The President's Corner by Dr. Ted Martinez
Dr. Ted MartinezNever before has our community witnessed such devastation as occurred the week beginning Sunday, October 25. We have just learned the tragic news that one of our students, Christy-Anne Seiler Davis, perished as she assisted a neighbor in the evacuation. Several of our colleagues and students lost their homes and property. Our hearts go out to them, and to all of the victims of the firestorm.

We are blessed to have a strong sense of community here at Grossmont College, and in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, which has established a committee to collect funds and develop criteria for distribution. Beth Smith, Pat Murray and Jim Fenningham are serving on that committee. In addition, the ASGC is providing money to help students replace books and lab materials they lost. Barnes and Noble is assisting with the book replacement project. Ross Books is providing additional copies of general education course texts for short-term loans in the LRC.

Although we are fortunate in that the campus was spared, there was a tremendous effort by Tim Flood, Director of Campus Facilities and Operation, and his staff to insure that our learning environment was clean and safe for everyone’s return to campus after a week of smoke and falling ash. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this massive cleanup effort.

As we approach America’s traditional Thanksgiving Holiday, I am reminded how thankful I am for each and every one of you. I am also grateful for everyone’s compassion and concern for the welfare of our students and colleagues. People are the heart of our community, and Grossmont College has a very big heart!

Respectfully,


Ted Martinez, Jr.
 

Orange County Fire Battalion Finds Temporary Quarters on Grossmont College During Firestorm 2003

 
Orange County Fire Battalion Finds Temporary Quarters on Grossmont College During Firestorm 2003
 
Orange County Fire Battalion Finds Temporary Quarters on Grossmont College During Firestorm 2003
 
Orange County Fire Battalion Finds Temporary Quarters on Grossmont College During Firestorm 2003