Posts Tagged ‘Montgomery County Community College’

Montco Electronics Recycling

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Montco Electronics Recycling Event Slated for Saturday, July 12, 2014
The third of six recycling dates for the collection of electronic equipment sponsored by Montgomery County will take place Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Montgomery County Community College between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

5th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit

Friday, January 17th, 2014

2/8/2014 from 8:00 PM – 11PM

Monnette Sudler’s 5th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit features exciting diverse musical performances of guitar virtuosos and othe outstanding multi-talented supporting artists.

The line-up includes:

Sheryl Bailey and her Trio: Sheryl Bailey, lead guitar; Ron Oswanski, Hammond Organ; Ian Froman, drums; and special guest vocalist, Sherry Butler.

Tosin Abasi (soloist) 8 Eight String Guitar Virtuoso (Tosin will do brief Q&A after his performance.)

Hiroya Tsukamoto’s duo peforming original Japanese songs. Hiroya Tsukamoto, acoustic guitar and vocal, and Satoshi Takeishi, percussion.

Mulebone performing the Blues in a special performance by Hugh Pool on guitar, bootboard, harmonic, percussion, vox and vocals, and John Ragusa on flutes, cornet, fife, pennywhistle, conch shell, vox and jews harp.

The artists will be available for CD sales and autographs during intermission and following the final performance.

For more information on ticket sales, go to or call 215-641-6518. For more information about the Philadelphia Guitar Summit,visit
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The Jazz Cubano Series

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Montgomery County Community College brings the global sounds, culture and Afro-Cuban influence of Latin jazz to the Philadelphia region this fall as part of its Lively Arts 2013-2014 season, “Meeting at the Crossroads of Culture.” The Jazz Cubano series will feature:

• Performance by Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Band, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell;
• “Fundamentals of Latin music for the Rhythm Section” workshop led by Poncho Sanchez, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m., Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Broad and Fitzwater streets, Philadelphia ;
• Performance by Omar Sosa and his Afri-Lectric Experience, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell; and
• Performance by Ninety Miles (jazz musicians Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Christian Scott), Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

For more information, visit or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and information. Tickets for the performances are $30 for general admission and $15 for children under 12. The workshop led by Poncho Sanchez is free and open to musicians.

Funded by a Philadelphia Music Project grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Jazz Cubano series represents the culmination of an artistic journey begun several years ago when the College started to examine the historical influence of African music on the Americas and the Caribbean. Through the series, College leaders hope to introduce Afro-Cuban music to new audiences and deepen their understanding of its historical, social and stylistic elements.

“The spirit of the music is a true fusion among North, South and Central America, with an emphasis on African rhythms,” says Helen Haynes, director of Cultural Affairs for the College. “In more recent times some groups have developed Afro-Cuban jazz beyond its boppish roots? performing Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis tunes, adding funk to the mixture and featuring more adventurous solos.”

From the habanera of the mid-1800s to the timba of the 1990s, Cuban music has significantly contributed to the formation of such related musical styles as salsa, soukous and mbalax in other parts of the world?all while reflecting the African heritage of its performers.

“To me, Latin jazz is the world’s greatest music,” says Poncho Sanchez. “It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music.”

In a warm, intimate atmosphere that encourages active listening, audiences will enjoy sizzling performances from musical veterans who bring a fresh approach to traditional pieces.

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band

Grammy Award-winning conguero (conga player) Sanchez has been lauded for his infectious energy, rhythmic virtuosity and stage presence. For nearly four decades, the heralded self-taught percussionist and singer has explored melodies and rhythms from many Latin American and South American influences. He performed and recorded with Cal Tjader until the vibraphonist legend’s death in 1982, has collaborated with the likes of Terence Blanchard and Freddie Hubbard, and was honored with the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. His Oct. 26 concert will pay tribute to the transformative “Cubano-Be, Cubano-Bop” album recorded by two influential architects of Latin jazz, conga drummer/composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Fundamentals of Latin Music for the Rhythm Section workshop

Poncho Sanchez will lead the workshop at The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, the jazz institution that was the outgrowth of the historic Black Musicians Local Union. Participation is open to the musician community, including members of the highly regarded Clef Club Youth Ensemble program.

Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa is one of today’s most versatile jazz artists. Having earned a Smithsonian lifetime achievement award and multiple Grammy and BBC World Music nominations, he fuses the expressive traditions of Africa and the Americas with a cosmopolitan mix of jazz, world music and electronic elements. The Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience was formed after Sosa composed and produced a tribute performance to Miles Davis’s classic “Kind Of Blue” recording as a commission from the 2009 Barcelona Jazz Festival. The Los Angeles Times salutes his potential, saying he has “all the traits necessary to become one of the important figures in jazz.”

Ninety Miles
The collaboration of Stefon Harris (vibraphone) of New Orleans, David Sanchez (saxophone) of Puerto Rico and Christian Scott (trumpet) of New York blends traditional bebop with Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences. The three musicians came together in Havana over the course of a week to record “Ninety Miles,” an album featuring Cuban pianists Rember Duhart and Harold Lopez Nussa to add authentic regional flavor.

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On and Off the Wall Art Exhibition

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host “On and Off the Wall” art exhibition featuring artists Nancy Moldofsky and Warren A. Morgan and Jerilee Nichols of Morgan Bockius Studios, Perkasie, at the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, from June 26 through Aug. 1.

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Artist Nancy Moldofsky, an adjunct fine arts instructor at MCCC, will be exhibiting a selection of her digital media fine art and photography, both digital and silver gelatin prints.

Moldofsky has a BFA degree with a concentration in digital media from Arcadia University and a master’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in art education from Arcadia University. She is an active member of the Greater Norristown Art League, where she has served as president from 2011-2013 and also on the board of directors since 2007. Prior to her career in fine arts and art education, Moldofsky served as the Head of Radiation Safety and as a medical physicist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Moldofsky has exhibited and won awards for her artwork in numerous juried exhibitions, including MacWorld, San Francisco; Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College; Scenes of the Schuylkill Exhibition, Pottstown; Center on the Hill Fine Art Exhibition, Philadelphia; “Drawn From Nature,” 8th Annual Juried Art Show at The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and numerous juried exhibitions at the Greater Norristown Art League.

In her work, Moldofsky combines her love of photography and her expertise in digital imaging techniques to create very personal digital representations of the world she experiences, ideas from literature and her own personal life and dreams as she interprets them with her sense of reality. Her works predominantly employ photo based images of an organic nature along with hand-rendered art and found items to create original imagery.

Morgan Bockius Studios has been designing and crafting custom stained glass for 50 years. Its work can be found in residences, commercial buildings and churches. Warren Morgan started the studio, after learning art from his mother Elva Bockius and stained glass craftsmanship from his stepfather Robert Bockius.

The studio has always worked with varied techniques and artist styles, many of which will be exhibited, including traditional leaded glass, painted glass, glass carving and fusing.

Jerilee Nichols joined the studio in 2007, and she brought with her a background as an artist and stained glass craftsman. She set to work to develop techniques for fusing glass. Combining her artistic ability with her knowledge of glass fusing, she has produced the wonderful pieces that will be on display.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535. Follow us at

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Fridays (June-August) and weekends.

by Diane VanDyke

Art Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

BLUE BELL, PA — Montgomery County Community College is hosting a special art exhibition May 22-June 20 featuring the Philadelphia Sketch Club (PSC): Continuing 150 Years of Artistic Excellence at the College’s Fine Arts Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibit and artists’ reception are free of charge and open to the public.

Approximately 100 pieces of art, representing PSC’s membership of more than 200 professional and non-professional artists, will be displayed through a diversity of mediums, from watercolors, oils and mixed media to photography and sculpture.

PSC, located at 235 S. Camac St., Philadelphia, provides a meeting place for artists where they can share ideas and network with fellow artists. Founded in 1860, PSC is one of America’s oldest clubs for artists. Its membership list includes American masters such as Thomas Eakins and Thomas Pollock Anshutz.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

You can help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

Montco Radio New Studio Grand Opening

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Montco Radio, the student-run Internet radio station at Montgomery County Community College officially opened its new studio in the Advanced Technology Center, Blue Bell, during a ribbon cutting celebration on March 13.

Streaming live 24/7 via the Internet, Montco Radio provides Digital Audio Production majors — as well as students from all areas of study — with hands-on radio experience both on the air and behind the scenes.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting, College President Dr. Karen A. Stout called Montco Radio “a model for the integration of curricular and co-curricular student involvement on campus.”

“Montco Radio is unique in that it brings together students from all backgrounds and majors to share their passions with a worldwide audience over the Internet,” she said.

Student Manager Chelsea Epstein notes that Montco Radio offers something for everyone.

“We have programs that range from rock, metal, punk pop, a local music show that broadcasts a live band every week, to barbershop quartet. We even have a DJ from Italy who does her show in Italian and now even broadcasts from Italy when she visits there,“ she said.

Epstein, who completed internships with Clear Channel Philadelphia, believes the work she’s doing at MCCC will prepare her for a career in the field.

“Being a station manager is a great feeling because I really want to work in radio when I’m done school,” she said. “It’s really great to put everything I learned into the brand new [Montco Radio] station.”

Morgan Betz, Montco Radio co-advisor and assistant professor of communications, works very closely with the students and experienced their reactions to the new studio first hand.

“The students love the new space. It is truly a state- of-the-art professional environment where students can get hands-on experience that will help them in their future careers,” he said.

Betz notes that students are involved many aspects of Montco Radio, whether it be hosting their own shows, being a DJ, engineer, creating PSAs, organizing events, helping with Music Mondays and Wednesdays, or providing live sound for other College events.

“Students can go to professional radio stations already trained on the equipment they use there every day,” he shared.

Radio at MCCC dates back to the late 1960s, when it began as a student club to DJ music on campus. In the early 1970s, the station gained audience when it began broadcasting in the College Hall cafeteria at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. The station began broadcasting on the Internet in 2003, and in 2008, the College began offering Campus Radio Workshops I and II, resulting in more professional content.

Today, Montco Radio can be heard internationally on the Internet by visiting or by clicking the green microphone icon on the lower left corner of the College’s website,

Montco Radio Co-Advisor and Communications Lecturer Jeff Asch, who is also a news and sports anchor for KYW NewsRadio, hopes the new studio, located in the heart of MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center, will promote student interest in the station.

“We wanted a bigger studio to accommodate multiple show hosts and guests,” he explained. “The new facility allows the Montgomery County Community College community to see us in action, as well as being able to see out onto campus and the lobby of the Advanced Technology Center.”

“I think it gives our students the opportunity to learn and hone their skills in radio on state of the art equipment and in a professional environment.”

by Christine Muszynski

Careers In Media

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013
12:30pm until 1:20pm

Speech Communication adjunct lecturer Eva Blackwell will discuss “Careers in Media” on Monday, March 4 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, West Campus, Pottstown. Blackwell has many years of experience in various aspects of broadcast media, primarily in the Philadelphia area. The workshop is free and is open to all students.

What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:30pm until 1:20pm

POTTSTOWN, PA — Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus Speaker Series will present a talk on “Things You Don’t Know About Financial Aid” in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Holly Parker from MCCC’s Financial Aid Office will provide a basic overview of financial aid, including:

the impact of being a No Show in a class or withdrawing from a class;
types of loan debt that students accrue;
how students can get credit to pay for books;
how students can borrow books until their financial aid comes through;
types of financial aid;
how to apply for scholarships

The presentation is free and is open to the public and will include time for Q & A.

Free Community Telescope Observatory Night

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Montgomery County Community College will host the first of three spring semester Community Observatory Nights on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7-9 its state-of-the-art Observatory and on the Observation Deck, weather permitting. The Observatory is located on the third floor of the College’s Advanced Technology Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Please call the observatory hotline, 215-641-6460, an hour before the scheduled event for information about cancellation.

Community nights are free of charge and are open to the public, and astronomy clubs are welcome. Students from the College’s Introduction to Astronomy course volunteer during the event to share their knowledge and assist visitors with using the telescope and viewing equipment.

The Observatory and Observation Deck are features of the College’s 60,000 square-foot Advanced Technology Center. The Observatory features a 16-inch MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain research-level telescope and a 90-mm Coronado telescope for safe observation of the sun. All of the instruments are controllable both in the classroom as well as in the Observatory itself. Through a fiber network, images can be downloaded for further study and comparison and can be used in online courses.

Bus Routes 94 and 132 Saved

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

AMBLER, PA – As a result of the loss of county funding, SEPTA held public hearings in mid-October to consider discontinuing weekday evening and selected Saturday and Sunday trips on Routes 94 and 132. Route 94 connects Montgomery Mall and Chestnut Hill, serving Montgomery County Community College and Ambler. Route 132 connects Telford and Montgomery Mall, serving Lansdale.  Based on the feedback received during the public hearings, SEPTA re-evaluated the proposal, with the goal of preserving the most critical service in a cost-efficient manner. The new service plan retains trips that serve the needs of evening shift workers and Community College students. The plan has been developed in conjunction with Montgomery County officials. While schedule details are being finalized, with changes to be effective February 17, 2013, the plan is as follows:

Route 94
• The last nighttime trips from Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Community College will be retained at or near the current time, allowing workers who close stores at the mall or who have evening classes to retain service.
• Some evening trip times are being modified to allow for more efficient use of SEPTA buses and financial resources.
• Sunday service will be scaled to reflect retail opening and closing times, with limited midday service.

Route 132
• The last nighttime trips from Montgomery Mall will be retained at the current time, allowing workers who close stores at the mall to retain service.
• Saturday morning trips, while adjusted, will still provide access to retail businesses prior to store opening times.
• Some evening trip times are being modified to allow for more efficient use of SEPTA buses and financial resources. The last nighttime trip from Telford will operate earlier than currently scheduled.
• Sunday service will be scaled to reflect retail opening and closing times, with limited midday service.