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

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 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:

Start Smart at Bucks County Community College


Since you’re reading this right now, you’re likely already thinking about college and what that journey will look like. Maybe you’re still in high school or a recent grad. Perhaps you’re a parent doing some incognito research to give your child a “gentle reminder” to think about their future. Or maybe you’ve been at a job for a few years and are now ready to work towards your degree. No matter what your student story is, we at Bucks County Community College are here to help you start smart. Now that sounds great, but I’m sure you’re wondering what “start smart” actually means. To put it simply, it means to achieve all of your academic goals through an affordable, quality education, which we are proud to offer you here at Bucks. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are 4 reasons why beginning your academic career at Bucks is a smart decision: SAVE $$$ You don’t have to pay top dollar for a quality education. Period. Our tuition rates can save you THOUSANDS over the course of your degree. TRANSFER WITH EASE Have your sights set on a bachelor’s degree? We can help get you there. We have more than 25 admission agreements with local colleges + universities that allow the credits you take here to be seamlessly transferred, and you can continue your studies without skipping a beat. TAKE CLASSES NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE Don’t live in Bucks County? No problem! We offer a variety of remote learning course options that you can access wherever you are, including dozens of degrees and certificate programs that can be completed 100% online. YOU'RE NEVER JUST A NUMBER We know it’s a cliché, but it’s true here at Bucks. Whether you’re taking in-person, online, hybrid, or hy-flex courses, our small class and campus sizes allow you to develop strong relationships with your professors, our staff, and your classmates. Whether you need some extra help with your math homework, are confused about your financial aid package, require accommodations, or have questions about anything at all, we’re here for you.  Ready to start smart at Bucks? Our admissions team is happy to help get you started and answer any questions! Click here for more info or email

girl in cap and gown holding diploma and flag Commencement


Bucks holds a commencement ceremony every spring in May. Eligible graduates from that year are welcomed to walk in the ceremony. Details about commencement are announced during the Spring semester.