Source: American Bar Association
The future of our nation is in the hands of our young people. We all can and should play a role in assuring America’s future by addressing the needs of youth and focusing on the issues affecting them today. All youth need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law to become effective participants in our nation’s civic life. The Law Day 2007 theme prompts us to listen to the voices of young people and consider how the law can better serve their needs and interests. It also encourages us to assure that our youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively make their voices heard within our democracy.
April 24, 2007
‘Julian’s Alums’ to Showcase Artwork at Gallery
Joanne Julian has served as chair of the fine arts department for 25 years and as gallery director at College of the Canyons for 12 years. While she has dedicated her life to teaching, she has never abandoned her own studio. A widely renowned artist in her own right, the COC Art Gallery will present the alumni exhibition “Julian’s Alums” on May 15, 2007 in recognition of her impending retirement. This exhibition will showcase the work of students Julian taught during her career as an educator and artist.
“I enjoyed locating my students, and was thrilled to have contacted them all over the United States and as far away as Germany and Japan,” said Julian. “Many will be flying into the area in order to participate in the exhibition and the reunion. I was shocked to learn that many of them are middle aged, the first group is well into their 50s at this point. It brought home that I was only a couple of years older than them when I began teaching at 23,” mused Julian. “I hope I will be recognizable.”
Along with the showcase of their artistic work and professional contributions, the exhibition will consist of the personal and professional successes of Julian’s students, their families and memorable experiences and events from their days at COC as art students.
Julian received her bachelor and master of arts degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her master of fine arts degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Julian has studied and traveled in the Orient, which is immediately noticeable in her work.
“Critics have often identified a Zen quality in her work... a gentle merging of natures, a unification of humanity and all living things, of yin and yang, the discipline and spirit of Taoist painting,” said critic Robert McDonald, past Senior Curator of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.
The reception will begin at 7 p.m. in the COC Art Gallery. Admission is free and the exhibition will run through June 1st. The public is welcome.
The art gallery and store hours are from noon to 3 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Fridays, weekends and all college-observed holidays.
April 9, 2007
Four Choral Groups in Concert at Performing Arts Center
The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, once observed that “music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Even though he was referring to the music we may not appreciate today, he hit upon an important universal truth. He could well be talking about the choral music that will fill the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center on May 19th.
Four ensembles will fill the air with energy, precision and emotion, presenting pieces ranging from “Magnificat” by Charles Theodore Pachelbel for double choir to Gabriel Faure’s prize winning work “Cantique de Jean Racine.”
Choir director, Julie Lawson, promises plenty of up-tempo fun during the evening with four- and five-voiced madrigals, gospel numbers and complex and varied sounds of jazz. The jazz choir aptly named, Just Jazz, will sing everything from jazz rock to samba, to New Orleans street beat and then close their set with “I Want You Back” made famous by the Jackson 5.
The evening will culminate with all four choirs performing the exciting gospel number “John the Revelator.”
Curtain for the choir show will be at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at $10 and $5 through the Performing Arts Center at www.canyonsPAC.com
or by calling the box office at (661) 362-5304.
Lawson’s choral department offers four choirs, all of which are performance groups and open to students and community members. “It is a great opportunity to further develop one’s sight singing abilities, improve vocal technique and become familiar with the wonderful choral literature that is available,” Lawson said. “We sing music from the Renaissance period through the 20th century, including jazz and pop.” Through the following ensembles, students learn the relevant issues concerning performance practice and rehearsal techniques. All four groups refine the individual selections to high standards and represent the college throughout the community.
The Voices of the Canyons is a large, mixed-voice choir that covers everything from folk songs, spirituals, motets and cantatas, to larger works for choir and orchestra. The Chamber Singers, also a mixed-voice group, is smaller in size and works on music more suitable for a small, intimate gathering, such as madrigals, chansons, jazz and pop. Les Chanteuses, a women’s choir, performs music written specifically for the female voice. And, Just Jazz is a mixed vocal group open to advanced singers with an interest in jazz and learning challenging choral literature. The music ranges from four to eight parts, with some songs a cappella and others accompanied, usually by a jazz trio.
The May 19 performance is the culmination of student work during the College of the Canyons spring 2007 semester.
April 11, 2007
College Receives Excellence Award Second Year in Row
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program at College of the Canyons has been awarded a MESA Center of Excellence award for the 2005-2006 academic year, receiving the award for the second year in a row. Each year the MESA statewide office recognizes the community college program with the most successful transfers in math-based fields. Of the 29 community college MESA programs in California, COC leads the state in its number of transfers!
The MESA program is an academic enrichment program for educationally disadvantaged and historically underrepresented students majoring in math, engineering and the sciences. The program began at COC in 2000 and has successfully transferred more than 200 students to universities in California and across the nation. Program alumni have gone on to professional careers at a wide variety of noted companies and institutions including Amgen, Second Sight, Cedar Sinai and UCLA. Other alumni have chosen graduate school at universities throughout California and across the country, One College of the Canyons MESA alum is currently in the Ph.D. program in chemistry at MIT.
MESA program director, Susan Crowther, says she has “the best job in the world, supporting intelligent, deserving young people to reach their educational goals and dreams.” She credits the success of the College of the Canyons program to the faculty of the Mathematics and Sciences division. The faculty have given their time, their expertise and their creativity to support MESA students.
Crowther explained that the interaction of MESA students with faculty members and the connections they make in the MESA Student Study Center really serve to de-mystify the academic environment, especially for those students from families with no experience with college. The faculty, along with MESA staff members, impact the lives of MESA students by showing them that they matter and that they believe the students can succeed in college.