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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:51 am

What's it like to teach the arts?

What's it like teaching a course of studies that everybody loves but nobody wants to pay for? The arts are disappearing from our public school systems and the reason is primarily economic.

After all, who hasn't been excited listening to the school fight song played by a marching band? Who hasn't been emotionally moved by young voices singing choral music? Is there anyone who hasn't participated in a standing ovation for the cast of a high school play?

In some schools, those are only nostalgic memories. Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, said the benefits of having these programs far outweigh their cost.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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