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The new $9.9 million building at the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol Township houses advanced manufacturing training and workforce programs to fill a growing need for skilled workers in Bucks County. Coming soon: welding, HVAC, and building & construction pre-apprenticeship programs.

POSTPONED: Bucks Honors Vets with ‘Heroes and History of the Medal of Honor’

The following event has been postponed. Please check back for a new date soon. Bucks County Community College invites the public to a special presentation of “Under Heavy Fire: The Heroes and History of the Medal of Honor.” This event, orginally schedueld for November 15, has been postponed and will be rescheduled soon. Historian Herb Kaufman takes you through the creation of this distinctive recognition of military valor, and tells the stories of several of the more than 3,500 esteemed group of American heroes. “This presentation brings alive the history of these courageous recipients,” noted Kaufman, “including the train ride that started it all, the soldier too young to serve, the only woman recipient, and the only soldier to be considered for three Medals of Honor.” Kaufman has been a teacher, lecturer and living historian for more than 20 years. He is a founding faculty member of the Civil War Institute and History Institute at Manor College, and a history instructor at Camden County College. He also teaches history courses for adults at Gratz College, Katz JCC of Cherry Hill, and Golden Slipper GEMS Senior Classes on the Main Line and Bucks County. Kaufman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Temple University. Kevin Antoine, the college’s Associate Vice President for Community & Government Relations and Chief DEI Officer, said it’s vital that we remember the sacrifices that veterans have made for our freedom. “Veterans take an oath to defend the United States Constitution, even if it means sacrificing life and limb,” said Antoine, a former U.S. Air Force captain. “Now more than ever, it’s important to learn more about these courageous Americans.” The live presentation takes place in the Library Learning Studio on the Newtown Campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking. The Library’s main entrance is located inside the Gateway Center building. The event is sponsored by the college’s Office of Community & Government Relations and DEI Programs, as well as the Newtown Human Relations Commission. To learn more, contact Jean Dolan at jean.dolan@bucks.edu or 215-968-8094.  


 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