[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Santa Clarita CA
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 18
1929 - Swift justice: Thomas Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery 1 month earlier [story]

TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons will bring Santa Clarita into the light of the future and demonstrate the talent and vigor we have in this valley.

On April 19, 2014, TEDxCollegeoftheCanyons will host its second annual conference, this year following the theme of “Perspectives.”

The event is happening at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center from 9am to 3pm.

Seven speakers have been selected to speak at the event with topics ranging from the intersection of Biology and art to America’s obsession with death.

Students can purchase tickets at the College of the Canyons Office of Student Development.  Check the College of the Canyons website for current hours.  Each ticket is $20 and you must provide a valid student ID ( the $20 ticket also applies to any highschool or college student besides students affiliated with College of the Canyons, but they must provide their respective school ID). Must be cash or check if purchased through ASG. Limit two tickets per student.

Community members can purchase  tickets online through the College of the Canyons website.  Each ticket is $50. Limit one ticket per person.


Charles Chase

Charles Chase manages the Revolutionary Technology Programs organization for the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. The organization’s charter is to create, mature, and transition a broad range of disruptive technologies with significant Lockheed Martin system impact. Technology focus areas include: power and propulsion systems; RF and optical meta-materials; cognitive and physiological human performance monitoring; new sensor modalities; adaptive and bio-inspired structures; and plasma flow control devices. He recently won the Lockheed Martin Innovate the Future contest with “Power from Low Speed Wind”, and was a semifinalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge with “Bio-Inspired Morphing” to eliminate design stagnation. He presented his organization’s work on compact fusion power and propulsion at the 2013 Google “Solve for event. He was a low observable engineer on the F-117A production program and has also worked for the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as an electromagnetics group lead. He is a co-founder of CBH Technologies, a start-up developing next generation lighting technology and holds numerous patents.

High Res Photo Craven (1)

Annette E. Craven

Annette E. Craven, Ph.D. is a first generation high school, college, and doctoral graduate, currently Director of the Doctor of Business Administration program at University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to achievements in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors, she has also held the highest faculty governance positions in higher education. She is also well-known internationally for her national Baldrige service, leadership service, and accomplishments in creating scholarly venues for researchers. Annette has spoken to international audiences about the Changing Human Perspective each professional experiences and the lessons they learn as they progress Through the decades of life: the Terrible Teens, the Tremulous Twenties, the Thunderous Thirties, the Fearful Forties, the Fantastic Fifties, and the Sassy Sixties.


David C. Andrus

David C. Andrus has been a Professor of Political Science at College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, California since 2002. At COC, Professor Andrus has served as Vice-President of the Academic Senate, Chair of the Senate’s Policy Review Committee and currently as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He has also served as the founding President of the full-time faculty association’s political action committee.
Professor Andrus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles with an emphasis on International Affairs, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He has worked for a political consulting firm where he served as a Political Organizer and Field Director for United States congressional campaigns; political researcher; and as an international election observer and poll center manager on behalf of the United States State Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has led a political/education delegation to Colombia on behalf of a non-governmental conflict resolution organization. Professor Andrus has also headed a municipal public labor association where he headed collective bargaining efforts and participated in state mediation and conflict resolution. He is a former member of the United States Army and is a native of Southern California.

frank_OviedoFrank Oviedo

Frank Oviedo is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Santa Clarita and brings more than 15 years of management experience to his current role.

Prior to coming to Santa Clarita, Frank served as City Manager of Wildomar in Riverside County. In his four years with Wildomar, he successfully balanced three consecutive budgets, developed the city’s first comprehensive economic development work plan, helped secure millions in grants funds for transit, negotiated the city’s solid waste contracts, worked with the City Council to develop a plan to support the city’s future infrastructure needs, and implemented an economic development roundtable to develop a strategy for long-term community sustainability.

Prior to his time in Wildomar Frank was deputy city manager in the City of Elk Grove. In the late 1990’s he worked for the City of Santa Clarita in the finance and parks and recreation departments where he learned “the Santa Clarita way” of effectively and efficiently managing a city. He brought Santa Clarita’s philosophy to subsequent jobs, while gaining experience as a manager in the public sector. In 2013, Frank returned as the Assistant City Manager for Los Angeles County’s third largest city.

Mr. Oviedo received his B.A. from Fresno State University and his M.P.A. from the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs. He has served on several not-for-profit boards and guest lectured at numerous universities. In addition to all of his work accomplishments, he is a world traveler, husband, and father of two.


Jane Skeeter

Jane Skeeter is CEO and Founder of UltraGlas, Inc., the leading manufacturer of designed architectural and performance glass and glass tile. Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, the company is world renowned for its artistic and architectural glass innovation and installations. It offers a full complement of glass fabrication techniques and processes that encompass everything from flooring to ceilings and most items in between. The company’s most recent innovations include the patented UltraGlas-E – an environment-minded product made from salvaged glass diverted from landfill – and BIPV (Building Integrated Photo Voltaic) glass panels that clad the exterior of a building while transforming sunlight into electricity to power the building.

Skeeter is a licensed General and Glazing Contractor and Certified Interior Designer. She holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential and has taught adult and college-level courses in a variety of design and glass-related topics. She is a graduate of UCLA’s MDE program and the NAWBO Peak Leadership Academy, and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a member of numerous professional trade organizations and is an active supporter of community non-profits, serving on the boards of The Boys and Girls Club, Val*Pac, VICA, Valley Economic Alliance, West Hills Hospital, Woodbury University and NAWBO-LA.

Skeeter’s other accomplishments and awards include: Past President of NAWBO-LA, National Association of Women Business Owners, SFVBJ’s Women in Business CEO of the Year and Business Woman of the Decade, NAWBO/Wells Fargo National Trailblazer Award. Two Crystal Achievements Awards from the National Glass Association Best of Boutique Award from Hospitality Design Magazine.


Lisa Solis

Lisa Solis DeLong RN is the co-founder of Justin Time Children’s House, an art based grief center for children and families experienced in the death of a loved one. She is a mother, registered nurse, bereavement facilitator, author and inspirational speaker. Her memoir, BLOOD Brothers, was released in 2011 and is touching the hearts of thousands of readers from laypersons to nursing students. Lisa’s first-born son, Justin, died at the age of 15, after a ten-year remission from leukemia, then six years later her youngest son, Jacob, was also diagnosed with leukemia. Jacob has completed treatments and is now a healthy teenager. Lisa is currently creating her second book, Getting Along With Grief, a family grief guide. She co-hosts Death Café Santa Clarita, a monthly gathering, as part of a global social franchise promoting awareness about death related issues. Lisa lives in Santa Clarita with her husband of 30 years, two daughters, ages 25 and 20, her 14-year-old son and her ten-pound “therapist” Poochini. She enjoys hiking, turning broken items into beautiful mosaics and most of all ballroom dancing.


Kelly Cude

Dr. Kelly Cude joined the College of the Canyons (COC) Biological Sciences Department in January 2007 and has taught a multitude of courses ranging from microbiology to molecular genetics and cancer biology. Dr. Cude grew up in a coastal community near Monterey Bay California where she attended community college before transferring to the University of California, Davis (B.S. Genetics, 1998) and the University of Washington, Seattle (Ph.D. Molecular & Cellular Biology, 2004).

Her scientific field of study (and personal passion!) is cancer biology. While Dr. Cude has worked in many areas of cancer biology, including Phase II Clinical Trials at the National Cancer Institute, gene sequencing and arrays, and signal transduction, one of her favorite ways to spend time is looking at cells through the microscope: specifically, observing the structural and genetic changes in cancer cells by fluorescence and confocal microscopy.

Following her PhD studies, Dr. Cude took a full time teaching position at Western Washington University, before transferring to COC in 2007. One of her goals as an instructor is to help her students to “change their perspectives” of the living world around them through the use of microscopes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and making stained glass art work.

In the Fall of 2013, along with her co-presenter Professor Kelly Burke, Dr. Cude exhibited a collection of micrographs at their collaborative art show ‘Life as Art” in the COC Gallery. The exhibit is now on permanent display in the Biological Sciences Department at COC.


Kelly Burke

Kelly C. Burke is a Professor of Biology at College of the Canyons where she is the Lead Faculty for Microbiology. Professor Burke has been at COC since 2002 and has been a full-time faculty member since 2005. She has been interested in the microscopic world since first looking into a microscope in the third grade, and in photography since about the same time. Along with her co-presenter Dr. Kelly Cude, Professor Burke exhibited a collection of micrographs at their collaborative art show ‘Life as Art” in the COC Gallery, Fall 2013.

Professor Burke earned her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science from the University of Tampa, and her M.S. in Microbiology from the University of South Florida, where her favorite course was Electron Microscopy. Originally from Colorado she lived in MD, FL, NJ, and FL again prior to moving back west to California. Professor Burke is an active member of the AAUW-Santa Clarita Valley branch and is passionate about science education.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


  1. Ckay Walker Ckay Walker says:

    Where does the money go for Ted? As I understand they don’t pay the speakers. Just wondering.

  2. Ckay Walker Ckay Walker says:

    Where does the money go for Ted? As I understand they don’t pay the speakers. Just wondering.

Leave a Comment

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
When Rafael Munoz recalls his time at the Layer 8 Computer Security Club at California State University, Northridge, he feels proud and thankful.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
It was a night to honor exceptional mentors at California State University, Northridge, but the five recipients of the 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards just wanted to talk about their students.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
The words leapt right off the page and hung in the air, heavy, encircling the audience. Their creator stood, offering his gifts of verse — shared in a powerful baritone voice.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
Steve Gerischer, proprietor of Larkspur Garden Design, will simplify the art of rose pruning and share tips on keeping your roses flourishing at the next installment of CSUN's CSUN-al Gardening series on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
How do we close the graduation gap? How do we ensure students have the resources they need to succeed academically? Those are questions people in higher education — including at California State University, Northridge — have been grappling with for decades.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1929 - Swift justice: Thomas Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery 1 month earlier [story]
A transformative epoch in Santa Clarita Valley history drew to an uncharacteristically quiet close Saturday with the death of Bobbie Trueblood Davis at age 93.
Pre-City Leader Bobbie Trueblood Davis Dies at 93
"The final tax reform bill released punishes homeowners and weakens homeownership, and in fact, it looks at homeowners and the housing market as nothing more than a piggy bank," said C.A.R. President Steve White.
Realtors: Final GOP Tax Bill Punishes Homeowners
1925 - Jenks Harris robs Piru bank of $11,000 [story]
1902 - Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), Gen. E.F. Beale's Syrian camel driver, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz. [story]
The National Weather Service has called a Fire Weather Watch for this weekend for Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains and valleys including the Santa Clarita Valley due to gusty northeast wind and low relative humidity.
Weekend Fire Weather Watch Called for SCV
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a 21-year-old man who had an outstanding warrant and was allegedly in possession of cocaine in Canyon Country early Thursday.
Bicyclist Arrested for Warrant, Cocaine in Canyon Country
Valencia-based Princess Cruises, voted the #1 international cruise line in Japan, announced its 2019 program featuring Japanese-built Diamond Princess returning for her sixth season, sailing roundtrip from Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe.
Princess Cruises Unveils 2019 Japan Cruise Program
Valencia-based Princess Cruises released its 2019 Canada and New England cruise schedule, featuring Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess on the line’s largest fall deployment and the opportunity to visit Greenland roundtrip from New York
Princess Cruises Sets Fall 2019 Cruises to Canada, New England
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department looks back at five years of work by its Domestic Highway Enforcement Team, which has disrupted the operations of the drug cartels by confiscating millions of dollars in illegal drugs and drug money.
Elite LASD Drug Enforcement Team Disrupts Cartel Operations
College of the Canyons quarterback Andrew Brito, wide receiver Desean Holmes and linebacker KJ Latu have been named to the 2017 Region III All-California Community College Football Team.
Brito, Holmes, Latu Represent Cougars on All-State Team
Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's 2018 awards ceremony and installation of new officers at Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Friday night, January 26.
Jan. 26: SCV Chamber of Commerce 2018 Awards, Installation Gala
Sponsorships are now open for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation's 2018 Economic Outlook Conference, set for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at a location to be announced shortly.
SCV 2018 Economic Outlook Conference Tickets, Sponsorships Open
SetPoint Medical, a Valencia-based biomedical company developing therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases, has received approval from the FDA to initiate a pilot trial in the U.S. for patients with drug-refractory rheumatoid arthritis.
FDA OK’s SetPoint Bioelectronic Therapy Study for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., representing the United States - and states and regions leading on climate across the globe - joined world leaders at the One Planet Summit Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement.
Brown in Paris: ‘We Can’t Wait for White House to Wake Up’
The regular Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 19 has been canceled, according to a notification from the city of Santa Clarita today.
City Cancels Dec. 19 Planning Commission Meeting
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, December 19, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 19: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Meeting
L.A. County's Bringing Our Loved Ones Home Task Force officials unveiled their final recommendations, endorsing a plan to use a voluntary system of trackable bracelets to find people prone to wandering, like those suffering from Alzheimer’s or autism.
County Task Force Calls for Tracking Bracelets to Locate Lost Individuals
The Community Development Commission of the county of Los Angeles looks back on 35 years of advancing its core program areas: affordable housing and housing, community and economic development.
County Community Development Commission Marks 35th Anniversary
Metro is seeking two new members to join the Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee.
Metro Seeks 2 New Measure M Oversight Committee Members
The California Air Resources Board approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan Thursday to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment.
Air Resources Board OK’s $663 Million for Clean Vehicles
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its public safety and crime information report for Saugus (Zone 4) for December 4-10, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Shoplifting, Petty Theft in Saugus
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years.
California AG, 10 Others Oppose Feds’ Suspension of Clean Water Rule
Conservation groups on Friday lobbied a federal judge for permission to join a fight between the federal government and a ranching association over a trio of California amphibian species.
Conservationists Lobby to Join Fray Over Frog Habitat
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
Lady Mustangs Within Range of Directors’ Cup Top Spots
When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
CSUN’s “Under Armour Faculty” Promotes Academic Success in Student-Athletes
When Rafael Munoz recalls his time at the Layer 8 Computer Security Club at California State University, Northridge, he feels proud and thankful.
CSUN’s Tech Education Makes Top 10 List
The city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events division is currently seeking proposals for solo exhibits for 2018 in the gallery space at The MAIN, the City’s newest arts venue in Old Town Newhall.
City Seeking Artists for 2018 Solo Exhibits
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
CSUN to Face-Off Against Formal Rival Eastern Washington
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday:
Dec. 15: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
This Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15-16), The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance brings their annual Winter Dance Concert to the REDCAT stage.
Dec. 15, 16: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert at REDCAT
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has approved naming Dr. Collyn Nielsen as Chief Administrative Officer and Jan Hayes-Rennels as Director of Special Programs and Staff Development.
Hart Appoints Nielsen, Hayes-Rennels to District Office Positions
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.
Big West Pre-Season Coaches Poll Puts Matadors Volleyball at No. 3
A 44-year-old transient was arrested by SCV Sheriff's Station deputies Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to pick up his 8-year-old niece from a school in Santa Clarita.
Suspect Arrested in Attempted Kidnapping
It was a night to honor exceptional mentors at California State University, Northridge, but the five recipients of the 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards just wanted to talk about their students.
CSUN Pays Tribute to Mentors Who Have Made a Difference