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April 21, 2022


  • College Updates
    • Tucson Street Rod Association Annual Rodders Day Car Show April 23
    • Buffelgrass Removal Project
    • Therapeutic Massage Appointments Available
    • Biometric Wellness Screenings
    • Chef Jeff Event May 5 to Benefit Hospitality Leadership Program
    • College Employee Satisfaction Survey
    • April 22 Presentation on Hispanic/Latinx Identities
    • Reminder: Fiscal Year-end Deadlines Approaching
    • Call for Proposals: PimaOnline Educators' Conference
    • Schedule a Free Consultation with a Financial Professional
    • Accounting for Controlled Property and Capital Assets
    • In-person Graduation Ceremony at Kino Stadium May 18
    • Call for Volunteers - Graduation Ceremony
    • Volunteers Needed for Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Training
    • SandScript Art and Literature Magazine 2022 Unveiling Celebration
    • 2022 Teaching Strategies Workshop
    • Google Workspace Backup and Recovery
    • Submit a Pima Story Idea
    • Pima Shared Governance through AERC
    • Pima Employment Opportunities for Internal Candidates
  • Pima Arts News
  • Employee Wellness
    • Sign Up for Virtual Workshops and Challenges
    • Employee Wellness Resources and Program Info

College Updates

Tucson Street Rod Association Annual Rodders Day Car Show April 23
Crazy about street rods and classic cars? Join us for the Tucson Street Rod Association Annual Rodders Day Car Show April 23 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Downtown Campus. It’s free, fun for all ages and a great way to spend a day! There will be hand-built street rods, custom and classic cars, some worth up to $100,000; antique engines, tractors and mining equipment; vintage campers; food vendors and more. In addition, Dean of Applied Technology Greg Wilson will be on hand to tell you about Pima’s hands-on programs and provide tours of the College’s new Automotive Technology and Innovation Center, part of the Center of Excellence in Applied Technology.

Buffelgrass Removal Project
Pima’s Advanced Manufacturing Club is teaming up with the Archaeology Department/Club to determine methods to remove buffelgrass from the Sonoran Desert. On April 23 10 a.m.-noon, Archaeology’s aerial drone will conduct flights over the southwest corner of East Campus to photograph and locate buffelgrass on a satellite image map of the area. All are welcome to observe. For more information and to get involved, contact

Therapeutic Massage Appointments Available
The Northwest Campus Massage Clinic is offering quality massage services to students, staff and the public. A 50-minute massage is $20 for Pima employees and students with a Pima ID ($30 for the public). The clinic is in A211 and appointment dates and times are:

  • Thursdays through May 12: 12:30, 1:35, 2:40 and 3:45 p.m.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within the previous 24 hours is required. Therapeutic massage is not appropriate for anyone with serious or uncontrolled medical conditions, contagious illness or fever, or for women who are pregnant. To schedule an appointment, call 520-206-2062. Prepayment required. For more information, contact John Sweeney, 520-444-6628.

Biometric Wellness Screenings
Biometric screenings are required for the 2021-2022 Pima Healthy Rewards Program. Schedule your appointment by May 13 for a biometric screening at LabCorp, or, if you requested to receive an at-home test kit, be sure to return it by May 4. All employees enrolled in the College’s BCBSAZ medical plans are welcome to participate in this free opportunity to stay on top of your health. The flyer has the schedule and details.

Chef Jeff Event May 5 to Benefit Hospitality Leadership Program
Pima is holding a special event May 5, featuring Chef Jeff Henderson of The Chef Jeff Project.

The schedule for the event and community outreach at Casino del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater is 2-8 p.m. Career & Education Expo, 3-4:30 p.m. VIP Reception, and 5-9 p.m. Cooking Competition.

The fast-paced culinary competition will feature four teams comprised of well-known local chefs, Pima Hospitality Leadership students and students attending Pima County’s Joint Technical Education District (JTED) high schools. Judging for each round will be by celebrity chefs. The winning team will face Chef Jeff and his team in a final cook-off.

The event benefits the College’s Hospitality Leadership Program through the Pima Foundation. It is free to attend but tickets are required. Learn more and get tickets here.

College Employee Satisfaction Survey
This month, the College Employee Satisfaction Survey (CESS) is being administered anonymously by a third party. The College is conducting this survey in order to get a better understanding of employee morale, satisfaction and engagement at the College. Your opinions are important and the survey is your chance to express those opinions. Watch for additional updates in @PimaNews and an invitation email, which will include the anonymous survey link. If you have questions, contact Michelle Henry,

April 22 Presentation on Hispanic/Latinx Identities
Pima's Teaching and Learning Center and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are hosting a virtual presentation 3-4 p.m. April 22 via Zoom. The presentation, "Latine/a/x/o, Hispanic, Chicano/a/x? What We call Ourselves: A Conversation about Individual and Collective Identity," will be facilitated by Faculty Affairs and Development Trainer and Curriculum Developer Ricardo Castro Salazar, Ph.D., and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Hilda Ladner. They will discuss how there isn’t an all-encompassing term that fully captures what it means to be Hispanic in the United States. Currently, people living in the U.S. who self-identify as part of this group more commonly use pan-ethnic terms like Hispanic and Latine/o/a/x. However, there are many other dimensions to Hispanic/Latinx identity. Afro-Latinos make up a large portion of Dominican, Puerto Rican and Cuban Americans, while one-quarter of Hispanic adults are of indigenous roots such as Native American, Mayan, Aymara, Quechua or Taino. And, at least 28% say they are Mestizo, Mestiza, Mulatto or Mulatta. Please join us for a conversation on individual and collective identities.

Reminder: Fiscal Year-end Deadlines Approaching
The end of Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is approaching. As a reminder to all supervisors: current temporary, out-of-class, acting and internship jobs will end June 30. Volunteers with third-party access and third-party temporary employees’ access also will end June 30. In order to continue these positions/access into the Fiscal Year 2022-2023, submit ePARs by May 20 to ensure the positions will be entered in Banner for a smooth transition.

Supervisors of volunteers and third-party temporary employees: to continue access, please send an email to Annette Gallardo,, and Deidra Gloss, If you have questions, contact

Call for Proposals: PimaOnline Educators' Conference
PimaOnline invites faculty and staff to share their innovative teaching, edtech and course design practices at the Nov. 2-4 PimaOnline Educators’ Conference. We seek presentations and resources that advance innovation, open pedagogy and equitable teaching — and we are particularly seeking HSI-focused workshops and presentations. These can be focused on all modalities, including fully online, virtual, HyFlex or Web-enhanced, face-to-face teaching. Submit your abstract by May 6 online. If you have questions, contact

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Financial Professional
Schedule a free, virtual, one-on-one retirement planning meeting with a financial professional.

Accounting for Controlled Property and Capital Assets
Through April 30, custodians and equipment managers are conducting physical inventory of capital and controllable equipment for the College’s Property Control Office. If you have questions, email or contact Chris Cameron, 520-206-2651, Stacey O’Campo, 520-206-2651, or Charlie McConnell, 520-206-2758.

In-person Graduation Ceremony at Kino Stadium May 18
For 2022, the College is planning its first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019 and its first-ever outdoor ceremony.

Join us at 7 p.m. May 18 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

Details are at

Call for Volunteers - Graduation Ceremony
The Graduation Committee needs volunteers to assist students and guests at the 2022 Graduation Ceremony May 18 at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. If you’re interested in volunteering or if you have questions, please contact the appropriate committee member:

To be a guest usher assisting graduates and visitors: Michael Tulino,

  • Help ensure attendees find their way to the appropriate seating areas
  • Direct graduates to the check-in area and assist students during the ceremony
  • Ushers are needed from 4:30-9 p.m. (some assignments may be able to leave at 7:15 p.m., if necessary)

To assist with graduate check-in and registration: Emily Ratley,

  • Provide pre-printed reader card to each graduate
  • Direct students to the staging area in preparation for entering the stadium
  • Volunteers are needed from 4:45-7 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Training
The College teaches a concentrated one-week course, training law enforcement officers to perform blood draws for DUI investigations. After the officers develop a level of expertise in performing blood draws on a venipuncture practice arm, they practice drawing blood on other students in the classroom and, under the direct and close supervision of Phlebotomy faculty, from other volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15 and 16, and 8 a.m.-noon June 17. If you would like to volunteer to participate or have questions, contact Amee Rosales,, or Rita Lennon,

SandScript Art and Literature Magazine 2022 Unveiling Celebration
Join the SandScript staff in celebrating the student artists and writers featured in this historic double release of both digital and print editions. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. May 11 in the Proscenium Theatre at the West Campus Center for the Arts. The theater requires masks and socially distanced seating between your groups and others. Free SandScript copies for artists and authors, $10 donations for others to support future publication. For more information, contact

2022 Teaching Strategies Workshop
Register now for the 2022 Teaching Strategies Workshop to be held 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 13, at the Downtown Campus Amethyst Room and virtually. Select either in-person or virtual – not both modalities.

For questions or assistance, call Organizational Effectiveness and Development, 520-206-4706. To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in training, email or call 520-206-4945.

If you would like to propose a presentation, please complete this form.

Google Workspace Backup and Recovery
The College has contracted with Afi Technologies to back up Google Workspace data for Pima employees. Afi automates backups and provides self-service access to easily restore or download your data. This service backs up your Google mail, drive, contacts and calendar data three times a day. Afi also provides a simple Web service interface that you can use to recover your data at any time. Backups for almost a year are available. Learn more here.

Submit a Pima Story Idea
Submit a story idea to highlight the amazing accomplishments of Pima students, faculty, staff and alumni. Stories submitted may be featured on Pima’s website, social media accounts and other promotional materials. If you have questions, contact Web Systems,

Pima Shared Governance through AERC
The All-Employee Representative Council (AERC) is a council of Pima employee peers that reviews and helps update policies, and finds solutions to matters affecting work conditions.

To learn more, visit the AERC Intranet Page.

General meetings are open to all employees. You also may submit questions or concerns to any AERC member or via the online comment box.

Pima Employment Opportunities for Internal Candidates
The College values its employees and wants them to advance their careers here. That is why some positions are open only to internal candidates. To view, go to MyPima > Employees > @Work > MyCareerCenter > View Internal Career Site > Search. Part-time staff and adjunct faculty, refer to AP 2.02.01 sections 1.2.3 and 1.2.4 for eligibility.

Pima Arts News

  • The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition runs through May 6 at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. Its opening reception is 3-5 p.m. April 21. The awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
  • The PaperWorks Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists exhibit runs through Sept. 2 in the Visual Arts Gallery. The opening reception is 2-4 p.m. April 27.
  • “Romeo and Juliet: In 30 Minutes or Less” runs 7 p.m. April 23 and 1 p.m. April 24 at the West Campus Center for the Arts. Admission is free.
  • Pima Dance - Dance Fusion performances, directed by Nolan Kubota, are at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $10-$12.
  • Pima Music Spring Concert Series runs May 4-12. Details and ticket information here.
  • Pima Fashion Design Annual Fashion Arte Show is 7 p.m. May 13. Limited VIP tickets are $50. This event also will be livestreamed.

For information on upcoming events, visit the Pima Arts news page.

Employee Wellness

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

  • Telecoaching: In a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment, get advice on nutrition, fitness, self-care, stress and disease management, and financial guidance.
  • Knife Skills and Plant Based Demo Foods
  • Deterring Diabetes
  • Back to Basics
  • Pick Your Poison: Beverage Choices
  • Family Doctor Do List
  • Understanding Depression

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. The Marketing Office publishes this e-newsletter every Thursday, 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. Check any links before sending. Back issues are available on the @PimaNews Web page. The newsletter also accepts submissions about Pima employee accomplishments.

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