What a great way to start a semester – FTSE is up by 12 percent, student headcount is up by 6 percent, and most important, learning is alive and well at PVCC! This edition of “What’s on My Mind” will capture a number of activities that demonstrate our continued progress towards our 2008 – 2009 themes of: leadership for: student success, community building, bringing learning alive and positive social change – with a specific focus on community building.
This year the College Leadership Council has centered its work around “generative conversations” – each month tackling a college issue tied to one of our College priorities. While I must admit that it has been a transition for leadership to “get off of the stage” and allow genuine discussion to occur, we have generated some very good thinking. In January, we explored the possibilities for the PVCC at Black Mountain site. For summaries of CLC meetings see http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/clc/
President’s Circle – the College’s community advisory continues to meet and provide valuable community insights. I am pleased that we have added several new members and will be adding additional local business persons soon. For an overview see http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/presidentscircle/
North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. This past week, I hosted a meeting with the Executive Director and Chair of the Board to explore ways in which PVCC can become more active in the local business community. Bob Duke (a Chamber Board member), Denise Digianfilippo and Mary Lou Mosley joined with me and we brainstormed a number of short term objectives. We will also be hosting the Chamber mixer in April – look for details soon.
President’s Advance – PVCC’s 12th annual planning and focusing event will be held on February 11, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00p.m. and February 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (attend one session). The emphasis this year is on creating greater personal connection to our five strategic priorities and moving the college towards greater organizational focus as we address our priorities. I promise that there will be useful “take-aways” and the Advance will be fun! Sign up now.
POPular Jazz – If you did not get an opportunity to take in Brett Reed’s faculty jazz quintet on Saturday night – you missed a great show. These concerts are a wonderful magnet to bring members of our community on campus.
My personal thanks to all the faculty and staff involved with the implementation of our inter-collegiate baseball program. We had over 175 people attend Opening Day last week. I am very pleased to hear that the cumulative GPA for our baseball team was over 3.00 during fall semester. Please get out and support all of the Puma athletic programs this spring – watch for some special events!
Over the past several weeks, I have been off campus more than I prefer – three days participating in day-long district level budget planning retreats. While many good ideas have been generated it seems we are still operating on the margins. MCCD is a vastly complex organization steeped in autonomous College traditions. I look forward to beginning conversations with PVCC faculty and staff to explore ways that we can become part of a larger systemic budget solution.
Feel free to stop by my open office hours on Monday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Have a great weekend.
Paul Dale, Ed.D.