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February 27, 2009

Junior High Summer Institute Back for Second Season

Offering more than the typical summer camp experience, the popular Junior High Summer Institute (JSI) at College of the Canyons is back and better than ever, with new curriculum tracks and activities that are sure to provide students with a fun and engaging atmosphere all summer long.
Available to incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, JSI allows students the option of enrolling in week-long curriculum tracks -- taught primarily by College of the Canyons instructors or field experts -- in areas including art, film, math and science and musical theatre. New to JSI this summer will be tracks focused on animation, 3-D design, teen fitness, young entrepreneurship, lake recreation and much more.
“Last year we created the Summer Institute with two things in mind, to expose young minds to possibilities that may encourage a career path and to provide an alternative to the traditional day-care style summer camp,” said Gina Bogna, director of community education at College of the Canyons. “Hopefully this summer we can provide even more fun and inspiration for our local students.”
JSI will run Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 15, 2009 through July 24, 2009 (no meeting July 3) and will consist of six one-week sessions.
At a cost of $185 per child per week, parents have the option of enrolling their student in different tracks for as many as six weeks. However some tracks may require an additional $15 materials fee.
For working parents an extended care option will allow students to remain at JSI from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day at an additional cost of $60 per child per week.
Also new for the 2009 summer session, JSI will be offering a limited number of need-based camp scholarships. To be eligible students must be currently enrolled in one of the Santa Clarita Valley or Castaic school districts. All scholarship forms and paperwork must be submitted to the College of the Canyons Community and Continuing Education Office for review no later than April 17.

February 20, 2009

No Injuries Reported in 'Bottle Bomb' Incident

No one was injured when two “bottle bombs” went off minutes apart on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus, one in a parking lot, and one in a roadway, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.
One of the devices went off in the on-campus road near the college’s main entrance near the Performing Arts Center and minutes later, a second device went off in the college’s parking lot 15 adjacent to the Library.
A witness reported to the Campus Safety Office that he saw one of the devices being thrown from a late-model maroon sedan with two, young male occupants. The vehicle immediately fled the campus.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded and is conducting an investigation.
The campus community has been informed about the incident in order to make everyone aware of safety precautions they can take, particularly regarding these types of devices and to increase awareness of suspicious activities on campus so they can be immediately reported to authorities.

February 19, 2009

Chancellor Van Hook Honored as L.A. County Woman of Year

In one of her first positions in community colleges, an enterprising young faculty member created a model program for Santa Ana College in the Rancho Santiago Community College District -- a program that would help other women enter the workforce by giving them access to the training and support services they needed to succeed. Within five years, the program became a state model and was funded at more than 50 other colleges across California.
She named her re-entry program New Horizons, and now, decades later, the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and County Board of Supervisors has announced that College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook will be honored as a recipient of the 2009 Women of the Year Award during the prestigious 24th Annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon in March.
The county’s Commission for Women was established in 1975, (about the same time Chancellor Van Hook helped create her first women’s re-entry center) to represent the special interests and concerns of women of all races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religious convictions, social circumstances, and sexual orientation.
One of the commission’s priorities has been to recommend programs or legislation to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities for women, in addition to recognizing outstanding women who have emerged as role models and who make a difference in the lives of the county’s more than four million women.
In 1979, Van Hook also became a member of the California Community and Junior College Association’s (CCJCA) Commission on Women, which was dedicated to these same priorities.
Van Hook created the New Horizons program so that women could have the same opportunities as men, and since then, she has dedicated her life to providing access to education for everyone, and to helping students succeed.
District awardees are selected by each Los Angeles County Supervisor and Community At-Large Awardees are selected by the Commission for Women in the following five categories: Education, Health, Media/Arts, Business/Labor and Law/Public Safety. Aside from serving as role models, Women of the Year nominees must have worked on behalf of women’s issues and made significant contributions to women’s equality.
Chancellor Van Hook was selected for this award by Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fifth District.
“I’m passionate about California community colleges and the opportunities they afford people to become whomever they want to be,” said Chancellor Van Hook. “I have been blessed to be able to work in this amazing system of education and to build bridges for people so they can open doors and realize that they can succeed. What an honor it is to be recognized for my decades of commitment to enhancing opportunities for women -- one person at a time.”
Throughout Chancellor Van Hook’s career, she has mentored women, advocated for the promotion of women and championed women’s equity issues, while serving as a first-hand example to her peers and colleagues of just how powerful a role model and visionary leader one woman can be.
Before coming to College of the Canyons, Van Hook helped create the Asilomar Leadership Conference, which provides training for women looking to advance to executive positions in community colleges throughout California, and later established the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Mentor Program to further train future community college leaders.
In addition, each semester for the past two decades Van Hook has shared her extensive knowledge and experience by serving as a role model and mentor to women aspiring to become college presidents -- with more than 40 of the women she has mentored going on to achieve that goal at a California community college.
Locally, under her leadership, the number of female administrators at College of the Canyons has increased from just two before she was hired in 1988 to 54 percent of all the college’s administrators, as she has hired more than 90 percent of all full-time staff since 1988.
She has led the way in adding the Progressive Adult College Education (PACE) program and weekend college, online associate degrees, condensed and fast track courses and a University Center -- all designed to open doors and remove barriers, embrace access and help women succeed.
When she arrived at College of the Canyons in 1988, Van Hook became the youngest serving California Community College CEO, and was one of only five women to serve as a district level CEO at the time. Now, she is the longest seated CEO with more than 21 years of service.
During her tenure, Van Hook has worked to expand the district’s revenue base, hire talented faculty and staff, develop plans to expand instructional programs, secure a significant increase in funding for the college, and launch and fund an incredible expansion of the college’s facilities.
Passionately committed to higher education and its integral role in economic development, Van Hook has led the way in forging educational and training partnerships with community organizations, government agencies, and private industry to ensure that citizens possess the high-technology skills that will sustain California’s economic growth.

A strong believer that people can accomplish more together than they can alone, she has developed a culture at College of the Canyons that encourages the development of partnerships with government, businesses, non-profit agencies and key community stakeholders.
Under her leadership the college has established Academy of the Canyons, the University Center, and opened its doors to high school students through concurrent enrollment. The business community has also benefited from Van Hook’s leadership, with the Employee Training Institute, Center for Advanced Competitive Technologies, Small Business Development Center and Business Incubator all having made an impact in the region.
As the longest seated California community college CEO, Van Hook has received a wide range of honors and awards including the Community College League of California’s Five Star Leadership Award, the Association of California Community College Administrators’ Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award, the Presidential Leadership Award from the Network of California Community College Foundations for fundraising leadership, and the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development (CCCCSD) Presidential Leadership Award for her role in creating professional development programs for staff throughout the system.
More recently, Van Hook was awarded the North America Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development President’s Award, and was a Leader of Character Honoree by the Boy Scouts of America.
With full belief, and personal experience, in the leadership capabilities of women, Van Hook is quick to encourage her peers, colleagues, staff and students to strive to reach their full potential through education, professional development and job advancement -- demonstrating through her own actions that it can be done.
Her legacy is evident as one walks around the campus, in the people, plans, programs, partnerships and potential her passion and leadership have inspired.
In living by the motto “if you can dream it, you can do it” Van Hook demonstrates the vision, energy, commitment, flexibility and courageous leadership style that inspires women to move forward with their own dreams, and make advancements in their lives and careers.
he 24th Annual County Commission for Women “Women of the Year” Awards Luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2009 in the Crystal Room, Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
For more information about the 24th Annual County Commission for Women “Women of the Year” Awards please call (213) 974-1455.

February 19, 2009

College Honored for Commitment to Service-Learning

College of the Canyons has been named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognizing the college’s wide-ranging community service-learning courses and programs available to students.
As one of the 635 higher education institutions recognized -- and one of only 39 in the state -- to receive the award, College of the Canyons created the service-learning program in order to integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to teach civic responsibility, strengthen communities and enrich the learning experience of students.

“President Obama has issued a call for all Americans to help and serve in their communities,” said Dr. Jennifer Hauss, director of the college’s service-learning program. “College of the Canyons service-learning students have been doing this for years and as a result, their education, our community and our community-based organizations have been enhanced and enriched by their efforts. I applaud our students, our faculty and the non-profit organizations that work with us for participating and supporting our program.”
Last semester, the college’s service-learning projects included the participation of nearly 40 faculty members from various disciplines, 80 non-profit community-based organizations and more than 350 students. Projects included a collaboration among the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services Tutoring and Mentoring Project, in which COC students established a mentor relationship with children, ranging in age from seven to 17, in foster care. In addition, the Santa Clarita Valley free, drive-thru flu clinic, in which nursing and EMT students gained valuable experience working with patients and dispensing flu vaccinations, was another successful service-learning project. The flu clinic was jointly sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Clarita, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and College of the Canyons.
“In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,” said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. “We salute College of the Canyons for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.”
Launched in 2006, the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs -- and is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve America Program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact and the President's Council on Service and Civic participation.
Honor Roll selection criteria is based on a number of factors including the institution's scope, innovativeness and effectiveness of completed and ongoing service projects, the citing of community service and service-learning goals in the institution's strategic plan, the percentage of student enrollment engaged in community service activities and the institution's latest Federal Work-Study community service participation rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

February 18, 2009

College Sponsors High School Essay Competition for 'Kite Runner'

Local high school students have a very good reason to attend the Literature to Life presentation of “The Kite Runner” on Feb. 22, 2009 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons -- as they’ll be eligible to enter an essay contest based on the novel and the presentation.
Sponsored by College of the Canyons and the PAC, the essay contest’s prizes are $250 for first place and $150 and $100 for second and third place, respectively.

In 800 words or less, students must make a comparison between the performance and Khalid Hosseini’s novel and identify how the performance conveys the author’s purpose and preserves the story’s literary elements.
"The combined opportunity to read ‘The Kite Runner’ and to experience this stunning one-man performance allows students interested in combining literature and theatre to gain a broad understanding of these two related areas of academic interest,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of performing arts center at the college.
Students must attach their ticket stub to their essay and submit their entry to their English teacher by March 13.
The winning entries will be announced on March 27.
For more information about the essay competition and submission guidelines, call (661) 259-7800, Ext. 21064.
“The Kite Runner” -- the College of the Canyons Book of the Year -- is the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English. The PAC performance dramatically portrays the relationship of two boys -- Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and Hassan, a Hazara servant amidst the tumultuous 1970s in Afghanistan.
The one-man performance will give students a new form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books by creating an atmosphere that can lead to discovery and spark the imagination.
The Literature to Life presentation of “The Kite Runner” is made possible by a special arrangement with The American Place Theatre.

February 18, 2009

Board of Trustees Urges State Legislature to Pass Budget

The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night calling on state legislators to set partisanship aside and act swiftly to solve the state’s projected $42 billion budget deficit -- while preserving California community college’s ability to continue to contribute to the state’s future well-being.
The resolution outlined how students from all segments of society are turning to community colleges in general, and College of the Canyons specifically, to acquire new skills that will make them more competitive in the workplace.
In urging the Legislature to move forward with adoption of a working budget, the resolution encouraged legislators to strongly consider the crucial roles that community colleges can and will play in California’s economic recovery.
Text of the adopted resolution:

RESOLUTION 2008/09-16
In Support of Solving the California State Budget Crisis of 2008/09
Whereas, California Community Colleges are the backbone of the higher education system in California by serving more than 2.7 million students a year; and
Whereas, enrollment growth at College of the Canyons is surging by double-digit amounts as unemployment rates rise and community members turn to their community colleges to learn new skills; and
Whereas, students are turning to College of the Canyons as they are turned away in record numbers from UC and CSU schools; and
Whereas, College of the Canyons, in an effort to serve the burgeoning number of students and community members who desperately need our help, is doing so by serving more students than the State is funding; and
Whereas, the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff are committed to providing access to and finding new ways to fund education, training and skills important to keeping Californians employed; and
Whereas, California faces its worst budget shortfall in history that could affect all services it directly or indirectly provides to its citizens; and
Whereas, serious-minded citizens know that solving the California budget crisis will mean sacrifices by everyone; and
Whereas, the California Legislature has refused to adopt a budget plan that would allow California institutions to meet the needs of California citizens.
Therefore Let It Be Further Resolved that the Santa Clarita Community College District hereby urges the Legislature to consider the crucial roles that Community Colleges can and will play in the economic recovery of our communities, our regions and our state and, by doing so, preserve through strategic funding, their ability to contribute to California’s future well-being.
In Witness of the adoption of the foregoing Resolution 2008/09-16 at a duly called regular meeting of the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees held Tuesday, February 17, 2009, the following members of said Board have affixed their signatures.
Board of Trustees of the Santa Clarita Community College District
Joan W. MacGregor, President
Scott Thomas Wilk, Vice President
Bruce D. Fortine, Clerk
Michele R. Jenkins, Member
Ernest L. Tichenor, Member

​February 17, 2009

BusologyScholarly Presentation on April 29

Have you ever boarded a bus, took one look at the driver sitting on the other side of that yellow line that boldly says “Do Not Cross Yellow Line” and thought to yourself, “I wonder why?”
Ever wonder why certain bus drivers seem agitated, rude or downright mean when passengers cross that hallowed yellow line while others simply smile and make no big deal about it?
Do you wonder about how many of society’s boundaries -- figurative yellow lines -- you and your fellow passengers may come in contact with, cross or adhere to during a simple bus ride or the course of a normal day?
Better yet, have you ever considered what you could learn about society just by taking a bus ride and observing what happens when rules and regulations are applied to small slices of life?
If so, you’ll definitely want to get on board and attend one of the most interesting topics to be presented at a College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation.

By the way, no fares are required for this ride (admission is free!).
Featuring original research and first-hand accounts integrated with a collection of familiar bus-themed songs and movie clips, original photos and videos and a live performance element, the scholarly presentation ‘Busology: Standing Behind the Yellow Line’ will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
Busology, of course, is a made-up word created for marketing purposes but which, loosely broken down into its word roots means -- a study related to buses.
“Everyone has a favorite bus related story, experience or anecdote of their own,” said College of the Canyons sociology professor, and presenter Pamela Williams-Paez, who conducted the research for this presentation over a two-and-a-half year period in Seattle.
“So this presentation is definitely something the audience will be able to relate to as we look at some of the theoretical aspects in which sociology can take something as simple as a bus ride and use it to show us the connections between our daily lives and much larger social realities.”
Over the course of her research -- which included countless hours riding buses at all hours of the day and night, during all seasons and on all routes of service, more than 30 driver interviews, countless hours of onboard observation and a two-and-half week new driver training course -- Williams-Paez attempted to baptize herself into the ‘bus driver culture’ in order to better understand the occupation and tie it to its larger sociological context.
What she found, and what audience members will learn, is that bus driving is an occupation that places its members on the front lines of a wide variety of social issues and problems, which must be confronted, dealt with or incorporated into the driver’s daily routine.
“Most of the public thinks ‘oh this is a snap job, all you have to do is open the door and collect fare, how easy,’” said Williams-Paez, “but in fact it’s probably one of the most stressful occupations out there next to law enforcement. And part of that stress comes from dealing with social issues that drivers really don’t have any control over.”
Explaining that variables such as a transit service area’s ridership demographic, economic climate, homeless population, crime rate and potential for on-board instances of violence and assault are all issues a driver must take into account, Williams-Paez points to an ongoing tension between drivers and riders that helps explain why drivers may develop a reputation for seeming angry, grumpy and unhelpful behind the wheel.
“Under these conditions it’s impossible for them to keep all the rules, so they look for shortcuts,” Williams-Paez said, “and one shortcut is to classify their ridership, sort of size them up psychologically, to determine ‘ok this is probably a good passenger, this is probably a less favorable one that I definitely want to stay behind that yellow line.’”
Designed to both inform and entertain, Williams-Paez is confident that audience members will leave the ‘Busology’ presentation with a greater understanding of ‘bus culture,’ a deeper appreciation for the value of sociological study and a new context to place their favorite bus-related stories, memories, jokes and anecdotes.
“I’m trying to make this presentation something really fun for people to be a part of,” said Williams-Paez, “but I’m also trying to give the community an empathetic view of the world drivers work in, what they are up against and what that can tell us about our society.”
The Scholarly Presentation is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Foundation and the reception following the event is hosted by the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees.

February 6, 2009

College Receives Highest Possible Accreditation Rating

This week, The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges took action to reaffirm its highest accreditation status upon College of the Canyons -- completing a nearly two-year long self-study and application process.
In reaffirming accreditation status, without the placement of additional requests or conditions, the Commission also commended the college for its strong commitment to: student success, collaborative governance, the fostering of numerous community partnerships, the use of data-driven planning and evaluation processes, technology use including student and faculty training and support, the provision of a wide array of student support services, and the presence of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
“Credit for our successful accreditation belongs to each member of the college’s faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees,” said Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook.  “Every day they devote themselves to serving our students in the best way possible, and to establishing and pursuing high standards of excellence to foster student success, and to partnering so that opportunities that don’t exist elsewhere are thriving at COC.  It is rewarding to me that their efforts and the outcomes we have achieved were so evident to the visiting team.”
Assistant Superintendent, Vice President of Instruction, Mitjl Capet, was the college’s accreditation liaison who shepherded the preparation of the self study report and coordinated the accreditation team’s visit
“Accreditation is about accountability,” said Capet, “and our outstanding accreditation results reinforce the fact that College of the Canyons has been found to be accountable to its students, to the community and to the high ideals and standards of higher education.  When we say we are going to do something,” stressed Capet, “we plan for it, we do it and we evaluate what we’ve done, and that is what the visiting team and the accreditation commission are focused on.”
Accreditation is a voluntary process colleges and universities undergo to evaluate and assure the quality of education used by the American higher education community -- and to subsequently make those results known to the public.
“Accreditation isn’t something that happens once every few years,” said Sue Bozman, vice president, district communication, marketing and external relations, who served as one of the self study report’s two editors. “It is an ongoing process of continued introspection and commitment to institutional improvement, and that’s how we approach it at College of the Canyons.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the corporate entity, consisting of three separately organized commissions within the western region, which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating institutions of higher education. The commission responsible for community colleges is The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which evaluates and accredits public and private postsecondary institutions that offer two-year education programs and award the associate degree.

Including an intensive institutional self-study and outside peer evaluation of an institution’s adherence to set standards of good practice, and an ongoing analysis of the overall quality of programs and services offered by the candidate institution, the accreditation process is conducted not only to assure the quality of the institution, but to encourage institutional improvement -- with all accredited institutions expected to use the report to improve their educational programs and services.
As such, all schools receiving accreditation status from the ACCJC are required to file a midterm report in the third year after the institution’s evaluation. College of the Canyons will next undergo the comprehensive accreditation reaffirmation process in fall 2014.
During the Commission’s peer evaluation of the campus and its operations in October, and in the official accreditation report, Commission visiting team chair Dr. Robert F. Agrella, Superintendent-President of Santa Rosa Junior College, praised the college for an array of accomplishments, while also recognizing the members of the college community for the attitude they display and important role they play in the community.
“You are to be commended for your entrepreneurial attitude, enthusiasm and spirit that you display,” said Agrella during the team’s exit interview. “When you walk across the campus and you meet with people and begin talking with individuals here there is a spirit and enthusiasm that comes through, and that’s important. I think that’s part of the flavor of an institution.”
In addition, the Commission’s visiting team was highly complimentary of the college’s commitment to the support of tutorial centers and computer labs, and learning and career centers located at both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. “I think that really shows your support for student success,” Agrella said.
Yet another area praised by the visiting team was the college’s ability to recruit an appropriate amount of staff and faculty, while searching for new and innovative ways -- including online instruction and accelerated class and program options -- to serve a continuously surging student population.
“You’ve done an outstanding job in bringing in faculty and students, and do as good a job as possible in online instruction,” commented Agrella.
Included in the visiting team’s exit interview were just three recommended areas of improvement at College of the Canyons: an acceleration of the college’s timeline to transfer the storage of past student records to a digital format; a program review of its library services designed to improve the effectiveness of the libraries at both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses; and the continued focus on developing increased student learning outcomes -- a recommendation handed down to all institutions undergoing the re-accreditation process.
“For an institution of your size and complexity to have just those three recommendations is to be lauded,” said Agrella.

Agrella went on to say that he had never prepared an accreditation report with fewer recommendations before reiterating that the Commission’s recommendations are not to be taken as criticisms of the institution, but instead are measures designed to help institutions bring those standards to a higher degree.

February 6, 2009

Bond Oversight Committees: College in Full Compliance

College of the Canyons is in full compliance with legal requirements that mandate public oversight of the disbursement of bond revenues for both Measure C and Measure M, the oversight committees for the respective bond measures have determined.
The two citizens' oversight committees made their unanimous determinations after reviewing the results of independent audits covering the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. All of the findings from those audits were favorable to the college and its handling of bond measure funds.
It was the seventh year in a row that the Measure C performance audit produced no audit findings or exceptions, meaning that all accounting procedures were in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and the expenditure of bond funds was done in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and approved board policies. Likewise, it was the second year in a row that the Measure M audit also produced no findings or exceptions.
Both the Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee and the Measure M Citizens Oversight Committee approved formal resolutions affirming the college's compliance on Dec. 11, 2008.
The Measure C oversight committee was formed following voter approval of that $82.1 million bond measure in 2001. Measure C has provided much-needed construction of new facilities, renovation of the existing campus and creation of a second campus in Canyon Country.
The Measure M Citizens Oversight Committee was formed following the passage of the $160 million Measure M in 2006.
California law requires that citizens’ oversight committees are appointed to oversee the disbursement of bond funds, as well as ensure that they are not used for faculty or administrative salaries or operating expenses of the district.
The public is always welcome to attend meetings of either of the citizens' oversight committees.

February 5, 2009

College Foundation to Host SCV Wine Classic on May 30

The Foundation will host the 2009 SCV Wine Classic, the popular and long-running wine-tasting event benefitting the SCV Student Orchestra. The 20th annual event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the California Institute of the Arts.
As usual, the event will boast a wide variety of vintage wines for tasting and purchase, as well as gourmet cuisine from some of Santa Clarita’s finest restaurants and caterers. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on an impeccable array of rare and current wines, restaurant certificates and a robust variety of gift baskets during the live and silent auctions.
Guests will receive souvenir drinking glasses and trays for wine tasting and snacking while live orchestral music by the SCV Student Orchestra fills the comfortable and intimate Main Gallery at CalArts.
Discounts will be given to those who purchase tickets early. The pricing structure is as follows:
$65 each /$125 a pair through March 27
• $70 each / $135 pair from March 29 to May 30
• $80 each / $155 pair at the door
• $35 each for designated drivers
• $65 each (10 minimum) for group sales through May 25
The SCV Student 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.

February 5, 2009

Comic Louie Anderson to Perform for 'One Night Only'

​The Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC) has announced that two-time Emmy award winning comedian Louie Anderson will bring his act to the PAC main stage for ‘One Night Only’ this March.
Organized in conjunction with the AT&T Champions Classic golf tournament being held at the Valencia Country Club, the special event ‘COC Presents: One Night Only with Louie Anderson’ will take place 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
Expected to sell out quickly, tickets for this event will go on sale 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 2, in the PAC box office. Ticket prices are $35 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $20 for all students with ID.
“We are extremely excited to be able to present what is sure to be an evening of laughter and hilarity,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “Because of his long and recognizable career, large national following and legendary standing in the comic world, Louie fits in perfectly with our desire to bring well-known and outstanding comedians to the PAC and to Santa Clarita.”
Currently headlining his own show, “Louie Anderson: Larger Than Life,” at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip, Anderson began his career in his native Minneapolis, Minnesota when friends dared him to perform.
Known as a “clean” comedian, much of Anderson’s material stems from stories about his everyday experiences growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children, his relationship with his mother and having to deal with an alcoholic father.
His big break came in 1984 when he appeared on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.” Carson was so impressed with the comic that he called Anderson out for a rare and coveted “second bow.” The multi-talented performer went on to make a number of television and movie appearances, starring in comedy specials for HBO and Showtime — and eventually created the Emmy winning Saturday morning cartoon series “Life with Louie” in 1995.
In 1996, Anderson starred in the CBS sitcom “The Louie Show,” before landing a gig as the host of “Family Feud” in 1999. Anderson is also an accomplished author with three books to his credit, including the best seller “Dear Dad: Letters From An Adult Child.”
Tickets to the show Louie Anderson: One Night Only can be purchased in person at the PAC Box Office from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling (661) 362-5304 beginning 11:30 a.m. Monday Feb 2, 2009.