October  2017
In This Issue
   Student Profile

Michael P. Ryan had just $800 in his pockets when he walked out of Chino Institution for Men a free man in the fall of 2015. Today, the 56-year-old East County resident who has spent more than half of his life behind bars is building a new future at Cuyamaca College, wheere he has a GPA just shy of 4.0, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is steadily moving toward a new career in the water and wastewater industry.  Read more.
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 Padre Johnson paintings  

at Heritage of  Americas Museum


A presentation and reception celebrating acclaimed artist Padre Johnson will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College.  


Meet Johnson and see 25 of his portraits of people from around the world that are now on permanent display at the museum.  


His work has been displayed around the world, including at the United Nations and in Beijing, China. The paintings show the faces of children and adults, each representing a cross-section of cultures of the word.


The Heritage of the Americas Museum is at 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West. Light food and refreshments will be served. 

Groundbreaking for Grossmont College Performing & Visual Arts Center 
The public is invited for the gro und breaking of a Performing and Visual Arts Center at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, near the Stagehouse Theatre on the Grossmont College campus. Free parking will be available in Lot 1 North and Lot 7. To RSVP, please email Grossmont.communityrelations@gcccd.edu. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.
The new Performing and Visual Arts Center is the first phase of construction of the Arts & Communication Complex, and is scheduled for completion in 2019. The center, funded by the Proposition V bond measure, will include a 390-seat teaching and performance theater, and a new home for the award-winning Hyde Art Gallery. For more information, please visit the Proposition V website.
Chamber music masterpieces  
to be performed at Cuyamaca  
The Camera Lucida Piano Trio, a unique collaboration matching masterpieces of the cham ber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists, will perform music by Mozart and Brahams at 7:30 p.m.. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater.  
In addition, pianist Reiko Uchida will be joined by guest violinist and University of Southern California adjunct professor Che-Yen Chen for a sonata by Brahms.   
General admission tickets for this event are $15 each, $10 for staff and $5 for students.
The Camera Lucida Piano Trio comprises pianist Uchida, who teaches at Columbia University in New York and who has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a number of other orchestras around the world; violinist Jeff Thayer, who holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony; and internationally renowned cellist Charles Curtis, a graduate of Juilliard who teaches at UC San Diego.
The concert is being underwritten by Sam Ersan, who has helped transform the chamber music landscape of San Diego.  
Music galore in October at Cuyamaca College

The fall concert series continues at Cuyamaca College with several scheduled performances for October, all of which are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater in Building B. With the exception of the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra, which is free, general admission tickets are $8 each, $5 for students and seniors. Parking is free. Call 619-660-4288 for reservations.

Monday, Oct. 2
Kembang Sunda, led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java. Kembang Sunda has performed throughout Southern California since 2007.

Thursday, Oct. 5
The Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Paul Infantino, will perform contemporary and standard choral works.

Thursday, Oct. 12
Angham al-Saraq: Eastern Melodies Ensemble will perform music from the Middle East.

Friday, Oct. 20
The Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group comprising the top musicians from all 10 Marine bands statione d around the globe, will conclude its current tour with a performance of classic big band jazz accompanied by a group of student musicians There is no charge for this event.

'Love, Sex and I.R.S.' takes the stage at Grossmont College
The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department opens its fall season with "Love Sex an d the I.R.S," which begins its week-long run 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Stagehouse Theatre, Bldg. 21. It continues 7:30 p.m. Oct 6-7 and Oct. 12-14, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 7 and 14.

Written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, and directed by Brian Rickel, this dizzying modern farce  will keep everyone on their toes.

Jon and Leslie are two roommates trying to survive as desperately out-of-work musicians. In a scheme to save money, newly engaged Jon files their taxes as a married couple, hoping the IRS won't find out that Leslie is nothing more than a roommate.The jig is up when the IRS plans an investigation.

General admission is $15, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students with ID.

Tickets can be purchased online or in person  at the Theatre Arts Box Office, Room Building 22A/Room 200 A-1 at the back of Parking Lot 1.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (619) 644-7234.
Grossmont College Career Expo now includes apprenticeships  
Grossmont College's 39th Annual Career Expo is combining this year with an apprenticeship fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Main Quad.
Sponsored by the Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges' Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Departments, as well a s Sharp Hospital, the event is fr ee and open to the public. With the theme, "Connections Lead to Your Success," the expo is expected to draw more than 60 exhibitors, as well as 400-500 high school students being bused in from throughout the Grossmont Union High School District.
Apprenticeship opportunities will also abound, with representatives of the Western Electrical Contractors Association,  Southwest Carpenters and the Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program attending.
The Career/Apprenticeship Expo is the highlight of Career Week at Grossmont College, where a host of free workshops will be available for students and the public.
The workshops will be held in the Career Resource Center (Building 60, Room 140):
Monday, Oct. 9:
  • Navigating the Career Expo, 10-11 a.m.
  • Soft Skills 11-12:30
Tuesday Oct. 10:
  • Orientation to Career Services 10-11 a.m.
  • Navigating the Career Fair 12-1 p.m. (Cuyamaca Career Center)
Wednesday, Oct. 11
  • Time Management  8:30-9:30 a.m.*
  • Effective Job Search Strategies 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.*
* (Both in Griffen Gate, Bldg. 60) 
Thursday, Oct. 12







  • Creating an Elevator Pitch  9-10 a.m.
  • Professional Networking 10-11 a.m.  
  • Job Search Strategies 11 a.m.-noon
  • Self Defense in Avoidance 12-1 p.m. 

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