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AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY: UKRANIAN IMMIGRANT BECOMES VALEDICTORIAN AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

By Janis Mork

July 24, 2013 (El Cajon)- “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Viktoriya Sinnelnikov, who moved here from the Ukraine in 2004, quoted this saying by Confucius in her commencement speech as valedictorian at Cuyamaca Community College last month.

Sinelnikov majored in science and mathematics with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Her journey at Cuyamaca began in spring 2007, where she went to school part-time all the while juggling that with being married to her husband, also from Ukraine, and raising her two children, son Kiril, now 7, and 2-year-old Elizabeth.

PASSAGES: GROSSMONT COLLEGE COLLEAGUES MOURN DR. CURTIS STEVENS, PLAN BLOOD DRIVE IN HIS MEMORY

 



July 12, 2013 (El Cajon) --Colleagues on the Grossmont College campus are planning a special blood drive in conjunction with the Bloodmobile’s regular visit to the campus on Sept. 10.  They are urging blood donations in memory of Prof. Curtis Stevens, who was such a regal man that in joking awe they called him "His Royal Highness, The Emperor Curtis Stevens."

Blood donations in Dr. Stevens’ memory may be made not only on campus, but also at any of the six San Diego Blood Bank donor centers throughout San Diego County by mentioning his name and reference code C42.

NEW GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA STUDENT TRUSTEES FOR 2013-14

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Two new student trustees were recently officially seated on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting board members, are Grossmont College student Peg Marcus, 62, and Cuyamaca College student Elsa Michelle Hernandez, 19.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENT NAMED HEALTH SECTOR "NAVIGATOR" FOR SAN DIEGO, IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Rancho San Diego resident Ann Durham, Director of the Health Workforce Initiative based at Grossmont College, has been named Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health for the San Diego/Imperial Region.

The appointment, announced this week by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development, means that Durham will have expanded responsibilities and budget under the "Doing What Matters" program.

NEW ACADEMIC AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT WENT INCOGNITO AT GROSSMONT

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – The day before she was to meet the Grossmont College search committee that would interview her for the job as vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, vice provost at Rochester College in Michigan, decided to do some interviewing of her own.  Visiting the Grossmont College campus incognito, she struck up conversations with students over lunch in Griffin Center, and elsewhere on the campus, to see if she could get a feel for the place at which she later accepted the job.

EL CAJON RESIDENT HONORED AS TOP GRADUATE BY ABC SAN DIEGO

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) –  Years of dedication and hard work have paid off for apprentices and craft trainees who graduated with their apprenticeship and journeyman certificates on Friday, June 21 from the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training program. 

The 67 students in the Class of 2013 from the San Diego region have completed a skilled trades apprenticeship and craft training program in crafts such as plumbing and pipefitting, electrical, electronic systems technician and sheet metal. Their course of study included up to four years of classroom training and thousands of hours of practical field experience.

FAMILIES NEEDED TO HOST EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM CHINA

 

June 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--The Cultural Homestay International (CHI) program needs help finding homes for students from China for a two-week exchange program this summer or a longer 10-month program during the academic school year starting this fall.  For over 30 years, high school age students from many countries have participated in these high school foreign exchange programs, staying with local host families and attending local schools.

SANTANA HIGH TEACHER RECEIVES 25 SAMSUNG GALAXY TABS FROM JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION AND SAMSUNG

 

Granite Hills Grad Continues Legacy of Revving up Student Learning

June 13, 2013 (El Cajon)– El Cajon native Jimmie Johnson continues to blaze new trails in his efforts to support student learning, this time with the generous gift of 25 Samsung Galaxy Tabs™ 7” for use in the classroom.

Santana High School Social Science teacher Rebecca Short got a big surprise recently as Santana Principal Tim Schwuchow notified her in front of her students that her winning technology proposal was selected by the District’s Ed Tech Taskforce.. Short’s students will soon get more mileage out of accessing the information highway thanks to a generous gift of 25 Samsung Galaxy Tabs™ 7” from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Samsung.

MILITARY VETS SHARE TRIUMPHS OVER ADVERSITY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT

 

 

By Janis Mork

June 12, 2013 (El Cajon)- Over 400 students received degrees at Grossmont Community College’s commencement ceremony on Thursday. Commencement speakers included student Derrick Torrence, a Marine Corps veteran who graduated with his daughter, as well as Reverend Eric Smith, a Navy veteran who also wrote his memoir From Crack to Clergy: Provoking Thoughts published in 2011.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE "PINNING" CEREMONY TO INCLUDE MORE MEN

 

June 3, 2013 (El Cajon) – When nursing students participate in Grossmont College’s traditional “pinning” ceremony Tuesday afternoon, June 4, more of them will be men than ever before—a sign of changing societal attitudes towards what once was considered a profession for women only.

Debbie Yaddow, dean of Allied Health and Nursing, says eight men, or 20 percent of the graduating class of 40 students, are males, compared to what it was like just 30 years ago, when Yaddow graduated from Grossmont’s nursing school, and there were zero males in the class.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADUATION SCHEDULE AND VALEDICTORIANS ANNOUNCED

 

June 2, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --  Throughout the month of June, approximately 5,340 students earning a high school diploma from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be donning caps and gowns for commencement exercises.  Below is information on each school, along with graduation schedules and names of valedictorians.

RECORD NUMBERS OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES AT GROSSMONT AN CUYAMACA COLLEGES

Some graduates celebrate triumph over adversity; Iraq war veteran to graduate with daughter

May 30, 2013 (El Cajon) – A campaign to improve student success is paying off at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, where more than 1,700 graduates will receive a record number of degrees and certificates at commencements in early June.

New programs and services helping students achieve academic goals, along with voters’ approval last fall of a tax plan tempering years of debilitating budget cuts, are credited for the strong numbers.

With many graduates earning multiple credentials, Grossmont College will award more than 2,100 degrees and certificates at its commencement ceremony June 5. The following day, Cuyamaca College will confer 830 of the hard-earned associate degrees and certificates at its commencement.

SAN DIEGO STATE AMONG THE MOST DANGEROUS CAMPUSES

 

By Nadin Abbott

May 30, 2013 (San Diego)-- Back in November the Daily Aztec reported San Diego State University  to be the seventh most dangerous college campus in the U.S. The Daily Aztec quoted the Business Insider, which stated, “SDSU experiences approximately 27 violent incidents per year.” In 2011 these included were five rapes, three robberies and five aggravated assaults.

ECM asked campus police some questions; Captain Lamine Secka responded in detail.

Our first question, actually coming from my years as a student, was what is the campus doing to improve lighting?

SDSU HONORS COLLEGE TO RECEIVE $1 MILLION GIFT

 

May 27, 2013 (San Diego) –San Diego State University’s Honors College will receive a $1 million gift, thanks to a planned endowment from Professor Emeritus Henry Jannsen. 

“I owe SDSU more for the life I’ve had than I can ever repay,” Janssen said, SDSU’s news center reported. 

Janssen is one of hundreds of SDSU faculty and staff donors to The Campaign for SDSU, which aspires to raise $500 million to support the university’s development as a leading public research university.

GRAND JURY ISSUES REPORT ON GUHSD AND ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL: FOOL US ONCE, FOOL US TWICE?

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2013 (Alpine) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issue a report blasting the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) for repeatedly axing plans to build a 12th high school in Alpine despite voters twice approving bond measures to construct the new high school. The report is descriptively titled Grossmont Union High School District—Fool Us Once, Fool Us Twice?

The Grand Jury found that “residents of the GUHSD and the greater Alpine area deserve clarity from the School Board regarding the proposed 12th high school."

The report referenced several past articles published in East County Magazine.

THAI IMMIGRANT WINS LAW ENFORCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

May 24, 2013 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College student Thirada Kingphuang has received from the San Diego Police Foundation a Rita Olsen Memorial scholarship of $2,500 awarded to women pursuing an education preparatory to a career in law enforcement.

 

Kingphuang left her family and everyone she knew in the rural, teak-forest-covered Uttaradit province of northern Thailand in 2009 to pursue a career in forensic science in California.  

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES 2013-14 TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

 

Eileen Bagg-Rizzo and Randy Cambou to Represent GUHSD in Prestigious San Diego County Teacher of the Year Competition

 

May 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)—At its Governing Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Grossmont Union High School District honored Teacher of the Year nominees from its school sites. These nominees are selected by their peers. A panel comprised of previous Teachers of the Year and District personnel selected two representatives from this distinguished group of nominees to be considered for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year competition. If selected to represent the County, the next step is the California State Teacher of the Year competition.


 

 

GUHSD 2013-14 Teacher of the Year Nominees:

GROSSMONT COLLEGE HOSTS "BIKE TO WORK DAY" MAY 17

 

May 16, 2013 (El Cajon) – Grossmont College is an official pit stop for “Bike to Work Day 2013,” a nationally recognized event celebrated on the third Friday of May.

Some 50 to 60 riders are expected from 6 to 9 a.m. May 17, in parking lot No. 1 at the intersection of Highwood Drive and Grossmont College Drive on the Grossmont College campus.

Refreshments and support will be available, along with free T-shirts for the first 30 riders. Cyclists needing a break can ride free on any transit system operated by the Metropolitan Transit System or the North County Transit District if space is available. For more information, go to icommutesd.com

OASIS TECHNOLOGY FAIR FOR ADULTS 50+ MAY 18

May 15, 2013 (San Diego) – OASIS is hosting a technology fair on May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Macy’s in Mission Valley, 7017 Friars Road.  The event will help local adults 50 and older learn how to use social media and today’s technology, including smart phones and tablets.  Various technology experts will be presenting 30 minute sessions as well as one-on-one coaching.

Attendees will be able to attend a variety of classes, attend a hands-on computer lab session and get individual help from tech experts.  Lunch will be available and a raffle for prizes will follow.

CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION, SAN DIEGO CHAPTER, HELPS ST. MARTIN ACADEMY ADVANCE TO THE NATIONAL SEAPERCH COMPETITION

President of the San Diego CSDA Chapter, Kathleen Coates Hedberg presents a check to Science Teacher Rosie Beck and the SeaPerch team, Katarina Gustin, Jake Connors, and Benjamin Evans.

May 15, 2013 (La Mesa) -  In an effort to provide educational outreach and awareness of Special Districts and their role in local government, the California Special Districts Association, San Diego Chapter and sponsor Helix Water District, provided St. Martin of Tours Academy (www.stmartinacademy.org) $515 for the 2012/2013 school year to pursue implementation of a SeaPerch Remote Operated Vehicle school program (www.SeaPerch.org).  St. Martin Academy entered their SeaPerch project at a local San Diego SeaPerch competition held on April 27, 2013, at Grossmont Community College and won first place.  The competition consisted of three-student teams who built the underwater vehicle, provided a presentation, competed in an obstacle course, and a deep water recovery mission.

A MESSAGE THAT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME: 50-YEAR TRADITION CONTINUES WITH 2013 SDSU GRADUATION

 

 

May 11, 2013(San Diego) — In 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave the commencement speech at San Diego State University and was awarded SDSU’s first honorary doctorate degree. Fifty years later, as SDSU prepares to confer degrees upon nearly 9,100 students May 16-19, his words on the importance of higher education for our nation’s future are still just as meaningful.

“A lot of what JFK said at that time continues to be relevant, including his recognizing California and San Diego State as premier sites of higher education,” said Rob O'Keefe, president of SDSU Associated Students. “Fast-forward to today, we see how things have progressed, how in just the past year things have been truly transformational for this campus.”

Half a century ago, Kennedy told SDSU graduates, "As a nation, we have no deeper concern, no older commitment and no higher interest than a strong, sound and free system of education for all...In fulfilling this obligation to ourselves and our children, we provide for the future of our nation—and for the future of freedom." He reflected on the educated founders of our nation, the importance of an educated populace for the future, and the disparities in educaitonal opportunities across the nation.   View video of Kennedy's 1963 SDSU commencement address.

THE BOULDER BEAT

 

By Jennifer Doucet

May 9, 2013 (Alpine) – On March 20, Open House at Boulder Oaks Elementary in Alpine, California highlighted how fifth graders at the school have opened their minds to the exciting worlds of science and technology.

By using their school-issued IPODS, learning new software and applying the scientific method to their projects, they showcased their knowledge with a Digital Photography Show and Science Fair.

 

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS, GRADUATION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED AT SDSU

 

May 8, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University will celebrate Commencement 2013 from May 16 to 19, graduating 9,038 degrees candidates.  There will be eight separate ceremonies throughout the weekend. By tradition, SDSU’s Commencement ceremonies include a processional, introductions, awards, a speaker and a recessional. Each processional is led by a grand marshal carrying a college banner, followed by the faculty marshals donned in full academic regalia. This year’s speakers include former Mayor Jerry Sanders, business leaders, and Kumeyaay.com founder Larry Banegas, among others.

IMMIGRATION REFORM RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT TRUSTEES

May 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Board of Trustees voted on April 16 to adopt a resolution calling on Congress to enact the comprehensive immigration reforms being hammered out by a bipartisan “gang of eight” legislators (four Republicans and four Democrats).

The resolution was introduced by trustee Mary Kay Rosinski  and passed with five votes in favor.  The action comes on the heels of similar resolutions adopted by San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego City Council.

RAMONA UNIFIED'S LOOMING STRIKE: CHECKING UP

 

By Will Carless

Originally published April 30 at http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/education/article_4a75d15c-b1ef-11e2-89e1-0019bb2963f4.html

April 30, 2013 (Ramona)- -Things haven't gotten any better at the Ramona Unified School District in the few months since we last wrote about the district's budgetary woes.

Ramona is the only school district in the county to have never passed a bond measure. Last year, the district floated Proposition R, which would have raised $55 million, a chunk of which Ramona Unified could have used to pay off old loans it took out to renovate district schools in 2004. The bond failed, leaving district officials scratching their heads as to how to pay off the old debts.

CONGRESSWONAN DAVIS COAUTHORS BILL TO BLOCK RATE HIKE ON STUDENT LOANS

 

April 24, 2013 (Washington D.C.)--Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) cosponsored legislation to block the doubling of interest rates on Stafford student loans set to kick in July of this year.  The Student Loan Relief Act (H.R. 1595) would continue the current 3.4% rate through 2015.

“We need to ensure that access to higher education stays within the reach of middle class and lower-income families,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “If we want our children - and America, for that matter - to be competitive in the global economy, access to an affordable college education will be key.”

CSU CHANCELLOR TO VISIT SDSU

Story credit:  SDSU News Center

April 18, 2013 (San Diego) – California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White will visit the San Diego State University campus April 24 and 25.  In addition to touring the campus and meeting with university representatives, Chancellor White will host an open forum for all members of the university community.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, April 24 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Athletics Auditorium in the Fowler Athletics Center.

At the open forum, Chancellor White will provide brief remarks and take questions from members of the audience.

GUHSD MOVES FORWARD ON TALKS WITH EL CAJON TO REVIVE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Paul Kruze

April 11, 2013 (El Cajon)--Members of the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Board on Wednesday night decided in principle (with no formal vote) to begin exploratory talks with the City of El Cajon on becoming a partner in the operation of the troubled East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) , as well as build a multi-purpose conference center adjacent to the theater. 

The Board also voted 4-1 (with Priscilla Schreiber voting “no”)  to endorse building a 325-seat performing arts center on the campus of Grossmont High School at the cost of $15.1 million dollars.

Representing GUHSD on the ad hoc committee will be board president Jim Kelly and board member Jim Stieringer.

COULD ECPAC REOPEN WITH HELP FROM THE GUHSD? SCHOOL BOARD TO HEAR OPTIONS FOR THEATERS APRIL 10

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Multiple sources have advised ECM that Wednesday night’s meeting of the Grossmont Union High School Board will include a discussion on theater options to meet the needs of students--and, perhaps, the broader East County community.  Options are set to be raised under the Board President’s report, item VI(b) on the agenda. 

The discussion is expected to center around whether a new events center should be built at Grossmont High School as well as whether the district should consider partnering with the City of El Cajon to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center.

NEW SD UNIFIED SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TO SPEAK ON “POLITICS AND PRAGMATISM” IN LA MESA APRIL 3

 

April 3, 2013 (La Mesa) -- Cindy Marten, newly appointed Superintendent of San Diego Unified School District, will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club April 3rd meeting.  She will address challenges facing modern urban school districts like San Diego's.  San Diego Unified is struggling with a large budget deficit and is planning to sell off $50 million worth of its properties to help achieve a balance. Over 60% of the new funds coming from Proposition 30's tax increase is already committed to pay for overdue raises and other staff expenses.

Rather than holding a nationwide search, the School Board selected Marten as the unanimous choice for Superintendent.  This was a result of her accomplishments as principal of Central Elementary School in City Heights, where she oversaw a dramatic increase in test scores at Central Elementary, a school serving a community where nearly all families are low income and English-learners. 

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