Coming next week Wednesday: Job Fair in Ballroom

PCC will have its annual Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fortino Ballroom. it's a good chance for students to meet with more than 30 company reps about job qualifications & opportunities.

Two big Halloween gigs on our Pueblo campus Friday certain to be entertaining PCC’s Bookstore will have its traditional zany Halloween Costume Contest 11 a.m.-1 in Pueblo Joe’s, and there will be prizes for scariest, funniest and most creative plus special categories for most creative and cutest in kids 10 and under. There also will be an overall grand prize and free snack food. The group pictured at right is last year's Dental Assisting staff dressed as superheroes.
Also today, Disability Resources will host a “Fairy Tales Gone Wrong” Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AB-120. This is certain to be another "creative juices bonanza," although last year's Alice in Wonderland visual extravaganza will be tough to beat. Enjoy refresments, play games and win prizes while learning about the many services that are offered there.

Shirley plays her corpse role in great spirits during El Dia de los Muertos processionThursday was a great day to be alive ... or even alive and riding in a coffin. Ask Shirley Marino. She was the "Corpse in the Coffin" for the seventh annual El Dia de los Muertos procession that took place on the Pueblo campus. After paying tribute to all of the contestants who agreed to participate in the "Corpse in the Coffin" contest, Strider Swope of the event-sponsoring Diversity Activities Committee got on board the flat-bed trailer and helped Shirley get into the coffin. She wasn't entirely alone, though, as several students and administrators hopped on the trailer as well and accompanied her and Strider throughout the procession.

Time's running out to submit nominations for top APT & Classified employees of 2014Faculty and staff are urged to recognize outstanding 2014 PCC employees by submitting nominations for Classified and APT employees of the year. The nomination forms are on the Portal's "Employee" tab, then scroll down to "Valuing People." The deadline for submitting nominations for both awards is near, but there is still time for you to honor special individuals for standing out in their performances in 2014.

Nature & Raptor Center director's presentation is a real hoot on our Fremont CampusDiana Miller, Director of the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, was on our Fremont Campus this past Wednesday and gave an “Owls of Colorado” presentation in the Biggerstaff Learning Resource Center. Diana (left) is pictured here with Elsa, a screech owl, and English instructor Elizabeth Crockett Hixon, who invited them to campus. Hixon is one of three CCR 092 instructors, all currently teaching the novel "Hoot," by Carl Hiassen, in which owls play a central role. Some of you may remember that "Hoot" was an All Pueblo Reads book selection a couple of years ago.

Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony welcomes 33 new members & an honorary memberPCC’s Alpha Rho Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 33 new members recently in a tradition-rich ceremony that was led by advisor David Siguenza and conducted in our Fortino Ballroom. They and the audience were welcomed by PCC President Patty Erjavec and presented by chapter President Dean Sena. Guest speaker Sandy Gutierrez, President and CEO of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, advised the group to be open to opportunities and never let self-imposed limitations stand in their way. At right is inductee Jennifer Salas being congratulated by her son, with whom she had been recently reunited.

The following students were inducted as new members:
Chad Armes, Ryan Bradford, Destiny Campa Meza, James Cannata, Heather Cannon, Cindy Cool, Joshua Corbo, Maximino Cordova, Hannnah Cruz, Dean De Koevend, Jeremiah Foley, Jennifer Hardy, Lacy Henry, Amanda Lathrop, Andrew Lattie, Brittani Long, Angela Lucero, Gilbert Martinez, Thomas Nickens, Deanna Nigh, Tawni Nolting, Esiquio Riley, Jennifer Salas, Pricilla Sena, Robert Trujillo, Jesse Valdez, Elaine Varner, Carmelita Vega, Jaykob Velasquez, Kathryn Vinyard, Christopher Walter, Michelle Williams, Lynden Zahradnik.

In addition, Associated Student Government President Levi Ropp was inducted as an honorary member. Below are the proud PTK officers and new members.

RSVPs needed for those wanting to attend Small Business Appreciation Luncheon This year's Small Business Appreciation Luncheonwill be held at PCC, and it coincides with the Southern Colorado Small usiness Development Center's 25th anniversary. The luncheon will take place next Friday (Nov. 7), from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in our Fortino Ballroom. PCC President Patty Erjavec will be one of the speakers, and the luncheon also will serve as the kickoff to the annual "Shop Small, Buy Local" campaign that is being timed to coincide with the start of the holiday season. The cost to attend is $25, and you can register either online at, via e-mail at or by calling (719) 549-3224.

Students who have served in the military to be treated to free pizza on Veterans Day On Veterans Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 11, PCC students who are veterans will be treated to free Angelo's pizza between noon and 3 p.m. at our Downtown Studio across from the Marriott. While there, you also will be able to learn about PCC's new Veterans & Friends Club. Please RSVP at 549-3455. This special offer is sponsored by Sunflower Bank.

Novelist Zach Fortier to be on Pueblo campus Wednesday for presentation & book signing Famous crime novelist Zach Fortier will make an appearance on our Pueblo campus next week on Wednesday, Nov. 5, for an author presentation and book signing. It will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the PCC Library, and everyone is invited to attend.. Fortier's books are best-sellers and have won Reader’s Favorite Awards in the gold, silver, and bronze categories. Several of his books have been True Crime best sellers on Amazon. This cool event is co-sponsored and brought to the Pueblo campus by the PCC Library and the Criminal Justice Student Organization.

Also coming next week:Here are two other great activities to look forward to attending next week:
• Karaoke - Yes, here's your chance to show off your hidden singing talent. This will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Pueblo Joe's. Music, laughter and fun are promised. This an SAB-sponsored event.
• APT Coffee with Prez - All APT employees are invited to chat and have coffee with PCC President Patty Erjavec from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Barb Fortino Room.

Notes• Lunch specials – Friday's special in Pueblo Joe's is "Ghoul-ash," a Veg and a medium drink for $6.49. The GPA is also open 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. today, with a choice of 7 delicious gourmet dishes.
• Restorative Clinic - The Dental Assisting program's current Restorative Clinic will conclude tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 1). You must have been previously screened and qualified and given an appointment time.
• Grand Buffet – Get your tickets for the Nov. 16 Grand Buffet in the GPA Dining Room. There wil be 2 seating tmies: 11-12:30 and 1-2:30, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Info/ticket requests; 549-3326.

Quote for the Day

“Never hurt with intention, never judge without knowing and never presume without asking. "
~ Abhishek Tiwari