By S. PAUL BRYAN
Pima Community College’s West campus is putting on a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Thursday, March 31, at the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.
An open casting call and information meeting regarding this upcoming show, and its need for cast members, is Tuesday, Feb 2 at 3 p.m. in West Campus Student Life, AG-20.
There’s no prior acting experience necessary to be involved in the production. The cast is open to students, staff, faculty and alumni.
“Alumni, former Pima students and students who now attend the University of Arizona are usually involved” said Jennifer Wellborn, Student Life Program Coordinator.
Contact Jennifer Wellborn for more information by email at email@example.com.
By KATTA MAPES
Northwest Campus will present a program about the Black Panther Party on Feb. 2 as part of its Black History Month celebration.
The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Room D-201.
Student Services Advanced Specialist Bobby Burns will recognize the 50 year anniversary of the movement by showing clips from the film, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” by filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
The documentary highlights the years 1966 to 1973 and founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Burns will also talk about the 10 points of the party platform, the founders and the food program the Black Panthers started.
For additional information, call 206-2131 or email StudentLifeNWC@pima.edu.
PCC Dental Clinic renovated with new technology
The Pima Community College West Campus Dental Clinic will receive a grant funding renovations for their patient waiting room and lobby.
In addition to new cabinets and a bathroom in the lobby, the grant will also help fund updates to seven dental operatories, as well as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing equipment, allowing dental student access to the latest cutting-edge technology.
Part of the five-year West Campus Title V grant, Abriendo Puertas /Opening Doors; Innovation in Dental Studies Education, many different medical programs at Pima will benefit from the grant such as dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology.
Located in Science Building K, the PCC Dental Clinic offers affordable preventive dental work with the latest technology and services.
The PCC Dental Clinic is open based on student needs. To set up an appointment or for more information, contact the PCC Dental Clinic at 206-6090.
by Travis Braasch
PCC Adult Education staffers receive state recognition
Two PCC Adult Basic Education for College and Career employees were honored at the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning awards conference on November 6.
Wendy Scheder-Black, coordinator for the Adult Education Advanced Program, received the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning Advocate Award.
Black spent the last two years working to help create the Pima Bridge To College and Career Program as well as helping start Pima’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training programs.
“She is a model of the respect and patience all educators and leaders should have,” said Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, advanced program manager in Adult Education.
“She has a way of showing students that she believes in them and that we are here to help them reach their goals.”
Lisa Grenier, IBEST program coordinator, was given the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning Educator of the Year Award that recognized four or more years of active service in the field of adult education as a full or part-time instructor.
In addition to Greiner’s 18 years of experience in teaching adult learners, she has lead a development writing course for education teachers and provided one-on-one coaching for adult educators.
Greiner’s “profound thinking, passion for learning and natural leadership skills make her an outstanding educator and leader,” said Kierstead-Joseph.
To learn more about PCC Adult Basic Education email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Travis Braasch
PCC calls for artists for sculpture on campus
PCC is inviting students to participate in their fifth edition of the Sculptures on Campus exhibit at the East Campus.
The exhibit serves as an opportunity for student artists to showcase their works in the three dimensional medium of sculptures.
Applications for the project are due by Jan. 22, 2016 and must include all required texts, photos and a resume. Students must commit to having their piece on display for at least 18 months, unless it is sold.
For more information, visit pima.edu/community/the-arts/sculpture-on-campus.
by Jamie Verwys
Pima now offers online courses to 28 states
Arizona State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Council, which oversees online education, recently authorized Pima Community College to offer online classes and degree programs to 28 states.
The 28 states are a part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. All states which are a part of NC-SARA can offer online courses to schools in states that are part of the organization.
According to the press release, PCC Vice President of Distance Education, Michael Amick said it’s exciting to have authorization to serve additional students in other states, while being compliant with federal requirements. He added that the membership requires PCC to maintain high-quality education, adhering to national standards which benefit all students not just those out of state.
Students studying in NC-SARA states can now take hundreds of online PCC classes.
The degrees which students can currently receive entirely from online classes are Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate of Arts, a certificate in Human Resources and a two-year post-degree certificate in Elementary or Secondary Education.
For more information go to pima.edu/pimaonline, or email email@example.com. For more information about NC-SARA visit nc-sara.org.
-by Danyelle Khmara
Arizona STEM Adventure comes to PCC
One thousand grade-school students, kindergarten through 12th grade, are expected to attend Arizona STEM Adventure at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be more than 250 scientists, mathematicians, doctors and engineers leading the kids in workshops and activities, with titles like Fun with Electronics, Dissecting Owl Pellets, Living and Working in Space, Night Vision Goggles and Fighter Jet Cockpit to name a few.
Arizona STEM Adventure chose the teachers for the event based on the merit of their submissions. Teachers submitted applications to attend, and in September they were notified whether they were selected.
According to the press release, Mike Tveten, acting academic dean at NW Campus said it’s a great opportunity to get children excited about science while also showcasing the excellent science facilities available at Pima.
This is the first year the event is being held at PCC and is replacing the annual FunFest. It is sponsored by Pima, Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation, IBM, Raytheon, the STEMAZing Project, Office of the Pima County School Superintendent and the University of Arizona Stem Learning Center.
For more information call Mike Tveten at 206-2180.
–by Danyelle Khmara
Alcohol to be permitted at PCC events
Pima Community College will now permit alcohol at on-campus events that benefit the college.
Last month, at a meeting with the PCC Board of Governors, the PCC Foundation Board indicated that removing the constraint against alcohol on campus would be responsive to requests from potential donors and would save money on rental fees. It would also grant more opportunities to showcase our campuses and raise funds for scholarships.
The selection of alcoholic beverages offered at these events will be limited to beer and wine, and service will be restricted to noon-10 p.m.
–by Anna Stiltner
by ALYSSA RAMER
Pima Community College’s SandScript 2015 recently won awards from the Community College Humanities Association. It was named National Winner and First Place Winner in the Southwestern Division of its Literary Magazine Competition.
SandScript is a printed collection of student art, short stories and poetry compiled by the Literary Magazine Workshop class (WRT 162) .
Sathya Lacey has worked closely with the publication and was in WRT 162 during the Spring.
“Last semester was my first time working on SandScript,” he said. “I started off as our submissions manager, mostly working in the office, printing out and organizing the submissions into packs for the class to read, as well as putting together the digital files of the artwork for us to look at.”
Lacey moved up through the ranks quickly and is now the assistant editor. “I was the person maintaining the screen of anonymity for all our submissions,” he added.
Lacey helped assemble the winning edition.
“Working with everyone on the staff to get the magazine published and presented was a huge sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It’s quite amazing having a tangible piece of beauty that I know I helped bring into the world. I also was given the chance to help elevate the artistic voices of so many talented contributors.”
SandScript has won the Southwest Regional Award for four years now. The first place winners include Daniel Kylma Bahman, for his short story, and Patrick Cobb for his artwork.
Khrystle M. Chavez won third place for her artwork, while Mariana Ceja won third place for her poetry. The awards will be accepted in Phoenix in November at the CCHA national conference.
“The award is a definite cherry on top,” said Lacey. “I knew in my heart that the magazine we made was incredible, but to have someone else looking at many magazines and choose to highlight ours was a big moment.”
Joshua Cochran, the advisor of SandScript and teacher of WRT 162, the editor Danyelle Khmara, and the rest of the student staff contributed greatly to the effort.
Lacey hopes to spread the word about the magazine around campus so others can experience it.
SandScript comes out in May, and includes submissions from both the fall and spring semesters.
Fall submissions are being accepted for its 2016 publication until Dec. 12. The spring deadline is March 2, 2016. All the submission rules and guidelines are listed online.
For students entering work, please do not include your name, only your student identification number to prevent bias. For artwork submissions, only a photo or a scanned file may be entered. Concerning prose and poetry submissions, please proofread work beforehand.
For more information, visit aztecpressonline.com/sandscript.
Health field information session
Pima Community College will host an information session for health related professions on Nov. 4 at the West Campus, room AG-19. The session will teach interested students about the application process, program prerequisites and more.
The session is for West Campus programs such as dental hygiene, dental laboratory, dental assisting, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. Information for the Associate Degree Nursing program will not be included in this session.
Students are required to attend an information session prior to meeting with a Student Service Center staff member about these programs.
For more information call 206-6699.
-by Nate Kezer
All-Arizona Scholarship deadline Nov. 13
The deadline to apply for the All-Arizona Academic Team is 5 p.m. on Nov. 13. Details of eligibility criteria and access to the application are available on the All-USA Community College Academic Team website.
Every year, two students from each campus are chosen to represent Pima Community College on the All-Arizona Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding students from Arizona’s community colleges.
The national office of Phi Theta Kappa selects students on the All State teams to be celebrated nationwide as part of the All-USA Team. Students are selected based on leadership, excellence in academics and service that utilizes their education to benefit society outside the classroom.
For more information, visit ptk.org.
-by Steven Fowler
Reception for “CELLULAR” exhibit
The “CELLULAR” art exhibit at the West Campus Center for the Arts opened Oct. 26 and will continue through Dec. 11. The original date for its reception has been modified. The reception is now scheduled for Nov. 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the Louis-Carlos Bernal Gallery.
The exhibit will feature works by Susan Beiner and Mark Pomolio, who are both Arizona State University professors. They use a variety of different mediums and their displayed works are unique pieces. The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. It’s free and all can attend.
For more information, see pima.edu/cfa or call 206-6942.
-by Alyssa Ramer
Executive Director for PCC Foundation Chosen
Pima Community College has selected a new Executive Director for the PCC Foundation.
According to an email statement from Chancellor Lee Lambert, Michael Finkelstein was selected for his vast experience in capital campaign development and fundraising.
Before coming to PCC, Finkelstein worked as Executive Director at the Center for Biological Diversity and Chief Development Officer at the Primavera Foundation.
-by Jamie Verwys
by KIT B. FASSLER
Pima Community College scheduled three speakers for fall semester to talk about different topics of interest. The free talks starts at 6 p.m. in PCC’s district offices at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Community Board Room, C-105. Light refreshment will be served.
Last Oct. 6, Jerry Gill, a Humanities instructor, made a presentation about the Postmodern Era, 1960s to the present. He also discussed the modern thinkers who defined the world and knowledge, such as Descartes, Newton and Kant.
There will be two more upcoming presentations:
• Nov. 3: “Truths and Myths of Auto Repair,” by automotive technology instructor Skylar Webb.
Webb will discuss what to expect when taking your vehicle in for repairs and what your legal rights are as a consumer.
• Dec. 1: “When Yes Means No: Communication Styles Across Cultures,” by Tatyana Thweatt, Speech Communication faculty. Thweatt will talk about the importance of “face” across cultures and the effects of our communication styles on cultural competence.
PCC’s Faculty Speakers’ Series is sponsored by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor along with PCC Faculty Senate. For more information, call 206-4500.
by DANYELLE KHMARA
Pima Community College’s Fall 2015 Creative Writing Workshop on fiction, led by Meg Files, is at the Downtown Campus, from Oct. 16-18.
Files teaches creative writing classes at the West Campus and directs the Pima Writers’ Workshop every year. She’s authored a number of books, including novels, a short story collection, collections of poetry and an instructional book on writing, “Write from Life.”
PCC student Sathya Lacey has taken Files’s creative writing classes. He said Files gives gentle feedback and has a sense of humor on writing.
“She encourages a very non-judgmental atmosphere in her class,” Lacey said.
He added that whenever he’s mentioned writing classes at Pima to people, they always mention Files.
“She’s a household name with Tucson writers,” he said.
Files has also published short stories and poems in a number of publications, such as “Oxford Magazine” and “Crazyhorse.” Her awards include a Bread Loaf Fellowship.
The three-day workshop costs $177. On Oct. 16, it will be held from 6-8 p.m. and on Oct. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, room AH 140.
Current Pima students can register by enrolling in Writing 298T3, CRN 14004 at pima.edu. Non-students can fill out the PCC admission form online at pima.edu/admissions to enroll for the two-credit course.
For more information, contact Josie Milliken at 206-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or email@example.com.
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
By KIT FASSLER
Pima Community College West Campus students and staff members joined the ceremony to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the hit on the World Trade Centers Sept.11, 2001. The ceremony was held at the Palm Court area at 2 p.m. Students joined in the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Student Advisory Board President Raymundo Montes. Morgan Phillips, president of West and Desert Vista Campus, said a few words followed with a moment of silence.
By NICK MEYERS
It’s a big world out there, and now is your chance to see it.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is coming to Pima Community College to speak in conjuction with Congressman Raul Grijalva about the opportunities the program can provide as well as the importance of service in our own communities.
Peace Corps is an international service program providing the opportunity for people to travel the world and help struggling communities.
“Traveling the world is not only a way to expand every aspect of your horizon but brings to light a global understanding for all,” said Rose Rojas, an outreach and recruitment coordinator at PCC and former Peace Corps member.
“I repeatedly hear from students of the importance of helping others as they consider their career options,” she said. “Peace Corps is an excellent opportunity to do just that, serve and make a difference in the lives of many.”
Since its inception in 1961, over 220,000 Americans have served in 140 countries to date.
“Stepping out of one’s comfort zone is a first step in appreciating another’s understanding of the world,” Rojas said.
Rojas traveled to Micronesia for her period of service as a Lead Coordinator of a library development program.
She requested book donations, read to elementary school children and promoted literacy.
“The Peace Corps is an important organization for Pima students to learn many new leadership skills and gain crucial experience that is unique to the country served while abroad,” said Michael Peel, government relations liaison for PCC.
“Pima students will learn about issues from a international perspective through direct experience and will develop a deep understanding of their role in an increasingly globalized world,” he said.
PCC is partnering with the University of Arizona to promote Peace Corps as an option for recent and upcoming graduates.
The event will take place from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Community Campus in Rooms A109-112.
By AUDRIE FORD
The 1800s are visiting Pima Community College’s East Campus on Sept. 17.
The East Campus will be hosting Constitution and Citizenship Day, providing an opportunity for students to register to vote for the upcoming elections and learn more about the founding of the United States.
We Make History, a historical reenactment group, will arrive at the campus at 1 p.m. to re-enact the Revolutionary War and the signing of the U.S. Constitution. George Washington will be delivering a speech.
Nicole Hayes,Student Life program coordinator, said the event was sure to be a lot of fun and offer great opportunities for the student body.
Another event feature is the Free Speech Wall, a wall that will be marked in the courtyard, promoting students to openly speak their minds and engage in honest discussions without fear of discrimination.
The event is not currently on the campus calendar so be sure to make note of it. Voter registration will be running throughout the day, as will the Free Speech Wall.
By ALYSSA RAMER
Over the summer, Pima Community College participated in a conservation competition known as the Campus Conservation Nationals to lessen its energy and water use. PCC won the grand prize for water conservation, with Downtown Campus taking the lead in the effort.
Pima conserved almost 250,000 gallons of water in its introductory year to the competition. Because the college’s energy expenditure numbers were lower than the other colleges’ it won one of two grand prizes worth $2500.
During the competition over 500 people participated at Pima. Downtown Campus, Northwest Campus, the District Office, the Aviation Technology Center and the Maintenance and Security Office contributed greatly to the effort.
As part of the prize, Pima elected to receive the CCN First Grand Prize energy deal instead due to high energy use and a high price tag on the software included in the Second Grand Prize.
The CCN Second Grand Prize was a real-time water monitoring and BuildingOS Professional Edition software to help keep track of its water output.
The CCN has several supporting groups including Lucid, Center for Green Schools, Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Wildlife Federation, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers and Tucson Electric Power.
Pima students and employees, Student Life and the Downtown Campus Sustainability Club worked together to bring down our usage by employing a website provided by Lucid to keep track of the numbers.
According to Howell, this website helped encourage students to participate.
Pima students Stephen Eichelberger and Jessica Leafstone designed a sculpture for Downtown Campus in recognition of this accomplishment and awarded it on May 18.
At this time, Howell is unsure whether Pima will participate next year.
Convocation RSVP due by April 24
Pima Community College students graduating this semester are encouraged to participate in a pre-graduation celebration on May 1 at 6 p.m. in the PCC West Campus gymnasium.
The convocation will highlight academic achievement, student testimonials and music entertainment. International food will be served immediately after the program at the Palm Courtyard.
Participating graduates receive a diversity sash as a symbol of multiculturalism that they may wear during the May 21 ceremony.
The RSVP deadline is April 24. To reserve your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Kit B. Fassler
Dress for success at Job Fair Day
A free Job Fair Day, partially sponsored by the Department of Economic Security, will take place April 24 from 9 a.m.-noon at Downtown Campus inside the Center Atrium, and will feature 30 employers.
Students are encouraged to wear business professional attire, as interviews may be conducted on site.
For additional details, call Pima at 206-4768.
-By Alyssa Ramer
Campus police host bicycle safety fair
Campus police will hold a free bicycle safety fair April 25 at the Downtown Campus, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring presentations by bike vendors, cycling clubs and other organizations.
Officers will share bike-maintenance and theft-prevention tips, and provide information on bicycle traffic laws. They will also distribute a limited number of free bicycle helmets for children attending.
For more information, call 206-2692.
-By Bryn Bailer
‘Meet Yourself’ at Northwest Campus
Northwest Campus Student Life will host a “Meet Yourself: Festival of Learning” on May 1 from 3-7 p.m. throughout the campus.
Food trucks and representatives from universities will be available. A Phoenix band known as “Weslynn” will performing from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be new student orientations available, a career fair and children’s activities.
For more information, call Student Life at 206-2131.
-By Alyssa Ramer
Students seek to create second chances
Students from the SSE 210 Community Organization class will hold a “Creating 2nd Chances” event on May 2 from 9 a.m.-noon at Armory Park, 220 S. Sixth Ave.
The event will assist people who need a second chance to re-enter society by providing information on resources available.
The planners are seeking donations, which are tax deductible. For questions about donations, contact Darrin Ambrosino at 609-1231 or Erma Garcia at 664-7830.
For more information, contact Rosa Morales at 206-6958.
-By Katie Vicio
College hosts scholarship race April 11
Pima Community College will host a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk on April 11 to help fund the Art Alberding Math Scholar award.
The Alberding Amble will start at the East Campus Multi-Use Recreational Field, 8181 E. Irvington Road. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m.
Registration for the 5K costs $20. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. Donations to the scholarship fund are also accepted.
Medals will be awarded to the top three male and top three female winners in each 10-year age bracket.
The Art Alberding Math Scholar award is presented each year to qualified PCC students.
For more information, call 206-7667.
-By Pablo Espinosa
PCC4Me to provide college information
PCC4Me, a free event for prospective and current students, will take place April 11 from 9 a.m.-noon at the West Campus.
Participants can speak with faculty, advisors and current students, explore career options and new courses, discuss costs and financial aid, and visit facilities and booths.
Special sessions will include creative writing workshops and presentations on transferring from PCC to universities.
Department tours will take visitors inside the fitness center at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and to the Aztec Press newsroom at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Multiple departments will host demonstrations from 9 a.m.-noon on topics including 3D printing, pottery wheel throwing and fashion design.
For more information, call 206-6742.
-By Katie Vacio
Fundraiser supports adult education
East Campus organizers will hold a fundraiser April 17-18 to raise money for scholarships that help students cover fees for high school equivalency certificate testing.
Activities including a rummage sale, bake sale and barbecue will take place from 8 a.m-4 p.m. in the community room and on the student mall.
Volunteers from the Student Services Center and Adult Education program organize spring and fall fundraisers for the scholarships.
For additional information, call 206-7424.
-By Kit B.
Fassler Northwest Campus to celebrate Earth Day
PCC Northwest Campus will be holding it’s Earth Day event on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will include Tucson Electric Power and a food truck among others, with the type of cuisine still being determined. Other vendors will talk about ways to conserve.
The event will be located on the 2nd floor Promenade of Northwest Campus.
For more information, contact Student Life at 206-2131.
-By Alyssa Ramer