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NOVEMBER


November 29, 2005

Charming Tale of ‘Little Prince’ Opens for Holidays

The Theatre extends an open invitation to the production of “The Little Prince,” based on the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “The Little Prince” will be showing Dec. 1 and 8 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m in the Black Box Theatre at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.

Writing in 1942, Saint Exupery uses the story to expose what he felt were the evils of the word at the time. The fabled tale tells of a world-weary aviator whose plane crashes in the Sahara desert. In the desert the aviator meets a mysterious boy who teaches him transforming wisdom about friendship, love and, most importantly, how to be a child again. The story follows the journey of the young prince and the aviator into a world of wonder and imagination.

In this production, exotic is the key word, as the Director Andrea Slominski has chosen to cast a Greek style chorus to portray the Spirit of the Desert. Through the costume and dance of the many great civilizations that have come from the desert, “The Little Prince” explores connections to the past and future. The play will be an enchanting cultural experience displaying music of the Middle East, North Africa, India and Tibet. Choreographer Shannon Levy-Heath incorporates dance styles from the Near Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian traditions.

Those interested in seeing the production are encouraged to reserve spots now as tickets are selling out quickly. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 60 and above, children under 12 and students. The Vital Express Office also offers a 10% discount for groups of 15 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Vital Express Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the website at www.VitalExpressCenter.com.


November 23, 2005

College to Host Fall Forensics Showcase

The amphitheater at College of the Canyons will be filled with highly stylized oral interpretation as the COC Speech Team presents its annual Fall Forensics Showcase.

The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the COC Amphitheater (I Building) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting). This event will focus on oral interpretation. Michael Leach, director of forensics and speech coach at COC, described oral interpretation as “acting but without the aid of lighting, costuming or music.” “Instead,” he said, “there is complete reliance on the voice and body.”

So if this is speech, why use the word “forensics?” “Before forensics was popularized by shows like CSI, the word itself goes back to the days of Aristotle where forensics meant speech that was investigative, speech that seeks to present the truth,” Leach explained.

The showcase is intended to show the campus and the community who the team members are and what they can do. “We’re trying to do two things: Educate the campus as well as the community, and show off the exceptional student talent here at COC.” said David Stevenson, communication instructor at COC and forensics faculty advisor.

The performers include David Knuston, who will perform “Choke” by Chuck Palaniuk, the author of the book Fight Club. Dominick Carratello will present “My Goodness” by Joe Queenan, a New York Times columnist. Aijia Guttman will perform original material written by Leach and herself called, “Six Lines and Three Commandments.” Erin Helms will perform the song lyrics by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and vocalist Sheryl Crow. And Erik Mayer will present a program of mixed literature focusing on the theme of sexual harassment featuring the work of actor/artist Henry Rollins.

All performers will present oral interpretation with the exception of Kristen Apruzzese, who will present an informative speech about animation. Other members of the team include Richard Sheehan, Kristin Shelton, Jennifer Mills and Sean Feldman. The COC Speech Team, which has formally existed for two years, was created by COC President Dr. Diane Van Hook and nurtured by Victoria Leonard, Communications Department chair. Last year the team traveled to the national tournament held in Philadelphia and returned with a bronze medal.

The team is working with the COC Foundation to put together a fund-raising campaign, to pay for all 10 members to travel to the national two-year tournament in Kansas City in April. “At this point every one of the team members is working as if they are going to go,” said Leach. “And each person is vital if we are to earn a top-five finish, which would be unrivaled for such a young program as ours.”

Leach described competitive speech as a very precise and stylized event. “It’s like ice skating,” he said. “Going overtime or just one little slip up can cost you.” Each participant has memorized a performance that is no more than 10 minutes, and at the end of the year each member will have memorized at least four presentations that total at least 40 minutes.

“As a former top speaker in America, I know what it takes to win, and now all we need to do is put in the hard work and the rest should take care of itself,” Leach said

Leach attended Moorpark College and received the award of “Top Speaker” at the two-year national tournament in his first year of competition, with no previous experience. He later received his master’s in speech communication at Cal State Los Angeles.

“Southern California is the most competitive region as far as community colleges in forensics,” he said. “The showcase is to be a warm up for our largest local tournament called Fall Champs, which hopefully will set the winning tone for the rest of our season.”

Those interested in the COC Speech Team should contact Leach before the beginning of the season next fall. For those wishing to learn more about oral interpretation, Leach will teach a course at COC in the spring for those with a performance background as well as those with no experience.
For additional information, contact Victoria Leonard at (661) 362-3441 or email at Victoria.Leonard@Canyons.edu. 


November 22, 2005

Charming Tale of ‘The Little Prince’ Opens for the Holidays

The Theatre extends an open invitation to the production of “The Little Prince,” based on the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “The Little Prince” will be showing Dec. 1 and 8 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m in the Black Box Theatre at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.

Writing in 1942, Saint Exupery uses the story to expose what he felt were the evils of the word at the time. The fabled tale tells of a world-weary aviator whose plane crashes in the Sahara desert. In the desert the aviator meets a mysterious boy who teaches him transforming wisdom about friendship, love and, most importantly, how to be a child again. The story follows the journey of the young prince and the aviator into a world of wonder and imagination.

In this production, exotic is the key word, as the Director Andrea Slominski has chosen to cast a Greek style chorus to portray the Spirit of the Desert. Through the costume and dance of the many great civilizations that have come from the desert, “The Little Prince” explores connections to the past and future. The play will be an enchanting cultural experience displaying music of the Middle East, North Africa, India and Tibet.  Choreographer Shannon Levy-Heath incorporates dance styles from the Near Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian traditions.

Those interested in seeing the production are encouraged to reserve spots now as tickets are selling out quickly. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 60 and above, children under 12 and students. The Vital Express Office also offers a 10% discount for groups of 15 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Vital Express Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the website at www.VitalExpressCenter.com


November 22, 2005

Report Reveals College’s Economic Impact on Community


A recently completed economic impact report shows that College of the Canyons contributes significantly to the increased productivity and improved quality of life of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Highlights of the report show the college’s significant growth over the years. From an annual operating budget of $1.7 million in 1970 to $97.5 million in 2005-06, the college has infused millions of dollars into the local economy each year. As one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation, it has grown to the point where it is the fifth-largest employer in the Santa Clarita Valley with nearly 1,500 employees.

In addition to the educational and workforce training services the college provides, it contributes directly to the economic development and health of the community though employment, business activity and capital construction as well as by aggressively bringing in additional revenue and resources from grants, partnerships, in-kind donations, and federal and states initiatives.

The 2005 Economic Impact Report demonstrates that the Santa Clarita Community College District is a major player in the local economy.


November 22, 2005

Free Parenting Workshops Scheduled

The Foster Care Education Program for Foster and Relative Caregivers will be offering free parenting workshops until the end of this year.

“The workshops are wonderful opportunities for parents to gain important knowledge and skills about parenting and to become even better parents for their children,” said Cindy Stephens, the Foster and Kinship Care Education Coordinator.

The workshops will address common issues revolving around parenting in general.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Beyond time out – Alternative approaches to discipline, Friday, Dec. 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Managing media in your home, Friday, Dec. 2, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Balancing your family life without stressing out, Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Dance of attachment, Saturday, Dec. 3, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Understanding eating disorders, Friday, Dec. 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Understanding mental disorders, Friday, Dec. 9, noon to 2 p.m.
All of the workshops will be held in the Early Childhood Education building on the College of the Canyons campus in room B.

If you are interested in attending or for more information about the workshops, please RSVP to Gloria Lopez at (661) 362- 3531.


August 17, 2005

History Channel’s Da Vinci Special Gets Sneak Preview at College

There will be a sneak preview of a History Channel special at the fifth annual College of the Canyons student holiday art exhibition and sale from Nov. 30 through Dec. 10 in the college’s art gallery.

“We have a marvelous opportunity to be partnering with The History Channel to present the continuous showing of the Behind-the-Scenes Making of ‘Da Vinci and the code he lived by,’” said gallery director Joanne Julian.

This unique 20-minute glimpse precedes the premier of the upcoming Da Vinci special on the History Channel, airing at 9 p.m./8 central on Sunday, Dec. 4, when millions of US households will get a closer look at the man, the legend and the myth who has inspired centuries of envy, inspiration and speculation.

To make this festive holiday treat complete, The History Channel will sponsor and welcome visitors to both of these events with a wine and cheese reception which will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the COC art gallery. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to join in the festivities, view the film and begin their holiday shopping.

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

“I am always impressed with the quality and uniqueness of student art,” says 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.

Holiday gifts purchased from the gallery store benefit the exhibition programs. The college art gallery and store is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. 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 reception and gallery showing 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 15, 2005

18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Scheduled

College of the Canyons Classified Coordinating Council’s 18th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will showcase handcrafted items throughout California on he weekend of Nov. 19 and 20. The wide variety of items will include: cell phone charms, children’s books, clothes, quilts, handmade soy candles, decorated tabletop holiday trees, hand-cut steel silhouette wall hangings, prepared fossils and minerals; tie-dyed clothing for babies, children, adults and dogs.

Returning local artists such as Doreen Adams, Cathy Kissack, Joy Bowman and Adam Probert will also be on hand to showcase hand-painted china, jewelry, Victorian themed décor and Celtic-inspired museum replicas.

The Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts staff will have a booth promoting coming attractions. The fair’s program will include demonstrations of tai chi and belly dancing from the local Goddess Fitness Studio.

There will be funnel cakes and a bake sale by the college’s Associated Student Government during the event.

The fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20 in the college parking lot # 8 at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road. Hours for the fair are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.


November 10, 2005

College Bands to Perform Traditional Holiday Music

To help usher in the Christmas season, the College of the Canyons Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will feature traditional holiday music in its Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday Dec. 9 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts.

Describing a recent performance by the group, Carol Kaye, a professional musician, writer and educator of famous bassists said, “The band is great! The horns and saxes were so great and swinging so hard, they made the show!”

COC students Chad Brown and Kathleen Silvers, and adjunct professors Dr. Gloria Kim and Dirk Fischer will be guest conductors at the event.

The band will be playing songs such as, “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” “Do you hear what I hear?” and “Up on the Roof Top.”
For information regarding ticket purchases for the holiday concert, call the Vital Express box office at (661) 362-5304.


November 9, 2005

Choir of the Canyons Presents Holiday Concert

The Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons is providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment this holiday season. On Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. the center will present the Choir of the Canyons Concert, a joyous and rhythmic concert featuring four vocal ensembles, a piano bass and drum jazz trio. The holiday concert will resound with rhythmic exploration and feature carols from around the world.
“The concert will bring a great deal of excitement to the audience,” said choral director Julie Lawson. Lawson, who earned her master’s degree in piano performance from Cal State Northridge, accompanied the CalArts Chorus and the College of the Canyons Festival Choir for five years before becoming the choral director at College of the Canyons in 1996.

“The music that will be featured places an emphasis on asymmetrical rhythms combined with playful melodies and will show precision and energy in the songs,” she said. “The evening will open with a gorgeous setting of ‘Ave Maria’ by Franz Biebl and end with a rousing gospel number.”
Those in attendance will hear carols from England, France and Brazil and madrigals from England and Japan, as well as exciting, up-tempo jazz numbers accompanied by the COC jazz trio.

Ticket cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors over 60 and children under 12. Tickets are on sale now at the Vital Express Center. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Vital Express Center Box office at (661) 362-5304.


November 2, 2005

Nine More Members Added to Foundation Board

With 19 women and 21 men, the College of the Canyons Foundation board has grown in number and in gender balance this year. Of the 19 women on the board, six- Rita Garasi, Charlotte Kleeman, Myrna Condie, Diana Cusumano, Doris Marie Zimmer, and Cindy Smith- are new members inducted during the foundation’s installation dinner on June 29. Three men- Jeffrey Hacker, William R. Lively and C. Patrick O’Brien — were also inducted at the June dinner.

Garasi is corporate secretary at Gruber Systems in Valencia. Currently chairing the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts’ endowment campaign, Garasi’s avid support of the performing arts is what interested her in becoming a foundation board member. “I desire to help the foundation’s efforts to organize and fund an endowment to sustain and enrich the activities of the college’s performing arts center,” said Garasi. She was the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1990.

Kleeman is an active community member involved with the Santa Clarita Valley Child and Family Center, the Foundation for Children’s Health, the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center and the American Association of University Women. She also is a member of the COC Silver Spur Committee and COC Library Associates. “I have been very involved with College of the Canyons for many years. The college is very important to me,” she said.
Condie is a former teacher of clothing, textiles and fashion design. A resident of the Santa Clarita Valley since 1974, she is on the foundation board for the SCV Boys and Girls Club and is on the SCV Festival of Trees Executive Committee. She said she became interested in becoming a foundation member “to support the college in its fundraising efforts and to help grow its circle of influence.”

Cusumano is president of Interior Dimensions Inc., which incorporates interior design and decorative arts and specializes in sewing and painting. Cusumano said she wished to become a foundation board member to “support the educational vision and goals of College of the Canyons.” Cusumano is also involved with the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and is a board member of the Betty Ferguson Foundation and the Child and Family Center. A substitute teacher for 12 years in the Hart and Newhall school districts, she said she has always believed that education, in its many forms, is the key to success.

Zimmer, a resident of Valencia, is a life and corporate coach who helps individuals define goals and actions. She said she was interested in becoming a foundation board member “to support the fundraising and recruitment efforts through hospitality and program planning.”

Smith is owner of RSVP Catering in Newhall. She is a member of the International Catering Association and the Santa Clarita Alliance of Professional Women. A believer in yoga and exercise, Smith also has served on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Golf Classic Committee since 1995. “I have lived in Santa Clarita since 1963. It has been a plus having College of the Canyons here, and I am excited for its growth and contributions to the education of our population,” she said.

Hacker is an attorney with HackerBraly LLP, a firm whose practice is limited to business, real estate, land use, governmental affairs and lobbying. He also is involved with the Child and Family Center Foundation, Boys and Girls Club Foundation and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. Hacker said he expressed an interest in becoming a board member to assist the area’s youth. “It is imperative today that our youth be given all the tools necessary to compete in a global marketplace, which includes our community,” he said. “I would like to assist the college in continuing its efforts to train its students to have the skills necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.”

Lively is the principal of the Law Offices of William R. Lively and Associates. He is a board member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, and the president-elect of the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association. The father of a student currently attending COC, Lively said he became interested in becoming a foundation board member because of his “enormous admiration and support for the college, in general, and the foundation in particular.”

O’Brien is senior vice president of business development for the Tower organization, which focuses on the advisement of debt-equity purchases. He said he expressed an interest in becoming a board member in order to give back to the community.


November 2, 2005

18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Set for Nov. 19 and 20

College of the Canyons will hold its 18th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20. The fundraising event, is sponsored by the College’s Classified Coordinating Council (CCC) and will be held in the college’s parking lot # 8 at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road. Hours for the fair 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 with vendors coming from all over the state. The wide variety of handcrafted items include: clothing, ceramics, candles, jewelry, dolls, children’s items, silk florals and holiday décor.

Doreen Adams will be on hand with unique hand-painted china and wood. Cathy Kissack will showcase jewelry at discounted pricing. Also on hand will be Joy Bowman with Victorian themed décor and jewelry, and Adam Probert with Celtic inspired museum replicas.

The fair’s program will include a masseur, belly dance and tai chi demonstrations. The college’s Associated Student Government will run a bake sale during the event.

The COC Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is an opportunity to find unique, beautifully crafted items for keeping or giving. Most vendors will be taking special and custom orders.


November 1, 2005

Performing Arts Center Expands Box Office Hours

The Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at College of the Canyons has expanded its afternoon hours effective Monday, October 31, 2005.

The main box office, located in the college’s student center (S building, room 127), is now open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays, performance days only. The theatre box office located near the front entrance of the Vital Express Center opens three hours prior to each performance time.

For more information concerning ticket purchases and the box office schedule, call the Box Office at (661) 362-5304.
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