Archive for the ‘Health and Safety on Campus’ Category

Master dance classes announced

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – Master dance classes in a variety of genres will be offered by the Dance Department on campus this semester. Students may register with their instructor or by phoning (619) 644-7766. Here is the schedule:

Friday, Sept. 23

Hip Hop (Beginning) – 6 to 7:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Tracy Seiler

House – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.., taught by guest instructor Vinh Nguyen.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Modern – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., taught by guest instructor John Malashock of Malashock Dance

Salsa – 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., taught by guest instructor Michael Saltus of Positive Energy

Saturday, Nov. 5

Dance Injury Prevention Awareness – 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, taught by guest instructor Katy Ewalt

Jazz/ Contemporary (Beginning) – 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., taught by guest instructor Denise Leitner

Jazz/ Contemporary (Intermediate)-1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., taught by guest instructor Denise Leitner

Friday, Nov. 18

Ballet (Intro/Beginning) – 1:30 to 3 p.m., taught by guest instructor Javier Velasco

Ballet – (Intermediate/Advanced) 3 to 4:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Javier Velasco.

Friday, December 2
Yoga for Dancers—12 noon to 1:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Beth O’Reilly

African – 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., taught by guest instructor Suzanne Forbes

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Seasonal flu shots now available on campus

Staff Report

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Student Health Services Office in Modular Village 58N is offering seasonal flu shots to all students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Cost is $15 for students with Grossmont ID cards, $20 for faculty and staff. For further information, call 619-644-7192.

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Grossmont, Cuyamaca cancel Friday classes

EL CAJON (Press Release)–Classes at Grossmont College and at Cuyamaca College were cancelled for Friday, Sept. 9, in the wake of the power outage on Thursday and Friday that left an estimated 3 million county residents without power and caused many traffic signals, electric rail service and some water pump stations to go off line.

A notice posted on the home page of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District website said: “As of 4 pm Thursday, September 8, 2011, ALL classes and student activities are cancelled through the end of the day Friday, September 9, 2011. In addition, all offices at both campuses, as well as the District Offices, are closed through the end of day Friday September 9, 2011.”

After power was restored throughout the county, this addendum was posted on the website:

“All student activities resume on Saturday, Sept. 10. Offices will be open on Monday, Sept. 12, and classes will be held as scheduled.”

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Campus blood drive coming Sept. 6-7

Graffiti vandalism common says Campus PD

Graffiti on the stall door in the women's bathroom (Photo by Brenda Arce)

Graffiti on the stall door in the women's bathroom (Photo by Brenda Arce)

By Brenda Arce

GROSSMONT COLLEGE-Graffiti is being found on campus inside random restrooms. Campus Police Supervising Officer Dave Peralto says he doesn’t believe its gang related–he thinks its just a tagger.

Someone has has vandalized both male and female restrooms with graffiti.  It is unclear whether it is the same person or people.

I interviewed a few fellow students,  as a result…about half really didn’t care the other half were strongly against it. I asked maintenance how often are they having to remove it and they said a few times a week. They are cleaning it up as quickly as possible.

The quicker they have it removed the less the tagger will tag, said Officer Peralto, who stated that the longer graffiti are left up on the walls or stalls, the more it will occur.



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CVT program offers free screenings

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–Students from the cardiovascular technology (CVT) program will provide free screenings for  Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.  20, at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center, Brier Patch campus,  9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The screenings will test the arterial blood flow to  the legs and blood pressure at the ankles and arms. Symptoms of PAD can include  aching, cramping or pain in your legs after walking or exercising. An  appointment is required for the free screening. To register, call  1-800-827-4277, or visit

Grossmont College’s CVT program,  founded in 1972, was the first to be accredited in the nation and is currently the only CVT program in California to offer all three cardiovascular technology tracks, including vascular, echocardiography and invasive cardiology.  Grossmont’s CVT grads are currently working in more than 90 percent of the available cardiovascular-related jobs in San Diego.

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Muslims seek an area on campus for prayer

Mohammad Sabir Abbassi stands in front of a hallway of the tech-mall where Muslims have been asked not to pray for the sake of public safety

Mohammad Sabir Abbassi stands in front of a hallway of the tech-mall where Muslims have been asked not to pray for the sake of public safety. (Photo: Russ Lindquist)

By Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Mohammad Sabir Abbassi, a Grossmont student aimed at a career in Public Health and Social Work, is advocating for his fellow Muslim students on campus to have a comfortable place to pray throughout the day.  Abbassi is petitioning with flyers, promoting the cause.

Previously, complaints had arisen about Muslims praying in the corridors of the tech-mall. To be clear, no one, including Abbassi, finds the complaints to be directed towards Muslims for their being Muslims but rather the issue was one of public safety: The area where they currently pray leads to an emergency fire exit, the blocking of which is considered a fire hazard, school officials who received the complaint told Abbassi.

Arabic Instructor Dr. Sonia Ghattas-Soliman suggested that Muslims consider finding many separate areas as options for their daily prayer.  Agustin Albarran, associate dean of Student Affairs, suggested that Muslims perhaps hold a fundraiser to build a (non-denominational, religiously open) peace garden for the Muslims to pray in.

Muslims pray five times a day; typically each prayer lasts from five to ten minutes.  Dyari Qadir said she feels it is unfair for Muslims to be prohibited from praying in that hallway.

Qadir,  a member of the Muslim Student Association at Grossmont, stated that if an emergency were to arise that she would stop praying and vacate the building.

In response to suggestions that Muslims simply pray outside, Abbassi stated that some Muslims report having been harassed when they prayed outdoors.  Specifically, Abbassi told of a time when a Muslim woman was praying and approached by a woman who presumably was not Muslim, and the non-Muslim woman reportedly insisted, “You cannot pray here.”

When told of this incident, Dean Albarran assured: “Students–Muslim and otherwise–can pray anywhere on the campus that they want,” as long as it does not directly and adversely affect the learning of other students.  Students who feel they are being treated unfairly–in religious matters or otherwise–may call Dean Albarran at Grossmont’s Office of Student Affairs at 619-644-7600, or email the Dean at


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