Monday, January 10, 2011


The Tucson Tragedy and the CALA Community - a message from Dean Jan Cervelli

The unexplainable events of the shootings at Representative Gabrielle Giffords'event in Northwest Tucson this past Saturday has had a tragic impact on Tucson, and, I am sad to say, has hit our CALA community directly.  

Planning faculty member, Emily Nottingham lost her beloved son Gabe (Zimmerman).  Gabe was Gabby's Aide for Community Outreach.  Emily is a distinguished member of the Planning profession in Tucson.  She has regularly served as adjunct faculty in the Planning Program at the College,teaching the Housing and Projects classes, and has worked and continues to work with Drachman Institute on a number of projects. She has served on numerous boards including the City of Tucson Industrial Development Authority since retiring from her position as director of the City's Housing and Community Services Department where she served for many years.  Emily's surviving son, Ben, is a graduate of our Planning Program and worked at Drachman Institute during his time as a student.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a true friend of CALA and the design and planning community on Southern Arizona.  A strong champion of solar and other alternative energy, Giffords supported CALA's Solar Decathlon entry in 2009-10.  The Congresswoman herself has a Masters in Planning from Cornell University.  She was instrumental in keeping the planning program from elimination by the University six years ago when she was a State Senator.

Please join me in extending prayers and condolences to Emily and the families of the other victims of this senseless act of violence.  Please keep Congresswoman Giffords in your thoughts and prayers as she fights for her recovery.  

Janice A. Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA