Friday, April 29, 2022

Colleges celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

After two years of remaining virtual, Grossmont College is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month live with aloha spirit.

May marks national AAPI Heritage Month, and Grossmont College will open and close the month’s celebrations with games, dancing, cultural presentations and food, beginning outdoors on May 4 in the campus’ Main Quad and wrapping up May 18 at Griffin Gate.

Cuyamaca College will host online AAPI Month events, with links to be posted on its Culture & Community Circle Workshops page, Grossmont’s mix of in-person and virtual events will all be streamed online. Links are posted on the college’s AAPI page,  Please RVSP through the same link if you plan to attend the Grossmont College events in person.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Colleges explore building affordable student housing


For the first time, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will explore building affordable housing for students. The new initiative is being funded by a pair of $150,000 state grants received by the colleges, enabling college leaders to take a serious look at ways of providing housing security to students in need.

The grants will fund a variety of financial, architectural, and environmental impact studies. Subsequent state grants would fund the construction of housing.

“Housing is a key factor in student success,” Lynn Neault, Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “If you’re hungry or you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, it’s going to be a huge challenge to focus on college. This grant is giving us resources to carefully look at the possibilities of how to provide our students with housing they can afford.”

The community college district sets aside funding for emergency housing for students in dire need, including vouchers for hotels, and provides for other basic needs through campus food pantries and food distributions.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Mexican photo exhibit to make U.S. debut at Cuyamaca College

 The photographs are rich in color and culture, and the stories behind them tinged in blood and atrocities.

The exhibit of the works of Mexican photojournalists, never before shown north of the U.S. border, kicks off May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – at Cuyamaca College. The photographs offer a rare window into life in the state of Guerrero, chronicling the day-to-day experiences of indigenous and Afro-Mexican people and the tragedy of poverty and ongoing drug violence.

The free exhibit, called “A Photo for Freedom,” will feature the wor
k of 20 photojournalists, in the lobby of the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The exhibit will run through early June.

A 5-8 p.m. event on May 5 inside the college’s digital theater will feature an online presentation by the exhibit curator and independent journalist MarlĂ©n Castro, as well as a reception featuring Oaxacan cuisine from El Tejate Restaurant in Escondido. The digital theater is adjacent to the lobby where the photos will be exhibited. The May 5 event is open to the public. RSVPs are requested at . The digital theater presentation will also be streamed live on YouTube, at

Friday, April 15, 2022

Grossmont College water polo coach a hall-of-famer


Grossmont College water polo coach Tyrent Lackey, a former NCAA Division I and II All-American athlete, has been inducted into the California Community College Athletic
Association (CCCAA) Hall of Fame. Lackey received the recognition April 6, becoming the first Grossmont College coach to earn the plaudit.

 “It’s a great honor,” said Lackey. “I’m very proud to be a former community college athlete and thankful for the recognition I have received from the CCCAA. My hope is that I continue to represent what’s great about community college athletics as I pursue my coaching career.”

Lackey, who began playing water polo at age 9, attended Grossmont College in 2003 and 2004, after graduating from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego. At the time, he was unsure of his future. Lackey enrolled at Grossmont and thrived. He was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Co-Player of the Year, and voted onto the All-SoCal first team and All-America first team while serving as team captain.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Prominent authors to appear at 26th Annual Literary Arts Festival

The 26th annual Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival returns April 25 for a week
of virtual events featuring acclaimed authors and poets from around the nation who will read their work, teach their craft, and discuss sources of their inspiration. 

 “The Literary Arts Festival from Grossmont College’s Creative Writing Program is the leading festival of its kind in the region, and we are proud to bring together so many distinguished writers to discuss their craft and share their work with our students and the entire community,” said festival and Creative Writing Program Co-coordinator Adam Deutsch. 

All events are open and free to the public. Biographies of the writers, as well as workshop descriptions, bibliographies and registration links are available at

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges holding events recognizing Arab, Middle Eastern cultures

April is widely recognized as National Arab American Heritage Month and both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will celebrate the cultures, contributions, history, and resilience of Arab and Middle Eastern communities. 

All events are free and open to the public.

Grossmont College:

  •  Tuesday, April 5: Understanding Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims; Griffin Gate in Bldg. 60, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., presented by Dr. Noha Ireiqat, who teaches Arabic and English as a Second Language courses.
  • Wednesday, April 6: Arabic Language and Communication, Building 55-524, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. presented by Dr. Sonia Ghattas-Soliman, co-chair of World Languages at Grossmont College and professor of Arabic.
  •  Monday, April 11: Henna: A Presentation and Application, Griffin Gate, 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 14: Arabic Calligraphy, a presentation on the main six patterns of calligraphy followed by a demonstration by a master calligrapher, Ayman Karkhy. Griffin Gate in Bldg. 60, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14: Debka (Arabic folk dance) and light lunch, Main Quad, 2:30-4 p.m.