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Project Overview

Originating in 2010 as a one-campus book festival celebrating such works as Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, and Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, Grossmont College's "One Theme, One Campus" evolved in 2014 into a broadly themed learning experience, the first of which addressed the global theme of "water."

The new "One Theme, One Campus" project will address the complex theme of "food," but will continue to employ many of the same key components on which previous "One Campus" projects relied, including 

  • the development of critical thinking skills;
  • the use of assignments to engage students in classroom discussion;
  • participation by instructional faculty on campus-wide events and projects that promote institutional learning outcomes and broader community involvement; and,
  • co-curricular engagement opportunities for students, as well as for Student Services and Classified Staff.

The Food Project will be based on the theory of integrative learning, which employs interdisciplinary assignments and discussions to create a connectedness across the curricula between disciplines that otherwise might seem unrelated to many students. Integrated learning subjects and disciplines that are typically separate permit students connect concepts, methods, or languages from two or more disciplines in order to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question.

One Theme Project Director Members
Joan Ahrens

Joan Ahrens
Learning Communities

  • Micah Berger, English
  • Susan Berry, Student Engagement Coordinator
  • Marit Evans-Layng, Biology
  • Shasha Gideo, Culinary Arts
  • Sue Gonda, History/Academic Senate
  • Ticey Hosley, Articulation Officer
  • Tate Hurvitz, English/Academic Senate President
  • Cheryl Kerns-Campbell, Exercise Science
  • Pearl Lopez, EOPS
  • Jason Maloney, Math
  • Mark Poupard, ESL
  • Brendan Praniewicz, English
  • Lida Rafia, Associate Dean of Student Success and Equity
  • Denise Schulmeyer, Communication
  • Karl Sherlock, English/Creative Writing Co-Coordinator
  • Richard Unis, Sociology


Last Updated: 08/03/2017


Brendan Praniewicz
2018-19 One Theme / One Campus

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District