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GC Summit changing servers

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–To provide a more versatile format, the GC Summit is in the process of changing servers.   We have encountered some technical difficulties in making the move, but hope to have them fixed soon.  In the meantime, please keep two web addresses in mind.

The up-to-date Summit report may be found at the following web address:

The site to which we are moving, for which a new format is being selected, is   Although the second site can now be accessed, it is neither up to date, nor does it appear as it will in the future.

Please bear with us as we make this transition.

Thank you,

Donald H. Harrison
Journalism Instructor
Grossmont College

Norris named Summit business manager

Chris Norris-Linton

Staff Report

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Chris Norris-Linton, a double major in music industry studies and media communications, has been appointed business manager of the campus newspaper GC Summit, it was announced by Donald H. Harrison, faculty advisor.

Norris will sell advertisements for the monthly Summit magazine, with a particular emphasis on coupons from neighboring restaurants and businesses.

He may be contacted at

Instructor weighs formation of Jewish Student Union

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – Is there sufficient student interest to warrant forming a Jewish Student Union on this campus?

Media Communications 132 Instructor Donald H. Harrison, whose faculty responsibilities include overseeing the production of the GC Summit, wants to assess that question prior to next semester when the club would start up. 

Harrison requests any student interested in participating in on-campus Jewish cultural activities, beginning next Fall, to please contact him at 

Besides teaching here, Harrison serves as editor and publisher of the online publication, San Diego Jewish World ( ) and has extensive contacts within the local Jewish community.  He also is the author of the biography, Louis
Rose: San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur.

“I’d envision the club sponsoring a variety of on-campus cultural activities to help de-mystify Jewish people to other segments of the
campus population,” Harrison said.  “Perhaps if other religious and ethnic student clubs are interested, we also could engage in dialogue to explore our common interests.”

He said there is a Jewish concept called “tikkun olam,” which literally means “repair of the world.”  The belief is that we all have the
responsibility to help make the world a better place not only for ourselves, but for our neighbors.  “Perhaps,” said Harrison, “members of
the Jewish Student Union would decide to participate in tikkun olam projects.”

Preceding was provided by Donald H. Harrison

Grossmont ESL classes create community, seek volunteers

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—With seven hundred students, Grossmont College has one of the largest populations of English learners among local community colleges.

The population is divided almost equally into two categories: foreign students who came to the United States to pursue education and who will return to their home countries, and immigrants or refugees who are trying to build a new life and new home in the United States.

Challenges in learning English can differ greatly based on the person’s country of origin. For example, students from Russia have trouble with “a” and “the” — such articles do not exist in their native language. different backgrounds and cultures have different challenges in learning English. Native Arabic speakers, on the other hand, have trouble with capitalization.

These are some of the  tidbits of information out of many to be found in Donald H. Harrision’s reportage on Grossmont College’s English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) department, which was recently published in the online journal San Diego Jewish World. Continue reading

‘Tin’ has comforting message for elementary school students

By Donald H. Harrison

Donald H. Harrison


GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Theatre Arts Prof. Jerry Hager wrote and directed Tin, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” that will be taken on tour at local elementary schools from now through Dec. 9.   Like many fairy tales, it has an important lesson.

Previewed on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre before an appreciative matinee audience, the dramatic fairy tale imagines that an evil Jack-in-the-Box (Ryan Payne) has stolen the laughter from a little boy (Franceso Valenti), causing great worry for the boy’s father (Adrian Brown), and aunt (Angela Luevano). 

The plight of the family prompts the toys of the household to devise a plot for getting the laughter back.  The ballerina (Shay Tyler), with the help of a teddy bear (Kelly-Noelle Henry) and a music monkey (Andrea Gardner) decide to lure Jack out of his box to dance while the soldier Tin (Alonzo Jackson) breaks into the box to find the laughter.  The toymaker (Jade Wise), who serves as the narrator of the story, heightens the excitement by drafting the audience to provide the sound effects of a tenth character in the play: the trapped laughter.

The one-act play includes a brief recitation by the toymaker of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, familiar to anyone who watched the Disney animated movie Fantasia 2000, in which a tin soldier with only one leg falls in love with a ballerina standing on one foot, mistakenly thinking that she is like him.  Clearly this story is different than that one, as is demonstrated when our tin soldier comes onto the stage with both legs very much intact.  But as the play progresses, the issue of a one-legged soldier is revisited.

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