The following message was sent to employees of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District by Chancellor Cindy L. Miles
Jan. 29, 2013
Happy New Year and welcome to our Spring 2013 semester!
Although the winter break is fading on the path behind us, I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you had the chance for meaningful engagement with family and friends. I hope you found a bit of rest and rejuvenation and returned ready for a fabulous New Year.
I recently read Cheryl Strayed’s compelling memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, recounting her remarkable three-month expedition after she impulsively decided to hike from California to Washington state on the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail—alone. She describes a stunningly strenuous trek in which she deals with rattlesnakes, black bears, strange characters, intense heat, and record snowfalls, as well as severe physical and psychological pain.
Our District’s journey through California’s five-year budget crisis sometimes reminds me of Strayed’s. We’ve endured brutal budget cutbacks, wild fiscal swings, cruel reductions in course sections and our workforce, distressed students unable to get the classes they need, fear of losing more jobs, increased workloads, and countless unknowns along the way.