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04.03.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Some people are turning to canned food to cut costs at the grocery store.

Some people are turning to canned food to cut costs at the grocery store.

At the Inland Empire Art Institute of California, culinary students are learning how to stretch food dollars by making meals mainly from cans. According to Executive

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By Lori Corbin
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ome people are turning to canned food to cut costs at the grocery store.

At the Inland Empire Art Institute of California, culinary students are learning how to stretch food dollars by making meals mainly from cans. According to Executive Chef Eyad Joseph, that can be a great way to cook and save.

“Very affordable, healthy, you can make it taste great and it’s something new that a lot of people haven’t experienced,” said Chef Joseph.

At a recent fundraiser, called the “Canstruction Luncheon,” Joseph competed against other seasoned chefs in a challenge to create great meals from canned cuisine.

“And we were told we were going to make a dish out of a canned item and make it look great, taste great, and affordable,” said Chef Joseph.

One chef made an English salmon curry made of canned salmon, coconut milk, sweet peas and white beans as the main ingredients.

“Another chef used a chicken item that he incorporated with canned tomatoes and canned beans and other vegetables like canned asparagus and water chestnuts and made a beautiful salad out of it,” said Chef Joseph.

Chef Joseph, who was raised in the Middle East, created dishes like a simple pizza, tuna salad, hummus and baba ganoush. Joseph chose meals where vegetables played a major role on the plate and cost as little as 80 cents to make.

Fresh food loses its nutrients the moment that it is picked. Then there is the time it takes for the food to get to the warehouse and then to the market. Finally, food may lose even more nutrients depending on when the food was purchased, and then consumed.

“From factory to farm you’re talking less than a day and the reservation of the nutrients is incorporated into that, so you don’t lose a lot of flavor or nutrients,” said Joseph.

It is important to know that fresh produce is usually picked before its prime so that it holds up well at market. Canned food is allowed to ripen longer, then immediately canned, preserving freshness.

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English Salmon Curry
Yield: 3
Chef Brien Clements
Omakase
3720 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, Calif.
(951) 788-8820
12 oz coconut milk
1/4 lb butter, unsalted
12 oz salmon, canned, skin and bone removed
12 oz peas, canned
12 oz tomatoes, diced and no salt added
12 oz white beans, canned and rinsed
1 tbsp curry powder
1 oz lemon, cured in salt and sugar, white pith removed
tt salt, kosher
tt pepper, black and fresh ground

— In a large saucepan, combine the coconut milk and butter and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer until a nice thick glaze forms. — Add all remaining ingredients, heat for another 2 minutes, or until warmed through, thick and well-coated. — Serve immediately.

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Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Luis Martinez, CEC/Executive Chef
Riverside Marriott Hotel
Riverside, Calif.

1 12-oz can of chicken breast
3 oz of canned Mandarin oranges
2 oz of roasted cashews
2 oz of crispy Chow Mein noodles
2 strawberries cut in quarters
1 oz of toasted sliced almonds
7 oz of spring mix salad

In two 12-inch pasta bowls, place equal parts of the spring mix salad and top with the chicken, Mandarin oranges, cashews, almonds, noodles and drizzle about 3 oz of the strawberry dressing.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

1 cup of fresh strawberries
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of fresh chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 cup of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley

In a blender add the strawberries, honey, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, orange juice , lime juice, salt, garlic, Dijon mustard, basil, tarragon and parsley. Blend in until puréed consistency. Add the olive oil slowly to emulsify the dressing.

Dressing must be used with in 72 hours

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The costs of the items prepared on the show were as follows:

Foul (garbanzo bean/fava bean stew) costs $2.34
Veggie Pizza – $3.16
Hummus – $1.82
Baba Ghanoush – $2.01
Light Tuna Salad – $3.71

All the dishes’ pricing was valued at four servings.

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04.02.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Art Institute Confers First Degrees

Art Institute Confers First Degrees

Founding Art Institute of California – Inland Empire President Byron Chung and current President Emam El-Hout were as proud as the graduates on Friday, March 27 when the campus’s first students received Bachelor’s and Associate degrees. Photo by Robert Swapp.

The first graduating class of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire received degrees on Friday, March 27. Photo by Robert Swapp.
Students are: Associate degree in Culinary Arts recipients Ronnell Lawson and Roberto Pulido-Vasquez: Associate degree in Graphic Design students Regina Cortez, Elizabeth Horn, Christopher Kujawa, Nicole Lee, Richard Macias, Marcia McClellan, Alyssa Mees, David Monge, Jhanelle Ocampo, Salvador Vasquez Jr.; Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design students Raysa Cerna, Michelle Cossota, Anthony Guevara and Rachel Makowski; Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design students Cesar Bahena, Bob Chen, Alysha Cintas, Marissa Loudon, Tracy O’Bannon and Paige Petersen and Bachelor’s degree in Web Design & Interactive Media students David Dresner, Mary Nina Gonzales and Raymond Heredia.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Graduation is always a milestone for students.

A graduation ceremony held Friday, March 27 was also a milestone for the school sponsoring it, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. It was the school’s first graduation ceremony.

“This is a big night for our graduates and their families and friends,” said founding Art Institute of California – Inland Empire President Byron Chung. “But it is something I have dreamed about for four years.”

That’s longer than any of the new graduates were enrolled in the school, as it didn’t open until January 2006. Although some of the bachelor’s degree recipients got head starts by attending other schools in California within The Art Institutes system of schools, many of the students finished early by taking advantage of the school’s year-round programs.

Chung, who is now president of The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, was given the job in 2005 of starting the Inland Empire campus. His work that year included hiring the rest of the executive team and the first term’s instructors as well as finding a building in San Bernardino the college could call home.

When The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire opened its doors to students in January of 2006 there were only 40 students. The college has since grown to about 1,200 – minus the 26 who received degrees in the recent ceremony.

One of those graduates, Alyssa Mees, actually completed her Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design and left The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire in March 2008. Mees got hired at FiveTen, a Redlands manufacturer of rock-climbing apparel and sports shoes. As part of the company’s art department, she is designing packaging, t-shirt illustrations, logos and advertising layouts.

Over the ensuing year, more students completed their degree requirements. In December 2008, some of the first students completed their bachelor’s degree requirements and more did so in March.

As these students completed their degrees, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s executive team determined the number of graduates would be more than two dozen in March 2009.

It has also determined that subsequent terms, starting in June, will have substantially larger numbers of graduates. Therefore, the team determined it should honor its small, but formidable, first graduating class at the end of the Winter 2009 term, which was March 27.

“They have worked hard at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire for three years,” said Emam El-Hout, the current president. “Today is very special for them, and for us.”

El-Hout determined that because Byron Chung had done so much to help these graduates during their enrollment and first two years of study, Chung was the perfect choice to address them as the graduation’s keynote speaker. Many people at the graduation agreed, as he received a standing ovation.

“Wow!” Chung said. “It’s good to be home.”

He recalled some earlier times at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire such as an animated haunted house the first-year students sponsored at Halloween 2006 that took up most of the small original campus; ordering pizza from Costco for the entire school (the school still has pizza parties, but they’re now created by the Culinary Arts Department); and celebrating with students as they won awards for their work.

“Statistics say that about one half of all college freshmen who start with the greatest intentions never finish,” Chung said to the graduates. “But you have what it takes. You have worked hard while others played, and you have stayed focused while others rested. Others gave up half-way up the mountain. But as a result of your hard work, you have reached the top. I now celebrate with you as the first graduates of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.”

Marissa Louden, a Bachelor of Science degree recipient in Interior Design, was named the class valedictorian. She also addressed her fellow graduates and encouraged them to take this moment and move forward with what it meant.

“We have had success, not just in our individual programs of study, but also in learning to be focused and organized in life,” she said. “What does that mean for us? No doubt, a better life.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

04.01.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on ART INSTITUTE’S HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR EARNS CERTIFICATION

ART INSTITUTE’S HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR EARNS CERTIFICATION

McKenzie Perez, Human Resources Coordinator at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, recently received certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) To deliver quality instruction, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire begins by hiring instructors and talented support people. McKenzie Perez, who, as the human resources coordinator at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire helps make these great hires happen, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources.
Perez, who lives in San Bernardino but grew up in Moreno Valley, has served as The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s human resources coordinator for two years.
Working with Michele Ferren, director of human resources, Perez conducts orientations for newly-hired employees, administers benefit plans, coordinates special events for training and employee recognition and processes and verifies the employee payroll. She also assists with prescreening of, and background checks on, job candidates.
“We are incredibly proud of McKenzie’s accomplishments,” said Michele Ferren, Director of Human Resources for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “She is a consummate professional, and a great asset to our campus.”
The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, signifies that Perez passed a rigorous examination to qualify as a professional in the human resources field. To become certified an applicant must pass the exam and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.
“Certification as a human resources professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resources profession,” said Mary Power, executive director of the HR Certification Institute.
The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resources professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resources profession. The purpose is to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.
The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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03.26.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on INVENTIVE DESIGNERS CREATE PLAN TO HELP SALVATION ARMY’S HOMELESS CHILDREN IMPROVE THEIR LIVES

INVENTIVE DESIGNERS CREATE PLAN TO HELP SALVATION ARMY’S HOMELESS CHILDREN IMPROVE THEIR LIVES

The Art Institute of California –Inland Empire’s interior design team B.L. VENTIV (Belen Martinez, Liyi Martinez, Vickie Anaya Evon Arredondo, Natalie Ustariz, Tracy Ho, Ivan Valles and Veronica K. Gonzales) with Capt. Stephen Ball of The Salvation Army. This team designed a media/study room and a computer room, which will likely be part of the remodel of the Tenth Street shelter The Salvation Army plans to begin in April.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – The Salvation Army, San Bernardino Corps has embarked on a big project, the remodeling of the former Adult Rehabilitation Center into a place homeless women and their families can call home.

Two of the most important rooms in this remodeled shelter will be a media/study room for children, and a computer laboratory for teens and adults. To design these rooms, The Salvation Army relied on some outside help from Interior Design students at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

The team designing these rooms, all students in the Winter 2009 Human Factors Course at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, was known as B.L VENTIV. These are the initials of the first names of each student, and also symbolize their goal, to “be inventive.”

Students were Belen Martinez of Colton, Liyi Martinez of Rialto; lead designer Vickie Anaya of Fontana, Evon Arredondo of Temecula, Natalie Ustariz of Moreno Valley, Tracy Ho of Rancho Cucamonga, Ivan Valles of Fontana and Veronica K. Gonzales of 1000 Palms.

“Carl Dameron of Dameron Communications, who is an Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army, contacted us to develop a new and exciting place for the children,” Anaya said. “We worked on this project for 11 weeks, meeting with Capt. Stephen Ball, the director, and his staff several times.”

After these meetings, the students developed computer renderings of how they thought the two rooms should look. They also made recommendations for furniture, computers and even decorative murals for the rooms.

They offered these recommendations to Capt. Ball in a presentation held Friday, March 20 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Included in this presentation is a 19-page, full-color bound report highlighting all their recommendations.

“I am excited about having these ideas become a reality in five to six months,” Capt. Ball said. “I have presented this information to the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and we look forward to beginning work on this project in two to four weeks.”

At Capt. Ball’s request, the team developed an interior design concept based on nature. Different parts of the two rooms focus on different areas within nature – the desert, the forest and the ocean.

“The desert is where many of The Salvation Army’s clients may think they are,” Gonzales said. “It looks like all hope is lost, but really the desert is full of life, and there is much hope for them.”

“The forest signifies branches,” she continued. “Like the forest, these people will branch out into new opportunities.”

“And the ocean is a beautiful place, full of life,” she said. “As these children gain knowledge, they have the possibility of creating a much better life for themselves.”

The rooms’ color schemes take cues from the three ecosystems.

“These colors are harmonious, and they will reflect the many options the people using these rooms have before them,” Valles said. “They also will promote stability and productivity.”

Most of the study room, as visualized by the team, focuses on the desert. Walls, carpet and furnishings are in brown tones, symbolizing the sand and rocks that dominate the desert.

This room features comfortable children’s seating around a television set. In this part of the room, children from preschool to middle school will watch educational videos. Another part of this room is set up with a table and sturdier chairs for studying.

Yet another part of this room takes on the “forest” scheme, with everything designed in shades of green. It will have smaller chairs, a low “chalkboard” table and artists’ easels, all designed to stimulate the creativity of the shelter’s younger children.

The adjacent room, which will be designed in shades of blue for the “ocean” scheme, will house 10 computers. The multi-colored computers, and a red desk for tutoring, will represent the many life forms in the ocean.

The computers will primarily be for older students to use for research in their school projects, but also for adults to use in searching for employment, building household budgets and other applications.

“We wish to thank The Salvation Army for giving us the opportunity for designing this space for these children,” Anaya said. “We know they will benefit from it.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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03.25.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on K-Frog Graphic Artist Set To Receive Art Institute Degree

K-Frog Graphic Artist Set To Receive Art Institute Degree

Michelle Cossota, graphic artist for K-FROG radio station, took on the challenge of obtaining a second bachelor’s degree while working full-time. She felt the training in graphic design would help her to do her job better. She will receive this degree from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire on Friday, March 27 as a member of the school’s first graduating class. She’s with Jana Rawling, academic director of the Graphic Design program at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Manny Otiko photo

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Highland Resident Michelle Cossota already had a great job and a bachelor’s degree, but she wanted to do her job even better.

She started with The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire in April 2006, already working full-time as a graphic artist in the Marketing Department of K-FROG Radio Station. Now, that hard work has paid off, as she will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts on Friday, March 27.

When she enrolled, Cossota said convenience and flexibility were two of the most important factors in choosing The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. As it turned out, it was only because of her own and many other people’s flexibility that she is now graduating.

“I was able to balance full-time enrollment and full-time employment due to the wonderful support I received from my instructors and advisors at Ai, my employer, K-FROG, and my husband and family,” Cossota said. “It was the encouragement, understanding, and many times the flexibility from all entities involved that helped me get through the program.”

Some quarters, Cossota was able to take advantage of online, night and evening courses. During other quarters, with the support of her supervisors at K-FROG, she took classes during the day but was given leeway by Art Institute instructors if a K-FROG project interfered with her ability to attend class.

“This was extremely important because I work full time and my job is a priority,” she said.

Cossota, who also has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of La Verne, has worked for K-FROG for more than six years. Her duties include putting together event proposals and designing presentation materials, flyers, banners and posters.

“It was because of K-FROG that I went back to school,” Cossota said. “I had been doing a lot of the artwork for the station during my first three years there and in 2006 they gave me the title of Graphic Designer. I wanted to feel like I deserved that title and knew the only way I to accomplish this was to gain the knowledge and technical training.”

Cossota said Art Institute instructors are veterans of their various industries and bring that expertise to the classroom. This was important to her from the beginning, and became even more important as she interacted with them for three years

“They were able to provide students with real world situations and share their experiences,” she said. “The staff has a passion for what they do and what they teach. When I was overwhelmed, it was their passion and encouragement that reminded me of why I am doing what I am doing and reminding me that the stress I might have now is going to pay off in the future.”

Jana Rawling, academic director for Graphic Design, is one of the many Art Institute instructors who has helped Cossota improve her graphic design skills. She’s especially proud of Cossota for her work designing an invitation to the first Graduate Portfolio Review, a quarterly event allowing new graduates an opportunity to showcase their work before potential employers.

“Michelle is a great designer because she understands all of the research and development so her work continues to improve faster than the average student,” Rawling said. “My goal is to enhance her position in the industry so she can get the job she dreams about and move anywhere she wants. I am sure she will do well when she graduates.”

Cossota said that after graduation she wants to continue learning her craft and refining her skills. “It is important for me to love what I do — design,” she said.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with 42 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. For more information about The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, call (909) 915-2100 or visit www.aii.edu/inlandempire.

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03.24.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on EDUCATION LEADERS TO LEARN ABOUT ART INSTITUTE AT MEET THE CREATIVES BREAKFAST

EDUCATION LEADERS TO LEARN ABOUT ART INSTITUTE AT MEET THE CREATIVES BREAKFAST

Rachel Makowski, a December graduate of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire displays some of her graphic design work at the first Graduate Portfolio Review. Carl Dameron photo.


A. Majadi, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, reacts with pleased surprise to information Tamara Stephens, lead designer for the Fall 2008 Human Factors class at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, presents about the kitchen remodel Stephens’ class had created for the Boys & Girls Club. Carl Dameron photo


Chef Laurent Ballion with a spread of fresh fruit, similar to what his students at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will serve with breakfast creations to guests at Meet The Creatives on April 22.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)– High school administrators and other education leaders will receive their own introduction to The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at the semi-annual Meet the Creatives gourmet breakfast Thursday, April 22.

“This presentation was created to give high school and community leaders an opportunity to see the creative education opportunities available at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire campus.,” said President Emam El-Hout. “We would also like to share our creative majors, show our work in the community. Our goal is to facilitate a partnership with these administrators as key players in academic excellence and in the creative growth of the Inland Empire’s youth.”

The breakfast is prepared by students attending The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, which oversees the Culinary Arts and Culinary Management programs. After breakfast, participants will take tours of our campus, hear presentations from the school’s academic directors about the programs offered and also learn about career services and student affairs at the San Bernardino school.

Articulation (the methods by which high schools ensure their students are adequately prepared for various colleges) and the $150,000 in scholarships The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will offer this year will also be discussed, as will Summer Studio 2009.

Summer Studio is an opportunity for students who will be in high school that fall to work with The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire to design real work for a non—profit organization. Each year, The Art Institute chooses a different non-profit organization with which its Summer Studio participants will work.

“We will show how we impact our community and the role that we play in transitioning our students from high school to active, viable working professionals in the creative community,” El-Hout said.

For more information, educators should call Carl Dameron at (909) 888-0017. To confirm attendance, call Veronica Cordova at (909) 915-2100. The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is located at 630 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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03.23.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on MARQUEZ NAMED I.E.’S ‘BEST TEEN CHEF’

MARQUEZ NAMED I.E.’S ‘BEST TEEN CHEF’

Theresa Marquez of Fontana is all smiles after receiving the gold medal and a $3,000 scholarship in The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Best Teen Chef competition held Saturday, March 14. (Chris Sloan Photo)

Theresa Marquez of Fontana cooks up a winning meal during The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Best Teen Chef 2009 competition.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) –The new Best Teen Chef in the Inland Empire – Fontana’s Theresa Marquez, accepted her applause and beautiful medal with tears of joy pouring down her cheeks as the room erupted in applause and congratulations.

One judge told her, “Your meal and preparation were flawless. You have a wonderful career ahead of you. I’m honored.” Chef Eyad Joseph, academic director for the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire commented, “I saw you get past your nerves after 10 minutes, then you settled into a zone. It was brilliant.

Coming in second was Brittain Madrid, also of Fontana and third was Briannah Clark of Claremont, who also enjoys drag racing.

They were among 11 area high school seniors, many veterans of the school’s Passport to a Tasty Future program giving them a taste of the Institute’s culinary program and the ins and outs of a career. They were chosen from 20 applicants who submitted original recipes plus a 250-word essay on why they wanted to attend The International Culinary School.

Their challenge? To properly prepare equal dishes to their best ability and to the judges’ delight. But, snowing the judges would be no easy task, since these men were among the world’s best executive chefs and restaurant general managers. They included Claude Dhubert with 45 years as a chef, Fred Bambadji with decades at Europe’s finest eateries, Gilles Dirat with 30+ years experience, Thomas Sandi whose quarter-century in the culinary profession includes many of the great restaurants and resorts and The Art Institute’s pastry chef Laurent Baillon. Bystanders heard more French spoken than English.

Aiding these gentlemen was 19-year-old Kevin Agra, 2008’s Best Teen Chef who is now in his first year with the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

In addition to the aspiring chefs, at least 40 friends and family members showed up to encourage one or another teen. Competitors were Anton Pishchanellsky of Adelanto, attending Victorville’s Silverado High; from Sultana High in Hesperia was Christopher Crawford; Alex Shaffer was from Yucaipa High School; Ashlee Keane of Highland, and Redlands East Valley High; from Fontana’s A. B. Miller High was Brittain Madrid; Jasmine Cervantes of Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley; Theresa Marquez of Fontana High; Angelo Cordova of Victorville came from Hesperia’s Sultana High; Melissa Meza from Eisenhower High in Rialto; Claremonts’ Brianna Clark of Options for Youth in Ontario and coming from San Diego County was Ricky Keoman of Escondido High School.

Hosting the day’s event was Chef Eyad Joseph. “Each young competitor will be preparing a four-ounce sautéed chicken breast, sauteed broccoli, rice pilaf and a creative garnish, a sauce of their own, and a shrimp cocktail,” he explained. To the students he said, “You’ll use only the ingredients on your table in the kitchen, and there will be no talking among yourselves. And no giving up; you’ve come a long way to get this far, so don’t quit.”

He reminded the students the importance of safety in kitchens, that when they carry knives they must hold them down at their sides with the other arm out to clear the way in front. “Any other way,” Joseph reminded them, “is grounds for disqualification. Safety and sanitation come first here; cooking is second.”

The group gathered that morning at 9 a.m. for the introduction to the day’s competition, then entered the Institute’s state-of-the-art kitchen at 10:15 until 12:45. As the teens sliced, diced, peeled cooked, prepared and even wiped off the ill-placed grain of rice, the judges strolled among them, clipboards in hand to award points for preparation and cooking technique, knife skills and knife sharpener reviews & presentation while guests gazed intently through the wall-length window in silence.

“This is the only culinary school in the nation, and maybe the world,” Chef Joseph said, “doing this. All of our 33 campuses with culinary programs are competing on this same day across the country. While The Art Institute has been holding these competitions for, maybe, 10 years, here in the Inland Empire it’s our third. And with the response we’ve gotten, there’ll be many, many more.”

Marquez, as the top chef, receives a $3,000 scholarship, but, more important, will represent the school at the May 9 National Best Teen Chef final round competition in Charlotte, North Carolina against the best all the other Art Institutes send. At stake is a full tuition scholarship valued at $80,000 with all combined scholarships worth more than $250,000.

The national competition menu will be a lot harder, but (the school’s) Chef Laurent will be your personal trainer for the next two months. He’ll work with you every week.”

And Theresa, while still in thrilling shock, can’t wait.

Theresa has already enrolled in The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, and will begin her education there in the summer term, after she graduates from Fontana High School. The $3,000 scholarship will help, but she’s definitely hoping to win the full-tuition scholarship offered as the winning prize at the national competition.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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03.20.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Art Institute Fashion Designers Change Gears at Toyota Plant

Art Institute Fashion Designers Change Gears at Toyota Plant

Keeira Ford of 909models.com models a dress designed by a student from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire during a fashion show at the Toyota North American Distribution Center. Photo by Miguel Zaragoza of Graceful Visions Photography.

Adrianna Diaz, a Fashion Design student at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, was proud to see her friend Tiffany Leilani model a designer gown Diaz had designed and created herself. A fashion show at the Toyota North American Distribution Center in Ontario provided the friends with this opportunity. Photo by Miguel Zaragoza of Graceful Visions Photography

Students in the fashion programs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire recently put on their first fashion show, for employees of the Toyota North American Distribution Center in Ontario. Fashion Design students and outside professional designers designed and created the clothes, while Fashion & Retail Marketing students assisted in many ways, including styling models’ hair. The models were professionals from 909 Models.com as well as friends of The Art Institute students. Photo by Miguel Zaragoza of Graceful Visions Photography

(ONTARIO, Calif.) – The Toyota North American Parts Center usually focuses on car parts. But for a few hours recently, employees found themselves gazing on flirty spring dresses and designer formal gowns.

“Legends of the Apollo Theater,” a fashion show created by The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Fashion Design program, was the lunchtime entertainment. This was one of the ways this Toyota facility celebrated Black History Month 2009 throughout February.

“People may wonder what a parts distribution center has in common with fashion,” said Ed Huante, manager of the distribution center. “But diversity is very important to Toyota and this fashion show is a celebration of Black history and its diversity.”

For The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, this was a first opportunity for its six-month old Fashion Design program to showcase student work. Six of the 11 designers participating are enrolled in the Fashion Design program. The others are a student from the Art Institute of California – Orange County and four professional designers.

“Our students were overwhelmingly enthusiastic,” said Sherry West, academic director of the fashion programs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “They enjoyed it from start to finish.”

Most of these students had never been involved with a fashion show before, and none had gone through the process of taking an idea and turning it into a garment worn by a model, West said. As a long-time industry professional, she’s been involved in numerous fashion shows, but this was her first as a fashion instructor.

“Now they understand why they had to do sketches, why they had to make patterns and why they had to fit different models into several different outfits,” she said. “To see them work so hard and be so thrilled, was the best.”

“We want our students to see that if they work hard, they can have exciting careers doing what they love best,” said Art Institute of California – Inland Empire President Emam El-Hout. “Our Fashion Design and our Fashion & Retail Marketing students experienced a taste of this by participating in the show for Toyota.”

West is African-American, but said creating a fashion show to celebrate Black History Month was a challenge because most students in the Fashion Design program are of other races.

“One of the students came up with an idea to have the fashions inspired by the Apollo Theater,” she said. “They love Billie Holliday and the other Black jazz artists who came from that theater in the 1940s and 50s, and were inspired by them when creating their clothes for this show.”

West headed a team of 16 models, 11 designers, and about 25 other behind-the scenes workers, including a model coordinator, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and model dressers. Other than the four professional designers these were all students.

Adriana Diaz, one of the student designers, called this fashion show an incredible opportunity. She made a silver formal gown in a matter of days, then watched as her hand-selected model and good friend, Tiffany Leilani, paraded it down the runway as part of the Legends of the Apollo Theater fashion show.

“I want to open a haute couture (exclusively designed fashions) business after graduation,” she said. “This experience taught me how to work on a quick deadline with my clients’ needs in mind.”

While Diaz and several of the other designers asked friends to help with the modeling, members of the Inland Empire’s 909Models.com also delivered. This modeling agency matches professional models with clients for such diverse projects as television commercials, print advertisements, sales and event promotions, and artistic paintings.

“When many of these models joined the agency, they were looking forward to opportunities to be runway models,” said Carl Dameron, owner of 909Models.com “As an Inland Empire agency, these opportunities were limited before The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire began its Fashion Design program in September 2008. We look forward to working with The Art Institute on additional projects in the future.”

This was the first of many fashion events the fledgling Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Fashion Design program intends to hold. It is already planning another, larger show on June 6 at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga. That show will be open to the public, and will feature completely different creations by these and other Art Institute designers, as well as fashions available for purchase in the retail stores of Victoria Gardens.

“Our students can hardly wait for the next show,” West said.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire .

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu /InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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03.20.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on FORMER PRESIDENT OF ART INSTITUTE WILL ADDRESS FIRST GRADUATING CLASS

FORMER PRESIDENT OF ART INSTITUTE WILL ADDRESS FIRST GRADUATING CLASS

Founding Art Institute of California – Inland Empire President Byron Chung returns to San Bernardino on Friday, March 27 as the guest speaker for the school’s first graduation ceremony. Among the graduates to be recognized there will be Alyssa Mees, who completed her requirements for an associate degree in Graphic Design a year ago, making her The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s first graduate. In the past 12 months, dozens more students have completed their requirements for associate and bachelor’s degrees to become The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s first graduating class. Chung is currently president of The Art Institute of California – San Francisco.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Former Art Institute of California – Inland Empire President Byron Chung will return to San Bernardino on Friday, March 27 to help commemorate a milestone in some of his past students’ lives. They too are leaving The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire to begin new lives as college graduates.

Chung will be the keynote speaker for these graduates’ commencement ceremony, the first ever for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. This ceremony takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Manuel Santos Student Union at California State University, San Bernardino.

“Most of these students started at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire in 2006, when we were just starting our programs in San Bernardino, so they are almost like family” said Chung, who now serves as president of The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. “It is my honor to come back to see them complete their educational goals and receive their bachelor’s and associate degrees.”

“Byron Chung is the best choice to send our graduates into their new lives as working professional people,” said Emam El-Hout, current president of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “It was his vision, combined with the dreams of these students, that made this Graduation Day possible.”

When he was president of The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, Chung oversaw a team that built the school literally from the ground up. Under Chung’s leadership, the school moved into a 38,000 square foot campus at 630 Brier Avenue in 2005, and opened its doors to students in 2006.

Classes started with 40 students in Graphic Design, Web Design and Interactive Media, and Interior Design. Programs in Media Arts and Animation and Game Arts and Design were added later that year, and in Culinary Arts and Culinary Management in 2007.

Most recently, the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire added Fashion and Retail Management and Fashion Design to its programs. The school now has grown to more than 1,000 students and 70,000 square feet of building space, with more expansion planned in the near future.

Under Chung’s leadership the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire blossomed into an important community resource. Its students now lend their great talents to the community in many ways, such as graphic design, Web site building, event catering and helping non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Prior to serving as president of the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, Chung was a vice president and admissions specialist for Educational Management Corporation. He also previously worked as admissions director at the Art Institute of California-Santa Monica.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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03.19.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Graduating Art Institute students to display portfolios

Graduating Art Institute students to display portfolios

Tracy O’Bannon of San Bernardino is about to receive her bachelor’s degree in interior design from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. She will present this design concept she created in one of her advanced courses, as will other soon-to-be graduates, on Tuesday March 24 at the Riverside Art Museum.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will host its first off-campus Graduate Portfolio Show on Tuesday, March 24 at the Riverside Art Museum.

“This is an opportunity to present our students and programs to area employers that may be learning about us for the first time,” said Cindy Jones, director of Career Services for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “We also celebrate with our students and honor this important milestone as they begin their journey into professional lives.”

Employers looking for talented, newly graduated professionals in the fields of Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media and Interior Design are invited to attend this reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside. They’re asked to RSVP with Brenda Medina at (909) 915-2192.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the party continues its focus on the graduates, but with a different emphasis. The guests joining them during this portion of the event will be their own friends and family. These three hours are also open to the public

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will serve hors d’ouvres and beverages.

The six Interior Design students who will be showing their work are the program’s first graduates. These students are Marissa Louden of Riverside, Cesar Bahena of Hesperia, Tracy O’ Bannon and Paige Petersen, both of San Bernardino, Alysha Cintas of Palm Desert and Bob Chen of Claremont.

Other graduates are Michelle Cossota of Highland, who is receiving her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design; Marcia McClellan of Riverside and Richard Macias of Highland who are receiving associate degrees in Graphic Design and Mary Nina Gonzales and her brother Patrick Gonzales of Moreno Valley and David Dresner of Redlands, who are receiving bachelor’s degrees in Web Design & Interactive Media.

The Graduate Portfolio Show is now a quarterly tradition for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. It began holding this event last December, when most of its first 10 graduates completed their degrees. Thirteen more students graduate in March, with the numbers growing even more rapidly the rest of 2009 and beyond.

“Our numbers of graduates could reach more than 100 per quarter a year from now,” Jones said.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin April 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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