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February 24, 2003

Memorial Service Slated for Slain COC Employee

WHAT: College of the Canyons will conduct a memorial service to honor the life and memory of Harry Howard, coordinator of service-learning at the college, who was murdered at his home on Monday, Feb. 17. Howard dedicated his life to all of the students, faculty and community partners involved with the college’s Service-LearningProgram since he came to College of the Canyons in September 1999.

Faculty, staff, family, friends and community members are welcome to attend and share their memories of this gentle, generous and dedicated man. Attendees are invited to bring dessert items: cookies, brownies, etc., to add to the celebratory atmosphere of the service.

Because we are inviting dozens of off-campus friends and community partners, we are expecting a large gathering of people. 

WHERE: Gymnasium, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, Calif.

WHEN: 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2003

February 10, 2003

Vincent Price Sculpture Exhibit Visits College

College of the Canyons will be showing 40 pieces of sculpture form the celebrated “master of horror” actor and art collector, Vincent Price, in a gallery exhibition that will run from Feb. 25 through April 5. The exhibit will feature a variety of works, from ethnic carvings to bronze castings.

Price established the first “teaching art collection” when he donated an original 90 pieces to the East Los Angeles Community College in 1951. Since that time, the collection has continued to grow under Gallery Director Thomas Silliman. This will be the third time that College of the Canyons has been able to arrange a showing of sculpture objects from a collection that is now valued at over $5 million. The overall collection has grown over the years to more than 3,000 pieces, including paintings, ceramics and pieces from ancient Egypt.

In the past, COC’s gallery has displayed Japanese and Old Master prints from the Vincent Price Collection, making these exhibits a convenient way for students and the community to see world-class art without leaving the community.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Friday, Sunday and all college holidays. Admission is free.

To attend the exhibit, visitors may obtain a $1 parking permit valid in any student parking lot from the vending machines in lot #6 or the south parking lot on the COC campus.

February 5, 2003

R.K. Downs Invitational Jazz Festival Returns

There’s more to teen music than just Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys and four local high schools bands will prove it. Jazz bands from Valencia, Hart, Canyon and Saugus high schools will highlight a solid day of fluid jazz during the annual R.K. Downs Invitational Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at College of the Canyons.

Also in attendance will be the sultry sounds of the Latin Jazz Combo form California Institute of the Arts, as well as the cool grooves of the College of the Canyons Studio Jazz Ensemble.

Adding an extra dimension of excitement will be guest artist Gary Foster. Foster, a master clinician of sax, clarinet and flute and longtime friend of legendary College of the Canyons conductor Dirk Fischer, has worked with dozens of the biggest names in show business, including Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. Foster also has numerous TV and motion picture soundtracks to his credit, including “Batman and Robin,” “The Patriot,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Far From Heaven” and “Chicago.”

Held at the College of the Canyons Student Center, the festival is free for anyone who wishes to attend, although a $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

“Be prepared to be immersed in an afternoon of joyous music from the young people of this community,” said Fischer. “They’re not all garage musicians, you know.”

For more information about the event or COC music programs, call (661) 362-3254.

February 5, 2003

College Earns Re-Accreditation from Western Association of Schools & Colleges

College of the Canyons, which completed an extensive evaluation and self-study last fall, was granted unconditional re-accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in January for the maximum allowable six-year term.

An Accrediting Commission team visited the college Oct. 22-24, 2002, and met with more than 250 faculty and staff members and more than 90 students. The commission also visited 82 class sessions and held four “open meetings,” allowing comments from community members.

The final report called College of the Canyons an “excellent institution” and commended the school in a number of areas. Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook was specifically congratulated for her strong leadership role, as was the Board of Trustees for its support of the college. The report commended the faculty and staff as “committed and innovative” and noted the college’s efforts in creating “educational and support programs that reflect the interests, needs and aspirations of its students.”

“College of the Canyons is dedicated to providing excellent programs and services to our students and community,” said Dr. Phil Hartley, assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction and student services. “I am pleased the commission concluded that what we are doing at College of the Canyons is exemplary.”

College of the Canyons first received formal accreditation from the WASC in 1972. Regional accreditation is important in securing certain types of student financial aid and transferring units to and from other higher-education systems.

“We have,” said Hartley, “a great faculty, staff and student body and tremendous community support that allows us to continue to develop and excel.”