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"I believe CCP is a very under-the-radar institution that does a great deal of good for Philly but never gets the acknowledgment deserved," said highly regarded painter and photographer Diane Burko, who taught there from 1970 to 2000. "The art department is a prime example."
Saturday night are the regional Emmys. Among the nominees is CCPTV, the Community College of Philadelphia TV station, for Drop the Mic, a spoken-word program hosted by poet and CCP associate prof Michelle Myers and featuring CCP students.CCPTV is the only college TV show to be so honored.

Philadelphia is going all out to host the pope and the World Meeting of Families this week, but for most residents the visit is disrupting daily life.

Local unions and vocational programs, including Lincoln Technical Institute and the Community College of Philadelphia also presented.

SugarHouse also works closely with local community job partners – JEVS, Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), Veteran’s Multi Service Center and Good Will of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – to bring job opportunities to members of the local community.

The Philadelphia project is part of an annual nationwide event, Pro Bono Citizenship Day, developed by AILA to encourage pro bono representation of naturalization applicants. This year's events, scheduled for Saturday at the Community College of Philadelphia and at St. Rocco's Center in Avondale, accompany the annual observance of Constitution Day, today.

The diplomatic double whammy of back-to-back visits by Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping is creating some pressure-filled days for Deesha Dyer, five months into her tenure as White House social secretary.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Community College Of Philadelphia Celebrates The Bewitching Season With Free Events Featuring The Master Of The Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe


(Sept. 18, 2015) -- Just in time for the bewitching season, Community College of Philadelphia invites the community to participate in a month-long series of events honoring the magnificent, macabre works of author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe – and they’re all free.

Designed to inform, educate and celebrate, this exciting literary event sponsored by the English Department is held in conjunction with The Big Read, a national initiative that seeks to encourage reading in the community. All events are free and open to the public. The Big Read is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

It’s all part of an ongoing effort during the College’s 50th anniversary to bring the community to the campus and involve campus in the community, says Dr. Tabitha Morgan, assistant professor of English and Program Director.

“The College’s mission is one of inclusivity, diversity, and growth for all Philadelphians. All Big Read events, which are free and open to the public, support that mission, and we are honored to create a space where intellectualism, cultural diversity, and community connection can intersect and flourish,” Morgan said.

Why Poe? Few realize the celebrated writer lived in Philadelphia from 1837-1844 during the most prolific periods of his career. From his residence only blocks from the College on 7th and Spring Garden, Poe penned some of his most famous works: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Learn more by taking a tour of Poe’s home on Saturday, Oct. 10. Poe-lovers will gather at the Poe House at 1 p.m.

Throughout the month, Community College of Philadelphia also will host a number of book discussion groups, film screenings, literary and historical panels, lithograph and manuscript exhibits and architectural tours featuring professors, students and area faculty from Temple and University of Pennsylvania. Events are also scheduled at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Poe House, and the Wagner Free Science Institute. Go to www.ccp.edu/poe for more information on The Big Read at the


Schedule of Events (Through Oct. 13)

Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 15, Free Library of Philadelphia, Art Hallway Gallery, 2nd Floor: An exhibit of lithographs and engravings of city views from the era when Poe lived in Philadelphia.

High School Book Groups at local high schools (ongoing): Community College of Philadelphia and high school faculty will provide approximately 250 Poe booksto high school students to help examine the author’s writings through a critical lens.

Monday, Oct. 5, 3-4 p.m., Community College of Philadelphia, Room S2-03: Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: English Majors Literary Discussion Panel. Community College of Philadelphia students will discuss, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe’s eerie short story featuring decay, death and a psychological twist of an ending.

Opening Ceremonies: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m. Community Pennsylvania, College of Philadelphia, Bonnell Auditorium, 16th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: Dr. John Tresch, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will lecture from his forthcomingbook, Poe’s Rare Devices: Twisted Fictions, Incredible Facts, and the Forging of U.S. Science, which demonstrates that Poe's technical obsessions were before his time. In addition, actress and playwright Helen McKenna will deliver her unique rendition of Poe’s stories. Her transformation into Poe “lends her first-person performance a downright errie believability,” said one observer.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. 7th and Spring Garden, Poe House Tour and Lecture: Registered a national historical landmark, the famous residence was where Poe lived from 1837 to 1844. While his years in Philadelphia were among his happiest and most productive, he also struggled with bad luck, depression and his wife’s tuberculosis.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10-12 a.m., Community College of Philadelphia Coffeehouse, Room S1-22, Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street: Documentary Screening: “Love, Death and Women.” A scholar once said that in Poe’s work, a woman has to die for a story to exist. Is that true? After the screening, a panel discussion of Poe and his relationship with women will be discussed.




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College president Dr. Donald Guy Generals showed his support for President Obama's America's College Promise Campaign on Sept. 9, as the College community rallied behind the initiave to make community colleges free.

Fall 2015 Professional Development

President Donald Guy Generals kicked off the College’s 50th year by posing a question to the faculty and staff assembled in the Winnet Student Life Building for Fall Professional Development Opening Session August 31.

“Do we want to be good?” Dr. Generals asked, “Or do we want to be great?”

The question is drawn from his listening tour, as he has tuned in on the conversations that will shape the direction of the College over the next 50 years.

His takeaways? The College is widely viewed as part of a vibrant and historical fabric of the city, and cited as one of the most important institutions in Philadelphia.

However, there are some who believe the College should stay the course and continue along the current lines of progress. Others believe the headwinds of change will batter higher education institutions, which will face an ambiguous future unless they change course.

“Over the course of the year, I am hoping we can address this and see what degree we need to change, if at all. Or whether or not we need to double down on the effort we are currently doing," Dr. Generals said.

What’s clear is the College needs to be more prominent in workforce and career development. “We need to be the go to institution,” he said. My vision is that it is more than workforce development. It really is about having an economic impact in this great city of ours and being at the table.“

At the end of his first year, Dr. Generals reorganized the College in an effort to blend academics with tools for student success. “I did not submerge academic affairs under student affairs,” he said, adding that student success and academic affairs have taken on added importance as they are creating stronger alliances and an environment that is beneficial to student learning.”

"It's not enough for students to know things. They have to apply it in purposeful ways to issues they care about,” said Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American College and Universities who spoke at in-service.

For the coming academic year, the College will move into a new phase of collaboration as efforts get underway to hold an organized conversation regarding guided pathways and new ways to deepen student learning. Dr. Generals plans to establish a President’s Council to create a vehicle for organized conversation. Volunteers are being sought to help with this initiative.

“We shuffled the deck a little bit,” Dr. Generals said. “Do we aspire to be the best? And if we want to be the best, does that assume we continue to do what we’ve been doing?”

Dr. Generals emphasized that hat the College must continue to strengthen assessment of student learning outcomes and use data to reflect, make changes and improve the curriculum.

By Dec. 1, 2015 the College must report on its progress in meeting Standard 14 to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

“My appeal to everyone is to make sure we do whatever we can do to assess student learning outcomes,” Generals said. "The assessment process requires that we identify the type of assessment you want to do and, in a very direct way, determine if what you are teaching is benefiting the students acquiring that knowledge."

In other business, the president also provided additional updates:
The state budget still has not been passed, leaving the College and other nonprofits in limbo. The College must identify bold ways to sustain itself for the next 50 years and beyond, he said. The College intends to enrich civic engagement, which integrates community-based learning and reinforces the skills and knowledge acquired in the classrooms.