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October 31, 2005

New Core Classes to be Added

High-achieving students will be pleased to learn that College of the Canyons will offer new academically enriching and challenging core classes starting the spring 2006 semester. The classes will bring welcome opportunities to High-Intensity Transfer Enrichment (HITE) and Honors students. The HITE and Honors Programs are designed to challenge students to achieve their highest academic potential, transfer to four-year institutions and continue on successfully.

One requirement of the HITE Program is for students to complete 18 HITE units. In the past, special course projects were given to students, as a way to fulfill that unit requirement. Now, in addition to doing the projects, HITE students will have another opportunity to obtain HITE credit with the addition of the core classes.

“Most HITE students are high-achieving and will welcome the challenge,” said Brad Reynolds, HITE and Honors faculty coordinator at College of the Canyons. “The core classes will enrich the overall academic experience in the classroom and include more writing, research, discussion and critical thinking, among other things.”

All students who complete the HITE and Honors program receive special recognition at graduation, including notated diplomas and transcripts. Other benefits include increasing the likelihood of better letters of recommendation for transfer admissions, the awarding of scholarships and the opportunity to establish a closer relationship with professors. The applications of HITE and Honors students are also given special recognition and, at times, priority over other applicants at institutions like UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz.

The following classes will be offered as core classes: Biology 107, Cinema 120, Economics 201, Honors English 101, History 112, History 120, Music 105, Political Science 150 and Psychology 101.

By completing the core class, HITE students will receive credit, provided they earn a final grade of a “B” or better. Students not enrolled in the HITE program are welcome to enroll in the new core classes as well.

For more information and a full list of the core classes, contact the HITE office at (662) 362-3333 or visit the office located in Room S-123 on the COC campus.

October 20, 2005

College to Hold Reception for Advanced Technology Incubator

Entrepreneurs who need help starting high-technology ventures will now have a local resource. The Advanced Technology Business Incubator program, which will officially kickoff at a reception on Oct. 24, will help assist early stage companies thrive in this competitive world.

The incubator, a project of College of the Canyons, the Altadena-based Business Technology Center and the Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County, will provide member companies particularly to engineering-based technology firms with a variety of resources to promote business.

“The goal of the incubator is to create successful companies and reduce the risk of investment,” said Mark Lieberman, administrator at the Business Technology Center, as well as help reduce the risk of failure for small businesses.

With more than half a million new businesses starting each year, “We believe that developing the Advanced Technology Business Incubator on our campus will not only benefit the companies involved, it will also provide great opportunities for our faculty and students to work with technology entrepreneurs. We also expect that the success of these companies will enhance the economic vitality of the region,” said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at the college.

The incubator will be housed in the University Center at College of the Canyons when the building is completed in 2008. In the meantime, incubator planners will offer mentoring, access to capital, training and other resources through an affiliated program designed to help early stage companies thrive.

According to Maloney, 14 mentors have been invited to share their expertise in fields such as sales/marketing, business plan development, legal/intellectual property, tax, business-formation planning, human resources and public relations.

Early stage companies can join the affiliate program for $500, which includes up to six hours of consultation with mentors, participation in brown bag lunches, breakfast briefings and other business assistance.

At the kickoff, Rick Smith, managing director of Palomar Ventures, a venture-capitalist company that helps early stage information technology companies, will speak about the outlook for technology investment in Southern California.

The kickoff reception will be held from 4 to 6:30pm on Oct. 24 in the foyer of the Vital Express Center at the college campus. Investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited. To learn more about the reception or to receive an affiliate program information packet, call the College of the Canyons Economic Development Division at (661) 362-3305.

October 14, 2005

College Ready for Homecoming with Barbecue and Game

As part of the homecoming festivities, alumni and friends are invited to join College of the Canyons for a barbecue in recognition of the 2004 and 2005 Outstanding Alumni and Friends Awards on Saturday, Oct. 22. The barbecue and program will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cougar Den located next to College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium.

The barbecue will honor Sami and Steve Salvatori for the 2004 year as well as Mark Jenkins and Roxie Ramey for 2005. The honorees will be recognized for their exceptional service to and support of College of the Canyons.

The event will continue with a silent auction and a live blues band.

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children. All tickets will include dinner, beverages and admission to the football game in which COC will take on Pierce College at 7 p.m.

“The COC Cougars have performed exceptionally well this year,” said Bruce Battle, sports information director at College of the Canyons. “Attendees of this year’s homecoming will have a great time taking part in the pre-game festivities and watching the game.”

October 14, 2005

Groundbreaking Set for Science/Math Expansion

College of the Canyons continues to move dirt around as the college’s plans are underway for making a 32, 403 sq. ft expansion to the Laboratory Building on campus. Although numerous contractors and construction workers have already begun mobilizing storage bins and bulldozers, an official groundbreaking ceremony will be held this Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m. at the construction site on the COC campus.

College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne Van Hook and the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will be in attendance along with a number of College of the Canyons administrators and faculty. The public is also invited to attend the event.

The Laboratory Expansion Project, funded in part by Measure C, the local bond measure approved by voters in 2001, will provide additional laboratory and classroom space for the Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics/Astronomy and Allied Heath departments and will provide additional support space for the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program.

“The expansion will be a tremendous bonus to all of the departments currently existing in the L-building,” said Sue Bozman, Dean of Communications and Marketing at College of the Canyons. “The ground breaking ceremony on Thursday will be one of many, as the college has also made plans to expand the Physical Education and Technology Buildings, the library and break ground on the Canyon Country Education and University Centers as well.”

October 13, 2005

Master of Slapstick Bob Berky to Take the Stage

Bob Berky, a world traveling master of slapstick comedy, will bring his suitcase of tricks to the Vital Express Center at College of the Canyons at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 6.

Using only physical clowning, the power of suggestion and the somehow understandable blurting of a kazoo, Berky delivers ninety minutes of sheer physical comedy, eccentric characters, and deep belly laughs. “Laughter it was. Unadulterated, uninhibited roars of hysteria” is what Berky is capable of creating, according to the Hong Kong Festival Review.

Winner of the OBIE and The Kennedy Center’s New American Plays Award, Berky has traveled and performed as a solo artist around the world. Berky has appeared at New York's Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Off-Broadway with Michael Moschen. Berky has also made some notable T.V. appearances on PBS, Canal Plus, MTV, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Berky has also taught at many universities and theatres such as the Juilliard School, Brandeis University, Smith College, and the North Carolina School for the Arts.

Besides directing the movement for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Twelfth Night,” he has also worked as a movemnt coach for Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gregory Hines.

October 13, 2005

Air Force Band Presents Free Concert at College

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will be performing a free concert on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on the College of the Canyons campus. Tickets will be passed out beginning at 6:45 p.m. at the theater on the night of the concert, on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance tickets will be available. Parking is available in Lot 2 after 6:30 p.m., and in Lots 3-6.

October 7, 2005

Stage Notes: Vital Express Center in November

A quick look at events in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts taking place in November:


“Laughter it was. Unadulterated, uninhibited roars of hysteria.”- Hong Kong Festival Review

Bob Berky, master of comedy for all ages, brings his unique talent to the Santa Clarita Valley in a madcap show. Using physical clowning, the power of suggestion and the somehow understandable blurtings of a kazoo, this is comic invention at its best! Berky has performed as a solo artist around the world, including at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Winner of an OBIE for his work in Off Broadway shows in New York, he has also appeared in television specials on PBS, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.

Bob Berky will perform Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and children under 12.


Depending on what state you live in, the nature of statutory rape and age of consent varies. Regardless, the topic always stirs much controversy and debate and is sure to generate a little more as the College of the Canyons Theatre Department presents the Pulitzer-Prize winning play “How I Learned to Drive” Nov. 11-13.

Written by Paula Vogel and set in the late 60s to early 70s, Drive bravely examines the taboo subject of statutory rape with startling originality. Drive follows the story of a niece named “Lil’ Bit” and her uncle through marriage, “Peck,” and the complex relationship that exists and develops between them — and how the niece survives it.

“This play really brings a subject matter that is hidden — yet prevalent — to the general public,” said director Leigh Kennicott.
Interestingly, Vogel’s story condemns no one, but treats each character sympathetically.

“This play is a masterpiece in that sense,” said Kennicott. “There are no heroes and there are no villains. You end up feeling compassion for everyone.”

Following the play, the college plans to have a discussion session with the audience which will include professors from the school’s philosophy, sociology and psychology departments, who will discuss the nature of the play from a variety of different perspectives.

“We’ve got to remember that in rural families, it was customary for girls as young as 14 and 15 to be married off,” said Kennicott. “And we’re just one generation removed from this story.”

“How I Learned to Drive” will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13 in the Black Box Theater at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts. Friday and Saturday shows run at 8 p.m., while Sunday will feature a matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

“How I Learned to Drive” features a frank and open view about many adult themes including statutory rape and incest, so parental discretion is highly advised.

Director Leigh Kennicott has worked extensively in film and television before she returned to the University of Colorado to earn her Ph.D. degree in 2002. There, she directed “Tales of the Lost Formicans.” Since then, in Los Angeles, she has directed a neo-realist “Romeo and Juliet” at the Secret Rose Theatre and the new play, “Charlotte Second Chance,” for DramaGarage. Most recently, she has been a theatre reviewer for Backstage West, Los Angeles Weekly and the Pasadena Weekly. She presently teaches at College of the Canyons, where she is directing “How I Learned to Drive.”

Uncle Peck is played by professional actor Trevor Kimball. Kimball started his stage career wearing tights at the age of 12 playing Hamlet and went on to roles in various film, video, commercial and stage productions on both coasts. Stage favorites include Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew,” Lt. Cable in “South Pacific,” Gollum in “The Hobbit,” and Dromio of Syracuse in “A Comedy of Errors.” In the Spring, he’s scheduled to play a mentally-challenged man in the dramatic-comedy “The Boardinghouse.” He is most proud to be married to Melanie and to be the father of Grace.

Lil’ Bit is played by Academy of the Canyons senior Andrea Plaud. Plaud has performed in a number of local shows, including in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “Sound of Music” at Canyon High School, and in “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” for the Canyon Theatre Guild in 2000, where, coincidentally, she performed with Trevor Kimball. Plaud also worked on the tech crew for the College of the Canyons performance of Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” and is studying acting with California State University, Northridge’s Teenage Drama Workshop.


The College of the Canyons Dance Department brings the full power of energy and emotion on stage during its fall performance, “Emotion to Motion: A Dance Works in Progress” on Nov. 19.

Underscoring the concert is the choreography of many of the dance students, who have put the passion and strength in dealing with their own life transitions and change into dance — for example, one student seeing her boyfriend leave for Iraq, another on the break-up of a friendship.
“Strength in the face of that change is what flows throughout the event,” said Phylise Smith, chair of the dance department. “Seeing their convictions in the face of overwhelming obstacles is simply inspiring.”

The show features many styles of dance and will be performed by the COC Dance Company and invited guest dancers.

“Emotion to Motion” takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children under 12. As seating is limited in the Black Box, prospective audience members are asked to buy or order tickets online as early as possible. Attendees will receive a discount coupon for the Dance Department’s spring performance during National Dance Week in April.

October 7, 2005

Study-Abroad Program Heads for Ecuador

Students at College of the Canyons can begin learning Biology and Spanish language and culture this winter, then leave the confines of the classroom to continue their studies at the world’s equator through a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands from Jan.6 through Jan.15, 2005.

“The study abroad program to Ecuador offers students the unique experience of traveling to the Andes, to the beautiful colonial city of Quito with its plazas, churches, convents, and gardens, and to study surrounded by the most beautiful architecture in Latin America,” said Claudia Acosta, foreign language professor at College of the Canyons who will be accompanying students on this trip.

The program also includes an international flight from Los Angeles to Quito, a domestic flight from Quito to the Galapagos Island, all transfers made by car, a private tour guide, a 5-night accommodation in Quito and a 4-night accommodation in Galapagos. Most meals are included, with a welcome and farewell dinner.

Some stops in Quito will include the plaza of Half of the World (Equatorian Line), Scientific Museum, Pre-Colombian Museum, Convento of San Francisco (the biggest convent in the Americas, and Catholic University. While in Quito, students will also visit the indigenous artesan town of Otavalo, famous for its weavings and crafts. Students will get to visit the Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Plazas and Seymor, as well as visit the Charles Darwin Research Center.

Students can take up to seven units of credits in Spanish and Biology courses in this study abroad program. Courses include Contemporary Issues in Environmental Biology, Organismal and Environmental Biology, Conversational Spanish, and Language and Culture: Latin America. A mandatory orientation for students taking the trip will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday Dec.5 in room R-206 in the College of the Canyons library.

For more information regarding the study abroad program to Ecuador, call Professor Claudia Acosta at (661) 362-3530 or Professor Miriam Golbert at (661) 362-5927.

October 5, 2005

Sponsors, Exhibitors Sought for Women’s Conference

Looking for ways to foster leadership and make a positive difference in the lives of women in the community? On April 11, 2006, College of the Canyons will host a one-day women’s leadership conference from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the COC campus. Conference project leaders invite both individual community leaders and organizations to contribute to this cause by becoming sponsors and exhibitors at the conference. The conference will allow sponsors and exhibitors to publicize their organization and help support female leadership in the community.

The goal of the Women’s Leadership Conference is to provide information that will have long-lasting, positive impacts in the lives of both men and women in the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Clarita, San Fernando and Antelope Valley communities. The conference is designed for practical education and will provide opportunities for dialogue with guest speakers, business professionals and community leaders who will share their experience and expertise.

Dena Maloney, Dean of Economic Development at College of the Canyons, provides evidence for the increasing leadership of women, “Today, one in every eleven adult women in the US owns a business and female entrepreneurship has been growing at twice the national average since 1977,” she said. “The Women's Leadership Conference will reflect the increasing leadership role for women in the workplace, in their own businesses and in the community.”

According to Agnes Eguaras, Project Manager at College of the Canyons, sponsors and exhibitors will reap a number of benefits by attending and supporting the conference, “Sponsors and exhibitors of the Women’s Leadership Conference will be given wide opportunities to market and brand their businesses to professionals, community members and attendees,” she said. “There will be a lot of networking and business development opportunities at the conference. Sponsors and exhibitors can publicly support the community growth and development of our region, and be a vital part of the advancement of female leaders and professionals in LA County and surrounding areas.”

October 5, 2005

Foundation Board Inducts New Members

The Foundation Board of Directors has inducted five new board members, Mike Dugan, Dan Goetz, Dean Ogrin, Adrian Simon, and Gary Saenger, all apt and involved members of the Santa Clarita community who will actively aid in fundraising activities to meet the financial goals of the college’s foundation.

Dr. Michael Dugan is vice-president and laboratory director for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. a Valencia based company that provides cutting-edge specialized clinical laboratory testing in fields such as immunology and infectious disease. Dugan was interested in becoming a COC Foundation board member in order “to develop a strong local allied health educational program particularly to address needs in laboratory science, and to serve local and national hospitals, regional laboratories, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.”

Dan Goetz is president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. a company in Valencia that manufactures air and water purification devices. Goetz expressed an interest to become a COC Foundation board member in order to “continue the education for my company's employees and because my family is a priority in my life.” Goetz has also been involved with the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce.

Dean Ogrin has been an attorney since 1990 and is a partner with the law firm Nicastro, Piscopo & Ogrin (NPO), which has offices in Valencia and Orange County. Ogrin’s practice focuses on civil litigation, as well as business disputes and major personal injury matters. A resident of Valenica since 1994, Ogrin also coaches various local sports teams, such as the Hart Pony League Baseball and Santa Clarita Warriors Football. “We have lived in SCV for eleven years, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Education is very important to us,” said Ogrin.

Adrian Simon is the managing director of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc. which offers comprehensive wealth management and family office services, such as financial planning, real estate consulting, and risk management. Simon is a member of the Weizman Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel and sits on the board of directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation and for Hebrew Union College. Simon wished to become a COC Foundation member in an effort to ensure the constant increase and development of education for our children.

Gary Saenger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner and president of Saenger Associates, a company which engages in executive recruitment of qualified executive managerial and professional candidates across industries in manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. Saenger, a SCV resident since 1987, is also involved with the SCV Boys and Girls Club, as well as Big Brother.

October 3, 2005

Special-Education Credential Information Meetings

Informational meetings will be held at the University Center on the College of the Canyon campus for prospective students wishing to pursue a Special Education Credential through California State University Bakersfield. The meetings for the much anticipated program will conducted by California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) and will focus on the admission requirements, prerequisites, and scheduling of the program which is slated to begin in January 2006.

The meetings will begin at 5:00 p.m. on October 12 and November 9, 2005. In order to be considered for admission, a student must attend one of the meetings. A mandatory orientation will then be held at a date to be determined for all students wishing to apply for admission.

The 2-year, part-time program provides a credential and master1s degree in mild/moderate disabilities and is accredited by NCATE and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, and provides recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers.

The credential program will begin in January, 2006. All classes will be held in the University Center on the College of the Canyons campus and scheduled are in the evening or on Saturday. Student teaching will take place in the Santa Clarita Valley school districts.

October 3, 2005

College Launches Paralegal Certificate Program

College of the Canyons is now offering a paralegal certificate for students who are interested in pursuing a career in what has become the fastest growing profession in America. A paralegal program is one that residents have said they wanted for some time.

In many ways it can be said that paralegals are a lawyers’ right hand. According to the U.S Department of Labor, paralegals help “lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered.” Paralegals may also “prepare written reports that attorneys use in determining how cases should be handled. Should attorneys decide to file lawsuits on behalf of clients, paralegals may help prepare the legal arguments, draft pleadings, and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist attorneys during trials.”

The certificate program begins with an Introduction to Paralegal Studies, which addresses what paralegals do and the necessary skills required of them. The introductory course is meant to aid students in the decision of whether paralegal is the right career for them. In an effort to facilitate that decision, students in the certificate program can take an internship class where students can work in the industry but still have a connection to the classroom to help with any questions they might have about the field.

The Paralegal certificate program has 30 units of paralegal studies classes and requires 30 units of general education. Upon completing the program, students receive an associate degree and can work as paralegals.

What makes paralegal an appealing career choice is that, “Paralegal studies is a program where you can take a two-year course of study and become a professional,” said Debora Orlik a paralegal instructor at College of the Canyons. “We don’t talk about ‘jobs.’ We talk about a profession.”
The present and future job market for paralegals is uncommonly promising. According to the US Department of Labor, “While some paralegals train on the job, employers increasingly prefer graduates of postsecondary paralegal education programs; college graduates who have taken some paralegal courses are especially in demand in some markets.” Orlik said that, “As the need for legal services remains largely unmet, we are always seeking paralegals to meet the need and keep the cost of legal services down.”

Students who are interested in going to law school can also benefit from the new paralegal certificate. “There is no doubt that people with paralegal education and experience do better in law school,” said Orlik. “Paralegal studies are about the hands-on part of law, whereas law school concentrates on the theory of law.”

The career choices for students are endless, but Orlik believes that careers in law and in paralegal are challenging and exciting avenues for students. “A paralegal has an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, helping people, making a positive impact on our society, and getting paid well.”​​​