2011​ NEWS ARCHIVE​​​​​​​
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December 6, 2011

Toy Drive & TRX Workout Invites Community to Give Back, Get Toned

The Cougar Strength department and fitness company TRX Training have teamed-up to give community members an opportunity to give back this holiday season, while getting a great workout at the same time.

COC strength and conditioning coach Robert dos Remedios and a team of TRX fitness instructors will host a hands-on workout session and community toy drive from noon to 2 p.m. Friday Dec. 9, in college parking lot #5, adjacent to the East P.E. building on the COC Valencia campus.

By bringing a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more) attendees will be invited to workout with “Coach Dos” using an assortment of TRX provided fitness products and suspension training equipment, including the TRX, TRX rip trainers, kettlebells, battling ropes and much more,

“We’ll have lots of equipment and plenty of elite fitness coaches on hand to help guide participants through some intense metabolic mayhem,” said Coach Dos.

All participants will also be entered to win a variety of great raffle prizes. However, by bringing two unopened toys to the event participants will be entered to win a TRX fitness system valued at $189. 

All collected toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita. 

About TRX Training

TRX Training designs and sells original physical training products including its Suspension Training and Rip Training equipment. By utilizing an innovative design and premium product construction, the company’s lineup of education and exercise programs are quickly changing the way athletes train for sport, soldiers train for combat, physical therapists rehabilitate patients and exercise instructors train their clients.

December 5, 2011

Music Department to Host Annual Holiday Jazz Concert

Start the holiday season in style at the 2011 Holiday Jazz Concert, presented by the College of the Canyons Music Department.

Featuring an array of classic holiday tunes and crowd favorites, the concert will feature performances by the two COC Jazz Combo bands, as well as the COC Studio Jazz Ensemble, which will perform under the direction of COC music director KC Manji.

In all, 35 student musicians will take part in the concert. Accompanying the Studio Jazz Ensemble’s session will be a performance by vocalist Elizabeth Fellows.

“This year’s Holiday Jazz Concert is the perfect way for all community members to welcome in the joys of the holiday season,” Manji said. “All of the music we’ll be playing is easily recognizable and has been specially selected so that audiences members will be able to tap their toes and sing along with the band.”

The 2011 Holiday Jazz Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.

December 1, 2011

Theatre Department Solopalooza Shows Sure to Entertain

The theatre department is inviting community members to experience all the artistic intimacy of the one-person show, during the 2011 Solopalooza being held Dec. 6 and 7.

Featuring two nights of original solo performances by more than 25 COC theatre students, the event is sure to dazzle and delight audiences with a combination of gut-wrenching honesty, startling insights and surprising humor.

“The COC theatre department is proud to once again offer audiences the opportunity to see the impressive level of talent on display during Solopalooza,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair. “The unique collection of pieces our students have written, and will now perform, draw upon many universal themes that all audiences can relate to.”

Over the last semester, students from the college’s Theatre 195: Solo Performance course have worked with COC theatre instructor and Solopalooza director Susan Hinshaw to create a series of original performance pieces, that are both socially provocative and highly entertaining.

“The stories being featured at this year’s Solopalooza are wonderful and diverse,” Hinshaw said. “We have Botox stories, fight club stories, stories about immigration, fairy tale creatures, crazy parents and even an appearance by a wealthy, turn-of-the-century English Lord.

“Each of these stories are great fun, poignant and thought provoking,” added Hinshaw, “and our students have worked very hard to be able to perform them so beautifully.”

Solopalooza performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 Main Street, in downtown Newhall.

All ages are welcome, however some performances contain mature language and adult subject matter. Event organizers are asking all attendees to contribute what they can in lieu of an admission price.

December 1, 2011

Invitation to Cover Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

Subject: College of the Canyons registered nursing program graduation and pinning ceremony

Time: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Place: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons

Event: Fifty students from the College of the Canyons nursing program will take part in a traditional pinning ceremony marking the completion of each nurse’s training.

Celebrating the accomplishments of newly graduated registered nurses, the pinning ceremony serves as a symbolic welcoming for all those entering the nursing profession.

As part of the ceremony, COC nursing department faculty members will present each graduate with a nursing pin before the group collectively recites the Nightingale Pledge traditionally taken by new nurses.

“This event represents the culmination of a nursing student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the beginning of a new career in this caring profession,” said Diane Morey, director of the COC nursing program. “We are proud to have the opportunity to honor our graduating RNs in the presence of their family, friends and peers.”

Since 2000 the College of the Canyons nursing program has worked diligently to address the statewide nursing shortage — experiencing significant growth in the process. 

Each year a minimum of 100 new students are admitted to the program. Currently there are 214 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons.