V ictor Mair, Ph.D., a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, was among the featured speakers at the 15th Annual Asian Studies Development Program National Conference held at Community College of Philadelphia, March 5-7. Mair discussed storytelling with pictures from the ancient Tang Dynasty. Other noted experts explored topics ranging from the modern-day threat of nuclear conflict in South Asia to the meaning of splendor in Chinese and Egyptian art. More than 100 faculty and administrators from colleges around the nation attended the conference, which was organized by Fay Beauchamp, Ph.D., director of the College’s Center for International Understanding. The conference kicked off with a reception and lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
M embers of Chosen Dance Company display their hip-hop moves during one of the many events held during the College’s 25th Annual International Festival, March 30 through April 3. The theme for this year’s festival, which featured speakers, scholars, performers, food and hands-on demonstrations, was “International Mosaic: 25 Years of Celebrating Cultures.”
T he College’s Phi Theta Kappa Rho Upsilon Chapter won eight awards Feb. 20-22 at the 22nd Annual PTK Middle States Regional Convention in Baltimore, Md. The College’s Rho Upsilon Chapter won the Five Star Chapter, the Diamond Chapter, the Four Leaf Clover, the Service Hallmark and the Chapter Roll Call 3rd Place awards. In addition, Louise Whitaker won the Hall of Honor Chapter Member award; David Colby, the Hall of Honor Chapter Officer award; and Sabina Michell Joseph-Auguste, the Hall of Honor Chapter President award. Each year, the 50 chapters in the Middle States Region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, gather under the theme of “One Region, One Team, One Dream,” to recognize the work of PTK members who demonstrate enduring qualities.
The College’s Automotive Technology program was spotlighted by The Philadelphia Inquirer during the Philadelphia International Auto Show, Jan. 31-Feb. 8. Daniel Reed, an assistant professor with the program, told the paper that when today’s vehicles need service or repair it often takes a computer and a technician who can interpret the data to set things right. Pictured are, from left, alumni association member Denise Bryant and students Nicolas Clemonte and Jana D. Jernigan staffing the program’s booth during the show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
T he Community College of Philadelphia chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) was officially inaugurated on Jan. 26 during a ceremony in the College’s Rotunda. AAWCC Regional Director Deborah Fontaine of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., led the inauguration. The AAWCC is dedicated to changing women’s lives through leadership and education, thus strengthening our colleges and communities. Founding members of the new chapter, shown from bottom left, are Marian McGorry, Fontaine, Betty Cannon and Claudia Curry. Second row, from left: Susan Tobia, Sharon Thompson, Pamela Gallimore, Lynette Brown-Sow, Judith Gay, Beatrice Jones, Eloise Hall and Michele Claybrook-Lucas. Third row, from left: Jenavia Thompson-Weaver, Lisa Cooper and Kathleen Smith. Members not shown include: Meghan Solomon, Dulivanette Onema, Diane Kae and Jamie Picardy.
T he College held a ceremony on Feb. 3 at the Center for Business and Industry for graduates of the College’s Administrative Assistant Job Readiness program. The graduates, all of whom are Philadelphia Housing Authority residents, received certificates at the ceremony.