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Chancellor spends $20.5K+ on Spring travel
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Chancellor spends $20.5K+ on Spring travel

By AMARIS ENCINAS and JOE GIDDENS  During the April 3 governors board meeting, Chancellor Lee Lambert made an announcement about his travels for Pima Community College. “And then I know there was concerns about my travel,” he said. “So as a result, we’re going to enhance the current board’s travel policy. So we will be bringing an amendment to the board travel policy, just to provide a little more oversight and transparency.” The amendment hasn’t been introduced yet, but it will modify Board Policy 4.06 and it includes: The chancellor will inform the board chair of the purpose or overall end goal for travel; following the trip, the chancellor will inform the governing board of the insight acquired from the trip itself; and lastly, the chancellor will at least provide an annual written...
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Pima’s Access and Disability Resources

By AMARIS ENCINAS and DRAEDON LEDBETTER Access and Disability Resources is open to students with disabilities at Pima Community College at every campus.  ADR offers low, medium and higher forms of technologies. Screen reading and voice recognition software are examples of some forms of higher technology. Digital recorders or smart pens can be considered medium technology. Lower technology includes adjustable desks or ergonomic seating.  “ADR offers many access technologies for students depending on what a student might need to have equal access to college activities and programming as well as the provision of training for the use of these access technologies,” said Jonathan Howe, director of ADR.  Coaching and Pathways Program Support Services is an academic coaching program that works...
What the HLC report means for Pima College
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What the HLC report means for Pima College

By AMARIS ENCINAS The Higher Learning Commission is a Chicago based regional accreditation institution that, “accredited degree-granting colleges and universities that are based in a nineteen stage region basis of the United States.  The HLC’s mission as a regional accreditor is to, “validate the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources. HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as onsite and online offerings”, according to the HLC website.  The HLC works in relativity to the U.S. Department of Education and the process of determining accreditation is based off of a system of peer reviews. Institutions are evaluated up...
Where in the world is Lee Lambert?
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Where in the world is Lee Lambert?

Chancellor goes intercontinental to advance Pima's interests.  By AMARIS ENCINAS In his efforts to promote Pima Community College, Chancellor Lee Lambert has traveled far and wide -- even taking his travels to other continents. But there’s a cost to these excursions. So far, Lambert has spent about $55,000 this year in airfare, food, conference fees and lodging during 29 trips, which have included forays to Asia and Australia. It’s a cost that seems high to some when faculty layoffs and budget cuts are en force. Lambert maintains that these are necessary expenses. As the face of the college, Lambert’s duties include disseminating information about Pima and its programs and building partnerships that can aid in enrollment. “Pima is starting to become recognized as a leader in the edu...
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New terms for Meet and Confer

By AMARIS ENCINAS Changes have come to Meet and Confer.  Normally, when changing employee policy, Pima Community College Education Association can present its side to the Governing Board of Pima, while the administration presents its side. From there, the board reaches a decision.  Now, PCCEA does not have the opportunity to present its side. Instead, it goes directly to the administration to decide whether to agree or disagree.   Matej Boguszak, president of PCCEA, has seen these changes firsthand. “Besides the AERC, the biggest change to the Meet and Confer process last year was that the Governing Board no longer needs to approve those policy changes that are proposed as a result,” Boguszak said. “Before, management and employees had to come to an agreement and the board approved th...
‘Sustained Visions’ features 5 artists
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‘Sustained Visions’ features 5 artists

By AMARIS ENCINAS The Bernal Gallery chronicles the lives and works of: Fred Borcherdt, Bailey Doogan, Tom Philabaum, Barbara Rogers and Jim Waid in the new exhibit “Sustained Visions.” All five artists have taught at the college level while holding fast to their concepts and quality of craftsmanship. according to Andres. Sustained Visions was created behind the idea that Tucson and Southern Arizona have many successful artists that have an independent an independent vision, but few have sustained their conversion over the decades,” Andres said. Jim Waid taught painting at Pima Community College at West Campus in the 70’s and 80’s before the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City collected his work. Tom Philabaum founded the Sonoran Glass School and Pima students can take cla...
Pima Faculty Senate disseminated
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Pima Faculty Senate disseminated

By AMARIS ENCINAS Before the Faculty Senate was the “Faculty Senate,” it was also known as “The Faculty Council” or “The Council” for short. The Senate has been around for a little more than 41 years and continues to be an important aspect of the college process. The Faculty Senate meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Friday of every month during the academic school year at the Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room. All of the Faculty Senate meetings are divided into three parts: the Report Session, Business Session and the Open Forum. Participation is limiting in the Reporting Session and the Business Sessions to elected members and invited guests. The Open Forum is open to any Senator or faculty members to bring to the Senate informational items, issues of college concern and questions...
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Finding yourself in Spanish translation

By AMARIS ENCINAS The Translation and Interpretation Studies program remains a hidden gem at Pima Community College. The program is centered at the Desert Vista Campus with Susan Kuenzler, program adviser with the Division of Communication, and Jeffrey Gabbitas, Ph.D. and lead faculty for the Translation and Interpretation studies program. The program has 90 students. Its lone prerequisite is to score above 601 on the WebCape placement test to assess the student’s language proficiency. Next, there’s an hourlong consultation with Kuenzler and Gabbitas to understand what the program is about and how it can work with the student’s career goals. From there, students will pick classes based on whether they would like to be translators or interpreters. The program’s mission is to have stude...
PCC gets makeover for its 50th anniversary
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PCC gets makeover for its 50th anniversary

By AMARIS ENCINAS Pima Community College has decided to take the next step in revitalizing its brand as its 50th anniversary approaches. To aid in this endeavor, in January Pima hired Stamats Communications Incorporated, a higher education marketing company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Stamats Inc. is in charge developing the “creative” in Pima’s new brand. This is what the new brand would look like, feel like and have its targeted audience receive the message in a way that was still authentic to Pima.  Vice President for Client Services at Stamats, Beatrice Szalas says, “I am just so excited to be getting a chance to work with Pima you know, since I live here in Tucson,  my company is nationwide so I have had a chance to work with other colleges and universities across the country, and...
A man without borders: David Andres
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A man without borders: David Andres

David Andres in the Bernal Art Gallery. (Photo Courtesy the Bernal Gallery) AMARIS ENCINASPima Post David Andres paints his own vision for what the art world would be like if the sky was as wide as it was high. The painter has been the curator of the Bernal Gallery for the last 11 years and the instructor of the Gallery Museum Studies class at Pima Community College. Over the course of 27 years, Andres has traveled throughout Mexico, and his love for the country inspires a lot of themes that arise in his exhibitions. “We might be separated by borders, but it doesn’t make any difference,” said Andres when discussing the concept of “Separated by Borders.” “These are incredible artists that are living just south of us and haven’t had the opportunity to show here in Tucson.” ...