By Linda Palmer
Black History Month Essay Reading
As part of Black History Month, Student Affairs at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus sponsored “I Have a Dream” essay readings in February. Students wrote about their dream education, career, family or their dream for America.
Shahrin Kebria from Eleanor Mattern’s ENGL101 class went first. His dream is to become a computer programmer so he can design games.
Kethia DeJean completed her English courses, but gives Mattern high praise for being her English professor. Kethia’s dream was for her education. Kethia stated she wanted to be the first person in her family to graduate from college.
John Gwah from Shirley Shields’ ESLN100 class said his dream was for America, stating he was born in Africa and loves American freedoms. John also shared the history between Liberia and America and noted Liberia’s flag is exactly like the American flag. He said, “Without Dr. Martin Luther King there would be no Liberia.”
Jamal Johnson said his dream was for America to be one nation where there is equal opportunity for all, and a country where people would learn to love instead of hate.
Hardik Patel from Dr. Nancy Purcell’s ENGL080 class shared his dream for his career, stating he wanted to be a doctor to help people in the community. All students received a Lamp of Learning trophy for participating.
Honoring Black History Month, the Worthington Atlantic City Campus had two alumni, Tyrell Jones ’13 and Joshua Thorpe ’11, perform a step show for the students and staff Feb.23. Tyrell and Joshua are members of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Theta at Stockton University. The two performed several step routines and gave a brief history of the Alpha Alpha Chapter, as well as their involvement with other Greeks at the university. Tyrell is a criminal justice major and Joshua is a hospitality and tourism management major. Both were honored to return to Atlantic Cape and perform for students.
Book Reading Event
Turiya S. A. Raheem, author and adjunct instructor, conducted a successful book reading Feb. 25 . Raheem was born and raised in Atlantic City and loves to describe her neighborhood as “the other Atlantic City,” because it was not the casino-resort mecca most people know today. It was a place with a “cozy, down-home feeling,” as she describes in her book, Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside. Like most members of her large family, she grew up working at Wash’s, the family’s restaurant business, which celebrated 75 years before it closed in 2013. She graduated from Atlantic City High School as senior class president in 1972.
After graduating from Hiram College with a B.A. in the Sociology of Communications, Raheem worked briefly as a copy editor. She began to love teaching while home-schooling her own daughters and received a master’s degree in education in 1996. She taught at public, private and alternative schools. She later taught English at Prince George’s and Northern Virginia Community College, but left teaching to pursue a full-time writer’s life. In 2008, she relocated back to her hometown of Atlantic City. In 2010, after self-publishing Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside, she garnered the attention of HBO and appeared on two of its documentaries in association with the Boardwalk Empire series. In 2014, the book was staged as a play and sold out nine shows at Stockton University and Dante Hall. Today, she enjoys teaching English at Atlantic Cape, reciting her poetry and writing.
ESL Lunch Workshop
On March 3, the ESL Department hosted a “brown bag” adjunct lunch featuring the workshop, “Career Ignorance is not Bliss,” by Dr. Mitchell Levy, Judith Otterburn-Martinez and Sue DePhillippis. It encompassed how to infuse career exploration across the ESL curriculum. Participants were given great ideas on how to incorporate career information through grammar, writing, reading and speaking lessons. After the presentation, almost 15 adjuncts and full time faculty had a chance to collaborate during this busy semester.
A Note of Thanks
Although more Atlantic City campus happenings will be coming your way this spring, a special thank you is needed to all who helped us here during the snowy days we worked, especially Security staff in the parking lots. Some of them looked like snowmen. What troopers; much appreciated!