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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.

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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.

Hi-tech hospital simulations enhance nursing study at Grossmont

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation.

A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness. A heart patient, Smith is hooked up to a monitor, looking pale, but otherwise resting calmly while Cordova, the incoming day nurse, begins her morning assessment, studying his medical chart and taking his blood pressure. Also in the room are Smith’s wife, a second nurse and a certified nurse’s assistant, who is busy cleaning the patient and readying him for breakfast.

Suddenly, the patient complains about his heart racing and the monitor confirms a dangerously fast heart rhythm. Moments later, his breathing becomes labored and the monitor now shows his heartbeat has become weak and irregular.

Recognizing the perilous situation, Cordova calls for a “Code Blue” team, hailed in instances of cardiac arrest, and begins CPR. Smith’s wife is ushered away from the bed, a charge nurse arrives to further survey the scene, and the room is now abuzz with activity. Moments later the Code Blue team arrives, a defibrillator is engaged, the familiar call of “clear” preceding each shock of the heart.

Despite the team’s attempts to revive Smith, the flat line of the monitor refuses to budge and after the doctor’s muted consultation with the nurses, then the spouse, all activity ceases and a time of death is called.

What, for all appearances seemed like an actual hospital room was, in fact, a high-tech simulation lab inside Grossmont College’s recently completed $35 million health and science complex, with a lifelike computerized mannequin, or SimMan, filling in as patient Smith.

Recently, a corps of about 35 brand-new nurses, along with a crew of veteran nurses charged with a two-week orientation of the mostly 20-ish women and men in the protocols of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, spent a day at the college for a few hours of training and putting what they had spent the past few years learning in nursing school, into practical use.

Debbie Yaddow,  the college’s associate dean of nursing, said Grossmont’s simulation labs with their half-dozen patient simulators have been used for the past year by Grossmont, Alvarado and Scripps-Memorial hospitals, but last week’s contingent of trainees was the largest ever and the first to use the sparkling new labs inside the Health and Science Complex, the latest Grossmont College project made possible by the 2002 passage of the $207 million facilities bond measure — Proposition R — and state bond funds.

The nursing program now has a three-bed “intensive care unit,” a five-bed simulation lab and three regular labs, which also are used for classroom instruction.  All have video capability.

“This facility is fabulous because you can run five different scenarios at one time without any disruption – at the old building, there was room only to do one and so the groups had to each wait their turn,” Yaddow said. “There is a lot more space, plus better recording equipment for instructors and trainees to review how they performed in the scenarios. We even now have a wireless mannequin which, unlike the others, is not connected to a bunch cables. It can be transported and procedures such as turning patients and moving them onto gurneys can be practiced, since there’s no wiring to contend with.”

Grossmont College President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke said the college welcomes the opportunity to share its state-of-the–art facility with local hospitals.

“I am very pleased that we can make the lab available to them at this time,” she said. “Opening it for their training reflects our appreciation for the clinical placements they provide our nursing students to fulfill their degree requirements and for their other support also, including equipment donations. Our partnerships with them are invaluable.”

Jennifer Smith, who graduated in June 2010 from Grossmont College’s nursing program and was among the new nurses, said she was excited to return to the college to see the new facility which has its official grand opening Sept. 17.

“It’s incredible, the amount of room you have, and the equipment is great – I just wish I was still at Grossmont (College) so that I would get to be a student using this new facility,” said the 28-year-old East County native, adding that the 2 1/2 years she waited to get into Grossmont College’s highly regarded nursing program was well worth the effort.”I am so glad I chose Grossmont College to get my nursing degree — the support from the teachers, the fact that the class sizes aren’t too bad, and the learning opportunities available here.”

As the nurses broke into small groups to make the rounds of the four scenarios set up for the day’s hands-on learning, Gennie Reil, a Grossmont Hospital nursing specialist and one of the trainers, explained that the purpose of the day’s experience was to familiarize the new hires in the hospital protocols when dealing with “Code Blue” situations, and when calling for assistance of the rapid-response team.

“This is an opportunity for you to practice the protocols before you have to do it at the hospital,” she told the nurses, who were each given a role to play in the 20-40-minute scenarios, from the primary nurse, the nurse’s assistant, the  family member, the charge nurse and others.

The medical mannequins, like the SimMan models Grossmont first began using in 2001, have been refined over the past decade, thanks to computer software advances and improved engineering that allow the lifelike devices to simulate an even wider range of bodily functions and reactions to the poking and prodding by students and nurses.  Not only can they blink, drool, bleed, breath and urinate, the latest models, equipped with integrated speakers, can speak and emit realistic heart, lung and bowel sounds. In short, the mannequins have become much more lifelike in their responses to procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intravenous medication, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.  Technicians operate them from inside a control booth via laptops and software that can mimic reactions to medical and nursing procedures.

With its $190,000 slice of a federal omnibus bill signed last March, Grossmont College added to its stable of patient simulators and purchased digital cameras and recording equipment to monitor and record users for training and debriefings. Lab technicians Pat Murray and Dan Lopez used last week’s scenarios to work out the bugs in the recording equipment before the fall semester begins Aug. 23.

In addition to the nursing simulation labs, the health and sciences complex is chockfull of simulation labs and training areas for other health professions and science-related programs the college has to offer:

  • Health professions programs –speech-language pathology assistant, orthopedic technology, cardiovascular technology, respiratory therapy, and occupational therapy assistant
  • Forensic technology, a program in the administration of justice department
  • Physics, astronomy and physical science

Besides the nursing simulation labs, the facility features a casting room for the orthopedic technology program; a mock apartment for students in the occupational therapy assistant program; a blood-spatter room for forensic technology students to analyze blood drops; a laser photography room for bullet trajectory analysis; a rooftop deck for astronomy students and star-gazers; a simulated ICU patient station with ventilators to train respiratory therapy students, and more.

With the Health and Science Complex now completed, next on the Prop. R agenda are the Grossmont College Student and Administrative Services/Griffin Center Renovation due for completion in winter 2011, and the expansion and remodel of Cuyamaca College’s library, expected to be completed this summer.

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