Campus News RSS
Mt. San Antonio College is holding its 68th annual Cross Country Invitational, the largest community college cross country invitational in the nation with over 22,000 runners expected to compete on Oct. 16, 23, and 24. Students sorted into three different divisions will compete in the name of their school and the top 15 contenders will earn individual medals and perpetual bragging rights. Teams are separated into elementary/ middle school, high school, and community college divisions. The top seven athletes from each school will be placed in a varsity level race while the rest of the teams compete at their individual grade level. All races will have medals for the top 15 individual finishers, team plaques for top three teams and seven medals for each top three team. Community colleges, elementary schools, and middle schools compete on Oct. 16. High school athletes run Oct. 23 and 24. For more information on the 68th Cross Country Invitation, contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.594.5611, extension 4840.
The Mt. SAC Art Gallery kicked off its 2015-16 season with a painting exhibition, "Moving in Color," which runs through Dec. 3, at the Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public. "Moving in Color" is an exhibit of Los Angeles-based artist and educator Margaret Lazzari's paintings. She is an art professor and associate dean at USC, co-author of art textbooks, and part of a public art team with commissions in Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Huntington Beach. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Changes to Parking The campus has made a number of changes to parking on campus. Work on the Parking Structure is on hold. A court date is scheduled for January 2016, when the district will address a temporary injunction. Due to constraints with time, the district has removed the Parking Structure from this list of Measure RR funded projects, however the project remains in the college master plan pending future funding. The parking structure funds will now be directed toward a Student Life Center and other important projects across campus. In the meantime, work is underway to provide more parking on the north side of campus. This includes 58 spaces in Lot A adjacent to Edinger Way, which have already been added. A larger project is in the works to convert the site of the former Child Development Center to staff parking in the near future. To accommodate needs for parking, Lot M (the former site of the golf range on the south side of campus) was paved and striped for approximately 950 spaces. A shuttle will provide transportation for students through October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Solar Field Project A contract for the design, procurement, installation and construction of Mt. SAC's Solar Field project was approved Sept. 16, 2015 by the Board of Trustees. After considering several options, in November 2013, the Board of Trustees selected Mt. SAC's "West Parcel" as the best location for the solar field. The West Parcel is a triangular piece of land located west of Grand Avenue, south of Temple Avenue/Amar Road, south of what is referred to as the "Christmas tree lot." This ground-mounted system will generate 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the campus and will save the college a projected $480,000 in energy costs annually. This project, plus the college's existing cogeneration plant, will move Mt. SAC closer to energy independence. Direct costs of the project are about $5.3 million. The sources of funds are as follows: • $3 million as a zero interest loan (Proposition 39 loan funds) to be repaid by power bill savings estimated to be at least $400,000 annually. • $1.7 million consisting of two years of Proposition 39 grant funds (at $850,000 per year) • $790,000 in Edison incentives (self-generation incentive program)
Two touring shows with Mt. SAC ties are coming to Los Angeles this fall season. N*W*C was penned by Communication Professor Liesel Reinhart, Steve Seagle and four former Mt. SAC students. This comedic play directly confronts racial slurs and stereotypes while stimulating cultural awareness and acceptance. The play has been featured in the LA Times, the NY Times, and showcased at the Conference on Race and Ethnicity. The second play, It Gets Better, was written and directed by Professor Reinhart. It is based on the online video project of the same name designed to reduce LGBTQ bullying and suicide. The play touches on powerful real-life stories of gay, lesbian, transgender, and gender queer individuals and allies combined with dynamic musical numbers. N*W*C is being performed on Sept. 24 at 8 pm at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach. It Gets Better is being performed on Oct. 10 at 8 pm at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
The Mt. SAC Forensics Team will go up against the British National Debate Team on the issue of gun control during a public debate on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., in Mt. SAC's Technology and Health lecture hall, building 28A, room 103. This event is free and open to the public. Both debate teams will address the question of whether or not private gun ownership should be banned. In England, of course, general public access to firearms is tightly controlled by law. The Mt. SAC Forensics Team consistently ranks among the top community college speech teams in the nation. Mt. SAC has won the Phi Rho Pi national title three times in the last five years, and has been recognized as the top community college team in nation 13 times in the last 20 years.
Robberies Reported Near Campus Two armed robberies occurred near campus last week. On Thursday, Sept. 17, at about 9 p.m., a man was robbed of his cell phone at gun point near the bus stop at the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and San Jose Hills. On Friday, Sept. 18, at about 7:30 p.m., a jogger was robbed of a cell phone at gun point near the 7-11 at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and San Jose Hills. Neither victim is associated with Mt. SAC. In both incidents, the suspects were described as two men, standing between 5-feet-10-inches tall and 6-feet tall, with dark skin, and wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the suspects should call (909) 595-2264. Public Safety reminds the campus community to use caution, especially in the evening, by using these safety tips: Be aware of your surroundings Walk in groups when possible Stay in well lit areas Do not wear headphones or appear distracted with your cell phone Report suspicious behavior by calling 911 or Public Safety at (909) 274-4555
Mt. San Antonio College's energy and sustainability efforts were honored by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in Sacramento on Monday, Sept 21. Mt. SAC won in the "Overall Best Project - Large District Category" for its work in the efficient production of chilled water for the entire campus. The college replaced the existing chillers in Building 2 with high efficiency units and integrated the project into the main campus' central plant. The district also achieved additional efficiencies by installing cost-effective pumps, cooling towers, boilers, and variable-frequency drives (VFDs). The $1.3 million project was funded with $1 million of Proposition 39 funds, Investor Owned Utility Rebates of almost $200,000, and $100,000 of district funds. The district will see an annual reduction of at least 800,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 75 kilowatts (kW) with a subsequent energy bill reduction of nearly $105,000. In addition, this project generated construction jobs in the community, as well as apprentice and job training positions. This year's awards highlight colleges that implemented energy projects that excelled in meeting the goals of Proposition 39, which include annual energy cost savings, project cost effectiveness, and job creation. More than 120 community college clean energy projects and initiatives were considered for the awards.
Mt. SAC Television and Film students will be the future beneficiaries of a $5,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented at the association's annual grants gala this August in Beverly Hills. The grant funds will enable the college to offer five $1,000 scholarships for Television and Film students. Television Professor Dan Smith said that the grant will help students continue their education and will provide financial assistance to help students reach their educational goals. Funding for the grant is provided through the broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards. This is the second year Mt. SAC has received the grant.
Members of the community are invited to visit Mt. SAC on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to learn about the college's plans to build a solar power generation system on land west of campus. Residents will be able to receive information about the project, have the opportunity to share comments, and have questions answered by members of the college's facilities planning team. This meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Conference Center of Founders Hall. Parking is available in Lot B.
Mt. SAC will observe Emergency Preparedness Month this September with a series of workshops and activities designed to make everyone more aware of how to prepare for emergencies and what to do during a disaster. The workshops will provide training and cover topics ranging from first aid to the use of fire extinguishers, and from understanding earthquakes to the role of leadership in an emergency. Featured activities, which are open to the entire campus community, include: • An emergency preparedness vendors' fair will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, outside of the Administration Building, building 4. • Dr. Erin Burkett, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will present "Understanding Earthquakes: Science, monitoring, impacts, and preparedness," on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m., in the Design Technology Center auditorium, 13-1700. • An emergency drill will be held Friday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. - noon, at the Child Development Center. All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. To view the full schedule and sign up for a session, visit the Professional and Organizational Development Office website at www.mtsac.edu/pod.
Mt. SAC Student Trustee Elizabeth (Betty) Santos was recently elected as the vice president of the California Community College Association of Student Trustees. She was elected for the post at the August Student Trustee conference. The California Community College Association of Student Trustees serves as an advocate for higher education issues at community colleges and provides professional development for its student members. Santos, 18, was sworn in as the Mt. SAC's 2015-16 student trustee at the July board meeting. She presents the student perspective on policy issues before Mt. SAC's governing board. A political science major, she has served as a co-chair for the Mt. SAC chapter of MeCha and volunteers with the Rowland Unified School District and for her church.
Recognizing the shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses, Mt. San Antonio College and Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, will partner to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program on the Mt. SAC campus. Classes begin August 24 on Mt. SAC's campus, with the goal of 30 students in the inaugural 2015-2016 cohort. Mount Saint Mary's will offer the Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Completion Program, and admissions for the program will be handled through the L.A.-based university. "There is a growing need both locally and nationally for this advanced training," said Dr. Susie Chen, liaison for the program. "Most hospitals now want nurses with bachelor's degrees." The demand for registered nurses is expected to outpace the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2012 to 2022, nursing jobs should increase by 19 percent. "At Mount Saint Mary's, we have made a major commitment to move more ADN students to BSN levels," said Diane Vines, dean of nursing at Mount Saint Mary's. "That's why we created the RN to BSN Program, and that's why we are pleased to partner with Mt. SAC. We want to help nurses reach this new standard in California's hospitals and healthcare facilities." Through the educational partnership, classes will be held on the Mt. SAC campus and online, and will be taught by faculty from both colleges. The 35-unit program will consist of three continuous semesters of full-time study with core courses ranging from pediatric nursing to palliative care. Assigned hands-on clinical experience will be arranged in Mt. SAC's local area. Surveys have shown that more than 75 percent of Mt. SAC nursing students want to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. "We are honored to partner with Mount Saint Mary's in this initiative. By working together, we have created a seamless process for students to first earn their associate's degree through our nationally ranked program, and then take the next step and earn a bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary's excellent program. Our students will be well prepared to enter a surging job market and to lead the next generation of nursing professionals," said Mt. SAC President & CEO Dr. William Scroggins. "This is a wonderful example of collegial collaboration in action," said Mount Saint Mary's President Ann McElaney-Johnson. "We have long been proud of the respect our nursing alums have earned in their field, and we are excited to join with Mt. SAC to help even more nursing professionals attain rising professional standards across California." Last year, Mt. SAC's nursing program was ranked 13th among all nursing programs in the western United States' community colleges in a survey by NurseJournal.org. Mt. SAC's nursing program serves 240 students, and its students achieved a 91 percent pass rate on the 2014 state board nursing exam. In 2014, Money magazine ranked Mount Saint Mary's as its number one value-added college in the magazine's evaluation of "Colleges That Add the Most Value." Bright Hub, a web publication that focuses on technology, science and education, ranked the Mount at No. 9 in its U.S. ranking of "10 Best Colleges for a Degree in Nursing." Mount Saint Mary's BSN program is the oldest in California, dating back to 1952.
Mt. San Antonio College student Elizabeth Santos was sworn in as the new student trustee for the 2015-16 academic year during the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees' July meeting. As student trustee, Santos, 18, will present the student perspective on policy issues before Mt. SAC's governing board. She will have only an advisory vote, which does not count toward the passage or failure of a motion. The advisory vote helps the board know how the student trustee stands on issues and strengthens the student role in the college's shared governance process. Santos, a resident of Rowland Heights, is a political science major. She has served as a co-chair for the Mt. SAC chapter of MeCha. In the community, she serves as a volunteer with the Rowland Unified School District and for her church, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Los Angeles. After she graduates from Mt. SAC, she plans to transfer to UCLA as a political science major.
Online registration for Mt. San Antonio College's fall semester credit classes begins July 15. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24. All credit students must register for classes at my.mtsac.edu. New students must submit an admission application online. For students who do not have computer access, computers and assistance are available in the Student Services Center during business hours. The Admissions Office is open now Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Before registering, new students are required to activate their personal Mt. SAC portal account at through the college website myportal.mtsac.edu. Instructions on how to do this, along with your username are sent to the new student's email address the student used when applying to the college. Through myportal.mtsac.edu, students will be able to view their registration date and time but will not be allowed to register before their assigned time. New students must also sign up for their assessment tests at the Assessment Center. Appointments can be made at www.mtsac.edu/assessment, by calling (909) 274-4265, or in person at the Assessment Center. Students are urged to prepare for assessment testing by reviewing the information available on the Assessment Center webpage. In addition, new students must also sign up for the required new student orientation session before registering for classes. For more information about required orientation sessions, call the Mt. SAC Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380. The enrollment fee is $46 per unit for California residents, and all fees are due upon registration. For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 274-4415, or visit www.mtsac.edu.
Athletics has received the most prestigious award a collegiate athletic program in the United States can receive. Athletics has been named the 2014-2015 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Community College National Champion by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in conjunction with Learfield Sports. The Learfield Sports Directors Cup recognizes the top overall athletics program at each of the three NCAA division levels (I, II & III), the NAIA and at the community college level. It is the most prestigious award that can bestowed upon a collegiate athletics program in the United States. This marks Mt. SAC’s first Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in the four year history of this award at the community college level. The award was presented to Mt. SAC Athletics Director, Joe Jennum, at the 2015 NACDA Convention, which was held June 11-19, in Orlando, Florida. Each college/university is awarded points based on postseason finishes of individual sports, with the Director’s Cup Champion recording the highest number of points in their division. The tremendous 2014-2015 campaign for the Mounties finished with eight teams placing in the top three at California Community College Athletic Association State Championships, including four state championships (Women’s Cross Country, Football, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Track and Field), three second place finishes (Men’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Track and Field) and a third place finish (Wrestling). The Mounties also captured their third consecutive and fifth overall National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup Championship. For more information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at (909) 274-4630.
College Aviation welcomed a brand new 2015 American Champion Citabria Aurora to Mt. SAC's fleet of trainers, making it the first new airplane for the college in 36 years. The new aircraft will join the six other small aircraft used to train pilots in Mt. SAC's Aviation Program. In addition to other general training needs, the American Champion will be used for emergency maneuver training, including spin training and spin avoidance. "This model is designed and built specifically for its purpose as an emergency maneuver trainer," said Aeronautics and Transportation Co-chair Robert Rogus. The $207,000 trainer was custom built for Mt. SAC in Wisconsin and carries a custom registration number-N946MS-the last four characters indicating the year the college opened and the MS for Mt. SAC. Mt. SAC's other aircraft include five Cessna airplanes and a Piper Arrow. There are approximately 250 students enrolled in commercial pilot courses, 250 students enrolled in air traffic control classes, and 50 students enrolled in the flight school. The first of the college's aircraft was purchased by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce in the late 1940s. Last fall, the Aeronautics Program celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the College Aviation facility at Brackett Field.
Get to know Mt. SAC and important tips on how to succeed at the STEP into College program. Participants must take part in a Welcome and Registration event on June 8 at 4:30 p.m. to guarantee a spot. Just email email@example.com for more information. The program will run for two weeks from Monday through Thursday from June 22 through July 2. Space is limited, so RSVP today!
Check out the Schedule of Classes for more information about courses available this Fall 2015. Registration opens July 15. Classes begin August 24. Learn more or download the schedule by visiting the Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes site.
The Mt. SAC Jazz Band and jazz vocal ensemble Frontline both won first place in their respective categories recently at the 2015 Reno Jazz Festival hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno. Competing against ensembles such as California State University Sacramento and Columbia Basin College in Washington, Frontline won first place in the college choir category for the second year in a row. Frontline is directed by music professor William McIntosh. For the fourth straight year, the Jazz Band won first place in the two-year college band category, competing against bands from Citrus College, Lane Community College and Santa Barbara City College. The Jazz Band is directed by music professor Jeff Ellwood.
The Mt. SAC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was recently recognized by PTK's national organization with several awards for the chapter Honors in Action project. The Mt. SAC students received the Honors in Action Theme Award, Project Award, Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award, and were honored as a Top-100 and Five-Star chapter. The honors students' project included writing and designing a new show the college planetarium, sponsoring a presentation by a noted NASA director, and conducting a campus survey on the college's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program to help the Natural Sciences Division. PTK is the two-year college honors society with over 1,200 chapters internationally.
Mt. SAC's Hip Hop Team went into the NDA Collegiate Nationals as the defending Nationals Champions. Going into Saturday's finals they were in the top spot once again. After another dominating and powerful performance the team was crowned Division II National Champions! The team also came into the Open Dance Division II as defending National Champions, but after prelims found themselves in second place. A strong finals peformance was not enough to overcome the leader and they were just .02 of a point short of first place. In the very competitive Jr. College Co-Ed Cheer division, the Mounties had to overcome some tough competition in 7-time National Champion Navarro College. They finished 4th in the Division. Congratulations to Coach Stephanie Green and Coach Jon Smiley and the Mountie Pep Squad for an amazing competition season! To watch videos of the performances visit the link below: NDA/NCA Nationals For more information contact Mt. SAC Sports Information at 909-274-4630.
Before winning a Grammy as a member of the pop-sensation vocal quintet Pentatonix, Avi Kaplan was a star bass vocalist at Mt. SAC for the Mt. SAC Chamber Singers (classical), Fermata Nowhere (male contemporary) and Singocopation (vocal jazz). In the spring of 2007, a young Kaplan was in the audience for a choral festival performance by the renowned Chamber Singers. He wasted no time after graduating from high school and made the 200-mile journey south from Visalia to Walnut to audition for the prestigious ensemble. "I knew that Avi had a special gift for singing almost immediately," said Bruce Rogers, Director of Choral Activities at Mt. SAC. "He had a natural talent that he was then able to refine and improve during his time here." In 2010, Kaplan performed with the Chamber Singers at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference. He was also with the group as they took home a first-place trophy from the American International Choral Festival in Reno, Nevada. Kaplan's Mt. SAC singing sojourn also took him across the country to Carnegie Hall in New York City and across the Pacific as the Chamber Singers performed throughout Australia in the summer of 2010, headlining the Australia National Choral Conference in Port Macquarie. Kaplan also participated in a major choral festival in Banff, Canada. As a member of Singcopation, he won first place at the Monterey Jazz Festival and earned first-place honors at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in New York City while singing with Fermata Nowhere. As his time with Mt. SAC was winding down, Kaplan was faced with the decision of where his path would lead him next. Pentatonix had not yet come to fruition, and the future was rather murky for an aspiring a cappella singer. "At that time, the only professional a cappella groups in the United States were Take 6 and Chanticleer," said Rogers. "He thought about becoming a music teacher or an opera major, but finally realized his real love was performing a cappella choral music." Fortunately for Kaplan, three high-school friends from Texas--Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstie Maldonado--were looking for additions to their blossoming a cappella trio. After adding Kaplan and cello-playing, beatboxing Kevin Olusola, the trio became a quintet and auditioned for the hit-show "The Sing-Off" in 2011. "They were absolutely amazing." Four years later, the group has a Grammy award, two full-length albums and their name advertised on venue marquees all over the country. "I am so very proud of Avi, his accomplishments and the fact that he continues to stop by and visit the current Mt. SAC singers whenever he is in town. Avi truly cares about giving back and furthering people's love of choral music," Rogers said.
Coming on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory water reduction plan, Mt. SAC is in the process of initiating its own plan that could realize a reduction in water use at the college of up to 50 percent over a ten-year period. The current water conservation master plan is actually a continuation of campus efforts to reduce water use that began in 2007. "Our programs are driven by cost savings, which are considerable, but also by the knowledge that as a large institution in the San Gabriel Valley, we must be smart and responsible in how we manage all of the earth's valuable resources," said Administrative Services Vice President Michael Gregoryk. Reclaimed water use, landscaping redesign, improved irrigation systems, the use of technology, and the addition of two new wells all figure highly in Mt. SAC's multifaceted water conservation master plan. With the plan, the college is looking at saving an additional 100 acre-feet of water per year when it is fully implemented. An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons. One part of the plan will look at replacing turf areas on campus with California native landscapes, which require much less water. In some areas, artificial surfaces may be an option as well. "We have to ask ourselves, 'Do we have too much green space?' We have to look at areas we may have to reconsider," Gregoryk said. An extension of the campus' computerized irrigation control system is also on the table. The system reduces water waste by adjusting irrigation times and frequency according to temperature, winds, and humidity data. The campus already uses a computerized irrigation system for the main campus areas. The system expansion would include the farm pasture and rangelands. On the 421-acre campus, the Mt. SAC farm comprises 75 acres. Athletic fields take up 18 acres, and 22 acres are devoted to the college's wildlife sanctuary. Another 40 acres are rangeland for grazing. All of these areas have traditionally required irrigation or other water use. But potential partnerships with local agencies for reclaimed water to use on pasture land are expected to make a big difference as the college moves from potable water to reclaimed water sources to irrigate rangeland and athletic fields. Mt. SAC is also looking at adding two new wells to the existing three campus wells that will result in up to 60 acre feet of water savings per year and will be used for irrigation of farm pastures and rangeland. The addition of two new wells will have a huge impact on the conservation effort. Other strategies to achieve the water conservation goals include drip-line irrigation and the construction of a 1 million gallon domestic storage reservoir. Yet the ambitious plan appears even more noteworthy when one considers that Mt. SAC has already realized a 30 percent reduction in water use since 2007. Faced with drought conditions eight years ago, college officials devised a strategy that would help the campus reduce its water use. "In 2007, Mt. SAC took the lead in water conservation," said Gregoryk. "They didn't have to tell us we had to do it. We just did it. The 25 percent in water savings that the governor is now requiring Mt. SAC achieved years ago." Prior to 2006, the college used an average of 598 acre-feet of water per year. But by 2013, water use dropped to 412 acre-feet per year, a reduction of 30 percent potable water and 16 percent in overall water use. One of factors for that reduction was the rehabilitation of the three existing water wells on campus. The wells produce an average 90 acre-feet of non-potable water every year, which is used for irrigation on the college's soccer and baseball fields and pond recharge in the wildlife sanctuary. Another factor that helped the college realize a 30 percent reduction in water use is practice of replacing old facilities with new energy and water efficient buildings that adhere to the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Since 2003, 30 new facilities have been built on campus, and these have been landscape designed for water conservation. "As Mt. SAC continues to grow, so will our commitment to the environment," Gregoryk said.
Mt. SAC health career students won a total of 15 medals, including nine gold medals and four silver medals, at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held March 25-30 in Sacramento. More than 2,500 students competed at the state competition. Daniel Lee, Holly Miller, Noehly Partida, and Leilani Soto won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Amy Barraza, Yessenia Campos, Yvonne Prempeh, and Jose Montiel-Flores won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition. Holly Miller also won a gold medal in the human growth and development competition. All 11 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 24-27 at the Anaheim Hilton. HOSA is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students, which provides students in 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.
Mt. San Antonio College has been named the number one community college in the greater Los Angeles area by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the second year in a row. The LA Business Journal annually compiles the best of Los Angeles into the Book of Lists with categories ranging from number one banks, colleges and universities, law firms and television stations. The publication commemorates these companies as part of their Business Hall of Fame. Mt. SAC was honored at an award ceremony on March 4 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel among a host of other prominent recipients, including AT&T, Bank of America, UCLA and USC Marshall School of Business. Other companies that were honored included AT&T, Bank of America, UCLA and USC Marshall School of Business.
Mt. SAC lauded four honorees at the college's annual Inspiring Women of Mt. SAC luncheon on March 25 as part of Women's History Month. Honored were (pictured left to right) students Sabrina Short and Drisana Zehfuss, American Language Professor Glenda Bro, and Counselor Diana Felix. The program was established to acknowledge women of character, courage, and commitment at Mt. SAC.
Mt. SAC journalism students won 11 awards at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Convention and California College Media Association (CCMA) Awards, held Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, in Universal City. The Mounties won Best Website for Substance on Medium.com over other community colleges and four-year universities such as UCLA. Substance was formerly the college's print magazine. The Mountaineer, the student newspaper, won the ACP Best of Show for Best College Newspaper, as well as Best College Newspaper (2-year). Pablo Unzueta won first place for news photo and news photo series, while Jamie Rocha won first place for arts and entertainment story. Mountaineer Editor-In-Chief Albert Serna, Adolfo Tigerino, and Jose De Castro won first place for breaking news story, and Serna, Julian Muhr, and Sasha Chavez won first place for non-breaking news story. Serna also won a third first-place award for editorial writing. Cynthia Schroeder won a second-place award for Best Overall Newspaper Design, and Tigerino received a third-place award for sports photo. Neil Anderson earned honorable mention for best blog.
After more than 13 years of planning, Mt. San Antonio College has begun work on a new $48.5-million parking structure that will provide an additional 1,650 parking spaces and will help alleviate one of the top complaints of students at the Walnut campus--parking. "The new parking structure will address Mt. SAC's current needs for student parking while preparing the college for the future," said college President Bill Scroggins. Located on the northwestern edge of the campus on the site of what is currently a parking lot, the new parking structure will provide badly needed student parking for a campus that served 54,000 students last year. Currently, there are a little over 7,200 parking spaces at the college, while the maximum number of students on campus at any given time is just over 9,500. According to enrollment projections, the structure should provide enough parking for students until at least 2025.
The Mt. SAC Forensics Team kept busy during the winter intersession with impressive performances in recent tournaments, including a third-place finish at Cerritos College, a seventh-place finish at Moorpark College, and 71 individual awards overall. Mt. SAC scored a third-place overall at the Tabor-Venitsky Speech and Debate Tournament, Feb. 13-15, competing against 22 community college teams from throughout the nation. Individually, students won four first-place honors with Gabriel Samuels taking first in the debate competition, Matthew Schaupp winning first place in the after dinner speaking competition and a first in the duo interpretation event with Kai Vibar, and Sarina Wang taking first place in the novice persuasive speaking category. The team also placed seventh among two-year colleges at the Spring Championship Tournament, Feb. 20-22, at Moorpark College with more than 500 students from 30 colleges and universities competing. Albert Castro won gold and Gabriel Samuels took the bronze in debate competitions. Previously, Mt. SAC Forensics placed third overall in a tournament at James Madison University in Virginia competing against universities and tied for second place overall at tournaments held at San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University. The team is now poised to compete in upcoming championship tournaments, including the International Forensics Association Championship held in Barcelona, Spain on March 6-14, the California Community College State Championship held in Woodland Hills on March 11-15, the Phi Rho Pi National Championship held in Cleveland, OH on April 1-12, the American Readers Theater National Championships held at Mt. SAC on May 2-3, and the China Open held in Harbin, China on May 4-13.
Mt. SAC's Nursing Program was recently ranked 10th among all California community college nursing programs in a survey of the best nursing schools in the Western United States by NurseJournal.org. With an overall score of 85.63, Mt. SAC also ranked 13th among all Western U. S. community college programs. The rankings were based on program quality, affordability, flexible class schedules, student satisfaction, and value. A total of 442 universities, two-year colleges, and vocational nursing programs were ranked in the survey. Mt. SAC's Nursing Program serves 240 students, and its students achieved a 91% pass rate on the state board nursing exam in 2014. Associate degree and certificate programs are offered. NurseJournal.org is a social community for nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide, which provides comprehensive educational resources.
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. http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/fball/2014-15/releases/20141213fnkc7m
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.