Community Connections
February 2013                                                                                           Volume 4, Issue 2
Keeping dreams alive at Grossmont
and Cuyamaca colleges
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Cindy Miles     
  For some students, an emergency or financial crisis can derail the dream of a college education. For the past three years, Dreamkeepers grants of up to $500 have helped Grossmont or Cuyamaca students stay in college when they faced a financial hardship such as a car repair or a family emergency.
    To keep the Dreamkeepers program strong, the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is sponsoring Give the Dream, a scholarship fundraising event throughout East County on Saturday, March 16.
      I hope you'll drop by Grossmont Center, Parkway Plaza or Santee Trolley Square Center that day to enjoy the festivities and contribute to our efforts to help our students fulfill their dreams. All donations go directly toward student Dreamkeepers scholarships.
       To me, the Dreamkeepers program is not a charity -- it's a humanitarian effort to make the world a little smarter.
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Give the Dream on March 16
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Give the Dream,a fundraising extravaganza to benefit Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students facing financial emergencies, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at three East County locations: Grossmont Center, Parkway Plaza and Santee Trolley Square Center.
The event is being held to raise money for Dreamkeepers, a program that awards scholarships of up to $500 to students who face a financial hardship that threatens their ability to stay in college.
Each site will have music, contests, eye-catching installations and other fun events. At Grossmont Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can even have a dream interpreter analyze your dreams.
Go to for more information. Donations can also be made by texting DREAMS to 41444.

'The Odyssey' at Grossmont College 

Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, still stands as one of the most fantastical stories of all time. Odysseus, returning home from the battle of Troy, isodyssey graphic waylaid by romance, Cyclopes, shipwreck, seduction, and supernatural forces.   


This modern adaptation of the timeless tale, vivid in imagery and rich in imagination, brings Odysseus' twists and turns to life in a whole new way. Directed by Beth Duggan, the play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22,  and 23 at the Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College. Performances will also be held at 2 p.m. on March 16 and 23.  


Tickets are $15 general admission, and $12 for seniors and the military. Click here for more information or call (619) 644-7627.  

Cuyamaca College hosting sustainability conference
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Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Horticulture Department is hosting its 5th Annual Sustainable Landscape Conference, "Air, Earth, Water, Fire," from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the college's Performing Arts Theater. The $90 registration fee covers the conference, a trade show, and a continental breakfast and lunch.


Jeff Fulgham, chief sales officer at Banyan Water, Inc., a San Francisco-based water management consulting firm, is the keynote speaker. A 29-year veteran in the water industry, he previously was the chief sustainability officer and Ecomagination director at GE Power and Water, where he partnered with customers, organizations, and governments to increase awareness of current water challengers and solutions, and the need to implement water reuse technologies.  Fulgham, a frequent speaker on water and power topics, notes that "green is green - doing what's right for the environment is also economically smart."


To register for the popular conference, click here or register by phone or fax. For further information, contact conference chairman Don Schultz at  or call (619) 660-4023.

Get the latest on Proposition R  

The 2012 annual report of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee is now available to the public interested in viewing cboc reportthe yearly update for Prop. R, the $207 million bond measure  approved by East County voters in 2002. Money from the bond measure was used to build or renovate 13 major projects at the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses, in addition to numerous infrastructure improvements.    


The report recaps all major capital improvements under Prop. R and also includes statistics showing that a large portion of Prop. R spending remained in East County. Prop. R has had 10 straight years of clean, independent audits, reflecting the district and committee's commitment to transparency and accuracy as diligent stewards of public dollars. A key provision of Prop. R was that bond revenues are spent solely on construction-related expenses identified in the 2002 ballot measure.

The CBOC annual report can be viewed by clicking here  


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