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MARCH


March 23, 2010

College Art Gallery Presents First Exhibition of Spring Season

The Art Gallery will begin the spring season with a exhibition of work by acclaimed Los Angeles artist Mark Lere.

Well known throughout California for his organic and minimalist style, Lere’s work has been commissioned by Twentieth Century Fox, Microsoft, Staples Center, the Warner Center and the cities of Los Angles, Pasadena, Irvine and Ventura.

His work has been exhibited locally at Margo Leavin Gallery, Pepperdine University,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, and internationally in exhibitions in Japan, France, Germany and Taiwan.

“I have admired Mr. Lere’s work for more than 30 years and am very pleased that he has agreed to showcase his great skill at College of the Canyons,” said Larry Hurst, COC art gallery director. “His work has the ability to appear at ease with its surroundings, while elevating them at the same time. It’s sophisticated, but also calming and accessible.” 

Featuring 20 new large-scale drawings and several floor-mounted sculptures, the exhibition ‘Mark Lere: New Drawings’ will begin Monday, March 29, and run through Thursday, April 22, 2010.

A special artist reception will be held in the COC Art Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 3, providing community members with a special opportunity to meet the artist. 

The exhibit 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.

For more information regarding the COC Art Gallery or the Mark Lere exhibition please visit www.canyons.edu/offices/ArtGallery/.


March 22, 2010

Theatre Productions Provide ‘New Works’ and ‘Delightful Disorientations’

Community members looking to have a laugh, or add a little ‘drama’ to their lives, need look no farther than the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) and College of the Canyons theatre department’s schedule of spring performances.

Kicking off the spring season will be the production “Delightful Disorientation: The World According to David Ives,” which features a handpicked selection of contemporary playwright David Ives’ best one-act plays.

Included in the production are “The Philadelphia” in which a man must ask for the opposite of what he wants while dining in a restaurant; “Words, Words, Words,” the story of three chimpanzees attempting to write Shakespeare; and “Time Flies,” the tale of two mayflies burdened by the knowledge of their own mortality.

Known for possessing a combination of wit, intellect and an absurd sense of fun, Ives’ characterizations, comedic timing and verbal hijinks are sure to leave the audience in a state of hilarity.

“We have a terrific company of actors from our theatre program involved in this production. I am continually impressed by the creative energy and commitment they bring to our productions,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair. “We look forward to sharing these short, masterful Ives’ comedies with audiences.” 

 “Delightful Disorientation: The World According to David Ives” will run nightly at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, through Saturday, April 17, with a special 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, April 18. 

All performances will be held in the PAC Black Box theatre. General admission is $10 or $5 for COC students and seniors. This production contains adult language and mature subject matter.

Later in the month, the College of the Canyons New Works Festival (NWF) returns to the stage for its 10th year.

A collaboration between the COC English and theater departments, each year the New Works Festival provides aspiring playwrights the opportunity to develop their works through a series of readings, discussions, revisions — and eventually rehearsals and performances.

Each playwright actively participates in the process, collaborating throughout the spring semester with COC instructors, student actors, fellow writers and industry professionals to see their work on stage.

“Each year the New Works Festival provides a unique opportunity for unheralded playwrights to develop their work and expand their talents," said David Stears, NWF director.  “We invite the community to experience the passion and creativity of these writers firsthand, as we celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary.”

The 2010 New Works Festival will run nightly at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, through Saturday, May 1, with a special 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, May 2.

NWF productions may contain adult language and mature subject matter. Admission is free, with seating on a first come, first served basis. All performances will be held in the PAC Black Box theatre. 

The College of the Canyons theatre department’s lineup of spring productions will serve as part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

To purchase tickets to “Delightful Disorientation: The World According to David Ives” please call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonsPAC.com.

For more information about the College of the Canyons New Works Festival please visit www.canyons.edu/departments/theatre/newworksfestival/.


March 16, 2010

College to Host ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ on April 7

College of the Canyons is inviting the Santa Clarita Valley’s non-profit organizations, and their staffs, to participate in the sixth annual ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ fundraising seminar and panel discussion.

The event will offer a rare opportunity for representatives of local non-profit organizations and educational institutions to meet with, and learn from, experienced foundation professionals. 

During the panel presentation, guest speakers will discuss their foundation’s current institutional priorities and funding trends, in an effort to help attendees maximize their ability to successfully secure grants and other forms of aid — despite the current economic climate.

A major topic of discussion at this year’s event will be the benefit of organizational partnerships and collaborative grant applications, in order to vie for what is increasingly becoming a highly competitive revenue pool.

In addition, a special ‘meet-and-greet’ portion of the program will provide attendees with the opportunity to network with other non-profit organizations to create partnerships and explore the possibility of future collaboration projects. Representatives from more than 30 local non-profit organizations are expected to be in attendance.

‘Meet the Grant Makers’ will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2010, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, room 258, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

Panel guests will include:

Cathy Choi, Director of Programs 
The Eisner Foundation
Foundation priorities: access and opportunity for the children and the aging of Los Angeles County.

Wendy Garen, President and CEO 
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Foundation priorities: social impact, including civic and cultural programs, health and higher education.

“This event provides an opportunity for local non-profits to learn about private grant relationships from the best sources, the foundation representatives themselves,” said Elana Edelstein, a grant writer at the college. “Attendees will gain valuable information on the types of projects that funders find most compelling, and learn the best ways to build a relationship with a foundation.”

Admission to the event and parking in the University Center lot are free. A pre-presentation reception will begin at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP before Friday, April 2.

The ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ event is being held in conjunction with the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

For more information about ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ please call (661) 362-3644 or email theresa.zuzevich@canyons.edu or elana.edelstein@canyons.edu. To RSVP for this event please visit www.canyons.edu/GrantMakers.


March 10, 2010

College Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

For the fourth time in as many years, College of the Canyons has been honored for its dedication to providing access to service-learning educational opportunities with inclusion on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, inclusion on the annual Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

As one of only 16 higher education institutions in the state — and the only California community college — to earn ‘distinction’ honors, College of the Canyons has been recognized alongside the nation’s top tier of honored institutions.

College of the Canyons has been included on the Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006 — having previously earned ‘distinction’ honors in 2007.

“College of the Canyons strives to be a resource for as many people as possible and service-learning is an outstanding way for us to extend our reach into the community,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook.  “We appreciate the ongoing recognition of our success in this arena and we look forward to creating even more opportunities for our students to collaborate with our local non-profit and service organizations.”

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to teach civic responsibility, strengthen communities and enrich the learning experience. 

With the belief that students can make valuable contributions to the world while gaining educational experience, COC strives to increase community involvement, strengthen student leadership skills and build meaningful community relationships by carrying out various service-learning projects.

“It’s because of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, and community-based non-profit partners that College of the Canyons has received this honor,” said Jennifer Hauss, director of service-learning at the college. “I applaud them all for the important work they’re doing to strengthen our communities, and in turn our nation.”

Last semester service-learning projects at COC included the participation of roughly 40 faculty members from across the college’s various disciplines, 85 non-profit community-based organizations and more than 350 students. 

Projects included a collaboration with the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services Tutoring and Mentoring Project, in which COC students established a mentor relationship with children in foster care ranging in age from seven to 17. 

Another successful service-learning collaboration is the annual drive-thru flu clinic — joint sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the city of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons and the L.A. County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments — in which COC nursing and EMT students gained valuable experience working with patients and dispensing flu vaccinations.

“Congratulations to College of the Canyons and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. 


March 10, 2010

Culinary Institute: ‘Beer vs. Wine, What’s Your Contention?’

This month, the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education (I-CuE) invites community members to fill their glasses and raise their cups in search of an answer to the age-old question — beer or wine?

Finally, you will be available to cast your vote in favor of the beverage of your choice over six flavor-filled rounds of wine/beer tasting and pairing competition, as the college’s culinary arts students prepare a menu of exotic cuisines designed to accentuate each selection.

Which will emerge the victor? That’s for your taste buds to decide!

The event ‘Beer vs. Wine: A Culinary Contention’ will take place from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 28, at the College of the Canyons I-CuE, located at 23400 Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The event features unique pairing tips and industry insights and advice from master sommelier and COC wine studies instructor Elizabeth Schweitzer. With a collection of some of the region’s top micro- and home-brewing experts also in attendance, the evening is sure to provide guests with a fun and educationally-inspired fine-dining experience.

As each round of food/beverage parings is introduced, guests will be presented with a background of the dish and drink, including its history and region of origin, before being ask to taste, drink and vote on which pairing they preferred.

“Wine dinners are fun, but everyone has been there, done that. This event will be a unique dining experience unlike any other in Santa Clarita,” said Cindy Schwanke, COC culinary arts instructor. “Plus, it gives us an opportunity to showcase to the community the talents of our future chefs.”

After the pairing presentation, guests will be able to purchase glasses of beer and wine while mingling with the event’s resident sommelier and roster of chefs, beer brewers and pairing experts.

“Where else are you going to be able to have access to so many wine, beer and food aficionados all in one room,” added Schwanke.

Tickets to ‘Beer vs. Wine: A Culinary Contention’ are $55 per person or $100 per couple and can be purchased from the College of the Canyons Foundation. All of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts department.

This event will serve as part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

For more information about the event ‘Beer vs. Wine: A Culinary Contention’ or to purchase tickets please contact the COC Foundation at (661) 362-3434.

To purchase tickets online visit www.canyons.edu/Offices/Foundation/Donate.html and complete the ‘donate now’ form. Under the ‘donation information’ section please choose OTHER and type in ‘Beer vs. Wine.’


March 5, 2010

PAC Selected to Participate in Kennedy Center ‘Partners in Education’ Institute

Just two years after unveiling its K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons and its local educational partners — the Newhall, Saugus Union and Sulphur Springs School Districts —have been invited by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to participate in the prestigious Partners In Education Institute, May 5-8, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation develop and/or expand educational partnerships with local school systems in order to establish arts-based professional development programs for teachers.

The program is based on the belief that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort to increase the artistic literacy of young people.
“As one of only 14 national teams to have been selected, this is a great honor for College of the Canyons, our program partners and the city of Santa Clarita,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “What’s most exciting is that while our team will consist of four members, what we will bring back will serve all five local school districts and the entire Santa Clarita Valley.” 

During the Institute, partnership teams, consisting of a member of an arts organization and a senior level administrator of a neighboring school district, will be presented with a model and planning strategies on how to launch an arts-orientated professional development program. 

“The Kennedy Center is proud to provide a platform to help schools and arts organizations to better serve their communities,” said Darrell M. Ayers, vice president of education at the Kennedy Center. “Arts integration workshops for teachers help provide a more complete education for students. We are always impressed with the exchange of ideas at the Partners in Education Institute.”

After attending the Institute, a follow-up consultation and annual meetings to assist teams in their continued program development are provided. Each team will also be invited to attend the annual Partners In Education program conference in Washington D.C.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to further our own knowledge and expertise by working with the Kennedy Center’s panel of arts professionals,” said Joan Lucid, Saugus Union School District assistant superintendent of instruction and curriculum. “What we learn during the Institute will allow us to build on our passion and expand the vision for arts education in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

The PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program seeks to use the college’s vast cultural and community resources to expose students to the visual and performing arts, while also collaborating with teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the area to develop an enhanced arts education curriculum, and a variety of unique educational opportunities for all students.

“Through this collaboration we will touch thousands of children across the valley for years to come,” said Kathy Harris, Sulphur Springs School District assistant superintendent of instruction and curriculum. “Who knows how many future artists, dancers, musicians and performers we might help inspire along the way.”

For more information about the PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to get involved please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.


March 03, 2010  
     
College Hosts Seventh Annual Children’s Play Day

In honor of the Week of the Young Child, College of the Canyons and the Southern California Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (SCVAEYC) will host the seventh annual ‘Play Day,’ offering free, developmentally appropriate, activities for children in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

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 brings to attention to the needs of young children and their families, while highlighting the early childhood education programs and services available to meet those needs.

“The Play Day provides quality play experiences for children while bringing our community together,” said Wendy Ruiz, director of Infant/Toddler programs at the college’s Center for Early Childhood Education and chair of the Santa Clarita SCVAEYC.

Presented by the SCVAEYC and co-sponsored by College of the Canyons, ‘Play Day’ will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the college’s Honor Grove, located on the Valencia campus.

‘Play Day’ will serve as part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration. In fact, the now annual Play Day event was first held in conjunction with the college’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 1989-90.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time with their children while discovering, and learning about, the many valuable resources this community has to offer,” said Ruiz.

Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and participate in the day’s lineup of activities including arts and crafts, music, storytelling, obstacle courses and math and science activities. Free water bottles will also be available throughout the day. 

For more information about ‘Play Day’ at College of the Canyons please contact Wendy Ruiz at (661) 362-3510 or visit www.canyons.edu.


March 3, 2010

Wakefield Receives Top Nod, a First for Women’s Basketball Program

College of the Canyons women’s basketball player Ashley Wakefield was named California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association (CCCWBCA) Co-Player of the Year for her efforts during the 2009-2010 season. Wakefield is the first COC women’s basketball player ever to receive the state’s top honor. She shares the honor with Fresno City College’s Sumiya Darden.

“It is a tremendous honor for Ashley to receive this recognition from the California Community College Women's Coaches Association,” said College of the Canyons head coach Greg Herrick. “She is certainly deserving of the award, and we are very proud of her accomplishments as a player, her contributions to the program and her commitment to her teammates.”

Wakefield averaged 18.6 ppg, 12.9 rpg and 2.7 spg during the 2009-2010 campaign. The Washington Prep of Los Angeles alum also recorded her first collegiate triple-double with 15 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists against Bakersfield College on Jan. 13, while collecting 22 double-doubles in the Cougars’ 27-game season. 

The honor comes on the heels of her 2010 Western State Conference, South Division, Most Valuable Player award and her all-conference awards in 2009 and 2010. 

She will receive her award at the CCCWBCA Banquet of Champions on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel in Westlake Village, Calif. 

“Historically, our program has been fortunate to produce some of the finest community college players in the state, but none have ever been recognized as the state's very best,” Herrick said. “We are pleased to have been a part of Ashley's development, and we wish her the very best as she embarks on a new career at the next level.”

College of the Canyons finished the 2009-2010 season with a 22-5 record and 12-0 conference mark on the way to its 12th conference title. 

For more information, please visit www.COCAthletics.com. For instant Cougar Athletics information, please follow the COC Athletics official Twitter feed at www.Twitter.com/COCAthletics.


March 3, 2010

Women’s Basketball Pulls Down Multiple Conference Awards

College of the Canyons women’s basketball team collected four all-conference awards following the Cougar’s perfect 12-0 conference season as well as a sweep of the conference’s top two honors in Coach of the Year for Greg Herrick and Most Valuable Player for sophomore guard Ashley Wakefield.

“Ashley’s unanimous selection mirrored what we thought from day one: that Ashley Wakefield was, without question, the best player in the conference,” said College of the Canyons head women’s basketball coach Greg Herrick. “She was dominant and teams were changing their defense to deal, specifically, with her. That is probably the ultimate compliment to a player and I'm sure glad that she was on our team and we didn't have to prepare for her.” 

Wakefield, a Washington Prep High School alum, led the conference in scoring with 18.7 ppg, field goal percentage (58 percent), rebounds (12.9 rpg), and fourth in steals (2.7 spg). This season, the sophomore tallied a triple-double in the game against Bakersfield (1/14) when she tallied 15 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. She notched a total of 22 double-doubles in the Cougars’ 27-game schedule. 

Wakefield is the sixth Cougar to be named the conference MVP. She follows a group of talented players from College of the Canyons that also received the same honor – Rebekah Cunnan in 1994, Kyetra Brown in 1995, La Cresha Clark in 1997, Zevette Mitchell in 1998, Sha’Tasha Allen in 2000, and Leslie Ortiz in 2006 and 2007. 

Herrick, in his 18th season, coached the Cougars to their 12th conference title and their eighth perfect conference season. This is the eighth time that Herrick has received the Coach of the Year honors. 

Other Cougars who were named to the all-conference team include: 

Sophomore Guard Samantha Cross (10.1 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 rpg) 
Sophomore Forward Joslynn Frazier (14.8 ppg, 11.6 rpg)
Sophomore Guard Ashley Wakefield (18.7 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.7 spg)
Freshman Guard Kelli Lewis (12.2 ppg, 5.0 apg) Led conference in assists.

For more information, please visit www.COCAthletics.com. For instant Cougar athletics information, please follow the COC athletics official Twitter feed at www.Twitter.com/COCAthletics.


March 2, 2010

College Introduces New Honors Program

This spring, College of the Canyons introduced a revamped honors program dedicated to providing enhanced educational opportunities and curriculum options for the college’s most academically motivated students.

The College of the Canyons Honors Program offers an enriched curriculum to students with a strong academic record in order to help increase their chances for successful transfer to competitive four-year institutions.

Through interactive learning, special projects and community activities, the program provides extended opportunities for critical thinking, extensive writing and in-depth learning in a variety of transferable general education courses each semester.

College officials also feel that the COC Honors Program curriculum will allow for more innovative class experiences, the future exploration of on-campus learning communities formed by students and the increased presence of various types of extra-curricular and community service activities that can be organized by honors students and experienced by all.

Previously, the college offered its highest achieving students the opportunity to participate in the High Intensity Transfer Enrichment (HITE) student club, which was based on the completion of ‘honors projects’ or ‘contracts’ as opposed to actual honors courses.

However, by establishing a true Honors Program and offering students honors level curriculum, the college has begun to align itself with the majority of other California community colleges and four-year universities which focus on the presence of honors courses on student transcripts.

All COC honors courses have been approved by the state Chancellor’s office curriculum committee, and will be identified by full title and denoted ‘honors’ on the student’s transcript.

In addition, students interested in transferring to UCLA through the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) can receive priority admission consideration to UCLA’s College of Letters and Science by graduating from the COC Honors Program. 

Involvement with the COC Honors Program also provides students with additional advantages at other four-year universities.

“As college entrance requirements become more stringent, and admission numbers dwindle, it’s imperative for potential transfer students to maximize their chances of acceptance,” said Dr. Patty Robinson, dean of the college’s Social Science and Business Division. “Fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the COC Honors Program will demonstrate a student’s academic motivation and dedication to potential colleges.”

To be eligible for admission into the COC Honors Program students must submit a formal application to the program and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  Completion of a minimum of 12 UC/CSU transferable units with a 3.25 GPA or higher (Students with less than 12 units transferable units or who are entering the program directly out of high school must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher).
  Be eligible to enroll in English 101 or have completed English 101, English 101H or equivalent college course with at least a ‘B’.
  Completion of a personal statement indicating what the student hopes to gain from the Honors Program and what they believe they can contribute to it.

For more information about the COC Honors Program or to view a complete listing of available honors courses please visit www.canyons.edu/Offices/Honors/ or email Patty Robinson at honors@canyons.edu.


March 1, 2010

Scholarly Presentation Explores California Laws Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage

Nearly two years have passed since the California Supreme Court first ruled on the legality of same sex marriages. 

Since then, everyone has heard the media reports and arguments both for and against same sex marriage play out in the streets and at the ballot box.

But do YOU really have a clear understanding of how the law views this hot-button issue?

Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter, how much do YOU really know about the history of marriage in California? Or how that history helped shape the Court’s decision about same sex marriage?

Do YOU ever wonder what impact that decision, the subsequent passage of Proposition 8 and the string of legal challenges that have followed will mean for the future of Californians — both gay and straight?

Have YOU been looking for an academic discussion of the issue, without the controversial overtones and unbalanced viewpoints typically associated with such an event?

Providing a balanced overview and academic discussion about same sex marriage in California — from the state’s history regarding marriage to the current legal battle raging in the courts —the College of the Canyons scholarly presentation “Til Death Do Us Part: A Legal Perspective of Same Sex Marriage in the Golden State” will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday April 21, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at COC.

Based on study and in-depth examination of the California Supreme Court’s decision and dissenting opinions about the case In Re Marriages, as well as historical research on the evolutional of marriage in the state, the scholarly presentation by College of the Canyons Paralegal Studies department chair Nicole Lucy and Los Angeles attorney Gary Collis will also address the legal future of this issue.

“Same sex marriage can be a very personal and emotional issue for many people,” said Lucy. “However, this presentation isn’t going to be a debate about the pros and cons of same sex marriage or which side is better. 

“Instead, this will be an examination of how and why the law does what it does, and more importantly, what that means for us as a society,” added Lucy.

During the presentation, Lucy and Collis will provide audience members with a background about marriage in California, including the state’s amendment of the definition of marriage in 1977, the passage of Proposition 22 in 2000 to amend language in the state’s Family Code regarding marriage and the history and evolution of domestic partnerships for same sex couples.

The presentation will also discuss the series of legal challenges that have questioned the constitutionality of limiting marriage to only opposite sex couples — with the bulk of the discussion focusing on the 2008 California Supreme Court case In Re Marriages.

Finally, the presentation will address the California voters’ passage of Proposition 8 in 2008, the subsequent string of court cases that have challenged that initiative and what the legal future may hold for same sex marriage in the state.

“The process of coming to a decision in a court of law is much different than what people do at the dinner table,” Collis said. “Attending this presentation will help people understand what the Court considers before handing down a decision — especially in a case as important to our society as this one has been, and continues to be.” 

Lucy came to College of the Canyons in 2007 as the first full-time faculty member and chair of the college’s Paralegal Studies department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University.

Before arriving at College of the Canyons Lucy worked as a civil litigator for 10 years and was admitted to practice in both California and United States trial courts. Her practice area included complex environmental litigation, personal injury and premises liability and class action professional liability.  

Collis holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University, and has litigated a variety of cases in both California and federal trial and appellate courts.

Since 2006, Collis has worked as Senior Counsel at Gordon & Rees, LLP, in downtown Los Angeles. His practice area currently focuses on franchise litigation and business disputes. 

The scholarly presentation “Til Death Do Us Part: A Legal Perspective of Same Sex Marriage in the Golden State” is being presented by the College of the Canyons Foundation. 

Admission to the scholarly presentation is free, however seating may be limited and guests are encouraged to RSVP. A pre-presentation reception sponsored by the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will be held in the PAC lobby beginning at 6 p.m. 

For more information about the College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation “Til Death Do Us Part: A Legal Perspective of Same Sex Marriage in the Golden State” or to RSVP please contact the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3737.  


March 1, 2010

College’s Junior High Summer Institute Back for Third Season

The ultra-popular Junior High Summer Institute (JSI) at College of the Canyons will return for its third season July 5-30, providing a fun, and educationally stimulating, atmosphere where students can learn, play and grow.

Available to incoming seventh- and eighth-graders, JSI allows students the option of enrolling in week-long curriculum tracks — taught primarily by College of the Canyons instructors or field experts — in a variety of areas including musical theatre, welding, robotics, animation, video gaming, nursing and engineering.

“We created the Summer Institute with two things in mind, to expose young minds to possibilities that may encourage a career path and to provide an alternative to the traditional day-care style summer camp,” said Gina Bogna, director of community education and job development at College of the Canyons. “Hopefully this summer we can provide even more fun and inspiration for our local students.”

JSI will run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from July 5, 2010 through July 30, 2009 and will consist of four, one-week sessions. 

JSI registration is now open. Parents may register their student online or download a registration form online. At a cost of just $125 per child, per week, parents have the option of enrolling their student in a different track for each of the four weeks.

For working parents, an early drop-off option will allow students to arrive at camp beginning at 8 a.m. 

This summer, JSI will again be offering a limited number of need-based camp scholarships. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in one of the Santa Clarita Valley school districts. 

JSI scholarship applications are available both online and in the College of the Canyons Community Education Office, located in Village-110 on the Valencia campus.

All scholarship materials and paperwork must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 14, 2010. Walk-in applications will be accepted in the Community Education Office until 2 p.m., Thursday, May 13.

For more information about the Junior High Summer Institute at COC, to register or to learn more about the JSI scholarship program please contact the college’s Community Education Office at (661) 362-3304 or visit www.canyons.edu/juniorhigh​.

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