Atta Bear is a hand carved wooden bear clad in Mountie maroon and is awarded monthly to a Mt. SAC employee, group, or department that demonstrates the Mt. SAC spirit, outstanding service to the college, and/or extraordinary teaching. The current Atta Bear recipient selects the following month’s recipient. In addition to the bear statue, each honoree receives a congratulatory message on the college marquee, a framed award, and other forms of recognition like this one.
November 2013: Werner Vorster
Database Administrator Werner Vorster was selected for the November Atta Bear by October recipient Student Services Supervisor Maria Macedo, who wrote: "Werner Vorster provides outstanding service as a Database Administrator in the IT Department. His work ethic is impeccable, and he exhibits a positive attitude. He was instrumental in making the vision of ordering online transcripts in to a reality. And thanks to Werner, Mt.SAC students can now order transcripts from anywhere in the world. The constant testing, long work hours of modifications and implementation would not have been possible without his vision and commitment. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with him and am excited to honor Werner with the Atta Bear Award recognition."
October 2013: Maria Macedo
Student Services Supervisor Maria Macedo was selected for the October Atta Bear Award by September recipient Telecom & Network Technician Marcell Galatiano, who writes: “Maria is the type of person who assists everyone with their college admission needs, and she does it with warmth, without keeping one at arm’s length. As I have had the opportunity to assist her and her department with their telecommunication needs, the same genuinely pleasant attitude comes through. She is direct but pleasant and welcoming. With this attitude and her great skills in student matriculation, Maria’s efforts are far-reaching to both students and staff. For all this and much more, it is with great pleasure that I recommend her for the Atta Bear Award.”
September 2013: Marcell Galatiano
Telecom and Network Technician Marcell Galatiano was selected for the September Atta Bear by August recipients Maintenance Mechanics Brian Bishop and Troy Lyon, who write: “Marcel is always ‘Johnny on the spot.’ He is never too busy to help when help is needed. At the garage, we rely heavily on our phones and faxes to help identify and order proper parts from our suppliers. Though most of his work happens behind the scenes, all of us would not be able to do our everyday jobs without Marcel and the whole Telecom Team. Marcel is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done correctly in an efficient manner.”
August 2013: Maintenance Mechanics
Maintenance mechanics Brian Bishop and Troy Lyon have been selected for the August Atta Bear by July recipients custodians Lubi Wilburn, Peter Gonzales and Jose Briceno, who wrote: "Brian and Troy are some of the hardest working mechanics on our campus. No matter what they are doing--whether working on a car or on break--they will stop and see how they can help you. That's why the custodial staff feels these guys deserve this Atta Bear recognition."
July 2013: Facilities Management Custodians
Facilities Management Custodians Lubi Wilburn, Peter Gonzales and Jose Briceno have been selected for the July Atta Bear by the June recipients, Warehouse staff, who wrote: "Lubi, Peter, and Jose are great people to work with. They're always polite, willing to lend a hand, and they have one of the busiest jobs on campus. They're always ready at the radio to answer those emergency calls in addition to maintaining their own busy schedule . . . and yet they just keep going. They are a pleasure to work with."
June 2013: Warehouse Staff
The Warehouse staff has been selected for the June Atta Bear by May recipient Robert Jackson, who writes: “Shana Jeffrey-Gudenau, Susan Rosas, George Shira, and Rey Venegas are simply the best. The entire Mt. SAC community--faculty, staff, and administrators--benefits from the outstanding service they consistently provide. They can be seen anywhere on campus, busy at their tasks, always with a smile and a bit of wit. Shana and her team justly deserve the Atta Bear Award.”
May 2013: Robert Jackson
Computer Facilities Coordinator Robert Jackson has been selected for the May Atta Bear Award by the April recipients at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, who write: “Robert is an amazing support for this division. Not only is he responsive to our many and various technology needs, he even anticipates situations before they actually become problems. His professionalism and consistently positive attitude are sincerely appreciated by our staff and faculty. He is definitely a highly-valued member of the division team!”
April 2013: The Humanities and Social Sciences Division
The Humanities and Social Sciences Division has been selected for the April Atta Bear Award by the March recipients at The Writing Center, who write: “Jim Jenkins, Jeanne Marie Velickovic, Teresa Delaby, Kim Garcia, and Leticia Lopez create a wonderfully inviting atmosphere in the division office and respond promptly and enthusiastically to even last-minute requests. They treat students with unfailing respect and a genuine desire to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. They are the hidden catalyst of a thousand vital operations, performed with grace, humanity, and good humor. Those of us who rely on their skills are grateful for this exemplary professionalism.”
March 2013: The Writing Center
The Writing Center staff has been selected for the March Atta Bear Award by February recipient Elizabeth Casian, who writes: “The Writing Center's innovative director, David Charbonneau, its hardworking staff, Nicole Blean, Amy Azul, Erin Tyson, and Star Taylor, its front desk team, and its highly effective peer tutors are committed to student success with proven results. With services such as tutoring, Directed Learning Activities, informative workshops, and educational software, our students have the tools to develop and strengthen their writing skills—none of which would be possible without all of those who work at the Writing Center.”
February 2013: Elizabeth Casian
Elizabeth Casian, Adjunct Professor-ESL/Tutorial Specialist, has been selected for the February Atta Bear Award by January recipient Glenda Bro for the "outstanding work she has done in her new role as the Arise Program Tutorial Specialist. In the past few months, she has created workshops, learning activities and a week-long mini course for our students. Our students have responded positively to her hard work. Her creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication are exemplary. She certainly deserves this award."
January 2013: Glenda Bro
American Language Professor Glenda Bro has been selected for the December Atta Bear Award by November recipient Terri Long, who wrote: “I have had the pleasure of working with Glenda for the past 3 ½ years as we serve as the co-chairs of the Basic Skills Coordinating Committee. Glenda is a hard-working and dedicated faculty member. She is committed to learning about and sharing new and innovative ways to improve student success and progression through basic skills courses at the college. She is dependable and focuses her efforts on making a difference for our students. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with her and am excited to be able to pass this award on to her. She is truly deserving!"