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Soul Food Junkies

Byron Hurt
Byron Hurt

A screening of Byron Hurt’s "Soul Food Junkies" on Feb. 7 attracted approximately 300 viewers who gave the film exploring the history of soul food a “thumbs up.” Hurt’s documentary examines the positive and negative consequences of soul food traditions. Using candid interviews, Hurt also explores the link between socioeconomic conditions and diet in predominantly black neighborhoods. Lisa Handler, Ph.D., assistant professor of Social Science, helped organize the event, hosted by Independent Television Service Community Cinema. ITVS Community Cinema is a public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films shown on the weekly PBS series “Independent Lens.”


Scholar Discusses China’s Cultural Transformation

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Ban Wang, Ph.D., a National Endowment of the Humanities Distinguished Speaker, was the guest of the Center for International Understanding (CIU) on Feb. 11. About a dozen faculty attended Dr. Wang’s discussion of Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who has two films exploring the exodus of the Chinese from the countryside to the cities. The Stanford University professor’s visit is part of a three-year National Endowment of the Humanities Project, organized by the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) of the East West Center/University of Hawaii. Shown, from left, are President Curtis, Dr. Ban Wang, CIU Director Dr. Fay Beauchamp, and Dr. Peter Hershock of the East-West Center and ASDP co-chair.


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College Hosts Trio of Renowned Scribes

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Ned Bachus

Former faculty member Ned Bachus, author of The City of Brotherly Love, gave a workshop and talked with students as part of the Spring 2013 Poets and Writers’ Festival on Feb. 21. Bachus discussed writing techniques authors including himself use to develop characters through their location, such as Philadelphia. That afternoon, Karen E. Quinones Miller joined a panel of music producers and a choreographer as part of the day-long African-American Heritage Festival. Quinones Miller, a local favorite, signed copies of her latest novel, An Angry-Ass Black Woman, which is based on her life.

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Karen E. Quinones Miller

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Julie Otsuka

“One Book, One Philadelphia” author Julie Otsuka visited the campus on March 13 as the Spring 2013 Poets and Writers’ Festival continued. Otsuka discussed her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, which won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.


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Crime Reporters Tell All

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A panel of veteran news reporters shared their experiences covering breaking news about crime on Feb. 26. The discussion was among the highlights of the annual Fox Rothschild Law and Society Week, a series of workshops, lectures and entertainment which, this year, explored the role of 21st century technology in solving crimes and capturing lawbreakers. From left are Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, Michelle Durham of KYW News Radio, Jericka Duncan of CBS 3 Eyewitness News and Rosemary Connors of NBC10 News.


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A Job Well Done

A Job Well Done

Congratulations to Kellie Brown, an office administrative associate in the Student Life Center, who has been named Employee of Month for March 2013.

Volunteers Provide Helping Hands for Habitat for Humanity

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Front row, from left, Aaron Hill, Alyssa Shirey, Shannel Jones, Emeral Smith and Habitat construction manager Dan Jones. Back row, from left, Breana Shaw, Lise Benoit, Airika Volkova, chaperone Phil Wagner, George Pantelopulos, chaperone Diane Brisbon, Elena Lazarova and John Johnson.

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Student volunteers George Pantelopulos and Shannel Jones

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Students Airika Volkova and Lise Benoit


Come mid-summer, Ebony Pinckney and her son, Malachi, will move into their new house in North Charleston, S.C. Ebony, who works at a local hospital, will have room to spread out for once. And young Malachi, when not in school, will be able to play ball safely with friends in his own yard. This will be a richer life for the Pinckneys, thanks in part to Community College of Philadelphia students and staff who spent their Spring Break helping to construct that new home. Three groups of College volunteers—32 students plus chaperones—traveled to Charleston, S.C.; Gaffney, S.C.; and Battle Creek, Mich., as part of the Alternative Spring Break, March 2–9.

Team Charleston, which included 10 students, made the nearly 700-mile trip in two vans driven by chaperones Diane Brisbon, assistant professor of Counseling and Phil Wagner, a writer for Marketing and Government Relations. While in Charleston, the chaperones and students worked daily on the Pinckney house and slept on cots in a local church gymnasium. Brisbon says the experience of working side-by-side and living with students for a week was a departure from her usual interaction as a counselor and instructor. “I went because I enjoy interacting with the students and seeing them have new experiences,” she says. “It was exciting for me and rewarding.”


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Assistant Dean of Educational Support Services


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Larry G. Arrington, Jr.

From time to time, Transcripts offers a glimpse into the life experiences of some of the new faces on campus. Larry G. Arrington, Jr., assistant dean of Educational Support Services, is one of the newer arrivals. Arrington has 12 years of experience at community colleges and eight years of experience in developmental education and student services. After undergraduate school, Larry enjoyed a brief chemical engineering career. But after reflecting upon the valuable support he received from the ACT 101 program at Drexel, he switched his focus to higher education and student support. The Philadelphia native has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Education in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Arrington previously worked at Delaware County Community College, Montgomery County Community College and Drexel University.