Monday, August 24, 2009

Auditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers

The Phoenix College Department of Theatre & Film will be holding auditions this week for our fall 2009 productions of "Dark of the Moon" and "Tobacco Road".

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 (4pm-6:30pm)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (4pm-6:30pm)
Thursday, August 27, 2009 (4pm-6:30pm)
Saturday, August 29 (10am - 12pm)

John Paul Theatre (just east of the gym)


A powerful fantasy in a setting of the Smokey Mountains of Appalachia. A witch boy tarries in a mountain community in love with a beautiful girl named Barbara Allen. The superstitious townspeople resent their happiness, and meddling ends in violence and tragedy.

Audition Note: "Dark of the Moon" is a play with music, so I'm also looking for singers and dancers for this show.The auditions will take place on the stage of the John Paul Theatre (just east of the gym) and will consist of cold-readings from the scripts.

From the novel by Erskine Caldwell

The story of the Lester family of Tobacco Road – of Jeeter who dreams of planting a garden beside his ramshackle poor-white home, the idiotic son who marries a ravenous evangelist and drives an automobile to destruction, a daughter with strong sexual inclinations, and another who is sold into marriage for $7 and who keeps running back home.

Audition Note: The auditions will take place on the stage of the John Paul Theatre (just east of the gym) and will consist of cold-readings from the scripts.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Are you ready to step up to a leadership position?

The Rho Pi Chapter at Phoenix College is currently seeking eligible students for leadership positions.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the only scholastic honor society recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship, the development of leadership and service, and cultivates fellowship among students at Phoenix College and colleges throughout Arizona and the United States.

General Meetings for all Members (August 31, 2009)
Mondays, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (2xs a month) Hannelly Center Lower Floor HC4


What are the benefits of membership? Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will open new doors for your academic journey. The organization offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development through programs based on Phi Theta Kappa’s four hallmarks of:
1) Scholarship
2) Leadership
3) Service
4) Fellowship
As a member, your academic excellence will be recognized with the Golden Key Membership Pin, membership certificate and identification card, notation of membership on your diploma and transcripts and the privilege of wearing regalia at graduation that sets you apart as a Phi Theta Kappa member.

What are the membership requirements?
  • you must be enrolled Phoenix College
  • you must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible);
  • you must generally have a grade point average of 3.25;
  • you must receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled (invitations will be sent to your student G-mail in September);
  • you must adhere to the moral standards of the society.
International students are welcome to become members. They must achieve the required GPA, have accumulated the number of hours required by the college to designate full-time status, and possess all rights of citizenship in their native land.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


We are pleased to announce that we are making a new Google-powered email system available to all Maricopa Community College students. This system provides you with an official address where you can receive important communications from the college including messages regarding financial aid and enrollment.

You should sign up and start using your new email account immediately at Students are responsible for communications sent to this email address and all messages delivered to their student message center. Official messages from Phoenix College will be sent via the new student e-mail accounts as direct communication or as a message alert notifying the student that they have a new message waiting in their student message center.

If you are a new student, you must first sign up for a Maricopa Enterprise ID (MEID) at which time you will automatically be given a corresponding address in the new email system. The student email address will begin with your MEID (example: [MEID] and will use your existing password. For students who would like to continue to use their current e-mail address to receive messages, there is a convenient tool that will allow you to forward your student email to your ‘preferred’ email address.

The new system will also provide you with a number of significant benefits, including: useful collaboration tools such as Google Docs, an online suite of office productivity applications featuring word processing, spreadsheets and presentations; a lifetime email address; a reliable, secure email service with a powerful anti-spam service; access to calendaring, tasks and scheduling features; an easy way to forward email to other personal email accounts; Instant Messaging with voice and video; and access to Phoenix College News for the most up-to-date information about what is going on at the college.

For more information regarding how to use GoogleApps@Maricopa visit or visit the Phoenix College Computer Commons for a listing of mini training sessions being offered this semester.

FREE Dental Screenings

Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Students are offering free dental screenings. Call 602.285.7323 to set up a screening to find out if you could be eligible for the following services:

If you are eligible (as determined at your free screening), all necessary services are provided for one low fee -- just $35.00!
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Dental screening examination
  • Radiographs (x-rays)
  • Dental hygiene therapy (cleaning)
  • Non surgical periodontal therapy
  • Administration of local anesthetic agents, for comfort
  • Selective polishing
  • Fluoride treatments as needed
  • Dental sealants (small additional fee for sealants)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What's all the Buzzzz at Phoenix College?

The Buzzzz is your portal to Phoenix College news. You can listen to the Phoenix College Internet Radio, watch the latest feature on Maricopa Now!, or become a PC Fan on Facebook.

Student Email Accounts - Google Applications (click here)
Your student email account is the official means of important communication between MCCCD colleges and students for financial aid, registration, tuition payment and other deadlines. You can access your account here using your MEID. For "super fast" access you can link your account to your mobile phone!

PC Bear Blog - Follow the blog and find out about new courses/programs, services, events, and student highlights and profiles at Phoenix College.

PC Internet Radio (click here)
The fall line up promises to be bigger and better than ever. Besides continuing to showcase cutting-edge music chosen by PC Internet DJ’s, the station's new features will include sports, original music performances and the "Theatre of the Mind." Listen to at home, in one of the PC Hotspots, or join the Internet Radio Club to be part of the Buzzzz.

PC Offical Facebook Page (click here to become a fan)
Become a fan of Phoenix College on Facebook the social networking media for college students, employees, and alumni. Find old friends and make new ones. Be the first to know what's going on at your alma mater.

Follow Bumstead on Twitter (click here to follow)
Want to find out what Bumstead is up to? Just sign up on Twitter to follow along.

MCTV Desktube (click here)
MCTV is the Maricopa Colleges Television station. Enter this site to find out what's on Maricopa Now! a televised magzine for and about the Maricopa Community College students. You can also watch recorded Governing Board sessions or find out what's happening in the Coach's Corner.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Creative Writing Student and Acclaimed Action Thriller Author To Launch Third Novel

Although PC creative writing student Brent Ghelfi was a voracious reader his entire life, writing novels was a quest he thought he’d never undertake. He was a successful lawyer and businessman, and today he’s also known as an acclaimed action thriller author. His third novel in the Volk series, The Venona Cable, is set to launch on Tuesday, August 18.

“I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and from there I transitioned into business. Soon after I sold my company, I decided to give writing a try,” said Ghelfi. “I’d never considered writing a novel, and I had no idea how hard it would be.”

After learning that Jim Sallis, a Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author, was teaching novel writing courses at Phoenix College, Ghelfi decided to take the creative writing classes to polish and hone his writing skills.

“I’ve been a fan of Jim’s writing for more than 20 years. He teaches the way he writes—brilliant insight and trenchant observations made in his spare graceful style,” said Ghelfi about his experience in Sallis’ class. “Jim and the students provided inspiration to write more and polish every word until it shined.”

The desire to write a great story in the most entertaining and compelling way grew stronger, and he began writing the Volk series. The rest is history.

The first two novels, titled Volk’s Game and Volk’s Shadow, received high accolades. Volk’s Game was nominated by the International Thriller Writers for the Best First Novel of 2007 and by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines for a Barry Award for Best Thriller. Volk’s Shadow was named as a critically acclaimed novel.

His novels focus on a Russian agent and criminal named Alexei “Volk” Volkovoy who lives in modern-day Russia. Communism, poverty and violence are all central themes seen in the Volk series.

Outside of the classroom, Sallis was inspirational and instrumental throughout Ghelfi’s writing career. In the acknowledgement section of his second novel he wrote:

“James Sallis applied his gimlet eye to several chapters of this novel; better still, he offered his unique blend of criticism and counsel, wisdom and wit.”

Ghelfi will debut The Venona Cable at the National Book Launch at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18.

To learn more about Ghelfi’s latest thriller and about the Volk series, visit Ghelfi’s website at To learn about the creative writing classes at Phoenix College, visit and search for “creative writing.”