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May 2007


Dedicated in memory of Dr. Madeline L. Cohen, the gallery can be found in the hallway outside of Room M2-19. Teaching as associate professor of Art for 26 years at Community College of Philadelphia, Madeline Cohen fostered the talents of many students and enriched their lives.

Madeline L. Cohen Gallery

The Art department hosted the dedication of the Madeline L. Cohen Gallery in late April. The inaugural show in the gallery displays work in various media by the Art department faculty.


Lisa Burton-Grika of the Counseling department; Joan Monroe, associate professor and specialist of Learning Disabilities; and Theresa Tsai, associate professor and counselor in the Counseling department, presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Education Conference on April 19, 2007. Their session, entitled “Universal Instructional Design in the Developmental Education Classroom,” introduced the concepts of universal instructional design and how they can be applied to enhance teaching and the learning experience.

Claudia Curry, director of the Women’s Center, was honored on Saturday, May 19, 2007, by the Founders’ Day Committee of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Claudia received the 2007 Professional Achievement Award at the committee’s 73rd Anniversary Awards Luncheon. Also on this day, Claudia lectured on the subject “Empowerment: A Strategy for Building Self Esteem” at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter’s Women and M.S. Conference.

Maria Luisa Ortega Hernández, assistant professor of Foreign Languages; Sarah Iepson, adjunct Art professor; Suzanne Lang, English instructor; Sonya Lott-Harrison, assistant professor from the Psychology department; Mildred H. Savard, visiting lecturer in the History/Philosophy department; Matthew R. Shupp, assistant director of Student Life; and Stan Walling, instructor of Anthropology, accompanied sixteen students to Mérida, the colonial capital of the state of Yucatán in Mexico, during the College’s spring break in March in order to participate in the College’s annual cross-cultural workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to introduce Community College of Philadelphia students to Mexico, both past and present.

Students on the Uxmal steps
Students sitting on the Uxmal steps

During the week, students had an opportunity to visit an indigenous study center that focuses on human rights issues and to travel through Mayan villages surrounding Mérida. Students visited a village market, ate at local restaurants, visited an agricultural school for Mayan students and, in general, observed rural life in contemporary Mexico.

Students visiting an agriculture school
Visiting an agriculture school

They were also guided through the Cathedral Central as well as the Governor’s Palace where powerful murals painted by Yucatan artist Castro Pacheco are located. The students also visited such ancient Mayan sites as Uxmal and Chichén Itzá.

Dennis McGrath, professor of Sociology, was invited to present a paper, “Historical Perspectives on Community Colleges and Achievement Gaps,” at the Educational Testing Service’s Conference on the topic “Addressing Achievement Gaps: How Community Colleges Contribute to Equity in Education and the Workforce” at the ETS Center in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 21-22. Dennis also chaired a panel on “Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Careers” at the National High School Alliance Conference in Philadelphia from May 7-8, 2007.

Cheryl Nelson, assistant professor of English, represented Community College of Philadelphia at the 67th Annual Conference of the College Language Association on April 20, 2007, in Miami, Florida. Cheryl was honored to present a paper entitled “The Spiritual Journey of Zora Neale Hurston,” which was very well received. Cheryl’s paper was made possible by her yearly attendance at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival.

Dena Sukol, visiting lecturer of the Paralegal Studies program, was honored to be chosen Faculty Advisor of the Year. Dena said that her work as faculty advisor of the Paralegal Student Association is wonderfully rewarding, and the students have accomplished so much with the organization. Last month, Dena and her students went to Washington, D.C., for the day, and were able to sit in on a full argument at the Supreme Court of the United States. This type of programming substantially enriches students’ experiences at the College, according to Dena.

In addition to being named Faculty Advisor of the Year, the announcement sheet that Dena started for her Paralegal classes several years ago, which turned into a newsletter, has now graduated into a journal for the program. PLS TODAY is published bi-weekly during the academic year and summer months. The journal, running up to 25 pages, includes information on upcoming Paralegal Student Association events, regular job listings for paralegals, newsworthy legal information on the local, national and international stages and regular contributions by students. College students contribute essays, editorials and poetry. The latest issue includes two articles by students reporting on their trips to Washington, D.C., and visit to the Supreme Court.

Finally, in December 2006, the daily legal newspaper The Legal Intelligencer published an article of Dena’s entitled “Some Helpful Advice on How To Really Get That New Job,” which addressed effective job hunting techniques. The article was recently quoted in an online article at

Elaine Terranova, adjunct instructor of English, published a book of poetry, Not To: New and Selected Poems, which was a runner-up for the Poetry Society’s William Carlos Williams award for a book of poems published by a university or small press in 2006.


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The April is Art exhibit, hosted by the Art department, ended on May 10. Creative works by College students who have participated in this year’s Art classes were on display.

Ceramics, artist - Frank Gaydos
Frank Gaydos, ceramics

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