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AZ SciTech Festival demos science at PVCC Black Mt.

Photo By Shelley Handley

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a big annual statewide celebration of science and technology. Under its umbrella and with the help of over 450 organizations, hundreds of free events occur throughout Arizona in February and March. On March 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain hosted one of these—a STEAMtastic event.

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Eng. Div. chair gives up post
after 11 years—no more reports

When Paradise Valley Community College’s fall 2014 semester begins, Mike Mitchell, English and English Humanities faculty, will be the new English Division chair. Mitchell will be replacing longtime PVCC English chairperson, John Nelson.
Nelson, born in Corning, NY near the Finger Lakes region in Western New York, came to Phoenix with his family when he was 4-years-old. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Grand Canyon University (1974) and a Master of Arts at Northern Arizona University (1983).

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Boehnlein retires after 25 years

On April 6, Pat Boehnlein celebrated her 25-year anniversary working for Paradise Valley Community College, and in May Boehnlein is retiring.
Boehnlein began working for PVCC in October 1988 as a part-time employee. She typed adjunct faculty evaluations for the Business and Information Technology Division. Shortly after that, she became a receptionist in the administration office. Her role has grown into administrative assistant for vice president of academic affairs and dean of academic affairs.
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PVCC STUGO hosts conversation
with administration

More than 70 Paradise Valley Community College students attended A Conversation with the Administrationheld in the Kranitz Student Center’s Patayan Room on Tues., March 18. PVCC Student Government hosts this annual two-hour social event to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions, express interests and suggest ideas directly with administrators.
Prior to the event, to solicit feedback from the PVCC student body, in the KSC courtyard, PVCC’s Student Government exchanged free pizza with students who filled out a survey stating questions they would like to ask administration.

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PVCC students to benefit
from campus literacy festival

festival tales
Photo by Shelley Handley

On April 26, about 1,000 children, parents, grandparents and students are expected to attend the 12th Festival of Tales, say its planners.  

Paradise Valley Community College  will host the free literacy event in the Kranitz Student Center and its surrounding courtyard from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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PVCC hosts first Asian Pacific learning day

community day
photo by Shelley Handley

On March 1, a little before 9 a.m., despite the rain, over 30 grandparents, parents and students gathered with more than 30 volunteer professionals and staff inside Paradise Valley Community College’s Patayan Community Room for the first Arizona Community Learning Day.

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Sex on Six Legs:
Female biologist speaks
on the sex lives of bugs

Photo by Shelley Handley

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 19, over 80 Paradise Valley Community College students and faculty gathered in the college campus Patayan Community Room to attend an interactive Skype conversation.  Prominent insect and evolutionary expert Dr. Marlene Zuk spoke via Skype about six-legged bugs, their unique features and reproduction behaviors. 

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PVCC kicks off Black History Month with ceremony

black history month ceremony
by Shelley Handley

The 23rd Celebration of Black History Month took place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Paradise Valley Community College’s Kranitz Student Center community room. Over 50 people attended: students, staff, faculty and administrators. —Read More

HLC student art contest
offers $, parking, apparel

April 1, 2014 will be the deadline for the Power of Learning Artistic Expression Student Competition.

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Valley high school students
attend PVCC STEAM Expo

steam expo
Photo by Shelley Handley

Paradise Valley Community College Spring STEAM Expo was held for 33 high school students in various parts of the campus on Feb. 1, 2014.

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PVCC Club Rush an opportunity
to join clubs


On Jan. 29 and 30, in the Kranitz Student Center courtyard, 21 campus clubs set up display tables to meet and greet PVCC students.

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PVCC surpasses goal for Oct. 2013 United Way campaign by 50 percent

Paradise Valley Community College has surpassed its goal for the October 2013 United Way Campaign, raising $20,106.

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Random Acts of Kindness
Near crash brings unexpected help

It had been quite a normal day, I was editing photographs during the morning, and in the evening I worked at a photo session. The sun was gone, I closed my photo studio in Hermosillo and I went home to rest. I took the normal route home. When I approached an intersection, I braked, the light changed from red to green, and I continued my drive when out of nowhere a dog appeared in front of me. During my evasive maneuver to avoid hitting the dog, my tire hit the sidewalk, my car jumped and then fell back again in the middle of the road. I moved the car slowly to the side of the road. I stayed quiet inside the car for a moment. I saw how the people in the cars that saw the accident didn’t stop. They continued as if nothing had happened. The people that were watching while at the red light adjacent to me didn’t bother to check on me. As soon as their light changed to green, they continued on their way.

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PVCC Transfer Fair informs students

On Oct. 31,, Paradise Valley Community College held its biannual University Transfer Fair in the Kranitz Student Center.
“We hold these fairs for all degree seeking students, and the schools involved are all colleges we have transfer partnerships with,” said Sharlene Celeskey, office coordinator in Academic Advising and event organizer.  This means that all PVCC credits are accepted at the participating universities.
Transfer fairs are held on campus in the spring and fall. The next fair will be held in February. These fairs are good places to receive literature and meet with representatives from all the colleges involved.  They can answer questions and provide details about their schools or the general transfer process. Representatives from all three Arizona state universities attended, as well as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Colombia University in New York and many others.

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PVCC students scare up spirit

spirit week
Photo by Jeremy List
Paradise Valley Community College sophomore, David Yakubov, is participating in PVCC’s Spirit Week. Amber Fennell, co-president of Club Ed, is painting Yakubov's face as the Joker, one of the main antagonists in the superhero movie “Batman.”

Recruitment wins
PVCC decorating contest

decorating contest
Photo by Jeremy List
The beginning of fall signals the time for Paradise Valley Community College’s annual Spirit Week for the new season. It’s a time for students and staff to show school spirit and for the different departments on campus to decorate for the Spirit Week contest.
Since there isn’t a homecoming game for PVCC, Student Life sponsors Spirit Week to create student support for the college’s athletic games.
The Spirit Fest, which was held on the Wednesday of Spirit Week, saw a turnout of around 500 students attending, up from last year’s 300.

“It’s a nice opportunity for students to just take a break from class, relax a little bit, and indulge in some school spirit,” says Ryan Nova, a PVCC outreach program specialist in the Student Life office.

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rUndead 5K
Photo by Jeremy List
Volunteer Zombies for the rUndead 5K are gathering to chase down the runners at Paradise Valley Community College on Oct. 26th. The fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s Hospital attracted over 60 volunteers and 120 runners. With a whooping $1025 heading to the hospital, PVCC student Megan Oleno, organizer of the event and cancer survivor, is excited to know that she can make a difference with children in the hospital.

Student organizer of rUndead 5k survived battle with cancer

megan oleno
Photo courtesy of Megan Oleno

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HOSA offers healthcare opportunities


Last spring, the Paradise Valley Community College chapter of HOSA Future Health Professionals has launched its inaugural year.
HOSA (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) is a national organization that strives to provide students with experience in the healthcare field. The top five opportunities offered through HOSA are internships, leadership development, networking, volunteerism and scholarships.

HOSA is a career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Education. The PVCC chapter is under the guidance of AZHOSA, therefore supporting its mission to promote health care career opportunities and to enhance the delivered quality of health care.

HOSA club advisor and dean of academic affairs, Dr. Denise DiGianfilippo, says this chapter was formed to provide students with a “streamline of connectivity” from high school to college.

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PVCC supports National Cyber Security Month

cyber security
illustration by Israel Gonzalez

Paradise Valley Community College has partnered up with National Cyber Security Alliance as cyber security champions to help spread awareness in this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  

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IT expert offers tips on cyber security

Home computers, tablets, smart phones and other devices are now always connected to the Internet, but just how safe are they? Cyber criminals have moved on from simple scams to more elaborate tactics as the Internet has evolved. Thankfully there are ways to protect and secure your computer and other devices.

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