Aztec Press received two prestigious national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists during the SPJ national convention in Las Vegas.
At an awards luncheon on Oct. 4, the Aztec Press staff was honored as a 2009 Mark of Excellence national finalist for best all-around two-year college newspaper. Faculty adviser Cynthia Lancaster accepted the award on behalf of the staff.
Senior reporter Liza Porter was named a 2009 Mark of Excellence national finalist in feature writing for her series on non-traditional students, “Going Back, Moving Forward.” She also traveled to Las Vegas to accept her award.
At the regional level, the Aztec Press won first-place Mark of Excellence awards in both categories.
First-place regional winners advance to the national level. In competition against 11 other regions, the Aztec Press entries reached the top three and were named national finalists.
By Ricky Gonzales
Pima Community College will host its annual Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The event is free and open to the public.
More than 40 groups and organizations will participate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second level of campus.
Earth Science Day is an opportunity for students to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences, such as astronomy, climatology, geology and conservation.
This year, the event will sponsor a bike drive by BICAS and an “e-Waste Recycling Drive” by World Care.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a new or used bicycle for donation. BICAS will provide tax receipts upon request.
Any unwanted electronic devices will be accepted by World Care. Items deemed usable will be sent to one of World Care’s four programs, including Tools for Earth and Tools for Schools.
The group will accept computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, fax machines and VCR, DVD or CD players.
Students will also get a chance to taste food cooked in a solar oven and assess the accuracy of the campus’ giant compass sundial.
KOLD-13 annually broadcasts its noon weather report live from the event.
For more information, call the PCC Information Center at 206-4500.