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November 2009

Nancy Carr, professor of Marketing and Management, presented her paper, “Entrepreneurial Law: An In-Basket Simulation,” before the Curriculum and Pedagogy section of the annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Conference. The conference consists of business meetings, academic sessions, panels and an awards banquet for those who teach and conduct research in the field of legal studies. This year it was held in Denver, Colorado, from August 4-8, 2009.

Terrilyn Hickman, assistant professor of Behavioral Health/Human Services, gave a seminar, “Behavioral Health Services in Long-Term Care Facilities,” at the 2009 East Coast Conference on Aging held by the American Society on Aging. The focus of the September 23, 2009 seminar was the role of behavioral health therapists in improving the care of older adults in long-term care facilities. In addition, Hickman facilitated the workshop “Taking the Stress Out of Caregiving” at Healthy Woman 2009: Empowered for Life, which was a joint endeavor on October 3, 2009, between Chestnut Hill Hospital and New Covenant Church of Philadelphia.

Ji Gao, professor of Mathematics, was invited in July 2009 to join the Editorial Board of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Journal of Science (GMS). The focus of this new journal is original research in the sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer science and related disciplines. It is scheduled to be published twice a year, in June and December. Gao also published an article with Satit Saejung titled “Some Geometric Measures of Spheres in Banach Spaces” in Applied Mathematics and Computation, Vol. 214, Issue 1, August 2009.

Julie Odell, assistant professor of English, was selected to join NPR’s “This I Believe” radio series on September 25, 2009, on WHYY FM radio. “This I Believe” is based on the original 1950s radio program hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The aim is to document the personal philosophies of Americans from diverse backgrounds. Odell spoke on the root of her passion for teaching at a community college. For her, “Community college is the great populist dream, to get it right this time, to move in a new direction, away from poor choices, dead-end jobs, a sense that things will always be the same. It does this for my students. And it did it for me...I believe I have the best job in the world.” Odell’s full essay can be read or listened to online at

Donald Scott, assistant professor of English, was chosen as a 2010-2011 Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. He will lecture across the state on his book Camp William Penn, published by Arcadia Publishing. Camp William Penn was the first and largest federal facility to train black soldiers during the Civil War and was located in what is now Cheltenham Township. It functioned from 1863 to 1865 and featured such legendary abolitionist speakers as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Still and Lucretia Mott. Scott’s presentations will be televised via the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s new “Humanities on the Road” series, which is hosted by noted journalist Tracey Matisak. The presentations will be augmented with audiovisual displays of rare images and recordings of period music. Additional informational can be found on the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Web site at

Barry George, visiting lecturer in English, was awarded first prize by the 2009 Gerald R. Brady Memorial Awards for Senryu. The Memorial Awards offers an annual award for the best unpublished senryu, which is Japanese short-form poetry about human nature. The contest is sponsored by the Haiku Society of America (HSA), and the winning senryu is published in Frogpond at George previously earned an honorable mention.

George’s winning senryu:
    the stylist
    rinses away
    the sound of her voice

Jane Breslin Jacobs, assistant professor of Paralegal Studies, moderated a panel at Community College of Philadelphia on legal issues for students on October 12, 2009. The panel was titled “Employment Trends Summit: Creating Stimulus Strategies for Career Centers.” Jacobs will also be leading the November 13, 2009 seminar, “Recession Proof Your Paralegal Career: How to Find a Job and Keep It,” at The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ Education Conference with Sarah Turowski, a student of the College.

2009 Rotunda Schedule

Collection of historical tobacco industry advertising from the 1920s through the 1950s displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. The collection was amassed by a professor at Stanford University who donated the originals to the Smithsonian, and copies to be displayed freely by educational institutions. Jocelyn Sirkis is coordinating the exhibition with the intent to provide an interesting perspective to studies in history, marketing, public health, graphic arts and sociology.

Student Voices series exhibition featuring written works by CAP Literary Magazine, Spoken Word Poetry Club and Creative Writing students. A reading of original works will be held in the Rotunda on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Architecture, Design and Construction exhibit

The annual Law and Society Week exhibit, “Lost Dreams on Canvas”, will be on display from February 26 through March 5, 2010.

Photographic Imaging Department student show

“April is Art” month, annual student show

College Family Exhibit