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Compiled by Nicholas Trujillo

With the winter season ending and the spring seasons already well underway, Pima Community College has had many student-athletes earn awards for their efforts in the season. Others have accepted offers from universities.


Stallworth earns top rank for second time

This year marks the second year in a row that sophomore basketball star Sydni Stallworth was named first-team NJCAA Division II All-American. She is one of only three PCC women to receive the honor.

She also received, and accepted an offer to play at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

In the past two years, the university had win-loss records that mirrored PCC’s team. The 2014-’15 season was 29-2, and the 2015-’16 team had a  38-3 record.

Stallworth was a major player on the PCC court, leading the Aztecs to a second-place finish in the Region I Division II tournament. She averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting  81 percent at the free throw line.

Additionally, she was also named the ACCAC Division II Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as ACCAC Division II player of the week seven times during the season. She ends her career at PCC with a record of 51-16.


James, Aztec MVP, first-team All-American

Men’s basketball sophomore standout Deion James also received his share of glory. He was named first-team NJCAA All-American. He is the fifth Pima player to earn the honor, and the second to receiving it under head coach Brian Peabody.

Jame was also named Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year and ACCAC Co-Player of the Year.

During the season, James was the powerhouse who got the Aztecs to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He was named Region I, Divison II Championship game MVP.

He also led the Aztecs to a 22-win season, PCC’s best since the 1989-90 team.

While averaging 20.6 points per game, James also picked up 20 double-doubles in points and rebounds.

In his first year of college basketball, James played at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As of now, James has not decided where he will go to continue his career.


Sophomore duo sign with Stephen F. Austin

Pima Community College women’s softball team sophomore duo Margarita Corona and Courtney Brown have signed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Lumberjacks are in Division I for the NCAA and are sporting a 15-26 record so far this season.

Corona, a 5-foot-3-inch catcher, played in all 51 games this season. She has a .487 batting average and has 14 home runs and 77 RBIs. She also leads the team with 76 hits and 20 doubles.

Brown, who plays outfielder and is a lead-off hitter, bats with a .426 batting average. She has hit four home runs and 25 RBIs.

Brown also leads the team with 20 stolen bases, eight triples and 63 runs scored.

The two signed their letters of intent to the university on April 13. They will also be honored at the celebration that PCC is holding at the West Campus.


Ruiz signs to West Texas A&M

Sophomore Mari Ruiz will mark PCC softball team’s third player to get signed to a university. The Aztec outfield will further her career at West Texas A&M, a NCAA Division II school in Canyon, Texas.

The school held the national title in 2014 when a former Pima player was on their roster. This season they also hold former PCC pitcher Alexis Alfonso.

Ruiz took part in 35 games this season, she has 11 RBIs, 29 runs scored while batting and a .258 batting average. She transferred to Pima after playing for Phoenix College for one year.


Hong takes ACCAC POTY for second year in a row

Sophomore Desiree Hong has earned herself the ACCAC Player of the Year title for her second year in a row. She was also select as first team All-ACCAC conference and first Team All-Region.

Hong averaged a 74.8 per round played, she also shot a 71 or under for seven of her 12 rounds played.

She also was able to finish at least second place in all tournaments she participated in. She has also verbally committed to the University of Arizona next fall.

Fellow Sophomore Samantha Hacker was named second team All-ACCAC for her second straight year. Freshman Abby Miller also took second team All-Region.


PCC to celebrate athletes at West Campus

PCC will celebrate its athletes, and many others, on May 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Campus Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

Both coaches and representatives from the winter and spring season teams will talk about team and individual accomplishments.

Basketball players Jacob Anastasi and Erin Peterson are set to receive the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award.

To RSVP or for more info about the celebration, email April Jessee at or Raymond Suarez at by May 3.

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Feeling stressed? Try therapeutic petting zoo

East Campus Student Life will help students deal with end-of-semester stress by providing furry friends to play with.

Stop by the Therapeutic Petting Zoo on April 26 from 10 a.m.-noon in the East Campus courtyard.

For details, call Student Life at 206-7616.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


East Campus talk April 26 will explore transcendence

Pima Community College instructors will examine three modern philosophers during a talk entitled “Transcendence Anyone?” on April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the East Campus community room, L-101.

Instructor Jerry H. Gill will discuss the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Nikos Kazantzakis, and their perspective on the transcendent nature of the universe.

Gill will then join a panel discussion with instructors Gerald Peters and Suzanne Morrison.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information, call 206-7000.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


Desert Vista Campus hosts Student Showcase April 27

Community resident Belgica Macias, left, listens as surgical tech student Yasmin Espinoza de Mendoza shows how to properly handle surgical tools during the 2016 Desert Vista Student Showcase. (Melina Casillas/Aztec Press 2016)

Desert Vista Campus will hold a Student Showcase on April 27 from 4-7 p.m. to spotlight the academic achievements of Pima students. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can learn about PCC programs including culinary arts, medical assisting, surgical technology, English as a Second Language and aviation.

Desert Vista has hosted the showcase annually since 2015. Campus Vice President Ted A. Roush called the event “a great opportunity for PCC and its students to connect with the community, showing them the amazing things students have mastered over the last academic year.”

For more information, call 206-5135.

-By Rene Escobar


Himmel Park ceremony honors Pima volunteers

Tucson Clean and Beautiful honored PCC students during a March 18 ceremony at Himmel Park marking the city’s 330th Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas project.

The initial project started in 1984 to address problems with litter in Tucson parks, streets and washes. In 2016, students from the Pima Honors Club and the Alpha Beta Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa joined with other volunteer groups and contributed 20,000 hours of service.

Pima students adopted the eastern portion of Himmel Park. Their service hours included removing litter and communicating conservation issues.

Karen Kuciver, Alpha Beta Chi treasurer, participated in the ceremony.

For more information on Tucson Clean and Beautiful, visit or call 791-3109.

-By Robyn Zelickson



Afrikana performance set for Feb. 21

The Barbea Williams Performing Company will perform Feb. 21 at the East Campus center courtyard from 11-11:45 a.m. as part of Black History Month activities.

The “Brotha Sistah H.O.O.D. – Honoring Our Own Darkness” performance will include an arts in education component and audience participation.

For more information, call the Student Life Center, 206-7617

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote


Apply for graduation by Feb. 22 deadline

All Pima Community College students who will finish a degree or certificate this semester are urged to apply for graduation.

Application deadline is Feb. 22. There is no cost to apply.

Students can visit the Service Center at any campus to check the status of their degree plan, to create an educational plan or for more information.

-By Melina Casillas


Northwest hosting Mardi Gras activity

Instructor Joanne Taylor and her sociology class will collaborate with Northwest Campus Student Life to present an informational activity about Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in NWC’s Student Life Center.

The activity will share how different countries and cultures celebrate Mardi Gras, and will include a charity collection.

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

-By Elise Stahl  


Submit SandScript entries by March 3

PCC’s award-winning literary magazine, SandScript, is accepting submissions from students for the 2017 edition. Deadline is March 3.

Students may submit visual art, poetry, prose or a combination of all three. Each entry requires a separate form.

Guidelines are specific and must be carefully followed. No previously published work will be accepted and hard copies will not be returned.

For more information, email For complete submission criteria, visit or

-By Robyn Zelickson



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

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College hosts scholarship race April 11

Pima Community College will host a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk on April 11 to help fund the Art Alberding Math Scholar award.

The Alberding Amble will start at the East Campus Multi-Use Recreational Field, 8181 E. Irvington Road. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m.

Registration for the 5K costs $20. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. Donations to the scholarship fund are also accepted.

Medals will be awarded to the top three male and top three female winners in each 10-year age bracket.

The Art Alberding Math Scholar award is presented each year to qualified PCC students.

For more information, call 206-7667.

-By Pablo Espinosa

PCC4Me to provide college information

PCC4Me, a free event for prospective and current students, will take place April 11 from 9 a.m.-noon at the West Campus.

Participants can speak with faculty, advisors and current students, explore career options and new courses, discuss costs and financial aid, and visit facilities and booths.

Special sessions will include creative writing workshops and presentations on transferring from PCC to universities.

Department tours will take visitors inside the fitness center at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and to the Aztec Press newsroom at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Multiple departments will host demonstrations from 9 a.m.-noon on topics including 3D printing, pottery wheel throwing and fashion design.

For more information, call 206-6742.

-By Katie Vacio

Fundraiser supports adult education

East Campus organizers will hold a fundraiser April 17-18 to raise money for scholarships that help students cover fees for high school equivalency certificate testing.

Activities including a rummage sale, bake sale and barbecue will take place from 8 a.m-4 p.m. in the community room and on the student mall.

Volunteers from the Student Services Center and Adult Education program organize spring and fall fundraisers for the scholarships.

For additional information, call 206-7424.

-By Kit B.

Fassler Northwest Campus to celebrate Earth Day

PCC Northwest Campus will be holding it’s Earth Day event on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will include Tucson Electric Power and a food truck among others, with the type of cuisine still being determined. Other vendors will talk about ways to conserve.

The event will be located on the 2nd floor Promenade of Northwest Campus.

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

-By Alyssa Ramer

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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

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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

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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.

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Compiled by Shana Rose

‘Trunk or Treat’ coming Oct. 26

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year. For some, this means hitting the bars and clubs for Thirsty Thursday, attending big house parties or stocking up on candy by trick or treating.

But what about the little ones whose parents can’t take them trick or treating because it’s a week night?

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus Student Life has partnered with the YMCA for “Trunk or Treat,” a reprise of their annual safe Halloween event.

PCC and the Y will welcome families to Northwest Campus on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-8 p.m.

An early start, a controlled environment and lots of candy make this a favorite for parents and children alike.

The event includes trick or treating in the campus parking lot, children’s games, a costume contest and an outdoor movie in the amphitheater.

Trunk or Treat is open to the community and attendance is expected to exceed 8,000 people.

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


Northwest Campus turning 10

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Oct. 18, and the community is invited to come celebrate this milestone.

“It’s a celebration for the campus community and the broader Pima County community,” Northwest Campus Acting President Darla Zirbes said. “It’s also an effort to honor the people who helped bring this campus to fruition 10 years ago. We’ve invited some of the founders of the campus.”

The campus began as the Northwest Community Learning Center in 1998.

The present-day campus includes six buildings, with a new classroom/laboratory building scheduled to open in Spring 2014. About 10,000 students attend annually.

“The Northwest Campus has really increased educational opportunities, not only in northwest Tucson, but also in Pinal County” Zirbes said. “This campus is crucial to the economic viability of the businesses and the people who live in this area.”

Ed Stolmaker, president/CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, expresses his gratitude for the campus and the importance of it in the community.

“It’s been a great asset to the business community and to residents who want to further their education,” Stolmaker said.

“It’s an asset to the region for economic development. I don’t think the region would be as well-developed as it is now without the Northwest Campus. To continue to develop, we need to continue to grow the campus to be able to meet the needs of the region,” he said.

The celebration on Oct. 18 will begin at 2 p.m. on the second floor in the Northwest Student Life Center, 7600 N. Shannon Road.

On the guest list are a number of founding faculty, staff and administrators, including founding President Angela Zerdavis and Sylvia Lee, president of Northwest Campus from 2006-2009 and a current member of the Pima Community College District Board of Governors.

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Northwest Campus to celebrate Earth Science Day

Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus will celebrate Earth Science Day on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event will feature hands-on activities designed to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

Visitors can examine a giant sundial, try snacks cooked in a solar oven and take a safe look at the sun through a solar telescope.

“Earth Science Day is always a lively event,” Michael Tulino, vice president for student development at Northwest Campus, said in a news release. “We try to create a carnival of science.”

More than 40 organizations will participate, teaching climatology, geosciences, biology, astronomy and physics.

Students and potential students can learn about programs that PCC offers, and about careers in science.

For more information, contact Denise Meeks, science department chair, at

-By Shana Rose

 Longtime PCC instructor Bronson dies

One of Pima Community College’s first instructors, Otis Bronson, died on Sept. 29 at the age of 84.

Bronson taught writing classes for more than three decades, and also taught tribal art, Eastern religions and meditation classes.

He eventually became the chair of the writing department at West Campus.

He received an outstanding faculty award in 1996.

Bronson was well-known in the community due to his political campaigning for his wife along with his decades of teaching in the Tucson community.

When he wasn’t in a classroom, Bronson enjoyed gardening, landscaping and other outdoor activities.

Bronson also was an avid collector of ritualistic and ceremonial masks from Africa.

He is survived by his wife, Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, his daughter Kali and grandson Kalden.

No public memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.

-By Andrew Paxton


Compiled by Paloma Mello and Andrew Paxton


West Campus Student Life will host a free screening of the film “First Generation” on April 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater.

A resource fair will be held from 5-6 p.m.

“First Generation” is a feature documentary that tells the story of four high-achieving, low-income high school students as they strive to be first in their families to go to college.

Check out the trailer at here.

For details, call 206-6986.


The Pima Community College Foundation will hold its annual Scholarship Recognition Fiesta on April 25 from 5-6 p.m. at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites Catalina Ballroom, 5151 E. Grant Road.

The event will offer music, food, a live and silent auction, and a raffle. It’s free and open to the public.

The fiesta will celebrate scholarship recipients, honor major donors and raise scholarship funds.

Last year, the PCC Foundation awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships to 450-plus PCC students. More than 950 students applied for assistance.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 206-4646 or email

To learn more about the PCC Foundation visit here.


The Pima Community College honors program will host its first-ever banquet to recognize outstanding members with awards and other festivities.

All members are encouraged to attend the free event, which takes place May 2 at Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room from 7-9 p.m. Light snacks and desserts will be provided.

Selected members will receive awards recognizing service and leadership, and the Honors Club Book Scholarship will be presented.

Members will also present exhibits highlighting academic or service projects that they have completed over the past year.

Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Students involved with the Honors Club or Honors program who are interested in attending should RSVP to Christina Sabori at

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Phi Theta Kappa chooses faculty scholars

Two Pima Community College employees were selected from among nearly 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisers as 2013 faculty scholars.

The two chosen were Rob Carey, a science laboratory supervisor, and biology faculty member Steve Uyeda.

The two were selected through an application process based on knowledge of the 2012-13 Honors Study topic “The Culture of Competition” and demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration.

“We congratulate them for being selected to serve and for their willingness and desire to surpass the traditional duties of an adviser by contributing in this manner,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s dean of academic affairs and honors programs.

The faculty scholars attended the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at PTK’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 30-Feb. 3.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states, plus many other countries.

More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918.

For more on PCC’s chapter, click here.

Speaker wanted for Spring 2013 graduation

A Pima Community College graduation committee is seeking applications for the commencement ceremony on May 16. To be eligible, students must be receiving an associate degree.

The application deadline is March 22.

The application is available online here or can be sent to the college via mail or fax.

Send applications to: Pima Community College, Office of College Events, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona, 85709-1150 or fax to 206-4473.

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New training to increase employability


The Center for Training and Development at Pima Community College is adding a new program in behavioral health specialist training to prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

The 18-credit program will start at Desert Vista Campus on Oct. 29.

According to the college, completing the certificate training program prepares graduates to become a behavioral health technician as recognized by the state of Arizona.

The program is part of the college’s Pathways to Healthcare Program, which offers financial assistance for low-income people to train in health professions.

For more information, contact the PCC Center for Training and Development at 206-5100.


Chancellor search profile available


The executive search profile that will be used to recruit Pima Community College’s next chancellor has been completed and posted to the Chancellor Search page on the college’s website.

The profile, which was posted Oct. 5, is 12 pages long. It was put together by R. H. Perry & Associates, which is the firm the PCC board chose to help select the next chancellor.

It includes an introduction to the college, community and position.

There are two pages filled with bulleted challenges the next chancellor will likely face and qualifications the governing board and community would like the chancellor to posses.

The firm conducted several open forums at Pima locations to confer with the community about what qualifications the next chancellor should be able to demonstrate, and what they would like him or her to focus on once selected.

The profile was put together as a result of those meetings.

The firm will start reviewing applications on Nov. 16. The governing board is expected to select the new chancellor by March or February of 2013.

For more information, or to see the profile of the college, visit the chancellor search tab on the Pima website at Comments and suggestions can be sent to


By Chelo Grubb