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November 30, 2007

Eddie Fumasi Exhibit Slated for Art Gallery

An old man has a dead gull on his chest. The dog under the bed is emerging from an envelope that has a picture of a dead bird on a rock. Hovering above the entire scene and adding to its mystery, is a 3-D photograph of three cranes, one in flight.

Although not exactly festive, “Pass” is just one of the more than 30 pieces of Eddie Fumasi’s work in the form of collages that will be on display from Dec. 1 to 15 at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery.

“Eddie Fumasi is a very private person who has managed to quietly create his collages over the last 40 years,” said Larry Hurst, art gallery director at the college. “The images are seductive, charming and quite often somewhat disturbing. Mr. Fumasi has a dry, biting wit that is clearly visible in his work.”

Fumasi’s collages are small, intricate compositions that require both investigation and introspection. Early pieces were created using postcards and have evolved to include images mounted on reflective surfaces to catch light.

Also on exhibition are his collection of more than 300 vintage cardboard “village houses.” These houses made during the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s for holiday displays and will be arranged in groups throughout the gallery.

Fumasi was born in Lompoc and received his bachelor’s degree from Chouinard Art Institute (now known as CalArts). He has worked as a registrar and curator for several high-end arts institutions including the LA Louvre Gallery, Arco Center for the Visual Arts and the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation.

Necia Gelker, art historian and COC faculty member, will speak about the significance and role Fumasi's work has played in art history at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and a reception for Fumasi will be held in the COC Art Gallery from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday 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.

November 28, 2007

Kane Named Track & Field Coach of Year

College of the Canyons head cross country coach, Lindie Kane, has been voted the Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year by the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association. Kane will be honored on Dec. 8 at the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association’s annual meeting at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas.

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged and recognized by the California Community College Track and Field Coaches Association,” said Kane. “This award is a reflection of the commitment, dedication, hard work and competitive performance of our 2007 men’s track and field team. This is not only an honor for me, but it will be shared by the College of the Canyons track and field coaching staff, the men's team and COC athletics.”

The 2007 track and field season was Kane’s best season to date, which included a second-place finish at the Western State Conference meet, with the team winning six individual events along with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-meter dash. The men’s team also won both relays and the 4x100-meter relay, posting the sixth-best time in the nation. As a team, they finished fifth in Southern California, a school best, and 11th at the State Championships.

Kane has been at the helm of the Cougar track and field program for 11 years and also coaches the cross country team. She was named the 2007 WSC Track and Field Coach of the Year and recently the 2007 WSC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

November 27, 2007

Ribbon-Cutting Event for High-Tech Hasley Hall

Subject: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Time: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

Place: College of the Canyons, Room 101 (Cinema Room), Hasley Hall

Event: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 49,505-square-foot, $17.5 million Hasley Hall — a high-technology classroom building. The building has been funded by Measure C bonds, approved by voters in November 2001 and from a statewide bond measure. With its completion, it becomes the largest building (square footage) on the College of the Canyons campus.

Hasley Hall houses the business, cinema, computer information technology, computer science, communications studies, economics and journalism programs. It also includes offices and other support spaces required for these programs.

Speaking at the event will be Ernie Tichenor, vice president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Nancy Smith, vice president of academic affairs; Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president.

Classroom and laboratory visits are scheduled for visitors immediately following the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.

November 27, 2007

Emeritus Choir to Sing 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. 

November 26, 2007

Student Wins Award at Model U.N. Conference

From the more than 300 student delegates who attended the Model U.N. Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Anaheim on Oct. 27, the 15 College of the Canyons students and their team advisor, David Andrus, were clearly the new kids on the block.

“This was my first conference and I did my best under such circumstances to prepare them for the conference,” said Andrus, who is also an assistant professor in the political science department at the college. “These other schools have serious programs and presented immediate challenges to our students.”

Of the more than 20 other colleges and universities that attended, including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego, there were only 15 awards to be presented.

Nevertheless, be it beginner’s luck or just a matter of being well prepared, COC student Evan Hall earned the Outstanding Research by a Delegate Award for the quality of his position paper representing Saudi Arabia on the U.N. Environmental Committee.

The college participated through a regional organization, Pan American Model United Nations Organization (PAXMUN). Modeled after the U.N. and considered one of the largest model U.N. organizations in the nation, PAXMUN holds multiple conferences throughout the western U.S. each year, including one-day and multi-day conferences.

“It is a great experience to build public speaking, diplomatic, and research skills,” said Andrus.

The COC students attended a one-day conference, where they simulated the diplomatic behavior that is conducted in the U.N. and were exposed to formal institutional decorum and parliamentary procedure.

“I was very impressed with their willingness to go for it,” said Andrus. “They did great and represented the college well.”

November 15, 2007

Seats Available for Environmental Presentation

Seats are still available for a 7 p.m. Nov. 20 presentation entitled “The Environment: A Daily Decision” to be held in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the College of the Canyons campus. COC professor Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine and Woodbury University writing professor Dr. Will McConnell will co-present about environmental protection, energy conservation and climate change brought about by global warming and what individuals can do about it.

“Usually people tend to say, ‘Oh, that’s a scientist problem,’ but it should be everybody’s concern,” said Cheng-Levine. In addition to her teaching duties, she also serves as chair of the college’s Sustainable Development Committee. “We need a way to have people start to think about the fact that it’s no longer just governmental and scientific expertise that can solve these problems. Instead it should be everyone's daily concern.”

Focusing on the various elements of being an environmentally responsible global citizen, the roughly hour long multi-media presentation will point out the environmental side-effects of many daily consumer choices and examine the consumption, disposal and recycling habits of Santa Clarita citizens — while hoping to alleviate the community’s conflicted feelings in wanting to do something environmentally positive, but being discouraged because of the sheer size of the problem.

“I’ve had people actually come up to me and say things like ‘the problem is just too big.’ So I think a lot of people really want to do something, but many of us are not quite sure exactly what to do,” McConnell said. “But while it’s important to decide what we can do individually, we also need a more concerted communal effort, and I think that’s what events like this give.”

The annual College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation is designed to showcase to the community the many varied interests, talents, academic scholarships and areas of research of the college’s dedicated faculty, while providing a highly informative and entertaining series of events for community members to experience and enjoy.

Immediately following the presentation the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will host a guest reception in the PAC theater lobby, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet and greet the presenters.

November 15, 2007

Joint-Agency Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic on Friday

Subject: Community Flu-shot clinic

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2007

Place: Parking lots #7 and #8, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Event: Flu shots will be administered to the public from 10 am to 1 pm. It is a stay-in-your-car, roll-down-your-window, roll-up-your-sleeve, get-a-flu-shot and drive off event.

The flu-shot production line is a joint effort on the part of College of the Canyons, the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Clarita and the L.A. County Sheriff and Fire Departments. It is anticipated that 1,200 flu shots will be administered during this 3-hour period.
Flu shots are often provided to the public in anticipation of an active flu season but the event serves a secondary purpose. This exercise will also test the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) response during a bioterrorism attack. The purpose of the CRI plan is to treat an impacted, mass population with medications within a short time period. Under the plan, the drive thru clinic is called a rapid point of dispensing or POD. College of the Canyons is a designated POD site for the bioterrorism plan.

Flu shots will be administered by College of the Canyons nursing students under the supervision of nursing instructors and LA County Department of Public Health personnel.

November 13, 2007

College to Hold Free Community Drum Circles

Drummer Mickey Hart said, “A good groove releases adrenaline in your body. You feel uplifted, you feel centered, you feel calm, you feel powerful. You feel that energy. That’s what good drumming is all about.”

In collaboration with Valencia-based Remo Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of drumheads, College of the Canyons will host free community drum circles that will be open to the public on the first and third Saturday of every month.

The upcoming drum circles will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the college’s Student Center (Room 130) on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1.

“I believe that besides being fun, providing good exercise and allowing for self expression, drum circles, such as this one, can make a positive contribution to our community,” said Alyssa Janney, manager of Remo in Valencia.

Remo’s website maintains that drum circles are a wonderful opportunity for people, of all music skills, to connect on a musical and personal level. Studies show that acquiring new learning skills, socializing, and exercise may keep our brains healthy and more importantly, rejuvenate brain cells. Group drumming provides experiences in all three of these important practices for maintaining health and supporting longevity. Community drum circles are also an excellent medium for reducing stress and feeling a sense of unity.

Remo will provide experienced group facilitators and instruments for the community drum circles held at the college.

November 8, 2007

College of the Canyons a Leader in Sustainability

Though perhaps not widely known, College of the Canyons has a long history of employing a wide variety of energy-saving and environmentally friendly practices in its campus operations, maintenance and construction.

Even before concepts such as sustainable development, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and “green building” became popular, College of the Canyons had already emerged as an energy-efficient and environmentally responsible community college.

Though the college utilizes a number of energy- and water-saving techniques, a wide-scale campus recycling program and environmentally conscious building strategies — including the use of more natural light, recycled building materials and natural landscaping — the most significant environmental undertaking has been the construction of water-distributing and energy-cogenerating central plants.

Housing chillers, boilers and cooling towers in a centralized location, each of the college’s three central plants serves as a single source of both hot and chilled water, which is used to heat and cool air and produce a potable water supply for multiple buildings on campus.

The use of central plants differs significantly from the common practice of constructing a new building that provides sufficient heating, cooling and hot water to only that building.

“That is a tremendous waste of natural resources, as the efficiency of a per-building approach is much less than a single, larger facility that can serve several buildings at one time,” said Jim Schrage, dean of facilities at the college. “When a campus becomes a conglomeration of 30 or 40 buildings encompassing 600,000 to 700,000 square feet, the combined inefficiencies and waste of separate systems is enormous. But this has never been the case at College of the Canyons.”

Though the college originally began with a central plant — housed on the roof of Bonelli Hall — Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne Van Hook began applying for funds to construct a more significant central plant as the campus started to expand in the early 1990s.

Although the state originally opposed the project because it saw no viable benefit, Van Hook eventually secured funding for the college’s central plant project, which was the first of its kind in the California community college system.

With the college’s continued growth came a remodeling of the original Bonelli Hall central plant, the construction and subsequent remodeling and expansion of the south campus central plant near Mentry Hall, and the addition of a third such facility on the north side of the campus. Combined, the central plants serve all of the college’s current buildings and facilities — and boast sufficient reserve capacity for the eventual buildout of the campus.

In addition, both the north and south central plants have been equipped with cogeneration capabilities, allowing the college to produce its own electrical power via natural gas-fired generators. Waste heat from their exhaust produce both hot and cold water for normal central plant functions.
“This allows us to dramatically cut our power costs,” Schrage said. “We’re not only saving large amounts of natural resources in our production, we’re also reducing the demand on the public energy grid by saving the loss of resources in the manufacture of power previously needed for our campus.”

The projects have been successful enough for the college to receive electric and gas utility rebates in the neighborhood of $1 million, Schrage said. The rebates have come via an energy-saving program initiated by the California community college system, which was recently recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

“College of the Canyons is very proud to be one of the largest beneficiaries of the statewide program, and to be recognized where it counts — in the pocketbook — by Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison for our success in creating projects that will save and continue to save our natural resources and environment,” Schrage said.

In addition to the use of central plants, the college has adopted a policy of using as many recycled construction materials as possible, including 100 percent recycled carpet and rubber flooring, drywall with recycled paper backing, plywood made from recycled paper and mill waste chips, and concrete and paving materials composed of recycled concrete, asphalt and rock.

As another major component of its eco-friendly campus-expansion plans, the college has sought to reduce external environmental effects on many new buildings by positioning them in the correct orientation of the sun’s path.

“Whenever possible we have put our largest glass window fronts facing east or north, which allows us the full benefit of natural lighting without the potential overload of the late afternoon sun,” Schrage said, pointing to the design of Hasley Hall, the Library and Performing Arts Center as examples.

With the use of more natural light has also come the installation of motion-sensor lights in every room on campus, the retrofitting of all campus lights with energy-saving bulbs and electrical fixtures, and a computer-controlled lighting system that can be programmed to externally turn campus lights on and off at predetermined times — saving electricity, bulbs and manpower in the process.

Also contributing to the college’s efforts to remain environmentally responsible are water conservation through the adoption of natural and drought-resistant landscaping, the use of a computer-controlled irrigation system, waterless no-flush restroom urinals and the move to an artificial FieldTurf playing surface — composed of rubber from recycled tires and sneakers — at Cougar Stadium.

From a recycling standpoint, College of the Canyons has for the last five years been in compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s initiative to reducing total solid-waste generation by at least 50 percent.

“This has been done with an aggressive recycling program, the separation of green waste and composting efforts, the recycling of electronic e-waste and the separation of construction materials into like categories before disposal,” Schrage said. “Together, this campus has been able to substantially reduce our landfill output.”

November 8, 2007

Students For Sustainability to Hold Campus GreenArt Fest

College of the Canyons students looking to express their feelings about the environment, while artistically celebrating a commitment to environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the campus' first Students For Sustainability GreenArt Fest.

Featuring displayed samples of student art, photography, an open microphone to share student music and poetry, a drum circle and an assortment of international organic foods and desserts, the Students for Sustainability (SFS) GreenArt Fest will take place from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday November 13 in the college's Valencia campus Honor Grove.

Students For Sustainability (SFS) is a new campus organization comprised of students dedicated to leading an environmentally responsible lifestyle while promoting sustainable practices and environmental education both on campus and in the community.

As the group’s introductory campus event, a goal of the GreenArt Fest is to reach out to students who may share some of the same environmental beliefs and concerns.

“We want to reach as many people as possible that might be interested in the promotion of sustainability, and the arts present a perfect opportunity for people to express what they’re thinking and the goals they’d like to work towards,” said COC student and SFS vice president Georgia Broughton about the main idea behind the event. “Compared to written word, the arts can be very immediate and palpable, and sometimes an even more articulate way for people to communicate what they’re feeling. The arts provide so many different ways to find a mode of personal expression or communication.”

Though not directly affiliated with the college’s Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) — which primarily consists of COC faculty and staff — SFS members often work in conjunction with the SDC to achieve common environmental goals.

“Right now, Students For Sustainability is mostly campus based but we’d like to eventually encompass the larger community through the promotion of sustainability and more ecological education so that people begin to understand the environmental impacts of their behavior,” said COC student and SFS secretary Maribel Diaz.

COC students interested in having their art displayed or presented at the GreenArt Fest are strongly encouraged to contact event organizers prior to the date of the event and provide a title and brief description of their work. On the day of the event, student artists are asked to bring their work to the Honor Grove between 10:30 am and 1 pm.

Submitted pieces may come in the form of any artistic medium, but should focus on themes of environmental protection, sustainability or ecological awareness and not be obscene in nature.

“I would encourage anyone who might be interested to stop by and join us for a while because there will truly be something for everyone,” Broughton said. “We’re hoping as many people as possible will find a way to express themselves and that just as many people will find a way to connect to these issues and have it become meaningful to them.”

November 2, 2007

College to Hold Drive-Through Flu Clinic Nov. 16

Based on the huge success of last November’s first-ever, stay-in-your-car, roll-down-your-window, roll-up-your-sleeve, get-a-flu-shot and drive off event held at College of the Canyons, local authorities have announced that a similar event will be held at the college on November 16, 2007. Flu shots will be administered to the public from 10 am to 1 pm.

The flu-shot production line will be a joint effort on the part of College of the Canyons, the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Clarita and the L.A. County Sheriff and Fire Departments. It is anticipated that 1,200 flu shots will be administered during this 3-hour period.
Flu shots are often provided to the public in anticipation of an active flu season but the event serves a secondary purpose. This exercise will also test the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) response during a bioterrorism attack. The purpose of the CRI plan is to treat an impacted, mass population with medications within a short time period. Under the plan, the drive thru clinic is called a rapid point of dispensing or POD. College of the Canyons is a designated POD site for the bioterrorism plan.

“We learned a lot from last year’s drive-thru exercise,” said Donna Nuzzi, the City of Santa Clarita’s Emergency Services Supervisor, “and we plan to improve our efficiency this year. When you are working with a number of agencies in an exercise such as this, this practice time will enhance how we all respond to a real incident.”

“The planning and implementing of the clinic fosters cooperation and communication between agencies that otherwise don’t often work together, who need to be able to coordinate their response in the event of a national emergency,” said Beverly Kemmerling, Director of Student Health and Wellness at the college.

In the event of a large outbreak of disease or a regional terrorist attack, many sites similar to this one in Santa Clarita would be needed to serve the needs of California communities.

According to public health officials, the 2006 flu clinic was one of the best in all of California. More than 120 volunteers from the participating agencies helped coordinate the event. The clinic was not only a challenge for COC nursing students who helped administer the shots under the supervision of nursing instructors and County personnel, but provided valuable information about organization, traffic control and other logistics required to move a large number of people through the system in the shortest amount of time.

More than 800 community members participated and received the free shots during a three-hour period last year.

November 2, 2007

Poinsettias in Bloom for SCV Youth Orchestra

With the holiday season right around the corner, the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation is taking orders for its second annual poinsettia sale until Monday, Nov. 19, with all proceeds supporting the orchestra.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to add red and green to your own holiday, while helping our kids learn to play so that years from now the holidays will still be filled with music,” said Sally Angel, president of the SCVYO foundation.

A 6-inch pot with 5 to 7 blooms is $12 and an 8-inch pot with 10 to 15 blooms is $29. The pots are wrapped with a festive gold foil.
“The flowers are beautiful and are higher quality than most sold elsewhere,” said Sue Bozman, vice-president of communications, marketing and external relations at the college. “They easily brighten up a room and would look great in a lobby or office.”

The plants will be delivered in the college’s parking lot off Rockwell Canyon Road (next to Mentry Hall) beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Delivery to a home or business is limited to one address for orders of $250 or more with a delivery charge of $25.

In lieu of plants, the foundation will also accept monetary donations, in support of the orchestra.

“The funds will go to support our young musicians who work really hard at their music and delight in coming to rehearsals and working with a team to create joyous sounds,” said Angel. “Some of these youngsters can’t afford private lessons or can’t afford the very expensive instruments that they want to play, like oboes and string basses, so we buy them.”

To get an order form, call the COC public information office at (661) 362-3447.

The SCVYO is a three-tiered instrumental music educational program based at College of the Canyons that provides a positive and creative outlet for hundreds of young musicians, ages eight and above, regardless of their ability to pay. The SCVYO is one of the few orchestras in Southern California that allows students to study and perform masterpieces from all periods.

Started by the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music in 1960, the orchestra was adopted by the California Institute of Arts in 1969 and was named the Youth Orchestra of the School of Music at Cal Arts. In 1989, the orchestra was adopted by College of the Canyons and took on its current name, the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra.

The SCV Youth Orchestra Foundation, a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit educational benefit corporation exists to raise funds needed to finance many of the operating costs of the orchestra. Those costs include stipends for teachers, the cost of music rentals, duplicating, instruments, music stands and equipment, master classes and scholarships.

“Some young musicians get excited when a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic shows up at a rehearsal and conducts a master class, just for them. Our funds go to help pay for these special events,” said Angel.

November 1, 2007

Board to Meet, Host Reception at Canyon Country Campus

The Santa Clarita Community College District’s Board of Trustees’ next regular business meeting on November 7 will be held at the new Canyon Country campus instead of its usual Valencia campus location. The public is invited to attend a brief reception at 5:15 pm in room 201, where they can meet members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of the new campus.

For those who have not been to the Canyon Country campus before, brief tours will be provided at 5:30 and 6 pm. Members of the public are also invited to attend the Board’s business meeting in room 200. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

“Attending the reception, taking a tour and going to the Board of Trustees meeting is another opportunity for the public to visit our new campus,” said Sue Bozman, Vice President, Communication, Marketing and External Relations for the college District, “and to get a look at how a college district is administered. We hope,” said Bozman, “that residents and business owners in and around Canyon Country will like what they see and choose to become more involved with the future development of this wonderful, new, educational facility.”