In this edition of “What’s on My Mind,” I’d like to highlight a number of upcoming events. In addition, I’ll touch on several activities we have been doing to send the message to our local community that PVCC is a College of First Choice. As always these highlights are representative of our leadership focus of: student success, community building, bringing learning alive, and positive social change.
PVCC as a College of First Choice – over the last several weeks: 1) I’ve sent over 6,000 letters to parents of our feeder high school students stressing the efficacy of the community college experience; 2) sent a parallel personal letter to twenty high school principals and over 100 high school counselors; 3) I am in the process of visiting all of our feeder high school principals; and 4) members of the President’s Leadership Team are actively attending North Phoenix and Greater Phoenix Chambers of Commerce events and activities.
Buy a Brick and raise money for student scholarships – please join me in supporting scholarships for Puma baseball and softball players. While I missed the charter purchases by Greg Silcox, Marilyn Cristiano, Jeanne Franco, Helice Agria, Jim Patterson, and Sue Van Boven – I’m on board now! Put your name on a brick for future generations to see. http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/athletics/docs/bricksbrochure.pdf
Box City – If you have been reading any national periodicals, you are aware of the growing number of Shanty Towns appearing across this country. Learn about homelessness firsthand by participating in The Emerging Leaders Box City Project, Tuesday, March 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Presidential Fitness Challenge – since President Obama has gone public with his fitness challenge, see http://www.presidentschallenge.org/the_challenge/index.aspx I will be unveiling my very own Interim Presidential Fitness Challenge. Join me in supporting the Wellness Fair – I’ll be giving a kickoff talk on Wednesday, April 8, 1:05 p.m. at the central campus Amphitheater.
Relay for Life – PVCC’s biggest community event to raise money for the American Cancer Society will be held April 24 – 25 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at Shoenhair Field. There are a number of teams forming and there are many ways to get involved: work a couple of hours as a volunteer, financially support one of the teams, or participate as a cancer survivor. There are even several slots open on my fledgling team and you are welcome to join – let me know! Last year the event raised over $50,000. My thanks to Jennifer Strickland who is this year’s event chair. For more information http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/studentlife/pvccblog/?p=1044
My heartfelt thanks to all of the front line staff in KSC and E buildings and in the Academic Divisions for all of their hard work and exemplary student service as PVCC experienced record enrollments this semester. I know that most offices are working short staffed and your commitment to student success is very much appreciated. Job well done!
Have a great week.
Paul Dale, Ed.D.