News Release Archive: December 2007
These are outdated news releases and advisories that are posted here for archival purposes. 
 
December 19, 2007
Children's Work Displayed in Art Gallery
 
Pablo Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

Full of imagination and joie de vivre, the artwork created by the children at the College of the Canyons Children's Center will be exhibited at the college's art gallery in the show, "Budding Artists: Selections from The Children's Center" from Jan. 5 to Jan. 19, 2008.
 
"Our first children's exhibition was in 2002 and it has remained one of my favorite experiences with the gallery," said gallery director, Larry Hurst. "Artists spend their lives trying to return to the youthful enthusiasm and freedom that seems to come so easily when we're young. An exhibition like this can be both exhilarating and humbling."
 
Hosted by the Circle of Friends, a reception will be held for the young artists on Jan. 5, 2008, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the public.
 
The art gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment.

 
 
December 18, 2007
College Announces Holiday Hours

College of the Canyons, along with the Canyon Country campus, will be closed from Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, 2008, but many college departments and offices will be open to assist students during the holiday break.

At the Valencia campus, Admissions and Records, the Children's Center, Career Center, Counseling, Bookstore, Financial Aid, Student Business Office and the Transfer Center will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon from Wednesday through Friday.

The Assessment Center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and the Switchboard will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Art Gallery, Box Office, CWEE, Fitness Center, Health Center, Hite and Honors, International Students Program, Library, Student Development and TLC Lab will be closed during the break.

At the Canyon Country Campus, the Founding Dean's office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The Switchboard will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Student Services will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday through Friday.

Students can register for classes online at any time and over the phone through STAR. For more information about winter and spring registration, please visit the college's website at www.canyons.edu​.

 
 
December 13, 2007

With the guidance of College of the Canyons student Lacey Ehrlich, students from Joanna Trafecanty's fourth-grade class team up to sort bottles, cans and paper as part of a class recycling project. Ehrlich has made weekly visits to the North Park Elementary classroom since October to teach students about the importance of recycling and environmental conservation.

Fourth-Graders to Perform Play About Environment
As a fitting conclusion to the Jan. 31 Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America conference being held at College of the Canyons later this month, one environmentally minded class of North Park Elementary School fourth-graders will take the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage in dramatic fashion.

Performing the original play "A Time Capsule Can Save the Word and Other Tips..." to present a variety of pertinent messages about recycling and conservation, Joanna Trafecanty's fourth-grade class will look to provide conference attendees with a variety of ways to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into our daily lives.

"It's a chance for the kids to tell us what they think about recycling and the environment and the future of our planet," said Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, chair of the college's Sustainable Development Committee and one of the conference organizers. "Fourth grade is the time when students really start articulating their surroundings, so it's the perfect time to instill a strong sense of environmental responsibility in them."

The Jan. 31 performance comes as the end result of a service-learning project between North Park Elementary School and students from the COC Students for Sustainability Club, who have been working with Trafecanty's class to produce the play since early October.

The project, which was spearheaded by 19-year-old COC student Lacey Ehrlich, has also included a series of weekly classroom visits in which students were presented information on a number of environmental issues, including the "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy, before eventually initiating their own classroom recycling program.

"I feel education is the best way for community change to occur," said Ehrlich about her desire to undertake such a project. "I thought that a play would be a great way to get the kids involved and thinking about environmental issues, so it's my hope that by raising awareness about these issues students will understand their importance and want to do something to bring about that change."

Because the collaboration project has gone so well, Cheng-Levine hopes this year's partnership will serve as a model program for other teachers on the North Park Elementary campus, and eventually other schools in the valley.

"If we can reach fourth-graders this year, then maybe as fifth-graders they will want to come back and help teach younger students, or even go home and talk to their parents about the moral obligation we all share for our planet," Cheng-Levine said. "If this project proves successful it's our hope that parents will demand similar issues be taught and discussed in their kid's class."

This play, "A Time Capsule Can Save the World and Other Tips..." is written by Lacy Ehrlich and coaches from the COC Speech and Debate Team, Drew Ferrandini and Michael Leach. Trafecanty's fourth-grade class will perform the play at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, during the Focus the Nation (FTN): Global Warming Solutions for America conference.

Admission to the conference is free, with a suggested $5 to $10 suggested donation to help offset event costs.

For more information about the FTN conference or other COC sustainability related events, please contact Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-5806 or sdc@canyons.edu. You can register for the conference at www.cocsdc.org. "Early Bird" registrants will receive free tote bags full of goodies on the day of the conference.

 
 
December 13, 2007
Environmental Forum and Concert to be Held at College

While many SCV citizens will spend the first few months of 2008 trying to make good on their New Year's resolutions by dieting, exercising, and making other lifestyle changes, the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee is inviting everyone to "go green" by attending the nationwide Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America conference.

Designed as a way to focus the growing concerns about the country's global warming problems, the Focus the Nation (FTN) conference will include millions of students, educators and environmentally minded citizens simultaneously meeting at various locations across the country. Locally, FTN will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

"The whole goal of this conference is education," said Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, chair of the college's Sustainable Development Committee. "As a community college, we want to give back to the community by offering our collective energy, knowledge and guidance to help build a better future for all."

Operating with a goal to generate community discussion and examine potential solutions to the global warming crisis, the FTN conference will be divided into two environmentally-themed breakout sessions featuring more than 30 speakers -- including COC President-Superintendent, Dr. Dianne Van Hook and City Council Member Marsha McLean -- who will be on hand to discuss issues including the historical roots of environmental problems and the roles of education in building a sustainable future.

"College of the Canyons is pleased to host this event and give our community an opportunity to ponder and discuss topics that have far-reaching ramifications for our everyday lives," Van Hook said. "More importantly, this event gives us the opportunity to walk away with practical ideas we can implement as individuals to make a collective difference."

In the afternoon, conference attendees will have the opportunity to take part in workshop sessions focused on audience participation and designed to allow community members the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, present possible solutions and ultimately create an ongoing dialogue within the community about the subject.

"It's very easy to sit at home and complain that the problem is too big to do anything about, so why not assign the responsibility to ourselves to do something practical and effective?" Cheng-Levine said. "Come and learn how to get started, and from there look at what we can do now, and what we can do collectively to help move society forward from an environmental standpoint."

Admission to the FTN conference is free, with a suggested $5 to $10 donation to help offset event costs. Other costs are offset by the "Giant Sequoia" title sponsor, Southern California Gas Co. Conference organizers are asking community members interested in attending to register in advance for the event. "Early Bird" registrants will receive tote bags full of goodies on the day of the conference.

A benefit concert featuring classic rock tribute bands Ticket to Ride (Beatles) and 5150 (Van Halen, the Sammy Hagar era) will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center to raise funds for student scholarships and internships. Tickets are $15, $20, $25 and $30 with a $5 discount for students with identification, children 12 and under and seniors 60 and older. Tickets may be purchased online at www.canyonspac.com, by mail or in person at the PAC box office located on the College of the Canyons campus in Room S-127 of the Student Center. For ticket information or box office hours please call (661) 362-5304.

For more information about the Jan. 31 Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America conference, or to register to attend, please visit www.cocsdc.org or contact co-chairs of the conference Michael Joslin at (661) 362-3260 or Amy Foote at (661) 362-3574.

 
 
December 12, 2007
College Theatre Department Introduces New Programs

Already offering students the opportunity to perform in an award winning Performing Arts Center (PAC) while learning from a staff of industry experienced instructors, this month the College of the Canyons Theatre Department announced the arrival of two recently approved degree programs to further assist students in pursuing their educational endeavors.

The new theatre department degree programs, which include options in "general theatre" and "performance theatre," will allow students to earn an associate in arts degree while providing the lower-division major preparation needed to transfer to a four-year university with a major in theatre.
"We've always offered a number of theatre courses, and we have this beautiful Performing Arts Center and black box theater right here on campus, but there was no theatre program, so students were taking all these courses but never earning a degree from us. Now they can," said Audrey Green, COC dean of program development and community extension.

The COC Theatre Arts program focuses on the study of the creative, historical, technical and cultural aspects of performance. Upon completion of the COC theatre program, students will be able to: differentiate the various movements in theatre history and critically examine how those past movements are reflected in today's society and entertainment; delineate the role of the theatre professional in theatrical and non-theatrical professions; and examine and evaluate the basic concepts of the dramatic form in entertainment settings or large public events.

"And for those students who aren't going to transfer to a four-year university, these programs will still prepare them for a number of employment options as well," Green said. "It provides them with another opportunity, and that's what we're all about here at College of the Canyons, is offering students opportunity."

With roughly 400 students and a growing selection of nearly 30 different course offerings, the COC theatre department is one of the fastest growing departments on campus - a trend that many at the college expect to see continue.

"The development of a theatre arts academic program has been one of the department's many goals since I came on board," said Susan Hinshaw, chair of the COC theatre department since 1999. "Our first priority was to prepare for the opening of the Performing Arts Center in 2004, but since then I have been in the process of developing many of the courses that comprise the two new programs."

The department expects the "performance theatre" option to be popular among students, with a number of both performance based and technical/design minded COC students already taking the steps necessary to declare theatre as their major, Hinshaw said.

"Students have been ecstatic about the new programs," she continued. "The first day I told them the good news, a group of students immediately left class and went to the admissions and records office to declare theatre as their major."

In addition to the two new degree programs, the Theatre department has plans to eventually develop degree options in "technical theatre," "directing" and "musical theatre," and certificate programs in "theater technology," "theater performance," and "theater management and production."

For more information about the College of the Canyons Theatre department and the two new theatre arts degree programs, please contact Susan Hinsahw, chair COC theatre department, at (661) 362-3991.

 
 
December 12, 2007
College's Culinary Arts Program Growing Rapidly

With a growing number of new courses and program options and a variety of burgeoning community partnerships which allow students to put their newly-learned skills to work, the College of the Canyons culinary arts department is becoming a well known entity both on campus and in the community.

"The department is really growing, and the community is really embracing us which is exciting for our students," said Cindy Schwanke, of the COC culinary arts department. "Because of that support from the community, students are finding work right here in the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout southern California after leaving COC."

Though still relatively new on campus, having only been formed in 2006, the college's culinary arts department has already seen a number of its accomplished students go on to assume careers in various aspects of the industry.

"We've got some real superstars coming out of the program," said Schwanke in reference to former students who have gone on to work for SCV area restaurants and catering businesses.

Recently, Schwanke and a number of her students visited the Hyatt Valencia kitchen facilities on a fieldtrip and had the opportunity to meet with the hotel's general manager, executive chef and catering general manager. That meeting subsequently led to a partnership between the Hyatt and COC in which a small number of students were selected to work alongside the Hyatt staff at a recent wine tasting event.

"Experience wise, that kind of an opportunity is huge," Schwanke said.

New students looking to enter the program or simply explore the vast culinary arts industry will have the opportunity to do so during both the winter intersession and spring 2008 semester.

Seats are still available in Culinary Arts 121: Culinary Fundamentals I, which provides students with a basic introduction to the industry, including principles of food selection, preparation and evaluation while also incorporating studies in meal management, various cuisines and food presentation.

"If you've ever thought there might be an inner chef in you, this is the class to take," Schwanke said. "There's a lot of cooking time and lots of time spent in the kitchen gaining useful, hands-on experience."

The Culinary Arts 121: Culinary Fundamentals I class meets Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break, from January 2 to January 31 on the COC Valencia campus.

For more information about the culinary arts department, please contact Cindy Schwanke at (661) 362-3816 or cindy.schwanke@canyons.edu.

 
 
December 11, 2007
Golf Lovers Invited to Tee Off at College Fundraiser

The College of the Canyons Golf program will host a fundraiser, "A Golfer's Dream Day," at Valencia Country Club on Jan. 14 and 28.

For $150 per person, golfers can play with members of the state championship COC Golf teams on the same course the PGA Champions Tour uses.
Teams can compete for prizes and a chance to play again on Feb. 11 as guests. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the COC golf program.
Golfers will receive a package that includes a Titleist golf glove, an Adidas cap, and an on-course lunch and beverage that will be delivered to each golfer during the round. Free refreshment stations will be at several locations on the course, as well.

At 9 a.m., golfers can warm up at the open range or compete in a putting contest. The round starts at 10 a.m. with a shotgun, followed by a short awards presentation at the end of the round.

Golf teams are limited to four people per team and can sign up to play both days.

The College of the Canyons women's program began in 1999 and won its first WSC Conference Championship in 2001. The Lady Cougars recently captured the 2007 state title.

One of the top programs in the state, the men's program started in 1988 and has made 18 trips to the Southern California Championships and 13 trips to the State Tournament. The team won its most recent state championship in 2006, bringing the total state championships to four.
Downloadable registration forms and more information is available at www.cocathletics.com.

 
 
December 7, 2007
Wayne Crawford Named 2008 Silver Spur Honoree

Wayne Crawford has never wanted to be a "sideline" resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, a place he has called home for more than 30 years. Instead, he has been an extremely active member of his community, which is why the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors has named him the recipient of the "Silver Spur" Community Service Award for 2008. The Silver Spur Celebration will be held on March 1, 2008 at the Globe Theatre located at Universal Studios.

Crawford's exemplary and laudable record of community service includes helping organize the Crawford Fleming Invitational Golf Tournament raising funds for the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, co-chairing the Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees, and serving as chair of Carousel Ranch's capital campaign to raise $1.5 million. Recently, Crawford also donated much-needed supplies to complete the city's memorial garden dedicated to local youth who have lost their lives in car accidents.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor and thank Wayne for his time, resources, care and love that he has given to our community," said Cathy Ritz, chief operational officer of the College of the Canyons Foundation.

Crawford's support for College of the Canyons has involved numerous major projects, including the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center capital campaign, the College of the Canyons Foundation President's Circle, and past Silver Spur events. He was also a major supporter of the 2001 Measure C and 2006 Measure M bond campaigns.

Crawford serves on countless boards, including Carousel Ranch, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Child and Family Center Advisory board.

"Wayne is one of the most selfless, genuine people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting," said College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne Van Hook. "His dedication to the community, and care for those in need of help, has set a standard for others to emulate."
Crawford is also a man of character, Van Hook said. "Wayne's integrity is unquestionable, and he is a man of his word," she said. "And he has great business sense and a wonderful sense of humor. He is such a unique individual and we are blessed to count him among our friends at College of the Canyons, and have him as a leader in our community."

The Silver Spur Celebration was originally the brainchild of LaVerne Rosa Harris, a member of the COC Foundation Board of Directors who became the 1996 Silver Spur honoree. The very first gala was held at the Gene Autry Museum in 1989, with Cliffie Stone as the recipient. The Foundation Board of Directors at the time wanted to create a signature event for the COC Foundation and also to reflect the western heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The event remains today one of the most popular elegant evenings for the community. It is traditionally held at historic museums, clubs and Los Angeles landmarks.

"It's a very classy and wonderful event," said Sue Bozman, vice-president of marketing and external relations for College of the Canyons. "It's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones while honoring the service of a valued Santa Clarita resident, such as Wayne Crawford."

The Silver Spur Award committee is co-chaired by Gary and Myrna Condie and Jeff and Kiki Hacker.

Previous recipients of the award include Aggie Agajanian, Scott and Ruth Newhall, Tom Dierkman, John Hoskinson, Robert Ormsby, Dick Luechtefeld, Roberta Veloz, Michael Berger, Lou Garasi, Tom Lee, Jay and Joyce Rodgers, Gary Cusumano, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Tom Veloz, and Rita Garasi. For more information about the Silver Spur event, call the COC Foundation at (661) 362-3639.

 
 
December 5, 2007
College Participates in Global Warming Conference

Next month College of the Canyons will join more than 1,000 colleges, universities and K-12 institutions across the country to take part in a national symposia and interdisciplinary discussion about possible solutions for the global warming crisis.

Expected to include millions of students, educators and environmentally-minded citizens, simultaneously meeting at various locations across the country, the nationwide Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America conference will take place locally Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 on the College of the Canyons campus.

Focus the Nation is a national movement initiated by Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., designed to focus growing concerns about the country's global warming problems and create a serious, sustained and truly national discussion about clean energy solutions.

On the day of the event, each Focus the Nation conference location will invite local, state and federal politicians to participate in those discussions, with hopes of directly linking students and citizens with political leaders to bring about environmental policy change.

"In support of the Focus the Nation movement, the intent of the College of the Canyons conference will be to focus on the concerns surrounding global warming," said Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, chair of the college's Sustainable Development Committee. "We hope to generate more national discussion about possible solutions by looking at the historical roots of the problem and examining the role of education in providing those solutions."

With that goal in mind, Focus the Nation organizers at COC have divided the conference into three themed segments: Historical Roots of Environmental Problems, The Role of Education in Building a Sustainable Future and Practical Solutions: Tips We Can All Do.

Also included at the conference will be environmentally themed breakout discussion groups, student presentations and an assortment of invited speakers, including COC President-Superintendent Dianne Van Hook and Marsha McLean, mayor of Santa Clarita.

As a culmination of the day's events, a fourth segment entitled "The Beginning of a New Era: Policies and Solutions," will offer a wrap-up of the day's main ideas and a chance to voice the endorsement of future environmental policy.

"Educators, activists, policymakers and concerned citizens of our community will all have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions and workshops meant to address the most pressing issues regarding the environment and the potential to move toward a more sustainable and vibrant future," said Michael Joslin, COC dean of student services and co-chair of the event.

The Focus the Nation Conference is being presented by the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee and sponsored by Telesis Community Credit Union, the city of Santa Clarita, SCV Chamber of Commerce, REC Solar, Shaw Contract Group, EmergenStore, Seldner Environmental Services, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Nature's Path Foods, Clif Bar, Joint Juice and the COC Biology Department, Student Development office and Associated Student Government.

However event organizers are still in need of an event title sponsor, additional panel presenters, community volunteers to work the event and both monetary and in kind donations to help offset event costs.

For more about the Jan. 31 Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America conference, or information on how to become an event sponsor or volunteer, contact event co-chairs Michael Joslin at (661) 362-3260 or Amy Foote at (661) 362-3574.

To register to attend the Focus the Nation conference at COC, or to learn more about the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee's upcoming events, contact Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-5806 or sdc@canyons.edu, or visit www.cocsdc.org.

 
 
December 5, 2007
College's Emeritus Choir to Perform at Senior Center

The College of the Canyons Emeritus Choir class will perform a free, half-hour show open to the public at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2007.

The choir will sing holiday music, jazz songs and classic show tunes such as "Oh What A Beautiful Morning," from the musical "Oklahoma," and a charming duet from the musical "Gigi."

The choir is mainly composed of senior citizens, although there is no age requirement to join.

"This is the first semester for the choir and we're having lots of fun," said Julie Lawson, the choir's instructor. "I make practice tapes and CD's for everyone so that they can practice at home during the week. It's a fun, no pressure atmosphere where seniors can come together for the pure enjoyment of making music. Everyone seems to leave rehearsal with a smile."

The choir is offered through the college's Emeritus College, a community education program that began in 2005. The program was created to develop noncredit programs to benefit the local community, at no cost.

"The Emeritus College program focuses on the lifelong learning needs of older adults, providing opportunities for socialization, mental stimulation, creative expression, and physical exercise," said Jennifer Brezina, the interim dean of noncredit and community education at the college.

The choir's spring semester begins on Feb. 8, 2008 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. Enrollment is free and open throughout the semester.

"My goal is to build this group into a thriving choir that can perform and entertain throughout Santa Clarita, particularly for the seniors in our community," said Lawson.

The spring schedule of classes for the Emeritus College classes is in the community education class schedule, which will be mailed to all Santa Clarita homes in early January.

For more information about the choir and how to join, contact the community education office at 661-362-5425.

 
 
December 4, 2007
Performing Arts Center Wins Architectural Design Award

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons has received a statewide award for its design. Architect Jim Spencer of NTD Architecture was awarded a 2007 Community College Facility Coalition Professional Design Award for his work on the center.

Spencer and his design team were presented the growth category Award of Merit for the 47,000-square-foot, $18.3 million PAC facility for its design concept, planning and construction processes, relationship between the facility and surrounding campus environment including pre-existing buildings and facilities, and its large community use and partnership potential.

Spencer, who served as the lead designer on the joint city of Santa Clarita- and College of the Canyons-funded Performing Arts Center (PAC) project from 1999 until its completion in 2004, was on hand to accept the prestigious award during the Community College Facility Coalition's 14th Annual Conference in Sacramento.

"To win this award is a real thrill," Spencer said. "It's my first CCFC award, and I consider it especially important because this facility was judged against community college projects from across the state. Theaters in general are especially difficult to design and even harder to get funded, so it's extremely meaningful for the PAC to have received this award.

"Both College of the Canyons and the city of Santa Clarita should take pride in receiving this honor," added Spencer.

Spencer worked closely with college staff during both the design and construction stages of the Performing Arts Center. Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne Van Hook, who fought for many years to get the funding for the center, provided critical design input to both exterior and interior features of the building. Most importantly, she selected the final colors and materials for the public spaces: lobby carpeting, restroom tile and countertops, main hall walls and final stain selection of the acoustic louvers, making sure that the finishes accentuated the overall architectural statement and features of the building, bringing all the elements together for a stunning visual impact.

Also credited during Spencer's acceptance were Jim Schrage, COC dean of facilities; Brodie Steele, PAC technical director; Susan Hinshaw, chair of the COC theatre department; Bernardo Feldman, chair of the COC music department; Yuan Chen, Reuben Wooton and Mark Major of NTD Architecture, and Tim Phillips and the entire construction management team at Klassen Corp.

"The Performing Arts Center is a beautifully designed facility for College of the Canyons students and the larger Santa Clarita Valley community to use and enjoy," Schrage said. "With its unique design concept, impeccable construction quality and capacity to serve as a venue for both small and large scale theater and musical performances, academic presentations and a wide variety of community events, the PAC is and will continue to be one of the college's most significant community contributions for decades to come."

The Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) is a statewide coalition composed of community college districts, facility planners, architects, developers, financial institutions, attorneys and consultants dedicated to advocacy for community college facilities issues and the provision of critical information and services associated with facility matters to community college districts and their business partners.

Founded in the spring of 1993, the CCFC boasts a 128-organization membership, including 52 of the state's 71 community college districts and approximately the same number of private sector companies.

Since 2004 the CCFC Professional Design Awards have recognized built and still under construction community college facilities with excellence, honor and merit awards in categories including growth, project-in-design phase, modernization, master planning and campus completion.
To be considered for an award, projects must be designed for a CCFC member community college and may include: campus academic and administration buildings, theaters, stadiums, bookstores, dormitories, parking facilities and other architectural projects related to a community college's facilities.

"The project design was intended to create a gateway statement for the college and reach out to the community as a kind of lantern or welcoming gesture which could be lit up at night," Spencer said. "That was the primary reasoning for the large circular glass-windowed lobby that faces outward toward Rockwell Canyon Road. The curve of the PAC lobby also compliments the opposite curve of the library, allowing the two buildings to work together visually."

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center features a 7,500-square-foot proscenium stage with accompanying 886 to 926 seat theater depending on performance configurations, an experimental "black box" theater and seating area, a green room, scene shops, costume and prop storage, an orchestra pit, make-up and dressing room areas, lockers, showers, restrooms and both a ticket booth and lobby snack bar.

As the premiere performance destination of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Center serves as an integral part of the college's performing arts curriculum and community partnership plans as a facility designed for both campus and community use.