News Release Archive
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March 24, 2009
College to Host Sixth Annual Children's Play Day
In honor of the Week of the Young Child, College of the Canyons will hold a sixth annual Play Day on April 25. The day will offer free, developmentally appropriate activities for children in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, including storytelling, arts and crafts, music, an obstacle course, as well as math and science activities.
“The Play Day provides quality play experiences for children while bringing our community together” said Wendy Ruiz, associate director of infant/toddler programs at the college’s center for Early Childhood Education and Santa Clarita co-chair of the Southern California Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, which is sponsoring the event along with local childcare programs.
“This event is the perfect opportunity for children to spend quality time with their parents and remain active and engaged,” said Ruiz.
The play day will be held in the Honor Grove at the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and participate in many activities from painting, to obstacle courses and music, said Ruiz.
Free water bottles will be available throughout the day.
Established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, the Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
March 23, 2009
College Foundation to Host Beer-Tasting Event
With a series of local wine tasting events already dedicated to wine aficionados across the Santa Clarita Valley, next month the College of the Canyons Foundation Library Associates will present a unique beer tasting experience as the latest installment of the In Good Taste series.
The lowly pint of beer will finally get the respect and admiration it deserves as the In Good Taste series delves into the textured and diverse world of brewed beers for the very first time.
Food and wine educator John Bauccio returns to College of the Canyons to lead an exploration of the different styles, traditions and histories that have made beer the refreshingly popular beverage it is today -- leaving attendees with a newfound respect and appreciation for the drink that has enchanted the masses for thousands of years.
The In Good Taste beer tasting will take place Friday, April 17 in the library at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.
Featuring a selection of beers from Valencia’s award-winning Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co., as well as gourmet appetizers prepared by the college’s culinary arts students, the event will begin with a pre-tasting ‘beer hour’ at 6 p.m.
The beer tasting presentation will then begin promptly at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.
March 19, 2009
Theatre Students to Perform in Second Spring Production
This May, students from the college’s theatre department will perform the hilarious Tony-nominated comedy “Noises Off” on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC).
Written by Michael Frayn, “Noises Off” premiered in London in 1982, winning both the Evening Standard and the Olivier Awards for best comedy. In 1983, the production opened on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award -- before a subsequent Broadway revival in 2001.
Described by New York critics as “the funniest farce ever written,” this uproarious comedy follows the on- and off-stage antics of an inept acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night.
“Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances, and the furniture,” said Paul Wickline, College of the Canyons theatre department chair and director of the production. “Add a slippery plate of sardines and a slew of slamming doors and you have the most sidesplitting backstage comedy ever written.”
The College of the Canyons production of “Noises Off” will open on the PAC main stage Thursday, May 7 and run through Sunday, May10. Show times are as follows:
- Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m.
- Sunday May 10, at 2 p.m.
March 17, 2009
Students to Perform in Tony Award-Winning Production
The Theatre Department will present the Tony Award-winning revival “A Doll’s House” in the Black Box theatre at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons in April.
Described by Time magazine as a “thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away,” “A Doll’s House” has been a controversial play since its original release in 1879 due to its revelation of the realities of marriage and restricted female roles during the Victorian era.
However, even after more than 100 years of progress and enlightenment, the play still remains universally relevant today, says Susan Hinshaw, theatre instructor at the college and director of the production.
“Some people see this play as a museum piece. I definitely do not, nor do any of the designers,” Hinshaw said. “We wanted this production to express the universality of the play, so we’ve come up with several ways of doing that.”
One unique aspect of the production is the decision to direct the play as an arena, or theatre-in-the-round, production. In addition, each of the three different acts will be set in a different time period -- ranging from the Victorian age to the 1950s and ending in the present.
“It’s a way of showing that these issues are still alive and with us today,” Hinshaw said. “Our scenic designer, Brodie Steele, has designed a beautiful set, and our students are being challenged and having a great deal of fun while working in-the-round. It’s a very exciting process.”
The College of the Canyons production of “A Doll’s House” will open in the Black Box theatre Thursday, April 2, and run through Sunday, April 5. Show times are as follows:
- Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, April 5, at 2 and 7 p.m.
March 16, 2009
New Coach Named for Women's Soccer
College of the Canyons has appointed former women’s assistant soccer coach Justin Lundin as the new women’s head soccer coach.
Lundin becomes the women’s head coach after three years as an assistant under Marcellin and will be only the second coach since the women’s soccer team was started in 1998. He has coached at the high school, club and AYSO levels and is currently leading the Santa Clarita Valley Magic Soccer Club team.
“Justin has been with the women’s soccer program for three years and we are very happy to have someone who has a rapport with the team and can hit the ground running,” said COC athletic director Chuck Lyon.
Lundin earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is working toward his master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport pedagogy at California State University, Northridge.
The change comes after Phil Marcellin, who was hired as the women’s coach in 1998 and who has coached the men’s and women’s soccer programs simultaneously since 2003, decided to focus his attention solely on the men’s program.
“Coaching two intercollegiate teams is a big job, but especially when both teams compete at the same time of year,” said Lyon. “Phil has done a good job as the head coach of both teams, but with the squads frequently competing on the same days, at the same time – and often at different locations – the logistics became too difficult for one person to handle.”
Marcellin held a 123-89-36 record during his 11-year tenure with the women’s team, which included four conference championships and five appearances in post-season play. He finished the 2008 men’s season with a 42-69-20 record during his six years with the team.
March 13, 2009
District Names New Small Business Development Center Director
The Santa Clarita Community College District has announced the appointment of Steven Tannehill as director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons.
Tannehill, who comes to College of the Canyons with more than 20 years of business experience in the real estate finance industry, will work closely with Bruce Getzan, dean of economic development at the college, to provide leadership, direction and managerial oversight of the SBDC and its operations.
Additionally, the SBDC director will provide in-depth consulting services and formal and informal training services to current and prospective local/regional small business owners regarding applicable business management practices. Tannehill takes over the position vacated by former Director Paul De La Cerda and Interim Director Charlie Gill.
“We’re very excited to have Steve coming aboard as the new director of the Small Business Development Center,” said Getzan. “His 20 years of experience in banking, working with small businesses and serving in our local and regional communities will make Steve an invaluable asset to the SBDC.”
Tannehill comes to the SBDC having spent the last 12 years as the chief operating officer of Countrywide Servicing Exchange and a managing director of Banc of America Securities. Beginning in 2007, Tannehill also served as an adjunct faculty member in the finance, real estate and insurance department at California State University, Northridge.
In addition, Tannehill has served on the Newhall School District governing board since 1998 and has served on the board of AYSO Region 678 and Troop 888 of Boy Scouts of America.
Tannehill holds a bachelor of arts in law and society from University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley -- as well as his Series 7 and 63 licenses.
“I am looking forward to joining the outstanding team of people at the college, in the Economic Development Division and at the Small Business Development Center,” Tannehill said. “It’s my hope to utilize my business experience, education and background in a public service role that will provide a valuable resource for small businesses throughout our region.”
The SBDC, hosted by College of the Canyons, was launched in January 2006 and serves the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando valleys. SBDC representatives help prospective and existing small business owners start, retain or expand their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting and many other resources.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons is part of a network of 10 Small Business Development Centers serving businesses from Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
“I envision the SBDC being a premier source of consulting services and advice for existing small businesses, as well as those who, in the face of this difficult job market, opt to start their own businesses,” Tannehill said. “In battling these challenges, the SBDC will be a unique and highly valued resource to help small businesses work through the difficulties presented by the current economic climate.”
Among the goals Tannehill would like to accomplish at the SBDC is the creation of an information conduit for small businesses in order to help keep them up to speed with the opportunities that might exist for them in the recently passed federal economic stimulus package.
“There are a wide range of benefits for small businesses in that package, from enhanced tax benefits to opportunities to bid on energy efficiency and other infrastructure projects,” Tannehill said. “One of my first goals will be to set up a process to help small businesses understand what’s in the package and how they can compete for opportunities the package provides.”
March 11, 2009
College Receives $10,000 Gift from Oakie, Horne Foundation
The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Charitable Foundation has awarded the Fine and Performing Arts Division at College of the Canyons $10,000, which will be distributed to as many as 10 students as scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in spring 2009 to students studying Theatre, Dance, Music and Fine Arts at the college.
"This news is especially encouraging due to the current economy, and the foundation feels extremely fortunate that College of the Canyons was chosen again to receive this award,” said Michele Edmonson, the foundation’s assistant director.
“This is the third consecutive year our students have been honored and I am tremendously grateful to the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation for their generosity and support of College of the Canyons' Fine and Performing Arts students,” said Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at the college. “By their gift of funds, the Foundation recognizes that the vitality and growth of local arts and cultural institutions are essential to healthy development of the community and its quality of life.”
Students can apply for the following scholarships:
- The Jack Oakie Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Script or Screenwriting.
- The Jack Oakie Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing a Film, Stage or Television Comedy.
- The Jack Oakie “It’s All In Fun” Award for Excellence in: Comedic Excellence in Theatre or Stage Acting, Comedic Improvisation, etc.
- The Jack Oakie “Double Take” for Excellence in Film, Stage or Television Acting.
The Victoria Horne Oakie “Myrtle Mae” Award for Performing Excellence in Stage or Cinema. (Myrtle Mae was Mrs. Oakie’s character in the 1950 movie “Harvey”).
As part of the application process, applicants are required to watch a Jack Oakie film and write a brief synopsis of the film they might have done differently had they been the screenwriter, director, specific actor, etc. Students applying for the “Myrtle Mae” award are also encouraged to watch one of Victoria Horne Oakie’s films.
Trustees for the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation are Dr. Barry Pascal, Charles A. Collier, Jr., and David L. Sonne, whose charge is to execute the wishes of Jack Oakie and his wife, Victoria Horne Oakie, to gift funds to students who are studying for careers in film, theatre and television and to preserve Jack Oakie's name and work.
Jack Oakie came to Hollywood in 1927. His career by that time already included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and appearances in New York films. In Hollywood, he made 87 pictures, most of them comedies or musical comedies, over which period he perfected his trademark comic triple-take. His career included such films as "Once in a Lifetime," "Million Dollar Legs" and "It Happened Tomorrow." Oakie received an Academy Award nomination in the supporting role category for his satirical portrait of a Mussolini-like head of state in 1940's "The Great Dictator." Oakie died in 1978 and his wife Victoria Horne died in 2003.
For more information about the scholarships, please contact the COC Foundation at (661) 362-3434.
March 11, 2009
State Assemblyman Smyth to Tour Canyon Country Campus
What: Familiarization and fact-finding visit
When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009
Where: College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country
Why: State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth will visit the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus for the first time and will tour the facilities with Dr. Dena Maloney, founding dean of the campus, along with additional College of the Canyons staff. Smyth will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, see how the infrastructure of the 70-acre campus has developed, learn about future plans for the campus and meet with campus staff.
The Canyon Country Campus serves between 3,500 to 4,000 students each semester. The first classes met on the campus in August 2007.
March 6, 2009
College Hockey Team Suffers Loss in National Championships
The College of the Canyons hockey team finally met its match Thursday, as the Cougars were defeated 7-2 by Grand Valley State University in the second round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division-III National Championships.
College of the Canyons will now move to the tournament’s consolation bracket where they await the loser of the match-up between Saginaw Valley State University and nationally top-ranked Northern Arizona University (NAU), which is currently being played.
Grand Valley State University will face the winner of that match-up.
Last month the Cougars defeated NAU in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA) championship game to win the coveted Adam’s Cup and advance to Rochester.
March 5, 2009
College Hockey Team Advances in National Championships
The College of the Canyons hockey team skated to a thrilling 6-5 victory over Albany University on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division-III National Championships.
The Cougars will next face off against Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich., at 4:15 p.m. EST Thursday, March 5 in Rochester, N.Y.
It was an exciting day of opening-round action as large schools Colorado University, Georgia Tech and University of Tennessee each suffered first-round defeats.
The tournament’s remaining field now includes Northern Arizona University, Saginaw Valley State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fredonia State, Hope College and Farmingdale State College, Grand Valley State University and College of the Canyons.
College of the Canyons is now the only community college, and lone California school, in the tournament.
March 4, 2009
2007 Women's Golf Team Earns Top Academic Honor
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced Wednesday that the 2007 College of the Canyons state champion women’s golf team has been named the 2007-08 Pepsi Scholar Women’s Golf Team.
“It is an amazing feat when your team can win an academic award,” said College of the Canyons head coach Gary Peterson. “It is even more impressive when you can also win a state championship in the same year. I am very proud of the women of the 2007 team and applaud their pursuit of success in the classroom and on the golf course.”
The honor is awarded to a sports team that had at least a combined GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated better-than-average accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.
The 2007 Cougar women’s golf team earned a 3.09 GPA while winning the Western State Conference, Southern California and State titles.
Members of the 2007 team include Ashley Redmond and Darlene Bognot, who each earned a scholarship to compete at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. Tessa Harp joined the golf program at Chicago State University, and Jenny Lee turned pro after a stellar career as a Cougar. Eleanna Tan transferred to UCLA, where she is a pre-med major. Freshman Ashley Windsor will return to COC’s golf team this fall for her sophomore season.
The award will be presented to the team at the Pepsi Celebration of Student Athletes luncheon at the 12th Annual CCCAA Convention on Thursday, April 2, in Ontario, Calif.
March 3, 2009
College Hockey Team Heads to National Championships
Do you believe in miracles?
For the College of the Canyons hockey team, the answer is an emphatic YES!
Now the Cougars will try to make believers of the rest of the country as they vie for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division-III title during the ACHA National Championships March 4 to 7, 2009 in Rochester, N.Y.
As the Pacific Coast Hockey Association’s (PCHA) only community college team, Canyons recently registered an improbable 8-1 playoff victory over nationally No. 1-ranked Northern Arizona University (NAU) to win the PCHA’s coveted Adams Cup and advance to the national championships.
As a result, College of the Canyons will be one of only two community colleges, and the only school from California, competing in the national championships’ 16-team field.
With a mix of larger and more athletically celebrated Division I universities -- including University of Colorado, Georgia Tech and University of Tennessee -- and lesser known, put perhaps geographically better suited for hockey, schools located in areas like Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, the Cougars will assuredly be one of the tournament’s less-heralded entries.
In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a terrain less ideal for hockey than the Southern California landscape that surrounds College of the Canyons. As the name might suggest, the land is a mix of dry canyons, rolling hills and patches of brush-filled California forestry, which when combined with Santa Clarita’s dry desert climate routinely produces blistering triple-digit temperatures.
But this team hasn’t let Southern California’s atypical hockey weather slow it down one bit. Primarily playing against surrounding four-year colleges and universities, the Cougars skated to an impressive 13-4 regular season record before racking up post-season victories over South Dakota State, U.S. Air Force Academy, Fresno State and NAU to stamp their tickets to Rochester.
College of the Canyons will next drop the puck against Albany University in the opening round of the ACHA Division-III National Championships at 4:15 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, March 4 in Rochester, N.Y.