August 21, 2008
Small Business Development Center Offers Free Sessions in Canyon Country
Starting Aug. 5, Tuesday afternoons in Canyon Country will be perfect for talking business. Local business owners and entrepreneurs will be able to schedule free one-on-one business counseling sessions with Small Business Development Center representatives at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus.
“We are so pleased that the SBDC, hosted by College of the Canyons, will be offering services at the Canyon Country Campus,” said Dena Maloney, founding dean of the Canyon Country campus. “The SBDC has a wealth of experts with specialized knowledge to assist business owners on the eastern side of our valley. The SBDC can help entrepreneurs launch their business, or expand an existing business and realize their dream of business ownership.”
Funded by federal, state and local community grants from partners such as City of Santa Clarita, City of Palmdale, Poole & Shaffery, Mission Valley Bank, Bank of Santa Clarita, SCV Bank, LBW Insurance, SOsuites and Jon Gardner Insurance, the SBDC offers business consulting, training, and workforce solutions to small businesses (500 employees or less) throughout the Antelope, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita Valleys.
“The SBDC was ranked No. 1 in the network of centers in the Los Angeles area,” said Maloney. “In the past year, the center counseled more than 800 small business owners and helped start-up 97 new businesses.”
The SBDC promotes and stimulates the growth of small businesses by providing expert, no- or low-cost business, financial and loan counseling and training services.
"We are very excited to expand the SBDC's free business counseling services to the Canyon Country Campus,” said Donna Plummer, interim assistant director of the SBDC. “This will provide greater accessibility and convenience to east Santa Clarita Valley businesses and entrepreneurs."
August 21, 2008
Public Notice of Upcoming Nursing Accreditation Visit
College of the Canyons will host the site review for continuing accreditation of its associate degree registered nursing program by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The public is invited to meet the visit team and comment on the program in person at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in Bonelli Hall, Room 303 at College of the Canyons.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted to Dr. Sharon Tanner, executive director of the NLNAC at 33 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006.
August 17, 2008
Community Education Offers Affordable Tennis Classes
College of the Canyons Community Education will offer 8-week tennis classes for adults and teens starting Sept. 26, 2008.
For $99, Santa Clarita residents can take Cardio Tennis, Basic Tennis (for ages 17 and older), Tennis for Teens (ages 12 to 16) and Youth Tennis (ages 7 to 11) at the college’s six new tennis courts that are fully lit and equipped with windscreens.
“Santa Clarita has a ‘fit’ minded community and I think these classes will really spark an interest for all of the health and exercise enthusiasts,” said Gina Bogna, interim director of the college’s Community Education program. “Tennis is a great alternative to a spin class or Pilates.”
Cardio Tennis is offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Fridays followed by Basic Tennis from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The classes will be taught by David Schwartz, who has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and the United States Professional Tennis Registry for 13 years. Schwartz said that what he enjoys the most about teaching tennis is when his students reach the “‘ah-ha’ stage” and “look up with these big eyes and say ‘Wow, it really works.’”
Youth Tennis (his class simplifies the learning curve ensuring that kids learn by playing, advance through practice) is offered from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday followed by Tennis for Teens from 2 to 3 p.m. This class will assist in the learning curve ensuring our young adult learns by playing, practicing and having fun. This is a 8-week course covering 6 basic strokes, court dimension, strategy, training and physical conditioning.
Tennis players must bring to each class a tennis racket, tennis shoes, a notebook and cold fluids to rehydrate.
August 15, 2008
Playwriting Class Offers Students Chance to Write and Work-Shop
This fall, students interested in developing original theatrical works, and subsequently having them read and work-shopped by both peers and professionals, are invited to enroll in the College of the Canyons Theatre/English course “Introduction to Playwriting.”
Offered to students by both the college’s Theatre and English departments — meaning students may receive credit for the class in either English or Theatre — the three unit course Theatre 230/English 107: Introduction to Playwriting will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. throughout the fall semester in Pico Hall room 107.
Featuring classroom discussion and analysis revolving around the composition of a two-act play, the course will also include instruction in story structure, character development and dialogue, while serving as preparation for students interested in submitting their work to regional and national playwriting festivals and contests — including the College of the Canyons New Works Festival.
“This class is going to focus on two things — getting the script on paper and getting it read by people,” said David Stears, COC Theatre department adjunct instructor, who teaches the course. “So we’ll be spending a lot of time reading and work-shopping the students’ pieces.”
The College of the Canyons New Works Festival is a collaboration between the COC English and Theatre departments created to motivate aspiring writers with the opportunity to see their work transmitted from the page to the stage.
Though not required, Stears adds that students enrolled in the class will be strongly encouraged to participate in the annual event, which will begin collecting submissions this fall with festival performances slated for the spring.
“Scripts are written to be performed, but writers need an opportunity to listen to their words,” said Stears. “Until another person is speaking your text it’s just literature, but once those words are in the air they can take on a life of their own.”
August 15, 2008
Culinary Arts Department Offers Basic Courses for Aspiring Chefs
In the fall, the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Department will offer three classes — Knife Skills, Principles of Baking and an introductory course to Wine Studies — that will give students a competitive edge to a career in the culinary arts.
"Our classes are fun and professional, not to mention great tasting,” said Cindy Schwanke, a full-time instructor in the college’s culinary arts department. "We have the best chef instructors who are passionate and experienced."
Students in the CULARTS 050: Knife Skills class will be julienning in no time through in-the-kitchen instruction to basic knife skills, including theory and proper techniques. The class will be taught by Chef Daniel Otto who is the executive chef at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia.
“Knife skills are important to a chef because a knife to a chef is like a paintbrush to a painter, it is your main tool and you must know how to take care of your knife and how to execute basic cuts with your knife,” said Schwanke. “In a professional kitchen your knife skills, your accuracy and timeline in dicing, chopping, cutting and mincing are very important.”
Students will learn how to bake everything from cinnamon rolls to soufflés in the CULARTS 127: Principles of Baking Class.
“It is a great class to take if you just want to impress your friends with great desserts and sweets or you want to become a pastry chef,” said Schwanke who will be teaching the class.
And, finally students will learn the ins and outs of the wine industry with WINEST 104: Introduction to Wine in the Restaurant course. The class examines the management of wine purchasing, storage, and selling for culinary arts or restaurant management professionals.
“It is just a great class if you have a business that sells wine, or if you want your staff to learn more about wine that they are serving,” said Schwanke.
August 11, 2008
Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition at Art Gallery
The art displayed at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery on Aug. 21, will be from professional artists who all have one thing in common: they have continued to practice their discipline while teaching it to others.
The COC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, which will open the gallery’s fall season, will feature the work of visual arts faculty members in the disciplines of photography, multimedia, interior design, sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, digital film presentations, radio television and animation.
“Exhibitions featuring the college art faculty are a tradition at most colleges,” said Larry Hurst, the college’s art gallery director. “It is important for students to see the work of their instructors so that they can have a complete understanding of the professional qualifications these instructors bring to the classroom.”
The free exhibition will run from Aug. 21 to Sept. 13.
A reception will be held on Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
James Lorigan, chair of the college’s art department, will speak about the importance of maintaining a professional career and its impact in the classroom. A roundtable discussion will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a reception will immediately follow.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during an exhibition.
August 8, 2008
College to Host Business Seminar for Local Restaurateurs
The country’s economic woes — not to mention high gas prices — have delivered a blow to local restaurants. With less disposable income, fewer people are dining out, forcing the restaurant industry to find new ways to stay competitive and profitable.
On Aug. 18, the “Rethink, Retool and Redirect” half-day seminar, presented in partnership by College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Association, will help local restaurant owners and employees adapt to a volatile economy.
“We are in for challenging economic times and restaurants will need to figure out how to change to remain successful,” said Kevin Anthony, chair of the hotel and restaurant management department at the college. “Our seminar will explore ways restaurants can adapt to these times.”
The seminar will enable restaurant owners to share information on how to reposition and expand their product, how to grow their market share and keep customers flocking through the door, how they can change and cut costs through efficiency and how to reach and grow their customer base.
The panel will consist of six speakers: Paul De La Cerda, director of the SBDC at the college; Steve Eisner, director of the CEO ISSI Systems; Daniel Otto, executive chef of the Tournament Players Club; Andrea Jackson and Nadia Al Amir from the public relations and marketing firm, Wagstaff and Associates; Will Welliver, a loss prevention specialist with Welliver & Associates, and Kevin Anthony.
The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Aliso Hall, Room 101 at the college.
Admission is $69, which includes admission for three employees and continental breakfast.
August 7, 2008
College Earns $437,000 National Science Foundation Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded College of the Canyons a $437,000 grant to help fund the Transitions Program, which in its first year, will support the recruitment, mentoring and support of 40 students studying biology, chemistry, engineering and mathematics.
“The Transitions Program will provide many deserving students with both the support and enrichment they need to pursue engineering and science careers,” said Susan Crowther, director of the Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement program at the college.
The three-year grant, awarded through the foundation’s S-STEM funding program, will help prepare students for graduation and the transfer process to four-year schools, and in the long run, increase the numbers of diverse, well-educated and skilled employees in these fields.
Students will complete educational plans, develop a student research plan and receive a $3500 scholarship to cover the cost of books, calculators and other academic materials required to complete a math-based course of study.
During their second and third years in the program, students will work with a faculty mentor in their discipline to design and carryout an individual research project, and then present their findings during a research conference.
“When students, especially first generation college students, receive this kind of mentoring from faculty,” said Chair of the college’s engineering department, David Martinez, “they really begin to flourish.”
Students will also explore career options in their chosen field, participate in academic enrichment activities and explore transfer schools with strong programs in their area of study.
“The Transitions Program will enable students to really ‘try on’ their career choice and see if it fits,” said Gregory Nishiyama, a biology instructor at the college and the leading faculty member behind the new program.
Students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise will be invited to participate in the program.
August 5, 2008
Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for Two Plays
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department is looking for aspiring actors, dancers and singers to fill 30 roles in the college production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” — the ten-time Tony award winning Broadway musical — and for the Neil Labute play, “Some Girl(s),” both which will appear on the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage in the fall.
Auditions will be held on Aug. 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the college’s Black Box Theatre.
"South Pacific is considered to be one the greatest musicals ever written,” said Andrea Slominski, the director of the college’s production of the play. “Set on an island in World War II, the play deals with issues that are as relevant today as they were in 1944; prejudice, cultural differences, the hardships and dangers of war and the enduring and transformative power of love.”
Men and women of all ages are welcome to audition. Men auditioning for leading roles will be asked to sing “Some Enchanted Evening,” or “Younger than Springtime,” and women will be asked to sing “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” or “Bali Hai.”
Men and women auditioning for a part in the chorus will be asked to sing “There is Nothin’ like a Dame” and “Wash that Man Right Outta my Hair,” respectively.
“The COC production will explore the beauty and dream-like quality of life on a tropical island, juxtaposed against the harsh realities of war and all its trappings,” said Slominski. “We are casting a large chorus, as well as the principal roles, and I am hoping to have all ages represented in the cast."
Chorus members will play one to three characters each, including parts as Marines and Navy soldiers, nurses, island men and women, French school girls and nuns.
Two specific roles for children are available for a male boy between the ages of 8 and 10 years old and a girl between the ages of 11 and 13 years old.
Actors auditioning for “Some Girl(s)” must be prepared to deliver a short one to two minute contemporary monologue.
Upon being cast, actors are required to register for the Theatre 190: Theatre Production class at College of the Canyons.