February 2015                                        
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Glynn Long was living in El Cajon when the Marine veteran decided to explore the opportunities at Grossmont College.
"I happened to be in the area and Grossmont College was close," Long said. "I decided to try out an acting class and ended up stumbling upon the best theatre department at any community college in the region."
The El Cajon resident has found his home on the stage and is a rising star at Grossmont College.


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 New semester at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges 


Grads value community colleges  


 Bill Garrett re-elected board president



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Grossmont College inviting future students to campus


Grossmont College will host an open house from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. The event is for prospective students and will feature free application and financial aid workshops, campus and department tours, program and department information, and live entertainment.


Faculty, staff and student volunteers will be on hand to help visitors learn about the variety of academic programs, including certificate and associate degree programs, and student services provided on campus, such as counseling, financial aid and scholarships, among others.


The workshops will assist incoming students complete online applications and learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, and other financial aid and scholarship opportunities. For more information, visit

The Grossmont College Theater Arts program has a pair of performances set for February: its next "Inside the Actor's Process" showcase and a special event fundraiser, "An Adult Evening of Shel
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Silverstein by Shel Silverstein."
"Inside the Actor's Process" offers audiences a peek at the actors' process of creating on-stage theatrical "pictures" through their physicality and use of voice, and shows how a director uses these images to add flavor and texture to the performances. It is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Stagehouse Theater. Tickets are $10.
Back by popular demand, "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein" is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21. In the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, nothing is as it seems and the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant. Performed by college faculty and staff, it is rated R, with no one under 18 admitted. General admission is $20.00; $10.00 for students.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 619-644-7267, online, or in person at the theater box office (Building 22A/Room 200A1) near parking lot No. 1, next to Aztec mural. The box office opens two weeks prior to every production. Hours are 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday -Thursday, and one hour prior to all performances. 
World War I art show on display
at Cuyamaca College

Continuing  through Wednesday, Feb. 12, is "Art Needs You: World War I Art Show" on the third floor of the Communications Arts Center, Building B, at Cuyamaca College. 

The 20-piece exhibit presented by the college's Department of Fine Arts consists of drawings, paintings and sculptures, and is a followup to a smaller show presented in 2014 to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of the Great War between the Allies and the central powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary.

The art selected by students and faculty displays the use of propaganda and illustration-style artwork, with each piece representing some historical aspect of the event the he social and political climates, technological advances, the trenches, or even attitudes about war in general. The exhibit is intended to show how an event that took place so long ago still visually manifests itself in the present day.

"The source material was anything that pertains to the war -- it is us looking and exploring history," said Omar Montaņo, adjunct professor of fine art at Cuyamaca College, and the show coordinator.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call (619) 660-4027.   


Cuyamaca's Diversity Dialogues always engaging

The Filipino culture and helping undocumented students are two topics on tap in February for Cuyamaca College's Diversity Dialogues, a series of workshops focusing on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice issues.   


The hour-long workshops are free and open to the public.  


The workshops kick off with "Learning about Filipino Culture & Traditions" from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Room 104 in the student center. Presented by San Diego Filipino leader Sam Besa, the workshop focuses on the estimated 180,000 residents who make up the largest Asian American community in the county. The presentation will provide general information and an overview of Filipino history and culture.


"Working with Undocumented Students" is set for 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Room 207 in the Student Center. It centers on a survey conducted by the University of San Diego, which led to the creation of the campus' office for Undocumented Student Services.


Other initiatives to support undocumented students will also be highlighted, as well as ideas on replicating these services to undocumented students in other institutions. 


Presenting are Cynthia Davalos, special assistant to the vice chancellor of Student Affairs at UCSD, and Jessica Muņoz, Undocumented Student Services coordinator at UCSD. Davalos completed her docorate in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego, and conducted extensive research in the field of diversity and leadership.




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