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Social Science Professor Lauded by National Honor Society

Margaret Stephens
Margaret Stephens

Margaret Stephens, associate professor of Social Science and faculty advisor for the College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, has been named a 2011 Phi Theta Kappa faculty scholar for the academic field of Environmental/Earth Science/Geography. As a scholar, she participated in Phi Theta Kappa’s 2011 Faculty Scholar Conference Feb. 2—6 at the Center for Excellence at Phi Theta Kappa’s headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Conference speakers included Helen Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent, and Ron Nief and Tom McBride, creators of the Beloit College Mindset List, which catalogs the rapidly changing worldview of each generation. Faculty scholars are chosen by application. The Scholar Conference prepared Stephens for her role as a seminar leader for the Honors Institute, which will be held June 13—17, 2011, at Boston University.

Retired Professor Honored for Stellar Lifetime Achievement

Diane Burko
Diane Burko

Former faculty member Diane Burko received a 2011 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 12 for her many years of service at the College and in the art world as a leader in the feminist art movement. Burko started at the College in 1969 as an instructor. She became a full professor in 1985 and retired in 2000. She currently works as a landscape painter and photographer. The WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards celebration was held in New York City during the annual Women’s Caucus for Art and College Art Association conferences. Burko helped found WCA in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association. She currently chairs the association’s committee on women in the arts. WCA is a national member organization of artists, art historians, students, educators and museum professionals.

College Student Wins Hardy Williams Education Fund Scholarship

Hardy williams scholarship
Winners of Hardy Williams Education Fund scholarships with Mayor Nutter. From left: Yohn Hall Jr., an 8th grade graduate of the Laboratory Charter School of Communications and Languages; Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Community College of Philadelphia student Mara Harrington; and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania student Christopher Carter. Photo compliments of adjunct professor Jane Breslin Jacobs, Esq.

During a Nov. 15 awards reception, student Mara Harrington received one of the first-ever scholarships to be given by the one-year-old Hardy Williams Education Fund. The fund awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 based on the quality of applications, written essays, academics and recommendations. It was established to further the legacy and advocacy of the late State Senator Hardy Williams. “This education fund came together to not only honor the memory of Hardy Williams, but to help continue the work he started,” said Lynette M. Brown-Sow, founder and chair of the fund’s board and vice president for Marketing and Government Relations at the College. Harrington, 32, a Doylestown native now living in Philadelphia, is pursuing a paralegal career. “What I appreciated most about Hardy Williams was his courage and his willingness to take on topics that most people may be hesitant to work with. I admired his work with those less fortunate. He cared about people and so do I,” Harrington said.

College Family Members Judge 2010 Hotel Olympics Pie Eating Contest

Varsovia Fernandez

Varsovia Fernandez
A competitor at the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association Hotel Olympics pie eating contest sponsored by the College and judged by College family members. Photo compliments of GPHA

Marian McGorry, assistant dean of Business and Technology, and Linda Carroll-Pitts, curriculum coordinator for the College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management (CAHM) program, judged the pie eating contest at the 10th Annual Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association Hotel Olympics on Nov. 23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The College and CAHM sponsored the contest. First prize went to Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Embassy Suites Center City came in second, and Holiday Inn Express Midtown was third. The Hotel Olympics is a fun event intended to celebrate the hard work that hotel staff members do every day. Hotel staff and general managers from the region compete and celebrate the achievements of their hotels. The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association serves the interests of 87 hotels and more than 140 allied members.

Trustees Honor Women’s Cross Country Team

In December, the women's cross country team was honored by the college's Board of Trustees. From left, Shadeen Robinson, Saunsiree Harvey, Board of Trustees chair George E. Davis, coach Ephener Green, Yasmin Wooten, coach Rogers Glispy, Terrica Pope, Latasha Thompson and President Curtis.

A Day of Celebration for the Department of Nursing

Susan E. Sherman

Susan E. Sherman, president and CEO of the Independence Foundation, addressed students as part of Nursing Student Professional Development Day on Nov. 23. Sherman was head of the College’s Department of Nursing from 1980 to 1996, when she left to lead the private philanthropic foundation with annual giving of more than $8 million. The College’s Nursing program also celebrated the five-year extension of its designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

A Celebration of the Stars

A Celebration of the Stars
Left: Lucy Aghazarian and College family members enjoyed the Celebration of the Stars luncheon.

In honoring College employees for their years of service at the annual Celebration of the Stars luncheon on Dec. 22, President Curtis noted that the number of workers crossing the 40-year employment line has grown to 37. But these College family members have a ways to go to match the service record of R. Lucy Aghazarian, associate professor of French, and Fred Goldberg, associate professor of Computer Technologies. Both have been at the College since it opened its doors 45 years ago.

Expanding Possibilities Campaign Update

Expanding Possibilities Campaign Update

After working for the College for nearly three decades, retiree Dr. Addie Butler has an endless number of wonderful memories—most of which center around her interactions with students and coworkers who became friends. As a donor to the Expanding Possibilities campaign and a member of its Steering Committee, she listens to other retirees’ reminisce about the College and encourages them to give to the campaign.

“I believe the campaign will strengthen the institution and make it significantly more accessible to growing numbers of successful students through $3 million for new scholarships and $7 million for improved and new facilities,” Butler said. “I hope everyone who works for the College gets on board with the campaign and gives. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you’re able to give; it matters that you give something. Employee participation says to the leaders in the city, ‘We know what a unique resource the College is in Philadelphia, and we support it. You should support it, too!’”

“It's an exciting time to be working on the Expanding Possibilities campaign,” said Marsha Ray, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “We would hope to be the only College ever to reach 100 percent participation of faculty and staff in a comprehensive campaign.” As of mid-December, 116 employees, retirees and alumni had donated more than $204,000 toward the $235,000 goal for the Family Tree initiative in the Expanding Possibilities campaign. For more information, see

Students Participate in Annual MLK Day of Service Event

MLK Day Service Event

Students participated in MLK Day Service on Jan. 17. Photo by Jenavia Thompson-Weaver.

Community College of Philadelphia students gave back on Jan. 17 by participating in activities ranging from giving out information about healthy eating and how to prevent illnesses to face painting and storytelling for children. The students were among hundreds who met at Girard College in Philadelphia and donated their time and talents on the day set aside to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hispanic Chamber Names College a Green Pioneer

The College received a Green Pioneer award from the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 21 at the Please Touch Museum. The GPHCC selected the College for the honor because of the College’s $87 million in eco-friendly construction and renovation projects at the College’s Main Campus and the College’s new Northeast Regional Center. Both projects are expected to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Instructor Anne Sciolla, Singer on Grammy-nominated Album

Instructor Anne Sciolla,
College Instructor Anne Sciolla.
Photo courtesy of the University of the Arts.
Anne Sciolla, a voice instructor at the College, is a backup singer on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson,” which was nominated, but did not win, in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13. Sciolla and Samantha Aurielo, one of her students, provide backup vocals behind DeFrancesco on “The Way You Make Me Feel.” In addition to teaching at the College, Sciolla is an adjunct assistant professor of voice at the University of the Arts School of Music, where Aurelio is a student.

College’s First Dean of Students Deceased at 92

Paul Milton Sherwood, former dean of students at the College, passed away Jan. 10 at the Glen at Willow Valley Retirement Communities in Lancaster. He was 92. Sherwood became the College’s first dean of students in April 1965. He remained in that post until he retired in September 1985. In 1994, he and his wife Laura, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage, moved from Valley Forge to the Glen at Willow Valley. Born in 1918 in Farrell Pa., he was a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, he served as a glider pilot in the European theater and was awarded the Air Medal. He is survived by his two sons, James Sherwood and David Sherwood, three grandsons and a host of relatives. Memorial contributions may be made in Sherwood’s honor to Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 260 Main St., Greenville, Pa., 16125.

Judith Stark Winners for Fall 2010

The following students were recently selected for Judith Stark awards, which recognize fiction, poetry and dramatic writing.

First prize is $35, second is $25 and third is $15.

Fiction—first prize Sarah R. Bellinger’s “Journey;” second prize Nico Amador’s “Letty;” third prize Josh Cardinale’s “Faith.”

Poetry—first prize Nico Amador’s “Postcards from Mozambique;” second prize Abigail Lalonde’s “Magnets;” third prize Nico Amador’s “Border Field.”

Creative non-fiction—first prize Robert Stewart’s “Tiara;” second prize Oscar Decker’s “Dead Child Area;” third prize Juanita Harris’ “Beggars.”

Scriptwriting—winner ($35) Latrice Jamison’s “The Whipping Woman.”

Professional Development Day Brings Informative Speakers and Fun

Professional Development Day
Professional Development Day
Faculty and staff showed off their singing voices at the Professional Day Talent Show.