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Faculty members honor achievers, recall departed colleagues

By Xavier Green

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – At an end-of-the-year awards ceremony, Grossmont’s faculty looked forward to improved facilities, back on departed colleagues, and to the present educational budget crisis.

The Twelfth Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, began with President Dr. Sunita Cooke anticipating  the opening of administrative and student facilities at the main entrance to campus, and with a moment of silence in memory of such late faculty members as Janice Gervais and Diane Mayne-Stafford.

Chancellor Dr. Cindy L. Miles of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District paid tribute to faculty members, saying that despite budget cuts, faculty members devoted themselves to helping students “get to their goals in life and make a difference in the world.”   The awards ceremony, she added, was to recognize “the outstanding things you do for students and for Grossmont College.”

Her comments were echoed by Bill Garrett, president of the GCCCD governing board.

Thereupon, Dr. Sue Gonda, president of the Academic Senate, called out the names of faculty members from every department.  In a quick-paced ceremony, she presented them with their awards, and they walked outside to have their photos taken.

From this student’s perspective, it seemed to be a great ceremony for the faculty and they really enjoyed themselves.

Green is a student in Media Comm 132.  He may be contacted at

‘Entrances & Exits’ thrills

Story and Video by Xavier Green

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Funky hairstyles, graceful movements and feeling the Gospel in your body; That is what you can expect from Entrances & Exits by the dance department of Grossmont College. April 14, theopening night, attracted a full house.

Students, faculty and parents came to watch an amazing show with The Afro-Cuban Ensemble bringing down the house with its opening act. People were excited to see what was next. The show continued to amaze, providing a repertoire ranging from upbeat tempos, to calm, relaxing melodies that put a smile on your face.

It was exhilarating to see students doing what they love and enjoy, which is dance. Entrances & Exits is a well put together production, with eleven unique and tasteful acts including a finale that will have audience members dancing with joy.

The show runs till Saturday April 16. 

If you can’t make it to the show you can order a DVD that will be available May 9.   Pre-Order your DVD through Kathy Meyer or David Mullen in the Dance Department.

Green is a student in Media Comm 132.  He may be contacted at

Round-the-world soloist shares his adventures

Bob Gannon addresses ESL class at Grossmont College

By Xavier Green

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Bob Gannon made a visit on March 10 to students studying English as a Second Language at Grossmont College to tell his story about traveling around the world in 10 years. Bob got his pilot’s license in 1992, and soon after embarked on an-around-the world-journey.  The bachelor pilot has flown around the world many times.

In his first global jaunt from San Diego, he headed east to fly to Paris, France “I figured Lindbergh flew there, why can’t I?” Gannon told students in the class taught by Mimi Pollack.

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Grossmont students reflect on Black History

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Black History Month was observed on campus during the month of February with a variety of demonstrations, lectures and events.  Videographer Xavier Green and reporter Corey Streeper  surveyed students on campus about why Black History was important to them.   With photos of important moments in Black History captured from Google Images, the video below was the result:

Rain leaves an impression at Hyde Art Gallery

Story by Alexis A. Tittle; Video by Xavier Green and Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–For many artists, nature is an inspiration, but for Jim Wilsterman, nature is his co-artist. Wilsterman’s art is being exhibited at the Hyde Art Gallery until February 24. The focus of the exhibit is on the varied effects – the varied impressions – made by raindrops. On display are 24 pieces of his collection of more than 50.

Water conservation has been the center of many of his works. For ten years, Wilsterman has been experimenting with ways to capture rain, and he is even somewhat of a local celebrity for his students’ cloud sculptures on the nearby water tower in El Cajon, of which Wilsterman said, “The clouds are there to show where the water comes from.” Continue reading

Student Diedrea Lewis tells of her love affair with Grossmont College

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Diedrea Lewis, a Grossmont student and recipient of an Osher scholarship, recently talked on camera about what she loves about Grossmont College and how she utilizes her $1,000 Osher scholarship.   Xavier Green, a student in Media Comm 132B, videotaped an interview with Lewis that was conducted by Anne Krueger, a communications specialist for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District:


Need a scholarship? Grossmont College Foundation is raising the money for them

Story by William Dudley and Brennan Wasan
Videos by Felipe Oliveira and Xavier Green
Photos by Robert Sanchez


Ernie Ewin (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Imagine yourself in this student’s situation.

After some detours and setbacks after high school, this student has finally gotten her act together at Grossmont College. She has applied for and received financial aid, and despite juggling jobs and classes, is academically on track to transfer to SDSU. But a sudden emergency — say, an unexpected auto breakdown, a rent increase, or a job layoff or reduced hours — prevents her from attending class and forces her to consider dropping out of college entirely.

It is just this kind of scenario that is tailor-made for Dreamkeepers — a new program funded in part by the Grossmont College Foundation (GCF).  What the GCF does for Grossmont students was the main focus of a press conference that the organization’s executive director, Ernie Ewin, held for MCom132 students on December 7.

The GCF is a 501/C3 nonprofit program that is legally separate from Grossmont College and the district. Founded in 1997, its main purpose is to interact and solicit from the larger community support and grants “primarily to augment deficits in budgets,”according to Ewin. Its fundraising activities include an annual fundraising gala and golf tournament

Funds raised by the Foundation from the community then are awarded to meet college needs as envisioned by Grossmont President Sunita Cooke and Grossmont faculty, including  Funds that have been allocated for such expenses as general supplies, equipment, and travel support for events that augment students’ experiences at college.

Ewin stated that the Foundation is  “more or less trying to do the things that normally you see colleges doing that you do not see because of budget constraints” due to California’s fiscal crisis.

Part of the Foundation’s fundraising will go towards a $20,000 pool of money each semester that is meant to help students in short-term emergency situations.  Grossmont is one of four colleges in that the state of California that are participating in the nationwide Dreamkeepers program, which is funded in part by the Kresge, Lumina and Wal-Mart foundations.

Some Grossmont students were helped this semester by Dreamkeepers grants, which can be $500 or less. Information and application forms for these grants is available at the Grossmont financial aid office, according to Ewin.

The Grossmont College Foundation is also engaged in aggressive fundraising to increase the number of Bernard Osher Foundation  scholarships awarded to Grossmont students. Currently the college awards thirteen $1000 scholarships to Grossmont students; the goal is to raise this number to 42.

The Grossmont College Foundation is also working to improve its community outreach and alumni networking, Ewin stated. These changes include a major revamping of its website to make it more interactive and social; the new web site will launch sometime early in 2011.

As a former student body president of Grossmont College, Ewin  says he wants students to succeed in their school endeavors, and to help them  hurdle the road blocks they may encounter on the way to success. Discussing his own life experiences, Ewin, currently a member of the La Mesa City Council,  said he knows there are times in a student’s life when paying for school is difficult and could thus cause a student to drop out.

Dudley, Green, Oliveira, Sanchez and Wasan are students in Media Comm 132

Inside the Campus Veterans Center

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The new Veterans Resource Center on campus is intended to create a “positive environment” for veterans and dependents, according to John Weber, the president of the Student Veterans Organization.

The center provides computers, academic counselors, a quiet study area and a positive environment, Weber recently told Alexis Jacquett in the following  on-camera report for the GC Summit filmed by Xavier Green.

Green and Jacquett are students in Media Comm 132

Grossmont football awards presented


Story by William Dudley; Video by Xavier Green

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Twelve Grossmont football players have been honored with a total of 20 awards at the team’s annual awards banquet, held November 18 at Marina Village in Mission Bay.
The awardees included seven Griffins who made the All-Conference team for the Southern Conference of the National Division of the Southern California Football Association. Linebacker Pat Kelly, who led the conference in tackles, was the sole Griffin to make first team All-Conference. The award places him on the nomination list for all-state honors.

Making the second team were quarterback Ryan Woods, running back Darrin Alex, wide receiver Alex McLeland, offensive tackle Deryck Beveridge, linebacker Kevin Woods and defensive lineman Shane Pennix.

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115 images in Fridenmaker show little pieces of photographer’s soul

Video by Xavier Green

A show featuring 13 students of Charles Fridenmaker

Story and photos by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — From student and faculty exhibits to those of invited artists, the Hyde Art Gallery has had some amazing shows over the years.

Alfred Pagano

But for many people who attended Tuesday night’s opening of “Still Photographers,” this exhibit packed an extra emotional wallop.  The exhibiton was a reunion for the last photography class of 1972 that the late Chuck Fridenmaker had taught right before his sudden death at the age of 31.

Surveying 115 works in the gallery, one of Fridenmaker’s former students, Alfred Pagano, said there is a piece of Chuck Fridenmaker in every one ofthe images.  Fridenmaker had a strong influence on each of the 13 photographers featured in this show, including Grossmont College’s photo lab technician Susan Richardson.   She said that one of the most important things that Fridenmaker had taught this group was that photographers need “to see the whole thing.”

Walking around the gallery and hearing gea stries about Fridenmaker and the class’s experiences, it really opened my eyes as a photographer.  I had the chance to talk to some of the artists on exhibit, who are still working in photography, and received some great advice.

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