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Edward Baker, assistant professor of Computer Technologies, has been awarded a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University.
Claudia Curry, Ed.D., director of the Women’s Center, was selected as a 2010 Golden Rose Award Recipient by the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Originally established in 1922 as a national service organization, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. created the Golden Rose Award to recognize black women who are positive role models in their respective fields. Recipients will be honored on February 27, 2010 at the Thirty-First Annual Peanut Luncheon.
Olga Dugan, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, published In My Mother’s House and other poems of resilience in December 2009 with Creative Endeavors Press. Her book includes formal and free verse poems and is rooted in her research on the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first Catholic sisterhood founded by women of African descent. Much of the creative process for this work was influenced by Dugan’s recent poet-in-residency at Soul Mountain Retreat with Marilyn Nelson, former Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.
Dugan’s reading performance group Polyphony, which includes students from the College, also participated in a benefit concert for the Oblate Sisters of Providence at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent on December 12, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. Other performers included tenor David Marshall, soprano LaVerna Scruggs, Kadejah One from the Broadway version of The Color Purple, and the Jubiliee Singers of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Polyphony presented select poems from In My Mother’s House at the event to celebrate the inspirational history and 180th anniversary of the Oblate Sisters. More information on Dugan’s book is available online.
Arlene Caney, associate professor of Music, presented her paper “Influences of Bhandra Dance on the Music of Jay-Z and Missy Elliot” at the International Popular Culture Conference in Turku, Finland. The conference was held from July 27 – July 31, 2009 and focused on the theme “The Wide World of Popular Culture.”
Additionally, Caney presented her article “Perceptions of the Uighurs in Chinese Theater” at the 14th International Chinese Music Europe (CHIME) Conference. CHIME was founded in 1990 and has since grown to serve as a conduit to network international researchers of Chinese music. It is based in Leiden, the Netherlands. The conference, titled “Chinese and East Asian Music: The Future of the Past,” was held from November 18 — 22, 2009 at the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels. Caney’s paper was based on her analysis of Uighur musical theater performances in Beijing and Urumqi utilizing research from a China educational grant that she received three years ago.
Caney is currently chairing the subject area of Academics and Collegiate Culture for the National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. At this March 31 — April 3, 2010 conference, she will present research discussing a sampling of the music of Isaac Hayes in Hip Hop.
Frank Gaydos, Ceramics instructional aide, will have a photograph of his Platter Hex included in a continuation of the Ceramics for Beginners series published by Lark Books. The latest addition to this how-to pottery book series, Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing, is written by Angelica Pozo and will publish in late summer 2010. His piece represents a glazing method using tape resistance.
Gaydos also had three other ceramic platters selected for Abstract Clay: Form and Surface, which is part of the Call for Artists: Art in City Hall program. This Philadelphia city program attempts to engage the community with the work of local visual artists. The Abstract Clay: Form and Surface exhibition runs from February 1 — April 16, 2010 and is located at the NE corner of City Hall on the second and fourth floors. It is juried by Ken Vavrek, founder of the Clay Studio and former professor at Moore College of Art and Design. Complete information is available on the Art in City Hall Web page.
Photo courtesy of Frank Gaydos
Elizabeth C. Masters, AIA, adjunct instructor of Architecture, Design and Construction, was elected to serve on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania board of directors from 2010 through 2012. AIA Pennsylvania was originally founded in 1909 as the first AIA state association. Its board of directors represents eight local AIA chapters across the state. Masters is completing a two-year term as an AIA Philadelphia board member.
Martha Nichols, adjunct instructor of English, had her painting “Days of Summer” selected as one of 85 out of 400 submitted works for the exhibit The Fine Art of Giving: Gifts of Art to the State Museum of Pennsylvania 1998 — 2008. The exhibit will be on display through June 30, 2010 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. The core of the museum’s permanent art collection is derived from donations that possess a direct connection to the state’s history and culture and are approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Collections Committee and the executive director. This exhibit recognizes Pennsylvania artists of the past decade and is located in the first floor gallery.
Dena Sukol, Esq., adjunct instructor of Paralegal Studies, presented “YOUR BRAIN: The Most Valuable Piece of Property You’ll Ever Own—An Intellectual Property Primer” to more than 40 members of the Philadelphia L.E.A.D.S. program at the December Power Seminar. Philadelphia L.E.A.D.S., the College’s student leadership society, conducts monthly power workshops and seminars with speakers who are experts in their respective fields. Sukol discussed basic law and copyrighting, trademarking and patenting resources. She also provided informational literature on the practicalities of protecting ideas, including registering copyrights with the Library of Congress and researching patents in the Patent and Trademark Depository Library at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Sukol, who is also faculty advisor for the Student Government Association, observed, “The line of students waiting to ask questions at the end of the program was wonderful—our students are brimming over with ideas, and it’s wonderful to provide them with this information.”
Photo courtesy of Dena Sukol
Greg Whetstone, Ed.D., adjunct instructor of Behavioral Health/Human Services, actively engaged his Introduction to Disabilities class in national disability policy discourse during the fall 2009 semester. At the beginning of the semester, students studied and analyzed the proposed revisions to the regulations and corresponding interpretive guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had recently proposed these revisions in order to best implement the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.
Whetstone utilized Regulations.gov as a vehicle to submit the class’ comments and participate in the shaping of this legislation. The site, managed by the eRulemaking Program and 25 partnering federal agencies, was initiated to increase public involvement in U.S. government regulation development. The new regulations took effect on January 1, 2010. The BHHS 161 class comments are available online under tracking number 80a5c908.
Conferences and Workshops
The College’s Art department will participate in NCECA 2010: INDEPENDENCE this March 31 — April 3, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This will be the 44th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Faculty members participating this year include Kyung Lee, associate professor of Art; Karen Aumann, associate professor of Art; Frank Gaydos, Ceramics instructional aide; Linda Shusterman, adjunct instructor of Art; and Marian Pritchard, adjunct instructor of Art.
Each year, the Art department utilizes the proceeds of the annual student pottery sale, along with additional support from Student Life, to sponsor the attendance of several students. The conference offers students a Student Critique Room to network and discuss their work with professional artists. Because this year’s event will be held in Philadelphia, the Art department has the unique opportunity to sponsor a total of 20 ceramics students. Sponsored students include:
Thomas R. Barr
Seung ok Chung
Arthur H. Gold
Maura E. Macfeat
Chenoa N. McDonald
Megan M. Shuster
Ann T. Simons
Catiana R. Conte
Brittany A. Mahoney
Community College of Philadelphia will host the annual Organization of American Historians Community College Workshop June 15 — 17, 2010 in the Center for Business & Industry. This year’s workshop will focus on teaching the U.S. History survey. The annual workshops provide faculty with the opportunity to network and discuss new scholarship, pedagogy and regional resources. A $200 stipend is available for those participating all three days and who meet the requirements. For more information, contact Stephen Katz, Ed.D, adjunct instructor in the department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, at x8655 or email@example.com. More information is also available at the Organization of American Historians’ Web site.
The department of Architecture, Design and Construction will display their Annual Show of Student Work through February 19, 2010. The show will include models, drawings and renderings. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
The annual Law and Society Week exhibit, “Lost Dreams on Canvas,” will be on display from February 26 through March 5.
Photographic Imaging Department student show
Students and faculty will share the space throughout this month. During the first week, from March 31 – April 4, 2010, the display cases will house “Past, Present and Future: 35 Years of Clay at Community College of Philadelphia,” in conjunction with the National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts 2010 and The Clay Studio. The opening reception will be held Thursday, April 1 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This exhibit will celebrate the College’s ceramics faculty, including those artists who sponsored workshops and mini-courses at the College through the years. The remainder of the month will highlight the student show.
College Family Exhibit