Pima news briefs

New acting provost selected for PCC

Dolores Durán-Cerda, assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs has accepted the position of Pima Community College Provost and Chief Academic Officer in an acting capacity.

She has served as special assistant to the Provost and as acting assistant vice chancellor.

Durán-Cerda was also a member of the project management team that coordinated Pima’s accreditation efforts.

She has been a longtime adjunct and full-time faculty member in Spanish.

Durán-Cerda received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, French and secondary education from the University of Iowa. She also has master’s and doctoral degrees in Latin American Literature from the University of Arizona.

She is replacing former provost Erica Holmes, who resigned from the postion on Oct. 1 due to “personal reasons” that were never disclosed.

Durán-Cerda steps into this role in an acting capacity after Pima has had three Provosts in a span of three years.

According to an email sent by Chancellor Lee Lambert, over a dozen faculity, staff and administrators were involved in selecting Durán-Cerda.

The college will evaluate the operations of the Provost office as part of Pima’s current reorganization.

– by Valerie Turcios

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Pima Community College’s West Campus on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The donations will be taken at the Bloodmobile, which acts as a mobile donation station for the organization.

The college regularly hosts blood drives at Pima’s various campuses.

For more information, you can visit redcrossblood.org or call 733-2767 to schedule an appointment.   

– by Micheal  Romero

JADE Retreat deadline

The Justice Advocacy Dialogue Empowerment Retreat is designed for students that have the necessary abilities to lead.

For three days, from Nov. 6-8, JADE Retreat will provide meaningful discussions on leadership, social justice, dialogue and empowerment. Participants will have time to create a plan that will promote discussion and activities in the Tucson community and at Pima Community College.

The JADE Retreat will cover notable topics that include Disabilities, Gender, Race, Religion/ Spirituality, Sexual Orientation, Socio-Economic status, as well as the intersections that occur with these identities.

Applications for participants are due Oct. 19 and are available in the nearby student life office.

Space is limited to 40 participants, so sign up as soon as possible.

For more information, contact your Pima Student Life office at 206-4500 or go to pima.edu.

– by  Steven Fowler 

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