Photos from COS inter-squad scrimmage held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at COS.

    The Eagles open up their season at San Mateo on September 6. The first COS football home game is September 13 against Delta.

    The Eagles were back-to-back Mid-Empire Conference champions the past two years (4-0 & 3-1), as well as the Central Division champions in 2012 (10-1). This season, they are playing in the NorCal Conference with American River, Sac City, Feather River, Sierra, and Butte. (more…)

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    Ron Slabbinck, new music instructor, at COS is looking for singers to join the many vocal ensembles COS will offer this fall. Slabbinck was hired this summer and is replacing Elaine Schaefer, who retired from COS in May.

    This fall, Slabbinck will be teaching a variety of music classes at COS including Applied Voice, Music Appreciation, Computerized Music, and will take the baton as choral director for the Concert and Chamber Choirs and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Registration is open and all singers are invited to register.

    Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MUS 1512 / #7181) – This ensemble consists of 12 to 15 singers and performs advanced vocal jazz literature on campus and throughout the community. Solos, improvisation and tight harmonies are all a part of this exciting ensemble. Auditions for the 2014/2015 Vocal Jazz Ensemble will take place on Tuesday, August 19, from 1:30 to 3:20 pm in the Theater building, room T-1. Singers do not need to prepare for the audition. Rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:20 pm, with additional sectional rehearsals scheduled once the group has been selected.

    Chamber Choir (MUS 1507 / #7180) – This ensemble is open to male and female singers who want to sing challenging and fun choral music from Renaissance to Broadway. If you enjoy singing acapella music, you will have plenty of opportunities in this dynamic choir. Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:15 pm, with additional sectional rehearsal scheduled once the semester begins. (more…)

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    Gentle Yoga, will be offered this fall at the Weed Campus in two, six-week sessions to be taught by Jan Cowan. Ms. Cowan has taught yoga at COS for the past seven years and brings a wealth of experience both as an instructor and as a practicing yoga enthusiast. The emphasis on this class is “gentle,” so it is suitable for beginners as well as experienced yoga students wishing to deepen their practice. The student will develop “mindful” breathing while strengthening the body and mind with gentle yoga stretches.

    The first six-week session (XFW 0335 / #7252) will be held August 25 thru October 8 and will meet weekly on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the Theater Building, room 4. The second session (XFW 0335 / #7253) will be held October 13 thru November 24. The cost for each session is $20. (more…)

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    The cell phone said, “Missed call, Dennis Roberts.” Often, missed calls aren’t returned all that fast. But when the call is from DR, you know it’s big. Championships, hirings, firings–those situations warrant calls from the College of the Siskiyous Athletic Director. What was the word from DR?

    “I wanted to let you know we hired Brady Svilich as our new Cross Country coach. We now officially have a cross country program.”

    Roberts went on to say that he was very excited about having Svilich on board, and that he felt that COS cross country could very quickly become competitive and even a championship quality program. He also noted that there was a great base of runners right in Siskiyou County.

    Yreka High School has won the CIF D-IV boys state championship two out of the last three years. Mt. Shasta High School has fielded strong teams seemingly forever, and Etna High School has also produced some outstanding runners, such as John Whelan.

    Svilich comes to COS from the Yreka Miners cross country program where he was an assistant coach for the past four years. For Yreka Head Coach Pam Borg, the news brought mixed emotions, and a bold prediction.

    Its a bitter sweet situation for me as you might figure. I’m extremely proud of him as its a great opportunity for him as well as our county to have the XC program back at COS. There are a lot of talented kids that will benefit from having the program in place and being coached by Brady.

    I can’t say enough about the impact Brady made with the YHS XC program over the past four years as my assistant. We won many league and section titles, along with two state championships during his time here. We had that special winning combination of talented-hardworking athletes, wonderful community support and a great coaching team, which made for a string of very successful seasons.

    He has a great sense of humor that the kids love and he also has the insight and experience as a runner to draw from to guide each individual and team to be successful.

    Personally, I will miss him as he was easy to work with as we shared a common coaching philosophy. We are both competitive people who love to have fun, work hard, and also win. I’m figuring Brady will be winning conference within three years, if not sooner.

    On Monday evening, Svilich answered a few cross country questions from SiskiyouYouth.com about his past, the present and the future.

    What is your cross country/distance experience as a competitor? (more…)

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    Photo by Sharon Szczybor

    Jim Gilmore, COS Photography Instructor, is still accepting students in his fall semester Beginning Photography (ART 1011) classes. Two class options are available. The Monday and Wednesday class will meet from noon to 2:15 pm, or choose the Tuesday and Thursday class that will meet from noon to 2:15 pm.

    Gilmore will teach a traditional art photography course where students learn how cameras function and practice visual literacy to create and interpret photographic meaning. Emphasis is on creative image making, using traditional tools such as the small and medium format film camera and darkroom procedures to generate unique portfolios. The class will also explore the history of photography from its inception to today’s digital process, which has become such a major visual communication tool. The 3-unit class is fully transferable to CSU and UC. (more…)

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    It is important to know how to get the most out of our money and make it go farther. COS is offering a course on Personal Finance, a class that “can benefit anyone by learning to use or reinforcing sound financial management skills to avoid or address financial problems so many people face today in a highly consumptive society.”

    Personal Finance (BA 1034 / #7063) will begin Tuesday, August 19. The class will be held in the Weed Campus Distance Learning Center, room 4 from 12 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the semester. Instructor, Dennis Sbarbaro, will teach this 3-unit class. Sbarbaro has over 34 years of financial industry experience, having worked in San Diego in commercial banking, including management and ownership. He is currently a consultant and adjunct business professor at Point Loma University in San Diego and at College of the Siskiyous. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous is offering fall tennis classes to the general community on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:50 pm for all age and ability levels. Rod Koehler, 2003 USPTA Northern California Rookie Teaching Pro of the Year, is the instructor. Koehler teaches regular tennis classes at COS as well as at resorts in Jamaica, Barbados, and Playa del Carmen.

    The Tennis classes will meet from August 19 through October 16 at the Weed Campus Tennis Courts. The class will include instruction, game-based drills, and leveled match-play and is open to all levels and ages, but parents of younger players may be required to enroll in the class at the instructor’s discretion. Students who want to earn credit (1 unit) should register for: Beginning Tennis (PEAC 1024 / #7199) or Intermediate Tennis (PEAC 1124/#7257). Community members and/or high school students who want to register should sign up for Junior Tennis Camp (XFW 0308/#7258). All three classes will be held at the same time and place (concurrently). (more…)

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    This fall, the College of the Siskiyous will offer two, three-unit, American Sign Language classes, Beginning (ASL 1020-01 / #7051) and Intermediate (ASL 1521-01 / #7052), taught by Michele Rose. This is an excellent opportunity for those desiring skills in communicating with hearing impaired family members or friends as well as for emergency first responders, health care professionals, and public service workers.

    Beginning ASL classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Intermediate classes will also meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Both classes will be held at the Weed Campus in the Science Building, room 7-210. (more…)

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    Thirty-six kids, ages 8 to 13, participating in Camp Broadway at College of the Siskiyous this month will retell the classic “Little Mermaid” fairy tale musically through their production of Once on This Island JR., beginning August 1. Once on this Island JR is part of the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior Collection®, MTI’s special collection of musicals for younger performers which includes “JR” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children.

    Once on This Island JR is an adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” set in the Caribbean. The story follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his land, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and death. (more…)

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    Space is still available for kids who want to attend Camp Broadway at COS. This camp will take place at the COS Weed Campus beginning July 7 and ending August 3. Camp Broadway (XSU 0320 / #5135) will meet Monday thru Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cost to participate is $40 per student for the full four-week camp. Each participant will receive over 80 hours of instruction, a script, music, and practice CD. Participants will learn all aspects of putting on a show including acting, singing, dancing, costume design, set building, sound, lights, auditions technique and more!

    This summer’s production will be Once On This Island, Caribbean folk-tale, uniquely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Participants will be not only be singing, dancing and acting but also drumming! There are eight leading roles available with a plethora of fun chorus parts as well. Sign up now, registration must be received no later than July 1. (Students who are over the age of 14 may sign up to assist with the production and even get college credit!) Emmy award winning Broadway performer, Wendy James is the Camp Director. (more…)

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    By Dawnie Slabaugh, COS Public Relations Officer

    “Don’t be afraid of going back to school.
    It’s worth it!”
    Aletha Bonner-Doherty

    Aletha Bonner-Doherty is not a quitter. Aletha is a 54-year old COS student. She is the youngest of seven children and by the age of 15 already had two children. But she did not quit school. She graduated and then attended Heald Business College while at the same time providing care to her mother who was disabled. Aletha then worked for “twenty-odd” years as a manager with the Bay Area Rapid Transit until she became too sick with Asthma to continue working for the BART and decided to move to Washington.

    In 2007, Aletha and her partner Craig moved to Siskiyou County. She enrolled at COS in the fall of 2009, but soon found out she had Tubular Carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, and withdrew from her classes because of fear. Aletha credits Kathy Metro, a long-time South County physician, who recently passed away, for saving her life and giving her hope.

    “Kathy knew I needed my asthma medicine, but also knew I wasn’t taking proper care of myself and needed a mammogram. I got the mammogram and she gave me my medicine. We also found out I had cancer from the mammogram. Kathy saved my life!”

    Aletha beat the cancer she was diagnosed with in 2009 only to find out in late 2013 she had developed a second form of cancer, Aggressive Ductal Carcinoma, which is the most aggressive type of breast cancer.

    “No problem,” she said. “I can beat this one too!” And she did, as a full-time COS spring 2014 semester student. “I did not want to miss a single day of school or fall really behind. So I took my books with me to the hospital while I was fighting the cancer and getting my chemo. The nurses had to take them away from me.” (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week and 2014 season is Alex Henderson.

    “Alex is the 2014 CCCAA State Champion, 2013 state runner up, Northern California Section record holder (69.82/229-01), COS school record holder, and two-time All-American in the javelin. Henderson is from Redding, CA (Enterprise) and currently has offers to Alabama, USC, UCLA, Kentucky, and others. From the Siskiyous T&F coaching staff, congratulations on this season’s success, and continued success in the future Alex!” said Maas.


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    Last Thursday evening, hundreds of visitors, students, faculty, staff, administrators and the COS Foundation attended an Art Department printmaking sale and reception complete with live printing press demonstrations in the COS Learning Resource Center. At the same time, the COS Art gallery was open featuring the annual Student Photography Exhibition. Near by, at the Weed Brewery, a COS Art fundraiser took place-featuring displays of COS student paintings and drawings.

    The feature attraction of the evening was the unveiling of two new additions to the COS Permanent Art Collection. Mount Shasta artist and COS art alumni, Faith Sponsler, currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Sacramento State University, was selected by the art department full time faculty to receive the purchase awards for two of her large oil paintings. Art instructors Dennis Weathers, James Gilmore, and Sean Kenny submitted the formal request to college president Dr. Rob Frost and the COS Foundation who unanimously supported and approved the purchase. (more…)

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    Students who wish to “jump start” their education can do so at College of the Siskiyous this summer. Summer session begins June 2 and ends August 7. COS is offering a variety of classes that meet general education requirements as well as CSUGE and IGETC transfer requirements. Even better, these classes are mainly being offered via the internet so there is no travel or scheduling inconveniences to worry about. Registration is currently open. Classes that meet the general education requirements include (sampling of summer class offerings):

    Small Group Communication (COMS-1200 / #5007)

    Intro to Computer Science (CSCI-1001 / #5011)

    Child Development (ECE-1002 / #5014)

    College Composition (ENGL-1001 / #5017)

    Ethnic Studies (ETHN-1001 / #5021)

    Nutrition (FCS-1011 / #5022)

    Health in Action (HEA-1010 / #5027)

    United States History (HIST-1006 / #5031)

    Intermediate Algebra (MATH-0980 / #5040)

    General Psychology (PSY-1001 / #5049) (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the week is the Women’s 4×100 Relay Team of Jamika Davis, Kristina Busby, Casie Johnson and Jennifer Goacher.

    The Relay Team broke the school record at the NorCal Trials last week with a time of 49.29, to qualify for the Nor Cal Championships. (more…)

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    By Dawnie Slabaugh, COS Public Relations Officer

    I first met Kristen Riccomini when she was still Kristen DeBortoli. Kristen was a camp counselor at a summer basketball camp that I attended at COS. What I didn’t know then is what an important part Kristen would play in my life and that of many of the families in south Siskiyou County. Kristen is currently my youngest son’s first grade teacher at Mt. Shasta Elementary. She is a wonderful teacher and my son absolutely loves her. Because of her connection to COS, I knew she would be the perfect person to choose for a COS Alumni profile story. I asked Kristen to share with readers a little bit of information about herself, her family, and about her memories and experiences as a COS student.

    Q – Where did you grow up?

    A – I grew up in McCloud as the youngest of four children to parents Douglas and Margaret. My older siblings are Noelle, Joel, and Jennifer (all COS alumni). As a child, I learned the value of family and later as an adult the amazing life one can have from growing up in a small community.

    Q – Tell us a little bit about your family.

    A – I am married to Kale Riccomini (Principal of Mt. Shasta Elementary and Sisson School) and we live in Mt. Shasta with our three boys (13 year old twins Kole and Kaden and 8 year old Kellen). Our lives today revolve around our boys and all their sports activities….which I truly love!  My interests include anything to do with my family and teaching again!

    Q – Why did you choose to attend College of the Siskiyous?

    A – I attended COS mainly to play basketball for Tom Powers. My entire family, including parents, all attended COS before me and it just seemed like the perfect stepping stone for me after high school. Attending a small high school like McCloud and graduating and attending a large four year college terrified me! So COS was a perfect transition school for me, plus I got to live at home too! At COS I had the great opportunity to play basketball – a sport I grew up playing and loving. (Editor’s note – During her freshman and sophomore years, Kristen was selected as MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and a member of the All-State Team. She is the only basketball player from COS to be selected to the All-State Team in consecutive years. In 2003, Kristen was inducted into the COS Athletic Hall of Fame.) (more…)

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    On April 22, College of the Siskiyous Athletic Department recognized the 2013/2014 Scholar Athletes. To be eligible for the Scholar Athlete award, an athlete must have participated (including redshirts) or will participate in a sport or the athletic training program, have passed 12 units counting towards basic skills, career & technology or transfer, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2013 semester. Approximately 66 athletes were honored for their academic achievements. Listed below are the 2013/2014 Scholar Athletes:

    Women’s Basketball
    Tabatha Anderson
    Shelby Weekley
    Maryann Parker
    Lydia Strong
    Casie Johnson
    Maya Stevens

    Delanie Tally
    Kristin Cox
    Mackenzie Matthis
    Katelyn Bauman
    Jessica Conrad
    Lydia Strong (more…)

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