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Oct. 17, 2013 

Contents 

  • College Updates
    • PCC Foundation to Host the Building Community Luncheon
    • PCC to be Site of Community Conversation on Workplace Bullying
    • Chancellor Writes about Community College Leadership Exodus in Huff Post
    • Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Oct. 31
    • PCC, City of Tucson Offer Annual All-Ages Halloween event, Oct. 26
    • PCC, TUSD Sponsor Fourth Annual PARENT UNIVERSITY
    • Top Chefs at Student Culinarian Invitational at Desert Vista Campus
    • PCC’s United Way Days of Caring Coming Up this Month
    • Policy Review
    • Image Quest Database
    • Learn About Acting Assignments
    • Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
    • ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
    • Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
    • Cyber Security Month:  Protect Yourself Against Cybercrime
    • PCC News Releases and Media Report
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events 

College Updates 

PCC Foundation to Host the Building Community Luncheon
The Pima Community College Foundation is hosting the Building Community Luncheon Oct. 30 to introduce Chancellor Lee Lambert at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. PCC community partners, including nonprofit organizations and all three state universities will be showcased prior to the luncheon, beginning at 11 a.m. The Building Community Luncheon and program starts at 11:45 a.m.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pima.edu/foundation or call 206-4646. 

PCC to be Site of Community Conversation on Workplace Bullying
Pima will be the site of a community conversation Oct. 23 seeking ways to detect and prevent bullying in the workplace. The event is 6-8 .m. at the Downtown Campus. 

Chancellor Writes about Community College Leadership Exodus in Huff Post
An article by Chancellor Lee D. Lambert in The Huffington Post addresses the leadership challenges community colleges across the nation will soon face as hundreds of community college presidents plan to retire within the next decade..

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. 

PCC, City of Tucson Offer Annual All-Ages Halloween event, Oct. 26
Pima and the City of Tucson are teaming up to present their annual evening of Halloween family fun and entertainment on Oct. 26. 

The Halloween BooBash at Clements Center will feature a haunted house, hay rides, carnival games, face painting, costume contests and more. The event takes place from 4-8 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Children’s Outdoor Performance Area at William Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive. The annual event draws hundreds of people. 

Admission is $3 at the door, free for children younger than 4. The cost covers a wristband that allows admittance to all activities. Adults must accompany children 12 and younger. For details, see the flier. 

PCC, TUSD Sponsor Fourth Annual PARENT UNIVERSITY
Top administrators from Pima Community College and The University of Arizona are the keynote speakers at the fourth annual PARENT UNIVERSITY: “Changing Lives, Building Community” on Oct. 19 at PCC West Campus. 

The speakers are PCC Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Keith McIntosh and UA Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Dr. Kasey Urquidez. The program will feature more than 10 workshops on succeeding in school and life. For details, see the flier.

The event, a collaboration between Tucson Unified School District Multicultural Student Services Department and PCC, is designed to inform TUSD parents, guardians, grandparents and students in elementary, middle or high school about pathways to college and a career. Childcare for children ages 1-5, continental breakfast and lunch, and college tours will be provided. 

Top Chefs at Student Culinarian Invitational at Desert Vista Campus
Desert Vista Campus hosts some of Tucson’s top chefs on Oct. 21 during its Student Culinarian Invitational for high school and college culinary students from across Tucson. 

The PCC Center for Training and Development’s Culinary and Food Service Program and the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs Association of Southern Arizona are sponsoring the event from 3:30-5 p.m. Organizers call it “an extravaganza of chef demonstrations by chefs and culinary professionals” designed to motivate young culinary students and familiarize them with PCC’s culinary programs. 

Read more about the event 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. 

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. 

Image Quest Database
The College has a subscription to Image Quest, a copyright-cleared image database, for instructional use. 

Access to the database can be found via the library’s webpage by clicking on “Articles & Databases;” under “Go directly to a database,” select “Videos, Images and Music”, then select Image Quest. The database is available for students, faculty and staff for PCC non-commercial educational purposes only. To help faculty utilize Image Quest in online courses, the Center for Learning Technology put together a Quick Guide for using images in D2L. For more information, contact Theresa Stanley at 206-7245. 

Learn About Acting Assignments
Have you ever considered trying out a new position within the College? How about an acting assignment? Acting assignments are available to all regular College employees who meet the minimum qualifications for the available position. These assignments offer an opportunity for employees to gain knowledge and job experience in other areas around the College. If you have questions about how this process works contact Human Resources at 206-4624 or check out the Human Resources Intranet page on Recruitment and Staffing. 

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. 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. 

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

Cyber Security Month:  Protect Yourself Against Cybercrime
This is the last in a series of articles about Cyber Security Month. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself against cybercrime and how to get help if you should fall victim to cybercrime: 

  •  Report ID theft, stolen finances and other cybercrimes at www.ic3.gov.
  • The Victims of Cybercrime tip sheet can help you contact the appropriate authorities if you get scammed.
  • Stay up-to-date about online scams, and report suspicious activity at www.Fraud.org.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Delete any online communications that look suspicious, even if you think you know the source. Learn more about phishing and spam here.
  • When purchasing anything online or banking, use only sites that begin with https:// The ‘s’ is for secure.
  • Make passwords long and unique (different for each account).

PCC News Releases and Media Report
Check out the latest College news releases here and 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

Upcoming Events* 

  • Oct. 19: PARENT UNIVERSITY: “Changing Lives, Building Community,” free, 8:30 a.m. (registration); 9:30-2 p.m. (event) PCC West Campus,225-6247, 225-6229 or www.tusd1.org/parentu
  • Oct. 21: Student Culinarian Invitational, Desert Vista Campus, free,  3:30-5:30 p.m., emikesell@pima.edu or 520-206-5128
  • 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. 26: BooBash at Clements Center, $3 at the door, free for children younger than 4, 4-8 p.m., Children’s Outdoor Performance Area William Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, (information) 791-5787; 791-4873
  • 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
  • Oct. 28-Dec. 13: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents “CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together,” featuring work by Tony Berlant, Ann Keuper, Joy Fox, Betty Harris, Joe Harris, Joan Marum, Clark Trujillo, Judy Miller, Marvin Shaver, Lloyd Schermer, Julie Sasse, Albert Kogel, David Adix, Joe Hatton, Ellen McMahon and Nick Georgiou. Center for the Arts Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free and open to the public, Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3p.m., 206-6942
  • Nov. 7: “CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together” gallery talk, Center for the Arts Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, 2 p.m., 206-6942.
  • Nov. 7: “CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together” reception, Center for the Arts Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, 5-7 p.m., 206-6942
  •  Nov. 14-24: PCC Theatre Arts presents “ The Laramie Project,” directed by Nancy Davis Booth, Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, $15 with discounts for PCC employees, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., 206-6986 

Ongoing Events*

  • 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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