March 2018
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Wulfran Trenet was a successful composer working in Paris when he learned about Cuyamaca College, moved halfway across the world and enrolled at the Rancho San Diego campus to study the sciences. His life hasn't been the same since.

After completing his studies at Cuyamaca, Trenet earned a chemical engineering degree from UC San Diego and is now applying to graduate school with hopes of being accepted to Johns Hopkins University. In the meantime, he's back at Cuyamaca as a tutor working with students studying chemistry, engineering and physics.
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history Grossmont, Cuyamaca hosting Women's History Month events

  In 1987, Congress passed a joint resolution designating the month of March as Women's History Month to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have a number of events planned to commemorate the month that are free and open to the public. At Grossmont College, the month opens with "Let Her Speak," a spoken word performance by students and faculty, at 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Main Quad. Music and an exhibit, "Outfits are Irrelevant," about sexual assault and women's choice of clothing, are also planned. The day ends with a self-defense workshop from 4-5 p.m. led by faculty member Jennifer Gueniot.

Other events are on tap for the month, including a Diverse Women in STEM Panel, a Women of Color and Leadership panel, and a film screening of "MissRepresentation."

Cuyamaca College is hosting a series of events for Women's Heritage Month, including a March 14 presentation, "Behind Bars: Life of a Female Inmate," from 10-11 a.m. in the Student Center, Room I-207; "Wage Disparity Presentation and Activity," where a  Monopoly game will be used to explain wage gaps  from 2-3:15 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Student Center, Room I-128; and an art display, "Ain't I a Woman?," with photos and other media art depicting the 2018 Women's March, and women throughout history.

A weeklong viewing begins Monday, March 19, in the Cross Cultural Center in Room I-128 in the Student Center. A presentation is set for 5-5:30 p.m.
Theatre'The Heir Apparent' opens at Grossmont College

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents "The Heir Apparent" by David Ives, adapted from Le Legataire and directed by Robert Lutfy, March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theatre
Penniless Eraste is in love with the fair Isabelle, but her mother, Madame Argante, will only permit the marriage if Eraste can show he will inherit the estate of his miserly and rich Uncle Geronte. But old Geronte has also fallen for the fair Isabelle, and plans to marry her today leaving her everything in his will and squashing the young love forever. Eraste's wily servant Crispin jumps in, impersonating two brash, disinherited relatives, only to have Geronte die before his will is made! Becoming the old man too, Crispin then dictates a will favorable to his master (and himself, of course), only to find that Geronte isn't dead at all. David Ives' adaptation is rich with flowing French couplets and this joyful farce has everything working out in the end.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, military, college district faculty and staff, and $10 for college district students, and can be purchased at the Grossmont College Stagehouse Theatre Box Office (back of parking lot #1); by calling 619-644-7234 ; or on line at
art Two art exhibits at Grossmont College's Hyde Gallery

Two art exhibits will be on display at Grossmont College's Hyde Art Gallery, Building 25, March 8-April 4.
Sara Parent-Ramos' brightly colored exhibition, "Greater Than," will explore how larger structures arise through the interaction of smaller and simpler parts. Derived from the visual imagery of our internal organs and their microbiomes, these scaffolded manifestations of biological processes on display represent the invisible structures supporting the human body, psychology, and society.

An artist workshop is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 8, where the fragments the students produce will then be added to the larger collaborative installation. An opening reception is planned for 4-6 p.m. March 8.
The second exhibit, "Don't Hold Still," consists of cabinet cards -- tintype photographic portraitures of women toward the end of the 19th century prior to the suffrage movement. In addition to the display of cabinet cards, the Hyde Art Gallery will be hosting a tintype workshop 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 14. Tintypes were produced using a coated thin sheet of metal as support for the photographic emulsion. An opening reception is set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

Both exhibits, receptions and workshops are free and open to the public. Gallery's daily hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Fridays by appointment only. Visitors are required to purchase a $2 one-day parking permit at a vending machine located in any parking lot. For the evening of the opening reception, parking passes will be complimentary. To obtain a pass, enter code 2282 into any machine. 
diversityDiversity Dialogues at
Cuyamaca College
As part of Cuyamaca College's Diversity Dialogues workshop series, Mayumi Douglass, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a trainee will lead a workshop, "Creating Bridges of Mutual Understanding," focusing on sexual orientation and gender identity. Presenters will lead a discussion on identifying common beliefs and values of those with different sexual orientations from 2-3 p.m. March 3 in the Student Center, I-207.

On March 9, a Diversity Dialogues workshop will feature several faculty members putting on a safe zones training from 1-4 p.m. in Rooms I-207 and 208 in the Student Center to bring awareness of LGBTQIA issues and to provide insight on improving the campus climate. The training activities, discussion topics, and resources can be adapted for the classroom or student organization. The Diversity Dialogues is a series of Cuyamaca College conversations aimed at fostering a greater understanding of different cultures. All workshops are free and open to the public.  
musicMarch Madness means music
at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges 

It's music galore at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, with a rich selection of concerts open to the public in March.

At Cuyamaca College:
  • The Indonesian Gamelan ensemble, Kembang Sunda, led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center. Kembang Sunda has performed throughout Southern California since 2007. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.
  • Under the direction of conductors Russ Sperling and Katie Leonard, the Grossmont College Concert Band and the Monte Vista High School Band presents a "Pre-Festival Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre, Building B. Admission is free.
  • ML Trio, a contemporary jazz ensemble consisting of bassist Mackenzie Leighton (Wrong Trousers, Nexus) and his Gone Fishing bandmate Matthew Smith on drums and Jarien Jamanilla on alto saxophone, performs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre, Building B. This group is inspired by the lineage of sax, bass, and drums trios, and its repertoire includes original music, classic jazz tunes, and a few unconventional covers.
  • The Cuyamaca College Choir, under the direction of Paul Infantino, will perform in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

With exception of the free March 14 concert, general admission tickets for all events are $8 each, $5 for students and seniors. Parking is free. For reservations, call (619) 660-4288.


At Grossmont College:
  • Violinist Ondrej Lewit performs with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Santa Sophia Catholic Church, 9800 San Juan St. in Spring Valley. The repertoire includes E.  Bernstein's Suite from The Ten Commandments (multimedia); Korngold - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; and Hindemith - Nobilissima Visione. Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students.
  • The Grossmont Piano Studies program presents pianist Bryan Verhoye in concert 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Grossmont College Recital Hall Building 26, Room 220. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students
  • Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents the Afro-Cuban Ensemble directed by Derek Cannon and the Jazz Ensemble directed by John Reynolds in concert 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Grossmont College Recital Hall Building 26, Room 220. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students.
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