Campus Currents

Faculty Honors and Achievements

FAY BEAUCHAMP, PH.D., professor of English and Humanities coordinator, received the David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award in fall 2007 from the Pennsylvania Council for International Education. The honor is in recognition of outstanding leadership and achievement in international education. Dr. Beauchamp has focused on international studies since 1995, working with colleagues to promote international understanding and to prepare students for employment in an increasingly global workplace.


C. GEOFFREY BERKEN, professor of Photographic Imaging, was the recipient of the 2007 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, which honors superior teaching skills of a tenure-track faculty member from colleges or universities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.







Ralph Harris

RALPH FARIS, PH.D., professor of Sociology, was honored as the Teacher of the Year for the Northeast Region in September 2007 by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).








PASCAL SCOLES, D.S.W., professor of Behavioral Health/Human Services, was awarded the Academic Lifetime Achievement Award for “outstanding educational contributions to the social work community” at the Third Annual Philadelphia Mental Health Symposium in November 2007. His keynote address was “Humanizing the Shadow of Learning: Building Self-Esteem Through Education.”


The Nursing Department has again been designated as a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN), the accrediting body for nursing programs across the country. This is the second consecutive designation for Nursing from the Center of Excellence program, which started four years ago. M. ELAINE TAGLIARENI, ED.D., R.N., professor of Nursing, became president-elect of the NLN in 2005 and assumed the role of president in September 2007. She is the first community college faculty member to be elected president of the NLN.

College Partners with Carnegie Mellon on Opinion Research Project

The College’s Center for Law and Society hosted an information session on March 14 about a statewide deliberative polling project on marriage, which will be held on Sept. 27, 2008. Pennsylvania lawmakers are discussing a Marriage Protection Amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. The deliberative poll this September will focus on this issue. Participants will also learn about and discuss civil union laws in Vermont and legal same-sex marriages in Massachusetts. Dr. Robert Cavalier, professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon University, led the discussion. Deliberative polling is a process that was originated by Dr. James Fishkin at Stanford University to use opinion research in new ways. A random, representative sample is first polled on the targeted issues. Following the baseline poll, participants discuss issues and carefully review balanced briefing materials. Participants are then provided the opportunity to question experts and participate in a follow-up poll. Since the voters have received information about the topics, have had a chance to ask questions and talk with others, poll results may better reflect the citizens’ true positions on these issues.

Deliberative polls take approximately seven hours. For their time and effort, individuals are paid for their participation, given lunch and have access to free parking. Carnegie Mellon University invited Community College of Philadelphia to participate in the deliberative poll. Slippery Rock University, Shippensburg University and Swarthmore College will conduct polls to determine citizens’ opinions in their area of the state. Dr.

Cavalier believes deliberative polls can succeed in making democracy stronger by giving citizens an informed, and thus stronger, voice in lawmaking. “We want to create conditions for the state legislature of Pennsylvania to listen to this poll,” he said.


College Expands the First Class Program




More individuals are now eligible to take their first college-level credit course for free.

Employees of organizations that belong to the African American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia or Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can take advantage of the First Class program and the wide range of courses offered by the College.

The College and representatives of the chambers announced this expansion at a March 26 press conference at the Center for Business and Industry. The First Class program is for individuals who want to earn a degree, advance their careers or just pursue an interest. Previously, this opportunity was only open to member organizations of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The program is free for Philadelphia residents, and nonresidents will receive a valuable tuition credit. Participants can take courses at the Main Campus at 1700 Spring Garden Street or at one of the College’s three Regional Centers in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia, making it convenient to attend class close to home or the office. Individuals may also choose to take an online course.


Summer Course Offers High School Students Insight Into a Variety of Careers

Philadelphia high school students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades have the opportunity to earn college credit and learn about career possibilities in the legal, science and technology fields. The Advanced College Experience (ACE) program gives participants a chance to experience a college environment and explore different areas of study. ACE also can help students learn what will be expected of them when they reach college.

Classes begin in early July and run for four and a half weeks, Monday through Thursday. For more information, visit


New Paralegal Course Will Sharpen Computer Research Skills

Anew course, Legal Technology, will be a required course for the Paralegal degree starting this fall.

The course will provide an introduction to the use of computers and legal specialty software programs in the contemporary law office and other legal environments. Students will examine applications involving document management, electronic discovery and trial presentation, as well as learn about legal/ethical considerations in the use of computer technology.

“Students’ technological skills will take a leap forward and help them become more competitive in the marketplace,” said Kathy Smith, head of the Social Sciences department, coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program and associate professor of Paralegal Studies. She is also the director of the Center for Law and Society.