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Oct. 31, 2013 

Contents

  • College Updates
    • PCC Foundation Luncheon Raises More Than $40,000 for New Student Scholarship Endowment
    • Running and Winning at PCC
    • UA Program Helps Pima Transfer Students
    •  Mandatory Employee Survey – Pima County Association of Governments Travel Reduction Program Survey
    • Reminder: Major Computer System Downtime Scheduled Overnight Nov. 1-2
    • Pima Students to Hold “No Fashion ─ Fashion Show” Contest on Nov. 22
    • Market On the Move Needs Volunteers
    • Speakers’ Series, Nov. 5
    • Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Today
    • Learn About the Professional Development Fund Application and Approval Process
    • Student-Created Day of the Dead Altars on Exhibit at Downtown Campus
    • PCC News Releases and Media Report
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Pima People
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events

College Updates

PCC Foundation Luncheon Raises More Than $40,000 for New Student Scholarship Endowment
The PCC Foundation raised more than $40,000 at a luncheon Wednesday for its new Building Community Scholarship Endowment.

More than 400 business, community and government leaders attended the event and heard Chancellor Lee Lambert outline his vision for the College.

“We must also align with business and industry to make sure we are providing them with the workforce they need, and to attract businesses to the community,” Chancellor Lambert said.

The audience also heard Mayor Jonathan Rothschild urge local employers to work with Pima and viewed a video featuring three students who spoke about how their Pima education has changed their lives.  

Attendees were provided with two informational handouts: a PCC “Quick Facts” card and Chancellor Lambert’s “Goals, Objectives & Timelines.”

Running and Winning at PCC
Congrats to Pima’s cross country team! Three Aztecs finished in the top 10 at the NJCAA Region I Championships this week at El Rio Golf Course. Read about their success here.

UA Program Helps Pima Transfer Students
Closer collaboration between The University of Arizona, Pima and other community colleges are easing the way for transfer students. A nice story about the UA Bridge program appeared this week in Daily Wildcat. Read it here.

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 containing a link to the survey with a password designated for each campus/site will be sent.  Clicking the link will take the employee to the PAG website where he or she will enter the password, then complete the survey. To keep the College in compliance, all employees must complete the survey by Nov. 30.

Reminder: 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.

Pima Students to Hold “No Fashion ─ Fashion Show” Contest on Nov. 22
Create a wearable outfit out of ribbons, macaroni and aluminum foil in just two hours?

That’s the challenge posed in an innovative contest  – with great prizes –  to be held next month at Downtown Campus.  A student club, Fashion Force – The force of good, is sponsoring the “No Fashion ─ Fashion Show” on Nov. 22. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to further the mission of the club.

The event is a contest open to local high school students, who will be given a box of various items to create a garment. The challenge is to create a look with these items. The look will be modeled on a runway, and the garments rated by a panel of judges from the local fashion industry. Cost to enter is $7 per student or $20 per group of no more than four students. The event will be held in the Amethyst Room, with preparations beginning at 3 p.m., and the show at 6:30 p.m.

The prizes include a $500 scholarship to Pima, a new Singer sewing machine and gift cards.

The club is seeking donations of pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, sewing kits, scissors and glue for the event. If you have any questions, are interested in making a donation or want to register an individual or a team, email or phone Charlette Padilla, 206-7206.

Market On the Move Needs Volunteers
Market On the Move (MOM), sponsored by Alpha Beta Chi, PCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, resumes Nov. 2 at Desert Vista Campus.

MOM is a produce redistribution program run by The 3000 Club, which provides a farmers’ market atmosphere at various locations throughout Phoenix and Tucson allowing people to donate $10 and receive up to 60 pounds of fresh produce.

MOM always needs volunteers to help with setup, stocking produce, assisting patrons and cleanup. Even an hour or two of your time would be a huge help! Contact Miranda Schubert for more information. 

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

Exempt Staff Step Progression Plans Due Today
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.

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.

  • Nov. 6, 10:30-11:30 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

Student-Created Day of the Dead Altars on Exhibit at Downtown Campus
Student-Created Day of the Dead altars will be on exhibit in the library at the Downtown Campus through Nov. 26.

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.

Pima People 

Upcoming Events*

  • Today: PCC Center for Training and Development Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 4 p.m., 206-5100
  • 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
  • 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 Theater 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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