2011​ NEWS ARCHIVE​​​​​​​
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September 30, 2011

College Schedules Two Medical Laboratory Technology Info Sessions

In October, the College of the Canyons Allied Health Division will host a pair of information meetings about the college’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program and the ongoing employment opportunities available to students pursuing careers in the high-demand medical and biotechnical lab industries.

The college’s two-year MLT program prepares students for employment in a variety of different clinical laboratory and biotechnology settings through an integration of program curriculum, classroom lectures, student laboratories and clinical training activities, which help foster a development of the analytical and problem solving skills required to work throughout the industry.

As one of only eight MLT programs in the entire state, the college’s MLT program was officially granted state program approval in spring 2011.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an associate in science degree in MLT and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam needed in order to receive licensing from the California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services Branch.
Information sessions about the college’s MLT program will be held at the following times and locations:

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3
Quad 3, Room 310
Canyon Country campus

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17
Towsley Hall, Room 102 
Valencia campus

Each information session is expected to last approximately one hour and include information about eligibility requirements, program prerequisites and the application process, as well as the many potential career paths and employment opportunities related to this degree.

About MLTs

MLT professionals play critical roles in collecting the data and information needed to provide care to patients and/or perform research used in the scientific exploration of many areas throughout the larger medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Certified MLT professionals often find employment in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities and other commercial laboratories, where their training and communication and research skills are highly valued.

This emerging career field is currently experiencing an increased demand for qualified technicians to work in hospitals and biotechnical labs, particularly pharmaceutical labs conducting human research. 

Statistics provided by the United States Department of Labor show that an entry level certified MLT technician in the state of California typically earns a median income of approximately $40,000/year.

September 27, 2011

College Art Gallery to Open Second Fall Exhibition

The Art Gallery will introduce its second exhibition of the fall 2011 semester with the opening of “Les Biller — I hate reality” running Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 22.

Well known in the arts community for his great skill and variety as an artist, Les Biller received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Arts from UCLA, before going on to teach at both institutions. During this period, Biller also simultaneously maintained a rigorous studio practice. 

An intensely disciplined artist who often paints seven days a week, Biller has amassed a huge inventory of work. The exhibition “Les Biller — I hate reality” will thus be showcasing a survey of work collected over the artist’s long and prolific career. 

“Les Biller’s paintings seem to be almost semi-autobiographical,” commented Larry Hurst, COC Art Gallery director. “His works are often so thoroughly layered with components of his own being, that it’s impossible to separate the artist from his work.
“This, of course, is the nature of good painting, and dedicated artists,” added Hurst.

Over the years Biller has been able to remain playful and humorous about his work, despite the serious nature of his pursuits. 

“In 1954 in my second painting class, the instructor told us that painting was dead. Why didn’t I listen to him,” muses Biller, while comically pining about his eventual career path and title of his upcoming COC exhibition. “Nowadays, conceptual artists are making a fortune, and look at us poor painters, just sitting around twiddling our thumbs… I hate reality.”

Casual viewers of Biller’s work often have to be reminded that some pieces, while appearing as if they were effortlessly produced, may actually be the result of several years of labor. But with some prodding, Biller is often inspired to tell the true “story” of the painting, warts and all.

“To look at Les’ paintings is to see Les,” said Hurst. “There are few artists who can accomplish this as smoothly as Mr. Biller.”

“Les Biller — I hate reality” opens Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will run through Saturday, Oct. 22. An artist’s reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the COC Art Gallery.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during normal 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.

September 26, 2011

Theatre Department Invites Audiences to Join Celebration of Opening Night

The theatre department has finalized the cast for its fall production of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and is inviting all community members to don their favorite 1920s era costumes and take part in the Opening Night celebration of this fun-filled song and dance extravaganza.

Best described as a family-friendly show-within-a-show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins when a die?hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, the 1928 smash hit aptly titled “Drowsy Chaperone,” and magically becomes part of the show! 

As the production unfolds audiences follow the tale of a celebrity “showgirl” bride and her chaotic wedding day plans, complete with an array of thrills and surprises that are sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

With a cast of characters that includes a producer determined to undermine the nuptials, a lighthearted groom, a Latin lover, a pair of pastry chef gangsters, and of course the producer’s unwitting chaperone, “The Drowsy Chaperone” — written by Bob Martin and Don Kellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison — was originally written as entertainment for a wedding celebration in Toronto, Canada.

The production — hailed as a musical within a comedy — later went on to enjoy a successful Broadway run, five Tony Awards and two North American tours.

Next, the COC theatre department will debut its production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” with a cast of students, community members and professional actors who are sure to make this show one to remember.

“Choreographer Shannon Levy-Heath and music director KC Manji and I are so pleased to share this production with audiences,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair, who is also serving as producer and director of the production. “This enthusiastic and talented cast has embraced the production and will truly entertain audiences as they perform one of the most charming musicals written in the last decade. We can’t wait for opening night!”

Veteran actor Katherine Lench, whose experience includes starring roles in the first national tours of “They’re Playing Our Song” and “Nine,” and the off-Broadway production of “A…My Name is Alice” has been cast in the title role of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” in what will be her first performance in a COC production.

Meanwhile, longtime COC stage actor Daniel Stewart — fresh off his run in “Master Harold and the Boys” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura — returns to the college to play the role of potential groom, Robert Martin.

“This may be the last chance for local audiences to see Daniel on our stage,” said COC theatre professor and associate producer Andrea Slominski. “This January Daniel will appear in the off-Broadway production of ‘Our Town,’ starring Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt and directed by MacArthur Award-winning director David Cromer.”

The COC theatre department’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will open Friday, Oct. 21, and run through Sunday, Oct. 30, on the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) main stage. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30. 

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for COC students and senior citizens.

On the production’s Opening Night, the COC theatre department is inviting all audience members to come dressed in their best Roaring ‘20s costumes, suits, fedoras, flapper dresses, pearls, boas and other accessories to help celebrate the production’s opening.

Audience members who arrive in costume will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of several fabulous door prizes donated by Santa Clarita Valley merchants.

“Bring the whole family and all your friends to this ‘Great Gatsby’ era night of theatre and fun on the town,” added Slominski.

September 23, 2011

College to Host Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event

In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, College of the Canyons will host its annual Domestic Violence Awareness event and donation drive as the first in a month-long series of events focused on domestic violence and body image issues.

The college’s fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

The event will include two high-energy performances by the acoustic band Women on the Move, who will be appearing at the event for the fourth consecutive year. Joining Women on the Move on-stage this year is special guest artist Kelly Zirbes of the band Kelly’s Lot, who will share her own brand of energetic, heartfelt music with audiences. The live music performances are scheduled to begin at noon and 1:15 p.m.

Also included will be the annual “EVERYbody is Beautiful” student fashion show sponsored by the college’s SNAC (Student Nutrition & Wellness Advocates at COC) group, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

The event will also feature a variety of information booths presented by representatives from COC clubs and other SCV organizations with an interest in addressing the issues of domestic violence and positive body image.

“The day’s activities are intended to empower attendees to stand up against domestic violence and spread awareness in the community about this important issue,” said Connie Tripp, COC history instructor and one of the event organizers. 

Attendees will also be invited to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence to be included as part of the college’s ongoing Clothesline Project display. Clothesline Project pins will be on sale at the event at a cost of $10 ($5 for students). All proceeds will benefit the national Clothesline Project (CLP) program, which addresses issues surrounding violence against women.

Event organizers will also be collecting dry and canned food items, diapers, baby wipes and other toiletries, along with cash and gift cards, to be donated to the SCV Child and Family Center.

Closing out the day’s events will be a special presentation from Lori Bauer, marriage and family therapist, SCV Child and Family Center, about the “Signs and Cycle of Domestic Violence,” from 2 to 3 p.m. in Mentry Hall, Room 343.

As a continuation of this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness event, this fall the college will also present the ongoing lecture series listed below:

Legal Issues Surrounding Domestic Violence
Bob Brode, chair, COC Administration of Justice department
2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19
Mentry Hall, Room 343

Recovery From Domestic Violence
Dr. Darlene Mininni, author of the book “The Emotional Toolkit”
2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
Mentry Hall, Room 343

Nourishing Your Body From the Inside Out
Registered dieticians McKenzie Hall and Lisa Dixon
2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
Mentry Hall, Room 343
For more information about the College of the Canyons Domestic Violence Awareness event and ongoing lecture series please contact Connie Tripp at (661) 362-5931.

September 22, 2011

Star Party Returns to Canyon Country Campus

The College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus will host an encore appearance by the planet Jupiter, which will be back on campus in full display and available for all to view, during the campus’ annual fall Star Party, taking place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater.

“Over the last three years, the Canyon Country campus Star Party has received such a strong community response that we wanted to make sure that this family-friendly tradition continued,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, Vice President of the Canyon Country Campus and Economic Development.
During the event, College of the Canyons faculty members and local astronomers will be on hand to provide audiences with information related to Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view Jupiter through one of several high-powered telescopes that will be pointed toward the planet, its famous red spot and more than 60 moons.

“With Jupiter’s visibility so apparent this time of year, focusing on the many wonders of this planet is a natural fit for our fall Star Party,” Maloney said. “The elevated nature of our campus, combined with the clear views we experience on a nightly basis, makes the Canyon Country campus a perfect venue for gazing at the stars — and planets!”

To begin the evening, COC adjunct biology and physics professor David Michaels will present a short orientation lecture and Q & A session to familiarize audiences with the many awe-inspiring aspects of Jupiter’s size, unique features and planetary makeup.

Also included in the presentation will be information about other Jupiter-like planets that have recently been found orbiting around other stars, along with some insights about the other types of comets and shooting stars that may be witnessed by viewers later on in the evening.

Though some seating will be provided, Star Party attendees are encouraged to get to campus early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a festive outdoor atmosphere as the sun begins to set and Jupiter takes its place in the night sky. 

Coffee, hot chocolate, pizza and other food items will be available for purchase at the event through Lamppost Pizza, operator of the Canyons Café on the Canyon Country Campus. A portion of the concession sales from the Star Party are being donated to the Dr. Ram Manvi Memorial Scholarship to benefit students who are majoring in the fields of mathematics, science or engineering technology. 

Dr. Manvi was the former Dean of Math, Science and Engineering at College of the Canyons and was instrumental in launching the campus’ initial Star Party event in 2009.

Want to learn more about Jupiter or astronomy or the Canyon Country campus? Then bring your friends and family to this unique, educational and fun event!

For more information about the College of the Canyons Star Party, please call the college’s Canyon Country campus at (661) 362-3801.

September 13, 2011

SBDC to Host Fall Semester Young Entrepreneur Program Kick-Off Event

This week, the fall semester Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) offered at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons will officially begin with a special kickoff event, taking place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

Targeting young people between the ages of 14 and 27, YEP offers business consulting and business training programs delivered through a variety of outreach and delivery methods, including websites, blogs, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products.   

The goal of the program is to guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership, along with developing management and problem solving skills that will assist them in any future career path.

This fall’s YEP program will again feature trips to businesses that will allow young entrepreneurs to see first hand the vast opportunities and many challenges entrepreneurs face in today’s business climate.

“We are excited to be able to once again bring the SBDC’s highly successful Young Entrepreneur Program to young, business-minded students and entrepreneurs throughout our surrounding communities,” said SBDC director Steve Tannehill. “Last semester alone our YEP program reached more than 450 young entrepreneurs who took advantage of this valuable program by participating in a wide variety of events, workshops and business field trips.”

Last month, the Business Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) hosted by Cuesta College and the California Community Colleges’ Economic and Workforce Development Program (EWD) announced their renewed support of the SBDC’s ongoing YEP program for the fall 2011 semester.

This continued level of support will allow the SBDC to continue offering its YEP program to students throughout Northern Los Angeles County free of charge.

Assuming leadership responsibilities of the YEP program this semester is new program coordinator Diana Meyer. 

Meyer takes over the position from senior SBDC business advisor Nina Grooms-Lee who is focusing her energies on working with technology startups as part of a recent grant the SBDC was awarded to help assist technology businesses.

“Helping young people to create the types of small businesses that lead to economic opportunity and job creation in our communities is yet another way in which the SBDC hosted at College of the Canyons is assisting in the economic development of this region,” said Meyer. “I am excited to join the SBDC’s team of business advisors and look forward to delivering actionable information to teens and young adults interested in entrepreneurship.” 

September 8, 2011

College to Hold Fourth Annual Non-Profit Fair

With 19 non-profit groups and organizations already scheduled to attend, College of the Canyons will host its fourth annual Non-Profit Fair designed to help students and community members learn how they can further a particular non-profit cause by connecting with one of the organizations in attendance.

Being presented by the college’s Service-Learning program, the COC Non-Profit Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the college’s Student Center atrium, located on the Valencia campus. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

“The Non-Profit Fair is a great opportunity for our students to connect with the community and engage in meaningful community service,” said Kimberle Arredondo, COC Service-Learning program technician and one of the event organizers. “Since we started hosting the Non-Profit Fair in 2008, our Service-Learning students have completed more than 31,000 hours of service to our community. 

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the college as well as our students,” added Arredondo.

The college’s Service-Learning program allows students to apply the concepts and theories they learn in the classroom to real-life situations and challenges through volunteering in their community.

“As participants in service-learning, students enhance their learning experience by reinforcing academic concepts through practical application,” said Michael Joslin, dean of Student Services at the college. “Students engage in meaningful duties providing service for our community partners and the clientele they serve, and this interaction provides networking opportunities for our students and helps them explore career options.”

Some organizations that have already signed on to participate in this year’s fair include: American Cancer Society, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Boys and Girls Club – SCV, Bridges to Ability Foundation, Community Hiking Club, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Girl Scouts of Greater LA, Habitat for Humanity, New Leash on Life, ProCare Hospice, Providence Tattoo Removal Program, Project Kindle, Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, SCOPE (Santa Clarita Org. for Planning the Environment), SCV International Charter School, SCV Senior Center, Single Mothers Outreach, Wildlife Learning Foundation, William S. Hart Museum.

This annual event presents a great opportunity for all students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about the wide range of volunteer opportunities available within local community-based, non-profit organizations.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Non-Profit Fair, please contact Kimberle Arredondo at (661) 362-3231.

Sept. 8, 2011

Bi-Annual Job & Career Fair to Provide Opportunities for Employment

Providing local job seekers with employment opportunities in an array of industries and career fields, this month College of the Canyons and The Signal newspaper will present their bi-annual Job & Career Fair, being held in connection with the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce SCV Community Expo.

The Fall 2011 Job & Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a variety of employers. In addition to entry, middle and upper level employment opportunities, job fair organizers will also have information about paid internship opportunities.

As always, Job Fair attendees are encouraged to: research the companies that will be in attendance (list available at Career Services website); “dress for success” in order to make a good first impression with potential employers; and bring plenty of resumes to leave with job recruiters.

“Our goal for this job fair is to bring employers and job seekers together, to exchange information regarding what opportunities are available, and how to best apply for them,” said Anthony Michaelides, director of Career Services at the college. “It is the job seeker’s responsibility to be prepared with questions and to have done their research on the companies in attendance. They will have one chance to make a good first impression in person, something that cannot be done online.”

As an additional service offered to all attendees, event organizers have scheduled a trio of 50-minute workshops containing a variety of tips, techniques and information for job seekers to utilize on their path to employment.

Workshop topics will include “Paint Your Career Green: Find a Green Job Without Starting Over,” at 10:30 a.m., presented by career consultant and author Michele Lobl; and “Use LinkedIn Effectively for Networking and Job Search,” presented by career specialist and social media consultant Stuart Fried, at 11:30 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m. human resources consultant Tom Royston, CEO of Blue Cube Group, will present a resume and cover letter workshop designed to help attendees create, or strengthen, their resumes.

The college’s Career Center will also be hosting a workshop on “How to Prepare for the Job Fair” from noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Student Center, Room PDR-3, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

September 7, 2011

Community Members Invited to Remember, Honor, Reflect at 9/11 Memorial Event

In observance of the terrible tragedies that struck our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, College of the Canyons, the City of Santa Clarita and the Artists of Santa Clarita will present a stirring memorial designed to remember the fallen, honor all those who serve and reflect on our nation’s freedom during the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

The 9.11.11 Remember, Honor, Reflect memorial event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, with all proceeds benefitting the SCV Warriors Scholarship for veteran students attending classes at College of the Canyons.

“It’s amazing that the artists in our community and at the college have chosen to come together and pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 on the 10-year anniversary,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “College of the Canyons and the PAC are proud to host this important community event.”

During the approximately two-hour program, singers, dancers, actors and other artists from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley will present a series of live patriotic performances meant to honor America. 

However, attendees will also be presented with an emotionally somber, multi-media presentation — including photos, videos and interviews — which chronicles the events of 9/11 and depicts the devastating loss of life suffered that day.

Also included in the program will be a flag presentation ceremony, followed by welcoming remarks from College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook and other City of Santa Clarita officials.

Prior to the live performance portion of the program, the Artists of Santa Clarita will host a patriotic-themed visual arts show, featuring a wide range of 9/11 inspired art pieces, beginning at 2 p.m. in the PAC lobby. All pieces will be on sale, with 25 percent of the proceeds benefitting the SCV Warriors scholarship.