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March 2010

Jerry Axelrod, adjunct instructor in the English department, presented a workshop on “How to Teach the SAT Verbal” at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ Programs for Teaching conference on Saturday, March 13. The conference ran for March 12 - 13, 2010 at the Sheraton Center City Hotel.

Fay Beauchamp, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the College’s Center for International Understanding, presented in a panel discussion at the December 2009 Modern Language Association Conference in Philadelphia. The panel was titled “Creating Career Opportunities at Two-Year Colleges.” Beauchamp focused on unionizing to affect working conditions, the importance of continuing to teach developmental English courses, and creating opportunities for faculty and students through internationalizing the curriculum.

Beauchamp, who is also vice president of the Japan Studies Association, presented at the 16th Annual Conference at Tokai University in Hawaii held January 7 - 9, 2010. Her presentation was titled “Images of Garuda in Japan and China: How a Thundergod got Talons.” Originally founded in 1995, one of the main objectives of the Japan Studies Association is to create a central network and resource center.

Maria Daniel, J.D., Esq., assistant professor of Justice, recently published Contemporary Exercises in Criminal Law through Cengage Learning. Currently utilized in two Justice courses at the College, the book is designed to increase student engagement by directly incorporating professional skills into the curriculum. For example, one exercise involves finding crimes in nursery rhymes in order to develop the critical skill of “issue spotting.”

Rick Frei, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, Education and Human Services, testified as a witness at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs on Federal Efforts to Address Witness Intimidation at the State and Local Level on January 8, 2010 at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee, presided and Frei presented the results of his research on snitching and cooperating with police. Frei is the lead researcher on the Snitching Project, an interdisciplinary student-driven research and educational initiative sponsored by The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. He also led a community discussion on snitching and his most recent research findings during Law & Society Week on Monday, March 1 at the West Regional Center.

Ji Gao, Ph.D., professor of Mathematics, was invited by both the American Mathematical Society to serve as a reviewer for the Journal of Mathematical Reviews and also by the University of Delhi, India to act as an examiner of a dissertation for a doctoral candidate at the university whose work is related to his own. Mathematical Reviews is a database of over 2.4 million reviews of mathematics publications and is the leading publication of the American Mathematical Society. In addition, Gao recently published the article “Normal Structure and the Generalized James and Zbaganu Constants” with Satit Saejung in the October 2009 issue of the Journal of Nonlinear Analysis on pages 3047-3052.

Clint Gould, Ph.D., professor of English, was confirmed on December 23, 2009 as one of three members of an HIV/STI prevention education team for the U.S. - South Africa Partnership for Skills Development. The U.S. - South Africa Partnership for Skills Development is a three-year initiative and a $6.7 million endeavor funded by the United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa Mission. Their goal is to draw upon the experiences of community colleges in the U.S. when strengthening the leadership role of South African Further Education and Training in the provision of training and employment opportunities in South Africa. Gould will be collaborating with team members Nan Ottenritter and Susan Broderick and with Right to Care, the HIV/AIDS services expert among the South African partners. The grant will enable the team to spend each May through August in South Africa over the course of the next three years. Gould will visit the two Northern Cape colleges the week of March 8, 2010 in preparation for the prevention/education component of Right to Care’s health and treatment services.

Richard Keiser, D.Phil., associate professor and associate head of the English department, presented a paper on “The Origins of Contemporary Hindu Nationalism” at the International Popular Culture Conference in Turku, Finland held in July 2009. The focus of the conference was “The Wide World of Popular Culture.”

Pascal Scoles, D.S.W., professor of Behavioral Health/Human Services, was invited to serve on the Person-First Task Force. The Department of Behavioral Health/Mental Retardation, the Mayor’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and supporters in the community worked together to create the Person-First Task Force. With a focus on “the delivery of recovery/resilience-oriented services,” their primary goal is to ensure the provision of high quality and culturally appropriate behavioral health care for diverse community groups.

Richard Saxton, assistant professor and curriculum coordinator of Automotive Technology, was honored by Philadelphia Academies, Inc. for his volunteerism with the Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering at West Philadelphia High School. The Academy is the first National Automotive and Technicians Education Foundation Certified Public High School in Philadelphia and provides the opportunity for students to interact with the business community. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Saxton was selected by the students and staff of as one of “The Forty” who has made a difference. Saxton was recognized at the National Career Academy Coalition’s 13th Annual Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in November 2009.

Brian Seymour, assistant professor and chair of the Art department, was appointed to the College Art Association’s Education Committee and attended their 98th Annual Conference in Chicago on February 10 - 13, 2010. Seymour also lectured at Truman State University in Missouri on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 on “Making Sense of the Exploding Chinese Contemporary Art Market.” His presentation was based on his research last summer in Shanghai.

Conferences and Workshops

In preparation for the NCECA 2010: INDEPENDENCE conference this March 31 – April 3, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Art department has been promoting an additional fundraiser to cover the cost of student registration. They are promoting t-shirts featuring a geometric platter design by Frank Gaydos, Ceramics instructional aide. They are available in the four colors shown in the photograph below. Please contact Karen Aumann (x8297) or Frank Gaydos (x8299) for further information or to purchase a t-shirt.

Rotunda Schedule

Photographic Imaging Department student show

Students and faculty will share the space throughout this month. During the first week, from March 31 - 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