Faculty across the nation can expect a bagel and some
coffee with their fall general meetings, but the
organizers of Grossmont College’s convocation manage to
kick it up another notch.
The Aug. 16 convocation in the Student Center was no
exception. It included breakfast, kudos, distinguished
faculty, new challenges, ongoing challenges,
construction dust, the promise of new construction dust,
Afro-Cuban jazz music, and then barbecue for lunch.
Speakers included Chancellor Dr. Omero Suarez and
Trustee Dr. Tim Caruthers, but Grossmont President Dr.
Ted Martinez, Jr., oversaw most of the activity.
Martinez, Academic Senate President Beth Smith and
Grossmont College Foundation President Ken Sobel made
the presentation of a medallion and a $500 check to
Distinguished Faculty Zoe Close.
Martinez also recognized excellence in programs from
nursing to football as part of his summary of success on
and around campus last year.
He also presented his goals and priorities for the
campus year at hand, and pointed to excellence and
growth to be achieved in years to come in invoking the
campus theme to “Start Here, Stay Near, Go Far.”
Top issues on the president’s priority list for the
year 2004-2005 are to fill faculty positions, maintain
accreditation standards, to improve communication
throughout Grossmont College, to make facilities changes
and safety, to coordinate college-wide efforts to
identify additional resources, to improve technology and
to maintain Grossmont College as the leading transfer
institution in San Diego.
The morning’s most detailed presentation fell to
Facilities Manager Tim Flood, who presented information
about projects completed in the last calendar year, most
notably the new Tech Mall which had its grand opening in
May. He also pointed to new dust in the air above the
Science Quad, where work has begun on a new building to
be completed next year. Other projects in the works
include a proposed Digital Arts Building and a 900-space
At the end, words surrendered to music as Derek
Cannon of the Music Department fired up his Afro-Cuban
Jazz Ensemble for a mini-concert. By then the bagels
were a distant memory, so faculty adjourned to the wide
lawn fronting the 200 area for barbecue, fixings and
conversation, and background music from the group
Footloose, and from machines fixing up the Science Quad
for generations of Grossmont students and faculty yet to