Paradise Valley

Owen Anderson

Owen Anderson
Arizona State University

The role of the community college is so important for the individuals and the community it serves. I attended PVCC for two years from 1995-1996. When I was a senior in high school, my father drove me past the campus and suggested it would be a good place for me to attend. Initially I wasn't convinced but then I discovered that I could finish my high school classes by taking college classes and I quickly enrolled at PVCC. 

I still remember all of my professors. They were all fantastic. As I left my first class on my first day, I had been challenged to answer the question "what is the good."  As I left the lecture I thought, "this is exactly what I want to study."  

I was given opportunities at PVCC that shaped my academic career. These included honors projects, student government, writing and developing plays, creative writing awards, and support for my next steps in academic life. 

In 2012 I was awarded the PVCC alumni of the year award. For me this was a significant honor because it represented how I was shaped by my time at PVCC and the continued way this college contributes to the community. I continue to work with colleagues and students at PVCC and am encouraged to see the continued excellent work that is being done. 

For me PVCC introduced me to the basic questions of the academic life. I continue to study these and have been helping students do this same thing because of the tools I was given at PVCC. 

Associate Professor
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Honors Faculty
School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University