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October 2007 - Highlights at a Glance



Dr. Joann Linville Appointed Interim Vice President of Learning Services

Dr. Joann Linville, Interim Vice President for Learning Services

Dr. Don Schoening, AWC President, has appointed Dr. Joann Linville as the Interim Vice President for Learning Services. Dr. Linville is currently the Vice President for Student Services with Arizona Western College and brings 34 years of community college teaching and administration experience to this new assignment. Dr. Linville has over 11 years of teaching experience in a community college setting as a faculty member in nursing education and has served 9 years in educational administration as a director of nursing education, division chair and dean for health, business, home and family life, and marketing education programs. She has experience in curriculum and program development and has worked directly with faculty to manage and administer college programs. She has expertise in organizational development, communication, team building, and meeting the needs of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution.

When asked what her goals were as the Interim Vice President of Learning Services, Dr. Linville commented, “My primary goals in this new role will be to work closely with the faculty and Learning Services administration to build relationships, open lines of communication and listening, and create a working and learning environment that is based on trust and fairness. My role is to facilitate and support the work of our faculty as they meet the educational goals of our students. I will work closely with our faculty to support our AWC organizational culture of providing life-long learning opportunities, enhancing our partnerships, taking pride in our diversity, managing our resources, empowering our employees, and fostering innovation and change. This can only be accomplished in an environment of “worth place”, where we care about people and where organizational and employee needs are emphasized. I look forward to working with the members of our excellent faculty in this time of transition in leadership.”


Entomology Students, Faculty and Staff Have Been Busy Little Bees


Jennifer Bundy, Biology Lab Technician, in front of some of the insect collections.





As part of a collaborative partnership between Arizona Western College, Northern Arizona University-Yuma, and the University of Arizona-Yuma, Entomology students, faculty, and staff showcased their buggy finds on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 12:30-1:30 P.M. in the Science building, room 104. 

At this insect-extravaganza, the community was invited to checkout some of the spectacular, unusual, and rare insects that can be seen in Arizona, as well as enjoy pizza and refreshments.

During summer of 2004, faculty from the Biology department and professionals in the community joined forces to organize this 4-credit course and make it a reality. It is now offered on a regular basis every other summer. Students have participated in field work in Arizona and California with some trips requiring camping for a night or two.

The next Entomology course will be during summer 2008 and is an opportunity to view some of the incredible biodiversity in the Southwest. Registration for this course will begin March 20, 2008.  For more information, please contact Tim Whittier at 344–7589.

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Job Fair 2007 Connects Students with Employers


Many local and regional employers had booths at the 2007 AWC/NAU-Yuma Job Fair.

The Fall AWC/NAU-Yuma Job Fair took place on October 17th from 9am to 1pm at the Learning Resource Building.  The job fair event allowed students to "make the connection" with many local and regional employers, whether they were seeking employment or just exploring career options. 

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Student Athlete Successes

Arizona Western College is proud to announce that 4 members of the AWC Soccer team have been selected to the 2007 All-Region and/or All-ACCAC postseason teams. AWC freshman forward Abdel Becerra received 1st Team All-Region/All-ACCAC honors, sophomore midfielder Omar Heredia was named to the All-ACCAC 2nd Team, and freshman midfielder Edgar Luzanilla and sophomore defender Ivest Samayoa were named as All-ACCAC Honorable Mention selections. All four of the Matadors named are local products-all calling San Luis home. The announcements were made shortly after the conclusion of the ACCAC Soccer Coaches’ postseason meetings in Phoenix on October 21st.

 Abdel Becerra.jpg  Omar Heredia.jpg  Edgar Luzanilla.jpg  Ivest Samayoa.jpg

Abdel Becerra

Omar Heredia

Edgar Luzanilla

 Ivest Samayoa

Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Volleyball player Patty Paniagua has been named as the 2007 ACCAC Volleyball Player of the Year by the ACCAC Volleyball coaches at their postseason meetings in Phoenix. Paniagua also joins teammates Luci Toazzi and Ana Bauer on the All-Region I Division I 1st Team. Paniagua and Toazzi both also earned 1st Team All-ACCAC postseason honors while Bauer was named as 2nd Team All-ACCAC. The announcements came just a day after AWC wrapped up a share of the ACCAC regular season title for the first time since 2004.

Patty Panigua

Lucy Toazzi

Ana Bauer

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Lady Matadors Won Region I Volleyball Championship Game

Arizona Western College won their 8th straight Region I Division I Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, October 31st at ‘The House’ on the AWC Campus. They are now bound for Salt Lake City for the District A Championship. The Lady Matadors beat the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters in an exciting three matches, 30-10, 30-24, 34-32. The District A Championship game is Saturday, November 3, 2007. Go Mats!



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AWC Alumnus Gives Presentation


Dr. Alejandro Cortazar, 1984 AWC Alumni

Arizona Western College Office of Diversity were proud to present 1984 AWC Alumnus, Dr. Alejandro Cortazar, who presented a program about “The U.S. Southwest and the Ambivalent Socio-Cultural Reality of Mexican-Americans.” The presentation took place on October 31st in the Ocotillo Lounge. This was a free program that was open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Dr. Cortazar (University of Iowa, 1997) was born and raised in Mexico and came to live permanently in the USA at age 17 (1981). He is the youngest of a family of 12 siblings, and the first member of the family to go to college and obtain a Ph.D. Dr. Cortazar graduated from Arizona Western College in 1984 with AAS in General Business and later obtained a BA (1988) and MA (1992) in Spanish from Arizona State University. He was recruited by the University of Iowa (spring 1993) with a Research Assistantship and an Honorary Stipend granted by the University of Iowa Graduate School.

October Busy Month for AWC Theatre


"The Family Circle"

The month of October was a busy one for the AWC Theatre.  They presented "The Family Circle," on October 12th through the 21st, which was a post-apocalyptic, dark comedy set in the hills of a Southern California after the fall.  The "Rocky Horror Picture Show" production ran on October 26th and 27th both showing at midnight. and a "Haunted Theater" for Halloween took place on October 27th. 

AWC Theatre does not charge an admission price for their productions, but suggest a $5 donation. In lieu of money, AWC Theatre also accepts five articles of non-perishable food items or five articles of clean usable clothing, which is then donated to the Crossroads Mission. Remember that AWC Theatre is here for you, and appreciate any suggestions for shows to present and events to produce. 

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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Day


AWC Campus Police educate students on alcohol related issues and problems.

On October 24th, AWC Campus Life and Health Services observed National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Day.  AWC Campus Police and local area vendors also helped with the event.  The purpose of the event was to create awareness of alcohol related issues and problems.  The event allowed students to try on goofy goggles, sip mock cocktail drinks and were educated on how alchohol consumption can affect lives!


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"Photo Novella" Exhibit in AWC Art Gallery


One of the exhibits that will be in the AWC Art Gallery.

On October 30th, the Arizona Western College Art Gallery hosted a video presentation and reception for featured artist Joe Medina and his extraordinary exhibit, “Photo Novella.”

“Photo Novella” will be on display until November 8, 2007. For more information, please contact Professor Luna at (928) 344-7596.


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Child Development Learning Lab Storybook Parade


The Child Development Learning Lab (CDDL) had their storybook parade on October 31st.  Everyone on campus was invited to watch the children in their costumes as they paraded from the CDDL to the Post Office, Facilities, the Police Department and then on to HVAC and back to the the lab.



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SGA Blood Drive



United Blood Service and the AWC Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored a blood drive on October 10th. The Donation Bus was located on the east side of the AC Building and anyone could make an appointment to donate blood.


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