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Mt SAC Board Room

September 12, 2019 - 05:27 PM

On September 11, 2019, the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees met at Founders Hall. The Board recognized the President’s College Champion Award winners.

The VOICES Committee collects applications for any employee, department, or committee that has shown dedication to one or more of the college’s core values (Integrity, Diversity, Community Building, Student Focus, Lifelong Learning, and Positive Spirit). Applications are forwarded to Mt. SAC President and CEO, Dr. William Scroggins, who makes his final selection.

Winners for 2019 were:

Burning Bright Award recognitionZak Gallegos, Burning Bright Award




Burning Bright Award recognitionNed Weidner, Burning Bright Award





Torch Bearer Award recognitionAssessment Questionnaire Leadership Team and the SSSPAC, Torch Bearer Award - This group includes: Chuong Tran, Maria Tsai, David Beydler, Evelyn Hill-Rodriguez, Ned Weidner, Michelle Dougherty, Dianne Rowley, Nico Martinez, Beverly Heasley, Francisco Dorame and Patricia Maestro from counseling, Naomi Avila, Elizabeth Casian, Theodros Kidane, Michael Harper, Hansel Alvarez, Nico Martinez, and Michelle Sampat

Sue Long with Board President Robert HidalgoSue Long, Eternal Flame Award (pictured at previous Board meeting)






Other items and actions on the evening’s agenda included:


 A moment of silence was observed for Porfirio "Pro" Mojica, who died on August 28, 2019.  Pro began his tenure at the College in October 2000 and served as the Accompanist/Music Librarian for the Chamber Singers, Frontline, Singcopation, voice classes, individual instruction, and practicum sessions. Not only has Pro served many churches in Orange County as Music Director, but he was the pianist for the Mountainside Master Chorale, a semi-professional community choir, presenting concerts with various venues such as Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, Doc Severnson, and the movie soundtrack “Goodbye Lover.” Additionally, he was the pianist/organist for Pueri Cantores of San Gabriel Valley, a professional children’s chorus that performed for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. During his tenure at Mt. SAC, Pro served as pianist for the Chamber Singers, Singcopation, and Frontline, traveling to Carnegie Hall; Salzburg, Austria; Llangollen, Wales; Gorizia, Rome, Florence, Venice, Italy; Toronto, Canada; Honolulu, Oahu; Banff, Canada; and the Reno Jazz Festival. Pro will be missed.

A moment of silence was observed for Chuck Bader, the late husband of Trustee Rosanne Bader. He died Aug. 28 at the age of 79. He and Rosanne were married 56 years and lived in Pomona. He served as a Pomona City Council member for six years and was elected mayor in 1977 and 1979. He later was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1990. He was the vice chair on the Assembly Education Committee, and a leader in housing, workers compensation, criminal justice, and education reform. Chuck ran a real estate business and was active in government affairs after leaving politics. He was an active member in the community, including as a past member of the Pomona Lions and AYSO coach.  He was also an avid supporter of Mt. SAC and will be missed.


Reports were given by Associated Students, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Faculty Association, CSEA 262, and Public Affairs.  Detailed reports will be reflected in the official minutes when posted online.


Permanent New Hires   Classified Employees

Brandon Aponte, Information Technology Support Technician (Information Technology) • Robert Bledsoe, Communications Specialist (Marketing and Communication) • Maria Figueroa, Administrative Specialist II (Counseling) • Martin Gonzalez, Transfer Specialist (Counseling) • Judy Kim, Fiscal Technician I (Fiscal Services) • Kymberly Macala, Administrative Specialist IV (Instruction) • Christine Romeo, Project/Program Specialist (Student Services) • Suzanne Vazquez, Administrative Specialist I (Safety and Risk Management)

Academic Employees   Arts Division

Joshua Christ, Professor, Theater (Theater Arts) • Jay Morgan, Professor, Photographic Technology/Commercial Photography (Commercial and Entertainment Arts) • Cuyler Smith, Professor, Fine Arts-Illustration and Drawing (Fine Arts)

Business Division

Derek Dokter, Professor, Business Management (Accounting and Management)

Counseling Division

Luis Echeverria Newberry, Professor, Counseling-Veterans (Counseling) • Urias Garcia, Professor, Sociology (Sociology, Philosophy) • Maribel Gonzalez, Professor, Counseling-ESL Noncredit (English as a Second Language) • Elmer Rodriguez Anzora, Professor Counseling (Counseling)

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Ann Adamiak, Professor, Sign Language and Interpreting (Sign Language) • Jean-Pierre Gatillon, Professor, Sociology (Sociology, Philosophy) • Joseph Komrosky, Professor, Philosophy (Sociology, Philosophy) • Alizandria Lopez, Professor, Communication-Forensics (Communication) • Raul Madrid, Professor, Political Science (Geography and Political Science) • Mary Maguire, Professor, Art History (Art History) • Bertha Medrano, Professor, History-Latin America/United States (History)  • Michelle Nava, Professor, English (English, Literature and Journalism) • Alejandra Pulido, Professor, American Language (American Language) • Francesca Rinaldi, Professor, Spanish (World Languages) • Cara Tan, Professor, Psychology (Psychology) • Alexis Wong, Professor, English (English, Literature and Journalism)

Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Division

Lani Ruh, Professor, Professor Kinesiology-Assistant Coach Aquatics (Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance)

Library and Learning Resources Division

Monika Chavez, Professor, Library Sciences-Career and Technical Education (Library and Learning Resources) Kolap Samel, Professor, Library Sciences-General (Library and Learning Resources)

Natural Sciences Division

Danielle Dervishian, Professor, Biological Sciences-Non Majors (Biological Sciences) • Krysten DeWilde, Professor, Mathematics (Mathematics and Computer Science)  Carrie Miller, Professor, Chemistry (Chemistry) • John Miller,  Professor, Physics (Physics, Engineering)•  Hoang Quyen Nguyen, Professor, Mathematics (Mathematics and Computer Science) • Brandon Saller, Professor, Engineering (Physics, Engineering)

School of Continuing Education Division

Landry Chaplot, Professor, Adult Basic Education (Adult Basic Education) • Benjamin Vu, Professor, Short-Term Vocational (Short-Term Vocational) • Shelby White-Tremazi, Professor, Education for Older Adults (Education for Older Adults)

Technology and Health Division

Russell Calverey, Professor, Aeronautics (Aeronautics) • Melissa Cunningham, Professor, Administration of Justice (Public Safety Programs) • Marcos Felix, Professor, Aircraft Maintenance (Aircraft Maintenance Technology) • Mario Hernandez, Professor, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Air Conditioning and Welding) • Catalina Howland, Professor, Nursing (Nursing) • Nadim Itani, Professor, Architecture (Architecture and Industrial Design Engineering) • Samantha James-Perez, Professor, Mental Health Technology (Mental Health) • Priscilla Rincon, Professor, Emergency Medical Services (Public Safety Programs)


Classified Employees

Sangvan Thaysangkram, Administrative Specialist III (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Management Employees

Mark Lowentrout, Dean, Arts (Arts)


Dr. Meghan Chen, dean of Library and Learning Resources, and Carol Impara, Distance Learning Faculty Coordinator, provided an update on the college’s Distance Learning.   Mt. SAC has seen growth in new distance learning courses, sections offered, and wrap-around services for students.  Additionally, student retention and success rates in distance learning have been catching up to classes offered in the traditional on-campus modality.  Distance Learning courses increased by 27.6% from last year and currently, 18 online and hybrid certificates are offered, with more in development.  Enrollment in online classes has increased has student success. Sections offered has increased by 42 classes since 2016 and enrollment in online and hybrid classes has increased 32 percent since 2016.


Doug Jenson, Associate Vice President, Administrative Services, and Rosa Royce, Chief Compliance and College Budget Officer, presented the 2019-20 budget. The Student Centered Funding Formula has made planning difficult and Mt. SAC is budgeting conservatively.  Mt. SAC will receive $1.5 million for California College Promise Programs; $186,769 for Adult Education programs, Disabled Students Program and Services, EOPS, and CalWORKS; and $400,234 for Physical Plant and Instructional Support. The General Fund (unrestricted and restricted) totals $317.6 million.


  • Approved the Consent Calendar, with the following approved separately:
    • Purchase of Weight Room Flooring for Athletic Complex East (Bid No. 3257) from JJJ Flooring, Inc
    • Personnel Transactions
  •  Approved Budget for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year • Approved Resolution No. 19-10 - Approval to Compensate Trustee Jay Chen for His Absence from the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on August 14, 2019

Future Board Meetings will be held October 9 and October 26 (Board Study Session @ Sheraton Fairplex-Vineyard Room), November 13, 2019