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October 26, 2004

College’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Ready for ‘A New Beginning’

The performing arts departments at College of the Canyons have been chomping at the bit for years for a proper place to play, none more than the music department which kicks off its 2004 season with the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble presenting “A New Beginning” on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.

Led by director K.C. Manji and composer/arranger Dirk Fischer, “A New Beginning” will feature the talents of students and local community members in a performance resonating with the energy and life that is synonymous with the College of the Canyons Music Department.

Tickets for “A New Beginning” are $7 for adults, $6 for students with a valid ASG card, or $5 for children 13 and under. All tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (661) 362-5304. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the day of the event.

October 25, 2004

Scholarly Presentation to Take Center Stage at Performing Arts Center

A unique and important addition has been made to the Vital Express Center’s program for this year. Each year a College of the Canyons faculty member is chosen to present a topic of scholarly research and interest to faculty, staff, students and the community at large in what has become known as a “Scholarly Presentation.”

This year, Susan Hinshaw, chair of the college’s Theatre Department will present “The Art and Intimacy of the One Person Show.” This presentation consists of an excerpt from her solo show, “Nirvana,” — some 35 to 40 minutes in length, followed by a 15-minute lecture/discussion on the art and intimacy of the one person show. “Nirvana” chronicles Hinshaw’s own disordered eating and the social, cultural, gender and familial roles that had an impact on her self-esteem and body image.

The performance will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 on the Vital Express Center’s main stage and is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Foundation and is free to the public. A reception immediately follows the performance in the theater lobby. To reserve a seat, call (661) 362-3493 by Nov. 12.

The annual scholarly presentation in recent years has consistently belied the academic-sounding name, however, with extremely entertaining and informative presentations to standing-room-only size crowds in campus lecture halls. The opening of the Vital Express Center now allows the college to open up the presentation to the community at large.

Hinshaw has worked as an actor in London, Seattle and Los Angeles, appearing in numerous leading roles onstage and in films. Favorite roles include Beatrice in “Much Ado about Nothing,” Karen in the “Children’s Hour,” Emma in “Betrayal” and Le Marquis de Merteiul in “Les Liasons Dangereus,” Last summer she launched her solo show, “Nirvana,” in Los Angeles and is currently performing it in various venues around the country. Hinshaw holds a master of fine arts in acting from California State University, Fullerton (where she was a scholarship recipient), and a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington School of Drama.

October 22, 2004

17th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Slated

College of the Canyons is holding its 17th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, 2004. The event, which is a fund-raiser for the classified staff of the college, will be held in College of the Canyons parking lot #8 at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

The fair is a showcase of primarily handcrafted items and is sponsored by the College’s Classified Coordinating Council.

A wide variety of handcrafted items include: clothing, ceramics, candles, angels, jewelry, dolls, floral arrangements, Victoriana, wood yard decor, children’s items, country crafts, tole painting, as well as home, garden and holiday decor. Doreen Adams will be on hand with her unique, hand-painted china and wood. Gordon Brunk’s always-popular, whimsical, outdoor whirligigs will also be featured. Among new vendors are Susan Pavik who will be selling her signature, jewel-tone, hand-crocheted stoles, and Chris Welke with his hand-thrown and painted ceramic pots.

The college’s Associated Student Government will be running a bake sale during the event.

The COC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair is an opportunity to find unique, lovingly crafted items for keeping or giving. Most vendors will be taking special and custom orders. Window shoppers are welcome since these talented artists love to share their creativity, hobbies and labor with others.

October 18, 2004

College Produces First NFL Player Since Football Reinstated in 1998

The College of the Canyons football program lay dormant for 17 years before it was brought back to life under current head coach Chuck Lyon in 1998. It took about a third of that time to produce its first NFL player.

Former Cougar wide receiver Jamall Broussard, who signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in the pre-season and was assigned to their practice squad, was signed by the Carolina Panthers on October 13 and played in the Panthers 30-8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, October 17.

Broussard was brought in primarily for returning kicks for the Panthers, who lost their two top returners ­ wide receivers Steve Smith and Rod Smart ­ to injuries this season. In Sunday's game, Broussard retuned three kicks for 54 yards, including a long of 21.

“We just felt (Broussard) had a chance to give us some explosion, so we signed him,” Panther head coach John Fox told the Charlotte Observer last Wednesday.

Broussard led the Cougars in receiving yards in 2001, amassing 423 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions. Broussard transferred to San Jose State in 2002, where he played for two seasons, totaling 1,396 yards and six touchdowns on 117 receptions over two seasons.

October 14, 2004

Vital Express to Donate $2 Million to New Performing Arts Center

Vital Express has donated $2 million to the new College of the Canyons EPIC Center for the Performing Arts, which will be renamed the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.

Vital Express is a Valencia-based local and national transportation service provider that is franchising its concept at the end of this month and plans to open 120 franchises over the next year. Vital Express currently has offices in San Francisco, Indianapolis, Houston and Charlotte, and plans to open 500 facilities nationwide.

“This is probably the most exciting thing that has happened to the college in the past 20 years,” said College of the Canyons Superintendent/President Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “I think this will change the nature of fund-raising for community colleges in California.”

The $2 million will go toward a planned $5 million endowment fund designed to support programming for students at College of the Canyons, as well as the center itself.

“This really is a long-term investment not only in the college, but in the community,” said Vital Express co-owner Lisa Boaz. “We really wanted to make a statement that said to our employees and to our customers that we have created a business that is in it for the long-erm. Hopefully, our commitment will also spur further donations from other business and individuals in Santa Clarita.”

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

The center’s first performance was 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 state of California provided $15.9 million in funding for the center, and the City of 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.

Vital Express is leading the way as the premier nationwide same-day delivery company. It is recognized as a leader in technology, with state-of-the-art equipment, quality vehicles and the best personnel in the business.

The strengths of, and trust in, the Vital brand are creating new opportunities in logistics, supply-chain management and on-demand delivery services increasing value to customers. Having the ability to offer such a variety of services such as Air Freight, Hot-Shot Direct, Time Definite LTL and Courier/Messenger has given Vital the strength to provide premium transportation solutions for the growing demands of its clientele.