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January 29, 2009
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago to Teach Master Class
The world famous dance troupe, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Company, will lead a master class for College of the Canyons dance students as well as interested community members as a prelude to their Feb. 7, 2009 performance at the Santa Clarita Performing Art Center at College of the Canyons.
"This is a great opportunity for our students and interested community members to get involved, beyond just buying a ticket, and a way to learn skills from professional dancers,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts. “This is a great opportunity for students and community members to learn from some of the best."
The master class will be held at 11 a.m. in Room 101 (dance studio) in Pico Canyon Hall and will be taught at the beginner and intermediate level. The class is free and open to the public. It will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and slots are limited.
Those interested in participating in the class can contact Mary Ferguson at (661) 259-7800, ext. 21064.
As part of their west coast tour, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will perform at the PAC later that day at 8 p.m.
Currently in its 46th season, Giordano continues to bring the excitement of American jazz dance to cheering audiences in Chicago, across the United States and around the world.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Giordano "now belongs in the front ranks of this city's resident companies," and "for sheer kinetic excitement and technical wizardry, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago simply can't be beat."
Founded by the late Gus Giordano and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Nan Giordano, Giordano continually expands the boundaries of jazz dance, and its new works consistently receive critical and audience acclaim.
“This is a very athletic show with beautiful men and women,” said Giordano. “It is accessible, family friendly, and the pieces are short. “
January 29, 2009
Historic Economic Discussion to be Held at College
Next week, College of the Canyons and the City of Santa Clarita will host an historic discussion designed to assist the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in drafting the county’s first ever economic development strategic plan.
The LAEDC event ‘Drafting a Consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Los Angeles County’ will take place from 8 to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in the college’s East Physical Education building, located on the Valencia campus. A continental breakfast, provided by corporate sponsor The Gas Company, and guest check-in period will begin at 7:30 a.m.
There is no charge to attend this event, however event organizers ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Seating is limited.
“College of the Canyons is proud to play a role in this historic event,” said Dr. Bruce Getzan, Dean of economic development at the college. “It’s always important to have a strategic plan and with California’s current economic climate there is no better time to begin creating a comprehensive and collaborative consensus on how the county should move forward.”
Opening with welcome comments from College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook and City of Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry, the event will feature a presentation by Bill Allen, President and CEO, LAEDC, before audience members break away for a series of economically themed round table discussions.
Roundtable discussion topics include:
Land Use -- facilitated by Larry Mankin, President and CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Infrastructure -- facilitated by Kathy Norris, President and CEO, Valley Industrial Association.
Workforce Education -- facilitated by Bruce Getzan, Dean, Economic Development, College of the Canyons.
Quality of Life -- facilitated by Greta Boye, Business Assistance Regional Manager, LAEDC
Business Friendly Environment -- facilitated by Jason Crawford, Marketing and Economic Development Manager, City of Santa Clarita.
Following the discussion each facilitator will present their group’s finding to the audience during a follow-up question and answer period.
This event is being organized through a partnership between the LAEDC, the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute, the College of the Canyons Foundation and the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development Division, and sponsored by The Gas Company.
This will be the first in a series of local business meetings presented by College of the Canyons as part of the President’s Business Partners program -- which works to channel the business community’s support for higher education, while also providing the college with knowledge and information on specific industry needs and trends.
Each year the college’s President’s Business Partners will host a series of business summits to facilitate the exchange of ideas within the context of the contemporary economic and business climate.
For more information about the LAEDC event ‘Drafting a Consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Los Angeles County’ or to RSVP please call (661) 362-3435.
For more information about the President’s Business Partners program please contact Murray Wood, Chief Development Officer, College of the Canyons Foundation, at (661) 362-3433
January 23, 2009
Art Gallery to Present Works of Abstract Master Sam Francis
Not able to make that winter trip to the Chicago Museum of Art this winter? Are New York City’s Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art just too far away? Will a spring trip to the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France be a little out of your price range?
You don’t have to travel around the world to see world-renowned artwork -- it’s coming to Santa Clarita instead.
Continuing its mission to engage the community in the visual arts through a variety of exhibitions, this month the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will exhibit a private collection of work by world-renowned abstract expressionist painter and printmaker Sam Francis.
“If you’re an artist or in the art world you’ll know Sam Francis and his work. He is one of the preeminent abstract expressionists of the 20th Century, and certainly one of California’s greatest artists,” said Larry Hurst, gallery director at the college, in reference to Francis’ California roots.
“His work is in every major museum in the world, and now it will be at College of the Canyons,” Hurst said.
Providing an extremely rare opportunity to view the artist’s work outside of a traditional museum setting, the gallery’s Sam Francis: American Master exhibit will feature a 13-piece private collection presented by the Martin Sosin-Stratton-Petit Foundation, and arranged my Francis’ close friend and colleague Mr. Martin Sosin.
Including a mix of work completed by Francis between 1986 and 1992, and a self-portrait dating back to 1960, the exhibit will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the vivid colors and massive scale that Francis’ work were so celebrated for -- and which helped define the California school of modern abstract painting.
“When you think of Sam Francis you think of color, especially primary color, but there’s also a monumental quality to his work. You can’t avoid being impacted by paintings that are so big you feel you can walk into them,” said Hurst, adding that some of the pieces on display will span up to 10 feet in length.
Born in San Mateo, Calif. in 1923, Francis attended University of California, Berkeley before serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, during which he was injured in a plane crash. It was during the resulting several-year hospital stay that Francis began to paint.
After time spent exhibiting in Paris in the 1950s, Francis returned to California during the 1960s and continued painting in Los Angeles. The final three decades of his career featured a move to Francis’ style of large-scale bright works of abstract expressionism. Francis died in 1994.
During his time in Los Angeles, Francis was introduced to Martin Sosin through a mutual acquaintance and later hired Sosin to manage his business and finances. Payment for Sosin’s services would come in the form of art, which would eventually form the Davis, Fischer, Sosin Families Sam Francis Art Collection.
The Sam Francis: American Master exhibit will run from Tuesday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, March 14 at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery. In addition, a special artist reception featuring a presentation by Debra Burchett-Lere, director of the Samuel L. Francis Foundation, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
Works included in the exhibit are on loan from Mr. Sosin, Santa Monica; Mr. and Mrs. Alan Davis, Ventura; and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fischer, Los Angeles. In addition, this show was made possible thanks to a donation by Mr. Sosin to the college’s Friends of the Fine Arts foundation.
“If we were talking musicians, this would be like Mozart -- you just can’t overstate Sam Francis’ significance in the art world,” said Hurst. “So this is a tremendous opportunity for our community to see one of our 20th century masters in a museum quality show right here at College of the Canyons.”
The College of the Canyons 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 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.
January 23, 2009
Theatre Department Announces Spring Auditions
The Theatre Department will hold open auditions for students and community members interested in participating in the department’s theatrical productions of “A Doll’s House,” “Noises Off” and other featured selections from the college’s annual New Works Festival.
Preliminary auditions for all productions will be held from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, located on the Valencia campus.
Participants should plan to attend only one of the audition times, with actors expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to complete paperwork and sign up for an audition time slot.
Actors are asked to prepare a 1- to 3-minute modern or contemporary monologue for the audition, or two contrasting modern or contemporary monologues (comedic/dramatic).
Monologues may total no more than 3 minutes, with time limits strictly observed. Actors are advised to select and edit their monologues to fit within the time limit.
However, actors without prepared monologues are still encouraged to audition, as pieces will be made available to them at the audition reading.
Callback auditions for those selected will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Black Box Theatre and/or adjoining classrooms in Pico Hall. Actors given roles in any of the productions are expected to enroll in the Theatre 190: Theatre Production class in the spring semester.
Available roles for “A Doll’s House” include:
• Nora Helmer -- Wife of Torvald, mother of three, living out the ideal of the 19th century wife.
• Torvald Helmer -- Nora's husband, a newly promoted banker, suffocates but professes to be enamored of his wife.
• Dr. Rank -- Rich family friend, who is secretly in love with Nora.
• Christine Linde -- Nora's old school friend, widowed, seeking employment
• Nils Krogstad -- Employee at Torvald's bank, single father, pushed to desperation.
Rehearsals for “A Doll’s House” will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from Feb. 16 through April 1. The production will run April 2 to 5.
Available roles for “Noises Off” include:
• Lloyd -- The director of the play, "Nothing On," temperamental.
• Dotty -- A late middle-aged actress, forgetful, enjoys drinking.
• Garry -- A stuttering actor, easily fired up, repeatedly tries to attack Fred after believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Fred.
• Fred -- An actor with a serious fear of violence and blood.
• Belinda -- Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress.
• Poppy -- Assistant stage manager, emotional and oversensitive, jealous of Brooke whom she understudies.
• Selsdon -- An elderly alcoholic man who hides his bottles onstage. If he is not in sight while rehearsing the stage crew must find him before he passes out.
• Tim -- Stage Manager, understudies Selsdon and Freddy.
• Brooke -- A young inexperienced actress from London.
Rehearsals for “Noises Off” will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday rehearsals from 1 to 3:30 p.m. from March 9 through May 6. The production will run May 7 to 10.
Available parts from plays selected for the College of the Canyons New Works Festival include a number of male and female roles for actors ages 18 to 60. New Works Festival productions will run from May 13 to 18.
January 23, 2009
PAC's Arts Education Program Brings L.A. Opera to Local Schools
As part of the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) ongoing K-12 arts education outreach program, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Tesoro del Valle Elementary School were treated to a pair of educational assemblies featuring performances from members of the Los Angeles Opera during this past week.
Designed to help instill an appreciation for opera in the students, the assemblies -- which featured performances by two L.A. Opera members and an accompanist, musical themed instruction and a variety of on-stage activities incorporating students -- kept the young audiences interested and involved.
“Teachers, students and parents were all thoroughly engaged and entertained with operatic stories,” said Monique Loving, vice president of programs for the Tesoro del Valle Elementary PTA. “The performers were fantastic! We were thrilled to be able to bring such a wonderful assembly to our school. I commend the L.A. Opera for designing such a remarkable assembly program to spark young children’s interest in opera.”
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.
Next week, L.A. Opera members will visit Newhall and Helmers Elementary Schools to perform six additional outreach assemblies for students on those campuses. The L.A. Opera outreach performances are funded in part by grants from the California Arts Council and the Found Penny Foundation, and through partnership with the Tesoro del Valle Elementary PTA.
The series of special performances is being held in conjunction with LA Opera’s upcoming performance of “Figaro’s American Adventure,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, on the PAC main stage. For tickets please call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com.
“We’re thrilled to be able to help provide these special performances and outreach activities to schools across the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “Exposing students to a range of professional artists and performances is an all important part of the PAC’s arts education outreach program.”
For more information about the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to get involved please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.
January 23, 2009
Community Education to Host Tennis Block Party
What: Tennis Block Party
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
Where: College of the Canyons, tennis courts
Event: A free event for Santa Clarita Valley community members to visit and play on the college’s state-of-the-art tennis courts. Visitors can also register for upcoming tennis classes through the college’s community education program.
Opened in fall 2008, the six new tennis courts were part of the 21,543-square-foot, $10 million, East P.E. and tennis court project. The P.E. expansion was funded through a split of money from the State of California and local Measure C funds.
January 22, 2009
Air Force Band of Golden West to Perform Free Concert
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will present a free concert at 7:30 pm on Monday, February 23, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
The concert will focus on a variety of styles, from traditional band repertoire, patriotic music and marches. This tour features clarinet soloist, Master Sergeant Frank Milicia, playing a musical piece based on themes from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. He will be accompanied by the 45-piece band. Two vocalists, Staff Sergeant Niko Ellison and Senior Airman Pamela MacKenzie, are also featured on songs that celebrate America’s musical heritage in song.
The band will be conducted by its new commander, Major Keith Bland, in his Santa Clarita debut.
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California. As the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, its geographic area of responsibility includes Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and California. The Band of the Golden West has performed for gubernatorial inaugurations and presidential visits, with guest artists such as Toni Tennille, Marvin Stamm, Bob Hope, and the Boston Brass. They have performed Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, and the San Francisco 49ers games. The band has been seen and heard by millions in performances throughout its touring region and on radio and television.
Since this is a free event, there will be no assigned seats and admission will be on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, call the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center box office at: (661) 362-5304.
January 21, 2009
College's Institute of Teaching & Learning Receives Award
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has named College of the Canyons’ Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) winner of the coveted 2008 Exemplary Program Award — for its excellence in providing both full-time and adjunct faculty members with an innovative on-campus professional development program.
The Exemplary Program Awards were established in 1991 by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors to recognize outstanding community college programs across the state.
Designed to provide an opportunity for colleges to showcase and share their exceptional programs, the awards recognize programs that: show evidence of the overall success of the program, including length of time in place; contribute to faculty engagement through programs directed at cohort(s) of faculty; demonstrate a response to the needs of the faculty and their colleges; provide evidence and supporting data that demonstrates how the program supports the community college mission; and can be used as models for other community colleges to adopt.
As a result of winning the award, the college’s ITL will receive a $4,000 cash award sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
“College of the Canyons has always shown a strong commitment to professional development, and as such we are very honored to receive this award,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor, Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “We believe passionately that professional development is absolutely essential to enable us as a college to do our greatest work, which is developing our greatest resource -- people.”
Commenting on the fact that a continued focus on such programs will remain a high priority at the college, James Glapa-Grossklag, College of the Canyons dean of distance learning said, “we are all committed to doing this together -- administrators, faculty and staff -- because we believe that professional development opportunities produce sustained and concrete outcomes for our colleagues, our communities and most of all our students.”
College of the Canyons implemented the ITL to support faculty efforts to enrich their teaching abilities by encouraging faculty to engage in ‘reflective practice’ (the studying of one’s own teaching methods) at every stage of the teaching/learning process. In addition, faculty members who design and perform research projects that promote reflection and/or change in classroom practices and are based on ideas and principles learned in the program, are awarded stipends for their contributions to the program.
Though dedicated to helping all college faculty improve their teaching skills, the ITL also features a program designed specifically for adjunct faculty members, called the Associate Program. This program rewards adjunct faculty with the status of ‘associate adjunct’ and a 10 percent permanent pay increase upon successful completion of the program.
The number of both full-time and adjunct faculty members participating in ITL programs provides evidence of its success.
Since 2002, 230 individuals have taken at least one ITL course. Of the college’s 196 full-time faculty members, 102 have taken at least one ITL course — while many more have participated in the program’s individual workshops and activities. In addition, roughly 250 adjunct instructors have completed the Associate Program since 1989.
“In a way, we have come full circle with this program,” said Russell Richardson, ITL director and full-time faculty member at the college, pointing out that the associate program and subsequent founding of the ITL were originally made possible with a grant from the state Chancellor’s office fund for instructional improvement.
In giving thanks to the support the ITL has received over the years from the Chancellor’s office, the Board of Governors, the Academic Senate, Chancellor Dr. Van Hook and the college’s administration and the program’s team of trained facilitators, Richardson went on to extend a specific thank you to the College of the Canyons students.
“We thank them for giving us our reason for existence and also for giving us our most important organizing principal,” Richardson said. “We try to organize our program around the students and their needs, with particular attention on shifting the focus of the program from teaching and the methods of teaching, to learning and the lives of our students. And I think that’s a part of what has made this program such a success.”
January 21, 2009
Art Gallery Hosts Weaving Demonstrations with Local Artists
The Art Gallery will host two upcoming weaving demonstrations in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition “The Fine Art of Weaving: Reconnecting to the Hand Woven Tradition” that will run until Jan. 28, 2009.
The demonstration schedule is:
- “The Spin In”—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 24.
- Weaving—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 28.
“People seem to enjoy talking to the weavers and seeing the process,” said Larry Hurst, the college’s art gallery director.
Co-curated by Hurst and Diane Stewart, the college’s dean of early childhood education and training programs and a local gifted weaver, the exhibition features the woven works of more than 20 local fiber artists. Pieces such as traditional shawls, garments and mounted abstractions are on display.
Art gallery events are open to the public.
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday 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.
For more information about the college’s art gallery, visit www.canyons.edu
January 20, 2009
University Center to Hold Open House
What: University Center Open House
When: 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Where: Interim University Center (Y-Building), College of the Canyons Valencia Campus. Park in lots # 13 and #14 accessed from Rockwell Canyon Road at University Center Drive. Parking is provided in these lots at no charge for this event.
Why: Since opening in 2002, the college’s Interim University Center has provided the community with access to higher education through upper division and graduate level programs offered by a variety of partner universities.
This event is an open house event for prospective students and interested community members to talk with university representatives, learn about financial aid programs, meet with academic counselors and fill out admissions applications.
While the Interim Center has already served thousands of students, those who enroll in University Center programs in 2009 will be among the first to utilize the new Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center facility.
Located on the southern boundary of the Valencia Campus, the 110,000 square foot University Center will house up to 10 partner institutions and offer more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and credential programs. Current partner institutions include UCLA, Chapman University, University of La Verne, National University, California State University(CSU) Bakersfield and CSU Northridge.
January 8, 2009
College Art Gallery Exhibit Focuses on Fine Art of Weaving
For the first time, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will exhibit the intricacy and vibrancy of weaving in the exhibition “The Fine Art of Weaving: Reconnecting to the Hand Woven Tradition.”
The exhibition will run from Jan. 12 to 28 and feature the woven works of several local fiber artists. Pieces such as traditional shawls, garments and mounted abstractions will be on display.
“It’s amazing to scrutinize these works,” said Larry Hurst, the college’s art gallery director. “As a painter, I am naturally drawn to the rich color and abstraction created by this process. These are objects that will appeal to everyone.”
A weaving is a textile composed of two interlacing threads, the warp and the weft. Most modern weavers use a loom, but other methods are also employed.
A reception for the artists will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
Art gallery events are f open to the public and admission is free.
The College of the Canyons 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 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.