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Students Volunteer on MLK Day

MLK Volunteers
MLK Volunteers
Students Participate in Literary Conference
A group photo of some of the College's students who participated in MLK Day.

Campus Idols Display Musical Talents at Professional Development Week

Joycelyn Sirkis
Master of Ceremonies Jocelyn Sirkis
Amy Lewis
Amy Lewis
Development Talents Show

Star performers from left to right include: professor Linda Powell, professor Mary Ann Wagner-Graham, Ida Swindle from the Office of Student Life, assistant professor Terrilyn Hickman, Denise Solomon from the Office of Institutional Advancement, adjunct professor Amy Lewis and professor H.L. Smith.

Professor Frei Testifies on "Snitching" Before U.S. Sen. Specter

Richard Frei, Ph.D
Pictured is prof. Richard Frei at Professional Development Week at the College in January.

Richard Frei, assistant professor of Behavioral Sciences, testified on Jan. 8 before a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and drugs chaired by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. Frei testified about the results from his Snitching Project, which revealed information gathered from 1,500 College students regarding community attitudes toward cooperating with police.

Tuskegee Airmen Touch Down at NWRC

Tuskegee Airmen Touch Down at NWRC
Photo by Cathy Collins of the NWRC.

Members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly for the U.S. Army Corps during World War II, spoke on March 15 at the College's Northwest Regional Center. The event was sponsored by the College and Alvernia University's Office of Multi-Cultural Initiatives. The airmen spoke about fighting two battles—one overseas and one against racism at home in the United States. The Tuskegee Airmen were part of the 332 Fighter Group. They flew during a period when African-Americans were often limited to nonskilled positions in the military. Their accomplishments continue to be recognized more than six decades later. In March 2007, the airmen were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medalthe most prestigious medal awarded by Congress.

2010 Law and Society Week

A multitude of events were held during the College's 11th Annual Law and Society Week.


Local crime reporters discussed the role of news media in reporting crime. Panelists included, from left to right, Dave Gambacorta of the Philadelphia Daily News, Harry Hairston of NBC 10 News and Elizabeth Hur of CBS 3 News. Other participants, who are not pictured, included Joyce Evans of Fox 29 News and moderator William Colarulo of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Wills For Heroes
Photo by Anthony Wychunis of the College's Photographic Imaging department.

Alumni from the College's Paralegal program and volunteer Greg Ludwig notarized documents as part of the College’s Wills for Heroes service, which provided free help with wills, living wills and financial powers of attorney to Pennsylvania first responders and sworn personnel, as well as their spouses or significant others.

Wills For Heroes
Photo by Anthony Wychunis of the College's Photographic Imaging department.

Front row: Sonya Springer, Yolanda Hughes, Tamika Washington, Michelle Lee and Angelina William from the National Bar Association's Women Lawyers Division. Back row: David Freeman and Kathleen Smith of the College's Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society, and David Trevaskis of the College's Division of Adult and Community Education.

College Receives $3.18 Million Federal Green Jobs Training Grant

Federal Green Jobs Training Grant

The College recently unveiled a program that will, in as little as seven weeks, train 250 residents from the city's most impoverished communities for jobs in the rapidly growing construction/weatherization and green manufacturing industries. President Curtis, Mayor Michael Nutter, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman Robert Brady, Congressman Chaka Fattah and other dignitaries made the announcement at a press conference in February in the College's Center for Business and Industry.

The College's Job Ready Training Program (JRTP) is funded by a $3.18 million Pathways Out of Poverty grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, authorized by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant is being used by the College and its community partners to fund two job training program tracks: Green manufacturing or Construction/Weatherization. JRTP participants are being recruited from Richmond, Kensington and Upper/Lower North Philadelphia.

The College is working in cooperation with community partners such as Urban Industry Initiative (UII), Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), Educational Data Systems Inc. (EDS), Pennsylvania CareerLinks Philadelphia, National Comprehensive Center for Fathers (NCCF), and Ironworkers Local 502.

At least 28 local green manufacturing and weatherization employers have agreed to interview/hire JRTP graduates. JRTP trainees also will receive hands-on counseling during and after the program.

Student Awarded $2,000 in Rizzello Essay Contest

Philip Orzechowski, a Secondary Education major, was awarded $2,000 for his submission to this year's Rizzello Essay Contest.

Joseph Rizzello, College Foundation board member and CEO of the National Stock Exchange, has underwritten essay contests for the last two years that allow students to put their writing and research skills to use in competition for funds to help pay their tuition and fees at the College.

"I'm interested in helping this generation of students focus on important topical issues of the day that affect them and their families," Rizzello said. "It's particularly rewarding to see students accomplish research around a complex issue such as health care reform and communicate their thoughts in writing—which is somewhat of a lost art."

For the fall 2009 semester, students were asked to describe potential benefits and dangers of health care reform and to compare and contrast the Canadian style of health care with the current U.S. health care system in a three- to five-page essay. Applicants were judged on responsiveness to the topics, coherence, clarity, written expression, originality and the use of accurate research. For information about future essay contests and scholarships, contact Patti Conroy at or 215-751-8214.

English Professor Gould Headed to South Africa for Education Program

Clinton Gould
Photo courtesy of Clinton Gould.

Clinton Gould, professor of English, was recently named to a three-member team that will travel to South Africa this May through August to help provide HIV/AIDS education. It is part of a $6.7 million, three-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Southern Africa Mission. Gould also hopes to spend May through August of 2011 and 2012 in South Africa.

Under the U.S. grant, Gould will be participating in the U.S.—South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, which is aimed at strengthening the academic programs, skills development training and student support services offered by 12 Further Education and Training (FET) colleges in South Africa.

The partnership was first launched in October 2009 by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the American Council on Education (ACE). Gould spent this past Spring Break working with Northern Cape FET colleges in Green Kalahari, a remote area of South Africa close to Namibia and Botswana, where college campuses are about 300 kilometers apart.

Assistant Professor of English Reports on President Obama

Donald Scott, assistant professor of English, was credentialed as part of the White House press pool and covered President Obama's health care reform speech on March 8 at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. Scott, a newspaper columnist for Montgomery Media, based in Fort Washington, Pa., also wrote a column on March 10 supporting the President's health care reform bill. The column, "A Place in History: It's Time to Pass Health Care Bill," appeared in several newspapers in eastern Montgomery County, including The Times Chronicle, The Glenside News, The Globe News and online at Professor Scott is a former editor, columnist and/or reporter for such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa., and The Miami News Record.

College's CME Students in a New York State of Mind

Hamed Soukouna
Student Hamed Soukouna, on left, with actor James Spader outside the Barrymore Theatre in New York. Photo courtesy of Michael Robinson.
Rashid Salahuddin
Student Rashid Salahuddin, on left, with actor Richard Thomas outside Barrymore Theatre in New York. Photo courtesy of Michael Robinson.

The College's Center for Male Engagement (CME) took a group of students on March 27 to New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre to attend "Race," one of Broadway's hottest plays. For several of the participants, this was their first time leaving Philadelphia to visit New York City.

"This excursion was more than a road trip to New York, this event was designed to expose our men to a premium cultural enrichment experience that they might not have pursued on their own," said Michael Robinson, the College's CME director. Prior to attending the play, the students participated in a “Dress for Success and Etiquette” seminar earlier in the week. On the day of the New York trip, all of the students showed up in business attire and enjoyed dining out after the play. The CME is a federal grant-funded, retention initiative geared toward helping African-American males succeed at the College.

"I enjoyed being in the presence of men who were willing to come out of their comfort zone by dressing in proper attire and going to New York," said CME student Shawn Belton. "The play was intense and straightforward in the plot and climax ... (it) was funny, yet serious and thought provoking."

After the play, the CME students were fortunate to take photos beside some of the veteran actors who were in the play, including James Spader and Richard Thomas.

College Foundation Will Host Pathways Breakfast; Golf Tournament

Community College of Philadelphia will honor David Montgomery, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, and other corporate and community leaders at its Third annual Pathways Breakfast, a special celebration of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to helping students along their path to possibilities. The event will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 26, at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street. CBS 3 Television's Pat Ciarrocchi will be the emcee. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and College programs. For more information, contact Elise Morgan at or at 215-751-8068.

Also, be sure to save the date for the College Foundation's 13th Annual Golf Tournament, which kicks off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., Monday, June 14 at the Torresdale Frankford Country Club. The day's events will include a scramble format, prizes for the top four foursomes, hole-in-one and closest to the pin competitions, a $5,000 putting contest, as well as lunch, cocktails and a buffet-style dinner. For more information, visit or contact Elise Morgan.