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Northwest Campus hosts ‘ugly sweater’ party

All Pima Community College students are invited to attend an ugly sweater party at Northwest Campus on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Life Center.

The party will honor students and staff who have been a part of Student Life this semester.

For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.

-By Brittney Young


‘Show Tell Give’ event spotlights storytelling

Downtown Campus will host its annual “Show Tell Give” event Dec. 8 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Writing Center, LB-140.

Instructor Molly McCloy will oversee a storytelling contest with a “holiday disaster” theme. Students will also read short stories and essays, and participate in a book drive to benefit Casa de Los Niños and Old Pueblo Children’s Home. Student Life will provide refreshments.

For more information, call Josie Milliken at 206-7156.

-By Casey Muse Jr.


PTK chapter works to help ‘Woman Warriors’

The Alpha Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action will help homeless female veterans with a “Woman Warriors” event on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Downtown Campus.

Students have worked with community agencies to provide food, entertainment, female hygiene products, clothing and haircuts.

“There are a lot of services for male vets but you very rarely hear of any for our female veterans,” event chair Karen Kuciver said. “There are quite a few females out there. We just wanted to reach out to them.”

The Pima chapter began its “Woman Warriors” project as a part of Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action’s program called “How the World Works: Global Perspectives.” The program offers eight themes, and chapters can choose any theme to build a project around.

The chapter created a presentation on post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness of veterans. Kuciver said many veterans fall through the cracks in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs system and become homeless through substance abuse and mental illness.

Often, injured vets are over-medicated and many get addicted to the medications, Kuciver said. If they aren’t treated correctly, many start self-medicating with alcohol and heroin. This becomes a downward spiral in which vets can’t hold a job and become homeless.

Female veterans suffer the same issues. The Pima chapter sponsors a woman through Project Action for Veterans, which houses homeless veterans.

Kuciver said the woman was a medic in the Army. The veteran has severe depression and anxiety, and just got off the streets with her two boys.

VA agencies participating in the “Woman Warriors” project provide counseling, employment, housing, health and transitioning services.

They include Project Action for Veterans, Tucson Vet Center, Women’s Health Clinic, Tucson VA Transition Program and Homeless Employment.

For additional information, contact Honors in Action chair Alliyah Graham at 730-2107 or event chair Karen Kuciver at (928) 322-2444.

-By Robyn Zelickson


Mexico awards PCC scholarships funds

A Mexican agency has given Pima Community College $80,000 to fund scholarships for immigrants and Americans of Mexicans origin. 

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, presented the award during a ceremony at the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.

The funds come from the Ministry of Foreign Relations’ Institute for Mexicans Abroad.

The award marks the third scholarship grant PCC has received from IME since November 2014, for a total of $260,000.

-By Maria Angulo


Social services students aid single-parent families

Social services students in PCC’s community organization and development class sponsored an event Dec. 4 for single-parent families.

The students provided free food, games, jumping castles and other entertainment activities. They also gave holidays stocking to each child attending.

Participating social services organizations educated families about available Tucson resources.

Students spent weeks securing donations from local businesses and community members.

-By Francisco Zapata





Vet program dogs, cats available for adoption

Pima Community College’s veterinary technician program will have healthy and family-friendly dogs and cats available for adoption at the end of November and beginning of December.

Descriptions of available pets can be found at

Those interested in adopting may contact Joyce Allinger at 206-7877 to schedule an appoint to meet with the animals.

-By Francisco Zapata


Northwest Campus hosts World AIDS Day Dec. 1

Northwest Campus Student will host an event for World AIDS Day on Dec.1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Student Life Center has partnered with instructor Joanne Taylor from the social and behavioral science department. Students from her class will give presentations on cultures around the world that have been affected by AIDS.

or more information, contact the Student Life Center at 206-2121.

-By Brittney Young


Zoo Lights schedules private Pima preview

Pima Community College students and employees are invited to bring their families to a private preview of Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo on Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m.

The annual event features animal-themed holiday lighting displays and entertainment. Zoo animals are off exhibit.

Admission is $5 per person, with children 5 and under free. Visitors can enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and treats. Children may visit with Santa Claus and receive a free memory photo.

The zoo is located at 1030 S. Randolph Way. For more information, visit

To participate, RSVP to and indicate the number of people attending.

-By Francisco Zapata



Downtown Campus to host voter registration drives

Mi Familia Vota, a group that seeks to mobilize Latino voters, will hold a series of voter registration drives at Downtown Campus in the atrium of Room CC-115.

Registrations will be Sept. 29, Oct. 4, Oct. 5 and Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Diego Martinez Barrera at or call 304-4611.

-By Arlaeth Ramirez


Blood drive truck to visit West Campus on Oct. 6

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Oct. 6 at West Campus.

A Bloodmobile will be parked from 9 a.m-3 p.m. in the south parking lot area where the food trucks are usually located.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter sponsor code pccwest.

-By S. Paul Bryan


Breast cancer awareness topic for brown bag series

The Northwest Campus will hold a brown bag series for Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Room D-201.

The free event will include a display and Powerpoint slides. Attendees will be give ribbons to help raise awareness.

For more information, contact the Student Life Center at 206-2121 or Tiffany Hastings-Kibbler at

-By Brittney Young


Oct. 15 event to showcase technology challenges

Pima Community College and Women in Technology will co-sponsor a science, technology, engineering and math showcase on Oct. 15 from 1-4:45 p.m. at West Campus.

Activities in the cafeteria and gym will include exhibits and interactive activities, STEM micro-workshops, a WIT panel discussion and a career exploration expo hosted by JobPath.

A Challenge Spotlight will feature five teams competing for seed funding for STEM projects they launched over the summer. Each team is made up of PCC students, faculty and staff, and business/industry mentors.

Keynote speaker Nagin Cox, a NASA/JPL engineer and U.S. State Department citizen ambassador, will talk at 3 p.m.

For further information, contact Michael Peel at or 904-5237.

-By S. Paul Bryan

PCC hosting April 22 reception to announce Frida Kahlo exhibit

PCC hosting April 22 reception to announce Frida Kahlo exhibit


Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College are partnering to bring a blockbuster Frida Kahlo art exhibit to Tucson.

The exhibit will open Oct.10 and run until May 31, 2017.

“FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life” was created by the New York Botanical Gardens. It replicates the rooms of Kahlo’s famous “La Casa Azul” home and gardens in Mexico City.

The exhibit is “a living tribute to her relationship with art and nature,” said Patricia Houston, Downtown Campus’ acting vice president of instruction.

Scott Pask, an eight-time Tony Award-winning Broadway set designer who graduated from the University of Arizona, designed the exhibit.

Pask will be in Tucson on April 22 for the public announcement and reception.

The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in PCC’s Community Board Room at the District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Local musician Salvador Durán will perform, and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on Pask’s Frida-inspired work, visit

Pima News

Pima News

Desert Vista screening ‘My Depression’ documentary

Desert Vista Campus will screen the HBO documentary “My Depression (The Up and Down and Up Of It)” on April 25 beginning at 4 p.m. in the community room F-123.

A panel of professionals will answer questions about depression following the screening. Student Life will provide free pizza and drinks.

For more information, call 206-5030.

-By Melina Casillas

Downtown Campus hosts international festivities

International Community Day will take place April 28 at Downtown Campus from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event will honor various Tucson-area cultures.

Everyone is welcome to experience an international blend of storytelling, cuisine and music. Participants will also host cultural displays and exhibits of traditional clothing, arts and crafts.

The activities and events will take place in the free speech area located south of the administration building.

For more information, email Michael Lopez at or Geselle Coe at

-By Katta Mapes

Showcase to spotlight Desert Vista programs

Desert Vista Campus will hold a student showcase on April 28 from 4-7 p.m.

The event will spotlight student achievements in programs such as Culinary Arts. Activities will include demonstrations, academic and artistic presentations, campus tours, food and music.

The free activities are open to everyone in the community, and will take place in various locations throughout the campus.

For more information, call 206-5030.

-By Melina Casillas

May 3-5 Cram Jam offers

tutoring, games, stress relief

Northwest Campus will hold a Cram Jam on May 3-5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day in the Student Life Center, Room D-201.

All currently registered PCC students are invited to enjoy free tutoring, games and snacks.

Stress reduction options include chair massages by students in the therapeutic massage program. Campus counselors will share stress reduction techniques and dogs will be available for pet therapy.

For more information, contact Student Life at 206-2131 or

-By Katta Mapes

Broadway set designer will kick off Frida Kahlo exhibit

Broadway set designer will kick off Frida Kahlo exhibit


Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College are partnering to bring a blockbuster Frida Kahlo art exhibit to Tucson.

The exhibit, created by the New York Botanical Gardens, replicates the rooms of her famous “La Casa Azul” home and gardens in Mexico City. The Tucson exhibit will open Oct.10 and run until May 31, 2017.

“FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life” is “a living tribute to her relationship with art and nature,” according to Patricia Houston, Downtown Campus’ acting vice president of instruction.

The exhibit was designed by Scott Pask, an eight-time Tony Award-winning Broadway set designer who graduated from the University of Arizona.

Pask will be in Tucson April 22 to kick-off the public announcement of the exhibit.

A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in PCC’s Community Board Room at the District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Local musician Salvador Durán will perform, and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on Pask’s Frida-inspired work, visit

If you are interested in the event RSVP by sending an email to by April 18 as seating is limited.

Kahlo's "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" created in 1940. (Courtesy of PCC  Center for the Arts)

Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” created in 1940. (Courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)

East Campus plans April 20 Career Fair

East Campus plans April 20 Career Fair

A career fair at the East Campus will spotlight five programs on April 20 from 9 a.m.-noon.

The fair, hosted by Career Services and Student Life, will highlight:

• Administration of justice studies

• Emergency medical technology

• Logistics and supply chain management

• Pharmacy technology

• Veterinary technology

Students attending can network with employers and organizations to learn about opportunities in the nonprofit, healthcare, government, industry and business sectors.

For more information, contact East Campus Student Life at or 206-7616.

-By Andres Chavira

Desert Vista hosts Career Café

Desert Vista hosts Career Café

Students explore informational tables set up in March at the Career Cafe, located in the Desert Vista cafeteria.

Students explore informational tables set up in March at the Career Cafe, located in the Desert Vista cafeteria.


Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus hosts a Career Café on the second Wednesday of selected months, with each featuring a different “special brew” open to all PCC students.

The semester’s final event will be April 13 from noon-2 p.m. in the Desert Vista cafeteria. Its special brew will focus on being “overqualified versus underqualified.”

Free coffee, relaxing music and tables that specialize in other topics will also be available. The first 25 students who attend will receive complimentary coffee mugs that boast the café’s slogan, “Career exploration takes brains, heart and courage.”

Created three years ago, the Career Café focuses on helping students begin the process of searching for a job.

Coordinators Rene Forsyth and Autumn Palmer bring in faculty and staff volunteers who advise students on how to create cover letters, amp up their resumes and be confident during interviews.

March’s “special brew” focused on persistence after rejection from a job application.

For more information, contact Rene Forsyth at 206-5088 or at

PIMA NEWS: Class of 2016 commencement

PIMA NEWS: Class of 2016 commencement


A graduation committee is calling upon all 2016 Pima Community College graduates to find the next commencement speaker for the May 19 ceremony.

Eligible student speakers must be receiving an associate degree and must complete an application at Applications are also available in paper form at any of the campus student services centers.

All applications are due by March 21. For more information, call 206-4729.

Pima Community College offers free Math Bridge program


Pima students from any campus with a score of 35 or higher on the math component of the Compass test are invited to a free non-credit, seven-week program to build math and study skills. The course is designed to improve math readiness and confidence.

“Math Bridge classes are a great choice for students who want to strengthen or refresh their math skills quickly, and thrive in a face-to-face, interactive learning environment,” said Wendy Scheder Black, advanced program director at the Community Campus.

The courses will run Monday to Thursday for seven weeks from March 28 to May 12. Class schedules include:

East Campus: 1- 4 p.m. in room H-110.

Desert Vista Campus: 5:30-8:30 p.m. in room E3-305.

Northwest Campus:1- 4 p.m. in room A-210.

Anyone interested must complete an application, which is available from any student services advisor. On March 23, participants will attend an orientation session during the scheduled class time and location for each campus.

At the end of the course, participants will take a Compass post-test to document progress made in the Bridge program.

For questions or more information, contact Wendy Scheder Black at or at 206-6502.

Pima Community College students named All Arizona


Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 All-Arizona Academic Team has honored 12 Pima Community College students for their acedemic excellence. Four students, Alex Martinez Figueroa, Eduardo Lujan-Olivas, Francy Luna Diaz and Julia Mona, earned First Team honors.

Alejandra Fraijo Arce, Fernanda Fraijo Arce,Grace Gainey, Joseph Martens, Alicea Riley, Chris Strothmann, Brooke Weber and Yaritza Vasquez were also honored for their achievements at Pima.

A total of 75 community college students from around the state earned honors.

All PCC honorees were granted scholarships, as well as two-year tuition waivers from the Arizona Board of Regents to any public Arizona university. Students on the  All-USA Academic Team were honored on March 3.

Dolores Durán-Cerda, acting PCC provost, said in a press release that Pima was proud of the students.

“Their perseverance with and dedication to their studies will serve them well along their educational journey and their future careers,” she said.

'Vagina Monologues' welcomes Pima actors for March 31 show

‘Vagina Monologues’ welcomes Pima actors for March 31 show



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

Northwest Campus celebrates Black History Month

Northwest Campus celebrates Black History Month



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

Pima news briefs

Pima news briefs

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

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

by Jamie Verwys

News Briefs

News Briefs

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, or email  For more information about NC-SARA visit

-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