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December 2008

Julie Clapp, adjunct instructor of Dietetics, was sponsored by the College to attend the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference in Napa Valley, CA held September 25-28, 2008. The conference was presented by the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute and The Culinary Institute of America. Clapp joined fellow dietitians along with nurses and other health care professionals in presentations on the most recent developments in diet and nutrition science from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Public Health faculty. Participants also worked in the kitchen with Culinary Institute of America educators, learning to prepare a wide variety of healthy and delicious foods they can share with others in an effort to replace unhealthy habits and reduce disease risk. Clapp will be able to apply the techniques and knowledge gleaned from the conference in her nutrition courses, which are primarily taught to nursing students in the Collegeís cooperative program with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rogers Glispy, assistant director of Athletics, has led the Community College of Philadelphia womenís cross country team to first place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) Championship. Glispy was honored with the Coach of the Year Award by the EPCC for the fourth consecutive year, and for the third year in a row, Glispy received Coach of the Year honors from PCAA. Glispy has been coaching the team for the past four years, with the assistance of Ephener Green, Robert Taylor and El’Phant Eure, and he attributes these victories to the entire coaching team who, “got it [training] down to a science ... as the program has evolved.”

Michelle Myers, adjunct instructor of the Learning Lab, and Leslye Friedberg, adjunct instructor of English, led students in a presentation at the Community College Humanities Association conference in Baltimore, MD. The students were from clubs that Friedberg and Myers advise, the CAP literary magazine and the Spoken Word Poetry Club, respectively. The presentation, titled “Spiriting Student Voices: Student Poetry as Co-Curricular Community,” was conducted as a roundtable discussion where students performed and read their poetry and led a discussion on the impact that writing and performing poetry has on a studentís academic and social life. The Spoken Word Poetry Club just achieved official club status last spring, and was born out of a Learning Lab workshop where Myers was particularly struck by students’ interest in spoken word poetry in a hip-hop-oriented context. This is the first of several collaborations that Myers and Friedberg have planned for the CAP literary magazine and the Spoken Word Poetry Club.

Matthew Shupp, assistant director of Student Life, was recently certified as a Distance Credentialed Counselor by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. Distance counseling focuses on counseling via the telephone, e-mail and online chats. Distance counseling could be used at the College for off-campus advising, career counseling and life skills training, among other opportunities. Shupp notes that research has demonstrated that many people benefit from the anonymity that distance counseling affords, as this enables them to be more candid than they would be in a face to face interaction with a counselor.

Elaine Tagliareni, professor of Nursing, has been honored with two awards by the Association of Community College Trustees. The 2008 Northeast Regional Faculty Award was presented to Tagliareni for her tremendous contributions to Community College of Philadelphia with her initiation of innovations to the Nursing program (last year this award was given to another member of the College faculty, Ralph Faris). At the 2008 Community College Leadership Congress in New York City Tagliareni was honored with the national William H. Meardy Faculty Award for her distinguished 30 years of teaching, creation and direction of the service-learning program at the College, and her role in national organizations, including her current position as the first community college educator to be president of the National League for Nursing.

Theresa Tsai, associate professor of Counseling, Lisa Burton-Grika, visiting lecturer of Counseling, presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities one-day symposium, The Next Generation of Career Development. The symposium was held on November 18, 2008 at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA. Tsai and Burton-Grika spoke on the issues faced by students with psychological disabilities in a panel focused on career development and utilization of community and career colleges. Tsai and Burton-Grika discussed ways in which mental health professionals can prepare students for college-level coursework and support them once they are enrolled. They identified certain obstacles to student success, misconceptions and ambiguous areas of policy, and proposed strategies to improve these institutional weaknesses, thereby improving outcomes for students with psychological disabilities.

Rotunda Schedule
The Department of Architecture, Design and Construction exhibit of student work will continue through the month of December. Come see models, drawings and renderings created by students in the Architecture, Design and Construction program in the past year. Please look for new materials which will be added to the display cases in the coming weeks.

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

Cohen Gallery
2nd floor between the Mint and Bonnell Buildings
Landscape paintings from the collections of several faculty members are on display, along with pieces by several nationally known artists and recent Community College of Philadelphia graduates.

Teaching Center Gallery
Photos of China by Yvonne King