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Sept. 19, 2013


  • College Updates
    • Governing Board Approves Chancellor's Plan to Get PCC 'Back to Basics'
    • ‘Welcome to Pima, Lee!’ video greeting on College’s YouTube channel
    • New Weight Training and Cardiovascular Fitness Classes for PCC Employees
    • PIR Environmental Scan Report online
    • PCC employees urged to be part of Car Free Tucson, Sept. 20-22
    • Pima Among 20 Colleges and Universities at College Fair, Saturday
    • ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
    • Employees Receive 25 Percent Discount for Fall Break Youth Camps
    • Individual Financial Counseling
    • Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
    • Athletics Schedules
  • Benefits
  • Pima People
  • Upcoming Events
  • Ongoing Events

College Update

Governing Board Approves Chancellor's Plan to Get PCC 'Back to Basics'
The PCC Governing Board last night unanimously approved Chancellor Lee D. Lambert’s list of his goals for 2013-14, a 33-point plan whose purpose is to get PCC “back to basics.”

In outlining his vision at the Regular Meeting of the Board, Chancellor Lambert emphasized that no one goal is more important than any other.

His Goals, Objectives and Timelines for 2013-14 are designed to precisely define PCC’s purpose by examining government statutes and regulations affecting the College, and by updating Board policies to complement and reinforce those legal requirements.

Chancellor Lambert said he would work with the Board to create a shared governance model that clearly defines roles, responsibilities, lines of authority and engagement levels for employees.

Regarding the College’s culture, Chancellor Lambert said everyone at PCC will be required to take a course in the detection, reporting and prevention of sexual harassment. “I will not tolerate sexual harassment,” he said. Chancellor Lambert added he wants to improve the College’s culture by integrating the Blueprint for Healing with an upcoming College-wide Institutional Climate Survey.

Chancellor Lambert said the College’s treatment of part-time faculty must improve, the level of PCC engagement with the community must be increased, and future College reviews of internal processes must be data-informed and evidence-based, and should recognize the Higher Learning Commission model of continuous improvement.

Chancellor Lambert said the College should build on the successes of its Center for Training and Development, which has an 85 percent job-placement rate, and its nationally renowned Adult Education programs. He said PCC is committed to a redesign of developmental education that includes making pre-college courses eligible for federal financial aid.

In his HLC update last night, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jerry Migler said the College is entering the critical phase of the Self-Study process, analysis and evaluation of PCC operations.

Based on evidence gathered in the Self-Study’s first phase, the more than 300 employees and community members involved in the process are judging whether an area is in full compliance with HLC standards, is in compliance but can improve or is in “the red zone,” meaning the area is not in compliance, Provost Migler said.

Action Teams have been created to put remedies in place to bring “red zone” areas into compliance, he said.

Beginning in October, Provost’s Office administrators will visit campuses and other facilities to deliver monthly updates about PCC efforts to emerge from probation and to answer questions, Provost Migler said.

A chart showing the College’s progress toward reaffirming HLC accreditation is available on the Pima Addresses Probation webpage, which contains other resources and information.

‘Welcome to Pima, Lee!’ video greeting on College’s YouTube channel
A short video welcome to Chancellor Lee D. Lambert, presented at All College Day last month, is available on the College’s YouTube channel. The light-hearted video features PCC employees advising Chancellor Lambert on how to thrive in the Old Pueblo.

New Weight Training and Cardiovascular Fitness Classes for PCC Employees
Employees can sign up for a personalized fitness program, EW 101, being offered at both the Desert Vista Campus Fitness Center and West Campus Fitness and Sports Science Center.

The course includes an orientation to your fitness facility, an evaluation of your personal fitness, goal-setting and information on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.

The course began Aug. 28. You may enroll at any campus Student Services Center, EW 101, CRN 14812. The cost is $30 for the semester.

If you have questions, please contact Greg Lewis, 206-5189, John Carbajal, 206-6063, or the Employee Service Center, 206-4945.

PIR Environmental Scan Report online
Planning and Institutional Research (PIR) has posted the 2013 Environmental Scan Report on this web page. The report is an overview of the current socio-economic conditions affecting the local community and may help you proactively define opportunities, potential threats or changes that may affect the College.

PCC Employees Urged to Be Part of Car Free Tucson, Sept. 20-22
Car Free Tucson is the local version of a worldwide alternative transportation event Sept. 20-22, and PCC employees are encouraged to participate.

During Car Free Tucson commuters are encouraged to leave their cars at home and instead use alternative forms of transportation. To participate, complete the pledge form at, where you also will find contest rules, then go car-free for one or more days. Everyone completing a pledge form has a chance to win a prize.

The College participates in the Pima Association of Governments’ PAG Travel Reduction Program, which promotes using alternative modes of transportation to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

Pima Among 23 Colleges and Universities at College Fair, Saturday
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Pima will be one of 23 community colleges and universities from across the country participating in a free, public College Fair, presented by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

College Fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in Building 9 at El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. Attending institutions will be presenting select students with acceptance letters and scholarship awards.

To RSVP, contact Evan Wesley at or (520) 622–6788.

ACES Community Outreach Project – Barbecue
Join ACES to raise money for the families of our military personnel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. All proceeds go toward supporting our military families.

Below are the dates and contact names for each location. Donations of items or cash to cover expenses will be accepted both prior to and during the events. Volunteers are needed. Speak with the contact for your location about how you can assist.

Thank you for your help and support of this worthwhile event.

Donations are given to the Tucson Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to assist with holiday food baskets and emergency requests from the families of the men and women who have been deployed from DM. In the last six years, Pima employees have donated more than $36,000.

Employees Receive 25 Percent Discount for Fall Break Youth Camps
Employees who enroll their children in Pima for Kids or Teen Scene activities during fall 2013 school district breaks will get a 25 percent discount. Half-day, full-day and Saturday camps are offered. The coupon code, P4KTS13, is applied when registering online at Select Teen Scene or Pima for Kids. Call 206-6579 for more information.

Individual Financial Counseling
Schedule a one-on-one meeting to meet with a VALIC, TIAA-CREF or Fidelity Investments financial consultant to check on your progress toward saving for retirement and to learn more about effective saving practices.

Where: West Campus, Santa Catalina Building, Room CG-06

  • TIAA-CREF: Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Call TIAA-CREF at 866-548-3705 ext. 45-7706 to schedule an appointment.
  • Fidelity Investments: Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Schedule an appointment online or call Damond Petersen at 800-642-7131.

For questions, call the Employee Service Center at 206-4945.

Ride for Pima in El Tour de Tucson
Ride for Pima! Join Pima’s team in the 31st Annual El Tour de Tucson, Nov. 23.

Riders in America’s largest perimeter bicycling event can choose from 111-, 85-, 60- or 42-mile routes. The 85-mile route begins at East Campus. To enter, pay a $120 entry fee and raise at least $100 in contributions to benefit PCC.

To participate, complete the El Tour de Tucson application and mail it with your $120 entry fee, payable to PCC Foundation, by Oct. 21, to 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ  85709-1320. Online registration is not available for this event.  Collect $100 or more in contributions for the PCC Foundation and receive additional benefits, including a water bottle, socks and a cycling jersey. For more information, call 206-4646 or email

Athletics Schedules
A summary of upcoming sporting events is here. To see schedules for all Aztecs teams, visit the Athletics Calendar or a team’s home page, through its link at


Hospital Reimbursement Deadline Reminder
By Sept. 27, employees who incurred inpatient/outpatient hospital costs while enrolled in the College’s Cigna medical plan during the 2012-13 plan year must complete and submit their reimbursement claim and supporting documentation to the Employee Service Center, mail code DO-1235, or fax to 206-4969. Examples of supporting documentation of the service and payment include a copy of a paid receipt and Cigna Explanation of Benefits.

More details are available online in the Benefits Handbook. The reimbursement form can be found on the intranet under Employee Service Center; Benefits. If you have questions, contact the Employee Service Center, 206-4945.

Pima People

  • Regina Suitt: The Advanced Program Manager for Adult Education Services will be one of four panelists on Monday, Sept. 23, during a live video webcast from Washington, D.C., concerning the Oct. 8 release of a 24-nation survey on adult literacy conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Alexander Tentser: The PCC Orchestra Director and pianist and his wife, Tucson Symphony Orchestra violinist Anna Gendler, will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Chopin in a concert to benefit Interfaith Community Services (ICS). The duo will perform at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Rincon Congregation United Church of Christ, 122 N. Craycroft Road. The concert is free; a suggested donation of $15 per person will benefit ICS programs for Pima County families in need.

Upcoming Events*

  • Sept. 19: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents the “Faculty Exhibit” gallery talk, Center for the Arts Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, 2 p.m., 206-6942
  • Sept. 19: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents the “Faculty Exhibit” reception, Center for the Arts Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, 5-7 p.m., 206-6942
  • Sept. 28: PCC Theater Arts presents a community event, “Family Play Date,” featuring fun activities, treats and a preview scene from the upcoming children's play, “The Trumpet of the Swan,” Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, free (children must be accompanied by an adult), 9-11 a.m., 206-6986
  • Sept. 29: PCC Music presents a guest recital, “Good Vibrations: Symphony Low Brass,” Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, $8 with discounts available for PCC employees, 3 p.m., 206-6986
  • Oct. 1: PCC Speakers’ Series: “Chinese Grocery Store:  From Chorizo to Saladito,” by Barry Infuso, Culinary Arts faculty, PCC District Office, Community Board Room (Building C), free, 6 p.m. 206-4500.
  • Oct. 4-13: PCC Theatre Arts presents "The Trumpet of the Swan,” Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, $8 with discounts for groups, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m., 206-6986
  • Oct. 6: PCC Music presents “The Power of Five,” featuring the male quintet a cappella group Cantores from Tucson (PCC music faculty Jonathan Ng, Jose “Chach” Snook, Stephen Warner, Wesley Laird and Darryl King), Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, $8 with discounts for staff and students, 3 p.m., 206-6986.

Ongoing Events*

  • Through Oct. 11: PCC Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents “Faculty Exhibit” featuring work by Mariana Carreras, Joseph Dal Pra, Matthias Düwel, Patti Gardiner, Greg Loumeau, Barbara Jo McLaughlin, Christina McNearney, Ann Simmons-Myers, Michael Nolan, Claire Park, Reinhard Pawlicki, Stephen Romaniello, Nancy Spaulding, Michael Stack and Hiro Tashima. Center for the Arts Bernal Gallery, West Campus, free, gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 206-6942
  • Fall Semester: Title III workshops on incorporating technology in the classroom, Northwest Campus, Brian Miller

*For more information on CFA performances, visit the Center for the Arts website or email CFA.

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