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!
Ted Martinez, Jr.