- A Bigger, Better, Greener Northeast Regional Center
- College Adds Two New Partners to Dual Admissions Program
- Pathways Magazine Highlights Green Initiatives
- Grand Chamber Breakfast
- 2011 Regional Center Awards Breakfasts
- College Participates in Citywide Science Festival
- Employee of the Year 2011
- Employee of the Month
- 12th Annual Honors Tea
- Former Governor Rendell Receives Becker Award
- Samuel Hirsch Honored by Philadelphia Young Playwrights
- President Curtis Honors 2011 Retirees
- Tea and Pastries in the Rotunda
- Spring Fling 2011
- National Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner
- Nurses Pinning Ceremony
- College Foundation Thanks Donors
- Foundation Hosts Pathways Awards Breakfast
- Filling the Tuition Gap
- College’s Project Achieve Earns Open Society Institute Grant
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.
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.
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
Northwest Regional Center
West Philadelphia Regional Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.