Here is a message I sent to the College community regarding PCC’s new Vice President of Instruction at our Downtown Campus:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Lamata D. Mitchell is the College’s new Vice President of Instruction for Downtown Campus.
Dr. Lamata Mitchell
Lamata, who fills a vacant position at Downtown Campus, has served for nearly 20 years as a community college instructor and administrator. She has a strong background in mission fulfillment, accreditation, mentoring, student affairs and curriculum development.
Since January 2010, Lamata has been Dean of Communication at Rock Valley College, a two-year college in Rockford, Ill. As Dean, she is responsible for offering quality programs that align with the strategic goals and initiatives for the more than 3,300 students in Rock Valley’s Communication Division.
Lamata has 20 years’ teaching experience in English at Rock Valley, where she was instrumental in developing a course in Non-Western Literature, 1800-present. She also taught British Literature, 1800-present; Shakespeare; and other courses.
Lamata has a doctorate in English from Northern Illinois University, a master of arts in English from Andrews University in Michigan, a master of arts in Publishing and Journalism from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, and a bachelor of arts in English and Philosophy from Trent University in the United Kingdom.
I want to thank the members of the search committee for their work. Also, Pat Houston and Ian Roark should be commended for their leadership in the position in an interim capacity.
Lamata’s first day at the College will be Sept. 26. She reports to Dr. David Doré, President of the Downtown and Northwest campuses. Please join me in welcoming Lamata to the College.
As we at PCC know, the road to college begins early in a student’s formal education. Last week I had the pleasure of attending two events that help propel middle school and high school students along the path to further academic achievement.
The College is a supporter of the Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation, and at the organization’s annual Pathways to Success Luncheon, PCC and a wide range of community partners learned how the Foundation is furthering educational aspirations of the district’s students. Particularly inspiring were Sunnyside’s middle school orchestra students, whose achievements illustrate once again how the power of the arts extends from the stage or concert hall to the classroom.
On Oct. 23, we held our 10th annual High School Mathematics Competition, with more than 130 high school mathletes, some coming from as far away as Yuma and Willcox, taking part. For a decade, Diane Lussier, Downtown Campus Mathematics faculty, has been the driving force of the event, with math faculty from all six campuses involved.
The impact of Diane’s longstanding collaboration with our area K-12 districts became especially clear this year, when a former participant, now a high school math teacher, brought a team to the competition. At PCC, supporting community partners in order to foster a culture of educational excellence, and connecting with students years before they graduate from high school, is important work, and some of the most rewarding.
Helping U.S. military veterans who attend Pima Community College successfully transition to academic life is a priority for PCC. That is what makes a new collaboration between the College and Raytheon Missile Systems, matching student-veterans with volunteer tutors from Raytheon, such an important and promising endeavor.
More than a half-dozen Raytheon engineers have volunteered their time to tutor student-veterans in mathematics and science courses this fall. The partnership is headquartered at Downtown Campus, which recently hosted a lunch to connect students and tutors for the fall semester.
Downtown Campus President Dr. Luba Chliwniak and Vice President of Student Development Jerry Haynes expect about 20 student-veterans to take advantage of this valuable resource. More than 1,400 student-veterans attend PCC each semester. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I can assure you that the perspectives and experiences these women and men can share with their fellow students and PCC employees will enrich our campuses immeasurably.