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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.

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

History In The Making:
Celebrated Artists Come Together For The College's 50th Anniversary Art & Soul Gala To Help Fund Free Tuition Program

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2015—At Community College of Philadelphia, a closely connected group of celebrated Philadelphia artists have banded together for an October art exhibition & sale. The proceeds will help support the Community College of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which allows eligible students to pursue an associate’s degree at no cost for tuition and fees. Nearly 200 students had signed up for the program in its first semester and are currently taking classes at the College.

On October 2, the College hosts “An Evening of Art & Soul,” a black tie optional gala featuring beautiful paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs along with music spanning the last five decades by the Renaissance Orchestra. The exhibition and sale, curated by faculty members Jeff Reed, Karen Aumann and Jake Beckman, is the first citywide fundraiser held to support the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program.

The festivities, which mark the College’s 50th anniversary, begin at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion Building, which is on 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $125 for individuals or 10 tickets for $1,000. Community College of Philadelphia students can buy tickets for a discounted rate of $50.

“We can find many examples throughout history where artists, through their ability to see things - not for what they are but for what they want them to be - have made a difference in the world, President Donald Guy Generals said. “Not only are Philadelphia artists sharing their artwork with us, they also are demonstrating how strongly they believe in the promise of Philadelphia's high school graduates.”

Nearly 80 artists donated pieces, some renowned, some up and coming, but all with a connection to Philadelphia and the College. Donated works of art range from affordable ($40) to pricey ($9,000). Diane Burko, a former member of the Art Department faculty, is among the outstanding artists contributing works. Burko’s art has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and around the city. Primarily known as a landscape artist and photographer, Burko has recently gained acclaim for her cinematic, aerial explorations documenting the natural environment. She contributed two pieces to the show, including “Falling Leaves,” an archival inkjet print priced at $3,000.

Scores of other faculty, alumni and student artists submitted artwork. However, space limitations forced the College to cut off submissions for the exhibition and sale at 200, re-affirming the art department’s standing as one of the hidden gems of student success. 

Photographer Rita Gaudet deVecchis, owner of deVecchis Gallery on South Street; painter Paula Molnar; graphic artist Manny Hernandez and mixed media artist Danny Narvaez are among the notable alumni donating works. Contributing faculty members include ceramicist Aumann, graphic artist Terry Peterson and Reed, hailed as one of the living legends of landscape painting in Philadelphia. Individuals purchasing 10 or more tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Reed original worth $1,800.

“It is fitting that Community College of Philadelphia would hold an art sale and exhibition during its 50th Anniversary because the art students and faculty have brought great distinction to this institution,” Dr. Generals said. For more information about the gala and the art sale, visit the 50th Anniversary Gala website.




Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

After dropping out of the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Dyer worked as an assistant at a Pennsylvania real estate company, traveled the world and explored Philadelphia’s hottest nightspots. She eventually received an associate degree from the Community College of Philadelphia, landed a White House internship and then worked in the White House Travel Office. She became social secretary in May.

The next generation of nanotechnologists will have the opportunity to participate in Nano Day and Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, view nanotechnology contributions to community outreach programs such as Philly Materials Day and the Philadelphia Science Festival and participate in workforce training activities for nanotechnology technicians carried out in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia.

Ingram, who has worked at Independence Blue Cross for 16 years as a senior case management assistant, is now studying at Community College of Philadelphia.

Organizations that presented at the event included the Sheriff’s Office, the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), Keystone Health, the Philadelphia Library for the Blind, Esperanza Healthcare, Graduate Philadelphia and JEVS Human Services.

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


The Little Channel That Could:

CCPTV's 'Drop The Mic,' Nominated With Local Broadcasting Giants  For Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award

PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 16, 2015—Take visionary host Michelle Myers and add rhythmic student storytellers performing deeply affecting stories, and it’s easy to see why “Drop the Mic,” Community College of Philadelphia’s student spoken word show, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

Winners will be announced during the Emmy Award regional ceremony Sept. 19 at the Philadelphia Hilton. Nominated along with Community College of Philadelphia in the category of “Entertainment Program – Special” are CBS3 and WHYY-TV in Philadelphia; Multi Media Productions in Richboro; and WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh.

The fact that “Drop the Mic” is the only show produced by a college station to vie for a regional Emmy this year makes it something of a David vs. Goliath story. The show is the brainchild of Myers, an associate professor of English who herself is an award-winning spoken word poet. “It feels pretty wonderful,” said Myers, who doubles as faculty advisor of the Spoken Word Poetry Club, which won a 2015 Spotlight Award. “We wanted to create a show to showcase students on campus. We never expected anything like his.”

“Drop the Mic,” is produced entirely at the College by the Multimedia Services Video Production team and aired on CCPTV in the Spring of 2015. The hour-long spoken word competition is also the winner of the Telly and Communicator awards. CCPTV, the College’s cable channel (Comcast 53 and FIOS 21) broadcasts to Philadelphia subscribers of Comcast and Verizon with a reach of about 325,000 potential viewers

“This is an affirmation of how great our students are,” Myers said.

All episodes of “Drop the Mic,” including the nominated sixth episode can be found on the CCPTV 53 channel of Youtube.


Community College of Philadelphia has served more than 685,000 students. It currently enrolls more than 34,000 credit and non-credit students. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
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The Main Campus and Northeast, Northwest and West Regional Centers will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. All locations will remain closed Sept. 25, 26 and 27, reopening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28.

Cars must exit the Main Campus parking facilities by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. The parking facilities will reopen at 12:30 on Monday, Sept. 28. For additional information or updates, follow us on Twitter or contact Linda Wallace, Director of Communications at 713-302-9967.


Community College of Philadelphia enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually. The College offers day, evening and weekend classes, as well as classes on the Internet. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.