September 2013                                                                                          Volume 5, Issue 1
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Cindy Miles     
Our campuses are bustling with activity as students arrive for the fall semester at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. As the result of the passage of Proposition 30 last November, we offered 240 additional class sections -- an 11 percent increase from a year ago -- enabling our students to get the classes they need to acheive their educational goals. 
In addition to educating students, we're very proud to be part of East County. It's very intentional that "community" is part of our name.
This newsletter lists some of the upcoming events at our colleges open to the community in September. Let me extend a personal invitation for you to visit our campuses and enjoy one of our great dinners, plays, workshops, or personal classes. Our faculty, staff, and students are the best of the best - come see for yourself!
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Dinner and a show at Grossmont College
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What better way to spend a Thursday evening out than with a gourmet dinner, followed by a concert or play?


The Culinary Arts Department at Grossmont College is collaborating with the Theatre Arts Department and with the Music Department to produce such experiences on campus.

Six-course dinners prepared by culinary arts students guided by award-winning chefs will be offered Thursday nights during the fall. Several of the dinners are being offered as a package with a play or music performance at Grossmont College.
The dinners are held at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Griffin Center. Dinners are $20 per person. A dinner and a music show is $30, while a dinner and a play is $32. Check out the schedule and get your tickets soon. They sell out quickly!
Packages may be ordered at the Grossmont College Theater Box Office at Building 22, or by phoning (619) 644-7267. The college accepts all major credit cards.
Diversity Dialogues Explore Diverse Issues at Cuyamaca College

Want to learn more about the Chaldean culture and traditions?
 Are you interested in exploring your own cultural narrative? Do you have questions about diversity issues in the workplace?
These are some of the topics that will be explored this fall at Cuyamaca College's "Diversity Dialogues," a semesDiversity Dialogues graphicter-long series of workshops exploring a variety of diversity and socialjustice issues. All of the workshops, held at the college's student center, are free and open to the public.
The fall 2013 workshop schedule is:
  • Chaldean Culture and Traditions: 11 a.m.-noon, Sept. 4. Sami Jihad, an outreach specialist for the college's Admissions and Records Office, will discuss the origin, culture, practices and traditions of Chaldeans, a religious minority in Iraq.
  • Diversity at Work: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 9. Victoria Hankins, a professional development consultant, will introduce participants to the dimensions of diversity that may affect the workplace, including age, race, gender, disability, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
  • Standing in Solidarity: Supporting the Interests of Students on Campus: 10-11 a.m., Oct. 2. Presented by Wendy Craig, assistant director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services at Cuyamaca College, this session will explore why some students find a campus environment unwelcoming.
  • Cultural Narratives: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 8. Participants in this workshop, led by Shaila Mulholland, an assistant professor in the College of Education at San Diego State University, will discover and reflect on their own cultural self-awareness and begin writing their personal cultural narrative.
  • Making Spaces Safe: Introduction to Safe Zones: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 7. Conor McLaughlin, a doctoral student at the University of San Diego's School of Leadership, will discuss the importance of creating safe spaces on college campuses and will include discussion on the elements and structures necessary to create a safe zones program.
No dreary nights in staged reading of Poe works at Grossmont College Sept. 6 and 7

Hear a dramatic reading promo of poe poetry readingof Edgar Allan Poe's works by Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke and Cuyamaca College President Mark Zacovic and other college leaders. The pair of events will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 in Building 26, Room 220, at Grossmont College.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, with proceeds supporting the programs of Grossmont College's theatre arts department.
Other readers of Poe's classic works include Agustin Albarran, Grossmont's dean of English and social/behaviorial sciences; Grossmont College student Derek San Filippo; Grossmont alums Aaron Duggan and Adam Weiner; Joel Castellaw, Grossmont communication professor; Jeanette Thomas, Grossmont theatre instructor; Kurt Brauer, interim grounds and maintenance supervisor; and Manny Lopez, Grossmont theatre design production technician.
For tickets, call (619) 644-7234.

Continuing ed classes offered this fall

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The college district's Continuing Education and Workforce Training division, based at Cuyamaca College, has several new  personal enrichment classes this fall for a reasonable fee:  


  • Jewelry making with precious metal clay: Learn how to create beautiful, custom-made jewelry that expresses your vision for a finished silver, copper or bronze piece.
  • Makeup Artistry: Get started in the exciting world of makeup artistry or learn the basics to be able to work on yourself, friends, and family.
  • Printmaking: Learn both ancient and modern techniques for creating an image on a plate and printing it on paper or other materials to create unique art pieces.
  • Homebrewing: This course will give participants hands-on experience with both simple and more involved methods used by homebrewers, as well as providing the basic background knowledge one needs to improve their brews.
  • Real estate for consumers: buyers and renters: This introductory class provides the fundamental basics and terminology in selling, buying, leasing, or renting realy property from a consumer's interest point.
  • Solar 101 for homeowners: Attendees will learn about solar technology, how solar works, how to determine if solar is right for your home/business, rebates and incentives, and the cost and saving of going solar.
  • Beginning acting for teens: This class is structured for young adults (ages 13-17) to give an introduction to theater and beginning acting skills.

Check out the fall program for a full listing of courses.  To register, call 619-660-4350, email or stop by the office at the One-Stop Student Services Center, A104, at the Cuyamaca College campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon 92019.

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