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August 25, 2004

Curtain Rises to Reveal New Center for Performing Arts

The new EPIC Center at College of the Canyons will officially open its doors Oct. 15, revealing a dazzling performing arts venue that will host an exciting inaugural season of college, community and professional performances.

The EPIC’s first performance will be a college production of “Big River,” an adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Other performances range from concerts by the Santa Clarita Symphony to professional acts such as Paul Anka and Melissa Manchester. The season is sponsored by Parkway Supercenter.

“I am extremely proud of this marvelous facility,” College of the Canyons Superin-tendent-President Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook said, adding that the EPIC Center is the result of a cooperative partnership with the City of Santa Clarita.

“At College of the Canyons we believe in the power of teamwork, that we can do so much more together than we can alone, that everyone benefits when we work together, and that this community deserves the very best,” Van Hook said.

The State of California provided $15.9 million in funding for the EPIC Center, and Santa Clarita provided an additional $2.4 million, most of which was used to significantly boost the number of seats. The main performance hall features two levels with as many as 926 seats, depending on its configuration. The facility also features a more intimate “black box” theater that can accommodate up to 125 people.

“This high-quality performing arts center will afford the residents of Santa Clarita many great opportunities and help promote Santa Clarita as a premier location for arts and culture,” Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar said. “This center ­ and the great performers to come­ are a fantastic example of what can be accomplished when we work together.”

The 47,000-square-foot EPIC Center features a spectacular 7,500-square-foot proscenium stage and theater with flexible seating arrangements, ranging from 886 to 926 seats. The main theater also boasts a unique, state-of-the-art sound system that is one of only several in North America. The acoustic control system electronically adapts the sound for particular types of performances to the house.

The EPIC also features a hydraulically operated orchestra pit, green room, scene shops, costume and property storage, dressing rooms, lockers, showers, ticket booth, snack bar and an expansive two-level lobby.

Tickets will go on sale Sept. 8. Tickets can be ordered by phone at (661) 362-3304. They may also be purchased the day of the event at the EPIC Center Box Office, located at the front of the building.

The building was designed by architectural firm Spencer/Hoskins & Associates of Pasadena and built by Klassen Corp. Ground was broken in December 2001, and construction was completed in the summer of 2004.

August 12, 2004

Enrollment Fees Increase at College of the Canyons

Enrollment fees at all of California’s community colleges have been raised from $18 to $26 per unit for the fall, 2004 semester as a result of legislation signed by the governor on Aug. 11. College of the Canyons will be collecting the higher fees starting Friday, Aug. 13.

“Well over 10,000 students have registered at College of the Canyons for the fall semester to date,” said Sue Bozman, dean of district communication, marketing and external relations at the college. “We will be asking all of those students to pay the $8-per-unit difference right away.”

Whenever a fee change occurs at a community college, computers have to be reprogrammed, information on how to pay the increased fees needs to be disseminated, catalogs and class schedules need to be changed, Web sites are revised, phone messages are updated and cooperation of the student body is required.

“When enrollment fees were raised last year from $11 to $18 per unit,” Bozman said, “there was an amazing amount of cooperation by everyone which made the process very smooth.”

Students who have already registered for the fall semester, are required to pay the $8 difference for each registered unit. Their accounts will be updated over the weekend and available for student access via on-line ( and STAR telephone (661-255-2867) systems starting Monday, Aug. 16. Payment can be made by using a credit card on either of these systems or by mailing a check to the college at:
College of the Canyons
Student Business Office
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Students are asked to pay these fees by Sept. 3.