News from the Crow's Nest

News for Porterville College Faculty and Staff - 9/30/2022

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Some fantastic upcoming events, THE RETURN OF SOCCER TO PC, and some kudos to our colleagues mark this fine week at Porterville College!

Welcome to this week's News from the Crow's Nest, everyone! Enjoy and have a safe and happy next week!

Janice Ledgerwood: “Campus Cuties: Trophy Wives Prep Program” Exhibition Comes to the PC Gallery on October 3rd

The public is invited to see our latest exhibition at the PC Art Gallery, Janice Ledgerwood: “Campus Cuties: Trophy Wives Prep Program”.

DATES OF SHOW: October 3 - 27, 2022
GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12–2 pm and 4–6 pm

Janice Ledgerwood’s work as an artist embraces both established and emergent technologies while examining the places where feminist philosophy and theory, political ideologies and theories, popular cultural production, personal experience, and narratives (both fictional and real) intersect.

The Campus Cuties, as named and produced by Marx Toys in the mid-twentieth century, are two series of six-inch figurines of women in contemporary clothing of that time. Since Ledgerwood’s discovery of this toy series, it has been a focus of her work.

For this exhibition, the artwork explores the confluence of contemporary political discourse with history, pop culture, and women’s roles, status, and participation within Western society. The sculptures in this exhibition are 3D-printed mid-century figurines that are hand-painted and displayed on pedestals designed in Photoshop and produced with a laser cutter.

Ledgerwood has exhibited in both group and solo exhibits throughout the United States as well as in France and the Netherlands. In addition to her show here, Ledgerwood is participating in a group exhibition at Clovis Community College.

Ledgerwood earned her BFA at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA, and her MFA At California State University, Fullerton. Prior to her tenure at the State Center Community College District, Ledgerwood lived and worked in southern California as an adjunct professor at USC and various community colleges, as an art museum director, and as a community art gallery director where she organized and curated a variety of exhibitions. Ledgerwood is currently a tenured art and multi-media professor at Clovis Community College.

Next CHAP event will explore our true roots

The Porterville College Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) continues its celebration of 20 years and this Semester’s theme of The Anthropocene with our next presentation, “We Are All Romans”.

The event, presented by PC Professor Emeritus Jay Hargis, will explore a general lack of understanding of our historical roots. What we have dubbed “Western Civilization” here in America is nothing new. We naturally look back to Great Britain, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, and further back to Ancient Greece and the Judeo-Christian traditions.

What we tend to forget is our very important legacy from the Roman Republic and Empire. The Latin roots of our language, laws, ideas of citizenship and government, religious beliefs and institutions, philosophies, popular culture, as well as art and architecture are still with us. It behooves us to understand their connection to our modern western society.

Join us on Thursday, October 6th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the PC Theater for this deep discussion on heritage, history, and where we all come from.

Professor Jay Hargis has offered classes in history at Porterville College since 1991 - first as an adjunct and then as a full-time history professor. He retired from PC earlier this year. Mr. Hargis obtained his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and his master of arts in the same subject from California State University, Chico.

Areas of historical interest that he has explored in 23 previous CHAP and other topical presentations over the years have included Mexican and Mexican American history, the Cold War, US politics of the ‘60s and ‘70s, our Islamic heritage, medieval history, 19th-century European conflicts, the legacies of World War I, the US in the Middle East since the 1940s, fictional history in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and other topics.

He created PC’s history major (AAT) and the college’s history classes in World History, California History, Mexican American History, Mexican History, Latin American History, and Middle Eastern History, as well as revised the classes in US History and Western Civilization.

For more information on the CHAP program, you can visit

Primavera Arvizu delivers keynote for CSUB Scholarship ceremony

Porterville College Vice President of Student Services, Primavera Arvizu delivered the keynote address at the 39th Annual Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (HESF) Awards Program at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, September 23.

The fund recognizes academically excellent students with awards and scholarships. Since 1984, HESF has supported over 1,800 outstanding students from our community. It seeks to increase access to a college education for academically excellent financially deserving underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership potential.

Arvizu, who is a former recipient of a HESF award, delivered the keynote address to a room of over 20 scholarship recipients, including three recipients from the Kern Community College District.

Frank Ramirez, PC’s Director of Student Services, was in attendance at the event and had the following to say about Arvizu’s Address, “Primavera inspired the recipients of the California State University, Bakersfield Hispanic Excellence Scholarship. The biggest moment [for me] was when she dropped the African Proverb about a Gazelle. Read it and let it sink in on how it relates to the journey that all first-generation college students and first-generation professionals face every day.”

The proverb used in her address is below:

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Full video from Last Week's CHAP Event

As Promised, here is the full video from Last Week's CHAP Event. Thank you to Diran Lyons and his multimedia class for the amazing work! The link to the video is also below:

Soccer returns to Jamison Stadium for first home game on Oct. 4th!

Here is a bit of breaking news for everyone. We have just received word from the contractors handling construction at the stadium that we will be able to have our first SOCCER match on campus!

Join the Pirates as they take the field at Jamison Stadium for the first time to take on Fresno City College at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 4th.

We'll see you all there!

PC Partners with JC Penny to provide deep discounts on suits for students

Are your students looking to "suit up", but can't afford the high cost of business attire? PC is partnering with JC Penny to help make business clothing easier to afford.

Mark your calendars for Oct. 4th as JC Penny holds a big sale on career-wear perfect for PC students looking to upgrade their business professional wardrobes. Students will be able to receive the discount in person or online so make sure to spread the word!

See the flyer details.

Nursing Program Fundraiser

The PC Nursing Program is selling Rocky Mountain chocolates to help fund their Nursing program graduation ceremony event. See the flyer to the left or contact RN student Cassandra Sandoval via text at 559-936-8873 for more info and to place orders. She can arrange payments as well.

Payment is due by October 11th and orders will be delivered or can be picked up on October 27th.


Freshman class meet and greet at Granite Hills High

When was the last time you went to the PC Swap meet?

This family and community tradition, run by the PC Foundation, is a great way to spend your Saturday morning in Porterville. Stop by for good food, fun for the kids, and great shopping

This fantastic event, which supports PC scholarships, is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Meeting with our Community Partners in Education

The in-person portion of this hybrid meeting of education partners poses for a picture in the SCCR during a break.
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CalFresh Food Distribution at Jamison Stadium


Enjoy a moment of calm on us.
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How well do you know PC? Can you guess where the photo below was taken on campus? Good luck.

We'll have the answer in our next edition.
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October 3

Starting today

Open every Monday–Thursday from 12–2 pm and 4–6 pm

Janice Ledgerwood: “Campus Cuties: Trophy Wives Prep Program”.

PC Art Gallery

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

PC Writer & Poet Speaker Series: Gary Soto

Location: PC Forum

October 4

4:00 pm

Women's Soccer vs. Fresno

Location: Jamison Stadium

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

JCPenny Suit Up Event

Location: JCPenny at Visalia Mall or Online (see flyer below)

October 5

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Women's Volleyball vs Reedley College

Location: Gym

October 6

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

CHAP Presents - "We Are All Romans"

Location: PC Theater

October 11

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Career & Technical Education Majors Exploration

Location: Health Careers

Words of Wisdom

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Editors note: I lived right across the street from Fred Rogers during my Undergrad in Pittsburgh.

Ask me about Mr. Rogers the next time you see me :)



Below are files you might like to share for the week. To all of those iPhone users, please let me know if you still have any trouble downloading these files this week.

Fueling Station Schedule.PDF

JCPenny Suit-Up Event.PDF

Nursing Fundraiser.PDF