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Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital participated in an open house event designed to showcase the College Access Center of Delaware County to the community, elected officials, funders and potential partners.
The College Access Center was established in 2009 as a result of the establishment of the Chester Higher Education Council (CHEC), a 501(C)(3) organization formed by the presidents of Cheyney University, Delaware County Community College, Penn State Brandywine, Swarthmore College, Widener University and Neumann College. The open house was hosted by the Chester Higher Education Council’s Development Committee.
Among the approximately 60 guests in attendance with Vital were Rosalie M. Mirenda,president of Neumann University; Jerome S. Parker, president of Delaware County Community College and CHEC chairman; James T. Harris III, president of Widener University; Chester Mayor John Linder; Ann Schmeig,from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; Steven Bell, from Upper Darby High School; and a leadership team from TD Bank led by Tom Shoemaker, market president.
Located on the Widener University campus, the Center was established to serve Chester and county high school students and adults who aspire to a college education by providing free college preparation services.
Each year the Center serves more than 500 visitors and enrolls approximately 50 students in its Road Map program, which offers intensive college preparation for 9th through 12th grades and includes a Parents’ Academy.
In describing the Road Map to College Program, Center Director Julani Ghana said, “There is no program like this anywhere in the country — on a beautiful college campus. Our cohort of 25-40 students know from working with us that college is a real possibility for them. This collaborative community partnership is here to offer homework help, SAT preparation, and male achievement programs.”
In turn, students and parents shared their success stories about the invaluable assistance that the CHEC program has provided through its Road Map to College program, tutoring and homework help, and college prep counseling sessions. Student Taiwon Johnson said “Now I know what to do to achieve my life.”
In recent years the Center has organized a Teen Parent Back to School Night, Male Achievers Conference, a National College Fair at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and First Year Student Experiences Panel, among other activities. These services are provided with the collaboration and support of partners including the Chester Upland School District, The Blueprint Program, Chester Youth Collaborative, Chester Education Foundation, Strong Cities, Strong Communities Educational Task Force; Harrah’s Scholarship Committee, Crozer Wellness Center, the United Way, the Claneil Foundation and the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund.
Cheyney University director of admissions Eric Hilton serves on the advisory committee; University Advancement and External Relations Vice President Nancy L. Jones and assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Larry Green serve on the development committee.
The open house was a kickoff of an awareness and capacity- building campaign to culminate in the Center’s fifth anniversary to be celebrated in January 2014.
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Preventing or responding to an active shooter on campus was the focus of the 2013 Safe Schools Active Shooter Summit recently, hosted by Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Delaware County Council.
For 15 years the district attorney has been holding Safe Schools Summits, partnering with school officials, public safety officials and first responders to improve school safety in Delaware County.
This year’s summit at Drexelbrook Conference Center attracted more than 450 educators, first responders and public safety officials and expanded to include schools, colleges and universities from throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.
“Delaware County has great schools. It is our goal to ensure learning can continue to happen in a safe and secure environment for our children,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “By coming together and collectively talking about the challenges facing our schools and promoting best practices, we can continue to help first responders protect our schools.”
Throughout the year first responders are continually training to handle acts of violence in the community. The summit was organized to bring together stakeholders tasked with preventing, planning and responding to an active shooter in a school setting and inform, educate and discuss ways to further increase the ability to safely and effectively respond to emergency situations.
As a follow-up to summit training, school administrators were encouraged to complete a checklist for safety and security and meet with their local police departments to refine and update school emergency response plans.
The summit featured welcoming remarks by Whelan and Delaware County Council, followed by an overview of Chapter 10 school safety and response regulations by assistant District Attorney George Dawson, who also serves as chief of the anti-violence task force.
Other topics included security assessments, threat indicators, and suspicious activity reporting by Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Director Thomas Minton, FBI Special Agent Joseph Metzinger and Department of Homeland Security Adviser Bill Ryan.
Additionally, participants received information on crime reporting by CID Chief Joseph Ryan, who reviewed available tools for receiving critical information, including the Delco Alert System, DA’s Delco Crime Stoppers, and My Mobile Witness, a new see-something, say-something app that captures and reports suspicious activity.
An active shooter “table top” exercise included first responders from Radnor and Haverford police departments, Pennsylvania State Police, and members of Delaware County Emergency Management Services. Panelists addressed what happens during the first 15 minutes of responding to an active shooter on campus, with course of action based on the most effective way to protect lives, whether through building evacuation or lockdown/hideout in the school. Police officers then demonstrated room-clearing techniques during a live active shooter scenario demonstration with use of police training guns and strategic response in a school setting.
The 2013 Safe Schools Active Shooter Summit was sponsored by the Delaware County district attorney’s office, Delaware County Council, Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, Pennsylvania Governor’s Homeland Security Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the United States Attorney’s office.
SOURCE: Delaware District Attorney’s office
Elgie Patrick Jr., also known as “June” was a former longtime employee of Amtrak.
He died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. He was 67.
Patrick was born Jan. 21, 1946 in Philadelphia. As a child, he lived in Delaware for a short period of time, where he attended Pilgrim Baptist Church.
He received his early education in the Delaware, Newark and Philadelphia public school systems. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in counseling and business management from Antioch University.
His family said he enjoyed advocating for the betterment of mankind by communicating through modern technology, spending many hours in web research and direct conversations.
“He was charismatic, energetic, spontaneous, vibrant, and a sociable person, who lived his life to the fullest,” his family said.
“His smile would light up the room, and his laughter was infectious, because of his comedic personality. He was extremely sociable and, like his father, he’d transform a frown into a genuine smile.”
Patrick retired after 32 years of employment with Amtrak.
His family said his unique quality was to be protective of everyone, especially his parents.
Patrick was preceded in death by his siblings, Elder Van Patrick and Monica Steward.
He is survived his wife, Cora; children, Derek, Ava, Andre, and Joran; parents, Eunice and Elgie Patrick, Sr.; sisters, Joyce Hubbard and Gayle Logan; brother, Elmancy Patrick; brothers-in-law, Richard Farland (Eva), Manathus Whitehead (Vivian) and Kenneth Steward; aunt, Estelle Waller; great-aunt, Christine Waller of Virginia; grandchildren, Du’Juan, Brieana, and Gabriel; six great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Friday at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 West Girard Ave. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Ave.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Funeral services are being held Friday for Joyce Florteean Rochester Norflett who died on Monday, April 8, 2013.
She was born Feb. 5, 1939 to the late Harvey and Barnetta Rochester in Marydel, Md.
She moved to Philadelphia in 1941 and resided in the Elmwood section. She received her education in the Philadelphia public school system.
For many years she worked at Quaker City Laundry Co. and retired from Modern Laundry.
She married Arthur Norflett and from that union a son was born.
She was a loyal member of Calvary Baptist Church and served as a Friendly Usher, Pastor’s Aide, and once sang on the choir.
“For the past 40 years she resided on the 1600 block of Felton Street where she was fondly known as “Ms. Joyce,” said a family member. “Everyone knew who she was and she knew just about everyone.”
And many have fond memories of her.
“When my son [Phillip] was born in November 2000, weather and life kept us off Felton Street until March,” recalled close family friend Phil Allen. “When I walked in her house, Ms. Joyce said, ‘Boy gimme my Grandson! I oughta slap you in your head keeping my baby away so long.’ She was all the Hill Top’s mom. Her love was real and you could feel it.”
She leaves to treasure her memory, husband Arthur , son Darin, grandson Cordelle, a brother, Harvey Rochester Jr. of Oxnard Calif.; two sisters, Dora Miller and Iris Rochester of Philadelphia and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 6122 Haverford Ave. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Merion Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.
Williams and Palmer Funeral Home, Inc. handled the arrangements.
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia seeks forward-thinking leaders to apply to attend the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.
The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, which will be held Oct. 24-25, aims to develop business, nonprofit and government leaders into visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world class region. The exchange is a mix of site visits, speakers, panels, and interactive discussion that engages participants around the big issues impacting the region.
“Growing a strong cohort of knowledgeable, collaborative, and positive leaders is critically important to Greater Philadelphia’s future, says Economy League Chair and Radian Chief Operating Officer Rick Altman.
“The region’s top corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders are going to leave with new relationships, expanded perspectives, and creative ideas to benefit their constituents, companies, and communities.”
The 2013 program is focused on sharing stories of cooperation that are moving Greater Philadelphia forward in such priority matters as education and workforce, regional infrastructure, and business growth. Sessions will get behind each story to understand not just what’s happening, but also how it keys into the region’s future success.
Executive Director Steve Wray said convening leadership to share goals and work together has become the Economy League’s mission.
“Regions that innovate, collaborate, and learn have an edge over those that don’t. Each Leadership Exchange creates people who bring this mindset back to their organizations, civic commitments, and communities, encouraging them to connect and cooperate,” said Wray.
Applicants must live and/or work in the Greater Philadelphia region and serve in a leadership role in a business, nonprofit, or government organization. A committee of past participants chaired by Chris R. Chepel, partner at KPMG; Patricia A. Coulter, president and CEO of the Urban League; and Stephen M. Curtis, PhD, president of Community College of Philadelphia, will notify applicants on May 15. April 19 is the deadline to apply.
The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange is funded by the Economy League, participant registration fees and sponsors.
For application details visit EconomyLeague.org/apply.