March 2019
In This Issue

Isaac Phillips doesn't believe in failure. Every time the 31-year-old Santee resident comes face to face with a life-changing challenge, he not only moves forward, he thrives.

Like when his career plans were put on hold after his brother was shot and Phillips and his mother took responsibility for raising his brother's two youngest daughters and son. Phillips stood firm, enrolled at Grossmont College to build a better future for him and his family, and along the way became a scholar, a tutor, a peer mentor and an invaluable member of the campus Umoja community.

Or when, in late January, Phillips heard the sound of gunfire while getting into his car, sped away from the danger, clipped another vehicle and crashed into a tree. Less than a week after the accident that left him hospitalized with serious injuries to his back and legs, Phillips was back at Grossmont and learned he was accepted to Tuskegee University, scholarship included. Now he's waiting to hear if he's been accepted to Harvard.
"Things have a way of working out," Phillips said. "You can't focus on the negative."

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ChancellorDistrict Chancellor Cindy Miles announces retirement 
The 10-year era of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District with Chancellor Cindy L. Miles at the helm will soon draw to a close.

With what she described as "mixed feelings," Miles announced in February that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her retirement contract calls for Miles to remain until the end of the year to allow time for a successor to be selected.

"I'm a believer in listening to the rhythm of one's soul-and, after 30 years of teaching and leading in community colleges, there's a calling impossible to ignore that's pulling me in a new direction," Miles said.

She adds that her primary goal has been to clear the way for the college and district communities to "make amazing things happen for students."

During the decade that Miles served as chancellor, the two-college district in eastern San Diego County has been nationally recognized for removing barriers to student success and eradicating longstanding equity gaps that have impeded students of color in their college pursuits.

Stagehouse'Spring Awakening' takes the Stagehouse Theatre stage
The Grossmont College Theatre Arts program is staging "Spring Awakening," based on the play by Frank Wedekindat at the Stagehouse Theatre.
Book and lyrics are by Stephen Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.

Directed by Meg DeBoard, the play takes the stage March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock'n'roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Tickets are $10, $12 and $15 and are available online
They can also be reserved by phone at 619-644-7234 or picked up at the box office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and and one hour prior to all performances.
ECHOCuyamaca College's ECHO Chamber series continues with piano quartet
The Fauré Piano Quartet performs the music of Mahler, Faure and Schubert on Monday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Cuyamaca College's Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre. This is part of the Cuyamaca College ECHO Chamber Music Series, made possible by Sam Ersan, a major benefactor who has helped transform the chamber music landscape in San Diego County. 
Comprising pianist Dirk Mommertz, violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Frombling, and cellist Konstantin Heidrich, the Fauré Piano Quartet has established itself as one of the world's leading piano quartets and has earned a reputation as a visionary challenging tradition since signing its first recording contract in 2006.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for pre-sales and $5 for students and can be purchased   online. Visit for further information.

diverstiyDiversity Dialogues focuses 
on Capoeira Angola

Diversity Dialogues continues at Cuyamaca College with an interactive discussion on the roots and fundamentals of movement and music of Capoeira Angola from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in Room I-207 in the Student Center.

James Diokno, executive director of the Barangay Arts and Cultural Movement, will lead the workshop on capoeira, an African-rooted cultural form that was born from the Trans-Atlantic slave experience in Brazil. It combines elements of dance, ritual, martial arts, song and history, culminating in a game accompanied by live music. 

The event is free and open to the public.
QueerSociologist and author of 'Growing up Queer' speaking at Grossmont

The Grossmont College Sociology Department is hosting a presentation, "Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Griffin Gate in Bldg. 60. The free event features Mary Robertson, assistant professor of sociology at  California State University San Marcos and the author of the book by the same title.

Robertson's areas of interest include the sociology of sexualities, sex and gender, and inequalities. Her expertise is in public sociology, which emphasizes expanding the disciplinary boundaries of sociology in order to engage with non-academic audiences.

Robertson was invited to give the presentation by Janette Diaz, Grossmont College sociology professor.  The event is free and open to the public.

DiscriminationdiversityDiscrimination focus of Diversity Dialogues workshop
  A Diversity Dialogue workshop, "Discrimination Based on National Origin," is set for 3-4 pm. March 21 in Room F-724 at Cuyamaca College. 

Mayumi Douglass, a lecturer at San Diego State University and a clinical supervisor at Cuyamaca College's Health and Wellness Center, joins master's in counseling candidate Magaly Corro Flores for a workshop on the impact of migration waves and advocating for basic human rights for all. 

Diversity Dialogues is a series of free workshops open to the public each semester at Cuyamaca College focusing on diversity and social justice issues.

They are free and open to the public. 
ArtHyde Art Gallery exhibtion highlights San Diego urban contemporary art

The Hyde Art Gallery in Bldg. 25 at Grossmont College is exhibiting "Intersection: Urban Contemporary Art in San Diego" from March 21-April 25 in collaboration with VISUAL, an urban contemporary art gallery and art supply store in San Diego's North Park.

The group exhibition will showcase the diverse, innovative urban art scene in San Diego and will feature paintings, drawings, photographs, and site-specific murals to show how street art and graffiti have crossed over and influenced other mediums of art. Artists will paint all the interior walls of the gallery, which will be partially open during the multi-day installment for students to see the process. Each mural or installation will meld into the adjacent work, transforming the gallery into one complete work, highlighting the importance of collaboration within the art community. 
An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, with food, performance artists, video projections and a DJ.

All Hyde Art Gallery exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Fridays by appointment only. One-day parking permits for $2 can be purchased at vending machines in any parking lot. On the night of the opening reception, parking will be free. 

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