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Oct. 3, 2013


  • College Updates
    • PCC’s United Way Days of Caring Coming Up this Month
    • Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus, Oct. 16
    • Watch a Video on the Affordable Care Act
    • Community Outreach by Continuing Education
    • Pima Offering Classes in Green Valley Again
    • Aztec Press Wins Awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association
    • Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security
    • Arizona Translators Conference at Downtown Campus, Oct. 12
    • PCC to host Transfer Fair, Oct. 23
    • Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
    • ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
    • Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
    • Orchestra Tickets Discounted for Pima Employees
    • PCC Media Report
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Benefits
  • Inside Story
  • Pima People
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events

College Updates 

PCC's United Way Days of Caring Coming Up this Month
October is a great time to volunteer and be part of Pima Community College’s Days of Caring. Give Hope a Hand to support United Way’s mission of connecting with local nonprofit groups to complete projects that may not otherwise get done. 

During Days of Caring, employees can spend a work day on volunteer projects around Tucson at an elementary school painting, gardening, reading to children, assisting teachers with cutting or collating projects and much more! Sign-up deadlines will vary by campus. Days of Caring volunteer hours count toward staff employee step progression.

For more information, contact your campus representative or call 206-4888. You also may visit the Days of Caring Web page. 

Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus, Oct. 16
More than 40 community organizations are participating in Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about planet Earth and engage in hands-on activities for all ages related to protecting our environment, as well as climatology, geosciences, biology, astronomy and physics. For more information, see the press release

Watch a Video on the Affordable Care Act
Chancellor Lee D. Lambert, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Director Herb K. Schultz share information in a video on the Affordable Care Act. For more information: Visit or, or call 1-800-318-2596. TTY: 1-855-889-4325. 

Community Outreach by Continuing Education
Continuing Education will be promoting the College and noncredit programs at the Biosphere (Oct. 5), Tucson Meet Yourself (Oct. 12-13), National Afterschool Alliance (Oct. 17), Math and Science Fun Festival (Nov. 7-8), Tucson Mall Kid’s Club (Nov. 13), Family Festival in the Park (Nov. 17), Family Science Festival (Feb. 15), Festival of Books (March 15-16), Bear Essentials (March 22), and Earth Day (April 20).

To promote College-wide programs and lower the cost of outreach, Continuing Education welcomes any campus or program to collaborate with it. For example, representatives of the West Campus writing department are joining Continuing Education at the Festival of Books to promote publications, authors and writing courses. Contact Noel Hensley, ext. 6444, or Maggie Romance, ext. 6354, to participate or to have your information shared at these events. 

Pima Offering Classes in Green Valley Again
On Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Continuing Education will host a facilitator demonstration at Pima’s Green Valley Learning Center, located at the Community Performance and Art Center at 1250 West Continental Road.  Residents of Green Valley and Sahuarita are invited to tour the classrooms, view one or more demonstrations held every half hour, and tell Pima what classes they would like scheduled. 

The first class to run at Pima, Green Valley, will be Start Your Own eBay Business, Oct. 10 – 17. 

For more information, email or call Maggie Romance, ext. 6444. 

Aztec Press Wins Awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association
The Aztec Press student newspaper has once again received accolades, this time from the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2013 “Better Newspaper Contest.” 

Its online site,, received a first-place award for “Best Website.” 

Aztec Press also was awarded third place in the “Community Service/Journalistic Achievement” category. 

In individual awards, student Larry Gaurano received a second-place award for “Best Feature Photo Layout” and two third-place prizes for “Best News Photograph” and “Best Multimedia Storytelling.” 

The ANA contest did not have a student category. The Aztec Press competed against non-daily state newspapers with a circulation between 3,500 and 10,000. Fifty-three Arizona newspapers entered the contest with a total of 1,360 entries, according to the ANA.

Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security 
October is National Cyber security Awareness Month.  In the second in a series of articles on this topic, we are highlighting the need to maintain a focus on safety and security wherever and whenever we use the Internet. Here are some tips for staying safe when using mobile devices. 

  • 36 percent of us don’t use a PIN or passcode on our mobile devices, according to a 2013 McAfee study. Secure your devices with a passcode or passphrase to protect your personal information. 
  • Check your WiFi and Bluetooth settings to be sure you connect manually to networks you trust. Automatically connecting to WiFi can leave you vulnerable to hackers and others.  See more information here.
  • Mobile applications, or apps, are a big part of the on-the-go experience. OnGuard Online’s “Understanding Mobile Apps” is a great way to understand issues like privacy, advertising, security and use by children. It is temporarily unavailable due to the federal government shutdown, but will be available for viewing once the shutdown ends. 
  • Think before you use an app – understand what information, such as location and social network accounts, the app would access and share before you download it. 

Arizona Translators Conference at Downtown Campus, Oct. 12
Arizona Translators and Interpreters (ATI) is holding its Annual Conference at the Downtown Campus on Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in the Amethyst Room of the CC building. Online registration is available at Registration for ATI members is $75 and $100 for nonmembers. Students may register for $50.  Email questions regarding the conference to or visit for more information. 

PCC to host Transfer Fair, Oct. 23
All students, staff, advisors and counselors are invited to attend the transfer fair to get up-to-date information on transferring to a college or university, admission requirements, majors and more. 

The Transfer Fair is 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Northwest Campus and 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Downtown Campus. 

Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
Join your Non-exempt Professional Development Working Group representatives for an overview of the Professional Development Fund application and approval process.  Check out the schedule for a time and location that works best for you. 

  • Oct. 9, 9-10 a.m., Downtown Campus, RV-102
  • Oct. 16, 9-10 a.m., District Office, A-206
  • Oct. 23, 3-4 p.m., Desert Vista Campus, Ocotillo Room
  • Oct. 30, 10-11 a.m., East Campus,  L-101
  • Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Northwest Campus, C-316
  • Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m., West Campus, CG-06
  • Nov. 21, 2-3 p.m., Maintenance and Security, Room 105 

ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
Join ACES to raise money for the families of our military personnel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. All proceeds go toward supporting our military families. 

Below are the dates and contact names for each location. Donations of items or cash to cover expenses will be accepted both prior to and during the events. Volunteers are needed. Speak with the contact for your location about how you can assist. 

Donations are given to the Tucson Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to assist with holiday food baskets and emergency requests from the families of the men and women who have been deployed from DM. In the last six years, Pima employees have donated more than $36,000. 

Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
Ride for Pima! Join Pima’s team in the 31st Annual El Tour de Tucson, Nov. 23. 

Riders in America’s largest perimeter bicycling event can choose from 111-, 85-, 60- or 42-mile routes. The 85-mile route begins at East Campus. To enter, pay a $120 entry fee and raise at least $100 in contributions to benefit PCC. 

To participate, complete the El Tour de Tucson application and mail it with your $120 entry fee, payable to PCC Foundation, by Oct. 21, to 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ  85709-1320. Online registration is not available for this event.  Collect $100 or more in contributions for the PCC Foundation and receive additional benefits, including a water bottle, socks and a cycling jersey. For more information, call 206-4646 or email

Orchestra Tickets Discounted for Pima Employees

Faculty member Carolina Murphy has tickets for the whole season for Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra at a discounted price for Pima employees. Concerts are Oct. 6, Nov. 10, Feb. 16, April 6 and May 11. Tickets are $15 for PCC employees. Please send an email to or call ext. 7026. Visit for the whole season program. 

PCC Media Report
Check out national, state and local news stories of interest here

Athletics Schedules
A summary of upcoming sporting events is here. To see schedules for all Aztecs teams, visit the Athletics Calendar or a team’s home page, through its link at


Flu Shots Coming to Your Campus
The College is sponsoring Flu Shot Clinics in October:

  • Oct. 7, 9-11 a.m.,  East Campus, Community Room
  • Oct. 7, 1:30-4 p.m., Desert Vista Campus, Ocotillo Room 
  • Oct. 8, 9-11 a.m., Community Campus, Room A230
  • Oct. 8, 1:30-5 p.m., District Office, Lunch Room C-111
  • Oct. 9, 9-11 a.m., Maintenance & Security, Conference Room 105
  • Oct. 9, 1:30-5 p.m., West Campus, Santa Catalina Bldg., Room C-G06
  • Oct. 11, 8-11 a.m.,  Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room
  • Oct. 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Northwest Campus, Community Room A-207

All employees are eligible to receive vaccinations at no charge, regardless of health plan coverage.  If you are a Cigna member, please bring your ID card.  Please note that we are unable to provide shots to family members or non-employees.

Inside Story 

PCC Wins Nine NCMPR District Awards for Marketing, Public Relations Work
Pima recently received nine Medallion Awards from District 6 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Pima’s Media Production and Publications, as well as its Public Information office earned four Gold Medallions, four Silver Medallions and one Bronze Medallion. The awards for excellence in advertising and promotion were presented as part of the NCMPR District 6 Conference Sept. 25-27 in Tempe. Forty-three community colleges submitted a total of 282 entries, including 18 from PCC.

The awards PCC earned, including the category and name of the entry, are: 

Gold Medallions:

  • Brochure/Flier – Series: Continuing Education Series (Discovering Southern AZ & Ready Set Cook!)
  • Feature Writing: FedEx Donates Boeing 727 to PCC’s Highly Touted Aviation Program
  • Logo Design: PCC All College Day 2013 Together for Change logo
  • Original Photography: PCC Aviation Technology photo 

Silver Medallions:

  • Folder: PCC Activity Folder
  • Postcard: PCC Spring 2013 Enrollment Postcard
  • Student Handbook: PCC 2013-2014 Student Handbook & Planning Calendar
  • Illustration: PCC 2013 Calendar 

Bronze Medallion:

  • Nifty & Thrifty (produced in-house): PCC Facebook Table Tents 

Pima People 

  • PCC fashion design students are participating in the student textile competition in the annual Tucson Fashion Week, Oct. 17. 
  • The works of Claire Park, chair of Visual Arts, will be part of a large group exhibit, “Focus: Five Women Artists” that opens Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m., at the Davis Dominguez Gallery, 154 E. Sixth Street. 

Upcoming Events* 

  • Oct. 4-13: PCC Theatre Arts presents "The Trumpet of the Swan,” Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, $8 with discounts for groups, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m., 206-6986
  • Oct. 6: PCC Music presents “The Power of Five,” featuring the male quintet a cappella group Cantores from Tucson (PCC music faculty Jonathan Ng, Jose “Chach” Snook, Stephen Warner, Wesley Laird and Darryl King), Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, $8 with discounts for staff and students, 3 p.m., 206-6986
  • Oct. 23: PCC Transfer Fair at Northwest Campus, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Downtown Campus, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Ongoing Events*

  • Through Oct. 11: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents “Faculty Exhibit” featuring work by Mariana Carreras, Joseph Dal Pra, Matthias Düwel, Patti Gardiner, Greg Loumeau, Barbara Jo McLaughlin, Christina McNearney, Ann Simmons-Myers, Michael Nolan, Claire Park, Reinhard Pawlicki, Stephen Romaniello, Nancy Spaulding, Michael Stack and Hiro Tashima. Center for the Arts Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 206-6942
  • Fall Semester: Title III workshops on incorporating technology in the classroom, Northwest Campus, Brian Miller 

*For more information on CFA performances, visit the Center for the Arts website or email CFA.

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