Communiqué submissions can be sent to Stephanie Palmer, ext. 8040, or by interoffice mail to Room A7-114.

December 2009

Quinn D. Eli, assistant professor of English, had his short play, “Small Portions,” selected for publication in 2010: The Best 10-Minute Plays. The book is scheduled to publish in 2010 by Smith & Kraus and will be edited by Lawrence Harbison. Eli summarizes his play as “an African-American playwright, an Asian-American hostess and an oversexed bartender” who meet “over daiquiris at a ghost-filled Chinese restaurant.”

Tom Macrina, instructor of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, had his recipe for Prime New York Sirloin and BelGioioso CreamyGorg Sliders featured in the September/October 2009 Chef Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 9. Macrina originally created this recipe over the summer for BelGioioso Cheese, Inc. The recipe can be viewed on the online magazine.

David Raskin, adjunct instructor of English, had his article, “Rebranding the Bottle,” published in the October issue of GOVERNING magazine. GOVERNING is a print and online publication that strives to promote best practices and new ideas. The primary audience of the magazine includes local and state government officials, but it also aims to connect to a broader audience. Raskin’s article examines the response of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to its perceived prohibition-bound image with the emergence of a more customer-friendly and profit-oriented entity. His full article is available online.

Jim Spiewak, director of Budgets and Financial Services, was recently named chairperson of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers’ Community College Committee. The vision of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers is “to be the premier provider of professional development and networking opportunities essential for strengthening college and university business administration in the Eastern region.” Spiewak has served as a member of the Community College Committee for the past two years. The purpose of the committee is to discuss common challenges and ensure pertinent issues are addressed at the organization’s professional development workshops. At last spring’s workshop, Spiewak presented a session titled “Meeting the Challenge of Being a Sustainable Campus,” along with George Franklin, vice president of Finance and College Resources at Harrisburg Area Community College, and Joyce Desmond, account executive with Johnson Controls, Inc.

Michelle Strongfields, adjunct instructor of Biology, organized the Carter G. Woodson/IAMM Summer Science Experience with Maya Fields-Campbell and Aisha Fields at the Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Strongfields, who is the director of IAMM Science Education Group, explained that “one goal of the IAMM Science Education Group is to introduce and train children, K-12, in the application of critical thinking skills and promote the idea that science and math can indeed be rewarding and fun.” As a final project for the summer program, the children were given the opportunity to prepare a water assessment that included water management improvement, best conservation practices and the construction of a multibuilding water catchment system.

At the October 16, 2009, orientation for 30 new Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) counselors in the Pennsylvania Department of Industry and Labor, a presentation titled “Increasing OVR Consumer Success at Community College of Philadelphia” was led by Francesca DiRosa, director of the Center on Disability; Lisa Burton-Grika, assistant professor of Counseling; Theresa Tsai, associate professor of Counseling; and Joan Monroe, associate professor and Learning Disabilities Specialist. They discussed the admissions process to the College, the transition to online-only admissions applications and the increasing use of MyCCP. The OVR collaborates with the School District of Philadelphia to assist high school students in their transition to postsecondary education, including Community College of Philadelphia. Because increasing numbers of students with disabilities from the School District of Philadelphia have applied, the College is seeking to renew its relationship with the School District’s Transition Office in the hopes that the School District, the OVR and the College can continue to create a smooth transition process.

Collaborations with Students

Faculty advisors and student leaders from the CAP literary magazine, Limited Editions, New Visions and The Spoken Word Poetry Club represented the College on October 9, 2009 at the Mid-Atlantic College Student Literary Magazine Conference. The conference empowers students to co-lead sessions with faculty on any aspect of student literary magazines. This includes development, financing, editorial process, design and online publications. It was co-hosted by Community College of Philadelphia and Ocean County College. Leslye Friedberg, assistant professor of English, is the founder and co-coordinator.

Koffi Occansey, student editor for New Visions, Francie Woodford, associate professor of English and faculty advisor for New Visions, and Julie Odell, assistant professor of English and faculty advisor for Limited Editions, presented a session titled “Enhancing Meaning: Pictures AND 1,000 Words.” In a joint endeavor, the CAP literary magazine and The Spoken Word Poetry Club facilitated a roundtable discussion with performances on “A Co-curricular Hybrid of Student Success.” Presenters included current students from The Spoken Word Poetry Club, Steve Calvarese, Alisha Dantzler and Antwan (Lindo) Jones; current editor-in-chief of the CAP literary magazine, Saikia Moore; transfer students from the College, Henri Collin, Kim Hartsfield-Stokes and Russ Coley; Leslye Friedberg, faculty advisor for the CAP literary magazine; and Michelle Myers, assistant professor in the Learning Lab and faculty advisor for The Spoken Word Poetry Club.


The College’s Division of Marketing and Government Relations received six Medallion Awards in District 1, a regional level, of The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. Community College of Philadelphia received awards in the following categories:

Category Award
Media Success Story Silver for NBC’s The 10! Show Be a Local Chef Competition
Notes/Cards/Invitations Silver for the Holiday Card
One-Time Special Event Silver for Promotions for the New Construction Groundbreaking Events
Poster Silver for the Music Poster
Booklet Bronze for the Winter 2009 Issue of Pathways Magazine
Brochure/Flyer B Bronze for the New Search Piece

Rotunda Schedule

The Office of Diversity & Equity reserved The Human Race Machine for the College from Monday, November 30 until Friday, December 4, 2009. The Human Race Machine provides the opportunity for a viewer to see him or herself as different races, visually representing the fact that there is no gene for race. Further information can be found at

During this month, the College’s Vocal Ensemble will perform at 1:45 p.m. in the Rotunda on Monday, December 7, 2009. The Chamber Music Ensemble will perform on Friday, December 11 and Monday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.

The department of Architecture, Design and Construction will display their Annual Show of Student Work from January 19, 2010 through February 19, 2010. The show will include models, drawings and renderings. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

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

Students and faculty will share the space throughout this month. During the first week, from March 31 through April 4, 2010, the display cases will house “Past, Present and Future: 35 Years of Clay at Community College of Philadelphia,” in conjunction with the National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts 2010 and The Clay Studio. The opening reception will be held Thursday, April 1 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This exhibit will celebrate the College’s ceramics faculty, including those artists who sponsored workshops and mini-courses at the College through the years. The remainder of the month will highlight the student show.

College Family Exhibit