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Nominations for faculty and instructor of the year are being accepted until Oct. 8, and nomination forms can be found on the myPCC Portal. You can complete the forms in D2L as well as in the Portal.


History class treated to an appearance by 7 of the USS Pueblo crew membersStudents in History teacher Michael Engle's special topics History 175 class -- "USS Pueblo" -- got a lot more than they expected on Thursday when 7 crew members of the original USS Pueblo naval ship visited their class in our Downtown Studio classroom and described their experiences. They are part of a group of more than 20 former crewmen who are in Pueblo for a reunion that runs through Saturday. It was more than 46 years ago that the USS Pueblo was seized by North Korea while cruising unescorted off the North Korean coast. During the episode, one sailor was killed and 82 others captured and held hostage for 11 months. During that time, they were beaten, interrogated and often starved. They were eventually released in an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea, which still holds the ship. On Thursday, the crew members gave accounts of the ordeal, answered questions from the students, and met with them afterward to chat (as D.R. "Friar" Tuck is shown above right) and sign copies of the latest book on the USS Pueblo - Act of War by Jack Cheever, a book the students read for the class and one that is considered excellent and accurate by the crew. The hat above left belongs to Alvin "Squid" Plucker, and it holds some of the 14 medals he earned while in the Navy. AGER is an acronym for Auxiliary General Environmental Research.

Omawari Dance Group to put an entertaining & colorful end to week-long HSI activitiesPCC's Pueblo campus will be treated to a performance by the Omawari Mexican Folkloric Dance Group at 11 a.m. Friday in our outdoors Wells Fargo Amphitheater. The event is part of National Hispanic Serving Institution Week activities that have been held at PCC. The group is in Pueblo to perform in a championship competition at Memorial Hall during the Chile & Frijoles Festival and was lured to make a special performance at PCC. This is a free event and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy what true Folkloric dance is like when it is performed by a professional group.

Chostner relates history of U.S. Constitution while extolling its virtues still todayDistrict Attorney Jeff Chostner did a great job of relating how and why the U.S. Constitution was created and discussed some of the document's major attributes during his Constitution Day address to the PCC campus Wednesday in Hoag Theatre. Chostner's memory is impeccable, as is his ability to state concisely how most of the elements of the document's Bill of Rights, or the first 10 amendments, have withstood the test of time and are still relevant today. Chostner provided many morsels of information about some of the Constitution's drafters, and explained that the document was what actually set up the form of government that is still in existence in our country today. "It's also the document that makes us one people," he said. Wednesday was the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the document.

Lots of competition on tap this weekend for "Team PCC" in YMCA Corporate CupAction in tennis, volleyball, golf, basketball and softball will make for a busy weekend for our PCC folks participating in the Corporate Cup following Thurday night's One-Mile Run/Walk. Good luck to all of our participants. And if you have the chance, come out and cheer on your comrades as do their best to represent PCC. Here are PCC's events this week:
Saturday, Sept. 20
• 9:00 a.m. - Tennis Tournament at City Park courts
Sunday, Sept. 21
• 8:00 a..m. - Volleyball at YMCA
• 1:00 p.m. - Golf at Desert Hawk Golf Course
Monday & Wednesday, Sept. 22 & 24
• 6:00 p.m. - Basketball Tourney at YMCA
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 26-27-28
• 5:15 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday - Softball Tourney at City Park

Learning Center staff wants to share its "Talk Like a Pirate Day" spirit with everyoneThe Learning Center on the Pueblo campus will be up to some hijinks Friday when it celebrates its second annual "Talk Like a Pirate Day." While there are no real "events" associated with this low-key event, you are all invited to come by, utter an "Arrrrrr" or two and tell your favorite pirate joke. Doing so will earn you a share of the pirate booty/loot (coin) that is shown here, and you'll also be given an official "Talk Like a Pirate Day" eye patch, several of which are being modeled at left by the LeARning CenteRRR staff.

This Saturday's Shred-a-Thon to help raise funds for PCC student scholarships
PCC volunteer students will be partnering with the Credit Union of Colorado employees to conduct a Shred-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, in the credit union’s parking lot at 1721 Highway 50 West at the corner of Fortino Blvd. on Pueblo's north side. Bring your important documents to be shredded securely on-site by a mobile shredding truck. Bring them in either cardboard boxes or trash bags, and there is a limit of three containers per household. They should be free of paper clips and other metal (staples do not need to be removed). Plastic items cannot be accepted. While there is no charge for shredding, credit union staff will collect donations of any amount, and the funds collected will be used to help provide PCC student scholarships. Currently, 5 PCC students are receiving Credit Union of Colorado scholarships.

PCC Dental Clinic now taking appointments for screening/restorative servicesStudents in our Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program are now booking appointments for the annual screening/restorative clinics they will be conducting beginning later this month. Screenings will take place in the PCC Dental Clinic at a cost of $5 to determine whether patients qualify for restorations (fillings) at a reduced cost of $25-$50 depending on filling size. Fillings will be placed by the students under the supervision of a dentist. Any other treatment will be referred to the PCC Dental Clinic or to a dentist. These screening/restoration clinics will be held on the following Saturdays: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 (the latter date is for restorative services only). Schedule an appointment by calling PCC's Dental Assisting office at 719-549-3246 and leaving a message with your name and phone number for a return call.

Personal and leadership development are part of Veterans & Friends Club missionThe Veterans & Friends Club is open to anyone who would like to become a member, and this includes males, females, and non-military individuals as well as veterans. The club's Mission Statement includes the dissemination of information that will lead to “personal and leadership development." It plans to have events with prominent guest speakers who can provide information about jobs/careers, community involvement importance, and family/financial planning among other related topics. Call 948-7828 for more information.

Notes • Happy Hour - Pueblo Joe's now has a Happy Hour 2-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fountain drinks are half price during this time.
Ask a Lawyer - The topic of this week’s "Ask a Lawyer" TV series is Family Law & Divorce. Broadcast days and times on Channel 19 are: 7 p.m. Mon & Fri, 2 p.m. Tues & Thurs, 9 a.m. Wed & Sat, and noon Sun.

Quote for the Day

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop