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SPEAKERS' SERIES: Talk to focus on global strategies

SPEAKERS’ SERIES: Talk to focus on global strategies

PCC instructor Maureen Salzer will discuss curriculum April 4. (Photo courtesy of PCC)


Pima Community College will stage the final installment of its spring speakers’ series on April 4.

Instructor Maureen Salzer will discuss “Going Global Without Leaving Town: Strategies for Internationalizing the General Education Curriculum.”

The presentation will be in the community board room (building C) at the PCC district office, 4095 E. Broadway Blvd. The event is free to attend and will have light refreshments.

During her talk, Salzer will address techniques to successfully incorporate diversity awareness and global awareness into established courses throughout all college programs.

She’ll have literature resources available for faculty, including a bibliography.

Salzer developed the strategies while on a research sabbatical in Fall 2016.

She has been an instructor of writing, literature and humanities at West Campus since 2010. She earned a Master of Arts in English from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona.
For additional details about the speakers’ series, call 206-4500.



Rape defense training begins March 27

The Pima Community College Police Department will offer Rape Aggression Defense training at Desert Vista Campus on March 27, April 3 and April 10.

PCC police offer the self-defense class to females as a way to help them recognize and avoid dangerous situations. The class is open to PCC employees and students, and to their friends and family members.

The classes will be held in Desert Vista’s Plaza building, room F123, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Students must attend all three sessions to complete the course.

To register, call 206- 2671 or email

For more information about the Rape Aggression Defense program, visit

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


West Campus launches film, dialogue series

A film and dialogue series, “Exploring Narratives about Identity, Inclusion and Introspection,” will premier March 28.

“The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter” will screen at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the historical film honors working women of World War II and celebrates a “we can do it” attitude.

The film series is designed to provide an opportunity for dialogue relating to perceptions of humanity. Hosts include the West Campus Social and Behavioral Sciences department, Student Life and the Bookaneers.

A second film “Two Spirits,” will screen April 25 at the same time and location.

For further information, call West Campus Student Life at 206-6742.

-By Robyn Zelickson


East Campus hosting film screenings

East Campus Student Life will screen a series of films through March 30 to honor the contributions of women and the farmworker’s movement. The movies will be shown in the Student Life office, E6-618.

Remaining screenings include:

March 23: “Makers: Women who Make America,” 10:30a.m.-1 p.m.

March 27: “Miss Representation,” 9:30-11 a.m.

March 28: “Suffragette,” 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m.

March 28: “Cesar Chavez,” 2- 3:30 p.m.

March 29: “A League of Their Own,” 9-10:30 a.m.

March 30: “Cesar Chavez,” 10-11:30 a.m.

March 31: “Cesar Chavez,” noon-1:30 p.m.

For additional details, contact East Campus Student Life at 206-7616.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


April 5 talks explore assault awareness

Traciana Graves, a singer/songwriter and equal rights activist, will present two interactive presentations at East Campus in recognition of sexual assault awareness month.

Graves will host “Don’t Call Me a Bitch” on April 5 from 11:25 a.m.-1 p.m. at the East Campus center courtyard.

A second talk, “Understanding What Yes Means in Sex” will take place from 2-3 p.m. at the East Campus student mall.

Graves has hosted workshops across the nation advocating solutions to common obstacles such as bullying and discrimination.

Attendees will have a chance to engage in activities and discussions that encourage them to be aware of the effect of their words and actions.

For further information, contact East Campus Student Life at 206-7616.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


Amigos De Pima accepting scholarship applications

The PCC Foundation is accepting applications for Amigos De Pima scholarships. Numerous scholarship for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are available.

April 14 is the deadline to apply.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be full-time students in the academic term for which they are applying.
  • Have a 2.0 high school or college GPA
  • Submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Enroll in a Spanish language or Hispanic heritage course, or volunteer for a minimum of 16 hours of community service during the Summer or Fall 2017 semester.

Access applications on the MyPima website by clicking on the “Students” tab and then “Register and Pay.” From there, select “Apply Now For PCC Scholarships” on the left column.
For further information, email

-By Brianna Hernandez


East Campus STEM Club seeks new members

The East Campus science, technology, engineering and mathematics club is recruiting new members.

“The primary goal of the STEM club is to better the world we live in through science and reason,” club president William Brown said. “The STEM club is a great way for individuals with a passion for the sciences to connect with other like-minded students.”

The club offers opportunities to build resumes through a variety of extracurricular activities and community outreach. Everyone is welcome, regardless of career interests or background experience.

The club meets Mondays at 1:30 p.m. in the East Campus O2 lobby office. Meeting times are subject to change.

For more information, contact Brown at

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


STOMPING GROUNDS: Old West awaits, practically in your backyard

STOMPING GROUNDS: Old West awaits, practically in your backyard


Polish your boots, straighten your bolo and bust out those Wranglers, because this is Trail Dust Town and you’re re-entering the wild west. Well, about as close as you can get without leaving the Tucson metropolitan area.

Trail Dust Town is located on Tucson’s east side at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Start off with the train ride around town. A haunted cemetery, Polly Anna Park, a Native village and a decrepit mine shaft are just a few of the sights along the track.

Stop by Polly Anna Park. You’ll find a carousel and a Ferris wheel for all ages. Rides cost a wooden nickel ($2.50) for tykes over 3 years old.

A Trail Dust Town sign greets visitors at the Polly Anna Park entrance on the southwest side.
The Old West destination offers activities ranging from a stunt show to a haunted tour.
Dale Villeburn Old Coyote / Aztec Press

A dozen different activities can entertain all types of folk. Catch the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleroes Wild West Stunt Show, full of daring feats and booming pyrotechnics, for just two wooden nickels ($5).

Visit the shooting range if you have an itchy trigger finger afterwards. It takes quarters, and the rifles need to be sighted, but you might enjoy a jaunty tune while you work on your aim.

Pop into the general store for some novelty trinkets and toys. Or, you can stroll the street and take old-timey photos with outfits and props throughout the town.


The Museum of the Horse Soldier is the newest addition to the property and truly is one of Tucson’s hidden gems.

Featuring more than 2,000 pieces of genuine American military history, it has everything from uniforms to swords to cannons.

According to museum director Rae Whitely, “Everything behind glass is authentic.”

The gallery also displays the only surviving uniform from Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. The rest were destroyed on an official burn order.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Ages 6 and under are free.


is it time to put some fright into your night? Bill Delfs, the proprietor of Ravenhearse productions, recounts more than 40 instances in their less-than-two-year stretch in which adult patrons have been scared enough to lose control of certain bodily functions.

Don’t be shy. Ravenhearse is a family haunt that operates year round and offers tour choices that can accommodate a variety of health issues. The green tour, yellow tour and red tour get increasingly frightening.

The green tour is acceptable for all ages, while the red tour is for the utterly fearless.

A tour can run 15-45 minutes, depending on how long you can last. They’re available Thursday-Sunday, and cost $5.

Youngsters can enjoy an old-fashioned carousal ride for $2.50 in Polly Anna Park.
Dale Villeburn Old Coyote / Aztec Press


If you swing by the Dakota Café, you might run into general manager Juan Figueroa.

The restaurant has strong customer loyalty, and Figueroa will try his best to make you feel at home.

“It’s mostly regulars, people who have been coming here for 30 years,” he said. “I like to treat everyone like family.”

Pay attention, Pima students. If you whisper the secret code “dakota cats” to your server, you’ll get 20 percent off your bill.

If you have a serious hunger, head into Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and fill your belly with its 30-ounce T-bone steak, “The Big Cowboy.”

Don’t come in your best dress, however. Pinnacle Peak has a strictly enforced “no ties allowed” policy. You can see what others have lost, with hundreds of ties cut from the necks of patrons hanging from the rafters.

Save room for dessert and stop by the Chocolate Depot to pick up some homestyle fudge and pastries. Stock up on oldfashioned candy, or a three-foot gummy snake for the week.

There’s plenty more to discover at Trail Dust Town, and it’s a great way to support small, local businesses.

A farmers’ market is open each Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There’s a banquet hall available to rent, an art gallery to visit and plenty of interesting characters.

For more information, visit traildusttown. com or call 296-4551.

What’s next after spring cleaning?

What’s next after spring cleaning?

Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

It’s March, time to get out of the house and embrace spring. Thankfully, there are plenty of great opportunities for food and fun to get you up and moving.

Lord of the Wings: March 4

Forty restaurants will submit their best wings to compete for the title of “Lord of the Wings” from noon-4 p.m. at Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave.

In addition to sampling wings, attendees can choose among 30 craft beers. Other activities include live music, carnival rides, challenges and a hot wing eating competition. The event is for ages 21 and over. Ticket prices are $40 general admission, $85 for a VIP package.



Tucson Festival of Books: March 11-12

Visit the state’s largest gathering of literary authors, book discussions, workshops and activities during the ninth annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona.

Activities run 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days. The event is free to attend and free parking is available.



St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: March 17

 An hour-long parade starts at 11 a.m. at Stone Avenue and 16th Street, and will end at Armory Park on South Sixth Avenue.

A festival featuring Irish music, dance and entertainment will take place at Armory Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The park includes a children’s play area, and vendors that will sell food and merchandise.



Civil War in the Southwest: March 18-19

 Spectators can see what life was like for soldiers in the 1860s when re-enactors battle from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Picacho Peak State Park off Interstate 10, west of Tucson.

The vehicle entrance fee is $10 for up to four people. Food and beverages will be sold onsite.

For more information, call (520) 466-3183.


Re-enactors fire a cannon during a 2015 Civil War in the Southwest battle at Picacho Peak State Park. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press 2015)

East Campus receives federal STEM grant

East Campus receives federal STEM grant

Dale Villeburn Old Coyote/Aztec Press Program manager Guadalupe Waitherwerch plans new ways to teach STEM students


Pima Community College East Campus has received a $3.1 million federal grant to supplement the science, technology, engineering and math programs offered to students.

The campus qualified for the STEM grant because it is a Hispanic-Serving Institute, meaning that 25 percent of enrolled students are of Hispanic descent.

The U.S. Department of Education grant seeks to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining degrees in STEM fields. Another goal is to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between other institutions.

The rate of degree completion in STEM fields is generally poor and worse for students of Hispanic or African-American descent, according to the Universal Journal of Educational Research.

Guadalupe Waitherwerch, the East Campus HSI-STEM program manager, said corporations need applicants who are better prepared.

“They are hiring people who look stellar on paper, but have no people skills and are not able to work on projects,” she said.

Job openings will be available. Data compiled by Pew Research Center indicates approximately 10,000 baby boomers have retired every day since 2011, leaving a void in the workforce.

Waitherwerch believes traditional college courses don’t provide students with the experience necessary to replace those who are leaving.

She hopes a new style of instruction will better prepare graduates to tackle real-world issues when they enter the workforce.

The first step is faculty redevelopment. Instructors will work together to develop integrated classes that help students understand where two subjects coincide in practical application.

The new class format encourages students to teach themselves while being supervised by an experienced guide. The instructor’s role will be to facilitate the application of knowledge rather than lecturing students.

To address the low completion rate of students in STEM programs, PCC will offer individual support for those enrolled in the redesigned classes.

The support will take the form of tutoring, student workshops, career and financial advisement, and helping students take advantage of community resources.

Plans to renovate the campus with up-to-date technology and infrastructure are also underway.

PCC’s renovation plan includes three phases. Each aspect is designed to provide low-income students with 21st-century resources.

Phases 1 and 2 involve creating modernized workspace for students to study alone or to collaborate in larger groups.

Phase 3 aims to provide a space for learning communities and faculty to cooperate while finding the crossroads of different subjects, such as biology and chemistry.

“We don’t have the structure here set up so that students can actually come together in groups, whether in classrooms or even in the library,” Waitherwerch said.

The grant funding will allow East Campus to purchase more smart-boards and to begin renting out laptops to students who may not have access to an off-campus computer or Wi-Fi.

Pima will receive the grant money in installments over the next five years. The college has committed to matching the grant funding and expects to use $3.1 million of its own money over the five-year span to support STEM programs.

The federal government monitors the funding to ensure it is being used efficiently and according to the college’s plan.

PCC is required to meet specific goals concerning the completion rate of the target demographic and their performance in the classes.

East Campus will implement the new teaching modalities in courses gradually, starting in the Fall 2017 semester.

An existing East Campus student STEM club is currently recruiting, and hopes to expand to other campuses as membership increases.

Part of the club’s function is to give STEM students “a chance to discuss and explore common ideas in a fun and open environment outside of the classroom,” club adviser Duke Schoonmaker said.
Club members will have opportunities to listen to guest speakers and to participate in field trips, fundraising events and social outings.

To join, email Schoonmaker at

THE WORD: What is your perfect Valentines's Day

THE WORD: What is your perfect Valentines’s Day

Photos and interviews by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote at West Campus


“Going on a hike, having dinner and chocolate.”

Sarah Diaz-Combs

Major: General Education


“A surprise picnic in the mountain and champagne.”

Kayla Hancock

Major: Art


“A nice dinner … and a horseback ride on the beach, on the sand, with the moonlight.”

Samuel Hickcox

Major: Creative Writing.


“Movie, dinner, and then somewhere with a view … as long as the night doesn’t go completely wrong.”

Remy Philipossian

Major: Architecture


“Going to Sushi-Ten with my wife … after that, maybe catch a couple movies, if we can before we go pick up our son.”

Charlie Rivas

Major: Mortuary Science