May 2016                                       
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    From making sure "The Tonight Show" cameras are properly set up for filming a performance by Adele to arranging the sound for a Coldplay concert on "The Today Show," Chris Cuilao is taking a bite out of the Big Apple as a result of the audiovisual skills he learned at Grossmont College's Media Communications Department. 

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Summer classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges
Check out the more than 400 classes are being offered this summer at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Most summer session classes begin June 13 and are four, six or eight weeks long, along with online classes. Open registration starts May 9 and continues until June 12.

At just $46 a unit for California residents, the average class only costs $138. Many students qualify for fee waivers, and financial aid is available.
For a complete list of classes at both colleges and links to registration, go to
Opportunities await at East County Career Expo at Cuyamaca College

 More than 50 employers from throughout the region will converge on Cuyamaca College May 4 to recruit applicants for an array of available jobs during the 2016 East County Career Expo. 
Among those taking part in the Expo from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Center are Heaviland Landscape Management, Scantibodies Biologics, the Grossmont Union High School District, the YMCA of San Diego County, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

A special College Hour presentation entitled "Success in the New Economy" that will offer career tips and detail a forecast of jobs available in and around San Diego will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

The 2016 East County Career Expo is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Kate Miller at (619) 660-4695 or Read more.

Live bands, cars and more! 
Six local bands with styles ranging from flamenco jazz to country rock will be featured at the 2016 Coyote Music Festival on the afternoon of Saturday, May 7, at Cuyamaca College, the same day that the campus is holding its oldest event, the 37th annual Automotive Skills Day, set for 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Auto Skills Day showcases the well-regarded Automotive Technology program with a competition for high school and college students vying in basic and advanced divisions for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. This year's event also features a host of other activities, including car shows, STEM demonstrations in math and science, fun games and an opportunity to interview with local automotive-industry employers for internships and jobs.

Students and their families and friends are invited after the Auto Skills Day to check out the college's Music Industry Studies program's Coyote Music Festival, a free event, now in its eighth year, organized, produced and promoted by students.
ivoryFaculty and ivory an eclectic performance at Grossmont College  

The Grossmont College Piano Faculty Ensemble Concert, an inaugural event featuring Ken Ard, Melonie Grinnell, Philip "Jay Jay" Lim, Marion Rodewald and Bryan Verhoye, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Grossmont College Recital Hall (Building 26, Room 220).

The concert will feature the piano faculty in solo and duo forms, culminating in a full ensemble piece. The music will include classical, contemporary, popular and jazz, along with some vocals and original compositions.

 Ard, for example, is performing his original tune, "The Delta Queen," along with Mozart's "Sonata in D Major" for four hands with Verhoye, and Debussy's "Petite Suite" with Grinnell. 
Tickets are $10, general; $8, seniors; and $5, students. Call the music department for additional information at 619-644-7254.

'The Odd Couple' takes stage 
at Grossmont College
 The Grossmont College Theatre Arts program brings "The Odd Couple" to the stage in May with a production directed by Theatre Artrs instructor Jeannette Thomas.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as being a successful movie and television series, "The Odd Couple" finds neurotic neat freak Felix Unger being thrown out by his wife and moving in with his divorced friend, slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison. Hilarity ensues when Oscar's untidy, yet happy life of excessive gambling, smoking, and drinking collides with Felix's need to obsessively clean and criticize others.

"The Odd Couple" will be performed May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theatre. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. are set for May 7 and 14.

Tickets, including a mini-season ticket plan can be purchased by phone, online, or at the box office. For tickets, visit or call (619) 644-7234.
The box office is at Grossmont College, Building 22A/Room 200A1 (Back of Parking Lot #1) The box office opens one hour prior to each production.

PSA Flight 182 presentation: 
Tragedy recounted at Grossmont forum 
Grossmont College history instructor Martin Ennis is presenting an evening of film, lecture and discussion 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, about PSA Flight 182, the Sept. 25, 1978 midair collision in San Diego that killed 144 people and scattered wreckage across North Park.

It is still the deadliest air crash in the history of California and was the deadliest in the country at the time. 
 Ennis has arranged for crash victim relatives, first-responders and witnesses to be on hand at the Griffin Gate presentation to give firsthand accounts of the tragedy.The event is free and open to the public. 

Excerpts from two films, "Return to Dwight and Nile," and "Air Disasters: Collision Over California," will be shown.

A speakers panel will feature:
  • Fred Hall, a PSA executive who knew the crew and was on the scene of the crash.
  • Myra Sulit Pelowski lost her brother in the crash. He was flying to attend his first day at UC San Diego and never made it.
  • Luisa Lococo lost her mother in the crash. 
  • John Mercer, a rookie police officer who spent 12 hours at the site.
  • Bill Nemec, another police officer.
  • Michael Bagnos, a high school student at the time he witnessed the crash who still lives in the same home, four blocks away from the crash site.
  • Bryan Swopes, an aviation expert who wrote an article about the crash.

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