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A Bigger, Better, Greener Northeast Regional Center

The College kicked off a series of events celebrating the formal grand opening of the $31 million expanded and eco-friendly Northeast Regional Center (NERC) on April 20, just two days before Earth Day. The connection was appropriate given the sustainable and green technology themes emphasized in the new addition and the renovation of the existing structure. More than 100 political, government, education, business and community leaders attended the opening of the “Bigger, Better, Greener” NERC.

NERC Grand Opening
The traditional ribbon cutting was replaced by the flip of a giant switch that launched a spiraling tornado of black and yellow balloons.
NERC Grand Opening
From left, Al Taubenberger, president, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Willie Taylor, regional director, Economic Development Administration; U.S. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick; U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz; President Curtis; Arlene Yocum, president, College Foundation; Varsovia Fernandez, chair, College Board of Trustees; U.S. Sen. Chaka Fattah; Mayor Michael A. Nutter; State Sen. Michael J. Stack; State Rep. John P. Sabatina, Jr.; Dan Ladise, chief of staff for State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle; and Ray Kampf, a neighborhood representative.
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College Adds Two New Partners to Dual Admissions Program

College Adds Two New Partners to Dual Admissions Program
President Curtis presents Rosemont College President Sharon Hirsch with a token of appreciation after the formal signing of new dual admissions agreements with Rosemont College and Saint Joseph’s University. The afternoon event was part of the NERC’s opening day festivities and was attended by representatives from all 11 of the College’s Dual Admissions program partners.
College Adds Two New Partners to Dual Admissions Program
Alumna Vanessa Mitchell, a counselor at Eagleville Hospital in Montgomery County, explained how she used the College’s Dual Admissions program to transfer to Chestnut Hill College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

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Pathways Magazine Highlights Green Initiatives

African-American History Month Speaker

Peter Longstreth, former president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), and Katherine Gajewski, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, were on hand on April 25 to unveil the latest issue of the College’s Pathways magazine, which focuses on green technology and sustainability. They were featured, along with John Grady, PIDC’s former executive vice president, now president, in the magazine’s cover story. Shown in the photo, from left, are Longstreth, Arlene M. Yocum, president of the College’s Foundation; Grady; Gajewski; and President Curtis.

 

Grand Chamber Breakfast

College Hosts First Regional Community College Summit
Leaders and members of the city’s business community met as part of the Grand Chamber Breakfast at the NERC on April 29. Pictured from, left, are Varsovia Fernandez, the College’s Board chair and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO; Joseph W. Mahoney, Jr., Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce executive vice president; Melonease Shaw, president and CEO of Maven, Inc., representing the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Al Taubenberger, president, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Mary A. Faustino, executive director, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce in Greater Philadelphia; and President Curtis.

2011 Regional Center Awards Breakfasts

The College’s three Regional Centers presented distinguished leadership awards to 18 individuals on May 3, 4 and 5. The honorees were chosen for their achievements and outstanding commitment to their communities.


Northeast Regional Center

Northeast Regional Center
Seated, from left: Barry Stucker, first vice president, Temple Beth Ami Synagogue; Kathy P. Murphy, principal, George Washington High School; and Joshua Marcu, student, George Washington High School. Standing, from left, Steve Teplitz, adjunct instructor, Community College of Philadelphia; Collette C. McBratney, president, CCM Training Company; and the Honorable Seamus P. McCaffery, Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Northwest Regional Center

Northwest Regional Center
Seated, from left: City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez; Deidgre Green, student, Martin Luther King High School; and Linda Lane, Workforce Development Instructor, Mayor's Office of Community Services. Standing, from left: Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III, senior pastor, Janes Memorial United Methodist Church; James H. Foster, publisher, Germantown Newspapers Inc.; and Thomasennia Amos, director, College Access Program, Philadelphia Education Fund.

West Philadelphia Regional Center

West Philadelphia Regional Center
Seated, from left: Roben E. Manker, regional librarian, Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library; Abby Stamelman Hocky, executive director, Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia; and Jameisha Simmons, student, Overbrook High School. Standing, from left: State Rep. Kenyatta J. Johnson; Horace S. Patterson, founder and owner, Patterson Home Remodeling and Maintenance Co.; and Rev. Dr. Malcolm T. Byrd, associate director, Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.
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College Participates in Citywide Science Festival

College Participates in Citywide Science Festival
College Participates in Citywide Science Festival.

Faculty and students participated in various events at various locations, including the College’s Northeast Regional Center, during the Philadelphia Science Festival, April 15–28. Pictured, left to right, are professors Annamarie Fulep-Poszmik, Mark Piazza, Kristy Shuda McGuire, Charles Heise and Michael Byler. Not pictured is professor Linda Powell, chair of the College’s Biology department, who took the picture.

Employee of the Year 2011

Employee of the Year 2011
Admissions employee Tanika Hembrooks was named Employee of the Year at the 27th Annual Classified/Confidential Employees Luncheon on May 11. Photo by Earni Young.
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Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month
Laverne Allen, center, from the Controller’s Office, was named Employee of the Month during the month of June. Photo compliments of the College’s Library/Educational Support Services.

12th Annual Honors Tea

Employee of the Month
Pictured are Kathleen Mulray, President Curtis and Anne Dempster. Mulray and Dempster were honored for their distinguished service at the College’s Northeast Regional Center.

On May 4, the College held the 12th Annual Honors Tea, a celebration of the excellence within the College family. The event is highlighted by the recognition of faculty who have been promoted, Teaching Center awardees, staff who participated in the College’s Leadership Institute, the winners of Presidential Awards, the winner of the League for Innovation in the Community College Innovation of the Year Award, and an exhibit in the Rotunda that showcases the creativity of the College family.

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Former Governor Rendell Receives Becker Award

Lindback Award Winner Aram Terzian Gives Lecture

Edward G. Rendell, who served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania and mayor of Philadelphia, receives the 2011 Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award on April 28 from Charles Becker, Esq., the son of the late federal appeals court judge for which the award is named. Also honored were philanthropist Kal Rudman for his continued support of the College’s Justice curriculum, Daniel McKenna, the national director for Wills for Heroes, as well as David Trevaskis and Lisa Sherman for their work on the College’s Wills for Heroes events, which provide free will writing services for emergency personnel and first responders.

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Samuel Hirsch Honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Samuel Hirsch Samuel Hirsch, vice president for Student Affairs, received the President’s Award from Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) after serving on that organization’s board for the past 21 years. PYP is an intensive arts education program that pairs theater professionals with individual classroom teachers.

Samuel Hirsch Honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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President Curtis Honors 2011 Retirees

President Curtis Honors 2011 Retirees
President Curtis hosted a reception on April 21 to honor retiring employees. Among those retiring this year is Athletics Department Director Ollie Johnson. Johnson, 62, is a former National Basketball Association star who began his basketball career as a freshman at Community College of Philadelphia. Under his leadership, the College’s athletic teams have won more than 45 championship titles in men's and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and tennis. Pictured, from left to right, are some of the 2011 retirees who attended the reception. Seated, from left, are Ann Russo, Karin Boykin, Shirley Neiderberger and Emilie Harting. Standing, from left, are Ruth Douglas, William Eberle, Alexander Russell, Ollie Johnson, Ray Canning, Joseph Bendig and Lester White. Not shown are Regina Carbone, Anne Dempster, Pamela Flynn, Robert Gorchov, Carmen Del Valle-Perez, Huizhen Ren and Jesus Torres.
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Tea and Pastries in the Rotunda

Tea and Pastries in the Rotunda
A bountiful buffet of deserts went quickly at the President’s Annual Administrative Professionals Tea.
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Spring Fling 2011

Spring Fling 2011
A quartet of drummers entertains students in the courtyard outside the Student Life Building during the annual 2011 Spring Fling festivities.
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National Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner

National Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner

2011 graduate Larry Thi was one of 60 outstanding community college students selected from hundreds nationally to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $30,000 a year. Thi, center, is flanked by Marline Paramour, director of TRIO Student Support Services, and Samuel P. Coleman IV, academic coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services. Thi also was recognized by the College’s Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting.

Nurses Pinning Ceremony

Nurses Pinning Ceremony
Graduate Jeanine Cleary receives congratulations at the College’s annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony.

College Foundation Thanks Donors

College Foundation Thanks Donors
President Curtis and Arlene Yocum, president of the College’s Foundation, hosted a reception on May 12 in the College’s Center for Business and Industry to honor and recognize scholarship benefactors and scholarship recipients.
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Foundation Hosts Pathways Awards Breakfast

Jane G. Pepper

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation presented the College’s highest honor, the Bonnell Award, to Jane G. Pepper, past president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, on June 7 at the Union League in Center City. Pepper received the award at the Foundation’s Fourth Annual Pathways Breakfast, which raised more than $67,000. Also honored were Master Chef Joseph Poon, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. The Bonnell Award is named after Dr. Allen T. Bonnell, the College’s founding president, and is given in recognition of exemplary community service and a commitment to access, opportunity and transformational change.

Filling the Tuition Gap

More than 1,500 students and employees participated in a Tuition Gap Day Scavenger Hunt, a Web-based scavenger hunt hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement with the help of Information Technology Services and Student Life.

The scavenger hunt, held in mid-March, was designed to create awareness of the substantial gap in funding between what students pay in tuition and the actual cost of a school year. It also informed students about the importance of College donors, from faculty and alumni to retirees and corporations, and encouraged giving to the Annual Fund. Students who successfully complete the scavenger hunt were entered in a drawing to win a Kindle electronic reader, an iPad or a voucher toward tuition and fees at the College. Even faculty and staff were encouraged to participate in the hunt with the prize of an overnight stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

College’s Project Achieve Earns Open Society Institute Grant

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation is proud to announce a $500,000 grant from a new funding source—the Open Society Institute.

Billionaire George Soros is founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He is also the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC. The grant, which comes from the Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, will be spread over two years.

Built on the framework of the College’s successful Center for Male Engagement, the support will increase the number of African-American males that the College is able to impact while expanding the scope of services with an increased emphasis on academic achievement.

The College will launch Project Achieve to provide intensive and comprehensive support to 300 at-risk African-American males over two years to assist them in achieving their educational goals. The long-term objective of Project Achieve is to increase the success and graduation rates of African-American males at the College.

Through Project Achieve, participants will become engaged in the academic environment through life and leadership skills training, academic support programs, and an orientation to College and to student support services. This program will assist participants in making a smooth transition into a college setting by providing an understanding of College expectations and reviewing the skills necessary for success. Infusing these expectations up front and reinforcing them throughout the year will help students accomplish their goals.

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