April 2019
In This Issue
Abdi Hussein wants to protect his community. Cuyamaca College is helping him reach his goal.
Determined to pursue a career improving preventative health care in the Somali community, Hussein, 21, graduates this spring with an associate degree in university studies, behavioral and social sciences. He is waiting to hear from back from several Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) before deciding where to pursue a bachelor's degree in public health.  Read more

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bookGrossmont College students saving nearly $1.3M with free textbooks
Grossmont College Counselorand ProfessorDave Dillon will pick up a national textbook excellence award in Philadelphia in June, but it is his passion for providing free
Dave Dillon's award-winning textbook.
textbooks to all students that gives him the greatest satisfaction.

This academic year, students at the campus are saving nearly $1.3 million, thanks to the efforts of Dillon and other faculty members supporting the college's push to sharply reduce textbook costs.

A full-time faculty member since 2007, Dillon began exploring textbook alternatives after hearing repeated student complaints about escalating prices for books. When he noticed that students were taking fewer classes or even resorting to taking cellphone photos of pages from classmates' books, he decided it was time to confront the issue. Read more
gardenfestSpring Garden Festival April 27 at Cuyamaca College
Butterfly releases, thousands of landscape and garden plants for sale, museum tours and more are on tap when the Spring G arden & Butterfly Festival returns to the Cuyamaca College campus for its 26th year on April 27.
An array of family-friendly events are planned at Cuyamaca College, the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum. The colle on tap when the Spring G arden & Butterfly Festival returns to the ge's Ornamental Horticulture Department will hold its biggest plant sale of the year and numerous vendors will be on campus. 
The festival is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For more information, go to SpringGardenFestival.com.
LAFLiterary Arts Festival kicks off
at Grossmont College

The 23rd Annual Literary Arts Festival kicks off with a panel presentation from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, April 22, by a trio of local authors discussing the modern era of alternative, agent-free, self-directed book publishing.  
Speaking are San Diegan Ronald Preston Clark, author of the coming-of-age story, "Vinnie: A Love Letter;" Grossmont College alumna Vera Sanchez,  the self-published author of the epistolary memoir, "Prison Letters: Walking with Honor;" and Grossmont College alumna and San Diego poet Felicia Williams, self-published author of the poetry chapbook, "Autology," and editor of the popular local indie mag, "Madwoman."
Also on Monday is "New Voices," a reading of original material by creative writing students from 7-8:15 p.m.
The Literary Arts Festival events continue through April 25 and are free and open to the public. The many events are all in Griffin Gate, Building 60.   

danceEntrances and Exits 2019 offers variety of dance genres


Performances of "Entrances and Exits 2019," a concert choreographed by faculty at the Grossmont College Dance Department, will be held April 25-27 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre at 6611 University Ave. in San Diego. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

The shows will feature a variety of dance genres, including modern, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, tap, and flamenco.


Presale tickets are available for $12 cash now through April 24 at the Grossmont College Dance Department in Building 24, Room 272. The cash price increases to $14 after April 24.


Tickets are also available by credit card online or at the performances for $16 each.


For more information, call (619) 644-7766 or visit the Dance Department website.

Middle Eastern Heritage Month 
at Cuyamaca College
April 3,
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Center second floor. Syriac House exhibition with art, antiques, collectibles, calligraphy and much more on display.
April 8, 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, I-207. A leadership presentation for Middle Eastern immigrants hosted by the Cuyamaca College World Languages Department.
April 10, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Center, I-207. Art instructor Qusay Al Zubaidi will display his postmodern creations.
April 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Student Center, I-207. Discussion titled Arabic Culture and Arab-American C
  ontributions to American Society, presented by Hanaa Kassas, Cuyamaca College and SDSU instructor.
April 15, 1 p.m.
Grand Lawn. Chaldean Culture & Traditions College Hour, presented by the Middle Eastern Students Club.
April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College. Singer Mariam Mouawad, who attended the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music, will perform.
April 24, 12:30-2 p.m.
Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College. Khan Jghan, an event that will include musicians, storytelling, and more in a setting reminiscent of the historic Baghdad coffee house.   
April 29, 12:30 p.m.
Digital Theatre, Cuyamaca College. A screening of The Arab Americans, a 2017 film detailing the contributions to the United States made by immigrants.
comedyComedy Night Fundraiser  
at Grossmont College
Grossmont College students, staff and administrators will show their lighter side during a "Comedy Night" fundraiser for the Theatre Arts program to be held at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 in Building 26, Room 220. Coordinated by Beth Duggan,  the material is rated R for mature content. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $10 for students and can be purchased online or by calling 619-644-7234.

musicMusic events at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges
April 2, 7:30 p.m. Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band under the direction of conductor James Sepulvado will perform its Spring Concert. General admission tickets are $10, or $5 if purchased ahead of time. Pre-sale price expires 24 hours before event begins. Tickets can be purchased online.
April 4, 7:30 p.m. Grossmont College Recital Hall, Building 26, Room 220
Cade nce Vocal Jazz, presented by the Grossmont College jazz studies program. Admission is $10 general; $8 for seniors/faculty/military; and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. 
April 5, 7:30 p.m., Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra
will perform. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.
April 8, 7:30 p.m. Grossmont College Recital Hall, Building 26, Room 220
Afro-Cuban and Jazz Ensembles directed by Derek Cannon and John Reynolds. Admission is $10 general; $8 for seniors/faculty/military; and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.
April 11, 5-9 p.m., Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
Grossmont and Cuyamaca College bands will be among 7 colleges participating in College Band Night. The Cuyamaca College band will be performing at 6:45 p.m. and the Grossmont College band will perform at 7:35 p.m.
Admission is free.
April 12, 7:30 p.m. Grossmont College Music Department, Building 26, Room 221
Blurring the Edges, presented by the Grossmont College Guitary Guild, will have performances by Tripp Sprague, Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors/faculty and military, and $5 for students.
April 19, 7:30 p.m., Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College
Renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss will perform Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Ysaye as part of the ECHO Chamber Music Series. Tickets are $10 pre-sale; $15 general admission, or $5 for students. Tickets are available online.
April 25, 7:30 p.m., Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College
The Indonesian Gamelan music group, Kembang Sunda,
an Indonesian Gamelan music group, performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.
General admission tickets are $10, but are $5 when purchased ahead of time. Presale ticket prices expire 24 hours before the event begins. Tickets can be purchased online
diversityDiversity Dialogues April 
Workshops at Cuyamaca College
Diversity Dialogues is a series of free workshops open to the public each semester at Cuyamaca College focusing on diversity and social justice issues.                                  
April 5, 1-4 p.m. F-724
Safe Zones
Presented by Cuyamaca College faculty members Nancy Jennings , Cassandra Marra, and Mariah Gonzales-Meeks,
the Safe Zones training program is an ally training that brings aw areness of LGBTQIA issues and provides insight on improving campus climate.
April 18, 3-4 p.m. Student Center I-207
Discrimination Based on Religion
Presented by Mayumi Y. Douglass, M.S., licensed marriage and family therapist, and Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, San Diego CIty College counselor and assistant professor
Participants will review the basic teachings of Christianity, Islam and Judiasm. The presenters will discuss recent events of discrimination as a result of religious intolerance and identify ways to advocate for a respectful approach to diversity in religious beliefs.
April 26, 1-3 p.m., Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre
Latinx Women Writing History Panel
Presented by Rita Sanchez, Mesa College Emeritus English and Chicano Studies Professor; Sonia Lopez, retired SDSU Chicano Studies Professor and Counselor; and Patricia Santana, Cuyamaca College Emeritus Spanish Professor.The authors will discuss their experiences as LatinX women and share excerpts from their empowering books.  

salsaSalsa Under the Stars April 29


Dance to the salsa beat at Salsa Under the Stars, a scholarship fundraiser for the Grossmont College Music Department. The event will  feature the musical talents of Manny Cepeda and his Orchestra, Derek Cannon, Anthony Cutietta and more. Free salsa lessons will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on a professional dance floor.


The event will be held at the Grossmont College Quad from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online. Free parking in Lot 7.

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