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In The Media

Community College of Philadelphia has really developed an outstanding women’s college basketball program over the last three years. This year CCP has taken the program to another level sending three women to college on basketball scholarships and one to a Division I school. CCP head coach Kenyatta McKinney will send Cassandra Colon to the University of Toledo to play major college basketball. Elan Wali will be going to Southern Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Kyirah Beckham will be heading to Edward Waters College, an NAIA school and a historically Black college and university in Jacksonville, Florida. McKinney is pleased with all his players going to college on athletic scholarships. Of course, Colon heading to Toledo is very impressive.

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."

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