Author: Joe Giddens

Adidas has a new teammate with Pima College

November 22, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Adidas is now Pima Community College’s official outfitter for the next four years. The move is the second sponsorship this semester following the Chapman Automotive Group acquiring naming rights for the Chapman Automotive Sports Complex at the West Campus. These moves are following Acting Athletic Director Jim Monaco’s goal of branding the […]

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Veterans Day 2019 celebrates natives

November 21, 2019

 Story and photos by JOE GIDDENS Happy 244th birthday to the United States Marine Corps and Veterans Day 2019.  Pima Community College’s celebration of these occasions was a free event that featured local organizations to support our Pima veterans. On hand to celebrate was the Flowing Wells School District JROTC with a military drill presentation […]

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The Pima College Foundation has big anniversary plans

November 21, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Two years ago, Pima Community College and the Pima Foundation separated. “The most important difference between the old foundation and this one is that the new foundation is not essentially part of Pima,” Pima Foundation Board member Pat Houston said. “It’s its own entity external to Pima.”  A major reason for this […]

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Letter from the Editor: An Open Letter to Notch

November 21, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS  An open letter to “Notch” Dear Markus “Notch” Persson, Congratulations are first in order for the singular achievement that is “Minecraft.” Few video games can match its critical and commercial impact. Over 176 million copies have been sold as it nears its 10th anniversary.  In the video game industry, the advancement of […]

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The Top 50 Greatest Things about Pima

November 21, 2019

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS We conclude our the best-of-Pima list in honor of Pima’s 50th anniversary in no particular order. 41. Culinary careers Pima’s culinary program at the Desert Vista campus offers a variety of options for Tucson’s aspiring master chefs to receive their education. The college offers a Culinary Arts associate degree […]

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PCC starts its engines, breaks ground on new automotive center

November 21, 2019

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS The idea for Pima Community College’s Centers of Excellence model was formulated less than three years ago. On Nov. 14, Pima saw that begin to take physical shape with the ground-breaking for the Downtown Campus’s new $12.5 million Automotive Technology and Innovative Center. The construction marks the first of […]

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Letter from the Editor: The Legend of “Camaro Joe”

November 6, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS  “Camaro Joe.” Essentially, it would be a live-action “Magic School Bus,” with a smaller cast and an identical copy of my first car, a blue-green ’91 Chevy Camaro RS. Every episode would begin with me asking the precocious diverse cast of child actors, “Hey kids! What do we want to learn today?” […]

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Día de Muertos comes to Pima

November 6, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS  and ANGEL CANEZ It was a celebration of life and death at the Pima Community College West Campus Nov. 1 with the Pima Native American Student Association’s first celebration of the Day of the Dead. It was a fundraising event with an array of activities including face painting, music, photo booths and […]

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Tucson looks to help residents thrive

October 31, 2019

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS The “Thrive in the 05” initiative was formed last fall to revitalize the Oracle corridor, an area from the Pima Community College Downtown Campus going north to Miracle Mile and bounded by I-10 to the west.  It’s an area that is steeped in indigenous history with some of the […]

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Pima College increases security measures

October 24, 2019

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS Security at Pima Community College is an ongoing concern but several initiatives are in place.    Text Alerts Mass alerts from Pima Police go out by email and text alerts. About 70,000 people in Tucson get the emails, but 7,000 to 9,000 get the text alerts because people must […]

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