Archive for November 22nd, 2010

District names Jerry Buckley as new senior dean

GROSSMONT COLLEGE  (Press Release)– Dr. Jerry Buckley has accepted the districtwide position of Senior Dean, Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, it was announced by Sue Rearic, vice chancellor for business services.  Dr. Buckley will assume his new position beginning December 1.

Buckley comes to his new role as Senior Dean for the district having served as Dean of Math, Natural Science, Exercise Science and Wellness at Grossmont College since 2006.  He also served as a faculty member at Grossmont College from 1990 to 2006.  For the past 15 months, Buckley also has been serving half-time as Interim District Director of Research while maintaining his role as Dean at Grossmont College.

Prior to his work in higher education,  Buckley’s experience spanned 15 years in healthcare and clinical research, including the establishment of a research department and database system used to track investigational research drugs and devices.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University.

As Senior Dean, Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness,  Buckley will organize and implement comprehensive institutional research and planning processes.  In addition, he will lead district strategic planning and assist with the improvement of institutional effectiveness.

Preceding provided by Vice Chancellor Sue Rearic

College transfer tip: Cal State San Marcos has openings!

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–California State University San Marcos has re-opened for spring 2011, according to Grossmont College’s University Transfer Center.  

“This is an exceptional opportunity to transfer to a small, local public university that was virtually closed to our students for fall 2010 (471 Grossmont College students applied and 21 were admitted—the highest number from any of the local community colleges),” according to a bulletin from the transfer center.

 Students are eligible to apply if they fulfill either of the following admission criteria:

  • 60+ transferable units, including completion of the “Golden Four” requirements (oral communication, written communication, critical thinking and mathematics) with an overall GPA of 2.0
  • Less than 60 transferable units and CSU eligible from high school

Students must apply online at  The campus remains open until further notice, but students are recommended to apply as soon as possible. 

Transcripts should be sent immediately after the application has been submitted.  Students with less than 60 transferable units by the end of fall 2010 must also send their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

Additional information is on the CSU San Marcos website or

Preceding provided by the University Transfer Center at Grossmont College

San Diego region to observe ‘A Day Without A Bag’ Dec. 16

ENCINITAS, California (Press Release) – Cities throughout the San Diego region, local community groups, environmental organizations, and the County of San Diego have proclaimed the third Thursday of December as “A Day Without a Bag” to raise awareness and promote a greener holiday season.

On Thursday, December 16, businesses and residents will promote or utilize reusable bags for their holiday and regular shopping needs instead of standard single-use plastic and paper bags. “This is a community-wide event to support the development of behavior that is a more sustainable use of our resources by encouraging shoppers to choose reusable shopping bags over disposables. Reuse is far better than recycling – it prevents waste and litter, which in the end is the highest and best use of resources,” stated Regional Coordinator Jacy Bolden of the City of Encinitas.

Each year, people in the greater San Diego region use more than 1.7 billion plastic bags, which is about 500 bags per person annually. According to the U.S. EPA, less than five percent of plastic bags are actually recycled, and they are made from non-renewable fossil fuels. Even though paper bags are easily recycled in curbside programs, proponents of “A Day Without A Bag” stress that a single-use of any disposable bag is not the highest and best use of natural resources.

Retailers and volunteers interested in participating can find more information about the event by visiting, which also includes a Google map with bag giveaway locations and times.

Preceding provided by the City of Encinitas

Large-class professors taking attendance by clicker

NEW YORK (USANN1)–New technology is allowing professors to monitor students and engage them in class.   The New York Times reports that some professors are issuing “clickers”.   The palm-size, wireless devices look like TV remotes.   They allow professors to see which students are on-time for class or are late.

The “clickers” can also be used by students to ask the professor for help or for pop quizzes.   They are used by schools such as Northwestern University, Harvard, the University of Arizona, and Vanderbilt.   The hand-helds can sell for $30 to $70 each.   Some schools require students to buy them, while others lend the devices to students.

Preceding provided by USA News Network4

Grossmont to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ Dec. 4 and 5

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The  Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Grossmont Master Chorale, in partnership with the San Diego Ballet, will present two special performances of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego.

This magical holiday favorite, presented at the restored 730-seat Birch North Park Theatre with a live full orchestra, will feature 100 costumed dancers, reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score on an enchanting journey through a landscape of Yuletide dreams, including swirling snowflakes, leaping Cossacks and sugar plum treats.

The production is directed and choreographed by Robin Sheretz-Morgan and Javier Velasco. The director of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Grossmont Master Chorale is Dr. Randall Tweed. Premium seating tickets are priced at $55 per person. General seating tickets are priced at $45 for adults, $25 for students ($2 off for seniors and active military). Tickets can be purchased online at, or by phone the event box office at (619) 239-8836.

Preceding provided by Grossmont College Music Department