Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cuyamaca College offers a busy month of virtual cultural and equity-related events

Cuyamaca College’s Culture and Community Circle workshops covering an array of equity and cultural issues continue in October, commemorating Disabilities Awareness Month, Filipino Heritage Month and Latinx Heritage Month.

Sponsored by the college’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Success and Equity; Student Affairs; and Associated Student Government, the free Zoom presentations are open to the public.

They include:

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Munching goats give fire prevention effort some teeth at Cuyamaca College

 Cuyamaca College’s newest kids are on a mission.

College turns to goats to clear dry brush.

A herd of 275 baby and adult goats are grazing on 50 acres of dry brush on the outskirts of the pastoral campus for the next six to eight weeks to mitigate a fire risk.

Oblivious to TV cameras and a pair of drones hovering overhead, the four-legged masticators -- docile and tolerant of curious humans with their cellphone cameras – were officially introduced to the public Thursday.

“Using goats will mitigate environmental impact and ensure responsible use of public funds,” President Julianna Barnes said at the media day function, where she introduced the “Goat Guy,” Johnny Gonzales, herd manager with Environmental Land Management.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Taxpayers group gives district a high grade for Proposition V transparency

Grossmont's PVAC

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received the highest grade granted to school and college districts by the San Diego County Taxpayers Education Foundation in its 2020 school bond transparency report.

The watchdog agency graded 25 school and college districts with school construction bond programs for their transparency in providing information to the public, including posting of meeting agendas and minutes, project descriptions, progress updates, and annual reports by citizens’ bond oversight committees. In all, 17 districts received an A-, the top grade issued by the taxpayer group, which noted scores were slightly lower this year, a trend it attributed to the distraction of the coronavirus pandemic and a shifting of priorities.

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh announces retirement


Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, who since 2015 has led the academic and physical transformation of the El Cajon community college, announced his retirement today.

“I am leaving my post after 31 years of service in the California Community Colleges to spend more quality time with my wife,” Abu-Ghazaleh said in an announcement to campus. “As we have spent more time together working from home in the past six months, we have revisited forgotten plans. Long before I left the classroom in 1999 to become an administrator, we envisioned living simply and retiring early to travel and pursue a more active lifestyle.”

Thanks to his long-standing commitment to equity for students, Abu-Ghazaleh leaves the college much changed from his start there five-and-a-half years ago. During his time as president, Grossmont College has been recognized twice as eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges, that placed it among the top 150, or top 15 percent, of community colleges nationwide. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Spring 2021 classes at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges to remain mostly online

student in Zoom session
With the coronavirus still dominating as a public health crisis, all but a very few classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will continue to be taught online or remotely through spring 2021.

Lynn Neault, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, cited health experts’ concerns about a potential spike in COVID-19 as the flu season approaches. As with the current fall semester, intersession and spring 2021 classes will include a limited number of on-campus classes that are difficult to deliver remotely, particularly career education and laboratory classes.  

The colleges are currently deciding which additional spring 2021 classes need to be taught in person but can also meet safety protocols, such as physical distancing and regular sanitizing. The district is also looking into providing limited student support services on the campuses if public health conditions permit, Neault said.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Food distributions benefit Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students

Drive-through food distributions at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges this week aided students in need at the two colleges.

On Tuesday at Grossmont College, cars lined up at the lot outside Building 10 to receive the donated food, which included lentils, raisins, soup, frozen eggs and sausage. To ensure physical distancing, the recipients stayed in their cars and opened their trunks to have the food delivered. The event was organized by Gizmo’s Kitchen.

Grossmont College employees volunteered to hand out the food. “I’m glad that we’re able to do something, even if it’s just a little thing,” said Jeanette Calo, a media communications instructor.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Eight-week classes starting soon

Looking to earn some quick college credits, update your skillset to help with career opportunity, or simply wanting to gain some knowledge? 

The second eight-week classes of fall 2020 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are set to be held mostly remotely Oct. 12- Dec. 7, 2020 (some course begin Sept. 21) and at only $46 a unit for California residents, are a bargain. Most classes carry three units of credit, with financial aid available to those who qualify. Online registration is available. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Grossmont College marking 42nd anniversary of PSA Flight 182 crash

 The 42nd anniversary of the PSA Flight 182 crash in San Diego that killed 144 people and transformed North Park into a swath of wreckage and carnage will be remembered Sept. 25 with an online commemoration by Grossmont College’s history department.

Organized by history instructor Marty Ennis, the 1 p.m. free Zoom event will include a lecture, video clips and discussion about the still ongoing campaign for an official memorial honoring crash victims.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges hail top faculty

Sue Gonda

Craig Milgrim
 Noted for their passion for teaching and as stalwart advocates for students, four instructors at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are recipients of top faculty awards.

The Distinguished Faculty awards for Grossmont College history instructor Sue Gonda and biology professor Craig Milgrim were announced at fall convocation, as were the Outstanding Faculty awards at Cuyamaca College for physics instructor Keenan Murray and biology instructor Christina Burnett.

Gonda and Milgrim tied for their awards, a first for Grossmont College faculty. Murray is the winner of the Outstanding Faculty Award for full-time faculty, while Burnett, a 12-year veteran instructor, is the standout winner of the adjunct award.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Grossmont College math instructor a winner of radio station's unsung heroes contest

Math instructors Susan Working, left, and Beth Smith

Grossmont College math instructor Susan Working was puzzled when she received a call from radio announcers at Channel 933.

Her puzzlement turned to emotion when broadcast personalities Geena the Latina and Frankie V – a popular drive-time pair – informed her on air this week that fellow math instructor Beth Smith had nominated her for the station’s unsung heroes contest. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Grossmont College Theatre Arts going virtual for fall 2020

Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts program is making the best of these pandemic-stricken times by
staging plays that can’t be seen in person, but can still be experienced remotely. 
It’s a season unlike any other for the Stagehouse Theatre and the opportunities for innovation, along with free access, have the theatre program hopeful that more people than ever will watch a Grossmont College production.

“We are equal parts excited and nervous because we have been kind of left on our own to figure things out,” said department chair Brian Rickel, explaining that the virtual performances will be free and accessible by links to be posted on the Theatre Arts web page.