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.
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.
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.
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.
To follow the heated action, click on the links below:
- The Next Local Chef Competition Begins Philadelphia
- The 10 Show's Next Local TV Chef Philadelphia
- Next Local Chef Philadelphia
- One Step Closer to the Winner
- Julie is the Next Local Chef Philadelphia
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.
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.
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,"