Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grossmont College Participating in Prestigious Science Internship Program

“The Life Science Summer Institute plays a critical role in preparing future professionals for the skills they will need to flourish in the biotechnology sector”

Peter Callstrom

San Diego Workforce Partnership

Spending eight hours everyday on intense study in a classroom may not be how many teens envision launching their summer vacation.

At the Life Science Summer Institute
Just don’t tell that to the 13 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who began a prestigious, 8-week, Life Science Summer Institute program with 40 hours of training at a Grossmont College `boot camp’ to prepare them for working the rest of the summer in paid internships at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego.

“It was wonderful,” said Fowsia Abdi, 17, who just completed her junior year at Mount Miguel High School. “They started out teaching us the basics, what we need to know when working in a laboratory, doing a lot of experiments, doing a lot of math skills work, and how to keep a notebook.”

After completing the boot camp, Fowsia began her internship at Scripps for nearly two months of neuroscience research.

“When I learned I had been accepted into the program, I thought maybe I’d be doing filing work,” she said. “Then I went in for an interview and learned that I’ll be working with a mentor doing laboratory research. It’s an incredible opportunity.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


GradFest participants head off to the ballpark
More than 400 graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and their guests celebrated Tuesday night at GradFest, an event put on by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges. The grads met at Rare Form, Fairweather & Stone Brewery, located by Petco Park, then headed over to the ballpark to watch the San Diego Padres play the Seattle Mariners.

Grads posed with cut-out frames with their college name and the hashtag #grossmontgrad or #cuyamacagrad. They held whiteboards showing their plans, now that they are community college graduates!

Chancellor Cindy Miles and Foundation CEO John Valencia welcomed the grads to the Alumni Association, and urged them to maintain their ties to the colleges.

Although the Padres lost 5-0, it was a fun event and a great way to celebrate the grads' success!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten tips to help you nail your audition

Whether it’s for a play at Grossmont Col
Theatre arts students at Grossmont College
lege or community theater, auditions can be daunting. Here are 10 tips from the experts to help you secure the part you want.

Be prepared.The big thing is to be prepared for the play you’re auditioning for,” said Beth Duggan, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Grossmont College. Know what you’re auditioning for, know the play, research the play, research the parts.”

Study the craft. Grossmont College has a wonderful theatre arts programs staffed by working professionals, and anyone interested in pursuing acting as a hobby or career should investigate these cost-effective options. 

Be confident. This is your moment to shine, and as notes, you don’t get any sympathy points if you're nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive.

Be on time. In fact, be early. Unless you’re a Broadway star, being late will lessen your chances of getting a part. It illustrates a lack of responsibility, a lack of empathy, and a lack of desire. Duggan and others suggest getting to the audition at least 15 minutes early.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cuyamaca College honors grad proves doctors wrong

Brandon Kover was accompanied at Cuyamaca College’s commencement ceremony by his favorite instructor, Lindy Brazil, who helped her former student through the processional.

 A doctor told Brandon Kover’s parents soon after his birth that as the extremely rare individual born without a cerebellum – the region of the brain critical to motor movement and balance – he would be a human vegetable, unable to move or communicate.

This month, in a cap and gown draped with the gold cord of an honors graduate, the 23-year-old Rancho San Diego resident was part of the Class of 2015 at Cuyamaca College’s 37th annual commencement ceremony. He took part in the processional seated in a wheelchair, clapping as he received his associate degree in web development, and certificates in web design and web programming.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New student trustees seated on college district Governing Board

A Marine Corps veteran and a recent high school graduate were officially seated Tuesday as the two new student trustees on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting board members, are Grossmont College student Rafael Navarrete, 29, and Cuyamaca College student Evan Esparza, 18.

Navarrete and Esparza took their oaths of office for the one-year term at Tuesday night’s board meeting at Grossmont College. They join the board at a time of rebuilding as the colleges continue to add classes, staffing and other resources lost to the budget ax in recent years.

The role of student trustees to be the student voice on the board is very important,” Governing Board President Bill Garrett said. “The Governing Board values the input that the student representatives provide as we consider new policies and initiatives to guide the direction of the college district.”
Rafael Navarrete

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Three new members join college district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee

Two construction professionals and a landscape and property maintenance manager have been appointed to the committee that oversees construction spending from two bond measures at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

David Wilken, an expert in construction management; Scott Grogg, a survey technician for an East County water district; and Glenn Wilhite, a member of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges board, were appointed to serve two-year terms by the district’s Governing Board at its June 16 meeting.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Grossmont College grad Robyn Sarvis: From Disneyland tour guide to nursing degree

Grossmont prepares you well for whatever you want to do, whether you want to transfer to a four-year university or prepare for a job." - Robyn Sarvis
Robyn Sarvis
Shes been a Disneyland Ambassador to the World and an assistant director on Princess Cruise ships in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Pacific. Now Grossmont College graduate Robyn Sarvis is off on a new adventure: she’s embarking on a career as a registered nurse.

I’m a big believer in lifelong learning, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with changing your path,” said Sarvis, who had already earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology when she returned to Grossmont College for an associate degree in nursing. “I was telling a friend a couple years back that if I spend two years in nursing school, I’ll be like 42 when I graduate – and how crazy was that? And my friend said, `Well, how old are you going to be in a couple years if you don’t go to nursing school?’ You know, she had a point. So off I went.”

Sarvis, who graduated in fall 2014 with an associate of science degree in nursing, squeezed everything she could from her experience at Grossmont College. She excelled academically while serving in a leadership position with her nursing class cohort, coordinating several fundraisers that raised nearly $10,000 for cancer research and volunteering her time freely – all while caring for a young son who is battling leukemia. She also worked as events director for the National Student Nurses Association’s Grossmont College chapter.