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The calm before commencement

Maintenance puts the finishes touches on their commencement setup.

Dennis Sigler takes a break from setting up for commencement

Story and photos by Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Commencement will jump off today, starting at 5:30 p.m. As previously reported, attendance will be around 4,000, including an estimated 1,500 student who will receive either or both an Associate’s Degree and a Certificate of Achievement.

Today on campus, faculty and staff put finishing touches on the main quad which, by virtue of today’s good weather, will be the site of Grossmont College’s 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony. (Otherwise, the ceremonies would have been staged in the main parking structure.)

Among those preparing were Dennis Sigler of Maintenance;  Dean of Student Affairs Augustin Albarran, his administrative assistant, Maria Baeza; and Grossmont’s Director of Printing Holly Phan.

(from left) Maria Baeza, Holly Phan and Dean Augustin Albarran

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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