|WHAT IS STORMWATER POLLUTION?
|Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, usually is not treated, but then flows or is discharged into local waterbodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins and other pollutants (gas, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and pet droppings). This polluted stormwater can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches because of health threats to swimmers.
Human activity is largely responsible for stormwater pollution. Everything that we put on the ground or into the storm drain can end up in our water. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure these contaminants stay out of our water. Whether we have clean water is up to you.
Visit https://www.cleanwaternj.org/ for more information and resources.
Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:
Bo Zilovic, Nov. 1; Gorgianne Giordano, Nov. 5; Stephen Fisk, Jesse Kurtz, Nov. 6; Clifton Sudler, Nov. 7; Jean McAlister, Nov. 10; Gwen McIntyre, Nov. 13; Christopher Vallese, Nov. 16; Danays Hernandez, Nov. 17; Regina Van Epps, Nov. 19; Darick Garrison, Nov. 22; JoAnna Johns, Heather Boone, Nov. 23; Polly Thierler, Nov. 25; Luis Montefusco, Augustine Nigro, Nov. 29.
To my Atlantic Cape Friends:
There are not enough words to express my heartfelt thank you for your many cards, phone calls and prayers that you have extended to me and my family during our time of bereavement. Your friendship is highly appreciated.
Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:
Daymis Alicea, Richard Luderitz, John Thompson, Oct. 3; Karl Giulian, Oct. 6; Sherwood Taylor, Oct. 7; Vita Stovall, Oct. 11; Patricia Heller, Beth Sanders, Jonathan Herrera Oct. 12; Richard Kalman, Oct. 13; Leslie Jamison, Oct. 22; Thomas DiPietro, Oct. 24; Kim Oliveto, Oct. 25; John Heenan, Joy Little, Oct. 27; Effie Russell, Oct. 29; Camille Levy, Oct. 30.
Student Government had a busy start to the semester; volunteering for the NJ Family First Festival sponsored by New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy. The event was focused on providing resources and education to the community to end infant mortality rates in Atlantic City.
SGA traveled to the Worthington Atlantic City and Cape May County Campuses to provide assistance for New Student Day. Members participated on a student –led discussion panel about their college experiences and gave helpful tips.
SGA hosted two fun filled days of Welcome Back Club Recruitment for the Mays Landing Campus. Some highlights were Voter Registration, Rutgers Philly Pretzels, Hungry Hippo Challenge, Paint Your Pumpkin, Boardwalk Style Photo booth and Carmel Apple Creations! ACCCEA was on hand to bring the Treats!
A Silent Memorial Observation was hosted by Student Engagement in Memory of the victims of 9/11. A pictorial display was shown followed by the movie “102 Minutes that Changed America”.
Student Engagement celebrated Constitution Day with a NJ Ballot Bowl Kick Off event featuring “Ben Franklin”. Students were able to ask questions about the Constitution and Ben gave the students a history lesson. Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections was on hand to assist students with voter registration. Gabrielle (Atlantic Cape Alumni) and Joy answered student’s questions and registered 11 new voters!
SGA traveled to the Cape May Campus to assist with New Student Day. SGA led panel discussions about their college experience and gave tips for success.
Aviation studies professor Jim Eberwine, 2nd from right, spoke on the Air Mobility panel at the 5th annual UAS conference in Cape May County. The Atlantic Cape Aviation Studies program was a co-sponsor of the event, which explores the latest issues and efforts in drone technology with innovators from throughout New Jersey and adjoining States.
For more information on the conference, visit the UAS Conference page here.
Joshua Carroll, Instructional Technology, earned the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
The IAAP certification program aims to better define what accessibility professionals are expected to know and increase the quality and consistency of the work performed by accessibility professionals. The WAS credential is IAAP’s technical level exam for an individual with at least an intermediate level of detailed technical knowledge about WCAG guidelines and other related web accessibility topics.
Those successfully passing both the WAS and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) exams earn the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) credential. Josh joins roughly 200 people worldwide holding this designation.
For more information visit: www.accessibilityassociation.org
The Atlantic Cape library hosted a book discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 in the Spangler Library.
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
For more information, here’s an article about the author and his story: https://bit.ly/2gYbn8a. Trevor Noah is a terrific narrator and the audio version is excellent. Print and audio copies are available through the public library.
More book discussions will be announced soon. For more information contact Janet Hauge, Director of Academic Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Atlantic Cape, we hosted our Ballot Bowl kick-off with a celebration of Constitution Day on our Mays Landing campus. We had a special guest appearance from “Ben Franklin” himself, who distributed pocket-sized copies of the Constitution and spoke to students about the importance of voting and civic engagement. We also had a Voter Registration table to get students registered and answer any questions they had about the process.
New Jersey Ballot Bowl
Civic engagement is key to our civic health. A core mission of the New Jersey Department of State is to promote civic engagement through voting. They want to ensure that everyone who is qualified to vote is encouraged and unencumbered in casting their ballot. That way we can live up to the promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal and deserve every chance to live out our dreams.
To encourage and promote civic engagement, particularly among our young people, the Department of State and Secretary of State Tahesha Way announced the launch of the 2019 New Jersey Ballot Bowl – A Statewide Non-Partisan Voter Registration Competition Led By and For Students.
Students at campuses across the state will compete against one another to register the most students to vote.
On September 5th, 2019 college faculty, staff, board/foundation members and the community gathered to celebrate the life and work of retired Atlantic Cape English Professor Gerri Black at the unveiling of the Publications Room being named in her memory. Rich Russell Jr., who dedicated the room, and President Gaba opened by welcoming guests to the ceremony. Following the remarks, readings from Gerri Black’s work was presented by Rich Russell, Effie Russell, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Katie Weightman, Heather Boone and Leila Crawford.
After the celebration of her work, guests walked to the Publications Room in G Building where the new plaque was unveiled by Professor Russell and Dr. Gaba. Guests then enjoyed a reception featuring light refreshments and a book of Gerri’s poems which was available to view.
Gerri Black became an Atlantic Cape Community College adjunct instructor in January 1991 teaching developmental English. In September 1992, Gerri was appointed as a full-time, Assistant Professor and in 2008, Gerri was promoted to Associate Professor of English. The evaluations she received from her students were always consistently positive and in 2006 and 2007 she was voted as Faculty Member of the Year by the student body. She was included in “Who’s Who Among American Educators” numerous times.
At Atlantic Cape for 10 years, she took on the role of faculty advisor to Rewrites Literary and Art Magazine. Gerri and the Rewrites staff also offered a literary information newsletter called “First Draft.” She was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University in 2010-2011. A prolific writer herself, Gerri was a published poet and accomplished bookmaker. A member of the Great Bay Gallery poets and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, she often had her work exhibited at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts.
After 20 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the college, and especially her students, Gerri retired from Atlantic Cape on February 1, 2013. Near the end of 2014, Ms. Black established the Gerri Black Creative Writing Endowment Scholarship for students with an interest in writing and majoring in either English or Communication Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College. Professor Gerri Black passed away in March 2015.