February 6, 2009

Greetings all,

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.

Regards,
Paul Dale, Ed.D.
Interim President

January 13, 2009

Greetings all,

Welcome to a special spring semester “kick off” issue of “What’s On My Mind?”  It is great to see faculty and students back on campus and I look forward to continuing our concerted leadership efforts towards enhancing student success, community building, bringing learning alive and creating opportunities for positive social change.

It looks like our theme last year “Good to Great in 08” really didn’t help much with the greater economic climate and State budget situation. So while we will continue on our quest for greatness, I’ve adopted Shelle Witten’s suggestion for a new theme – “Mighty Fine in 09.” And I am confident, despite our budget challenges, 2009 will be a very fine year.

As we all know, the first several weeks of the new semester is critical in building the foundation for student success. Please consider: volunteering to work an hour at the Welcome Tent, wearing your name badges so new students know who can help, spending some extra time getting to know students the first day of class, and encouraging students to use all of the available support services.

On Monday, January 19, we will celebrate the Martin Luther King holiday. Please take a few minutes to reflect on his dreams and hopes for this country. While on this one day we celebrate his accomplishments, we also need to be reminded that we need to work every day to bring his dreams to reality. Here is a tribute clip by the rock group U2 for Dr. King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56mjwycKuXA

As we continue to navigate our short term hiring freeze and the resulting short staffing in some areas, I ask for your patience and understanding. Please know that I am aware of and thankful for all of your extra efforts.

So here’s to being “Mighty Fine in 09!” Have a great semester.

P.S. – Help our number one fan and math faculty member Phyllis Shaw root on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday!

Regards,

Paul Dale, Ed.D.
Interim President