Pima Community College faculty, staff, programs receive recognition

Seven Pima Community College (PCC) faculty, staff and administrators, as well as two of the school’s programs, have received a national, state and local recognition.

PCC staff who have recently been recognized are Francisca James Hernandez, Ellen Kirton, Irene Robles-Lopez, Gregory Busch, Joyce Jaden, Jerry Gill and Chancellor Lee Lambert, according to a press release.

Hernandez, who is head of PCC’s ethnic, gender and transborder studies program and an anthropology faculty member, received the Outstanding Latina/o Faculty Service/Teaching in Higher Education Award from the Victoria Foundation.

Kirton, PCC’s Small Business Development Center director, was named the 2017 Boots To Business Instructor of the Year for her work in helping military Veterans.

Lopez, PCC vice president of student affairs for academic advising and retention, received the National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 2017 Region VI Community College Professional Award.

Busch, who is vice president of instruction and transfer pathways for PCC, along with Jaden, who is director of maintenance and security operations for the college, have been accepted into the Class of 2018 of Greater Tucson Leadership.

Gill, a PCC adjunct faculty member, has his book “In Search of Transcendence: Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Kazantzakis” published.

In addition, Lambert was named Honorary Mission Support Group Commander for the Arizona National Guard’s 162nd Wing and received a community leader award from the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The school’s Center for Transportation Training motorcycle safety program, and the college’s Employee Wellness program also received recognition.

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