December 2017
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Distinguish ed Faculty
Michael Golden 

Biology professor Michael Golden and German instructor Astrid Ronke at Grossmont College have been selected by their peers as recipients of the 2017-18 Distingu ished Faculty Awards.  
For Golden, the award caps a quarter-century at Grossmont College, where he began teaching in 1993. The Bay Area native was a first-generation college student and credits his own community college experience for his choice of careers.
"I was not well prepared out of high school to go to a four-year university," he said. "Nobody in my family or the neighborhoods I grew up in were college bound."
Astrid Ronke 
Ronke, the adjunct faculty award winner,  starts her German classes with a few minutes of stretching and calisthenics, which she leads in her native German to get students' bodies and minds warmed up for learning.  
She points to neuro-psychological studies that support her theory that students learn faster and retain knowledge longer when intellect, emotion and movement are engaged in the classroom.
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intersession0Grossmont, Cuyamaca offer intersession classes
Open registration starts Dec. 5 for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Early registration is currently underway. Students attend classes Jan. 2-27 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in just four weeks.
The cost of the courses is the same $46 per unit that applies for regular-session classes, with most classes meeting daily for 2 1/2 hours and earning students three units.

Go to for a list of intersession classes at both colleges and links to registration.
Diversity Enroll for spring 2018 semester  
From anthropology to water technology, East County's community colleges offer a full spectrum of classes students working toward a degree or interested in improving their skills and knowledge.

Open enrollment begins Dec. 5 for the new spring semester beginning Jan. 29 at Grossmont and   Cuyamaca colleges. The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit.

Both campuses offer a variety of traditional, online and hybrid classes, and Grossmont College will be offering Saturday classes to provide more scheduling options for students.

Additional information on admissions and registering for classes is available online at
Salsa Grossmont College
staging 'Bus Stop'

The Grossmont Colle ge Theatre Arts Department will present "Bus Stop" at 7 :30 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9; and 2 p.m., Dec. 2 and 9, in the Stagehouse Theatre.
"Bus Stop" is an American classic featuring five weary travelers who must spend the night together in an all-nig ht diner after their bus is forced to stop during a snow storm. "Bus Stop" inspired Joshua Logan's 1956 film starring Marilyn Monroe. Tickets range from $10 to $14, and are available now through the Box Office located in Bldg. 20, room 121; online or by calling 619-644-7234.
During construction of the new Performing Arts Complex, parking is available in Lot 1G nearby.
Poinsettia sale  
poinsettia at Cuyamaca College

It's time for the annual poinsettia sale at Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Hor ticulture program.
This year, the nursery in the M Building at Cuyamaca College is offering two varieties: the Ecke Freedom Early Red and the Ecke Christmas Beauty Red.
All proceeds benefit the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture program and help it purchase lab supplies and gardening tools.  
Poinsettias will remain on sale while supplies last. Plants in 6-inch pots sell for $3.49 each. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday when the campus is open. For further information, call the nursery at (619) 660-4573
Latino Grossmont Symphony
Orchestra's 'Winterfest'

Suzanne Kennedy
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale presents one performance only of "Winterfest" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Santa Sophia Catholic Church at 9800 San Juan St. in Spring Valley .

The performance will feature a flute performance by Suzanne Kennedy, music director of the church's children's choir.

The repertoire includes a multimedia performance of Silvestri's suite from "The Polar Express," Kari Jekins - "Ave Maria," Vivaldi's Winter Concerto from "The Four Seasons," and Tchaikovsy's Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, "Winter Dreams." Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students.

band Concert Bands to perform at Cuyamaca College 
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band will be accompanied by the Grossmont College Concert Band 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, for the final event in this year's Fall Concert Series.

Each band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the groups will showcase several concert band masterpieces.

The performance is at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater in Building B. General admission tickets are $8 each, $5 for students and seniors, unless otherwise noted. Parking is free.
music December music plentiful
at Grossmont College 
The following music concerts will take place at the Grossmont College Recital Hall (Building 26, Room 220). Admission:$10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students:
  • Grossmont College Guitar Guild presents the BS Duo featuring Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1.
  • Grossmont College Piano Studies presents The Ken Ard Quartet 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.  Ard teaches at both Grossmont and Mesa colleges and is one of the few local piano teachers who specializes in both classical and jazz piano styles.
  • The Justin Grinnell Quintet featuring Grossmont College music faculty members Derek Cannon on  trumpet, Melonie Grinnell on piano, and Justin Grinnell on bass, and special guests Tripp Sprague on saxophone and Jim Plank on drums will be celebrating the music of jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.
  • Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents Jazz & Afro-Cuban Ensembles directed by John Reynolds and Derek Cannon 7:30- 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.
  • The Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble, presented by the Grossmont Guitar Guild and directed by music instructor Fred Benedetti, is performing 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble is a performance group consisting of intermediate to advanced students. Admission is free.
  • Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents San Diego singer and  songwriter Elise Trouw performing with the Cadence Vocal Jazz  Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
  • Blurring the Edges, a jazz trio of Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti on guitar and Tripp Sprague on sax, flute and percussion, performs 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
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