Thursday, December 22, 2011

Story of WWII Veteran and Native Son Now Part of AZ Memory Project

Phoenix College's Raul Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine commissioned booklet on the late Arthur Van Haren, Jr., ace fighter pilot

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 22, 2011) – The lifetime accomplishments of the late Arthur Van Haren, Jr., a World War II ace fighter pilot and one of Arizona’s most decorated military pilots, is now available through the Arizona Memory Project, which was created by the Arizona State Library as part of the state’s 2012 centennial celebration.

Van Haren’s life story was chronicled in a booklet commissioned by Phoenix College’s Raul Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine and released to the public in November.

“It’s a wonderfully inspiring life story,” said Richard Prouty, manager of the Arizona Memory Project for the Arizona State Library. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to distribute these important documents referencing Latino and Latina contributions to Arizona culture and history.”

As part of the distribution effort, the copies of the booklet have been sent to county librarians throughout the state and should be available in the state’s public and other libraries soon, if not already.

Archiving the accomplishments Lt. Van Haren comes shortly after the Raul H. Castro Institute, Latino Perspectives Magazine and Salt River Project saluted Lt. Van Haren at the 4th Annual “Honoring Those Who Serve” luncheon banquet November 16, 2011, at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

The event honored his accomplishments as a World War II fighter pilot ace and a decorated member of the Navy’s “Flying Rippers.” Lt. Van Haren downed at least 9 Japanese Zero fighter planes during his service in the Pacific theater.

With the Van Haren family on hand, the event praised the Arizona native as well as other veterans and first responders from the local area for their contributions to society.

During her welcoming remarks, Phoenix College President Dr. Anna Solley, said, “Perhaps the best way we can repay our debt to them is to tell their stories in order to inspire a new generation of leaders to serve our country and our state.”

Diane Halvorson, daughter of Lt. Van Haren, captured the spirit of the event in her remarks: "Thank you for capturing the man he was, the service he did for his country during World War II, what he went through, and the best part of who he became," she said.

Among those present were City of Phoenix Mayor- elect Greg Stanton and new Phoenix Councilman-elect Daniel Valenzuela. The event was emceed by CBS 5 News Anchor Catherine Anaya and City of Phoenix Manager David Cavazos.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Phoenix College Community Steps Up With Holiday Donations

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2011) -- It has become a Phoenix College tradition. During the holidays, faculty, staff and students find ways to help those in need and bring some joy and kindness to those less fortunate than themselves.

This infectious spirit of giving has been embraced by the PC community.

This year, the 11th annual Holiday Refugee Family Adoption program organized by the PC English Department adopted 23 refugee families.

“We select families that have been here for a short period of time,” said Joseph Kimbuende, an adjunct faculty member in the English Department, who coordinates the annual effort and co-founded the program along with retired PC residential faculty member Pam Rogers. “They need everything you can imagine."

While the effort is focused on the holiday, donations are accepted year-round, he added. “They come empty-handed so they need the basic items of survival, such as cooking utensils, bed sheets, blankets, beds and furniture.”

This year, students in Robiz Ozz’s English 101 class created a service learning project to raise donations to supplement the adopt-a-refugee-family drive. Students coordinated cupcake and candy sales, raised money, and gathered new and gently used clothing, toys, and household items. And as part of class competencies, students wrote letters of request, learning logs, learning charters, journal entries, and a final comprehensive essay reflecting what they learned from the project.

In all, students raised about 25 large bags of clothing, shoes, purses, and other accessories, 10 large boxes of children's toys and books, baby clothes, and sundry household items. They also purchased personal hygiene products and made 8 gift baskets that included coupons for free submarine sandwiches ($250 in coupons) and bought over $450 of gift cards to grocery and department stores.

The PC Women's Leadership Group also got the spirit of giving by supporting an overseas platoon of U.S. soldiers. They provided gifts to about 35 soldiers. The gifts ranged from snack foods and canned goods to recreational/leisure items and toiletries. WLG representatives Thelma Martinez, Elena Hernandez, Jennifer Nez and Adelina Armenta joined forces to coordinate the effort.

Other student clubs, such as the Cheerleading team, Black Student Union, Honors, Phi Theta Kappa and others also adopted families and raised donations for those families. Veterans Services joined in collection efforts for the Toys for Tots campaign. Not to be outdone, student-athletes from PC gave almost $500 to the Child Crisis Center for the holiday season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Phoenix College's One-Stop Enrollment Center Opens Jan. 3; Note location-service hour changes for Dec.-Jan.

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 15, 2011) – The new One-Stop Enrollment Center will open its doors January 3, 2012. Everything students need to experience a streamlined registration process is housed inside this building: Admissions & Records, Advisement, Cashiers, Financial Aid, NAU/ASU Transfer Offices, Recruitment & Retention, Veterans' Services, and the Welcome Center.

Our well-trained Welcome Center staff are ready to greet and assist students and 15 self-serve computers will be available. A new high-tech queuing system will provide students with notification of their place in line on numerous monitors in campus buildings. They will also receive texts indicating their turn is coming up.

The new Student Union also will be open on January 3, 2012, although you can stop in for a sneak preview now. This space will be used for club and other meetings and features a game room, a coffee bar proudly serving Starbucks coffee, laptop recharging stations, computer usage areas, large video screens and an outdoor patio for campus events. This new-and-improved version of the Bears’ Den is designed for relaxing and socializing as well as studying. A space referred to as an academic center will give students a chance to work on projects in a group setting.

Temporary Service Hours and Locations
With all the exciting changes taking place on campus, we will have some temporary service hours and locations during the months of December and January:

December 19-23, 2011: Limited enrollment services this week. Financial Aid, Admissions & Records, Advisement, and Counseling hours are Monday-Thursday 8-5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon. Located in the current Financial Aid and Counseling locations (HC Building). The Cashiers Office will remain in its current location with hours Monday-Thursday 8-5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon.

January 3, 2012: The new One Stop Enrollment Center opens. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Services include Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Welcome Center, Advisement, International Education and Recruitment & Retention.

January 9, 2012: Counseling and the Contact Center will be located on 2nd floor of the LC building.

January 9-19, 2012: Extended service hours for Student Affairs: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Other Important DatesJanuary 10: 2012 Employee Convocation - Student Affairs offices open at 10 a.m.
January 14 (Saturday): Extended service hours for Student Affairs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
January 14: New Student Orientation, 8 a.m.-noon.
January 14: Term begins for Saturday class start dates
January 16: Closed for MLK Holiday
January 26: You’re invited to attend a special ceremony! Help us officially open the new One Stop Enrollment Center and the new Student Union on this day from 1:30-2:30 p.m. More information will be coming soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Choirs at Phoenix College Perform Friday

Share an evening of holiday song with the Choirs at Phoenix College as they perform "O Lux Beata." The performance will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. It begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Choirs are made up of the Concert Choir, ProCantus Chamber Singers, McConnell Singers Women's Choir, and Phoenix Community Choir.

They are directed by Dr. Kenny Miller. Mrs. Ellen Brown will play the organ, Mr. Bill Moore, piano, and the Phoenix Chamber Brass will accompany.

There is a suggested donation of $5. We are also encouraging audience members to bring canned food to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Hope to see you there! Bring the family.

Friday, December 9, 2011
7:30 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
4715 North Central Avenue

$5 suggested donation

Monday, December 5, 2011

Phoenix College Library Presents "Winter Storytime" for Preschoolers

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2011) – The preschool children of Phoenix College students and employees will be treated to children's story book readings, songs, an arts and craft activity and snacks as the college’s Fannin Library staff and librarians present “Winter Storytime” on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

The activities are designed to instill the importance of reading to children and their parents. Phoenix College President Dr. Anna Solley will be one of the featured readers. She will read from “Froggy Se Viste” while librarian Renee Smith will read “Owl Moon” and “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.”

The children will play games to help them interact with the readings and storylines.

“A lot of our students are parents so this is a great opportunity to introduce them to storytelling and the importance of reading in their children’s lives,” said Kelly Lambert, the library’s instructional coordinator. “And the children of students and employees will be able to come to campus see where Mom or Dad spend so much time.”

The event will be held in the Library’s Campus Vista Room from 1-2 p.m. Registration is requested but not required. Click here to register.

The readings and activities are aimed at children 2 to 5 years old. All children who attend must be accompanied by an adult caretaker.

The Library also will have a book/dvd display set up of items students can check out on parenting issues such as child nutrition, breastfeeding, children's literature and other topics. Parenting literature will also be handed out.

“We want to build a sense of community through the Phoenix College Library,” Lambert said. “We want people to feel that this is their library.”

Monday, November 28, 2011

Chris Haines Appointed PC's New Dean of Student Affairs

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2011) – Phoenix College, a premier institution of higher learning, has named Chris Haines as its Dean of Student Affairs. She began her new role on November 1, 2011.

Haines has been working in the Maricopa Community Colleges system since 1988, starting at Mesa Community College. For the previous 10 months before joining PC, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College. Last year, she served an eight-month term as interim dean of student services at Scottsdale Community College during a national recruitment for that position. Prior to that, she served as interim associate dean of student development at South Mountain Community College, and also served as director of athletics and the fitness center at SMCC for six years.

Throughout her career, Haines has served on numerous college, district and national committees, as well as a tri-chair for SMCC’s successful Higher Learning Commission accreditation in 2009.

“Her ability to see the big picture, to work and collaborate with diverse groups, and to find a way to lead everyone in the same direction for the good of the institution and its students will be an asset to our campus community,” said PC President Dr. Anna Solley.

A native of Zion, Illinois, Haines attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. She majored in political science. She went on to receive a master’s in Educational Counseling from Northern Arizona University and is currently working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership/Higher Education at NAU.

She also played collegiate volleyball and coached both volleyball and basketball at two- and four-year colleges.

So far, she's enjoyed PC’s diverse campus community and her new role. “PC has a real appreciation of its history,” she said. "It's traditional but also innovative. And diversity is a great part of the college."

One of her roles at PC will be to assure the college’s new One-Stop Enrollment Center, which will be open for the upcoming spring semester, is operating at a high level. “We want to make it a place where staff can do their best work every day,” she said. “We believe it can be a national model.”

As dean, she oversees all student conduct issues and will serve as a conduit between PC administration and staff.

"I will always advocate for students," said Haines. "That's priority one as dean."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Meet the Artist: PC Student Nancy Joplin

The annual Phoenix College Holiday Art Sale will feature original arts and crafts created by PC students, staff and faculty. Come out to the Eric Fischl Gallery on December 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and support our talented Phoenix College artists while finding great holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Reminder: only cash will be accepted as payment.

Also, take time to meet the artists who will be selling their pieces. Read about them in the Q & A below.

Nancy Joplin

Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up in Northern Illinois and moved to Phoenix in 1988 mainly because of the Chicago winters.

How did you come to take classes at Phoenix College?

Phoenix College is literally a minute away from my house. I began taking classes as a hobby. I wanted to learn piano, so I took piano classes. I wanted to learn how to design websites, so I took a web design class. I wanted to learn to make jewelry and I took some lost wax casting classes. The ceramics classes always seemed to be full when I first started going to PC, so when a class finally opened up, I scheduled it and have been here ever since.

Tell me about your experience at Phoenix College?

I have always found PC to be a good fit. Art classes have been my main focus. It's been great watching the Fine Art Department evolve with the new building and the Eric Fischl Gallery opening in 2010. I have found many long lasting friendships at PC. During that time, I served many years on the Alumni Board and Alumni Executive Board and I currently am a member of the President's Advisory Board.

What type of art are you doing and how did you get there?

I've always wanted to learn ceramics and once I started, I couldn't stop. I learn hand-building as well as throwing and can't really say which I like better. I'm still learning things every day from other students as well as the instructors. There is so much to learn not just about how to make or form an object, but there is the clay and glazes and how they interact with each other.

Why do you do the art that you are doing now?

I love the feel of the clay and molding it into objects. Over time, I developed a pattern of making everything I make useful. It's funny how you look back on things and see a pattern that you unknowingly develop. I'm branching out, or at least trying to.

What other interest do you have?

There are lots of things that interest me. I love animals and nature like many people. I like everything from scuba diving to home projects. I volunteer with a group called Creative Arts in Healing. We conduct clay workshops about twice a month at The Wellness Community, which is a local cancer support program.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meet the Artist: Phoenix College Student Rich Runyan

Rich Runyan
The annual Phoenix College Holiday Art Sale will feature original arts and crafts created by PC students, staff and faculty. Come out to the Eric Fischl Gallery on December 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and support our talented Phoenix College artists while finding great holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Reminder: only cash will be accepted as payment.

Also, take time to meet the artists who will be selling their pieces. Read their thoughts and comments in the Q & A below.

Rich Runyan, PC Ceramics student

What type of art do you do?

I’ve taken almost every art course and now I’m focused on ceramics. You get addicted to clay. It’s like riding a bicycle. You struggle, struggle, struggle then one day off you go.

What is it about working with clay that you enjoy most?

Clay is three-dimensional. Clay lends itself to sculpture and as functional ware. Sometimes I like to sculpt. There’s also mixed media where you can incorporate wood and metal. There’s always a challenge, something new you can do. It’s something you can do that is yours, especially with the glazes.

Why are you taking art courses at Phoenix College?

The faculty and students have always been friendly and helpful. The ceramics program is not your typical classroom. The instructors are supportive and knowledgeable. And I like the one-on-one relationships you can develop here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Raul H. Castro Institute of Phoenix College to honor WWII Fighter Pilot Ace at luncheon

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2011) – Latino Perspectives Magazine, the Raul H. Castro Institute of Phoenix College and title sponsor Salt River Project will present this year’s fourth Annual “Honoring Those Who Serve” tribute on Wednesday, November, 16, 2011, at the downtown Phoenix Wyndham Hotel.

This year’s event will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the late Arthur Van Haren, Jr., a World War II ace fighter pilot born in Superior, Ariz., and raised in Phoenix.

Following his military service, Mr. Van Haren went on to have an outstanding legal career in Maricopa County and rarely spoke of his military accomplishments. Now he is being recognized as one of Arizona’s most decorated fighter pilots for his exploits in the Pacific theater. A naval aviator and member of the "Flying Rippers," Mr. Van Haren was credited with downing at least 9 Japanese fighter planes and earned numerous medals from the U.S. military, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He also will be the first Latino to be inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.

The luncheon event honoring him will take place Nov. 16, 2011, at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The posthumous tribute to Mr. Van Haren will be emceed by City of Phoenix Manager David Cavazos and CBS 5 News Anchor Catherine Anaya.

Past “Honoring Those Who Serve” events have honored “Easy Company” Korean War veterans, the Women’s Auxiliary Group from the American Legion Post 41, and documentarian and historian Pete Dimas.

Other event sponsors this year are BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, American Family Insurance, Arizona Public Service, Arizona Lottery, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix School of Law and Rio Salado College.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Phoenix College History Makers Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Set for Nov. 17

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2011) – What do Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, Arizona State Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, and world-renowned artist Eric Fischl have in common? They are all Phoenix College alumni who have been inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame.

On November 17, 2011, alumni and community members will gather to honor the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees at the 13th annual Phoenix College Alumni History Makers Scholarship Dinner and Auction. Among them are educators, judges, politicians and community advocates.

The event begins with a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards program. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

This year’s honorees are:

Signature Award Recipients
Lela Alston, ’67
Al Battle, ’72
Shirley Hawkins, ’71
Patrick Irvine, ’76
Moody Jackson, ’68
Marty Manning, ’70
Gregory Pafford, ’80
Ralph Sandoval, ’69

Legend Award
Lori Bayless, ’05
Ann Oehmke, ’53

Heritage Award
Gail Jamieson
Ronald Dean Price

Tickets are $55 per person, and net proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship Program in the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, which helps financially deserving students attend Phoenix College. For tickets and information, contact Paula Miller at 602.285.7652.

Biographies of inductees
Rep. Lela Alston ‘67
A Phoenix native and graduate of Phoenix Union High School, Rep. Lela Alston currently serves as a Representative for District 15 at the Arizona House of Representatives, where she serves on the Appropriations, Commerce, and Environment Committees. In 1976, Rep. Alston was elected to the Arizona State Senate where she was a member on the Appropriations Committee for all 18 years of her service until 1995.

Alston focused her support on programs designed to strengthen the state’s education system, and improve healthcare and economic conditions for children and families. Her tireless efforts resulted in the creation of Arizona State University’s West Campus. In 1995, she spearheaded efforts to bring Metro Tech High School a licensed primary care facility in partnership with Banner Health Care.

Mr. Alvin Battle ‘72
Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and raised in Phoenix, Alvin Battle began his career at the Arizona Bank in the mail room and was later promoted to supervisor of computer operations, a position he held for more than 25 years. While still employed with the bank, he pursued an additional career in real estate. He eventually became the CEO of his own company, Battle Realty.

Battle’s contributions to the community have included coaching his Pop Warner Football Team to a league championship and The Stewart Boys and Girls Club Basketball Team to a state championship. He hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic for several years and he was an original member of the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. The Arizona Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has honored him in recognition of his service and commitment to youth. He was awarded the Living Legend Award by the Phoenix College NAACP/Black Student Union in 2010. He currently serves on the Maryvale Planning Committee and the Cricket Pavilion Task Force.

Lori Bayless ‘05
A fourth generation Arizonan, Lori Bayless was born in Phoenix and raised in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. As the daughter of Dick and Patty Norton, she is the second generation of alumni to become active in supporting Phoenix College through the Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) and has served Phoenix College and the PCAA for more than ten years in various roles, including President and Vice-President.

Bayless’s community involvement also includes PTO officer at her children’s schools; youth leader; youth camp director; presenting financial education seminars through the First Financial Education Centre; and humanitarian service in Brazil and Peru with her husband. While in Brazil, her husband built churches for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and she also taught English at a local school. In Peru, they helped install a roof on a community center for a small village.

Shirley Hawkins ‘71
Shirley Hawkins is a registered nurse who has spent the bulk of her career as a school nurse in the Wilson School District for 18 years in addition to six years in the Murphy School District. She has also worked at St. Joseph Hospital, Camelback Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center and Health Department, Thunderbird Health Care Center, Glencroft Care Center, and Heartland Hospice. She currently works for the Arizona Department of Health Services as a medical facility license surveyor. In 2008, Hawkins was elected to the board of the National Federation of Grandmothers Clubs of America as its national treasury. Her local club is the Helping Hands Grandmothers.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Hawkins attended Phoenix Union High School and then Phoenix College where she received her associate’s degree in nursing. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University and her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Hon. Patrick Irvine ‘76
Much of the Honorable Patrick Irvine’s life has revolved around Phoenix College. He was born just east of the college at St. Joseph’s Hospital, grew up several miles to the north, attended high school a half-mile to the west at what was then called West High School, and has spent most of his professional career several miles to the south at the state capital.

Irvine attended Phoenix College in 1976 before transferring to Arizona State University. He went on to earn three university degrees, work as an in-house lawyer for the Gila River Indian Community, successfully argue a case before the United States Supreme Court, and act as an adjunct instructor at Phoenix College for nine years. He currently serves as the vice chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1, a position he has held for eight years. In addition, he is a faculty associate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Dr. Moody Jackson ‘68
Dr. Moody Jackson is a well-respected educator, professional athlete, and community advocate. Jackson began his athletic career at South Mountain High School, where he lettered in four different varsity sports. Although Jackson had an impressive career as an athlete, he is most proud of his career in education. After leaving the Canadian Football League in 1978, he began coaching at his alma mater, South Mountain High School. He served as an assistant track coach, head girls basketball coach, and the head football coach. In addition, he began his teaching career in the Phoenix Union High School District in 1979 and taught for six years. He later served as an assistant principal at several schools before being selected as the principal of South Mountain High School. He went on to receive his doctorate degree at Northern Arizona University and later became the athletic director for the Phoenix Union High School District.

After graduating from South Mountain, he attended Phoenix College where he was selected to the Arizona Junior College All Conference First Team and was a member of the Junior College Grid Wire All American Football Team. He went on to New Mexico State University where he also excelled as a football player. After leaving New Mexico State, he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent and later played in the Canadian Football League.

Dr. Gail Jamieson
Dr. Gail Jamieson is a faculty emeritus of Phoenix College who served as the chair of the Art Department for five years during which time she was a pioneer in the computer graphics field. In 1986, she was recognized as the “Innovator of the Year” at Phoenix College for her work in this area. She developed and implemented the Computer Graphics Certificate and degree programs at Phoenix College as well as the art computer labs. She was also instrumental in obtaining several of the professional sculptures that enhance the campus today. In her many courses at Phoenix College, Jamieson provided basic art foundations for such notable artists as Eric Fischl and Forrest Richardson.

Jamieson began working for Phoenix College in 1968. Before that time, she was an art resource teacher for Alhambra Elementary School District. Today, she continues to excel in both academic and professional areas.

Marty Manning ‘70
While a high school student at Brophy College Preparatory, Marty Manning discovered his passion for theater. After working odd jobs throughout the country after graduation, he decided to come back to Phoenix and enrolled at Phoenix College in 1965 and joined the Tau Omega fraternity. He participated in numerous stage productions, both behind the scenes and as a performer. Acting roles at Phoenix College led to other theatrical adventures at Phoenix Little Theater, Mesa Little Theater, Stagebrush in Scottsdale, and several others. He credits his teachers and instructors at Phoenix College for his passion in theater arts, especially the late John Paul.

Since graduating from Phoenix College in 1970, Manning has been in the radio business almost continually. He began his career at local “underground” station KCAC, and then joined the initial staff at KDKB, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Other radio jobs took Manning to Austin, Houston, San Jose, and Cincinnati. He returned to Phoenix in 1985 to work at 99.9 (then KLZI, now KEZ) and has remained there ever since. He is an active PC alumnus.

Ann Oehmke ‘53
Ann Oehmke has had a lifelong connection to Phoenix College and the Maricopa Community Colleges. In addition to being a Phoenix College alumna, she returned to serve as a faculty member and staff development coordinator. She chaired and served on countless campus committees, coached numerous sports, served as advisor and department chair of Women’s Athletics, was an advisor for physical education, and developed the first fitness facility for women’s activities as well as the first Advisement Center in conjunction with the Counseling Department.

In addition, Oehmke developed and coordinated the Neighborhood College in conjunction with the City of Phoenix and produced many campus social and wellness activities. She was actively involved in helping develop Phoenix College as a community of caring, concerned citizens focused on student issues. She eventually accepted a position at the Maricopa Community Colleges District office Think Tank program, where she developed and coordinated MARISERVE, made possible through a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Gregory Pafford ‘80
Dr. Gregory Pafford attended Phoenix College in the late 1970s before transferring to Arizona State University to receive his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1982. He went on to earn his doctorate in dental science from the University of the Pacific in 1986. For almost two decades he has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. A founding member of the Dave Pratt Boys and Girls Club Dental Clinic, he continues his commitment through regular involvement with local school districts and providing follow-up care to children participating in annual Give Kids A Smile events.

In addition to maintaining a successful private practice in Phoenix, he has served in leadership positions on the boards of numerous professional organizations. During his presidency with the Arizona Dental Foundation, he conducted programs where volunteers saw close to 8,000 patients and delivered $2.17 million in free treatment to underserved communities across Arizona. He has also served as the president of the Central Arizona Dental Association and is currently the vice president of the Arizona Dental Association. In 2007, the Arizona Dental Foundation named him “Dentist of the Year.”

Ronald Price
The late Ronald Price was the longest serving professor in the history of the Maricopa Community Colleges District at 38 years. A respected accounting professor at Phoenix College in addition to being a highly skilled tax accountant, he mentored thousands of students and helped them gain skilled employment. Today, his legacy lives on through the Ronald D. Price Memorial Scholarship which benefits students at Phoenix College and helped young people achieve skilled employment.

Raised by his grandmother who lacked resources to send her two grandsons to college, Price worked in the oil fields of Texas in order to earn money to go to school. He eventually saved enough money to begin taking classes at Eastern New Mexico University and went on to earn an MBA from there in 1964. He and his wife Pat moved to Phoenix shortly thereafter. After three years working for Arthur Anderson & Co, he became a PC professor so he could spend more time with his family. While teaching at Phoenix College, he grew a successful accounting practice into what is now known as Price, Kong & Co.

Ralph Sandoval ‘69
Ralph Sandoval joined the Maricopa Community Colleges District in 1999 as a reading specialist. He brought a wealth of experience gained both in public schools, but also his services as an education officer for the Arizona National Guard. He has served as the president of MACHE where he worked closely with Maricopa Community College officials to advocate for and improve educational programs for Arizona’s Latino student community. He has served in department administration and various important committees representing the interests of the Phoenix College Reading Department and its students. He has helped to develop curriculum, materials, assessments, and online learning content to help meet the needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse student population served by Phoenix College.

He received his associate’s degree from Phoenix College in 1969. Afterward, he attended the University of Arizona where he received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Afterward, he enjoyed a distinguished career with the Phoenix Union High School District. He taught courses in bilingual English, English, and helped develop the freshman orientation program at Alhambra High School.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PC Partnership Program Receives $600,000 Lumina Grant

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 9) – Lumina Foundation has awarded a $600,000, four-year grant to a partnership involving Phoenix College, City of Phoenix and Phoenix Union High School District to strengthen educational attainment for Latino students in the metro Phoenix area.

“Degree Phoenix” will support and enhance pathways from high school to college and college to workforce as part of Lumina’s commitment to improve college level educational attainment among all Americans. Phoenix College, flagship member of Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), will serve as the lead partner for the program.

“These types of partnerships are vitally important to helping the United States remain economically competitive,” said Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “Reaching world-class levels of college attainment will require us to find ways to assure that dramatically more students have the opportunity to succeed in higher education.”

Phoenix College President Dr. Anna Solley said the grant will put the college in a strong position to help its students reach their educational goals. “Education is the most valuable investment, holding the power to change a student’s life while strengthening our workforce and our communities,” she said. “Phoenix College proudly serves as an Hispanic Serving Institution and 37% of our students are of Hispanic descent. We are passionately committed to working with our partners to increase the percentage of Latino students who achieve degree or certificate completion.”

Specifically, the Phoenix grant will be used to:

• Provide students more academic options via Arizona's primary articulation pathway (Arizona General Education Curriculum and Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program);
• Create single point-of-contact resources to student and families;
• Target Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligible youth interested in earning certificates and credentials while enrolled in GED programs;
• Employ the use of a common data system to better track education and career success.
The partnership will engage Latino youth at different points along the educational pipeline, with a goal of increasing number of students receiving postsecondary credentials by 20 percent over a six-year period.

“This partnership fits perfectly with our mission of preparing every student for success in college, career and life,” said Dr. Kent Scribner, superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District. “Half of Arizona’s 1.3 million K-12 students are Latino, and they represent our city and our state’s future. Eighty percent of Phoenix Union students are Latino, and we know that most of them aspire to attend college, but there are challenges that they must overcome. I am grateful that many outstanding community resources will be mobilized to assist in efforts to have more students, and hence, more Latinos, getting to and succeeding in higher education.”

The City of Phoenix’s participation will revolve around College Depot, a free full-service college planning program offered at the city’s main library to youth interested in pursuing education, as a key entry point and expanding that model through community-based organizations. The City's Workforce Investment Act program will also provide a variety of programs and services to economically disadvantaged Latino youth between the ages of 14-21 to access and complete postsecondary education.

“If we are serious about our future, then we cannot afford to waste the promise of any student, no matter who they are or what neighborhood they come from,” said City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “We took a giant step with College Depot, a one-stop shop to get students in the college door. This grant will help us make sure they leave with the education and degree they need – and that is a good thing for us all.”

The grant is part of the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation’s just announced launch of a $7.2 million collaborative partnership with12 partners in 10 states. The project is designed to strengthen ventures in key metropolitan areas that show promise in improving the postsecondary attainment of Latino students.

“The Latino success project is the culmination of nearly two years of planning and engagement with many foundations and national leaders in the Latino community, said Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. Through these partnerships, we aim to build bridges among leadership groups already working to improve Latino college student success.”

At more than 50 million nationwide, Latinos represent the largest and fastest-growing population group in the country. By 2025, half of the nation’s workers will be of Latino descent. At that time, 63 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education or training, according labor economists

Monday, November 7, 2011

Phoenix College Volleyballers Capture Region I Championship

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 7, 2011) -- The Phoenix College volleyball team earned a trip to the NJCAA tournament after defeating Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the Region I title match on Saturday, Nov. 5 at PC’s North Gym.

The Lady Bears defeated CGCC in four games to become the Region I tournament champions. The team’s run to the title included defeating South Mountain Community College in five games on Thursday and turning back Scottsdale Community College in three games on Friday.

It took two matches against Chandler-Gilbert CC to earn the championship in the double-elimination tournament. The Bears lost the first match to the runners-up in the 4 p.m. contest on Saturday, but stormed back to win the 7 p.m. match and the championship.

“They are a very determined group that set strong goals and have worked very hard to hit those goals as a group,” said PC Head Volleyball Coach Amanda Liebermann. “We have a nice cohesiveness as a team.”

The Bears were led by Ally Kohlhase, an opposite hitter who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“She has been our top attacker and one of our top point producers all year,” said Coach Liebermann, who is in her fourth year.

The Region 1 tournament was hosted by Phoenix College after the Bears finished atop their conference. Coach Liebermann credited a strong home crowd with helping energize her players.

“The atmosphere here was tremendous,” she said. “It was awesome to have that kind of support.”

The Bears will now travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Nov. 17 start of the NJCAA tournament. The tournament is being held at Owens Community College Nov. 17-19. The Bears are still waiting to see who their opponent will be in the opening match.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

PC Holiday Art Sale Set for Dec. 7-8

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2011) – Looking to kick off your holiday shopping with some affordable arts and crafts? The Phoenix College Holiday Art Sale might be just what you had in mind.

The sale will be held over two days, December 7th and 8th, at the Eric Fischl Gallery on the PC campus, 1202 W. Thomas Road. It will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

A large selection of original art and crafts created by PC students, staff and faculty will be available, including ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photographs, glass and more.

"It's like a mini arts festival," said Nancy Joplin, a PC art student who will have some of her ceramics pieces for sale. "There's a lot to look at, especially if you're looking for one of a kind pieces."

Come out support our talented Phoenix College artists while finding great holiday gifts for everyone on your list – including yourself!

Reminder: this year, we’re only accepting cash for payment.

When: December 7-8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Phoenix College, Eric Fischl Fine Arts Gallery (located on the 2nd floor of the Fine and Performing Arts Building), 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

For more information, call 602.285.7283

Monday, October 31, 2011

2012 All-State Community College Academic Team, All-USA Community College Academic Team, Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, Guistwhite Scholarship and/or Hites Transfer Scholarship.

Last year, Phoenix College submitted the top scoring student in Arizona! Apply by 11.28.11

  1. The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group. Each spring 20 students are selected to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship and medallion. All-USA Community College Academic Team members will be recognized in a special ad in USA TODAY newspaper and will be recognized at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention on April 23, 2012.
  2. The Coca-Cola Foundation, along with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, recognizes the New Century Scholars. The top scoring student in each of the fifty states will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, one student from a chapter in one of the six sovereign nations where Phi Theta Kappa chapters exist will be awarded. New Century Scholars will be presented at the AACC Convention in April 2012.
  3. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship, fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, each receiving a $1,250 scholarship, and fifty students will named Bronze Scholars, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars. All scholars will also receive special medallions and will be recognized in a special ad in USA TODAY newspaper. 
  4. All-Arizona Academic Team Members will receive a full two-year scholarship to ASU, UofA, or NAU.
Deadline:Midnight, Monday, November 28, 2011.

Online Application:access at

Application Instructions (Read First)

All students may log in to the application by going to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members may log in using their Phi Theta Kappa username and password. If you have forgotten your log-in, follow the steps on the log-in page for “forgot username or password.”  

Non PTK members should follow the instructions to create an account and view the application. 

Once you have logged in, select the link in the center of the page that says “2011 Fall Scholarship Programs”. Follow the instructions and enter the enrollment key MDMyNzUy7058 when instructed.
QuestionTo be considered for the All-USA Community College Academic Team program,you must be nominated by your college. When you are nominated, your student application will be tied directly to your nominator’s home page through an “enrollment key.” 

Before you may access the online scholarship application, you must first complete and “pass” the online eligibility quiz. This series of questions will help determine if you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Once you have completed the questions, please hit the submit button at the bottom. If you are eligible, you will be allowed to move on to the scholarship application. If the quiz determines you are not eligible to apply, the scholarship application will remain locked and you will not be able to access it.

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.

Before You Begin Your Application:

Take some time to work on your essay questions (below) outside of the online application.  These are very prestigious scholarships and have more stringent requirements than some scholarships you may have applied for in the past.  Ask an instructor or other mentor to review your essays and don't forget to start now to request your letters of recommendation!

Letter 1: This letter should give a specific example of how you have demonstrated leadership abilities, service involvement, and impact outside the classroom. If you are applying to the All-USA Community College Academic Team (and related scholarships), this letter should specifically address the leadership example you discuss in your Endeavor Essay and you may find it helpful to provide a copy of your completed essay to your recommender. This letter should be from a community college faculty member, administrator, or dean, or from an employer or professional at a non-profit organization where you have volunteered. 

Letter 2: The second letter of recommendation should be from a mentor or supervisor who has directly taught or mentored you while at your community college. It must be from a community college faculty member, administrator or dean and should give specific examples of how you have demonstrated academic progress and excellence, citing specific examples of in class participation or specific examples of your academic experiences with this individual as your mentor. 

  1. Outside Obligations: Organize your answer in an easy-to-read format using bullets, numbers, or charts, rather than paragraph format. If applicable, describe paid positions, with dates and estimated time spent, as well as family or other non-volunteer obligations you have, while attending community college (do not include activities listed in other sections of this application). Required, may not exceed more than 250 words.
  2. Awards: Organize your answer in an easy-to-read format using bullets, numbers, or charts, rather than paragraph format. List any awards, scholarships, or special recognitions you have received while enrolled at your community college. List your most significant award first, including the name of the award (do not abbreviate) and the date received. Required, may not exceed more than 250 words. 
  3. Community College Attendance: Why did you choose to attend a community college? Required, may not exceed more than 250 words.
  4. Biography: Please provide, in your own words, your biography in a short paragraph. Feel free to include any significant life events or experiences to give judges a broader understanding of what motivates you. Required, may not exceed more than 250 words.
  5. Campus Involvement: Organize your answer in an easy-to-read format using bullets, numbers, or charts, rather than paragraph format. List no more than three community college organizations in which you have participated. Include dates, leadership positions held, time spent (hours/week), plus specific activities or duties performed and scope or impact of your work. Do not include activities listed in the other sections. Do not include web links or photographs in the text box as these will be removed prior to judging. Required, may not exceed 250 words.
  6. Community Activities: Organize your answer in an easy-to-read format using bullets, numbers, or charts, rather than paragraph format. List no more than three community activities in which you have participated since you have been enrolled in community college. Include dates, leadership positions held, time spent (hours/week), plus specific activities or duties performed and scope or impact of your work. Do not include activities listed in other sections. Do not include web links or photographs in the text box as these will be removed prior to judging. Required, may not exceed 250 words.
  7. Essay Question - Most Significant Community College Endeavor: Describe your most significant endeavor since attending community college in which you applied your academic or intellectual skills from your community college education to benefit your school, community or society. The endeavor may be in community/service learning, in research, in the arts, journalism, advocacy/public affairs, etc. Judges will consider originality, initiative, degree of difficulty, results and benefit to society. Please limit your answer to ONE specific endeavor. Do not include web links or photographs in the text box as these will be removed prior to judging. Required, May Not Exceed 500 Words.

Note:  Students must be enrolled part-time or full-time at a four-year college to be considered for the Guistwhite Scholarship and full-time at a four-year college to be considered for the Hites Transfer Scholarship. 

*Guistwhite Scholarship
The purpose of the Guistwhite Scholarship program is to enhance Phi Theta Kappa members’ attainment of baccalaureate degrees. Additionally, this program serves to recognize members’ academic and leadership achievements, particularly as they relate to involvement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The criteria are designed to find students who excel academically; demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth; and use their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities. Up to twenty Guistwhite Scholars will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  1. Discussion Question A) Phi Theta Kappa Activities: Organize your answer in an easy-to-read format using bullets, numbers, or charts, rather than paragraph format. List no more than three Phi Theta Kappa activities in which you have participated, with dates, leadership positions held, time spent (hours/week), specific activities or duties performed, and scope or impact of your work. You may write about activities you discussed in previous sections. Do not include web links or photographs in the text box as these will be removed prior to judging. Judges will consider only the first 250 words.
*The Hites Transfer ScholarshipThe purpose of The Hites Transfer Scholarship program is to support the outstanding academic achievement of Phi Theta Kappa members. Students enrolled in community colleges who demonstrate high academic achievement and desire to transfer to a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution are eligible to apply. The criteria are designed to find students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, engagement in college and community activities, and leadership accomplishments. Up to ten Hites Scholars will each receive a $7,500 scholarship. The cash awards will be disbursed prior to each academic term. Scholars must be enrolled full-time and will receive four equal payments of $1,875 per semester. This amount will be awarded until the total amount of the scholarship has been disbursed or the student discontinues attendance in a baccalaureate degree program. In addition, certain criteria will be required in order to maintain the scholarship. Scholars will receive commemorative medallions.
  1. Discussion Question A) Leadership Example: Describe one specific example of your leadership. Required, may not exceed 250 words.

For assistance please contact:

Eileen Archibald 602-285-7870
Michelle Klinger 602-285-7842

Friday, October 28, 2011

Phoenix College Hosts Hip Hop Town Hall Nov. 5

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 28, 2011) – The Phoenix College NAACP/Black Student Union will host the 2nd Annual Hip Hop Town Hall on Nov. 5, 2011, at PC’s Bulpitt Auditorium. With the theme “Has Hip Hop Lost Its Way? – Bridging the Generational Gap,” the event seeks to engage young adults in meaningful dialogue and debate about current social topics in an appealing format.

“We want to capture the brilliance of some of these young people and mentor and steer it in the right direction,” said Dr. Camilla Westenberg, advisor to the NAACP/BSU student club who also teaches rap literature at Phoenix College in the English Department.

Hip Hop’s popularity has transcended race, religion and class for many people. The Town Hall will explore current issues of importance to today’s youth and emphasize the positive impact of Hip Hop. Hip Hop songs and videos address social issues such as generational barriers, police brutality, corporate radio vs. internet radio, use of the n-word, and other topics.

“Hip Hop has become a viable culture unto itself,” said Dr. Westenberg. “It has impacted our language, dress, politics and finances. And it’s a global phenomenon.”

Town Hall panelists include a range of people, from music label executives and rap artists to local entrepreneurs and community activists. The featured keynote speaker will be Kevin Black, a music label executive, promoter and entrepreneur who currently owns and runs his own promotions, marketing and management firm. He previously worked at Death Row Records, Interscope Records, Virgin Records and EMI Records.

Other partners in the event are: Black Entrepreneurship Association, Peacefest Organization, Dynasty Inkorporated, Phoenix College Creative Writing Program, Kingz N Queenz LLC and hip hop artist Queen YoNasDa, who is the national director of the Indigenous Nations Alliance-Millions More Movement and the initiator of Hip Hop 4 Haiti.

Plan to join us at this engaging and thought-provoking event. For more information, contact or

When: November 5, 2011. Starts at noon.
Where: Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Phoenix College Liberal Arts Department Fall 2011 Lecture

Links to Home: Reporting On the Southwestern US, Mexico and
Central America and Why We Should Care

Guest Lecturer Peter O'Dowd, KJZZ News Director and Reporter

Our neighborhoods are getting more diverse, and our politics are getting more divisive.
Like it or not, it won't be long until Arizona is a minority-majority state. Knowing where we're headed requires a nuanced understanding of our regional history. It also requires an introduction to the people south of our border, who will inevitably risk their lives to come here in the next decade. Reporters at KJZZ's Changing America Desk have spent the past year traveling the US-Mexico border, and deep into Mexico and Guatemala, to explain the
dynamic changes unique to the Southwest. Peter O’Dowd, KJZZ News Director & Reporter, has chronicled these trips into Mexico and Guatemala and will share why they matter to
our community.

KJZZ News Director Peter O'Dowd leads a newsroom that includes reporters in seven bureaus across the Southwestern United States. His work has aired on The BBC, NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and American Public Media's Marketplace. He has covered technology, the housing bubble and the constant debate over immigration policy that keeps Arizona in the national spotlight. Peter began his radio career
at Wyoming Public Radio. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, a bachelor's from Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and before he picked up journalism, he taught English to schoolchildren in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Phoenix College Osborn Site - Willo Room (Flower Street & 11th Avenue)

Free and open to the public

For more information:
Call 602.285.7651

Join us for this free community event!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Public Safety Update for October 24, 20ll

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/October 17-23, 2011

17 October; 9:49am: An employee reported the theft of his vehicle from the north parking lot. The employee saw an unidentified black female driving his vehicle as it departed campus. Phoenix police responded and documented the theft.

17 October; 11:00am: A student reported that he had been threatened by two other students in reference to an incident which occurred on 6 October. The student did not know the names of the persons who threatened him and was advised to contact Public Safety should he see either/both of them again.

17 October; 1:15pm: Safety staff documented a non-injury motor vehicle accident that occurred in the parking garage. Information was exchanged and one party was issued a citation for driving against the flow of traffic.

1 May-11 October; reported 17 October: A theft report was filed by a campus police officer due to a laptop computer being taken from the Music building. The computer was purchased about five years ago at a cost of approximately $1,000.00.

17 October; 4:15pm: A student reported the theft of his wallet which he left on a counter in Admissions and Records. The theft was captured via video surveillance but the suspect could not be identified.

18 October; 11:25am: A campus police officer documented a one-vehicle accident in the lower level of the parking garage. A student was operating her vehicle when she struck a steel barrier on the northeast corner of the garage. The vehicle had to be towed from the premises but the student was not injured.

18 October; 3:15pm: An employee reported he experienced pain in his wrists and right hip when a chair collapsed while he was attending a meeting in the Hannelly Center. Medical attention was not needed at the time but Industrial Injury paperwork was completed.

18 October; 6:00-8:00pm: A student reported the theft of an IPOD from his locker in the gymnasium. The locker had been left unlocked while the student attended football practice. The IPOD is valued at $200.00.

18 October; 8:55pm: A campus police officer documented a non-injury motor vehicle accident report that occurred in the west parking lot. A vehicle, that had been parked in neutral, backed into a parked vehicle. The vehicle owners exchanged information.

19 October; 11:15am: A student sustained a bruise to the right side of his face when he ran into the rear of a parked vehicle while skateboarding down the ramp in the parking garage. The owner of the parked vehicle was notified due to some damage around the location of the license plate.

19 October; 5:50pm: Campus police officers advised a student not to return to his classroom in PSB because he had been dropped from the class. The student was visibly upset and simply said that he was leaving.

20 October; 9:10am: A campus police officer counseled a student for inappropriate behavior toward his instructor. The student said he understood and would not approach the instructor again.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Empty Bowls

Phoenix College will be Commemorating

World Food Day

with the Empty Bowls Event:

For $10, participants can purchase a bowl of their choice from among 300 hand-crafted bowls created by faculty and student artisan potters in the Phoenix College Art & Music Department.

Students, faculty and staff as well as the community at large are encouraged to stop by and receive a simple lunchtime meal of soup or macaroni & cheese and water.

By eating a basic meal and keeping the ceramic handmade bowl, guests are reminded that empty bowls are a common occurrence for too many people worldwide.

The community is encouraged to participate in the fundraising event, with most of the proceeds donated to Andre House of Arizona to help feed the Valley's homeless population.

PC's Culinary Studies program will provide the food and is taking an active role in organizing the event.

Empty Bowls began as a simple high school class project in Michigan in 1990 and has grown into a global effort involving thousands of participants that has raised millions of dollars to fight hunger.

"In a tangible way, this project allows PC faculty, staff and students to directly give to a pressing community need," said Tim Hernandez, event organizer, artist, and residential faculty in the Phoenix College Fine and Performing Arts Department. "And the more the public participates, the more they get involved in making a difference in their community."

Tickets will be sold at the event, which will take place in the breezeway in front of Bulpitt Auditorium in the center of the Phoenix College Campus, which is located at:

1202 W. Thomas Road

For more Information contact:

Tim Hernandez at (602) 285-7283


Jonathan Higuera at (602) 285-7849

Andre House of Arizona, the beneficiary of Phoenix College's Empty Bowls event, was founded in 1984, and is located in the Capitol Mall District. It provides many services to aid the homeless and poor populations in the valley.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Phoenix College Hosts U.N. Expert on Land Mine Removal

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 14, 2011) – The Phoenix College Liberal Arts Department celebrates United Nations Day 2011 by hosting a talk from a United Nations program officer specializing in land mine removal in war-torn countries.

Marc Vaillant, a program officer with the United Nations Mine Action Services, will speak to PC students and community members on October 20. He directs the implementation of the Mine Action Programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cotê d’ Ivoire, Chad, Lebanon and Gaza/West Bank.

"The UN Day program at Phoenix College is a great opportunity for students and the Phoenix community to meet and interact with someone who works to save human lives globally,” said Dr. Albert Celoza, chair of the Phoenix College Liberal Arts Department, who will introduce the featured speaker.

Vaillant will discuss the United Nations’ global humanitarian efforts in the area of land mine removal in these countries followed by a question and answer session moderated by Paula Cullison, past president of the United Nations Association Phoenix.

“It’s so inexpensive to create a land mine but it takes so much effort and money to remove them,” said Cullison, who serves as advisor to the local chapter of the United Nations Association. “Unfortunately, so many people, mostly women and children, are maimed or killed by these mines.”

Vaillant, 32, joined the United Nations headquarters in New York in 2010 as a Political Affairs Officer for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In April 2011, he moved into his current position. A Danish citizen, Vaillant has a master’s degree in Geography and International Development from Roskilde University in Denmark and is certified in Explosive Ordnance Disposal by the Danish Army.

The Oct. 20 event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Willo Room at Phoenix College’s Osborn site, 3110 N. 10th Avenue. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The program is presented in cooperation with the Higher Education Alliance of the Humpty Dumpty Institute in New York, Maricopa Community Colleges, United Nations Association Phoenix.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Celoza at (602) 285-7651 or

Thursday, October 13, 2011

PC's New Student Union

PC's New Student Union Set for Late Fall Opening
Phoenix College students are getting a comfortable gathering space on campus when the new Student Union is completed in December. The renovated 10,000-square-foot building in the heart of campus will feature ample space for club and student meetings, a game room, a conference room, a Starbucks café, computer usage areas, large video screens, and the Bear’s Den, a traditional hangout for students to relax and socialize.

The construction project is one of two major construction projects going on at the central city campus. The other is the addition of a one-stop enrollment center to the existing Hannelly Center. The project is the centerpiece of the PC strategy to provide efficient student services in one centralized area. The project will also feature a long-awaited “gateway” to the PC campus. The prominent entrance will have a shade canopy.

Grand opening celebrations for both buildings are slated for January 2012.

“Any student will be able to come in, do their homework or meet up with friends,” said Genesis Toole, Director of Student Life and Leadership, which will be located in the new Student Union. “We’re excited about the challenge of seeing more students use the Student Union.”

The new Student Union building was originally built in 1938. The refurbished building will have historical touches from its past such as the original tall windows. It also will feature exposed steel tresses in the roof, skylights, original brickwork, and even some redwood panels found in the attic that will be used in the interior design of a Starbucks coffee bar.

“From the exterior standpoint, we have returned it to its former glory," said Doug McCarthy, PC’s Director of College Facilities Planning and Development. “We’ve painstakingly worked to highlight some of its design features.”

The interior will have wireless connection and laptop recharging stations, soft spaces with movable furniture, and a kitchen for club use as well as a conference room and a back patio with outdoor seating.

The Hannelly Center expansion and renovation adds 17,000 square feet of new space to the existing 34,000 square foot center.

The new One-Stop Enrollment Center for students will house Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Advisement, International Student Center, Veterans Services and Recruitment and Retention. The center’s goal is to eliminate the traditional silo approach to service delivery. Students will be directed to zones where they will receive assistance.

“We want students to do everything they need to do as far as enrollment and matriculation services in one space,” said Yira Brimage, PC’s Vice President of Student Affairs. “Before it may have taken visits to four or five buildings.”

The second phase of Hannelly Center construction project will add a new cafeteria, an enhanced lower level that will house Counseling and Testing as well as an Atrium that provides inside spaces for students. That phase is expected to be completed by January 2013.

Funding for both projects came from a 2004 bond election passed by Maricopa County voters.

About Phoenix College:

PC is a premier institution of higher education that has been serving the community since 1920. As the flagship college of the Maricopa Community Colleges–the largest community college system in America–Phoenix College offers programs for university transfer, career training, and personal development. The 23-acre campus includes state-of-the-art instructional classrooms, a modern library and computer lab, the Eric Fischl Art Gallery, a performing arts theater, a culinary café, a gymnasium and fitness center, and premium athletic fields. Phoenix College students speak more than 50 languages and represent more than 100 countries, reflecting the diverse, multicultural central city that Phoenix College serves.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Phoenix College Presents Food Day Events on Oct. 24

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2011) – October 24 is National Food Day and Phoenix College will be hosting events throughout the day that address important food-related issues such as childhood obesity, diet-related diseases and factory farms.

“The college is a natural environment for intelligent, civil discussions about food,” said Liz O’Brien, a PC residential faculty member and director of the Honors program who led PC’s Food Day effort. “I’d like to see the campus community as well as the general community get on the bandwagon of making better choices for themselves, their families and the community.”

The events include “Fast” Food Talks led by eight presenters made up of local experts and PC Honors students; tours of PC’s garden led by Garden Club members; and a movie screening (repeated) followed by post-film discussions. Other events include student research displays in the PC Library and a Food Expert display in the campus Bears’ Den.

The events were developed to address food-related issues such as diet-related diseases, reforming factory farms, curbing junk-food marketing to kids and fair treatment for food and agricultural workers.

Phoenix College Food Day is among 1,000 food-related events taking place nationwide on October 24th. Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and modeling itself after Earth Day, Food Day has set a goal of pushing for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way and changing the way Americans think about food.

“People are starting to intellectually question the ‘food’ that is being placed before us,” said O’Brien. “We are paying horribly in medical costs for the stuff we eat just because it is cheap and accessible.”

PC Faculty Librarian Kelly Lambert has created a libguide that provides details on the campus events and links to the national Food Day website. PC activities include:

Student Research Display at PC Library: All Day

Garden Club Tours of the PC Garden: Come take a tour hosted by the Garden Club. PC's garden is located on 11th Avenue next to the E Building. Tours from 10 a.m. - noon.

"Fast" Food Talks: Join us for several five-minute talks by PC students and local food experts on various food-related topics. It will be moderated by Greg Peterson from the Urban Farm. Experts will be Amy Joon, holistic wellness practitioner, George Brooks, backyard farming expert, Luisa Valdez, herbalist, and Ingrid Hirtz, community cook. Noon - 1:15 p.m. in Student Life. Chipotle will kindly pass out free veggie burritos to 100 lucky session attendees.

"King Corn" with post-film discussion: In this informative and entertaining documentary, two friends follow an acre of corn to learn more about the foods we eat and how we farm. Film showings at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Art Building, Room 119. Post-film discussions moderated by PC Professors Sean Whitcomb (2 p.m. showing) and John Schampel (5 p.m. showing).

For more information on specific events, go to

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Phoenix College now has charging stations for electric vehicles!

PC has the unique distinction of having two stations available for the charging of electric vehicles.  With funding provided through a grant from the US Department of Energy, these stations are one of our commitments to sustainability.

The two stations are located in the lower level of the parking structure across from the Public Safety office.  The stations are set up for electric vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the newest Toyota Prius plug-in.  Drivers of these vehicles can use a swipe card to activate the charging process which typically takes two to four hours.  The chargers will automatically shut off and the cord is long enough so that cars parked next to the designated spaces can be charged as well.  Attached is a picture of the designated space.

If you are an owner (or driver) of one of these vehicles, and would like to begin using these charging stations, please email me and I will supply you with a swipe card.

The next time you are out and about, please swing by and take a look!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PC Empty Bowls Luncheon to Benefit Homeless

(PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 4, 2011) – Phoenix College will commemorate World Food Day with the fifth annual Empty Bowls luncheon Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the main campus.

For $10, participants can purchase a bowl of their choice from among 300 hand-crafted bowls created by faculty and student artisan potters in the Phoenix College Art & Music Department. Students, faculty and staff as well as the community at large are encouraged to stop by and receive a simple lunchtime meal of soup or macaroni & cheese and water.

By eating a basic meal and keeping the ceramic handmade bowl, guests are reminded that empty bowls are a common occurrence for too many people worldwide. The community is encouraged to participate in the fundraising event, with most of the proceeds donated to Andre House of Arizona to help feed the Valley’s homeless population.

PC’s Culinary Studies program will provide the food and is taking an active role in organizing the event.

Empty Bowls began as a simple high school class project in Michigan in 1990 and has grown into a global effort involving thousands of participants that has raised millions of dollars to fight hunger.

“In a tangible way, this project allows PC faculty, staff and students to directly give to a pressing community need,” said Tim Hernandez, event organizer, artist, and residential faculty in the Phoenix College Fine and Performing Arts Department. “And the more the public participates, the more they get involved in making a difference in their community.”

Tickets will be sold at the event, which will take place in the breezeway in front of Bulpitt Auditorium in the center of the Phoenix College campus, which is located at 1202 W. Thomas Road. For more information, contact Tim Hernandez at (602) 285-7283 or Jonathan Higuera at (602) 285-7849.

Andre House of Arizona, the beneficiary of Phoenix College’s Empty Bowls event, was founded in 1984, and is located in the Capitol Mall District. It provides many services to aid the homeless and poor populations in the Valley.