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November 2008

Ari Bank, instructor of English, mentored the Human Rights Club’s recent display, The Peace Bullet, which garnered great attention from local news media. Bank initiated the student club in spring 2006 and the club now has more than 50 student members. The Human Rights Club seeks to both help those in need, which is done through events such as food and clothing drives, and to increase awareness of important social injustices. In late October, the Club created a piece of art intended to raise awareness of gun violence called The Peace Bullet. The memorial is a large bullet that is covered in images of victims of gun violence and essays and poems by students and faculty on the issue. Bank reported that during construction of the project, students became so emotional about the piece that frequent breaks were required to address those emotions. The project succeeded in bringing attention to the issue, as the exhibit was well-attended and several major news sources published stories on the memorial, including The Philadelphia Inquirer. KYW News Radio aired the story and posted it on their Web site. The Human Rights Club will continue to bring attention to the issue of gun violence next semester through a film series that will be attended by the directors and producers who will field questions and further discuss issues raised in their films. Look to upcoming issues of Communiqué for a schedule of this film series.

Karen Bojar, professor of English, will have an article appear as a chapter in an upcoming publication, tentatively titled Gender and Higher Education. The article, “Service Learning and Activism” was originally published in Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia. The article examines the role of experiential education in women’s studies and discusses the relationship of two different types of experiential education, activism and service learning, to differing concepts of feminism and the current state of women’s studies education. Barbara Bank, a professor emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Missouri, selected the article for publication in the upcoming book that is intended to review research, theories and debates on gender in higher education.

Lynette M. Brown-Sow, vice president for the Division of Marketing and Government Relations, was named Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1. NCMPR is a national organization that supports marketing and public relations efforts of community and technical colleges in North America. In addition to Brown-Sow’s award, Community College of Philadelphia won nine other Medallion Awards at the NCMPR District 1 Conference on October 26 through 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The College was awarded first place in the Feature Article/General News Story category for the Philadelphia Inquirer series on the Gateway to College program which was orchestrated by the College’s director of Media Relations, Anthony Twyman. Additional accolades were awarded for the 2007 Pathways Awards Breakfast invitations, video and event, as well as Pathways Magazine, the Economic Impact Report, the 2006-2007 President’s Report and a recruitment display for conferences and recruitment events. Congratulations to Eve Markman, Kris Henk, Nikki Sarpolis and Monique Evans-Wescott whose efforts garnered these awards for the College.

Nancy Carr, professor of Marketing and Management, presented a paper at the 83rd annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. The conference was held in Long Beach, CA, on August 12 through August 16, and featured pedagogical workshops, research panels and the presentation of scholarly papers. Carr presented her paper, “The Cooperative Work Experience and the Business School Law Faculty: A Synergistic Combination,” at the Curriculum/Pedagogy session of the conference.

Bruce Campbell, adjunct faculty member of Art, is exhibiting a solo art show called “Nothing in Stone.” The exhibit features sculpture, drawing, mixed media and photography. Campbell has inserted phrases into and onto images and objects that cause the viewer to contemplate the effects of language on perception. The exhibit opens on Thursday, November 13 and runs through December 20 at the Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art gallery.

Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia, and Thomas Hawk, vice president for Planning and Finance, enabled the Tech Prep Consortium to participate in the Philadelphia WorkReady Summer Internship Program for the first time this past summer. Curtis and Hawk facilitated the funding of paid internships for five Tech Prep high school students last summer. Students held internship positions at the College, and were supervised and mentored by participating faculty and staff. David Garfield supervised the Central Supply Intern who noted how comfortable she became with her mentor, supervisor and coworkers. Bernard Shaw supervised the delivery intern who felt that she “came out of my shell,” and improved communication and listening skills. The clerical intern was supervised by Jeff Beachley in the Division of Business and Technology. Steven Aicholtz’s Duplicating intern remarked that he most enjoyed communicating with coworkers, in addition to learning how to use copy machines and bind books. The Summer Internship Program successfully promotes the College to high school students and provides valuable work experience to enrich Philadelphia’s future workforce. If you are interested in supervising a summer intern, please contact Pat Hecht who administers the program at or ext. 8994.

Rel Dowdell, instructor in the Learning Lab, will be honored at The Legacy of Love Foundation, Inc. 2008 Awards Gala honoring men making a difference in the community. On Friday, November 14, Dowdell will receive the Young Man of the Year award. The Legacy Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships and funds for community-based programs in the arts, education and health. The Men Making a Difference in the Community Awards Gala was developed to recognize the leadership roles of men in the community and to raise funds for scholarships. As an honoree, Dowdell will select a community organization to receive funds through the Legacy of Love Foundation.

Ellen Fernberger, assistant vice president of Human Resources, has been appointed to the Education Committee of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL). This committee advises the development and improvement of PAL education programs, such as tutoring, literacy programs and computer education programs. Fernberger will join current committee members in lending her expertise and connections to help improve PAL.

Stephen Katz, adjunct professor of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, was awarded a grant from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to attend the 2008 OAH Community College Workshops. The workshop was held at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas on June 19 through June 21, 2008. This workshop focused on the issue of teaching American history survey courses, as “more students take the U.S. history survey course at community colleges than at any other institution of higher education.” The goal of the conference was to improve the quality of U.S. history education at community colleges through lectures on recent scholarship and sessions on pedagogy.

Michelle Strong-Fields, adjunct faculty member of Biology, lead a health care team in Sierra Leone as the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) coordinator of health care projects in Oloshoro. Oloshoro is a community of 2,000 people on the coast of Sierra Leone, inside the nation’s capital, Freetown. The AAPDEP has been working with the community to build a communal rainwater harvesting system and conduct assessments of projects that develop clean water access, community health care and agriculture. In March 2008, Strong-Fields lead a community workshop on the prevention, identification and transmission of waterborne diseases, which kill up to a third of children under five in Sierra Leone, and almost 20 percent of the general population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These deaths from diarrheal diseases, typhoid, malaria, cholera, dysentery and others can be prevented with effective community practices and access to clean water. Strong-Fields also worked on an assessment of community pediatric health with local health care workers, and began planning for a community health workers program and clinic.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Rotunda Schedule
The Department of Architecture, Design and Construction Annual Show of Student Work
Come see models, drawings and renderings created by students in the Architecture, Design and Construction program in the past year.

Diversity Dialog Series
This is a series of workshops exploring the different aspects of diversity at the College and the greater community. A free box lunch is provided to the first 15 attendees. All workshops take place in S2-3 in the Winnet Student Life Building from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21
   Speaker: Daravann Yi
Wednesday, February 18
   Speaker: Larry MacKenzie
Wednesday, March 18
   Speaker: Claudia Curry
Wednesday, April 22
   Speaker: Jacqueline Akins

Music Department Concerts
Monday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 3
1 – 4:30 p.m. in the Mint Building Rotunda
Music department choir and chamber music ensemble performances

Friday, December 5
6:30 – 10 p.m. in BG-10
Choir, chamber music and jazz ensembles performances

Film Series
Student Voices Series
Wednesday, November 19
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Come hear College students participate in an Open-Mic event

Teaching Center Gallery
Photographs of Rome by Paula Behrens