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Nov​ember 24, 2004

2005 Speaker Series Announced: Brokaw, Ditka and Motley Fool

Television news anchor Tom Brokaw, legendary sports figure Mike Ditka, and Tom and David Gardner, creators of the The Motley Fool finance website, form a trifecta of famous speakers for the College of the Canyons Speaker Series set to kick off in March 2005.

Brokaw, who is set to retire from NBC Nightly News after more than two decades as sole anchor, is scheduled to speak Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. In his performance, Brokaw entertains, enlightens and informs the audience with his experiences and observations on the current state of our nation and the world. His presentation, like his broadcasts, provides in-depth analysis of the important economic, political and social issues in the headlines — and the people behind them.

Leading off the Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 9, is ESPN NFL analyst and legendary NFL coach & player Mike Ditka. Ditka ­who in his first year in the NFL caught 56 passes for the Chicago Bears and earned Rookie of the Year honors, and eventually became one of only two athletes to ever win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach ­ now shares his drive and team-building skills with audiences across the country. In his presentation ACE ­ Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm, he shares the lessons learned in a life of commitment and attention to the fundamentals ­ and resulting victories.

Sandwiched between the two is the duo of Tom and David Gardner, creators of The Motley Fool website, which guides businesses and individuals through the complex world of entrepreneurship and finance. The Gardners will present “The 10 Things We Should’ve Learned About Money in School,” on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., which takes the audience through a list of investment possibilities from bad (credit-card debt and managed mutual funds) to good (individual stocks). Along the way, they lay out a full context for listeners to understand the financial world, and prepare them to make good investment choices with a clear view and with confidence.

Ticket prices and purchases for each of these events will be available the week of December 6. Tickets for each individual performance will be available, and a 20% discount will apply if tickets for all three events are purchased.

November 23, 2004

University Center Adds Renowned Doctoral Program

The Interim University Center announced Monday that it has added a Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership to its offerings on the COC campus. University of La Verne, a current partner in the University Center project, was awarded the program following a review and selection process by COC administration.  

“The primary focus of the program is the application of leadership theory to the processes and practices of administration in education, proprietary organizations, private and public business and the military,” according to Dr. Barbara Poling, Chair of ULV’s program. As one of the leading programs in the nation, the Ed. D. program has been in existence for more than 25 years and operates at 20 sites throughout the Western United States.

Having invested one million dollars in its design, the three-year program uses Learning Groups and Year Groups. The approach is an innovative blend of “high touch” and “high tech” interactions coupled with practicums, community events, and workshops. Through on-going fieldwork and a capstone contribution/dissertation, students incorporate the knowledge acquired via technology and skills developed in face-to-face interaction with colleagues and faculty. 

The cohort-based program will begin in September 2005. For those who already hold a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, the Professional Administrative Services Credential may be secured by completing the doctoral coursework. For those who already hold a California Professional Administrative Services Credential, advanced placement may waive up to 9 semester hours of coursework.

November 23, 2004

College-Record 23 Cougars Named to All-Conference Team

Coming off a second straight 10-0 season and fifth consecutive Western State Conference Championship, College of the Canyons was recognized for its efforts as the WSC named a school-record 23 Cougars to 24 spots on the All-Conference team. For the first time in school history, a player was named first-team All-Conference for both offense and defense, as Roshawn Marshall picked up a unanimous defensive selection as a corner back, and an offensive selection as a return specialist.

“Roshawn Marshall is one of the best corner backs to ever play here,” said Cougar Head Coach Chuck Lyon. “And this team has had a lot of firsts this season: first time beating Bakersfield at Bakersfield, lowest scoring average against, and now we're going for our 12th win of the season. The conference selections say a lot about this program, the coaching staff and these players.”

Marshall’s unanimous selection was one of only four in the entire WSC Northern Division All-Conference Team. The others included College of the Canyons linebacker Jerrod Perry, Pierce linebacker Alain Karetepeyan and Valley defensive back Geoff Tisdale.

Additionally, Cougar wide receiver Tyrell Smith, who posted his second 1,000-yard season with the Cougars and led the conference in receptions, was named Division Player of the Year. Since football’s reinstatement in 1998, College of the Canyons has had three Division Players of the Year, including Isaac Sopoaga, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49er's last year, in 2000 and Domata Peko, who is currently with Michigan State, in 2003. Chuck Lyon was also named Division Coach of the Year, his fourth award since 1998.

The #2 Cougars (11-0) take on #3 Griffins (11-0) from Grossmont College in the Semi-Final round of the California Community College playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. College of the Canyons played Grossmont last season in the semi-final round at Grossmont and lost 14-10.

November 11, 2004

Cougar Basketball Player Signs Letter of Intent with University of Houston

College of the Canyons sophomore guard Carlton Spencer has signed a national letter of intent with Division I, University of Houston.

Spencer (6-2, 180) joined College of the Canyons from West Jefferson High School in New Orleans, LA, and excelled for the Cougars, averaging 19.1 points, 5.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. College of the Canyons finished the 2003-04 season with a 19-7 overall record and 10-2 conference mark to capture the team's first Western State Conference title in more than a decade.

“Houston has two seniors guards graduating after this season, so Carlton has an excellent opportunity to start right away,” said College of the Canyon’s Men's Basketball Head Coach Howard Fisher. “Houston has an up-tempo offense that should match Carlton’s style of play very well.”

Spencer was named First-Team All-Conference, Conference Most Valuable Player, and First-Team All-State last year, and will start again for College of the Canyons for the 2004-05 season.

November 11, 2004

$1 Million in Grants Bolster College Training Efforts

The Economic Development Department at College of the Canyons secured three state grants totaling more than $1 million to support training in digital manufacturing, biotechnology and welding.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awarded $525,903 for the California Alliance for Digital Manufacturing project, $311,078 for the 126 Biology Corridor project and $179,139 for the Pipe Welding project.

“This is a particularly exciting accomplishment not only for College of the Canyons, but also for area businesses in a number of different industries,” said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development. “The grants will fund needed training, build the capacity of the college to develop new training programs, and serve to enhance the effectiveness of the local workforce.”

Through three main community college partners (College of the Canyons, Riverside Community College and Saddleback College) and significant industry partnerships, the California Alliance for Digital Manufacturing project will support manufacturing in an eight-county region of Southern California representing the highest concentration of manufacturing activity in the United States.

Three digital manufacturing labs and instructional programs will be created to meet the need oqualified engineering technicians skilled in digital manufacturing machinery and operations. The project also will provide training and support for small businesses in integrating digital manufacturing practices into their operations and link to high school and college programs to encourage engineering program enrollment. It will also provide access to digital manufacturing equipment not otherwise available.

Project partners include:
  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.
  • Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Sony Corp.
  • 3D Systems
  • Los Angeles County Business Technology Center​
From the initial design stage through completion and mass production, digital manufacturing uses new technologies to promote the reduction of time and increase precision, including the utilization of 3D, CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and management techniques that streamline the manufacturing process.

In the 126 Biology Corridor project, College of the Canyons and Ventura College have partnered to create a comprehensive biotechnology training resource to prepare highly skilled, specialized biological technicians to support the rapid growth of the biotechnology industry in California. The project is named for State Highway 126, which connects Santa Clarita, home of College of the Canyons, and Ventura, home of Ventura College. This region is also the location of the most explosive growth in California’s biotechnology industry.

The project will result in the development of educational laboratories in the Santa Clarita and Ventura areas. In Ventura, the project will develop a fermentation lab to prepare students for biotech positions in agriculture and the life sciences. In Santa Clarita, the project will support the development of a clean-room laboratory to teach students clean-room skills needed for the life sciences, medical and medical device manufacturing industries.

The project will answer a serious need in the biotechnology industry sector of the economy by addressing a chronic shortage of qualified entry-level and advanced biological technicians with specialized skills. Biotechnology is the directed modification or use of biological processes. Applications of biotechnology in society include agriculture, medicine, disease treatment, environmental projection and national security. In addition, the project will support the development of clean room skills, essential to the biomedical device manufacturing industry.

The Pipe Welding project has been developed in direct response to strong need expressed by regional industry and is based on the college’s current welding program certificate, degree, courses and experience. It will result in a new 12-station pipe-welding laboratory, new pipe-welding curriculum and program certification by the American Welding Society.

Welding is a joining process that produces a local coalescence of materials by heating, by applying pressure, or both. In essence, the welding process fuses the surfaces of two distinct elements to form a single unit. Welding and joining technologies are used extensively in commercial and defense manufacturing, and are a significant source of value-added enhancements in the manufacturing process.

“These grants represent a major step forward in the continued economic development of our community,” Maloney said.

November 11, 2004

Performing Arts Center Features Variety of Holiday Performances

If it takes you a little longer to get in the holiday spirit, then the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts should be your destination to help jumpstart the jingle in your bells. The center will feature seven different holiday events spanning 14 days starting in November that range from theater to dance to music.

Beginning on Friday, Nov.19, at 8 p.m., the holiday season kicks off in fine style with The Three Irish Tenors presenting “Christmas in Dublin.” Celebrate the holidays with a genuine Irish Christmas, filled with songs of the season such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.” Ticket prices range from $20-$50.

The College of the Canyons Theatre Department follows with “The Best of Holiday Voices.” Students and alumni of the critically acclaimed “Holiday Voices” series blend their talents in this heartwarming event that celebrates the winter holidays through storytelling, music and dance. “The Best of Holiday Voices” takes place in the Black Box Theater at the Vital Express Center and plays at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 11; at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 12; and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students with a valid ASG card, staff and seniors, and $8 for children 12 and under.

College of the Canyons Dance highlights the holidays in “‘Tis the SeasonÉto be Dancing!”, a delightful interpretation of the hustle and bustle of the season through dance. “‘Tis the SeasonÉ” runs Dec. 9-10 at 8 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $8 for students with a valid ASG card.

The College of the Canyons Music Department begins three days of back-to-back musical enjoyment beginning Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., with “Rejoice and Sing: A Holiday Choral Concert” featuring the Voices of the Canyon, Les Chanteuses, the Chamber Singers and Just Jazz. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid ASG card.

Sunday, Dec. 12 will feature the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra with the Santa Clarita Youth Philharmonic and the Prelude Strings in a stirring opening season concert. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 for general admission or $10 for students with a valid ASG card.
COC Music wraps up the three-day blast with the Jazz, Clarinet and Flute Choirs on Monday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Jazz singer Alice Aguiar will join the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of the legendary Dirk Fischer. The Clarinet and Flute Choir, under the direction of Billy Kerr, will perform a wide variety of styles from classical to jazz. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $6 for students with valid ASG cards.

The Santa Clarita Ballet rounds out the events when it presents it rendition of the timeless classic, “The Nutcracker,” running Dec. 18-19. Times are 2 p.m. and 8p.m. on Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.

November 11, 2004

Bellas to Serve on Technology Coalition’s Board of Directors

Peter Bellas, director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at College of the Canyons, has been elected to serve on the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC). His four-year term will begin in January.

“It is an honor to be selected by the member institutions to serve this organization,” Bellas said. “The NCATC’s close relationship with legislators and organizations such as the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing and the National Science Foundation will help College of the Canyons in its efforts to stay at the forefront of trends, technology programs and grants.”

Bellas was elected to the post during an NCATC conference in St. Louis in October.

The NCATC was conceived in 1988 to help community and technical colleges take the lead in economic and workforce development. Its membership includes more than 150 college and university centers that promote the use of technology to enhance academic, economic and workforce development programs and services. The college has been a member since 1998.

“With the growth in technology in all aspects of manufacturing, College of the Canyons must stay on the leading edge of developments in new manufacturing processes,” said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development. “Our representation on the NCATC board will help in related initiatives, such as the establishment of a high-tech business incubator on the College of the Canyons campus, based on a technology platform using digital manufacturing.”

November 9, 2004

Three Irish Tenors to Present ‘Christmas From Dublin’

The Three Irish Tenors will present “Christmas from Dublin” at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 19. The trio will celebrate the holidays with songs such as “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Adeste Fideles,” “Silent Night,” “Saviour’s Day” and “O Holy Night.”

Enchanting audiences worldwide with their music, warmth and charm, the young trio are on their sixth American tour. They pride themselves on singing songs and arias that appeal to all generations and cross both cultural and national boundaries.

The Three Irish Tenors are Ciaran Nagle, Anthony Norton and Brian Dunphy. Both Nagle and Dunphy are veterans of “Riverdance,” the Irish music and dance extravaganza that has performed worldwide for nearly a decade. Norton’s many credits include “La Scala Milan.”

Nagle has performed as Guiseppe in “La Traviata” with the Lyric Opera Company and El Remendada in “Carmen” at The National Concert Hall in Dublin. Norton has performed with every major opera company and ensemble in Ireland, including Opera Ireland, The Wexford Festival of Opera, The Opera Theatre Company and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Dunphy has performed in numerous shows, including “Here’s to the Melody,” “Aspects of Love,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Merry Widow.” He spent two years as the principal singer in “Riverdance” at The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway in New York.

Joining The Three Irish Tenors at the Vital Express Center will be an ensemble of musicians as well as special guest The Irish Divas, composed of Jacqueline Whelan, Danna Davis and Ellen McElroy.

The Three Irish Tenors, formed by friends who met over a few pints of Guinness at McSorley’s Pub in Dublin, have captivated audiences in packed houses throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

November 8, 2004

Student Art Exhibition and Sale Slated

The fourth annual College of the Canyons student holiday art exhibition and sale will take place from November 30 through December 11, 2004 in the college’s art gallery. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, November 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the gallery. The public is welcome.

Sales will benefit both student artists and Friends of the Fine Arts, the college Foundation’s support group. The exhibition and sale will include works of art from across the creative disciplines.

“I am always impressed with the quality and uniqueness of student art,” said Sue Bozman, Director of Public Information at the college. “As we head toward the holiday gift-giving season, this exhibition and sale provides a unique opportunity to view and purchase truly one-of-a-kind gifts and support good causes at the same time.” added Bozman.

The college’s art gallery is open to the public from 12 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday, Monday, Friday and all college holidays. The gallery is located in the Media and Fine Arts building on campus.

Admission to the gallery is free. A $1 parking permit may be obtained from the machines in the south parking lot and in lot 6. Attendees may park in any regular parking space in the student lots.

November 5, 2004

Model UN Team Wins Awards in Competition With Universities

College of the Canyons Model U.N. members Dan Monteleone and Shawn Feldman ­ representing the Russian Federation in the General Assembly and the nation of Kuwait in the Arab League, respectively ­ each took home an award for “Outstanding Delegate” during the California Model United Nations Conference in Anaheim last weekend. In doing so, College of the Canyons became the only college at the conference to earn more than one award.

“I’m very proud of their work,” said Political Science professor and Model U.N. advisor Dr. Majid Mosleh, who also teaches the Model U.N. class at College of the Canyons, Political Science 210. “Especially Dan for his efforts in the General Assembly, which is a hugely competitive arena. He must have said some fantastic things.”

The conference hosted 23 different schools from throughout California, including four-year universities such as UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and teams from California State Universities, Northridge, Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Marcos. Teams were also present from private colleges, community colleges and a few high schools.

In the competition, students are assigned to represent a specific country or International Governmental Organization, such as the World Health Organization. Each student researches the topics presented to them, then debates those topics from the roleof their country or organization.

November 4, 2004

There’s No Debating College Forensics Team’s Success

Facing teams from UC Berkeley or the University of Wyoming in a head-to-head debate over supporting the World Trade Organization or withdrawing troops from Iraq may seem a bit daunting for most people. But the College of the Canyons Foresnics Team has risen to the challenge, and is surprising some of the nation’s top colleges with their talent.

“We have experienced debaters and brand-new members on this year’s team,” said Dawn Jacobs, Director of the College of the Canyons Forensics team. “But they’ve meshed as a group and have done phenomenally well so far. They’re primed for a great season of debate.”

In pre-season competitions in September, last year’s Bronze Medalist duo of Drew Ferrandini and Erik Mayer traveled to the Claremont College Invitational and walked away with wins against Colorado State University and South Orange County College. Sara Yohanna and Melody Mayer followed that up when, in their first tournament ever, competed against thirteen Southern California Community and four-year Colleges at the Pacific Southwest Forensics Association Warm-Up Tournament and took home a Certificate of Excellence in the field of Parliamentary Debate.

More recently, the team took the Second Place Sweepstakes Award at the Biola University Debate Tournament held October 23-24. The Sweepstakes Award, which is presented to the college with the most debate wins, was even more impressive considering College of the Canyons sent only a single team, while other colleges entered multiple squads.

“The sky’s the limit for this group,” said Jacobs.

The College of the Canyons Forensics Team continues the tournament season against California State University, Northridge on Nov. 5 to 7.

November 2, 2004

ELS Language Center Accepting Students at University Center

The ELS Language Center will resume classes at the Interim University Center in early December, following a nearly two-year hiatus caused by the restructuring of the INS into U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Classes designed to improve English skills of non-immigrant students are scheduled to begin on Dec. 6.

ELS assesses students’ English skills in reading, speaking, writing, grammar and vocabulary, then assigns them the most appropriate classes. Completion of advanced ELS classes can waive the TOEFL requirement for undergraduate study in more than 500 U.S. colleges and universities, including College of the Canyons.

ELS students come from many different countries. They may arrange their own living accommodations or have ELS arrange accommodations with English-speaking host families, often referred to as “Homestay.” Students in a Homestay often develop close relationships with their hosts while simultaneously learning English faster, sharing the customs and culture of their native country, and actively participating in the American way of life.
For more information, call (661) 362-5554. The number also may be used to request information on becoming a Homestay provider.

The Interim University Center, located on the College of the Canyons campus, features a wide variety of degree programs offered by a collection of public and private universities.