Pima News Briefs
Authors to discuss liberating literature
The University of Arizona will hold this year’s event to mark the 30th annual Banned Books Week.
Nationally, the theme for this year is Liberating Literature.
Authors Sandra Cisneros, Manuel Muñoz and Helena Maria Viramontes will have brief readings at the event.
The authors are looking to discuss the power of the written word by addressing two questions: How is literature a tool for readers to be free of ethnic misunderstandings and how can new ideas strengthen the bonds of communities?
The organization is describing these questions as vital to the “celebration of freedom to read.”
Admission to the event is free and it will be open to the public.
Cisneros, Muñoz and Viramontes will share their reflections and inspired work in a celebration of the freedom to read and the empowering potential of the written word.
The event will take place at the University of Arizona’s Modern Languages Building Auditorium (Room 350) on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
-By Celeste Orendain
Student exhibit on display through Feb.
Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus is holding a reception for a new student art exhibit opening on Sept. 28.
The reception will be held 6- 9 p.m. at their art gallery located on the second floor of the Campus Center.
The “New Faces” exhibit will feature PCC students’ life-size self-portraits, paintings, drawings and a mural collaboration. More than 100 students participated in creating the mural.
The symbolic self-portraits reflect the different students’ life experiences and perspectives.
“The portraits – all in black and white – are impressive in size and depth, each of them recounting a very personal aspect of the student’s life and beliefs,” Mariana Carreras, Department of chair of the arts and humanities department at Downtown Campus, said in a prepared release.
“Their variety and passion are also exemplary of the diversity of views, opinions and backgrounds so celebrated in the student population at Pima,” Carreras added.
The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28.
The gallery is located at the Campus Center on Downtown Campus’ Campus’s second floor.
-By Celeste Orendain
Civil Discourse event coming to campus
Pima Community College’s West Campus will host a discussion on Sept. 27, about three initiatives on the November ballot.
The event, sponsored by the National Institute for Civil Discourse, will be simulcast at seven locations around the state, including West Campus, and will include with a panel of experts and participant discussions.
“Arizona faces significant challenges, but out ability to engage in public deliberation to explore solutions is at an all-time low,” Jane Prescott Smith, the organizer of the event, said. “Project Civil Discourse, an initiative of the Arizona Humanities Council, aims to change this.”
The discussion will be about propositions about judicial selection, quality education and jobs and open government.
The event will be moderated by Michael Grant, the former host of “Horizon” and the expert panel will include former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Ken Strobeck and chief correspondent of Capital Media Services, Howard Fischer.
To reserve a seat at the event, register with Jaime Martin at 602-257-0335.
-By Eric Klump
PCC designated Military friendly school
For the fourth year Pima Community College has been designated a Military Friendly School by GIJobs.com.
Out of more than 12,000 reviewed institutions, PCC is one of 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools to earn the honor.
“We respect and value the sacrifices our veterans have made, and the resources we provide are a way of thanking them for their service,” Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles said. “The presence of veterans on our campuses enriches the college.”
More than 1500 veterans are enrolled at PCC, among them is U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant Steve Choice, who completed two tours to Iraq.
“In the four semesters I’ve been at Pima, I’ve received outstanding assistance from the college’s veteran’s service staff,” Choice said, “This means I can count on having my tuition paid and receiving my payments in a timely manner.”
PCC dedicated a new veterans center at Downtown Campus and operates the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Education Center, which serves active duty Air Force personnel and the public.
To see what other colleges made the list, visit GIJobs.com.
-By Eric Klump
Board selects 31 to advise admin search
Pima Community College’s Governing Board Wednesday unanimously approved a 31-member committee of local citizens, PCC employees and local interest groups that will help choose PCC’s next chancellor.
Governing board members Brenda Even and David Longoria will co-chair the committee. The committee also includes PCC faculty, staff, administrators and a student.
The committee was selected from nominations made by the public and PCC employee groups.
“We have broad representation across the community, we have included representatives of both the public sector and the private sector, and we have included our critics as well,” Scott Stewart, board chairman, said in a prepare release.
The majority of the committee comes from outside PCC.
“It is crucial that [the people of Pima County’s] voices be heard loudly and clearly as we select an individual who’ll set the College’s direction for years to come,” Stewart added.
Information about the chancellor search can be found at www.pima.edu/chancellorsearch.
-By Chelo Grubb