends mold the classrooms and thus our approach on better serving our students. 

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Allie Frickert and Damany Fisher, History, were selected as one of 12 national community college teams to build globalized curriculum for the US History survey course as part of a 3-year program through the American historical association and funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities "Bridging Cultures" grant. This program kicked off in January 2013 with an institute on the "US and the Pacific World," combining lectures by leading scholars in the field and individual primary source research at the Huntington Library special collections.

Luisa Howell was awarded Mt SAC's Local Chapter CCA W.H.O. (We Honor Our Own) Award.

Carol Impara won the Paragon Award as a Distinguished New Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Advisor.

Carolyn Kuykendall was nominated to be a Fellow of National Collegiate Honors Council, a national award given for service to the Honors education community.
Yuki McPhail, co-chair of the Foreign Languages Department, was selected as one of the professors to attend the 2012 "Institute on infusing East Asian Studies into the undergraduate curriculum." It was at the East-West center of University of Hawaii campus in Honolulu for 3 weeks in July. The process was open to all professors from around the country but due to limited space only a select few were offered to attend.

Stacy Parker was awarded the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Joan Sholars was awarded CTA's State W.H.O. Award for her contributions at the state and local level for CTA. She was re-elected to be CTA/ABC Director representing all of higher education. Also, Joan was named Exceptional Woman for CCA.

Chisato Uyeki
, Library, was appointed to serve as Chair of the Editorial Board of “Resources for College Libraries,” a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries.