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Chairman of Assembly Higher Education Committee to hold news conference on campus

By Kellen Brauer

Marty Block
Marty Block

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- Marty Block, chairman of the Assembly committee on higher education, will be participating in a campus news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday ,  Sept. 27,.

“A  panel of questioners will include Russ Lindquist, editor of the GC Summit; Marc Arizmendez, news director of Griffin Radio; and Sue Gonda, the president of the Academic Senate,” said the organizer,  Journalism Instructor Donald H. Harrison.  “He will be welcomed to the campus by both the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor Cindy Miles and Grossmont President Sunita Cooke.”

The first half hour of Block’s presentation will be questions from the panel while the second half will open up questioning to the floor.

Block, a Democrat representing San Diego, chairs the committee in the Assembly to which all legislation concerning colleges and universities is initially referred.  Before his election to the Legislature, he served for eight years as the chairman of the San Diego City College Board.   Prior to that he was a member of the San Diego County Board of Education.

“I will be asking questions that either I came up with or that the Jounalism class (MCOM 132) crafted together and decided,” said Lindquist. “I figure that I will get a whole lot of information from him that is useful for me but also useful for our readers.”

“I am going to be asking basic general questions,” said Arizmendez. “Hopefully I am going to get together with Russ and Mr. Harrison and come up with some good hard hitting questions.”

“I am looking forward to it [the conference] because the economy is shaky in general, so I look forward to getting some real practical advice from this legislator for the sake of making the right choices upcoming as I move onto a University,” said Lindquist.

Gonda was not immediately available for comment.

Arizmendez said the press conference will be a good way to present Grossmont College’s problems to Block, whose role is key to higher education in the state.

“Hopefully we get the answers that people want to hear,” said Arizmendez.

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

Meet Sue Gonda, Grossmont College’s next Academic Senate president

Sue Gonda in artifact-filled office (Photo: Kamri Jackson)

By Kamri Jackson

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Seldom do we know of the path taken by our professors and campus faculty in order to stand in front of us to teach and assist in shaping our educational experience.

I was able to delve a bit into the past of the recently elected Academic Senate President,  Dr. Sue Gonda, during a recent interview in her Tech Mall office decked out with historic artifacts.  Her term of office begins the day after Grossmont’s graduation ceremonies.

Born and raised on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, Gonda traveled to San Diego in 1981, where she worked as a secretary for over a decade– until realizing she wanted to earn a college degree and move forward in her career and life endeavors.

Gonda was able to work full-time as a secretary while going to school. She obtained a bachelors degree in history at San Diego State University. She went on to UCLA, and was granted a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in American Legal and Women’s History respectively.

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Faculty voters elect Sue Gonda to Academic Senate presidency

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE –History Prof. Sue Gonda  has been elected president of the Academic Senate for the 2011-13 term, it was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 2, by Earth Sciences Prof. Chris Hill, the incument in that offie.

Gonda was unopposed for the position, although write-in ballots were possible in the electronic voting conducted recently.

Between now and June 1, when Gonda’s term begins, she and Hill will work together to assure a smooth transition, Hill said.   During that period as well, Academic Senate officers to serve with Gonda also will be elected.

“We would also like to congratulate and welcome the two newly-elected part-time divisional senators, Kirin Farquar (English, Social and Behavoiral Sciences) and Narges Heidari (Student Services),”  Hill said.  “They will serve a one-yer term and join other divisional senators in representing part-time faculty on bot the Academic Senate and the Part-time Faculty Committee.”


Preceding provided by Chris Hill