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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

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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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

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Pima News

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.

Pg09-Vet Center

Aztec Press file photo 2013

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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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Pima Briefs

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.



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 or visit 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



Pima’s governing board reviews bylaws


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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Compiled by A. GREENE

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 or call 206-4924.