June 9, 2016 |
Gratz College recently received an endowment gift of $1 million, the largest such gift in the Montgomery County institution's 120-year history, officials said Tuesday. The gift was bequeathed by Berenice Abrams, an alumna from the class of 1936, in memory of her parents, said Joy Goldstein, the college's president. The gift is restricted for the use of the Benjamin and Dorothy Abrams Scholarship Fund, which will aid teachers working in the field of Jewish education. Abrams, 96, died in 2014.
December 3, 2015 |
Tweets threatening violence against black people at Kean University, roiling the school and sparking criticism of campus leadership, were sent by a black alumna who is an activist, authorities said. The Union County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday that it had charged Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, of Union Township, with creating a false public alarm. McKelvey made the anonymous Twitter account, @keanuagainstblk, during a student rally Nov. 17, the Prosecutor's Office said. McKelvey left the demonstration, walked to a computer station in a Kean library, and began posting threats of violence.
November 7, 2015 |
Katherine Y.M. Gordon-Clark, 80, of Swarthmore, a specialist in learning disabilities, died Sunday, Oct. 25, from complications of multiple myeloma at the Quadrangle in Haverford Township. For 35 years, Dr. Gordon-Clark worked for the Child Study Institute, a clinic run by Bryn Mawr College, where she rose from intern to assistant director. For years, she co-taught a graduate-level course at the college on psychological assessment, and mentored the students in her classes. Dr. Gordon-Clark became interested in identifying learning disabilities, including dyslexia, from time spent as an English teacher in her 20s. She received a bachelor's degree in English, and master's and doctoral degrees in psychology, all from Bryn Mawr College.
February 27, 2015 |
SIMONE WAHEED, a fourth-grader at Universal Institute Charter School in South Philly, has never missed an "I Am B.U.M.I. " lesson. "I come to every single class. It teaches me how to make friends and how to be a woman - well, a young lady," she said. Simone, 9, was one of 20 girls at her school attending the I Am B.U.M.I. - for Beautiful, Unique, Magnificent Individual - mentoring program, which teaches girls, ages 5 to 18, to achieve regardless of where they live or their circumstances.
April 28, 2014 |
As a closeted Temple University student in 1950, Edith Windsor could not have imagined the reception she would receive at her alma mater in 2014: an award for her activism; a standing ovation from a large, adoring crowd; a presentation from the mayor. Windsor, now 84, won the lawsuit that toppled the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and has been called the matriarch of the gay-rights movement. Sharp, stylish, trim, and funny, Windsor enjoyed every moment of her tribute at the university, including Mayor Nutter handing her a miniature, working Liberty Bell and proclaiming Saturday "Edie Windsor Day" in Philadelphia.
October 18, 2012 |
Debbie Black, the former St. Joseph's playmaker and WNBA all-star who is currently an assistant to Jim Foster, her former Hawks coach, at Ohio State, will be among the inductees Nov. 8 into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Sheraton Society Hill. The former Archbishop Wood High School star was named early last summer just days after it was announced that Foster will be part of the next Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class in Knoxville, Tenn., next June. Incidentally, Ohio State will play Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame squad on the deck of an aircraft carrier Nov. 9 in Charleston, S.C., to launch the season as part of a men's-women's doubleheader.
January 15, 2012 |
Standing 1,000 strong on Torresdale Avenue, the students, alumnae and supporters of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls said Friday that they would raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in two weeks for a chance to save their school. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced two weeks ago that it would close St. Hubert and three other high schools because of declining enrollment. It also plans to close 45 elementary schools. Kathryn Ott Lovell, a member of the alumnae association advisory board, said the association had been under the impression it had to hand over a cash deposit of $1.2 million before the archdiocese would hear an appeal of its decision to close the 70-year-old institution, which the archdiocese later denied.
January 9, 2012 |
The day began at St. Hubert's High School on Monday with hundreds of teens lining the steps of the all-girls school at Cottman and Torresdale avenues, rallying in hopes that their school could be saved. It ended with hundreds of alumnae - the girls' moms, big sisters, grandmoms (and even some dads) - coming together to start planning how to save it. Hundreds of Hubert's girls - present and past - crowded into the school auditorium Monday night to vent and to strategize, three days after the Archdiocese announced that the school is one of four high schools in the region it plans to close in June.