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Recognizing the Bright Stars Who Make the College Shine

Faculty and staff gathered in the Great Hall for the Annual Holiday Brunch to reflect on 2017 and recognize faculty and staff for their decades of service.

“Around Philadelphia and around the country, Community College of Philadelphia is creating a buzz…it’s all because of you,” said Dr. Judith Rényi, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

She went on to highlight alumni such as Deesha Dyer, former White House social secretary who recently penned an op-ed in support of free community college for Forbes; Hazim Hardeman, the College’s first Rhodes scholar; and Larry Liu, the first-ever Cooke Oxford Scholar who is now working on his Ph.D. at Princeton University.

Attendees enjoyed karaoke, live entertainment, games, giveaways and a buffet-style brunch. In total, twenty-three faculty and staff members were honored by Dr. Guy Generals, president of the College, for dedicating 20, 30, 40, and 50 years to the College’s mission and vision.

“The past 20 years have really been more of a reward than a service for me,” said Darrick Walton of the Physics department. “I started off as a student-worker—I was taking classes here and at Temple University—so to be accepted to be a part of the team has been a great, great honor.

Check out the full list of honorees below and be sure to head to our press room to see all of the 2017 buzz about Community College of Philadelphia.

50 Years of Service

Kathryn Dutkiewicz | Larry Parr

40 Years of Service

Carol Clark | Ramon Diaz | Stan Gilbert | John Pinto | Cathy Redd | Regina Wertheimer                                 

30 Years of Service

Robert Conrad | Gilberto Gonzalez | Ludwig Huebner | Daniel Medio | Renee Ramsey-Valley | Carline Rucker | Valessa Thompson | William McCardell

20 Years of Service

Deborah Brewington | Simon Brown | Tanika Hembrooks | Paula Perry-Gable | Daniel Reed | Ferdinand Talabis | Darrick Walton