Community Connections
March 2012                                                                                            Volume 2, Issue 3    

Building on a strong foundation for the future at the

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 

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To weather the inevitable storms of life, you must build a strong foundation to survive.


For 50 years, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's strong foundation, built on the leadership, dedication and sustained commitment of our staff and Governing Board, have allowed us to survive and thrive.


Never before have we faced such rising floodwaters: the fourth year of the California budget crisis; ongoing economic and employment challenges; and an increased demand for access to education just as resources become increasingly limited.


In spite of it all, last year we served nearly 30,000 students, maintained a balanced budget, received clean audits, hired a new Cuyamaca College president, and launched a new foundation. We also hosted thousands of visitors to our colleges for dance, theater, art, sports, literature, science, gardening and landscaping, and many other events.

We're proud of all that we've achieved and we're excited about the future. Learn more about our accomplishments and our plans for the future in our 2011 Annual Report.  

 If you'd like a printed copy of the report, please contact Anne Krueger at


Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.


Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" spells out fun 

at  Grossmont College's Stagehouse Theatre March 8 - 17 

Travel back in time to your school days when the excitement of a spelling bee seemed like the most important thing in the universe as the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents the musical comedy "Putnam County Spelling Bee" from March 8 to 17 at the Stagehouse Theatre.    


Putnam County Spelling Bee

Root for characters that will remind you of your own school friends, and find our who will be crowned the next  Spelling Bee Champion. Musical numbers, both comic and poignant, weave together a tale of triumph and loss on the auditorium stage of Putnam County Middle School. Fair warning: this show includes some on-stage audience participation, so be sure to sharpen your spelling skills!

For performance times and ticket information, please visit the Grossmont College Theatre web page.  
Catch the beat March 22 with Zimbeat at Cuyamaca College
Zimbeat brings the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa to Cuyamaca College for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, March 22, at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Theatre.

This music of this San Diego-based ensemble Zimbeatis based on the Shona peoples' traditional instrument, the mbira Dzavadzimu. Consisting of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard, the mbira Dzavadzimu is played with two thumbs and the right forefinger. Hypnotic interlocking melodies and spirited African rhythms culminate in the captivating and compelling music that is found in traditional and contemporary Zimbabwe. Zimbeat performs as an mbira group, a marimba ensemble, and an Afro-pop electric band.

The concert starts
at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, call (619) 660-4288.  For more information, visit
Cuyamaca College hosts 4th annual
Sustainable Urban Landscaping conference March 8
Sustainability Expo
"The Bottom Line for Green Is Black" is the theme for the 4th annual Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference presented by the Cuyamaca College Horticulture Department.

This conference is the premier Southern California event to learn successful business models leading the way to our landscape future.

This year's conference will focus on the ways sustainability acts as a new and profitable business model, changing the face of our region's urban environments.

The keynote speaker is John Picard, one of the leading thinkers and builders of
sustainable societies. He has conceptualized and built hundreds of the smartest homes, workplaces and communities in America and his vision guides the future planning of dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Picard has led hundreds of influential leaders in business and government into a greener future, where sustainability is
highly profitable.

Attend and stay informed, share information, and investigate resources. Early registration is just $90 and includes meals, parking, and a post-conference reception.

Register via secure online registration or register via fax at (619) 660-4408. 
Culinary arts dinners offer a tasty deal at Grossmont College 
Grossmont College Culinary Arts StudentsGourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs in Grossmont College's Culinary Arts program can now be yours on Thursday evenings this spring for the bargain price of $20 per person. They're a tasty way to support students aspiring to become culinary professionals.

The meals will be served in the Culinary Dining Room at Grossmont College's Griffin Center, the new student center that opened last month. Diners will look out on a scenic view of East County as they enjoy their meals.


Dinners will be served at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and sell out fast. Spaces are still available on March 2, 22 and 29; April 19 and 26; and May 3 and 10. Tickets are prepaid and major credit cards are accepted.


Entrée choices for the spring include Pasta Alfredo with Diced Vegetables and Spinach tossed in Tomato Cream; Braised Beef with Braised Red Cabbage;Panko Breaded Eggplant Lasagna; and Rosemary Crusted Pork Medallions.


Dinner and play packages for performance at Grossmont's Stagehouse Theatre are also available on select evenings in March and May.  To reserve a seat, call Alexis at (619) 644-7267. Tickets can also be purchased at the Grossmont College Theater Box Office, Building 22 - 200 A-1.

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