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May 2011

The College’s Alternative Spring Break/Service Learning Club was awarded three of eight Student Leadership Awards at the 2011 Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony on April 14 in the Winnet Student Life Building. These annual awards are presented by Student Affairs, and the offices of Student Life and the Student Leadership and Involvement Center. Winners are selected by members of the College community. The club won the College Mission Award, Outstanding Service Award and Club of the Year Award. The College Mission Award is earned by a club who embodies the College mission both on and off campus; the Outstanding Service Award is earned by a club whose actions go above and beyond in their commitment to volunteering and community service; and the Club of the Year Award recognizes a club who has grown its membership, creates events and activities open to all students, and leads by example and with integrity.

The Eta Sigma chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma® held its second initiation ceremony on April 21, 2011. The following students were initiated: Jamilla Ambush, Mayda Aponte, Brenda Boos, Katrina Brown, Rainah Chambliss, Yanni Chen, Moussa Conde, Oneill Deer, Kimberly Fairweather, Jeffrey Fisher, Roberta Hamilton, Andy Lin, Priscilla Maxwell, Daniel McClelland, Elyse Montague, Lisa Oaddams, Derek Ramoutar, Natalya Samsonenko, Pejman Shirzad, Marita Tomes, Mildred Ventura, Mussie Woldezghi, Fabjon Xhemali and Victoria Zanina. Additionally, Michael Thompson, owner and creator of and an alumnus of the College, was initiated as an honorary member.

Alpha Beta Gamma® is an International Business Honor Society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma® provides leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Alpha Beta Gamma® is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Eta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma® was established at the Community College of Philadelphia in 2010 and Cory Ng, CPA, Business Administration, serves as the faculty advisor.

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Judith Bernstein Baker, adjunct instructor of Paralegal Studies, as well as director of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and Council Migration Services, was the guest of honor at Celebrating the Courage of Immigrants, a HIAS fundraiser held on April 28, 2011, at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Judith as "[a] legendary spark plug among immigration groups in the Philadelphia region." A 1967 graduate of Binghamton University (formerly the State University of New York at Binghamton), Judith earned a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, worked as a tenant-union liaison for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and was almost 40 with a husband and two young children, when she graduated from Temple Law School in 1986.

Lisa Burton-Grika, assistant professor of Counseling, and Theresa Tsai, associate professor of Counseling, were invited to speak at the School District of Philadelphia's Transitional Conference for Parents of High School Students with Special Needs on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Although they discussed the advantages of attending Community College of Philadelphia and the services and support offered to students with disabilities, they focused on the general transitional issues of leaving high school and entering postsecondary education.

Within the framework of the law protecting K-12 students and the law protecting postsecondary students, they discussed the differing objectives. They noted the different ways the laws are implemented and how students with disabilities are impacted as they make this change. Through a lively question and answer session afterward, they provided information to help parents prepare students prior to applying for and attending postsecondary schools. Specifically, they promoted the importance of self-knowledge and self-advocacy as the parent’s role is diminished and transferred to the student.

Karina Croskrey Balfour, adjunct instructor of Theater, will be performing as Bia and the Chorus Leader in Renegade Classic Theatre's production of “A Prometheus Bound: A Folk Musical.” This original adaptation riffs on Aeschylus' classic work by setting it in 1930s Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Prometheus follows suit like other folk heroes of the time, such as Tom Joad, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The production is greatly influenced by Guthrie's life and music, Steinbeck's portrayal of America and the Dust Bowl photographs of Dorothea Lange.

Performances will be May 26 through June 11 at The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or over the phone by calling 215-923-0210. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Art Danek, instructional aide in Photographic Imaging, earned his master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Philadelphia University in August 2010.

Ji Gao, professor of Mathematics, published a joint paper with professor Satit Saejung, department of Mathematics at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, in the journal of Acta Mathematica Scientia, Vol. #31B, Issue 3, May 2011. The article appears on pages 1,035 through 1,040 and is titled, "Normal Structure and Some Geometric Parameters Related to the Modulus of U-Convexity in Banach Spaces."

Terrilyn Hickman, assistant professor of Behavioral Health and Human Services, was appointed to the Afri Outreach Advisory Committee. This appointment is through the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley. The Afri Outreach program is designed to increase awareness within the African-American community on Alzheimer's disease. Terrilyn also coordinates the Social Gerontology certificate program.

Jeff Markovitz, adjunct instructor of English, and Kelly McQuain, associate professor of English, participated in a prose and poetry reading at the Black Sheep Pub on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The event was hosted by the Painted Bride Quarterly.

Jeff has had poetry published in magazines and collections, including, most recently, Names in a Jar: A Collection of Poetry by 100 Contemporary American Poets (Hood Press Books). He is a member of the Prose Writers Group at Community College of Philadelphia and has recently published his first novel, Into the Everything, with Punkin House Press.

Kelly holds a Master of Arts from Temple University and an Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. He is a two-time recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a winner of Philadelphia City Paper Writing Awards in both fiction and poetry. His work has appeared locally in the Fringe Festival and Writing Aloud. Recently, he juried the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He co-coordinates the Poets and Writers Festival at the College.

Carol Moriarty, assistant professor of Nursing, was a speaker at the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Conference in Tucson, Arizona in April. The topic was, “Simulation: Therapeutic Use of Self” and the format was a lecture and demonstration.

Terry Peterson, assistant professor of Art and Design, recently received a Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In January 2010, one of Terry’s book constructions was chosen to be part of a group exhibition titled, Contemporary Voices, at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. Another one of his projects was purchased by the College, and will be displayed in the Art and Design Department this summer. He is now working alongside Bob Paige, a retired professor of Art at the College, designing the book layout for a memoir that Bob has written. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Jeffrey Reed, associate professor of Art, currently has a solo exhibition of recent paintings at the Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Sharon Thompson, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Liberal Studies, presented at the Credentials Matter: Clean Energy Solutions Conference on April 21, 2011. The conference was held at The Jon S. and James L. Knight Green Jobs Training Center in Philadelphia. Her presentation focused on issues facing our city in the area of energy conservation and our efforts in partnership with the Energy Coordinating Agency to address these issues. Sharon was also featured later in the week on WRTI-FM discussing this topic.

Schedules of Events Around the College

4th Annual Pathways Awards Breakfast
Tuesday, June 7 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The Union League of Philadelphia
$50 per person

The College will honor:
  • Jane G. Pepper with the Allen T. Bonnell Award
  • Master Chef Joseph Poon with the Community Philanthropist Award
  • Barnes & Noble College Booksellers with the Corporate Partnership Award
  • The John A. Hartford Foundation with the Foundation Keystone Award
  • Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, with the City Impact Award
Net proceeds will benefit students at the College through scholarships and programs. For information, please visit or contact Elise Morgan at
Rotunda Schedule
May and June: College Family Exhibit

Spring Alumni Events

May 19 – Alumni Council Meeting
October 15 – Alumni Annual Gathering
Please visit the Alumni Association web page for more details.

Upcoming Outdoor Track Meets

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 web page for the full schedule.