Posts Tagged ‘Tim Flood’

Saga of disappearing, reappearing parking

By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – At the start of each semester, students face impacted classes, scheduling conflicts and other woes. At the forefront of these issues is the first one students face upon arriving on campus. The parking issue.

However, by this time of the semester, the parking situation has seemed to ease. What happened?

“Life happens,” responds Tim Flood, vice president of administrative services and director of campus facilities operations and maintenance. In a taped interview, he noted that some students drop courses, or withdraw from school to take jobs, as a semester progresses. As they do so, parking spots all over the campus are freed up.

However, he said, parking troubles will occur again during the semester when a new concurrent 8-week session gets underway. New students will stay on campus all day, trying to crash courses for which they could not pre-enroll. Many also will wait in lines trying to obtain financial aid. Eventually, their paperwork will be completed and their schedules will be settled, no longer necessitating them to stay on campus as long. As a result, parking spots will turn over more often.

The good news for all students, Flood said, is that the area of the campus now housing a modular village for administrators and staff will once again be turned into a parking lot “somewhere late in the spring semester” after the new administration building and student center are completed.

To hear excerpts of the interview on parking with Tim Flood, please click: Flood on Parking.

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

Landscaping to replace campus grass

By Kellen Brauer

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- Three sections of grass near the campus cafeteria were recently killed to make way for displays of drought- tolerant indigenous landscaping.

Each section or zone will have its own unique landscaping: coastal sage, oak woodland, and mixed chaparral. according to Tim Flood, Grossmont’s vice president of administrative service.

The landscaping was designed with help from faculty members in the biology, botany, and geology departments to serve as educational demonstration areas.

The dead grass areas are “safe to sit on and use,” Flood said. “The herbicide used is a systemic herbicide. The plant takes the herbicide in through its foliage and brings it down to its roots and then it kills the plant from the roots up. Once the herbicide is dry to the touch (after spraying) it can be used.”

The areas will be replanted in November or December and until then the dead grass will remain, according to Flood.

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

Parking shortages stress faculty, students, staff

Two drivers seeking parking spaces nearly converge (Photo: Philip Tipple)

By Philip Tipple

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—Available parking spaces on campus have been scarce during the first two weeks of the semester, causing many students to complain that by the time they found a parking space they were late for class.

Kellen Brauer, one such student, said during the first week. “It took me 45 minutes to find a spot.”

Tim Flood, Grossmont’s Vice President of Administrative Services, acknowledged that there are more students with cars than spots for them to park.   He and other seasoned members of the Grossmont College faculty and staff  reeled off a few suggestions  for students to consider.

1.  To avoid being late to class, try to get to the campus earlier  to search for a parking spot.
2.  Check out the soccer field located on the northwest corner of campus, which the administration has made available for temporary parking during the first three weeks of class.
3.  Check out the bus schedules to and from Grossmont College.
4.  Discuss with other students the possibility of arranging carpools.
5.  Consider alternative forms of transportation to school, in particular bicycling.
6.  Park blocks from the campus and get some good excercise walking.


Tipple is a student in MediaComm 132; contact him at

Campus completes a flood of renovation work

Editor’s Note: Grossmont College was awash in construction and renovation projects over the summer, with workers racing the clock to complete them before Monday’s start of the Fall semester.  In this report to the faculty and administration, issued on Friday, August 19, Tim Flood, vice president for administration, tells what was accomplished.

By Tim Flood

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — As we enter the last weekend   push to get the campus ready for our students on Monday, I want to share with  you some of the progress that was made and what can be expected in the near  future.  Many of the projects have come down to the wire as expected, but we are  wrapping up the majority of them today (Friday) and through the weekend.  This has been  an extremely busy summer, but I hope that you will all find that the results of  these projects have been worth the inconveniences and  disruptions.


The campus roofing project incurred several unforeseen issues that we had to work through which have caused some delays.  Our contractor and Gafcon have worked diligently to overcome the  construction and material delay issues to keep this project on  track.

We have completed all of the demolition and abatement on the roof. The hot mopping of the roof has also been completed so we will not have the aroma of hot tar floating around campus any longer.  The metal roofing will continue through next week, so we will still have construction fence up around the buildings where the metal roofing is still
proceeding.  I know the fence is restricting and will slow down student foot traffic but it is there to protect our students and keep them under the building
overhangs where they are protected from any accidental falling debris.

The roofing contractor is currently working on clearing the debris, and trash from the 500 quad and sidewalks so that the area is ready and clean on the first day.  This work will continue through the weekend and will be ready for the start of classes. We had all hoped that we would have the roofing completed by the end of summer, but we
will just miss this completion time.  We have almost succeeded in fitting a 5 month project into a 2 ½ month timeframe, so although we are running late, I am
truly happy with what has been accomplished, especially in light of the issues that we faced.  The summer is the only time we have available to tear roofs off
buildings, so although we are slightly delayed, I am happy that we were able to repair so many campus roofs at one time.  A list of the campus roof that were
repaired are as follows:
Buildings 27, 31, 32A, 36, 42, 51-55, LTRC Tech Mall and Pool Shade Structure.

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There’s a silver lining in GCCCD budget and enrollment cuts: unimpeded construction

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–It’s summertime but the living is anything but easy at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, where building crews will take advantage of reduced traffic to tackle $38 million in construction projects.

If there is an upside to budget woes significantly reducing summer enrollment, it is that the colleges are able to do construction jobs with less worry about disrupting classes or taking up parking spaces.

Reduced state funding has forced the colleges to cut by half the number of course sections offered this summer compared to last year. At Grossmont College, summer class sections have been cut from 210 in 2010 to 113 this year. Cuyamaca is offering 44 course sections this summer compared to 88 a year ago.  With fewer classes, enrollment has also been cut in half – about 3,100 students are attending Grossmont this summer and about 1,200 are at Cuyamaca.

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Hurdling Obstacles: the theme of Grossmont’s 2011 graduation ceremonies

Grossmont College commencement, Spring 2011 (Rick Deharo, Grossmont College Photo Major)

Story and Following Photos by Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Thousands cheered as newly graduated Grossmont Griffins received long-awaited acknowledgement of their achievements.  An estimated 1,500 students received degrees, certificates or in some cases both, at a ceremony June 1 in the Main Quad.

Student speaker Timothy Snowball shared his turbulent educational journey, with a crowd estimated at 4,000–a journey that now brings him to having been graduated from Grossmont with honors, with Associate’s Degrees in Political Science and University Studies.  Snowball indeed had a chance in hell, having weathered Depression and Anxiety Disorder and having dropped out of high school; thereafter, whenever he spoke to friends and co-workers about returning to school, they scoffed at him.

Undeterred, he spent three years at Grossmont, along the way having joined Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honors society.  He said that his eventual aim is a degree in Law.  Between then and now, he said that he plans to gain a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  For this leg of his life’s race, Snowball has won acceptance to UCSD, UCLA and UC Berkeley.  Now, he can take his pick.

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Police report a sexual assault on Grossmont campus

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following communication is from Joel Javines, the district’s director of public safety:

“In keeping with the federal Jeanne Clery Act, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Public Safety Department is providing notice of an alleged sexual assault incident that took place on the Grossmont College campus on Tuesday, April 12.

“GCCCD Public Safety received a report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in a campus parking lot at Grossmont College on the evening of April 12.  The victim reported that the assailant approached her while she was entering her vehicle and sexually assaulted her.  The incident was reported to the El Cajon Police Department.”

Any information about this alleged incident can be reported to the following:

El Cajon Police Department              (619) 579-3311

GCCCD Public Safety                     (619) 644-7654

Anonymous Crime Reporting or

These are prevention methods for safety while walking. Naturally, you won’t be able to follow them to the letter, but use them as guides.

·       Remain vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings.

·       Walk with a friend.

·       Try to stay in well-lighted areas.

·       Use caution in parking lots.

·       Look around when getting off a bus or getting into your  car.

·       Cross the street if you see someone suspicious following you.

·       Call the police if you feel that someone is following you or acting suspiciously.

·       Have your keys in your hand so you can open your door immediately.

·       Be alert. Look around you.

·       As a reminder, there are Yellow Emergency Phones located in all campus parking lots.

Tim Flood, Grossmont College’s vice president for administrative services, issued the following statement: “Let me assure you that we are committed to taking every precaution with available resources to ensure the safety of our staff.  Our campus is served by District Police who are professionally trained to serve and protect. We encourage all staff to remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings. Stay in well-lighted areas and use caution in parking lots.  We encourage students, faculty and staff to be responsible for their own safety and look out for the safety of others who are part of the Grossmont family. Alertness, common sense precautions and concern for others are keys to preventing crime and helping us ensure the safety of our campus.  We urge you to report any suspicious persons or anything out of the ordinary in the buildings or parking lots to District Police or to your supervisor. Upon request, security personnel will escort you to your vehicle for added protection.  Let’s work together for safety.”


Preceding provided by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Police chief discusses fire, parking


The no-parking zone by the District Facilities Planning building has been expanded in response to the September 2010 brushfire.

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLEGE — One of the main observations a person comes out with after a talk with Grossmont Police Chief Joel Javines is the incredible variety of different sorts of issues he deals with.

Two issues touched upon in a recent  news conference with the Summit staff involved follow-up to September’s brushfire north of the campus, and the status of the parking meters on the loop road between parking lots 1 and 7.

Regarding the fire, Javines said that Grossmont has taken several precautions to ensure that firefighters can easily access the area where the fire occurred. He and administrator Tim Flood toured the entire campus with the El Cajon Fire Marshal. They examined areas where fire lanes could be developed or improved to ensure that firefighters have more convenient access to brush locations and firefighting equipment.

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No room for this visitor in CSIS classroom

By Tim Flood

Recently relocated

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — As I am sure everyone is aware, we are well into the demolition phase of the Griffin Center and Student and Administrative Services Building construction projects.  In the demolition phase we have removed some of the existing landscaping to prepare for the expansion of the buildings and to make way for the new landscaping to be installed.  In some cases this landscaping may have provided a home to some of nature’s creatures. 

On Tuesday morning, the CSIS department discovered a gopher snake in one of their classrooms.   Since the CSIS class was already at its class max, we had to ask the snake to leave.  Donald Crain assisted in relocating the snake to an area more conducive to the snake’s educational needs, with the offer of priority registration next semester.

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Commentary: Taking another look at Sodexo


Smiling Sodexo employees hold up comment cards available at the registers (Photo:Russ Lindquist)

By Russell Lindquist

 GROSSMONT COLLEGE— For those students who abhor Sodexo, the solution could be simple: get your daily allotment of exercise.  Within 15 minutes walking (30-minute round-trip), we students have a lot of food options available to us.

Carl’s Jr., McDonalds, Taco Bell, Jack-in-the-box, Papa John’s and Wendy’s are all within a 15-minute walk from Grossmont.  You do not want ‘fast food’?  Vons, Albertsons and Rite Aid also are within 15 minutes of campus. “Parking woes” should deter no one from alternatives to Sodexo.  Walk is good for you. 

Fitness professionals agree, virtually unanimously, that all people – students included – should get a minimum 30 minutes of exercise per day. Also agreed is that walking is among the best exercises for overall health.

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