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COC amphitheater named for developer's dad

Carl Rasmussen placed high value on education

Posted: July 9, 2008 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Dena Maloney, left, the dean of COC's Canyon Country campus, stands with Murray Woods, M.S.S. the chief development officer for COC, in the new Canyon Country amphitheater named after Carl A. Rasmussen.

The amphitheater at College of the Canyons' Canyon Country campus will be named for Carl A. Rasmussen, a longtime community member with a penchant for spouting interesting quotations.

Local developer Larry Rasmussen secured the naming rights with a $25,000 bid during the live auction portion of the College of the Canyon Foundation's 2008 Silver Spur Celebration, with the intention of naming the amphitheater after his late father.

"He came from a rural farming environment, and was pulled out of school to help with the farm after the eighth grade," Rasmussen said of his dad, who died in 1989. "But he valued education and he insisted that all of his children go to college."

A plaque will be placed at the amphitheater engraved with Carl Rasmussen's name, the dates of his birth and death, and a quote he often told his children: "Don't confuse where you're going with who you're going with."

The meaning of his dad's sayings were not always readily apparent, but Rasmussen said this quotation sends a message to young people to not get in with the wrong crowd and go in the wrong direction.

"He mostly told me that during my teenage years," he said. "So this quote is something I hope will give the students something to think about."

Designed for the use of students, staff and community members alike, the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater is envisioned as a venue capable of hosting live performances and concerts, community gatherings, campus activities and other special events.

The amphitheater features a flat seating area and elevated stage, and will eventually be surrounded by the growing campus' permanent buildings.


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