Four MSJC students recognized by state leaders on March 7, 2012

MSJC students from Banning, Lake Elsinore, Hemet and San Jacinto will be recognized by Legislators and the Community College League
Four Mt. San Jacinto College students will be recognized on March 7, 2012 by the Community College League, college administrators and state Legislators.
MSJC students Amy Bartel, Samuel Fall, Stacie Macias, and Thomas Morrissey have been selected for the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Team. They will attend a luncheon on March 7, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center where they will receive medallions of honor and certificates for their accomplishments. More information about the event can be found at:
Judges for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community college students, used grades, leadership, and community service accomplishments to determine their selection to the All-California first, second, and third teams. Collectively, these students represent some of the best of the 2.9 million community college students in California.  
Updated March 7, 2012:
Amy Bartel was announced as the winner of the New Century Scholar award for the state of California and will appear on USA Today with the winning students from the other 49 states on April 23. 
San Jacinto Campus
AmyBartel.jpgAmy Bartel of San Jacinto
Amy currently holds a 4.0 GPA and plans on majoring in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. She hopes to transfer to UC Berkeley or UCLA in the fall with the goal of one day conducting field research in the Mediterranean. During her time at MSJC, she has served as the Phi Theta Kappa Vice President from 2010-2011, and is the current chapter president. As an officer, Amy has been involved in many Phi Theta Kappa events including organizing the annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive two years in a row, organizing several blood drives, attending a regional leadership conference in Irvine, planning induction ceremonies for new members, as well as leading new member orientations. In addition to her involvement with Phi Theta Kappa, Amy is a student representative on the Honors Enrichment Program Faculty Committee, has completed the requirements for the Honors Enrichment Program and has been placed on the Presidents Honor Roll. Outside of school, Amy is a proud wife and mother of two. Amy has also spent time volunteering at the Western Science Center and at her children’s elementary school. 
SamuelFall.jpgSamuel Fall of Banning
Sam is a California native. Before coming to Mt. San Jacinto College, he received a GED and scored in the top 2% national class rank. He plans to become an engineer. More precisely, a nanoscale engineer specializing in MEMS (micro electromechanical systems). Since coming to MSJC, he has completed 15 units of honors classes, competed in the UCR STEM Wind Turbine Competition on the MSJC team, where they won for best innovation, and presented twice at the HTCC Student Research Conference held at University of California Irvine. One of his papers “Implications of Robotic Capitalism on Global Demography” was published in the University of California Irvine's Building Bridges Journal. Currently Sam has a 4.0 GPA, is a Phi Theta Kappa public relations officer, and a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Intermediate Algebra at MSJC.
Menifee Valley Campus
StacieMacias.jpgStacie Macias of Lake Elsinore
Stacie is a history major who will be transferring to Cal State San Marcos in the fall of 2012.  In 2009, she received the William H. McNeill Award for excellence in history.  She is completing her honors program at Mt. San Jacinto College this semester, and in March she will be presenting her fourth paper at the annual HTCC conference at UC Irvine.  In addition to her studies, Stacie is an Supplemental Instructor leader and mentor.  She leads group study with other history students to deepen and enrich their understanding of the history courses they are taking.  In addition, she mentors other SI leaders in their efforts to be effective in their study groups in various subjects.  After she finishes her education, Stacie hopes to publish in the history field and to become a history instructor, so that she can bring history alive for students as her professors have done for her.   
ThomasMorrissey.JPGThomas Morrissey of Hemet
Thomas currently holds a 3.692 GPA at Mt. San Jacinto Community College, and will attend CSU Fullerton this coming fall, where he will major in Screenwriting. During his time at MSJC, Thomas has served as Service Officer for the local Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus. Among the projects he has participated in are the Holiday Toy and Food Drive, the many blood drives held by LifeStream, as well as chairing the recent presentation of Holocaust survivor David Faber at the San Jacinto Campus. Thomas pursues academics with a fervor, becoming an Honors student and being named to the MSJC President’s Honor Roll each consecutive semester he has attended the college since he was a dual-enrolled high school senior. He hopes to become an intern at Disney Studios as a story board writer and make quality films in the tradition of the company.
For more information about the students and the MSJC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, contact  Nick Reeves, Associate Professor Biological Sciences and Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor at