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, 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 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 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, 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 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

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
 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, 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 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