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April 2011

During the March 2011 spring break, members from the College’s 2010-2011 Leadership Institute saw their group project come to fruition through the first-ever Alternative Spring Break. Fifteen students and four team leaders traveled to Sebring, Florida as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. The goal was to help build homes in a soon-to-be sixty-home community, complete with retail stores and a homeowner’s association. The trip was a first for the College, and one that is soon to be a permanent fixture in the Student Life Center, thanks to support from the Division of Student Affairs. The Leadership Institute project planning members included Aimee Hagedorn, Student Life; Jeff Markovitz, English Department; Susan McAnany, Human Resources; and Jason Popp, Institutional Research.

Aimee, Jeff and Susan were joined by another Student Life representative, Jose Vazquez, during the actual trip, which took place March 6-12. Community College of Philadelphia was the only community college among the group, another first for the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Highlands County, Florida. The other colleges present that week were University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lourdes College and Michigan State University.


The Department of Photographic Imaging’s Student Photography Show, took place in March in the College Rotunda. More than 200 photographic prints were exhibited, including images from every student in the department. The prints included traditional silver-based media from PH 101, including many rich black and white abstractions, the latest giclee digital prints from PH 152 and commercial work from PH 205. Student documentary films from PH 104 were shown on a fifteen-inch display frame in one of the Rotunda showcases. A visitor favorite was an exploration of the "cupcake phenomenon" affecting our city. Another showcase displayed a fascinating and amusing series of student photo constructions from the first assignment in the Photoshop class PH 151, "Camera Man." Many visitors commented on the inventiveness of the work.

Immediately following the well attended opening reception, adjunct faculty member and well respected photojournalist Jennifer Midberry, presented a visually impressive presentation regarding the power of visual documentation in the Arab democracy movements. She illustrated the talk with her own images from the area and also spoke about the cultural differences, including ways the various populations deal with outsiders. Judy Gay, vice president for Academic Affairs, thanked Jennifer for the presentation and commented that the packed room of students seemed to be intensely interested in the topic. Jennifer’s work can be viewed online.

This month, Sam Hirsch, vice president of Student Affairs; Ron Jackson, dean of Students; and Patti Conroy of Institutional Advancement, will be meeting with Deborah Spungen, Dr. Razelle Frankl, Anthony Johnson and Julie Rausch from The Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP), a nonprofit organization with a strong mission of lessening violence in our community. The goal is to see how the AVP/Community College of Philadelphia collaboration may expand through additional programs and services beyond those currently offered at the College. This meeting has been created and will be led by Ari Benjamin Bank, assistant professor of English at the College and also a member of the AVP board.

Junior Brainard, English instructor, was recently selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in, "From Freedom Summer to the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike," one of the 2011 Landmarks of American Democracy workshops that explores landmarks, people and events that were central to the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Participants will spend a week in July in Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN, visiting historical sites, studying with visiting scholars, faculty at the Fannie Lou Hammer Institute and civil rights veterans, examining pedagogies for teaching the Civil Rights Movement.

John Braxton, assistant professor of Biology, is an editor of the film, "Why Are We in Afghanistan?," produced by the Center for Working Class Life of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The film reviews the arguments for and against the ongoing U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan, and places our invasion in the context of U.S. military and foreign policies in both the 19th and 20th centuries. John has been leading discussions of the film in union halls, religious congregations and most recently led a discussion at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ "Programs for Teaching" conference. The film is available on DVD, which has a 9-minute version and a 27-minute version. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the film and/or inviting John to lead a discussion on the topic can reach him at or extension 8555.

Elizabeth Brown and Nancy Carr, both of the Management and Marketing Department, attended the Pearson Management and Marketing Symposium, held at the Dolce Valley Forge on February 25, 2011. The meeting, which brought together faculty from many area universities, covered business simulations and best teaching practices.

Ji Gao, professor of Mathematics, was invited to speak at an international workshop, “Topics in Banach Space Geometry and Fixed Point Theory,” hosted by the Department of Mathematics of Khon Kean University, Thailand. The workshop was held from January 10-11, 2011. Ji’s topic was titled, “Some Geometric Constants and Fixed Points for Non-Expansive Mappings in Banach Spaces."

Poets Michael Loughran, assistant professor of English and Elaine Terranova, adjunct instructor in the Learning Lab and English Department, will read with poet and essayist Sharon White at Moonstone Arts Center, located at 108 South 13th Street, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Kelly McQuain, associate professor of English, was recently selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to be a participant in “Revolution to Republic,” a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop that explores early America through the Philadelphia experience. Participants will spend a week in June 2011 attending lectures on topics ranging from Native American history through the early national period, and will conduct research at Philadelphia's most prominent historic institutions alongside national scholars.

Kirsten Quinn, assistant professor of English, recently appeared in the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s critically acclaimed production of Boris Vian’s 1959 play The Empire Builders at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5. Kirsten will also appear in a production of Michael Christopher’s 1977 play The Shadow Box, which has previously won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. Produced by Philadelphia's newest theatre company, Center City Theatre Works, The Shadow Box will be performed at Upstairs at the Adrienne from May 4-21. Kirsten is also a new member of the Board of Directors for the Irish Heritage Theatre, which will begin its inaugural season next November with Brian Friel's 1964 play, Philadelphia Here I Come, also at the Adrienne. Kirsten has also been a long standing board member of Greenlight Arts, with whom she is starting a collaboration with the College.

Daniel Reed, assistant professor of Automotive Technology and host of CCPTV’s Car Corner, will be attending a conference in St. Louis in mid-May, sponsored by the National Assessment Governing Board, part of the U.S. Department of Education. They are conducting research that will allow the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—known as “the Nation’s Report Card”—to report on the academic preparation required of 12th grade students to enter various job training programs after they graduate from high school.

Later in the summer, Daniel will travel to the Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin where he will be attending a weeklong NSF-funded Biofuels program from the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET). This hands-on train-the-trainers program will enable Daniel to help train Automotive Technology students on the ins and outs of biofuels. Biofuels represent an important green/renewable alternative fuel platform for the future needs of motorized transportation.

Pascal Scoles, professor of Behavioral Health/Human Services, presented a paper and conducted a workshop on Faith & Spirituality in Behavioral Health Counseling at the 9th Annual Conference for Direct Service Professionals, sponsored by the Philadelphia Alliance on April 15, 2011. The workshop increases skills in working with behavioral health challenges from a faith-based perspective.

Donald Scott, assistant professor of English, gave a presentation about a Philadelphia-area Civil War facility for almost 11,000 black soldiers, Camp William Penn, at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh on February 3, 2011. Daniel also spoke about the facility at the U.S. Department of Labor in Philadelphia on February 24 and the Ebenezer-Maxwell Mansion on March 26 in Germantown. His July 13 presentation about the camp for the National Archives regional headquarters in Philadelphia will be televised on cable television via the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the sponsor of his statewide presentations. The lectures are based on his 2008 Arcadia Publishing book about the camp, as well as an upcoming book for Schiffer Publishing.

Correction: In the March issue of Communiqué, Beth Davenport was incorrectly identified as Lisa Handler in a photo caption for the entry regarding the Pushing the Elephant event. Our apologies to both Lisa Handler and Beth Davenport

Schedules of Events around the College

Rotunda Schedule
April: Student Art Show
May: College Family Exhibit

Alumni Events: Coming in Spring 2011

May 7 – Commencement at the Liacouras Center
May 19 – Alumni Council Meeting
October 15 – 2011 Alumni Annual Gathering
Please visit the Alumni Association webpage for more details.

Upcoming Outdoor Track Meets

Fri.-Sat., Apr. 22-23 — New York Relays — Icahn Stadium, New York, NY
Thur.-Sat., Apr. 28-30 — Penn Relays — University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Sat., May 7 — Kutztown Last Chance — Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Sat., May 14 — NYC Qualifying Challenge — Icahn Stadium, New York, NY
TBA, June — USATF MA Championship — USATF New Jersey
TBA, June — USATF NJ Championship — USATF Mid-Atlantic
TBA, July — USATF East Region Championship
TBA, July — USATF National Club Championship

Please visit the track schedule website for the full schedule.