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PPCC Mourns Loss of Faculty Member

PPCC Mourns Loss of Faculty Member

Colorado Springs, Colo. – March 22, 2012  - Robert Day, Ph.D, Pikes Peak Community College faculty member, died unexpectedly yesterday. He was 64.

“This is indeed a sad day for PPCC. Robert will be greatly missed. He was an enthusiastic, innovative and compassionate teacher,” PPCC President Lance Bolton said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they go through this difficult time.”

A beloved instructor of astronomy, any student affected by Dr. Day’s passing can take advantage of crisis counselors available through the college. Students should contact Christine Chavez, PPCC Crisis Counselor, in the Student Counseling and Resource Center at 719.502.4688.

This loss can be equally hard for faculty and staff; assistance can be found through contacting the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) at 1.800.821.8154.

Dr. Day, a professor of astronomy at PPCC for two years, taught Astronomy 101 and also helped teach a seminar for the NASA Space Grant Program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 43rd year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, three military education centers in El Paso County and more than 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.