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June 2011

On April 27, 2011, tens of thousands of Americans across all 50 states walked together to participate in National Walk @ Lunch Day, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. Among these Americans were 45 of Community College of Philadelphia’s staff and faculty who walked from the steps of the Mint Building to City Hall and back. It was a fun-filled and healthy day with free healthy snacks, Zumba lessons, line dancing and much more to encourage employees to step out at lunch time and walk at least 30 minutes three times a week toward a healthy lifestyle. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 25, 2012 for the fourth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day.

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Faculty members from Biology, Chemistry and Engineering joined together to man the Community College of Philadelphia booth at the first Philadelphia Science Festival held on the JFK Parkway on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Although the day had a forecast for rain, hundreds of families, schoolchildren and organizations came out for a fun filled day of science. The College’s booth allowed participants to experiment on the pH of substances, as well as explore the effects of acid rain. The booth was a hit! The wonder and excitement on children’s faces made our day.

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Students and faculty from the Department of Photographic Imaging volunteered their time and services for an event at the African-American Museum in Philadelphia on May 26, 2011 on behalf of Arise Academy, the first Charter High School in the country for foster teens and teens in group homes. Arise is located in Center City Philadelphia. The school held its senior prom and requested photographers to shoot on the "red carpet" as the students arrived for the event in their stunning evening fashions. Seven students and two faculty members from Community College of Philadelphia answered the call. Participating were students Chanda Jones, Earl Weeks, Franklin Smith, Randi Fair, Antonio Powell, Walter Johnson and Sheila Bass. College faculty that helped out included Jon Spielberg, assistant professor of Photographic Imaging, and Jennifer Midberry, adjunct instructor of Photographic Imaging and international photojournalist.

Recently, more than 70 students visited the College to participate in the fifth year of College Connection for Science, Engineering and Technology (CCSET). Students were provided with the opportunity to carry out experiments in Community College of Philadelphia’s well equipped science labs. Experiments performed included “Chemical Reaction Rates,” the “Measurement of the Mass of the Copper Atom,” “Acid-Base Titration” and “Light Absorption Spectrophotometry.” Participating schools included Edward W. Bok Technical High School, Benjamin Franklin High School, Martin Luther King High School, the New Media Technology Charter School and William L. Sayre High School. The events were planned by Randy Libros, associate professor of Physics, and Kathy Harter, associate professor and the department head of Chemistry, and carried out by a number of instructional faculty including Sushila Amin, adjunct instructor of Chemistry; Anthony Brauner, assistant professor of Chemistry; Alex Gontar, assistant professor of Physics; Charles Heise, instructor of Biology; Dawn Janich, assistant professor of Biology; and Ed Miskiel, instructor of Chemistry.

During the fall 2010 semester, the Community College of Philadelphia Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC/P) launched its second annual School Supplies Drive. More than 200 students at the Spring Garden School were the recipients of the items that were donated by members and friends of AAWCC/P. Thanks to their contributions the drive was a tremendous success. Jacquelyn Bryant, assistant professor of the Library, spearheaded the drive. She, along with AAWCC/P Vice President, Marian McGorry, assistant dean of Business and Technology, delivered the school supplies to Mr. Vincent Curtis, administrator at the Spring Garden School. Mr. Curtis was appreciative of AAWCC/P’s generosity and noted that the delivery was well timed and much needed. Mr. Curtis is interested in a continued relationship with AAWCC/P and other professionals who are able to provide guidance to students and serve as role models for the students at the Spring Garden School. AAWCC/P conducts two annual community drives—the School Supplies Drive is conducted from August 1 through September 30, and the Domestic Violence Drive is scheduled February 1 through March 31.

Membership in AAWCC/P is open to all members of the College community. For more information or to receive a membership application please contact AAWCC/P President Claudia Curry at 215-751-8828 or, or AAWCC/P Vice President Marian McGorry at 215-751-8737 or

Lucy Aghazarian, associate professor of Foreign Languages, Monica Hahn, visiting lecturer of Art History, and David Watters, assistant dean of students and director of Student Life, accompanied 16 students to Paris, France in May 2011, for a week-long exploration of French historical, artistic and cultural traditions found in the City of Light. The students, chosen from a wide spectrum of the College, were part of the interdisciplinary study abroad program sponsored by the Liberal Arts Studies Division and the Student Life Office.

John Braxton, assistant professor of Biology, had a letter to the editor published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 17, 2011 under the heading, "Some other ways to make the world safer." The letter suggested that real security does not come from killing terrorists, but from building partnerships around the world with people we are not trying to exploit.

D. Michael Byler, assistant professor of Chemistry, published a joint paper with Professor Georgia Arbuckle-Keil and her former graduate student, Yogesh Patel, of the Chemistry Department at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. This peer-reviewed study will appear in the journal Spectrochimica Acta, Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Vol. #79, Issue 1, June 2011, pages 118-26. The article is titled, “An IR study of poly-1,4-phenylenevinylene (PPV), the 2,5-dimethoxy derivative [(MeO)(2)-PPV], and their corresponding xanthate precursor polymers and monomers.”

Fran Lukacik, assistant professor of Allied Health, and Melissa St. Pierre, instructor of Psychology, presented a talk at the Bucks County Community College Faculty of the Future conference held on June 3, 2011. Their presentation, "Diamonds are Forever; Email Comes Close: The ethics and etiquette of electronic communication," centered on some common mistakes made when using social networking sites, such as Facebook, and problems that can occur with email. The talk provided practical tips to avoid potential dilemmas. The presentation was well received by those in attendance and described as "the best of the day" by one participant, who asked for an encore at next year's conference.

Mike Remshard, associate professor of Counseling, made a symposia presentation at the 17th International Congress for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses, in Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 31 through June 5, 2011. The case presentation, "Coming Apart and Coming Together" focused on the fear of breakdown, the gift of breakdown and how the experience of loving relationships can enable the recognition of a false-self and movement towards a more viable authentic-self. He also visited Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro while traveling.

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Hasan Shahpari, adjunct instructor of Social Science, was invited to give a lecture on Hafiz, the celebrated Iranian poet, and perform music in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The Persian music performances that he leads are mostly based on his music as well as the systematic/classic Iranian music system called "Dastgaah." Hasan will be playing Tar, the well-known Iranian instrument, and will be accompanied by the western flute, tonback (Persian drum) and violin. An Iranian female singer will sing in the Persian mode of a system called Mahour. The gathering is expected to bring a diversified group of Americans, Iranian Americans, Afghani as well as Tajik. The majority of the attendees will listen to Hasan’s talk in Farsi (Persian language) and he has prepared an English synopsis for the non-Farsi speakers.

Margaret Stephens, associate professor of Environmental Science and Physical Geography, was aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces for two weeks in May while scientists conducted reef fish surveys off the coast of Florida. She was one of 30 Teachers at Sea who joined the mission and were selected out of more than 250 applicants this year. Sending teachers to sea to work on vessels is important in supporting NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources. The teachers at sea keep logs, and attend and develop lesson plans, workshops and presentations. The goal of the program is to help foster a better understanding among teachers, students and colleagues of our ocean planet.

Schedule of Events Around the College

Rotunda Schedule

July: College Family Exhibit

Alumni Calendar of Events

October 15 – Alumni Annual Gathering
Also, stay tuned for these Summer 2011 events: Atlantic City bus trip and Phillies vs. Braves outing.

Please visit the Alumni Association web page for more details.

Upcoming Outdoor Track Meets

Fri-Sat, July 8-9 — USATF National Club Championship

Please visit the Track web page for the full schedule.