Archive for November, 2010

Campus bargain: a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by culinary arts students

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—Chef Joe Orate is teaching Grossmont students to prepare meals fit for five-star restaurants.  On Thursday nights, members of his culinary arts class have been readying themselves for  careers  as chefs by making, under his close supervision, a salad course, soup, an intermezzo, entrée, and dessert  with coffee.

Faculty and students in the know line up to enjoy the full, five-course meals, which have been offered to the campus community at the bargain price of $20.  

Videographer Felipe Oliveira and reporter Kamri Jackson went behind the scenes to provide this special report.

Oliveira and Jackson are students in Media Comm 132

Letter writer provides tips on getting that transfer to a 4-year college

Editor, GC Summit:

During the last couple of days of the CSU and UC fall 2011 priority application period, a few students always come in to the University Transfer Center lamenting that no one ever told them they had to apply by November 30th.

In troubled times, when California higher education opportunities are limited because of budget cuts to higher education, it is essential students take the following steps:

* Identify a transfer goal (major and transfer institution)

* Seek assistance in developing an educational plan and deadline

* Keep informed regarding transfer requirements and application deadlines

* Apply early and to at least two or more transfer institutions

The University Transfer Center provides small group, hands-on Transfer-Ready? workshops three times a week during the fall and spring semesters. ( has the dates and times.)

The workshop includes topics listed below:

*How to identify your transfer priorities

*How to research transfer options

*How to choose a major and transfer as soon as possible

*How to develop a semester plan and set a transfer deadline

Mary Rider
Counselor/ Professor, Transfer Center
619 644 7094

Scholarship fund fattened by successful gala

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –With the Fall 2010 semester nearing conclusion, numerous students can be assured that they will have the benefit of scholarships in Spring 2011– thanks to a successful fundraiser held last month by the Grossmont College Foundation.

Held Oct 16 at the Barona Resort Hotel, the fundraiser helped to generate $27,000 in scholarship money through a matching grant,  increasing the overall amount available to $130,000.

The video below narrated by Lan Nguyen, edited by Masada Ellis and featuring an on-air interview by Traci Tripes provides some of the flavor of this important fundraising event.


Masada, Nguyen and Tripes are students in Media Comm 132

Fewer foreign students earn doctorates at U.S. universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Fewer foreigners are earning science doctorates at American universities.   The National Science Foundation reports that doctorates in science and engineering earned by foreign students dropped last year by 3.5 percent.   That’s the first decline in more than five years.

The drop came despite an overall increase in the total number of doctorates issued by American universities.   The study’s author says there are several causes for the decline.   They include job-market conditions overseas and in the U.S. that might lead students to delay graduation.

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The cool sounds of jazz will be featured on campus Dec. 5

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Music Department will present “Jazz Night,” an evening of Grossmont College students performing a recital of various styles of jazz music, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Room 220 on the campus. The public is invited to attend.

Also performing at the event will be Grossmont College Music Dept. co-chair Derek Cannon and Kamau Kenyatta of the Cannon/Kenyatta Project. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children. For more event information, phone the Grossmont College Music Department at (619) 644-7254.

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‘Time Flies’ offers a variety of imaginative theatre sketches

 GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The Theatre Arts Department will present “Time Flies and Other Short Plays,” a series of witty and wildly original one-act plays, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11, at the Stagehouse Theatre located on campus.

The student performances feature hilarious characters pondering life’s metaphysical questions, including two Babylonian blue-collar workers building the Tower of Babel, three chimps locked in a room and recreating “Hamlet,” and two women who fashion a funeral breakfast out of thin air. “

Time Flies,” written by David Ives, is directed by Grossmont College Theatre Arts instructor Beth Duggan. Admission is $12 per person, $11 for active military and seniors and $10 for students (cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are accepted). The box office will be open one hour prior to all performances. For information, phone (619) 644-7234 (24-hour message center), or visit

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AIDS awareness to be marked on campus Dec. 1

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — National AIDS awareness week will be observed on campus on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an information booth to be set up on the 500 quad. The booth will distribute information from Grossmont College Student Health Services, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and HIV Outreach and Program Services. More information is available from the Grossmont Health Services at (619) 644-7192. * Preceding provided by Grossmont Health Services

Hebrew College sells campus to pay off debt

NEWTON CENTRE, Massachusetts (USANN4)–A struggling Massachusetts college has reached a deal with creditors to eliminate $32 million in debt.   The Boston Globe reports that Hebrew College is selling its campus, designed by Moshe Safdie, an internationally acclaimed architect, which it moved into less than a decade ago.   The college plans to lease space at neighboring Andover Newton Theological School.

Hebrew College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jewish education, plus other programs.   Last year, the college was on a list of institutions that failed the U.S. Department of Education’s test of financial strength.   Hebrew’s president, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann,  said the deal will allow the school to continue operating and growing.

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With hard work and talent, Ian Owen builds his career in music

Keyboard, guitar, piano--Ian Owen plays them all (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

Photos and story by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Everyday a new musician is born. From Country, Rock, and hip-hop an artist emerges. But where do these people start, what drives them to make the sacrifices they make, and push to get into the music industry?

Recently I sat down with musician Ian Owen to talk about his path in Music. Owen is a local San Diego musician, who has played in a fair amount of bands, and keeps pushing to get his music out there. Attending Grossmont College, he credits talented professors with helping him to acquire a trained ear for finding the right notes in his creative process of songwriting.

Owen says his school experience has been important for a variety of reasons. He has met other talented peers, some of whom have joined him in creating music.  He said he also has benefitted from connections forged with the help of such professors as Fred Benedetti and Derek Cannon.

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Grossmont Forensics Squad hosts 18th annual Griffin Tournament

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The speech and debate squad is studying comments from judges following the 18th annual Griffin Tournament that brought 23 college teams to the campus Nov. 19-20.

Asma Eweida and Jonathan Parker each won two awards in the tournament, and Jonathan Smith collected another for the Grossmont team.

Eweida’s awards were Finalist in Open Division Persuasive Speaking, and 9th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate. The team of Parker and Smith won Bronze in Novice Parliamentary Debate, and Parker collected the 7th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate.
Judges write comments on their ballots following an event; Grossmont competitors and their director, Roxanne Tuscany, are now carefully studying these comments to learn how their performances might be improved.

As in the previous 17 years, the Griffin Tournament was held  at Grossmont with Tuscany coordinating the event.

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