Alumni leaves behind a permanent visible legacy while showing exemplary leadership skills at PVCC
Paradise Valley Community College alumnus Jonathan “Jon” Lucas was a familiar face at Paradise Valley Community College – in part because he had been around campus for eight years or “most of a decade", he was fond of saying. A Shadow Mountain High School graduate, Jon served in the Army and Army Reserves from 2004-2012, including two deployments in Iraq. Once home, he decided to pursue an art degree at PVCC, but was self-conscious about his age, feeling he didn’t fit in with the traditional 18- to 21-year- olds around him. He credits the faculty and fellow students in helping make the transition easier.
“They helped me break my fear of being an adult returning to education,” he said.
Eventually, he was able to embrace the age and life experience differences that had at first left him feeling isolated and uncomfortable.
Jon soon became involved in student leadership, as Student Council Senator, Chairperson of Student Life, as well as being a founder of the Photography Club. He also developed leadership skills and an interest in multiculturalism through participation in campus Diversity Incorporated, Emerging Leaders, and LeaderShape programs.
As Jon departs PVCC to continue his studies in industrial design, he leaves behind a permanent, visible legacy. His “Faces of PVCC,” a 60-foot long wall of photographic triptychs and diptychs, is a vibrant, colorful celebration of diversity that reflects the college’s dynamic student body. Centrally located next to the bookstore, the photomural is viewed and appreciated by hundreds of campus and community members each day. The smiling self-portrait of Jon in the midst of the photomural is happy evidence that he found a home and family at PVCC.
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