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May 17, 2006

College Recognizes Classified Employees

Employees at College of the Canyons were recognized for their contributions to the college at an awards luncheon held on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. The luncheon was held with the “twist” that board members, administrators and managers served college “classified” employees a catered meal.

Classified employees hold support positions at the college, which don’t require academic qualifications. They are most often the behind-the-scenes people who are responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the college.

This is the 10th year that awards were presented to individuals in several categories. Five awards were presented.

The Employee of the Year award consists of a decorative plaque and $300 cash. The College of the Canyons Employee of the Year was awarded to Noel Lopez who is an Instructional Media Technician in the college’s Audiovisual Department. The award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the college through service to the campus. In Lopez’s case, he was singled out for his unfailing, professional assistance to instructors as well as his friendly demeanor, patience and willingness to go the extra mile.

The Humanitarian Award went to Hsiawen Hull. This award acknowledges an indispensable contribution to the college and cites community involvement and dedication. Hull is a Computer Support Coordinator for the college. He has been active for many years in community service and has dedicated countless hours volunteering at the Castaic Animal Shelter, assisting others in finding the pet that is just right for them; working at pet adoption events; working with rescued animals and advising pet owners about the latest training aids and veterinary care. The award consists of a decorative plaque and a $100 cash award.

The New Visions Award recognizes an employee who brings new insight to the job, which improves the college. A positive attitude and providing an inspiration to other employees are key elements in selecting the award winner. The 2005 New Visions Award winner is Bruce Battle. Battle’s official title at the college is Sports Information Officer/Public Information News Writer. But he does much more than that. He is the creative force behind the programming of the Vegas-style electronic marquees that are located on Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Roads; the college’s extremely entertaining TV and radio commercials; and he is one of the primary writer’s/designers behind much of the college’s printed materials. His award consists of a plaque and a $100 cash award.

A decorative plaque and a $100 cash award also went to Theresa Zuzevich, this year’s winner of the Professional Achievement Award. Zuzevich is a Program Specialist who works in the University Center located on the College of the Canyons campus. The award recognizes outstanding performance through educational achievement and a record of excellent job performance. She oversees the day-to-day operation of the University Center and is pursuing a master’s degree in administration through one of the University Center partners. She is a single mother, raising a teenage daughter, and is a shining example of a personal success story.

Each year the California School Employee Association (CSEA) presents its Member of the Year Award at this luncheon. This year’s winner was Ed Arambula, a key member of the college’s Security Department. Arambula is a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who just last week was credited with disarming a student who had brought a loaded handgun to class and holding him for arrest by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies. Ed is thoughtful, professional to the core, a calm and effective leader and an excellent role model. He received a plaque and a $100 cash award.

The awards were presented by college Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, as well as Board of Trustees members Bruce Fortine, Michele Jenkins and Joan MacGregor.

May 16, 2006

College Employee-Recognition Event


Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Place: College of the Canyons Cafeteria, Student Center

Event: A recognition and awards luncheon will be held at College of the Canyons on the above date and time to recognize the efforts of the “classified” staff of the college during the past year. This is the 10th year that COC has given these awards to employees. Classified staff are employees of the college in support positions not requiring academic qualifications. They are most often the “behind-the-scenes” people who are responsible for the day-to-day tasks that make the college run.

The catered luncheon is sponsored and served by college administrators and managers.

Five awards will be presented during the luncheon this year:

●  Employee of the Year: Plaque and $300 cash
●  Humanitarian Award: Plaque and $100 cash
●  New Vision Award: Plaque and $100 cash
●  Professional Achievement Award: Plaque and $100 cash
●  CSEA (California School Employees Association) Member of the Year Award

Funding for the cash awards is provided by the College of the Canyons Foundation.

May 9, 2006

Literacy Mission to Establish Libraries in Nicaragua

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” were the words of American writer Garrison Keillor. This summer the Santa Clarita Valley community will be able to share the gift of reading by joining efforts with the Literacy Mission to Nicaragua to help improve literacy and education by establishing libraries in five northern villages in that country. The Literacy Mission will take place this August at the end of the College of the Canyons study-abroad trip to Central America.

Each library costs about $450 to set up and will include a complete instructional library with texts appropriate for children ranging from kindergarten to 10th grade. Interested participants are encouraged to make a donation and/or join the mission. The students on the study-abroad trip will participate by donating bags of medicine and school supplies.

Leading the trip will be Claudia Acosta, foreign languages department chair; Carl Boyer, former Santa Clarita mayor, and Tom Veloz, CEO of UltraViolet Devices.

“I am very excited about this project, because as an educator, I truly believe that everyone is entitled to an education,” said Acosta. “Participants in the mission have the privilege of not only promoting literacy in the world, but also the opportunity to learn about people and communities, the lack of resources, and the challenges others must face in everyday life.”

The literacy rate in Nicaragua is approximately 68 percent, compared to 96 percent in Costa Rica and 99 percent in the United States. Nicaragua is also the second poorest country in Latin America, with Haiti ranking No. 1.

Community members can be a part of this important project by either traveling with the group or by making a donation toward that end. To find out more information on the Literacy Mission to Nicaragua, contact Acosta at (661) 362-3530.

May 8, 2006

Community Colleges’ Chancellor to Visit College

SUBJECT: The chancellor of the California Community College System, Dr. Marshall (Mark) Drummond, will visit College of the Canyons and meet with administrators, faculty and staff.

TIME: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006

LOCATION: College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center lobby

EVENT: Dr. Marshall (Mark) Drummond became chancellor of all California community colleges on Jan. 18, 2004. As chancellor, he leads the 110-campus, 72-district community college system. Prior to his appointment as chancellor, he served as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. The 4 p.m. reception will include members of the colleges’ Board of Trustees, superintendent-president, members of the faculty and staff, student leaders and guests.

May 4, 2006

Concert to Benefit the David Ewart Family

A galaxy of musical stars will share their talents on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 pm in a concert benefiting local resident David Ewart whose home was destroyed in a fire on December 19. Ewart, a professional violinist, is a long time Santa Clarita resident who has contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to local schools, churches and youth sports teams.  

The concert will feature several of his colleagues from the music community. Steve Amerson, dubbed “America’s Tenor” and well known Christian Music recording artist, will sing the title song “Go the Distance” from the movie “Hercules.” Amerson will be joined by local resident Leslie Garman on the duet “The Prayer” made famous by Andrea Bocelli.  

Busy studio singer, Randy Crenshaw, will no doubt delight the audience with his rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up” as well as current Brad Paisley hit, “When I get Where I am Going.” Another local resident well known in music circles and in our community, Steve Lively will perform “As If I Were The Only One To Love” and other selections.

Kristine Hedwall, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, accompanied by Ann Moore, accompanist for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale will play Arvo Part’s “Fratres”.

Even though still recovering from injuries sustained in  the fire, David Ewart will join a string ensemble composed of Ewart family members and colleagues for classical pieces by Vivaldi, Bach and Villa Lobos. Mr. Ewart will also perform Chopin’s “Nocturne in Eb.” 

Many other artists will be part of the program featuring uplifting and inspiring music. In each and every case, all performers will be donating their services. “David has shared his gifts with so many children and adults in this community. We just want to give back in this small way by being a part of this event.  It is also a great opportunity to participate in a concert that will provide inspiration and encouragement to all who attend. Who wouldn’t want to be involved in something like that? stated Sherry Klahs, co producer of the event.

May 1, 2006

Variety of Classes, Camps Offered this Summer

“Mom, I’m bored.” This summer, the College of the Canyons Extension will eliminate those three words from a child’s vocabulary with a summer lineup of classes and day camps.

“Although I love s’mores and song around a camp fire, summer camp can be much more,” says Karen Gorback, associate dean for community and continuing education at College of the Canyons. “We are very excited about this summer's schedule of educational camping and learning opportunities for children and teens.”

For the 17th summer, the Canyons Extension will host the Institute of Reading Development to provide reading instruction for all ages, from pre-kindergarten through adults. Classes will include pre-reading, reading enrichment, speed-reading, comprehension and study skills, and efficiency reading for work, school and recreation. Programs range in price from $199 to $299 per session with a wide variety of class times and dates from which to choose.

For future scientists, the Canyons Extension will also host Destination Science camps for children ages 5 to 11. This year’s day camps include four, one-week sessions that run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $295 per week. Half-day sessions are also available at $159 a week. Camp themes include: Extreme Battlebots, Hydro Galactic Rocket Mania, Outrageous Science Mysteries and Raging Wet Reaction Lab.

Teens and adults with artistic tendencies or attempting to cultivate them can take a cartooning workshop with professional cartoonist Chris Martinez.

The younger Picassos ages 7 to 12, can take a one-week, early morning fine arts camp with local artist Lorelle Miller.

The Money Camps for kids and teens are weeklong financial literacy programs utilizing age-appropriate, hands-on activities to teach campers how to make, manage and behave responsibly with money. The cost is $259 for each weeklong camp that meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Horse-lovers ages six to 16 can benefit from “try-out” equestrian practice. Each one-day camp will be held at Windy Ridge Ranch in Agua Dulce from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at $59.

The college-bound student can prepare for the SAT by taking an SAT preparation class. Other classes available for teens are an American Red Cross Babysitting class for ages 11 to 15 and a Canyons Aquatics Swim Club for ages 5 to 18.

May 1, 2006

‘Velvet Elvis’ Among Items Offered at Wine Classic

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Wine is bottled poetry” and on June 3, 2006 the poetry will be flowing at the 18th annual Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic at CalArts.

The region’s premier wine-tasting event and fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra, which will feature an excellent array of rare and vintage wines donated by collectors and merchants, is also an ideal event for food and music lovers as well, offering gourmet food from some of Santa Clarita’s finest restaurants and catering services, and live music.

Guests will be able to bid on current and rare vintage wines, artwork, travel and restaurant certificates during a silent auction. Vintage library wines will be available for tasting, such as the 2001 Chateau Margaux and Chateau Haut Brion, 2 first-growth Bordeaux wines, as well as Kistler chardonnays. All guests will receive souvenir glasses and trays.

Guests can also win exquisite wines during a raffle such as a 3-liter 2001 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.5-liter bottle of Joseph Phelps 2002 Insignia (named “Wine of the year” for 2005 by Wine Spectator), or a rare and gorgeous, “Velvet Elvis” magnum of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon licensed by Graceland Cellars.

Peets Coffee and Tea will donate its services during the event and Classic Designs Jewelry will donate a diamond necklace for auction.

Ticket prices are $70 each or $130 a pair before the event, and $80 each or $150 a pair at the door. Designated drivers can join at $35 and group sales at $60 each (10 minimum) by May 30.

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.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, call (661) 362-3415 or 362-5604.