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Memorable scripts require rewrites, feedback from others, more rewrites, and perseverance, according to local filmmaker Ben Hickernell, who spoke to students and guests on February 18 on the Main Campus of Community College of Philadelphia.

The presentation by Hickernell, 35, kicked off the College’s 2014 Poets & Writers Festival, a series of poetry workshops and discussions that offer Philadelphians a glimpse of life as a professional writer.
Hickernell, who runs Philadelphia-based Reconstruction Pictures, showed movie clips he wrote and directed, explained the filmmaking process and urged audience members to hold themselves to a high standard. “In general, the first things you do are crap. You’ve got to get crap out of the way. First drafts are usually not your best,” Hickernell said.

Kelly McQuain, an associate professor of English at the College, and Jeff Markovitz, an instructor and coordinator Creative Writing certificate program, helped to organize the festivities. “It connects students to books, writers and ideas they wouldn't otherwise encounter,” McQuain said. Markovitz added, “It’s connecting our students to the real view from the professional world.”
The festival is a partnership of the Division of Liberal Studies, the Office of Student Life, the English Department, the Center for International Understanding, the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Poets & Writers Festival events are free and open to the public. Large groups wishing to attend an event are asked to notify the coordinators at jmarkovitz@ccp.edu and mcquain@ccp.edu.

Upcoming Poets & Writers Festival events include:

March 13
Poetry Symposium: Workshops and Readings will take place between 9:40 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building, on the west side of 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • 9:40 - 11:10 a.m.—Workshop with Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin, authors of “Poems for the Writing: Writing the Cameo Cinquain and the Unanswerable Letter Poem.”
  • 11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.—Workshop with David Groff, author of “Clay: The Turn of the Poem: Taking Your Poetry Past Its Comfort Zone.”
  • 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.—Lunch and a Reading by the Poets. Valerie Fox, Lynn Levin, David Groff, Suzanne Parker.
  • 2:40- 4:10 p.m.—Workshop with Suzanne Parker, author of “Viral: Pushing the Poetic Metaphor.”

March 19
Kevin Powers, “The Yellow Birds”
9 - 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building
One Book, One Philadelphia Author Series presents veteran and novelist Kevin Powers, who will read from his National Book Award-nominated novel, “The Yellow Birds”, and will speak on his personal journey as a soldier and writer, as well as his perspectives of the physical and psychological paths navigated by today’s veterans. A book signing will follow.

March 19
Panel Discussion: Returning Home: The Challenges Faced by Today’s Veterans
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building
How do the issues raised in “The Yellow Birds”resonate with student veterans at the College? From experiencing PTSD to attaining an education and finding a job, what kind of obstacles do veterans face as they transition to life at home? Join a panel that will discuss these issues as well as answer audience questions. Panelists include Connie Watson, Psychology Department; Stephen Bachovin, Coordinator of Veterans Programming; Jason Mays, Iraq War veteran and Student Government President; Dr. Howard J. Cohen, Psychologist; and moderator Kelly McQuain, English Department. The event is part of the Diversity Dialogue Series and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity, which will provide lunch for the first 15 people at the event.

April 7
Faculty Showcase of Writers
6 - 9 p.m. in the Sandra E. Klein Cube, Pavilion Building, on the west side of 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets
Featuring: Alan Elyshevitz, Jeff Markovitz, Nick Moudry, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Elizabeth Catanese, Diane McManus, Jonathan Pappas, Kate Brady. Thierry Saintine, and Thomas Rush.

Alumni from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program gathered March 13 with City officials and a top Goldman Sachs executive for a roundtable discussion and networking event.

More than 70 business owners met at the Kensington design studio of Printfresh, LLC, owned by program alumna Amy Voloshin. They discussed the challenges and opportunities facing business owners in the area and how the program has helped them.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Greater Philadelphiais an initiative to help small businesses create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services.

The program began in 2013 and two cohorts have completed the curriculum which covers accounting, human resources, negotiation and marketing, among other topics. More program information and an application are available online.

During the event, John F. W. Rogers, Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs addressed the program alumni at the event. Mayor Michael A. Nutter also spoke and Interim President Judith Gay, Ph.D., led a roundtable discussion with 13 program alumni. Other VIPs in attendance: Nicole Pullen Ross, Goldman Sachs Mid-Atlantic Region Head; Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; and Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network and a member of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council.

"It was a wonderful celebration with almost every one of our alums having a chance to interact with each other, Goldman Sachs officials and key partners of the program. The energy was palpable," said Margaret Berger Bradley, executive director of 10,000 Small Businesses– Greater Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer published a business feature story on March 12 hailing the benefits of the program, headlined "Back to School: Goldman Sachs-CCP Program Benefits Small Businesses". The story is available online.

Middle States Reception and Dinner RSVP

Please use the form to RSVP for the Middle States reception and dinner.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Pavilion Building, Klein Cube
Time: Reception 6:15 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM 

(Please RSVP by March 21, 2014)

Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award

The Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award honors those who have dedicated their lives to public service. 
Friday, April 25, 2014 we honor Robert P. Casey, Jr. United States Senator for Pennsylvania
Kindley RSVP by April 17, 2014
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Philadelphia Inquirer - how 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia has helped area entrepreneurs... 

2014 Women’s Leadership Conference


Defining and Refining the Leader Within

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Winnet Student Life Building | The Great Hall, Room S2-19

Individuals with a disability who require accommodations to participate in the conference should contact Claudia Curry or Jenavia Weaver as soon as possible.

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With as little as $1, Community College of Philadelphia students can make a difference in the lives of peers through the new I Pledge campaign.

Students are able to make a donation honoring an individual—an instructor, administrator, counselor, tutor or peer—who has helped them along their educational path at Community College of Philadelphia. These donations will endow the Colonial Spirit Scholarship, created recently to help deserving students.

"This will be a legacy for our students," said Patti Conroy, associate director, Scholarship Programs. "We are asking for students to give whatever they can, no matter the amount. Hopefully, they’re going to keep giving to the scholarship every year."

Pledges thus far have ranged from $1 to $20.

Student donors this semester will be invited to enjoy carnival-style games at the "I Pledge Spirit Carnival" along with their honoree. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 8 in the Great Hall. Those who fulfill their pledges before or during the carnival will gain access to the VIP area.

Each semester, donors and their honorees will be invited to attend a pledge recognition event. During an event last December, as many as 75 faculty and staff were honored through I Pledge donations, Conroy said.

The goal is to raise $2,014 in student donations this year, Conroy said. Faculty and staff are also welcome to contribute; however, the Colonial Spirit Scholarship is funded primarily by students for the benefit of their peers.

Jamere Lawrence, 27, a Business major from West Philadelphia who is a candidate for graduation in May, said the new scholarship gives students a great way to acknowledge memorable teachers and staff members. Lawrence has made several pledges honoring staff members.

"These people have served as mentors, demonstrating leadership skills and life skills, helping me with problems either in the classroom or social settings, and showing me how to get things done," Lawrence said. "When I found out about I Pledge, I thought it was great because through leadership training, we learn that a good leader is someone who gives back."

Students from the Regional Centers can participate by making a make a pledge online, or by sending a check or money order made out to Community College of Philadelphia with I Pledge in the memo to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA19130. For more information, contact scholarships@ccp.edu or call 215-496-6182.

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Former Pennsylvania Governor and former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell was at the Community College of Philadelphia Monday night to kick off the school’s 15th annual Law and Society Week with a question and answer session with a couple dozen students, faculty members, and others.