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May 27, 2010

More Than 1,100 to Graduate During June 4 Commencement Ceremony

The College of the Canyons class of 2010 will celebrate its 40th Anniversary commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 4, in the college’s Honor Grove, located on the Valencia campus. Guests should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.

The scene of many graduations and other college ceremonies and events, the college’s Honor Grove is located in the center of the campus and will be outfitted with a stage for the presentation of diplomas and certificates, as well as seating for the graduates and the proud families and friends who will be in attendance. 

Though 2009-10 is the college’s 40th Anniversary — the college’s first year of operation was the 1969-70 year — this is actually the college’s 41st commencement. 

The college held a commencement during its first year, graduating 16 students, on June 26, 1970, in the Hart High School cafeteria. Those students had transferred from other institutions when College of the Canyons opened, and they had enough units to be able to graduate at the end of the college’s inaugural year. 

As a way to acknowledge and honor the college’s 40th Anniversary, this year’s ceremony will begin with a special processional of 41 alumni, including a member of each of the college’s previous graduating classes. While the college’s current graduates will wear blue robes, the alumni representatives will wear gold. Many of these alumni members are previous board members, faculty, administrators and staff of the college. 
While there were just 16 graduates in 1970, the class of 2010 has 1,107 graduates, representing 46 majors. The leading major is transfer studies, with nursing having the second highest number of graduates.

The class of 2010 is 36.4 percent male and 63.6 percent female. However, the number of males (403) has increased by four percent this year and the number of females (704) has decreased by ? percent, a trend seen across the country during the current recession. In 1970, the graduates were evenly divided by gender. 

In the class of 2010, the oldest student is 61-years-old, and there are three students in that age group. There are six students in the 17-year-old age group, representing the youngest of the graduates. 

Notably, this year there are 572 ethnic minority students, as well as 25 international students, studying here from nine countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines and South Korea. Fourteen veterans are also included in this graduating class. 

Academically, there are 191 students graduating with honors — which requires a 3.5 GPA or higher — and 14 students with perfect 4.0 GPAs, which grants them the status of valedictorians at the college. The average GPA of the class of 2010 is 3.03, unchanged from last year.  

In addition to honoring the graduates, the college will recognize six retiring long-time administrators: Dean of Allied Health Sue Albert, Assistant Director of Campus Safety Ed Arambula, Dean of Special Programs Beth Asmus, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and External Relations Sue Bozman, Director of Contracts and Procurement Shari Bricker and Director of the International Student Program Bruce Pelkey. 

May 25, 2010

Student Orchestras Present ‘End of Season Spectacular’

Featuring more than 100 student musicians performing the likes of Mozart, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Schubert, this week the College of the Canyons Student Orchestras will present their End of Season Spectacular spring concert in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at COC.

The College of the Canyons Student Orchestras consists of the college’s three main student instrumental performing groups: Prelude Strings, the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra and the Symphony of the Canyons.

During the roughly 90-minute concert, each group will perform a series of musical selections designed to showcase the students’ talent and musical prowess, while entertaining audiences of all ages.

The evening will also serve as an opportunity to honor the orchestra’s five graduating seniors and congratulate them on their musical and academic accomplishments.

“This concert will provide audiences with a chance to see and hear what can happen when young people dedicate time to an instrument,” said Julissa Bozman, student orchestra associate conductor. “Performances like this are the students’ way of contributing to the Santa Clarita Valley’s unique culture of fine and performing arts, and I am proud to be a part of that.”

The College of the Canyons Student Orchestras’ End of Season Spectacular spring concert will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 28, on the PAC main stage. General admission is $10 or $5 for COC students and seniors.

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

May 20, 2010

College Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Employees at College of the Canyons were recognized for their contributions to the college at the 40th Anniversary Celebration classified awards luncheon held Thursday, May 20, 2010. The luncheon was held with the “twist” that board members, administrators and managers served college “classified” employees a catered meal, this year with an Olympics theme.

Classified employees hold support positions at the college. They are most often the behind-the-scenes people who are responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the college.

This is the fourteenth year that awards have been presented to individuals in several categories.  Six awards were presented.

The Employee of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the college through service to the campus. The College of the Canyons Employee of the Year was awarded to John Makevich who is an instructional design coordinator for the college’s distance learning (online) program. Makevich was recognized for the wide range of responsibilities he has on campus, and also for the professional manner in which carries them out. Besides bringing expertise, enthusiasm and excellence to online programs, he has spearheaded several initiatives such as the Open Educational Resources program that provides lower cost textbooks and instructional materials to students; he helped organize the Reentry Mentor Program and has taken leadership of the developing “idea incubator” project.  He has led the Classified Senate and participated in the college’s Associate Program — a program that helps instructors how to teach better. Besides that, Makevich sits on numerous campus committees. His supervisors also recognize him for his patience and positive attitude.  The award consists of a decorative plaque and $300 cash.

The Humanitarian Award went to Fashia Skjelstad. This award acknowledges an indispensable contribution to the college and cites community involvement and dedication. Skjelstad, who works as a scholarship specialist in the Financial Aid office, was recognized for her efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society by organizing the College of the Canyons team in Relay For Life activities that raise funds for, and awareness of, cancer issues. The award consists of a decorative plaque and a $100 cash award.

The New Visions Award recognizes an employee who brings new insight to the job, which improves the college. A positive attitude and providing an inspiration to other employees are key elements in selecting the award winner. The 2010 New Visions Award winner is Wendy Trujillo. Trujillo is an administrative assistant in the college’s communications, marketing and external relations office. She was recognized for her role in helping to create official MySpace and FaceBook pages for the college, and she also became a key on-camera presence in a series of videos highlighting the college’s 40th anniversary while, at the same time, using FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter to communicate important college information to students. Her award consists of a plaque and a $100 cash award.

A decorative plaque and a $100 cash award went to Seher Awan, this year’s winner of the Professional Achievement Award. Awan is a student service specialist who works in the EOPS/CARE and CalWORKS office. She was recognized for her many activities on campus that include her office responsibilities, being president of the Classified Senate, president of the Recycling Club, and participating in the college’s mentorship program. Awan also is co-chair of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s “MACS’s Project” and has found time to complete her MBA at CSUN where she is graduating this spring.

The Gloria Jackson Service Award was named after a beloved member of the College of the Canyons communication’s department staff who died in November of 2006. Jackson had worked for 25 years at the college’s switchboard and mailroom and was noted for her depth and breadth of information, her encyclopedic memory for numbers, her outstanding customer service and her endearing laugh. The award consists of a decorative plaque and a $100 cash award. This year’s winner of the Gloria Jackson Service Award is Leila Yahata, a payroll technician at the college. Yahata’s supervisor says she “has a smile and warm greeting for each employee that comes into the office. Even when extremely busy, Leila will stop and make the employee feel that their question or concern is her top priority of the day. No matter what hectic things were surrounding Gloria Jackson, she always had a smile and focused her attention to the person in front of her; Leila Yahata has the same talent for making others feel at ease and appreciated as employees of College of the Canyons.”

Each year the California School Employee Association (CSEA) presents its Member of the Year Award at this luncheon. This year’s winner is Mike Burke who works in the college’s facilities department and currently serves as the CSEA chapter’s vice-president. He was recognized for his dedication to the union and the great attitude with which he approaches everything he does. He received a plaque and a $100 cash award.

The awards were presented by members of the college district’s executive administration and members of the college’s Board of Trustees.

May 19, 2010

Theatre Department to Kick-Start Summer in Shakespearean Style

Featuring romance, comedy, swordplay, magic and a level of love-inspired language that only Shakespeare could convey, this week the College of the Canyons theatre department will open its production of “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” will presents an intoxicating blend of mortals, mechanicals and faeries — all thrown together in one place at one time.

With 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.

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

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.

May 19, 2010

Canyon Country Campus Star Party Celebrates Saturn

Community members are invited to come explore the night sky in search of Saturn, and other galaxies far far away, during the second College of the Canyons Star Party, being held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 21, at the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater, located on the college’s Canyon Country campus.

During the event, college faculty members and amateur astronomers will be on hand to inform audiences about Saturn, while audiences investigate the sky through telescopes positioned to provide an out-of-this-world view of the sixth planet from the 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. 

The Star Party is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

A short orientation lecture about the planet Saturn presented by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science system engineer Dr. Kevin Grazier will begin the evening.

Grazier joined NASA’s JPL in 1995, and has worked as science system engineer on the Cassini Equinox Mission’s study of Saturn, and also served as investigation scientist for the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem.

Grazier is also very active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public, teaching classes in planetary science, astronomy, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life and the science of science fiction at UCLA and Santa Monica College and working in the entertainment industry as a scientific advisor. Grazier has also served as a contributing author and editor for several science-related books.  

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

The success of the 2009 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 previously worked for many years at the JPL.  

Dr. Manvi died suddenly in February 2010. In honor of his memory, a portion of the concession sales from this year’s Star Party will be donated to the Dr. Ram Manvi Memorial Scholarship.

May 18, 2010

College Employee Recognition Event


Time: 11:30 – 1 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2010

Place: College of the Canyons, East Physical Education Building

Event: A recognition and awards luncheon will be held at College of the Canyons on the above date and time to recognize the efforts of the “classified” staff of the college during the past year. This is the fourteenth year that COC has provided these awards to employees. Classified staff members are employees of the college in support positions not requiring academic qualifications. They are most often the “behind-the-scenes” people who are responsible for the day-to-day tasks that make the college “run.”

The luncheon is sponsored and served by college administrators and managers. 

Five awards will be presented during the luncheon this year:

• Employee of the Year: Plaque and $300 cash
• Humanitarian Award: Plaque and $100 cash
• New Vision Award: Plaque and $100 cash
• Professional Achievement Award: Plaque and $100 cash
• Gloria Jackson Service Award: Plaque and $100 cash
• California School Employees Association (CSEA) Member of the Year Award

Funding for the cash awards is provided by the College of the Canyons Foundation.

May 11, 2010

College Presentation to Showcase ‘The Power of the Sound’

The physics, music and media entertainment arts (MEA) departments will host the presentation “The Power of the Sound,” designed to help audiences better understand the perception, physics, and power of sound in our daily lives.

Featuring a number of interactive sound demonstrations paired with video and audio clips, the presentation will introduce audiences to both traditional and contemporary sound-related topics and phenomena —while appealing to students and community interested in physics, engineering, physiology, music and art.

Hosted by COC physics instructor Antonio Nassar, in collaboration with COC music instructor Bernardo Feldman and MEA department chair Jon Amador, the presentation will show how sound is everywhere in our lives by addressing topics including:

• Cosmic sound
• Sonar
• Medical ultrasound
• The Doppler effect
• Sonic booms
• Acoustic laser
• Fractal musical scale
• Second sound
• And much much more!

“The Power of the Sound” presentation will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 14, in Aliso Hall room 114, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

This event is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration. Admission is free, however seating may be limited. 

May 10, 2010

Performing Arts Center Announces 2010-11 Season Lineup

The full 2010-11 PAC season organized by series, with accompanying artist information, is included below. In addition, the PAC will host a number of College of the Canyons theatre department and community theatre productions throughout the 2010-11 season.

Series subscription sales will begin 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10, while individual tickets for Michael Bolton and all other performances will go on sale 9 a.m., Saturday, July 17. 

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the PAC box office.

Chancellor’s Choice

• Michael Bolton, 7 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2010 — From Shanghai to Singapore and now Santa Clarita, this stop on Bolton’s “One World One Love” 2010 Tour will be a performance sure to be talked about for years to come.

• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 8 p.m., Saturday, November 20, 2010 —With irresistible live shows and a singular swingin’ sound, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy quickly established itself as the standout group that launched the ‘90s swing revival. This high-energy concert is sure to rock the PAC, and make instant fans of anyone who attends.

• War, 8 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2011 — Even after four decades of performances and nearly 10 dozen albums, War’s critically acclaimed sounds are as fresh and as timely as ever. With hit singles including “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” the group has deeply impacted its fans and other musicians alike —using “War” to truly bring people together, regardless of race, generation or genre.

• Vicki Lawrence, 8 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011 — Vicki Lawrence, the hysterical star of the beloved TV Show “Mama’s Family” brings her equally funny stage show “Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show” to the PAC. With a decades long career that began as reoccurring character on the legendary Carol Burnett Show, Vicki Lawrence is also a veteran of the stage and screen having appeared in numerous theatrical productions in addition to starring as the host of her own daytime talk show, “Vicki.” A tremendous philanthropist and talented actress, Lawrence approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding audiences “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!”  

In Motion

• Pilobolus, 7 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010 — Renowned around the world for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus will celebrate its 40th year during the 2010-11 season. The company’s works are not drawn from traditional dance movement, but instead are invented, often emerging from intense periods of improvisation and creative play. Since its inception the company has continued to expand and refine its unusual collaborative methods to produce a body of more than 100 choreographic works.

• Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2011 — Just in time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo comes the 25th anniversary tour of Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz. Founded in 1985, this international dance troupe has crisscrossed the globe performing for audiences of all ages, having earned standing ovations from Cuba to Malaysia, with their visual fiesta of culture, live music and traditional folkloric dance.

Great Performers

• Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano - Festival Navidad, 8 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010 — One of the most popular mariachi ensembles in the United States, Mariachi Los Camperos is renowned for its innovative shows and distinction as a Grammy Award-winning concert ensemble which has thrilled audiences for nearly 50 years.

• Peking Acrobats — 7 p.m., Sunday, January 23, 2011 — Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs...treacherous wire walking...a trick cycling kaleidoscope of magnificent movement...powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics...amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control...incredible balancing feats showcasing tremendous skill and ability...extraordinary exhibits of agility and grace...high-tech special effects and all the excitement, pageantry and atmosphere of a Chinese carnival! This is just a part of the magnificent show offered by the Peking Acrobats.

• One Night of Queen, 8 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011 — One Night Of Queen has rocked sold out audiences all over the world including UK, Germany, Holland, France, New Zealand — and now Santa Clarita. Fresh from their second tour of the USA, singer Gary Mullen and “The Works” return with a stunning live concert including all of Queen’s greatest hits including “We Are The Champions,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” set together with fantastic staging, sound and lights. This show will rock you!

Cabaret on Stage

• Sam Harris, 8 p.m., Friday, September 24, 2010 — With a career than has spanned more than two decades and run the gamut from singing, songwriting, and involvement with performances on stage and screen as an actor, producer and director, Sam Harris has epitomized the true Hollywood story — having risen to fame after being discovered on “Star Search.” His phenomenal success has included a successful recording career, concert tours, creating and writing a sitcom for TBS and roles in several notable Broadway productions. Now, Sam Harris brings his triumphant live show to the Cabaret on Stage setting in a treat not to be missed! Light fare will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m.

• David Burnham, 8 p.m., Sunday, February 13, 2011 — Spend a romantic evening with two of Broadway’s finest starts: David Burnham and his special guest Karen Fineman Roberts! Burnham has lent his engaging persona to productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "Jesus Christ Superstar,” and recently starred as Fiyero in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” He’ll share the stage with Roberts, who, besides performing in her own cabaret act at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has appeared in several television shows and national commercials. Light fare will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Broadway at COC

• “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!” 8 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2010 — Over his 30-year career, Jay Johnson has rallied generations of Americans to the world of ventriloquism with his charm, anarchy and innovative wit. In the Tony Award-winning “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!” he takes audiences on a multidimensional journey that combines his skills with a parade of hysterical characters. Hailed as “Extremely funny,” by the Wall Street Journal and “A knock ‘em dead show” by the New York Times, this show is sure to delight!

• ​“All Shook Up,” 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2011 — Described as being “Footloose,” “Grease” and “Happy Days” all rolled into one zany story, this Elvis inspired production features more than two dozen of the King’s hits. Audiences will experience a chain reaction of romance and rebellion described through the power of rock’n roll, as mistaken identities and outlandish mix-ups ensue. This feel-good story of crazy love triangles and laugh-out-loud comedy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes!

Almost Free Family Series presented by McDonald’s of Santa Clarita 

• “Click, Clack, Moo,” 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010 —“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?” When Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone,” placing her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows — who proceed to use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. Eventually the cows go on strike, with the chickens joining the cows in solidarity: “No blankets: no milk, no eggs!” Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in the hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

• Pushcart Players – “Happily Ever After-A Cinderella Tale,” 2 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011 — Based on the beloved classic tale of Cinderella, “Happily Ever After” takes audiences on a timeless journey of transformation filled with themes of inner beauty, courage, kindness and triumph over greed, arrogance and bullying behavior. Enhanced by heart-warming music and innovative scenic designs, “Happily Ever After” provides a captivating moment of theatre for young audience members to celebrate.

• “Seussical: Oh, the thinks you can think!" 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011 — The Cat in the Hat serves as host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this fun-filled romp through all the Seuss classics! When the sweet, good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because "a person's a person, no matter how small." On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has astounding "thinks," in which anything's possible, but his parents believe this creativity is inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville. Adapted from the Broadway production, “Seussical” brings Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters together in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever combine to save the day!

Other PAC Performances

• United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2010 — Returning to the PAC for a third season, the Band of the Golden West concert will focus on a variety of styles, including traditional band repertoire and patriotic music and marches. Stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California, the Band of the Golden West is the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, having played for audiences at gubernatorial inaugurations, presidential visits, sporting events and at other public events and venues.

• San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema: “Madama Butterfly,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2010 — One of the world’s leading opera companies, San Francisco Opera remains a top destination for international singers, conductors, stage directors and designers alike because of the company’s unique brand of theatrical productions and strong, cherished tradition. One of the world’s most beloved and dramatic operas, “Madama Butterfly” is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th-century Japan and featuring some of Puccini’s most popular music. A pre-show lecture about the opera will begin at 6 p.m. 

• Gloriana, 7 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010 — Go Country105 FM returns to the PAC for its annual Holiday Concert with a band that is steadily gaining legions of fans! Nominated for the Academy of Country Music Award’s Top New Artist award and fresh off its tour opening for pop sensation Taylor Swift, Gloriana is one of the hottest new groups in country music today. With soaring harmonies and an electric stage presence, Gloriana is an exciting new and vibrant force in country music, well on the way to becoming a household name! Don’t miss your chance to see a band destined for greatness!

• San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema: “Don Giovanni,” 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2011 —The Don Juan legend crackles to life in the hands of the world’s most well known classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Carefully balancing brilliant comedy with heaping amounts of seduction and ultimate tragedy, Don Giovanni is often referred to as the greatest opera ever composed. From the sparkling overture to one hit musical number after another, Mozart’s score comes to life in this fast-paced San Francisco Opera production. A pre-show lecture about the opera will begin at 6 p.m.

May 10, 2010

Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist to Headline 2010-11 PAC Season

From chart-topping pop, R&B and rock classics, to traditional Broadway, opera and mariachi to dance and acrobatics to family matinees and evening cabaret —plus a special Opening Night performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton — the 2010-11 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons will include something for everyone.

With more than 53 million albums sold, and numerous Grammy Awards for Best Male Vocalist, Bolton has touched the hearts of legions of fans. Now his 2010 “One World One Love” tour will take the PAC stage by storm Opening Night, Sunday, August 22, as part of the Chancellor’s Choice series.

“To land an artist as talented and world renowned as Michael Bolton for our Opening Night performance is a tremendous coup for the PAC, College of the Canyons and all of Santa Clarita,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director, “This is a testament to the growth and maturation of the PAC, as well as the tremendous support our patrons have shown for the performing arts.”

Other acts and artists featured in the 2010-11 PAC season include: War, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Vicki Lawrence, San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema, Pilobolus, One Night of Queen, Gloriana, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, “All Shook Up,” “Seussical” and the Peking Acrobats.

The 2010-11 PAC schedule will offer shows spread across six series selections: Chancellor’s Choice, Great Performances, In Motion, Cabaret on Stage, Almost Free Family Series and the all new Broadway at COC series.

The PAC will also host a number of College of the Canyons theatre department and community theatre productions.

Series subscription sales will begin 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10, while individual tickets for Michael Bolton and all other performances will go on sale 9 a.m., Saturday, July 17. 

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the PAC box office.

However, it’s recommended that you plan to purchase your tickets early for Michael Bolton, as this once-in-a lifetime performance will sell out fast.

May 7, 2010

Facey Medical Foundation Adds to Nursing Scholarship Fund

In April, the College of the Canyons nursing department received a $10,000 donation from the Facey Medical Foundation to add to the COC Foundation’s Yvonne Wiggins Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

“It’s a significant thing when a corporate supporter presents us with something we can use to help our students, and we thank the Facey Medical Foundation very much,” said Murray Wood, COC Foundation chief development officer. “This money will be leveraged to benefit our students to the highest degree.”

The Facey Medical Foundation originally established the endowment in 2008 in memory of late Facey Medical nurse and COC nursing alumna Yvonne Wiggins. With this donation the permanent scholarship endowment now has a current value of $20,800.

“Yvonne was the heart and soul of our nursing leadership team,” said Dr. Fredrick Russo, president of Facey Medical. “She loved nursing, she loved her family, she loved her cat, and she loved the Ohio State Buckeyes. I hope you’ll find a good way to spend this money on the great nursing minds of the future.”

Since its establishment, the Yvonne Wiggins Memorial Scholarship Endowment has awarded a total of seven scholarships to COC nursing students. The endowment’s ongoing investment earnings will be used to provide scholarships to College of the Canyons nursing students for years to come.

“Most of our nursing students come to us as parents and working adults, and they need this money to be able to go to school,” said Sue Albert, COC dean of Allied Health. “It’s expensive to go through a nursing program, so we are very grateful and our students are very grateful for this donation.”

Dr. Russo and members of the Facey Medical Foundation visited College of the Canyons in April to present the check to nursing faculty, students and college administrators, including COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook.

“College of the Canyons would not be what it is today if it were not for the quality organizations and people we have in this community, and the commitment to creating a community of care,” said Dr. Van Hook. “Your efforts to support us do not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for your support each and every day.”

May 5, 2010

College’s ARTstART Festival Returns to Campus

Got arts? 

This weekend the College of the Canyons Fine and Performing Arts Division will look to answer that question for community members during the 2010 ARTstART Festival May 7-8, on the college’s Valencia campus.

Including students, faculty and staff, the two-day long ARTstART festival will offer the community a glimpse inside the daily activities of the college’s 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 art, music, dance, theatre, animation, photography, media and entertainment arts, graphics and multimedia design and studio arts departments.

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 College of the Canyons 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).

“Attending ARTstART 2010 offers a great opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and students of the division,” 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.”

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. It will continue from 9 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, May 8.

The college’s Environmental Science Fair will also be taking place on campus from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday May 7, in the COC student center.
"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.”

May 3, 2010

Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for New Musical ‘Sing Me a Happy Song’

Students and community members alike are invited to audition for the College of the Canyons theatre department’s workshop production of the musical “Sing Me a Happy Song,” to be performed at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons Black Box Theatre, during this summer’s Festival of New American Musicals.

Penned by two of Broadway’s newest voices in Georgia Stitt and David Kirshenbaum, “Sing Me a Happy Song” is a contemporary musical revue about finding heart in material times. With songs about modern-day relationships, searching for yourself on the Internet, striving to have everything but never having enough, love, family and your gay best friend, this five-character show is at once comic and poignant, smart and silly, emotional and timely.

By participating in the Festival of New American Musicals students will have the unique opportunity to learn from an accomplished composer-lyricist, as they work alongside Stitt and PAC professionals to produce a new song cycle and take part in the various aspects of putting on a production.

“Providing our students with the opportunity to participate in performing arts-based events like The Festival of New American Musicals is definitely one of our missions at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “Working with Georgia and David to help shape their piece is a great honor for us all.”

Running throughout the spring and summer months, the Festival of New American Musicals celebrates the return of the American musical by showcasing full productions, staged readings, concerts, master classes and other performance-based events in conjunction with performance arts organizations in cities across Southern California.

Debuting at this year’s festival, the PAC-produced workshop production of “Sing Me a Happy Song” will be cast entirely with students who enroll in the college’s course Theatre 193: Summer Theatre Workshop. In addition to working on “Sing Me a Happy Song,” students will participate in a series of master classes conducted by industry professionals. 

“For the 2008 Festival of New American Musicals, we produced a five-day workshop of this piece. Now we will have a full five weeks to help take this production to the next level,” said COC adjunct theatre instructor Andrea Slominski, director of the production. “This is a very exciting opportunity for everyone involved. I’m looking forward to working with Georgia again.”

Auditions for “Sing Me a Happy Song” will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, June 5, and 6:30 p.m., Monday June 7, in Pico Hall room 202, on the Valencia campus.

Performers are asked to prepare 16 to 32 bars from no more than two musical theatre songs. Audition material should be no more than three minutes in length, and should be accompanied by sheet music in the correct key. Music in CD form will not be accepted.

All selected cast members will need to register for the Theatre 193: Summer Theatre Workshop course. Those who are not cast will be offered additional opportunities to participate in the production.

Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday June 8. Performances will be held July 9-10 in the PAC Black Box Theatre.

"It is so very rare for a college or university to offer this kind of opportunity for students to put together all aspects of a professional musical from scratch! I'd be surprised if you could name three,” said Bob Klein, co-executive producer of the Festival of New American Musicals. “The Festival is thrilled to be working with College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center to offer this unique course."

The PAC/COC theatre department workshop production of “Sing Me a Happy Song” is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.