- College CAHM Program Goes to China
- Coach DeShields Leads Local Players to London Tournament
- Gateway to College National Network Conference Held in Philadelphia
- CCPTV Wins National Award for Video on Cell Phone Etiquette
- Security Firm Awards Scholarship
- Freedom Rings for First Grads of College Training Program
- Professional Development Week
- College Alumna Honored by National Hispanic Group
- Kal Rudman Provides 25 New Scholarships for Police Officers
- Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon
- New Deans
- Reigning Queens of Cross Country
- College Administrators Honored by Outside Groups
Six students and three faculty members from the College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management (CAHM) programs traveled to Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing, China, in May. The trip was the culmination of a two-year U.S. Department of Education Title VI Business and International Education grant. The grant focused on the remarkable rise of China in the global economy. Hailin Zhou, an associate professor at Villanova University, accompanied the group. CAHM students carried the College’s banner to the Great Wall of China. Shown at the Great Wall, from left, are students Cinzia Casciato, Natasha D. Green and Aja Kreider-Lane; professor Zhou; College associate professor Mark Kushner; CAHM curriculum coordinator Linda Carroll-Pitts; students James Ballod, Sidney L. Booker III, Cheryl DiSalvo; and College visiting lecturer Paul McCormick.
The College’s head basketball coach Robert “Dondi” DeShields led a squad of Philadelphia-area basketball players to London this past summer to represent the United States at the Future Stars International Basketball Tournament from July 7–10. Known as Skoolz USA, DeShields’ team was the first and only American team to participate in the tournament. The squad lost all three of its tournament matches, but the experience was priceless, DeShields said.
Mayor Michael Nutter and President Curtis welcomed attendees to the Gateway to College National Network’s Seventh Annual Peer Learning Conference held July 18–20 at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing. More than 300 people attended the “Power of Persistence” conference, which focused on the Gateway to College and Project DEgree programs. Gateway to College offers a second chance for high school dropouts, ages 16 to 21, and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits. Project DEgree helps underprepared college students, ages 18 to 26, accelerate their progress through developmental education and on to a college degree or certificate.
The College’s educational cable channel, Comcast Channel 53 and FIOS Channel 21, has won a Bronze Telly Award for an eight-minute video on cell phone etiquette in the classroom. The video, produced by CCPTV, was chosen from among more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states to receive the Bronze Telly Award in two categories: Education for Academic Use and Low Budget Production. The video was produced as a project for the College’s 2010 Leadership Institute. Created in 1979, the Telly honors outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions and web commercials.
AlliedBarton Security Services presented a scholarship award to student Ramona Jefferson, center, who works for the firm, on July 28. This is the second scholarship AlliedBarton has given to a student at the College. The two-year scholarship is worth up to $7,200. Also pictured, from left, are Gregory Murphy, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement; James M. Gorman, AlliedBarton’s vice president and general manager; Brent O’Bryan, AlliedBarton’s regional director, Human Capital Management; and Marsha M. Ray, vice president for Institutional Advancement.
More than 100 Philadelphia Housing Authority residents received free Dell netbooks on Aug. 11, a gift for being the first class to successfully complete the “Freedom Rings Partnership” training program administered by the College, Drexel University, the Urban Affairs Coalition and the city. The students went through eight hours of basic computer literacy training at the College. The netbooks were provided by Drexel. Speakers at the event, which was held at the John F. Street Community Center in North Philadelphia, included Chuck Rumford, director of the College’s Corporate Solutions; Michael Kelly, PHA executive director; Lori Shorr, the city’s chief education officer; officials from cable operator Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc.; and Drexel. Freedom Rings is a multiyear, $25 million, federally funded initiative designed to build technical literacy by providing hands-on training to approximately 15,000 residents in 130 locations across Philadelphia. A total of 5,000 netbooks will be distributed to PHA residents who complete the eight-hour training program. See Chuck Rumford speak at the Freedom Rings ceremony.
David Baime, senior vice president for Government Relations & Research at the American Association of Community Colleges, addresses College faculty and administrators on Aug. 29 during Professional Development Week.
Members of the winning team in the Campus Trivia contest at the Professional Development Week luncheon on Aug. 30 are from left, Deann Mojado, Madeline Rolston, Desiree Rivers and Regina King. Jocelyn Sirkis, top, served as host for the Jeopardy-style contest, and María Luisa Ortega Hernández, top right, acted as the team’s scorekeeper.
Khara Garcia, a 2010 graduate and tutor at the College’s Learning Lab, won a Mentoring/Tutoring Award in August from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc., a nonprofit group that advocates for Hispanic women. While at the College, Garcia was secretary and president of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), a student ambassador, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and a volunteer for the Student Government Association and other student groups. After graduating with an associate’s degree in Art and Design, she began an internship with Philadelphia Freedom Schools, an academic enrichment program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as a Servant Leader Intern. She later began an internship with Tek Lado, a bilingual technology and pop culture website, as a writer and graphic designer. She also has volunteered as an exhibit designer for Mighty Writers. She plans on continuing her studies in Graphic Design at Temple University.
The Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation provided $12,000 to pay tuition for 25 Philadelphia police officers to attend courses in the College’s Justice curriculum. Philanthropist Kal Rudman presented the donation to President Curtis and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey on Sept. 14. As of summer 2011, the Rudman Foundation had provided 376 students with grants totaling $146,743. Many past grant recipients attended the ceremony and are shown with Kal Rudman, front row center (holding the check), and Commissioner Ramsey and President Curtis, far left.
Cuban-American actor Paolo Andino, a cast member on “The Big Gay Sketch Show” on Logo TV, delivered the keynote speech at the College’s Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon on Sept. 29. Andino has appeared on stage and screen and is a published narrator of children’s books. He was introduced by graduate Noel Aragon, who last May was the student speaker at the College’s Commencement ceremony.
The College welcomed two new deans this fall. They are Wayne Wormley, who joined the College in September as dean of the Division of Business and Technology, and Susan Hauck, who was hired as dean of Flexible Learning Options and Academic Technology (FLOAT) in October. Wormley most recently served as associate dean in the School of Leadership and Professional Development at Mountain State University in West Virginia. Hauck previously served as director of Instructional Technology at Montgomery County Community College.
The College’s women’s cross country team captured the 2011 Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) title for the sixth straight year. The team, from left, of Iyanna Crawley, Kristyn Green, and Shamira Colquitt received All-Tournament, All-Conference and All-State honors. Not shown are coaches Ephener Green, Robert Taylor, El’Phant Eure and Shawna Bearden, who received conference and state coach of the year honors. Photo compliments of Rogers Glispy.
Congratulations are in order for several College administrators who were recently honored with awards and/or board appointments:
Lynette M. Brown-Sow, vice president for Marketing and Government Relations, recently was appointed to the governing board of Hahnemann University Hospital for a three-year term, ending September 2014. Located at Broad and Vine streets in Philadelphia, Hahnemann is a fully-accredited, 496-bed academic medical center. The College and Brown-Sow also each received awards in June from Project GRAD (Graduating Really Achieves Dreams) Philadelphia, the local affiliate of a program that serves more than 100,000 students in 205 schools nationwide. Brown-Sow, a graduate of the former Sayre Junior High School in Philadelphia, received the Sayre High School award. The College received an award for its education and training contributions to the residents of Philadelphia.
Judith Gay, vice president for Academic Affairs, recently joined the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Board of Directors. She was one of seven new members appointed in July. “Our new members bring a breadth of experience and a profound commitment to improving the quality of education in Philadelphia public schools,” said Diane Melley, board chair. The nonprofit group works to improve the quality of public education throughout the Philadelphia region.
David Thomas, dean of the Division of Adult and Community Education, recently received a 2011 Legacy Award from YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, a one-year program that provides high school dropouts with a chance to rebuild their lives by allowing them to earn their high school diplomas while learning vital job skills and providing community services.