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ApRIL 2008 Highlights at a Glance


 Let's Go Green Sustainability Fair


Dr. Don Schoening at the Let's Go Green Sustainability Fair

Arizona Western College invited the public to their “Let’s Go Green” Sustainability Fair on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on the Main Campus. The vendors discussed how each of us can be friendlier to our planet Earth.  Everyone learned about green products, the importance of recycling and how we to make a difference.
What’s the problem?
• The world has a fixed amount of natural resources.
• Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away every day.
• Household batteries and electronics often contain dangerous chemicals that may, if sent to a local landfill, leak through the bottom barrier and pollute the groundwater.
• Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling.


Students learned how to make recycling a year round event.

Let’s come up with solutions to these problems and others! If we are truly to be global; we must think globally and act globally. After all, we are all in this together. Join AWC in creating a sustainable vision for the future. Let’s Go Green!
Please visit for more information about “Go Green”.



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Luna Co-Presented His Artwork at Governor's Dinner


Gente Not Numbers: John Deer Man

Angel Luna, Professor of Fine Arts at Arizona Western College, has been selected by the Arizona Commission of the Arts to co-present his artwork with Governor Napolitano to one of the five winners at the 2008 Governor’s Arts Awards Dinner. One of the winners was presented with Luna’s piece, Gente Not Numbers: John Deere Man. The Governor’s Arts Awards are awarded to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the Arizona arts community.

The Governor’s Arts Awards Dinner took place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd at the Arizona Biltmore Resort located in Phoenix, AZ. Over 800 members of the Arizona Arts Industry were in attendance, including prominent local and national elected officials, artists, and members of the business community.

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AWC Summer And Fall Registration Opens


AWC students in line to register

Arizona Western College summer and fall registration began Monday, April 21st.

Registration is open to all degree and non degree seeking students. AWC has a full service enrollment plan. All interested students have access to counseling, financial aid, career planning and enrollment all in one place. Each year over 6500 students are awarded some type of financial aid at Arizona Western College.

AWC has expanded the degrees and certifications available beginning this fall. Now AWC students have the option of over 100 degrees and certificates.

Research shows taking college classes, employees can earn 16% more. And if you have your associate’s degree, you can earn 29% more. Better yet, with a bachelor’s degree, you’ll earn 69% more than if you have a high school diploma.

AAS in Accounting
AAS in Recreation Management
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Computer Security
Certificate in Personal trainer
Certificate in Recreation Management
Certificate in Retail Management
Certificate in Spanish Proficiency

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'Grow Your Future'-Many Came To the Spring Job Fair

Yuma Police Department was one of the booths at the Spring Job Fair

“Grow Your Future” was the theme of the spring Job Fair and Non-Traditional Career Fair. Both events took place on Wednesday, April 16th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University-Yuma Branch Campus. Students and community members were invited to attend these free events!
More than 50 employers were on hand marketing jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities at the Job Fair. A diverse representation of organizations including local and federal government entities, the military, law enforcement, retail, education, media and non-profits participated. The “We’re Hiring” sign was posted.
Students and the community were able to explore the exciting world of non-traditional careers at the Non-Traditional Career Fair. Numerous displayers hosted information booths and discussed opportunities in their fields. Hands-on demonstrations were featured and guest speakers illustrated the advantages of work in a non-traditional setting. Speakers included a male nurse, female automotive service manager and a female engineer.

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 Dr. Miller Awarded Paragon Award


Dr. Michael Miller Awarded Paragon Award

The Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Arizona Western College received the following awards at the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3-5, 2008:
Paragon Award For New Advisors - Dr. Michael Miller
This year, nearly 500 chapters competed for the Society's most coveted awards. The Hallmark Awards Program is the Society's capstone awards competition annually recognizing excellence in programs that promote the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Exceptional members, officers, advisors, college administrators and chapters are recognized annually at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention for their achievements. Complete lists of awards winners as well as award category descriptions are available at
Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918. The Society is comprised of more than 1,250 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 of the United States, in Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau and the British Virgin Islands, making it the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges. Membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. The organization offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment and personal development through programs based on the Society's Hallmarks.

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 AWCTheater's Twelve Angry Jurors


 AWCTheater's Jorge Salazar in Twelve Angry Jurors

AWCTheater Department presented their final performance of the semester. Twelve Angry Jurors by Reginold Rose and directed by Chip Straley opened Friday, April 11th and ran through April 20th.

“This story has haunted me for several decades. I first saw the black and white film “Twelve Angry Men” in Atlanta in the mid 1960s, and was compelled by the honesty and diversity of the jurors,” Chip Straley, Director. “Years later I studied the film in a film class; taught the film in a critical thinking class; and desired to try to tell this story myself. This is the year I tell this story!”

This performance was student driven. The cast and crew were AWCTheater students.

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 Former AWC's Mendoza Named Teacher of the Year


Shelia Mendoza
2008 Yuma County Teacher of the Year

Arizona Western College would like to congratulate the 2008 Yuma County Teacher of the Year...Sheila Mendoza.  Sheile is a former Arizona Western College employee and student.

Sheila was among the top 19 Teacher of the Year candidates that were announced and honored at the 21st Annual Teacher of the Year & Hall of Fame Awards Banquet held at the Yuma Civic Center on April 22nd.

Sheila is currently a second grade teacher at Gary A. Knox Elementary School. She received her bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University. She has been an educator for six years.


Shelia Mendoza
with her students

AWC is also proud to announce of the top 19 finalists the majority are former students or have graduated from AWC and/or NAU-Yuma!

Sponsors of the Banquet are the Education Foundation of Yuma County and the Rotary Clubs of Yuma County.

To hear Sheila's acceptance speech click here:

 Congratulations Sheila!

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 History of Hip Hop Presentation


Dr. Whitaker speaks to the AWC students and staff.

Arizona Western College’s Office of Curriculum and Diversity and the Arizona Humanities Council presented Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker is Assistant Professor of United States History, African and American Studies, and Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West (2005). Dr. Whitaker is also CEO of the Whitaker Group, L.L.C., a diversity consulting firm, and his commentaries on popular culture, race, class, gender, presidential politics, and U.S./African relations, have appeared on NPR, PBS and other media outlets.

The AWC visit demonstrated that Hip Hop and Rap are arguably the post Civil Rights Era’s highest form of creative, extemporaneous, ever-evolving form of communication and expression. Indeed, Rap is a form of expression that finds its roots imbedded deep within African, Caribbean, and African American culture and oral tradition. This "signifying" often took on an innocuous, playful tone, but through Hip Hop culture and Rap music, it would become a way of communicating serious objections to racial oppression, police brutality, political isolation, elitism, educational inequalities, war and more. This lecture will argue, therefore, that Hip Hop and Rap "emerged as window into, and critique of, the criminalization, socio-economic isolation, and negative perceptions of black youth, and has evolved into a multi-racial, multi-generational, global critique of rigid structures, class-ism, and representative authority."

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 National Science Awards To AWC/NAU-Yuma Students

Each year the National Science Foundation awards funds to a select few major research university to recruit and train promising young scientists. These Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REU’s, provide the student travel funds to the university, room and board for 10 weeks and a summer stipend of up to $5,000. In addition, these science students are paired with a university research professor and work with this professor throughout the summer assisting on his/her research projects. At the end of the 10 weeks, the student presents their results to the campus community and in some cases they attend a national conference to showcase their research.


AWC students participate in field trips

Students selected for these programs are some of the best of the best. In many cases there are 500 applicants for only eight positions at the university. AWC/NAU students have shown their quality this year and 12 of our students have been selected to participate at programs around the United States. We will have Biology, Environmental Science, Physics and Chemistry students working at major universities conducting cutting-edge research this summer.


Alex Ramshower Will Study at UC Davis this Summer

AWC/NAU-Yuma Award winners:

Ernesto Rodriguez: an Environmental Science major
Ivan Sanchez: a Biology major
Garrick Sims:  an Environmental Science major
Tatum Tirado:  a Physics major
Stephanie McCormick: an Environmental Science major
Mary Edmonds: a Chemistry major 
Hector Aceves: an Environmental Science major
Alex Ramshower:  an Environmental Science major
Cesar Baptiste: a Biology major
Kourtney McClellan: a Biology major
Francisco Flores: a Biology major
Scott Clanton: an Environmental Science major

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 AWC Students Selected To Display at First Ever ARTBEAT


AWC Student's diplay at First Ever ARTBEAT

Arizona Western College painting students were selected to participate in the first ever ARTbeat event sponsored by the City of Yuma Arts and Culture Commission. The event was held on Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Historic Main Street in downtown Yuma. The event featured an AWC kiosk containing paintings by students. Jazz musicians, professional visual artists and a wine and food tasting are all part of the festivities.

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 AWC Volleyball Honored


Jason Smith with AWC's Volleyball team

Arizona Western College is proud to announce that the AWC Volleyball team has been honored once again as an NJCAA Fall Academic Team of the Year. The team achieved the honor with a 3.04 team grade point average for the 2007 fall semester.

The Lady Matadors’ Volleyball squad has remained one of the top groups of student-athletes-both academically and athletically-since Jason Smith first set foot on the AWC campus in April of 2006. Smith continued the winning ways on the court by leading the team to their 7th and 8th consecutive Region I Volleyball titles each of the last two seasons, and has now led them to a spot on the NJCAA Fall Academic Team of the Year for the 2nd straight year. The team also had 3 of their athletes qualify for the AWC Dean’s List during the fall semester-meaning they each had a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. While Smith-like the rest of AWC’s head coaches, assistant coaches and athletic director-has kept a close eye on the academic progress of his ten players, he is quick to give the ones actually in the classroom the credit. “The ladies have done an amazing job of concentrating just as hard on the ‘student’ portion of the term ‘student-athlete’ as they have on the ‘athlete’ portion,” remarked Smith about his team’s latest accomplishment. “All of the student-athletes in our athletic department have to learn how to balance school, practice, travel and games from the moment they step on campus, and an accomplishment like this really shows how well our team has mastered that. I’m very proud to say I’m their coach.” The Lady Matadors are one of only three ACCAC Volleyball teams that made the NJCAA’s list for academic excellence this past fall.


 AWC's Volleyball team celebrates

The Lady Matadors’ Volleyball team is in the middle of their 2008 spring drills in preparation of their 2008 regular season opener. The 8-time defending Region I Champions open their 2008 season on the road at Glendale in the Phoenix area at 7PM, Friday, August 22nd.

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 AWC Organ Donor Day


Thank the newest organ donors.

The Month of April was Organ Donation Month! And AWC invited the campus community in addition to the surrounding community to meet and visit with Jennifer Hamilton of Donor Network of Arizona in the LR atrium to learn the How's & Why's to donate.  You can still become a lifesaver! Contact Marie in Health Services for more information.


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 WiFi Continues to Expand Across Campus Community


The new 'WiFi' logo

 The Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University-Yuma wireless network is growing…the “Campus WiFi” access is now available inside the AWC/NAU-Yuma Academic Library. This new service will now allow students, faculty and the general public the availability of using their laptop computers anywhere within the facility. “The library staff has been extremely patient over the last two years as the AWC Information Technology network staff has designed, installed and made operational this secure wireless network” stated Paul Neuman, Vice President for Information Technology. AWC now plans to expand this service across campus and throughout the service area as funding becomes available.

Students attending a higher level education facility generally expect a wireless server on campus. They will have the capability of accessing the AWC enrollment services via the internet in the Academic Complex.

Historical Note: In 2007 Arizona Western College and Time Warner Cable partnered to provide wireless Internet external to the AWC buildings on the main Yuma campus and it continues to be used by dozens of individuals on a daily basis.

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AWC/NAU-Yuma Celebrate Friends


Retiree Carl Posch performs with Yuma Jazz Company

Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University Yuma Branch Campus celebrated the careers of five of their own.  On Friday, April 18th, the AWC Foundation sponsored the AWC/NAU-Yuma Retirement Banquet at the Sonoran Room at Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma.


KAWC's Mark Reynolds and Retiree Greg Gardner

The retirees included AWC's:
Carl Posch 1992-2008,
Greg Gardner 1985-2007,
Dotty Smalley 1984-2007,
Pete Self 1994- 2008
NAU's Dr. Merton Glass 1996-2008

Congratulations to all the retirees.


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