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'A Way With Words' hosts to laud Grossmont, Cuyamaca alum at community college fete

Posted on: Aug 13, 2015 1:00:00 AM
In: District, Cuyamaca, Grossmont
Contact: Anne Krueger, (619) 644-7842

Two alums of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be among the featured guests when community colleges of San Diego County and the popular public radio show, “A Way with Words,” host a special Sept. 17 event celebrating language, literacy and education.

Grossmont College graduate Brad Daluiso, a former NFL kicker who appeared in two Super Bowls, and Cuyamaca College alumnus Darren Greenhalgh, who headed construction of the new San Diego Central Library, will be among those honored at the event being held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley. 

The event will include a presentation by “A Way with Words” co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett before honoring the distinguished alumni of San Diego County’s nine community colleges. Those honored will then state a single word that best describes their college experience; hence the title, “In A Word.”

Daluiso, who discovered his love and talent for football at Grossmont College, graduated from the El Cajon college in 1988. After graduating from UCLA, he went on to enjoy a 12-year NFL career, primarily with the New York Giants, and appeared in two Super Bowls.  

Today, Daluiso is a first vice president, private wealth advisor, at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. But he hasn’t forgotten his ties to Grossmont College. He created the Brad Daluiso Golf Classic to raise money for scholarships and athletic programs. The golf classic, now in its 12th year, draws about 120 golfers annually and has raised more than $200,000 for Grossmont College Athletics and Exercise Science and Wellness programs. He has been inducted into Grossmont College’s Walk of Fame, a permanent display of bronze plaques in front of the campus library.

Cuyamaca College graduate Darren Greenhalgh headed the $187 million construction project to build an iconic San Diego central library in his role as a deputy director for Public Works Department of the City of San Diego. With a 350-seat auditorium, a charter high school, art gallery and more, the nine-story facility has become a popular spot in downtown San Diego. He is currently the assistant director of the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department, where he is working on implementation of the newly adopted Zero Waste Plan, expansion of the Miramar Landfill, and a variety of other environmental protection services.

Greenhalgh met his wife, Teresa, at the campus and their three children are also products of Cuyamaca College. Teresa is an administrative assistant at the college.

Greenhalgh – who earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an MBA at San Diego State University after graduating from Cuyamaca College’s surveying program – has maintained connections with other students he met at Cuyamaca. He serves as a director on the American Public Works Association (APWA) and chairs the APWA Internship Program. Greenhalgh expanded the program to include surveying this year and awarded an internship at Rick Engineering to a Cuyamaca College student.  

He and his wife also support the college’s Extended Opportunity Programs & Services department, which provides help to students with economic and educational disadvantages.

Proceeds from “In A Word” will benefit alumni and scholarship programs at the colleges as well as the educational nonprofit that produces “A Way with Words”.

 Besides Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, other participating institutions include the San Diego Community College District’s City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges and Continuing Education; Palomar College; Southwestern College; and MiraCosta College.

 Individual tickets are $100, tables are $1,000, and VIP tables (with a VIP reception) are $2,500.  For more information, visit: The affair begins at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception at the Doubletree Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley. The event begins at 6 p.m.

“Grant and I and the rest of the ‘A Way with Words’ team are delighted to join forces with our local community colleges to honor their distinguished alumni, and honor our shared missions of promoting intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, and better human communication,” said Barnette.  “We are also looking forward to an evening of great fun!”

 Other distinguished alumni being honored and the college they attended are: Jerry Sanders, former San Diego Police chief and mayor and current president at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (San Diego Miramar College); Artie Ojeda, weekend anchor for NBC San Diego (San Diego City College); and Dan McAllister, San Diego County treasurer-tax Collector (San Diego Mesa College).

 Also being honored are Aaron Byzak, founder of Hazel’s Army and director of Government and Community Affairs at UCSD Health Sciences (MiraCosta College); Lori Holt Pfeiler, executive director for San Diego Habitat for Humanity and former mayor of Escondido (Palomar College); Glen Degler, planned projects supervisor, San Diego Unified School District (San Diego Continuing Education); and Olivia Graeve, a UC San Diego professor who has gained international recognition in the area of nanomaterials manufacturing (Southwestern College).  Media personality Clark Anthony will emcee the event.

 “A Way with Words” is a San Diego institution that began at KPBS Radio in 2008 and is now produced by an independent nonprofit.  It is broadcast in more than 250 cities in 31 states and is heard worldwide by podcast.  The listener call-in show highlights offbeat words, etymologies, and language usage that spans generations, regions, and cultures. 

A Way With Words hostsGrant Barrett and Martha Barnette, co-hosts of the popular radio program, "A Way With Words."
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