December 2018
In This Issue

Brooklyn Lopez could write a book on overcoming adversity. Growing up without a father, raised by a mother struggling with alcohol and substance abuse,
Lopez said she often found herself home alone and had to learn how to cook, clean and take care of her younger siblings by the age of 5.

Today, however, the former foster youth is a Cuyamaca College honor student who is on track to earn an associate degree in accounting in the spring of 2019.  
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Theater Under Construction Reaches New Heights

Register for Intersession, Spring
Semester Classes
Open registration starts Dec. 4 for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Early registration is currently underway. Students attend classes Jan. 2-26 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in just four weeks.

The deadline for registering is Jan 2. The cost of the courses is the same $46 per unit that applies for regular-session classes, with most classes meeting daily for 2.5 hours and earning students three units.

Go to WebAdvisor for the most current list of available classes. Click on "Spring 2019" for the term and "Intersession" as the selection for short-term courses.

Open enrollment also begins Dec. 4 for the new  
beginning Jan. 28 at
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. If you are a first-time college student planning to attend full time, you may be eligible for a free year of tuition at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise. Learn more at .

Grossmont College is offering new student advising workshops Mondays from 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Dec. 6 in the Assessment Office in Building 10. Call 619-644-7200 for workshop information.

Additional information on admissions and registering for classes is available online at
Monsters Grossmont College staging 'She Kills Monsters' 
Grossmont College's Stagehouse Theatre presents "She Kills Monsters," a fantasy-filled comedic romance by Qui Nguyen and directed by Jason Heil, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 6-8, with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 1 and 8.  

Agnes encounters orcs, fairies, vampires and cheerleaders in her search for the identity of her sister Tilly, who she never got  to know. After Tilly's death, Agnes stumbles upon her sister's Dungeons and Dragons notebok and enters a world completely foreign to her. In the ultimate game of imagination that offered Tilly solace and refuge, Agnes must slay more than her own demons.  
With the ferocity of a dragon, she kills monsters, igniting a swirling, comedic romp into a world filled with fantasy, adventure, romance and more. Please be advised this production has adult content.
Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; $10 for GCCCD students.  
Tickets can be purchased the theater box office at Building 22A or call 619-644-7234 for a voice mail reservation or go online.
ArtArt season winds down at colleges

Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are closing the fall 2018 semester with art shows exhibiting the works of faculty and students.
At Cuyamaca College, the Fine Arts and Graphic  Design Faculty Art Show continues through Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the east wing of the third floor of the Communication Arts Center, Building B. Free exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Call (619) 660-4027 for more information.
At Grossmont College, the Hyde Art Gallery in Building 25 is displaying its Fall 2018 Student Art Exhibition through Dec. 11, with a reception set for 4-7 p.m. Tue sday, Dec. 4, and award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Most student-produced works, including ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings, jewelry, digital media and photographs are for sale.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Fridays by appointment only. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Visitors are required to purchase a $2 one-day parking pass available in parking lot vending machines. Parking is free on reception nights with passes dispensed at the vending machines by entering code 5579.  
ECHOECHO Chamber: Flute and Harp   

The East County Harmonics Organization (ECHO) Chamber Music Series continues with "Julie Smith Phillips and Rose Lombardo: Flute and Harp  Through Time" set for 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Cuyamaca College's Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the B Building.  
The evening's performance features the two artists performing the music of Bach, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel and others.
Lombardo is principal flute for the San Diego Symphony. The Julliard-trained musician has performed worldwide and has played in some of the most beautiful halls, including Carnegie Hall, Bolshoi Zal at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Suntory Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Jordan Hall and Boston Symphony Hall.
Julie Smith Phillips, appointed principal harpist of the San Diego Symphony, is one of the most prominent young American harpists today. Phillips was the silver medalist winner in the 2004 USA International Harp Competition and bronze medalist in 2001. She made her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 2003 and has been honored in numerous competitions throughout the country.
Tickets are $15 for general admission ($10 presale discount up until 24 hours before performance) and $5 for students. Tickets are available online .  
ChoraleGrossmont Master Chorale  
to perform in Lemon Grove 
The Grossmont Master Chorale will perform 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8086 Broadway in Lemon Grove.
Some of the repertoire includes:Palestrina's Missa Brevis, Brahms' Waldesnacht, Bach's Gloria in Excelsis, and Elgar's The Snow. The first half of the concert is traditional repertoire; the second half is contemporary classical.
Admission is $15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students.
Cadence Cadence Vocal Jazz Ensemble hits high note at Grossmont College
Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents the Cadence Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the recital hall, Building 26, Room 220.  
The ensemble will be performing vocal jazz literature -- samba and swing - and some originals by special guest, Leonard Patton, a well-known jazz singer on the San Diego scene.
With a master's in jazz studies from San Diego State University, Patton offers workshops for vocalists, in addition to performing and recording.  
Admission is $10, general; $8, seniors; and $5, students.  
Winter Joint Winter Concert by colleges' concert bands

The Cuyamaca College Concert Band will be accompanied by the Grossmont College Concert Band for the annual Winter Concert 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the final event in this year's Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College.  
Each band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the groups will showcase several concert band masterpieces. The bands are conducted by Russ Sperling and James Sepulveda.
The performance is at the Cuyamaca College Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in  Building B. General admission tickets are $10 each, $8 for seniors/faculty, $5 for students. Parking is free.

More music offerings:
The following music concerts take place at the Grossmont College Recital Hall (Building 26, Room 220 or 221). Admission:$10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students:  
  • Tuesday, December 4: Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents Afro-Cuban and Jazz Ensembles, directed by Derek Cannon and John Reynolds, to perform at 7:30 p.m. in Room 220
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Grossmont College Guitar Guild, directed by music instructor Fred Benedetti, presents the Grossmont Guitar Ensemble at 2:30 p.m. in Room 221. Admission is free. The Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble is a performance group consisting of intermediate to advanced students.

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