Community Connections
September 2012                                                                                           Volume 3, Issue 1
New school year starts at Grossmont-Cuyamaca
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Cindy Miles
Dear  ,

There's always an excitement in the air at the beginning of the school year. Our faculty and students return to campus renewed and filled with energy as the semester starts. 


The college district faces many challenges this fall resulting from the impact of state budget cuts. We've been forced to cut more than 1,600 class sections over the past four years, and the

First day of the fall semester

district faces an additional $5.6 million cut if Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure fails in November.


Despite these challenges, we're proud of the fine education that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges provide for almost 30,000 students. We hope you can join us at some of the noteworthy events happening this month and throughout the school year. I'm so pleased that our district plays such a vital role in the East County community. Thank you for your continued support for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.


Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District



Grossmont Symphony Orchestra opens new season
gc symphony season opener
 Join the newest principal member of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and String Quartet, Alyze Dreiling, as she performs an evening of chamber music Sept. 13 and 14, doubling on both viola and violin.

The Sept. 13 concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Grossmont College Recital Hall in Building 26, room 220. General admission is $10; $5 for students. The Sept. 14 performance begins at 8 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church located at 6th and Pennsylvania avenues in uptown San Diego. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be accepted.

This concert kicks off the 2012-13 season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. Joining Dreiling will be GSO principal cellist Gordon Grubbs and Linda Scott on piano.

Click here for more information about performances 

Indonesian music kicks off Cuyamaca College concert series 

 indonesian music Kembang Sunda, a San Diego-based gamelan ensemble that performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java, Indonesia, will launch the fall 2012 concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Theatre. The group specializes in gamelan degung music.


Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments. Many different dance and vocal styles are accompanied by gamelan ensembles, as well as puppet plays and important ceremonies. The group's  mission is to entertain, educate and expose an international audience to the beauty and diversity of Sundanese music and culture. Kembang Sunda, directed by Amy Hacker, has performed throughout Southern California since 2007.


Tickets are $8 general admission, and $5 for students, staff and seniors.Free parking in student lots at the college at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA. 92019



For more information, call 619-660-4288 or click here  


'Mauritius' opens Grossmont's Theater Arts season

Mauritius  The Grossmont College Theater Arts program presents "Mauritius," a play by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Steve Schmitz, Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theater in Building 21, Room 247 at the college, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.


Criime...passion...stamp collecting? When two half-sisters, mourning the recent passing of their mother, inherit a spectacularly rare stamp collection, they are plunged into the seedy underworld of cloak and dagger philately. Mauritius is a suspenseful new comedy-drama where everyone involved seems williing to bully connive, cheat and, if all else fails, conduct a legitim  ate business transaction, to gain control of the rarest of prizes. Adult language.


The box office opens two weeks prior to every production. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour prior to all performances. Call (619) 644-7234 for further information.  


Click here for a complete schedule of performances and to order tickets online.   

Cuyamaca College workshops embrace diversity
 Diversity Dialogues, a series of workshops at Cuyamaca College focusing on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice topics, are free and open to the public. "A Legenerational diversityvel Playing Field? A Workshop on Educational Equity for Women," is scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in Room I-104 in the Student Center. Lea Burgess-Carland, director of the Women's Center at California State University, San Marcos, will lead an interactive workshop exploring women's equity in higher education.

"Generational D
iversity," a workshop focusing on cross-generational interaction in the workplace, is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Room I-207 in the Student Center. Victoria Hankins, a professional development consultant and training instructor, will lead the workshop designed to define the differences between the generations and to provide tips on to effectively work with and lead cross-generational teams.   
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