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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-Media Advisory-JM-OpeningDay
Aug. 23, 2012
 
Invitation to Cover College of the Canyons Opening Day Celebration
Subject: College of the Canyons annual Opening Day Celebration
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2012
Place: College of the Canyons Physical Education West gymnasium
Contact: COC Public Information Office, (661) 362-3415
Event: As a kickoff to the fall 2012 semester, College of the Canyons will host its annual Opening Day Celebration with all faculty, staff and administrators invited to attend.
 
The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a cheese and chocolate tasting hosted by the COC Institute for Culinary Education (iCuE), followed by lunch prepared by ISSI, the college’s contracted food service provider.
 
During the event College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook will address the crowd with a speech designed to recap some of the college’s most recent achievements, while highlighting some of the more significant events and initiatives scheduled to take place throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
 
In addition, a number of longtime college employees will be recognized for their distinguished service to the district. Included among the honorees will be lead biological sciences faculty member Don Takeda, who is celebrating his 40th anniversary at COC.
 
Takeda -- who was just the second biology instructor ever to be hired at the college -- began his career at COC in January 1972, and is credited with significantly enhancing the college’s biology department by working to develop new courses and continually incorporating industry changes and technology into the curriculum. During that time a number of Takeda’s former students have also gone on to become teachers, pharmacists, veterinarians, nurses, medical doctors and biological researchers.
 
To conclude the afternoon, the college’s Audio & Visual Support department will present a slide show of the many college events and activities that took place at both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses, throughout the last year.
 
Note to Editors: Photo opportunities will be available.