Archive for April 9th, 2011

S.D. Blood Bank to mount 2-day drive on campus

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–San Diego Blood Bank’s mobile trailor will be at the Main Quad from 19 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, for a blood drive honoring Trevor Norby, 12, who has been battling aplastic anemia since 2006.  

“Trevor has received transfusions as part of his retreatment and is responding well,: according to a statement from the Blood Bank.   By donating their blood, members of the Grossmont College ocmmunity “can help to ensure the blood is available when Trevor, and patients like him, need it.”

If you are planning to donate blood, the Blood Bank advises: “Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donatign blood.  All donors must show proof of identification.”  More information is available at or by calling (800) 469-7322.

Preceding material provided by San Diego Blood Bank

Library worker helps students gain better seating

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) –  A library worker who came up with a novel solution when the college found it didn’t have the funds to refurbish hundreds of old chairs as part of a building renovation is the latest recipient of an award that each quarter highlights the good works of the college and district staff.

Maria Gearhart, a senior multimedia assistant at the college’s Learning and Technology Resource Center, took a hands-on approach to the dilemma by  borrowing tools from her upholsterer father, and repairing more than 200 chairs to furnish a nearly 4,000-square-foot expansion of the library.

The $4.1 million addition to the learning resource center is the last of the campus’ new facilities and building expansions funded through Prop. R, the $207 million facilities bond measure approved by East County voters in 2002 to address severe shortages of classroom and lab space at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges.

“Unfortunately, the money available for furniture, fixtures and equipment on this project is pretty humble,” said Connie Elder, dean of learning and technical resources.

Elder, Gearhart and another library staffer picked out the fabric at a local fabric shop and Gearhart began the painstaking reupholstering about a year ago.

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