April 2014                                                                                                              Volume 6, Issue 3
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Newsletter
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Emperor of All Maladies
Literary Arts Festival
Coyote Music Festival
Spring Garden Festival
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Cindy Miles     
Spring is an invigorating time of year at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. We've reached the midpoint of the semester and our college calendars are bursting with events. 
At Grossmont College, a semester-long "One Book, One Campus" project has drawn disciplines and departments together to discuss The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.  The college's Literary Arts Festival is a wonderful opportunity to hear from authors, critics and student writers.
Cuyamaca College has two popular community events coming up that should be added to your calendar. The Coyote Music Festival offers a variety of music genres for some family-friendly entertainment. The always-popular Spring Garden Festival celebrates the season and is a great way to pick up gardening tips and buy some plants or gifts.
Please join us for these exciting events. Welcome to our colleges!
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of  Cancer at Grossmont College 
Grossmont College has numerous events being held throughout the year as part of its "One Book, One Campus" project, in which disciplines and department throughout the college focus on the lessons to be learned from a single book.
This year, students are reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book describes the author's experiences as a hematology/oncology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, together with a history of cancer, its research, and its treatment.


Events being held in April in connection with the "One Book, One Campus" project are open to the public.


  • Tuesday, April 8, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.,  Griffin Gate: Bioethics: Dr. Araceli Neuner  A lecture and discussion on bioethics, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Dr. Penafuerte-Neuner lectures on ethics in the Philosophy Department at the University of San Diego and at San Diego State University.
  • Thursday, April 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Science Learning Center 30-162: Language and Metaphors of Cancer, by Grossmont College English instructor Brendan Praniewicz.
  • Wednesday, April 23, 7-9 p.m., Griffin Gate: Jeopardy! Championship Grossmont College, in collaboration with KNSD/Channel 7, will host a Jeopardy! style game show, featuring questions drawn from The Emperor of All Maladies. Teams from Grossmont College, University of California at San Diego, and Point Loma Nazarene University will compete for top honors. 



A Galaxy of Words at Grossmont College's Literary Arts Festival


From comic books to poetry, Grossmont College's Literary Arts Festival April 25-May 1 offers a wide variety of programs and discussions about literature and writing. All events are free and open to the public.

The sessions include:


Jimmy Callaway, comic book reviewer and crime fiction author, presents a history and appreciation lesson on the literature of comic books. Callaway is a Grossmont College Creating Writing Program alumnus who writes for the online comedy magazine Serial Optimist. He also co-hosts the comedy podcast If I'm Louder, I'm Right. Monday, April 28, 2-3:15 p.m., Griffin Gate.

  • Poet Jennifer Knox, whose poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series four times, will give a reading a book signing. Monday, April 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Griffin Gate.
  • Keynote author Luis J. Rodriguez, author of the vivid gang memoir Always Running, a Carl Sandburg Literary Award winner. He is also author of a sequel It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing as well as several poetry collections. Thursday, May 1 7-10 p.m., Griffin Gate

Go to the Literary Arts Festival website for a full listing of events.



QuayamacaCoyote Music Festival rocks

Cuyamaca College April 26



The Coyote Music Festival, set for Saturday, April 26, 2014, in its sixth year at Cuyamaca College, promises its usual eclectic mix of live blues, rock, pop, folk, indie, and alternative rock bands.
 Local bands will be performing at the Rancho San Diego college's grand lawn between noon-4 p.m. in a fun, family-friendly setting.
 The music festival is an end-of-the-semester project for students learning the music industry. The student-produced event teaches students what's involved in putting on a large-scale production, from auditioning performers and marketing the event, to setting up, running the live sound, and managing the stage transitions from one band to the next.
Admission is free and open to the public. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. 



SpringSpring Garden Festival in Bloom

May 3 at Cuyamaca College

The Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College, in its 21
st year,  will be held Saturday, May 3, at Cuyamaca College. The festival is a family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future that attracts more than 7,000 visitors annually. Admission and parking is free.


The festival features fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources.


The renowned Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture department will be holding its biggest plant sale of the year.


A special attraction this year will feature a fashion show, "Fashion in Bloom," to benefit students and programs at the college.


Go to the Spring Garden Festival website for more information.


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