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January 25, 2010

Notice Regarding Solicitors
Officials have received reports from some local residents that solicitors, representing themselves as College of the Canyons students, have been going door-to-door in Santa Clarita Valley neighborhoods allegedly selling magazine subscriptions or ads for Los Angeles newspapers.  
The latest reports have come from the Saugus area.

College of the Canyons wants community members to know that it discourages its students from going door-to-door for any reason. Residents need to know that these activities are not related to a COC program and these people are not endorsed by the college in any way.
Activities very similar to these have occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley over the last several years — the latest occurring in September of 2009.

January 21, 2010

Theatre Department to Hold Spring Auditions Feb. 16 and 17

The Theatre Department will hold open auditions for students and community members interested in participating in the department’s theatrical productions of “Delightful Disorientation: An Evening Of David Ives” directed by department chair and producer Paul Wickline; William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Stephen Whelan; and featured selections from the college’s annual New Works Festival directed by David Stears. More than fifty roles are available for actors ages fifteen to sixty. 

Preliminary auditions for all productions will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17 with callback auditions on Thursday, February 18th. Auditions will take place in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, located on the Valencia campus. 

Participants should plan to attend only one of the audition times, with actors expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to complete paperwork and sign up for an audition time slot.  Actors may choose to audition for all productions or only the production they would prefer to participate in. Callback auditions for those selected will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Black Box Theatre and/or adjoining classrooms in Pico Canyon Hall.

Actors auditioning for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are asked to prepare a 60- to 90-second verse monologue or soliloquy from Shakespeare of no more than 14?20 lines. Actors auditioning for “Delightful Disorientation” are asked to audition with a comedic monologue of no more than 90 seconds. If actors have prepared a classical piece (for “Midsummer”) and a comedic piece (for “Delightful Disorientation”) they will be given three minutes to present their monologues. Actors auditioning for the “New Works Festival” may audition with any sixty to ninety second monologue. Actors are encouraged to prepare the monologue carefully; the time limit will be observed.

Actors are strongly urged to prepare an audition monologue; however, if students do not have a prepared monologue, a piece will be provided for the actor to read at the audition. Actors should not avoid auditioning if they don’t have a piece prepared.

“We are excited about this semester’s productions and hope to see a large crowd at the auditions,” said theatre department chair and producer, Paul Wickline. “Fabulous roles are available for many ages and types in all three productions.  And you can’t beat the material — Shakespeare, David Ives and new plays by half-a-dozen new playwrights. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Actors given roles in any of the productions are expected to enroll in the Theatre 190: Theatre Production classes in the spring semester.

January 20, 2010

College’s Advanced Technology Incubator Back in Business

With a mission to attract, launch, grow and graduate advanced-technology businesses into the local economy, while integrating education with entrepreneurship, the College of the Canyons I3 Advanced Technology Incubator has reopened with a new location in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

A component of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons, the I3 program ‘incubates’ technology-based start-up companies by offering access to a wide range of support services focused on each client’s long-term success.

Originally launched in early 2007, the program was put on hiatus in 2009 as a result of the state budget crisis and ongoing economic climate. However, by utilizing a transition grant from the state Chancellor’s office Economic and Workforce Development program and incorporating I3 into the larger SBDC, the program will now have the resources needed to grow and help boost the local economy.

“The reemergence of the I3 Advanced Technology Incubator at COC will provide local entrepreneurs with yet another innovative way to learn, compete and grow in the current economy,” said Steve Tannehill, director of the SBDC hosted by COC. “Allowing the resources of the SBDC and its 15 professional business advisors to be deployed on behalf of our I3 clients will reenergize the program and allow it to finally reach its potential.”

Specifically targeted at technology-minded entrepreneurs in the early stages of a business start-up, the incubator utilizes the knowledge and experience of SBDC business advisors who are available to provide I3 clients with a number of services including:

  Assistance drafting an effective business plan
  Ongoing workshops and seminars on a variety of new business subjects
  Access to entrepreneurial-related college curriculum
  Connections with student interns
  Introductions to potential business investors
  The use of University Center offices, meeting rooms and video-conferencing facilities

Additionally, client companies will receive support from an I3 mentor organization comprised of local subject-matter-expert business professionals that provide pro bono services designed to complement those offered by SBDC advisors.

“Housing I3 in the University Center as an SBDC program will provide local entrepreneurs with a range of unique benefits including the potential for new and innovative partnerships between entrepreneurs and educators and increased opportunities to cross-pollinate ideas and successful business strategies,” said Joe Klocko, Interim Director of the I3 Advanced Technology Incubator.

College officials also feel that housing I3 in the state of the art University Center will help the program attract businesses from key high-technology industries — including biotechnology, nanotechnology, digital manufacturing, aerospace, IT services and ‘green’ technologies — which the college hopes to attract to, or see their presence expanded in, the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 14, 2009

L.A. Chamber Orchestra Offers Free Concert at Performing Arts Center

This month, members of the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will take the stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons for a free community concert featuring a selection of classical music.

Regarded for its virtuosic music making and signature style, LACO was originally founded in 1968. Since then, the 40-member orchestra has acquired a reputation as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind in the world — prompting respected music critic Jim Svejda to hail LACO as “America’s finest chamber orchestra.”

As part of the PAC’s ongoing Stimulus Series concert lineup, LACO musicians Joshua Ranz, clarinet; Roland Kato, viola; and Gavin Martin, piano; will perform on the PAC main stage at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 26. 

“This will mark the third year in a row that LACO musicians have played the PAC,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “We are happy to continue this unique tradition by offering community members a chance to experience world class chamber music right here in their own backyard.”

Admission to the performance is free, with seating available on a first-come first-served basis.

Music selections for the evening will include: 

  Robert Schumann, “Fantasiestucke,” Op. 73 for Clarinet and Piano
  Max Christian Friedrich Bruch, selections from “8 Pieces,” Pp. 83 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
  Johannes Brahms, Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano

In signature LACO style, musicians will introduce the music from the stage, putting a personal stamp on the evening and inviting audience members into the experience.

For more information about the upcoming Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performance please contact the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304.