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June 2007


Earth Day, held in the Bonnell Cafeteria on April 21 and 22, showcased creative posters from more than seventy students from Environmental Conservation (Earth Science 111) and Physical Geography (Geography 101) classes. Students informed other students, faculty, staff and visitors about environmental issues of concern and what they can do about them.

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A poster on clear air from Earth Day

Poster topics ranged from global to very local, including global warming, clean air, climate change, smart growth, community gardens, endangered species, green roofs, recycling, wind power, solar power, biodiversity, tap versus bottled water, cloth diapers versus disposables and world hunger.

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Students worked hard to inform others about our environment

Additional highlights included a view of Philadelphia as the NEXT GREAT CITY. Christine Knapp of Penn Future provided a vision of how Philadelphia can become cleaner, greener, safer and more pleasant for all. Philadelphia: A Holy Experiment was screened, and showed the possibilities of transforming abandoned, trash-strewn lots and forlorn blocks into blooming gardens of hope.

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Students planting flowers in the community garden

Geography instructor Jamie Picardy took a group of students to tour the award-winning Spring Gardens community garden at 18th and Wallace streets, where students enjoyed a stroll through the lovely oasis just a few blocks from campus and had a chance to plant their own seeds.

In April, Jay Howard, professor in the Learning Lab, was sent by USAID to Macedonia to continue working on an education project in Macedonian high schools. On this trip, he went to five high schools in small cities and towns in the southern and eastern section of the country to support and guide Macedonian educators on mentoring activities so that they could share and disseminate student-centered teaching activities.

Richard Keiser, associate professor of English and associate head of the English department, has received the 2007 Alana Collos Award. Chosen by a committee of the Teaching Center, the recipient is recognized for strong teaching, a positive attitude towards students and support for colleagues’ teaching. The Collos Award was presented at the President’s Tea in May.

Rosemary McAndrew, associate professor in the College Library, was awarded the Master of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University. Ms. McAndrew did her comprehensive exams in American Literature: Colonial to 1900, and her thesis was entitled: Does Art Think? The Role of Research in Writing and its Application to First Year Composition.

Kelly McQuain, assistant professor of English, recently received an M.F.A. in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts/Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. He received his degree summa cum laude.

In May, Kelly participated in the workshop for the Ramayana Project, held in Philadelphia through the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center and Community College of Philadelphia; was a panelist in the Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans, where he discussed the topic “Two Sides to Every Story: Words and Images in Graphic Novels and Comics;” and was a featured reader for the Harrington Park Press Reader Series, also at the Saints and Sinners conference.

In the following summer months, Kelly will participate in the 13th Annual Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs July 12 to 24, where he has been selected to serve as a juror; and a seminar through the Asian Studies Development Program’s summer institute on “Infusing East Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum at the College,” in Honolulu at the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii in July and August.

At the College, Kelly was chosen as Teacher in Residence for the Teaching Center for the 2006-2007 academic year, in addition to receiving the 2006-2007 Teaching Center Award to support attendance at a professional conference. He used the award to attend the Association of Writing and Writing Programs conference in Atlanta in March 2007, where he took part in a panel for the association’s Two-Year College Caucus titled “Southern Lights: Community College Instructor-Writers and Experiments in Poetry and Prose.”

Amy Saia, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, was one of five champions of professional development at the Southeast Regional Key Professional Development Council of Pennsylvania’s annual celebration. She was selected to represent Philadelphia at this event, held May 24 at the Holiday Inn/City Line Avenue. The event was sponsored by a coalition of quality child care agencies, including Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County and the Philadelphia Alliance for Better Child Care and the Southeastern Regional Key.

Amy was awarded because she has been instrumental in implementing the Child Development Associate Program (CDA) at Community College. She strongly encourages her students to continue their involvement in Early Childhood Education, and reaches out to others in the field through curriculum workshops. She has served on state task groups related to higher education and the creation of career pathways for early childhood professionals, as well as provided professional development throughout the region on a wide variety of topics.