MARCH  2017
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Grossmont College student Tareen Mekany is dedicated to serving others in need. The 19-year-old Spring Valley resident volunteered for three years at Sharp Grossmont Hospital while still in high school, and she has spent the past 18 months volunteering at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center and Rady Children's Hospital, along with Habitat for Humanity.

"It's rewarding to help others who are going through various challenges," Tareen said. "I probably get as much out of it as anyone."

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Community college alum? Join the fun of AlumniFest!

For the second year in a row, community college alum in San Diego and Imperial counties can join in the fun of AlumniFest, set for Saturday, March 25, at Valley View Casino Center , at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., in San Diego.

Hosted by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls hockey club, Community College AlumniFest will feature a pregame Bud Light Tailgate bash beginning at 5 p.m. followed by the Gulls vs. the Bakersfield Condors at 7 p.m. for just $10, about half the price of a regular ticket. And for those who are game at trying their luck, everyone who buys an AlumniFest ticket will get a chance to win airfare for two and a four-day stay at a Caribbean resort in the Dominican Republic.

Anyone who took even a single community college class is considered an alum and is welcome to join the fun, along with family and friends. Tickets are nonrefundable and are selling exclusively online at
For more information, contact Kerri Ewing at or call (619) 644-7883.
Register now for  8-week courses beginning April 3
Interested in earning college credit in just two months from Cuyamaca or Grossmont College?

Eight-week courses beginning the week of April 3 are a great way to pick up general edu cation or subject-specialty classes in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length classes.
The classes ending May 27 offer from one to five credits at a cost of $46 per unit. They consist of traditional, online and hybrid classes, which require both in-classroom and online attendance.
Lists of class offerings at Grossmont and Cuyamaca, in addition to information on applying and enrolling, are posted online at

The deadline for registering is April 7.
grossmontorchestraGrossmont orchestra features classical guitar soloist   
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra with soloist Gregg Nestor on classical guitar performs 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, March 10, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8175 Lemon Grove Way, in Lemon Grove.

Under the direction of Randall Tweed, the evening's repertoire includes a multimedia presentation of Canadian composer Howard Leslie Shore's score from Lord of the Rings; Boccherini/arr. Cassado Concerto in E Major for Guitar and Orchestra; and Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung), Op. 24, by Richard Strauss.

General admission is $10, $5 for students.

Spring concert series continues at Cuya m aca College

The Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series continues with three performances in March, all starting at 7:30 p .m. at the Performing Arts Theater, Building B. Admission to each concert is $8 and $5 for students and seniors.

Kembang Sunda, led by Cuyamaca Colleg e music instructor Amy Hacker, performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java on Monday, March 6. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.

The Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Paul Infantino, gives the first of its two spring concerts on Thursday, March 16. The Cuyamaca College choir performs contemporary and standard choral works both on campus and in the larger East County community.

Violinist Alexandra Keegan and pianist Justin Gray perform sonatas for violin and piano on Wednesday, March 22. Keegan is a Cuyamaca College instructor and conductor of the East County Youth Symphony. Gray is the music director of the Welk Resorts - San Diego Theatre, as well as the chairman and founder of the San Diego Interfaith Choir and Orchestra.

For further  information, call (619) 660-4627, or visit

Jazz quartet performing Sonny Rollins tribute at Grossmont

The Grossmont College Music Department presents the Justin Grinnell Jazz Quartet performing "Way Out West: A Tribute to Saxophonist Sonny Rollins" 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the recital hall, Building 26, Room 220.

The performance features Grossmont Music faculty members Melonie Grinnell, piano; Justin Grinnell, bass; and special guests Robert Dove, tenor sax; and Ryan Shaw, drums.

Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students.
'A Piece of My Heart' takes Grossmont College stage

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts program presents "A Piece of My Heart," Shirley Lauro's prize-winning play conveying the tr ue stories of six brave women who experienced the Vietnam Warm first-hand. From USO and Red Cross workers, to regular Army nurses, these courageous women cope with the senselessness of war and a nation that turned against them.

Underscored by the music that defined a generation, including Janis Joplin imploring listeners to "take another little piece of [her] heart," this production directed by Jeannette Thomas is a compelling, vivid, moving piece of theatre that will take the audience on an unforgettable journey.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 16-18 and March 23-25, with 2 p.m. matinees March 18 and 25.
Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for faculty, staff seniors and military; $10 for GCCCD students with ID.

Tickets can be purchased by phone (619) 644-7234; online or in person at the box office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and one hour prior to performances. The box office opens two weeks prior to every production.
nursingopenhouseNursing program marks  
50th year with open house

The Grossmont College of Nursing is celebrating its 50th year with an open house 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in the Health Science Complex, Building 34.

The free event is open to the public and features guest speaker Michael Jackson, president of the California Board of Registered Nurses, at 2 p.m., as well as tours of classrooms and interactive simulation labs. Come connect with current and former students, faculty, the college community and healthcare partners.

For more information, contact Health Professions Specialist Christy Morgan at  or at (619) 644-7300.

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