January Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating in January:

Imtiaz Chowdoury, Jan. 1; Nicholas AlexanderMarilyn Keiner, Jan. 3; Eileen Bakley, Jan. 7; Al Ebinger, Jan. 8; Barbara Long, Jan 9; Loretta Dicker, Jan. 12; Michael ForestLori MonzoDeborah RogersLinda Wohlman, Jan. 13; Anthony Booker, Jan. 14; Charles Mettille, Jan. 16; Annmarie Chelius, Jan. 17; Nelson BugasLeslie Murtha, Jan. 19; Laura Batchelor, Jan. 21;Maria Kellett, Jan. 24; Barbara KozekAngela Stewart, Jan. 25; Susan DeCicco, Jan. 26; Jennifer Lashkari, Jan. 27; Michael Sargente, Jan. 30; Liriana Samuel, Jan. 31.

Happy birthday to the part-time faculty and adjunct professors celebrating in January:

John Sodaitis, Jan. 1; Marlene Felicetti, Jan. 3; Robin Hopkins, Jan. 4; Randall Bishop, Jan. 7; Robert Brodwater, Jan. 11; Robert Mast, Jan. 12; Megan Cinquegrani, Jan. 15; Logan Hannen, Jan. 16; Robinson Groves, Jan. 17; Scott Snowden, Jan. 23.

January Events at Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College is hosting the following events during the month of January:

Jan. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.:  Free Nursing and Health Careers Information Session, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Room C3 of the Mays Landing Campus. This session includes a tour of the state-of-the-art simulation lab and covers topics including steps to enrollment, an overview of Nursing/Allied Health programs and preparing for entry exams. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register visit: atlantic.edu/nursing or email stogel@atlantic.edu.


Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Basic Knife Skills, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, in Kitchen 1 of the M Building on the Mays Landing Campus. Ever wonder how those TV chefs chop so quickly and evenly? In this class, students will learn the techniques used by the professionals. Hold a knife correctly and master the basic cuts. Learn chopping, dicing and a few secrets. This is a hands-on class. To register or for more information, call 609-343-5655.


Jan. 31, 5-6:30 p.m.: Faculty Selects Art Show Closing Reception, 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in The Spangler Library of the Mays Landing Campus. This exhibit will feature Atlantic Cape student work which will be juried and awards will be given. The art pieces will include drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and more. The Faculty Selects Art Show Gallery is available to view daily until January 31. For more information please call 609-625-1111, ext. 5346.


The Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing; the Cape May County Campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is located at 1535 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City. The Academy of Culinary Arts is located at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

2018 Holiday Office Decorating Contest

Look through the four submissions for the Holiday Office Decorating Contest and click on the link at the bottom to vote!


1. William J. Spangler Library


2. Atlantic City Campus Admin Office

Atlantic City Campus Administrative Office


3. Instructional Technology Office



4. Academic Affairs Office

Office Decor Academic Affairs 2018

To vote for your favorite


Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, 12/20. The winner will be announced at the office party on Friday, December 21st.

The Traveling Adjunct–Dec. 17, 2018

A Quick Trip to Annapolis

Sometimes, ya just need to run away from home for the night.  That’s exactly what we did when we ran away to Annapolis, Maryland for the night.  Our schedules were pretty limited, but we needed a break, and we chose Annapolis since it was an easy three-hour drive for us.  Here’s where we slept, where we ate and what we did!

But first, a bit about Annapolis…

Annapolis, Maryland is right on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River.  It’s 25 miles (40 km) south of Baltimore and roughly 30 miles (50 km) east of Washington, D.C., with a population of 39,321.  It’s the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County.  Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Annapolis also just a really charming and walkable town, perfect for a quick escape.  Many of the streets are cobblestones and there are lots of buildings from the 18th century that have been converted into restaurants, shops, antique stores, galleries, etc. Check out Visit Annapolis for more info. https://www.visitannapolis.org/

Fun fact:  The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest in continuous use (for legislative purposes) in the United States.



Where’d We Stay?

We stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn on West Street. It’s walking distance from the harbor, but it’s enough out of the way to be enough out of the way, if you know what I mean.

Where’d We Eat?

We were only in Annapolis for the night and made dinner reservations at Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen.  http://www.carpacciotuscankitchen.com/ We went to Carpaccio early for drinks before dinner. I had a drink called Il Sorrentino with vodka, Limoncello, pineapple juice and prosecco.  Hubby had a cucumber martini with cucumber vodka (that’s a thing?) and muddled cucumbers* ( I had no idea what that was).  We’re not big drinkers, so one cocktail about did me in, but while we waited at the bar for our table reservation, the hostess came to us and said that they were tight on tables and asked if we’d mind sitting at a high top table.  The house would be glad to comp us a drink.  Sure! What was I thinking, I’ve already had a drink, but I had a prosecco and Hubby had a beer.

Once we were seated and the waiter came we couldn’t decide if we wanted the grilled calamari or the fried calamari, so we ordered one and the waiter comped us one.  Wow!  Totally unexpected!  After we filled up on calamari, our dinners arrived. I had monkfish and Hubby had veal.  Forget dessert. We’re stuffed!  Wait a second, there’s gelato?  Well, maybe just a little…..

 *What the heck are muddled cucumbers? Here’s the definition I found on Leaf TV, https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-muddle-cucumbers/

“When you muddle cucumber, you want its essence — the esters responsible for its clean, mild taste — to come through, not the remnants of flesh that result from pulverizing it. Peeling and seeding is often overlooked when muddling cucumbers; cucumber seeds and skin contain tannins, which impart an unwelcome bitterness to mixed drinks.”

What’d We Do?

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we headed out.  It was a beautiful November morning – perfect for a stroll.  Old Fox Books and Coffeehouse https://oldfoxbooks.com/ was having a painted violin exhibit, so we thought it would be fun to check out the violins and grab a cup of coffee, because you can never have too much coffee.  I found Old Fox Books online.  As I was checking out the website I noticed on the events page that the shop was having a painted violin exhibit.  I thought it would be fun to see.


Sadly, the violin exhibit was delayed so they weren’t on display when we visited, but we got coffee and explored the books and other unique items in the store.

After we left Old Fox Books, we took a walk around the docks, past the Naval Academy and along the cobbled streets, with no particular agenda in mind.  When we were done wandering, we made our way back to the hotel, checked out and were on our way.

Kent Island

On the way home, we stopped for lunch on nearby Kent Island http://www.baydreaming.com/destinations/kent-island/ at Harris Crab Househttps://harriscrabhouse.com/  It’s situated right on the Cheasapeake Bay, on the way to/from the Bay Bridge.  It was filled with locals and tourists looking for their crab fixes.  If you’re not familiar with Maryland, it’s known for crabs and crab cakes.  And crab cakes is what Hubby got.  Me, I got fish tacos!  I dunno, I was just feeling fish tacos.

After a totally delish lunch, we made our way back home, satisfied with our brief escape.  And, even though we had a great time, excellent food and a lot of fun, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said best, “there’s no place like home.”


Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog Traveleidoscope.com.  Psst! You can also visit Traveleidoscope on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter!  And guess what – she’s now a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association!

Nominations for Atlantic Cape Distinguished Alumni Due Feb. 1

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 President’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments.

This prestigious award demonstrates Atlantic Cape’s dedication to strengthening its alumni relations. Visit atlantic.edu/alumni to nominate an Atlantic Cape graduate for this honor by Friday, Feb. 1. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered with next year’s group of nominees.

To recognize the Atlantic Cape Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, the Alumni Advisory Committee will select four recipients for the 2019 award; one each from the late-1960’s/1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s. The Alumni Advisory Committee will additionally select four nominees under the age of 40 that represent our finest rising stars. New for this year, the Top Four Under 40 category serves to recognize young alumni that are excelling in their professions, contributing to their communities, and demonstrating a commitment to Atlantic Cape’s mission and values. The committee will present these recipients to the college president for approval.

Recipients of the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award are honored during a special dinner hosted by Careme’s Restaurant on the Mays Landing Campus. Recipients will also be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

To learn more about previous recipients of the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award, please visit www.atlantic.edu/alumni. For more information, contact Kristin Jackson at kjackson@atlantic.edu or 609-463-3621.

December 2018 Events at Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College is hosting the following events during the month of December:
Dec. 4, 5-6:30 p.m.:  Free Financial Aid Workshop, 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Room 132 of the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. Registration is required, and students may register and obtain more information by calling 609-343-4822 or by sending an email to dhernand@atlantic.edu.
Dec. 5, 12:30-2 p.m.: Free Financial Aid Workshop, 12:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Room S205 of the Mays Landing Campus. Registration is required, and students may register and obtain more information by calling 609-343-4822 or by sending an email to dhernand@atlantic.edu.
Dec. 5, 5:30-7: p.m.: Health Career Planning Session, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Room C3 of the Mays Landing Campus. This session will review regional training and career options, explore employment and educational opportunities, and provide information about entry-level positions through advanced technical training and degree programs. Registration is required, and students may register and obtain more information by calling 609-343-5048 or by sending an email to stogel@atlantic.edu.
Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m.: Academy of Culinary Arts Holiday Cookies Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Kitchen 1 (M-Building) of the Mays Landing Campus. For more information or to register, call 609-343-5655.
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Academy of Culinary Arts New Year’s Eve Party Menu Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in Kitchen 1 (M-Building) of the Mays Landing Campus. For more information or to register, call 609-343-5655.

Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m.: Academy of Culinary Arts Italian Desserts Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Kitchen 1 (M-Building) of the Mays Landing Campus. For more information or to register, call 609-343-5655.
The Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing; the Cape May County Campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is located at 1535 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City. The Academy of Culinary Arts is located at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.


December Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating in December:

Josette Katz, Dec. 3; Denise Petro, Dec. 7; Karen Zaniewski, Dec. 9; Dolores Giannini, Jolie Masters, Dec. 10; Edwin Nieves, Harry Whitelam, Dec. 11; Tonya Cooper, Dec. 12; Leslie Atherholt, Michelle Andrews, Dec. 13; Matthew Miller, Dec. 14; Tammy DeFranco, Michele Leacott, Charita McClain, Pam Baker, Virginia Macrie, Dec. 16; Crista Golden, Dec. 20; Cheryl Ann Garwood, Dec. 22; Lisa Stein, Dec. 27; Carolyn Coulter, Maria Giordano, Dec. 28.

Happy birthday to the part-time faculty and adjunct professors celebrating in December:

Monique JohnsSilvia Schottinger Dec. 2; Linda FichetolaErnest Gratz, Dec. 4; Brandie Cesari, Dec. 6; Aida Colon, Douglas Dimeler, Dec. 7; Cheryl Crews-Lynch, Susan Elmer, Dec. 9; Michael Seidenstricker, Dec. 10; Raymond Lopez, Kathleen McCabePeggy McFarlane, Dec. 11; Maxine Patroni, Dec. 13; Thomas Kluxen, Mary Miklasz, Dec. 14; Michael Rowan; Dec. 17; Dorothea DunayerLester Keeper, Dec. 18; Jen Lee, Dec. 19; Eddy Demosthene, Dec. 21; Ralph IvieKevin Garcia-Rios, Dec. 22; Sherry Jurasinski, Dec. 23; Michael JohnsonAllison KellySusan OlaschinezDonna Szemcsak, Dec. 24; Scott ChernoffChristina Michalowski, Dec. 25; Debra Scott, Dec. 28; Keith Carmack, Dec. 29; Edward DormerPatricia Kennedy, Dec. 30; Frederick Daniel, Dec. 31.

Here’s the Scoop – Nov. 21

A message from Donna Vassallo, Dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus: 

The Worthington Atlantic City Campus was proud to participate in “Chalk About AC,” an event hosted today by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation held on Saturday, Oct. 14.  The chalk effort, in its third year, is one of several the foundation has been working on in the city to foster art and inspiration. Over 120 students worked alongside local artists in beautifying Brown’s Park and other AC locations with chalk art.  Atlantic Cape was the host site for registration and lunch.

A message from Susan DePhilippis, Associate Professor of ESL and Chair, General Studies Degree Program Advisory Committee:

The ESL and Modern Languages Department is grateful to its new partners who have formed an advisory board for the General Studies Program. At its inaugural meeting on October 17, 2018, the committee offered a variety of practical, useful ideas for application to the program, particularly advising strategies for students to stay on track toward graduation.

The committee is a combination of representatives from the EHT Chick-Fil-A (Josh Maxwell, Mina Kim and Rick Paton); ACUA (Harry Gallagher); the United States Air Force (TSgt Christina Noriega); Stockton University (Dr. Rob Gregg); Rutgers University (Elizabeth Moore and Jason Jankowski); and Atlantic Cape administrators and faculty (Dr. Denise Coulter, Gwen McIntyre, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Dr. Curtis Andrews, Dr. Augie Nigro, Susan DePhilippis).


PICTURE:  Dr. Gregg, Harry Gallapgher, Mina Kim, Rick Paton, Stephanie Natale-Boianella,  Dr. Nigro, Dr. Coulter, Dr. Andrews, Susan DePhilippis, Jason Jankowski, Elizabeth Moore, TSgt Christina Noriega, Gwen McIntyre

A message from Denise-Marie Coulter, Dean of Liberal Studies:

Professor Tony DeLuca had guitarist Teddy Royal visit his Music Appreciation class at Worthington Center to discuss with students his experience as a professional musician. Royal, a guitarist, was born in New York, but he traveled the world playing jazz, blues and rock and roll with a number of artists, including the Four Pennies, the Nevill brothers and Fats Domino. He said the latter was like a father figure to him and a terrific cook, let alone an amazing musical artist. Royal demonstrated his talent for the students and answered their questions. Here is a photograph of Mr. Royal and Mr. DeLuca with the class.

IMG_9919.JPGPICTURE: Enoch Grigsby, Amy Aikens,Brandon Phan, Sierra Honeycutt, Mr. Teddy Royal, Professor DeLuca, Riley Gersham (also in first picture with Teddy and Prof. DeLuca), Quran Dabney, Karen Balderas, Jeremiah Lazorko,  Anirah Rex, Eden Lazorko.

Dr. Nancy Purcell’s Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) students recently collaborated on a research project focused on the causes of procrastination. They reported their findings on a bulletin board outside of their classroom for public consumption. Here is a picture of Dr. Purcell and the students who created the bulletin board.

IMG_9922.JPGPICTURE: Brett Cook, N’yak Bradley, Marc Depiero, Michelle Escoto, Aasia Muhammad, Sadaat Taylor, Hasib Ullah, Jennifer Asencio, Gabriella Taylor, Mohammed Khan and Atiyah Brooks.

A Message from Judy DeSalvo, Office Assistant, Academy of Culinary Arts:

I would like to thank the college community and my culinary family for the cards, prayers and condolences I received for the recent loss of my father.  It was truly appreciated.


Carol Fraone, College Recruiter, shared the following admissions and recruitment updates:

Egg Harbor Township Branch Library visit on Nov. 19:

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Career Fair at Schalick High School on Nov. 15:

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Winslow Township High School on Nov. 12:

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Fall Festival in Mays Landing on Nov. 10:

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NACAC National College Fair on Nov 1:

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Perth Amboy Recruitment Fair on Oct 26:

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Career Council at Riverwinds on Oct. 25:Career Council @riverwinds 10_25

Pennsauken High School College Fair on Oct. 17

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Camden Technical School College Fair Oct. 16: Camden Technical School College Fair

Life in the City Unity Day in Egg Harbor City on Oct. 13:



‘Tis the Season….For Giving! Give Back at Atlantic Cape


Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Atlantic Community College Foundation, Inc. when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2393679.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Please consider choosing Atlantic Community College Foundation, Inc. as your charity of choice.

NJ Employees Charitable Campaign: Now-Nov. 30

Atlantic Cape is proud to be a partner with New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC) to support our community at large. Donations to The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation  can be made via payroll deduction, check, or credit card. For more information please contact Eileen Curristine at ecurrist@atlantic.edu.

Knock Knock Give A Sock Drive: Now-Dec. 15

Student Services at Worthington Campus is doing it’s Knock Knock Give A Sock Drive. All new socks collected will be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Socks are the most needed item among the homeless. Last year, we collected over 200 socks. The collection box is located at the Atlantic City campus near the elevator, 1st floor. For more information, contact Cynthia Correa at ccorrea@atlantic.edu.

PTK Shoe Drive: Now-Dec. 15

Phi Theta Kappa students are collecting gently worn used and new shoes and boots.  All shoes welcomed as long as soles are intact! Collected shoes will be used to support micro-enterprise vendors.  Micro-enterprises are small businesses in developing nations. Collection boxes are on each campus. For more information, contact Effie Russell at russell@atlantic.edu.




Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Nov. 21, 2018

Submitted by Tammy DeFranco:

New Student Orientation on Oct. 16:


Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus was happy to provide supportive college information at our New Student Orientation, October 16, 2018 to NJ Stars student; Joshuamel Osoria and winner of the gift card

PTK C4 Completion Challenge Week:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus worked with Holly Schultheis; PTK Advisor in signing up students for the C4 Completion.

New Freshman Senator Selected:


Congratulations to student; Kaitlin Manson on her proud accomplishment as our Freshman Senator representing Cape May. Kaitlin was very excited and is working on her degree in Education so she can become a Special Education teacher.

Pizza with the President on Oct. 4:

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Dr. President Gaba had pizza with students at the Cape May Campus. Students exchanged ideas and provided information.

Hispanic Heritage Month:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus and students with the Circle K club provided light refreshments honoring Hispanic Heritage month with Cuban coffee, Spanish desserts, and featured artist Frida Kahlo. Students enjoyed the wonderful flavors and thought it was a great way to start their morning. An extra benefit is that Circle K was able to sign-up more students to their club.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus worked closely with C.A.R.A. (Coalition Against Rape and Abuse) to present The Clothesline Project to our students. The Clothesline Project depicts domestic violence trauma with drawings on t-shirts. There is also table of information on domestic violence and where to seek help for students.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:


Cape May students (Circle K club and advisor Professor McElry) and staff recognized and honored Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Tribute to the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke Tribe on Nov. 12: 

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus and Professor Cheryl Crews coordinated and organized a tribute to the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke tribe on Monday, November 12, 2018. Students, employees, and the community joined in the celebration with dancing, art projects, and to learn about the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke tribe from Chief Gould. Thank you S.G.A. for your support.

Veteran’s Honored on Nov. 12:

Dean Maria Kellett, of the Cape May Campus and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of the Cape May Campus honored our Veteran’s with Free coffee and cookies on Monday, November 12, 2018 and they appreciated such thoughtfulness. Thank you S.G.A. for your support.

A “spooktacular” event:

Circle K provided a haunting Halloween party for the students on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Find the Leadership Within Workshop on Nov. 16:

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus provide a “Find the Leadership Within” workshop for over 100 local high school students at the Peer Leadership Conference through Cape Assist at the Wildwood Convention Center on Friday, November 16, 2018.

In other news…

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus met with the counselors and superintendent of Wildwood High School about providing a “Career Day” for their students in January of 2019.

Dean Maria Kellett, Dean of the Cape May Campus and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of the Cape May Campus met with local high school principals in having their eight grade students visit in March 2019 for a Career Day.

Dean Maria Kellett, Dean of the Cape May Campus, hosted a Economic Development Meeting for Middle Township community members on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.