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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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Compiled by Mariana Ceja

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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‘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

Students in the News

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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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

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International Community Day

The Downtown Campus Learning Commons and Student Life will host its first International Community Day on April 3.

The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Learning Commons and Free Speech Area.

Activities will spotlight the diversity of Pima students and educate the community about different cultures from around the world.

Festivities will include live music from Cuba and Scotland, dances from India, arts, crafts, and more. Cuisine from across the globe will be available.

The schedule of events includes:

1 p.m.: A tribute to Jamaica’s Son: Bob Marley (LB 153)

1:20 p.m.: An exhibit of Islamic Calligraphic Art (LB 153)

1:30 p.m.: The Beauty of Russia (LB 153)

2 p.m.: Storytelling:  An Iraqi Marriage (LB 153)

2:30 p.m.: “Scotland the Brave”: The music of the Bagpipes (Free Speech Area)

3 p.m.: The Music of The Cuban Guys (Free Speech Area)

4 p.m.: Performance from the Chinese Cultural Center (Free Speech Area)

4:30 p.m.: Dances of India (Free Speech Area)

For additional details, call 206-4500.

-Compiled by Jamie Verwys


Dream Night Prom

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona will celebrate its 9th annual Dream Night Prom on March 29 at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus.

Candlelighters is a local charity that provides support, education and advocacy for children and teens with cancer, as well as family and cancer survivors.

“This prom affords a magical and very healing experience for the many teens who participate,” Candlelighters’ Program Director Beverley Tidwell said.

“The challenge for a child diagnosed with cancer is multifaceted, the treatments can disrupt the usual social activities and important milestones are often missed.”

Volunteers from PCC Student Government, the Downtown Campus’ Diversity Club, local servicemen from Davis-Monthan and other community members will staff the free event.

“This event would not be possible without the generous donation and sponsorship provided by the local community,” Tidwell said.

The Dream Night Prom will be held in the Amethyst Room from 6-9 p.m. For more details, contact Beverley Tidwell at or 609-8953.

-Compiled by
David J. Del Grande

Veteran’s Center dedication set for March 14

Veteran’s Center dedication set for March 14


The new Veteran’s Center at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus will be dedicated March 14 at 11:30 a.m. in room RV-150.

The ceremony will include guest speakers, a color guard and light refreshments. Following the ceremony, visitors and students may tour the center and meet with PCC’s student-veterans.

With a growing number of student-veterans, the previous center was deemed inadequate for fulfilling the needs of students. The new 1,500-square-foot center contains a kitchenette and space for study.

“PCC is committed to doing right by the student-veterans who come to the college seeking a path to productive civilian life,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said in a press release. “The veterans talked, we listened, and the result is a new center that meets their needs.”

Each semester PCC educates about 1,400 veterans, according to college officials. Many have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The veteran’s center includes a new “quiet room.”

The quiet room’s purpose is to provide a calm environment for student-veterans who may not want to combat additional stress. The room includes comfortable seating and dimmable lights.

The quiet room serves as a place that veterans can use if they need to feel grounded. The room may also be used as study space for groups and individuals.

The Veteran’s Center works closely with the Student Veterans Club, which formed four years ago at the Downtown Campus.

For more information, contact Constance Strickland at 206-7172.

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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 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, 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 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

-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 or visit

-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

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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



Healthcare enrollment fair


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.