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April 27, 2005
Performing Arts Center Performance Offers Approved by Board Of Trustees
The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons Board of Trustees approved, Wednesday night, the 2005-2006 season of commercial entertainment (COC Presents) offers for the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on the College of the Canyons Campus.
Pending acceptance of offers by the artists, the COC Presents season will include eleven engagements. The entire body of programming offered at the Vital Express Center includes COC Presents, The Best of COC — college theatre, music and dance performances, and Santa Clarita Presents — community group performances presented through the City of Santa Clarita. This range of programming will provide a wide variety of opportunities for the community to experience diverse performance genres, create opportunities for cross cultural understanding and enhance interaction between students, faculty and arts professionals. It is hoped that several of the COC Presents performers will also conduct master classes and pre/post event discussion opportunities.
More information relating to the COC Presents and Best of COC season will be released in the upcoming weeks. This includes final ticket pricing, series packages as well as specific opportunities for business and individual underwriting and sponsorship of performances. Approval by the Board of Trustees allows the college and the College of the Canyons Foundation — the fundraising arm of the college — to move forward on those issues.
The approved offers include:
Friday, September 16 — The Temptations
The Temptations helped define the 1960s and have excelled as recording and performing artists, playing to sold-out performances throughout the world for more than forty years.
Saturday, October 1 — Hank and my Honky Tonk Heroes
Enjoy the award-winning sounds of country music legend, Hank Williams, as performed by Obie Award winner, Jason Petty. Petty takes audiences back to the beginnings of country music and pays homage to other country legends such as: Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, George Jones, and more.
Sunday, November 6 — Bob Berky In Concert
Berky provides audiences with physical comedy, eccentric characters and deep belly laughs. He is a master craftsman of comedy for all ages.
Saturday, December 31 — Sha Na Na
Who says there is “nothing to do in Santa Clarita on New Year’s Eve?” This year, Sha Na Na brings its unique performance style and audience participation show to the Vital Express Center and guarantees rock ‘n’ roll fun for the whole family.
Saturday, January 28 — David Sanborn
Multiple Grammy Award winner, David Sanborn, is described as one of pop’s premier saxophonists and “as one of the most consistent American musicians working today... with a sound that resonates throughout all genres.
Saturday, February 11 — Marcus Belgrave in “The Louis Armstrong Tradition”
Marcus Belgrave is joined by an incredible 8-piece band in a show that is a loving and convincing tribute to Louis Armstrong. This performance caps the day-long RK Downs Jazz Festival featuring local high-school and college jazz bands in the Center.
Tuesday, February 14 — In Love with Gershwin
Back by popular demand, the cast of last season’s “Best of Broadway” returns in a new show featuring the music of George Gershwin. These performers have played from Carnegie Hall to the White House and their song stylings are sure to be Valentines Day highlight!
Saturday, March 4 — Soweto Gospel Choir
This awe-inspiring choir performs in eight different languages in an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel.
Their debut CD, “Voices From Heaven,” reached number 1 on Billboard’s World Music Chart within three weeks of its US release, debuting at number 3.
Saturday, March 25 — Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Winwood Productions presents this zany musical as it follows the mad-cap adventures of ‘20s chorus girl Lorelei Lee as she sails to Paris on an ocean liner, a role made famous on Broadway by Carol Channing.
Saturday, April 22 — Capitol Steps
This troupe of ex-Congressional staffers has made a living satirizing the inside-the-beltway crowd for nearly 25 years. They have been featured on all major news networks and have recorded 23 albums. You won’t want to miss this witty take on the two-party system.
Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 — ODC/San Francisco
Two Programs: Velveteen Rabbit and a Mixed Repertory Program
ODC/San Francisco brings two program of dance to Santa Clarita. The first is a Mixed Repertory evening featuring a new work “On a Train Headed South” based on the melting of the polar ice cap and the second program is two performances of Velveteen Rabbit which will include performances by members of the Santa Clarita Ballet School.
In keeping with the goal of making programming more available to the community, the College is planning to reduce ticket prices for many engagements. While each engagement will have a different price range based on budget considerations, ticket price ranges planned for engagements include $10 to $15, $25 to $50 and $45 to $75.
The college will continue to develop its academic schedule, to include at least two theatre performances on the main stage, instrumental music, choral music and dance on the main stage, as well as with the City of Santa Clarita for additional community performances.
April 26, 2005
SCV Wine Classic Returns to CalArts on May 28
The Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic, the region’s premier wine-tasting event and fundraiser for young musicians, will return to California Institute of the Arts on Saturday, May 28.
Those who purchase tickets by May 1 will receive discounts. A couple purchasing two tickets, for example, will save $10 if they do so by the deadline. Individual tickets cost $65 each until April 30, $70 if purchased May 2 through 28. Ticket prices rise to $80 per person on May 28, the day of the event.
Ticket prices are as follows:
● Through May 1: $65 each; $120 a pair
● May 2 to 27: $70 each, $130 a pair
● At the door: $80 each; $150 a pair
● Designated driver: $35 each
● Group sales to May 21: $60 each (10 minimum)
The 17th-annual event promises to be the biggest yet for wine connoisseurs and music lovers, offering a huge variety of wines from both wineries and merchants, gourmet food from some of the Santa Clarita Valley’s best restaurants and catering services, and live orchestral music.
In addition to the latest releases poured by wineries, a number of library wines will be uncorked. A wide selection of current and rare vintage wines will be offered during a silent auction, professional musicians will perform for guests, and vintage library wines will be available for tasting. All guests will receive souvenir glasses and trays.
The event, a fundraiser for the SCV Youth Orchestra, will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Main Gallery at CalArts, located at 24700 McBean Parkway in Valencia.
The SCV Youth Orchestra is a three-tiered instrumental educational program that was founded at CalArts in 1969 and moved to College of the Canyons in 1989. The program provides a positive and creative outlet for hundreds of young musicians throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
April 26, 2005
Senior Economist to Speak at China Conference
Organizers of the 2005 Expanding Business with China Conference to be held at the Hyatt Valencia, May 3, have confirmed that a senior economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC) will be the luncheon keynote speaker.
Dr. Nancy Sidhu, who is also the vice president of the private, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting business firms and fostering job growth in Los Angeles County, will speak on “China: Opportunities and Challenges.”
One of the organizers of the conference, Peter Bellas, director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT), said, “We are so fortunate to have Dr. Sidhu join us. She has hands-on experience and expertise in working with Asian companies and is able to bring real-life applications to Los Angeles companies wanting to understand the possibilities and the hurdles involved in doing business in China.”
Sidhu, educated at the University of Illinois, worked first as a university economics professor and then became an economist and corporate planner for Inland Steel Industries.
After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a planner at the U.S. headquarters of Toyota Motor Sales before joining Security Pacific National Bank as the economist responsible for the bank’s U.S. economic and interest rate forecast.
Most recently, Sidhu was a senior economist for Bank of America, specializing in analysis of the metals and other manufacturing industries as well as the Southern California region.
Active in her profession, Sidhu is an associate editor of the quarterly publication, Business Economics. She also has served terms as president of the National Association of Business Economists, in both the Chicago and Los Angeles chapters.
The May 3 China Conference, is a follow-up to the 2004 conference which first brought the topic of doing business in China to the North Los Angeles County area.
More than a dozen other speakers, including at least five who will travel to Southern California from the People’s Republic of China, will provide their expertise to the conference.
Topics will focus on issues such as, expanding business through production sharing, exporting products to China, and executing a business strategy for doing business with China.
April 25, 2005
Expert on China Economy to Speak at Conference
Dr. Barry Naughton, professor of Chinese Economy and the Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, is known for his expertise on issues relating to Chinese industry, trade, finance, and China’s transition to a market economy.
A conference organizer, Peter Bellas, Director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technology (CACT) at College of the Canyons, said “Naughton’s presentation, ‘China, Opportunity with Caution’ will fine tune conference attendees understanding of trade between China and U.S. companies,” because the professor’s recent research focuses on regional economic growth in the People’s Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade and investment and regional growth.
Naughton is completing a general textbook on the Chinese economy and has recently completed projects focusing on the relationship between the development of the electronics industry in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the growth of trade and investment among those economies.
Bellas said California business and industry people, and students planning to work in the future global economy will not want to miss the opportunity to learn how to tap into China’s growing economic opportunities. He said Naughton’s expertise and focus on trade and technology will be very valuable.
A co-author of three collaborative books, Naughton’s own 1995 book, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993, is a comprehensive study of China’s development from a planned to a market economy that traces the distinctive strategy of transition followed by China, as well as China’s superior growth performance. The book received the Ohira Memorial Prize in 1996.
April 21, 2005
College Offers Tuition-Free ESL Classes This Summer
College of the Canyons will be offering on- and off-campus, tuition-free English as a Second Language courses beginning May 23 for those who are looking to strengthen their English communication skills. Various skill level courses will be available, from Pre-Level ESL for students with no English experience to ESL Level 4 for students looking for advanced grammar and conversational skills.
Courses will be held on the main College of the Canyons campus and at the Canyon Country Access Center, but will also be held at other places throughout the community to help meet demand, including:
Advanced Bionics, 12740 San Fernando Road, Sylmar
All courses are tuition-free, but students may have to purchase text-books and parking permits. Students wishing to enroll must attend an orientation session and take an assessment test. Attendees should allow for 90 minutes to complete the process.
Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall
Sonshine Christian Church, 22505 14th St., Newhall
Valencia Telecenter, 25709 Rye Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
Orientations will take place every Monday from 1-3 p.m. at College of the Canyons in Room V-101 beginning April 25 and lasting until May 23, and every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sonshine Christian Church beginning May 4 and lasting until May 18.
April 20, 2005
Popular China Conference Returns for Second Year
A delegation of five, high-level officials and business leaders have confirmed their travel from China their participation as speakers in the second Doing Business with China Conference to be held May 3 at the Valencia Hyatt. They will join more than a dozen highly authoritative speakers from the United States.
Dena Maloney, Dean of Economic Development at College of the Canyons which is coordinating the one-day conference, says the World Bank estimates by the year 2025, China’s economy will account for 25 percent of the total world economy. Maloney says this projection means learning as much as possible about doing Business with China is critical to the continued economic health of California businesses.
This year’s conference, Expanding Business with China, follows the successful 2004 inaugural conference, Exploring Business with China. It is designed to support people already experienced with China as well as those seeking preliminary information, or just wanting to understand the challenges of the new global economy.
The organizers of the conference traveled to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai in October 2004, making business connections that helped expand and enhance the conference.
Attendees will hear from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology on the ways that Advanced Technology is creating a “bridge of cooperation” between the U.S. and China. Representatives from Shanghai and Hangzhou will give briefings on their respective cities and the resources that are available to assist U.S. companies seeking to do business there.
Keynote, plenary and breakout sessions will provide pertinent, hands-on information and experience from people who are experts on China and how to do business in Asia.
Among the speakers are Dr. Barry N. Naughton, UCSD professor of Chinese Economy, an expert who has authored numerous books on the Chinese economy and its rapid transformation. He will speak on “China, Opportunity with Caution.” Luncheon speaker Dr. Nancy Sidhu, Senior Economist, LA Economic Development Corporation will speak on “China: Opportunities and Challenges.
Conference attendees are invited to a cocktail reception after the conference during which speakers and delegates will be available to network and address specific questions about business with China.
April 20, 2005
Wine-Tasting Event Supports College of the Canyons Library
A wine tasting event, sponsored by Wine Savor and benefiting the College of the Canyons Library, will be held in the colleges’ bucolic, outdoor Cougar Den facility beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The College of the Canyons Foundation Library Associates are the hosts of the event that will feature international wines.
This popular event is returning to the college after a 2-year hiatus. Tickets are $50 for Members and $60 for non-members. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age to participate.
The “Passport to the Wines of the World” international wine tasting is being conducted in partnership with the college’s Hotel and Restaurant Management students and faculty. Wines from regions in Italy, France, North and South America, Germany, Spain and Australia will be poured.
The Library Associates rely on community support to ensure that the college’s Library is well equipped with up-to-date resources. The funds raised help to purchase books, reading, and high-quality library resources and services at College of the Canyons through memberships and fundraising activities. During the past year, funds were used to purchase books for the One Book, One City program and provided support for expanding academic programs such as Radio, Television, Film Production and the performing arts.
Since this year’s event is being supported by the Hotel and Restaurant Management program, a portion of the revenue from this event will be provided to that program to help fund the food and wine classes taught at the college.
April 19, 2005
$1 Million Windfall Could be Headed to College of the Canyons
California’s revenue picture is looking rosier, and that’s good news for College of the Canyons, which stands to gain $1 million in funding from a piece of proposed legislation. Assembly Bill 317, authored by Mervyn Dymally, would provide $80 million in equalization funding to California Community Colleges. The bill aims to correct a longstanding problem with community college funding.
Although every district in the California Community Colleges system performs the same vital functions of preparing students to transfer or enter the workforce, each district receives varying levels of per-student funding, ranging from a high of $5,481 to a low of $3,708 per full-time equivalent student (FTES). College of the Canyons currently ranks 53rd out of the state’s 72 community college districts in per-FTES funding, receiving $3,721.
AB 317 picks up where last year’s Senate Bill 1875, authored by Senator Dede Alpert, left off. SB 1875 provided $80 million to the community colleges for equalization in the 2004-05 budget year, but it was a one-time appropriation. AB 317 will provide another $80 million in the 2005-06 budget year.
The bill passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee April 5, and is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Subcommittee on Higher Education Finance April 20. Recognizing the importance of this legislation, and what the additional funds would mean to the community, several local business leaders stepped up to offer their support of AB 317 by writing letters to members of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Those who did so were:
Bill Kennedy, vice president of sales, Gruber Systems
If AB 317 is passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, it will provide more than $1 million in general fund revenue to College of the Canyons.
Dan Goetz, president and chief operating officer, UltraViolet Devices Inc.
Doug Sink, chief financial officer, Remo Inc.
Charlie Gill, president, Integrated Property Services Group Inc.
April 13, 2005
Performing Arts Faculty Takes Center Stage During Concert
They direct, demand, cajole, plead and, yes, inspire their proteges on to ever-greater events on ever-bigger stages. Yet, when the curtains rise, and the bright lights shine on the new stars at College of the Canyons, it is the performing arts faculty who often remain in the dark.
In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of College of the Canyons, the faculty and staff of the Performing Arts Department will host a one-night only Faculty Concert featuring music, dance and drama in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on April 22. The event is free and begins at 7:30 p.m.
“The experience and talent that exists in the faculty at College of the Canyons is so impressive,” said Michael McMahan, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and master of ceremonies for the evening. “We often see their touch reflected in the wonderful work their students display, but it’s a rare treat to actually see them on stage performing.”
Theater chair Susan Hinshaw and director John Demita will share a series of stirring monologues from Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams. Dance chair Phylise Smith and dance director Shannon Levy-Heath will offer their own choreographed pieces, while the music department features a full-bodied arrangement including the Jazz Collective, piano solos, the Voices of the Canyons choir conducted by Julie Lawson, and a multimedia presentation composed by music chair Bernardo Feldman.
“This really is a feast for the senses,” said McMahan.
Information will also be available about performing arts support opportunities, including how to become a member of the Patrons of the Performing Arts.
April 12, 2005
Motley Fool Event Canceled at Vital Express Center
The Foundation announced this morning that the speaking engagement by brothers David and Tom Gardner, known as the Motley Fool financial advisors, has been cancelled. The engagement had been scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on the College of the Canyons Campus.
The Motley Fool is nationally know for their simple terms, plain talk and common sense approach to financial independence.
According to Kathleen Maloney, Executive Director of the College of the Canyons Foundation, “ticket sales were sluggish, partly because of the ticket price levels required to support a performance of this group.” With less than two weeks before the event, less than 100 seats of a 926-seat capacity had been sold.
Those holding tickets for The Motley Fool will each receive a form by mail to return regarding refund options. Currently, those options are to receive a full refund, or to have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation of the ticket price to the College of the Canyons Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that enhance the college’s ability to provide an enriched educational experience for students.
“Although we’ve had some cancellations this year, these activities are all part of running a performing arts facility,” said Vital Express Center Director, Karen Schmidt. “In my experience,” said Schmidt, “every facility has a certain number of cancellations and additions to its schedule every season. We are thrilled that we have been able to add the Metropolitan Educational Theatre’s production of Annie on May 7 that features many community members in the cast, a Santa Clarita Ballet Gala production on June 18 and a Golden Valley High School’s presentation of The Sound of Music on April 21, 23 and 24.”
April 11, 20005
The Acting Company Brings Mystery, Madness to Performing Arts Center
The TONY-honored Acting Company presents Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw,” a provocative tale of suspense, horror and psychological intrigue at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.
As adapted by award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, “The Turn of the Screw” takes a turn of its own, creating a frightening and fascinating piece of theater. A young English governess is sent to a remote country estate, romantic yet fraught with disturbing questions. Why was her handsome young charge expelled from school? Why does his angelic young sister refuse to speak? Who are the mysterious figures wandering the ramparts, luring the children down to the storm-tossed lake? Are there ghosts or are they the product of her fevered imagination? And, most disturbing of all, what if none of this is real? This classic tale of suspense and horror is both wonderful and terrifying, providing a multi-faceted penetrating drama. The Turn of the Screw is a haunting play.
The Acting Company has performed over 100 plays for more than two million people in the United States, London, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. It’s Education Programs — including master classes, student matinees and weeklong artistic residencies — have reached tens of thousands of students. The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director, Margot Harley, with the first graduating class of The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Winner of the Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Critics Awards for excellence, The Acting Company is also a 2003 TONY Honoree for Excellence in Theater.
April 7, 2005
College’s Summer Semester is Largest Ever
With more classes in both the “for-credit” and “classes-just-for-the-fun-of-it” categories, College of the Canyons is offering the biggest, and most diverse selection of summer classes in its thirty-five year history. The first session of summer school begins on May 23 and there are starting dates in June and July as well.
It is so large, in fact, that residents will be receiving two summer schedules in the mail in the next few weeks. Several categories of classes will be available for students to take this summer, including important lower-division classes that are transferable to other colleges; self-improvement and leisure topics; and a brand new listing of unusual, two-week “Institutes” that are so jam-packed with fun activities students won’t realize they’re learning something new! There is even a category of FREE classes for those who want a no-pressure, high-return learning experience!
Starting between 5:30 and 7 a.m., the Early Bird classes range from fitness activities to more academically challenging classes like speech, college writing and reading, US history, statistics and more. The early time slots are based on feedback from students, faculty and staff regarding new options they would be interested in for summer and the ability to take classes before going to work while the temperature is still cool. Nearly two dozen of these classes are available.
Most of the new, two-week institutes are offered during the May 23 to June 4 time period. The institutes include a wide range of interests and skills such as Web design, health and fitness, art history complete with field trips to area museums, wine and food appreciation, Italian language and culture, photography skills through field trips, and more. Also, in June and July, a Spanish Language Institute will be held, as will a Performing Arts Academy. For those students headed off to college in the fall, a College Success Boot Camp will be held in June designed to help students transition to college life by providing suggestions for study skills and college life in general, regardless of which college a student plans to attend.
Early bird classes and the Institutes are credit classes at the college and cost $26 per unit.
“We understand that some community members, especially in our adult population, often have some extra time during summers,” said Dr. Nancy Smith, Interim Dean of Instruction at College of the Canyons, “so we have lined up some fun activity and self-improvement classes that will be offered at convenient locations throughout the community.” These are classes taken for no college credit and are FREE of charge.
Rounding out COC’s offerings for the summer is an extensive list of Community Extension Classes — classes that provide for fun, leisure and life-long learning. These classes are generally of very short duration and have individual fees since they are part of the fee-based classes offered year round by the college.
“We really feel we’ve got a lot to offer the community this summer," said Sue Bozman, dean of district communications, marketing and external relations at the college, “and hope the many choices and flexibility of scheduling will make it possible for everyone to enjoy taking classes this summer.”
April 6, 2005
Student Art Exhibition Slated at Art Gallery
Works of art created by College of the Canyons’ students will be on display during the annual Student Art Exhibition in the college’s Art Gallery April 27 to May 14.
The works represent art forms such as painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. Jurying the exhibit will be Phil Morrison, a designer and professor of art at California State University, Northridge.
The exhibition will open with a reception in the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.
Regular gallery hours are noon 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.
Those wishing to attend the exhibition 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 College of the Canyons campus, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.
The Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Media & Fine Arts Building, which is best accessible by parking in the South Parking Lot and using the pedestrian bridge that connects the Library and Media & Fine Arts Building.
April 6, 2005
Blossoming of Budding Talent at New Works Festival
The Vital Express Center’s Black Box Theatre is the site this weekend of College of the Canyons’ New Works Festival — a showcase of plays written and performed by COC students and directed by Nancy Kissam.
Admission is free and performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 7, 8, and 9 and at 2 p.m. on April 10.
This is the first year the festival will be held in the Black Box Theatre, but the genre carries on a format of creative expression previously held at different locations around campus that were not necessarily created for performances.
“The Black Box Theatre is a wonderful space for performances like those in the New Works Festival,” said Sue Bozman, dean of district communication, marketing and external relations at the college, “because it is ultimately flexible and doesn’t overshadow the unique and interesting stories that the students are telling through their art.”
The New Works Festival features the work of nine playwrights performed by 10 student actors. “This is my third festival,” said Kissam, “and it is by far my best experience.”
April 1, 2005
Speaking Engagement for Tom Brokaw Canceled
Tom Brokaw has cancelled his speaking engagement at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts that was scheduled for May 25. Brokaw notified the college that he is unable to appear due to a shift in the schedule for a documentary he has promised to do for NBC.
Brokaw was to be the last of three speakers sponsored by the College of the Canyons Foundation for the 2004/05 season. Mike Ditka and The Motley Fool were the other two.
“We are sorry that we won’t be able to bring Tom Brokaw to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Kathleen Maloney, executive director of the COC Foundation, “but the caliber of speakers we included in this year’s speakers’ series is such that they are always in demand. Unavoidable scheduling conflicts do happen from time to time.”
According to Maloney, no discussions have been held regarding rescheduling Brokaw to speak in the center during the remainder of the current season, since Brokaw will be dedicated to another project for some time.
Current ticket holders will each be notified by mail regarding refund options. Currently, those options are to exchange the ticket(s) for a ticket(s) to The Motley Fool on April 20; receive a full refund; or make a tax-deductible donation of the ticket price to the College of the Canyons Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that enhance the college’s ability to provide an enriched educational experience for students.
“Even though we won’t have Tom Brokaw this season,” said Vital Express Center Director Karen Schmidt, “we do have very entertaining events in the center through May — from college theater, music and dance performances, to The Motley Fool on April 20, to the Acting Company’s presentation of ‘Turn of the Screw,’ to a marvelous Faculty Artist Evening on April 22, and much more.”