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Sept. 9 olive tree planting will anticipate 10th anniversary of terror attacks on the U.S.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –To mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Flight 93, students at Grossmont College will plant an olive tree of remembrance.The tree planting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at a lawn area adjacent to building #53.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the day before the tree planting, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. students will have the opportunity to write their thoughts and feelings on small cards and then tie the cards with string to the branches of the olive tree, which will be located on that day along a walkway between classroom building #55 and the Learning Resource Technology Center (LTRC) building.

Grossmont College’s 9/11 memorial activities are being planned by the Grossmont College Student Affairs Office and the Associated Students of Grossmont College, Inc.

Preceding provided by Grossmont College public information office

District to honor 2,100 students in fetes this week

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)– More than 2,100 students will be receiving their degrees or certificates from East County’s two community colleges next week, capping a challenging year marked by the state’s ongoing budget crisis and launching the start of Grossmont College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Grossmont Collegewill honor 1,504 students receiving associate’s degrees and certificates of achievement Wednesday, June 1 at the 50th annual commencement at the college’s main quad. On Thursday, June 2, Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego will laud 619 students receiving their degrees and certificates at the college’s 33rd commencement at the student center quad. Both celebrations are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Both colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have had to deal with three years of state budget reductions that have led to major funding losses and the cutting back of hundreds of classes, potentially delaying students’ educational progress.

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Congressman remembers Freedom Rides

Congressman Filner addresses Grossmont students, including the author. Photo by Stephen Harvey.

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–So I am trying to get started on my brilliant editorial this Monday when Grossmont counselor T. Ford knocks on the door and tells me that Congressman Bob Filner is about to arrive on campus.

Filner was one of 329 Civil Rights “Freedom Riders” who 50 years ago were arrested in Jackson, Missisippi for “breach of peace.” The “breach” in question was to ride a bus from Nashville to Jackson in a racially-integrated group – conforming with federal laws and common sense by today’s thinking, but defying longstanding segregation practices in the South – defiance that was often met with violence.

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As budget cuts loom, 1,700 community college representatives meet at San Diego conference

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–A national conference that brought more than 1,700 representatives of two-year colleges to San Diego shined a spotlight on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, from the sessions by faculty and administrators discussing innovative ideas in education to the more than 100 district volunteers who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.

The conference, Innovations 2011, which ended Wednesday, was hosted by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the San Diego Community College District. Participants came to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from community colleges across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Fences! Construction equipment! Where’d everyone go?

By Brennan Wasan 

Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– What are those buildings surrounded by green fences and construction equipment?  What is the ‘modular village’  all about?  Why are visitors to campus having trouble finding their way around?  Where did everybody go? 

According to Tim Flood, vice president of administrative services and director of  facilities and maintenance, Grossmont College is undergoing  renovation and repair to fit the “modern needs of the campus for over 20,000 students.”  Behind the fences are the old administration center and the student center. 

He said that the student center, once renovated, will be a “one-stop” facility for students. It will include a multi-food venue cafeteria, as well as offices for Associated Students (ASGC), student affairs and career and job services. And to keep everything close, the culinary arts department will be in the same general area. Not only will this upgraded facility have a lounge and gaming area, it will also have a quiet place for studying and reading.  Continue reading

52 Grossmont students receive scholarships at campus breakfast

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, September 11 –Fifty-two students were awardees at the Fall 2010 Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 11, an annual event presented by the Grossmont College Foundation (GCF) and the Grossmont College Scholarship Department.

In addition to scholarship recipients and their families, many Grossmont faculty and staff attended, including President, Sunita Cooke; and Michael Copenhaver, Director of Financial Aid.

Ernest Ewin, Grossmont alumnus, class of ’69 and GCF executive director started off the event, speaking of California’s budget-woes in order to explain that philanthropic scholarship awards are more important now than perhaps ever before.

Ewin’s comments were seconded by Copenhaver, who went on to say that the scholarship-awards being presented were in no way charity, but rather that each award is a testament to its recipient’s academic perseverance (and, in many cases, community involvement).

Rick Griffin, from Grossmont’s Office of College and Community Relations, said that the scholarships awarded to the 52 students totaled to $37,400, which included 18 grants of $1,000 apiece from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, to help defray the cost of textbooks, equipment, lab fees and other items beyond registration fees.

Griffin added that the  GCF is participating in a fund-raising challenge for Osher scholarships. For every $1 donated until June 30, the Osher Foundation will provide 50 cents to be held in the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment.  He added that 100 percent of every dollar donated will go directly to funding the $1,000 student scholarships every year, in perpetuity.

A gift of $13,334, matched by $6,667 from the Osher Foundation, results in a total gift of $20,000 held in the Endowment to fund, at 5 percent annual interest: one $1,000 scholarship every year, forever. Continue reading

Chancellor among 50 evacuated during 10-acre brushfire

William Dudley

Felipe Oliveira

EDITOR’S NOTE–Media Communications students Felipe Oliveira  and William Dudley on Friday covered the 10-acre brush fire that burned a few hundred yards north of the campus.  Dudley wrote the story that appears below and Oliveira put together an accompanying YouTube video report.  


Plume of smoke alerted Grossmont College to off-campus brushfire

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, August 27–A 10-acre brushfire several hundred yards north of Grossmont College forced the evacuation of approximately 50 persons on campus late Friday morning, including Chancellor Cindy L. Miles, before it was successfully contained by firefighters.

The evacuees were in buildings along the northern rim of the campus, including the temporary structure housing the offices of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, where Miles maintains her office.

Chancellor Miles, left, and Dana Quittner, district public information officer, check with campus police officer Marco Bareno on fire's status. Custodial Supervisor Kurt Brauer is in background

The Chancellor told the GC Summit that although the fire briefly disrupted district business during the evacuation, she and other officials were able to continue their meeting in a nearby parking lot. The Chancellor later met with and congratulated fire and police officials on their quick response to the fire, which was first reported at 10:43 a.m. 

Heartland Fire Public Information Officer Sonny Saghera said the blaze apparently was caused by construction workers building a fence on property overlooking State Highway 125 between the college and Santee. He said the brushfire did not cause injuries or damage to any structures.

At least sixty firefighters from various fire departments, including those from El Cajon, Heartland, Santee, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Miguel Fire Protection District, and Cal Fire were involved in battling the blaze assisted by police and sheriff department units and campus police. Two hand crews were joined by two helicopters, and two fixed-wing air units that made multiple forays dumping water and retardant on the fire. Saghera said that progress was complicated by the lack of easy access, the difficult terrain, and gusty winds.  

He also said it was a challenge for dispatchers to describe to the fire units exactly how to get to the blaze, which they eventually some units  reached via a gate on the college’s northern perimeter and continuing up a dirt path several hundred yards.  Other units fought the blaze from below.

From the modular village on another part of campus, Grossmont President Sunita Cooke’s office sent out campus email advisories about the course of the fire, which never came close enough to the main campus to require evacuation of any classes. In addition to the District Offices, the Gafcon construction offices, and maintenance and storage yards were evacuated. Vehicle traffic on the northern side of the Grossmont College Drive loop was temporarily closed.

Fire crew surveys the brush

Crews had the fire contained in less than two hours, but they stayed through the evening to “mop up” and prevent any flare ups.
Dudley, a GC Summit staff member, is a student in Media Communications 132.