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Native American lit course offered this fall

Explore American Indian culture through dance, poetry, biographies, film, and short stories in Cochise College’s Native American Literature (ENG 231) course to be offered this fall semester on the Sierra Vista Campus.

In addition to studying American Indian historical and contemporary views and perspectives, students will visit with guest speakers from nearby Native Nations. Students will also participate in the annual Native American Heritage Day in November, when the college will host a variety of Native dancers, artists, poets, and authors. Field trips to the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon and to a social powwow sponsored by the National Native American Co-Op in Tucson are also included in the course’s schedule.

Classes begin the week of Aug. 18, and students must register for the class by that day. Tanya Biami, who is of Lakota heritage, will teach the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Biami at biamit@cochise.edu or (520) 515-5316.

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New student orientation offered in August

Cochise College offers free New Student Orientation sessions prior to each fall semester. Orientation gives new college students a chance to learn about academic programs and services offered at Cochise.

Sessions are offered on the Sierra Vista Campus from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 or 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22, and on the Douglas Campus from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 or 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22.

For more information or to sign up for orientation, visit www.cochise.edu/orientation, or call (520) 515-3609 in Sierra Vista or (520) 417-4044 in Douglas.

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College’s first Throw-a-Bowl-a-Thon a success

From left, Nick Katzfey, Barry Midgorden and Virginia Pfau Thompson make ceramic bowls at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus on June 14 to benefit the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project.

From left, Nick Katzfey, Barry Midgorden and Virginia Pfau Thompson make ceramic bowls at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus on June 14 to benefit the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project.

SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Ceramics Studio hosted its first Throw-a-Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday morning to benefit the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project in the fall.

More than 20 individuals filled the studio in the Art Building on the Sierra Vista Campus in an effort to make 300 bowls to go toward the seventh Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project, scheduled for Oct. 25. The annual event, part of an international fight to end hunger, raises money for local food pantries, shelters, banks and kitchens.

JR Maynard

JR Maynard

“We focus on food insecurity,” said J.R. Maynard, who contributes bowls to the cause every year and is working toward making 500 before October. “These organizations are not only benefitting the homeless, but families in our community that are in need, too.”

Those who attend the Empty Bowls event in October and make a donation of $10 or more receive a handcrafted bowl, created throughout the year by individuals who participate in Throw-a-Thons (for seasoned throwers) and Bowl-a-Thons (for beginners), as well as those who make bowls at home in their spare time or in the studios at the community center and college.

Maynard said the Empty Bowls Project is hoping to have 1,500 bowls donated for this year’s event. Contributing to its success is 1,500 pounds of clay donated by Marjon Ceramics, an Arizona business with locations in Tucson and Phoenix that donates toward Empty Bowls Projects all over the state.

In the fall, members of the community and the college’s students will be invited back to the Sierra Vista Campus to glaze and decorate the bowls in anticipation of the Empty Bowls Project main event. For more information, email Virginia Pfau Thompson at thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu.

For more information about the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project to be held at the Ethel Berger Center on Oct. 25, visit the Pottery Studio at Sierra Vista in the Oscar Yrun Community Center. To find out more about the international Empty Bowls movement, visit www.emptybowls.net.

Barry Midgorden.

Barry Midgorden.

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Throw-a-Bowl-a-Thon set for June 14

Cochise College is hosting a Flag Day Throw-a-Bowl-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to noon June 14 at the Sierra Vista Campus in room 405, located in the Art Building on the west end of campus.

The free event is part of the seventh Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project fundraiser for area food banks. Refreshments will be available throughout and lunch will be provided for all potters at noon.

For more information, contact Virginia Pfau Thompson at thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu, and for more information about the global Empty Bowls Project, visit http://www.emptybowls.net.

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Students showcase work at Spring Art Show

The Art Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the student-created ceramic tile mural in the art building's courtyard.

Cochise College students who crafted and installed a ceramic tile mural in the Sierra Vista Campus Art Building courtyard were honored with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 1. Jesse Waite cuts the ribbon while Joseph Pino holds it. Also contributing to the project, but not pictured, was Katherine Ward.

Story and photos by Lily McLaughlin

SIERRA VISTA — Last Thursday, May 1, the Cochise College Art Department held its annual Spring Art Show and Benefit, which showcased a ceramic tile mural created by students.

A silent auction of artwork was also held to benefit Casa De La Paz. Continue Reading »

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Young students experience STEM at Cochise College

Rebecca Hodgeson from the United States Forest Service said, “The Math and Science Fair is important to us because we like to be able to show kids what’s going on in the forest and we like to bring the experience to them.”

Rebecca Hodgeson from the United States Forest Service said, “The Math and Science Fair is important to us because we like to be able to show kids what’s going on in the forest and we like to bring the experience to them.”

Story and photos by Lily McLaughlin

Students and instructors from Cochise College and the University of Arizona South taught students to explore computer programing through the use of the Alice Programming Language.

Students and instructors from Cochise College and the University of Arizona South taught students to explore computer programing through the use of the Alice Programming Language.

SIERRA VISTA ­­– Last Friday, April 25, more than 1,100 grade-school students from around Cochise County attended the Math and Science Experience. This event introduced students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs offered at the college and in the community.

Students received hands-on experience with local businesses and education programs, and were exposed to native animals, computer systems, robotics and science experiments. There was an overwhelming amount of students who participated in each demonstration. This event offered students a chance to experience modern careers available in Southern Arizona. Continue Reading »

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Spring Art Show and Benefit on May 1

The Cochise College Art Department will be hosting its annual Spring Art Show and Benefit from noon to 2 p.m. May 1 in Building 400 on the Sierra Vista Campus.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

“We invite you to come celebrate student and professor art work and participate in the silent auction that benefits Casa De La Paz,” said Virginia Pfau Thompson, Cochise College art instructor of ceramics and sculpture. “One hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to patients in the hospice care throughout Cochise County.”

This year’s show will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the ceramic tile mural in the art building’s courtyard.

For more information, call (520) 515-3673 or email thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu.

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