Latino Chamber luncheon at PCC on Friday

For those who have made reservations, the Latino Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in our Fortino Ballroom. New staff and board members will be introduced, and a representative from the Colorado governor's office will be a speaker.

Two PCC students selected to Phi Theta Kappa's All-Colorado Academic TeamTwo PCC students who give plenty of themselves in volunteer activities while also excelling academically have been selected to the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team. Sabrina Eccher and Erica Rogers were named to the prestigious team and will be honored at a special ceremony and luncheon that will be held Wednesday, March 11, at the Denver Athletic Club. Both students are Phi Theta Kappa members in their second year at PCC, have GPAs just under 4.0, anticipate graduating with associate degrees in May, and are already looking forward to the next chapters in their lives. That's Sabrina upper left and Erica upper right in the photos.

Sabrina is a volunteer docent at the Pueblo Zoo and also a volunteer with the local PAWS organization, where she provides care to animals. She plans to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she intends to study zoology. She recently was selected to receive a $1,000 national Coca-Cola Leader of Promise scholarship because of her extensive work with the above organizations. Her goal is to have a career through which she can "do something to help animals."

Erica, a non-traditional Rad Tech student who serves as PTK president here, recently was selected to the Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists' Student Leadership Development Program. Originally from Englewood, she has held a number of roles for PTK including its VP of Leadership, Recording Secretary, and ASG Liaison, and has participated in club activities, been a peer mentor and has been involved in the Denver Comic Con organization that focuses on children's literacy. She intends to study nuclear medical technology through Weber State's regional program beginning this fall. She also will graduate with a phlebotomy certificate.

Free, expert income tax form preparation service scheduled to begin this SaturdayThe Tax Help Colorado free income tax preparation seasonal service for low- to moderate-income families will begin this Saturday, Jan. 31, and run through March 7 on both our Pueblo campus and SCCC-East site in Durango. The service in Pueblo will run 9 am - 3 p.m. in the Gorsich Building, and at The Commons building in Durango it take place 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., both locations on a first-come basis. This is an e-file service for households and senior citizens who had an income of less than $52,000 in 2014. Here are the days and times of service for both sites:
• Pueblo (Gorsich) -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays
• SCCC-Durango (The Commons) -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 10 & Feb. 24 (Tuesdays), and 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16.

Bring all of the necessary income and deduction information to the session as well as last year's tax return if available. For any inquiries/questions, taxpayers should call 2-1-1 (a free call).

Next Wednesday's event to provide plethora of information about planning careers A projected huge future demand for healthcare professionals has led PCC to partner with several community colleges on a project that has been named "Plan Your Health Career." They created a web portal at to provide a comprehensive online resource for individuals to explore careers and programs that will provide the skills needed to tap into this high-growth industry. This new tool will be launched in a special free campus event that will take place:
3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4
Fortino Ballroom "B”

Everyone is invited to attend and learn about the career opportunities that are available and how to utilize the web portal to discover the possibilities.

Rad Tech students conducting personal hygiene donation drive to help PosadaStudents in PCC’s Radiologic Technology program are asking for the Pueblo campus' help to give a hand to less fortunate Puebloans. They are working with the Posada homeless organization to supply personal hygiene items to those in need. The students are asking for campus members to donate toothpaste, toothbrushes, chap stick, disposable razors, 2-in-1 shampoo/body wash, sun screen and any other personal hygiene products. All donations can be dropped off in the Health Science Annex (Rad Tech building) or can be picked up by calling 549-3264, 549-3284 or 549-3285. The donation drive will continue through March 1.

Graduation application paperwork must be submitted by next Friday, Feb. 6Students who are planning to attend the commencement ceremony this May must either apply for graduation by Friday, Feb. 6, or have graduated in the Fall 2014 semester. Students are urged to meet with their faculty advisor to complete their graduation planning paperwork. If the address on your graduation application is no longer correct, please contact the Records Department at (719) 549-3018 or send an email to: Information regarding the spring graduation ceremony will be mailed in March.

Pueblo campus groups, individuals asked to get involved in "It Gets Better Project" The Diversity Activities Committee's "It Gets Better Project" now underway is aimed at inviting the Pueblo campus to participate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) awareness activities. It currently seeks departments, groups or individuals are invited to participate in the “Coming Out Doors” initiative in which they can decorate their doors with murals, stories, photo exhibits and other art displays to tell compelling stories about the LGBT community. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Feb. 11. To participate you will need to send an email to and include the following:
• A picture of your completed door
• The title of the piece
• The location of the door, building and room number
• The name of the group, including all the names of participants

Then next week Tuesday, Feb. 3, Jerry Carter of the Southern Colorado Equality Alliance will speak to the campus at 2 p.m. in Hoag Theatre. It's free and everyone is invited. Looks for that organization to have staff at a resource table from 11 am. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center on both Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 4 & 5).

Everyone's invited to attend new Spectrum Club's meeting this Monday The new Spectrum Club for LGBTQ students and their allies is seeking members and officers. Spectrum seeks to meet the growing need for support, networking, and awareness among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies across the PCC campus and beyond. Attend the meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in AB-220 to learn more. For more info, contact one of the following individuals:
• Professor Maria Kelson – (719) 549-3346
• Jesse Rezentes – (719) 569-6583
• Tricia Earl – (719) 251-8637
• Tya Harmoning – (719) 354-8236

You can help break the "cold of silence" anonymously and help prevent violenceA state-wide hotline has been developed enabling students, teachers, and others to report violent or troubling events while keeping their identity anonymous. Safe2Tell (1-877-542-SAFE) has a goal of breaking the “code of silence” and intervening before an event occurs. By state law, all information is kept anonymous, but the message is forwarded promptly to the appropriate school or law enforcement official. A few of the many issues that Safe2Tell can help with are guns, knives, explosives, fighting, assaults, domestic viiolence, child abuse, sexual assault and vandalism.

Notes • GPA Dining - The GPA Dining Room has resumed its full-service lunch-time service to students, faculty, staff, instructors and community members. It is open 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday - Friday each week..
• Pueblo Joe's
- Hours in Pueblo Joe's in the Student Center are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday and until 2 p.m. on Friday.

Quote for the Day

“The people who influence you are the people who believe in you." ~ Henry Drummond