Joseph Futtner has been dean at PCC since 2011, but he’s been teaching here since July 1993. All these years, he’s been introducing new programs and enriching the college experience for many students. He will be leaving his job here as a dean in July, and he’ll go back to teaching, but this time in Italy.
Fastest lap: the sudden rise of Brennan Doyle
In the world of sprints, where a fraction of a second can mean the difference between the best runners and the rest of the pack, one lap catapulted Brennan Doyle, PCC’s second year track standout, from relative obscurity to the radars of college recruiters around the country.
Alum’s books help small fish swim in big pond
Chelo Manchego saw his home country El Salvador as “another world”. His family lived in a gated community due to the dangers in his neighborhood, however, he had his own ways of escaping reality. He spent hours in nature with his friends and loved to be outside as much as he could. In El Salvador, there are earthquakes constantly, so he would make a tent outside because he was convinced it was safer than being inside a building. His family was always supportive of his …
Award winning ESL professor teaches through tech
As a college professor and a mother of a 10 year old daughter, Catherine Datko understands how important technology is. From having to use a typewriter to write her papers in college, to now having a cellular device where papers can be written from one’s fingertips, Datko has witnessed the constant improvements technology has had within the past decade. She has always been passionate in helping people which is why she became an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and through her testimonies and …
AS President Kiely Lam unlike any other and changing the world differently
Atop a desk resides a mug with brushes in it that have specks of paint residue on the tip of the bristles. Alongside the painting materials, sits Kiely Lam, President of Associated Students (AS) and avid painter.
Germania Club: Lost in culture, not translation
The paths of Germany’s lustrous countryside were riddled with crushed leaves. Their dull, orange hue, an offbeat offset to the vibrant green captured in the surrounding vegetation on the hills. The deep midnight blue still present in the sky, a hint at the early hour.
DACA student fights for those in the shadows
In the early morning on the busy streets of downtown LA back in September, there was a rally put together by members of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) in the morning in front of the Edward Roybal federal building. There were people slowly driving by in traffic honking at the crowd and waving their hands showing support. Union members, community group leaders from various groups like Undocumedia, allies, as well as LA County supervisor Hilda Solis spoke at the podium, voicing …
Freshman’s knockout ‘triple threat’ skill set
Sporting a number 18 jersey, and standing six feet tall, his eyes dart toward the brown, prolate spheroid-shaped object that quickly dashes through the diamond-shaped grassy area. Playing as a safety and linebreaker, he fends off his opponents who are rapidly dashing toward him. Having an alert mind and strength are two key abilities in this type of scenario, especially where bulky, strong men are charging towards one another.
Chasing football dreams from Carolina to California
Leaving home for the first time is hard when moving across the state or even just across town, but when relocating cross country for the dream and leaving family behind, it pays to have your friends along for the ride.
Shifting priorities in the honors program
He dresses in a formal business attire and dawns a black dress shoe, while carrying a bag filled with his planners and notebooks. Inside his planner consists of day-to-day activities that range from grading class assignments to business-related duties. His demeanor, likewise, is a caricature of other professors who dress professional by society’s view of an authoritative figure.