Join DV Key Club to help save lives
The Key Club at Desert Vista High School is sponsoring a blood drive with United Blood Services on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. in the small gymnasium at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St. Donors are urgently needed to help injured and ill patients.
If you are 18 or older, please register online for an appointment at www.bloodhero.com. Click “Donate Blood” and Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast that morning, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive. Students must sign up at school in their English classes. For information about donor eligibility, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.
This year, the amazing impact of blood donations can be seen clearly in our own community. DV’s own Cheri Johnson has a son who is currently receiving daily transfusions, and the Key Club is holding this blood drive in honor of him. Without the generous donors who give at drives like those at Desert Vista, his treatment would not be possible.
For more information, e-mail Jared Naimark at email@example.com.
Award-winning nursing program seeks students
An informational session about the Bilingual Nursing Fellows Program at South Mountain Community College will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, in the SMCC Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St. The program is in cooperation with Banner Health System, and applications will be available at the meeting.
For more information about the program, call (602) 243-8269 or go online to http://nursing.southmountaincc.edu/.
For general information about South Mountain Community College, call (602) 243-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore a green career at Hydrologic Studies open house on Sept. 21
The Hydrological Studies program at GateWay Community College will host a free open house event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at 108 N. 40th St., room MA1100 N/S.
The open house will feature a program overview, a chance to meet program faculty and environmental institutions and agencies giving presentations about potential internship opportunities for program participants. The United States Geological Survey will also be present to interview current students for possible employment opportunities.
To learn more, call (602) 286-8613 or visit www.gatewaycc.edu/environment.
Symphony for the Schools offers musical ed to students during upcoming season
The Phoenix Symphony will once again open the doors of Symphony Hall to Valley students during the 2009-10 Symphony for the Schools concerts sponsored by Wells Fargo. This long-standing program exposes the imaginative and inspirational properties of classical music to students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Opening the season Oct. 1 and 2 is Adventures in Music. This concert will focus on musical foundations including melody, dynamics, tempo and the stories behind the compositions.
Holiday-themed concerts Dec. 2 to 4 will take students on a celebratory journey of the season.
Concerts on Feb. 24 and 25 focus on the proud history and sounds of our state in Our Arizona. Students are invited to submit an essay on why they are proud to be an Arizonan, and winners will have the opportunity to read their essays on stage during the concert.
Cultural Kaleidoscope will run May 4 and 5 celebrating musical styles and influences from around the globe. The symphony’s annual Paint, Poetry, and Movement to Music Competition encourages students to get involved by submitting original artwork inspired by the music. Winning artwork is featured at the concert and the winning dance group performs live with the symphony.
Admission to Symphony for the Schools concerts is open to school groups only. Teachers may call The Phoenix Symphony at (602) 495-1117, ext. 470 to make reservations.
DV Marching Band selling coupon books
The Desert Vista Marching Band will be selling coupon books with a $150 value for $15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Safeway store at 40th Street and Chandler Boulevard.
Come out and support the band. They will be performing throughout the day.
ASU ‘leading the pack’ in U.S. News ranking of innovative schools
Arizona State University is ranked fifth among 77 colleges and universities that are “leading the pack in improvements and innovative changes” in academics, faculty, students, campus life and facilities.
For the second year in a row ASU has been named as one of the “schools everyone should be watching” in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The ranking of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” is based on the peer assessment of college presidents, provosts and admission deans.
Additionally, ASU for the third year in a row is named one of the “Best National Universities,” ranking 121, the same spot as last year. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the country and U.S. News surveyed approximately 1,500 for its rankings.
Kennedy to emcee Seton After Dark
Terry Kennedy of Catholic Athletes for Christ will emcee Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s Seton After Dark Annual Dinner Auction Nov. 21.
Kennedy is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80), San Diego Padres (1981-86), Baltimore Orioles (1987-88) and San Francisco Giants (1989-91). He is the son of former Major League player and manager Bob Kennedy.
This year’s Honorary Chairpersons are Dwayne and Carol Dobson.
The school is located at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler. For questions, call Becky Sanchez at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006, or e-mail at BSanchez@SetonCHS.org.
3rd grade art requested for 2010 Valley Metro calendar
The fifth annual Cool Bus STUFF contest kicks off with an invitation to all Valley third graders that love to draw. With the theme, Valley Metro: Go Smart. Go Transit., Valley youth are encouraged to demonstrate their artistic ability by showing how transit can be fun, safe and help the Earth!
Winners will be featured in the Valley Metro Transit Education 2010 calendar and receive fun prizes.
Entries will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 9. Entry forms and contest details are available at www.ValleyMetro.org.
Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of the three themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Dolores Nolan at (602) 262-4001.
Reunion planned for DV’s 1st graduating class
The Desert Vista High School Class of 1999 will have its 10-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rustler’s Rooste. Spread the word, and come reminisce with old friends! More details will be available soon.
For information, e-mail reunion committee members at DVHSreunion1999@gmail.com or visit them on mySpace and Facebook.
SMCC teams with St. Mary’s for monthly discount food box distribution
South Mountain Community College employees and students are once again helping their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance throughout the 2009-10 school year.
Monthly sales events will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 in front of the SMCC Performing Arts Center at 7050 S. 24th St.
This is not a government program or a handout, and anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases the food at a reduced price from area grocers and passes the savings along to consumers. There is no paperwork, and all purchases must be in cash.
For additional information and purchasing options, call (602) 305-5830.
SMCC offers G.E.D. high school equivalency testing
South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering G.E.D. testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The G.E.D. testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.
For more information, call (602) 243-8188.
SMCC offers certified fiber optics networking classes
The South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center will offer three industry-recognized and certified fiber optics networking classes during the week of Oct. 5 to 11.
The courses, presented in association with BDI DataLynk, will include the following: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Oct. 5 to 7; Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T), Oct. 8 and 9; and Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist, Oct. 10 and 11. Each class session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The SMCC Guadalupe Center is located at 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive south of Guadalupe Road) in Guadalupe.
To enroll or get more details, visit http://my.maricopa.edu or call (602) 243-8217.