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June 19, 2008
UCLA Brings TESOL Certificate Program to University Center
Beginning this summer, students interested in obtaining a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate will be able to do so at the College of the Canyons Interim University Center through a series of UCLA extension courses.
The UCLA TESOL Certificate Program will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to specialize in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction while highlighting the practical applications of ESL teaching techniques for use within the United States.
In addition, completion of the UCLA TESOL Certificate Program will qualify students to teach noncredit ESL courses at COC. “College of the Canyons is currently experiencing a great shortage of teachers qualified to teach in our ESL program,” said Barry Gribbons, COC assistant superintendent-vice president of institutional development, technology and online services. “So we’re delighted to have the UCLA extension program on board to help satisfy this tremendous need.”
Being offered at the COC Interim University Center for the first time during the summer 2008 quarter, the 4.5 unit course “Applied Methods in Teaching English Language Development” will meet Saturdays from July 12 through Aug 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration fees are $450.
Subsequent courses in the UCLA TESOL Certificate Program series — including “Language Development and Acquisition” and “Language Structure and Usage” — will be offered at the COC Interim University Center beginning in the fall 2008 quarter.
Classes within the program’s coursework series are alternately offered on weekends, evenings and online to better accommodate working adults. Though developed primarily for students interested in completing the 36-quarter units needed to obtain the TESOL certification, students may enroll in individual courses for their own personal growth or professional development without applying to the certificate program.
For more information about the UCLA TESOL Certificate Program at the COC Interim University Center call (310) 825-4581.
June 12, 2008
2008-09 Season to Feature Garfunkel, Medley, Los Lobos, Diavolo Dance
The Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons announced its 2008-2009 season performances on Thursday and, according to Managing Director, Adam Philipson, “we’re really excited about the lineup we’ve put together and think the community will be thrilled with the variety of what they can experience in our spectacular Center!”
The September 12 season opener is the legendary performer, Bill Medley, better known as one-half of the classic 1960’s pop duo, The Righteous Brothers. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Medley will fill the venue with songs he helped make famous such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and the Oscar-winning theme song from Dirty Dancing, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”
September also features a return performance by the Capitol Steps on the 27th. They are an irreverent group of current and former congressional staffers who always have a hilarious take on sometimes-serious issues. With its proximity to this year’s presidential election, this performance will be one audiences won’t want to miss.
Art Garfunkel, the winner of five Grammy Awards will be making a special appearance with the Santa Clarita Symphony on January 11. He, too, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has 12 solo albums to his credit. His magnificent voice and one-of-a kind persona are the first performance of 2009.
May of 2009 brings the legendary Tom Rush performing with The Lovell Sisters on the 16th. This performance is one of four shows in a new partnership with radio station Go Country 105 that will bring concerts to the Center’s mainstage. Rush is an iconic figure of the 1960’s who had a profound impact on the American music scene for decades. His influence helped propel the careers of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin and many more. Performing with Rush, the Lovell Sisters, one of the hottest new acts in the nation perform an innovative fusion of country, folk and contemporary acoustic sounds.
May ends in grand fashion when Los Lobos takes the stage on the 29th. The group broke into the mainstream music scene with a stirring rendition of Richie Valens’ classic “La Bamba.” They currently perform a wide-ranging repertoire of blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own, unique Mexican-American sound.
Additional Go Country concerts during the season include a special holiday show on December 7 featuring American idol contestants Phil Stacey and Josh Gracin in an Acoustic Holiday Concert, the Hunt Family Fiddlers in January and Grammy-award winners Riders in the Sky in April.
Twice during the season, the Center will be turned into a cabaret with audience members taking seats on the mainstage along with the performers in an intimate eat, drink and be entertained environment. Star of stage, screen and song, Susan Egan will dazzle audiences in October and Valentine ’s Day will bring Lee Lessack and Joanne O’Brien performing Broadway love songs.
The 2008-2009 season also features programming for children with an adorable New York tour of Junie B. Jones the musical, Los Angeles Opera’s Figaro’s American Adventure and the Tweaksters. A new arts education program will invite school kids to attend special performances with artists visiting the schools as well.
The season also includes the college’s theatre department with performances of South Pacific, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and its outstanding New Works Festival and the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre will offer performances of Grease and A Chorus Line.
Additional shows include performances by the Spencers: Theatre of Illusion; the visual spectacle of Diavolo; Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, a special free chamber recital by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and much more.
The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center is a 47,000 square-foot, $18.3-million facility located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. It includes a spectacular proscenium theater with a state-of-the-art sound system and seating for nearly, as well as an experimental “black box” theater. Funded by the State of California ($15.9 million) and the City of Santa Clarita ($2.4 million), the center features instructional, community and professional entertainment and informational programs.
Designed with a green room, scene shops, costume and property storage, orchestra pit, make-up/dressing room areas, lockers, showers, box office and snack bar, the Performing Arts Center is a one-of-a-kind performance destination. The architectural firm Spencer/Hoskins & Associates of Pasadena designed the building. Ground was broken in December 2001. The facility was completed in the summer of 2004, with a gala opening on Oct. 15, 2004.
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
June 9, 2008
College Offers Students Intensive Spanish Training
This summer College of the Canyons is offering students and community members the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language by participating in one of the college’s five-day-long Intensive Spanish Institute courses.
COC Intensive Spanish Institute (ISI) courses have been developed for students wanting to learn the Spanish language and culture and those hoping to develop a specialized skill set within the language — for specific use in the teaching, healthcare, business or law enforcement fields.
However, all levels of fluency will benefit from the instruction, which is designed to provide students — from beginners to more experienced Spanish speakers — with near total immersion into the language over the five-day period. Courses include language instruction and lessons, cultural workshops, lectures, group conversation, hands-on cooking or dancing and much more.
The ISI course “Conversational Spanish” will run from July 7-11 and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students will earn three units of college credit upon completion. Students may also sign up for a conversational Spanish “mini course” held during the class lunch hour for .25 units of additional credit.
The ISI course “Spanish For Teachers” will run from July 8-22 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Students will earn one unit of college credit upon completion. Class activities and curriculum for this course have been structured to provide relevant training for teachers to be used in a classroom setting.
The ISI course “Spanish For Medical Personnel” will run from July 9-23 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Students will earn one unit of credit upon completion. Class activities and curriculum for this course have been structured to provide relevant training for doctors, nurses and other emergency service personnel.
June 9, 2008
Sneak Preview of Performing Arts Center 2008-09 Season
The event will:
• Announce its 2008/09 season lineup
• Show video clips of major acts
• Describe the main categories of performance types
• Outline procedures for members of the media to obtain access to the Center for the purpose of preparing advances and reviews
• Provide tours of the facility for members of the media
• Engage in a Q & A session with the managing director of the facility, Adam Philipson, as well as Center staff and press officers
When: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2008
Where: In the lobby of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Why: During previous seasons, this Center has hosted the likes of Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, Hal Holbrook, the Vienna Boys Choir, Manhattan Transfer, Second City, Capitol Steps, and much more!
Be on hand as we unveil the performances for the coming season!
The Center, in its fifth year of operation, is coming of age as a premier performing arts venue in the region. Many members of the mainstream media and specialized entertainment media have not had the opportunity to tour the facility, attend a performance or meet the principals associated with the Center. This event will remedy that.
Who: Adam Philipson, Managing Director, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
Floyd Moos, Division Dean, Fine and Performing Arts, College of the Canyons
Sue Bozman, Vice President, District Communication, Marketing and External Relations
Background: The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center is a 47,000 square-foot, $18.3-million facility. It includes a spectacular proscenium theater with a state-of-the-art sound system and more than 900 seats, as well as an experimental “black box” theater. Funded by the State of California ($15.9 million) and the City of Santa Clarita ($2.4 million), the center features instructional, community and professional entertainment and informational programs. Designed with a green room, scene shops, costume and property storage, orchestra pit, make-up/dressing room areas, lockers, showers, box office and snack bar, the Performing Arts Center is a one-of-a-kind performance destination. The architectural firm Spencer/Hoskins & Associates of Pasadena designed the building. Ground was broken in December 2001. The facility was completed in the summer of 2004, with a gala opening on Oct. 15, 2004.
June 5, 2008
Students in Festival of New American Musicals Production
College of the Canyons will present the workshop version of the musical “Sing Me a Happy Song,” with music and lyrics by Georgia Stitt and David Kirshenbaum, as part of The Festival of New American Musicals. Performances will be held in the PAC Black Box Theater Saturday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. COC instructor, Andrea Slominski, will direct the workshop production.
“Sing Me a Happy Song,” will be cast entirely with students drawn from the college’s Theatre 190 “Summer Cabaret Series” production class. In addition to working on “Sing Me a Happy Song,” students enrolled in the course will participate in a series of master classes and workshops with professional artists, actors, directors and theatre industry professionals underwritten by The SCV Theatre Project. Master classes and workshops include Jean-Louis Rodrigue (Alexander Technique), Kay Cole (Director/ Choreographer), Tony Abatemarco (Classical Acting), and William Kilroy (Acting The Michael Chekhov Method).
The SCV Theatre Project, founded in 2005 by COC instructors Mark Salyer and Andrea Slominski, is a non-profit professional theatre company dedicated to enhancing and promoting the performing arts throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, developing educational and professional performing arts training, nurturing the development of new plays and musicals, and developing a regional theatre company offering Broadway-caliber productions at affordable prices.
“Sing Me a Happy Song,” penned by two of Broadway’s newest voices, Stitt and Kirshenbaum, is a contemporary musical revue about finding heart in these material times. With songs about modern-day relationships, searching for yourself on the Internet, striving to have everything but never having enough, love, family and your gay best friend, this five-character show is at once comic and poignant, smart and silly, emotional and timely.
"I am so grateful to College of the Canyons and Adam Philipson, Managing Director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, for coming along exactly when they did. ‘Sing Me a Happy Song’ needs a development opportunity, and they need something to develop. It's a perfect match," said Ms. Stitt.
June 2, 2008
Instructor Returns from Republic of Georgia Before Tourists Check In
Located on the east side of the Black Sea, the Republic of Georgia has experienced a great deal of political and economical changes since the era of Soviet Union rule came to an end in 1991.
But besides experiencing an economic boom, the fledgling country has also received a wave of unexpected but welcome visitors: tourists.
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State and the International Research and Exchange Board, Kevin Anthony found himself miles away from home — and from his post as the Chair of Hotel Management at College of the Canyons — and teaching a group of 25 Tbilisi Ilia Chavchavadze State University students about the value of customer service last May.
“They were very interested in learning how we approach customer service and wanted to see how we do it here in America,” said Anthony.
Because Georgia is “awakening” from the Communist way of doing things, in which “customer service did not have any value whatsoever,” the country must learn how to treat customers differently, said Anthony.
Anthony taught students how the hotel management industry works and how to develop and manage their skills during a three-day workshop, which led to a “terrific dialogue.” Anthony’s main lesson for the students was that “good customer service is at the core of every service industry.”
“Georgian people have a very strong culture,” said Anthony. “They have to take that culture and put it into their service.”
Anthony was invited to teach the customer service workshops by a former COC student of his, Natalie Mchedlishvili, because she said that COC professors were very motivating.
“It was really special to hear her say that,” said Anthony.
Prior to teaching hotel management at COC for the past 10 years, Anthony taught at the UCLA extension for 20 years and has run several hotels in Southern California.
He was attracted to hotel management because of the people. “If you enjoy meeting amazing people, this is the place to be,” said Anthony.
“It was interesting to step into a country that wants to start a tourism economy,” said Anthony. “Georgia is going to have terrific tourism, they have the resources.”
Hotel chains like the Marriott and Radisson have already moved in as the country’s tourism industry continues to grow.
On his last day, Anthony visited the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, and Sighnaghi, the easternmost city of Kakheti that has become a tourist hub.
“The food was great,” said Anthony. “I can’t remember the names but it was all very delicious.”
Back home and in his classroom, he said he will never forget his trip to Georgia.
“You take a trip like that and it expands your horizons,” said Anthony.