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PVCC at Black Mountain celebrates grand opening of Aquila Hall

2/3/2016

Elizabeth Medora
Staff

SCOTTSDALE – Aquila Hall, the newest addition to Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, is officially open. This new instructional building at the north Scottsdale campus includes science labs, a high-powered astronomy telescope and a viewing deck, multiple classrooms, and a computer lab. Select Black Mountain spring semester classes will be held in Aquila Hall. The construction of Aquila Hall was funded by the 2004 MCCCD General Obligation Bonds.

Aquila Hall’s opening was celebrated with a reception on Jan. 28 and a ribbon cutting on Jan. 29.

At the Jan. 28 event, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper noted that the addition of Aquila Hall to the existing Black Mountain student services will offer the college the opportunity to “focus on the science.”

Paradise Valley Community College president Dr. Paul Dale noted that the goal is to make PVCC at Black Mountain “a premier science facility.”

Aquila Hall is named for the constellation Aquila, the Eagle, and the facility offers a strong focus on astronomy. Star-gazing events are held regularly at Black Mountain, and college astronomy courses are offered for students.

At the Jan. 28 reception, astronomy professor Jenny Wietz held a demonstration in the astronomy observatory and shared information on the stars visible above Aquila Hall. Wietz also pointed out that the Aquila constellation has been integrated into the Aquila Hall structure; both the ceiling in the hall lobby and an outdoor walking path bear the points of the constellation.

Wietz, who has been teaching at PVCC for five years, invited the community to join a Star Party event at Black Mountain, noting that Star Parties are “free and open to the public.” The next Star Party is set for Thursday, Feb. 11, starting at 7 p.m. Call (602) 561-5398 for more details.

For more information on PVCC at Black Mountain or to enroll for classes, see http://paradisevalley.edu/blackmountain.  

PVCC at Black Mountain is located at 34250 N. 60th Street, in north Scottsdale, just south of Carefree Highway.