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The Nash on Roosevelt issues call for artists, due Nov. 19

the nash call for artist submissionsThe Nash invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for a juried group show titled “Echoes of Art.” How do you visualize a musical journey? As you listen to your favorite piece, your mind sees…

Accepted artwork includes 2-dimensional works and may not exceed 36” in width. The artwork will meet the guidelines and compliment the mission of The Nash. This is an educational place and we ask for no nudity/controversial material.

Submission details are available here.

UA’s Mini Medical School Returns to downtown Phoenix

[Source: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix]

Wednesdays February 16 & 23 March 2 & 9. 6 – 8 p.m.

The Mini-Medical School of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is a four-week program loosely modeled after the curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The lectures are designed to be fun and informative. There is no late-night cramming, long exams or long hours at this school. Just bring your curiosity, sit back and enjoy!

Lecture Schedule for Spring 2011:

  • February 16: Forensics: A Visit from the Maricopa Medical Examiner by Mark Fischione, MD
  • February 23: Aging, Longevity and Health: The Current Picture and Predictions for the Future by Georgia Hall, PhD
  • March 2: Cervical Cancer Prevention and the Latest in Clinical Trial Research by Francisco Garcia, MD
  • March 9: What’s New in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by William Leighton, MD

Courtesy: SmithGroup
Lecture topics subject to change due to availability of presenters.


Location: College of Medicine-Phoenix 600 E. Van Buren St. Virginia G. Piper Auditorium (between Fifth and Seventh Streets on the north side of Van Buren)
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Dates: February 9 & 23 and March 2 & 9.

More Information

For more information about Mini-Medical School at the College of Medicine-Phoenix, please contact:

Barbara Quinlan, Public Affairs College of Medicine-Phoenix
550 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 827-2024

December College Depot Workshops for Students and Parents

[Source: City of Phoenix]

College Depot, located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave., will host four free workshops in English and Spanish in December.

  • Understanding Financial Aid
    Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Learn about grants, work study, loans and scholarships.
  • No Parent Left Behind: Helping Your Students Through the College Planning Process
    Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Survival for you and help for your students during this transition.
  • How to Pay for College (in Spanish)
    Saturday, Dec. 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Figure out how to pay for college by exploring financial aid and scholarships.
  • Organizational Skills to Get You Through College
    Tuesday, Dec. 14, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
    Learn about goal setting, time management, study skills and note taking.

Space is limited. To register or for more information, call 602-261-8847 or e-mail

College Depot is a full-service college planning center that offers free one-on-one assistance, family consultation and workshops on all aspects of the college planning process, from financial aid to career exploration. The service is open to anyone seeking assistance with planning for college.

For a complete list of workshops and events, visit

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UA’s Health Sciences Education Building under construction in downtown Phoenix

[Source: UA News]

Dr. Stuart D. Flynn, dean, UA College of Medicine–Phoenix. Photo:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix began construction Friday on the Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, or PBC, located at 600 E. Van Buren St.

Mayor Phil Gordon, councilman Michael Johnson and Dr. Stuart Flynn, dean of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix, moved the first dirt in the construction of the $129 million building that will allow for the expansion of the medical education facilities.

“Even in a treacherously down economy, our city has remained committed to forging ahead when it comes to attracting bioscience research jobs, education jobs and creating new doctors who will save lives,” Gordon said.

“This building and our partnership with the University embodies the collaborative spirit that has made our success possible. When the Health Sciences building opens and we’re graduating 120 new doctors a year, we’ll look back on this day as a landmark.”

The College of Medicine-Phoenix anchors the PBC and currently hosts 168 medical students, admitting 48 per year, with the completion of this building the college will be able to grow its class size to 120 students per year to meet the demand of Arizona’s growing population.

“Today highlights the city’s commitment to building a knowledge-based economy in bioscience research and education,” Flynn said.

“Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, this building embodies the collaborative environment where current and future doctors will learn side-by-side with pharmacists, nurses and allied health workers to advance science and improve patient care.”

“This is an important milestone; it marks our significant effort to create jobs and build a brighter future in our community though health care and scientific education,” said Johnson, in whose district the building is located.

“Once this building is complete, all three state universities will have a presence in downtown Phoenix.”

Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium and the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.

DPR Construction and Sundt Construction will jointly build the new six-story, 264,000-square-foot-facility, scheduled for completion in summer 2012. The building was designed by CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross.

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Mini-Medical School in downtown Phoenix resumes

The fall session of the UA’s College of Medicine-Phoenix’ Mini-Medical School has been planned on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 6.
Lectures for this session include International Health-care & Ethics, Anatomy of the Brain, Vaccines, and Alzheimer’s Research.

All lectures are held from 6-8 p.m. at the College of Medicine – Phoenix, 550 E. Van Buren Street in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium.

RSVP if you are planning to attend.

ASU charter school an alternative for downtown Phoenix kids

[Source: Emily Gersema,]

Photo Credit: Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic

When searching for schools for their two children, Daniel Lord of Phoenix says he and his wife, Seema, looked to downtown Phoenix.

He says they needed the convenient location – one near their offices and downtown home – but wanted to see how their children would do in a new learning environment.

They chose University Public School Phoenix, which has about 450 students.

“We thought the connection with ASU and their way of teaching really aligned with what our needs were,” said Lord, whose children Sakina, 7, and Drohan, 5, are enrolled at the school at Fillmore and Seventh streets.

The school is part of the Phoenix Elementary School District but is an Arizona State University charter. The designation ensures the school still receives public funding but also gives ASU more freedom to apply new research in education to the classroom, school officials say.

“Our affiliation with ASU came about because of (ASU) President Michael Crow’s interest in the university having tangible involvement and results in K-12 education,” said Barnaby Wasson, the school’s technology director. “But we follow the same guidelines” as other Arizona schools.

University Public School Phoenix is the second charter that ASU has opened in recent years. The first was established near ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa.

The downtown school has become a destination campus that is competitive for enrollment. ASU employees, as well as downtown office workers, are among the 19 families on the waiting list for their children to register.

“We represent a cross-section of the downtown community, people who reside and work here,” Wasson said.

Principal Celeste Enochs said the school educates children in kindergarten to eighth grades but will add Grades 9-12 over the next few years, so children can spend their entire elementary and secondary career at one campus.

Kindergarten students are taught separately to ensure they have the social skills, as well as the basic counting and beginning writing skills to move up to first grade.

From then on, students are taught in clusters. First-graders are in the same room as second-graders, third-graders are with fourth-graders, fifth- and sixth-graders share a classroom, and seventh- and eighth-graders are together.

This means students have the same teacher for two years in a row, so that teachers become familiar with their abilities and needs.

In addition, every child has a plan tailored to their needs and academic goals. It outlines the skills that children need to develop, as well as their strengths to help them to continue to excel.

Children learn to work on projects and problem-solving together. Wasson said they become so accustomed to working in teams that they are surprised when they must work individually to complete Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards test.

And though several Valley districts require physical education a few times a week, the ASU school requires daily physical education for all grades.

Since it is run by a university, school officials are focused on preparing children for college. This means they want more parental involvement.

Recently, the school started to offer the American Dream Academy. The 10-week program encourages parents to become more involved in their children’s education.

Enochs said such programs encourage students to think about college even when they are as young as kindergarteners and encourages their parents to support them.

Parents learn ways to support their children and help them with schoolwork, motivate their children to learn and become familiar with the state standards for reading, writing and math.

Parents who finish the course receive a certificate and “their child is guaranteed a place at Arizona State University” for college, Enochs said.

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Unique Medical Training Partnership Coming to Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Phoenix College / ASU]

Flickr Photograph by Andres Rueda

A unique partnership between the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation and Phoenix College has made earning a bachelor’s degree easier and more affordable. Students can now complete a bachelor’s degree in the Medical Laboratory Science program earning 90 college credits from Phoenix College and 30 through ASU. Except for nine upper division general education credits, which can be completed online, the 30 ASU credits will be taught at Phoenix College and affiliated clinical sites throughout the Phoenix area.

Graduates of this program – medical technicians at the AAS level and medical laboratory scientists at the BAS level – typically perform the laboratory analyses that healthcare providers use to diagnose and treat disease, as well as to evaluate a patient’s health.

Vice Provost for Transfer Partnerships at Arizona State University Dr. Maria Hesse said,

“This unique partnership will provide a seamless, convenient and cost-effective transfer program for students seeking to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Medical Laboratory Science.”

Faculty from Phoenix College and ASU will teach the professional courses on the Phoenix College campus near downtown Phoenix. Julie Stiak heads the AAS program at Phoenix College and Jeff Wolz will direct the ASU BAS program. Both directors are located at the Phoenix College campus as are the state-of-the-art lab facilities that will be used to prepare students.

“This collaborative program is an ideal opportunity for those seeking a meaningful career in the fast-growing medical arena to learn from ASU and Phoenix College faculty while enjoying the advantages of the smaller college environment,” Wolz said.

Program Co-director Stiak added:

“ASU and Phoenix College have long been preparing medical laboratory scientists and technicians to provide vital services to the community. This new partnership will strengthen the program and help students further their education in this field.”

The vital relationships that Phoenix College and ASU have established with healthcare organizations afford a wealth of opportunities for students to achieve their required clinical experience while displaying their skills to some of the state’s top employers. Healthcare partners include Banner Healthcare-Laboratory Sciences of Arizona/Sonora Quest Laboratories, Scottsdale Healthcare, Veterans Administration Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Hospitals, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Maricopa Medical Center, Abrazo Healthcare, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare and Flagstaff Medical Center.

Job opportunities for medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians are “excellent,” according to U.S. Department of Labor projections. A growth rate of 14 percent is predicted for 2008 – 2018 as the volume of lab tests increases due to population growth, as well as the development of powerful diagnostic tests and advances in genomics. The need for medical laboratory technicians and medical laboratory scientists in Arizona is projected to increase by 34 and 25 percent respectively, according to the Department of Labor.

Careers range from public health disease tracking to managing a hospital lab to helping run a third-world clinic with the Peace Corps. Median annual wages in 2008 for medical laboratory scientists were $53,500 with the mid range from $45,000 to $63,000.

Deadline for applications to enroll in the new program is September 30.

For further information about the new medical laboratory science degree program, contact: Julie Stiak, 602-285-7735, on the AAS offering or Jeff Wolz, (602) 285-7865, regarding the BAS program or go to: or

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College Depot is holding three FREE workshops

[Via City of Phoenix/Phoenix Public Library] College Depot, located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave. (map), will host three free workshops in August.

  • Writing a Winning Personal Statement Tuesday, Aug. 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Make your personal statement for college or scholarship applications come alive.
  • Explore Engineering at ASU Wednesday, Aug. 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Learn about opportunities in the field and engineering programs at ASU.

Space is limited. To register or for more information, call 602-261-8847 or email: College Depot is a full-service college planning center that offers free one-on-one assistance, family consultation and workshops on all aspects of the college planning process, fromfinancial aid to career exploration.  The service is open to anyone seeking assistance with planning for college. For a complete list of workshops and events, visit  their website. You can also follow them on Twitter

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