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Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji, State Diversity Award
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.

Health Career Students Win 8 Gold Medals
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.

Mt. SAC Alum to Be Featured on Vocational Ed Series
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 The program will rebroadcast on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Flying Team Wins National Title
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.

IT Wins Chancellor
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.

SkillsUSA Win Gold at State Competition
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.

Forensics Wins Back-to-Back National Titles
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.

Mt. SAC Jazz Groups Win Top Honors
Congratulations to our Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz group, Frontline, each having won first place prizes in their respective divisions at the 52nd Annual Reno Jazz Festival recently held at the University of Nevada, Reno. This year's win marks the first time Frontline and director William McIntosh has captured the festival's top vocal prize. In addition to the group win, member Tama Shutts won the "Outstanding College Vocal Musician Award." His renditions of Burt Bacharach's "Wives and Lovers" and Earth, Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" earned rave reviews. Under the direction of Jeff Ellwood, the Mt. SAC Jazz Ensemble captured first place honors in the Community College Band category for the fourth time within the last five years. We are all very proud of these two incredible ensembles for their teamwork, musicianship and extraordinary leadership.

Health Career Students Win Silver and Gold
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.

Mt. SAC Students Selected for Academic Teams
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.

Flying Team Headed to Nationals
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.

Design Engineering Team Wins Competition
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.

Turf Teams Trample Competition in Texas
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)

Forensics Team Wins 12 Awards at Speech Tournament
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.

Midterm Accreditation Report Earns Commendation
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)

Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 8
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:

Trustees Elect New Officers; New Trustees Installed
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.

Mt. SAC to Renovate Stadium
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.

Baca Reelected President of California Community Colleges Board
Dr. Manuel Baca, president of the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees, has been reelected to another one-year term as president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. "I am honored to be reelected by my colleagues as board president," Baca said. "We have accomplished a lot during my first term, but there is a lot left to be done, and I look forward to continuing the good work done by the board as well as Chancellor Brice Harris. As the nation's largest system of higher education, we continue to lead the nation in many areas, such as workforce development, and I look forward to another exciting year of success for our students, our administrators, staff and faculty and for our state." The Board of Governors sets policy, establishes regulations, and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 112 colleges that comprise the system serving over 2 million students. In addition to other appointed positions, he served on the California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan Steering Committee (2005) and the Student Success Task Force (2011), which, among other things, contributed to the formulation and passage of the Student Success Act of 2012 (SB1456). Dr. Baca was elected as a Mt. SAC trustee in 1999 and reelected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Professionally, he teaches political science at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, where he has also served as a dean and interim president.

Santos and Hidalgo  Elected as Trustees
Laura Santos and Robert Hidalgo Elected to Expanded Trustee Board Bassett Unified School District board member Laura Santos and Rowland Unified School District board member Robert Hidalgo were elected yesterday (Nov. 5) to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees. They will be sworn in to begin their four-year terms at the Dec. 11 board meeting. The election of Santos and Hidalgo expanded the Mt. SAC governing board from five to seven elected members due to redistricting, and they are the first to be elected within the new trustee geographic areas. Santos will represent District 3, which includes La Puente, Bassett, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. Hidalgo will represent District 4, which includes most of West Covina and Valinda. They will join incumbent trustees David K. Hall (District 2) and Judy Chen Haggerty (District 6), who were unopposed in this election, as well as Rosanne Bader (District 1), Fred Chyr (District 5), and Manuel Baca (District 7). The board's student trustee, Karina Maureira, is elected annually by the Mt. SAC student body. The governing board establishes policies relative to the college's strategic mission and direction regarding instruction, governance, and operations. Santos has served on the Bassett district board since 2007. She also serves on the Los Angeles County School Trustee Association's community college subcommittee. Santos earned a B.A. in political science at UCLA and a law degree at UC Davis. She has practiced law and currently practices public relations in the San Gabriel Valley. Hidalgo, who has served on the Rowland district board for eight years, is an assistant principal at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights. He is a former board member of the California Latino School Board Association and a former board president of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. Hidalgo is a graduate of CSU Fullerton (B.A., History) and Cal Poly Pomona (M.A., Education).

More Buses Added to Foothill Transit Line
The good news: Over 4,500 students have signed up for the Class Pass for free rides on Foothill Transit. The better news: To minimize overcrowding, FT has expanded westbound service from the Temple & Mt. SAC Way bus stop every hour from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. So come aboard and get your Class Pass at SacBookRac! Click here to learn more!

Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships
Four Mt. San Antonio College students were recently awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Arianna Rivera (La Puente), Blanca Flores (La Puente), Elizabeth Gutierrez (Montclair), and Jared Morales (Covina) were awarded the scholarships, which will allow them to participate in a study abroad program in England for the upcoming fall semester. Rivera and Flores each received $4,500 scholarships, while Gutierrez and Morales received $3,000 in scholarship funds. The students will attend classes in London, where they will study British culture, philosophy, literature, and art as participants in the Southern California Foothills Consortium for Study Abroad, a cooperative venture among area community colleges. Rivera is an art history major and plans to become a museum curator. Flores is a physical therapy major and plans to become a sports physical therapist or doctor. Gutierrez is a medical allied field major and plans to become a radiologist. Morales is also a medical allied field major and plans to become a physician assistant. The Gilman Scholarship program provides under-represented students and students of limited financial means with the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs throughout the world. Seven hundred undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U. S. received Gilman Scholarships this year. Through its Global Opportunities (GO) program, Mt. SAC also will offer study aboard programs in Taiwan (international business), Hawaii (geology and astronomy), and Spain during the winter and spring terms.

Edison STEM $cholars Honored
Southern California Edison affirmed its longstanding commitment to cultivate a new generation of professionals in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines (STEM) by awarding $25,000 in scholarships to STEM students at Mt. SAC. Presenting the check to President Bill Scroggins at a recent luncheon honoring the Edison $cholars were SCE Public Affairs Managers Rick Meza and Marlon Walker. This award marks the latest of Edison contributions to the Mt. SAC scholarship endowment (over $100,000), which has helped deserving students to pursue their career goals over the years. "We value our partnership with Edison and are very grateful to the company for its vision, generosity, and commitment to our students and to higher education overall," said Scroggins.

Students of Distinction Honored
Mt. SAC congratulates the 2013 recipients of the Students of Distinction Award, which recognizes 20 students for their competitive, academic, and personal achievements as well as outstanding service to the college. They were nominated by their professors. This year's winners are: Academic Achievement Tun Aung Melanie Montano Ken Vittayarukskul Valeria Zaporozhets Lizbeth Zuniga Service Achievement Austin Cooper Angelica Ekeke Dennis Lee Edgar Zuniga Competitive Achievement Sarah Beckham Joshua Gordon Jasmine Hennessy Justin Ogan Saleen Sanchez Personal Achievement Gabriel Amel Jesse Casillas Robert Cortez Yomeri Gonzalez Rene Peralta

Educators of Distinction Honored
Mt. SAC congratulates the 2013 Educators of Distinction Award recipients, who were selected by students for making an impact on their education, for positively influencing their lives, and for motivating them to realize their educational goals and potential. Honorees are: April Tellez, History Professor Rocio Avila, English Professor Paul Sharpe, Drug & Alcohol Counseling Professor Robert Augustus, Sign Language Professor Charles Merward, Philosophy Professor

County Honors Basketball Teams
Mt. SAC's state championship Men's and Women's Basketball Teams took center stage at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting this week, receiving certificates and proclamations of congratulations from Supervisor Gloria Molina. She commended them for their historic achievements, noting that the men's team earned its first state title in the history of the college, and that the women's team captured its sixth state title with an undefeated record of 34-0 this season. Members of both teams and their coaches traveled to the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration for a special reception, followed by the recognition ceremony. Women's Coach Brian Crichlow and Men's Coach Clark Maloney both expressed their appreciation for being honored by the supervisors. President Bill Scroggins, joined by Athletics Director Joe Jennum, told the audience that these outstanding athletes are students first and foremost and noted they are also strong performers both on the court and in the classroom thanks to the WIN Program.

Robotics Team Wins State Competition
The Mt. SAC Robotics Team won the state Vex Robotics Championship recently at Cal State Northridge. Despite 12 grueling matches, one of the robotics catching fire, and numerous other challenges, the team prevailed with only one match loss. Team Captain Vincent Vendiola was recognized with the Individual Excellence Award at the event for not only his invaluable team contributions, but also for helping other teams that experienced challenges with their robots. The 12-member team is now preparing for the World Championships April 18-20 against 50 international competitors, representing 12 countries. Congratulations to the team members as well as their faculty coach, Professor Martin Mason. (Posted 4-12-13)

5 Professors Granted Tenure
Five probationary faculty members were granted tenure recently. They are Dr. Damany Fisher (History and Art History Dept.); Michael Hood (Earth Sciences & Astronomy); Sam Nassar (Counseling); Kelly Sherwood (Medical Services); and Dr. Curtis Simon (Geography & Political Science). The evaluation process is rather rigorous, coordinated by an evaluation team for each professor composed of at least two tenured faculty members and one administrator. The team completes a summary evaluation report of the probationary professor's performance, based on information gathered from classroom visitations, student evaluations, input from faculty peers, a review of a portfolio of materials used by the professor, and other sources deemed relevant by the evaluation team. The team then recommends tenure to be granted, and that recommendation and all supporting documentation is reviewed by the VP of Instruction or VP of Student Services (counseling faculty) and the President. The President's recommendation goes to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

Singcopation Wins Jazz Festival
Mt. SAC's award-winning Singcopation vocal jazz ensemble sang their way to first place in the Collegiate Vocal Jazz category at the recent Next Generation Jazz Festival. That wins them an opportunity to perform at the world's most prestigious jazz event, the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Congratulations to this talented ensemble, directed by Mt. SAC's celebrated Professor Bruce Rogers, who directs choral activities at Mt. SAC and also conducts the world-ranked Chamber Singers. (Posted 4-12-13)

Forensics Team Wins 8th National Title
The Forensics Team kept Mt. SAC's national championship momentum rolling by capturing the coveted title of the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Championship Tournament on April 20. This Super Bowl-caliber competition, held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, drew talented student speakers from over a dozen states, representing 60 community colleges. Team Mt. SAC captured the first-place Overall Sweepstakes (top award), the first-place Individual Events Sweepstakes, and the third-place Debate Sweepstakes--earning more points than any other competing team. This win further entrenches Mt. SAC's standing as a dominant force in the collegiate forensics world. Mt. SAC has won eight community college national championships: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2013. In between these years, Mt. SAC chose to compete at university-level national tournaments and placed among the top 10 in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2007, according to Communication Professor and Forensics Coach Jeff Archibald. As individual competitors at the recent Phi Rho Pi tournament, all 14 Mt. SAC students won awards (six golds, three silvers, 10 bronze). Two students achieved the best overall scores in their respective event: Awais Spall (gold, Impromptu) and Conny Chege (gold, Program Oral Interpretation), and Barrett Tate and Brandon Orewyler took the gold in the Parliamentary Debate category as the only duo to win all eight rounds of competition.

Design Tech Center Dedicated
College trustees, employees and students as well as community leaders came out on April 12 to celebrate the dedication of the new Design Technology Center. Speakers and presenters extolled the high-tech features that facilitate innovative instruction and learning in this 63,000-square-foot center, which houses computer-based design programs such as animation, architecture, graphic arts and illustration, interior design, and photography. Faculty and students made classroom presentations and demonstrated cutting-edge technology for guests who toured the impressive facility after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors also toured the 400-seat, high-tech multimedia assembly hall--the campus' second largest auditorium after the Clarke Theater. (Posted 4-15-13)

For the first time ever, Mt. SAC now rules the community college basketball kingdom. Both men's and women's teams won their respective championship games last weekend with decisive victories. The men's win marked a significant milestone--their first state championship title in Mt. SAC history, defeating Chaffey College 102-88. The Mounties finished the season with an impressive 29 wins, 3 losses. For the women's team, it marked their sixth California Community College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship title. They defeated Mt. San Jacinto College 54-41, and completed the season undefeated at 34-0. This was a back-to-back season win for the Mounties, who captured the state title in 2012, then three-peat in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and then in 2004. Congratulations to the hard-working teams and to the skillful coaching staffs, headed by Clark Maloney (men) and Brian Crichlow (women). (Posted 3-20-13)

Stay on Course with MAP!
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After a 20-year hiatus, Mt. SAC revived its public induction of outstanding former athletes, coaches, and supporters of the athletics program at a star-studded Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet on March 2 at the Pacific Palms Resort. Nearly 300 persons showed up to congratulate the eight honorees inducted into the 2013 Class in perpetuity. In addition, eight members of the 1992 and 1993 classes were formally inducted as well.

Congratulations to Music Professor Bruce Rogers who received word recently that the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) is presenting him with the "Pearson-Silver Burdett Choral Educator Award." The award honors excellence in choral education and performance. Bruce will receive his award during the CMEA Convention in Fresno next month.

2 Mounites are Golden Mike Winners
Radio Broadcasting students Tamika Adams and James Rojas recently won a Golden Mike Award from the Radio Television News Association for their Best Public Affairs Show called "Interchange." The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California annually honors the best in radio and television, ranging from the major networks to college stations. KSAK, Mt. SAC's radio station, has won more than 20 Golden Mikes in the past seven years. (Posted 1-29-13)

Restricted Smoking Policy Goes into Effect Feb. 2
Effective the start of the spring semester (Feb. 25), Mt. SAC will enforce its new Restricted Smoking Policy (AP3565). Designed to promote a healthier campus environment, the policy applies to everyone on campus--employees, students, and visitors.

Please note that the campus will be closed on Mon. Jan. 21.

Spend the semester in London. First information meeting is Wed. Jan. 16, 6-8PM, 28A-103.

Classes begin Mon. Jan. 7. We look forward to seeing you if you're taking classes during the winter intersession.

Is now available on campus and online

Come attend an Election Night party, 7PM in the Student Life Center (9C). KTLA news crew plans to cover our event.

The campus will be closed on Mon. Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bldg. 67B Courtyard. FREE screenings, information & gifts.

Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Soccer Field

Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct 9th, 11AM-1PM, 9B-West (Grassy area)

Seasonal Flu Shots. Appointments are now available!
Mt. San Antonio College, Student Health Services Mt. SAC ID REQUIRED FOR ALL VISITS ?FREE - Credit Students ?$10 (CASH ONLY) - Part-Time Faculty ?$20 (CASH ONLY) - Employees & Non-Credit Students ?Allow at least 30 minutes for your visit ?Quantities are limited! Call (909) 274-4400 to make an appointment. Please have your Banner ID number ready! For more information regarding the Seasonal Flu Shot, visit: Student Health Services, 67B.

Sept. 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Miracle Mile

Download and print the coupon for free entry to the LA County Fair, Thursday, September 27. Coupon is also available on student/staff portal.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Miracle Mile

Public Safety/L.A. County Sheriffs to Raise Campus Theft Awareness. On Tuesday, Sept. 18 between 9 a.m. and noon, officers from both units will blanket parked vehicles across the campus with windshield flyer inserts that offer theft prevention tips. They are also extending their theft prevention message beyond the parking lot and encouraging students and employees to protect their personal belongs while on campus--in offices, classrooms, and food/concession venues.

Come on out and JOIN-A-CLUB!!! 9am - 1pm. Over 50 clubs and organizations will have information tables set up. Sponsored by Inter Club Council.

This exhibition features artwork by Chuck Feesago and Susan Sironi Sept. 13-Oct. 11, Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday Evenings 5 to 7:30 p.m. Art Gallery Opening reception - Sept. 13, 4-6PM

Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 9C Walkway

PBS television host Cliff Young presents the Mt. SAC Food Truck Festival on July 21, noon-6PM. Click on the web link for more information on the featured trucks and to purchase tickets. The Festival will benefit Mt. SAC Foundation's scholarship fund. Check your portal account for special codes are available for staff and students to purchase discounted tickets for the festival.

In observance of Independence Day, the campus will be closed on Wed., July 4.

Witness a solar eclipse and learn all about the Sun at the Mt. SAC Randall Planetarium. Start your experience by learning the "Secrets of the Sun," a new planetarium show. Then safely view the eclipse through safe solar viewers and take a closer look with our solar telescopes. Bring your sunblock and lawn chairs since the eclipse will last several hours! Location: Mt. SAC-Randall Planetarium/ Parking Lot G Times: 4 p.m. "Secrets of the Sun" Free Planetarium Show 5:10 p.m. Eclipse Begins (star) 6:32 p.m. Maximum Eclipse Ends (star) 7:45 p.m. Sunset/Eclipse Ends (star) (star meaning)Times are approximate Free Parking available in Lots G and H. Phone: 909 274-5795 Mt. SAC 1100 N. Grand Ave. Walnut CA

Mt. SAC's Horticulture Unit has a Mother's Day Plant sale now on thru tomorrow, 8am-4pm. East of Student Life Center (9C). Come and buy a beautiful plant or two for your mom! Cash or checks only. Questions, email

Just a reminder that you are invited to a campus reception to welcome a delegation of Chinese college officials who are visiting Mt. SAC through May 19 as part of their U.S. tour to study community college vocational education. The reception will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall.

To observe Administrative Professional's Day, on April 25, 2012, the Human Resources office will be closed from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Mt. SAC's IT Web Team has made it very simple for you to add your news stories to the Mt. SAC Campus News RSS feed. For more information, please contact Eric Turner, Supervisor, Web and Portal Services, at 274-XXXX or

Lifetime Opportunity
For Alex Mendoza, Mt. SAC might just as well be known as the "Land of Opportunity," because he regards his experience here as the opportunity of a lifetime. That's partially why he doesn't mind his long commute from Van Nuys.

If you had told Joshua Villagomez five years ago that he would be attending UCLA and Stanford, he probably would have responded, "Yeah, in my dreams!"

You've seen him on ESPN. You've seen him win the Super Bowl. But you probably didn't see Antonio Pierce as a student and phenomenal linebacker at Mt. SAC.

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