Foundation Announces College Family Tree Campaign

student in classExciting happenings are under way with Expanding Possibilities: The Campaign for Community College of Philadelphia. Expanding Possibilities is raising funds to support new construction and renovations to the Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center, including the erection of the new Pavilion building on the Main Campus, and to provide much-needed scholarships for students. These improvements are designed to expand and enhance program offerings and College services. The College’s first-ever comprehensive campaign has raised more than $6.7 toward its $10 million goal.

The College Foundation recently announced the launch of the College Family Tree Campaign. Members of the College family, including faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, are being asked to support the largest fundraising effort in the College’s history. All gifts made to the campaign through June 30, 2011, will be essentially doubled, thanks to a $1.2 million Kresge challenge grant.

All donations to the College Family Tree Campaign above $100 will be recognized as part of a permanent installation, created with the College’s Art department, in the Bonnell building. For more information about the campaign, visit or contact Suzanne Becker, Capital Campaign executive director, at or 215.751.8369.

College Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Marsha RayMarsha Ray comes to Community College of Philadelphia with 20 years of fundraising experience. Most recently, she served as the
associate vice president for Campaign Programs at George Mason University. In that role, she stewarded the comprehensive campaign feasibility study and was the chief strategist for a $300 million campaign.
She helped recruit the campaign steering committee, identified new ways to celebrate giving through special events, grew a creative and energetic fundraising staff, and closed several major gifts. Previously, Ray was the assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Temple University and also held fundraising positions at the University of Pennsylvania, including serving as the Morris Arboretum’s director of Development and a Major Gifts officer in the Regional Major Gifts Office.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arts-related Scholarship Opportunities

Music-minded students have a resource in the Randolph Family Scholarship. The scholarship, with a maximum annual award of $600, provides funding for the purchase of textbooks for students pursuing an associate’s degree in Music.

The Anne and Andrew Abel Scholarship for Creative Writing was established to support students with a demonstrated passion for writing who have overcome barriers on the way to success. The scholarship awards up to $1,000 to five financially disadvantaged students who have achieved academic success and are planning a career in the arts, communication or another endeavor involving creative writing.

Lasting Teaching Tools

teaching tools The College’s Foundation has helped the Art department establish lasting projects that will benefit students and faculty for years to come.

Mini-grants from the Foundation have assisted in the creation of a life-size Roman style mural in the Art History room and a ceramic tile and mosaic mural for installation in the Art department. Students and faculty worked together to complete the projects, which involved learning about history, art history, tile making, ceramics, installation skills and mural painting. Both pieces of artwork are used to educate students about style, technique and process for mosaics and murals.

The Madeline L. Cohen Teaching Gallery also provides an opportunity for students and faculty to observe and study artwork. The gallery is named in honor of Madeline Cohen, Ph.D., who taught Art History at the College for 26 years. A dedicated and passionate educator, she created a bequest through the Foundation to the Art department, allowing the department to use the gift for what was most needed. The gallery provides permanent exhibition space for faculty or invited artists to showcase their talents and teach students about their works. There are five to six exhibitions a year, along with demonstrations or lectures.

“The gallery is very useful. It serves as an anchor for the Art department,” said Jeff Reed, associate professor of Art.


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The Foundation helps provide students with an enriching educational experience and financial assistance to stay in school and earn a degree. Your contributions make it possible.

The College is dedicated to putting students on the path to graduation and a rewarding career. Gifts to the Annual Fund make this a reality. The Annual Fund supports student success through scholarships, technological advancements and faculty development initiatives.

Please help students achieve their educational goals today with a gift to the Annual Fund.

Visit or call 215-972-6344.

Giving Back—One Donor's Story

Sylvia  HAyreRandolphSylvia Hayre Randolph, a former part-time librarian
at the College and a regular donor, pledged $25,000 to the Expanding Possibilities campaign in memory of her mother, Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre. The funds will be used for an art installation on the Main Campus. “Giving back” was Dr. Hayre’s mantra; in particular, her mission was to support educational institutions. As an educator, Hayre committed herself to helping youths achieve their dreams and reach their potential. Some of the students Dr. Hayre helped ultimately attended the College. “I am proud and pleased to support the College’s first-ever capital campaign,” said Randolph.





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Small Business Center to Open at Northeast Regional Center

northeast regional centerWorkshops, consulting services and other benefits for small businesses and midsized industries in Northeast Philadelphia will soon be available through the new Center for Small Business Education, Growth and Training.

Focusing on skills and knowledge for industries critical to Pennsylvania’s current and future economic growth, the Center will provide access to resources for businesses; counseling services for those interested in starting a business or expanding their business; breakfast seminars to network and address relevant topics; and workshops on marketing concepts, writing a business plan and QuickBooks business accounting software. In partnership with the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Center will serve as a single source of combined knowledge and expertise for training and employment needs.

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New Certification Workshops Target Health, Fitness

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Developed by College faculty, the Faith and Spiritual-based Counseling certificate workshop will help spiritual leaders and behavioral health specialists learn how to work from a faith-based perspective to assist individuals with behavioral health issues.

Local Anesthesia Training for the Dental Hygienist will help hygienists become certified to administer anesthesia to patients, allowing them to broaden their skill set. The Personal Trainer certification workshop will prepare individuals to fulfill all of the required steps to obtain their certification and start a career. Human service professionals will gain valuable skills in helping others establish life goals and measure results through the Professional Coaching certification workshop.

“The Faith and Spiritual-based workshop is almost full, and the Dental Hygienist workshop is approximately two-thirds full,” said Staci Scott, director of Continuing Education. The other two workshops have started to register students.


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