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June 4, 2020

Contents

  • A Note to @PimaNews Readers
  • College Updates
    • Info for Students, Employees and Community on Pima’s COVID-19 Web Page
    • Governing Board Passes Resolution Reacting to Killing of George Floyd
    • Board OKs Pay Raises, Tuition Hike in FY2021 Budget
    • Next Chancellor’s Virtual All College Meeting June 18
    • College Contracts with Paymerang for Payment Services
    • Request Sick-to-Annual Leave Transfer in June
    • Campus and Faculty Resource Centers Available Weekdays
    • Donate Annual or Sick Leave to Pool
    • 2020 Edition of Student-only SandScript Available Digitally
    • Pima Foundation Highlights Trio of Support Funds
    • @PimaNews Summer Schedule
  • Employee Wellness
    • Sign Up for New Employee Wellness Virtual Workshops
    • Employee Wellness Resources and Program Info

 

A Note to @PimaNews Readers

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice, @PimaNews will focus on recent COVID-19-related policy and procedure changes most affecting employees. These will be revised and updated as the situation warrants.

 

College Updates

Info for Students, Employees and Community on Pima’s COVID-19 Web Page
The latest information and employee notices at pima.edu/covid19 include a link to FAQs about the self-reporting requirement under the temporary COVID-19 personnel policies, plus a link the Employee Handbook.

College leadership is committed to communicate with you early and often during this uncertain time. However, they realize all of that information and details sometimes can be overwhelming. Chancellor Lee Lambert no longer is sending daily updates, but you can get the most current information on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the College at pima.edu/covid19, which also has a Notices to students page. Also, regularly check your College email.

For health-related info visit:

Governing Board Passes Resolution Reacting to Killing of George Floyd
On June 3, the Governing Board passed a resolution reacting to the killing of George Floyd. The resolution also supports Chancellor Lee Lambert’s May 31 all-employee email condemning the killing.

Board OKs Pay Raises, Tuition Hike in FY2021 Budget
At its June 3 meeting, Pima’s Governing Board voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, including a salary increase of 1% for all regular employees, a 1.5% increase to adjunct faculty load rate, and an In-State Resident tuition increase to $87 per credit. Details are on the Governing Board's Web page.

Next Chancellor’s Virtual All College Meeting June 18
The next Chancellor’s Virtual All College Meeting is 3 to 4 p.m., June 18.

The topics include reopening and return-to-work plan, exciting new initiatives and opportunities to make a difference for Pima, and Pima’s Equity Agenda. More information will be announced soon.

College Contracts with Paymerang for Payment Services
In an effort to improve efficiency, achieve faster payment settlement and be more environmentally responsible, the College has contracted with Richmond, Va.-based Paymerang to provide payment services. Paymerang began executing payments on behalf of the College in May.

If you are contacted by a vendor regarding the partnership or payment, please have them contact Payment Services Manager Graciela P. Dominguez, 520-206-4875 or gdominguez@pima.edu.

Request Sick to Annual Leave Transfer in June
In order to encourage the practical use of sick leave, the College allows eligible employees to request to transfer up to 40 hours of unused accrued sick leave to annual leave each June. All eligible staff and administrative personnel have until the end of June to submit a Sick Leave to Annual Leave Transfer Request. To be eligible, an employee must be regular full-time or an administrator (faculty are not eligible), have passed the initial hire probation period at the time of the request, and have used six or fewer days of sick leave during the fiscal year. All eligible transfers will take place by July 31. To determine if you are eligible, log into your MyPima account and check your sick leave usage from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Full-time regular employees are entitled to two personal leave days per fiscal year. Personal leave days charged to sick leave are not taken into account when determining eligible leave to transfer. For help determining your eligibility/leave transfer, contact the Employee Service Center, esc@pima.edu. For details, refer to the Sick Leave to Annual Leave Transfer section of the Employee Handbook.

Campus and Faculty Resource Centers Available Weekdays
Campus and Faculty Resource Center staff are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday to assist faculty with support, resources and referrals. Call 520-206-6055 or email wc-frc@pima.edu and staff will respond as soon as possible.

Staff can help with a variety of College-related topics:

  • Instruction and services: including deadlines, resources, attendance, etc.
  • Technology basics of D2L Tier 1 support, including uploading documents, locating topic resources, copying course components, gradebook, etc.
  • Assistance with Google Meet, Google Drive and related applications

Donate Annual or Sick Leave to Pool
Consider helping your colleagues by donating your excess sick or annual leave to the College’s Donated Leave Bank. Donation limits apply. Your donations will help support Pima employees who are out due to an FMLA-qualifying reason. Donations will be anonymous and cannot be returned to the donor. Only the period of medical and parental FMLA that is supported by medical certification is eligible for donated leave. Email completed donation forms to Employee Service Center, esc@pima.edu, where you also can email questions.

2020 Edition of Student-only SandScript Available Digitally
The College’s national award-winning SandScript Art and Literary Magazine is digital this year for the first time in its 27-year history.

The digital SandScript 2020 is best viewed on a desktop computer.

The student-run SandScript features prose, poetry and visual art from Pima students on all campuses. It has won first place in the Community College Humanities Association’s Literary Magazine Competition every year since 2015. Writing faculty Elizabeth Rollins is faculty advisor for the 2020 edition. To learn more about SandScript, see the link on Pima’s Student Publications page.

Pima Foundation Highlights Trio of Support Funds
The Pima Foundation reminds employees to support these special projects:

@PimaNews Summer Schedule
The remaining schedule for the @PimaNews summer publication is June 18, July 2, 16 and 30, and Aug. 13, with weekly publication resuming Aug. 20. Please send announcements and news items to pimanews@pima.edu by noon on the Monday prior to the publication date. Length limit is 75 words.

Employee Wellness

Sign Up for New Employee Wellness Virtual Workshops
Sign up online for new Employee Wellness virtual workshops:

  • Free Yoga Classes: Sign up to participate in a free virtual session. All classes are appropriate for all levels.
  • Spring, Jump, Leap: Just Move!: Learn the health benefits and recommended activities of staying active at any age. 
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget: Learn the cost difference between eating out and eating at home, how to plan and prepare meals, and new recipes to try that are sure to please the whole family.
  • Health Coaching: Sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one appointment to get advice on nutrition, fitness, stress and disease management, self-care and financial guidance.

Employee Wellness Resources and Program Info
Visit the Employee Wellness Intranet page for free resources and tools. Employees are also encouraged to visit the Employee Wellness website for additional resources, news and information. You also can keep current on the latest wellness news.

 

@PimaNews is an electronic newsletter for employee news of Pima Community College. It is published by the Pima Community College Marketing office. @PimaNews is published Thursdays, except when the College is closed, during the semester and every other week during the summer. Please send announcements and news items – 75 words or fewer ─ to pimanews@pima.edu by noon on Monday. Back issues are available on the @PimaNews Web page. The newsletter also accepts submissions about Pima employee accomplishments.

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