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October 27, 2008

College Hosts Acting and Auditioning Master Class With Renowned Acting Coach

A lecture and question and answer session by seasoned acting coach Craig Wallace, from The Wallace Audition Technique, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at College of the Canyons. 

Wallace will discuss the creative and technical aspects of a winning audition, how actors can access and apply their strongest qualities to their acting, as well as what it takes to survive and thrive as a professional TV and film actor. 

“Actors can be very talented but never book a job because either they don't have auditioning skills or they let the audition intimidate them,” said Susan Hinshaw, chair of the theatre department at the college. “No one becomes an actor because they love to audition.” 

Hinshaw considers Wallace one of her personal mentors who changed her perception about the auditioning process. 

“Instead of seeing it as a necessary evil, I now see it as a chance to act and move people--even the ‘people in suits,’” said Hinshaw. “Craig gives students the tools to relax, to be in control and to have fun in the audition. I am very happy that our students will have the opportunity to work with him.” 

The author of the highly acclaimed book, "The Best Of You--Winning Auditions Your Way,” Wallace has been in show business for more than 20 years as a development executive, producer, head of talent development, and a talent agent. 

As a development executive at United Artists and Universal Studios, Craig read and analyzed thousands of motion picture and television scripts. From this experience came his ability to teach actors how to break down scripts and sides quickly and creatively. 

During his tenure as a casting executive and producer, he auditioned hundreds of actors and saw first-hand why certain actors consistently booked the jobs and why others did not.

While working at one of the top talent agencies in Los Angeles, he realized the importance for actors to have a strong and reliable technique that would guide them through the entire audition process. Wallace worked with other casting directors, agents and producers to develop The Wallace Audition Technique which has helped hundreds of actors move on to successful careers in movies, television and commercials.
Wallace has given numerous lectures at universities, bookstores, and many acting organizations. He has also coached people from a wide variety of professions on how to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

October 24, 2008

College’s New Employee Training Institute Contract to Benefit Local Business

Over the next two years local businesses will have access to more than $470,000 in employee training funds, thanks to a new California Employment Training Panel contract secured by the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI).

Specifically, this contract will provide funds to train as many as 580 workers while providing skills in a variety of areas including: computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), continuous process improvement, manufacturing, management, language and math skills, and other skills needed by local enterprises in order to remain globally competitive.  

All training is based on the specific needs of participating employers, and is conducted either at the company’s worksite or at a College of the Canyons training facility. 

“With the approval of this latest Employment Training Panel contract College of the Canyons will be able to quickly respond to the dynamic employment training needs of our entire region,” said Dr. Bruce Getzan, College of the Canyons dean of economic development.

ETI has been providing customized training to businesses since 1989 and has greatly expanded its ability to create economic and workforce development programs over the past 19 years.  This new Employment Training Panel contract is the ninth such contract secured by the college since 1997.

“Our unique partnerships with industry helps the college anticipate workforce training demands and leverage the resources needed to meet the economic development goals of our community,” added Getzan. “We value the support of local business leaders who look to College of the Canyons to be their provider of choice for workforce development programs. Strong industry partnerships are the foundation of Employment Training Panel contracts.”

In fact, the college has already begun utilizing this new funding by offering a range of available courses including advanced MasterCam and supervisory skills, said ETI director Kristen Houser.

While the Employment Training Panel maintains specific eligibility criteria, which governs participation in this program, College of the Canyons’ ETI staff are available to help local companies ascertain their eligibility status in and receive employee-training services. For more information about the Employment Training Panel programs available at College of the Canyons please contact Kristin Houser at (661) 362-3245.

October 24, 2008

Diavolo to Dance for College of the Canyons/Hart District Students

As part of the ongoing K-12 arts education outreach program offered by the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC), the dance company Diavolo will present a special performance and set of accompanying master class opportunities for Santa Clarita Valley students.

Founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by Jacques Heim, Diavolo is a professional modern dance company with a mission to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and frightening ways individuals act within their environment.

Performances include the talents of dancers, gymnasts and actors all interacting on stage with outrageous and surrealistic props and sets, to create an almost cinematic experience. By continually pushing the boundaries of both the performer and the stage, Diavolo has captivated audiences around the world. 

In line with its mission, Diavolo has also become an exemplary teaching institution, featuring experienced artists/teachers who have graduated from some of the country’s finest dance institutions.
As a prelude to the PAC Diavolo performance on Saturday November 1, company artists will interact with students from the College of the Canyons dance department in the first of two master class opportunities on October 30.

Designed for the professional and pre-professional dance-track student, Diavolo hosts master classes traditionally featuring lessons in trust, teamwork, physicality and artistry. In addition, all master classes will incorporate a “creation” aspect, where students will take learned vocabulary and elements of dance and create a short phrase, either with partners or in groups. 

On Friday morning, October 31, approximately 600 local junior high and high school students from the William S. Hart Union school district will be treated to a special Diavolo education performance as part of the college’s ongoing arts education outreach program.

A second Diavolo master class will provide a dozen local high school students with the opportunity to work alongside professional artists from the dance company, in a format similar to that enjoyed by the college’s dance students. This second master class will also include the presence of selected College of the Canyons dance students, who will serve as mentors to their high school aged counterparts.

“One goal of these events is to develop and to sustain educational collaboration between College of the Canyons’ dance students and the Hart district dance students,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, College of the Canyons’ Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. “We’re looking forward to help sponsor future creative opportunities for professional and student growth and to enrich and expand the learning experiences for participants at all ages and all stages.”

All Diavolo master classes and special performance arrangements are made possible thanks to a donation from the Found Penny Foundation.

“We are thrilled that the Found Penny Foundation is supporting the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach program,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “This generous donation will allow College of the Canyons and the PAC to make a strong and lasting impression in the program’s pilot year, and will greatly impact the ways in which we are able to reach out to more local students and provide exposure to the arts.”

The PAC’s K-12 arts education outreach program seeks to use the college’s vast cultural and community resources to expose students to the visual and performing arts, while also collaborating with teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the area to develop an enhanced arts education curriculum, and a variety of unique educational opportunities for all students.

October 22, 2008

College of the Canyons Hosts Book of the Year Events
College of the Canyons has four upcoming events—a kite-making workshop, a kick-off party, a lecture on Afghanistan history, and an international student panel—in conjunction with the college’s Book of the Year activities celebrating “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. 

A kite-making workshop will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in the college library, Room 206. Led by math professor George Rhys, the workshop will teach attendees about kite flying traditions while learning how to make a kite.  Materials are provided, but space is limited. To RSVP, call Susan Cooper at (661) 362-3708.

On Tuesday, November 11, COC history professor Sarah Burns will lecture on the history of Afghanistan to familiarize readers with the setting and historical context of the book. The lecture, “Caravanning through Afghanistan, a Corridor to Empire,” will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the college library, Room 206. 

Later that day, the Book of the Year kick-off party will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble bookstore located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.  Refreshments will be served, and proceeds of the book sales will be donated to the college’s Foundation to promote literacy. 
On Tuesday, December 2, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the college library, Room 206, a panel of international students will use the book as a jumping-off point for discussing Central Asian traditions, values, and customs. 

“The Kite Runner” begins with, “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.  I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. . . . Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”  “I think this quote captures so eloquently what the book is about,” said Susan Cooper, an English professor at the college. “I think many of us are still peeking into the deserted alleys of our own childhoods.” 
The book was chosen not only because it has “universal themes and wide appeal but because it has application across disciplines,” said Cooper.  “Its setting, Afghanistan, is currently in the news, and this book will help readers understand Afghanistan, its culture, and its people.”

Besides bringing together the college community, the Book of the Year project was implemented to allow students the opportunity to make connections between disciplines and to become equal participants in the kind of wide-reaching, ongoing, and open-ended conversation that characterizes academia. 

October 21, 2008

‘Comedians of the Canyons’ to Present Evening of Improv

In November, students from the College of the Canyons Theatre Department’s Advanced Improvisational Performance class, otherwise known as Comedians of the Canyons, will present their second Improv show of the semester.

Promising to be a fun-filled hour of hilarious, unscripted scenes and sketches, the Comedians of the Canyons Improv show will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday November 8, on the Valencia campus in Pico Hall room 202.

Though the ages of the performers will span a rather wide range, the group is comprised entirely of College of the Canyons students.

“These are students who have gone beyond the basics of Improv and are ready for their hour before an audience,” said course instructor Allan Trautman, who will also serve as the evening’s host. “Each scene is made up on the spot from audience suggestions. There is no script and no safety net, so it’s both exhilarating and hilarious to watch.”

In just its second semester of existence, the Comedians of the Canyons have already performed for standing-room-only audiences.

“I suggest you get there early to get a good seat,” said Trautman. “The ‘splash zone’ in the front row is especially fun.”

October 21, 2008

College of the Canyons Students to Present Romantic Comedy 'Some Girl(s)'

As the second production of the fall season, the College of the Canyons theatre department will present playwright Neil LaBute’s contemporary romantic comedy “Some Girl(s),” this November in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC) Black Box Theatre.
Tagged as the story of ‘one guy, four exes, and four cities,’ LaBute’s comedy centers on the life of main character ‘Guy’ — a writer with a blossoming career and a beautiful young fiancé waiting to marry him and rush off to Cancun to be by his side. 
However, as a result of nervousness about his impending marital status, Guy begins calling old girlfriends and making arrangements to meet, thus beginning one man’s odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country in search of the perfect woman — whom he’s already broken up with.
All the while this outrageously funny and deadly serious portrait of a young seducer casts a truthful, yet hilarious, light on society's view of the modern American relationship and how we choose to remember our own.
Students involved in the production will perform under the direction of professional director and guest artist Randee Trabitz, with assistance from COC theatre student Chriss Nicholas.
In order to allow for more student participation and push the artistic boundaries of the production, Trabitz has chosen to double cast several of the main roles.
“I was very enchanted by the idea of making an ensemble out of this project,” Trabitz said. “I think it will be a real acting opportunity for the students. This play is perfect for this kind of double casting.”
Actors involved with the production are also intrigued by the double casting idea. 
“In finding my character, it’s an interesting challenge to adjust her and her relationship to ‘Guy,’ depending upon who will be playing this role and how they choose to develop him,” said COC student Paris Perrault, who plays the role of ‘Bobbi’ ‘Guy’s’ college sweetheart.’ “It’s very exciting.”
The COC production of “Some Girl(s)” will run for one weekend beginning Thursday November 20, at 8 p.m. in the PAC Black Box Theater. Additional performances will run: Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23 at 2p.m.
“Some Girl(s)” contains strong language and adult content, and is intended for a mature audience.

October 17, 2008

Mister Jalopy to Exhibit His 'Stuff' at the College Art Gallery

Painter Paul Gauguin once said, “Art is either plagiarism or revolution,” but the work of local artist Mister Jalopy defies that logic by appropriating discarded consumer products and creating something spectacularly new. 

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will display some of Jalopy’s work in the exhibit “Mister Jalopy and the Maker Philosophy” from Nov. 1 to Nov. 18, 2008. 

Among the whimsical pieces on display will be “The World’s Biggest iPod,” an Apple iPod wired to a classic console stereo system, and a three-wheeled bicycle that operates a home-built movie projector. 

“Peter takes the best of earlier and contemporary technologies and shows us that they can work together to create new approaches to everyday challenges,” said Larry Hurst, gallery director at the college. “He directly encourages manufacturers to create products that consumers can understand and repair themselves. Although he says he is not an artist, the objects or ‘gizmos’ that he has created are certainly art.”

A self-professed “professional amateur,” Jalopy is the co-founder of the Maker Movement, a trend rapidly gaining momentum and attention that encourages consumers to fix old products and reinvent them. 

Recently featured in USA Today and on NPR, Jalopy is also a regular contributor to Make Magazine and the author of the “Maker’s Bill of Rights,” which makes the case for a collaborative partnership with corporations and the consumers who purchase their products. 

Jalopy’s fascination with the inner-workings behind everything is evident in his work, and rightfully so, since he has been a mechanic, welder, salesman, small business owner, graphic designer and a woodworker. 

A reception for the exhibit will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

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

Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment.

October 16, 2008

College Underscores Domestic Violence Awareness with Concert

With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the College of the Canyons Social Science and Business Division is hosting a Domestic Awareness Concert on Oct. 23, 2008 benefiting local domestic violence shelters.

“Statistics reveal that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the U. S.,” said Connie Tripp, a history professor at the college. “Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 -- more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined,” Tripp added. 

Speaking at the event will be Tammy Castor, the college’s director of district safety, Almira Agosto, director of the SCV Domestic Violence Center and Jae Weiss from theValley Trauma Center. 

Various college clubs and organizations with an interest in the topic of domestic violence will also be at the event. 

Musicians Joan Enguita, Trish Lester and Linda Geleris of the all female 14-member band “Women on the Move” will perform songs from their compilation album “Beautiful,” which is a blend of folk, pop and blues music. 

Signed to the independent record label Red Coyote Records, “Women on the Move” raises money to support domestic violence shelters. 
“These are original songs of love, life and hope, with solos and great harmonies, acoustic guitar and percussion arrangements,” said Tripp. 
The band’s albums, including “Beautiful,” will be on sale at the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local Santa Clarita shelter. 
Donation bins to help the SCV Domestic Violence Center will be available to collect cell phones, clothing (women and children, all sizes) kids toys, videos and toiletries.
The event will be held at outdoors the college’s Honor Grove from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and admission is free.
For more information about the event, please call Anne Marenco at (661) 362-3685.

October 15, 2008

College of the Canyons Foundation to Host Annual Wine Tasting Event

The Foundation Library Associates will host a wine tasting event, “In Good Taste,” on Oct. 25, 2008 with wine educator John Bauccio who will lead attendees through a tasting of sparkling wines to show how the holiday favorite isn’t just for special occasions.

A reception for the event will be held at 5:30 p.m. with Prosecco and appetizers prepared by the college’s culinary arts program.
The wine tasting event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the college library. 
Admittance is $85 per person. Seating is limited and attendees must be at least 21 years old. The dress code for the event is business casual attire. 
Please RSVP by Oct. 17 by calling (661) 362-3737. 

October 15, 2008

College of the Canyons to Host Two State Championships

College of the Canyons will play host to two California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state championships – women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer – in November and December respectively. 

The women’s golf tournament will be a two-day tournament held on Nov. 17-18 at Olivas Links in Ventura.  The men’s and women’s soccer state titles will be decided on the campus of College of the Canyons in Cougar Stadium on Dec. 4-7. 

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to host our first two state championships this year and showcase the great facilities that we have here at College of the Canyons,” COC athletic director Chuck Lyon said. 

This is the first time that the college will be hosting the women’s golf state tournament and the first time holding a state championship event at College of the Canyons. 

Following a two-year stay at Fresno Pacific University in conjunction with the CCCAA Championship Festival, the last soccer games of the season will rotate to a northern or southern school every other year, with a two-year commitment. The title game will return to Cougar Stadium in 2010 after its first visit this December. 

Admission for the women’s golf tournament is free, while the soccer matches will cost $8 for general admission and $5 for identified students, faculty, staff, senior citizens age 60 and over, and children 12 years of age or under. 

October 14, 2008

College of the Canyons to Host Panel Discussion on ‘Costs of War’

College of the Canyons, the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, the SCV Senior Center and the Veteran’s History Project are joining forces to host a unique panel discussion entitled “The Costs of War: Historical, Political, and Psychological Aspects of Human Conflict.”

Featuring the insights of six distinguished guest speakers, this free event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in the college’s cinema room located in Hasley Hall 101 on the Valencia campus.

“The issue of war is about more than countries at conflict, it’s about the cost to the human condition,” said Patty Robinson, College of the Canyons’ dean of social sciences and business division as well as the panel organizer. “This includes everything from the political and economic losses experienced by a society, to the physical and psychological losses experienced by an individual.”

“So to really understand the nature of human conflict, it’s important to examine the subjective side of war and to witness its affect on the human spirit,” added Robinson.

Featured speakers at the panel will include:

 Morris Deason, a WWII amphibious craft Coxswain in the South Pacific for the    U.S. Navy and retired supervisor of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. 

 Chaplain William Bowman, who served with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and has 35-years of combined experience as a CIA agent, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, and administrator at Northrop Grumman. 

 Robert Brode, who served during the Vietnam War but remained in the U.S. as a result of his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Brode is a former member of the Burbank Police Department and is currently assigned to the California State Military Reserve as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps officer.

 Brian Conley, a Vietnam veteran, retired software industry executive and 27-year SCV resident dedicated to volunteerism.

 Herb Hightower, a former member of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command in Vietnam, where he also served for seven years as a civilian employee before working in Iran on the Iranian F-14 program. Hightower is also the founder and chairman of Vets Back to the War Zone — an organization dedicated to returning war veterans to the locations they served in to gain therapeutic benefits related to post traumatic stress disorder.

 Dr. James Kelleher, Professor Emeritus at College of the Canyons.  Before retiring in 2007, Kelleher served as chair of the college’s political science department, in addition to having taught at California State University, Los Angeles and CSU, Northridge.

The Veterans History Project (VHP) is dedicated to the collection and preservation of remembrances from American war veterans and the civilian workers who supported them.

First-hand accounts — primarily from veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War (1990-1995) and Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present) — are collected and subsequently archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers, while also serving as an inspiration for future generations of Americans.

To date, College of the Canyons’ involvement with the project has generated more than 80 interviews that have been sent to the Library of Congress. However there is a continued need for both veteran participants and VHP volunteers to conduct future interviews. Event organizers hope this panel discussion will help generate an increased community interest in this ongoing project.

October 14, 2008

College to Present Discussion on 'Urbanization, Race and Environment'

This month the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) and the campus’ Heritage Committee are co-presenting a social ecology themed panel discussion on the subject of “Urbanization, Race and Environment.”

Free, and open to all community members, the event will take place Wednesday, October 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. in Aliso Hall 101.

Featuring the insights of University of California, Irvine professor Dr. Rodolfo D. Torres and College of the Canyons sociology professor Pamela Williams-Paez, the event will also include a question and answer period designed to encourage audience participation.

“We believe that Dr. Torres’ and Professor Williams-Paez’s presentations will help bring about more intellectual discussion to an important subject which is often overlooked in ecological discussions,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, co-chair of the college’s SDC. “Both are eloquent speakers with extensive field research experience who will be able to discuss the topic of ‘Urbanization, Race and Environment’ from a variety of angles.”

Throughout the discussion, Torres — who teaches courses in planning, policy and design, Chicano/Latino studies, and political science — will draw from chapters of his co-authored study “Latino Metropolis.” While discussing the economic transformation that has yielded today’s postindustrial landscape in Los Angeles, Torres examines the impact the shift from large-scale mass production factories to smaller high-technology manufacturers has had on the social organization of Los Angeles’ working class.

Following Torres’ presentation, Williams-Paez will direct the discussion about the convergence of environmental concerns as the specifically impact minority communities in areas including: the effects of pollution, range of employment opportunities, political representation on environmental issues, low income housing and exposure to environmental hazards.

October 8, 2008

Cougar Football and LETMESAIL to Host Second Annual Flag Football Tournament

The football team and LETMESAIL (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) have teamed up once again for the S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Athletes and Peers) Flag Football League Tournament, which will be held at Cougar Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

“Last year, my team and I had a very enriching experience working with LETMESAIL,” COC head football coach Garett Tujague said. “I was thrilled when we were asked to take part in the tournament again and want to help anyway we can. This year, my players and I will be serving as referees throughout the tournament.”

Admission to the tournament is free and open to the public. Six teams from the surrounding area will participate along with squads from around Southern California. 

LETMESAIL, a lifestyle enrichment program for differently-abled individuals with disabilities, in conjunction with the Canyon High School football team foster mentor relationships with local high school football players and the members of the LETMESAIL program. S.N.A.P. is in its second year of existence and was started in July 2007.