Archive for May 24th, 2011

Tennis victory, volleyball heartbreak!

Sharon Reibstein (in foreground) waits, as her teammate, Jazmin Ortiz serves. The two won the Southern California doubles championship

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –A dynamic women’s tennis rivalry/partnership and an oh-so-close comeback in men’s volleyball highlighted a successful spring sports campaign for Grossmont College.

Women’s tennis, basketball, and softball all won Pacific Coast Conference titles, as did the men’s swim/dive team.  Women’s tennis and men’s volleyball carried their victorious ways to the state level.

Jazmin Ortiz and Sharon Reibstein, the top two players for women’s tennis coach Megan Haber, found themselves constantly playing for regional and state title matches – either against each other in singles, or together in doubles.

In the Southern California regional individual tournament, held at Grossmont College in May 5-7, Ortiz and Reibstein found themselves playing against each other for the regional championship.  Reibstein won 6-1, 6-3.

The consensus  judgment on how it felt to compete against one’s teammate, according to the players and Coach Haber, was “weird.” Haber noted that in such events she did not coach as actively as she sometimes does, but rather just kicked back and enjoyed watching the match.

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Commencement: many reasons for hope

School officials say that graduation ceremonies will be conducted in the Main Quad or on the second level of the parking structure, depending on whether it rains on June 1st.

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Quad, unless it is raining, in which case the ceremony will be held on the middle level of Grossmont’s parking structure.

Let’s hope for sunny weather.

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Staff profile: Holly Phan, printing supervisor

Holly Phan (Photo by Russ Lindquist)

By Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is a long way from Grossmont’s printing department.  Yet Holly Phan’s life-journey has taken her from one to the other.

Born in Saigon as Holly Doan, Phan immigrated  to the United States as a 17-year-old with her father, mother and brother in 1992, was graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego, then went to Grossmont and thereafter to SDSU.

Her  father, a former captain in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, was among many Vietnamese allies who accepted an offer from the U.S. government to come live in the United States.

In 2000, Phan received her B.S. in Computer Science and then, in 2001, accepted a job in Grossmont’s printing department.  She was promoted in 2006, and then was made acting supervisor in 2007. This year, she was officially named supervisor of the printing department.

She married her husband, Isaiah Phan, in 2001, and they have two daughters, 7-year-old Desiree and 17-month-old Daisey.

Among the challenges that Phan sees in her role as printing supervisor is to navigate the budget-cuts: “With current and potential future, this will be the biggest challenge for me [and] I believe that, together as a team, we can manage to work with the college, faculty and staff to maintain excellent services and keep in sync with the vision of the college.”

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