December 2014                                       
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Employee profile
Grossmont College Theater Arts
Intersession registration
Winter Wonder Jam
Cuyamaca Choir

Employee profile


 Nicole Conklin, the district's new Campus and Parking Services director, describes herself as a "parking nerd."  She also has a black belt in karate, although she only practices for fun and fitness now. Read more...       

 In the News...


Mexican consulate awards $15,000 for scholarships


College district names new vice chancellor


Two Cuyamaca College employees honored



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funfactoryGrossmont College presents
'The Fun Factory'
Revel in the joys of silent film when the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department stages its production of The Fun
Factory on Dec. 5 and 6 at the college's StageHouse Theatre.
In 1912, filmmaker Mack Sennett set up shop in Southern California, and the birth of a new era of fun was created - silent comedies. Sennett aptly named his studio "The Fun Factory," as it brought laughter to young and old alike, and introduced us to such stars as Fatty Arbuckle, Gloria Swanson, W.C. Field,and Charlie Chaplin.
We invite you to travel back in time to watch the Keystone Cops as they slide, slip, flip, flop, crash, careen and collapse in to the heart of the audiences. Full of high jinx and guffaws, The Fun Factory offers a goofy, silly look back at when actions spoke louder than words.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 6. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online.
Still time to register for intersession classes

Registration continues for winter session - or intersession - classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges that start Jan. 5. Registration is also ongoing for spring 2015 classes, which start Jan 26.


The colleges will offer nearly 70 intersession classes between Jan. 5-24, about 20 more than a year ago, when the courses returned after a four-year hiatus due to severe budget cuts. Intersession classes, while intensive, are a quick way to earn up to three college credits in just three weeks. Most classes meet 31/2 hours a day, five days a week and others are offered online.


The classes are identical to regular semester-length classes and the units are transferable to most four-year universities. At $46 a unit, California community college courses are an affordable way to obtain a college degree.


Apply online for Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College, and allow one or two business days for the application to be processed. Then go to WebAdvisor to activate your student WebAdvisor account and register online for classes. Check out the Video Tutorial.
Winter means time to jam at Cuyamaca College music fest 

Winter Wonder Jam - Cuyamaca College's homegrown music fest put on by students in the Music Industry Studies program and featuring four local bands and musicians playing pop, rockand folk music - is set for
7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the
performing arts theater.


Open to the public, admission is $5 or a donation of three canned goods to the San Diego Food Bank. Ample free parking will be available at the college at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.


The event will showcase four bands rocking one of the most acoustically sound venues in East County: 

  • Mockingbird, an Americana, pop group consisting of a family trio of mother Tara Alvarado playing snare and hi hat drums; father Diego Alvarado on Telecaster guitar and vocals; and their son Diego on bass guitar. They give a unique spin to covers that span everything from Johnny Cash to the Violent Femmes.
  • Barrie Dempsey, an Americana folk musician and BMI member who has been involved in the music industry since the late '60s. He recorded in the same New York studio as John Lennon and Yoko Ono and music legend Lou Reed.  He also wrote a song called "Safe and Sound," which earned him a semi-finalist spot in the 2014 Song of the Year contest.
  • Feelgood, an indie rock band whose vocalist and guitarist have been friends since they were 15. They moved to California from a small farming town in northern Illinois and recently performed at the Battle of the Bands at the House of Blues in September and October.
  • Little Heroine is a three--member rock band whose musicians Michael Shannon, Adam Sisco and Jonny Beamer have played venues all over San Diego and just released a 12-song record through Ursa Polaris Records.

 The fifth annual holiday bash is an all-ages event with food, refreshments, and always eclectic performances.

Raising their voices at 
 Cuyamaca College 
The Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Juan Carlos Acosta, will perform both contemporary and traditional holiday music at a Dec. 5 concert at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. The concert will also feature guest performances by the Monte Vista High School choir and Sisters in Song. 

The show is set to start at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $8. Cost for seniors and students is $5. To reserve tickets call (619) 660-4288.

Cuyamaca College is at
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.

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