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April 30, 2010

College to Host 15th Annual Student Art Exhibition

This month, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will host the 15th Annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring an estimated 75 pieces of art created by students from the college’s art, graphics and multimedia design, photography and animation departments.

“These exhibitions encourage our students to participate in a competitive arena while striving to put their most professional artwork forward,” said Larry Hurst, COC Art Gallery director. “I feel that this is a great learning experience for these young artists, and am continually impressed by the high level of artwork produced here at College of the Canyons.”

A traditionally juried exhibition, this year’s invited juror will be Paul Strickland, current William S. Hart Union School District board member, and former director of computer animation at Hanna-Barbera studios. In addition, Strickland serves on the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts Commission, and is involved with a number of local arts organizations.

The 15th Annual College of the Canyons Student Art Exhibition will run Tuesday, May 4, through Saturday, May 22. A special artist reception will take place May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition and accompanying artist reception are part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 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.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

April 30, 2010

College to Host Second Environmental Science Fair

The Students for Sustainability, will host the college’s second Environmental Science Fair featuring projects presented by elementary, junior high, high school and COC students from across the Santa Clarita Valley.

Organized by Students for Sustainability and sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the 2010 Environmental Science Fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 7, in the COC student center located on the college’s Valencia campus.

Featuring displays of environmental themed projects and reports from students grades K-14, the event is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration, and will coincide with day one of the college’s ARTstART festival.

“Environmental awareness has to start early. We can’t afford to wait until students come to college to begin talking about environmental issues,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, Students for Sustainability advisor. “By raising awareness in K-12 students, and carrying that through to the college students, we have a better chance of affecting positive changes for a more balanced and environmentally sustainable future for all.”

This is the second time that College of the Canyons has hosted a regional environmental science fair. The first such event was held in October 2008, and featured more than 35 entries based around categories including: transportation, ‘green’ building and design, plastics and recycling, daily toxins, composting and sustainable gardening and organic foods.

At this year’s event students will present their projects and offer explanations of their research and experimentations to the science fair’s group of judges, fellow students, and various visitors. In addition, Students for Sustainability will be awarding a total of $1,000 in cash prizes in the form of gift cards, for winning projects in each of the four age categories.

“This is truly a community event in which we get to see the creative side of our younger generation,” said Cheng-Levine. “We encourage everyone to come view what our kids have to offer and explore the ways in which they see our environmental future.”

Students for Sustainability is dedicated to promoting sustainability awareness and practices both on campus and in the community. The club works closely with the Sustainable Development Committee in activities and events that help COC students become more active and involved in environmental issues.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Environmental Science Fair or the Students for Sustainability campus organization please contact Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-5806.

April 26, 2010

College Panel Discussion Addresses ‘Silent Wounds of Trauma’

College of the Canyons will host a panel presentation designed to help the families of military veterans and community members alike, learn about the various symptoms, causes and therapeutic treatments of war-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The panel discussion, “The Silent Wounds of Trauma: Hearing the Hurt, Helping to Heal, Being a Vocal Partner” will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, in Hasley Hall room 101, on the COC Valencia campus.

Being presented by the Santa Clarita veteran organization Vets Back To The War Zone (VBTWZ), the panel presentation will address combat stress reactions, how those reactions lead to PTSD, and how the support of loved ones and community partners can help ease the challenge of returning to civilian life.

“The issue of war is about more than countries at conflict, it’s about the cost to the human condition,” said Dr. Patty Robinson, dean, COC social sciences and business division and panel moderator. “To really understand the nature of human conflict, it’s important to examine the subjective side of war and to witness its affect on the human spirit.”

This panel presentation is being sponsored by the COC social science and business division as part of the ongoing Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center, in partnership with VBTWZ. The event is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

The only nonprofit veterans group based in the Santa Clarita Valley, VBTWZ was founded in 2006 for the purpose of helping war veterans overcome symptoms of PTSD by returning them to the locations and war zones they served in, as a form of therapeutic treatment. 

Featured speakers for the panel include:

• Jose G. Ramos, Founder, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
• Chaplain William K. Bowman, Biblical Counselor
• Dr. Irving Borstein, Clinical Psychologist
• Candye Rucker, Psychotherapist/Women Veteran Specialist; Marriage, Family, Child, Therapist
• William J. Kennedy, Chairman, SCV Economic Development Corporation
• Dr. Bill Peters, President and Co-founder, International Children’s Aid Network
• William L. Reynolds, Founder 9th Infantry Division Website Memorial. Reynolds visited a former Vietnamese war zone along with members of his unit in June 2007.
• Michael T. Reynolds, accompanied father William Reynolds to former Vietnamese war zone and served as the trip’s documentary videographer.
• Dr. Patty Robinson, Panel Moderator

This is the second COC panel discussion aimed at informing the public about veteran issues. In addition, the college’s involvement with VBTWZ and the ongoing Veterans History Project has generated more than 130 recorded interviews with veterans about of the realities of war. 

These firsthand accounts of American war veterans — primarily from those who served in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the current Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts — have been sent to the Library of Congress so that future generations may better understand the realities of war and its affect on society.

However, there is a continued need for both veteran participants and volunteers to conduct future interviews. Event organizers hope this panel discussion will help generate an increased community awareness and participation in this ongoing project.

For more information about the panel discussion “The Silent Wounds of Trauma: Hearing the Hurt, Helping to Hear Being a Vocal Partner” or to become involved with the Veterans History Project, please contact Patty Robinson at (661) 362-3992.

To learn more about Vets Back to the War Zone and overcoming the effects of PTSD through therapeutic travel, contact Herb Hightower at (661) 299-1487.

April 26, 2010

College to Receive Donation From Facey Medical Foundation

Subject: College of the Canyons nursing department to receive $10,000 donation from Facey Medial Foundation.
Event: Dr. Fredrick Russo, President of Facey Medical, and members of the Facey Medical Foundation will visit College of the Canyons to present a $10,000 check to the COC Foundation’s Yvonne Wiggins Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Established by the Facey Medical Foundation in 2007 in memory of late Facey Medical nurse Yvonne Wiggins, with this donation the permanent scholarship endowment will have a current value of $20,800. 

The endowment’s ongoing investment earnings will be used to provide scholarships to College of the Canyons nursing students.

Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college, Murray Wood, COC Foundation Chief Development Officer, and other college administrators, nursing faculty and nursing students will be on hand to receive the donation.

Time: 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Location: Aliso Lab, room 323, College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

April 22, 2010

SBDC’s Lineup of Services Offered to Calabasas Business Owners

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership to provide SBDC free business consulting and low-cost training services to small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the Calabasas area.

Through this partnership, the SBDC will serve as the core source of workshop trainers and business advisors, while the City of Calabasas and Chamber of Commerce will provide the use of their facilities to host the SBDC’s lineup of low-cost workshops and no-cost counseling services.

“We are very pleased to form this partnership with the City of Calabasas and the Chamber of Commerce,” said Steven Tannehill, director of the SBDC at College of the Canyons. “Their facilities coupled with our resources will mean Calabasas small businesses will have immediate access to a wealth of low-cost small business trainings and free business consulting services.”

Beginning in May, SBDC business advisors will regularly host workshops and seminars in Calabasas with topics including:

• Business start-up and expansion
• Utilizing email marketing tools to drive sales
• How to obtain financing for your business
• Increasing sales for existing businesses
• Human resource issues in your small business​

The first such workshop is ‘The Power of Email Marketing.’ It will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, in the training room at the new Calabasas Civic Center facility.

SBDC business training workshops will be conducted at the new Calabasas Civic Center Training Facility at 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas, while consulting services will be provided in the Board Room at the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, located at 23564 Calabasas Road in Calabasas.

The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves northern Los Angeles county, including the Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, 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. 

April 21, 2010

Theatre Department to Kick-Start Summer in Shakespearean Style

This May, community members will have the opportunity to kick off the summer in traditional Shakespearean style, as the College of the Canyons theatre department presents the production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.

When lovers cross with mischievous sprites in a magical forest, nothing is how it appears. Deliciously dark and entertaining, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” presents an intoxicating blend of mortals, mechanicals and faeries — all thrown together in one place at one time.

Featuring a plotline resembling a modern day soap opera or reality dating show, along with a cast of some of Shakespeare’s most popular characters, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has been hailed for centuries as one of the world’s greatest romantic comedies
“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a feast for the eyes and the ears! This is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays, and our interpretation will be appropriate for all ages,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the college’s theatre department. “Our production has it all — romance, comedy, swordplay, magic, and Shakespeare’s marvelous language. Come enjoy the magic!”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will run at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday May 23.

All performances will be held on the PAC main stage. General admission is $10 or $5 for COC students and seniors. 

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this mostly young group of actors challenge themselves with the verbal and physical demands of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream,’” says Stephen Whelan, director of the production. “As a theatre person living and working in the Santa Clarita Valley for the past 10 years, I believe that, yes, young American actors can do Shakespeare and make the language, characters, and overall humor come alive for modern audiences.”

The College of the Canyons theatre department’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

April 20, 2010

Canyon Country Campus Star Party Zooms in on Saturn

Saturn. The name has a lot of meanings. To some, Saturn is the Roman God of agriculture. To others, Saturn is a much-beloved, but now-defunct, car company. But most everyone knows Saturn as one of the most interesting and mysterious planets in our solar system.

The ancients knew this planet because they could see it as a bright spot in the sky with the naked eye. They assigned myths and stories to its movements and eventually named it after a god. Today, we know it as the sixth planet from our sun and, because we have the advantage of telescopes and space probes, we know a lot more about it than the ancients did. There is no telling what they might have named it if they had been able to see its rings, its moons and the other details mankind has learned about it over the centuries.

But Saturn still has its mysteries.

College of the Canyons will help you explore both what scientists know about the planet as well as its mysteries as it hosts its second Star Party at the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater on the college’s Canyon Country campus from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 21.  

College faculty members and amateur astronomers will be on hand with lots of information and a number of telescopes so, unlike the ancients, people will be able to get a fantastic view of this second-largest planet that revolves about our sun.

Star Party attendees are encouraged to come early with picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a festive atmosphere as the sun sets in the west and Saturn emerges as the “star” of the evening.  

“Last year we focused on Jupiter,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, Vice President of the Canyon Country Campus and Economic Development, “and the evening turned into something special for everyone who attended. This year, Saturn will take center stage and the evening will be even better!”

The success of last year’s Star Party was due in large part to the enthusiasm and efforts of Dr. Ram Manvi who, at the time, was the college’s Dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies and who had worked for many years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  

Dr. Manvi died suddenly in February of this year. A portion of the concession sales from this year’s Star Party will be earmarked for the Dr. Ram Manvi Memorial Scholarship.

A short orientation lecture will precede the opportunities to view Saturn through telescopes provided for that purpose.

Did you know?

• Saturn is 885,000,000 miles from the sun
• Galileo first observed its rings through a telescope in 1610
• Saturn's most striking feature is its ring system, which consists of countless chunks of ice the size of dust particles to pieces as big as 10 meters.
• The planet has 60 known moons
• Saturn is made mainly of hydrogen and helium. It has no definite surface but likely has a rocky inner core surrounded by a layer of liquid metallic hydrogen.
• Surface temperature: midday-300 degrees C.
• It takes Saturn 28.5 Earth-years to make one orbit around the sun although though it rotates in just over 10.5 hours.  Long years, short days!
• The planet has been visited by the Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes and the Cassini spacecraft.

Want to know more about Saturn or astronomy or the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus? Then bring your friends and family to this unique, educational and fun event!

The Star Party is one of many events being hosted by College of the Canyons as part of its 40th Anniversary celebration.

For more information about this event, please call the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus at (661) 362-3801.

April 20, 2010

SBDC Conference Invites Business Community to ‘Dream and Discover’

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at College of the Canyons is encouraging current and future small business owners, students and community members to think entrepreneurially and embrace their dreams, at the 2010 ‘Dream and Discover’ Entrepreneurs Conference.

Featuring a lineup of inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops, the ‘Dream and Discover’ conference will provide tips for business owners and entrepreneurs alike, while informing attendees about the wide range of available SBDC services and programs — including the i3 Advanced Technology Incubator (ATI) and Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP!).

“This year’s ‘Dream and Discover’ conference will again provide attendees with access to the critical resources that aspiring and successful local business owners need to thrive in today’s economic climate, along with the chance to meet with other successful entrepreneurs and listen to a panel of outstanding speakers who will inspire them to reach new heights,” said Steve Tannehill, director of the SBDC at College of the Canyons.

To open the conference, members of the college’s Economic Development Division will familiarize attendees with the college’s various economic based programs and partnerships.

Later in the day SBDC business advisors will lead a series of interactive workshops providing tips for business owners and current/future entrepreneurs alike. Topics will include how to finance your business, the utilization of marketing tools and key success strategies for entrepreneurs, while also focusing on how the SBDC can help achieve those goals.

As a special highlight for attendees involved in the SBDC’s YEP! program, Paul Butler, client partner at New Leaf Training and Development will deliver a speech aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs during the afternoon’s keynote address.

Targeting young people between the ages of 14 and 27, YEP! offers free business counseling and business training programs delivered through a variety of outreach and delivery methods, including websites, blogs, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products.

The goal of the program is to guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership.

A key financial contributor to the ‘Dream and Discover’ conference, the YEP! program is hosted by the SBDC at College of the Canyons and funded by a grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

“This is the first time that the ‘Dream and Discover’ Conference will showcase the impressive accomplishments of our young entrepreneurs and incorporate speakers and workshops that address the particular challenges they face,” said Nina Grooms Lee, YEP! program director. “We think this will bring a fresh and important perspective to the conference that will enlighten all conference attendees.”

To conclude the conference, the SBDC will present a networking reception and trade fair designed to allow both aspiring and successful entrepreneurs meet, mingle, trade business tips and promote their companies or business ventures.

For technology based companies and new start ups, the trade fair will provide an added opportunity to learn more about the SBDC’s i3 Advanced Technology Incubator. 

Specifically targeted at technology-minded entrepreneurs in the early stages of launching a business, the ATI ‘incubates’ technology-based start-up companies by offering access to a wide range of support services focused on each client’s long-term success.

The 2010 ‘Dream and Discover’ conference will take place from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the college’s Valencia campus. 

Admission to the conference is free, however attendees must register online in order to attend.

Conference sponsors include: Six Flags Magic Mountain, New Leaf Training, Gothic Landscape, High Impact Event Resources, Six Six One Products, as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the California Community College Economic and Workforce Development program (EWD).

The ‘Dream and Discover’ conference is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

“We want to make sure the SBDC’s many programs and services are readily available to all those who may benefit from them,” said Tannehill. “We’re proud that in spite of these challenging economic times, thanks in large part to our sponsors, the SBDC is able to offer the ‘Dream and Discover’ conference free of charge to all attendees.” 

April 20, 2010

College's ARTstART Festival to Return May 7 and 8

The Fine and Performing Arts Division is inviting community members to spend a weekend browsing the aesthetic achievements of its students and learning more about the college’s broad range of artistic offerings during the 2010 ARTstART Festival May 7-8, on the college’s Valencia campus.

Including students, faculty and staff, the two-day-long festival will offer the community a glimpse inside the daily activities of the Fine and Performing Arts Division, while highlighting students’ work and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the division’s facilities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to roam freely from building to building across campus, to view and experience samplings from the college’s music, dance, theatre, animation, media and entertainment arts (MEA), graphic design and studio arts departments.

"The division has a wealth of talent to display, from its staff to its faculty and most certainly from its students,” said Michael McCaffrey, art department faculty member at the college. “This will be the second year that the college has showcased the Fine and Performing Arts Division for the community.”

Part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration, the ARTstART festival will coincide with the college’s annual POPS! concert, featuring members of the college’s Jazz Ensemble and Lab Jazz Combo bands, and performances by the COC choir and dance departments, as well as the New Works Festival in the Black Box Theater. 

The schedule of activities will also include live music, student theatre performances, modern dance presentations, gallery exhibits, interactive lectures, in-class demonstrations, movie screenings from the International Film Festival series and a unique open house and tour of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC).

As a unique addition to the festival, a selection of Saugus Union School District (SUSD) students from Charles Helmers, North Park and Plum Canyon Elementary Schools will have their work featured in the SUSD Student Art Show running both days of the festival.

The ARTstART Festival will begin at 11 a.m. Friday May 7, and run throughout the day until approximately 9:30 p.m., before continuing from 9 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, May 8.

Highlights of Friday’s events:
• Visiting artist lecture from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
• Solo Theatre Show from 1 to 4 p.m.
• PAC Tour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Faculty Artist Concert from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Art Contemporary Los Angeles Presentation from 3 to 4 p.m.

Highlights of Saturday’s events:
• A photo workshop from 9 to 11 a.m.
• COC student orchestra performance from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• COC painting workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Graphic and Media Design department Open House from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Brad Howe sculpture demo from 3 to 4 p.m.
• Animation department Open House from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Media and Entertainment Arts department Open House from 3 to 5 p.m.
• ‘Elektronica’ music concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
“Attending ARTstART 2010 offers a great opportunity to see a wonderful array of student and professional faculty talent while meeting with the artists and performers up-close and personal,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, dean of fine and performing arts at the college. “Whether your taste is for dance, theatre, music, visual arts, traditional art or the contemporary, the breadth and depth of the activities here at the college may well surprise.”

April 6, 2010

College’s Nursing Program Receives Song-Brown Grant Award

The nursing program has been awarded more than $284,000 in grant funding through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Song-Brown Program — aid that the college needs to maintain its highly regarded nursing program and continue to train nursing students despite the state budget situation.

In all, more than $2.7 million was awarded to 15 registered nurse education programs across the state.

“We appreciate that the state recognizes the tremendous need to train more nurses even in the face of the current budget shortfalls,” said Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college. “This additional funding will enable COC to continue to address the statewide nursing shortage by training 10 additional nursing students each semester.”

The grant funding will also help pay for additional nursing faculty and staff to better serve the department’s growing list of students, while providing tools to help improve the program’s student retention rates. 

“Our goal is to have these students successfully complete the program and be employed by our local hospitals,” said Albert.

The Song-Brown program was established in 1973 to help increase the number of health professional training slots established in medical schools. The program provides financial support to family practice residency, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant and registered nurse education programs throughout the state.

Awards are funded by the California Health Data Planning Fund, which was established to receive and expend revenues in support of healthcare related programs. Funds are generated through annual fees collected from health facilities.

“Through the Song-Brown Program, California is able to build its nursing workforce by increasing the educational capacity of nursing programs within California,” said OSHPD director Dr. David Carlisle. “These grants help encourage a nursing workforce that will reflect California’s diversity and expand access to quality healthcare in medically underserved areas.”

April 5, 2010

College's Library Associates to Host Wine ‘SuperTasting’

This May, the College of the Canyons Library Associates will present its inaugural ‘SuperTasting’ Wine Dinner, providing guests with answers to many of their wine-related questions.

Guided by Dr. Skip Newhall, the ‘SuperTasting’ will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 13, on the patio at Salt Creek Grille, located at 24415 Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Notably different from traditional wine tastings, the event will feature selections from eight wineries, paired with a four-course meal specially selected by the chefs at Salt Creek Grille to complement the evening’s wine selection.

Throughout the evening guests will also learn the answers to some common wine questions including:

How does glass size affect your enjoyment of a good wine?
To help find out, a delightful 2005 Hewitt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be tasted side-by-side, first in a large crystal glass, and then in a typical wine glass. The results may surprise you.

Does country of origin make a difference? 
Two fine Sauvignon Blanc wines will be offered — the 2008 Kim Crawford from New Zealand and the 2007 Markham from Napa Valley.

What about vintage year? 
Guests will compare the 2007 and 2008 vintages of ZD Chardonnay, a brisk, well-balanced wine made from grapes from the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Central Coast regions.

How different are similar varieties? 
Find out when we compare two Napa red wines from Beaulieu Vineyards — the 2005 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Rutherford Merlot.

What’s for dessert?
Guests will not be able to resist this fabulous dessert wine — the 2007 Martin-Weyrich Moscato Allegro from California’s Central Coast region.

This event is also part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.