2009 NEWS ARCHIVE
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September 30, 2009
Music Department to Bring Opera to Performing Arts Center
The music department and Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC (PAC) will break new ground October 2, when the PAC hosts a workshop performance of college faculty member Dr. Daniel Catan’s chamber orchestra version of his opera “La Hijia de Rappaccini.”
An operatic version of Octavio Paz’ play by the same name and the short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathanial Hawthorne, “La Hijia” marks an effort by Catan to create a full-scale opera that can be staged by venues that have been reluctant to showcase opera productions in the past.
“This is really an historic event, not just for College of the Canyons, but for the entire Santa Clarita community,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at the college. “By combining the talents of working professionals, accomplished faculty and our students, we set another example of the college’s commitment to the arts in our own backyard.
“I’m excited to include Dr. Catan’s piece in this year’s music department program offerings,” added Moos. “This event should be viewed as a meaningful milestone in the continued development of both the college’s music department and the PAC.”
A Spanish language opera for the 21st Century, “La Hijia” tells the story of Giovanni, a young student intent on furthering his studies, who finds himself in a foreign city. While boarding at a lonely matron’s house, Giovanni spies the beautiful Beatriz in her father’s garden and is instantly captivated.
Despite warnings to be wary of the garden and the daughter of the infamous Rappaccini, the allure of Beatriz is too great. Giovanni eventually finds his way into the garden, thus beginning a spiral into the worlds of desire, fear, passion and repulsion.
"I feel enormously gratified and proud to be presenting my opera “La Hijia de Rappaccini” at the PAC,” said Catan. “This marks a very important moment in the development of the college’s fine and performing arts division, and in particular our music program.
“Thanks to my colleagues, whose ever present support and trust have made this production possible,” added Catan.
Catan, whose opera “Il Postino” will be world premiered with LA Opera has long worked to have Spanish opera be included among the normal repertoire at opera houses and college and university venues — while at the same time developing works that will bring opera into the 21st century and develop new audiences that might not have been previously exposed to the art of Opera.
Traditionally out of reach to all but the most highly-funded venues and organizations, opera, with its reliance on large symphony orchestras and top-tier musical talent, has primarily been viewed as an exclusive art form destined to be enjoyed only by the elite circle of institutions capable of supporting it.
However, the PAC debut of “La Hijia” will allow College of the Canyons -- with its stated mission to identify, engage and support all artistic endeavors while providing the community with a wider array of cultural performance choices-- to break new artistic ground by making opera more accessible to community members throughout Northern Los Angeles County.
“La Hijia de Rappaccini” will be produced by PAC managing director Adam Philipson and funded through a Chairman’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
“This special workshop production of “La Hijia” will include an excerpt of the full opera in order to give local audiences a taste of what is possible and what they can expect when we are able to stage the complete version,” said Philipson.
“La Hijia de Rappaccini” will run at 8 p.m. Friday, October 2, on the PAC main stage. Admission to this performance is free, however reservations are required.
September 30, 2009
SBDC Partnership Brings Expanded Services to Antelope Valley
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons has established a partnership with the City of Lancaster, Wells Fargo Bank and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) to bring increased counseling and training services to existing and prospective entrepreneurs throughout the Antelope Valley.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons will serve as the core source of workshop trainers and business advisors for this new partnership, which will provide session topics in areas including increasing sales for existing businesses, business start-up and expansion, obtaining financing for your business and business plan development.
In addition, ideas and suggestions for additional session topics -- as well as inquiries from community members interested in teaching workshops based on their personal experience and expertise -- are welcomed.
Wells Fargo and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade are providing the use of their facilities to host the SBDC’s new lineup of low-cost workshops and no-cost counseling services.
“We are very pleased to welcome the City of Lancaster as a local sponsor of SBDC consulting and training activities,” said Steve Tannehill, Director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons. “With their financial support, and the facilities support provided by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and Wells Fargo, the SBDC will be able to provide its highly-regarded services to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the Lancaster area.”
The City of Lancaster’s support of the SBDC’s lineup of expanded services in the Antelope Valley was established based on the notion that local economies thrive when small businesses thrive.
“It is one of our primary responsibilities as a City to build relationships and partnerships with agencies that will further the growth and development of our local business community, as it is the backbone of our financial stability,” said Vern Lawson, Director of Economic Development/Redevelopment with the City of Lancaster.
The new series of SBDC business training workshops will be conducted at the Lancaster Wells Fargo branch training facilities located at Wells Fargo Training Room, 802 West Lancaster Blvd., in Lancaster. Business counseling sessions will be held at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade offices located at 548 West Lancaster Blvd., Suite 103, in Lancaster.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando Valleys. SBDC business advisors assist prospective and existing small business owners in starting, retaining or expanding their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons is part of a network of seven Small Business Development Centers serving businesses from Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County.
September 29, 2009
SBDC, City of Lancaster Announce Partnership
Subject: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons to announce new Small Business Development Program in partnership with the City of Lancaster, Wells Fargo Bank and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT).
Time: 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Place: Wells Fargo Bank, 42220 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA, 93534
Event: Press Conference to announce a new Small Business Development Program in partnership with the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons, the City of Lancaster, Wells Fargo Bank and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) -- to provide increased business counseling and training services to small businesses throughout the northern Antelope Valley.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves the Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and San Fernando Valleys. SBDC business advisors assist prospective and existing small business owners start, retain or expand their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons is part of a network of seven Small Business Development Centers serving businesses from Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County.
September 29, 2009
Theatre Department Presents Controversial Abortion Drama 'Keely and Du'
The Theatre Department is taking on a powerful and controversial project as it prepares for its production of “Keely and Du” in late November. It is the second production of the 2009 – 2010 College of the Canyons theatre season and will be presented in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre.
The premise of the play is poignant. Keely, a pregnant rape victim, is kidnapped outside an abortion clinic and held prisoner. She wakes up chained to a bed. She discovers from a visitor, Du, that she has been kidnapped by a radical pro-life group intent on forcing Keely to have her baby. And so the play and the conversation begins.
The production, written by Jane Martin and directed by Susan Hinshaw, will offer performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 through Saturday, November 21 and a 2 p.m. Sunday, November 22 matinee performance is also scheduled.
Pro-life. Pro-choice. “Keely and Du” presents the abortion issue in a balanced fashion. Who is accountable, God or man? What man or woman can be accountable for a human life? What is the extent of individual freedom? What is a rape victim's right? These are among the infinitely troubling questions provoked by the drama.
The play received its professional debut at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to receive a Pulitzer Prize nomination and the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award in 1993. Jane Martin first came to national attention for “Talking With,” a collection of monologues premiering at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1981. Martin’s other works include “Vital Signs,” “What Mama Don’t Know,” “Cementville,” “Criminal Hearts” and “Middle-Aged White Guys.”
Very little else is known about Martin, and no interviews or photographs of the playwright have ever been published. Many believe that Jane Martin is a pseudonym for Jon Jory, former Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville and frequent director of Martin’s plays, although Jory has repeatedly denied this.
COC theatre professor and professional actress, Susan Hinshaw, directs “Keely and Du.” HInshaw directed last season’s production of “A Doll’s House” and is the former chair of the COC theatre program.
The cast consists of seven COC students, many of them newcomers to the theatre program at COC.
"The play isn't solely about abortion,” said Paul Wickline, producer and department chair. “It is about two individuals who manage to connect on a deeply personal level, despite their distinct philosophical differences. The interaction between these two characters as they wrestle with deeply held and distinctly different beliefs,” stressed Wickline, “is exciting to watch. The ending will surprise everyone, and no one."
Hinshaw believes audiences will be captivated by the performances. "The roles require layers and levels of character that are not often found in roles for young people,” said Hinshaw. “Students have strong, passionate opinions about this subject. I enjoy theatre that asks questions,” said Hinshaw, “and this one does just that.”
The production contains mature subject matter and adult language. Due to the nature of this production, there will be no late seating. Patrons are urged to arrive at the theatre at least fifteen minutes before curtain.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased through the PAC box office by visiting the COC website or calling 661-362-5304.
September 24, 2009
College Does Not Endorse Door-to-Door Magazine Solicitors
College of the Canyons officials have received notice from some local residents that solicitors, representing themselves as COC students, have been going door-to-door in Santa Clarita Valley neighborhoods allegedly selling magazine subscriptions and claiming that sales will help them defray the high cost of college textbooks.
The high-cost of textbooks has been at the center of a multi-year debate about the skyrocketing costs of going to college and has been the topic of numerous press reports locally, statewide and nationally.
College of the Canyons wants community members to know that it discourages its students from going door-to-door for any reason and residents need to know that this activity is not endorsed by the college in any way.
September 23, 2009
Art Gallery to Feature Celebrated Irish-American Painter
Legendary U2 frontman Bono has described this artist’s work as “brilliant…God’s creations with the colour turned up.”
He is revered from his native Ireland all the way to the self-described “glossy barbarity of Los Angeles” that he now calls home.
His pieces are included in the collections of Sir Ben Kingsley, Mick Jagger, George Lucas, Faye Dunaway, Nick Nolte and Dennis Hopper, just to name a few.
And now, artist Patrick Morrison’s work will be proudly presented in the College of the Canyons Art Gallery, October 6-31.
“Patrick’s work has an intense color sense and fluid style that has only strengthened over time,” said Larry Hurst, director of the college’s Art Gallery. “When I look at the work I see connections to artists such as Max Beckman, Edward Hopper and even Claude Monet, yet the style is unmistakably his own.”
Working in Los Angeles and his native Ireland for the past 35 years Morrison has fine-tuned his painting style --mostly painting works involving the human figure -- while cultivating an ever-growing array of collectors.
“I have found that the more I can penetrate the appearance of things, the more fluent I become in conveying my own inner sensations,” commented Morrison in a past interview. “I revel in the fact that in this age of miraculous technological innovation, the painter armed with his paint and brushes, can still engage in the same solitary drama, as that engaged in by kindred souls all down the ages and back to the caves.”
A reception for this exhibition will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday October 6, at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery, located on the college’s Valencia campus. In addition, Morrison will speak about his work during a special artist reception in the gallery at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 20.
The Patrick Morrison exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.
The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during these hours are welcome to call (661) 362-3612 to make a viewing appointment.
September 18, 2009
'Calling All Cougars!' for College Homecoming Event
The College of the Canyons Alumni and Friends, COC Foundation and COC athletics are ‘calling all Cougars’ to take part in the college’s 40th Anniversary Homecoming Extravaganza Saturday, Oct. 3, at Cougar Stadium.
The evening features a fun-filled lineup of activities -- including a barbecue dinner in the Cougar Den, live entertainment, a special 40th anniversary program, children’s activities, raffle prizes and spectator giveaways from the Cougar mascot.
Homecoming festivities will be held in the Cougar Den, adjacent to Cougar Stadium, leading up to the evening’s 7 p.m. football game between the hometown Cougars and the visiting Allan Hancock College Bulldogs.
The evening will begin with a no-host bar alumni reception at 4:30 p.m., with performances by a barbershop quartet. The barbecue dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.
After dinner, the college will present its 2009 Outstanding Alumni & Friends awards before guests make their way into Cougar Stadium for a special 40th anniversary program and musical celebration.
College of the Canyons Athletics will honor members of the college’s 2004 National Championship football team during a special on-field ceremony at halftime.
“The College of the Canyons’ 40th Anniversary Extravaganza is the perfect time to honor our Alumni and Friends honorees and recognize the fifth anniversary of the college’s first national championship football team,” said Chuck Lyon, COC athletic director and head coach of the 2004 team. “We invite the community and all of the college’s many friends, alumni and supporters to celebrate with us.”
Free admission to the game will be provided to all senior citizens. Local youth wearing a football jersey will also be admitted at no cost. Local high school football teams may contact the COC Foundation prior to game day in order to receive free tickets.
September 18, 2009
College's 40th Anniversary, Summer of Love Celebrated in 'Hair'
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of both College of the Canyons and the legendary Woodstock music festival held in 1969, the college’s theatre and music departments will proudly present “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” beginning Oct. 16 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC).
Considered the first and most successful rock musical, “Hair” -- with book and lyrics by James Rado and Geome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermott -- popularized the spirit of the 1960s and quickly became a symbol of the revolutionary spirit that gripped America during that tumultuous period in history.
The College of the Canyons theatre and music departments invite the community to "join the tribe," a group of long-haired, politically active hippies, as they gather in an abandoned theater to usher in the Age of Aquarius while challenging racism, environmental destruction, poverty, sexism and sexual repression, violence at home, the war in Vietnam and much more.
Not wanting to simply create a flashback to the 1960s, the college’s production team has maintained “Hair’s”"flower power" backdrop and interwoven themes about tuning in and on to the "now," while working to present something that will be remembered as more than a nostalgic period piece.
“Although our production will give the audiences a taste of the '60s and will be true to the original production’s intent, the emphasis is on exploring the relevancy and universality of the musical’s themes for today’s audiences --both young and not so young,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the COC theatre department.
“Hair” originally opened on Broadway on April 29, 1968 at the Biltmore Theatre during a revolutionary period in American history. Only weeks before it opened, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Two months after its debut, Sen. Robert Kennedy was gunned down.
By the summer of 1968, a production of “Hair” had moved to the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles, where it would endure several bomb scares throughout its unprecedented two-year run.
In addition, “Hair” producers were forced to fight a U.S. Supreme Court legal battle to maintain some of the freedoms the production celebrated, while keeping the show alive. That struggle helped usher in a new cultural age in America when the high court upheld the production’s right to freedom of speech in May of 1970.
“Hair” will run at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25, on the PAC main stage.
This production contains adult language and subject matter and is most appropriate for mature audiences.
September 16, 2009
Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Early Childhood Education Center
Subject: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Time: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2009
Place: College of the Canyons, Canyon Country campus
17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, CA 91351-1622
Event: A ribbon cutting ceremony for a 2,150-square-foot Center for Early Childhood Education on the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus.
The facility includes two fully-furnished classrooms, age-appropriate restrooms, a kitchen and observation areas to be utilized by parents and students majoring in early childhood education at College of the Canyons.
Featuring a learning environment and preschool program structured around the state’s recommended preschool learning foundations, the center provides children with a variety of creative materials needed to stimulate learning and social interaction, and curriculum designed to develop and support language arts, math/science, dramatic play, music, movement, social/emotional and creativity skills.
Speaking at the ceremony will be Joan MacGregor, president of the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees; Dr. Dena Maloney, founding dean of the Canyon Country campus; Diane Stewart, dean of early childhood education and training programs at College of the Canyons; and Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons.
September 11, 2009
Domestic Violence Awareness Event Slated at College
The Social Science and Business Division will host its second annual Domestic Violence Awareness event on Wednesday, Oct. 21 outdoors on the college’s Valencia campus. Proceeds from the event will benefit local domestic violence shelters.
With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, donation bins to help the SCV Domestic Violence Center will be available to collect cell phones, clothing (women and children, all sizes) kids toys, videos and toiletries.
“We collected more than 100 items at last year’s event,” said Anne Marenco, chair of the college’s sociology department.
Musicians Joan Enguita, Trish Lester and Linda Geleris of the 14-member band “Women on the Move” will perform songs from their compilation album “Beautiful,” which is a blend of folk, pop and blues music.
Signed to the independent record label Red Coyote Records, “Women on the Move” raises money to support domestic violence shelters.
The band’s albums, including “Beautiful,” will be on sale at the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local Santa Clarita shelter.
In addition to the concert, there will be several guest speakers, college clubs and organizations with an interest in the topic of domestic violence. Also scheduled is an “Everybody is Beautiful” fashion show and art exhibit, “Real Beauty” featuring art made by COC students. Domestic violence victims and survivors can also make t-shirts for the “Clothesline Project.”
The event will be held at the college’s Honor Grove from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about the event, please call Anne Marenco at (661) 362-3685.
September 8, 2009
Groundbreaking Event for Mentry Hall Expansion Project
Subject: Groundbreaking Ceremony
Time: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
Place: College of the Canyons Art Gallery (Mentry Hall)
Event: Groundbreaking ceremony for the 32,040-square-foot, $10.7-million Mentry Hall Expansion Project. The building is being funded by Measure M, a general-obligation bond passed by voters in 2006.
The expansion project will add 16 classrooms, 12 offices and two conference rooms, as well as increase the size of Mentry Hall to 76,339 square feet
Klassen Construction Management is both architect and contractor for the project, which is projected to be completed by fall 2010.
Mentry Hall houses the following College of the Canyons programs and activities:
• Media Entertainment Arts (Formerly RTVF)
• Architectural Drafting and Technology
• Visual Art and Art History
• Graphic and Multimedia Design
Speaking at the event will be Ms. Joan MacGregor, president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Floyd Moos, division dean, fine and performing arts; and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons.
September 3, 2009
Cougar Football Offers Firefighters, Law Enforcement Free Admission
College of the Canyons is offering free admission to the College of the Canyons vs. Antelope Valley College football game this Saturday night to peace officers and firefighters as a “thank you” for their sacrifices, heroism and hard work fighting the recent wildfires in our region.
“Any time we can say “thank you” to the men and women who protect us and our property, I am more than happy to,” head coach Garett Tujague said. “There is no way that we can ever show our true appreciation, but Cougar football can provide this small token of respect, appreciation and affection.”
Firefighters and police officers must show proper identification at the ticket booth to receive admission for themselves and family members.
The Cougars open the 2009 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against Antelope Valley College. COC is the defending National Division, Northern Conference champion and defeated the Marauders twice last season --during the regular season and in the first round of playoffs.
September 2, 2009
Comedians of Canyons Unscripted on Sept. 30
Some of the best defining moments for an actor are rooted in improvisation, which requires quick thinking and being “in the moment.” On September 30, Comedians of the Canyons, the College of the Canyons improv group, will create an unscripted show based on audience suggestions.
“Every show is completely different and unpredictable,” said Allan Trautman, a professional actor with dozens of television and movie credits who is the course’s instructor and the show’s host and director. “Our last show was packed with a very enthusiastic crowd, and we expect this first performance of the semester to be a unique treat.”
Composed of students enrolled in the college’s advanced improvisational performance theatre class, the improv group will perform at 8 p.m. in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202 on the Valencia campus.
“These improvisational performances are terrific opportunities for our students to test the performance skills learned from Allan in the improvisational classroom,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the college’s theatre department. “Audiences have grown significantly over the last year as the word has gotten out about how much fun these shows are.”
The show is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.