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Oct. 10, 2013 

Contents

  • College Updates
    • PCC Considers Limiting Tobacco Use to Designated Areas
    • Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Oct. 31
    • Affordable Care Act Promoted to Young People
    • PCC’s United Way Days of Caring Coming Up this Month
    • PIR Urges Participation in New Group to Help Banner Users
    • Policy Review
    • Learn More About Microsoft Office
    • Disabled Student Resources Overview
    • Financial Certification Workshops
    • Cyber Security Month:  Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
    • Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus, Oct. 16
    • Community Outreach by Continuing Education
    • Pima Offering Classes in Green Valley Again
    • Arizona Translators Conference at Downtown Campus, Oct. 12
    • Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
    • ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
    • Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
    • Transfer Talks, Oct. 16
    • Dental Hygiene Students to Assist at Health Fair
    • Pima Students to Dance at Dance Festival of Southern Arizona, Oct. 19-20
    • PCC Media Report
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Benefits
  • Pima People
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events

College Updates

PCC Considers Limiting Tobacco Use to Designated Areas
Pima Community College is considering a policy that would restrict use of smoking, e-cigarette and tobacco products to designated areas on PCC property.

PCC administration Wednesday night submitted Board Policy 2304 to the PCC Governing Board for an initial reading. The policy limits smoking, e-cigarette and tobacco product use to designated outside areas on PCC property, in order to comply with A.R.S. 36-601.01 (Smoke-Free Arizona Act), and related Pima County code provisions and City of Tucson ordinances.

The administration is recommending the new Board Policy replace SPG-2303/AA, which currently serves as PCC’s smoking policy. SPG-2303/AA, which exceeds the minimum requirement of A.R.S. 36-601.01, prohibits smoking in all buildings owned or leased by PCC. It also bans smoking within 25 feet of entrances and exits, fresh-air grills, as well as in other seating areas such as baseball fields.

The new policy should make it easier to ensure compliance and provide a campus environment in which individuals can avoid second-hand smoke if they desire. If the policy is approved by the Board, designated smoking areas would be determined by gathering feedback from faculty, staff, and others at each College location.  These designated smoking areas will be clearly marked with signage. In addition, the College would provide smoking-cessation information to students and employees.

The proposed policy will be brought to faculty, staff and students for input, and will be submitted again to the Board, with a final reading projected for early 2014.

Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Oct. 31
A Step Progression Plan is the only mechanism exempt employees currently have to advance in the salary schedule. Exempt Step Progression Plans are due to your supervisor by Oct. 31 or within 60 calendar days from your date of hire if you began work after Sept. 4. You can be on initial hire probation when you submit your plan and while you work on your plan.

Progress towards your plan completion incorporates activities between April 16, 2013 and April 15, 2014. You must have successfully completed initial hire probation when you complete your plan and submit your materials no later than April 15, 2014.

Step increases, if approved by the Board of Governors, apply to the next fiscal year salary calculation for those individuals with approved and completed Step Progression Plans.

For further assistance or questions, check out the Human Resources Step Progression Plans Intranet page or contact Human Resources at 206-4624.

Affordable Care Act Promoted to Young People
Pima is encouraging young people to explore their health care options under Affordable Care Art. See stories on our efforts here and here.

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.

PIR Urges Participation in New Group to Help Banner Users
The Office of Planning and Institutional Research is facilitating new Banner Data Power User Group meetings. The meetings, which are open to all interested employees, are to share specific queries, data definitions and discuss available data views.

The first meeting will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nov. 1, in A206 at District Office. Those interested are asked to RSVP to okacira@pima.edu.

Policy Review
The following item is available for the 21-day review and comment:

SPG-1501/AA:  Procedure for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

Please note that only changes to Section 5.2 are being considered at this time. 

Learn More About Microsoft Office
Not sure how to use the task feature in Outlook? Ever wonder how to create a pivot table in Excel? Where can you find a quick demo on how to clean your data and remove duplicates? If you’ve ever had these types of questions or others about Microsoft Office, check out your EmployeeDevelopment system.  There are more than 600 courses, job aids and brief tutorial videos on a wide variety of Office topics. If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact Organizational and Professional Development (OPD) at 206-4706.

Disabled Student Resources Overview
Learn more about Disabled Student Resources at a Disabled Student Resources (DSR) – An Overview for You (Rev2) training session. The Disabled Student Resources office works with PCC students with disabilities who may require accommodations to ensure equitable access. This training will provide an overview of DSR services, a review of related laws and college policies, aspects of Universal Design and Assistive Technology, and an overview of socio-political issues with disability. The next session is Oct. 16, 2-4:30 p.m., at East Campus, Community Room. Additional sessions are open for registration.

To register, log in to MyPima, select the @Work tab, log in to EmployeeDevelopment, click Catalog, Instructor Led Training. For questions or registration assistance, call Professional Development at 206-4706. Click the following link to view the entire Professional Development calendar. To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in training, please contact 206-4539.

Finance Certification Workshops
Would you like an overview of College funding sources, regulations, and Banner structure? Want to understand Banner Finance navigation including various forms and reports?  Need information on the College’s travel policies and the methods for preparing required travel documents?  Attend one  the workshops below. Be sure to register for the optional quiz if you are working towards your Finance Certification:

  • Finance Certification – Introduction to Finance and Reporting-Module 1A, Oct. 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m., District Office, C-115
  • Finance Certification – Introduction to Finance and Reporting-Module 1A Quiz, Oct. 30, 9:30-10 a.m., District Office, C-115
  • Finance Certification – Basic Banner Navigation – Module 1D, Oct. 30, 10:15-11:45 a.m., District Office, C-115
  • Finance Certification – Travel Policies and Procedures – Module 3C, Oct.30, 1-2:30 p.m., District Office, C-115
  • Finance Certification – Travel Policies and Procedures – Module 3C Quiz, Oct. 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m., District Office, C-115

To register, log in to MyPima, select the @Work tab, log in to EmployeeDevelopment, click Catalog, Instructor Led Training. For questions or registration assistance, call Professional Development at 206-4706. Click the following link to view the entire Professional Development calendar. To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in training, please contact 206-4539

Cyber Security Month:  Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
We need to graduate cyber-capable adults who can use the Internet safely, securely, ethically and productively. Week three of National Cybersecurity Month highlights the importance of cyber education and development through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education:

  • Be Web wise. Technologies are advancing rapidly. Stay current on cybersecurity and share new information with others.
  • Set privacy and security settings to your comfort level.
  • Talk to your children about making good choices online and how to handle cyberbullying.
  • Be wary of messages telling you to act quickly or offering something too good to be true.
  • Mobile technology is at high-risk for loss or theft. Be sure to back it up
  • Get resources to teach online safety from StaySafeOnline.org.

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.

Community Outreach by Continuing Education
Continuing Education will be promoting the College and noncredit programs at 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), Tucson 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. 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 staff what classes they would like scheduled.  For more information, email or call Maggie Romance, ext. 6444.

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 atiinc.org. Registration for ATI members is $75 and $100 for nonmembers. Students may register for $50.  Email questions regarding the conference to jwgabbitas@pima.edu or visit atiinc.org for more information.

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. 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 foundation@pima.edu.

Transfer Talks, Oct. 16
Have a student interested in transferring to the University of Arizona? Have them attend “Transfer Talks at PCC” to learn what it takes to become a Wildcat. Transfer Talks is 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 16, at  Downtown Campus, AH 141. Call the Downtown Campus counseling office with any questions, 206-7261.

Dental Hygiene Students to Assist at Health Fair
Pima Dental Hygiene students will be providing dental oral hygiene instructions and assisting licensed dentists and hygienists with dental treatments for participants of HOPEFEST at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, on Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The students also plan to participate in the mayor’s Senior Task Force Event at the West Campus gymnasium on Oct. 25, noon-3:30 p.m.

Pima Students to Dance at Dance Festival of Southern Arizona, Oct. 19-20
Krystyna Parafinczuk, adjunct dance faculty, through her nonprofit Arizona Dance Coalition, is producing the first Dance Festival of Southern Arizona on Oct.19-20.

 Thirty classes, taught by 13 instructors will be held at Tucson Magnet High School, 400 N. 2nd Ave. The performance, STEP to the Rhythm, DANCE to the Rhythm, will be Saturday evening, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at University High School, 421 N. Arcadia Ave. Pima dance students and their director, Aurora Goncalves-Shaner, will perform. Twenty-two different dance artists from the Tucson area, plus guests from Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix will be featured. To learn more about the classes and performance, visit www.azdancecoalition.org/dance-fest-soaz/. Tickets to the performance can be purchased online. If you have questions, please call 743-1349.

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 www.pima.edu/athletics.

Benefits

Flu Shots Coming to Your Campus
The College is sponsoring Flu Shot Clinics in October. The final two are:

  • 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.

Pima People

  • Lori Grimm, an instructor at Desert Vista Campus, and Kat Manton-Jones, a curriculum coordinator, have paintings in The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild's Fiesta Sonora Exhibit Oct. 15-Nov. 10 at the SAWG Gallery, Suite 131, 5605 E. River Road. A reception is 5-7 p.m., Oct. 17.
  • Elizabeth Frankie Rollins, a member of the writing faculty at Desert Vista Campus, will give a reading from her debut collection of fiction, “The Sin Eater & Other Stories,” at the Downtown Campus Writing Center (LB140) on Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Frankie Rollins and Community Campus Student Services Manager Sylvia Ortega have received Community Service Awards from Council 1057 of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for State Government Relations Imelda V. Cuyugan has been named to the Filipina Women’s Network’s list of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.

 Upcoming Events* 

  • Oct. 23: PCC Transfer Fair at Northwest Campus, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Downtown Campus, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 24: PCC Music presents The Wind Ensemble Fall Concert , under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson, Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, $6 with discounts for employees and students, 7:30 p.m., 206-6986
  • Oct. 27: PCC Music presents The Chorale & College Singers Fall Concert, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, $6 with discounts for employees and students, 3 p.m., 206-6986

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
  • Oct. 4-13: PCC Theater 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
  • 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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