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Former PCC board member Esther Tang dies

Former Pima Community College governing board member Esther Don Tang, who played instrumental roles in the creation of the East and Northwest campuses, has died at age 97.

Tang served on the governing board from 1975-1984.

A memorial service will be held for Tang on March 28 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee St., at 1 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Esther and David Tang Scholarship Endowment through the PCC Foundation.

Please address donations to The David & Esther Tang Scholarship Endowment Fund – Pima Community College Foundation, 4905-C E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ, 85709.

Summer classes registration starts March 16

Students interested in taking classes at Pima Community College this summer can begin to register March 16.

Following the new policies that began this semester, registration will close the day before classes start.

Students who do not meet the deadline will be required to obtain written permission from faculty.

To register, students may visit any Pima campus or go online to using their MyPima account.

Five-week sessions:
•Session A: May 25-June 29
•Session B: June 30- Aug. 5

Eight-week session:
•Session C: May 25-July 21

Ten-week session:
•Session C: May 25-Aug. 5

Chancellor plans West Campus visit March 25

Chancellor Lee Lambert will visit West Campus on March 25.

He will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. conducting “office hours” and joining the student body for lunch in the cafeteria.

The chancellor will take a walk of the campus from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

He will meet with students from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Life office, followed by lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Any one interested in meeting with the chancellor may schedule a meeting as a work group, department or individually by contacting Patty Perez at Scheduled meetings will last 30 minutes.

East Campus hosts astronomy program

East Campus hosts astronomy program



Pima Community College’s East Campus invites guests to explore the galaxy in their Astronomy for All series.

Their debut event will take place Feb. 25 at the East Campus Community Room and observatory.

Megan Reiter, a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, will present a lecture on the early development of stars called, “Growing Pains: The Tumultuous Youth of Stars.”

The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by stargazing from 7-8:30 p.m.

The all ages, open to the public event is free.

Upcoming events are planned for the series falling under the theme “bringing the universe to your back yard.”

On March 26, UA postdoctoral Cameron Hummels will give a lecture before stargazing.

Another postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Astronomy, Karin Sandstrom, will lecture on April 29.

Details of both presentations will be available at a later date.

For more information, contact East Campus student life at


Speakers’ Series returns March 3

Speakers’ Series returns March 3



Pima Community College biology instructor Theodore G. Manno will discuss “Social Behavior of Prairie Dogs and Ground Squirrels” March 3 in the second installment of the spring semester Speakers’ Series.

Manno will share his findings on social interactions, mating behaviors and natural history of prairie dogs and squirrels.

He has studied colonies across western North America and is the author of a 2014 book, “The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks.”

The free talk will begin at 6 p.m. in PCC’s district offices at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Community Room, C-105. Light refreshments will be available.

The final spring Speakers’ Series talk will take place on April 7, when art instructor Barbara McLaughlin discusses “Japanese Wood Sculptors.”

The Speakers’ Series is co-sponsored by PCC’s Faculty Senate, Provost Erica Holmes and Executive Vice Chancellor William R. Ward II.

For additional information, call 206-4500.

Photo courtesy of PCC Theodore G. Manno dissects the social behavior of prairie dogs.

Photo courtesy of PCC
Theodore G. Manno dissects the social behavior of prairie dogs.

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Pima News


Massage clinic appointments open

The Student Massage Clinic at Northwest Campus offers 50-minute massages for students, employees and the general public.

Sessions are $10 for PCC employees and students, and $20 for the public. The clinic is available Friday afternoons at the times listed below:

Jan. 31-March 14 

2:05 and 3:10 p.m.

March 28-May 16 

1, 2:05 and 3:10 p.m.

May 30-June 27

1, 2:05, 3:10 and 4:15 p.m.

The clinic is located in room A-212. Participants are expected to schedule their appointments ahead of time.

To make an appointment, leave a message with your name, phone number and desired appointment time. After you receive a confirmation phone call, you can prepay for the session at any cashier’s office.

Arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the appointment to complete paperwork.

Please be aware that therapeutic massages are not appropriate for people with serious or uncontrolled medical conditions, contagious illness or fever, or pregnant women.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 206-2062.

-By Lisa Zimmer


PCC will close for rodeo break

Pima will close its campuses on  Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, for the rodeo break.

Online services, including MyPima, will remain available during this time.

-By Jamie Verwys


Share memories of Downtown

Pima’s Downtown Campus celebrated its 40th anniversary on Nov. 15, 2014,  with music, dance performances and free treats.

This semester, the campus is compiling a memory book of student stories.

If you have a memory of Downtown Campus you would like to share, contact Pat Houston at

Campus birthday activities will continue through the semester and a special reception will be held to honor founding members of Downtown Campus.

-By Jamie Verwys


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Pima News


Desert Vista hosting produce distributions

Produce on Wheels has begun its spring season of produce distribution at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus. The events are sponsored by PCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Produce on Wheels With Out Waste, or POW-WOW, is a program of the Borderlands Food Bank. It allows students and members of the community to receive up to 60 pounds of fresh produce for a $10 donation.

Distributions will be held every Saturday until June from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at Desert Vista’s north parking lot.

For more information, call 206-5101.

-By Pablo Espinosa

PCC to screen documentary on Feb. 20

Pima Community College will host a Feb. 20 screening of the documentary “Stolen Education” that includes an audience discussion with producer Enrique Aleman Jr.

The screenings and discussions will take place in the Downtown Campus Amethyst Room from 9 a.m.-noon and from 2-5 p.m. The screenings are free and open to the public.

The movie documents Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950s. It chronicles eight students who testified in “Hernadez et al vs. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District” in 1956.

For further information, call 206-4850.

-By Katie Stewart

‘Up With People’ workshops coming to PCC

The Up With People performance and educational organization is coming to Pima Community College in March to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

More than 110 performers from 20 countries will participant in workshops and other events at PCC campuses from March 2-9.

Workshops topics include leadership, intercultural communication, global awareness and environmental awareness.

For more information, contact Sharon Arceneaux at 206-7263.

Up With People will also stage 50th anniversary shows at the Fox Tucson Theatre on March 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $50, and are available through

-By Katie Stewart


Emerging Leaders program



The Emerging Leaders Program highlights student success skills and helps participants identify their strengths in academic courses, student organizations, and career development.

The Emerging Leaders Program will be held Friday, Feb 6 from 1:00-5:00 P.M. and Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at West Campus with lunch provided Saturday. It will take place at West Campus in community room, J-G05.

Register online by February 3, for more information email

Aztec Gold leadership program is an advanced leadership program for PCC students who want to develop a deeper understanding of leadership.

The program will include workshops focused on leadership theory and civic engagement. Students who complete the program will receive a completion certificate and a gold cord to wear at PCC commencement.

Applications will be accepted online at Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3:00 P.M.

The workshop will be held Feb. 17 & 24, March 3 & 10, and May 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It is free and open to all Pima student. If you need more information contact Student Life office.


New Northwest Campus building receives architectural honors



Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus was honored with inclusion in the American School & University’s 2014 Architectural Portfolio.

In April 2014, the new building opened its doors with 49,000 square-feet of space for the expansion of Pima’s science and occupational programs, which is a rapidly growing area for the northwest Pima County area.

The honored building was designed by BWS Architects of Tucson and  chosen by a jury from the American Institute of Architect’s Committee on Architecture for Education, along with administrators.
The jury assessed submissions from a variety of architectural firms and universities around the U.S.

Pima’s Vice-Chancellor for Facilities, Bill Ward, said in a recent press release, “This award reflects the hard work and cooperation between Facilities Operations and Construction, Northwest Campus Project Team, BWS Architects and Lang Wyatt Construction in planning, designing and constructing this state-of-the-art teaching facility.”

More information about Pima’s honored building and other selected architecture honored projects can be found in the November 2014 edition of American School & University magazine.

Feb. 3 Speakers’ Series talk will explore forensic DNA

Feb. 3 Speakers’ Series talk will explore forensic DNA



Pima Community College will open its 2015 Speakers’ Series on Feb. 3 with a presentation about forensic DNA analysis by biology instructor Christian Wilson.

He will discuss how DNA testing is used to solve crimes.

“I usually give a brief overview of DNA, then show the audience how the DNA analysis is actually done using simulated casework,” Wilson said. “This includes paternity testing as well as mixtures of more than one person’s DNA.”

He also plans to talk about real-life cases that were solved with DNA.

The free talk will begin at 6 p.m. in PCC’s district offices at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Community Board Room, C-105. Light refreshments will be available.

Two additional talks are scheduled for spring semester:
• March 3: “Social Behavior of Prairie Dogs and Ground Squirrels,” by Theodore G. Manno, who will discuss the social interactions, mating behaviors and natural history of prairie dogs and ground squirrels. He has studied colonies across western North America.
• April 7: “Japanese Wood Sculptors,” by Barbara Jo McLaughlin, art faculty.

McLaughlin’s presentation will focus on her research in Tokyo of contemporary Japanese wood sculptors.  She’ll show photographs and discuss the artists’ works, methods and unique tools.  She will also talk about her immersion into Japanese culture.

The Speaker’s Series is co-sponsored by PCC’s Faculty Senate and by Provost Erica Holmes and Executive Vice Chancellor William. R. Ward II.

For additional information, call 206-4500.

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Therapy dogs offer ‘study paws’

Therapy dogs offer ‘study paws’


Students looking for a break from studying for exams and finishing final papers can visit a therapy dog at the West Campus Library.

Therapy dogs of all sizes and breeds, along with their handlers, will be in the foyer area outside the library from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 10-11 and Dec.15-16.

The West Campus library is located on the third floor of the Santa Catalina Building.

For more information, call librarian Rosanne Couston at 206-6821.

-By Katie Stewart

Students gather around to pet  Baxter, a therapy dog, during a past "study paws" event. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

Students gather around to pet Baxter, a therapy dog, during a past “study paws” event. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

TV channels broadcasting ‘Talk the Beat’ forum

TV channels broadcasting ‘Talk the Beat’ forum


TV broadcasts of a Nov. 6 forum held at East Campus, “Talking the Beat: Approaches to Policing, Ancient and Modern,” will be aired in December.

The round-table discussion explored the history of policing, from ancient times to modern-day tactics.

PCC-TV taped the forum, and will air programs at 6 p.m. on COX 121 and Comcast 97 channels. Remaining dates are Dec. 6, 13, 16, 23 and 30.

Mike Stack, East Campus arts and humanities department chair, said the forum was an informative event with three dynamic speakers and heartfelt questions from the audience.

“In light of recent and tragic events, each speaker separately and cumulatively gave us a perspective on policing that is more needed today than ever before,” Stack said.


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Pima news briefs


Produce sales begin Nov. 15

A monthly event that allows participants to pay $10 for up to 60 pounds of fresh produce begins Nov. 15 at Downtown Campus.

Produce on Wheels With Out Waste will take place from 8-11 a.m. in the north parking lot.

Those buying produce are encouraged to use what they need and share with friends and neighbors.

The POW WOW events are hosted by the Downtown Campus Diversity and Student Veterans clubs. A portion of funds raised will help support upcoming club activities.

To volunteer or for additional details, contact Sharon Arceneaux at 206-7263.

Veterans’ symposium Nov. 16

Pima Community College will host a symposium titled “Putting Our Veterans Front and Center” on Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Amethyst Room.

Activities will include a keynote speaker and workshops. A panel discussion will include an opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session. Veteran’s services resource representatives will be on hand.

For additional information, email


Foreign policy forum Nov. 17

Former ambassador Stuart Holliday will discuss his ideas, insights and experience in foreign affairs and international institutions on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert will co-host the free event with Holliday as they explore “The New Meanings of Global Citizenship.” An audience question and answer session will follow.

The event is sponsored by PCC, the University of Arizona Global Initiatives and Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors. For additional information, call 206-4500.


Study Abroad Fair Nov. 18

Downtown Campus will host a Study Abroad Fair Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Amethyst Room as part of International Education week.

PCC is partnering with the University of Arizona Study Abroad and Student Exchange. UA offers hundreds of programs, lasting from three weeks to 10 months, in about 60 countries.

Students can meet UA Study Abroad program directors and financial aid/scholarship advisors.

For additional information, contact academic dean Patricia Houston at 206-7045.


‘Death with Dignity’ forum

An anthropology class will sponsor a public discussion on “Death with Dignity” on Nov. 19 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the West Campus community room, JG-05.

The discussion, led by Anthropology 253 instructor Dianna Repp, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Repp at 206-6067.


Explore the planets Nov. 19

The East Campus “Astronomy for All” series continues Nov. 19 with a free viewing and a talk by University of Arizona assistant professor Kaitlin Kratter.

He will discuss “Exploring the Architecture of Planetary Systems at Home and Abroad” at 6 p.m. at the observatory ramada. The rainy day location is Building E4, Room 403.

For additional information, call 206-7672.

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Pima News


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PCC to host student town hall Oct. 7

Pima Community College students are invited to participate in a free town hall on Arizona’s economy Oct. 7 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Community Campus Room A109-112.

PCC will host a satellite broadcast of a statewide Future Leaders Town Hall on Arizona’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity for students to have a voice in crafting solutions to improve Arizona,” said Michael Peel, a PCC government relations advanced analyst.

Before the discussions, the forum will provide students with information on a variety of opportunities ranging from volunteer work to scholarships.

Register for the town hall at

For additional information, email Peel at or call 206-4844.


Barbecues will help military families

A Pima Community College employee association will host October barbecues to support military families during the holidays.

ACES, the Association of Classified Exempt Staff, will donate proceeds to a Tucson Chamber of Commerce committee that provides holiday food baskets and emergency requests to families stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Pima employees have donated more than $40,000 in the past seven years. Campus representatives, listed below, are currently seeking volunteers and advance donations of barbecue supplies or cash.

Each barbecue runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dates and locations include:

• Oct. 14: Downtown Campus (Kim Diezel, Marcia Wojsko)

• Oct. 16: Northwest Campus (Brian Miller, Ed Gallagher)

• Oct. 21: West Campus (Diane Miller)

• Oct. 22: Desert Vista Campus (Fernando Munguia, Donna Cohn)

• Oct. 23: Community Campus (Chelsea James, Dan Pinard)

• Oct. 24: Davis-Monthan (Dena Wakefield, Charlie McConnell)

• Oct. 29: East Campus (Karen Smith, Sara Hastings)

• Oct. 30: Aviation (Benetta Jackson)

• Oct. 31: District Office (Dena Wakefield, Leticia Anduaga)

For additional event information, call 206-4500.



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Pima news


‘Study Paws’ at West Campus


Finals week is fast approaching. Tests bring stress, and the possibility of a meltdown.

Rather than letting stress consume you, consider stopping by the West Campus Library to relax with therapy dogs during a “Study Paws” event.

The therapy dogs will visit the library on May 13-15 and 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Librarian Rosanne Couston said “Study Paws” is practiced at many colleges throughout the country.

“The dogs are a nice way of helping students reduce their stress and anxiety during that final push at the end of the semester,” Couston said.

Some of the dogs visiting the Pima campus will also make trips to the University of Arizona Law School, the UA Honors College, hospitals, elementary schools and nursing homes.

-By Jennifer Graham

‘Fun Friday’ at Northwest Campus

Northwest Campus’s student life center will host a Fun Friday on May 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The recreational center will be open to anyone and will contain Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and board games.

For more information, call 206-2131 or email

-By Will Willcoxson

East Campus plans fundraiser

The East Campus student services center will host a fundraiser May 23-24 to benefit eligible Pima Community College adult students and help them pay fees for the high school equivalency certificate.

The event will consist of a gently-used treasures sale, silent auction, bake sale, cake walk, music and more. The fundraiser will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Community Room and mall at the East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road.

-By Beto Hoyos

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Students in the News


Scholars earn national recognition

Three Pima Community College students have been selected to the 2014 national Coca-Cola community college academic teams for Phi Theta Kappa Society.

Eric Humphrey, a pre-medicine major, and Pamela Contreras, an international business management and marketing major, were selected as silver scholars. They will each receive a $1,250 scholarship and a silver medallion.

April May Ramey, a paralegal studies major, was selected as a bronze scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a bronze medallion.

The three were among 12 PCC students earning Phi Theta Kappa All-Arizona Academic team honors, which are based on leadership, service to the community and academic achievement.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest college-level honor society, with 1,250 chapters in all 50 states and other countries. Pima’s Alpha Beta Chi chapter is one of the largest PTK chapters in the Arizona region. Miranda Schubert is lead adviser.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Program honors 150 scholars every year. They will be recognized on April 25 during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.




Two receive math scholarship

Two Pima Community College students have been awarded the 2014 Art Alberding Math Scholar Award. The winners, Hoang Le and Phillip Showers, both attend PCC’s East Campus.

Le is a math and chemistry tutor and hopes to become a mechanical engineer. “I help other students move from the fear zone, scared of math to love learning math,” Le said.

Showers tutors math, chemistry, physics and writing. He plans on earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Arizona.

“I want to innovate and change our current standards for consumer electronics,” Showers said.

The Alberding award, presented annually to qualifying Pima students, is named after a founding member of the college’s math faculty, Art Alberding.

Alongside donations through the PCC Foundation, the scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual Alberding Amble 5K and one-mile Fun Run/Walk. This year’s event was held April 12.

“We are really proud of Phillip and Hoang, two exceptional students who are dedicated to using their talents to help others,” mathematics department chair Kirk Mehtlan said in a press release.

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Pima News


Club hosts Science Night April 19

Pima Community College’s Chemistry Club will host its first-ever Science Night on April 19 at East Campus from 5-9 p.m.

Participants can experience hands-on activities in chemistry, biology, physics and astronomy.

The Chemistry Club and East Campus are partnering with Dietz K-8 School to bring in more than 100 educators and students.

For more information, call club advisor Pedro Gallardo at 206-7425.

-By Will Willcoxson


‘Bike to School Day’ set for April 23

Downtown Campus will participate in Tucson Bike Fest’s “Bike to Work/School Day” on April 23. “Energizer stations” will be set up throughout the city for commuters to visit and receive treats.

Snacks and drinks will be available for cyclists near Downtown Campus at Stone Avenue and Speedway Boulevard from 7:30-10 a.m.

Bike ambassadors will be present for simple repairs and safety checks of participant’s bicycles.

For more information, contact Michael Lopez at

To view the complete schedule of events for this year’s Bike Fest, visit

-By Jamie Verwys


Applications open for Pima scholarships

The Pima Community College Foundation is accepting student scholarship applications online through May 30. More than 50 privately funded scholarships are available.

Students must register on the Foundation’s Scholarship Tracking and Review System. Go to to begin the application process. In addition to registering with STARS, applicants must complete essay questions, apply to the recommended scholarships and email, mail or fax their unofficial high school or college transcripts to the PCC Foundation.

The Foundation encourages students to register for their classes before the early payment deadline, and then apply for scholarships. Early registration can help students avoid being dropped from their classes during the scholarship approval process.

Pima’s financial aid office will set the disbursement date for funds awarded.

Students with any questions about the application process may contact the PCC Foundation at 206-4646.

Anyone interested in becoming a STARS volunteer can email the PCC Foundation at

-By David J. Del Grande


RSVP for convocation by April 25

PCC’s graduating class of 2014 is invited to participate in a Multicultural Convocation on May 1.

The free event celebrates the student body’s academic achievements and diversity through music, student testimonials and international food. Participating graduates will receive a diversity sash that can be worn during the May 22 graduation ceremony.

The convocation will kick off at 6 p.m. in the West Campus gymnasium. The Diversity Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the nearby Palm Courtyard.

Graduates interested in reserving space should email the Office of College Events at

The RSVP email must be received by April 25 and include the graduate’s name, email address, phone number and number of guests.

-By David J. Del Grande