ArizMATYC Fall 2014 Conference and ATF Report

By Ana Jimenez, Pima College

The Fall 2014 ArizMATYC Conference and Articulation Task Force (ATF) Meeting took place at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Conference began early Friday morning with a breakfast and welcome addresses from Pima Community College Northwest Campus President David Doré and AMATYC Southwest Regional Vice-President Kate Kozak. Sessions included topics ranging from learning communities to differentiation tricks.

conf_f14_01Attendees enjoyed lunch from our local Tucson Tamale Company which was followed by keynote speaker Dr. Diann Porter, sharing her intimate knowledge of the work of William Fogg Osgood at Harvard and the beginnings of a mathematical community in the U.S. Free chair massages, healthy snacks and an early morning walk were provided by the Pearson sponsored Wellness Strand and various publisher representatives also were in attendance throughout the day to discuss technology, textbooks and teaching strategies with attendees.

Over ninety participants hailed from Apache Junction, Avondale, Coolidge, Douglas, Fredonia, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Holbrook, Flagstaff, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Nogales, Phoenix, Prescott, Sells, Sierra Vista, Tempe, Tucson, and Yuma. The ATF meeting was attended by over a dozen higher education institutions who met to discuss articulation alignment and curriculum issues throughout the state.

Recognition and appreciation are extended to the numerous Pima Community College staff members who were instrumental in the success of this Conference; especially support staff, faculty and information technology staff at the Northwest Campus. Gratitude is also extended to all those who participated in the Conference: attendees, presenters, speakers, organizers and supporters. The positive work accomplished will benefit thousands of students and the gains will ripple throughout communities statewide.