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November 26, 2008

Comedians of the Canyons Improv Show Slated for December

A high-stakes game of Candyland, a parent teacher conference discussing a school mascot attack and William Shatner and Sean Connery together on Broadway were some of the scenarios suggested by audience members who attended the last Comedians of the Canyons Improv Show in the spring. 

The unscripted fun is sure to continue when the troupe—comprised of students enrolled in the college’s advanced improvisational performance theatre class—presents their final improv show of the semester at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2008 in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202.

“Each scene is made up on the spot from audience suggestions,” said Allan Trautman, a professional actor with dozens of television and movie credits who is the instructor of the course and the show’s host. The students have “gone beyond the basics of improv and are ready for their hour before an audience,” he added. 

Trautman’s acting credits include the Coen brothers movie “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Return of the Living Dead,” the 1984 cult classic in which he played the infamous Tarman and television appearances including “Joan of Arcadia,” “Grounded for Life” and a Dr. Pepper commercial. 

Trautman has also worked as a lead puppeteer and director with the Jim Henson Company for the past 18 years and is currently appearing in the company’s improv show “Puppet Up! Uncensored.” 

Considering the college’s last improv show held in the spring was enormously successful, performing to standing-room only crowds, Trautman suggests attendees arrive early for seats. “The Splash Zone in the front row is especially fun,” he said.

November 17, 2008

Gil Garcetti, Former LA District Attorney, to Exhibit Photography Work

In Los Angeles, Gil Garcetti’s name is often associated with politics and cracking down on crime. But what many don’t know about the former Los Angeles County District Attorney is that he is also a critically acclaimed urban photographer.

Named one of the country’s four master photographers by American Photo in 2003, Garcetti will exhibit his photography at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery from December 1 to December 16, 2008. 

“These are sophisticated and yet completely accessible images,” said Larry Hurst, director of the college’s art gallery, of Garcetti’s work. “Mr. Garcetti demonstrates compassion and respect with these beautiful photographs.”

Garcetti has exhibited his photography nationwide and internationally, including the United Nations, National Building Museum, the UCLA Fowler Museum, the University of Southern California School of Architecture and the Millennium Art Museum in Beijing.
Garcetti has published five photo books: “Iron” (Balcony Press, 2002) celebrates the contributions of ironworkers to the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; “Frozen Music”(Balcony Press, 2003) is a portfolio of 45 panorama lithographs of the finished Walt Disney Concert Hall; “Dance in Cuba” (Balcony Press, 2005) illustrates the extraordinary spirit of the Cuban people through dance; “The Closer” (Balcony Press, 2006) demonstrates what it takes to put a successful television show on the air (Garcetti is the show’s consulting producer), and his most recent book “Water is Key” (Balcony Press, 2007) focuses on the dire need to bring clean water to the people of West Africa. 

A free discussion and book signing with Garcetti will be held at the COC Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. 

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

November 14, 2008

SCV Youth Orchestra Receives County Donation

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich recently allocated $1500 to the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra (SCVYO), which will provide support for an instrumental education program for students as young as eight-years-old and older, regardless of their ability to pay. 

“Since 1969, the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra has provided students the unique opportunity to study and perform the great masterpieces with professional musicians and instructors,” said Antonovich.  “Our investment in vital public/private partnerships that support arts education is improving the lives of young people in the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout Los Angeles County -- helping to prepare them for the future.”

The three-tiered orchestra that rehearses and performs at College of the Canyons is one of the few orchestral music programs available in the Los Angeles area. It allows students to study and perform masterpieces from all periods of the orchestral and chamber music repertoire.

“We’ve received continuing support from Supervisor Antonovich for several years now,” said Sally Angel, president of the orchestra’s foundation. “We very much appreciate his continuing support of the arts, especially music, in Santa Clarita.” 

Research has shown how studying music and playing an instrument improves student performance in core academic classes. Aside from being an important part of our culture, music also increases the likelihood that students will stay in school, which is why Angel says Antonovich’s funding will go towards the orchestra’s outreach program. 

“We want to reach those youngsters who played an instrument in elementary or junior high schools but then moved on to schools where music instruction isn’t always available and encourage them to join one of our ensembles,” said Angel. 

November 13, 2008

College of the Canyons Honored for Innovation at NCSPOD Conference 

NCSPOD ConferenceThe Leadership Education in Action Program (LEAP) was presented with the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) Innovation Award, at the organization’s annual conference October 24, in Reno Nevada.
The NCSPOD was formed in 1977 through the vision of community college faculty, staff and program development practitioners across the country who shared a mutual need for developing industry knowledge and skills, while sharing information and networking within the field.
The NCSPOD Innovation award recognizes achievement in a program, project or event that demonstrates innovative ideas, adaptations, activities, or approaches that enhance the effectiveness of staff, program, and/or organizational development.  
“Innovation is one of our top priorities at College of the Canyons,” Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook said.  “It is included in our strategic plan, it is a quality we emphasize in our job descriptions, and we strive to create a campus climate that fosters innovation.  So this award is really a tribute to those on our campus who dare to be different and encourage others to do the same.”

During the conference, Dr. Van Hook — the recipient of the 2007 NCSPOD College President/Chancellor award for outstanding leadership in support of professional development programs — provided the keynote address at the NCSPOD Leadership Breakfast, in which she spoke to the importance of providing professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff, and making those services a top priority at every college campus.

In addition, Dr. Van Hook, Diane Stewart, the college’s dean of early childhood education and training programs, and Leslie Carr, the college’s director of professional development, were asked to provide conference attendees with a LEAP themed conference workshop — to both share information about the program and demonstrate the growing and urgent need to promote and support leadership development from within.
“The LEAP workshop provided information that will serve as a road map for any college wanting to develop its own leadership development program, while also encouraging participants to grow their own leaders from their college’s best resources — their own faculty and staff,” said Carr.
LEAP was launched at College of the Canyons in spring 2008 to help foster the development of visionary, pace-setting administrative leaders. Specifically, LEAP provides individuals who want to be leaders, at College of the Canyons or elsewhere, an opportunity to identify and develop the knowledge and skill sets required to lead and shape the Santa Clarita Community College District, and indeed the California Community College System.
Throughout the spring semester,  the 45 College of the Canyons faculty, staff and administration members who participated in the program attended a series of workshop sessions and presentations by community college leaders from around the state, visited other community college campuses, and reviewed institutional case studies — before teaming up to develop and complete real-life projects which addressed a current institutional challenge at College of the Canyons.
“The LEAP participants came up with outstanding solutions to these challenges.  We moved quickly to implement them on our campus, and the results speak for themselves,” Dr. Van Hook said.
LEAP will again be offered to College of the Canyons staff, faculty and administrators in spring 2009.  In addition, participants from the first LEAP class will have the opportunity to further the skills they learned in a LEAP II session that began in October.
The college’s most recent NCSPOD award comes on the heels of last year’s honors, which also included the 2007 NCSPOD Institutional Merit Award, recognizing the college for its excellence in the delivery and impact of professional development programs, and its longtime and continued promotion of such programs on surrounding community college campuses.

November 12, 2008

College Participates in Great Southern California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Who: College of the Canyons staff, faculty, some students.

What: College of the Canyons will participate to the extent feasible in the regional Great Southern California ShakeOut drill.

When: The drill is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2008.  On-campus activities related to the drill should last between 15 minutes and one hour.

Where: The entire College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

Why: College of the Canyons takes very seriously its role in responding to emergencies on campus and ensuring the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors to the campus.  Currently, the administration is developing plans for both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses to cover a variety of emergency situations. The development of these plans call for formats that are consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the State Emergency Management System (SEMS).  

Since an earthquake is one of the more likely threats to safety on campus, it is timely and appropriate for the college to participate in this regional drill and everyone on campus can benefit from practicing and discussing the standardized procedures that we have in place.

How:  Over the course of the last several days, informational messages have been sent internally to faculty and staff regarding the on campus events of the day and how we would like everyone to react.  Here are some of the key elements:

 We have asked faculty to conduct discussions in their classrooms at 10 am about procedures that should be followed by everyone in the event of an earthquake.  Discussion points have been provided for faculty so that consistent information can be disseminated.
 The campus has been divided into a system of 9 quadrants with staff assigned Quadrant Chief, Building Captain, Floor Warden and other response-oriented duties.  When the drill begins, an incident command center will be opened and communications will be tested between that center and key areas of the campus where hypothetical damage has occurred.
 On Wednesday, the incident commander emailed a Workspace Inspection Check Sheet to all areas of the campus so that individuals can inspect the areas in which they work and identify earthquake hazards such as falling hazards, tripping hazards, fire hazards, and the like.  Remedial action will be taken in response to these compiled lists in ensuing days and weeks.
 A beta-test of the college’s new text messaging system will be conducted for the first time with a pre-selected group of students.  These pre-selected students will report any anomalies in the system for future correction.
 At least one building will be completely evacuated in real time to test those procedures and to drill building inspection teams in criteria for a safe return to a potentially compromised building.
 In all exercises of this nature, we are open to learning things that we haven’t thought about, so we are encouraging all participants to provide constructive criticism in the form of recommendations for improved procedures.  This process will take from several days to several weeks as we fine-tune existing procedures and develop new ones.

November 11, 2008

College of the Canyons Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Still Accepting Vendors

Event organizers are still accepting vendors for the 19th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at College of the Canyons.

Traditionally featuring an assortment of vendors peddling a wide array of crafts and products, this event provides attendees with a fun and unique gift for everyone on their holiday shopping list. 

Typical items on sale at the Arts and Crafts Fair include watercolors and limited edition prints; home-made jellies, jams, pie fillings and syrups; jewelry; clothing; sewing kits; handcrafted mini guitars; beautiful fused glass bowls and plates; airbrushed tattoos; quilted and crocheted blankets; and holiday crafts, ornaments, decorations, license plate holders, and much, much more.

Vendors will set up in the College of the Canyons parking lot on the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road where there is ample free parking. On Saturday, the Fair will be joined by the weekly Auto Fair, and on Sunday by the ever-popular Farmers’ Market.

Potential vendors must register with event organizers by Monday November 10, to reserve a spot. Free vendor spaces are available to College of the Canyons students with valid ID.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the College of the Canyons Classified Senate.

November 4, 2008

Joint Agency Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic

Subject: Community Flu-shot clinic

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Friday, November 7, 2008 

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

Event: Free flu shots will be administered to the public from 10 am to 12:30 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 more than 1,000 flu shots will be administered during this 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.