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Center for Community Leadership Celebrates 15th Anniversary

In honor of its 15th anniversary, Albright College’s Center for Community Leadership (CCL) was presented with proclamations from the Pennsylvania State Senate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Berks County and the City of Reading.

Founded in 1994 by Albright College as the “Local Government Program,” CCL provides education and training for local officials to learn skills to fulfill their responsibilities; fosters cooperative initiatives among municipalities to help meet the growing demand for services and to reduce operating costs; and enhances citizen understanding of local government operations and issues. In addition to program fees, grants and contracts, CCL is supported financially by 66 municipal sponsors and 29 private-sector sponsors.

John Kramer, CCL director, said, “The center represents a unique partnership that demonstrates how the public, private and academic sectors can work together to assist local government officials meet the changing needs of their communities.”

CCL’s successes include the following: established the Berks Municipal Partnership, a forum for municipal officials from throughout Berks County, to discuss emerging issues that might be addressed on a regional or countywide level; facilitated the creation of the Berks County Health Insurance Consortium, which enables municipalities to jointly purchase health insurance, and the Berks County Building and Code Association, which provides joint training and the sharing of information on codes; coordinated the work of the City of Reading Gang Prevention Initiative to identify key risk factors for youth and educate the community as part of the six-city Route 222 Corridor effort; provided the initial training that resulted in the eventual merger of volunteer fire companies in Spring Township and other communities.


Students Attend Historic Inauguration

In January, Michael Moorhouse ’11 and Brielle Marks ’11 attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Michael Moorhouse ’11 and Brielle Marks ’11 witnessed history in the making. As participants in the University Presidential Inaugural Conference, Moorhouse and Marks attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. “It was great to have the opportunity to witness first hand such a historic event that will be looked back on and learned about by generations to come,” said Moorhouse, a criminology and psychology major.

Marks and Moorhouse were invited to the conference because they are alumni of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF). The NYLF is an independent, educational organization established to help prepare students for their professional careers. High-achieving high school and university students are nominated to attend NYLF programs by educators, organization advisers, alumni and participating institutions, or through classroom surveys. Students may also be admitted through an application process, provided they meet the academic requirements. As high school students, Marks attended the forum for law in 2007, while Moorhouse attended for defense, intelligence and diplomacy in 2005.

The five-day conference included keynote speakers and political experts, as well as the official swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural parade. Moorhouse and Marks heard a number of political figures speak, including former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell. The two also attended a private black-tie inaugural ball.

“Being able to attend changed my whole perspective of President Obama,” said Marks, an education and history major. “Listening to his speech made me come to respect him even more as a person and as a president.”

“I will never forget the feeling of being in the crowd and the atmosphere of a city full of 100 percent unity,” Moorhouse said.


Albright Reporter coverAnd the Winner is…

The Albright Reporter was recently honored with two awards from professional organizations. The magazine received a gold Accolades Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District II, for the cover of the spring 2008 issue. The cover story featured the film Is What Was by filmmakerJerry Tartaglia ’72 and students Sean Kirk ’08 and Tyler Arcaro ’09.

The Albright Reporter was also awarded a bronze Cuppie Award from CUPRAP: The Association for Communicators in Education, in the general magazine category.


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