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September 30, 2005

Free Meditation Seminar offered at College of the Canyons

Change is good, especially the changes that not only improve our health, but our entire approach to the stress and anxiety in everyday life. The College of the Canyons Student Health and Wellness Center and SNAC (Student Nutrition and Wellness Advocates at COC) will sponsor a free seminar, “Meditation to Change Your Moods” that will do just that; change the way we live and think through the art of meditation. 
Dr. Darlene Mininni, an emotional health specialist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology who taught for fifteen years at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Health and Wellness Center, will be conducting this seminar at College of the Canyons for the very first time from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 20 in room L-105. 

“Since unmanaged stress is so pervasive in our culture and contributes greatly to so many eating problems and other health concerns, SNAC felt strongly about having Dr. Mininni ‘kick-off’ its speaker series,” said Sheri Barke the nutrition education coordinator at College of the Canyons. 
Mininni has recently written a book, The Emotional Toolkit: 7 Power-Skills to Nail Your Bad Feelings (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). 

Students and the Santa Clarita community can easily reduce anxiety and sadness and increase happiness and optimism through meditation. “Attendants to the seminar will learn a simple meditation technique that can act like a natural anti-depressant that transforms thinking patterns and rewires the brain for happiness,” said Barke.

September 30, 2005

Informational Website for Canyon Country Educational Center Launched

College of the Canyons has launched a website filled with information about the new Canyon Country Educational Center. The site includes a conceptual drawing of what the campus will look like when it is complete, a fact sheet, Measure C and Site Selection Committee members, a timeline, an extensive question-and-answer section and a photo album that will track progress at the site.

September 29, 2005

University Center Adds Special-Education Information Meetings

The University Center has announced added dates for its upcoming information meetings for the highly anticipated Special Education Credential program for the Santa Clarita Valley. The meetings, conducted by California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), will focus on the admission requirements, prerequisites, and scheduling of the program which is slated to begin in January 2006.

Each of the meetings will begin at 5:00 p.m. and held in the University Center on the College of the Canyons campus. In order to be considered for admission, a student must attend one of the following meetings: October 12 or November 9. A mandatory orientation will then be held at date to be determined for all students making application for admission.

The 2-year part-time program provides an exemplary credential and master’s 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. All classes will be held in the University Center and scheduled in the evening or on Saturday. Student teaching will take place in the Santa Clarita Valley school districts.

September 28, 2005

Legendary Bassist Carol Kaye to Perform in Concert

It's not often a living legend comes to visit. Rarer still to see one perform. Attendees at the College of the Canyons Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert on Friday, Oct 28 will have that chance when celebrated bassist Carol Kaye accompanies College of the Canyons musicians.
Kaye, who literally wrote the book on playing the bass when she penned the first of many tutoring guides “How to Play the Electric Bass” in 1969, has taught hundreds of the world’s top musical talents in her day, including other music legends Quincy Jones and Sting.

“Carol taught me more about the bass than is decent,” says Sting.

“This woman is really a legend in her field,” said K.C. Manji, who has taken over director’s duties of the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble since long-time leader Dirk Fischer retired a year ago. “It’s simply an honor to have her perform with us.”

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert, which will feature well-known literature such as “Zoot-Suit Riot,” “Spinning Wheel” and “At the Summit!,” kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children under 12.

September 26, 2005

Biotechnology ‘Clean Room’ Set for Opening

College of the Canyons is putting the finishing touches on its new biotechnology center, part of a two-year project to create a state-of-the-art laboratory for the life sciences and engineering program. Located just 10 minutes from its main campus, the College of the Canyons Biotechnology Center contains a 2000 square foot clean room within a 4700 square foot facility in the Mann Biomedical Park.

An open house and ribbon cutting will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 4:00), October 10 at the center located at Mann Biomedical Park, 25102 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA. The public and interested business owners are invited to attend.

The project was conceived and coordinated by biology faculty member Jim Wolf and Dena Maloney, Dean of Economic Development at College of the Canyons. The modular clean room itself was donated to the College by 3D Systems, a Santa Clarita-based manufacturer of digital manufacturing equipment.

“What sounds like science fiction is rapidly becoming science fact at College of the Canyons,” says Maloney. “The training our students will receive in this facility will catapult them into the high-tech, high-pay and high-intensity world of science that will only grow in the decades to come,” she stressed.

Recognizing the growing importance of the biotech and biomedical device manufacturing industries in the region, the College collaborated with Ventura College to secure an economic development grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The project, entitled the 126 Biotechnology Collaborative, created two unique biotechnology laboratories at either end of Highway 126.

At Ventura College, the project added two bio-fermentation devices that are used to train bio-technicians needed by pharmaceutical, agricultural, and other wet lab based biotechnology applications.

At College of the Canyons, the project supported the creation of the class 10000 facility used for both “wet lab” activities such as tissue engineering, histology, and “dry lab” activities including micro electronics, nano-technology and biomedical device manufacturing. A core curriculum of clean room science involving 20 hours of hands-on training offered three times each semester will serve as the educational gateway for a range of clean room conducted courses.

While still in its infancy, the facility enables faculty, students and industry partners to participate in training across a broad range of biotechnology and engineering disciplines. The college is also offering precision assembly educational programs to prepare entry-level employees for micro-assembly positions in the biomedical device industry.

“The idea of an educational clean room has an oxymoronic ring to it,” notes Wolf. “Once a student enters a clean room, there is a real possibility that the room will no longer be clean. On quick motion,” stressed Wolf, “a misplaced hand or even a simple spoken word may contaminate a substance.”

“This facility will allow a very accurate re-creation of the major elements of a clean room facility and is in fact a real facility capable of reaching level 5 cleanliness (about 10,000 particles per cubic foot),” said Maloney. “This enables students and industry trainees to experience conditions such as those when working in an FDA-regulated environment or lab setting,” said Maloney, “thereby better preparing them for employment in the life sciences field.”

September 19, 2005

Winter Intersession to be Offered

Students and administrators are enthusiastically awaiting this year’s new Winter Intersession being offered at College of the Canyons in January. “It is the first time the college has offered a full-fledged comprehensive Winter Intersession,” said the college’s spokesperson Sue Bozman. The Intersession allows students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking short- term classes of a five-week duration from Jan. 3 through Feb. 4, 2006.

Carole Long, interim vice president of instruction at College of the Canyons said, “We noticed that many community colleges had switched to the Winter Intersession and we wanted to make that opportunity available for our students as well.” Long also believes the new Winter Intersession will put College of the Canyons “more in sync with transfer schools, such as CSUN, which have a winter intersession.”

The Winter Intersession will offer more than three hundred class sections for students to choose from, and will be heavily packed with general education courses that are UC and CSU transferable.

According to Long, it will also allow students greater flexibility, “Students can take UC and CSU transferable courses during the winter and not have to go to school during the summer.”

For first-year students, the Winter Intersession will be extremely beneficial. Many first-year students have difficulty enrolling in prerequisite classes during the fall and spring semesters, primarily because they aren’t given enrollment priority, but the Winter Intersession will have many of these prerequisite classes available.

“The Winter Intersession is also an excellent opportunity for students coming home for the holidays from four-year universities,” said Bozman. “Students can take the same classes offered at a UC or CSU campus at College of the Canyons for a much lower price.”

Evening, online, and College by Television classes will be available for students who work during the day and cannot attend daytime classes. Classes will also be held at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country ACCESS site for students who live in that area.

Registration for Winter Intersession classes will begin on Nov.16.

September 16, 2005

Feed Me!

If a three foot-high extraterrestrial man-eating plant bent on taking over the world demands to be fed, well, then, you better do it! All the blood, gore and horticulture you can stomach takes place just in time for Halloween, as the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts will be transformed into a “Little Shop of Horrors” for two devilishly delightful weekends in October.

The College of the Canyons Theatre Department production of Little Shop, which will run October 14-16 and 21-23, once again serves up a tasty mix of both student and community performers ­ all of who are extremely talented. Playing the lead female role of Audrey is professional actress and College of the Canyons student Whitney Vigil, who currently has a reoccurring role on the Disney tv show “That’s So Raven.” This fall, Vigil will also be featured in the New York production of a new musical, Camille, in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Playing opposite Vigil as Audrey’s co-worker and secret admirer, Seymour, is David Knebel, a graduate of UCLA who played Tom Sawyer in last season's production of Big River.
The stage will once again feature outstanding sets, costume designs and props ­ including a fully-animated three-foot high talking plant! — that have become a staple of COC Theatre productions.

Little Shop of Horrors will run Fridays through Sundays, from October 14-16 and October 21-23. Friday and Saturday show times are 8 pm, while Sunday shows run at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children under 12.

While Little Shop of Horrors is a rollicking romp through the terrifically twisted lives of a unique cast of characters, there are adult themes throughout the play, so parental discretion is advised.

September 16, 2005

Come With us on a ‘Journey to Tibet’

From the snowcapped Himalayas and into the heart of rural Tibetan culture, Dorjee Tsewang, founder of the Tibet Aid Foundation, shares the rich culture of his homeland Tibet in his breathtaking free audio-visual slide presentation “Journey to Tibet.”

“Journey to Tibet” will be shown at the Public Gallery, Room R-206 in the College of the Canyons Library from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2005.

September 16, 2005

College Trustees Approve Budget

Funds for additional faculty, new and expanded programs and services, an online degree program, a comprehensive winter intersession, 15 major construction and renovation projects, and room for more students are all in the works for College of the Canyons this year, under the Santa Clarita Community College District’s 2005-2006 budget, approved by the board of trustees during its budget meeting Wednesday night.

The budget funds nearly $33.2 million in capital outlay projects from state, district and Measure C bond funds, including $20.7 million toward the construction of the Canyon Country Educational Center.

College spokesperson Sue Bozman said the $108.3 million total of all district budgetary funds is the largest in the district’s history, as is the unrestricted general fund budget of more than $61.6 million.

Superintendent-president Dianne Van Hook said, “The increase of nearly $8 million in the unrestricted general fund over the 2004-2005 budget allows the college to expand services and access for students, and to better serve the current needs of the community.”

She added, “the capital outlay funds support our commitment to the goal of meeting the ever-changing educational needs of our growing community and building our capacity to continue to be able to do so in the future.”

In addition to the Canyon Country Center, standouts among the 15 projects to be funded are construction of a business/high tech center that broke ground last spring, a science lab building that will begin construction this fall, and ground-breaking on the permanent university center that, when completed, will serve the community’s needs for access to upper-division and graduate-level education.

Bozman said that during the past 17 years, student enrollment has increased from 4,823 to 14,233, creating tremendous pressure for more facilities. To meet that need the district has obtained $192.8 million in construction funds since 1991, increasing the useable square feet of its facilities from about 200,000 to more than 350,000. Construction during the next few years will add much more space in state-of-the-art facilities for students and the community.

Sharlene Coleal, vice president of business services, told the board that the state will support growth at the college of up to nearly 18 percent for the upcoming year, by far the highest growth rate compared to surrounding districts, which have been allotted the potential to grow an average of 3.6 percent.

“As a result of our higher growth target, we are better positioned to bring new funds to support us in providing greater access to our students,” Van Hook said. She added that “the incredible 436% growth of the college’s budget during the last 15 years is the direct result of tremendous advocacy work by the board, administration, staff and student leaders, who convinced Sacramento to recognize the growth that is actually occurring in our valley and to allow the college to grow to meet that need.”

Coleal explained that the administration budgeted very conservatively for 10.5 percent growth. While more than $400,000 is currently allocated to fund newly-hired faculty positions, “We have set aside money to encourage faculty to create new curricula,” Van Hook said, explaining that the budget is supportive of innovation, enabling the college to be responsible, flexible, and able to quickly add programs as new needs are identified.

September 14, 2005

College Raises Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds

The impact of hurricane Katrina continues to reverberate through the U.S. as stories of incredible damage and displaced families permeate international, national, regional and local news. Nearly every news story includes mention of what support organizations, businesses, cities, towns and average Americans are doing to help support relief and rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Locally, College of the Canyons has partnered with the Santa Clarita Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise funds for hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The Associated Student Government has been collecting money — a dollar at a time — since last week in a program it calls “Dollars for Disaster.” The current campaign calls for selling paper hearts for a dollar on which donors write their names. The hearts are hung in the atrium of the Student Center on campus and the hope is to completely paper the atrium in a quest to raise $10,000.

At the same time, the California Community College Chancellor’s office in Sacramento has issued a call to raise additional funds throughout California’s 109 college system to aid the battered community and technical colleges in the Gulf region. The intent of this initiative is to raise more than $1,090,000 to assist community college colleagues, in Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast. This translates to roughly a $10,000 fundraising goal for each California campus. Campuses hope to achieve their goals in the next 60 days.

The student government at College of the Canyons intends to incorporate a “Dollars for Disaster” fundraising element to most events held on campus until the goals are met. For instance, a September 19 event celebrating Constitution Day will include collections of spare change as well as materials such as diapers and baby food that are on the Red Cross’ short list of items that they’ll accept.

During last Saturday’s COC football game against Grossmont College, it was announced that the net proceeds from the game would be applied towards fundraising goals. This, by itself, contributed more than $2,000 to the relief effort that has collected in excess of $3,300 so far.
College officials have also cleared the way to accept any displaced Gulf Coast residents who may be relocating to the Santa Clarita Valley and who are interested in pursuing college degrees. “We are prepared with specially designated counselors to help relocated students make a smooth transition,” said Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Superintendent-President of College of the Canyons. “We have dozens of Late-Start classes that people can take with start dates throughout October, we are adding classes all the time,” stressed Van Hook, “and we are blessed with a talented and innovative faculty and staff who continually show their deep compassion and will always find a way to help when it is most needed.” Van Hook also noted that, should a group of students be relocated to Santa Clarita with common educational needs in core subjects, classes could be added specifically for them due to the college’s ability to be flexible.

The college stands ready to provide assistance through its Career and Job Placement Center, Financial Aid Office and to provide necessary referrals through its Health Center. College of the Canyons also stands ready as a location for a local blood drive should the Red Cross or other agency determine that it is necessary.

Legislation has moved through the California legislature and is currently on the Governor’s desk that would the waive higher, non-resident fees for community college students, allowing students to enroll in community colleges at the California resident rate, currently $26 per unit. If those fees are adjusted, access to higher education for the displaced people will be greatly improved.

The college also stands ready to assist in other financial ways, fully understanding that students who have left everything behind may not have money for books and supplies.

“College of the Canyons looks forward to working with local government and relief organizations to provide whatever assistance it can over the long haul,” said Dr. Michael Wilding, Vice President of Student Services at the college, “since the impacts ofthis disaster will be with us for many years to come.”

September 12, 2005

SCV College Fair on Tap at College

The second annual Santa Clarita Valley College Fair, hosted by the William S. Hart Union High School District and College of the Canyons, will be held at College of the Canyons from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2005. College-bound students, and their parents, will be able to meet college and university representatives from UCLA, UCSB, UC Berkeley, West Point, Mount St. Mary’s College, Northwestern University, CSUN, Occidental College, and the US Naval Academy, and many others.

In order to answer many of the common questions students and parents have about going to college, college representatives will be conducting seven Admission-related workshops:
Exploring the UC system
The California State University System
SAT Secrets 101
Understanding the Financial Aid Process
The Community College: Programs & Transfer
Admissions Process of Private Schools
The College Bound Student Athlete
“The Santa Clarita Valley College Fair is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to browse, pick up brochures, and talk with college representatives from some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities,” said John McElwain. Director of Public Relations and Marketing at College of the Canyons. “We are pleased to host the SCV College Fair again this year,” said McElwain, “and provide this opportunity for community members to meet with college representatives.” In 2004, an estimated 2,000 students and their parents participated in this event.
Admission to the Santa Clarita Valley College Fair is free.

Free parking will also be available in the College of the Canyons Student lot.

September 12, 2005

Sheriff’s North Academy Returns to Campus

More than 120 regular and reserve Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies will be trained over the next year in a new Sheriff’s training facility at College of the Canyons in Valencia. Known as the Sheriff’s North Academy, training will take place weekdays for the regular officers and Wednesday nights and Sundays for the reserves. A new classroom building specifically for use by the Sheriffs has been placed on campus near the softball fields to accommodate this training.

Sheriff Baca will tour the new North Academy facility and College campus beginning at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 13.

Classroom training and practical exercises will be in the curriculum and it will not be uncommon for the community to see platoons of Sheriff trainees hoofing the streets of Santa Clarita as part of their physical training regimen.

The first class of recruits began training at College of the Canyons on September 6, having spent the first two weeks of their academy training at a Whittier facility.

Nearly 50 students are in the first academy class and a second class, including asmany as 75 students, is expected to begin in January 2006. The size of the academy classes reflects a recent upturn in hiring, with many new recruits coming from the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi and Antelope Valleys as well as parts of Ventura County including Thousand Oaks and Camarillo.

According to Dr. Barry Gribbons, Vice President of Institutional Development at the college, “We are delighted to partner with the Sheriff’s Department in reopening the North Academy on our campus and look forward to a strong partnership with the Sheriff’s Department for the foreseeable future.”

College of the Canyons parking lots will be used on occasion, as they have in the past, as practical training grounds for high-risk stops, so it won’t be uncommon for community members to see patrol cars, flashing lights and what will look like real-life law enforcement activities occurring on college property. These activities are carefully controlled and monitored for safety and are some of the most important training the deputies undertake.

Deputies who complete the training will, in addition to the practical law enforcement skills and procedures necessary for their jobs, receive 10 units of degree-applicable, transferable credit which will allow them to advance educationally through their careers.

College of the Canyons has had a long history of training partnerships, providing in-service training for fire departments, the LAPD and the Sheriffs.

September 9, 2005

Library Associates Plans Wine-Tasting Excursion

On Saturday, October 8, 2005, the College of the Canyons Library Associates will sample wines from a variety of Santa Barbara County wineries, as inspired by the award-winning movie “Sideways.” The excursion begins at 7:30 a.m. with a return to Santa Clarita at 6:30 p.m. Wineries include Kalyra (featured in “Sideways”), Fess Parker and Curtis.

The ticket price includes motor coach transportation, wine tasting, breakfast, picnic lunch at a winery, snacks, and an educational slant during the outbound trip to maximize the wine tasting experience. Library Associates member tickets are $85 each and the non-member price is $110 per person. The non-member price includes a discounted one-year membership in the College of the Canyons Library Associates. These individual memberships are fully tax deductible.

The Library Associates, a part of the College of the Canyons Foundation, was founded in 1993, with the purpose of providing community partnership and support for the College of the Canyons library. The opening of the spacious new library facility in 1997 provided the college with a resource that meets the needs of this growing institution and community.

In addition to helping to provide superior library resources, Library Associates receive special benefits. All members have privileges to use the facility and are invited to participate in California Legends. California Legends are semi-annual trips to historic and intriguing places and communities in Southern California. Tours are led by College of the Canyons professors or executives and docents of the institution or community. Recent tours include the architecture and art of the MTA subway system, the renovated Central Los Angeles Public Library, exploration of the architecture and foods of Little Tokyo, and a behind-the scenes look at the Native American Indian holdings of the Southwest Museum.

September 8, 2005

Theatre Call for Auditions

The Theatre Department is looking for actors to participate in two upcoming theatre productions, “How I Learned to Drive” and “The Little Prince,” to be performed in the Black Box theatre at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, September 12 and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 14 in the Black Box Theatre at the Vital Express Center.

How I Learned To Drive is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel. It takes the audience on a journey down the roads of rural America as it explores the troubling relationship between an young girl and her abusive uncle. The play deals with mature subject matter and it is advisable to read the play before auditioning.

Available parts for How I Learned To Drive are:
Li’l Bit: A woman who ages through time from 11 years to 30-something
Peck: An attractive man in his 30s to 40s
Male Chorus: Play a variety of roles — Grandfather, Waiter, High School boys 18 to 30s
Female Chorus: Plays Mother, Aunt Mary, High School girls in their 20s to 30s
Teenage Chorus: Has nothing to do with “teenage,” except designation. Plays voice of 11-year-old Li’l Bit, Grandmother, High School girls 20s.
The Little Prince, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is the charming tale of a world-weary aviator whose plane crashes in the Sahara desert and there meets a mysterious boy. Through the conversations he has with the young boy, the aviator learns transforming wisdom about friendship, love and, most importantly, how to be a child again.

Available parts for The Little Prince are:
Aviator: Male 30s and up
Little Prince: Male or female to play ageless child 8 - 11 years
Fox & chorus: Male or female actor/dancer
Actors/dancers/gymnasts for 10 roles: Multiple roles including Rose, King, conceited man, businessman, lamplighter, geographer, 2-headed snake, desert flower.
The chorus will also portray the spirit of the desert, international forms of dance from the near and far east will be used. The chorus plays a major role in this production and will have a lot of stage time. Please dress for movement.

Anyone who auditions and is given a role in either of the two plays is expected to enroll in the college’s Theater Production 190 class.
No audition appointments are necessary. Simply show up prepared to perform.

September 6, 2005

Performing Arts Center Box Office Announces Evening Hours

Starting Sept. 7, the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at College of the Canyons will be open Wednesday evenings. 

Wednesday’s hours now extend to 7:30 p.m., in consideration for those who work during the day and cannot purchase tickets during daytime hours.
The Box Office, located in the College of the Canyons Student Center, is also open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Ticket purchases can also be made three hours prior to each performance at the theatre box office in the Vital Express Center.

September 6, 2005

College Offers Video Game Animation Certificate

College of the Canyons is now offering a new Video Game Animation certificate program that is designed to prepare students to enter the booming video game industry.

“At the moment the outlook is bright,” says Sheila Sofian, the chair of the college’s Animation department. “The advisory committee for the college’s animation program recommended creating a video game certification,” stressed Sofian, “to fill the current needs of the animation industry.”

The certificate program is two-year course of study that will aim to provide students with the necessary skills needed in traditional animation and training in modern technology.

Among the eleven courses required to receive certification, the first class is an introduction to the principles of animation, laws of motion, timing, and the analysis and production of a short animated narrative video.

Other courses included in the curriculum are an introduction to 3D Computer Animation in Maya Software, and a course that allows students to prepare a professional portfolio of their work.

Evening classes are available for students who work during the day but are interested in pursuing a career in this field.

Upon completing the program, students will be awarded a certificate in video game animation with which they can apply for an entry-level job. Other certificate programs available for students are in animation production or computer animation.

Students can also opt to take additional courses of study to earn an associate of arts degree in animation, and production or computer animation, all of which transfer to four-year universities with a major in animation.

Sofian says, “The video game animation industry is becoming extremely profitable, and companies are desperately recruiting.” Sofian pointed out that for students who already love to play video games and who are interested in animation, this is a great starting point.​​​