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March 31, 2008

Tickets to the 20th Annual SCV Wine Classic Now Available Online

Wine connoisseurs across the valley can now conveniently purchase tickets to the 20th Annual SCV Wine Classic online — saving both time and money in reserving their spot at this year's popular wine-tasting event benefiting the SCV Youth Orchestra.

Being held in the Main Gallery at California Institute of the Arts, Saturday May 31, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic will feature a large collection of vintage and current wines for tasting and purchase and gourmet cuisine from some of the area's finest restaurants and caterers.

Tickets may be purchased until May 30, with discounted tickets available to those who purchase before the night of the event. The pricing structure is as follows:

$70 each / $130 a pair until May 30
$80 each / $150 a pair at the door
$35 each for designated drivers
$60 each (minimum 10) for group sales through May 23

During the event guests will be able to sample, mingle, socialize and enjoy the live orchestral music performed by the SCV Youth Orchestra — while an impeccable array of rare and current wines, restaurant certificates and other gift items are auctioned off. In addition all guests will receive souvenir drinking glasses and trays.

The SCV Youth Orchestra is a three-tiered instrumental education program that was founded at CalArts in 1969 and moved to College of the Canyons in 1989. The program provides a positive and creative outlet for hundreds of young musicians throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

The annual Wine Classic has traditionally been a major source of funding for the Youth Orchestra program, ensuring that young people with a passion for music can continue to benefit from the experience that participation in a dynamic and vibrant orchestra can provide.

March 28, 2008

College to Host Children’s Play Day on April 19
Every year, mothers and fathers have their own days to feel loved and appreciated, but the refreshing and invigorating presence children radiate rightly earns them an entire week of celebration. In honor of the Week of the Young Child, a fifth annual Play Day will be held at College of the Canyons on April 19. The day will offer free, developmentally appropriate activities for children in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.
“The play day is a fun and educational event that honors young children and all those who make a difference in their lives,” said Wendy Ruiz, associate director of infant/toddler programs at the college’s center for Early Childhood Education and Santa Clarita co-chair of the Southern California Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, which is sponsoring the event along with local childcare programs.
“All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life,” said Ruiz.
Play Day will be highlighted by storytelling, arts and crafts, music, an obstacle course, as well as math and science activities.
The play day will be held in the Honor Grove at the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and participate in many activities from painting, to obstacle courses and music, said Ruiz.
Free water bottles will be available throughout the day.
Established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, the Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

March 27, 2008

Acclaimed Wine Educator to Explore Wine and Dessert Pairings

Back by popular demand, wine educator John Bauccio will return to the COC campus this spring to lead an exploration of dessert wines and the tasty treats that best accompany them, at the second College of the Canyons Library Associates wine tasting event.

As the second installment of the “In Good Taste” series presented by the College of the Canyons Foundation, wine lovers will be treated to a collection of classic dessert wines and accompanying desserts from around the world — guided through the experience by accomplished wine educator and classically trained chef John Bauccio.

Bauccio became a wine educator at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California before taking his career to San Francisco, where he worked as a buyer at the critically acclaimed Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and represented the shop on buying trips throughout California, Spain and France. In addition, he has served as a judge at several wine competitions and always strives to expose the people he comes in contact with to new wines and different cultures through his fun and casual teaching approach.

The “In Good Taste” wine and dessert tasting event will take place Monday April 18, in the College of the Canyons Library, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. and lasting until approximately 8:30 p.m. The event will also feature a 6 p.m. opening reception, where an appetizer of sherry and tapas prepared by COC culinary arts students will be served.

All guests must be 21 to attend, and space is limited. The cost to attend the event is $85, by reservation only, with guests required to RSVP by Friday April 11.

March 26, 2008

Drunk Driving Simulator at College

Subject: Awareness event with DUI simulator

Time: 10 am - 3 pm, Thursday, March 27 

Place: COC Student Center - Cafeteria

Event: The DUI simulator, more formally know as the PEERS AWARE III Simulation System(tm), is a new method of teaching students about the dangers of drinking under the influence by recreating real road driving conditions in an actual vehicle. Students behind the wheel drive onto a computer-controlled road simulator ramp and see computer-generated panoramic views with the aid of virtual reality goggles. Generated by software that receives data from the wheels and pedals of the vehicle, the simulator can recreate typical everyday situations as well as the most extreme, such as driving while intoxicated.

This is a free event sponsored by the College of the Canyons AssociatedStudent Government.

March 18, 2008

Community Education Offers Online Drivers Ed, Traffic School Courses

Young drivers looking to learn the ways of the road, and ticketed motorists needing to fulfill their court requirements can both look to College of the Canyons for help, as the Community Education department is now offering online traffic school and drivers education.

Available 24 hours a day seven days a week, the self-paced 30-hour-long online drivers education training course blends text, video and animation with accompanying study questions and quizzes over 10 units of material. Students are able to access quizzes and the drivers education online test as many times as it takes to successfully pass, with practice permit tests available after completion of the course. 

“Because drivers education is regulated by the DMV, the online version will not be any shorter or any easier,” said Gina Bogna, director of community education at COC. “But the advantage is 24 hours a day, seven days a week access, which is ideal for teenagers who can complete the course at their own convenience.”

Coming at a cost of just $85, the online drivers education training course is licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and is 100 percent guaranteed — meaning if you don’t pass, you don’t pay. Students and their parents can also sample up to 10 percent of the course for free before deciding to officially register.

After successful completion of the course, students receive a drivers education course certificate of completion, but will still need to pass a California DMV permit test, complete the mandatory hours of driving in the company of an adult and pass the DMV driver license test before being issued an official driver’s license.

In addition to driver training, community education is now offering online traffic school to students, as opposed to the traditional in-person courses that are available at both the COC Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

At a cost of $39, the online traffic school is DMV approved and 100 percent guaranteed.  The course is divided into several units each containing text, video, graphics and accompanying review questions, allowing users the choice between completing the course all at once or progressing at their own pace. At the end of the course users will be tested on a series of multiple-choice questions, with unlimited retakes. After passing, users will receive a completion notice, which is processed and forwarded to meet the necessary court requirements — with overnight delivery options available

“We’re continually trying to find ways to meet the community’s needs and this just seemed obvious,” Bogna said. “Almost everybody has gotten a ticket and they all dread going to traffic school. We can’t take away the fact they received a ticket, but we can make it so they can go to traffic school without ever leaving their home.”

March 17, 2008

College Students Excel at Model UN Conference

What inspires someone to become a lawyer, a politician or a public speaker, jobs that require much training and much responsibility? Sometimes all it takes is a setting that facilitates practice and confidence.

Twelve students represented College of the Canyons at the California Model United Nations (CALMUN) Conference in early March. Out of 19 participating schools, College of the Canyons was second only to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in receiving a total of three awards.  COC students Adiam Negash Kebedom, Ryan Harvey, and Josh Preston, first-timers at the conference, brought home these awards.  

Kebedom won an outstanding Research Writing Award for a position paper, presented to the Economic and Social Council Committee. In addition to her achievement in writing, she was diplomatically active on the floor representing South Korea in the committee’s work toward fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. Attending this conference gave Kebedom assurance and confidence in her goal to become a lawyer. “If found out that I really love it,” Kebedom said. “I want to protect the rights of others.”   

Along with Kebedom, Harvey was awarded an outstanding Research Writing Award for a paper presented to the Organization of American States.  During the conference, he was a part of the Canadian committee seeking to reconcile issues of free trade and sustainable development. According to David Andrus, assistant professor for the Political Science Department, Harvey interacted well with a committee holding diverse viewpoints, exhibited strong interpersonal skills and a commanding presence. Harvey said the conference showed him what he is capable of. “Our school could compete with any school.” The conference gave him confidence in his speaking ability and a desire to pursue a career where he can interact with people.

The highest award a committee can offer at the conference, the “Outstanding Delegate” award, was given to Preston for his work on the Economic and Social Council. Representing the United Kingdom, Preston advocated debt relief for developing nations while keeping a realistic policy position.  Andrus said that Preston demonstrated great resourcefulness and quick thinking, given that he had only 5 minutes to prepare for the role of an ambassador, debriefing the “Security Council” on emerging and breaking international crisis. As a political studies major, this conference cemented Preston’s affinity for international affairs. “I found out a lot about myself,” said Preston. Including the fact that he could run for President of the United States. “This conference made me open to international affairs.”

The Model UN Conference gives students the opportunity to discuss and work through pertinent world issues. The students propose resolutions addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment. “It showed the students how hard it is to have agreements within international conferences,” said Andrus. “You have to deal with the world.” In the midst of these propositions and papers, the students learn to build skills in diplomacy and compromise. The students, on a broader level, also build confidence in public speaking and a greater understanding of Parliamentary procedure.

All three students sponsored and drafted a UN resolution that was adopted by their respective committees, among their many other achievements that day. According to the students, the conference was both enjoyable and educational and they took from it lessons that will influence the rest of their lives.

March 12, 2008

College Offers Free Seminars to Help Make Community Healthier and Happier

College of the Canyons is offering a free, healthy living seminar series for the public. The series of 16 seminars will explore a variety of health topics focusing on nutrition, fitness, body image and emotional well being, every Wednesday and Thursday on the COC Valencia campus at alternating lunch and evening time slots through the remainder of the eight-week challenge. 

The series of public seminars is offered in conjunction with a Body-Mind Wellness (BMW) Challenge  that is only open to COC students, staff and faculty. 

The BMW Challenge is an eight-week comprehensive wellness program — sponsored by the Student Nutrition and Wellness Advocates at COC (SNAC) club — geared to improve overall nutrition, fitness and the emotional wellness. After an intensive pre-assessment of their current health, participants then commit to exercising three to five times a week, logging their fruit and vegetable intake, practicing a stress relieving technique for five minutes a day and attending weekly health related discussion seminars. 

“This is really a neat way to make these seminars accessible to participants at both the Canyon Country and Valencia campuses and to the entire community,” said Sheri Barke, COC nutrition and wellness coordinator. “The entire hour-long presentation is online so it's ideal for anyone with a busy work or school schedule who still wants to participate.”

Funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, CCC Confer was designed to allow distance communication and collaboration using the latest web conferencing technology, for all staff, faculty and administrators in the California Community Colleges system.

Upon accessing the CCC Confer website, participants must create a login name and password, before being able to view the “teach and confer archives” at the bottom of the page. Upon entry to the list of archived materials simply scroll through the archived material to find the desired seminar date and topic, then click and enjoy.

Currently, the two most recent BMW seminar presentations — “To Weigh or Not to Weigh” and “Mindfulness and Stress Reduction” — are available for online viewing. Additional presentations will be added to the CCC Confer archives almost immediately after the live presentations occur.

Upcoming presentations include the fitness themed presentation “Keeping it Interesting” which will focus on creative approaches to the fit lifestyle, Wednesday March 12, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the in Bonelli Hall room 203, and “Healthy Eating Basics,” which will explore the three basic steps to nutrition success, Thursday March 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the COC library room 206. Both locations are on the Valencia Campus.

“I think most everyone wants to be healthier,” Barke said. “You can come and enjoy the live workshop or watch it online, so why not take advantage of these free seminars and learn a little bit about the small things you can do right now to make yourself both healthier and happier.”

March 7, 2008

New Works Festival Removing Barriers for Play Development

Among the 11 plays that were selected for this year’s New Works Festival at College of the Canyons, one of them was submitted by award-winning playwright, Mark Charney from Clemson University in Southern Carolina. But because a play must be read and discussed with the director and playwright before it can take the stage, festival director David Stears will video-conference a class play reading at College of the Canyons with Charney, across the country. 

“From my experience, this has never been done before,” said Stears. “This technology is nothing new, but this is the first time it is being used in this fashion. We are removing one of the barriers to collaboration, distance.”

The first reading and video-conference of the play, “Shooting Blanks,” will be at 9 a.m. on March 15, 2008, with a second reading followed by rehearsals in the beginning of April. 

The session will be recorded for future use as an educational tool at both universities in English, theatre and playwriting classes. 

Charney is an award-winning playwright, who has had plays produced in New York and across the country. Charney is also the Department Chair for the Theatre Department at Clemson University in South Carolina. 

“If is it successful, we will no longer be restricted by location, and folks can find themselves working more diligently and more specifically to revise and reinvent their plays,” said Charney, who is also the artistic director of WordBRIDGE, a playwright's laboratory sustained through a partnership between the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University and the Generous Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and producing works for stage, film, and on line media. 

“It’s a daring move, and an exciting one,” added Charney. 

The New Works Festival will run from May 21 to 26.

March 4, 2008

College to Host Grant-Making Seminar

College of the Canyons will host a free fundraising seminar, “Meet the Grant Makers,” on March 19, 2008 with fundraising experts Adrienne Wittenberg of the S. Mark Taper Foundation and Tony Newhall from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, who will share their foundations’ funding priorities and grant-making guidelines. Attendees will be able to participate in a question and answer session with the presenters. 

“We are very excited to have two very successful foundations share their insights on how to get proposals funded,” said Theresa Zuzevich, director of grants development at College of the Canyons. 

“The seminar will offer a rare opportunity for local non-profit organizations and higher-education institutions to meet one-on-one with the people who know all there is to know about grant writing and how to be successful,” said Zuzevich. 

The seminar will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. A pre-seminar reception will be held at 9:30 a.m. 

For more information about the “Meet the Grant Makers” event or to RSVP, call (661) 362-3644.