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January 23, 2003

Drum Circle to Raise Funds for Early Childhood Education

The Center for Early Childhood Education Circle of Friends, a support and fund-raising group for the college’s Children’s Center and Early Childhood Education Training Program will hold its third annual Drum Circle event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the COC Child Development Center. Funds raised from this event will help maintain the high quality and safety of the physical environment of the Child Development Center, such as the learning materials and equipment for classrooms and the children's yards.

A Drum Circle is a huge jam session ­ a fun, welcoming experience that is fun for “children of all ages.” Drum Circle participants express themselves collectively by using a chorus of hand-played (not sticks) drums, percussion and vocals to create a musical song together while having a great time. It is not a professional ensemble, nor is it really about music, but rather a group of friends having a rhythm party!

Participants enjoy a fun-filled evening of group drumming be sponsored and conducted by a representative from local manufacturer REMO Inc., the world's most innovative and respected name in drumheads and drums. African djembes, frame drums, sound shapes and other drums will be provided by REMO.

According to company President Brock Kaericher, “We’re proud to support such a valuable cause. The Children’s Center and the Drum Circle are both about celebrating in an environment where everyone can equally participate regardless of age or ability.”

January 21, 2003

Answer the Call: Open Auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar

If you’ve ever felt a calling to be part of something greater, then the open auditions for College of the Canyons Theatre Department’s production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s groundbreaking rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” may be for you.

Set in the late ‘60s, “Jesus Christ Superstar” follows the final days of Christ’s life leading up to his eventual crucifixion. “Superstar” shattered musical theater barriers by combining operatic voices with rock ‘n’ roll songs.

Auditions are open to members of the community, as well as College of the Canyons students, and will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the student center cafeteria. No appointment is necessary.

Directing will be faculty member Mark Salyer, who plans to update the setting of “Superstar” with a more contemporary vision.
“The story will remain the same, but the landscape will be more urban, more current,” said Salyer.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will run 8 p.m. daily from May 8 to 11. Cast members will be required to enroll in the Theater 190 class. Rehearsals running 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays constitute the class meetings. One to four units can be earned from the class.

Those auditioning will be asked to perform a song-and-dance routine selected by Salyer on the day of the audition.

Minority performers are strongly encouraged to audition, as “Superstar” is composed of a diverse, multicultural cast.

January 14, 2003

Community Extension Classes: Do Something Fun!

With the holidays over and the kids back in school, now is the time for a little diversion. Why not take a class that is just for fun? The Community Extension Office at College of the Canyons offers classes and opportunities for personal, professional and skill development, as well as cultural enrichment and recreational enjoyment for all ages. Some of the classes being offered in February are:
Let’s Have Tea
Nan Taylor, an expert on “Tea and Hospitality,” will teach now to set the tea table, proper etiquette, what to serve and other essentials of cream tea and high tea. If your only experience is limited to a tea bag and a mug, this class is for you! (Bring your own teacup and saucer to class).
Saturday Feb. 8, 2003
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee:$35 / plus a $10 materials fee and a $3 non-refundable processing fee
Standard First Aid
This four-hour course taught by Raybond Burke is targeted toward lay responders. It involves lecture and hands-on practice of victim assessment, treatment for bleeding, shocks, wounds, burns, as well as head, spinal, chest, pelvis, and abdominal injuries. Topics also include treatment for fractures, diabetic emergencies, poisoning, bites, and climate-related injuries such as hypothermia and heat stroke.
Saturday, Feb. 8 OR Mar 8, 2003
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee:$45 / plus $25 optional book and a $3 non-refundable processing fee.
Better Living With Feng Shui
Find out how the physical environment of where you live and work can impact your health, relationships, and income. Be prepared to have fun while learning to apply the basic principles and wisdom of this 4,000-year-old ancient Chinese art to your home and/or office. Kathy Zimmerman helps students understand why some houses are more comfortable than others, the best sleeping directions, and much more
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003
Fee: $40 / plus a $3 non-refundable processing fee.

For additional information or to register, call the College of the Canyons Community Extension Office at (661) 362-3304. These are just some of the many “fee-based, self-supporting” educational opportunities offered by College of the Canyons’ Community Extension and are not associated with the taxpayer-supported credit classes offered by the college.

January 14, 2003

Community Members to Participate in Humanitarian Trip to Nicaragua

A group of six Santa Clarita Valley community members are leaving for Nicaragua this week as part of a person-to-person humanitarian service project. While there (January 18 through 27), the group will promote reading and set up six small libraries in remote villages that currently don’t have libraries. This is being accomplished through a partnership with the Nicaraguan department of education.

The project is the brainchild of former Santa Clarita Mayor and educator, Carl Boyer, who has pulled together a diverse group of volunteers from the community (including employees from the City Manager’s office, a College of the Canyons instructor and a COC student) to make the trip. Six volunteers comprise the group. Adam Myers, the COC student will also be completing a college Service Learning project during the trip.

Everyone will be traveling at his/her own expense and the funds to establish the libraries come from donations. The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) at College of the Canyons and the COC Spanish Institute are partially funding one of the libraries on the island of Ometepe. Other towns and cities the group will visit and provide services to are: Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Chontales, Granada, Managua, Carazo and Rivas.

The members of the group are: Carl Boyer; Vince Bertoni, Jill and John Fosselman (City Manager’s office) Claudia Acosta (COC Foreign Language Department Chair) and Myers.

January 9, 2003

Students to Study Graying of America

If you are 25 now, what will your life be like in 40 years when you are 65? According to sociologists it will be dramatically affected by the phenomenon known as “the graying of America.”

“Demographers estimate that a quarter of the U.S. population will be older than 65 in 40 years,” said Patty Robinson, professor of sociology at College of the Canyons.” Robinson explains that such a large percentage of older adults in the population will cause major changes in American culture, particularly in economics, marketing, consumerism, healthcare and many other areas.

Issues such as these are the topic of a course Robinson is teaching this spring at College of the Canyons. Called the Sociology of Aging (Sociology 233), the course meets 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students in the class will become involved in field-study projects such as developing oral histories with older community members. Students can also become a part of the first-annual SCV Age Wave Expo, a campus event planned for May 3. The expo will offer a wide variety of presentations, activities and information, giving attendees strategies for successful living at any age.

Registration is now under way at College of the Canyons, and classes start on Jan. 21. For information on this class call (661) 362-3992. The section number is 29414. For registration information call the admissions office at (661) 362-3280. The spring schedule of classes also can be accessed on the college’s Web site. 

January 9, 2003

Classes Designed to Help Small Businesses

College of the Canyons Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is gearing up for a busy year of assisting small businesses and individuals starting with a two-day seminar on February 5 and 6 that will help local companies understand the details of applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. The SBIR program is a federally sponsored national program that provides more than $1.3 billion annually for companies to create innovative new products or methods in manufacturing, electronics, chemistry and biotech.

“In order to stay competitive, companies need to innovate,” said CACT Director, Peter Bellas, “but finding research dollars is difficult in today’s economy.” In the last three years, 83 companies in the tri-valley area (San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys) have received Phase 1 grants.

“Like most federal programs, the application process is complex and a little convoluted,” Bellas said. “That’s why College of the Canyon’s has partnered with the City of Santa Clarita to sponsor the two-day seminar.”

The seminar is taught by Jim and Gail Greenwood, industry leaders in creating successful SBIR proposals, and is designed to help identify SBIR grants, create a competitive and complete application, and deal with budget requirements for these types of grants. The seminar costs $195 per person and includes a review by Greenwood Consultants of completed applications. The seminar will be held at the Santa Clarita Activity Center, adjacent to the Sports Complex.

The college also will be offering its fourth class in the Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management for individuals working in a production environment. This is a semester-long class and is one of a series of classes resulting from a COC partnership with APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management, and begins Feb. 12.

The class, “Fundamentals of Operations Management,” covers the design of systems to produce goods and services and the operation of those systems. It explores the relationships within the company environment, particularly with marketing and product design. Specific topics to be covered include facilities planning, total quality management (TQM), cost analysis, project planning, and operations resource management.

This is one in a series of classes intended to give professionals working in inventory management and control, as well as production planning and scheduling, a solid, practical educational background in these disciplines. Topics such as essential vocabulary, application of principles and concepts, strategic and tactical methods of implementation, and understanding the roles of different departments within an organization will be covered.
“The classroom format allows participants to ask questions, interact with peers, and learn from the experiences of others who are in similar work situations,” said Bellas.

Terry Willey, Materials Manager at Dayton Rogers of California, a company that produces precision metal parts said, “I took the position of Materials Manager with a certain amount of reservation since I had no formal training in the field.” After completing three of the four modules in the program, Willey says, “I now manage the materials function rather than just process requests. The courses,” said Willey, “have improved my understanding and communication with other internal departments, vendors and customers.”

The College of the Canyons CACT is funded by the California Community Colleges and provides seminars, workshops and advanced technology demonstrations to assist small to mid-sized manufacturers. “Our 2003 program offerings will help local companies access technology, resources and training classes that will result in greater productivity and improved company performance,” said Dena Maloney, Dean of Economic Development at COC. “By partnering with national experts, we can bring new ideas and resources to our community.”

Other classes to be held during the year include a one-day seminar in Supply Chain Management on March 20, and a half-day seminar called “Composites for Aerospace and Beyond” scheduled for April.