50th Anniversary Events - "Moorpark College 50 Years of Excellence!"


Moorpark College 50th Anniversary Events
“Come Back Home!”



Thursday, September 29 from 11 am-12:45 pm
Film Studies - Screening of

Location: The Moorpark Forum (Applied Arts 147)
Banned upon its release in 1954 for its “subversive” depiction of Mexican American workers’ and women’s rights, Salt of the Earth has subsequently been celebrated as a classic of American cinema. With its neorealist aesthetic and focus on Latino lives, the film continues to inspire audiences through its powerful depiction of coalition and perseverance despite the overwhelming difficulties and inequities experienced by its primary characters. As we celebrate and honor National Hispanic Heritage Month at Moorpark College, this screening and discussion of Salt of the Earth gives us hope for the future while looking back through our past, cinematic heritage. Film Studies professor Alison Hoffman-Han will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.


October 13, 2017 11:00am-5:00pm
Rendezvous at the Zoo  
Location: EATM
An evening
of “friendraising under the stars. This event will combine wild animal encounters, wine and hors d’oeuvres with a silent auction on the sprawling terrace of the beautiful Exotic Animal Training and Management building. Join us to honor Platinum Paw Award recipients Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and Dr. Kim Hoffmans, Vice President of Ventura College and former Dean of the “EATM” program and zoo.
As Moorpark College celebrates 50 years, we celebrate 5 years of Rendezvous at the Zoo with our new partners Malibu Wine Safari. Come enjoy this unique event, it’s guaranteed to be a ROAR of a good time!

October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2016 at 8:00pm
October 16, 23, 2016 at 2:00pm
Theatre Arts – “Night of the Living Dead”

Location: Performing Arts Center

Adapted From the George Romero & John Russo Classic Film By Lori Allen Ohm
and produced in arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

The dead are walking as Moorpark College kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration with this stage adaptation of the 1960’s classic tale of horror that first introduced zombies into the mainstream pop culture.  Fallout from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating monsters.  Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. “Night of the Living Dead” is a gripping, terror-filled play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending

Saturday October 15, 2016 @ 6:00pm
Homecoming – Football

Location: Football Field

Moorpark College Athletics is proud to announce our 2016 Homecoming Game against Bakersfield.  Come back home to see the Raiders take on the Renegades for what promises to be a landmark Moorpark College homecoming event.  Reconnect with friends old and new as we cheer our Football team on to victory and reignite that school spirit for the blue and black!    

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Music - To Be Sung on the Water
Location: Performing Arts Center

Join the Moorpark College Vocal Ensemble and Concert Choir for a beautiful performance following the flowing theme of water.  From movie hits such as Down to the River to Pray from O Brother, Where Art Thou, to pop classics like Let The River Run Carly Simon, and choral masterpieces such as Samuel Barber’s To Be Sung on the Water and Henryk Gorécki’s Broad Waters, this concert is sure to be exciting for avid choral music appreciators and first-time listeners!
Moorpark College Vocal Ensemble & Concert Choir, Brandon Elliott, Conductor


October 28th against Ventura at 6pm
Women’s Volleyball

Location: Volleyball Courts

Come join our Women's Volleyball Team as we host our cross town rivals, Ventura College, Friday October 28th, 6pm.  This is sure to be a night of excitement and athleticism!

Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Music - Beethoven’s 2nd

Location: Performing Arts Center

The Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra begins the 26th season with the music of Beethoven and Weber.  The Symphony No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven will be performed along with the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Carl Maria von Weber.  Also, a world premiere performance of Steve Burch’s composition written exclusively to celebrate the Orchestra’s 25th anniversary. The Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra, James J. Song, Music Director

November 4, 2016 Women @ 2pm, Men @ 4pm
Men’s & Women’s Soccer

Double header against Allan Hancock College
Location: Soccer Fields

For you soccer fans we have a double header for you against Alan Hancock College, Friday  November 4th, Lady Raiders at 2 pm and Men at 4 pm. Our women's soccer team is the defending WSC Conference Champions and So. Cal Finalist. The men have stepped up their game in hopes of having a winning season.  Admission free to all soccer games.

November 5th against Cerritos at 1pm
Football – Honoring our Veterans

Location: Football Field

Moorpark College Football will be honoring our Veterans during the last home game of the season against Cerritos College, November 5th ,1 pm.  Join us as we honor the men and women who served our country , all veterans will be admitted free of charge.

November 17, 18, 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
November 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
Dance - Speaking Movement Dance Concert

Location: Performing Arts Center

A showcase of dance choreographed by Moorpark College faculty, students and guest artists. Come enjoy a variety of dance styles celebrating the collaboration of art, music and movement. Directed by Vivian Goldes

November 29 and 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
Comm. Studies - Fall Forensics Showcase

Location: Performing Arts Center

Speeches and Performances by the most successful Community College Speech Team in the USA

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Fitness Center- Xtreme Raider Challenge

Location: Athletic Fields

The Xtreme Raider Challenge is a student-run obstacle course race for the Moorpark College community of faculty, staff, and students. Competitors follow a fun, yet challenging route through the lower fields and football stadium of campus. This event attracts all fitness levels and community sponsors from all industries, especially health and fitness. The student interns and the Fitness Learning eXperience club (FLeX) use this event to raise funds for the internship program’s uniforms and to donate to worthwhile, non-profit organizations. This event also encourages the campus community to register on the bone marrow registry through Be the Match. Organizations that have received funds from this event include: Children’s Law Centers, Be the Match

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Music - Holiday Concert

Location: Performing Arts Center

The Moorpark College is very excited to begin the Holiday season at Moorpark College with some of the most memorable and popular music of the joyous season.  As part of this celebration, the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Music Program  are joining their forces to perform wonderful Holiday music, including selections from the ‘Nutcracker’ presented by the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra and Moorpark College Choral Music Program.


January 18, 2017 Men @ 5pm, Women @ 7pm
Men’s & Women’s Basketball

 Double header against Allan Hancock
Location: Basketball Court

Watch the ball go through the hoop by joining men's and women's basketball compete in two double headers beginning with Allan Hancock, Wednesday January 18th,  5 & 7 pm respectively. 

February 4, 2017
EATM - Ira’s Birthday

Location: EATM

Every campus has a king!  Moorpark College has IRA the lion, “King of the Campus”. Join us February 4th, as we celebrate IRA’s 3rd birthday with a WILD party at America’s Teaching Zoo. Guests of this party will sing “Happy Birthday” to IRA as he claws and bites into his presents.  All party guests will get a piece of birthday cake and kids can make crowns to wear for this royal event!


February 11, 2017 – Men @ 1pm, Women @ 3pm
Men’s & Women’s Basketball

Double header against Ventura
Location: Basketball Court

Saturday, February 11th, the raiders will take the court against cross town rival Ventura College, men at 1 pm and women at 3 pm.  The men's game against Ventura College will leave it difficult to stay settled in your seat as MC has taken Ventura in the last 5 rival contests.


March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2017 at 8:00pm
March 5, 12, 2017 at 2:00pm

Theatre Arts – “Hair”

Location: Performing Arts Center

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rad, Music by Galt MacDermot, Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler, Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre

Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of both “HAIR” and Moorpark College.  Journey back to the “Summer of Love” and experience Moorpark College just as our first students did when our doors first opened in 1967.   In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, HAIR, puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints.  Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Hippie Life. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s in America.  "I wish every mother and father in this theater would go home and make a speech to their teenagers and say: Kids, be free, no guilt, be whoever you are, do whatever you want to do, just as long as you don't hurt anyone.”


March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 2017
EATM - Spring Spectacular 

Location: EATM

These fun filled weekends are America’s Teaching Zoo’s biggest showcase of the year! Animal presentations produced by our dedicated students highlight the very best of what the Exotic Animal Training and Management program has to offer. Come out for food, fun and furry friends! VIP Tours, a Kids Zone and guest animal celebrities are sure to be a hit with our guests!

April 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
April 5, 2017 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
Comm. Studies- Night Before Nationals

Location: Performing Arts Center
Speeches and Performances by the most successful Community College Speech Team in the USA

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Music - MCSO Chamber Music Series V

Location: Performing Arts Center
Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra presents various chamber music offerings. Also, included in the program will be some light classics and popular orchestral compositions. James J. Song, Music Director

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Music - Vocal Showcase

Location: Performing Arts Center

This exciting vocal variety show highlights the diverse talents within the Choral and Vocal Program at Moorpark College.  Join us for an evening of great solo, duet, and small ensemble works from jazz standards, musical theatre classics, opera, and modern pop hits! Brandon Elliott and Marilyn Anderson, Directors, Kevin Fukagawa, Collaborative Piani

April 20, 21, 22, 2017 at 8:00pm and April 23, 2017 at 2:00pm
Dance - Motion Flux: Of Beasts and Beauty

Location: Performing Arts Center

Enter the world of dance and fantasy in this unique dance theater event. Featuring student and faculty choreography, Of Beasts and Beauty poses questions about the nature of good vs. evil, organic vs. synthetic, and the beautiful vs. the ugly, through the art of the body in motion. Directed by Beth Megill


Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30pm
Music - Creation

Location: Performing Arts Center

The Moorpark College Symphony and Chorus join forces to bring the 2016-2017 rousing close!  Considered to be Joseph Haydn’s greatest masterpiece, this oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost. Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra, James J. Song, Music Director and Moorpark College Symphonic Chorus, Brandon Elliott, Music Director

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Fitness Center - Raider Pentathlon & eXpo

Location: Campus Quad

The RPX is a 5-station fitness challenge for Moorpark College students, faculty, and staff. Competitors are expected to complete as many repetitions as possible for each station, in 60 seconds. With a huge number of sponsors and vendors, even spectators are able to enjoy the festivities of this fundraiser. The student interns and the Fitness Learning eXperience club (FLeX) use this event to raise funds for the internship program’s uniforms and to donate to worthwhile, non-profit organizations. This event also encourages the campus community to register on the bone marrow registry through Be the Match. Organizations that have received funds from this event include: Boys and Girls Club- Moorpark, RAINN, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00pm
Music - All About Jazz

Location: Performing Arts Center

Join us for a night of great jazz music featuring the Moorpark College Jazz A Band, Jazz B Band, and Jazz Combos. These award winning ensembles (two time reigning champions in the community college division at the Reno Jazz Festival) will perform a wide variety of jazz repertoire showcasing our talented student musicians. Directed by Brendan McMullin


August 26, 2017 5:00pm-10:00pm
Moorpark College Golden Gala
“50 Years of Academic Excellence”

Location: Regan Library, Simi Valley, CA