Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_img“I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

APNU/AFC circus continues: commissioning dormant eye-clinic while ignoring people’s plight

first_imgDear Editor,Both Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health ventured away from their air-conditioned, plush offices on Brickdam and travelled to Region 6 last week, pretending they were there to commission significant upgrading of the health sector.In the aftermath of the December 21st No-Confidence Motion, APNU+AFC have embarked on a desperate charade, a “circus”, to demonstrate they care for the people. After four years of total neglect, after four years of bourgeoisie-style and elitist government, the NCM woke them up. Just a few days ago, they stepped out of their castles into their front lawn at the Square of the Revolution, a mere one to two minutes’ walk, for a circus deemed “bringing government to the people”, never mind the people had to travel to see the Ministers in the Ministers’ front lawn.After that circus failed, the Ministers are desperately seeking some other way, any other way, to fool the people.It is this desperation that brought the two Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health to Region 6. If the Square of the Revolution fiasco was the “biggest circus ever” in Guyana, the foolishness of this rare Region 6 visit by the Ministers was simultaneously farcical, disgusting, and insulting.While the Ministers were present in Region 6, the whole area from Fyrish Village to Bloomfield was out of any potable water service from GWI. Thousands of families were exposed to major inconvenience, facing a serious public health threat. Neither Minister showed any concern, providing no evidence they care an iota for these Guyanese sisters and brothers; for the thousands of Guyanese children living there.Sadly, a young woman in Williamsburg, a small community about 5 minutes’ drive from the Port Mourant Hospital, was brutally murdered by her husband, and neither Minister found it necessary to visit the family or address the out-of-control domestic violence against women and girls.Even as that tragedy was playing out, workers from the Albion Sugar Estate were on strike, their families further burdened; but neither Minister engaged them.While savoring the idea of an appreciation dinner in their honour, the two Ministers went to New Amsterdam Hospital, totally ignoring the shame that the mortuary at New Amsterdam Hospital is closed, and families who are already traumatised by the death of their members must pay to use private mortuary services.The Ministers also ignored that, just within the last two weeks, residents in Region 6 have been protesting poor services at the hospital and the high-handed behaviour of the present CEO. The Ministers pretended that nothing was wrong at the hospital, ignoring questions surrounding maternal and child deaths at the hospital, and the chronic medicine and medical supplies’ shortages.But the Ministers were gleeful that there was an appreciation dinner on their behalf.Besides the local health officials prostrating themselves at the feet of the Ministers at their appreciation dinner, the two Ministers, pretending they brought profound, new and improved health services, went and commissioned a refurbished kitchen at the New Amsterdam Hospital. After neglecting maintenance for the kitchen, and after millions of dollars of questionable spending at the hospital, two Ministers showed up to boast of a refurbished kitchen as a big health achievement for APNU+AFC, and as an important upgrade of the health sector for Regions 6 and 5.The kitchen is of course important to the hospital, but the refurbishment would not have been necessary had they maintained the kitchen, rather than allowing the total neglect since May 2015.In the meanwhile, the Ministers ignored that a High-Dependency Unit was constructed but remained unused because it was constructed in the wrong place. It is a shame, an absolute disgrace.The Ministers went to Port Mourant Hospital to re-commission the Port Mourant Ophthalmology Hospital. This important hospital has been dormant, literally closed soon after the May 2015 elections. After four years of ignoring the Ophthalmology Hospital, the Ministers, like knights in shining armour, showed up to re-commission the hospital. They failed to announce that the hospital still would not resume its main function: provide eye surgeries like cataract surgeries. They did announce that an outreach eye care team from the US military would be using the facility to perform some eye surgeries. This US military medical outreach has existed for almost two decades. It is an important and successful outreach programme, but this does not solve the problem of a once successful hospital being virtually closed for almost four years now. What were they commissioning?This kind of comedic behaviour is shameful. It is disgusting that taxpayers’ money is being used in such a wasteful manner — for a show. The Ministers’ outreach insult has not escaped the people. They see it for what it is – a farce, disgusting and insulting. The people are not fooled. Their eyes are wide open and they are waiting impatiently for the elections, because more than 80 per cent of Region 6 cannot wait to register their rejection of these Ministers and APNU/AFC. The Ministers may be able to parade in a charade of power, but the people have a simple X that is far more powerful than anything APNU+AFC has.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

PPP welcomes inquest into assassination of Satyadeo Sawh

first_img… Jagdeo says Police knew the killersBoth Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and People’s Progressive Party General Secretary Clement Rohee welcome President David Granger’s commitment to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2006 assassination of then Agriculture Minister Satyadeo “Sash” Sawh.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudFormer Agriculture Minister Satyadeo “Sash” SawhOn April 22, 2006, Sawh, his sister Phulmattie Persaud, his brother Rajpat Rai Sawh and security guard Curtis Robertson were killed by heavily armed men who invaded his La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara home.Jagdeo, who was Head of State at the time, had committed to seeking external assistance to aid in the investigation; however, this never materialised.When questioned by media operatives on Wednesday, Jagdeo admitted that he had little recollection of how the matter panned out.“I don’t recall all the details but no, we did not get all the help we wanted and the Police told me that they knew who the killers were and they do have statements from a few people and I hope those statements have not disappeared…,” the former Head of State said.Jagdeo added that he has “no problem” with the inquest, however the Police should present all the information they had gathered during their investigation.Just last week, the Opposition Party’s General Secretary had also supported the decision to launch an inquest. “Oh, we welcome it. They’re in Government now, they’re free to open any investigation or set up any Board of Inquiry (BoI) or any Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigation any matter…,” Rohee stated.During his weekly podcast, ‘The Public Interest’, President Granger disclosed that a blood relative had approached him and appealed for an inquiry into Sawh’s murder.He noted that a Commission of Inquiry will be launched in due course, as a part of a bigger investigation into a series of extrajudicial killings that plagued the nation.In September last, Granger disclosed that moves were already afoot to ensure the requisite framework was in place to begin these investigations in the extrajudicial killings.“We are looking at that right now to ensure that once we get going, every death that is reported we get to investigate,” he had stated.Later, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had revealed that Government may even reopen cold cases.Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, during an interview with Guyana Times in September last, had confirmed that a Cold Case Unit would be established, sometime this year.But while Government is bent on launching inquiries into several deaths as far back as the 2000, the PPP/C parliamentary Opposition had raised concerns about the time period earmarked for investigations.Jagdeo had accused the Government of being selective, for its own reasons.Former President Donald Ramotar, in an invited comment in September, had also indicated that the investigations should not stop at the year 2000.“If the Government is serious about this probe, they must go as far back as the 1970s and they must probe all of the high-profile and ordinary extrajudicial killings,” he statedReports indicate that if the time period is pended, the Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, who was implicated in one of the high-profile murder cases in the 1990s, could find himself facing the courts in relation to the death of Kerry France.Also, an investigation could be launched into the death of Monica Reece if the probe’s timeframe is widened.Reece, who was a 19-year-old security guard, became known to all Guyanese after her body was dumped from a speeding pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown on April 9, 1993.More than a decade after the incident, the crime remains unsolved.last_img read more

Supreme Court to Hear LP Case Today

first_imgTemple of Justice, seat of the Liberian JudiciaryAfter placing a stay order on all activities leading to the holding of the runoff presidential election, the Supreme Court is today expected to begin hearing into the complaints of irregularities filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) against the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC).The Supreme Court order is believed to have placed a serious temporary obstacle on preparations for next Tuesday’s runoff elections, as the NEC has to wait for the outcome of the hearing of the complaints, which the LP said is a “violation of the Constitution, election law, fraudulent acts and gross irregularities during the October 10 elections.”The runoff election is scheduled between the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah.Lawyers representing the NEC and the LP were expected to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday, but failed to do so without any legal reason.The matter has been rescheduled for today, Friday at 9 a.m.The UP has publicly announced that it is backing the LP, claiming that “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was interfering with the electoral process to influence its outcome.”President Sirleaf’s office has denied the allegation, although the UP is yet to produce any evidence to support her claim against the party’s former standard bearer.The stay order on the electoral process resulted from the LP’s plea for a Writ of Prohibition claiming irregularities and fraud during the October 10 polls.The writ was issued on Tuesday by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, the current Chamber Justice, who warned the NEC not to proceed with electoral activities leading to the run-off.In his order, Justice Ja’neh instructed: “NEC has to stay away from any and or all actions in respect of the November 7 runoff election, pending the deposition by the Supreme Court of the LP’s petition.”The order added: “the parties are informed that given the constitutional issues raised in the petition coupled with the fact that election matters are to be expeditiously heard and determined that upon serving the writ and the return, the case is hereby docketed for urgent deposition by the full bench.”In  respect to Justice Ja’neh’s order, the NEC has immediately halted all electoral activities to the runoff including training of election workers, which was scheduled for Thursday, and also the transportation of ballot materials to and in the all the 15 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers fall to Prince George twice, seek redemption next weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers hosted the Prince George Tier 1 Midget Cougars for a pair of games this past weekend.Coach David Johnston says that the team might not have done themselves any favours by choosing arguably the toughest opponent in the province this past weekend, but that the challenge did help to motivate the players.Squaring off against the 2016 Tier 1 Midget provincial champions, the Trackers went into their first game Saturday afternoon with a sense of trepidation. Johnston says that 14 of the 19 players on the bench were playing in their first game at that level of hockey. Connor Bowie scored the lone goal just under 8 minutes into the first period for the Trackers, assisted by Aiden Craig-Steele and Jeridyn Loewen. The Trackers ultimately lost 5-1 in their first game on Saturday. Johnston says that though it took the better part of the game for the Trackers to get into step with the Cougars’ intensity. Despite this, he added that that the final 7 minutes of the game were the best part, and that the team didn’t give up at all.- Advertisement -On Sunday morning, Johnston says that the Trackers were by far the better team for the first forty minutes of play. After the Cougars went up 1-0 shortly after the 10-minute mark, Connor Bowie evened things up two and a half minutes later on a feed from Joel Bourgeois. Tied 1-1 after two periods, the Cougars managed to rattle off three quick goals in 4 minutes to make it a 4-1 final score.According to Johnston, despite the losses, the coaching staff was incredibly pleased overall with the team’s performances this weekend. He says that all of the faults are things that can be fixed, and Sunday’s game in particular was a big morale booster. This week, the Trackers will be focusing on structure and play in the defensive zone ahead of another two games against the Midget Cougars in Prince George this coming weekend.last_img read more

Raila hosts Kenyan football legends

first_imgThe ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.“The current crop of Kenyan footballers are enjoying the fruits of our labour,” said Kadenge who was happy to meet Raila one more time.Former Prime minister Raila Odinga greeting legendary Bobby Ogolla“Mheshimiwa (Raila) you are my long time friend from the fifties when I was playing and I have confidence through you, we, the legends will get recognition,” he added.Raila was excited to have met the legends who were led to his Capital Hill office by former Football Kenya President Sam Nyamweya. The former Prime Minister spoke of his playing days at Luo Union while Kadenge was with Abaluhyia and he maintained that community football was the way to go in building passion for the game.The legends stated their support for the new found working relationship between the opposition chief and President Uhuru Kenya and said the same should be extended to football from the management level to the playing unit.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods.Among the legends who were present included former Harambee Stars coach Marshal Mulwa, John Bobby Ogolla, Mahmmoud Abass, Victor Onyango, John “Shoto” Lukoye, Josiah Ougo, George Waweru, James Ojiambo and Swaleh Oswayo.The legends recently formed an association to look into their issues. The Sports Stars Foundation’s aim of empowering sportsmen after their active years in sports.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday met retired Kenyan footballers led by legendary Joe Kadenge expressing the pain seeing the state of their lives.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods.last_img read more

Sharks, Bandari to duel in FKF Shield final

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate Boltoon Omwenga’s own goal during the Football Kenya Federation Shield semi-final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 12, 2019. PHOTO/Kariobangi SharksMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 12 – In a repeat of the 2019 SportPesa Super Cup, defending champions Kariobangi Sharks will duel with 2015 champions Bandari FC in the final of the Football Kenya Federation Shield on June 1.Former Kariobangi Sharks left back Bolton Omwenga scored an own goal to aid his former side beat KCB 1-0 while Bandari made light work of third tier side SS Assad beating them 6-1 to sail to the final, both games played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday. Sharks who narrowly edged out Bungoma Super Stars in the quarter finals on penalties were keen to give a better account for themselves and sail into a third consecutive final.Sharks were off to a better start and despite chances being few and far in between they threatened with 10 minutes left before the break when Mike Kibwage almost turned the ball into his own net while he tried clearing a cross from the right.-More chancesSharks kept prodding and had more chances with Duke Abuya striking a freekick inches over before James Mazembe also had a chance with a shot from close range that missed the target by a whisker.Youngster Kebintom Machika had two back to back chances, first his free header from close range going wide before facing the keeper one on one and failing to beat him.Sharks kept the pressure and Omwenga who had been brought into left back after an early injury on Dennis Ng’ang’a directed the ball into his own net as he tried clearing a free kick from Boniface Onyango.They should have been two up but Vincent Wasambo could not get a meaningful connection on a Mazembe cross.-More urgencyAs the clock ticked, KCB kicked in some urgency and they began creating attacks to get back into the game. However, they could not get sharp enough in the final third and Sharks defended well to ensure passage to the final.Bandari FC’s Abdallah Hassan celebrates his goal against SS Assad in the semi-finals of the FKF Shield. PHOTO/BandariIn the early kick off, Bandari were in no mood for errors as they spanked their Mombasa neighbors Assad, kicking off the scoring spree with four goals inside the opening 20 minutes.Hassan Abdallah was the chief architect bagging a first half brace.Within three minutes, Bandari were already one up, Yema Mwana breaking the deadlock before Abdallah capitalized on goalkeeper Suleiman Mwasiri’s error to double the lead with a wonder goal two minutes later.Mwana was then denied by the post before the Congolese forward was replaced by Wycliffe Ochomo after suffering a shoulder injury.-Abdallah braceBut, Bandari were not about to be shaken as Darius Msagha made it 3-0 after 16 minutes connecting home a well weighted cross from Moses Mudavadi.Four minutes later, Abdallah grabbed his brace before Ochomo got his  name on the score sheet after numerous misses.Athuman Bori pulled a goal back for Assad on the stroke of halftime after pouncing on Mwalim Hindo’s rebound from a free kick. However, William Wadri put the final nail in Assad’s casket a minute into the second  half.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTHANKS to the hundreds of you who entered our competition to win tickets to see Tommy Tiernan on his World Tour of Donegal!Of course the answer was…DONEGAL!The winners were as follows: Louise Doherty, Kiltoy, Letterkenny (An Grianan)Dolores Gallagher, Carrigart (Dunlewey)Silena Boyle (Glenties)Liam Harkin (Buncrana) Emiline Clancy (Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town).Sorry to all of you who missed out. However there are some tickets still left – available from the venues or ticketmaster.HERE’S A FULL LINE-UP OF HIS DONEGAL SHOWS:Nov 30 – Balor Theatre, BallybofeyDec 1 – The Plaza, Buncrana Dec 2 – Mount Errigal Hotel, LetterkennyDec 3 – Dunlewey Theatre, DunleweyDec 4 – Abbey Hotel, DonegalDec 7 – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny Dec 8 – Highlands Hotel, GlentiesDec 9 – Great Northern Hotel, BundoranTOMMY TIERNAN COMPETITION WINNERS: was last modified: November 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:tommy tiernan competition winnerslast_img read more

Celebrating a proud Gaoth Dobhair woman

first_imgÉigse Uladh is an annual Irish language event which takes place in Gaoth Dobhair each spring for the last 48 years. It is a forum for discussion and celebration and has had many wide ranging themes over the years from “Tionchar na Meáin ar an Teanga” to “Scríbhinní Johnny Sheáin”.This year’s Éigse Uladh takes place this coming weekend from the 21st-23rd April in Gaoth Dobhair, and the theme for this year’s Éigse is “Máire Neidí Nic Giolla Easbuig- a saol agus a saothar”. Máire Nic Giolla Easboig, or Mary Neidí as she was affectionately known as locally, was a teacher and highly respected community person. She was a lifelong member of Aisteoirí Gaoth Dobhair, and a great promoter of drama amongst the young people of Gaoth Dobhair.She was also one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Gaoth Dobhair Technical School (which is where An Chrannóg, the community and cultural centre sits today).This year’s Éigse will be officially opened on Fri 21st April at 8.15pm in Acadamh na hOllscolaíocht Gaeilge by the renowned actor and singer, Aodh óg Ó Duibheannaigh, who was a past pupil of Máire’s. She was much loved by students, friends and family and its expected that this year’s opening night lecture by Noel Ó Gallchóir will be very well attended, in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. There will be events over the course of the weekend in An Chrannóg and fittingly in the newly re-opened Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.See https://www.facebook.com/an.crannog.7 for full programme.Éigse Uladh is presented by the Éigse Uladh Committee in association with Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair.Celebrating a proud Gaoth Dobhair woman was last modified: April 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEventGaoth Dobhairirish languagelast_img read more

Mt. SAC celebrates 60 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This year marks the 60th anniversary of the award-winning institution. Events are planned throughout the year, capped with an Oct. 28 gala at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. Founders of Mt. SAC probably could not have ever imagined the of the school that began using the facilities of the U.S. Naval Hospital. At a time when most junior colleges used high school campuses for instruction, the California State Board of Education petitioned for the school districts of Pomona, Covina, Puente and Bonita to devise a plan for a junior college to accommodate the influx of returning soldiers. A plan was adopted on Aug. 1, 1946, with a general reserve fund of $191,790 to educate 635 students with a faculty of 23 instructors. This year, the Walnut college will hand out 2,443 degrees, the most ever. And last year, 18-year-old Alex Wu became Mt. SAC’s 1 millionth student. “A lot of people look down on community colleges, but from what I know it’s harder than universities,” Wu, a West Covina resident, said. “The classrooms are smaller, and I am saving a bunch of money. I would say I made the right choice.” Along with record numbers, Mt. SAC has also taught a vast array of distinguished students. The list includes former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, Albertsons supermarket Southern California division president Dave Simonson, Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. Politicians have also roamed the halls, including former Walnut Mayor Drexel Smith, state Sen. Nell Soto D-Ontario, and former California Secretary of Business Maria Contreras-Sweet. Bob Seagren, an Olympic gold medal pole vaulter, was awarded the 2005 “Alumnus of the Year.”He later became an actor with a role in the 1970s sitcom “Soap.” Attending Mt. SAC from 1964-1966, his thoughts of the college reach back to before the modernization of the school. WALNUT – During World War II, young men from throughout the San Gabriel Valley fought for their country. In 1945, the war was over, and they returned home. Many had deferred their education, and a sudden need for college learning prompted immediate action by communities willing to provide one. On Sept. 16, 1946, doors opened for East Los Angeles County Junior College. Now known as Mt. San Antonio College, the school – which has 26,650 full-time students – has the highest enrollment of a single-campus community college district in California. “Residents call us UC Walnut. Even though we don’t want to be a four-year university,” said Mt. SAC President Christopher C. O’Hearn. “We want to be a community college with a university feel.” “It was a very rural setting back in the ’60s. There were big open fields and the old bookstore was a converted house or gymnasium,” Seagren said. The 60th anniversary means a little more to Seagren than most. This year will mark his 60th birthday. Seagren is raising funds to build a heritage hall for the athletic department. “It was the major turning point in my athletic career. Before I got to Mt. SAC, I was just a normal high school athlete,” he said. “They had a great faculty at Mt. SAC and I was able to set a national collegiate record.” For more the 60th anniversary celebration, go to http://anniversary.mtsac.edu. growth sang.lee@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more