Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Apply for Spring 2011 Scholarships

 PC Online General Scholarship Application
Deadline to apply:  January 31, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, organizations and other donors, Phoenix College students have access to hundreds of scholarships that are available to assist both academically deserving students and those who demonstrate financial need. Students attending the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2010-2011 academic year are encouraged to initiate their eligibility assessment for many different scholarships by following the application procedures outlined elsewhere in this website.

Online Application:

  • Have your MEID number, Student ID and/or GPA information available.
  • You will be asked to create a profile and secure username and password on the system.  This will allow you to start your application, save it and complete it later.  Remember to write down your username and password so you don’t forget it.  Note: Once you have SUBMITTED your application, you will not be able to access it to make changes; therefore, be sure to review and proofread your application several times before you are ready to submit the application.
  •  You may access your application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer with internet access up through the deadline date.  If you do not have access to a computer, you may visit the computers located inside the Fannin Library, the Scholarship Office at Financial Aid (Hannelly Center-ground floor) and Student Life & Leadership lower level.)

Jack Kent Cooke 2011 Undergraduate
Scholarship Application Now Open  
If you are a PC student who wants to be considered for nomination to JKC for this scholarship, you must complete your online application at the JKC website by the Campus Deadline of Wednesday, January 12, 2011.  Phoenix College will review all completed applications and select four students to move forward in nomination to Jack Kent Cooke for scholarship consideration.  For complete instructions on how to complete your application, including what kind of supplemental materials you must include, visit the JKC website.  Please read all information at the site thoroughly before you consider applying, as this is a time consuming and competitive process:

Maricopa on Facebook - Join the Conversation Now!

Join a Conversation. Share Your Interests. Make New Friends.

Phoenix College is piloting Maricopa on Facebook, a social media application developed by Inigral, Inc. to provide an interactive community for ALL Maricopa students, faculty and staff. Members can join in discussion communities and share common interests in specific areas such as sports & outdoors, lifestyle & beliefs, and hobbies & interests. Members can also affiliate with college clubs or other organizations that help to further focus interests. Students can also access their class schedule and locate classmates that have registered in Maricopa on Facebook.

Getting Started
For identification purposes this application requires the use of an MEID as well as a personal Facebook account. The application will connect with the Facebook profile photo but will keep personal wall posts and other private information separate from the Maricopa on Facebook account.

To get started, you use your existing Facebook account. If you don’t have an account, go to www.facebook.com and follow the sign-up instructions.
  1. Log into your existing Facebook account at www.facebook.com
  2. Go to: facebook.maricopa.edu > Enter your MEID and click Sign-Up
  3. On the next screen, click the Allow button
  4. Enter your student email address
  5. Check for confirmation in your student email account accessed through my.maricopa.edu
  6. Follow the prompts to finish the setup
  7. Complete your profile by adding interests and affiliations.
  8. Take it one step further…introduce yourself and tell others what’s on your mind.
Accessing Your Account
Next time you want to access Maricopa on Facebook, just enter facebook.maricopa.edu or access through your personal Facebook account under the Maricopa Community Colleges personalized link.

Application Features
  • Community: Find discussions focused on your stated interests and affiliations and access the Q & A section.
  • Home: Start a discussion, view all wall posts or view only those from your friends or about your interests.
  • People: View new members, make new friends with similar interests, locate classmates and find Facebook friends.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Phoenix College ACE Program Spells Success for Many Students

Through an innovative program designed to alter students’ expectations of what they can achieve academically, Phoenix College is working to increase the number of at-risk students successfully pursuing higher education.

The nationally-recognized Achieving a College Education (ACE) program targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a bachelor’s degree as an achievable goal.  The program is specifically designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to an accredited community college, before moving on to a university in order to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Students accepted into the program meet at least one at-risk criterion, including: being the first in their family to attend college, experiencing environmental challenges such as homelessness or a temporary housing situation, being a member of an underrepresented group, coming from a single-parent home, and experiencing economic hardships.

“ACE provides an outstanding opportunity for students who didn’t think they were a candidate for higher education,” said Rody Randon, director of early outreach programs at Phoenix College. “Through this program, they learn that they are capable and worthy of academic success. And because ACE takes place on a college campus, students become more comfortable with navigating through the higher education system while they gain tools for their future success.”

Phoenix College has been serving students through the ACE program since 2001, and statistics show that an average of 86% of students who complete the program continue their higher education at the university level.

Students in the Phoenix College ACE program can choose from several pathways, including general studies, fire science, crime scene investigation, and interpreter preparation. The model helps prepare students to enter the workforce by providing hands-on training through internships in professional settings. Students also attend success workshops that cover important topics such as career exploration, financing a college education, time management, and leadership skills.

Randon recounted the story of a student who, prior to joining the ACE program, had no aspirations to attend college and did not set a high career goal for herself. Following her involvement in the ACE program and her completion of an associate’s degree at Phoenix College, she transferred to Arizona State University. This month, she will graduate from ASU’s Cronkite School with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an exciting career path ahead of her.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than when one of the ACE students comes back and I get to hear that they are finishing their associate’s degree and preparing to transfer to the university,” said Randon, who has been heading up the ACE program at Phoenix College since 2007. “I love what I do because I can see the results.”

The ACE Program at Phoenix College targets high school students from the Phoenix Union High School District. High school juniors and seniors in the ACE program take college courses Monday through Thursday during the summer and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters.  Throughout the two years, the students are able to experience and acclimate to the college environment in a real-time setting. The program enables high school students to earn up to 24 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. Upon high school graduation, many ACE students enroll full-time at Phoenix College before eventually transferring to a university to complete their degree.

The success of the ACE program has led to the implementation of the Junior ACE program, which Phoenix College began piloting in 2007 for students entering the 7th grade. Students who participate in Junior ACE take a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) course and a college survival course to develop academic skills needed for college and university success. Junior ACE is a successful pathway to the ACE program, with 85% of Jr. ACE students continuing on. Phoenix College is one of five Maricopa Community Colleges that have implemented the Junior ACE program.

“Junior ACE participation has doubled within one year, and we had 86 students this past summer,” said Randon. “It’s a critical program because it reaches students while they are still so young. It really instills in them the idea that achieving a college education is possible.”

If you would like to help sustain the ACE or Junior ACE programs at Phoenix College, or to request more information, contact Rody Randon at 602.285.7391.

Student Athletes Recognized for Athletic Achievement

More than 40 Phoenix College student athletes who were freshmen last spring were recognized on December 1, 2010 for having a 3.0 or greater grade point average. Way to go Bears!

Sport    Last    First    Sp 10 GPA
BB    Hutchinson    Travis     3.43
BB    Orta    Todd    3.33
BB    Perez    Roy     3

FB    Albertson    Spencer    4
FB    Bennett    Tyler    3.75
FB    Gray    Aaron    3.4
FB    Houston    Keith    3.17
FB    Madrigal    Martin   
FB    McGee    Caleb    3.45
FB    Multhauf    Spencer    3.79
FB    Myers    Jhawonn    3.14
FB    Sellers    Aaron    3.4
FB    Spinell  III    Raymond     3.53
FB    Taylor    Chase    3.18
FB    Villa    Joshua    3.25
FB    Wright    Curtis    3.14

MBKB    Edwards    Jason    4
MBKB    Farr    Darrell    3.07
MBKB    Outland    Chad    3.09

MSOC    Freitas    Kevin    3.18
MSOC    Martinez    Matthew    3.14
MSOC    Robertson    Ivor    3.45
MSOC    Shalongo    Justin    3.5

SB    Kellogg    Kristy    3.77
SB    Renoth    Kharissa    3.25
SB    Rosiewicz    Krista    4
SB    Tarnowski    Lisa    3.6

VB    Cava    Alexa    3
VB    Hoppe    Joelle    3
VB    Morse    Samantha    3.17
VB    Olsen    Cellina    3.43
VB    Robertson    Jenna    3.38
VB    Serrano    Daniella    4
VB    Zeibig    Sarah    3.46

WBKB    Lio    Tamara    3.36
WBKB    Nimes    Francheska    3.53
WBKB    Richey    Heather    3.8
WBKB    Irving    Chelsei    3.59

WSOC    Gorman    Kyna    3.14
WSOC    Landa    Leslie    3.6
WSOC    Sanchez    Viridiana    3

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Phoenix College Names Paul DeRose Head of Administrative Services

Phoenix College Names Paul DeRose Head of Administrative Services

Following a nation-wide search, Phoenix College has named Paul DeRose as the new Vice President of Administrative Services, effective November 8, 2010.

DeRose has served as the Interim Vice President of Administrative Services at Phoenix College for the past nine months. He has more than 17 years experience working for the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) in business and administrative services, including more than a decade at Phoenix College.

“Paul’s stellar contributions to the talented Phoenix College family include a collaborative leadership style, a wealth of knowledge, and extensive experience,” said Phoenix College president Dr. Anna Solley. “We are delighted that he will use his expertise to direct the fiscal and general operation of the college, which directly affects the delivery of teaching and learning experiences that inspire success among our students.”

As chief operational officer, DeRose is a member of Phoenix College’s senior management team. His duties include oversight of the areas of business services, information technology, operations, employee services, public safety, and athletics. Phoenix College serves over 30,000 students each year and is the flagship of the Maricopa County Community College District, which is the largest provider of health care workers and job training in Arizona and one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States.

“Administrative Services plays an integral role in providing services that support the college’s mission of delivering teaching and learning experiences,” said DeRose. “I am very excited for the opportunity to provide leadership to this area.”

DeRose has played an active role in budget development for Phoenix College. His leadership contributed to the college’s ability to overcome over $3 million in operational budget reductions during the last five years. In addition, he is actively involved with the college’s capital development plan, and provides direction to the $24 million renovation project of Hannelly Center and Learning Center building.

With a transparent approach to budgeting and processes, DeRose has been instrumental in establishing collaborative working relationships within the campus community and throughout MCCCD. He has actively participated on the Phoenix College Budget Review Committee for 10 years, serving as a co-chair for five years. In addition, he is currently working to improve systems and processes throughout MCCCD as a member of several of Chancellor Rufus Glasper’s 21st Century Maricopa work teams.

DeRose holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. His educational goals include the pursuit of Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. For the past four years, he has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Phoenix College Business department.

DeRose resides in Mesa with his wife and two daughters.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Phoenix College International Reading Fest: Crossing Borders, Making Connections


Join the Phoenix College Reading Department for a special celebration of all things literary on November 16 and 17, 2010. In conjunction with International Education Week Activities, the Phoenix College International Reading Festival will feature author visits, book signings, a book shop, storytelling, and more. All events are free and open to the entire community. Bring a book to donate in support of child care centers and Faculty Association student scholarships.
For more information, contact Cindy Ortega at 602.285.7768.

Tuesday, November 16th                 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception featuring storyteller Fatimah Halim ~ Willo Room
Light refreshments will be served.
Hosted by Phoenix College Alumni Association

Wednesday, November 17th
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Book Shop ~ Sophomore Square

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker Marisel Herrera-Anderson ~ Bulpitt Auditorium
Marisel Herrera-Anderson is a dynamic speaker, author, and life coach who energizes audiences with empowering messages that draw from her rich cultural heritage and passionate belief in the power of education and faith to transform lives. A New York-born Puerto Rican, educator and servant-leader, she speaks to the bilingual and bicultural realities facing Latina/os. Herrera-Anderson is the author of the memoir Puerto Rican Goldilocks and other creative works. [Taken from the author’s website, www.mariselspeaks.com.]

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Book Signing at Book Shop ~ Sophomore Square

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Do Tell” Storytelling Event ~ Campus Vista Room (Library)

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Crossing Borders:  Stories That Connect Us ~ Bulpitt Auditorium
Join us for an author panel and book signing featuring Bryan Beach, Hershman John, and Rita Maria Magdaleno. Enjoy Cuban dance performed by Fuego Latino - Revista Musical. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Phoenix College to Participate in National Student Success Program

Phoenix College has been awarded a $187,000 grant by the Gateway to College National Network as part of the Project DEgree initiative. Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this initiative will help students achieve success in their pursuit of a college education. Phoenix College was chosen as one of eight schools across the nation to participate.

Project DEgree is designed to provide a college success structure for 18-26-year-olds who have earned a high school diploma or GED, but who still require further education to prepare for college-level coursework. The program provides students with intensive academic and social supports, offers an engaging foundation-based curriculum and establishes a peer group learning community to help students structure their lives so they can build and maintain the momentum necessary to complete their educational goals.

Project DEgree provides the funds to concentrate all of the best practices to ensure success and completion for this cohort of students,” said Robin Ozz, director of developmental education at Phoenix College. “This includes a theme-based, active engagement learning community of Reading, English, and College Success skills, along with a dedicated resource specialist who will not only teach the success course but whose primary job it is to ensure student success, whether the barriers are academic or personal,” she said.

In their first year, students will be part of a learning community with 25 peers. Together, they will take developmental coursework in reading and writing, a college success course, and will receive preparatory tutoring in math. After completing their initial courses, students will progress as a learning community, taking the next sequence of reading, writing, and math classes, as well as a counseling and personal development course.

During the second year of the Project DEgree initiative, students will transition into college-level coursework and progress toward the certificate or degree of their choice. They will be encouraged to take 12 credit hours of coursework each semester. In this phase, the students will be supported by a completion advisor who will work closely with advising staff to provide counseling and connection to college resources and support services.

“This program is based on what has been working for the Gateway to College Network with incredible results for the past five years in high schools nationwide, and now they are replicating these success strategies for the under prepared student in the community college,” said Ozz.

Gateway to College National Network is a national nonprofit organization that is tackling the dropout crisis and catalyzing change across developmental education in colleges. Organizational strategies include creating and replicating innovative programs, building partnerships, influencing systems, conducting research and sharing what they know, helping effect policy and regulatory changes, and providing customized consulting services. The National Network also offers training, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to Gateway to College and Project DEgree programs across the country. 

Nominate a PC Instructor for the Distinguished Teaching Award

Phoenix College Distinguished Teaching Award

One of the hallmarks for excellence in two-year colleges is the recognition and reward of excellence in teaching. Phoenix College has established the Distinguished Teaching Award to recognize teaching excellence by its faculty. Recipients receive a plaque, have all expenses paid to professional conferences or seminars (up to $1,500), and share their methods and techniques with other faculty. Also, they award a $250 scholarship given in their name to a qualified PC student of their choice. The recipient of this award is chosen by a committee of peers, based on a screening process, submitted supporting paperwork, and classroom observation of the nominees.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Teaching Award, nominees must demonstrate a sustained contribution to the students and the college. Therefore, before being nominated, nominees must be current residential (full-time) faculty and have completed three or more years of residential (full-time) teaching at Phoenix College. Any student, employee, alumnus of Phoenix College, or any member of the community may make nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

NOMINATION FORM: http://www.pc.maricopa.edu/ctlt/forms/nominationForm.php

Complete the online form, and explain, to the best of your knowledge, why the nominee is a Phoenix College Distinguished Teacher. Consider how the nominee demonstrates any or all of the distinguished teaching criteria listed below. Address only those areas about which you have knowledge. Do not feel that you must address all of the established criteria.

1. With Students

* displays a high degree of respect for attitudes and values of the students
* interacts effectively in formal and informal situations
* concentrates on students needs
* allows students to explore ideas effectively
* encourages life-long learning
* demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and for subject area
* invites independent thinking

2. With Subject Area

* stays current with new information
* develops classroom techniques and/or materials that reflect new concepts in subject area, and/or new concepts in the presentation (or teaching) of the subject area

3. With Course Learning Materials

* has thorough knowledge of subject
* develops and/or maintains learning materials for particular courses (syllabi, learning packets, supplementary handouts, media, etc.)
* stimulates student interest about the course subject.

4. With College/Community Involvement

* contributes to institutional vitality
* represents the college in the greater community
* involved in campus activities beyond the classroom, such as developing new courses, writing grants, etc.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scholarship Opportunity: Women's Philanthropy Circle

The purpose of the Maricopa Colleges Foundation Women's Philanthropy Circle is to create resources and raise funds to diminish barriers to higher education for MCCCD women students. In doing so, the WPC will cultivate women as philanthropists.

The Women's Philanthropy Circle invites applications for the WPC Scholarship. Five students will be awarded $1,000 each for the Spring, 2011 semester based on the following criteria:

* ·attended at least one semester at a Maricopa Community College;
* · earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
* ·are enrolled in the semester for which the scholarship will be awarded for at least 6 credit hours;
* ·can describe barriers to their success in college; (there will be an additional question on the application to cover this)
* · and, are a resident of Maricopa County.

Scholarship awards are potentially renewable; recipients are asked to apply each academic year.

As part of the WPC Mission to cultivate women as philanthropists so they can one day reach back to help other women, scholarship recipients will be expected to:

* participate in Women’s Philanthropy Circle events; and
* speak to groups about how the scholarship has helped them to achieve their educational goals.

Applications must be submitted on-line before Dec. 5, 2010 through the STARS system of the Maricopa Colleges Foundation.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Alumni Hall of Fame to Induct History Makers

The Phoenix College Alumni Association is proud to announce the latest group of outstanding individuals who will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame during the annual gala event on November 18, 2010:

Signature Award – Designated for any PC alumnus
Kay Watkins’ 36
James Allen May ‘56
Frank Barrios ‘60
Lois Bartholomew ‘72
Alberto Esparza ‘79
George Diaz, Jr. ‘97

Legend Award - Designated for any PC alumnus who has demonstrated service to the Phoenix College Alumni Association
Carolyn Humphrey ‘49
Kathy Hogan-Harris ‘67

Heritage Award - Designated for current or retired Phoenix College faculty member
Dr. Larry and Dr. Sara Soller
Dr. Linda Kurth
Rita Perry ‘84

Champion Award - Designated for current or retired Phoenix College staff member
Lynn Mary

Learn more about this year’s outstanding honorees at the 12th annual Phoenix College Alumni History Makers Scholarship Dinner and Auction. Alumni and community members will gather to honor the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees at 6:00 p.m. on November 18, 2010 at The Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

The evening will include a silent auction, dinner catered by Master Chef Scott Robinson and Phoenix College Culinary Studies students, and a program during which the outstanding alumni will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. During the induction ceremony, the honorees will be recognized for their contributions to Phoenix College and to the community.

Tickets are $55 per person, and proceeds benefit the PCAA Scholarship Project, which helps financially deserving students attend Phoenix College. To charge tickets by phone or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Barbara Stratton at 5-7337.

Two Events to Celebrate Veterans

Phoenix College will honor veterans this November with two special events on campus. On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, community members are invited to a special presentation of Give 'Em Hell Harry!, with actor Gary Sievers playing the role of Harry Truman. The two-hour, one-man show about the 33rd commander-in-chief is on stage at 7:00 p.m. in the college's Bulpitt Auditorium.

Sievers has been playing Truman in one-man shows for 35 years, performing at colleges and universities across the country. The show most recently was greeted with a standing ovation at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and played to sold-out houses at Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Mesa Community Colleges earlier this year.

Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Maggie DiSanti Women Veterans Scholarship Endowment.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12.50 for students/veterans/seniors and $10 each for groups of 8 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.macv.org, at the Phoenix College cashier’s office, and at the event on November 9th with cash or a check.

For more information about performance of Give 'Em Hell Harry! at Phoenix College, contact Michelle Klinger at 5-7842.

On November 10th, the campus community will celebrate Phoenix College 2010 Veterans Appreciation Day. All are welcome to attend this free Saluting Our Heroes event, which will include guest speakers sharing their experiences in the armed forces, music from the 36th Army Band Brass Quintet, and a color guard from Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84. Stop by Sophomore Square from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and take the opportunity to show your appreciation for all those who have bravely and honorably served our country in the Armed Forces.

For more information about Veterans Appreciation Day, contact Felicia Kinard at 5-7342.

Celebrate PC: 90 Years! Homecoming Week Starts Monday

Get ready for our biggest and best Homecoming celebration yet! From November 1 - 6, 2010, Phoenix College is the place to be for music, prizes, games, and fun. All events are free, so come out and show your PC spirit! Buy a Homecoming 2010 t-shirt for just $5 (sizes S-XL) to display your PC Pride. For details, visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/homecoming or contact Student Life & Leadership at 5-7321.

Monday, November 1st:
Homecoming Kick-off Celebration, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Sophomore Square: Homecoming Court winners will also be announced. Participate in fun games and activities!  Free ice cream sandwiches!

Tuesday, November 2nd:
Campus Wide Decorating Contest: Campus offices and student clubs decorate using the Celebrate PC: 90 Years theme. Choose a decade from 1920 - 2000 and decorate!  Judging will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd. The winning department and club will receive a pizza party and bragging rights!
Wednesday, November 3rd:
Celebrate PC Spirit Fest, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sophomore Square: Celebrating 90 years of PC! Games, club activities, snacks, prizes, music, and more! The most fun weekday of the semester! Sign up to participate in the Dance of the Decades Dance Contest. Choose a decade between 1920 – 2010 and get your groove on!
Thursday, November 4th:
---Putting on the Ritz Costume Contest, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., PC Bears’ Den:  Dress up for your favorite decade and come down to the Bear’s Den to be judged. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume Overall, Most Creative, and Crowd Favorite. The winners of the Campus Wide Decorating Contest will also be announced.
---Men’s Basketball, 7:30 p.m., PC Gym: Support the Men’s Basketball team as they take on College of Southern Idaho!

Friday, November 5th:
---Banner Making Party, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., PC Bears’ Den: Join us for snacks and school spirit as we make banners to root on the Football, Softball, and Basketball teams for their games.

---Pre-Game Game Day, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., PC Bears’ Den: Get your game face on! We will have games from the 1920s to present, video, and board games for you to choose from. Bring your own multi-player games (for all audiences please) for Xbox, Wii, PS3. If you have an old-school system and games, bring them and we’ll set them up, too. Come on down to the PC Bears’ Den (Hannelly Center Lower Level) to enjoy the fun!

Saturday, November 6th: ---Tailgate Party, 12:00 -1:30 p.m., behind East Bleachers at Hoy Stadium: Celebrate with us before the big game! Bring your own pre-cooked food or purchase food in support of PC Athletics. Free snacks, games and activities! Live music! The most fun weekend event of the semester!

---Homecoming Games: Cheer on the PC teams! Football kicks off vs. Snow Community College at 1:30 p.m. FREE admission to the game with a PC Student, Employee, or Alumni ID card.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/October 4-10, 2010

20 September; reported 8 October:  A student reported that she was being harassed by another student.  The harassment occurs while she is in class, via text messages, e-mails, and phone calls.  Public Safety will attempt to contact the student suspected of causing the harassment.  This investigation is pending.

4 October; 2:10pm:  Safety staff responded to a report of a student having a seizure in the A building.  Paramedics responded and the student was taken to Saint Joseph's Hospital.

4 October; 4:55pm:  Safety staff responded to a non-injury vehicle accident in the west parking lot.  The accident was caused by inattentive backing.  Parties involved exchanged insurance information.

5 October; 6:45am-1:30pm:  A student reported the theft of his bicycle from the rack located by the B building.  The bike had been secured by a U-shaped lock and cable.  It was purchased for $560.00.

5 October; 4:30pm:  Safety staff completed a report on the damage caused by the strong wind, rain, and hail.  A tree fell on an employee's vehicle that was parked in the 11th Avenue parking lot.

6 October; 1:35pm:  Safety staff responded to a non-injury vehicle accident in the west parking lot.  There was minor damage and the parties involved exchanged insurance information.

6 October; 4:25pm:  Safety staff responded to a report that a student was having a seizure in the Dalby building.  The student quickly recovered and requested that paramedics not be called.  The student said a friend would take her home.

6 October; 5:10pm:  Phoenix Fire was called to the Public Safety building due to smoke in the facility.  An air conditioner apparently seized up and caused the smoke.  A fan was used to clear the smoke from the building.

6 October; 7:00-8:10pm:  A student reported that while his vehicle was parked in the west lot, it was burglarized.  Missing from the vehicle was the in-dash stereo and a lap-top bag containing a calculator.  The loss is estimated at $225.00.  The vehicle had been left unlocked by the student.

7 October; 6:30pm; reported 8 October:  An employee reported that while working a soccer game, he was coming from the press box, missed a step, and fell.  The employee injured his right shoulder and right ankle.  The employee was treated by his physician.

10 October; 8:57am:  Safety staff responded to the north parking lot on a report that a vehicle had sustained criminal damage.  Someone had broken the passenger window out of a Honda Civic.  The owner was contacted and apprised of the damage.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NAU streamlines affordable degree path for Maricopa Community College students

Northern Arizona University’s new joint admissions partnership in Maricopa County is streamlining higher education opportunities and creating a more affordable pathway to a baccalaureate degree.

Called Connect2NAU, the partnership allows enrolled students to complete NAU bachelor’s degrees for less than half the cost of a traditional four-year public university education. Students save time and money by being admitted to NAU while they are earning an associate degree at a Maricopa Community College.

“We are trying to open the doors to many more students,” said NAU President John Haeger. “Different education structures will appeal to different students. When a four-year residential experience is not the best fit for a student, we can determine another method to meet their needs.”

Connect2NAU students can complete their bachelor's degree by attending NAU classes on a Maricopa Community College campus or in their community. Students also can enroll online or at NAU in Flagstaff. Students have access to NAU transfer advisement, online resources, Cline Library privileges, an NAU e-mail account, a Bridge to NAU tutorial and a waived university admission application fee.

Maria Harper-Marinick is executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges. “The Maricopa Colleges have a long history working with Northern Arizona University,” said Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges. “We are committed to enhancing and strengthening our relationship through innovative strategies such as this joint admissions program.”

Advisers from both institutions will work with Connect2NAU students to ensure they are taking the right courses to earn an NAU bachelor's degree after completing their associate degree at a local Maricopa community college. Students with a 3.5 grade point average while in Connect2NAU automatically will be considered for $2,000 transfer scholarships.

NAU also is expanding its degree options at several Maricopa Community Colleges.

The Bachelor of Business Administration currently being offered at Paradise Valley Community College will now be offered at Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition, more locations are offering degree programs that accept up to 90 transfer credits, including Administration of Justice, Emergency Services Administration and Technology Management degrees.

NAU transfer programs with Maricopa Community Colleges also include degrees in Public Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Interior Design, Speech Communication and Elementary and Special Education.

NAU has been a leader in offering degree paths in the Phoenix area for more than 30 years. For information on how to chart your education course, contact your PC2NAU advisor Tanya Mure at tanya.mure@nau.edu or 602-285-7148.

From InsideNAU 10/7/2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Student Massage Clinic Hours at Phoenix College

Book your appointment beginning October 8th. Clinic opens October 22nd.

Phoenix College massage students invite you to schedule an appointment for a massage at the Student Clinic. The cost is just $20 for a one-hour massage!

Appointments may be requested via online scheduling at the Phoenix College Therapeutic Massage website, www.phoenixcollege.edu/massage or by calling 602.285.7550. This is a message-only line. Please leave your name, contact phone number, and appointment request. Your call will be returned within two business days.

From October 22nd through December 18th, appointments are available on the following days and times: (Please note that the clinic will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Fridays:   8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m. 
Saturdays:   8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.

Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. No walk-ins.

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete your health
intake form. The health intake form can be downloaded in advance via the
appointment website to save time.

Minors may schedule an appointment for massage; however, a parent must be present
for the length of the appointment and cannot be scheduled for a massage at the same time.

The cost is $20 for a one-hour massage. All proceeds benefit the development of the Therapeutic Massage Program. Please note that due to state ordinances, massage
students may not accept compensation of any kind.

The Student Massage Clinic at Phoenix College is located on Osborn Road between
10th & 11th Avenues, in room OSW 108.

Visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/massage or
call 602.285.7550 to schedule your appointment.

Monday, October 4, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 12, 2010 All Arizona/All USA Scholarships

USA TODAY All-USA Community College Academic Team
Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team

The 2011 application is now available online at http://my.ptk.org.

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.


Student applications must be submitted online by midnight, November 1, 2010.

Application Instructions

All students may log in to the application by going to http://my.ptk.org/edge/.
 Phi Theta Kappa members may log in using their Phi Theta Kappa username and password. If they have forgotten their log in, follow the steps on the log in page for “forgot username or password.”  Non-members may access the application by selecting the link that says “Create Non Member Account” on the log in page.

Non members should follow the instructions to create an account and view the
application. Once the student has logged in, he or she should select the link in the center of the page that says “2011 All-USA/Coca-Cola/Guistwhite Scholarship Programs” and enter the enrollment key to access the application.

Note:  You will need an enrollment key to access the application.

For assistance please contact:

Eileen Archibald 602-285-7870
Michelle Klinger 602-285-7842
Diana Mitchell 602/285-7476
Frank Luna  (602) 285-7667


The collaboration of USA TODAY, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, AACC and Phi Theta Kappa will lead to students being featured in an April issue of USA TODAY and the awarding of nearly $350,000 in stipends to outstanding community college students. The All-USA/All-State Community College programs share a common application and eligibility criteria.

USA TODAY All-USA Community College Academic Team USA TODAY 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 11, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team New Century Scholars
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team. In addition, the Coca-Cola Foundation, along with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recognizes the New Century Scholars. 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 featured in USA TODAY on April 11, 2011.

The top scoring student in each of the fifty states will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 stipend. In addition, one student for a Phi Theta Kappa chapter in Alberta, Canada, and one student for a Phi Theta Kappa chapter outside of the United States and Canada will be awarded. New Century Scholars will be presented at the AACC Convention.

Eligibility Criteria

Even if you have nominated in the past, please take a moment to review the eligibility criteria.

Specific eligibility requirements of note:

1) Must be enrolled at a community college through December 2010.

2) Must have a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for all coursework completed in the last five years (Fall 2005-present), 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. GPA is evaluated at the point of application and the student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the Fall 2010 semester to remain eligible.

3) Students must be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree). Students need to have a minimum of 36 semester (or 48 quarter) college-level credits completed at or transferred to a community college by December 31, 2010 and 48 semester (or 72 quarter), college-level credits by August 31, 2011. Students must have a minimum of 30 semester (or 45 quarter), college-level credit hours completed at a community college in the past five years. (Courses must be college-level. Developmental or remedial coursework, such as pre-algebra or basic writing, will be removed when determining number of credits as well as cumulative GPA.)

4) Must not have been nominated previously for the All-USA Community College Academic Team or the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team.
Must have a community college record free of suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action.

5) Nominee must not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including probation, completed.

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 USA TODAY All-USA Community College Academic Team/Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team nomination form and materials.

Judging and Awards

Independent judges review the applications and select 20 members for the First Team of the USA TODAY All-USA Academic Team. Judges also review and select 50 Gold Scholars to receive $1,500 each, 50 Silver Scholars to receive $1,250 each, and 50 Bronze Scholars to receive $1,000 each for the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team. In addition, 150 Coca-Cola finalists will be selected and will receive $1,000 stipends. Finally, 52 scholars will be named New Century Scholars and will receive $2,000 each. For more information on awards, recognition and media attention, please view the individual programs under "related links" listed above.


Student applications must be submitted online by midnight, November 1, 2010. All nominators must select and submit online their two nominees no later than midnight, December 1, 2010. No late applications will be accepted.

Contact Information

For more information about the All-USA/All-State Community College Academic Teams, contact scholarship.programs@ptk.org, 601.987.5741.

Student Lip Dub Earns Gold Medallion Award from NCMPR

Phoenix College received four Medallion Awards in a competition sponsored by District 6 of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), including a gold medallion for the 2010 PC Student Lip Dub. The lip dub, which combines lip synching and audio dubbing to create an informal and seemingly spontaneous music video, was unveiled at the college’s 90th anniversary celebration in September 2010. Also garnering a gold medallion was the Phoenix College Schedule eZine, a digital version of the class schedule in an interactive, flip-magazine format.

The college’s Arizona Latina Trailblazers Promotional Campaign, a multi-part marketing campaign highlighting an event to celebrate Latinas who helped shape the state’s history, received a silver medallion of achievement. A bronze medallion of merit was awarded to the Phoenix College Art Faculty Showcase Magazine, a colorful and creative piece focusing on the many and varied artistic talents of PC art faculty.

The Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievements in marketing and communications at community and technical colleges at the district level. Award entries were judged by professionals in their respective fields, including advertising agencies.

Phoenix College marketing and public relations team members who contributed to the achievement of these awards include Eileen Archibald, Joe Gonzales, Alfredo Hernandez, Michelle Klinger, and Phil Munroe. The Art Faculty Showcase Magazine was created by Dale Doubleday,Department Chair of Fine and Performing Arts.

The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations is dedicated to fostering the professional development of college communicators. As one of the fastest growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,500 members from nearly 600 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. District 6 includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Territory of Guam.

Hospital-Based Medical Coding Program Re-Approved

Phoenix College’s Medical Coding: Hospital-based Program, part of the Health Information Management Programs, has been nationally re-approved for a full five-year term by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

“We believe that this is a one-of-a-kind, quality program,” said Dr. Bonnie Petterson, department chair for Health Information Management. “Approval of this program by the American Health Information Management Association, the national leader in the medical coding industry, provides evidence to our students and the community that rigorous standards focusing on strong instruction and current knowledge have been met.”

The Medical Coding – Hospital-Based Program is designed to prepare individuals for diagnostic and procedural coding positions in hospital-based settings such as hospital outpatient clinics, emergency departments, inpatient facilities, or hospital sponsored surgery centers. The Certificate Program includes theoretical and laboratory instruction on the Phoenix College campus as well as a professional practice affiliation in an area health care setting. The Medical Coding: Hospital-Based Program provides the foundation needed for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination of the AHIMA.

Certified coders are in demand in the fast-growing health care industry. Although certification is provided by professional organizations unrelated to this Program, this PC’s curriculum provides a strong theoretical foundation needed for selected credentialing examinations. With instruction provided by award-winning professionals and hands-on experience gained through internships, Phoenix College students are well prepared to use their skills of data collection and analysis in areas such as billing, compliance, and data quality.

For more information about the Medical Coding: Hospital-Based Program, contact Dr. Bonnie Petterson at 602.285.7149.

Learning to Be "Green"

In keeping with Phoenix College’s goal to provide programs and services to meet the needs of our diverse community, the college has developed a new academic certificate and several non-credit training courses and programs in support of environmental issues.

Environmental imageNon-credit Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) exam prep courses are being offered at the college’s PC Downtown campus to disseminate knowledge for the rapid growth of the green construction market as a remedy to both energy issues and the rising unemployment rate. Current professionals, builders, and graduates can utilize LEED exam prep courses to quickly reinvigorate their careers and share in the growing green construction market. Phoenix College offers Green training in the areas of LEED Green Associate, Energy Auditor, and Sustainable Building Advisor Program.

Given the climate we live in, an educational foundation in solar energy could build a solid career. The non-credit Photovoltaic (PV) entry level program provides students the basic knowledge, comprehension, and application of key terms and concepts as recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Photovoltaic (PV) devices generate electricity directly from sunlight. Program graduates will have the basic knowledge of solar electricity suitable for a supervised, entry-level position with a dealer and/or installer or other PV industry company.

This semester, Phoenix College is offering a new Environmental and Natural Resources Stewardship certificate program to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of environmental and natural resource issues, problems, and policies through the study of selected courses. Students examine the ethical theories and moral principles of global environmental issues, explore methods of inquiry and the human impact on ecosystems, and human policy related to natural resources. The 19-credit certificate includes courses in public policy, biology, and environmental ethics, along with elective course covering topics such as natural history, American government, chemistry in society, and American Indians of the Southwest.

For information about non-credit “green” courses, visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/pcdtand click on “Green Training.” To learn more about the Environmental and Natural Resources Stewardship certificate program, contact Steve Thorpe, program director, at 602.285.7819.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Women's Economic Forum Offers Topics on Increasing Earning Power

Phoenix College will host a Women's Economic Forum, Women Talk: Money and More!, on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will provide a forum for women to learn about personal and professional growth and development.

A panel discussion will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panelists will offer presentations on health and wellness, career planning, personal safety, estate planning, debt management and planning your educational and financial goals.

Panelists include:

    * Kyla Johnson, educational counselor and career service advisor, Phoenix College
    * Tiffany Friedel Broberg, associate, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis
    * Catherine Arvizu, assistant vice president, National Bank of Arizona
    * Jeri Williams, assistant chief, Phoenix Police Department
    * Jan Herzfeld, fitness coordinator, Maricopa County

The panel moderator is Valerie Todorovich, partner, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis. Dr. Anna Solley, president of Phoenix College, will provide welcoming remarks.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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

Seating is limited. To make reservations, call 602.495.0358 or 602.534.1557/TTY

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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Free Photography Exhibit at Phoenix College Features Ansel Adams, Edward Weston

Free Photography Exhibit at Phoenix College Features
Ansel Adams, Edward Weston

As Phoenix College celebrates 90 years of serving the community, the college’s renowned photography collection is being commemorated with Celebrating Photography at Phoenix College: A Retrospective View. The free exhibit in Fannin Library includes works by Ansel Adams, Olivia Parker, Edward Weston, and Minor White.

The historical significance of the collection dates back at least five decades when the legendary Allen Dutton, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Phoenix College photography program, began acquiring pieces by notable photographers. Approximately half of the more than 200 pieces on exhibit were personally chosen by Dutton, for whom Phoenix College’s new Center for Photography was recently dedicated.

Celebrating Photography at Phoenix College: A Retrospective View

Through December 16, 2010

Open during regular Library hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and holidays
(Veterans' Day 11/11/10 and Thanksgiving holiday 11/25/10 - 11/27/10)

Phoenix College – Fannin Library
1202 W. Thomas Road

The Choirs at Phoenix College Present 90th Anniversary Concert

Join us for an evening of song inspired by the 90th Anniversary of Phoenix College! The Choirs at Phoenix College will perform music from each decade, drawn from popular music as well as art music written for choirs.

The Choirs at Phoenix College:
Concert Choir
Phoenix Community Choir
McConnell Singers Women's Choir
ProCantus Chamber Singers

Dr. Kenny Miller

Mrs. Ellen Brown
Dr. Emily Helvey

Down Through the Ages: Celebrating Phoenix College's 90th Anniversary

Saturday, October 9, 2010
7:30 p.m.

Phoenix College - Bulpitt Auditorium

Suggested donation of $5

For more information:
Call 5-7297

Phoenix College Theatre Presents "Tartuffe"

The Phoenix College Department of Theatre & Film proudly presents Tartuffe. In his famous comedy, Molière relates the story of an attempt by an irreclaimable hypocrite to destroy the domestic happiness of a citizen who, charmed by his seeming piety, has received him as a prominent guest.  Beneath a pious facade, Tartuffe is a schemer intent on securing Orgon’s fortune and his daughter’s hand in marriage. Will Tartuffe be rewarded with riches or will the slippery hypocrite get the comeuppance he richly deserves?

The script is translated in charming rhyming couplets, and the play will be presented in 17th century French-style settings and costumes.

By Moliere
Translated by Richard Wilbur

October 7, 8, 9, 14, & 16 at 7:30 p.m.
October 15 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Phoenix College -- John Paul Theatre Mainstage

General $10.00; seniors $7.00; students/alumni $5.00
Click here to purchase tickets.

The Phoenix College 13th Annual President's Scholarship Golf Tournament

Phoenix College will sponsor the 13th Annual President's Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix. Participants can enjoy a fun afternoon as they make their way around the 6,300-yard, Gary Panks-designed course while supporting a worthwhile cause. The event includes an awards dinner, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds will be donated to fund student scholarships at Phoenix College.

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. / BBQ at 6:00 p.m.

Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32nd Street in Phoenix

$400 foursome; $120 individual
Sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information: 
Contact Matt Gordon at 5-7684

The Phoenix College Eric Fischl Gallery - Jay Hardin Exhibit

Stop by the Eric Fischl Gallery to view new works by Jay Hardin, featuring paintings, drawings, prints, video, and sound. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

New Works by Jay Hardin:  paintings, drawings, prints, video, sound

August 23 – September 24, 2010
Regular gallery hours are Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Phoenix College - Eric Fischl Gallery (2nd level of Fine Arts Building)

Free and open to the public

For more information:
Contact Gallery Director Tim Hernandez at 5-728

The Phoenix Workforce Connection honors Phoenix College

The Phoenix Workforce Connection (PWC) Board honored Phoenix College Downtown with several Partnership Excellence Awards during a Community Dialogue event on September 15, 2010:

Youth Pharmacy Technician Program:
Honorees:  Roberta Jeffers and Don Jensen-Bobadilla

Fast Track Licensed Practical Nurse Program for Workforce Investment Act Customers:
Honorees:  Roberta Jeffers, Don Jensen-Bobadilla, and Dr. Sharon Halford

Dialysis Technician Program:
Honorees:  Roberta Jeffers and PCDT dialysis technician instructor, Jackie Simien

Summer Youth Work Experience Program:
Honorees:  Roberta Jeffers, Don Jensen-Bobadilla, Vashi Worley, Alfredo Hernandez, and Nancy Navarette

Best of all, PCDT was selected to receive Phoenix Workforce Connection's top honor, the Partnership Excellence of the Year award. Congratulations to all involved for achieving these well-deserved honors!

PC Dedicates Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography

Phoenix College had an excellent turnout on the evening of September 17, 2010 for two special events related to photography. The family, friends, colleagues, and former students of Allen A. Dutton, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Phoenix College Photography Program, gathered at the Fine Arts building to dedicate the new Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography and mark the establishment of the endowed Allen A. Dutton Photography Scholarship.

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Mr. Dutton and the Phoenix College Golden Bears Retiree Group, in partnership with the PC Library and Art departments, presented Celebrating Photography at Phoenix College: Retrospective View at Fannin Library. The collection of photographs, exhibited as part of the college’s 90th anniversary celebration, is historically significant, dating back at least five decades when Mr. Dutton began acquiring pieces to build the collection by notable photographers like Ansel Adams, Olivia Parker, Edward Weston, and Minor White. Approximately half of the more than 200 pieces exhibited were personally chosen by Mr. Dutton. Guests had the opportunity to tour the display and attend a brief reception, with the first 25 guests receiving a commemorative PC 90th anniversary lapel pin.

The special exhibition will remain in Fannin Library until the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and is available for viewing free-of-charge during regular library hours.

Many thanks to Frank Luna, Barbara Stratton, Dale Doubleday, Jennifer Laffoon, and all those whose excellent contributions created a memorable evening for Mr. Dutton and our guests.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2010/11 Honors Forum Lecture Series “Democratization of Information: Power, Promise & Peril”

2010/11 Honors Forum Lecture Series
“Democratization of Information: Power, Promise & Peril”

Dr. Gary Small
i-Brain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

Books will be available for purchase and/or signing in the lobby immediately following the lecture.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 – 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 West Thomas Road


Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and Director of the UCLA Center on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His research, supported by the National Institute of Health, has made headlines in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. Dr. Small lectures throughout the world and frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written five books, including The New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible.

iBrain explores how technology’s perpetual march forward has altered the way young minds develop, function, and interpret information. Dr. Small reveals the remarkable brain evolution caused by the constant presence of new technology, separating the digital natives—those born in the computer age—from the digital immigrants, who discovered computer technology as adults.

Today’s frenetic progress in technology, communications, and lifestyles is evolving the way young brains develop, function, and process information—creating new neural pathways and altering brain activity at a biochemical level. To compete and excel in this age of brain evolution, all of us must adapt, and iBrain elucidates the strategies and tools that we need to enhance our technological, social, and empathic abilities.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Primary Election, Tuesday August 24th FAQ's

FROM: Center for Civic Participation

Please remember to vote in tomorrow's Primary Election, Tuesday, Aug. 24th. Polls open at 6am and close at 7pm. If you are in line by 7pm, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

Why does this election affect me?
This year Arizona voters will choose the Governor, a United States Senator, all 8 of our Representatives to the US Congress, one Senator and two Representatives from each District to the AZ Legislature, the AZ Attorney General, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. These elected officials will make decisions that affect every aspect of your life.

Why vote in the Primary Election?
Because some candidates for an office run unopposed in the General Election, the winner of that office is often determined by who wins the Primary Election for that office. Sometimes candidates are elected to office by less than 20% of the voters, because so few vote in the Primary Election. Your vote COUNTS.

I am not registered with any political party (I am an "independent"), can I still vote in the Primary Election?

YES! Non-party affiliated voters (“independents”) can vote in the Primary Election in the party of their choice, even if they are not registered in that party. When voting in person, just ask the poll worker for the party ballot of your choice even if you are not registered as a member of that party.

Where do I vote?
Polling places are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm on election day. Confirm your polling place location, by going to Maricopa County's Poll Finder site: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/web/elections.aspx

What I.D. do I need to vote?
You must present 1 form of I.D. (not expired) that shows your name, address and photo or 2 forms of I.D. that show your name and address. Acceptable picture I.D. is valid AZ driver´s license, AZ non-operating identification, passport, tribal I.D. other government issued I.D. Acceptable non-picture I.D. is utility bill, vehicle registration, current voter registration card, bank statement, Indian census card.

Who is running for office in my District (congressional and legislative)? What District am I in?
• If you live in Maricopa County, visit the County Recorder website and enter your address to learn what district you´re in. Find your district
• See a sample of what your ballot will look like (again, this is for Maricopa County) so you can research the candidates and races in which you´ll be voting.
• If you live outside of Maricopa County, visit the Arizona Secretary of State website, click on your county, and visit your county recorder´s website.

How do I find out where candidates stand on issues that are important to me?
• The Citizens Clean Elections 2010 Commission Candidate Statement Pamphlet contains brief explanations from each candidate about why they would like your vote.
• Horizon, the Channel 8/PBS public affairs show, has a great webpage that includes copies of their televised candidate debates.
• The Arizona Capitol Times has a new election coverage page (some links require registration) this year with information on all the races.
• The Arizona Republic asked all candidates to complete a questionnaire, and the answers of those who responded are posted online.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 24. Can I still vote by mail?
• If you have your early ballot already, don´t put it in the mail at this point - it may not arrive in time to be counted. Instead, bring your ballot to ANY polling place (in the county) on Election Day, Aug. 24.

What else can I do to help?
Please send this e-mail to your friends and family and encourage them to vote in the primary election, too. It´s our right and responsibility to elect the leaders who will turn civil talk into civic action!

Honors Forum Lecture Series 2010-2011

The Maricopa Community Colleges' District Honors Program will sponsor a series of six Honors Forum lectures beginning in September.

The theme for the 2010-11 series is The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The series begins Wednesday, September 22 with i-Brain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind. Dr. Gary Small will make the presentation at Phoenix College's Bulpitt Auditorium, where a book signing with Dr. Small will also be held.

Speaker Peter Phillips will present Media Democracy in Action on Wednesday, October 20, at Glendale Community College's Student Union.

The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future will be presented by Mark Bauerlein on Wednesday, November 17 at Mesa Community College's Navajo Room. A book signing with Bauerlein will also be conducted.

Speaker Sam Gosling will present Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at PC's Bulpitt Auditorium. A book signing will also be held as part of the event.

Civil Liberties and Current Challenges for the FBI will be presented Wednesday, March 23, 2011, by National Public Radio reporter Dina Temple-Raston at Mesa Community College's Navajo Room.

Speaker Yvonne Latty will present The Griot: First Person Storytelling on Wednesday, April 13 at Glendale Community College's Student Union.

More information on the Honors Forum Lecture Series is available by calling Eric Leshinskie, District Director of Academic Affairs Support Programs & Services, at ( 480 ) 731-8300. The Honors Forum Lecture Series is coordinated by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction ( MCLI ), a division of Academic and Student Affairs.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/August 9-22, 2010

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/August 9-22, 2010

12 August; 10:35pm: The custodial cleaning contractor reported that he had lost his access badge for campus buildings. He thinks the badge was lost in the area of the south gymnasium.

13 August; 7:20am: Safety staff was advised of a minor non-injury vehicle accident in the drive adjacent to the west parking lot. A campus employee backed her vehicle to go around a truck and while doing so, backed into a vehicle of another employee. The drivers involved exchanged insurance information.

16 August; 12:00pm: A safety employee misjudged the clearance of a fence pole and struck it with a cart, while patrolling behind the stadium. The employee was not injured and there was minor damage to the cart and no damage to the pole.

16 August; 4:10pm: Safety staff responded to a report of an ill student in the hallway outside of Financial Aid. The student became light-headed and fell to the floor. Paramedics arrived and determined that the student had an elevated sugar level. She was taken home by a friend.

20 August 3:40pm: Safety staff assisted the Phoenix Police by keeping track of a suspect who was being chased by the police. The police apprehended the suspect and charged him with an off-campus shoplifting offense.

NOTE: Please remind students that parking rules are enforced on a 24-hour basis. Students are not allowed to park in employee parking areas at night or on weekends.

NOTE: Faculty members are encouraged to share the safety updates with their students.

End of update.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/July 26-August 8, 2010

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/July 26-August 8, 2010

27 July; 12:50pm:  Safety staff responded to a minor non-injury vehicle accident in the gymnasium parking lot.  The operator of a vehicle was backing from a parking spot and failed to stop for a vehicle that was going through the lot.  The parties involved exchanged insurance information.

29 July; 10:50am:  Safety staff responded to a minor non-injury vehicle accident in the west parking lot.  Operators of both vehicles were backing from parking spaces and collided.  The accident was captured via video surveillance and the parties involved exchanged insurance information.

3 August; 5:35pm:  Safety staff responded to the counseling area on a report that a student was feeling dizzy and on the verge of passing out.  Paramedics responded and the student was taken to Saint Joseph's Hospital.

4 August; 2:45pm:  An employee fell from a ladder while working in the Dalby building.  The employee complained of pain in his right shoulder area and was taken to Concentra for treatment.

NOTE:  Faculty members are encouraged to share the safety updates with their students.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Position: Full Time/Temporary Groundskeeper Phoenix College

Phoenix College Groundskeeper

*Previous professional groundskeeping or landscaping experience is preferred.

Representative duties are as follows:

Performs general grounds maintenance work; sweeps walks and parking areas; maintains hoses, supplies, tools, and equipment in proper condition and repair; uses tractor or various lawn mowers to cut grass areas; performs minor repair and adjustment of equipment; plants, transplants, cultivates, waters, irrigates ornamental plants, shrubs, hedges, trees and flowers; fertilizes, waters, irrigates, and cares for lawns; trims trees, hedges, and shrubs; prepares and treats soil for planting; spades and fertilizes flowerbeds; assists in keeping assigned areas free from pest and plant diseases; rakes leaves and hoes weeds; operates small and medium size trucks and various lawn maintenance equipment; prepares athletic fields and other surfaces by dragging and resurfacing; maintains irrigation and sprinkler systems; sets up facilities for special events such as baseball, football and soccer fields; marks fields according to specifications; picks up rubbish and papers; performs general grounds cleaning; assists in moving furniture and equipment; performs concrete and block work; digs trenches for electrical lines; performs related duties as assigned.

The successful applicants must be able to understand and follow through on oral and written communication. The position may require lifting of up to 50-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking. The work is strictly outdoors.

The job is described as Monday through Thursday during the summer session, 4:00am to 2:30pm, 30 minute lunch. Starting August 9th, the position becomes Monday through Friday, 5:00am to 1:30pm, eight hours per day, 30 minute lunch, overtime possible. The pay depends on experience, no benefits, paid bi-weekly. Length of service is undetermined.

Applications can be picked up at the Phoenix College Operations Office at the far side of the North Parking Lot (Flower Street near 11th Avenue) between 7:00am and 3:00pm. Completed applications should be dropped off at the Phoenix College Operations Office by Thursday, July 29th at 12:00pm. Selected candidates will be contacted for interview, references checked.

Only candidates in physical possession of a valid Arizona Driver's License and bona fide social security card need apply.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Position: Full Time/Temporary Student Service Specialist Phoenix College

Student Services Specialist
Phoenix College- Early Outreach

Full time, Temporary position
(Due to the hours required this is not a student worker position)
Start date: Immediate       
Deadline for applications is Friday August, 13, 2010.

Job Summary
Under the supervision of the Director of Early Outreach provides one-stop college student services access for students enrolled in high school early outreach programs.  Services include but not limited to: admissions, placement testing, financial aid information, academic advisement, registration, community education and referrals to related services.  This position has significant responsibility for advising high school students and parents regarding the college's student services functions and is the primary liaison between PC, participating high schools, students and parents.  This position has major responsibilities for coordinating and providing services for high school students and their parents as well as tracking students' academic progress from high school graduation through the community college transfer process to the university.

Duties Include:
•    Receive and review program applications to determine eligibility into programs.
•    Maintain and compile program statistical data and provide academic advisement to program participants
•    Coordinate program orientations and outreach events with other key principals in the program.
•    Provide career counseling to program participants.
•    Perform outreach and recruitment activities to promote the college and its programs, and participate in activities to support retention of program participants and the college's students.

Knowledge and Skills Desired
•    Experience working in an educational institution, and familiar with multiple student services areas
•    -Knowledge of computer software including but limited to Microsoft Office Suite, database/spreadsheet applications, and internet applications
•    -Experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
•    -Experience working independently
•    -Ability to prepare, maintain, and interpret statistical data
•    -Experience coordinating, planning, and executing various recruitment and retention activities

 Desired Experience
•    Bachelor's degree preferred
•    Experience working in a one-stop service environment
•    Experience in program delivery to high school students
•    Experience developing and maintaining external partnerships
•    Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred but not required

(32-40 Hours a Week)
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday through Thursday
7:30AM-4:30PM Friday
8:00AM- 2:00PM Saturday*
*Will be required to work Saturdays or extended hours

Hourly Wage
$14.50 / hour
No benefits

Applications can be returned to:
Phoenix College
Office of Early Outreach
1202 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Attention:  Yvonne Tapia
 OR in person at the HC  Building- Lower Level (HC3)
Interviews will be scheduled after reference checking is completed.
You will be contacted within two weeks of us receiving your application if selected for an interview.
Include a resume and at least two references (Business Name, Supervisor Name, & Contact Phone Number).  Applications received without the reference information will not be considered for an interview.

Enrollment Services Clerk at Phoenix College Fulltime/Temporary

Enrollment Services Clerk
Phoenix College

Full time, Temporary position
(Due to the hours required, this is not a student worker position.)

Start date: Immediate      

Deadline for applications:  Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Job Summary
Provide customer service assistance to current and prospective Phoenix College students through multi-line phone system and in person. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, have excellent customer service/communication skills and enjoy working with people.

Duties Include:
•    Assist students with admission and registration over the phone,
on self-service computers and in person
•    Provide accurate, detailed information to students, faculty and the public
•    Perform comfortably in a fast-paced environment
•    Respond to a high volume of incoming/outgoing telephone calls
•    Answer customer inquiries in a courteous and professional manner
•    Follow detailed processes, procedures, and policies
•    Process transcripts, verifications, assist with filing, and perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills Desired
•    Good keyboarding/computer skills
•    Ability to provide courteous customer service in person and over the phone
•    Ability to follow written and verbal directions
•    Effective listening skills
•    Ability to multi-task
•    Ability to work well with a diverse student population
•    Attentive to detail and high degree of accuracy
•    Ability to maintain professional attitude
•    Ability to communicate policies and procedures
•    High school diploma or GED required

Desired Experience
•    Experience working in an office setting
•    Experience providing customer service, in person and by telephone
•    Experience working in a college or university setting
•    Experience processing registration and fee payments

(40 Hours a Week)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fridays
*May be required to work some weekends or extended hours. Summer hours are four 10-hour work days Monday through Thursday.

Hourly Wage
$9.00 / hour
No benefits

Applications can be picked up and returned to:
Phoenix College
Admissions & Records
1202 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Attention:  Corina Conchola
OR in person at the A&R Building

Interviews may be scheduled after reference checking is completed. You will be contacted within two weeks of us receiving your application if selected for an interview.

Include a resume and at least two references (business name, supervisor name, and contact phone number). Applications received without the reference information will not be considered for an interview.

You will be contacted only if your application is considered.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Coming July 2010: The New Maricopa Student Refund Program

Beginning in July 2010, Maricopa Community College students will have two new options for receiving student refunds: direct deposit to an existing bank account or a Visa® prepaid debit card. Even though you may still choose to receive a paper check, we are encouraging all students to take advantage of the many benefits of selecting direct deposit or the Visa prepaid debit card.  Log on to my.maricopa.edu for details regarding the advantages of “going paperless” with these two new fast and convenient payment options.

If you are entitled to a refund, you will receive a notice in your Maricopa Gmail™ account providing you with directions on how to enroll in the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP).    The first notices are scheduled to be sent to students on or about July 8, 2010.  

Please note that prepaid debit cards and paper checks will be mailed to the address on record in your Student Center located at my.maricopa.edu.   Be sure to update your mailing address in the Student Center to ensure timely receipt of payments.  

Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid Card Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Overview What is the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid Card? Students eligible to receive a financial aid refund may receive payments on an MSRP Prepaid Card. This is not a credit card. It is a prepaid Visa®    card accepted at any store or ATM where Visa debit is accepted. Student payments will be automatically deposited to the card and can be used immediately.
  2. Why the card? The MSRP Prepaid Card is faster, safer and more flexible than checks. Payments are loaded electronically and can be used immediately. That means no more trips to the bank or check cashing fees, and it doesn’t require a bank account. And because it’s a prepaid card, it doesn’t affect your credit.
  3. How do I enroll? Eligible students will receive an email with easy steps for enrolling. Students will need to opt in to receive the card and verify a mailing address.
  4. Using the Card Where can I use my card? Your card works much like other prepaid or debit cards. Use it wherever Visa is accepted – online, over the phone, at grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, on campus, etc. You may even purchase textbooks.
  5. Is the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) Prepaid card a credit card? No. It is a prepaid Visa card. It can only be used up to the available balance, and it does not affect your credit.
  6. Fees Are there fees at ATMs? There is NO fee when getting cash at any Citibank network ATM. There is a $3.00 per withdrawal fee when used at ATMs outside the Citibank network. Depending upon the non-Citi ATM machine used, the ATM provider may impose charges for your transaction that are in addition to the ATM Fees listed above. To find the Citibank network ATM nearest you, go to: http://go.mappoint.net/citibankV2/Index.aspx.
  7. Are there fees when making purchases? There are no fees when making ‘CREDIT’ purchases wherever Visa debit is accepted. There is a $0.50 fee if you choose ‘DEBIT.’ If you do not have sufficient funds when making a purchase and your purchase is declined, there is a $1.50 fee per decline.
  8. Can I use this card to pay tuition fees? Yes. There is no cost to use the card to pay tuition fees.
    Customer Service
  9. Who can I contact if I have enrolled but not received my card?
    If you have not received your card within 5 business days of enrolling please contact the toll-free 24/7 multilingual Customer Support team at 866-326-8689 or help@citiprepaid.com.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

PC Employment Opportunity: Part-Time/Temporary Library Assistant

Employment Opportunity: Part Time, Temporary Library Assistant
Phoenix College

Part-time, Temporary
Start date: August 9, 2010
Deadline for applications:  Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Job Summary
Provide varied customer and technical service tasks at the paraprofessional level in a library. Assist library users at multiple service desks. Candidate should have excellent customer service and communication skills and enjoy working with the public.

Duties Include:
•    Provide customer service – title lookup, answer phones, material check out and renewal, borrower record maintenance, fine payment, study room booking, assist users with computers, software, printing, email accounts, online class access.
•    Assist staff with material processing, shelving, and other miscellaneous duties, both independently and under the direction of a supervisor.
•   Other similar duties and assignments.

Knowledge and Skills Desired
•    Good computer skills
•    Customer service skills
•    Ability to follow written and verbal directions
•    Maintain professional attitude
•    Ability to communicate policies and procedures

Desired Experience
•    Experience working with an online integrated library system
•    Experience providing customer service
•    Experience working in a library/lab setting
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

(24 Hours Weekly)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Hourly Wage
$12.50 per hour
Not benefits eligible

Please email resume with professional references to:

Linda Frakes
Supervisor Library Access Services
Phoenix College

Applicant will be contacted if being considered for an interview.

Note:   If you are a full-time employee within the Maricopa County Community College District you are ineligible to apply for this position.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Partnership Allows PC Students to Save Money on Tuition at ASU

A partnership program between the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University can potentially save community college students thousands of dollars in tuition throughout their education.  Students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges who sign up for the Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) are able to take part in a cost-saving incentive at ASU called the Tuition Commitment Program that provides predictable increases of no more than 5% on tuition during completion of their bachelor’s degree at ASU.

Dr. Maria Hesse, Vice Provost for Transfer Partnerships at Arizona State University, states, “Students have so many financial pressures these days.  It is wonderful to see ASU and the Maricopa Community Colleges working closely together to provide seamless and cost-effective transfer programs for students.”

The Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an excellent option for students who are decided on a major and plan to transfer to ASU to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program includes the specific coursework that allows students attending one of the Maricopa Community Colleges to transfer to ASU without loss of credit. Along the pathway, students will earn an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and a transfer associate’s degree. MAPPs are available for 50 of the most popular majors at ASU.
"We are encouraging students to consider a MAPP because of the many benefits the program provides,“ said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs with the Maricopa Community Colleges.  "MAPPs are the most efficient pathway to an ASU bachelor's degree, saving students both time and money.”

To get started, students should visit http://www.maricopa.edu/alliance and click on “Getting Started on a MAPP.” For more information contact your Academic Advisor at Phoenix College.
In addition to the Tuition Commitment, Maricopa students that participate in the MAPP are also eligible for the Alliance Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Maricopa Community College students who have completed an associate’s degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.75 or higher.