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Oct. 24, 2013

 

Contents

  • College Updates
    • Forums on Probation Today at Desert Vista, West Campuses
    • Pima Picks Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
    • Major Computer System Downtime Scheduled Overnight Nov. 1-2
    • Speakers’ Series, Nov. 5
    • Mandatory Employee Survey – Pima County Association of Governments Travel Reduction Program Survey
    • Introduction to Twitter
    • Plus 50 Encore Completion Program Kickoff Oct. 29 at East Campus
    • Staff Council Elections
    • PCC Foundation to Host the Building Community Luncheon
    • Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Oct. 31
    • PCC, City of Tucson Offer Annual All-Ages Halloween event, Oct. 26
    • Policy Review
    • Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
    • PCC awards 14 Practical Nursing Certificates
    • ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
    • In Memoriam: Otis Bronson
    • In Memoriam: Leland Howard Scott
    • Summit on Aging, Oct. 25
    • The Second Annual Science, Spirit and Health Symposium, Nov. 8-10
    • PCC News Releases and Media Report
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events

College Updates 

Forums on Probation Today at Desert Vista, West Campuses
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jerry Migler and other administrators from the Provost’s Office will lead hour-long forums today on the progress PCC has made as it emerges from probation.

  • Desert Vista Campus, Ocotillo Room, 11 a.m.-noon
  • West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Saguaro Room, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For information on the forum schedule, see this media release.

For information on probation, see the Pima Addresses Probation webpage.

Pima Picks Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Pima has named Mark D. Ziska, a former human resources executive at Raytheon Missile Systems, to be interim vice chancellor for Human Resources. Read all about it here.

Major Computer System Downtime Scheduled Overnight Nov. 1-2
Due to required upgrades to network and storage systems, all College computer systems will be unavailable from 10 p.m., Nov. 1, to 6 a.m., Nov. 2.

College computer systems that will be unavailable include, but are not limited to:

  • The College website
  • MyPima (including all online services and MyPima course homepages)
  • D2L
  • Student and employee email
  • College phone system including voicemail
  • All online student and employee services
  • All Banner-related services
  • All fileshares and databases

College systems will go down for several hours at the beginning of the outage and staff will begin applying the upgrades. Individual systems will be restored to service as soon as possible after the upgrades have been completed. It will take the entire outage window for all systems to be restored to service. College staff will be work as quickly as possible to perform the needed upgrades.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Speakers’ Series, Nov. 5
Join Kathryn “Katie” Iverson, Biology faculty, as she discusses the whales, dolphins and other wildlife of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Iverson has been photographing marine mammals for two decades. During her presentation, “Whales of Baja,” Iverson will show slides of blue and finback whales, bottlenose dolphins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and gray whale calves.

Iverson has been a faculty member in Pima’s Biology Department for 12 years. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from California State University, Fullerton.

The lecture is set for 6 p.m., Nov. 5, at the PCC District Office, Community Board Room (Building C). 

Mandatory Employee Survey – Pima County Association of Governments Travel Reduction Program Survey
During November, all College employees must participate in the Pima County Association of Governments (PAG) Travel Reduction Program (TRP) Employee Survey.  Last conducted in 2009, the online survey is required by state law and county and city ordinances as a means to understand use of alternative modes of transportation by College employees.

On Nov. 1, a College-wide email will be sent containing a link to the survey with a password designated for each campus/site.  Clicking the link will take the employee to the PAG website where they will enter the password for their campus and then complete the one-page, eight-question survey.  Completing the survey should take no longer than five minutes.  To keep the College in compliance, all employees must complete the survey by Nov. 30.

As a large employer within Pima County, the College participates in the Pima Association of Governments Travel Reduction Program, which advocates the use of alternative modes of transportation to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. To learn more about the survey, the ordinances, state law, and the Travel Reduction Program, visit 884ride.org.

Introduction to Twitter
Twitter, tweeting ─ what’s all the buzz about? To learn more about Twitter, sign up for “Introduction to Twitter,” scheduled for 9:30-10:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at District Office, C115.

The session will cover the basics of Twitter for personal and professional use, as well as best practices for using Twitter. Register through Professional Development on MyPima. Call ext. 4706 for more information.

Plus 50 Encore Completion Program Kickoff Oct. 29 at East Campus
East Campus hosts the kickoff of the College’s Plus 50 Encore Completion Program on Oct. 29.

The event, in the Community Room of the East Campus Student Center, is 4-7 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. program that includes remarks by Chancellor Lee Lambert, and a keynote address by the Arizona AARP Director David M. Mitchell. Throughout the event, those attending will be able to meet PCC faculty and staff, as well as community partners and employers.

Pima’s Plus 50 program is part of a national effort sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges to train 10,000 baby boomers nationwide for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. Learn more about the program at www.pima.edu/plus50.

Staff Council Elections
Staff Council is holding its 2014 Election and is asking for nominations for campus/location representatives (two-year position). 

All staff will be emailed a Survey Monkey ballot this week for the purpose of nominating themselves or any eligible staff member.  If you don’t receive the email by Oct. 28, email  mhzoback@pima.edu. Please submit nominations by Nov. 15.

All hours served as a Staff Council representative at a meeting or on a committee, can be used for your Step Progression Plan. 

PCC Foundation to Host the Building Community Luncheon
The Pima Community College Foundation is hosting the Building Community Luncheon Oct. 30 at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa to introduce Chancellor Lee Lambert. 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 http://www.pima.edu/foundation or call 206-4646. 

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.

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 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. 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

PCC awards 14 Practical Nursing Certificates
The Center for Training and Development honors 14 Practical Nursing certificate completers in a pinning ceremony at 4 p.m., on Oct. 31 in the Desert Vista Campus cafeteria.

A total of 14 students who have earned certificates in Practical Nursing will participate in the Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, which includes a candle-lighting and recitation of the Nightingale Pledge. Practical Nursing is one of CTD’s nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs

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.

In Memoriam: Otis Bronson
Otis Bronson, one of the faculty who helped create PCC, passed away on Sept. 29. He taught classes in writing, tribal art, Eastern religions and meditation and was the long-time West Campus chair of the English and Journalism Department. PCC friends, colleagues, and students will gather for a memorial on Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., at Joaquin Murrieta Park, Ramada #1. For more information, contact Meg Files, 206-6084, mfiles@pima.edu. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

In Memoriam: Leland Howard Scott
A celebration of the life of Leland Howard Scott will be held Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 915 E. Fourth St. In 1969, Lee joined the founding faculty of PCC, where he taught Humanities, served as a guidance counselor and was active with college leadership until his retirement in 1990. He was one of the original two recipients awarded with the title Professor Emeritus the College. Contributions can be sent to the David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund at the PCC Foundation, or to First United Methodist Church.

Summit on Aging, Oct. 25
Pima is a partner  on a summit on the impact of an aging population in Pima County. “Cultivating a Livable Community for Our Region,” an event sponsored by Mayor's  Senior Task Force,  will be held  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 25, at PCC West Campus Gym.

The Second Annual Science, Spirit and Health Symposium, Nov. 8-10
The Second Annual Science, Spirit and Health Symposium: Understanding the Science of Energy Medicine Conference will be held Nov.  8-10 at the West Campus CFA Proscenium Theatre

The symposium promises to take “energy medicine” out of the mystery and into the mainstream.  It features William Tiller, Ph.D., from the film, "What the Bleep Do We Know?" and University of Arizona scientist Dr. Gary Schwartz, as keynote speakers. Register early for the best price. For more information, email JoshuaDanHorner@yahoo.com.

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. 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
  • Oct. 29: College’s Plus 50 Encore Completion Program kickoff event, Community Room, Student Center, East Campus, 4-7 p.m., program at 5:30 p.m., 206-7430.
  • Oct. 30: PCC Foundation’s Building Community Luncheon, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,  www.pima.edu/foundation, call 206-4646.
  • Nov. 5:  PCC Speakers’ Series:  “Whales of Baja,” by Katie Iverson, Biology faculty, PCC District Office, Community Board Room (Building C), free, 6 p.m., 206-4500
  • Oct. 31: PCC Center for Training and Development Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 4 p.m., 206-5100
  • 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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