2011​ NEWS ARCHIVE​​​​​​​

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FEB. 23, 2011

Small Business Development Center Awarded for Performance

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons received a number of top performance awards during the Los Angeles Regional SBDC 2011 Kick-Off Meeting in January, celebrating the SBDC for its consistency and top results in helping small business owners learn, compete and grow.

The Jan. 25 awards ceremony, sponsored by the SBDC Lead Center at Long Beach City College, recognized top performance among the network of six Southern California area SBDC locations, with all awards jointly presented by the SBDC Lead Center and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Region 9.

The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was presented with awards for most jobs created (274) and for consistently generating top economic milestones (including $7.4 million in client raised capital and a $15.6 million increase in client sales) in 2010.

In fact, the SBDC hosted by COC was the top performing SBDC office in all of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura County for 10 of 12 months in 2010, and ranked second the other two months.

In addition, SBDC assistant director Catherine Grooms was presented with an individual award recognizing her many contributions to the success of the Center in 2010.

“I am pleased to see the tremendous efforts of our business advisors, our assistant director Catherine Grooms and the successes of our clients recognized with these awards,” said Steven Tannehill, director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons. “Our service area is one of the largest served of any SBDC, which can be challenging. Yet Catherine and our team of expert business advisors and the clients they serve consistently achieve the highest levels of success, as recognized by these awards.”

The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves 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.

FEB. 22, 2011

Summer School in Alaskan Outback an Option for Students

This summer, College of the Canyons students will have the opportunity to earn transferable units in the awe-inspiring Alaskan outback during a six-day educational adventure from Fairbanks to Anchorage and places in between.

The educational travel program’s six-day, five-night trip will depart Sunday, July 10, and return Friday, July 15. Cost is approximately $3,100 and 

• Round-trip transportation
• Five nights hotel accommodations
• Daily breakfast and dinner
• A full-time tour guide
• Side trips to unique destinations and attractions
• Local sightseeing tours led by licensed guides

Students will have access to a variety of educational-enrichment opportunities designed to complement the COC credit courses Geology 106 (Geology of National Parks and Monuments) and Photography 140: (History of Photography).

All coursework associated with this trip is applicable to the college’s geology associate degree program. In addition, the Geology 106 course is CSU-transferable, and Photography 140 is UC-transferable. Students will be responsible for paying any registration fees associated with these courses, in addition to travel costs.

“Alaska is 375 million acres of pristine wilderness, 13 percent of which is preserved as National Parks,” said Vincent Devlahovich, chair and associate professor of the college’s geology/geography department. “There is no better place in the country to study photography and geology in a field setting. This will be an amazing educational experience you will never forget.”

Trip organizers will host information meetings about the trip at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, and 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Boykin Hall, Room 109, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

FEB. 14, 2011

Theatre Department to Hold Second Spring Audition

The theatre department will hold auditions for its second spring semester production — Aristophanes’ classic anti-war comedy ‘Lysistrata’— in search of more than 30 actors aged 15 to 60 to round out the large ensemble cast.

A bawdy, sexy political comedy that glorifies the power of fertility in the face of destruction, ‘Lysistrata’ takes place in Athena during the 20th year of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.

The play follows a group of angry, fed up Athenian women who barricade themselves in the Acropolis and go on a sex strike in hopes of forcing their husbands into a peace treaty with warring Sparta.

“This production will be a terrific large scale comedy that actors of all ages and experience levels will have collaborating on,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair. “A timeless classic like ‘Lysistrata’ is the perfect way to conclude the spring theatre season.”

Preliminary auditions for ‘Lysistrata’ will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and Wednesday, March 23.

Actors are asked to audition with a 60 to 90 second comedic monologue or song. If singing, actors should prepare to perform acapella (no musical accompaniment) and remember that the time limit will be observed.

While all actors are encouraged to carefully prepare a monologue or song, a selected piece will be available for actors who do not have a prepared monologue. Actors without a prepared monologue should not hesitate to audition.

Callback auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24. All auditions and callbacks will be held in Student Center, Room 130 (STCN-130) located on the college’s Valencia campus.

Actors who are cast in either production will be expected to enroll in the course Theatre 190: Theatre Production for the spring 2011 semester.

FEB. 4, 2011

Valencia Campus Parking Situation for Spring 2011

The Library construction project has resulted in the loss of nearly 400 student and staff spaces in parking lot #15 on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. The loss of parking spaces on a busy campus like ours is always of concern to faculty, staff and students — but particularly during the first few weeks of spring and fall semesters. We want everyone to be informed about the situation and some of the steps we have taken — and we hope YOU will take — to help us get through this period.

Q. When will the biggest impact on parking occur?

A. The Library construction project is expected to be completed by Fall 2012, so the reduced number of parking spaces will remain over that period. Even on completion, about 120 of those spaces will be permanently lost since the new building will occupy that area. On a practical level, however, the first three weeks of any semester is the time of greatest impact since students come to the campus at times other than their planned class times to conduct other business such as: add/drop; bookstore purchases; financial aid transactions; counseling sessions; and the like.

Q. What are you doing to compensate for this?

A. We have taken a number of steps to alleviate the parking situation:
• We have communicated in advance to students via email and other means that parking, during construction of the Library will be impacted.
• We have asked students to consider:
1. carpools
2. public transit
3. ride bikes
4. ​work out some other creative plans to get to campus in order to reduce the number of cars on campus.

• We have also contracted for additional off-campus parking for the first three weeks of the semester (when traditionally demand for parking is heaviest) at 26877 Tourney Road across Valencia Boulevard from the campus in the Borax Building parking structure. Shuttle vans will circulate between this location and the campus between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day. The final day of this service is Thursday, Feb. 24.
• We have replaced nearly 200 staff-only parking spaces in lot #2 off Rockwell Canyon Road with parking for students who have jobs as “college assistants” — relieving some pressure on other student lots.
• We have created some new, temporary, staff-only parking spaces near the Student Support Center and the old Academy of the Canyons.
• We are adding some additional, temporary spaces by re-striping some areas where parking was previously not permitted.
• For the long term we will schedule more classes at the Canyon Country campus, spread classes evenly throughout the day, and offer more online courses.

Q. Will I need a parking permit for the off-campus lot?

A. No

Q. If the college knew this situation was coming, why hasn’t it built a parking structure?

A. While a parking structure has been discussed by the administration on and off over the past few years, we have not been able to overcome some obstacles such as funding (the state won’t fund parking structures) and with the economy the way it is now, we can’t responsibly incur the debt required to take out a loan to build such a structure.

Q. What do I do if I can’t find parking and an instructor drops me because I missed the first session?

A. Hopefully, forewarned is forearmed and students will do everything they can to be on time for the first meetings of their classes. We have asked instructors to be “understanding” for special circumstances, and to wait until at least half way through the class before taking role. However, many will expect students to take their responsibilities seriously and do whatever is necessary to get to campus early so they can avoid unnecessary complications.

Q. What about tickets? Will there be ticketing?

A. Yes, Campus Safety will continue to cite cars that are parked :
• outside of a marked space
• in a staff lot without a permit
• alongside red curbs
• in spaces reserved for staff
• and in disabled spaces without a permit.

Campus Safety is generally lenient during the first week of instruction, particularly for those who may not have had time to purchase their student permit.

FEB. 2, 2011

Art Gallery Presents Work of Artist-Musician Bob Neuwirth

The Art Gallery will host a rare exhibition of more than 30 abstract collages produced by celebrated singer, songwriter, producer and longtime visual artist Bob Neuwirth, who only infrequently exhibits his art in public.

Though primarily known for his music career, Neuwirth has never stopped being a visual artist. He began his career as an art student in Boston. 

While there, Neuwirth became immersed in Cambridge’s local blues-folk music scene, and soon began playing shows across the country and around the world.

Over the years Neuwirth maintained close working relationships with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and John Cale, while seeing his written work performed by Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson and many others.

In the mid-1960’s Neuwirth worked and traveled with Dylan, including time spent on the chaotic tours depicted in the films ‘Don’t Look Back’ and ‘Eat the Document.’ Neuwirth also filmed the Monterey Pop Festival, attended Woodstock, and later co-wrote the song “Mercedes Benz” with old friend Janis Joplin.
However, during his long and illustrious music career Neuwirth never stopped creating visual art. He maintains studios in New York City and Santa Monica, and is actively engaged in the Venice, Calif. art scene.

“I met Bob in the 1980’s while we both served on the Artist’s Advisory Committee for the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center collection, and was struck with his great energy, honesty and humor,” said Larry Hurst, COC Art Gallery director. “His work exemplifies his free spirit and creative integrity. I am very pleased that he has agreed to this exhibition.”

The exhibition ‘Bob Neuwirth: Collages’ will begin Monday, Feb. 7, and run through Thursday, March 3. A special artist’s reception for Neuwirth will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in the COC Art Gallery, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 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.