Join Us! Independence Matters: Wild River Books Launches Open Admissions on October 22 at Philadelphia’s Mermaid Inn with Host Roger LaMay of WXPN
Author Ned Bachus gathers expert panel in launch of Open Admissions, a memoir that celebrates the underappreciated resource of community colleges in building independence
Who: Roger LaMay will host the event with panelists Judy Gay, Clark DeLeon, and Ned Bachus.
What: Wild River Books Launches Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning
Where: The Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, located at the intersection of Germantown Avenue, Winston Road, and Mermaid Lane. Snacks will be provided. Cash bar.
Host: Roger LaMay
A 30-plus year media veteran, Roger LaMay joined WXPN in January 2003 and is responsible for the overall operations of the station including fundraising, programming, events and marketing. During his tenure, WXPN forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music, moved and expanded its annual summer music festival, and led a move to the station’s state-of-the-art studio and headquarters that opened in 2004 in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live®, the performance venue named for WXPN’s flagship program located in the same building. In addition, under LaMay’s direction, WXPN acquired new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey, effectively tripling the station’s geographical broadcast coverage, and acquired the annual NON-COMMvention, making WXPN the host for the premier national conference for non-commercial music stations.
Additionally In November 2015, LaMay was elected and is currently in his third term as Chairman of the Board of National Public Radio. He co-founded and serves as Chairman of VuHaus.com, the music video website and business collaboration of 20+ public radio stations.
Previously, he served as GM and News Director of Fox29/WTXF-TV in Philadelphia where he created its award winning news program The Ten O’Clock News. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College.
Dr. Judith Gay
Dr. Judith Gay joined the Community College of Philadelphia in June 2000 as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She served in that position for 14 years before being appointed as the College’s first Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff. Her responsibilities include oversight for institutional effectiveness, diversity and equity, online learning, multimedia services, CCPTV, and access and community engagement. She currently has leadership positions as chair of the board for Interim House, Inc; co-chair of the City’s Running Start Committee, executive committee member for the Philadelphia Academies, Inc, and executive committee member for the PA ACE Women’s Network. Prior to joining the Community College of Philadelphia, Dr. Gay was an administrator at Montgomery County Community College; full professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College; and, an assistant professor at Gettysburg College. Dr. Gay holds a B.A. in psychology from Findlay College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Clark DeLeon authored “The Scene” column for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than twenty years and has written for other publications in the region. A graduate of Montgomery County Community College and Temple University, he has taught writing at “Montco” and has coached rugby at Temple.
Born in Quebec and raised in Philadelphia, Ned Bachus taught at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for two years before attending graduate school at Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University), where he founded the first rugby club for the Deaf in the United States. A founding member of Blackthorn Rugby Football Club, Bachus has been inducted into the Blackthorn RFC Hall of Fame. During his four-decade career at Community College of Philadelphia, he won multiple teaching awards, including the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. His fiction has been anthologized, published in literary magazines, and presented at the Writing Aloud Series at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre, and has earned him fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a residency at Ireland’s Cill Rialaig Project, where he began writing Open Admissions. His Fleur-de-Lis Press book of short stories, City of Brotherly Love, received the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. A singer-songwriter, his songs have been recorded by numerous artists and performed on National Public Radio programs including A Prairie Home Companion. He sings and plays percussion as a member of the Louisiana-style roots rock band Sacred CowBoys. He was named honorary member of Alpha Sigma Pi, a Deaf fraternity, and of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.