November 2018
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J ake McDermott isn't letting the challenges of his past keep him from realizing the promise of his future. The former foster youth who has overcome learning disabilities and ADHD is thriving at Grossmont College, where he is a member of the campus Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, volunteers extensively, is on track to transfer to San Diego State University and is looking forward to a career as a graphic designer and photo editor. 
"There are a lot of support services at Grossmont, and the counselors and staff at the college are really supportive, helpful, and caring, which is why I am doing so well," McDermott said.
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Queen From Queen Symphony to jazz  piano, November a busy music month  
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale kick off a busy month of concerts at both colleges.The orchestra and master chorale join choirs from the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts in the multimedia performance of Tolga Kashif's monumental choral orchestral work, "Queen Symphony - An Anthology of the Works of Freddie Mercury and Queen" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa.  The "Queen Symphony" is a six-movement symphonic work that features many of Queen's iconic melodies, including "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Are the Champions." Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students. For more information, call (619) 644-7254.  
Cuyamaca College concerts at Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, B Building:
All events begin at 7:30 p.m. $10 general admission; $5 student/pre-sale up to 24 hours before performances. ECHO concerts are $15 general admission; $10 pre-sale and $5 students. To reserve tickets, call 619-660-4288. To purchase online, go to  
  • Monday, Nov. 5: Kembang Sunda, an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java.  
  • Friday, Nov. 9:  The East County Harmonics Organization - ECHO Chamber Music Series continues with  "The San Diego Symphony Principal Winds and Jessie Chang: Baroque, Beethoven and Beyond." Chang, who has received top honors in more than 30 distinguished national and international piano competitions, and leading musicians with the San Diego Symphony will perform chamber music for piano and woodwinds.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: The Cuyamaca College Concert Band, directed by James Sepulvado, performs its fall concert.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: The Rock, Pop, & Soul Ensemble consisting of students enrolled in a lecture and performance class will play classic '70s music from the Marvel Studios film "Guardians of the Galaxy."
  Grossmont College concert at Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, B Building, Cuyamaca College:
  •  Wednesday, Nov. 7: Grossmont Concert Band Fall Concert, with Russ Sperling conducting, is set for 7:30 p.m. The 45-member concert band is an ensemble of wind and percussion instrumentalists consisting of college students, music teachers and community members. Admission:  $10 general; $8 seniors/faculty; $5 students.     
Concerts at Grossmont College Recital Hall, Bldg. 26, Rooms 220 or 221:
Admission to all events unless otherwise indicated: $10 general; $8 seniors/faculty; $5 students.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: The Grossmont Guitar Ensemble, consisting of intermediate to advanced students, performs at 2:30 p.m. in Recital Hall, Room 221. Admission is free. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 8: The Grossmont College Music Department presents a clarinet/piano duo performing 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall, Room 221.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: The Justin Grinnell Jazz Quintet performs 6:30-8 p.m. at the Recital Hall, Room 220. The group includes Grossmont College music faculty members Justin Grinnell and Melanie Grinnell.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: Grossmont College Piano Studies presents the Danny Green Trio performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall, Room 220. The trio features Danny Green, piano; Justin Grinnell, bass; and Julien Cantelm, drums.
trusteesA thank-you event for departing  
Governing Board members
Splashy tale of magical rain boots takes Grossmont College stage 
The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents "Goloshes of Fortune" by Elizabeth Wong and directed by Brian Rickel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Stagehouse Theatre. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a pair of magic yellow Wellington rain boots and two busybody fairies are the recipe for happiness. In this irreverent and modern re-telling, four unsuspecting kids find real happiness with what they have right in front of them. Filled with dancing, fairy slang and even a little lesson in Danish, "Goloshes of Fortune" is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and one hour prior to all performances; by phone at (619) 644-7234 or online at   
Grossmont College dance  
students Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Boundaries, the Grossmont College dance department's annual dance concert, is set for three performances: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, 2018. All performances at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. in San Diego.  
This year's event showcases a variety of dance genres, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, and modern dance. All dances are choreographed and performed by Grossmont College dance students under the direction of co-directors Kathy Meyer and David Mullen.

Tickets are $14/cash and $16/credit card.
For tickets and general information, call the dance department at (619) 644-7766 or visit the dance website to purchase online.
Diversity Dialogues workshop series draws to a close for fall 2018
The fall 2018 semester's final Diversity Dialogues workshop, "Developing Cultural Humility," is set for 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Cuyamaca College Student Center, Room I-207. Presented by Mayumi Y. Douglass, a lecturer at San Diego State University and a clinical supervisor at the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center, the workshop focuses on the practice of cultural humility, described as a self-reflection process focusing on people's biases and perceptions of others.

The goal of the workshop is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity and respect for cultural differences.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

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