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New AT&T Public Safety Scholarships Available to Bucks County Community College

 Newtown, PA – December 7, 2022 – AT&T Public Safety Scholarships are available to eligible students enrolled in the Bucks County Community College's Public Safety Training and Certificate program, including the Basic and Advanced Fire Academy courses.The new scholarships, which are made possible thanks to a $20,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, were announced today during a special event at Bucks County Community College, featuring college leadership; federal, state and local officials; training center directors; and representatives from AT&T.Bucks County Community College supports educational programs in the concentration areas of public safety operation and management, public safety certification, emergency management operations, and industrial safety. The college’s programs are designed to enhance First Responders’ ability to deliver life-saving services to the communities they serve. The AT&T Foundation grant will support educational attainment and scholarships for students within the Bucks Basic and Bucks Advanced Fire Academy Programs. Students that complete this program can also use the national certifications towards classes in credit programs for Associate of Arts: Fire Science. The $20,000 grant will support scholarships for essential supplies for an estimated 99 students. “We are extremely grateful to the AT&T Foundation for their generous support of the Bucks County Community College Public Safety and Fire School. As the College provides training and professional development for the County’s Fire Departments, these funds will go to help more volunteer fire fighters to realize their heart to serve through their educational pursuits at Bucks,” said Dr. Felicia L. Ganther, president, Bucks County Community College. State Senator-Elect Frank Farry participated in the announcement. Farry is also a volunteer firefighter and chief of the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, and he serves on the college’s board of trustees.“We are so proud of our friends and neighbors who are committed to protecting their communities – both as volunteer firefighters and paid personnel. This scholarship is not only an incentive to serve, it will help offset the costs to students. I’m glad that BCCC and AT&T teamed up on this program,” said Farry.“At AT&T, we’ve been given the responsibility of building out the FirstNet® wireless broadband network built specifically for public safety in Pennsylvania and across the United States,” said David Kerr president, AT&T Pennsylvania. “We also want to do what we can to help inspire and prepare the next generation of first responders in Pennsylvania, which is why we created the AT&T Public Safety Scholarship program. We appreciate those who answer the call to serve their communities.” For more information about Bucks County Community College’s Public Safety and Training Certification, contact FireSchool@Bucks.edu Questions about the AT&T Foundation Scholarships can be directed to scholarships@bucks.edu For more information about AT&T in Pennsylvania, visit Pennsylvania.att.com.  *About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T We’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of our companywide $2 billion commitment from 2021 to 2023 to address the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy and education solutions to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2008, we’ve committed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students across all 50 states and around the world, particularly those in underserved communities. FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Media Contacts:Daniel LanganAT&T Public Affairs717-215-5296Dan.langan@att.com  


 The Bucks County Short Fiction Contest is pleased to announce the winners for Fall 2022. Bob McCrillis (left) of Doylestown won first place for his story, “Hotel Oklahoma.” Megan Monforte (right), also of Doylestown, was awarded second place for her story, “Strawberry Moon.”  Jennifer Fritch (middle) of New Hope captured third place for “Come Clean.” Novelist Margarita Montimore, author of Oona Out of Order and Acts of Violet, made the final selection.   A celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in room 142 Tyler Hall, on the Newtown campus. During the event, the winners will read from their stories. Montimore will join us as well, to discuss the creative writing process. The event is free and open to the public.   Of “Hotel Oklahoma,” Montimore wrote, “A riveting story full of everyday people found in the center of a tense situation. The sharp dialogue, well-drawn descriptions, and high stakes offer both suspense and heart. Then there’s the fantastic ending, which packs a delightful, surprising punch.” McCrillis has used his retirement to focus on writing. He has published a novel and a short-story collection on Amazon, and has other projects in the works.   The judge lauded “Strawberry Moon” by remarking that the story is “…a beautiful meditation on grief, marriage, family, and mental illness. The vivid details and realistic dialogue make this story resonate with wistfulness and melancholy. This is something that could be expanded into a longer story or a novel.” The story is part of a novel that Monforte is working on. She also took second place in last year’s contest. She often writes about women’s cultural roles as caretakes, and how women’s marriage choices affect their contentment.   Montimore cited “Come Clean” by calling it “…an unexpected narrative with a fresh perspective—literally! Writing a short story about the secret lives of grocery store products, creating characters out of inanimate objects and imbuing them with emotional depth, takes imagination and skill.” Fritch, a dedicated poet and writer of many years, says she was part of the pandemic’s “Great Resignation,” and recently left an executive post in corporate life, in order to focus on her writing. She has taken advanced fiction classes, and is considering pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing.   The contest is open to adults who are residents of Bucks County. The winners will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively. The contest is funded by Bucks County Community College, and receives support from the Department of Language and Literature. Elizabeth Luciano, an associate professor at the College, is the contest administrator. A contest for high-school students will be held next spring.     For more information: Elizabeth.Luciano@bucks.edu www.bucks.edu/academics/department/lang-lit/shortfictioncontest/

Tom Mallouk Named 2022 Bucks County Poet Laureate

Mallouk will read from his works Sunday, Nov. 13, at Bucks County Community College in Newtown (NEWTOWN, PA) - Tom Mallouk of Doylestown has been named the 2022 Bucks County Poet Laureate, officials at Bucks County Community College announced.   Mallouk, a psychotherapist, rose to the top of 60 entries in the 46th annual contest, said Dr. Ethel Rackin, director of the poet laureate program administered by the college. The contest is sponsored by the Bucks County Commissioners.   Mallouk and his wife, Dr. Eileen Engle, raised their daughters in Doylestown, where, in addition to his psychotherapy practice he also pursues his passion for golf and fishing.   Mallouk said he began writing poetry after experiencing a “devastating” psychosis at age 20.   “Poetry began for me in the hospital as I emerged from the chaos of psychosis to the barely articulate sense making of the poem. That was more than 50 years ago. I wrote mostly prose in my chosen field of psychotherapy for 30 years before resuming poetry in 2002 after September 11 left me numb for a year. The poems came in a flood then and I've been writing ever since.”   Now, at age 73, Mallouk said he looks back “with gratitude for the chance I've been granted to build a life out of such chaos, a life filled with the love of my wife, children, and grandchildren, with meaningful work, enthusiasm for sport and the solace of poetry.”   Mallouk will be reading his poetry on Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 pm in Tyler 142 on the Newtown Campus. He will be reading with 2021 Laureate Nicole Steinberg and they will be joined by the three runners-up, Steve Nolan, Lake Angela, and Christine McKee. Shawn R. Jones will also be reading.   The judges this year were Philadelphia poet Shawn R. Jones and Villanova Professor and poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa. Both judges commented on the strength of this year's entries.   The Bucks County Poet Laureate program – the longest-running such program in Pennsylvania – is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. For more information, contact program director Dr. Ethel Rackin at 215-497-8719. The Fallow Field by Tom Mallouk