Official Newsletter of the Alpha Chapter of AGS at Pasadena City College
APRIL 2011

 
AGS is dedicated to promoting scholarship, character, and civic responsibility statewide in California's community colleges. Membership in AGS demonstrates you can balance philanthropy, leadership development, and academic excellence.
 


AGS
stands for Alpha Gamma Sigma
Alpha is for Arete = Excellence
Gamma is for Gnosis = Knowledge
Sigma is for Sophrosyne = Wisdom
AGS. Excellence. Knowledge. Wisdom.
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THE BITS IN ACTION
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BAS 2011: A Pie in the Hand is Worth Two in the Face


April Member of the Month Interview


Spring Convention 2011… A Success


Hands Across California

Wild West Weekend at the Arboretum


AIDS Big Night Out
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April 7th General Meeting
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Contact/Submit

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Check Out The March Alpha-Bits
If you haven't read it yet, now is your chance. Features articles on March Member of the Month, the origin of Alfie, and Tournament of Roses Committees. Find it at agspcc.org/newsletter
 
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BAS 2011: A Pie in the Hand is Worth Two in the Face
Katie Brown
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It's not every day that you can throw a pie or water balloon at your professor if s/he is getting you down. Nor is it every day that you have the chance to walk away from this type of professorial harassment with a hefty reward, not punishment -- in this case, an Apple iPad. If you're in the mood to win some prizes, pie some professors, and raise some money for AGS, make sure and stop by the Blast-a-Scholar (BAS) fundraising event on May 19th. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the quad, AGS will be hosting this event in conjunction with the Omicron Mu Delta Honor Society (OMD) Luau, a fun event occurring the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that features different clubs around campus. This grand-scale event is important because AGS, with help from its members, raises money that comes back to them in scholarship form.
Throwing a pie at a previous
Blast-A-Scholar.

"Blast-a-Scholar is AGS' largest fundraising event," Internal VP of AGS and coordinator of BAS, Logan Thomas, said. "It generated over $1,500 in revenue last semester, and thereby is one of the primary means by which AGS generates scholarship funds."

Just how do these funds get raised? That's the fun part. Each AGS member has received an envelope with 10 raffle tickets to sell for $1 to whomever they wish. For each ten sold, members will receive one AGS hour (in essence, 1/10th of an hour for each individual ticket). These raffle tickets put purchasers in a drawing to win an array of prizes, the largest being an Apple iPad. Also, anyone who wishes to may test their throwing arm can buy paraphernalia that can, as promised, be thrown at willing victims.

"For the first 45 minutes of the hour we will be selling water balloons and whipped-cream pies for students to throw at PCC Professors, AGS Board Members, PCC Staff, etc.," Logan said. "During the last 15 minutes we will be drawing the tickets for the raffle to see and announce who won the iPad and gift cards."

Note that winners need not be present to claim their prizes, but that's no reason to stay home... this event's too fun to miss! Tell your friends, sell raffle tickets, and save the date!

"This event is a spectacular opportunity for students to come and not only support whatever clubs they currently call themselves members of, but also a great chance to see what other clubs and organizations from across the PCC campus have to offer," Logan said. "Or, you can just come to enact revenge upon your favorite professors!"


Pie at point-blank.

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Members of the Month
The following members of the month were chosen by our board because they have shown exemplary character, or because their actions have reflected the values that Alpha Gamma Sigma stand for.

Members of the Month (MOTM) for April:
Jordan Acevedo
and
Krissi Mena

View the MOTM Hall of Fame at agspcc.org/main/member_of_the_month
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Interview with
Member of the Month
Krissi Mena
by Jennifer Yang

Time: April 29th, at 5:53pm
Location: CC lounge

How do you feel about being the Member of Month?
I feel I don't deserve it. When I compare myself with members on the AGS board, I feel I have so much to learn. The level of experience and the time they devoted is nowhere near mine. If anyone deserves the reward, it should be the members on the board. P.S. I love you Tiff.


Krissi Mena,
Member of the Month


What is the most fun AGS event you have participated in this semester? And what role did you play?

The Arboretum was fun because all the little kids were so enthusiastic-when I looked at them, I felt I was one of them. I enjoyed playing activities with them, and I felt like I relived my childhood again. It was a refreshing event! I helped Peter Rabbit with lining up the kids, with his costume, and I tried to get shy kids to play and get comfortable with Peter Rabbit.

What is the most memorable AGS event you have attended this semester, and what did you do?

The AGS convention was very memorable because it was exciting to talk with the AGS members from other campuses. We did workshops, attended a banquet, and performed on-stage! What I really enjoyed wasn't the actual event, but the bus ride back. To talk to people in such a close distance seemed more personal in that way, and really added to the conversation.

What are your hobbies?
I love being a Pokémon Master. I also love tutoring math and sciences. I also love to talk to random people. One time, I talked to a lady on the bus for 10 minutes and after that, I think she knew more about me than my mom. I also love to participate in paintball gun wars! There was one time that I was hit in the butt by a paintball gun and I couldn't sit for three days.

What is your major?
Mechatronics (It combines electrical, software, and mechanical engineering) I plan to be a super engineer who can make Gundams!

Which university do you want to transfer?
Cal Tech- I heard they have a lot of delicious food, and I am interested to know if it is genetically modified to improve brain function!

What are you planning to do for your future living?
I want to develop information system with the ability to learn through operant conditioning so my robot can do all my chores after I teach him to clean!

What are your favorite books?
I love a lot of books: The Orient Express, Zombie Survival Guide, Through the Looking Glass, the Harry Potter series, Walden, and Lord of the Flies to name a few. If I listed them all it would take up the whole page!

What are your goals in your life?
To be able to make everyone I meet happy!

Among the AGS members, who do you want to thank?
I have to thank Priscilla Ruiz for her guidance. She steers me in the right direction and feeds me delicious pancakes! Thank her for spending these years with me. Love you 'Scilla!

What would you say to encourage the fellow AGS members?
Volunteering builds characteristics that cannot be obtained through any other activity-the more you volunteer the more pronounced these characteristics become! Also, by just participating for superficial reasons you miss the chance to ameliorate yourself and end up in the long run wasting precious time. Don't miss the opportunity to improve and go out and volunteer.
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Spring Convention 2011… A Success
By Krishna Rajagopalan

AGS held its spring convention recently, and everyone in attendance would agree that it was a success. The all-day event took place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on April 2nd. The convention drew people from every AGS chapter in California. PCC's AGS chapter was well-represented; the sign up list for the convention was completely full. The day consisted of several workshops on topics including Transferring to the University of California, The Art of a Successful Interview, and Finding Community Service Events among several others. The speakers at the convention were volunteer professors from Santa Monica College.
The Spring '11 Convention had
excellent food.
In addition, chapter members as well as board members had a round-table discussion about how to improve each college's AGS chapter. "My favorite part of the spring convention was the seminars that the Santa Monica speech professor hosted," said Jermaine Ee, an AGS member since 2010. "On top of that, the officer's round table was fun; we got to share and talk about fundraising opportunities as well as discuss the possibilities of Alpha Gamma Sigma working together as a state honor society." On the other hand, there was a board member who felt that some changes should be enacted for future AGS conventions. "I think we should stay overnight," said Lindsay Lewis, Publicity Art Director. "They could have done better with their music choices for the dance part of the event. We should collaborate more so we can get to know other chapters better."
AGS Scholarship winners
Jamie Nakawatase and
Briana Nakawatase
Another exciting part of the convention was the various contests held, including the newsletter contest, the nametag contest, and the role-call cheer contest. Our chapter won "Most Humorous" for the nametag contest. An awards ceremony followed in which the various chapters were recognized for their accomplishments. Jamie Nakawatase and Briana Nakawatase, who are currently attending PCC, won scholarships at the convention. The night ended with a "Dancing With the Stars" event in which various chapters met one another and danced the night away!

Selling our T-shirts.

All photos in this article copyright Jermaine Ee. happinessdelivered.org
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Check out the March Alpha-Bits
If you haven't read it yet, now is your chance. Features articles on March Member of the Month, the origin of Alfie, and Tournament of Roses Committees. Find it at agspcc.org/newsletter
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Hands Across California
Photos and Writing by Efren Chuong



An AGS member lets cars driving on Colorado Boulevard know how they
can donate to support the cause.

On April 17, AGS members joined fellow students and PCC faculty members in front of the mirror pools for Hands Across America. The goal of the event was to raise money for scholarships and for community college students all across California. PCC was just one of many schools partaking in the statewide event. At 2pm, participants at each school formed a line by holding hands as a symbol of unity and togetherness for community colleges. Although the event is over, donations are still being collected today. Click here to make yours!


Many volunteers and community members gathered
in front of the mirror pools to join hands.



Just after 2pm when Hands Across America officially began.


Share and Logan show their support for community colleges
all over California with spirit!

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AIDS Big Night Out
Photos and Writing by Efren Chuong


The 14th Annual AIDS Big Night Out was held in San Marino on April 30th. Many people attended and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS Service Center. Donated gifts, pieces of art, and artifacts were on display from corner to corner for attendees to bid on in a silent auction. A live auction took place afterward for the event's biggest and more valuable items. AGS members helped out as auction monitors, making sure silent auction bidding ended when it was supposed to and that people did not make bids after the last moment.




 


A woman writes down her bid for an item in the 'Dining' section.


A Spiderman painting was one of the many pieces of art
available for bidding on in the silent auction.



Many of the event's guests mingling prior to the live auction.


A man raises his program to bid on something during the live auction.
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April 7th General Meeting
Jennifer Yang


AGS had its 5th general meeting of the semester on Thursday, April 7th. Topics included some new upcoming events, Totes of Hope, The Tournament of Roses 2012 Internship Program and Permanent Membership Application.

"Totes of Hope" is a group organized to help children who lost everything during the earthquake in Japan. They encouraged people to send books, crayons, coloring books, and socks. Those children who suffered from the terrible disaster were very bored, and in this case, psychological well-being was as important as physical need. People who donated the Totes bags needed to write a note on the outside to specify the age level they were aiming for as well as the sex. The charity was willing to sign a letter to people who donated. Free shipping carried all the Totes bags left from San Diego to Japan on the April 17th.

The Tournament of Roses Internship Program has worked with AGS workers since 1999. People who join this Internship will have to commit themselves to help with the New Year parade on the New Year's Day and New Year's Eve. The application is available online and there will be an interview process later. Volunteers should be comfortable to work in public eyes, and multilingual volunteers will have an advantage because there will be some people who are not able to speak English and need translators. The last day to apply was May 6th, 2011, but the deadline has been extended.

The Permanent Membership Application was also a topic of the general meeting. Students who applied for this must have completed the Permanent Application Form, have been a currently Continuing Member, have completed at least 60 units with a 3.5 GPA and completed all the services hours and meeting requirements at the end of the semester. Students needed to enclose the application form, checklist, and most recent unofficial PCC transcript in a manila envelope with the date stamped on the seal. Applications were to be submitted at AGS biweekly meetings or in the AGS mailbox (CC105). All applications were to be submitted to AGS Recording Secretary, Tiffany Chan, by Friday, April 29, 2011 before 4 PM.

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Wild West Weekend at the Arboretum
Photos by Efren Chuong. Summary by Logan Thomas


AGS members came out to volunteer and help facilitate barbecue sales, run children’s activities, and…learn how to make rootbeer!!! It was a fantastic chance to see the beautiful Arboretum grounds, meet peacocks, and interact with kids of all ages.



A kid's activity.


AGS Members selling root-beer.
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Members are encouraged to submit opinion pieces, letters to the editor, artwork, photographs, or anything else. Submit to finnegan.pitchford@gmail.com. Your content may be published in upcoming newsletters.

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Newsletter Team
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The Newsletter Team consists of AGS Alpha chapter members Finnegan Pitchford, Efren Chuong, Katie Brown, HuaYuQing(Jennifer) Yang, and Krishna Rajagopalan.
They write, report, edit, photograph, design, and much more for the newsletter. If you'd like to join the newsletter team, e-mail finnegan.pitchford@gmail.com

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