Mt. SAC alum Larry Wilmore has come a long, long way since his days as a student working in campus theater productions. Recently, he began as the host of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" on Comedy Central, taking over the time slot of the"Colbert Report."
But he is certainly not a new face in the entertainment world.
He spent the last nine years as the "senior black correspondent" on "The Daily Show." He was a producer and star on "The Office," and he created "The Bernie Mac Show," for which he won an Emmy in 2002. He's an author, stand-up comedian, and theater buff extraordinaire. He worked the standup circuit for a decade before moving to television writing and production for shows such as "In Living Color," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Sister Sister."
But before all of that he was a student at Mt. SAC from 1979 to 1980.
"He could write, act, and he was really funny," said Michelle Mills, a former classmate.
She and Wilmore took theater classes together and were part of the cast of the Mt. SAC production of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." Together with other friends and theater students, they also made student films -with a comedic edge-.
"They were funny little films," she said.
In one film, Wilmore does an impression of Rod Serling of "Twilight Zone" fame. It's a hot day, and he's wearing a suit. The camera pans down to reveal he doesn't have pants on and there is a hose running water over his bare toes.
"He seemed like the one of our group who would become successful in entertainment," said Mills, now a staff writer for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.
"He was seriously looking forward to a career in entertainment, he had talent, and he had the support of his family," she said. "That's a good combination."
"The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" premiered Jan. 19 and in a recent interview said, "Our show is more about the discovery of things. I want people who will teach me something. We'll have people on who maybe get their minds changed."
This year, Mt. SAC's American Language Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Commonly known as AMLA, the program offers basic skills credit courses for non-native English speakers.
"We in AMLA are very proud to have touched thousands of students' lives over the last 25 years," said AMLA faculty member Evelyn Hill-Enriquez. "In turn, all of the AMLA professors' lives have been touched by each of those students."
AMLA is geared towards international students looking to enter transfer courses and also provides training in academic English as well as critical thinking. The program is about getting support for students in need. Because of this, AMLA tutoring is now available in the Writing Center, where students are helped by specialized tutors who have all earned master's degrees.
Students from countries all over the world are members of AMLA including places such as China, Vietnam, Mexico and Japan. The program supports each person looking to improve English skills by providing numerous activities such as conversation circles, which help students develop communication skills by freely talking amongst each other. Students are also able to take part in Writing Center workshops and can put their skills to the test in Verbs Boot Camp and Writing Boot Camp.
"AMLA students who transfer on to universities all over the nation often pine for Mt. SAC and AMLA. They miss it so," said Hill-Enriquez. "We cannot even estimate how many students AMLA has helped learn English and has helped adapt to life in the United States over the past 25 years."
Bachelor's Degree in Business to be Offered at Mt. SAC
Students will soon be able to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration at Mt. SAC following an agreement with the University of La Verne to offer a baccalaureate program at Mt. SAC's campus.
Mt. SAC President Bill Scroggins and University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman signed an agreement on Dec. 9 that will allow University of La Verne faculty to teach courses at Mt. SAC that will lead to a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.
The program will enable Mt. SAC business students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree at Mt. SAC in a seamless transition from the community college level to the university level while never leaving Mt. SAC. For most students, the program will require an additional 44 units to obtain the degree.
"The high standards and support levels at both La Verne and Mt. SAC will assure that these students are well qualified to enter the workforce and be productive for both their families and the state of California," said President Scroggins.
ULV President Lieberman called the partnership an exciting development for both institutions.
Under the plan, the University of La Verne will rent classrooms at Mt. SAC for the classes and use its computer labs when available. La Verne staff will also visit Mt. SAC for the collaboration and to help students enroll in their courses.
Classes will begin once there are enough students for the first cohort group and could begin as early as fall semester 2015.
By Chris Ruiz, SCFA
(Walnut, CA) Quarterback Justin Alo passed for 283 yards and ran in for a pair of touchdowns while a stingy Mt. San Antonio College defense intercepted three passes and totaled five sacks to lead the Mounties to a 27-17 win over the City College of San Francisco Rams in the 2014 California Community College Athletic Association Football State Championship at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut on Saturday.
Mt. SAC capped its state championship season with an 11-2 overall record to earn its first state title since 2010 and fourth overall (1997, 2009, 2010).
After a slow first quarter that saw each team kick field goals, San Francisco jumped ahead 10-3 after quarterback Jeramiah Peralta capped a seven-play, 55-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run at the 10:43 mark in the second.
But the Mounties responded and jumped ahead for good by scoring the game's next 17 points.
After a big 56-yard reception by sophomore wide receiver Derrick Macon, Alo ran in from six yards out to tie up the game at 10.
On the ensuing drive, CCSF threatened, moving down to the Mt. SAC 23-yard line. But corner back Tyquwan Glass picked off Peralta's pass to halt a potential Rams scoring drive. The Mounties came right back down the field to score, getting a 22-yard field goal from Alberto Reyes-Villareal, his second of the game, to take a 13-10 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Mounties' defense clamped down. CCSF's lone score in the third quarter was an impressive record-setting 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown. With Mt. SAC driving, Alo fumbled at the Rams' goal line before linebacker Tavita Faaiu ran it back from his own end zone for the TD.
Mt. SAC got a big play of its own on special teams when Aaren Vaughns ran back a punt 84 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. Alo ran in from four yards with 3:24 left in the third to close out the scoring for both teams.
"I just feel like it was destiny for our team," said Alo who was named State Championship's Most Valuable Player. "We weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs or in this game. We had to persevere through all the adversity. We got here and I can say nobody wanted to play us in the playoffs"
Macon also had a big game, catching four passes for 120 yards on his way to earning Offensive Player of the Game honors for the Mounties.
But it was the Mt. SAC defense that really shined in the contest as the Mounties allowed just 277 offensive yards. Anuanu Poleo led the Mounties with a pair of sacks. Sitiveni Tamaivena had a team-high seven tackles while Joseph Bryant had two interceptions to go with two tackles.
"The defense has been playing like this all season," said Mt. SAC head coach Bob Jastrab. "We had the third best defense in the state. When you think about it, the defense really only gave up seven points."
Northern California champion San Francisco closed out its 2014 season with an 11-2 overall record. Peralta threw for 180 yards on 15 of 28 passing and also ran for 49 yards on 15 carries. Defensive back Shalom Luani was named the game's Defensive Player of the Game after leading the Rams with eight tackles.
The Mt. SAC Mounties (10-2) will host San Francisco City College (11-1) in the 2014 California Community College Athletic Association Football Championship on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m.
The Mounties (#3 South Seed), avenged their earlier season loss to Riverside City College (#1 South Seed) by defeating the Tigers, 35-14, in the Southern California Championship Game last week. The Rams (#1 North Seed) also avenged an earlier season loss, by kicking a field goal with 6 seconds left in the game to defeat American River College (#2 North Seed), 17-14 and advance to face the Mounties.
We invite you to come out and support the Mounties in their quest for a 4th state championship and help bid adieu to venerable Hilmer Lodge Stadium, as this will be the very last football game held in the historic stadium, before its transformation/renovation into the new state-of-the-art Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 13-54), and $7 for seniors (55 or better), children (6-12 years of age), students (w/id) and community college faculty and staff (w/id).
For more information please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909-274-4630.
The Mt. SAC Flying Team won the Top Two-Year College Team Trophy for the 24th consecutive year at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's regional competition hosted recently by San Diego Christian College at Gillespie Airport in San Diego.
"This year marks the 24th consecutive year our team has won the top community college trophy--a truly incredible run," said Flying Team Advisor and Aeronautics Professor Robert Rogus.
The 2014 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) is a competition for university and community college flying teams. The regional airmeet featured flying teams from six colleges, including Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, San Jose State University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy with a total of 66 students competing.
In addition to the Top Two-Year School Award, Mt. SAC won the Safety Trophy. Individually, Sebastian Plaister won the instrument flight event and ranked sixth as the overall competitor at the airmeet. Jason Juarez took third in the message drop event.
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, 2007, and 2014.
The Mt. SAC Horse Show Team took Reserve High Point Team honors (second place) at an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition held at Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 15.
The Mt. SAC team was only community college competing against show teams from Cal Poly, Whittier College, the Claremont Colleges, Cal State Fullerton, U.C. San Diego, Arizona State, and the University of Arizona.
The Mt. SAC team will be competing at a regional IHSA contest next March.
Student James Gardner was the recent winner of the Student Technology Skills Survey contest that queried students about technology use and preferences. As the winning survey participant, he received a $20 Target gift card.
The survey, which was conducted as part of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessment process for the Learning Lab, received 1,144 responses. The Learning Lab provides students with free access to PCs, MACs, scanners, course-related software, technology workshops, and technical assistance.
Learning Assistance professors Jannie Ma and Carolyn Robinson presented the gift card to Gardner.
Mt. SAC's Pathways to Transfer program¬¬--a program designed to help students complete a degree and transfer to a four-year university--recently received a $100,000 donation from San Gabriel Valley Charitable Foundation philanthropist Gary Chow.
The two-year $100,000 gift will help the Pathways program continue its work to provide an accelerated learning program to help students taking basic skills English and math courses succeed and keep them on track to transfer.
Through the program, students in basic skills courses take classes in cohort groups with the same instructor in an accelerated time frame. Three courses are fit into an intersession and semester so that students are fully engaged in the subject. The classes include the same instructor throughout the sequence to provide a sense of continuity, and each class has a tutor to provide additional help.
The courses are also linked to a learning community class, a counseling class, or a library class. The result has been a dramatic rise in completion rates, a decrease in English and math phobias, and increased student self-confidence.
"There is a sense of continuity and support in this program that enables basic skills students to succeed at higher levels and makes this program unique," said American language professor and basic skills coordinator Glenda Bro.
In the last year, student persistence rates for Pathways students were 36 percent higher in math courses compared to non-Pathways students. In English, Pathways students performed 27 percent better than non-Pathways students.
Persistence rates measure whether students successfully complete the sequence of courses.
"These students aren't just passing one class. They are committing to the program and completing the entire sequence of classes," said Bro.
Mt. SAC held groundbreaking ceremonies for its future Student Success Center and Food Services Building on Nov. 12. The $13.6 million Student Success Center will house the Disabled Student Programs and Services High Tech Center and classrooms, the Veterans Resource Center, the Bridge Program, and a Student Health Center. The $12.7 million Food Services Building will replace the current Campus Café.
Mt. SAC will celebrate Veterans Day with a weeklong list of activities that include displays, a resource fair, a training session, and a movie night from Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 14.
A special half-day training session, "Welcome Home Veterans on Campus," will be held on campus in conjunction with the California Community College Student Mental Health Program on Thursday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Design Technology Center auditorium, building 13, room 1700.
This free training for faculty and staff is designed to increase awareness of the challenges many student veterans face when coming back to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The training will help faculty and staff understand how these conditions can affect student veterans' success in the classroom and on campus.
Other activities planned for the weeklong celebration include a "Veterans Among Us" display, Monday, Nov. 10, in the building 26 quad; a "Veterans Resource Fair," Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Administration Building rose garden; and a "Veterans Family & Friends" movie night, Friday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., on the Learning Technology Center's south lawn.
For more information, call the Mt. SAC Veterans Resource Center at ext. 6529.
Congratulations to the Mt. SAC Forensics Team for a strong start in competition this year with five first-place honors at the Watson Lancer Speech and Debate Tournament held Oct. 25-26 at Pasadena City College.
Mt. SAC's Jacqueline Yu took first place the novice speech to entertain competition, and Matthew Schaupp took first place in the open speech to entertain and first with Kairi Vibar in the duo interpretation categories. Joey Fontana took first in the novice drama competition, and Joshua Muscat won first in the novice communication analysis event. Mt. SAC also had two second-place honors and two third-place finishes.
Competing against twenty-six colleges and universities from Southern California and Arizona, Mt. SAC took 5th place in the community college sweepstakes.
The Student Life Office will host a Community Volunteer Fair for local organizations that would like to recruit student volunteers on Thursday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Student Life Center patio area.
The fair provides an opportunity for students to engage in public service, obtain hands-on learning experiences, and make a difference in the community.
Some of the organizations that will participate in this year's event include the AmeriCorps, the Covina Public Library, Inland Empire United Way, House of Ruth, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Just Us 4 Youth, Parent's Place Family Resource & Empowerment Center, the Rowland Unified School District Family Resource Center, Think Together, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, and more.
For more information, call the Student Life Office at (909) 274-5953.
President Bill Scroggins sent a message about Ebola on Monday, October 27, 2014. The information is provided below.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the future Student Success Center will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., at the site of the center, just south of the Design Technology Center. A groundbreaking ceremony for the future Food Service Building will also be held following the Student Success Center ceremony.
Part of the ubiquitous green fencing that marks all the major construction sites on campus this fall, the Student Success Center will house DSPS High Tech Center and classrooms, the Veterans Resource Center, the Bridge Program, and will include an additional Student Health Center.
"The new center shows an expansion of our programs to meet the needs of our students," said Student Services Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji. "It really addresses the growth of our programs and our support for student success."
The three-story building will afford 22,800 square feet for classrooms, study labs, offices, and lab. Construction on the project began in mid-September with a completion date slated for December 2015.
Students to vote on Foothill Transit's Class Pass program
Mt. SAC students will have the opportunity to vote on a new transportation fee for the Foothill Transit's Class Pass program during an online voting period on Nov. 17-20.
The online voting process, which will be offer at my.mtsac.edu, will ask students: Shall Mt. San Antonio College students pay a transportation fee, which will pay for the Class Pass program?
The new mandatory fee will pay for the Foothill Transit Class Pass program, which will allow students unlimited access on Foothill Transit local lines and the Silver Streak that runs between Montclair and downtown Los Angeles. The Class Pass is a reusable electronic fare card that gives enrolled students access on Foothill Transit buses.
The transportation fee would be $8 for part-time students and $9 fee for full-time students. The transportation fee will be a mandatory fee for all students registered in the fall or spring semesters.
For the past year, Foothill Transit has offered the Class Pass program to Mt. SAC students free of charge. Over 6,500 students have participated in the program with an average of nearly 84,000 bus boardings per month.
Mt. SAC Anatomy and Physiology Professor Dr. Carmen E. Rexach, an expert on infectious diseases, will give an informational presentation on the Ebola virus, "The Emergence of an Epidemic," on Monday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., at the campus' Design Technology Center multimedia assembly hall, building 13, room 1700. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Dr. Rexach will provide information on the Ebola virus and the consequences of the outbreak.
Dr. Rexach received a degree in epidemiology with an emphasis on infectious diseases from the UC Davis School of Medicine. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the International Society of Infectious Diseases, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Anaerobe Society, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Academy of Clinical Anatomists, and the American Public Health Association.
She has been a presenter at local, national, and international conferences on a variety of topics, including bioterrorism and clostridium difficile as a pathogen of children. Currently, her primary interests are in global health and infection control.
For a record fourth time, the Mt. SAC Athletics Program has won the National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup. Mt. SAC's win also marks the first time a California program has won the award for consecutive years (2012-13 and 2013-14).
The NATYCAA award recognizes outstanding athletic programs' success at the two-year college level. For the 2013-14 year, the Mounties won two state championships in wrestling and women's track, along with four second-place state finishes in men's soccer, women's basketball, men's swimming, and softball.
Mt. SAC has also placed second in the vying for the award five times, which is also a record.
Mt. SAC will celebrate its more than one million alumni with a full day of activities at the second annual Mt. SAC Alumni Day on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at 1 p.m.
Mountie pride will be loud and proud with over seven hours of speakers, shows, and tours as the college showcases the successes of its many alumni, faculty, and current students.
Just some of the activities scheduled include a presentation by alumnae Kim and Ericka Harrison, famed television writers for "Criminal Minds" and the new hit show "How to Get Away with Murder," agriculture and wildlife sanctuary tours, planetarium shows, and a music faculty concert in the Feddersen Recital Hall.
The day's event will be capped off with the top-ranked Mt. SAC football team taking on Citrus College at 6 p.m., preceded by a pre-game fly-over by the college's nationally respected flying team and a reception with a barbecue, music, and lots of Mountie spirit.
For more information on Alumni Day, call the Alumni Association at (909) 274-5443 or check online at www.mtsac.edu/alumni/alumniday .
Mt. SAC is the recent recipient of a three-year $624,668 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a program to encourage and train future science and math teachers.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher Preparation Program will provide academic support, teaching opportunities, enrichment activities and research experience for current Mt. SAC students who are interested in becoming middle and high school science and math teachers.
"The goal is to get science and math students to become science and math teachers," said Chemistry Professor Iraj Nejad, who is leading the program along with Chemistry Professor Charles Newman.
The program will operate with two cohort groups of 15 to 20 current Mt. SAC students who have completed four transferable math and science courses with a GPA of 2.80 or higher.
One of the highlights of the program is to have the students participate in summer research programs at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. Another highlight will include work experience at the Mt. SAC Summer Science Exploration camp in which cohort students will assist in teaching middle and high school students. In addition, students will enroll in a Science and Math Classroom Practices course offered by UC Irvine. The cohort students will also gain instruction experience as supplemental instructors and tutors in their major areas.
The first step will be to recruit Mt. SAC science and math students during spring 2015 for the first cohort group to begin in fall 2015. The long-term goal of the program is that, once it is developed and implemented, it will be sustained by Mt. SAC's Teacher Prep Institute.
Theater Professor Richard Strand's play "Butler" garnered accolades in theater reviews including The New York Times as it made its debut this summer with the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, New Jersey.
"The show is easy enough to review. Just call it splendid," writes Ken Jaworowski of The New York Times.
" 'Butler' is an excellent and engrossing play laced with humor," says New Jersey Review.
The play is part comedy, part historical drama, and part biography, which involves a real historical event at the beginning of the American Civil War. The story focuses on Major General Benjamin Butler of the Union Army, whose fort in Virginia is expecting an attack when three escaped slaves appear before the general seeking sanctuary. The ensuing events set up the debate over what is right versus what is legal.
New Mt. SAC Child Development Center Plays a Dual Role in Education
College to hold grand opening for new complex that serves children, students, families
WALNUT, Calif., September 17, 2014--=-Imagine a service that allows people to return to school, provides quality childcare, and serves as a hands-on training facility. That's exactly what Mt. San Antonio College's new Child Development Center will offer the college community's children, students, and families.
"Moving into a larger modern facility allows us serve more children and more students," said Mt. SAC Child Development Center Director Tamika Addison about the new center that opened to students last spring and open for childcare a month ago.
The 33,800-square foot, four-building complex houses child development classrooms, labs, observation spaces, and other required facilities to provide quality education and childcare for up to 162 children, infants to five years old.
Mt. SAC will celebrate the grand opening of the Child Development Center's new complex (building 70) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Senator Bob Huff, and college administrators will be on hand for the ceremony.
"Childcare is sometimes the biggest barrier for people who want to return to college and continue their education," said Addison, who added that over 200 families each semester use the childcare services they offer.
But the center's services are much more than babysitting or just watching the children.
"We are concerned with their early education as well. We work with the whole child," said Addison. "We prepare the children to do well later in school in kindergarten and elementary school."
The childcare program at Mt. SAC has received national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which serves as the program's seal of approval as a quality childcare center. Each semester, there is a waiting list of about 150 for people who want to get their children into the program.
The center also is also one of very few childcare centers that offer subsidized programs for families that qualify. Between 18 and 25 percent of most families' income is spent on childcare. For some families, that subsidy, offered through three sources including the Department of Education, is a lifesaver. A subsidized food program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is also available for children.
In another role, the center also serves as a training facility for more than 50 child development students every semester who serve as assistant teachers and received practical, hands-on training.
"We are training the area's future childcare workers," she said.
Once they finish the program, the students will fill childcare positions with programs like Head Start and will be in demand because of the training they have received.
"The childcare field is constantly growing, and because of the need for trained childcare workers, childcare centers and programs like this are in demand," said Addison.
According to Employment Development Department statistics, new job growth in the area of childcare is up 46 percent in California, and the childcare field is ranked in the top 50 fastest growing job fields in the state.
"The jobs are there. The question is can we meet the demand," she said.
The grand opening for the complex comes more than four years after its groundbreaking in June 2010. The $18.5-million complex was the first of the campus construction projects funded under the college's $353-million Measure RR bond.
Construction has recently begun on the campus' future Food Services Building, which will replace the Campus Café.
The $12.7 million project will construct a new building just south of the present Campus Café on the site where Building 5 once stood. The new 13,500-square-foot facility will seat approximately 90 people for interior dining and over 200 for outside dining on the east, west, and south terraces.
The new building will house several new food stations, including room for a deli, a pizza location, a grill station, Asian cuisine, and a coffee shop as well as self-serve cold display cases.
The Campus Café will be demolished after the new facility opens.
The new Food Services Building is expected to be completed by December 2015.
The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will kick off its 2014-15 season with "The Way of Flesh II," which runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 16, at the Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
"The Way of Flesh II" displays the legacy of figurative art through the eyes and hands of three generations of contemporary artists, without geographical limitations. By contextualizing, juxtaposing, and challenging the limitations of traditional media, this exhibition offers the audience a complexity of inventive approaches to rendering the figure in the classical tradition. "The Way of Flesh II" picks up 20 years later after the original "The Way of Flesh" exhibit at the Mt. SAC gallery in 1994.
Participating artists are Sigmund Abeles, Sharon Allicotti, Juliette Aristides, Steven Assael, Ron Brown, Dawn Butler, Thomas Butler, Wes Christensen, Domenic Cretara, Dirk Hagner, F. Scott Hess, Jared Linge, Pamela Diaz Martinez, Daina Mattis, John Nava, Odd Nerdrum, Ryan Schroeder, Robert Schultz, Luis E. Serrano, Betty Shelton, Richard Shelton, Cynthia Sitton, Thomas Stubbs, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, and Peter Zokosky.
A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, 4:30 to 7 p.m., in the Art Gallery. An artists' panel for the exhibit will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Art Gallery is located in Building 1B. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.mtsac.edu/artgallery/
Earth-moving machines trundling across the campus south of Temple Avenue were a familiar sight all summer long as teams of the giant "belly scrapers" moved 367,000 cubic feet of earth as part of a major $5.7-million grading project.
The project will level the hill just west of Hilmer Lodge Stadium to make way for the Athletics Complex East development, which will include stadium renovation, new playing and practice fields, tennis courts, and the eventual relocation of the gymnasium and swimming pool.
The earth was exported from the hill to an area near the Wildlife Sanctuary to level the ground for the nearly 6-acre Athletics Complex East and nearly 12-acre site for a potential future Fire Technology Academy on campus.
The Child Development Complex fully opened this August, welcoming children into its facilities for the first time.
Mt. SAC will celebrate the grand opening of the complex (Building 70) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by guided tours on Friday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.
The 33,800-square foot, four-building complex houses child development classrooms, labs, observation spaces, and other facilities to provide child care for up to 162 children.
The $18.5-million complex was the first of the campus construction projects funded under the college's $353-million Measure RR bond. The complex opened to students and classes last spring.
Additional growth funding helps community colleges
Mt. SAC prepared for the new school year with Flex Day, which launched with Fall Convocation's general sessions. The day included 17 employee breakout sessions covering topics ranging from stress management to IT security to psychotherapeutic teaching.
In two separate faculty and classified opening sessions, President Bill Scroggins focused on the uptick in the economy and state funding, including an additional 11 percent in growth funding for community colleges this year.
"Mt. SAC has been fortunate to be able to grow, and that's an important point because those funds become part of the budget," Scroggins said.
Overall, the community college system saw about 2.75% growth, Scroggins said. But not all community colleges grew.
"Now we are in a position to take advantage of the growth funding and better serve students," he said.
In addition to the improving economy, President Scroggins also commented on improvements on campus, which included the grading in preparation for an Athletics complex, a new food court and a future parking structure.
Breakout sessions such as "The Tao of Professorship: Psychotherapeutic Teaching," "Fight It, Flee It, or Fake It? Managing Personal and Professional Conflicts," and "Rich Media-Teaching with the Hidden Treasures" were provided during Flex Day.
Other offerings covered discrimination awareness, DVD captioning, transfer pathways, helping non-native speakers succeed, curriculum, collaborative teaching, copyright and fair use, stress management, IT security, Disabled Student Programs and Services, the Writing Center, reading across the disciplines, and the using Planetarium for student learning.
A question and answer session was offered at both opening meetings as well as a presentation on accreditation by Accreditation Liaison Officer Irene Malmgren and Faculty Accreditation Coordinator Kristina Allende. Other presentations were also made by Faculty Association, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, CSEA chapters, and the VOICES committee.
Congratulations to Student Services Vice President Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji who was honored recently with the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award in Sacramento.
Yamagata-Noji was selected for the award for establishing numerous programs that provide mentorship and tutoring services for underrepresented students. She has been a champion of diversity and equity programs at Mt. SAC that support student success, including the college's Bridge Program for first-time college students, the Arise Program for Asian and Pacific Islander students, and the Aspire Program for African-American students. The award was established to honor community college staff, districts, colleges and programs that have made the greatest contribution toward diversity and equity at community colleges.
"Dr. John W. Rice wanted all community college students to be treated equally, fairly, and with respect. All he wanted was for everyone to have an equal chance at an education, and the winners of the award today want the same thing," said California Community Colleges Board of Governors President and Mt. SAC Trustee Dr. Manuel Baca.
The award is named after the former California Community Colleges Board of Governors member and the father of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"For my father, being a part of the community college system was not just a profession, but it was a passion and indeed a mission and a calling," said former the U.S. Secretary of State, who delivered the keynote address at the 14th annual awards ceremony. "He recognized that education is not a right, it's a privilege and that someone stood up for him and that he must stand up for others."
Yamagata-Noji has served as Student Services Vice President at Mt. SAC since 1996. She has also served on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education for over 30 years and is currently serving as board president.
Congratulations to Mt. SAC health career students who recently won eight gold medals at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) national competition in Orlando, FL.
Jake Tucker, a Mt. SAC alum and now a project engineer with Ceiling Plus in Los Angeles, is the subject of a 30-minute "Launch Point" vocational series episode that will air for the first time on Sunday, May 25, and again on Tuesday, May 27.
The episode, "U-Turn," focuses on how Jake overcame substance abuse, run-ins with the police, and even time in a mental hospital to turn his life around.
"It was right then that I knew something was wrong, and I saw there was an opportunity to change," Jake said about an incident when he was shot by police with a taser gun during a drug-fueled rampage and was later taken by police to a mental hospital.
Afterward, he enrolled at Mt. SAC in 2007 and began to pull the pieces of his life back together. A member of Mt. SAC's Class of 2010, Jake earned an associate's degree in engineering design technology.
Produced by the Canadian company Edge Factor, "Launch Point" is a series of true life stories designed to encourage young people in the vocational fields.
"U-Turn" debuts Sunday, May 25, at 8 p.m. and again 8:30 p.m. on the Cox Cable Channel 7 in Arizona with live streaming available locally at http://cox7.com. The program will rebroadcast on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
The Mt. SAC Flying Team won the Top Community College Trophy at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's national competition at Ohio State University. The win marks the sixth time since 2000 that Mt. SAC has won the national award.
With 76 points, Mt. SAC topped second-place Colorado Northwestern Community College with 27 points and third-place Central Texas College with 14 points to win the two-year college trophy. Mt. SAC's Josh Spolar (West Covina) won second place in the instrumental flight event, and Evelyn Marquez (Pomona) and Spolar placed fifth in message drop event. Manutea Maurin (Diamond Bar) was Mt. SAC top scoring contestant with 32 points.
"It's been a phenomenal run this year, and this is a great team that has put in a lot of hard work to achieve this," said Advisor and Aeronautics Professor Robert Rogus.
The airmeet included over 275 competitors from 27 teams that included Southern Illinois University, Ohio State, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Overall, Mt. SAC placed 14th overall against both university and two-year colleges.
Congratulations to Chief Technology Officer Vic Belinski, Enterprise Application Systems Director Bob Hughes, and the Information Technology Enterprise Application Systems Team for winning the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's Technology Focus Award.
The award recognizes Mt. SAC's work in implementing the system programming and web design aspects of the Foothill Transit Class Pass for Student Transportation program. The team created a web application that registers a Foothill Transit bus pass in the college's student information system when a student swipes his or her ID card. It allows a staff member to verify enrollment and issue a bus pass to students in less than five seconds. Data is then sent each night to Foothill Transit to activate or deactivate bus passes.
So far, some 8,500 students have received a free Class Pass, which created additional passenger demand for expanded bus service along routes that serve the college. In response, Foothill Transit added buses to meet that demand. Not only has the program increased student use of mass transit overall, it has also helped reduce area traffic congestion and relieved overcrowding in campus parking lots.
Two students qualify for the national SkillsUSA tournament
Mt. SAC vocational education students won three gold medals and a bronze at the SkillsUSA 47th Annual State Leadership Conference competition on April 24-27 in San Diego.
Jose Gomez (Azusa) won the gold medal in the electronic technology competition, and Hyun Cha (Rowland Heights) won the gold in telecommunications cabling. Both will represent Mt. SAC at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference competition on June 23-27 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sukhdav David Singh (Chino) took the gold medal in technical design, and Samuel Arrieta (Monrovia) won the bronze medal in telecommunications cabling.
The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. More than 5,600 students are expected to compete at this year's national event.
Professor Max Lizarraga is the campus advisor for the SkillsUSA competitors.
For the second straight year and the third time in the last four years, the Mt. SAC Forensics Team won the Phi Rho Pi national speech title at the national tournament held April 7-12 at Casper and Northwest colleges in Denver.
Mt. SAC edged out rival Moorpark College for the community college title, while Matthew Schaupp won first place in parliamentary debate and Barrett Tate placed fifth for Bovero-Tabor Award, which recognizes the top individual speakers. All together, Mt. SAC won seven gold medals, five silver medals, and nine bronze medals.
This championship victory marks the ninth time Mt. SAC has won the Phi Rho Pi national title. Combined with four wins as the top community college at the four-year college national tournament, the championship marks the 13th time in the last 20 years that Mt. SAC has been recognized as the top community college in the nation.
Professors Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Roger Willis-Raymondo coach the team.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations to students Brian Yu and Cynthia Robinson, who are two of the 76 California community college students recently selected for the 2014 All-California Academic teams. They were chosen for the honor by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society.
Yu and Robinson, both students in Mt. SAC's Honors Program, will receive medallions during the Community College League of California's awards ceremony to be held on April 3 in Sacramento. Selection for the academic teams is based on grades, leadership, and community service.
Yu, 19, is an English major and carries a 3.93 GPA. He was selected for the All-California Academic First Team. He has served as a mentor for the Honors Program on campus and is a co-founder of the campus transfer club STEP. He was also a member of college's championship forensics team last year and won three medals at the state championship.
Robinson, a 30-year-old mother of two, is a horticulture major and carries a 3.76 GPA. She was selected for the All-California Academic Third Team. She served as vice president of scholarship for PTK campus chapter and also served on the college's InterClub Council.
Carolyn Kuykendall is the Honors Program Director.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations to Mt. SAC's Turf Team students who captured a national championship 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.
Mt. SAC's Turf Team 209 tied for third place in the two-year college competition
The teams were coached by Horticulture Professors Brian Scott and Chaz Perea. (Posted 3-2-14)
Congratulations to Mt. SAC's Forensics Team, which captured third place in the overall sweepstakes and brought home 12 awards from 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 by Tabitha Plunkett and Naseem Akramian. Mt. SAC's Matthew Schaupp was recognized as the top community college speaker at the tournament, and Professor Danny 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.
In addition to Cantrell, the team is coached by Communication Professors Jeff Archibald and Roger Willis.
Mt. 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)
Mt. 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)
Ticket link: http://athletics.mtsac.edu/hofbanquet
At its annual organizational meeting on Dec. 11, the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees elected Fred Chyr as president, Dr. David K. Hall as vice president, and Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq., as clerk for a one-year term. Also new trustees Laura Santos and Robert Hidalgo were sworn in to four-year terms as the Mt. SAC governing board expanded from five to seven members as a result of district reorganization.
Looking to continue its historic traditions well into the 21st century, Mt. San Antonio College plans to renovate its 65-year-old stadium and place a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials.