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Sept. 10, 2020


  • A Note to @PimaNews Readers
  • College Updates
    • Major Donation to Pima 
    • Pima Employment Opportunities for Internal Candidates
    • Draft Administrative Procedures
    • Returning Library Materials
    • Curbside Pickup for Library Materials
    • Faculty Services and Resource Centers Available Virtually
    • Donate Annual or Sick Leave to Pool
  • Pima People
  • Employee Wellness
    • Sign Up for 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

Major Donation to Pima
The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation is giving $2.5 million to Pima Community College Foundation to advance the College's growing presence as the center of economic recovery and growth in the region. The announcement came Wednesday morning in front of the College's nearly completed Automotive Technology and Innovation Center at the Pima's Downtown Campus. The building is scheduled to open in early 2021. Read the press release here.

Info for Students, Employees and Community on Pima’s COVID-19 Web Page
The latest information and employee notices at 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, which also has a Student Notices page. Also, regularly check your College email.

For health-related info visit:

The Chancellor’s most recent communications to employees can be found online.

Pima Employment Opportunities for Internal Candidates
Pima values its employees and wants them to advance their careers right here, which is why there are positions open only to internal candidates. To view, go to MyCareerCenter > Internal Jobs (a menu on the top banner) > Career Center > Explore Open Jobs > Search. Or, click on this link > Explore Open Jobs > Search. Part-time staff or adjunct faculty, refer to AP 2.02.01 sections 1.2.3 and 1.2.4 for eligibility. 

Draft Administrative Procedures
The review and comment period has been extended until Sept. 25: Draft Administrative Procedures. 

AP 2.03.01:  Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation – Prevention and Complaint Procedures

The interim revised discrimination and harassment AP contains the College's new Title IX policy.  Per the U.S. Department of Education, the College posted it (as an interim policy) earlier this month. The document is currently on under draft policies and has been renumbered and replaces AP 5.10.03. 

Returning Library Materials
Due dates on Library books and other items checked out this past spring were extended until Aug. 14, 2020. Automated notices were sent a few days before and a few days after this due date. Notices about the replacement costs for items are being sent for your information. However, no bills or holds on student accounts are being sent for processing at this time and no late fees or fines will be charged once the item is returned.

Return Library items to book return boxes located outside, near main entrances at Northwest, Desert Vista, East, West and Downtown campuses. Campus libraries remain closed to in-person services, though curbside pickup of materials is available at West Campus (see story below). Please be aware that items dropped off in book return boxes will remain on your account for several business days as they are quarantined for staff health and safety. After the quarantine period, items will be checked in and removed from your account.

Curbside Pickup for Library Materials
Curbside pickup for library materials is available at West Campus. You may request circulating items (e.g., books and media) from any campus library through the Library’s online system. When items you have requested are ready, you’ll be able to schedule a convenient no-contact pick-up time at West Campus. Please allow time for extra processing and transportation as normal campus operations have not yet resumed. Campus library spaces remain closed for all other in-person services. Please follow this link for detailed procedures:

Faculty Services and Resource Centers Available Virtually
Campus staff from the Faculty Resource centers and Campus Resource centers are available to assist you. Faculty services and resource centers also have new contact information, and 520-206-6511.

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 are 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 or questions to Employee Service Center,

Pima People

Dr. Dolores Durán-Cerda, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, was selected as one of 26 fellows to the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) HACU's National Hispanic Educators' Leadership Program. Starting this fall, fellows will participate in a variety of leadership development activities aimed at further preparing them for executive and senior-level leadership positions in higher education, specifically Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Employee Wellness

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

Employee Wellness Resources and Program Info
Visit the Employee Wellness Intranet page to access free resources and tools. Employees also are encouraged to visit the Employee Wellness website for additional resources, news and information on the Pima Healthy Rewards Program and wellness-related activities that qualify for Pima Wellness Activity points. 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 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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