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Judge Marjorie O. Rendell Receives 2010 Becker Award

Marjorie Rendell
Pennsylvania’s First Lady and federal judge Marjorie O. Rendell received the 2010 Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award and gave a brief lecture on the importance of public service on May 10 at the College’s Center for Business and Industry. The award is named in honor of the late judge with whom she once shared the bench on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. President Curtis (right) and Judge Becker’s son, Charles “Chip” Becker, Esq.,(left), presented the award on behalf of the College’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.

Regional Centers Bestow Leadership Awards

In May, the College’s three Regional Centers each hosted a breakfast ceremony and presented distinguished leadership awards to a total of 18 individuals who have committed their talent, time and effort to projects and activities that make a real and measurable difference in the lives of residents. “We thank you for what you do every day,” President Curtis said at one of the award breakfasts. The awards, presented on May 4, 5 and 6, recognize community, political, student, education, faith and business luminaries selected by the College’s Regional Center advisory boards.

Bestow Leadership Awards
Northeast Regional Center award winners seated from left: Patricia M. Betz, vice president and branch manager at Beneficial Bank; Agnes Yohn, representing her daughter and student winner Anjerie Yohn of George Washington High School. Standing from left: state Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, 170th Legislative District; Lissa S. Johnson, regional superintendent, School District of Philadelphia; and Terry Lewis, standing in for Rev. Richard Smith, pastor of Faith Assembly of God. Not shown is recipient Michael Hatala, president of the Parkwood Civic Association, who was unable to attend the breakfast.
Bestow Leadership Awards
Northwest Regional Center award winners seated from left: Thomas Haley of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School; Barbara A. Bloom, creator of Mt. Airy Learning Tree; and Shirley Gregory, 49th Ward leader and district director for U.S. Rep. Robert A. Brady. Standing from left: Bob J. Elfant, president of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors; Rev. Alfred W. Jones Jr., director, Mary L. King Food Ministry at Holsey Temple CME Church; and Derek S. Green, Esq., special counsel to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.
Bestow Leadership Awards
West Philadelphia Regional Center award winners seated from left are Hadessa Abraham, Parkway West High School; Margo L. Davidson, co-founder and board president, African-American Female Entrepreneurs Alliance; and Lanna Minor accepting the posthumous Elected Official award for her father, the late State Sen. Hardy Williams, 8th Legislative District. Standing from left are Beverly Williams on behalf of Jerry C. Johnson, M.D., chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Rev. Jonathan E. Ford, pastor, Taylor Tabernacle; and JoAnn Weinberger, president and executive director, Center for Literacy.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Visits the College

Tony Miller
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Tony Miller delivered a keynote address on April 26 at the College on the Obama Administration’s efforts to prepare students for success in the global economy. In celebration of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s 60th anniversary, Miller addressed some of the opportunities to improve the nation’s education system so U.S. children can contribute to advancing America’s international competiveness. He also highlighted the Department of Education’s policies and reform priorities at the core of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including a focus on college and career readiness and the need for international benchmarks for success.

Faculty Party with a Purpose

Faculty Party with a Purpose
(From left) Susan Kaup, Robert J. Griendling of National Penn Bank and Michael Remshard. Photo by Michael Remshard.

More than 50 guests joined Michael Remshard, associate professor of Counseling, and his wife, Susan Kaup, at their home on March 19 for a “party with a purpose” to raise funds to benefit students at the College. Attendees included colleagues, friends, family and neighbors, as well as neighborhood business represenatives. More than $3,300 was raised in support of the College’s Emergency Book Fund.

Rembrandt’s Restaurant and Bar and Mugshots CoffeeHouse & Café donated food, wine, coffee and dessert. National Penn Bank, UBC-Envision Group, Vincent Floryshak, D.D.S., Marlene Burk of Long & Foster Real Estate, WellPoint Oriental Medicine, Fairmount Pet Shoppe and London Grill were other leading sponsors of the event.

College was Major Ingredient in NBC 10 Cooking Competition

Julie Yuen of Warminster was crowned the winner of this year’s The 10! Show’s Next Local TV Chef competition, but the College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management (CAHM) program was the real star of the show. This was the second year that the College sponsored the NBC 10 promotion in which five amateur cooks vie for a one-year gig as The 10! Show’s Next Local TV Chef and a free CAHM class of their choice.

Each week for four weeks, the contestants met in the CAHM kitchen classroom to test their culinary chops. A trio of judges consisting of a celebrity; CAHM chef Tom Macrina, executive chef of The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern; and four CAHM alumni tasted the dishes and then “86’d” one of the competitors who failed to measure up. The term “86’d” is restaurant lingo for kicking a dish off the menu.

Yuen, a stay-at-home mom and self-proclaimed “Asian Rachel Ray,” was the last woman standing after the final face-off with Therese Schumacher, an office manager from Doylestown. The cooking bouts were aired each Friday on The 10! Show.

In every episode, NBC 10 news reporter Tim Furlong waxed eloquent about the College and the excellence of its many programs. “This is the perfect place to go if you want to become a chef,” Furlong said as the five contestants whipped up their “signature dish” for the first round.

The judges included celebrity chefs Stephen Starr and Jose Garces, singer Cathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and B-101 radio personality Tiffany Hill; CAHM instructors Macrina, Ka-Ron Thomas and Andres Marin; Chris Emmons, assistant director of culinary services at the Princeton Windows Independent Living Community; and Peter Hoffman, executive chef at the Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Thomas, Marin, Emmons and Hoffman are all CAHM grads.

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Students Get Their Fling On

Spring Fling
Students took advantage of beautiful spring weather on April 28 to enjoy the College’s annual Spring Fling celebration.

Celebrating Professional Excellence, Creativity and Innovation

President Curtis held the 11th Annual Honors Tea on May 5 to celebrate excellence within the College family. The reception was held in the Rotunda and included an exhibit showcasing the creativity of the College’s employees. In addition to the Presidential Awards for Distinguished Service and the League for Innovation in the Community College Innovation of the Year Award, the event recognized faculty who have been promoted, Teaching Center awardees and Leadership Institute participants.

Wills For Heroes
Recipients of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, from left: Eloise Hall, Administrator; Brandee Allen, Diversity; Loretta Masciantonio, Classified/Confidential; and Anthony Wychunis, Faculty.

Honored for Creativity and Innovation

Wills For Heroes
League for Innovation in the Community College Innovation of the Year Award winners are, from left, Joseph McFadden, Allan Kobernick, Sharon Thompson, Ph.D., Richard Gilbert and Robert Dauval, who is not pictured.

Nurses Pinning Ceremony

Nurses Pinning Ceremony
Nursing program graduates gather outside the Main Campus Gym before their May 7 pinning ceremony.

Honored for Their Longetivity

Celebrating Professional Excellence, Creativity and Innovation
Full-time employees with at least 35 years at the College each received $150 for their longevity on the job at the 26th Annual Classified/Confidential Employees Luncheon on May 12. From left are Robert Dauval, Darryl Holmes, Thelma Lee and Gary Grissom. Lester White and Willie Pailin are not pictured, but also were honored. Photo by Earni Young.

Employee of the Year

David Garfield of Central Supply was named employee of the year for 2010-2011 at this year’s Classified/Confidential Employees Luncheon. Photo by Earni Young.

Hats Off to College Retirees

Hats Off to College Retirees
On April 14, President Curtis and College Trustee Lydia Hernández Vélez hosted a reception to show appreciation for retiring College employees. Seated, from left, are retirees Cindy Dorfman and Jae Fisher. Standing, from left: Hernández Vélez, President Curtis and retirees Robert Pittenger, Karen Cary, Stephen Ford and Ketill Ingolfsson. Other retirees honored but not shown include Jack Topiol, Roger Garbett, Mary E. Tagliareni, Phebe Baker, William Toney and Geraldine Hawkins.

Role Models

Role Models

The first 11 students to complete the College’s Kick Off Your Career program were presented their certificates of completion on May 12 in a ceremony at the College’s Center for Business and Industry. Judi Greif, director of the program, described the students as role models. The students are the first to receive certificates from the program, which began last fall with the help of a two-year, $360,000 federal grant to retrain unemployed workers. Other recipients will follow between now and May 2011. Pictured from left: Yvette Jiggetts, Pamela Bivens, Sandra Jones (rear), Tanya Howard (front), Venus Hernandez, Tanya Gaines, Marian Moore, Jenell Fritz, Desiree Neal and Carmen Cueves. Not pictured is student Eckloff Wardlaw. Photo by Earni Young.

English Professor Tom Ott Gives Lindback Lecture

Tom Ott
2009 Lindback Award winner Tom Ott, professor of English, fields questions on April 6 during his lecture on the topic, “The 21st Century Community College: Teaching and Learning is Our Primary Discipline.”

Email Passé; Social Networking Hot Among Youth

Email Passé, Social Networking Hot Among Youth
Skip Shuda (left), CEO of Team and a Dream, and Michael Rice, CEO of Professional Networking Associates, were guest speakers on May 13 for a morning discussion of the topic, “Social Media: A New Way to Conduct Business in the 21st Century.” The event was sponsored by the College’s Corporate Solutions. “Generation Y and Z actually consider email passé,” Shuda said.

Creative Campus: Community College of Philadelphia

The College's Art and Design program was featured June 4 in a nearly six-minute segment on WHYY television's "Friday Arts" program. Friday Arts is a 30-minute monthly arts, culture and entertainment show. To view the segment, click on the following link and scroll halfway down the page to "Creative Campus: Community College of Philadelphia,"