Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Happy Fourth!

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The weather forecast calls for hot and hotter days ahead. As of press time, the National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for south central Arizona, including the Greater Phoenix area.

But, despite the scorching heat, there are plenty of reasons to remain grateful.  As our neighbors in Colorado Springs continue to fight the most devastating wildfire in Colorado’s history, here in the Grand Canyon State, fire crews have been able to contain the wildfires in the Coronado National Forest. 

If you are planning a camping trip this summer, remember there are no fireworks allowed in federal public lands at any time. Given the current weather conditions, depending on your destination, it is also a good idea to check warnings and restrictions on the state or national parks websites. 

If you are staying put, but would still like to explore new recreational opportunities, in this month’s Time Out, Virginia Betz has compiled some fun options to choose fromindoor skydiving, anyone?

While common sense indicates that most contact and extreme sports require the use of protective head gear to keep our noggins safe, few of us ever pay attention to the skin covering it. In Health, Robrt Pela outlines why you should be paying attention to your scalp and some tips to keep it healthy and in top shape.

This month’s editorial lineup also includes a feature by Ruben Hernandez on civic-minded and politically-engaged Latino youth. As political theorists and political psychologists continue to research the causal relationship between civic engagement and patriotism, these young leaders’ love for country and community is self-evident, as manifested through their community service and engagement.

Through my work in the community and as an instructor at a local community college, I’ve been fortunate to meet driven, young and dedicated people like the ones interviewed by Hernandez. People like Jacqueline Sandoval, 25, whose love of country have instilled a desire to see our communities do better. Since she was in high school, Jackie has been registering people to vote; she’s certified through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and, in 2008, she served as the Phoenix director for the youth vote of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. She also interned with the Obama campaign and with congressman Ed Pastor’s office. 

Recently, Sandoval was successful in her bid to be elected as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She was one of 46 delegates selected state-wide at the Arizona Presidential Caucus, and will represent the 2nd Congressional District in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. In her candidacy speech, Jacqueline pledged her commitment to be of service and a voice for Arizona!

Happy Fourth … and fifth … and sixth …!

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