Friday, September 30, 2011

Art Exhibit Set to Open at PC's Eric Fischl Gallery

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 30) – Declaring Independence, an exhibition project organized by the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA), will open Monday, October 3, 2011 at Phoenix College’s Eric Fischl Gallery.

Curated by Ted G. Decker, the exhibition highlights the phenomenon of many exceptional artists who do not have commercial art gallery representation.

“This exhibition is a reflection of how the art market is changing and evolving in response to our economic times and how artists have responded to that,” said Tim Hernandez, director of the Eric Fischl Gallery. “Many galleries are closing and we’re seeing fewer artists put out to the public simply because there is less exhibition space.”

The exhibition, which will run October 3-27, is the result of a community collaboration between the phICA and the Eric Fischl Gallery. It spotlights artistic productions from 23 artists, mostly from Phoenix but also from cities where artists face a dearth of commercial gallery representation, including Boston, Miami, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

“The exhibit has some very diverse cultural explorations,” Hernandez added. “Some of the themes are indigenous to the artists' cultures while others deal with political overtones and contemporary issues in art.”

An opening reception will take place on Monday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Declaring Independence exhibit

Opening Reception: Monday, October 3, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exhibition: October 3 – 27, 2011
Regular gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College (second level of Fine Arts Building)

Free and open to the public

Organized by:
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA)

Curated by:
Ted G. Decker

For more information:
Contact Gallery Director Tim Hernandez at 602.285.7283

Phoenix College Hosts Successful HBCU Fair

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 30) – More than 400 students attended the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair Sept. 28 at Phoenix College.

Attendees received a full array of information and resources on attending college, successful completion of college, financing college and other topics related to their higher education goals.

They also had a chance to meet with college representatives during the annual event, organized by Camilla Westenberg, Ph.D.,an English professor and advisor to the NAACP/Black Student Union club.

The fair attracted representatives from 16 colleges and students from more than 25 Arizona high schools. It featured speakers, including welcoming remarks from PC President Dr. Anna Solley, six workshops and scholarship information tables.

“The students learned about the range of options to obtain a college education,” said Dr. Westenberg.

They also heard from other young professionals and students who had followed both traditional and non-traditional paths to a professional career and higher education. “The students were very energetic. They came away with many options,” said Dr. Westenberg.

The day’s events included remarks from Alonzo Jones, associate dean of students at Arizona State University, Tempe campus; Dr. Romona Saunders, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Delta Beta Omega Chapter; Michael Williams, president of PC’s NAACP/BSU; and Angelique Jones, Miss Black Teen Arizona USA.

One popular workshop covered writing a powerful personal statement. “Many students came away with concrete ideas on how to construct their own personal statement,” said Dr. Westenberg.

Other workshops covered college survival techniques, financing your education, and choosing the right college for you.

The HBCU Fair is designed for freshmen to senior students at public, private, and charter high school and community college students from throughout Arizona.

The event was co-sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.- Delta Beta Omega Chapter, Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation, and Phoenix College NAACP/Black Student Union.

Declaring Independence Opens at PC's Eric Fischl Gallery

Declaring Independence Opens
at PC's Eric Fischl Gallery

Declaring Independence, an exhibition project organized by the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA), will open Monday, October 3, 2011 at Phoenix College's Eric Fischl Gallery. Curated by Ted G. Decker, the exhibition highlights the phenomenon of many exceptional artists who do not have commercial art gallery representation.

The exhibition, which will run October 3-27, is the result of a community collaboration between the phICA and the Eric Fischl Gallery. It spotlights artistic productions from 23 artists, mostly from Phoenix but also from cities where artists face a dearth of commercial gallery representation, including Boston, Miami, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

An opening reception will take place on Monday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Opening reception for Declaring Independence exhibit

Opening Reception: Monday, October 3, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exhibition:  October 3 - 27, 2011
Regular gallery hours are Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College (second level of Fine Arts Building)

Free and open to the public

Organized by:
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA)

Curated by:
Ted G. Decker

For more information:
Contact Gallery Director Tim Hernandez at 602.285.7283

Monday, September 26, 2011

Public Safety Update 9-26-11

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/September 19-25, 2011

14 September; reported 19 September: An employee reported the theft of a web cam from his computer at PC Downtown. The theft occurred between 1:50pm on 14 September and 12:50pm on September 15th. The employee noted that his office was locked during these times. The web cam is valued at $50.00.
19 September; 9:30am: A campus police officer documented a non-injury vehicle accident that occurred behind the gymnasium. The parties involved exchanged insurance information.
20 September; 7:00-9:30pm: A student reported that while his vehicle was parked on the upper level of the parking garage, person(s) unknown cut off the upper right corner of his license plate. The student was advised to report the theft to the Phoenix Police Department.
21 September; 9:00am: A campus safety officer was advised that a student had fainted near the D building. Paramedics responded and the student was taken to a medical facility by her father.
17-19 September; 12:00pm-5:00pm: An employee reported that he lost his campus keys while he was off campus. A copy of the report was forwarded to the Facilities Director.
22 September; 7:55am: A campus police officer documented a non-injury vehicle accident that occurred in the west parking lot. Parties involved exchanged insurance information.
22 September; 10:30am: An employee in the Hannelly Center sustained injuries to her left pointer finger when a door closed on the finger. A fellow employee transported the injured employee to an urgent care facility.
22 September; 10:30am: A student reported that while working the safety fair in sophomore square, she sustained a needle stick to her left pointer finger while trying to remove the needle from a device. The student went to have a blood draw because the needle had been contaminated.
22 September; 12:55pm: A campus police officer documented a non-injury vehicle accident that occurred in the stadium parking lot. The parties involved exchanged insurance information.
23 September; 9:55am: A campus safety officer documented a non-injury vehicle accident that occurred in the lower level of the parking garage. The parties involved exchanged insurance information.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

PC Provides Army Vets Custom Paramedic Training

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 22) – Through a customized program designed by Phoenix College’s Emergency Medical Technology/Fire Science Department, 18 Army veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting the training they need to become civilian paramedics.

PC’s EMT Department designed the training program for the veterans, who served as medics during their tours of duty.

The students, many of whom served in harm’s way during their service, are using their G.I. Bill benefits and the Army’s tuition assistance program to get the coursework and clinical training they need to become paramedics. Working with PC’s EMT Department, the veterans are participating in a 10-month program designed to provide them with 500 hours of classroom instruction required before moving into the clinical phase of the program.

The program began in April.“We’re delivering the curriculum in a manner that meets their needs in terms of the schedule and resources,” said Scott Crowley, program director of PC’s EMT and EMT Basic programs.

The program also includes an agreement with the Phoenix Fire Department to give the students 250 hours of work experience.Many of the students have already performed duties associated with paramedics during their military service but they need more training to become certified as civilian paramedics. They are already certified as Emergency Medical Technicians in Arizona.

“They are really good at trauma,” said Crowley, referring to the students’ skills. “It’s the medical side we’re working really hard to bridge: heart, renal failures, strokes…They’ve been forward deployed as medics and now they want options and opportunities.”

During the coursework phase, the students take classes at the PC campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as one Saturday per month.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Financial Assistance Available through WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program

Financial assistance is available to Arizona residents wishing to pursue careers in Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program.

The Arizona Board of Regents WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program enables Arizona students to enroll in certain professional programs in other states, or at instate private institutions, since these educational opportunities are not available at Arizona’s public universities.  The State pays a support fee to the school receiving the student to help cover the cost of education.  The student pays the resident tuition fee at a public institution or the difference between the WICHE support fee and the standard tuition at a private school.

The deadline to apply for WICHE certification for training to commence in the Fall of 2012 is October 15, 2011.  Applicants must be residents of the State of Arizona for at least five years prior to the commencement of training.  Notices to students who obtain funding through this program are distributed during late Spring.  Recipients are obligated to return to Arizona to practice one-year for each year of support, or repay one-half of their support plus interest.

WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) makes many high-quality graduate programs available to master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students, who are residents of the 15 participating states, to enroll in some 220 high-quality programs at 45 participating institutions.  Additionally, if the desired healthcare program is not offered through PSEP, students may check the Western Regional Graduate Program.  WRGP currently offers access to more than 50 high-quality healthcare-related degrees offered by some 40 public institutions.  Students who enroll in a cooperating program outside of Arizona through WRGP pay resident tuition.  Additional information is available at:

Additionally, Arizona participates in the WICHE Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE.)  The Western Undergraduate Exchange provides opportunities for students to attend a public college at the undergraduate level, outside their home state, at a reduced level of tuition (150% of resident tuition.)  Arizona residents may attend undergraduate programs in all WICHE states.  The WICHE member states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

For further information or to request an application, please contact Louise Lynch, WICHE Certifying Officer, Arizona Board of Regents, 2020 North Central Avenue, Suite 230, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 or phone (602) 229-2500, or visit the website at:  Click on Special Programs and Initiatives, click on WICHE, and click on Professional Student Exchange Program.

Students may access an Application for WICHE Certification at:

Public Safety Update 9-21-11

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/September 12-18, 2011

12 September; 3:00pm: A student was arrested in the C building for possession of marijuana. Phoenix Police booked the student into the 4th Avenue jail.

13 September; 8:00am: A student at the B building was throwing up and feeling weak. Paramedics responded to evaluate the student. The student took a taxi for transport to a medical facility.

13 September; 9:50am: A campus police officer wrote a hit and run accident report. A student reported that her vehicle was struck while she was looking for a parking spot in the west parking. Another vehicle backed into the student's vehicle and the driver left without addressing the accident. The operator of the striking vehicle was identified and the two parties exchanged insurance information.

14 September; 7:10pm: A safety officer reported seeing Phoenix Fire near the A&R building. A student complained of being weak, having stomach cramps, and a headache. The student was transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital.

15 September; 9:40am: A student reported a car fire on the upper level of the parking garage. Phoenix Fire responded and extinguished the fire. The fire damaged a vehicle that was parked next to the burning vehicle. Both owners were contacted and a report was filed.

15 September; 11:10am: A campus police officer completed a criminal damage report. Person(s) unknown damaged a Pepsi machine located near the Learning Center. Pepsi was contacted and advised of the damage.

16 September; 7:07am: A campus police officer completed an accident report on a non-injury vehicle accident that occurred in the north parking lot. Parties involved exchanged insurance information.

16 September; 10:50am: Paramedics were called but then cancelled when a student in the library said he felt better after experiencing a stomach ache and dizziness. The student was able to continue to his next class.

16 September; 2:05-2:10pm: A student reported the theft of her backpack from the library. The backpack contained an Ipod, a graphing calculator, and a calculus book. A suspect was identified when he attempted to sell the calculator to the bookstore located at Thomas & 15th Avenue. The suspect was identified as a student, questioned by campus police officers, and subsequently admitted to taking the items from the backpack. All items were recovered and returned to the victim.

End of update.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Phoenix College Welcomes Peterson Zah

Peterson Zah is the former President of the Navajo Nation and a Alumnus of Phoenix College. He will be at Phoenix College to discuss:

Topic: "Socio-Cultural Trends in Indian Country"

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Willo Room, Osborn Campus, 11th Avenue & Flower

Peterson Zah was born in 1937 and raised in the middle of the Navajo Reservation at remote Low Mountain, AZ. He left his home and family in 1953 to attend the Phoenix Indian School, later enrolling at Phoenix College and finally ASU, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1963. He returned to his homeland as a vocational educator, teaching Navajo adults the essentials of the carpentry trade, and then as a field coordinator for VISTA Indian Training Center at Arizona State University. Quickly proving his leadership abilities, he is co-founder and later became executive director of DNA-People's Legal Services, a non profit legal services programs, and championed native rights.

In 1982, Zah was elected Chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council. In 1990, under a new tribal government, Peterson Zah was elected the first president of the Navajo Nation, leading the movement to restructure and modernize their governmental system from a council to a nation. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Humane Letters from Arizona State University in 2005. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Servant Leadership Award.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Honors Community

The Phoenix College Honors Program creates space for the intellectual and cultural development of our entire campus community. All of our events are free and open to the public.

At last week's Open House, we unveiled our new program, Honors Hotspots. Honors students can earn Hotspot points by attending events, recruiting other students to Honors and by earning an A in their Honors course. These points can then be redeemed for Honors mugs and t-shirts, bookstore gift certificates and travel scholarships.

You have three opportunities to earn Hotspot Points this week:

Major Honors events start with the first Honors Forum Lecture of the 2011-12 season this Wednesday.

Dr. Kentaro Toyama, from UC Berkeley's School of Information, presents: "The False Promise of Information Technology: Why Google, Facebook, and the iPhone Aren't What Will Save the World." Worth one Hotspot point. Be sure to sign in at the tables in the lobby before entering the auditorium.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, open to the public

Dinner and the Symphony: A Night Out

The first 10 students to contact the Honors office (602-285-7305, email or come by) will be treated to dinner and the symphony. Mozart's "Piano Concerto 21" is the evening's highlight. Honors professor Dianne Miller is your host. This event is worth one Hotspot point.

Thursday, September 22, dinner 6:00 at Hanny's, symphony at 7:30 at Symphony Hall

Presentation - "Casual Sex: Doing it Philosophically"

Philosophy of Sex instructor Dr. Craig Carley examines the metaphysical considerations and moral perspectives with respect to "hooking up." Worth one Hotspot Point. Be sure to sign in.

Friday, September 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m.,

Upcoming Event Opportunities
Time to Mark Your Calendars

Honors Forum Lectures

The Maricopa Community Colleges proudly present these nationally recognized speakers for the 2011-12 Honors Forum Lecture Series, both of whom will address the theme: “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril & Promise.” Lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Johanna Blakley – Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-8:15 p.m., Navajo Room, Mesa Community College

Brown Bag Discussion – “Me? Eat That Grasshopper?”

While 80% of the world’s people consider insects a delicacy, the mere thought makes most Americans squeamish. Inspired by The New Yorker article, “Grub” (August 15, 2011 issue), Honors Director Liz O’Brien leads a discussion on the practice of entomophagy while exploring issues of culture and sustainability. Bring your lunch.

Friday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., A106

Special presentation – “American Road Artist”

Modeling himself after Odysseus, New York artist Jim Mott sets out on the American Road, exchanging no money and depending only on his wits and his paintbrush to weather his journey. Can he succeed in his attempts to redefine the nature of art, travel, money, and hospitality in an age increasingly defined by individual insularity? Mott’s adventures have been chronicled by many in the national press, including NBC’s Today and American Artist magazine. Join us for this very special presentation, repeated twice. Co­sponsored with the Phoenix College Art Department.

Thursday, October 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room TBA

Food Day

The Honors Program joins other groups on campus to participate in the first annual Food Day, a nation­wide effort committed to food-related issues including reducing diet-related diseases, promoting healthy foods, curbing junk-food marketing to kids, and reforming factory farms.

Monday, October 24, various events, times and locations to be announced.

Brown Bag Discussion - "A Book Discussion with Dr. Celoza"

Dr. Albert Celoza, professor of World Religions and chair of the Liberal Arts Department, summarizes and leads a discussion on Gregory Boyd’s 2006 book, The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church. Boyd argues that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Bring your lunch.

Thursday, October 27, 1:00-2:00, Campus Vista (2nd floor of the Library)

Presentation - "Color Trends"

Why do we no longer see avocado green refrigerators or mauve wallpaper? What’s the future for current hot colors like honeysuckle, coral, and icy blue? Forecasting color trends is big business, and many companies work with industries to select colors for everything from cars and clothing, to housewares, paint and furniture. Laurie Clark, Senior Designer Account Executive with Sherwin-Williams, presents the influence behind current color trends.

Tuesday, November 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room TBA

Phoenix Symphony

Watch your email for details. On each symphony date, we’re planning to create an “evening out,” where in selected students can join an Honors faculty member for a pre-symphony dinner (hosted by Honors), and the “Musically Speaking” events led by the conductor prior to the symphony.

Symphony Hall, Downtown Phoenix

Thursday, November 17 – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Saturday, November 26 – Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apply Now with Disney

Opportunity for Students:

Disney Presentation Magic.


Paid Internships.

One of the key qualities to make your résumé stand out is work experience. What better place to gain experience than with one of the most renowned entertainment companies! The Disney College Program is a paid internship, offering the chance to earn while you learn.

Phoenix College students are invited to attend a Disney College Program "Apply Now" event at PC in Career Services on 9/28/11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and on 10/13/11 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Students may earn PC credit for their internship and learning experiences.

The Disney College Programs at the Disneyland® Resort and the Walt Disney World® Resort are unique. Disney-designed internship opportunities that allow participants to gain real-world experience while expanding their education and planning for their future. Participants have the opportunity to take courses, enjoy admission to Disney theme parks and receive a variety of discounts on select merchandise, food and beverage and hotel accommodations. It’s an internship like no other with the most magical company in the world!

On the Disney College Program, participants have the opportunity to:

Live: Make friends from around the world and enjoy exclusive program events while living in our fully furnished, secured apartments.

Learn: Take classes recommended for academic credit, network with Disney leaders and learn transferable skills that can be applied to any career path.

Earn: Build their résumé, get paid and get an edge over the competition by working for one of the most admired entertainment companies in the world.

For more information, contact Rene Delgado at 602-285-7422.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PC Recognized as a Military Friendly School

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 13) – Phoenix College has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a magazine aimed at military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on this list,” said Felicitas Kinard, who runs PC’s Veterans Services office. “We take pride in giving our veterans quality customer service and going beyond just offering benefits. We want them to be aware of all the resources available to them.”

The magazine listing was based on survey responses from 8,000 schools nationwide, including interviews with veterans attending those institutions. Kinard says that PC has about 300 students who are getting benefits from the G.I. Bill. Many other veterans who are not currently receiving G.I. Bill benefits are enrolled in PC classes.

“Many come here for the programs, but once they get here they like the atmosphere, the central location and the support they get,” said Kinard.

The schools were chosen based on: scholarships and discounts offered to veterans, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. It was the first time G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans in its research.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

The newly redesigned website, found at, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Phoenix College Public Safety Update - 9-12-2011

Public Safety Update/Summary of Incidents/September 5-11, 2011

1 September; reported 6 September: Employees in the Culinary program requested that Public Safety document an on-going verbal spat between a male and female student. A report had already been forwarded through academic channels but the employees wanted this department to be aware of the situation in case it escalates.

6 September; 4:39pm: A safety employee reported criminal damage to the D building. Person(s) unknown had broken a window located on the northwest corner of the building. A copy of the report was forwarded to maintenance personnel.

7 September; 9:00am: Safety staff responded to the H building to assess a student who complained of multiple health issues. Paramedics responded and the student was taken to Saint Joseph's for further treatment.

7 September; 10:25am: Safety staff responded to the Cafeteria on a report that a student was having an allergic reaction. The student reported that she had been stung by a bee on her right leg. The student was able to drive herself to a medical facility.

7 September 3:20pm: A campus police officer documented a hit and run accident that occurred in the west parking lot. There was a witness to the accident but the operator of the striking vehicle could not be contacted because she left the scene.

7 September; 4:45pm: A campus police officer responded to the B building on a report that a student was disrupting a class. The student was in the hallway and not being disruptive when safety arrived; the student subsequently withdrew from the class.

8 September; 5:00pm: Safety staff responded to the gymnasium on a report that a student had been stung by a bee while on the softball field. Paramedics responded and the student was taken to Saint Joseph's for further treatment.

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

End of update.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

PC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Beginning Sept. 15

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 7) – Phoenix College Student Life and Leadership has coordinated a series of events and activities commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month as part of its commitment to celebrating campus diversity at the flagship college of Maricopa Community Colleges.

The events kick off on Sept. 15 when the Mexican Consulate comes to Sophomore Square at the main campus for the traditional ‘Grito de Independencia’ (The Cry of Independence). The ceremony and accompanying activities will take place between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The event also will feature dancing by Ballet Folklorico Ollin Yoliztli, music from a mariachi group from South Mountain Community College and guitar music from two PC students.

PC’s own Trino Sandoval, Professor of Spanish, will emcee the event and PC President Anna Solley, Ed.D., will serve as the Madrina (Matron of Honor) for the ceremony.

“Inclusivity and celebrating cultures is a big part of the PC experience,” said Genesis Toole, Director of Student Life and Leadership. “Being in the heart of Phoenix, what better place to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Many of the planned activities are geared to sharing Latino cultural traditions, such as a piñata and flower making workshop on Sept. 20; tortilla-making workshop on Oct. 4; and a noon-time talk from the Honorable Raul H. Castro, the only Arizona governor (1975-77) of Mexican-American descent, on Oct. 12 in Bulpitt Auditorium.

Other activities include a Hispanic Cultural Market on Oct. 5, HispaModa 2011, a student fashion show Oct. 6 in Bulpitt Auditorium, and a closing Hispanic Heritage Fair Oct. 13 in Sophomore Square Plaza. The latter will include a salsa (food) competition.

All events and activities are free and open to the public. Students from other educational institutions are welcome to attend any event.

Phoenix College is a Hispanic Serving Institution. To be an HSI, more than 25 percent of an educational institution’s full-time enrolled students must be of Hispanic ancestry.

To view a calendar of events for the celebration, click here.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

PC Scholarship Workshops

There are over 40 Phoenix College scholarships and thousands of dollars exclusively to PC students ready to be given .

The opening of the new scholarship online application “STARS” is up and running for Fall & Spring semesters.

· Access STARS any place, any time using the Internet.

· Complete and submit a single application each semester.

· STARS will recommend scholarships based on your information.

· Submit an application for each scholarship with just a click.

· Check STARS to review status at any time.

· Submission deadline is October 7, 2011.

To start your application is only a click away.


* Scholarships Workshops *

Tue. Sept. 13 @ 11 am in the Library – Lower Level Coronado Room

Thu. Sept. 15 @ 3 pm in the Library – Lower Level Coronado Room

Friday, September 2, 2011

PC Town Hall Examines Role of Religion in Public Policy

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 2) – The role of religion in shaping government policies on gay marriage and other social issues will be discussed during the “Faith and Fairness Town Hall – God, Gays and Government,” Thursday, Sept. 15.

The event, hosted by Phoenix College Student Life and Leadership and the Phoenix College Rainbow Spectrum Club, will feature a panel of speakers drawn from clergy and lay people from the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Mormon and Christian traditions. The moderated panel will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bulpitt Auditorium on the Phoenix College campus, 1202 W. Thomas Road.

“We think it’s an important dialogue,” said Angela Hughey, president of ONE Community, an interactive web and events community for gay, lesbian and allied individuals and one of the event’s coordinators. “Public sentiment toward legitimizing gay relationships has changed in the last few years. We want a good civil discourse on the topic.”

The event is free and open to the public, butt RSVP at reserve your spot. Questions for the panelists can be submitted ahead of time at the same web site.

Speakers include:

Dr. Albert Celoza, Phoenix College Chair, Liberal Arts Department. Dr. Celoza is Professor of Social Studies and Religious Ethics. In 2001, he was named the Arizona Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology and author. Dr. De La Torre is an expert commentator on religious ethics. After a successful real estate career in Miami, Fla., he joined the seminary and eventually obtained a doctorate from Temple University in social ethics.

Ann Gray, a former Roman Catholic educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Jesuits. She is an active volunteer in the Scottsdale Unified School District and Justa Center, a non-profit group serving homeless seniors. She also works for the Scottsdale Unified School District, working with emotionally disabled children. She earned an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Victoria Washington, defense attorney. She works solely on death penalty cases. Along with her partner Babe, Victoria is raising three girls: a six-year-old and four-year-old twins in the Jewish tradition.

Michael Wright, a practicing attorney and former Mormon Bishop. A trial lawyer and active member of the L.D.S. Church in Mesa, Mr. Wright brings a perspective on LGBTissues that combines his heritage and knowledge of church doctrine with his experience in civil rights law.The

Town Hall will be followed by a two-day conference on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1601 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

PC students will be allowed to attend Saturday’s conference events, which include a plenary session with Dr. De La Torre, workshops, and lunch. The public can also attend for $15. To register, reply to

“The interfaith movement in our country is important nationally and locally,” said Genesis Toole, Director of PC Student Life and Leadership. “Involving our students, especially theLGBT community, is crucial to the ongoing conversation on inclusiveness.”

In addition to ONE Community, the conference and Town Hall are being presented by Human Rights Campaign and No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice. Community partners are Aunt Rita’s Foundation and Echo Magazine.


PC's New Student Union Set to Open in December

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 1) – 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.