Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Women's Economic Forum Offers Steps to Increase Earning Power

Phoenix College will host a free Women's Economic Forum, "Women Talk: Money and More." The event will provide a forum for women to learn about personal economic growth and development. Panelists will offer presentations on women's economic issues, education, personal safety and domestic violence awareness, debt management, budgeting, and surviving in a down economy.

Panelists include Daniel Herbst, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Phoenix College; Tisha Diffie, president, TMD Investment Strategies Inc.; Joann Hauger, executive director, Community Housing Resources of Arizona; Adrienne Udarbe, program director, Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Programs, AZDHS; and Assistant Chief Jeri Williams, Phoenix Police Department. The panel moderator is Laura French, executive projects manager, Arizona Office of Tourism. Casandra Kakar, vice president of workforce development, Phoenix College, will provide welcoming remarks.

The forum is presented by the Phoenix Women's Commission and the City of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department in partnership with Phoenix College. Refreshments will be served. Visit for information about the Phoenix Women's Commission.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Phoenix College John Paul Theatre
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Free and open to the public
A complimentary box lunch is available to attendees

Presented by:

The Phoenix Women's Commission and the City of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department in partnership with Phoenix College

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Phoenix College Phi Theta Kappa Announces Its Newest Members

The Rho Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Phoenix College held its Induction Ceremony Thursday, October 22, 2009 to announce its newest members and officers for the Fall 2009 semester. With inspiring thoughts from Phoenix College President Dr. Anna Solley, college administrators and Phi Theta Kappa advisors, family and friends celebrated an intimate ceremony to induct 21 new members into the prestigious International Honor Society for two-year colleges.

Fall 2009 Inductees:

Carrie Boron
Kathryn M. Delp
Lisa J. Dodge
Erica E. Escobedo
Carly Erickson
Brenda J. Fetha
Kelly Grijalva
April Rae Hopkins
Alicia Lammie
Cheryl McFarlin
Judith Monarrez
Kandace Montgomery
Mary K. Mulryan
Juanita Ortega
Ricardo Ortega
Rosanna Plath
Jenna Teplik
Alexis Trujillo
Claudia Gissel Uribe
Michael S. Vetter
Kevin Wagner
Annette Yazzie

Fall 2009-2010 Officers:
President, Jonathan Bruce
Vice President of Scholarship, Jeremy Stegall
Vice President of Service, Loren Brock
Vice President of Fellowship, Marie Monroe
Public Relations Officer, Sarah Albinda
Treasureer, Jacob Clark

Eileen Archibald
Diana Mitchell
Micaela Rios

About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages excellence in scholarship among two-year community college students. The Greek words Phi Theta Kappa mean wisdom (Phi), aspiration (Theta) and purity (Kappa). The Society provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Those interested in becoming Phi Theta Kappa members at Phoenix College must have taken at least 12 credits and obtain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

For more information about Phoenix College Phi Theta Kappa, Rho Pi Chapter, visit For more information about Phi Theta Kappa scholarships and nationwide activities, visit

Friday, October 23, 2009

PC Fall Sports Update

The PC Men's Soccer Team is in the midst of its best regular season in school history they are currently 14-2-3 with the playoffs starting next week. The PC Women's Soccer Team is starting to play alot better at the right time as playoffs also start for them next week. The Volleyball team beat first place GCC last week in 3 games, the Lady Bears are fighting for the last playoff spot, so come out and support the Bears next week. The PC Football team is currently 3-3 and is playing at Snow College this weekend.

Please come out and support Dig Pink Night on October 26th at 7pm in the North Gym as the PC Women's Volleyball team plays Scottsdale CC. All proceeds for that game will go to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Phoenix College Spring 2010 Schedule e-Zine

The Phoenix College Spring Schedule e-Zine is out! Take a moment to flip through the pages, watch the PC video, check out our services, find your classes, and register by clicking on the links at the top of the schedule pages.

ALL Arizona & All USA Academic Scholarship Applications (Nov 13 deadline)


The application is due to the Office of Institutional Advancement (Administrative Bldg - Eileen Archibald or Micaela Rios) by Friday, November 13, 2009 (4:30pm) and must be date stamped upon receipt.  The application is attached.

Two nominees will be forwarded from Phoenix College and will be placed on the All-State Academic Team and will receive a full two year scholarship to ASU, UofA, or NAU.

Specific eligibility requirements of note:
  • Must be enrolled at a community college through December 2009.
  • Must have at least 36 semester (or 48 quarter) college-level credit hours either completed at or transferred to a community college by December 31, 2009, and be on track to complete at least 48 semester hours (or 72 quarter) by August 30, 2010. (Not including Remedial/Development coursework)
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester (or 45 quarter) college-level credit hours completed at a community college in the past 5 year (Fall 2004-present).Students must be on track to earn an associate or bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a US associate or bachelor's degree).
  • Must have a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for all coursework completed in the last five years, regardless of institution attended. If the student has attended more than one school, all transcripts will be recalculated to determine the cumulative GPA for all college-level coursework taken.
  • Must have a community college record free of suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action. Must have a record 1) free from any criminal conduct, or 2) if a convicted felon, has completed all conditions of sentencing, including probation.
  • First time student is nominated for the All-USA Community College, Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team or New Century Scholar Program.
Students who attend community college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Students attending community colleges outside of the U.S. need to be members of Phi Theta Kappa and may only apply for the New Century Scholars program. Both students attending in the U.S. and internationally should submit the All-USA Academic Team nomination form and materials.

All-USA Community College Academic Team

New Century ScholarsUSA TODAY2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Nearly 1,000 students have been recognized and honored as representatives of community colleges in USA TODAY, and with the addition of the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team, now even more opportunities are available for nominees. In partnership with USA TODAY, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, AACC and Phi Theta Kappa, this expanded program seeks to honor 370 students as representatives of all outstanding community college students around the world. Nearly $500,000 in stipends will be provided to students in 2010. These programs share a common application and eligibility criteria.
USA TODAY All-USA Community College Academic Team USA TODAY supports the All-USA Community College Academic Team program. Twenty students will be selected to the national team, each receiving a $2,500 stipend and medallion. These students will be featured in the USA TODAY newspaper and presented at Phi Theta Kappa's Presidents Breakfast held during the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges Convention (AACC) April 19, 2010, in Seattle, Washington.

Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will again provide the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program, providing up to $450,000 in stipends. The top scoring student from each of the Fifty states will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 stipend. New Century Scholars will be presented at the AACC Convention. Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, receiving $1,500, fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, receiving $1,250, and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars, receiving $1,000. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars. All scholars will also receive special medallions and will be listed in USA TODAY on Monday, April 19, 2010. Finally, an additional 150 national finalists will be selected from multiple states, each receiving a $1,000 stipend. Phi Theta Kappa sponsors 37 All-State Academic Team Recognition ceremonies, during which stipends, scholarships, and special recognitions are presented to All-State Team winners.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

See "The Mighty Vandals" at Phoenix College

New Carpa Theater Co. in conjunction with The Miami (Arizona) Sports Hall of Fame, presents a special limited performance of The Mighty Vandals at Phoenix College.

The Mighty Vandals
Written by James E. Garcia and directed by Barbara Acker

Three years before the Supreme Court banned segregation in public schools, The Mighty Vandals, a team of mostly Mexican-American teens in the rural mining town of Miami, Arizona, go undefeated and clinch the state basketball championship. Miami is the kind of place folks usually leave if they want to make it big. Not in 1951.

Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30
7:30 p.m.
A talkback with an expert panel, including former team members, will occur after each one-hour performance.

Phoenix College ~ John Paul Theatre
1202 W. Thomas Road (15th Avenue and Thomas)

$12 general admission at the door, $10 for all students with student ID, and $8 for children under 12
Discounted tickets for general admission and children under 12 will be available via beginning October 21st.

About the Playwright:
James E. Garcia was born in Chicago, IL.. He is a journalist, playwright, university professor and media consultant. After nearly 18 years in journalism, he decided he wanted to learn the craft of playwriting and entered the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University. He's been writing plays since, including The Crossing, which won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's national 10-minute play competition in 2003.

About New Carpa Theater Co.:
New Carpa Theater Co. (formerly Colores Actor Writers Workshop) and its resident playwright and producing artistic director, James E. Garcia, takes inspiration from the dramatically engaging but often untold stories about the Latino community and other communities of color. The company's first production in Phoenix, American Latino Redux (Herberger Lunch Time Theater series, 2002), was a satirical look at the American Latino community in the United States. Other works by New Carpa include: Voices of Valor (Gammage Auditorium, 2006); Dream Act (Playhouse on the Park, 2008); A Boy Named Cesar (Herberger Lunch Time Theater, 2009); The Tears of Lives (Playhouse on the Park, Aug. 2009). Current and upcoming productions include: The Mighty Vandals (Lunch Time Theater, Sept. 2009) and American Pastorela: The Saga of Sheriff Joe (Third Street Theater). For more information, visit

Empty Bowls Event: A Handmade Bowl, A Simple Lunch, A Great Cause!

Help Phoenix College celebrate World Food Day at the third annual Empty Bowls event! For $10, you can purchase a hand-crafted ceramic bowl of your choice from among those created by faculty and student artisan potters in the Phoenix College Art & Music Department. For this donation, you'll also receive a simple lunch as a reminder that empty bowls are a common occurrence for too many people worldwide. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Andre House to help feed the Valley's homeless population. The Empty Bowls event is generously sponsored by Aramark.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Phoenix College - Sophomore Square
1202 W. Thomas Road

$10 per bowl, which includes lunch

Sponsored by:

For more information:
Contact Tim Hernandez at 602.285.7283 or or Michelle Klinger at 602.285.7842.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Homecoming Week Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

NOW thru Wednesday, October 21:Homecoming Leadership Court nominations are accepted. Nomination forms available at Student Life & Leadership.

October 26-October 30:Vote online for Homecoming King & Queen at

Friday, October 31: 12:00-4:00 pm, Bears’ Den:Celebrate Halloween with free treats and help decorate the Bears’ Den for Homecoming.

Monday, November 2: Homecoming Kick-off Celebration, 10:00am-12:00 pm, Sophomore Square:Participate in fun game and activities!  Free donuts and coffee! Homecoming Court winners will also be announced.

Monday, November 2: Madden Madness Tournament, 2:00-4:00 pm, PC Bears’ Den:Get your game face on! Compete in a virtual football tournament to end all virtual football tournaments in the PC Bears’ Den (Hannelly Center Lower Level). Prize for the overall winner!

Tuesday, November 3: Campus Wide Decorating Contest: Campus offices and student clubs decorate in the Peace Out, PC theme.  Judging will take place on Tuesday, November 3. The winning department and club will receive a pizza party and bragging rights!

Tuesday, November 3: Tie Dye Yourself Blue & Gold, 12:00-2:00 pm, PC:Decorate your Homecoming t-shirt 60s style in blue and gold! T-shirts are just $5.00 and will be available for pre-order or for sale throughout the week of Homecoming. A great way to show your Bear Spirit!

Wednesday, November 4: Bearstock Spirit Fest, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Sophomore Square:Party like its 1969! Games, club activities, snacks, music, prizes, and more! The most fun WEEKDAY of the semester!

Thursday, November 5: Beatle Mania Ice Cream Social, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, PC Bears’ Den:Come down to the den and get some FREE ice cream and participate in some Beatles Rock Band! The biggest hits of the 60s will be the biggest hit of Homecoming!  The winners of the Campus Wide Decorating Contests will also be announced.

Friday, November 6: Banner Making Party, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, PC Bears’ Den:Join us for snacks & school spirit as we make banners to root on the Football, Softball, and Basketball teams for their games.

Friday, November 6: Men’s Basketball, 7:00 pm, PC Gym: Support the Men’s Basketball team as they take on Impact Prep!

Saturday, November 7: Groovy Tailgating Party, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Behind E. Bleachers at Hoy Stadium: Celebrate with us before the big game! Bring your own food or purchase food in support of PC Athletics. Free snacks & games! Live Music! The most fun WEEKEND event of the semester!

Saturday, November 7: Homecoming Games: Cheer on the PC teams! Football kicks off vs. Arizona Western at 1:30 pm. Softball plays Hot Shots Gold Davis at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. FREE admission with a PC student, employee, or alumni ID card.

Want to display your PC Pride? Pre-order a Homecoming ’09 t-shirt.
T-shirts are $5, sizes S-XL.
Contact Student Life & Leadership for more details at 602-285-7231 or

Friday, October 16, 2009

Homecoming Leadership Court Nominations: Due Oct. 21st

Help a student become Phoenix College royalty! Each year the student body has the opportunity to nominate and select the Homecoming Court and Homecoming King and Queen!

Students can be nominated by a club or athletic team or be self-nominated.

Download the Nomination at!!

Nomination forms and nomination rules are also available in the Office of Student Life & Leadership. Nominees must be currently enrolled in 3 or more credit hours and carry a 2.75 cumulative GPA to be eligible.

The King and Queen will each receive a $250 PC scholarship for fulfilling their duties

Court Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.!

Online voting will be available to the student body October 26-October 30. Students will be able to vote at any computer on campus using their Phoenix College username and password.

The link to the online voting will be located at and

Please contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership at (602) 285-7231 if you have any questions regarding Homecoming Elections.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Phoenix College Student Designs Featured on the Runway

Phoenix College Fashion Design student will feature their designs at The Heart of Fashion Runway Show presented by the Mahnah Club on Thursday, October 15 at the Tempe Center for the Arts located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The fashion show is a fundraising event to benefit the Child Crisis Center East Valley, Inc., Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, the Mahnah Scholarship Fund and other local charities.

Much like what is seen on Bravo’s Project Runway, producers of the Mahnah Club fashion show gave $50 to a group of PC fashion design students to hit a local thrift store, buy used clothes and recreate the garments with their own, unique style to feature them at the fashion show.

For many of the participating students, it will be the first time featuring their designs in a fashion show; however, with the advanced design, sewing and pattern making skills learned at PC, the students were more than prepared to take part in the real-world project presented by Mahhan Club.

“The day my classmates went to the thrift store, I wasn’t able to make it. I sent my best friend to go in my place because she knows my style,” said PC fashion design student Paulette Vega, “I was in shock when she brought me a big purple prom dress with floral print and a two-piece suite, but I had to work with what I had.”

Vega used the inside material of the prom dress to create a cocktail dress. The two-piece suit was used for the top portion of her design.

“I’m happy with the final results, and I’m excited to be part of such a worthy cause while doing what I love to do most—design,” said Vega.

Another design featured at the fashion show will be PC fashion design student Meghan O'Connell’s cocktail dress with an empire waist, a black and white bodice swirl design with a sheer turquoise pleated overlay, and a feathered pillbox hat with a matching clutch.

“I love making feminine clothes with an edge that makes them stand out. I turned old, used clothes into something a lot more fashionable and something any girl would want to wear,” said O’Connell. “I’m excited to be a part of this show and to see something I designed walk down a runway and not just be a sketch on a piece of paper.”

At the fashion show, all participating PC fashion design students will be asked to go on stage next to the models wearing their design.

(List of all students’ name to be included)

“I feel honored that our students were asked by the Mahnah Club to participate in this wonderful event,” said Phillips. “It provides an opportunity for students and instructors to give back to the community and definitely reflects positively on the program and our students.”

Phillips and Galina Mihaleva, Phoenix College fashion design adjunct instructor and Arizona State Univerisy Department of Dance costume designer, have worked closely with the students giving them guidance and advice throughout the project.

To learn more about the Phoenix College Fashion Design Program, visit

Phoenix College Fashion Design students feature their designs at The Heart of Fashion Runway presented by the Mahnah Club.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a runway show headlined by Carine’s Boutique of Scottsdale.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
4:30 p.m.


Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Tickets are available at or by calling 480.350.2822. Prices range from $45 to $65.

About the Manhan Club

The Manhan Club is non-profit women's service organization that provides contributions to the support local charities such as the Child Crisis Center, a private, non-profit agency, that provides a temporary home for children up to eleven years of age who are threatened with abuse, neglect or abandonment, and Save the Family Foundation, non-profit organization with a mission to provide housing, case management and supportive services to homeless families with children in the East Valley. The Manhan Club also provides scholarships for college or post secondary studies.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Interested in a Career in Child Care? Recruiters are On Campus Today!

Alissa Thompson from ChildCare Careers is on the PC campus today (Monday, October 12, 2009) to recruit ChildCare workers. Visit with her in the Hannelly Center (HC) hallway from 9:00 a.m. -1:00p.m.

For more information, contact Phoenix College Career Services at 602-285-7421.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Leadership Program Opportunity: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Students are invited to attend an informational session at Phoenix College with a representative from CHCI. They also will hear from Teresa Guerra, a PC student who interned with the CHCI in Washington D.C. in summer 2008.

CHCI offers:
 -- Paid internships and fellowships in Washington D.C.
-- Travel stipend, housing, and healthcare
-- Exposure to the world of public policy and politics
-- Leadership development

What:  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Informational Session

When: Thursday, October 15th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Student Life & Leadership, Bears' Den

RSVP:  Email Saul Pena at

For more information: Visit

Friday, October 9, 2009

St. Joseph’s Offers Boot Camp for New Dads

On Saturday, Oct. 17, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center will hold Boot Camp for New Dads. This three-hour workshop helps expectant and first-time dads learn what it’s like to be a new dad. Veteran dads head the workshops and encourage honest discussions about lifestyle changes that may occur when the baby is born.

Boot Camp for New Dads enables new fathers to “hit the ground crawling” when their first baby arrives, and head in the right direction in forming a new family with mom. Topics include caring for mom and the new baby, working as a team, and calming a crying baby. Participants are encouraged to ask their own questions about the changes ahead and get hands-on experience caring for young babies.

The male-only workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph’s Center for Education and Development at Park Central Mall (3115 N. Third Ave., Suite 132). Cost is $20, and pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available based on need. Enlist now by calling 877-602-4111.

St. Joseph’s Offers Babysitter Training Class

On Saturday, Oct. 17, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is offering a Babysitting Training Class for adolescents ages 11 and older. The class, which helps young people prepare for their careers as babysitters, focuses on how to properly care for infants and children. The training includes information about emergency decision making, safety and accident prevention, working with parents, activity planning, CPR and First Aid.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive an American Safety and Health Institute Card and Certificate, as well as materials and an activity bag.

The class takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Center for Education and Development at Park Central Mall (3115 N. Third Ave., Suite 132).

Cost is $40, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call St. Joseph’s ResourceLink at 877-602-4111.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Phoenix College Business Club to Sponsor Health Care Debate: Is More Government Involvement the Solution?

As the nation looks to the proper role of government in health care, the Phoenix College Business Club is pleased to host a panel debate on Wednesday, October 14th.

All are welcome to attend this free event. In an effort to discuss all perspectives, four experts will form the debate panel – two supporting more government involvement in health care and two opposed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Parking available in the West Parking Lot

Tara Plese, Director of Government & Media Relations for Arizona Association
of Community Health Centers

Leonard Kirschner, MD, MPH, President AARP Arizona

Jeffrey Singer, MD, General Surgeon, President of Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd.

Byron Schlomach, PhD, Economist and Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity
at the Goldwater Institute

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by:
Phoenix College Business Club

For more information:
Call Bev Jenkins at (602) 285-7681 or email