The Mt. SAC Forensics Team took second place overall at the 2016 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament held recently in Costa Mesa, with students winning five gold medals, seven silver medals, and 12 bronze medals. More than 500 students from 64 colleges throughout the nation competed. Mt. SAC's Jacqueline Yu won first place overall and the Bovero Top Speaker Award as the outstanding speaker at the national competition, winning gold medals in informative speaking, after dinner speaking, and communication analysis, and a silver medal in the impromptu speaking competition. Joey Fontana won a gold medal in informative speaking and a silver medal in persuasive speaking. Sarina Wang won a gold medal in informative speaking and a bronze medal in debate. Azzaam Siddiqi won a silver medal in impromptu speaking and a bronze medal in informative speaking. Christopher Robles won silver in poetry interpretation and bronze in programmed oral interpretation. Amy Jajieh won silver in persuasive speaking and bronze in dramatic interpretation. Matthew Rodriguez won silver in persuasive speaking, and bronze as part of a parliamentary debate team. Tiffany Pla won silver in extemporaneous speaking, a bronze in persuasive speaking, and a bronze as part of a parliamentary debate team. Matthew Dowling won bronze in extemporaneous speaking and bronze as part of a parliamentary debate team. Anthony Flores won bronze in the prose competition. Kai Vibar won bronze in programmed oral interpretation and bronze as part of a duo interpretation team. And Alexandria Romero won bronze in dramatic interpretation and bronze as part of a duo interpretation team. The team is coached by faculty members Roxan Arntson, Danny Cantrell, and Roger Willis-Raymondo. Since 1994, Mt. SAC has won nine community college national titles and has placed among the top 10 in university-level competition four times.
Mt. SAC health career students won a total of 14 medals, including seven gold medals and seven silver medals, at the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state leadership conference held April 6-10 in Anaheim. More than 2,500 students competed at the state competition. Yessenia Campos, Sierra Gomez, Keili Hiniker, and La Tonya McDaniel won gold medals in the creative problem solving competition. Eduardo Guzman, Maria Jauregui, and Jose Montiel-Flores won gold medals in the biomedical debate competition. Remington Cole, Sue Mass, Sandra Medina, and Felicia Ngo, took silver medals in creative problem solving. Rebecca Cruz, Kirk Loualhati, and Joe Sanchez won silver medals in the biomedical debate competition. All 14 Mt. SAC students will advance to the national HOSA competition to be held June 22-25 in Nashville, Tenn. HOSA, established in 1976 by the U.S. Department of Education, is the national organization for secondary and post-secondary health career students. The organization provides students in 40 states with skills, leadership development, and career development.
Mt. San Antonio College will hold a ribbon cutting for its new $12.7-million food services facility, the Mountie Café (building 8), on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. "The new facility presents a more student-oriented approach to food service. It can accommodate more students and staff and offers everyone more choices than before," said Administrative Services Vice President Michael Gregoryk. 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. It replaces the former Campus Café. The new building houses 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. College officials will make brief presentations at the ribbon cutting. The center was funded by Mt. SAC's Measure RR, the college's $353-million facilities bond that was passed by voters in 2008. ###
FROM THE PRESIDENT: What we can learn from the bomb hoax Yesterday, we had a scare on campus. We are thankful it turned out to be a hoax, but we learned some important points, including things we ALL need to do to prepare for emergencies. WHAT HAPPENED In case you haven't heard the news, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, we learned from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department that they found a note at Walnut High School threatening that blasts would go off at 2:45 p.m. at the high school as well as at Mt. SAC. We learned about the note at approximately 10:30 a.m. As a precaution, we decided to evacuate the campus at 11:30 a.m. and sent out an emergency alert asking the campus community to calmly leave campus and that classes and services were closed until at least 4:30 p.m. Local law enforcement agencies assisted us throughout the incident including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal Poly Pomona police and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. We are grateful our community partners were incredibly responsive. Campus officials followed emergency procedures to clear buildings. There were approximately 12,000 on our 420-acre campus at the time, so it was no easy task. All buildings were cleared and deemed safe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at about 3:15 p.m. Classes that started at 4:30 p.m. and later continued as usual. WHAT WE LEARNED I'm immensely proud of how the campus handled the challenge. Students, faculty and staff calmly left the buildings, many of which were evacuated within minutes. Our community was vigilant but respectful. While some people chose to evacuate by walking off campus, others chose to take cars. Being in a valley, our campus has only two major streets to get vehicles off campus. With pedestrians crossing streets and vehicles lining up to leave the parking lots, this caused gridlock in some areas. We are constantly improving our emergency procedures and are already analyzing yesterday's events to find improvements. This includes working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the City of Walnut on improving traffic flow. HOW TO PREPARE The campus community was notified through the Emergency Notification System, which can send messages through calls, text messages and email. The alerts were also posted to the campus website, Facebook and Twitter. While our communications worked, at this point, only about 11,500 people have signed up to receive alerts from our Emergency Notification System. You are cheating yourself of critical information if you have not signed up. Do it today by logging into the portal. If you're not sure what to do in different types of emergencies, take the time today to review our emergency procedures at http://mtsac.edu/risk/emergencyprep.html. HOW TO SHARE IDEAS If you have ideas and suggestions on how to improve our emergency procedures, make sure you share them with us by contacting Melonee Cruse, our emergency services manager at (909) 274-5567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . In conclusion, I want to thank you all for your patience yesterday. It was a challenging time, but as Mounties you came together and made the most of the situation. Have a wonderful weekend. You have earned it! Bill Scroggins President & CEO Mt. San Antonio College
The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery will present a painting exhibition, "Dreams of Chaos," which runs Mar. 17 through Apr. 14, at the Art Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public. "Dreams of Chaos" features the abstract painting of German artist Kubo and Claremont-based artist Tom Herberg. The exhibit displays the worldviews of these two painters as they give form to abstraction. A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Mar. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., in the Art Gallery, building 1B. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday nights, 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the Art Gallery at (909) 274-4328. ###
Mt. San Antonio College will hold a ribbon cutting and an open house for its new $13.6-million Student Success Center, building 9E, on Wednesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. "The Student Success Center brings together critical programs and support services that address the unique needs of our student to help them succeed and reach their goals in college," said Mt. SAC Student Services Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji. Located right next to the college's Student Services Center, the new facility affords 22,800 square feet for classrooms, study labs, offices, and a computer lab. It houses the Bridge Program, two TRiO Programs (ACES and Upward Bound), the Veterans Resource Center, the Accessible Technology Center for Disabled Student Programs and Services, and a Student Health Center satellite office. The majority of these programs have been housed in portable buildings and now have permanent facilities in which to provide counseling, advising, instruction, and learning support services. College officials will make brief presentations at the ribbon cutting, and tours of the new facility will be available. The center was funded by Mt. SAC's Measure RR, the college's $353-million facilities bond that was passed by voters in 2008. ###
For the 18th year, Mt. San Antonio College will have the only stage in the world where you can see stars such as the Eagles, Backstreet Boys, Janis Joplin, Garth Brooks, and David Bowie together in one show as the Mt. SAC Faculty Association sponsors its annual scholarship fundraiser, "Puttin' on the Hits." Show times are Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m., in the Clarke Theater. Mt. SAC professors, managers, staff, and students in authentic costumes will impersonate famous celebrities and lip sync their hit tunes. The program showcases several styles of music, including country, swing, R & B, hip-hop, and rock 'n' roll. Last year, the Faculty Association provided over $15,000 for student scholarships. Over its history, "Puttin' on the Hits" has raised more than $125,000 for scholarships. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students with student ID and children under 12. For tickets and more information, call the Performing Art Box Office at (909) 274-2050. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://tickets.mtsac.edu. ###
The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team recently won back-to-back tournaments, winning a total of 34 awards at the two tournaments. The Mt. SAC team won the community college sweepstakes at the "Close to the Coast" tournament at Orange Coast College with students taking home 15 awards. Top competitors at the tournament include Jacqueline Yu (Walnut) who won the communication analysis and informative speaking events, and Sarina Wang (Hacienda Heights) who won the impromptu competition and took third in communication analysis. Mt. SAC also won the overall sweepstakes at the "Winter at the Beach" tournament held at Cal State Long Beach, winning 19 awards. Notable competitors were Jacqueline Yu who won the communication analysis and informative speaking events, Matthew Rodriguez (Rio Rancho, NM) who won the persuasive speaking competition, and Anthony Flores (Baldwin Park) and Chris Robles (La Puente) who won the duo event. The Mt. SAC Forensics Team will go on to compete at the state championships in March and the Phi Rho Pi Community College National Championship held in Costa Mesa in April. ###
With more than 1,200 attendees expected, Mt. San Antonio College will offer free financial aid assistance to area high school seniors and their parents during its annual "Cash for College" fair on Saturday, Feb. 20. The event kicks off with opening presentations by Senator Ed Hernandez and other local legislators starting at 9 a.m. in Mt. SAC's Sophia B. Clarke Theater. "This event is all about helping students fill out the necessary financial aid forms by the March 2 deadline so that they don't miss out on thousands of dollars that may be available to them," said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Chau Dao. Cash for College provides hands-on assistance to college-bound students and their parents in completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for the 2015-16 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the March 2 priority financial aid filing deadline. Assistance with the California Dream Act application will also be available. Filing applications early is recommended. Parents and students must bring a copy of students' Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2015 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2015 information is not available, a 2014 tax return may be used along with 2014 W-2 forms. The workshop information and assistance can be used to apply to any college, not just Mt. SAC. Information and application forms will also be available for Admissions, Extended Opportunity and Programs Services, and other Mt. SAC student support services. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 274- 4457, email for more information at email@example.com, or make a reservation online at http://www.mtsac.edu/financialaid/cashfair.html. ###
A suspicious package spotted in front of the Music Recital Hall promoted a response by local law enforcement on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The suspicious package -- a ceramic container wrapped in tape -- was found shortly before 7 a.m. Public Safety officers called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Other responding agencies included the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a bomb squad and hazmat unit. In an abundance of caution, the college evacuated the Theater, Music, 1A, 1B, 1C, 6 and Campus Cafe and canceled classes that started before 9 a.m. in those buildings. The campus was notified through Emergency Alerts, which sends text, email and phone messages to people who opt-in to receive the messages. To sign up for Emergency Alerts, log into the Portal and look for the Campus Emergency Notification System box to sign up. By 8:45 a.m., the bomb squad determined the package was not a threat. Classes resumed in the affected areas shortly afterward. While the suspicious package turned out to be harmless, the college encourages its community to continue to report any suspicious activity by calling Public Safety at (909) 274-4555.