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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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Lindquist appointed editor-in-chief of the Summit

-Staff Report-

William Dudley

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Russell Lindquist, currently managing editor of the GC Summit, has been named editor-in-chief for the summer and Fall 2011 semester, it was announced by Instructor Donald H. Harrison.

During the current semester, Lindquist was part of the campus newspaper’s leadership team that had been assembled under the editorship of William Dudley, who holds a bachelor’s degree and had worked as a textbook editor before coming to Grossmont to brush up on journalistic skills.  “Lindquist has shown himself to be an excellent reporter, who can spot and develop news and feature stories as they are happening,” Harrison said. “He has a way of getting right to the heart of a story–a skill that he will be able to pass to other students in his new role.”

Additionally, said Harrison, Lindquist has demonstrated a skill in copy editing, and in newspaper and web layout.”

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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

Summer to bring construction and upgrades

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–With academic activities sharply curtailed during the summer session, the campus will be busy with construction and repair projects, according to Grossmont vice president Tim Flood.

Aside from a temporary relocation of the Cashier’s Office, the construction is not expected to affect student routines on campus.

Workers will be renovating and repairing rooftops on many Grossmont buildings and making signifiicant upgrades to two large lecture/concert halls.

Room 220 in building 26, the site of many Music Department recitals in addition to classes, will get new seats, an expanded stage area, upgraded lighting, a new foyer, and enhanced multimedia capabilities.

Room 370 in building 31 is receiving a similar makeover. Both rooms will be made compliant with all current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations governing ease of access.

Because of construction, the Cashier’s Office will be moved from its present location to the north end of Building 22A, where the box office for the Grossmont Theatre Department now is. The relocation will begin in June and last for four to six weeks.

Summertime hours for the Cashier’s Office will be Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm.

Dudley is editor in chief for the GC Summit

New constellations for star football players

By William Dudley

Ryan Woods (Photo: Andy Wilhelm)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Quarterback Ryan Woods and defensive tackle Henry Simon are among a group of players from the 2010 Grossmont football team who have received and accepted offers to continue their football playing at four-year institutions.

Ryan Woods will be going to San Jose State University as soon as he finishes classwork at Grossmont in June. Simon is headed to Iowa State in the summer.

Woods, the Grossmont offensive MVP and second-team  all-conference, had received multiple offers from Division 2 and Division 1-AA schools, but had his heart set on playing for a Division 1 football program.

At San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference, Woods would get a chance to play the likes of Stanford, UCLA, BYU, as well as conference opponents including Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii.

Another factor in his decision was that San Jose was an hour and a half way from his hometown of Sacramento, making it much easier for his family to come see him play.

Woods still has a red shirt year available, which might be used this year because SJSU has a returning senior quarterback.

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Grossmont celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Folk dancers from the Mexican town of Atlacomulco perform at Grossmont College

Story by William Dudley/photos by Donald Harrison

Mariachi musicians/photo by Don Harrison

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Some special guests helped the Grossmont College community celebrate Cinco de Mayo over the lunch hour. Media instructor Donald Harrison was there to take a few snapshots.

Performing on the quad was a mariachi band from Athulense, a town near Guadalajara in Jalisco State, and a group of folk dancers from the Atlacomulco in the Mexican state of Aguascaliente.

The dancers also happen to be foreign exchange students learning English at Grossmont as part of training to be ESL instructors in their native Mexico (more information in this Summit article).

You can read more of photographer’s Donald Harrrison’s ruminatinos on this celebration here.

Dancers at Grossmont

Joining hands for community colleges

By William Dudley

note: this editorial was first published in the April 28, 2011 print edition

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE–The promotional materials for Hands Across California promised something exciting on Sunday, April 17. At 2 p.m., 1.5 million people would hold hands together to form a dramatic line of people stretching 1500 miles across California from San Diego to Sacramento. The wall of people would raise money for the California Community College Scholarship Endowment.

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A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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Grossmont budget woes: a tale of three numbers

William Dudley

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–$22.8 million;  15  percent;  $36.

These numbers represent three benchmarks of  Grossmont College’s current financial situation – a crisis that Tim Flood, vice president for administrative services,  said is not simply the worst in his own years with Grossmont, but “the worst budget  that anyone in the education field can remember.”

The $22.8 million is the difference between Grossmont’s current 2010-2011 budget and the projected amount Grossmont will be getting for the 2011-2012 fiscal year due to California’s own budget crisis.

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