Projects submitted by high school students should be based on “sustainable solutions for our future” and focus on what students think is the most challenging environmental issue(s) facing their generation. Projects should also explore potential solutions and alternatives to their issues of concern.
All winning College of the Canyons Environmental Science Fair projects will receive a prize ribbon and gift certificate award.
Five local schools are already scheduled to participate and event organizers are encouraging other schools to host their own environmental science fairs in the weeks leading up to this event in order to assist in the selection of student projects.
“This is truly a community event in which we get to see the creative side of our younger generation,” said Cheng-Levine. “Although not all schools will be able to participate in this year’s fair we encourage everyone to come view what our kids have to offer and explore the ways in which they see our environmental future.”
In order to have projects displayed at the event, each student involved with the project must submit a registration/release form to the college’s Sustainable Development Committee by Friday, October 10. Though students submitting projects as a group must each submit a registration/release form, all group members are not required to attend the actual event.
Projects must adhere to a maximum size of 36x48 inches. No flammable materials may be used on the day of the presentation. A very limited number of electrical outlets are available for project demonstrations that require electricity, however stations with outlets will be assigned based on the order that registration/release forms were received.
September 18, 2008
College to Become ‘Smoke Free’ in 2009
The Board of Trustees voted in August to make both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses “smoke free” beginning with the Spring 2009 semester. Under the new policy, smoking will only be allowed in the parking lots of both campuses — at least 50 feet from any building — and in one designated area near Cougar Stadium on the Valencia campus.
The Board’s decision modified an existing smoking policy developed in 1999 that defined designated smoking areas on the Valencia campus. The changes to the physical locations of the designated areas caused by construction projects and the development of a totally new campus in Canyon Country prompted a complete review of the policy.
The review process involved a student survey conducted by the Associated Student Government (ASG) in which 69 percent of the respondents favored making the Canyon Country campus smoke free, and 67 percent were in favor of making the Valencia Campus smoke free. The survey also revealed that students were unhappy with the way the existing policy was enforced with 63 percent of respondents calling for better enforcement of the policy. Based on the survey results, the ASG endorsed modifications to the policy.
“This new policy is straightforward and clear,” said Dr. Michael Wilding, Vice President of Student Services at the college, “and adopts the same kind of policy that dozens of other campuses across the state have in place. It should be simpler for campus visitors and students to determine where they can and can not smoke,” stressed Wilding. “By removing the ambiguity of the previous policy, by reasonably accommodating the strong feelings of both smoking and non-smoking advocates and by adding clear signage on both campuses, smoking controversies should become a thing of the past,” said Wilding.
The new policy and implementing procedures were reviewed and endorsed by the Academic Senate and the College Policy Council.
Understanding that smoking is a sensitive issue to many, the college’s administration has decided to engage in an education effort to advise students of the new changes and not implement them until the start of the Spring 2009 semester that begins on February 9, 2009.
Students interested in quitting smoking can find assistance at the Student Health Center located in STCN – 122.
Board Policy 3900 Smoking/Tobacco Usage In and On Campus Facilities
In the interest of promoting health and well being of District students, staff and visitors and maintaining the safety of District facilities, it shall be the policy of the District to limit /or prohibit smoking/tobacco usage in and on campus facilities.
Administrative Procedure 3900 Smoking/Tobacco Usage In and On Campus Facilities
A. Student, employee, and visitor health is a primary concern of the Santa Clarita Community College District. Because of the clear evidence of the harmful nature of smoke inhalation and air contamination, the District, in accordance with State law, bans smoking/tobacco usage within all campus buildings and in any outdoor area except in designated smoking areas. This policy includes all college-leased and college-occupied buildings. In addition, smoking/tobacco usage shall be prohibited at events held on campus initiated by internal District users or external agencies as defined by the Civic Center Act. Further, smoking/tobacco usage is banned in the swimming pool area, in the Cougar Stadium, and in all College vehicles.
B. Smoking shall be allowed in a designated area near Cougar Stadium. In addition, smoking is allowed in perimeter parking lots away from the central campus.
C. Smoking is not permitted in the parking area directly adjacent to Boykin Hall and the lot adjacent to the Early Childhood Education Center
D. Following recommendations from the Health and Welfare Committee, other smoking areas may be designated by the Chief Executive Officer of the District.
E. All other tobacco usage in and on District facilities is expressly prohibited.
F. Violators shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
G. Questions regarding this policy shall be directed to the Chief Executive Officer of the District or his/her designee. Any review and decision by the Chief Executive Officer of the District or his/her designee shall be deemed to be final.
September 18, 2008
College Launches K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program
In keeping with the college’s mission to provide relevant academic education and lifelong learning programs for community members of all ages and educational levels, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC) is launching a new K-12 arts education outreach program.
The program will seek 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.
“This is a chance for College of the Canyons to begin communicating a different vision in terms of the college’s participation in arts education throughout our community,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “It’s important for the arts to be introduced to younger audiences so they can realize the powerful affect art can have on their lives, and that’s something we are committed to here at the college.”
To kick-start the new program the college has partnered with the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) to host a group of more than 600 elementary school aged students who will visit the PAC October 3, for a special performance and presentation by the comedic acrobatic duo, The Tweaksters.
As an added feature of the day’s events, students will also visit the campus art gallery to view “The Sculpture of Brad Howe” exhibit featuring a selection of Howe’s internationally known colorful steel sculptures, some designed specifically for this exhibition.
“This event is just a peek behind the curtain in terms of what we hope to achieve with this program,” said COC Foundation board member and longtime friend of the college Rita Garasi, who is assisting with the program’s implementation.
“Utilizing the resources of the college to host these events and expose both students and teachers to the world-class artists who visit the PAC is a natural outreach that represents yet another aspect of the college’s role in serving the community,” added Garasi. “The PAC is not just a theater, it’s a cultural arts center where students will be able to see all that COC has to offer in terms of music, theatre and dance. The college is like a treasure box in that regard.”
Among the many goals of the new program will be the promotion of arts education teaching and learning strategies, which could potentially be passed on from artist to teachers in a variety of different settings — including workshops, artist classroom visits, special presentations, mentor programs and various teaching/learning community partnerships — to help better communicate the arts to their students.
“Exposing students to the arts is one of the Saugus Union School Districts critical areas of focus,” said Michelle Morse, SUSD Director of Childcare and Preschool Programs. “This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for professionals within the arts community to become involved with our teachers and students in a variety of ways.
“Partnerships and teamwork make for a stronger community,” commented Morse, “so we’re thankful to College of the Canyons for the opportunity our students will have to experience the world of performing arts.”
Noting that the function of the program will be to augment, not replace, the various arts education programs already helping to meet the needs of students and schools affected by limited resources and state budget constraints, Philipson is confident the program will be a success.
“There are many statistics showing what happens to students when they are versed in the arts and educated in the visual and performing arts standards,” said Philipson. “The interest from the community needed to step up and encourage the arts and make this program a success is out there, and the college is in a position to help bring it all together.”
Prior to coming to COC Philipson served as an arts administrator in various positions at Santa Monica College. While at SMC, Philipson was involved in number of community-outreach and arts education programs, including collaborations with the Los Angeles Opera Company and The Museum of Tolerance, to offer an after-school Opera Camp. In addition, Philipson played a role in the development of various K-12 arts education programs and performances in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
With Philipson and Garasi leading the charge, and with the college’s full support, Santa Clarita can look forward to introducing their students to a world of high caliber live performances.
For more information about the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to get involved please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5303.
September 12, 2008
Art Gallery Presents Brad Howe Exhibit
The Art Gallery will exhibit the work of Brad Howe, an internationally known sculptor, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23, 2008.
“Brad Howe is a tremendously talented artist creating monumental sculpture, mobiles, floor pieces and wall-mounted artwork fabricated from stainless steel, steel, aluminum and painted with highly colorful enamels,” said Larry Hurst, director of the college’s art gallery. “I have seldom met an artist with his enthusiasm and willingness to extend himself. He will be showing existing work as well as kinetic sculpture specially created for this exhibition.”
Howe studied international relations at Stanford University and attended graduate school at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to his artwork. His work has been exhibited in more than 16 countries and has been included in collections in 32 countries. In addition to creating pieces for the City of Los Angeles and MIT, Howe created a 80-foot mobile for the Georgia International Convention Center and a 18-foot stainless steel sculpture for a corporate client in Bilberach, Germany. Howe recently completed a commission for LARC Ranch in Saugus.
A reception for the exhibit will be held on Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery. Howe will speak at the gallery on Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The exhibition and all events related to it are free and open to the public.
The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment.
September 12, 2008
Foundation Hosts Alumni and Friends Barbecue and Awards Ceremony
The College of the Canyons Alumni & Friends is having a Homecoming Barbecue on Sept. 20, 2008 to honor the year’s Outstanding COC Alumnus, Kevin Holmes, former chair of the Foundation Board of Directors and the Outstanding Friend, Lundgren Management, a construction management company, for its many contributions to the college, specifically for its vital role in the opening of the Canyon Country Campus. Lundgren Management is also overseeing the construction of the college’s 110,000 square foot University Center.
“This event is a special time set aside each year to thank some very important people,” said Michele Edmonson, assistant director of development of the college’s foundation. “Kevin Holmes and Lundgren Management were selected because of their positive influence on the college and its students. They are very deserving of this award.”
The barbecue will be held in the Cougar Den at Cougar Stadium at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by the college’s homecoming football game against Los Angeles Valley College at 7 p.m.
The barbecue — provided by the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge — will also include dessert and beverages. A no-host bar will help raise funds for college scholarships.
Alumni and Friends member adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children and for non-members, adult tickets are $20 and $12 for children. Tickets will also allow entrance to the game.
All proceeds will support student and alumni programs.
To RSVP, call (661) 362-3737 by Sept. 16.
September 11, 2008
College’s Early Childhood Education Center Receives NAEYC Accreditation
The Center for Early Childhood Education has obtained program reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — verifying that the program is in full compliance with nationally recognized criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.
An integral part of the department of Early Childhood Education (ECE), the center, which includes both a laboratory style toddler and pre-school programs, is one of the first centers in the nation to earn reaccreditation status under the NAEYC’s reinvented accreditation system which was instituted in late 2006.
As a result, the NAEYC accreditation validates the college’s ECE center as an outstanding setting for teacher/caregiver training to be modeled by other programs, while also ensuring parents that their children are enrolled in an ECE program of the highest quality.
“We’re proud to again have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Diane Stewart, dean of ECE and training programs. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
To achieve NAEYC Accreditation under the new system, the college’s ECE center volunteered to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety.
Consisting of an extensive self-study process, which measures the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards — relationships; curriculum; teaching; assessment of child progress; health; teachers; families; community relationships; physical environment; leadership and management — and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria, the program received accreditation status after an on-site visit by an NAEYC assessor in May.
“Through the self-study process, we were able to step back and examine all aspects of the program which allowed us to see where we implement best practices and where we can improve,” said Wendy Ruiz, ECE Center toddler director.
Results of the accreditation site visit showed that the college’s ECE center program standards exceeded the criteria threshold mandated for NAEYC accreditation in all 10 areas — with nine of the 10 assessed categories receiving a score of better than 90 percent, and six categories scoring in the 100 percentile. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.
“We are very proud of our high scores. Every staff member works hard to meet the mark of program excellence,” said Monica Marshall, ECE Center preschool director. “Evaluation and reflection help set a framework for a plan of action to be put into place for continuous improvements and professional development opportunities.”
The NAEYC Accreditation system was created in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.
In the 20 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC — approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
The NAEYC’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs — reflecting the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.
The College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education is committed to providing quality care and education for infants, toddlers and preschool children, while modeling an exemplary developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive learning/lab environment.
Located on the COC campus, the Center for ECE program includes a laboratory style Toddler and Preschool, which features a developmentally appropriate environment, including a variety of educational and creative material designed to stimulate both learning and social interaction. The primary focus of the program is to promote feelings of competence and self worth, which will serve as a strong foundation in the child’s future growth and education.
September 10, 2008
College and Hart District Host Santa Clarita Valley College Day
More than 60 colleges and universities will be in attendance at College of the Canyons on Saturday, October 11, for Santa Clarita Valley College Day 2008. Representatives will be on hand to provide information about their schools and programs to college-bound high school students and their parents. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at College of the Canyons’ Valencia Campus.
Sponsored by College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union School District, the day will feature a mall-like area where students can stop and speak with representatives of the schools. Workshops and presentations are also scheduled that will provide in-depth discussions of admissions procedures, financial aid processes, insights into the UC, CSU, and community college systems and much more.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, local opportunity for students and their families to talk with representatives of colleges and universities across the nation in a one-stop-shopping environment,” said Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions at College of the Canyons. “It also provides very specific information about the UC and CSU admissions process from people who are directly involved in those offices that will answer many questions that students and their parents may have,” stressed Ruys.
This is the fifth year that College Day has been held on the COC campus and event attendance has continued to grow.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Hart District on this event,” said Sue Bozman, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and External Relations for the college district, “because it gives community members an unprecedented opportunity to talk to college representatives and to shop and compare a wide variety of universities and their programs. We also know that, historically, nearly 60 percent of Hart District students will choose College of the Canyons to begin their higher education journey,” stressed Bozman, “and this event also gives parents and students a chance to explore our Valencia campus and talk with instructors and counselors.”
Participation in workshops and interaction with college and university representatives will help students be prepared when applying to the four-year institutions. College Day is also an opportunity for parents and students to get acquainted with the COC campus. For parents and students interested in finding out more about what College of the Canyons has to offer, several departments will have representatives on hand to share information about their various majors.
Admission to the event is free, as is parking in designated COC student lots. Additional information is available by calling the Office of Outreach and School Relations at (661) 362-5891.
Partial list of event participants:
|Azusa Pacific University
Brooks Institute of Photography
California College of the Arts
California Lutheran University
California State Polytechnic University,
San Luis Obispo
California State University, Bakersfield
(University Extended Services)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
Charles R. Drew University
Columbia College Hollywood
Design Institute of San Diego
|ESL Language Centers
Fashion Intitute of Design & Merchandising
Harvey Mudd College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hope International University
Humboldt State University
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Mount St. Mary’s College
Northern Michigan University
Otis College of Art & Design
Pennsylvania State University
Sonoma State University
|The Master’s College|
Trinity Int’l University - Trinity Law School
U.S. Coast Gaurd Academy
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Oregon
University of Judaism
University of New Mexico
University of Redands
University of Southern California
University of the Arts in Philadelphia