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Mt Sierra College receives 2016 California Excellence Award

“September 6th 2016 – Mt Sierra College has been selected for the 2016 California Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the American Economic Institute (AEI).

Each year the AEI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that California is renowned for.

Mt Sierra College has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by AEI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of California.”

MAY24 Visual Effects Industry Talk by "VFX Legion"

Visual Effects Industry Talk by “VFX Legion” – May 24

Join us for an industry talk with James Hattin President, Creative Director of VFX and Nate Smalley – VFX Producer and Head of Production. James has over two decades of experience in the visual effects industry and has over a hundred visual effects credits. Nate is a talented and ex-perienced producer with a gift for organization. His career in visual effects commenced as a data manager, following which he made the move into the world of VFX production.

About Legion Studios:
Legion is a forward-thinking and fully remote large-scale post-production and vfx studio. they work with a worldwide talent pool of in-novators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers to meet the shifting needs and budgets of contemporary content creation.

Speaker: Nate Smalley and James Hattin
Date: Tuesday May 24
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Theater

RSVP required –
Space is limited.

Monrovia’s local community ‪‎television‬ station ‪KGEM‬ is part of Mt Sierra College now

Monrovia’s local community ‪#‎television‬ station – ‪#‎KGEM‬ is part of Mt Sierra College now! The main station (KGEM) is located in Monrovia at 847 E. Olive Avenue at Mountain. It has a ‪#‎studio‬, three editing bays and an office. KGEM provides studio time, ‪#‎cameras‬, and editing ‪#‎equipment‬. We’ll also show you how to use it! Check back soon for ‪#‎DigitalStudio‬ ‪#‎Workshops‬ at KGEM Studio by Mt Sierra College featured by Emmy Award professor Laurel Klick!


Applying for Financial Aid

Step 1. Apply for FSA ID (Parent must apply if student is dependent) –

Step 2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – (school code – 031287)

Step 3. Student must complete Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling if borrowing student loans. Parent must also complete parent MPN if borrowing parent loan for dependent student –

Step 4. Check your financial aid history (federal grants and loans) – – “MYDATA” button

Step 5. Apply for outside scholarships –

Step 6. Need assistance or have more question – Contact our Financial Aid office – 626-873-2100


ARTpal Design Competition

In continuing our partnership with the Monrovia Public Library, Mt. Sierra College (MSC)t will help kickstart the Summer Reading Program. The mission of the iREAD Summer Reading Program is to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read. Mt. Sierra College supports iREAD’s mission and believes in promoting education, digital literacy, and life-long learning skills. The Monrovia Public Library will invite the entire Monrovia community— over 4,000 residents—to participate in our ARTpal Design Contest!

What is ARTpal?

MSC’s Library has developed the activity ARTpal to encourage creativity by introducing children and teens to the creative arts. ARTpal is similar to the pen pal process, in which a child shares their work with a college student. The college student re-designs the child’s creative writing or artwork using their own artistic style. The child and the student collaborate on a creative idea and share a design experience. ARTpal is just one way that Mt. Sierra College gives back to the community!

The Design Competition

Mt. Sierra College Students are invited to participate in the ARTPal Design Competition.
1. Select one drawing or one story submitted by children and teens (Grades K – 12)
2. If you select a drawing, re-design the artwork using your own artistic style
3. If you select a written story, create a design based on the written story using your own artistic style
4. This year’s theme is Read! – For the Win! Topics include: sports and games.
Winners will be selected from the following catergories:
Category 1: Best Graphic Design
Category 2: Best 3D Model
Category 3: Best Animation or Special Effects

Prizes To Be Announced

All participants, their families and friends will be invited to attend the Summer Reading Program Kickoff in June 2016 to honor the work of all participants.


To apply please fill out the Design Competition Interest Form that can be obtained in the LRC.


Interview with Mt. Sierra College Emmy Award Visual Effects and Digital Video Professor – Laurel Klick

Professor Laurel Klick, a Visual Effects and Digital Video Professor at Mt. Sierra College, was presented an Emmy award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or Special for her work on Frank Herbert’s Dune (Part 1), which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. The statuette was presented at the 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The visual effects team that worked on the film include: Ernest Farino, Tim McHugh, Klick and Frank H. Isaacs (visual effects supervisors); Elaine Essex Thompson (visual effects coordinator); James Healy and Gregory Nicotero (lead special effects supervisors); Anthony Alderson (CGI supervisor); and Chris Zapara (lead CGI animator).

“Receiving an Emmy from your peers is a huge validation of your work,” says Professor Klick. “There are not a lot of women in visual effects, and to have something concrete to show for my work will hopefully encourage other women to pursue a career that’s technical, but equally creative, in nature.”

Frank Herbert’s Dune is the second film iteration of the classic science fiction novel. In 1984, David Lynch directed a feature film version. In this latest rendition, Professor Klick was responsible for the space sequences, “water of life” visions, the arrival of the navigator and “folding space” – which was basically a cone textured with a cloud pattern and star field that turned in on itself. The work included entire 3D environments and multi-layered compositing.

“The challenge we faced was in designing the abstract ideas that are crucial elements of the story,” says Professor Klick. “We had a lot of freedom to come up with a design for folding space, the navigator’s arrival and the water of life scenes. We designed the shots in the computer and rendered motion tests with different looks and effects for Ernie Farino and John Harrison (director) to review.”

Professor Klick joined Cinesite in December 2000 and was also working on Lakeshore Entertainment’s Mothman Prophecies slated for a February 2002 release. The film stars Richard Gere and Laura Linney. Professor Klick was supervising the creation of a CG bridge with a complete 3D environment. Professor Klick and her team will also bring to fruition the manifestations and presence of the Mothman in the film.

Prior to joining Mt. Sierra College and Cinesite, Professor Klick was a visual effects supervisor at Netter Digital Entertainment, where she worked on Dune. She began her career by cleaning film on Stars Wars at ILM. She then did optical work and digital artistry and supervision at R. Greenberg & Assoc., Manhattan Transfer, ILM, and Available Light Ltd. Her credits include Terminator, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Last Action Hero, Braveheart, Dead Presidents, Mortal Kombat, and My Favorite Martian.

Professor Klick is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, and a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. She received an Emmy Certificate in 1983 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in special effects for The Winds of War (optical camera). She received her bachelor’s in art from Fresno State University and has further studied art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, and at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Watch Interview with Mt. Sierra College Emmy Award Professor – Laurel Klick


Meet Mt. Sierra College at Game Developers Conference 2016

Mt. Sierra College is excited to be attending world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event March, 16th to March, 18th. The Game Developers Conference (‪#‎GDC‬) is where over 26,000 ‪#‎programmers‬, ‪#‎artists‬, ‪#‎producers‬, ‪#‎gamedesigners‬, ‪#‎audioprofessionals‬ and business decision-makers gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the gaming industry.

Right now, we’re scheduling chats for GDC. If you’re also going to the show and want to meet up, please let us know and we can schedule time to connect during the show

You can meet us at North Hall Booth# 2129.

Successful College Experience

5 Tips to a Successful College Experience

We’ve all heard that successful people operate as masters of their own destiny. Successful people take charge and create success through good habits and action based inspiration. When it comes to college success, you can take specific steps to ensure that you stay on the right path and create success throughout your college journey. Below are 5 tips to a successful college experience. Some of these tips are based on simple habits, others are more influential as they rise from embracing a true commitment to success. By changing the way you see education and the pursuit of knowledge, you become a master of your own destiny. Take time to ponder the following helpful tips to a successful college experience.

5 tips to a successful college experience

1. Believe in your dreams

Successful people believe in themselves and therefore believe in their dreams. Focus on a goal
or vision and follow through with unshakable confidence. The truth is, you must believe you will
succeed in order to succeed. Having a realistic goal in mind can help you remain grounded
when setting out on the college journey in pursuit of your dreams. But what about the big
dreams and visions? You may be surprised when you realize that even those big dreams – when
truly focused upon – can become a reality. What are your goals and dreams and how much do
you believe in the actual manifestation of these dreams? Remember, the more you believe, the
more likely it is that you will put your full focus on realizing the major goals in your life.

2. Nurture your thirst for knowledge

A formal education is important but the reality is that learning never ends. Even the most
successful people continue to do research within their field as well as learn from others around
them throughout their careers. Of course, knowledge can be gained through a college
education, but it can also be gained through outside sources such as online research, books,
trade magazines, conferences, and others who are masters in any specific field. Immersing
yourself in whatever you are interested in is the key to success. You may receive a level of
success by going through life memorizing facts, but a truly successful person genuinely
understands the topic at hand. Success is being able to conceptualize and discuss your
interests in extensive detail and with full confidence.

3. Find a mentor

The first step to developing your skills is to be able to ask the right questions. Finding a mentor
that can answer these questions is critical to your success. Introduce yourself to your
professors and go to their office hours. Professors are your first line of support as you go
through your college journey. Your college counselor is also a great place to discuss your
choices and the path you intend to take as well as any involvement on campus that can benefit
you on your path. Doing internships and community outreach is a great way to engage with
some of the most successful people in your field of interest. Make sure to get out there and
network with successful people in your community. Finding a mentor may take some time. You
may find yourself out of your comfort zone seeking someone out. The effort is worthwhile as you
can imagine the plethora of knowledge that awaits you once you make a connection.

Remember that more often than not, these individuals are happy to share their knowledge with
someone who truly wants to learn. In many ways, a mentor learns as much as the person they
are mentoring, so see it as a symbiotic relationship where everybody wins. Being around these
individuals can get you in the right mindset for a successful life in college and career. Attitude
and success are contagious, so make sure to be around those that are successful in their field

4. Learn from your mistakes

A truly successful person views mistakes are learning opportunities. Any time you stumble or fall
you are given a gift. Mistakes deepen our knowledge and reveal something we’ve missed. You
may learn that your skill levels are not up to par for the task at hand and in turn study that
subject matter with more diligence. Mistakes teach us that there are new options we may have
never considered and reveal that there may be a better way of doing it.. whatever it may be.
Mistakes can point out where our passion is and where it is not – awaking us to our authentic
selves and hurling us in the direction of our true calling. For all these reasons, and many more,
we must accept that mistakes are part of the process of development. This is the way of building
a successful path – the layers are experiences that you bring to any endeavor. Understanding
that growth and mastery come from the natural flow of trial and error in all things is the path to a
successful journey.

5. Balance life, school, work, fun, and health

Hard work is an integral part of a successful college journey. It’s important to balance hard work
with rest and a healthy amount of fun. We make choices every day to that affect our energy and
critical thinking. It is our responsibility to become self-aware and check in with ourselves on a
daily basis. This daily practice includes the ability to constantly shift our awareness, time, and
focus in a manner that helps promote the most balance in your life. Successful people distribute
their energy efficiently and unplug when necessary. It’s important to keep your obligations and
complete any unfinished schoolwork. Anything that needs your attention needs to be checked
off so that when you are relaxing or having fun you can fully immerse yourself into the moment
without the dark cloud of unfinished business in mind. Procrastination can pay a big role in
unsuccessful outcomes. There’s a rule for procrastinators that works well when you’re stuck.
You see what task needs your attention and set up 3 minute increments throughout the day to
work on it. Set the timer and when you’re ready to snooze you can choose to continue working
or wait another hour to do another 3 minute session. After a while, those 3 minutes will turn into
hours and over the course of time you can finally complete the task. Fun and social interaction
are human necessities. Finding time to spend with loved ones can help you see how you fit into
the world and anything learned in these environments can help in your personal success. Health
is just as important and healthy eating along with exercise can make the difference between a
sluggish brain and a clear invigorated mind. Make sure to get plenty of exercise and eat healthy
brain food. The balance of these important life aspects can help propel you to the pinnacle of

Remember that these tips are simply suggestions for a balanced and successful college life.
Only you can truly know what works for you and what types of habits benefit your future
success. Take the time to make a list that works for you and implement it day by day and step
by step. Don’t forget to have fun in the shaping of your own future, after all, it’s the journey that
matters not the destination.