September 2017
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Brandon Vivero
Grossmont College Student Trustee

Brandon Vivero is a sociology major at Grossmont College whose future plans are to obtain a master's degree from San Diego State University, become a college counselor, and ultimately obtain a doctorate. He has been involved in many campus clubs and organizations.

Kyrie Macogay
Cuyamaca College Student Trustee

Kyrie Macogay has been a biology major at Cuyamaca College since 2015 and hopes to transfer to UC San Diego, also to concentrate on biology. Her professional goals are to work in the veterinary field and possibly focus on animal research. She has a twin sister who also attends Cuyamaca College.

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Grossmont, Cuyamaca offer eight-week classes
In a hurry to earn college credits from Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges?  
Eight-week courses beginning the week of Oct. 16 are a great way to pick up general education or subject-specialty classe s in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length cl asses. The classes ending Dec. 9 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 are posted online at . The deadline for registering is Oct. 20. 
 Diversity Dialogues workshop explores multiculturalism 
"Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation Toward Diversity: Self-reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation" is the title of the first Diversity Dialogues workshop for the fall semester at Cuyamaca College. Presented by marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglas, this workshop is set for 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in
Room I-207 at the Student Center.
The workshop is intended to recognize that everyone has biases relating to cultural issues. The goal is to increase awareness about cultural prejudices and to encourage efforts to engage with culturally diverse populations.

Diversity Dialogues is a series of workshops held throughout the semester that have become well-established venues for discussions centered on topics like race relations and student equity. The nine workshops are typically an hour long and are free and open to the public.
Salsa music, dance to raise funds
for Grossmont music department 

The Grossmont College Music Department will present "Salsa Under The Stars," a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.

What's being billed as Grossmont College's first major outdoor concert event is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the Main Quad.

Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 for students with proceeds going to the Grossmont College Music Scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased at the Main Quad on performance night, or online and picked up at will-call in front of Bldg. 220, Room 26.
The event starts with free salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by the 13-piece Manny Cepeda Orchestra, which blends classic salsa with Cumbia, Afro-Cuban and World music. In addition to raising scholarship funds, "Salsa Under the Stars" is a celebration of the release of Cepeda's latest classic salsa CD, " Padre Querido."
Also taking the performance stage will be Grossmont College Music Department chair and jazz trumpet player Derek Cannon, Classical Guitar Studies director Fred Benedetti and others.
 Cuyamaca launches music  
series with rock documentary

The Cuyamaca College music department  launches its fall concert series with a free screening of the music documentary, "Throttle the Sun," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the college's digital theater in the Communications Arts Building (Bldg. B).
"Throttle the Sun" is the third music documenta ry by San Diego filmmaker and Grossmont College English Professor Raul Sandelin who released "A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs" (2013) and "Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism" (2016).
"Throttle the Sun" looks at the idolization of rock stars as a social phenomenon and goes behind the scenes with backstage interviews of music acts Def Leppard, Alan Parsons,  and 38 Special, as well as San Diego musicians Nick Hippa and Anti-Folk pioneer Cindy Lee Berryhill.
Following the 90-minute film, Sandelin will hold a Q&A for feedback, as he will be doing at other informal film screenings in preparation for the 2018 film festival season.
Also this month will be the 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 performance of the Reka Parker Jazz Quartet at the Performing Arts Theater in Building B. The jazz quartet includes Grossmont College Music Department chair and professor Derek Cannon and Taylor Smith, his counterpart at Cuyamaca College.  
The quartet will perform new interpretations of music from the Blue Note Records catalog. The iconic jazz label's best-known artists included John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.
Admission is  $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations, call Smith at (619) 660-4627. Free parking is available at Cuyamaca College.

Latino, Latinx Heritage  
Month at colleges
Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges is celebrated from mid-September to Nov. 1 with free events that are open to the public.

Grossmont College events include:
  • 7 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 19-Oct. 10 in Building 26, Room 220: The Latino Film Festival explores Latino/a culture and history. Screenings are free.
  • Wednesday, September 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Griffin Gate: A presentation about illustrator Gabe Eltaeband  and a discussion about the Star Wars comic book artist's career path in the comic book industry.
  • Thursday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Main Quad. Dr. Eduardo "Kiki" Ochoa, a community activist, will discuss strategies for overcoming educational and personal challenges that affect people of color in higher education.
Cuyamaca College events include:
  • Thursday, September 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Grand Lawn: LatinX Heritage Month College Hour - Music, poetry, dancing, food, featuring Ballet Folklorico Aztlan; poet Jim Moreno; and DJ Rambo.
  • Thursday, September 21 from 11 -12:15 p.m.  I-207/208: Immigrants in the Media Discussion presented by Raquel Jacob-Almeida and Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks. A short presentation followed by a group discussion of how immigrants are depicted in the media.
  • Tuesday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in I-207: Corridos: Resistance through Music presented by John Escobedo on the music and the politics of resistance in Chicano history.
  • November 1 from 11 a.m.-noon in I-104: Dia de los Muertos -Presentation on the holiday and the altar, followed by food, music, and discussion.

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