Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dedication to students motto of award-winning faculty


Pearl Lopez, Grossmont College
David Ivester, Cuyamaca College
Marvelyn Bucky, Cuyamaca

Two instructors at Cuyamaca College and a counselor at Grossmont College have been honored for their contributions to their campuses and commitment to student success.

Pearl Lopez, a counselor in Grossmont College’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) office, received the President’s Leadership Award in recognition for distinguished service to students, faculty and staff. English instructor Marvelyn Bucky and Environmental Health and Safety Technology instructor David Ivester received the 2016 Awards for Teaching Excellence at Cuyamaca College.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black History Month at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges

A celebration of black history that includes music, dance and theater performances at Cuyamaca College and an African-American Read-in at Grossmont College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Included among the events will be tributes to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama, Maya Angelou and others, in addition to lesser-known names such as Daisy Bates, a civil rights heroine who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Top talent on tap for Cuyamaca College's Spring Concert Series



San Diego Early Music Society performance starts music series
The 2016 Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series gets under way Feb. 21 with a San Diego Early Music Society performance kicking off a season of productions covering styles ranging from Baroque and mariachi to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A new series of Diversity Dialogues at Cuyamaca College

A new series of Diversity Dialogues, a program of free Cuyamaca College workshops aimed at fostering a greater understanding of diverse cultures and various social issues, launches Feb. 18 with a session on becoming mentors in promoting social justice and change. 

 “Cuyamaca College is a leader in promoting a culture of inclusion and engagement, and Diversity Dialogues underscores our commitment to fostering discussion, understanding and action in this area,” Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said. 

Lauren Vaknin, Cuyamaca College’s associate dean of student affairs, developed the Diversity Dialogues in spring 2011, initially offering three workshops that drew a total of about 50 students. These days, about 250 people – mostly students -- attend the workshops each year. All of the workshops are free and open to the public. 


Friday, February 5, 2016

Preschoolers at Cuyamaca College eating healthy - and loving it!


         Curried chicken salad. Roasted garlic and rosemary bean soup. Roasted turmeric caulifower. 
Menu selections from a hot new restaurant? Guess again.  
Preschooler finds food finger-licking good.
These are dishes on February’s menu for the preschoolers at Cuyamaca College’s Child Development Center, which recently contracted for food services through the Neighborhood House Association, a multi-purpose human services agency and the local administrators of the federal Head Start program. NHA prepares and delivers thousands of made-from-scratch meals daily to preschools like the facility at Cuyamaca College. 

Diversity Dialogues return to Cuyamaca College Feb. 18


A new series of Diversity Dialogues, a program of free Cuyamaca College workshops aimed at fostering a greater understanding of diverse cultures and various social issues, launches Feb. 18 with a session on becoming mentors in promoting social justice and change. 

“Cuyamaca College is a leader in promoting a culture of inclusion and engagement, and Diversity Dialogues underscores our commitment to fostering discussion, understanding and action in this area,” Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said.  

Lauren Vaknin, Cuyamaca College’s associate dean of student affairs, developed the Diversity Dialogues in spring 2011, initially offering three workshops that drew a total of about 50 students. These days, about 250 people – mostly students -- attend the workshops each year. 

All of the workshops are free and open to the public.

 


Friday, January 29, 2016

Christopher Torborg: Honing his craft at the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department


Christopher Torborg
Christopher Torborg was sold on a career in the theater ever since he was cast as Ed Sullivan in a children’s production of Bye Bye Birdie as a 4-year-old. These days Torborg is a rising star at Grossmont College’s acclaimed Theatre Arts Department with plans on becoming a working actor in San Diego’s thriving theatre scene.

 

He had a number of options when he came to choosing a school to hone his craft. The decision to attend Grossmont College, though, was a simple one.

 

“I always heard people tell me, `Don’t go to a community college to study theater. Go to a university,’” he said. “But I have absolutely no regrets. Grossmont College has the best theatrer program in the county, by far.”

 

Torborg, 19, grew up in Tucson but moved here in 2011 while visiting relatives and touring Valhalla High School’s Theatre Arts Program, which has won a number of honors at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America, the National Youth Art Awards, and the California Center for the Arts.

 

“My father always told me, ‘No matter what you do in life, we’ll support you 100 percent.’ So he supported me in my decision to come here.”