Tag: Pima College

Women’s team nets 3-1 record; men’s team struggles
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Women’s team nets 3-1 record; men’s team struggles

By COREY McMULLEN Women’s Basketball After opening the season with a dominant win over Park University, the Aztecs headed to Thatcher for the Eastern Arizona Classic. The Aztecs were overpowered in their first game of the tournament by Odessa College, falling 76 to 47. The Aztecs were quick to bounce back, and put a 69-point beat down on Southwestern College.  The Aztecs got going early with the help of sophomore Haile Lawson, who put up 22 points, was 10 of 12 shooting and had 6 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Marlena Arroyo-Plata had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. She went 5 for 6 from the field.  The Aztecs would dominate every quarter of the game, outscoring the Southwestern College 53-10 in the second and third quarters. The Aztecs’ third game of the tournament was canc...
Tippins takes the long way to Tucson
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Tippins takes the long way to Tucson

By COREY McMULLEN  For most athletes to make it to the collegiate level, it took a lifetime of practicing their craft.        Kaylon Tippins isn’t most collegiate athletes, however.  At 6 feet, 8 inches, the Aztecs starting forward didn’t start playing basketball until his junior year of high school.  Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Tippins was a football player who never thought about playing basketball.  Tippins started high school in Fort Worth at North Crowley High School. He was 5 feet, 5 inches. By his sophomore year, he was standing 6 feet tall, and when he graduated, he was 6 feet, 5 inches.  Tippins and his family moved to Tucson his junior year of high school to be closer to his mom’s side of the family.  Tippins says the transition from Texas was a tough move. He d...
PCC starts its engines, breaks ground on new automotive center
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PCC starts its engines, breaks ground on new automotive center

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS The idea for Pima Community College’s Centers of Excellence model was formulated less than three years ago. On Nov. 14, Pima saw that begin to take physical shape with the ground-breaking for the Downtown Campus’s new $12.5 million Automotive Technology and Innovative Center. The construction marks the first of several major expansion projects for the college across the district.  The ground-breaking happened on the eve of Gov. Doug Ducey touting the city of Tucson’s tech jobs increasing 90% over the last five years in an op-ed to the Arizona Daily Star. PCC is aiming to help educate those workers. “We will also be opening up a number of other centers throughout the upcoming year,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said. “Where we’ll be breaking ground in advanced ...
Women in Industry Summit convenes Downtown
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Women in Industry Summit convenes Downtown

Photo and story by JOE GIDDENS Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history Oct. 18 with the first all-female space walk to replace a power controller on the International Space Station. Some 254 miles below at the Downtown Campus, Pima Community College hosted its first Women in Industry Summit. The goal of the event was to promote women in STEM fields and in fields that have been historically male-dominated.  The event was organized by Pima program adviser Anthony Hinckley. He had several female students inform him of difficulties they’ve faced and their concerns about entering into these types of fields.  “It all kind of boiled down to ‘Am I going to be OK in a male-dominated industry?’ ” The students’ issues were not so much about breaking into these fields. Instead, they were a...
Arizona starts to eye the 2020 election
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Arizona starts to eye the 2020 election

Photos and story  by JOE GIDDENS  The national spotlight has come to Tucson as both parties compete for Arizona’s potential swing state status in the 2020 election.  Mike Pence Arrival   Vice President Mike Pence, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Sen. Martha McSally arrived at Tucson International Airport Oct. 3 to stump for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA is the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The agreement hasn’t yet been put to a vote in Congress because of the Democrats’ concerns with its enforceability and on labor matters.   Pence’s other objective for this visit was to campaign for McSally ahead of her expected matchup next year against Democratic frontrunner candidate Mark Kelly. The most recent poll by OH Predictive Insights in August had M...
Veteran writing instructor was born to teach
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Veteran writing instructor was born to teach

Story and photo by ELLIANA KOPUT Mic Denfeld is a writing instructor at Pima Community College’s West Campus.  She’s one of the oldest, most experienced, most lively and compassionate faculty members. She is held near and dear to the hearts of many.  Denfeld leads her classes through a series of assignments that aim to encourage metacognition and personal growth. I sat down to discuss with her to discuss her experiences and inspirations.  Q: How long have you been teaching at Pima and in what area of study?  A: “I teach Writing 101. I’ve been at Pima 27 years. I was a teacher for most of it and a dean for a couple of years. I can even tell you the date… from ‘91 to ‘91, but I always come back to the classroom.”  Q: What inspired you to become a writing teacher?  A: “I just wanted t...
Arizona combats teacher shortage
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Arizona combats teacher shortage

By ELLIANA KOPUT The state of Arizona is still working to fight a disheartening shortage in public educators, one of the many issues identified in the “Red for Ed” movement.  Many thoughts are unfolding in search of the means to attract new and committed teachers to the K-12 system.  “I’m looking for the best and brightest to commit to teach in Arizona public schools,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in his 2017 State of the State Address. “If you make that commitment, we’ll make this commitment; your education will be paid for, a job will be waiting and you will be free of debt.”   The Arizona Board of Regents developed a plan for the Arizona Teacher’s Academy, which, according to the Arizona Office of Education, is “a unique and innovative strategy to improve public education.” In April 2018,...
Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BY: KYLE KERSEY In his review of “Inglorious Basterds”, Roger Ebert said “Tarantino films have a way of growing on you. It’s not enough to see them once.” I have now seen “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” five times in theaters, consuming more than 13 hours of my life (not counting previews and the like). And I might go see it again. Perhaps that speaks to my opinion on Tarantino’s 9th film more than anything else. The story takes place in 1969, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, the former star of the fictional NBC Western “Bounty Law” (a combination of real-life western shows like “Gunsmoke” and “Have Gun-Will Travel”) who finds himself on the fringes of an ever-changing Hollywood scene. His career trajectory is not too unlike those of James Arness or Richard Boone; TV cowboys s...
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...