January 2014                                                                                          Volume 6, Issue 1
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kick off busy spring semester
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Cindy Miles     
 I hope that 2014 is turning out to be a wonderful year for you. The spring 2014 term promises much for our students and community, and I'm pleased to invite you to a number of free or very affordable activities designed to enlighten and entertain you.
Please check out our upcoming news and events and see what we're offering -- from great theater to diversity workshops -- and come visit our campuses. 
We're very proud to be part of the East County community.
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Inside the Actor's Process


The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents

Inside the Actor's Process: Characterization

at the Stagehouse Theatre February 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and February 8 at 2 p.m. Each time an actor slips into the shoes of a new character, they experience the world of the play anew. Creating a character requires imagination and an acute sense of believability mixed together with analysis and research. An actor uses all of these tools to help mold a new beginning; a new identity for an exciting journey. Our touring ensemble of actors will help local high school students explore this remarkable transformation from actor to character.


Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for faculty and staff at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, seniors and military; and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca college students with ID.


Call (619) 644-7234 to order tickets or go to the Theatre Arts box office, Room 200 A-1 on the Grossmont College campus, located near Parking Lot 1 beside the Aztec mural.

Alumni spotlight: Darren Greenhalgh
The opening last fall of the San Diego Central Library marked the closing chapter of a 14-year undertaking for Cuyamaca College alum Darren Greenhalgh.

Cuyamaca College alum Darren Greenhalgh headed construction of the new San Diego Central Library.  
The 1983 graduate of the college's surveying program headed the massive $187 million construction project as the deputy director of engineering and capital projects for the City of San Diego.

With a 350-seat auditorium, a charter high school, garden courtyard and café, an art gallery, public meeting rooms and special-events spaces, the nine-story downtown facility is much more than just a place to browse for reading material. Visually, its iconic dome isalready a prominent feature on the city's skyline.

"When the Library opened to the public I felt great accomplishment and pride," said Greenhalgh, who went on to earn his bachelor's in civil engineering and MBA from San Diego State University. "I am proud about the teamwork and the success of maintaining the budget and schedule, as well as providing all the amenities and grandly unique touches that everyone is so excited about."

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Misbehaving Women takes the stage

Misbehaving Women, a staged reading by Jeannette Thomas, is being presented by the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department  at 7:30 p.m. February 21 and 22. This special event performance will be used to add Theatre Arts classes and offer scholarships to Theatre Arts students. 


Well-behaved women seldom make history. But what exactly does it mean to "misbehave"? In a series of intriguing monologues, this play explores the social, political and personal conflicts of women throughout history. From stories of everyday women struggling against the constraints of society, to more famous women who dared to challenge the status quo, the playwright brings us some unforgettable stories of women who dared to "misbehave."


Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for faculty and staff at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, seniors and military; and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca students with ID.


Diversity Dialogue workshops at Cuyamaca College 

Cuyamaca College offers a series of Diversity Dialogues each semester that focus on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues. All events are held in I-207 at the Cuyamaca College Student Center and are free and open to the public.
Here's the schedule for spring 2014: 
Feb. 19 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Out of the Closet, Into Power. Presented by Davina Kotulski, an internationally-known activist and pioneer in the LGBT equality movement.
Feb. 24 11 a.m.-noon: Our Diverse Communities. Presented by Floyd Lai, associate director of multicultural programs at California State University, San Marcos.
March 4 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Facilitating Success for Men of Color in Community Colleges. Presented by Frank Harris and Luke Wood, both assistant professors at San Diego State University.
March 26 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Leader versus Leadership. Presented by Grace Bagunu, a higher education professional who teaches leadership studies at the University of San Diego.
April 8 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Understanding Your Identity in a Diverse Society. Presented by Freddie Sanchez, assistant director of the Cross Cultural Center at San Diego State University.
May 8 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Understanding Social Justice and Diversity  as a Means to Build Community. Presented by Kenyon Whitman, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.
May 12 Noon-1 p.m.: Visual Impairment Etiquette. Presented by Robert Garcia, a Cuyamaca College student who is visually impaired and serves as an ambassador with the Braille Institute.



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