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MARCH 31, 2011

‘Bikes & Bites’ Invites Riders to Explore Canyon Country Community

Bikes & Bites
In May, the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, with support from the City of Santa Clarita, will host a community fun ride and food festival designed to inspire local cycling enthusiasts to get back on the bike and explore the Canyon Country community.

Bikes and Bites: A Canyon Country Campus Food Fest and Fun Ride will be held Saturday, May 14, in anticipation of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California — particularly the race’s Stage 8 start, being held in Santa Clarita on May 22.

The Bikes and Bites event will begin at approximately 9 a.m. with an 8.5-mile “bike” ride from the Canyon Country campus to nearby Discovery Park, and back to campus. After the ride, all participants and community members will be invited onto campus for a few “bites” during the post-ride food festival, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Including gourmet food trucks, campus activities, college and event sponsor vendor booths and a variety of prizes and giveaways, the festival will also provide those community members who have yet to see the Canyon Country campus an opportunity to experience it for the first time.

“Cycling is a great way to enjoy our community and support a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of the Canyon Country campus and Economic Development. “We have offered a mountain biking class at the campus in the past, so this event seemed to be a natural fit with our outreach efforts.

“A fun ride and food fest is the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday in Canyon Country,” added Maloney.

The Bikes and Bites fun ride is open to all cyclists and community members aged 12 and older. All riders must wear a helmet and observe common road safety regulations during the ride.

Attendance to the post-ride food festival portion of the event is free, with individual food trucks making their products available for sale. However, to participate in the cycling aspect of the event riders will need to register in advance and pay the associated registration fee:

• Single Rider — $25
• Youth Rider (age 12 or above) — $10
• Group Rider (group of four or more) — $20 per rider

Event organizers are actively pursuing sponsorships from Santa Clarita Valley businesses and institutions and welcome the support of organizations wishing to get involved.

Sponsor support will be directed to the Canyon Country Campus Scholarship Fund, which will provide increased educational opportunities for students and community members of all ages.

Net proceeds from the registration fees will be directed toward Canyon Country campus improvement projects.

“Participating in Bikes & Bites is a great way for the entire family to begin an active weekend, taste some gourmet foods and experience the Canyon Country campus,” said Ryan Theule, Assistant Dean of Student Services at the Canyon Country campus.


MARCH 28, 2011

Students Tackle Digital Literacy With New Computers

MESA
Earlier this month, approximately 50 students from the College of the Canyons Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) program were awarded new laptops as part of California Connects, a statewide program designed to increase digital literacy and broadband access throughout the state’s underserved communities.

The HP laptops — which were distributed to students who agreed to serve as community trainers in the coming months — come fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology provided by companies including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, AT&T and Insight Technology Solutions.

In coming weeks, these 50 MESA students will receive intensive hands-on training and instruction on how to use this technology through the Microsoft IT Academy Program and the California Connects digital literacy website.

After their training is complete, students will then go out into the community and help those who may not have access to computers or lack the knowledge of navigating the Internet, how to use technology for essential tasks such as securing gainful employment, exploring higher education opportunities, accessing health and finance resources, and advancing the general quality of their lives.

“Our students were so excited to receive their laptops,” said Susan Crowther, director of the MESA program. “We in the MESA program felt fortunate to be able to award these machines to such community-minded students.”

The end result is computers that students can use in their academic pursuits, while they receive the tools and training necessary to educate friends, family and other community members, and ultimately help increase the state’s number of broadband Internet users by more than 61,000 individuals by 2013.

Over the next three years, 5,800 laptops will be distributed to MESA students at 33 California community college campuses to help accomplish this goal.

“The federal government recognizes that California’s community colleges and students are uniquely qualified to help close our nation’s digital divide. That’s something we can all be proud of,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott. “This program will give our students the necessary tools and training to provide access for underserved populations to the Internet, while building the state’s foundation for economic growth and job creation.”

Administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s office, MESA is an academic preparation program that supports students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds so they will succeed in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field and attain degrees in these majors.

“The California Connects program will greatly benefit those in our community who don’t have the access or the technological skills that are so important in today’s world,” Crowther said. “It’s exciting for our MESA students to have this unique opportunity to make a valuable and lasting contribution through their community service as digital literacy trainers.”

California Connects is funded by a $10.9 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The project was funded as part of more than $200 million in recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants specifically supporting California projects.


MARCH 22, 2010

College to Host Annual ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ on April 6

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

The annual event provides an 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 the current economic environment and its effect on 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.

In particular, the panel presentation will be focused on current giving priorities, targeted and precise grant requests and how to write successful proposals. Panel guests are scheduled to include:

Rosa Benitez, program officer
Weingart Foundation
Foundation priorities: human services, education, health, arts & culture, public & society benefits.

Adrienne Wittenberg, grants director
S. Mark Taper Foundation
Foundation priorities: arts/cultural programs, education, environment, youth & family services, the economically disadvantaged.

In addition, a special “meet-and-greet” 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.

“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 Helgesen, 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.”

“Meet the Grant Makers” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

A pre-presentation reception with light refreshments will begin at 10 a.m. Admission to the event and parking in the University Center lot are both complimentary, however attendees are asked to RSVP in advance.

For more information, call (661) 362-5871 or email elana.helgesen@canyons.edu or theresa.zuzevich@canyons.edu. To RSVP, visit www.canyons.edu/GrantMakers.


MARCH 22, 2011

Scholarly Presentation Introduces Concept of ‘Naked Philanthropy’

'Naked Philanthropy'
How far would you go to support a cause, or organization you believed in? For the group of 11 middle-aged British women who bared their bodies to pose in a calendar supporting cancer research, the answer was altogether simple, controversial and inspiring.

Appearing in nothing more than pearls and a smile, the imaginative group of Rylstone Women’s Institute members who first conceived the nude 

calendar idea sparked a cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom that has raised more the $4 million to date — and simultaneously reinvigorated a 95-year-old organization.

Affectionately known as the “Calendar Girls,” the women have toured the world, met the Queen of England — herself a Women’s Institute member — appeared in countless newspaper and magazine articles, and even seen their story popularized on the big screen in the 2003 film of the same name.
But perhaps most importantly, these women have provided countless lessons that can be applied to the operational practices of all non-profit groups, and replicated by organizations around the world.

“This presentation will be focused on the lessons learned from these woman, which can be implemented by any group of people who want to do some good, but who might be in need of a creative way to recruit members and get excited about a cause,” said presenter and College of the Canyons sociology instructor Mary Valentine. “In the process there will be lots of other fun stories to tell about these extraordinary and inventive women.”

The College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation “Naked Philanthropy” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Drawing from more than 15-years of independent research and in-depth interviews with group members, along with unique behind-the-scenes stories, photos and videos, the evening will include a sociologically inspired examination of the UK’s ongoing Calendar Girls phenomenon along with a message of inspiration of all non-profit organizations.

“Naked Philanthropy isn’t simply the act of not wearing clothes. Instead it’s a metaphor for having figured out how to marshal effective strategies, whatever they may be, in order to make a difference in society,” said Valentine. “It’s about choosing a cause, and indentifying the techniques needed to make that cause come true.”

The Women’s Institute (WI) is the largest voluntary organization for women in the UK, boasting more than 250,000 members in approximately 5,000 WI chapters. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2005, the organization strives to provide women with opportunities to build new skills, partake in a variety of activities and campaign on issues related to them and their communities.

“There aren’t many organizations in the world that naked women, and the Queen of England all belong to,” Valentine said.

Valentine joined the College of the Canyons sociology department in 2004 and has taught a variety of sociology courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, Introduction to Research Methods, Social Problems and Honors Sociology.

She holds a master of arts in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and is a certified mediator from the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica.

The scholarly presentation “Naked Philanthropy” is being presented by the College of the Canyons Foundation. Admission to the event is free, however seating may be limited.

Attendees can also park for free in college lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, located off Rockwell Canyon Road adjacent to the PAC.

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. the evening of the event.

For more information contact the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3434.


MARCH 22, 2011

College of the Canyons Women’s Conference to Explore Roles of Women

Lisa Shannon
With a theme of personal reflection and a goal to inspire women of all ages to make a difference both in their life and in the community, in April College of the Canyons will host the 2011 Women’s Conference presented by Boston Scientific, Valencia — Neuromodulation.

“We believe this event will include something inspiring for every woman who attends,” said Deborah Rio, the college’s dean of enrollment services and chair of the conference. “The conference committee is very excited about this event, and we look forward to interacting with other women in our community on a day that promises to be uplifting, informative, inspirational and fun.”

Titled “Real Women, Making Real Change,” the conference will provide a variety of interactive breakout sessions designed to help attendees explore the various life stages of the “journey” a successful woman takes.

Highlighting the event will be a keynote presentation from Lisa Shannon, author of the book “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman” and founder of Run for Congo Women, a global effort to raise awareness and support for the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Throughout the day attendees will also have opportunities to interact with some of the most dynamic women in the region. The panel of invited speakers and guests includes a wide representation of women who personify the conference’s six strands pertaining to the roles of women in government; education; business; science and medicine; community service; and family.

The partial list of breakout session speakers includes:

• Natalie Buriel, COC Sociology Department
• Kelly Cude, Ph.D, COC Biology Department
• Laurie Ender, council member, City of Santa Clarita
• Sharon Eyrich, COC Early Childhood Education Department
• Tina Haddad, assistant to City of Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp
• Dr. Reshma Kewalramani, Amgen
• Dr. Courtney Lane, Ph.D., Boston Scientific
• Victoria Leonard, COC Communications Studies Department
• Lindsey Mask, communications director for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon
• Diane McGrory, SCV PTA Council president
• Dr. Jamie Miles, Kaiser Pain Management
• Rosalind Wayman, field deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich,
• Michelle Witkin, clinical psychologist

The 2011 Women’s Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, on the college’s Valencia campus. The conference’s keynote address will take place in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Admission to the Women’s Conference is $49 to attend the full conference (breakout sessions, light brunch and keynote speaker) or $24 to attend the keynote speaker portion of the event only.


MARCH 17, 2011

College Hosts Eighth 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 eighth annual “Play Day,” offering a free day of fun and developmentally appropriate activities for children in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and Antelope valleys.

Established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Week of the Young Child helps bring attention to the needs of young children and their families.

The goal of the College of the Canyons Play Day is to bring the community together by providing high-quality, developmentally stimulating play experiences that children and families throughout the community can enjoy.

This free annual event also provides families with young children an opportunity to explore the many valuable resources that are available to them both at the college and in the community.

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 16, in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

“I look forward to this event each year,” said Wendy Ruiz, director of infant/toddler programs at the college’s Center for Early Childhood Education and co-chair of Week of the Young Child SCVAEYC. “The annual Play Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend quality play time together, and provides a day of free fun for infants, toddlers and school-age children alike.”

Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or visit one of the event’s food vendors and participate in the day’s lineup of activities including arts and crafts, music, storytelling, obstacle courses, karate demos, gymnastics, soccer, math and science activities and more.


MARCH 15, 2011

College Hockey Team Skates to National Championship

COC Hockey Team
The College of the Canyons hockey team has secured the one accolade not yet accounted for in its trophy case: an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division-III National Championship.

The Cougars — a community college ice hockey team from Southern California — are national champions after defeating tournament host Hope 

College 5-3 in the ACHA Division-III championship game on Saturday, March 12.

This is the program's first national championship and constitutes the first time a West Coast team, and only the second time a community college team, has won an ACHA national championship on any level.

“I am proud about what Cougar Hockey Pride has achieved based on the positive attitude they bring to the ice each and every day AND from where they have come,” said Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, chancellor of the Santa Clarita Community College District and College of the Canyons.

Hockey is not an intercollegiate sport in California community colleges. But that did not deter Jim Schrage, the team’s general manager and the college’s vice president of facilities planning, operations and construction, from forming a club team in 2001. He formed a club and required its members to meet the same academic standards as those athletes who play on Commission on Athletics (COA) intercollegiate teams.

As a club and not an intercollegiate team, the college district could not fund the sport since campus clubs are required to generate their own funding.

“Jim Schrage did not let that stop him,” stressed Dr. Van Hook. “He got busy and raised the money every year to buy uniforms, fund travel, buy equipment and pay for time on the ice.”

Competition in the ACHA level is not solely against other community colleges, since most don’t have hockey clubs. In search of competition, College of the Canyons over the years has played and beaten many established teams from four-year colleges and universities. That has only made them better.

“This group thrives on competition because they take risks, are courageous, are committed and have a fundamental understanding of what being on a team means,” said Dr. Van Hook.

“Thanks to Jim Schrage and an outstanding coaching staff, College of the Canyons established not only a hockey club,” stressed Dr. Van Hook, “but provided an opportunity for an amazing number of students to continue with their education when, without hockey, they might otherwise have chosen not to.”

“At the beginning of the season we said ‘this is the year,’ ” said Schrage. “We knew it would be a battle, but we believed if the kids played their game, no one would be able to keep up with us.”

Tied at 1-1 at the end of the first period of the championship game, the Cougars opened a 4-1 second-period advantage and ultimately took control of the game for good.

“We played three games and an overtime period in 29 hours,” Schrage said in reference to a tournament schedule that saw the Cougars play a game Saturday morning, before taking the ice for the championship game later that afternoon. “But we never got nervous or changed our game plan. These kids just know how to play.”

Earlier in the day, the Cougars eked out a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over California University of Pennsylvania to advance to the tournament’s championship game. Scoreless until the third period, Canyons found itself trailing 1-0 with just a few minutes left.

“After they scored that first goal, there was a fire in our eyes that no one had ever seen before,” said Cougar defenseman Michael Richmond. “We were going to do whatever it took to score that goal and tie the game.”

Canyons eventually tied the game at 1-1 with less than two minutes to go, before eventually emerging from the overtime period with the win.
“From there we went and had a great lunch and came back ready to win a national championship,” added Richmond.

Canyons goaltender Michael McGrath earned the tournament’s MVP award and was named to the All-Tournament First Team along with Canyons forward Brian Voogt, who scored two goals in the championship game.

As a club sport, the Cougars primarily face off against teams from surrounding four-year colleges and universities. In fact, Canyons was the only community college included in the 16-team tournament bracket.

College of the Canyons was also the only team in the 400-plus member, three-division ACHA to finish the regular season with an undefeated record.
In addition to its 2011 national championship, College of the Canyons has won 53 regular-season games, 15 playoff games and back-to-back-to-back Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) Adams Cups over the last three seasons.

“This championship brings respect to West Coast hockey,” Schrage said. “Being from California, we were the underdogs. There was lots of trash talking going on, and we certainly had our share of detractors, but there has never been a champion on the West Coast, so this is really exciting.”


MARCH 11, 2011

College Hockey Team Closes in on National Championship

College of the Canyons knocked off defending back-to-back national champions Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) 4-1 on Friday to advance to the semi-final round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division-III National Championship Tournament.

The victory was the third in as many days for the Cougars, who took an undefeated regular season record and No. 1 regional ranking into the tournament, which is being held in Holland, Michigan.

The win over SVSU was especially meaningful for the Cougars, after being eliminated by the Cardinals in the quarterfinal round of last year’s National Championships.

The Cougars are now one victory away from an appearance in the tournament’s Championship Game, but will first need to skate past California University of Pennsylvania during a 9:45 a.m. (EST) Saturday matchup.

If the Cougars emerge victorious, they would next take the ice in the championship game at 8:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday, March 12.

The 2010-11 season marks the third consecutive venture to the ACHA National Championships for COC head coach John Taferner and the Cougars. The trip presents an opportunity for College of the Canyons to continue to forge its national reputation as a hockey powerhouse.

For the past several seasons the College of the Canyons hockey team has proven time and again that it can be highly competitive both in the state and on a national stage. As a club sport, the Cougars primarily face off against teams from surrounding four-year colleges and universities.

Nevertheless, over the last three seasons Canyons has won 53 regular season games, 13 playoff games, and back-to-back-to-back PCHA Adams Cups — advancing to the National Championships in 2009 and finishing fifth at that tournament in 2010.

For more information about the College of the Canyons hockey team visit www.canyonshockey.com.


MARCH 11, 2011

Scholarly Presentation Introduces Concept of ‘Naked Philanthropy’

How far would you go to support a cause, or organization you believed in? For the group of 11 middle-aged British women who bared their bodies to pose in a calendar supporting cancer research, the answer was altogether simple, controversial and inspiring.

Often appearing in nothing more than pearls and a smile, the imaginative group of Rylstone Women's Institute members who first conceived the nude calendar idea sparked a cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom that has raised more the $4 million to date — and simultaneously reinvigorated a 95-year-old organization.

Affectionately known as the “Calendar Girls,” the women have toured the world, met the queen of England — herself a Women’s Institute member — appeared in countless newspaper and magazine articles, and even seen their story popularized on the big screen in the 2003 film of the same name.
But perhaps most importantly, these women have provided countless lessons that can be applied to the operational practices of all non-profit groups, and replicated by organizations around the world.

“This presentation will be focused on the lessons learned from these woman, which can be implemented by any group of people who want to do some good, but who might be in need of a creative way to recruit members and get excited about a cause,” said presenter and COC sociology instructor Mary Valentine. “In the process there will be lots of other fun stories to tell about these extraordinary and inventive women.”

The College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation “Naked Philanthropy” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Drawing from more than 15-years of independent research and in depth interviews with group members, along with unique behind-the-scenes stories, photos and videos, the evening will include a sociologically inspired examination of the UK’s ongoing Calendar Girls phenomenon along with a message of inspiration of all non-profit organizations.

“Naked Philanthropy isn’t simply the act of not wearing clothes. Instead it’s a metaphor for having figured out how to marshal effective strategies, whatever they may be, in order to make a difference in society,” said Valentine. “It’s about choosing a cause, and indentifying the techniques needed to make that cause come true.”

The Women’s Institute (WI) is the largest voluntary organization for women in the UK, boasting more than 250,000 members in approximately 5,000 WI chapters. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2005, the organization strives to provide women with opportunities to build new skills, partake in a variety of activities and campaign on issues related to them and their communities.

“There aren’t many organizations in the world that naked women, and the Queen of England all belong to,” Valentine said.

Valentine joined the College of the Canyons sociology department in 2004 and has taught a variety of sociology courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies,

Introduction to Research Methods, Social Problems and Honors Sociology.

She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Northridge, and is a certified mediator from the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica.

The scholarly presentation “Naked Philanthropy” is being presented by the College of the Canyons Foundation. Admission to the event is free, however seating may be limited. Attendees can also park for free in college lots 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, located off Rockwell Canyon Road adjacent to the PAC.


MARCH 8, 2011

Work of Local Teachers, Students Featured at College Art Gallery

In an effort to showcase the talents of the Santa Clarita Valley’s high school students and instructors, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will present an exhibition featuring pieces of locally created art March 15 through April 7.

The “High School Teacher-Student Art Exhibition” is expected to include 70 to 100 pieces of art and creative media produced by staff and students from Bowman, Canyon, Golden Valley, Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch high schools.

Pieces will include paintings, drawings, ceramic art, sculptures, photos, graphic design, and more.

“During the 2010 winter session we hosted an exhibition featuring the work of high school instructors paired with examples created by their students,” said Larry Hurst, College of the Canyons Art Gallery director. “Everyone involved enjoyed the experience, so we have decided to try it again this year.

“These instructors are extremely dedicated to their students’ success,” added Hurst, “and as arts professionals they serve as outstanding role models.”

A special artists’ reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. opening night, March 15, in the college’s Art Gallery, located on the Valencia campus.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 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.

For more information about the Art Gallery and upcoming exhibitions, visit www.canyons.edu/artgallery/.


MARCH 8, 2011

Theatre Department Presents ‘Death of a Salesman’

'Death of a Salesman'
Featuring an eclectic cast of students and professional working actors, this spring the College of the Canyons theatre department will present its production of Arthur Miller’s timeless classic ‘Death of a Salesman.’

Considered by many to be an American masterpiece — as well as one of the most important plays of modern theatre — ‘Death of a Salesman’ tells the story of Willy Loman, the quintessential everyman who spends his life chasing a dream driven by the belief that if you are well-liked you will 
never want.

Eventually, Loman is faced with the realization that, on his terms, his life has been a failure. As Loman becomes further and further estranged from his wife Linda and sons Happy and Biff, audiences are taken on a 24-hour journey through the past and present of a man whose life is spiraling beyond his control.

“In ‘Death of a Salesman’ Arthur Miller has created a remarkably timeless and universal depiction of family relationships,” said John DeMita, director of the production. “The play tells one of the saddest stories in theatre. But it also brings us together to learn, in the many losses of Willy Loman, what we should appreciate and respect in our own families, and in ourselves.”

The cast is led by Norman Snow, a veteran of Broadway and feature films, and member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School Drama Department, in the role of Willy Loman, and professional actress Peggy Flood, in the role of Linda Loman. In addition, the student actors who round out the cast have all appeared in professional and/or regional theatre productions.

“This production will be a powerful experience for our audiences,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the college’s theatre department. “With an unparalleled script, an experienced director, stellar cast of professional and student actors, and a talented design team creating the world needed to help tell the story, ‘Death of a Salesman’ is likely to be one of the strongest productions we have offered in recent years.”

‘Death of a Salesman’ will open Wednesday, March 30, and run through Sunday, April 3, in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. March 30, through April 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

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

For more information about the college’s production of ‘Death of a Salesman’ or to purchase tickets please contact the Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit CanyonsPAC.com.


MARCH 4, 2011

College, EDC to Present Economic Forecast on April 28

COC and SCVEDC 2011 Economic & Real Estate Outlook
​College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. (SCVEDC) will team up to rovide the region’s business community with a presentation from the consulting firm California Economic Forecast.

The COC and SCVEDC 2011 Economic & Real Estate Outlook will take place from 7:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Designed to provide attendees with an economic analysis and outlook for the coming year, the presentation will include national and state perspectives, but will be primarily focused on the trends and issues associated with northern Los Angeles County and the surrounding business 
community.

“We realize how important these types of forecasts are for businesses that need to have a 12-month picture of what the economic trends will be and how that will affect the decisions they make,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of economic development and the college’s Canyon Country campus.

“Businesses that have detailed information like this can make more informed decisions, and are better positioned to enhance the economic recovery of the region,” added Maloney.

The California Economic Forecast provides economic analysis and forecasting for a wide range of clients including business, non-profits, cities, regional organizations, colleges and universities.
Led by founder, principal and keynote speaker Dr. Mark Schniepp, the California Economic Forecast’s special areas of expertise include regional economic analysis, economic evaluation of regions using local indicators, and longer term forecasting of California Counties.

The former director and chief economist of the UCSB Economic Forecast, Schniepp is well known throughout California for his economic forecasting analysis and commentary on regions of California.

Schniepp has also served as the senior economist for the California State Controller's Office, and is a consulting economist to the California Department of Transportation and to the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

“There is a high level of economic uncertainty out there today,” said SCVEDC President/CEO Jonas Peterson.

“Through the outlook event we will provide our business and policy leaders with the economic insight they need to make solid decisions.”

Early-bird tickets to the COC/SCVEDC presentation of the 2011 Economic & Real Estate Outlook are $95, if purchased before March 16, and include admission to the event, continental breakfast, and a take away resource book filled with presentation information and forecast data which attendees can refer to throughout the year.

Regular registration is $125 and walk in registration the day of the event is $150.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the COC/SCVEDC presentation of the 2011 Economic & Real Estate Outlook please visit www.scvedc.org and click on the “Economic Outlook” banner or call (661) 288-4400.
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