Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Helicopter ball drop part of May 6 Brad Daluiso Golf Classic

A shower of 2,000 golf balls is anticipated for the May 6 Brad Daluiso Golf Classic at the Sycuan Golf Resort, an annual fundraiser hosted by the former NFL kicker for the Grossmont College athletic program.

Balls being dropped at the 2015 Classic
The golf balls will be falling from above at 4 p.m. as balls purchased by supporters are dropped from a helicopter hovering about 50 feet in the air. The lucky winner whose numbered ball lands in or closest to the hole – in this case, hole No. 1 at Willow Glen Golf Course -- gets a $1,000 Sprouts gift card. Other prizes include a Sonos PLAYBAR sound bar, Sycuan overnight stay with golf, Padres tickets and a TaylorMade M2 460 driver.

And you don’t have to play in the tourney or be present to win – just purchase $5 for one ball, $20 for five, $50 for 15, $100 for 40 or $250 for 125. You can obtain the purchase form at .The deadline for purchasing the balls is May 4. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted for ball purchases at the tournament until 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

PSA Flight 182 to be revisited at Grossmont College

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. All 135 people aboard the PSA Boeing 727-214 perished along with two in the Cessna and seven people on the ground. Nearly two dozen homes were damaged or destroyed.

ASL Interpreters at "The Odd Couple" Performance

American Sign Language interpreters will join the production at a May 14 performance of the Neil Simon classic The Odd Couple at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.
The Odd Couple

Winner of four Tony Awards following its Broadway debut in 1965, The Odd Couple finds the mismatched neat freak Felix Unger being thrown out by his wife and moving in with his divorced, slovenly friend, 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 up after and criticize others. The characters were revived in a 1968 film and a 1970s television series. 

The 2 p.m. performance on May 14 will feature two professional American Sign Language interpreters. 

“There is a lot of preparation involved; it is not something you could just do,” said Jennifer Carmean, an American Sign Language instructor at Grossmont College who is working with Denise Robertson, an interpreter coordinator with Disabled Students Programs & Services, in organizing the interpretation services. Interpreters must review the script and coordinate with the actors involved to ensure they are interpreting each character correctly. Interpreters also must decide on who will interpret what characters and where they should be placed so they can be seen – but not get in the way – in relation to the furniture, lighting and props.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nisreen Al-sabie: Finding a home at Cuyamaca College

Nisreen Al-sabie
She fled a war-torn Iraq and sought safety in Jordan before moving with her family to El Cajon. Now Nisreen Al-sabie, 19, is on the verge of completing her studies at Cuyamaca College and transferring to the University of California, Riverside, en route to a career with the United Nations or perhaps as a human rights attorney. 

“I’ve been fortunate in a lot of ways, really,” Al-sabie said. “I just feel bad for the people who are still in Iraq or Jordan, or the whole Middle East really, who are my age and don’t have the same opportunities that I have here.” 

Al-sabie was born in Baghdad and was living there with her family when war broke out in 2003. That’s when her mother, who worked at a United Nations compound, was injured during a bombing and needed life-saving medical treatment in London. Al-sabie was shuttled back and forth between Iraq and Jordan in the ensuing years before she and her family made the journey to the United States four years ago. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

High school students learn theater skills at Grossmont College's Summer Conservatory

Students in the 2015 Summer Conservatory, which
performed "Cinderella."
High school and college actors, actresses, costume designers and stagehands are preparing to team up once more for the 2016 version of Grossmont College’s Summer Conservatory program, which culminates with a musical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, Around the World in Eighty Days.

An open casting call is set for May 16.

 “This really is the most incredible of programs,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan. “The Summer Conservatory provides a valuable opportunity to nurture the artists of tomorrow and enables us to guide those who want to work both on and off the stage.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hot Wheels, cool competition, live bands at Auto Skills Day and Coyote Music fest

Cuyamaca College is revving up its annual Automotive Skills Day set for 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Saturday, May 7, showcasing its automotive technology program with high school and college students turning wrenches in head-to-head competition. 

The skills competition takes place from 8:30-10:45 a.m., in the Automotive Technology complex (Building K) followed by a slew of auto- and technology-related activities and games, lunch, and ending with the awards presentation. Visitors can then head to the Grand Lawn for the student-run Coyote Music Festival taking place from noon to 4 p. m. Both events are free, as is parking, and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

District a finalist for safety award from American Association of Community Colleges

From left: Grossmont College students Elijah Descoteaux,
 Michael Garate, Chavez Bridgewater, Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Jimenez,  
 Campus and Parking Services Specialist Tiffany Hungerford, 
and  student Carol Bianchi.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has been selected as one of four national finalists for an Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges for its comprehensive system to keep its two colleges safe and prepared for emergencies.

The East County district was a finalist for the award in the category of Community College Safety Planning and Leadership at the 2016 AACC Awards of Excellence ceremony this month recognizing exceptional work among the more than 1,100 two-year colleges in the nation.