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Grossmont profiles: Ricks, McCoy and Lego

By Barbara Boyd

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –Walking around the campus can bring you into contact with many interesting people. Recently, I had a chance to learn a little about three of them.

A volunteer with a cause

Joshua Ricks

Joshua Ricks

Joshua Ricks, who is taking a critical thinking class on campus, has been working on a drive to help the Boys and Girls Club.

He seeks old clothes, canned food, shoes, toys, and anything else that can be used to help kids from impoverished families. He’ll be out on the Main Quad on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m in the quad collecting donations for the boys and girls at the Boys and Girls Club.

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Student collapses in GC library

(From left) Karen McCoy, Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman and Christian Jimenez circle an unknown student who collapsed in Grossmont's library (Photo: Russ Lindquist))

(From left) Karen McCoy, Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman and Christian Jimenez circle an unknown student who collapsed in Grossmont's library.

Story and photo by Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman arrived within five minutes of receiving a call that an unidentified student collapsed on the second floor of the library.

Among the witnesses of the collapse was tech-mall tutor Mojdeh Badiei who saw the fall from a distance and told Coleman that the student “just fell out of her chair.” Roxane BenVau, a media librarian and assistant professor said, “I heard her yelling, from my office, before she fell.”

Many on the scene speculated that the student had an epileptic seizure, including Karen McCoy, a multi-media technician.  She and Christian Jimenez were first to come to the student’s aid.  “I just made sure she was on her side and that she was not biting her tongue or choking,” said Jimenez.

After firefighters and paramedics were on the scene, the student was conscious and seemed coherent. Still, the Health and Safety officials took the student to the hospital for evaluation.


Lindquist is editor-in-chief of the GCSummit; email him at

Karen McCoy is employee of the quarter

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – The latest winner of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s quarterly employee award has her own tale of success about how community college changed her life.

Karen McCoy, who’s in charge of the media desk at Grossmont College’s Learning Resource Center, was a high- school dropout who worked for years in low-skill jobs until she went to Cuyamaca College to get an associate degree. A work-study job at Cuyamaca led first to a part-time job and then to her position as a full-time employee at the Learning Resource Center.

McCoy, an intermediate multimedia technician at the college library since 2004, was recently honored with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor/Classified Senate Award, a commendation presented quarterly to outstanding non-instructional staff. McCoy was presented with an engraved trophy at the Jan. 18 governing board meeting, along with a $250 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble and a lunch with Chancellor Cindy L. Miles and Governing Board President Bill Garrett.

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