News Release Archive: July 2009
These are outdated news releases and advisories that are posted here for archival purposes.
July 29, 2009
Enrollment Fees Increase at College of the Canyons
Enrollment fees at all of California’s community colleges have been raised from $20 to $26 per unit for the fall 2009 semester as a result of legislation signed by the governor on July 28. College of the Canyons will collect the higher fees immediately.
“We are advising students that the new fees will apply for all new class registrations starting today,” said Sue Bozman, vice president of communication, marketing and external relations. “We will also be notifying all of the students who have already registered for fall,” stressed Bozman, “that they need to pay the $6-per-unit difference.”
For the roughly 5,000 students who qualify for Board of Governors Fee Waivers (BOGW) at College of the Canyons, the fee increase will be fully covered and no further action on their part is required.
Registration for the fall semester began July 20 with thousands of students filling classes very quickly.
Whenever a fee change occurs at a community college, computers must be reprogrammed, information on how to pay the increased fees needs to be disseminated, catalogs and class schedules need to be changed, Web sites are revised, phone messages are updated and cooperation of the student body is required.
“When enrollment fees were last raised in 2004, there was an amazing amount of cooperation and understanding by everyone,” said Bozman, “which made the process very smooth.”
Community college enrollment fees are determined by the Legislature. Fees collected by the colleges are forwarded to the state and become part of the general fund, so colleges see no direct benefit from the dollars they collect. In this complex budget year, the fee increases became necessary as part of the overall California budget strategy.
Students who have already registered for the fall semester are required to pay the $6 difference for each registered unit. Their computer accounts will be updated, and they will be able to access their online accounts and pay the difference starting Thursday, July 30. Payment can be made by using a credit card or by mailing a check to:
- College of the Canyons
- Student Business Office
- 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
- Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Students are asked to pay these fees by Sept. 4.
July 28, 2009
Interior Design Program Puts Students on Fast Track
Students interested in studying interior design at College of the Canyons will have the opportunity to accelerate their studies -- and their careers -- by taking eight-week courses.
For the first time this fall, the college’s interior design program will offer courses in an eight-week format, allowing students to complete more courses each semester.
“We have learned that a majority of students want to complete a program in a timely manner,” said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs. “Offering courses in this format allows that to happen, thus enabling students to enter the job market quicker.”
As an example, students can enroll in four classes during a semester rather than being limited to only one or two.
The courses have been scheduled so students can take a prerequisite course in the first eight weeks and take the sequential courses the second eight weeks, explained Green. The same course format will be followed for scheduling courses in the spring.
Interior design students will also have the chance to meet Doug Stead, executive vice president of the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC), when he visits the college Oct.16 to discuss the California interiordesign certification.
“Certification is an important component for professionals practicing interior design, especially in commercial design,” said Dorothy Minarsch, chair of the college’s architectural drafting and interior design program.
Students interested in learning more about the relationship between interior design, the environment and sustainability can take a new course, ARCHT 200A: Sustainable Development and Environmental Design.
Scheduled to be held on Saturdays, the course does not call for any prerequisites.
July 21, 2009
Three Summer Classes Just Added at Canyon Country Campus
English, History and Philosophy Classes Meet Now Through Aug. 20!
Three classes -- English 101: English Composition, History 111: U.S. History I, and Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy -- have just been added for the summer session at the college's Canyon Country campus. The information about each class is as follows:
English 101: English Composition
Units: 3 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit
Prerequisite: ENGL-091 or ENGL-094
Meets 1 to 3:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in CCC-403
July 20 through Aug. 20, 2009
Instructor: F. D'Astoli
Description: Builds expository writing and critical reading skills through the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented evidence and the analysis and evaluation of college-level readings.
History 111: United States History I
Units: 3 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit
Meets 1 to 3:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in CCC-304
July 20 through Aug. 20, 2009
Instructor: C. Converse
Description: Surveys American civilization, from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction. Meets Title V American Institutions U.S. History requirement for the associate degree.
Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy
Units: 3 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit
Meets 2 to 4:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in CCC-402
July 20 through Aug. 20, 2009
Instructor: L. French
Description: Topical introduction to philosophy, including Western and non-Western philosophy. A survey of major philosophical figures and philosophical issues.
Interested students are encouraged to register for these classes as soon as possible.
July 17, 2009
Daily Parking Pass Fee Increase to Help Fund Free Bus Program
College of the Canyons will raise the cost of one-day parking passes from $1 to $2, effective Aug. 3, to help fund the college’s new free bus program for students, which will launch in the fall.
“In an arrangement that has been reached with the City of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons students will be able to ride any city bus -- anywhere, anytime -- for the first three weeks of the fall 2009 semester, free of charge,” said Michael Wilding, vice president of student services. The intent of this program is to demonstrate to students that public transit is a convenient and workable option to get to and from the college’s campuses in Canyon Country and Valencia.
"The city is thrilled to partner with College of the Canyons and assist in providing students with reliable and affordable transportation. With the implementation of our new TAP payment method, which streamlines payment options for riders, there's never been a better time for students to utilize City of Santa Clarita Transit," said Mayor Frank Ferry.
As the state and local economies have experienced a downturn, more and more students of all ages have turned to the college for classes and training that will help them achieve their personal goals.
With this increase -- spring semester saw an increase of 13 percent, and this summer the college has grown 6 percent over last year -- parking during the first three weeks of a semester, while available, isn’t always as convenient as students would like. “We know that once students try public transit, they may very well decide to include it as one of their transportation options for the rest of the semester,” said Wilding.
“The college is always trying to find creative new ways to assist our students during these tough economic times,” he said, “and this arrangement helps the students by removing parking hassles and reducing commuting costs. It enhances the role of public transit in our valley and it helps the environment by reducing the number of daily automobile trips locally.”
The college has not increased its daily parking rate for decades, explained Wilding, noting that many colleges charge up to $7 a day for daily parking.
“To continue the program, and to expand it to include the entire semester we needed to find additional funding,” he added. “This nominal fee increase is a relatively painless way to help cover these costs.”
The college plans on installing more daily parking meters in Lot 8 (by the stadium) and by the new University Center, which is set to open in the fall.
July 8, 2009
Theatre Department Announces Auditions for 2009-10 Productions
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department is holding auditions for five of next season’s biggest productions, which include Broadway, Shakespeare and a variety of other genres.
“We have a very exciting season planned for this year and are hoping for a large turnout at the auditions for all of our productions,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the college’s theatre department. “We are looking for a talented, multicultural cast for director Randee Trabitz’ concept of ‘HAIR’ and a smaller cast for the powerful drama ‘Keely and Du’ directed by Susan Hinshaw.”
Taking the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage during the month of October, “HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” provides insight into the philosophy of the flower children of the 1960s. The first and most successful of the rock musicals, HAIR has greatly influenced musical theatre for more than 40 years.
Preliminary auditions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on August 22 and August 29 in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre. Actors are expected to arrive by noon to complete paperwork and sign up for an audition time slot. Men should learn to sing the song “Hair” and women should learn “Easy to be Hard.” All actors auditioning should learn “Aquarius.” To prepare, music will be available in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 112 beginning July 13.
Callbacks will be held at 6:30 p.m. on August 31 in the Black Box Theatre. In addition to singing and moving, actors will be asked to read scenes from the script.
Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. on September 1 and will generally be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day except Saturdays.
KEELY AND DU
Jane Martin’s “Keely and Du” is about a young woman, Keely, who is kidnapped by a right-to-life organization on her way to an abortion clinic. While being held captive, Keely forms a relationship with Du, the pro-life nurse who looks after her.
Preliminary auditions for the play, which addresses potentially controversial subject matter, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on August 25 and August 26 in the Black Box Theatre, which is where it will be staged during the month of November.
The following roles are available: “Du” (motherly/grandmotherly woman, mature, must be older than Keely), “Keely” (in her 20s or 30s, strong, spirited, almost broken waitress and cashier), “Walter” (mature man, pastor, leader, fatherly, must be older than Keely), “Cole” (in his 20s or 30s, blue collar, uneducated, engaging and charismatic), “Prison Guard” (female) and two to three “orderlies” (non-speaking roles).
Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to prepare a monologue (modern or contemporary) that best showcases their abilities. If students do not have an audition monologue, a piece will be provided for the actor.
Actors will have three minutes to present audition material. Auditions will be closed and only one actor will be allowed in the Black Box, at a time.
Callbacks will be at 6:30 p.m. on August 27 at the Black Box. Cold readings (scenes from the plays) will be used.
Rehearsals will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays beginning September.
“Delightful Disorientation: The World According to David Ives” is a handpicked selection of contemporary playwright David Ives’ best one-act plays which include “The Philadelphia” (three chimpanzees attempt to write “Hamlet”) and “Time Flies” (two mayflies are burdened with the knowledge of their own mortality). The plays will be staged at the Black Box Theatre from April 14 to April 18.
Nothing will be quite how it seems when lovers cross with mischievous spirits in the magical forest of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on the PAC main stage on May 21 and May 22.
The 10th annual New Works Festival will return to the Black Box Theatre from April 28 to May 2. Open to the Santa Clarita Valley community and beyond, the festival takes works in progress from unheralded playwrights and brings them to life.
Auditions for “Delightful Disorientation,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the New Works Festival will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 16 and February 17 in the Black Box Theatre. Callbacks will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 18.
Anyone cast for these shows will need to enroll in Theatre 190.
Auditions are open to COC students and community members. All ages and ethnicities will be considered.
July 2, 2009
Campuses Closed July 3 and 4 in Observance of Independence Day
Both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses of College of the Canyons will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The campuses will reopen on Monday, July 6.
Additionally, hours for many college departments have been modified for the summer schedule, while others have been reduced because of state budget cuts. Updated hours for both campuses can be accessed below.
July 2, 2009
Gary and Myrna Condie Selected as 2010 Silver Spur Recipients
The College of the Canyons Foundation has selected Gary and Myrna Condie as the recipients of the coveted "Silver Spur" Community Service Award for 2010.
The award ceremony will be held at the Autry National Center on Saturday, March 6, 2010.
"It's an honor to be chosen by the college as Silver Spur honorees,” said Gary Condie, founder and president/CEO of Condie & Wood, CPAs. “When you look over the list of prior honorees, you see how important these people have been to the college and to the community.”
Known for their passion, enthusiasm, dedication and generosity to many local non-profit organizations and causes, the couple’s distinguished record of community service spans over their 42 years of marriage.
Gary is an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, the Boy Scouts of America, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation, the College of the Canyons Foundation, and the SCV Facilities Foundation. He most recently received the 2009 California Society of CPA’s 100th Anniversary Public Service Award.
"It's humbling to be asked by the college to be a part of the 2010 Silver Spur celebration,” said Myrna Condie. “Next year will mark the 40th anniversary for the college and the 20th anniversary for Silver Spur. It will be fun to return to the Gene Autry Museum where it all began."
Recently named the 2009 California Mother of the Year by the California Association of American Mothers, Myrna is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, the Boy Scouts of America and is a College of the Canyons Foundation board member.
Since 1999, the couple’s generous and wide-ranging support for College of the Canyons has revolved around several key projects at the college, including the Performing Arts Center Endowment, the Early Childhood Education Center, the Foundation’s Silver Spur event and the Boys and Girls Club At Risk Scholarship. For the past three years, Gary and Myrna have served as co-chairs of the Silver Spur committee.
“The Condies’ record of service is uniquely impressive, given that they invest so much of themselves in what they undertake for the benefit of the community,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “We are so grateful for the many ways they have supported College of the Canyons and created exciting opportunities for us to better serve our students. It is an honor to recognize them as our Silver Spur honorees for 2010 and thank them for their many years of service, support and friendship.”
The Silver Spur Celebration was originally the brainchild of LaVerne Rosa Harris, a member of the COC Foundation Board of Directors who became the 1996 Silver Spur honoree. The very first gala was held at the Gene Autry Museum in 1989, with Cliffie Stone as the recipient. The Foundation Board of Directors at the time wanted to create a signature event for the COC Foundation and also to reflect the western heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Gary and Myrna Condie, our honorees for the 2010 Silver Spur, are models and examples of how community leaders can enhance the quality for all people in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Murray Wood, the Foundation’s chief development officer. “Their efforts in the community are legion and they have truly made a difference.”
The event remains today one of the most popular elegant evenings for the community. It is traditionally held at historic museums, clubs and Los Angeles landmarks.
Other recipients of the award include Aggie Agajanian, Scott and Ruth Newhall, Tom Dierkman, John Hoskinson, Robert Ormsby, Dick Luechtefeld, Roberta Veloz, Michael Berger, Lou Garasi, Tom Lee, Jay and Joyce Rodgers, Gary Cusumano, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Tom Veloz, Rita Garasi, Wayne Crawford, and Harold and Jacquie Peterson.