Pima Briefs

Compiled by Shana Rose

‘Trunk or Treat’ coming Oct. 26

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year. For some, this means hitting the bars and clubs for Thirsty Thursday, attending big house parties or stocking up on candy by trick or treating.

But what about the little ones whose parents can’t take them trick or treating because it’s a week night?

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus Student Life has partnered with the YMCA for “Trunk or Treat,” a reprise of their annual safe Halloween event.

PCC and the Y will welcome families to Northwest Campus on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-8 p.m.

An early start, a controlled environment and lots of candy make this a favorite for parents and children alike.

The event includes trick or treating in the campus parking lot, children’s games, a costume contest and an outdoor movie in the amphitheater.

Trunk or Treat is open to the community and attendance is expected to exceed 8,000 people.

For more information, contact Student Life at 206-2131 or studentlifenwc@pima.edu.


Northwest Campus turning 10

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Oct. 18, and the community is invited to come celebrate this milestone.

“It’s a celebration for the campus community and the broader Pima County community,” Northwest Campus Acting President Darla Zirbes said. “It’s also an effort to honor the people who helped bring this campus to fruition 10 years ago. We’ve invited some of the founders of the campus.”

The campus began as the Northwest Community Learning Center in 1998.

The present-day campus includes six buildings, with a new classroom/laboratory building scheduled to open in Spring 2014. About 10,000 students attend annually.

“The Northwest Campus has really increased educational opportunities, not only in northwest Tucson, but also in Pinal County” Zirbes said. “This campus is crucial to the economic viability of the businesses and the people who live in this area.”

Ed Stolmaker, president/CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, expresses his gratitude for the campus and the importance of it in the community.

“It’s been a great asset to the business community and to residents who want to further their education,” Stolmaker said.

“It’s an asset to the region for economic development. I don’t think the region would be as well-developed as it is now without the Northwest Campus. To continue to develop, we need to continue to grow the campus to be able to meet the needs of the region,” he said.

The celebration on Oct. 18 will begin at 2 p.m. on the second floor in the Northwest Student Life Center, 7600 N. Shannon Road.

On the guest list are a number of founding faculty, staff and administrators, including founding President Angela Zerdavis and Sylvia Lee, president of Northwest Campus from 2006-2009 and a current member of the Pima Community College District Board of Governors.

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