Committee seeks graduation speaker
A Pima Community College graduation committee is accepting applications for student speakers for the May 22 commencement ceremony.
The application deadline is March 24.
Applicants must be receiving an associate degree for the Spring 2014 semester.
Other requirements include detailing involvement with PCC and a summary of the possible speech opening. Applicants must also submit the names of two PCC faculty members who support their application. Faculty members will be contacted directly.
Application forms are available online at pima.edu/graduationspeaker and at Student Service Centers on all PCC campuses.
Physical applications should be mailed to: Pima Community College, Office of College Events, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1150. Send faxes to 206-4729.
For more information, call 206-4500.
-By Nick Quihuis
Downtown Campus hosts storytelling
The Downtown Campus Reading Series will stage a storytelling session on March 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the campus writing center, Room LB-140. Refreshments will be served.
“Storytelling: Gigs and Scams” will feature Pima instructor Molly McCloy and other Tucson storytellers. McCloy and her guests will share stories on the theme of gigs and scams.
McCloy has been published in Slate magazine and Nerve.com, and has performed in the award-winning Lit Lounge series at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Students and community members are encouraged to share their own six-minute stories about odd jobs, dirty work and fraud. Those who plan to participate should sign up in advance.
For more information, contact Brooke Anderson at email@example.com or 207-7350.
-By Jamie Verwys
Northwest Campus offers student fun
Northwest Campus is hosting “Fun Friday” and “Monday Movie Mania” events in the student life center, D-201.
“Fun Friday” takes place every Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 gaming systems are available, along with board games.
Students can watch a free movie during “Monday Movie Mania” each Monday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, call 206-2131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Will Willcoxson
Group sponsors ‘Villains & Heroes’ bake sale
The West Campus Pima Pride club will hold a “Villains & Heroes” bake sale on Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. in the book store lobby.
Decorated lollipops will be sold for $1.50. The hero-theme treats represent people who love Valentine’s Day, while the villain theme represents those who do not.
All proceeds will fund future events and workshops for Pima Pride.
The goal of the project is to encourage thinking outside of the box.
“Anyone can sell lollipops, so why not jazz them up?” public relations officer Marcia Stagle said.
-By Will Willcoxson
Presbyterian Campus Ministry hosts lunches
The Presbyterian Campus Ministry will host a free weekly lunch at Downtown Campus every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in Student Life LB-171. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.
The first lunch of the year was held Feb. 3. They will continue through the rest of the semester.
The meals are provided by participating Tucson congregations, including St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 7650 N. Paseo del Norte.
For more information, email Kristina Beckman at email@example.com or visit pcmarizona.org.
-By Jamie Verwys
Northwest Campus hosts Monday Movie Mania
Northwest Campus will host a free “Monday movie night” on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Student Life building. Three to four movies will be shown, with ratings as high as PG-13.
Students can bring their own food.
For more information, call Student Life at 206-2131.
-By Will Willcoxson
Nurses receive certificates
By Michael Anderson
Eleven students received their practical nursing certificates in a ceremony at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus on Jan. 15. The event included a Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, complete with a candle-lighting and recitation of the “Nightingale Pledge.”
Practical nursing is among the nearly two-dozen certificate programs offered by the Center for Training and Development based at Desert Vista Campus. The CTD offers high quality training for in-demand fields including business technology, culinary and food industry, medical office, and surgical technology.
Licensed practical nurses work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices and nursing homes. According to a press release by the college, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in America and prospects for practical nurses are better than for most jobs, particularly in Tucson.
For more information on practical nursing or any of the CTD’s other programs call 206-5100 or visit pima.edu.
Healthcare enrollment fair
By ANDREW PAXTON
Health and community organizations were at Pima Community College campuses on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 to deliver information to students about the importance of health insurance and how to get enrolled.
“Even if you are young and healthy, having health insurance guards you against astronomical medical bills for accidents or unexpected illnesses,” said Cheryl O’Donnell, Arizona state director for the Get Covered America campaign, in a press release.
“Without coverage, each of us is one step away from being financially wiped out by debt from a visit to an emergency room, which could cost thousands of dollars without an overnight stay,” she said.
More than 3 million people have signed up for insurance since Oct. 1, when the marketplace opened, according to figures released by the Obama administration.
Trayvon Martin: Do We Look Suspicious?
Pima Community College will host a “Project Hoodie” panel discussion on racial profiling, gun laws and criminal justice on Nov. 15 from 9-11 a.m. at Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room.
The college is cosponsoring the event titled “Do We Look Suspicious?” along with the Center for Community Dialogue and the NAACP.
The Project Hoodie forums were spawned by the February 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black American who was shot and killed in Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Pima also hosted a forum, “A Tucson Conversation on Race” last year following the shooting.
The forums are free and open to the public. They are intended for those 13 and older.
For more information, call 256-9548.
-By A. Greene
Savings to Scholarship Program
Student loans are hard to apply for and aren’t getting any cheaper, but a new tuition-saving program can help with the high cost of education.
Students eligible for the “Savings to Scholarship” program will receive an 8-1 match on savings toward their tuition costs at one of the state’s universities. Maximum match is $4,000 on $500 in savings.
Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert is encouraging students to apply for the program.
“This scholarship opportunity gives students the incentive and support to be successful as they continue on their path toward educational achievement,” he said in a press release.
Helping University Bound Students Live the Solution, a non-profit organization, is running the program.
For students planning on attending a university in Fall 2014, the deadline to be accepted to the program is Nov. 15. The first step is to fill out an online survey at azearntolearn.org/eligibility/participant-survey or visit livethesolution.org for more information.
-By Shana Rose
Paralympians Meet and Greet
Pima Community College will host a special event, Team USA in Tucson: Meet the Athletes, on Nov. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Downtown Campus. Paralympic athletes from Tucson will participate in a discussion about adding an adaptive athletics program at PCC.
The event is free and open to the public. The discussion will follow a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.”
Athletes participating include Chad Cohn and Derrick Helton from the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team, Jenny Goeckel from the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Track and Field Team and Jennifer Poist from the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Team.
-By Shana Rose
By ANDREW PAXTON
Pima Community College’s Board of Governors is reviewing and revising its bylaws, a crucial step to getting sanctions removed by the Higher Learning Commission.
The HLC, the college’s accrediting body, placed Pima on probation in April. It sent a fact-finding team to Pima in January to investigate numerous allegations of violations.
The governing board met for a study session on Nov. 7 to review the bylaws and make corrections and additions needed to bring the college into compliance with operating criteria.
Among other findings, the HLC team determined that “the board has failed to appropriately review many of the college’s policies, regulations and standard practice guide procedures as a matter of routine business or to review these items following administrative action.”
Many board policies were written in the 1970s and some have not been updated in more than a decade, according to the report.
“This team believes the board has essentially abdicated appropriate oversight of college operations in personnel policies and actions,” the report said.
Now the board is working to ensure that procedures and policies are clear, up-to-date and in compliance with the HLC’s expectations.
Another issue cited by the HLC when the college was placed on probation was the lack of faculty involvement with board decisions. The board discussed how to give staff, specifically adjunct instructors, more input.
“What we want to do is give a stronger voice to adjunct faculty since they teach such a large fraction of our classes,” board member Scott Stewart said.
Board member David Longoria agreed.
“I think it is essential to include adjunct faculty representation, because for too long they haven’t had a seat at the table,” Longoria said. “They deserve a voice just like everybody else.”
The board was unsure whether Faculty Senate or Staff Council represents the concerns of part-time instructors or adjuncts who may teach one or two classes.
“Not all people are members of these groups,” board member Marty Cortez said.
The members decided to study the matter further and make a decision regarding the best way to include adjunct faculty participation during a future session.
They also discussed operational matters such as how to add items to their agenda, the formation of committees and updating the college’s discrimination policy.
Recognizing that the bylaws may not be revisited for years to come, the board members said they understand the importance of making the rules definitive and manageable.
“We need to be cognizant that we are amending these bylaws for future boards, not just for our own usage,” Longoria said. “We want to empower future boards with good ways of governing themselves”
“I would like to see what the best practices are,” board member Sylvia Lee said. “What are some of the other governing boards doing?”
The board members will continue revising their bylaws before putting them to a final vote at a regular meeting. The next study session will be held on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at the college’s district office, located at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in the community room.
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PCC hires interim campus president
The retired president of Santa Fe Community College, Sheila Ortego, has been hired as interim president for Pima Community College’s Community Campus. Her first day at Pima was Oct. 28.
She is scheduled to stay at Pima until mid-2014 while the college searches for a permanent hire. Her salary will be $173,000 a year.
Ortego served as president of SFCC from 2006 to 2012. In 2011, she was named a top-performing CEO by an Albuquerque, N.M., business magazine.
“Sheila has proven herself to be a capable, innovative leader at the highest level of community college governance,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a press release. “She will be a valuable addition to the college as we move forward.”
Ortego received her doctorate and master’s degrees in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.
Community Campus is known as PCC’s “virtual and distance campus” because of its oversight of online courses. The college’s non-credit course offerings are also based there.
The campus presidency has been vacant since the June retirement of Suzanne Miles, a former provost. Desert Vista Campus President Johnson Bia filled in as interim president.
Ex-Raytheon executive heads human resources
Pima Community College has hired Mark D. Ziska as the interim vice chancellor of human resources after a series of public candidate forums. His salary will be $180,000 a year.
Ziska was a human resources executive at Raytheon from 1998 until 2007. His responsibilities included labor and employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and community and government relations.
“Mark’s experience heading human resources in a large organization, combined with his deep knowledge of Tucson and his sincere passion for PCC, makes him a perfect fit for us,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a press release. “I’m confident he’s the right person for the position.”
Ziska has been a member of the PCC Foundation Board for 15 years. He spent a term as chairman of the board, and established a support fund for adult students with potential learning disabilities.
Foundation Executive Director Cheryl House complimented Ziska.
“Mark has been an outstanding leader for the PCC Foundation,” House said in the press release. “His commitment to Pima and our students … is a positive example for others.”
Ziska received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University, and a master’s in industrial psychology from California State University-Long Beach.
The vice chancellor of human resources post has been vacant since July, when Janet May resigned to take a job with Houston Community College.
Scholarship fund honors Pima founding instructor
A memorial scholarship fund has been established to honor Pima Community College professor emeritus Lee Scott.
Scott died at University Medical Center on Oct. 19 after surgeries. A memorial service was held Oct. 26.
For information about the David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the PCC Foundation at 206-4646.
Scott came to Tucson with his family in 1958 to be the campus minister for the Wesley Foundation at First United Methodist Church. He also played a role in founding the Campus Christian Center at the University of Arizona.
In 1969, Scott joined the founding faculty of PCC. He taught humanities and worked as a guidance counselor. Scott was active with college leadership until he retired in 1990.
More recently, Scott was active in the Pima Open Admissions Coalition. The group opposed plans to change PCC’s open admissions policy.
He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, then attended Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He continued on to Yale University, where he received a doctorate degree.
Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Kaysie and son, David Randall. He is survived by his wife, Edwina; daughters Nancy and Sue; stepdaughter Kim Besen, and granddaughter Danielle.
College invites calendar artwork submissions
The Pima Community College media production department is inviting students to submit original artwork for possible use in a 2014 calendar.
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. No stock or copyrighted images can be used.
For full submission requirements, see the “Call for student art” announcement on MyPima.
Send submissions with completed entry form to: Pima Community College
Media Production and Publications Department, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Building B, Room B-102, Tucson 85712.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-4924.
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‘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 email@example.com.
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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Fall 2013 Transfer Fair
The Fall 2013 Pima Community College Transfer Fair will happen on Wednesday, Oct. 23. at Downtown Campus from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
All students, staff, advisers and counselors are invited to attend. Meet with representatives from colleges across Arizona and the U.S. to learn how credits will transfer toward earning a bachelors degree at a four-year institution.
There are 18 invited institutions, including Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.
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Trunk O’ Treat
Northwest Campus is partnering with the YMCA to host Trunk O’ Treat, a safe Halloween event for children Halloween party on Oct. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. The festivities are free and open to the public.
The event will feature trick-or-treating in the parking lot, children’s games, a costume contest and an outdoor movie in the amphitheater.
For more information, contact the Student Life Center at 206-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESERT VISTA CAMPUS
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Desert Vista Campus will host the ACES fund-raising barbecue Oct. 30 from 11a.m. – 1p.m. in their general courtyard. All proceeds raised will support the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base personnel and their families.
The event costs $5 a plate and will have a DJ, a Halloween costume contest plus demonstration tables by the Desert Vista Culinary Arts students.
Donations will be accepted both prior and during the barbecue.
For details call Kyle Mutz at 206-5224 or email email@example.com.
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East Campus and Tucson Parks and Recreation are hosting a Halloween Boo Bash Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4-8p.m. at the William Clement Center, Children’s Outdoor Performance Area, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.
There will be a haunted house, face painting, games and other entertainment. Costume contests will be held at 6:30. Admission is $3 per person, children three and under are free.
Candy donations are being accepted at the East Campus Student Life office. For more info, call 206-7427.
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West Campus Student Life is hosting a Halloween-themed blood drive on Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The bloodmobile will be in the parked in front of the H-Building.
All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last, and will be entered into a daily drawing for a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card.
For more info, contact American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or log on to redcrossblood.org and enter code: pccwest.
Northwest Campus to celebrate Earth Science Day
Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus will celebrate Earth Science Day on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The free event will feature hands-on activities designed to raise awareness about protecting the environment.
Visitors can examine a giant sundial, try snacks cooked in a solar oven and take a safe look at the sun through a solar telescope.
“Earth Science Day is always a lively event,” Michael Tulino, vice president for student development at Northwest Campus, said in a news release. “We try to create a carnival of science.”
More than 40 organizations will participate, teaching climatology, geosciences, biology, astronomy and physics.
Students and potential students can learn about programs that PCC offers, and about careers in science.
For more information, contact Denise Meeks, science department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Shana Rose
Longtime PCC instructor Bronson dies
One of Pima Community College’s first instructors, Otis Bronson, died on Sept. 29 at the age of 84.
Bronson taught writing classes for more than three decades, and also taught tribal art, Eastern religions and meditation classes.
He eventually became the chair of the writing department at West Campus.
He received an outstanding faculty award in 1996.
Bronson was well-known in the community due to his political campaigning for his wife along with his decades of teaching in the Tucson community.
When he wasn’t in a classroom, Bronson enjoyed gardening, landscaping and other outdoor activities.
Bronson also was an avid collector of ritualistic and ceremonial masks from Africa.
He is survived by his wife, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, his daughter Kali and grandson Kalden.
No public memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.
-By Andrew Paxton
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College Fair set Sept. 21 at El Pueblo
Information on educational opportunities will be available at a College Fair on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m-3 p.m. at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, building 9.
U.S. Rep. Raul M. Grijalva and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will host the event.
Students can learn about post-secondary educational opportunities. College representatives in attendance will present students with acceptance letters and scholarships awards.
Colleges and universities participating include:
- Alabama A&M University
- Alcorn State University
- Arizona State University
- Benedict College
- Central Arizona College
- Clark Atlanta University
- Florida A&M University
- Huston-Tillotson University
- Kentucky State University
- North Carolina A&T University,
- Northern Arizona University
- Paul Quinn College
- Pima Community College
- Prairie View A&M University
- Southern University
- Spelman College
- Texas Southern University
- Tuskegee University
- University of Arizona
- Virginia State University
- Wilberforce University
- Wiley College
- Yale University
The event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP, contact Evan Wesley at email@example.com or call 622-6788.
Program seeks sexual health peer educators
Planned Parenthood Arizona is seeking student volunteers from Pima Community College who are interested in becoming sexual health peer educators.
The group is looking for confident, sociable students who feel at ease speaking to large groups.
Oct. 1 is the deadline for interested students to submit a resume for participation during the 2013-14 school year. Send resumes and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training sessions will teach volunteers about Planned Parenthood’s purpose, and how to discuss sexual health topics.
The peer educators will provide other students with information about Planned Parenthood’s health centers.
Downtown Campus will be the focal point for presentations, but programs will be scheduled at all PCC campuses.
For further details, visit ppaz.org.
By A. GREENE
A new transportation option is now available for the well-traveled Pima student.
The Aztec Shuttle started driving its route on Aug. 28 and connects PCC’s Downtown Campus, West Campus, Desert Vista Campus and the University of Arizona.
The shuttle is free, but riders must show a valid PCC ID to board.
The shuttle will run twice a day, Monday through Thursday, during the fall and spring semesters, excluding college-observed holidays.
The a.m. route leaves from Old Main at the UA at 7:10 a.m., and stops at Downtown Campus, West Campus and Desert Vista Campus. The afternoon route departs from Desert Vista Campus at 4:10 p.m. and returns the way it came, reaching the UA at 5 p.m.
The Aztec Shuttle has room for 14 passengers and is wheelchair accessible.
“We are pleased to serve the transportation needs of PCC students, faculty and staff,” Bill Ward, vice chancellor for facilities, said in a news release. “Providing convenient transportation services between campuses is a comfortable alternative for commuting.”
Pima students Karina Martinez and Alex Lopez said they were the only two riders on the maiden voyage of the Aztec Shuttle.
“Barely anyone knows about it yet,” Martinez said. She expects the number of passengers to pick up, but wonders if the shuttle will be able to accommodate enough people once word gets around.
“It’s cool,” Martinez said. She said the service is very useful to her, and both she and Lopez expect to ride it most days.
The PCC governing board approved a one-year contract between PCC and the transportation company, Arizona Shuttle, in February, with an option to renew annually through 2017.
“As a multi-campus institution, many of our students travel between campuses,” Jerome Migler, provost and executive vice chancellor, said in the news release. “The Aztec Shuttle offers them convenient access to do so.”
For more information about the shuttle service, call 206-4500.
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‘FIRST GENERATION’ DOCUMENTARY SCREENS APRIL 25
West Campus Student Life will host a free screening of the film “First Generation” on April 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater.
A resource fair will be held from 5-6 p.m.
“First Generation” is a feature documentary that tells the story of four high-achieving, low-income high school students as they strive to be first in their families to go to college.
Check out the trailer at here.
For details, call 206-6986.
FOUNDATION PLANS SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION FIESTA
The Pima Community College Foundation will hold its annual Scholarship Recognition Fiesta on April 25 from 5-6 p.m. at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites Catalina Ballroom, 5151 E. Grant Road.
The event will offer music, food, a live and silent auction, and a raffle. It’s free and open to the public.
The fiesta will celebrate scholarship recipients, honor major donors and raise scholarship funds.
Last year, the PCC Foundation awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships to 450-plus PCC students. More than 950 students applied for assistance.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call 206-4646 or email email@example.com.
To learn more about the PCC Foundation visit here.
HONORS BANQUET TO CELEBRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
The Pima Community College honors program will host its first-ever banquet to recognize outstanding members with awards and other festivities.
All members are encouraged to attend the free event, which takes place May 2 at Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room from 7-9 p.m. Light snacks and desserts will be provided.
Selected members will receive awards recognizing service and leadership, and the Honors Club Book Scholarship will be presented.
Members will also present exhibits highlighting academic or service projects that they have completed over the past year.
Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Students involved with the Honors Club or Honors program who are interested in attending should RSVP to Christina Sabori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By COLE POTWARDOWSKI
Students interested in pursuing careers in pharmacy technology attended a professional panel at East Campus on March 28.
The pharmacy technology session was one of three panels being held at East Campus this spring. The first was veterinary technology careers on Feb. 28 and the last is administrative of justice careers on April 24.
Counselor Danielle Berrien organized the sessions.
“I hope this will give students a chance to learn more about the three major programs here at the East Campus,” she said.
Program director Susi Schmidt led the pharmacy technology panel, which discussed job marketability, internships and retail versus hospital environments.
Greg Novak, an in-patient pharmacy technician at University Medical Center, elaborated on the program’s benefits through his hands-on experience.
“Anyone can get a study book, but it’s hard to find a job without formal training,” he said.
UMC is one of many Tucson hospitals that offer internships through the PCC program. Others include Tucson Medical Center and the Southern Arizona VA hospital.
Students are eligible for internships after earning lab certification or pursuing an associate of applied science degree.
On the retail end, Schmidt announced that a recent contract with Safeway has opened alternative opportunities for pharmacy technology internships.
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists accredits Pima’s pharmacy technology program.
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West Campus to host Death Cafés
West Campus will host three Death Café sessions on March 7, April 4 and May 2. Each will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. in the CG-06 conference room.
Death Cafés provide an inviting atmosphere for tea and conversation about life, and living. They also provide a forum to contemplate how death and dying can help people to live their lives more deeply.
The sessions will be co-facilitated by Dianna Repp, an anthropology instructor at West Campus, and by Kristine Bentz, a Life-Cycle Celebrant Home Funeral Guide with Sweetgrass Ceremonies in Tucson. Bentz initiated the first Death Café in Tucson last fall.
The facilitators promise to offer an accessible, respectful and confidential space where views can be expressed safely, with no intention of leading participants to particular conclusions or courses of action.
The local Death Cafés are part of the global Death Café movement, started in 2010 by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz.
For more information, contact Dianna Repp at 206-6067.
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Phi Theta Kappa chooses faculty scholars
Two Pima Community College employees were selected from among nearly 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisers as 2013 faculty scholars.
The two chosen were Rob Carey, a science laboratory supervisor, and biology faculty member Steve Uyeda.
The two were selected through an application process based on knowledge of the 2012-13 Honors Study topic “The Culture of Competition” and demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration.
“We congratulate them for being selected to serve and for their willingness and desire to surpass the traditional duties of an adviser by contributing in this manner,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s dean of academic affairs and honors programs.
The faculty scholars attended the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at PTK’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 30-Feb. 3.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states, plus many other countries.
More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918.
For more on PCC’s chapter, click here.
Speaker wanted for Spring 2013 graduation
A Pima Community College graduation committee is seeking applications for the commencement ceremony on May 16. To be eligible, students must be receiving an associate degree.
The application deadline is March 22.
The application is available online here or can be sent to the college via mail or fax.
Send applications to: Pima Community College, Office of College Events, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, 85709-1150 or fax to 206-4473.