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January 2012

Alexine Fleck, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, recently had her article, "Two People in a Room: Ethnographers, Unruly Subjects, and the Pleasures of Addiction," published in Lacan and Addiction: an Anthology.

Jeffrey Lee, adjunct instructor of English, has been invited to serve as an artist in residence at Ursinus College for spring 2012. The multidisciplinary semester-long project involves students and faculty in Creative Writing, Sculpture, Photography and History. Also, in January 2012, a poetry chapbook, Towards Euphoria, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. This chapbook won the editor’s prize in 2011. Later during the spring, a poem from that same collection, “Fluke Exposure to an Eastern Meditation Tradition in 8th Grade,” is forthcoming in the In Posse Review.

Elizabeth Masters, adjunct instructor of Architecture, Design and Construction, will assume the chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania’s Government Affairs Committee this January. She is a member of the board of directors for both the AIA Pennsylvania Chapter and the AIA Philadelphia Chapter. The Government Affairs Committee reviews and monitors state legislative activities, develops AIA Pennsylvania's positions on legislative issues, represents AIA Pennsylvania's interests involving state agencies, plans and implements advocacy and communication strategies, and engages AIA members in government affairs activities. She continues as chair of the AIA Philadelphia Government Affairs Committee.

Kirsten Quinn, assistant professor of English, has been cast as Bunny in Isis Productions' House of Blue Leaves by John Guare. The show begins in March, with a full month run at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5. The play is set in Sunnyside, Queens in 1965, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City. The black comedy features nuns, a political bombing, a G.I. headed for Vietnam, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter, his crazy girlfriend who is obsessed with fame, and his wife, Bananas, a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play's title.

Don Scott, assistant professor of English, is featured in a televised PCN-TV statewide presentation that was taped at the National Archives in Philadelphia. The presentation spotlights the almost 11,000 (federal) black warriors who were trained at Camp William Penn, a Civil War facility that was located in what is today Cheltenham Township. The "Humanities on the Road" program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and hosted by broadcast journalist Tracey Matisak, can be accessed online.

Jocelyn Sirkis, director of Professional Development, has written a research paper titled "Development of Leadership Skills in Community College Department Chairs," which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Community College Enterprise: A Journal of Research and Practice. Jocelyn's paper discusses the critical role that department chairs perform and the necessity for chairs to have opportunities to develop specific leadership skills in order to be effective. Her research for the paper was completed as a student in University of Maryland’s University College Doctor of Management - Community College Policy and Administration program.

David E. Thomas, dean of the Division of Adult and Community Education, was recently appointed to the board of directors for YESPhilly. YESPhilly develops opportunities for the many youth who drop out of Philadelphia schools. YESPhilly designs and implements an intensive youth development model for young adults, creates innovative programs and curricula, and advocates for more and better targeted resources for high school dropouts. YESPhilly’s G.E.D. to College program supports students through the process of passing the G.E.D. tests and enrolling in credit-bearing college courses. Additionally, David was recently selected to serve on the executive planning team of the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI). The NPLI has provided an exemplary leadership experience for more than 3,000 educational leaders from 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and three Canadian provinces since its inception in 1998, and has created the National School Change Awards (NSCA), which recognizes significant school change and transformation across the nation.

Athletic Events Schedule

Men’s Basketball Games

Date Location Time
Wed., Jan. 25 @ Valley Forge Christian College 8 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 26 ASA College 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 @ DeVry University 3 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 31 @ Thaddeus Stevens 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 @ Delaware 3 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 7 @ Harrisburg 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 Johnson 3 p.m.
Please visit the Men’s Basketball page for the complete schedule.

Women’s Basketball Games

Date Location Time
Wed., Jan. 25 @ Valley Forge 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 @ Delaware 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 7 @ Harrisburg 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 EPCC Semifinals TBA
Please visit the Women’s Basketball page for the complete schedule.