BCCC’s first hired instructor recalls early years at Bucks

by June Portnoy

Glenn Hall has the unique designation of being the first instructor hired to work at Bucks County Community College at a time when most residents in this area had no idea what a community college was. When he accepted the job offer, he never imagined that he would ultimately retire from this college 35 years later.

Glenn, born in York County, received his bachelor’s degree in social science from Lebanon Valley College and his master’s degree in history from George Washington University. He began his career in a one-room classroom in York County teaching 52 students in grades one through eight.

After teaching in the junior and senior high schools at York Suburban High School, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to St. Augustine, Florida where he taught history and geography at the St. Johns River Community College in Palatka, Florida. Glenn joined the faculty in 1959, the second year of the college’s existence.

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BCCC now accepting registration for fall semester

Bucks County Community College (BCCC), a public, two-year college, is accepting registration for its fall semester from now until Monday, August 24th.

Its fall semester begins Wednesday, August 26th. Courses are offered at the original campus in Newtown, the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and online through the award-winning Virtual Campus.

BCCC offers nearly 80 programs of study. Tuition is $135 a credit for Bucks County residents, or a little more than $4,000 a year including fees, for a full-time student. Most credits can then be transferred to a four-year university or college.

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Youth Orchestra of Bucks County seeks young musicians for upcoming season

Young musicians in and around Bucks County take note! The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 season. Auditions for one of the eight large ensembles and 10 chamber groups will take place on May 16th–17th, at Bucks County Community College. YOBC is seeking musicians in grades 3–12 who play strings, winds, or percussion, at all levels. This dynamic community consists of 250 young musicians from over 20 school districts in four counties.

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A sweet celebration!

On the first Saturday in May, A Woman’s Place (AWP) will mark two decades of its annual gala, the Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy.

Co-chair Samantha Kraus notes that, “This event helps bring the issue of domestic violence to the forefront and provides much-needed funding for AWP to provide free services to victims of domestic violence as well as to the greater community.”

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NOVA plans county-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), in collaboration with healthcare providers, law enforcement and the district attorney’s office, is developing a centralized Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to deliver specialized health care and forensic services at Bucks County emergency rooms to adults and adolescents who are victims of sexual assault.

Although Bucks County has had SANE nurses for over 20 years, this new program will be coordinated through NOVA so as to enhance coverage for sexual assault victims who need a rape exam. “We believe NOVA, with its 40-plus years of helping victims and its experience in providing services in collaboration with our various partners, is in the best position to coordinate this initiative,” said Debbie Nugent, MS, RN, SANE program coordinator.

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Artists’ reception at “Show Some Heart 125” exhibit, BCCC

  1. Grace Bracegirdle, of Bensalem, a member of Artists of Bristol.
  1. Andrea Bachike Wallace, member of Artsbridge.
  1. Haydee Mendez, of Bristol, with a nice horizon scene.
  1. Jeanne Chesterton, of Newtown, a member of Artsbridge and Yardley Art League.
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YOBC Offers a Free Composition Workshop to High School and Middle School Students

The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County will offer two composition workshops on Sunday, February 21, 2015 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown. The sessions will be available to YOBC students as well as guests from the community. The workshops are free and open to students in high school or middle school.

All interested students must register on the YOBC website. Space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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YOBC Wind Symphony Play-In: Community Guests Invited to Open Rehearsal

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County? Do you like to challenge yourself musically? If so, then mark your calendar for YOBC’s Wind Symphony Play-In on Sunday, February 15 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

YOBC’s Play-In is for young musicians in grades 5–8 who play brass, wind, or percussion instruments. Community guests will join the 35-member Intermediate Division Wind Symphony for an afternoon of music, friends, and fun. This event is free of charge, however guests must register on the YOBC website. Music will be sent out around February 1 to give students a chance to practice it. We do not expect it to be perfect, but it should be prepared. Music will be distributed by email to registered students. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The open rehearsal is from 5:00–6:30 pm at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

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12th Annual Tennis Classic lists winners

The Boys’ 18s and 16s divisions of the Bucks County Tennis Association Jr. Classic were played over two days at two sites – Bucks County Community College in Newtown and Core Creek Park Tennis Center in Langhorne – on September 27th and 28th. Plenty of local talent was on hand at the 12th Annual BCTA Jr. Classic, with 21 players in the two age divisions vying for trophies in this USTA-sanctioned tournament.

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Women’s Scholarship Tea raises funds for single mothers to pursue higher education

by June Portnoy

Being a single mother comes with many challenges, but being a single mother attending college brings additional obstacles, along with financial hardships, that many women just can’t overcome. That’s precisely why Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Foundation established its “Salute to Mothers” Scholarship. It’s awarded to female students who are supporting at least one child while seeking higher education at BCCC.

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