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REVIEW: GROSSMONT STAGECOACH PRODUCTION OF HAMLET IS “SOLID, GOOD—ON THE CUSP OF BEING GREAT”

 

By Alexander Nguyen

“Hamlet” is now playing at the Grossmont Stagehouse Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 through Thursday March 19. Matinee is on March 19 at 2 p.m.

 

March 14, 2011 (El Cajon)--Hamlet is the most revered and hated of Shakespeare’s plays, at least from an actor’s perspective. It is a role that has both made and broken careers. Even the noted Shakespearean actor Laurence Olivier once admitted to flaws in his earliest attempt at portraying Hamlet. There’s even a play titled “I hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick. The plot of Hamlet deals with emotions ranging from overwhelming grief to seething rage, from treachery to incest, from revenge to moral corruption. It is a leviathan task to take on, for sure. With that baggage in mind, the students at Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department did a commendable job.

ART COUNCIL FUNDRAISING AUCTION MARCH 11 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE: PREVIEW ART AT HYDE GALLERY MARCH 7-10

 

March 3, 2011 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Art Council presents its annual fundraising Exhibition and Auction next week. The Hyde Gallery on campus will exhibit works of 18 established artists representing a variety of disciplines.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE GOSPEL CHOIR & MASTER CHORALE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEB. 25-26

Editor's Note - February 22, 2011: location has changed to Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ, 4999 Holly Drive, San Diego, near Lincoln High School.

February 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The Grossmont College Music Department‘s Grossmont College Gospel Choir and Grossmont College Master Chorale will celebrate Black History Month with two performances of gospel music.

ATTENTION LOCAL LOVEBIRDS: GROSSMONT COLLEGE SEEKS COUPLES WHO MET SPOUSES ON CAMPUS

February 12, 2011 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College seeks former students, faculty and staff members who met their spouses at the campus. Couples who respond to college officials will be invited to a free pre-Valentine’s Day reception next year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at the El Cajon community college.

 

The event will be one of several that the college is planning as part of its year-long 50-year anniversary celebration from June 2011 to June 2012. The reception will feature live music--including love songs from the past five decades.

SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET ONSTAGE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE MARCH 10-12, 16-19

 

“To be, or not to be; that is the question.”--Hamlet

 

February 7, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Jeannette Thomas.

 

Murder. Betrayal. Lust. Adultery. Those are among the themes in what many critics consider Shakespeare’s most profound play, which will be presented in the Stagehouse Theatre March 10-12 and March 16-19 at 7:30 p.m., as well as on March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.

IMPROV PERFORMANCE OPENS FEB. 4 AT GROSSMONT STAGEHOUSE THEATRE

 

January 26, 2011 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Inside the Actor’s Process: Improvisation,” a performance of student actors using improvisational skills, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

 

Through presentations of scenes and monologues, the show will demonstrate how student actors can develop such improvisational skills as timing, team work and listening.

RAIN PATTERNS ON DISPLAY IN ART EXHIBITION AT HYDE ART GALLERY JAN. 24-FEB. 24

 

January 24, 2011 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery, located on Grossmont College’s campus in El Cajon, is presenting an exhibit of 24 wall panels featuring natural materials that display rain patterns that fell on campus during the 2009-2010 rainy season. The exhibit, called “Rain Events and Related Investigations", was created by Grossmont College art faculty member Jim Wilsterman. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs from January 24-February 24.

CYPRESS WINS GROSSMONT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

 

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

January 2, 2010 (El Cajon)-- Cypress College defeated Mt. San Jacinto College to win the Grossmont College 23rd Annual Holiday Tournament for women's basketball held on the Grossmont campus in El Cajon December 28 - 30. The Grossmont Griffins finished in fourth place.

PASSAGES: SOCCER COACH HOWIE HAWVER LOSES BATTLE WITH LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Howie Hawver, former soccer coach at Grossmont College and Patrick Henry High School, died December 5th following a two-year battle with Amyotrphic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 27th at St. Andrew’s, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd.

PASSAGES: SOCCER COACH HOWIE HAWVER LOSES BATTLE WITH LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Howie Hawver, former soccer coach at Grossmont College and Patrick Henry High School, died December 5th following a two-year battle with Amyotrphic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 27th at St. Andrew’s, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

December 20, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Lady Griffs women’s basketball team will host its 23rd annual Grossmont College Holiday Tournament, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28-30, at Grossmont College in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.

JAZZ NIGHT AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE DEC. 5

 

November 29, 2010 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College Music Department will present “Jazz Night,” an evening of Grossmont College students performing a recital of various styles of jazz music, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Room 220 on the Grossmont College campus. The public is invited to attend. Also performing at the event will be Grossmont College Music Dept. co-chair Derek Cannon and Kamau Kenyatta of the Cannon/Kenyatta Project.

WENDY STEWART NAMED NEW GROSSMONT COLLEGE DEAN


Former Miramar College administrator will head counseling, enrollment services

 

November 10, 2010 (El Cajon)-- Outside of her professional career in higher education, Wendy Stewart is a self-taught songwriter and musician who dreams of turning on the radio one day to hear one of her pieces being performed by a famous recording artist.

TIME FLIES: SHORT PLAYS AT GROSSMONT’S STAGEHOUSE THEATRE

 

November 5, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Time Flies and Other Short Plays by David Ives, directed by Beth Duggan. Performances will be in the Stagehouse Theatre on December 2-4 and 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. as well as matinees on December 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

 

A press release issued by Grossmont states, “Don’t miss this collection of witty and wildly original one-acts teeming with hilarious characters pondering life’s metaphysical questions."

CUYAMACA COLLEGE DEAN ACCEPTS NEW POST

November 4, 2010 (El Cajon) – Henri Migala, former executive dean at Cuyamaca College, has accepted a new post. Migala has relocated at Grossmont College, where he is working under the chancellor to manage grants for the department.

KERRY KILBER NAMED DEAN OF LEARNING RESOURCES & TECHNOLOGY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

October 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Kerry Kilber has been named dean of learning resources and technology at Grossmont College. Kilber comes to the district from the University of San Diego, where she served as the director of a web-based master’s degree program in supply chain management in the college of business administration.

GROSSMONT DISTRICT TO HOST 7th ANNUAL “GOT PLANS?” CAREER & COLLEGE FAIR OCT. 20

 

Over 7,000 East County Students & Parents Expected to Attend Largest Career/College Fair in San Diego County

 

October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) The Grossmont Union High School District will host its seventh annual “Got Plans?” Career & College Fair for 9 - 12th grade students and parents on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cuyamaca College.

TOYS COME TO LIFE IN "TIN" AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S STAGEHOUSE THEATRE OCT. 22 & 23

 

October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Tin, written and directed by Jerry Hager, October 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stagehouse Theatre. All tickets for this event are $6 each. The story, Tin, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Steadfast Tin Soldier, an adventurous tale in which toys come to life in the shadows of night.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE FOUNDATION HOSTS GALA OCT. 16

 


October 16, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The Grossmont College Foundation, a fund-raising organization that supports Grossmont College students and educational programs, will host its 2010 Dinner Gala and Auction fund-raiser starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. The public is invited to attend.

 

Festivities for this year’s ninth annual Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner starting at 7:30 p.m., live auction and live entertainment. The 2010 theme is “Griffin Gold Rush: 49 Years of Excellence.”

FACULTY ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE THROUGH OCT. 28

 

October 5, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Artwork created by faculty members of the Grossmont College Art Department will be on display through Oct. 28 at the Hyde Art Gallery, located on campus. The public is invited to view the exhibition of approximately 55 pieces from 29 different art department instructors.

THE MISER OPENS OCT 7 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE; RUNS THROUGH OCT. 16

October 2, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present The Miser, directed by Henry J. Jordan, Oct 7-9 and 13-16 at 7:30 pm and Oct 9 and 16 at 2:00 pm in the Stagehouse Theatre.  

 

The Miser, written by the famed French playwright Molière, stands out as one of the great comic masterpieces. Harpagon, a miserly father, creates the ultimate dysfunctional family when he decides to marry his son’s girlfriend, wreaking havoc with his daughter and her beau, all leading to a revelation which unveils the Miser’s true nature.

NEED CAREER TRAINING? FREE ADULT REENTRY PROGRAM AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE SEPT. 21

 

September 13, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program will host “Who Foots The Bill,” a free informational meeting for adults interested in returning to school to reenter the workforce, learn a new career, earn a college diploma or upgrade skills for a job promotion. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Speakers include financial experts offering advice on estimating and planning for college expenses, along with information on admission procedures, transfer programs and financial aid.

GROSSMONT INSTRUCTORS PRESENT GUITAR CONCERT FRIDAY, SEPT. 17

September 9, 2010 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Guitar Guild will present “Odeum Guitar Duo,” a fund-raising performance for the Guitar Guild by two Grossmont College guitar instructors Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the College’s recital hall, room 220.

ART SHOW FEATURES LOCAL LANDMARKS

 

 

August 30, 2010 (El Cajon -- Hyde Art Gallery, located on Grossmont College’s campus in El Cajon, is presenting  through September 16 an exhibit of 31 paintings from three different artists: Wade Cline and William Glen Crooks, both of San Diego and Suong Yangchareon of Los Angeles. The paintings feature local landmarks and sights, including famous traffic intersections and waterfront scenes from San Diego, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, San Francisco and New Mexico.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE STUDENT NEWSPAPER HAS NEW INSTRUCTOR

 

 

August 25, 2010 (El Cajon) --Donald H. Harrison, creator of San Diego Jewish World, an online newspaper, has been selected as the new instructor for the class that produces the Grossmont College student newspaper, The Summit.  In addition to a print version of the student newspaper, Harrison says he is planning for a web-based “Griffin News Service” to feature a calendar of on-campus events, stories written by students, as well as audio and video features.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OPENS NEW NURSING SIMULATION LABS


Simulation labs with high-tech mannequins mimic real-life hospital scenarios

August 9, 2010 (El Caj on) – – Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation. A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OFFERS YOUTH BASKET BALL CAMP AUGUST 9-12

 

August 4, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Athletics Dept. and men’s basketball coach Doug Weber invite boys and girls entering the 3rd through 8th grades to Grossmont College’s annual youth summer basketball camp from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 9-12.

STEVE BAKER NAMED GROSSMONT COLLEGE DEAN

 

 


Longtime instructor and musician will oversee arts, languages and communication department; aims to build performing arts center for campus

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2010 (El Cajon) – Steve Baker has been named dean of the department of arts, languages and communication at Grossmont College. Baker began his career with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District as a music instructor in 1985, and has taught at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. At Grossmont, he was music department chair and interim dean before his latest appointment.

 

Baker has been a professional musician for over 40 years. In his career as a pianist, he has performed with numerous national and international recording artists. The Steve Baker Trio specializes in Brazilian and Afro-Cuban-influenced jazz and performs in varied venues.

NEED A NEW CAREER?

 

July 27, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program will host “Your Tomorrow Starts Here,” a free informational meeting for adults interested in returning to school to reenter the workforce, learn a new career, earn a college diploma or upgrade their skills for a job promotion, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Room 220 on the college campus. Admission and parking are free.

STATE FUNDING CUTS FORCE SEVERE SUMMER COURSE REDUCTIONS

 

 

Nearly 5,000 students on waiting lists due to 50% cutback in classes;
veterans on G.I. bill and students on financial aid risk losing funds


East County News Service

June 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Higher education funding cuts due to the California state budget crisis have forced Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to severely reduce summer course sections, despite growing demands for classes from students seeking to retrain for new careers and complete general education requirements to transfer to four-year universities and colleges.

 

Despite efforts to keep budget cuts from harming students, the colleges have been forced to slash summer offerings by 50%.

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