Monthly Archives: April 2014

Iron Student Chefs Vie for Trophy in 10th Annual Competition

Eighteen culinary students showed their passion for food and competed in the 10th Annual Iron Student Chef competition at the Academy of Culinary Arts April 28.

At 9:25 a.m. sharp, it was time to start the competition coordinated by ACA Chef Educator Vincent “Rocky” Tedeschi. The students were organized into four

First-place team members from left to right: Xavier Baskerville of Egg Harbor, Jessica Scannapieco of Egg Harbor Township, Jacob Mann of Marmora, Gianna Cottone of Absecon and Brian Peters of Egg Harbor Township. ACA Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi is also pictured.

First-place team members from left to right: Xavier Baskerville of Egg Harbor, Jessica Scannapieco of Egg Harbor Township, Jacob Mann of Marmora, Gianna Cottone of Absecon and Brian Peters of Egg Harbor Township. ACA Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi is also pictured.

Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi and Chef Edward Daggers sample a team's dishes.

Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi and Chef Edward Daggers sample a team’s dishes.

teams. Their mission: to create four dishes, each incorporating a tightly guarded secret ingredient revealed only minutes before the start of cooking. The teams were given 15 minutes to create recipes and 90 minutes to cook.

The secret ingredient to be included in each team’s four dishes, from appetizers to entrees: passion fruit. The teams were given passion fruit and a variety of other ingredients and told to produce three plates for each dish, one for display, and the others for judging.

The first place, trophy-winning team included: Brian Peters, Xavier Baskerville, Jacob Mann, Gianna Cottone and Jessica Scannapieco. Each teammate received a chef’s knife from Mercer Cutlery.

The second place team, silver medal winners: Adam Field, Anthony Dorando, Lindsay Bender and Alexander (Zander) Gatta.

The bronze medal third place team: Bruce Tice, Jose Otto, Jonathon Olivo, Anthony Scott and Eric Larmore.

The winning team’s menu included Pan-seared Scallops with a Parsnip Purée accompanied by a Passion Fruit Reduction Sauce; Deconstructed Lobster and Passion Fruit Salad with a White Balsamic Glaze; Pan-seared Salmon with a Passion Fruit Glaze and a Tropical Grilled Pineapple Mango Salsa over Risotto mixed with Quinoa; and for dessert, Yogurt Mousse Enrobed in Passion Fruit Glaze paired with Passion Fruit Cake.

Chef Tedeschi and Atlantic City Country Club Executive Chef Edward Daggers were this year’s tasting judges. Kitchen judges were Chef Educators Daniel Matt and Philip Cragg. Judging was based on a possible 50 points, including 10 points each for flavor, knowledge of item, presentation, originality and sanitation. Teams lost 10 points for lateness and 10 points if kitchen/lab clean-up was not satisfactory.

Register Now for Summer Classes at Cape May County Campus

Atlantic Cape is offering a variety of credit classes this summer at its Cape May County Campus. Some courses include:

Summer Session One, May 27-July 3: Human Anatomy Physiology I, Intro to Computers, Public Speaking, Western World I, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods and Elementary Spanish I.

Summer Session Two, June 30-Aug. 21: Psychology of Exceptionality, Reading/Writing I, Reading/Writing II, Composition I, Composition II, Introduction to Literature, General Psychology and Principles of Sociology.

Summer Session Three, July 14-Aug. 21: Human Anatomy Physiology II and Intro to Algebra II.

For more information, email or call ext. 3960.

Earn Credits Online This Summer

Atlantic Cape will offer more than 100 classes online this summer to accommodate a range of lifestyles. Whether you’re a current student, recent high school graduate or attending a four-year college and home for the summer, you can earn credits toward your degree in just a few weeks.

In-person registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

Some courses offered during the first six-week session, May 27-July 3, include: Financial Accounting, Art Appreciation, Business Ethics, Composition I, Creative Writing I, Earth Science, College Algebra and Principals of Sociology.

During the second session, which is eight weeks, June 30-Aug. 21, classes include: Principles of Management, Intro to Computers, Criminal Investigation, Western World II, Calculus I, Child Psychology, World Religions and Technical Communication.

Course offered during the six-week third session, July 14-Aug. 21, include: Web Graphics/Animation, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communication, Literature for Children, Precalculus, Word Processing I and Concepts of Physical Fitness.

It is recommended students taking online courses possess excellent organizational and time management skills.

Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To register online or view a schedule of summer and fall courses, visit For more information, email or call ext. 5000.

Information Session on Accelerated Learning Program Planned for July 16

Atlantic Cape’s Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) allows students who place into the developmental ENGL080 Reading/Writing II the opportunity to take the college-level ENGL101 Composition I course paired with ENGL099 Accelerated Learning Program Support (formerly ALPS099). Similar projects of English acceleration are happening around the country, many of them evolving from the Community College of Baltimore (CCBC) model, as Atlantic Cape’s did.

Join the faculty from 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, in H-116 on the Mays Landing Campus to learn more about the history and progress of ALP. Jamey Gallagher, co-director of CCBC’s program, will present an overview of their program, including its history, model and results, followed by Atlantic Cape ALP faculty who will provide a similar overview of our program.

Faculty and staff from all departments are welcome. Reserve your seat with Stephanie Natale-Boianelli at


Visiting Professor Plans ‘Language and the Brain’ Workshop May 7

Beacons by the Sea visiting scholar Dr. Fatjona R. Lubonja will present “Neuroscience: A Conversation with the Latest Research” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 7. The event is free and open to the public in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building.

Lubonja’s presentation will cover neurological studies applied to language development and learning, and other areas related to learning a second language. The Northfield resident and native of Albania is a multilingual speaker and her scholarly interests are on neuroscience and education, including language aphasia, impact and influence mechanisms that control language and learning.

Accomplishments May 2, 2014

Ellen Parker, reference and instruction librarian at the Mays Landing Campus, was guest lecturer for San Jose State University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science April 10. Ellen spoke about library instruction strategies to engage community college learners. The lecture, held online through Blackboard Collaborate, was followed by a discussion on SJSU’s SLIS Facebook page.

The Atlantic Cape Review welcomed two guest speakers recently, who shared their professional expertise with the student newspaper staff. Vernon Ogrodnek, photo editor at The Press of Atlantic City, spoke to the staff April 17, and Peter Brophy, managing editor at The Press, addressed the group in March.

The Asian Student Alliance and club advisor Jay Peterson took a trip to New York City April 18, where they visited the Bodies Exhibit at Discovery Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s, the Empire State Building and Chinatown.

From left: Christina Kane, Darcel Durr, Hamel Brahmbhatt, Natalie Espinosa, Richard Alejandro and Erica Pratts enjoy New York.

From left: Christina Kane, Darcel Durr, Hamel Brahmbhatt, Natalie Espinosa, Richard Alejandro and Erica Pratts enjoy New York.

College Relations Looking for Interesting Graduation Stories

The college relations office is looking for human interest stories for graduation. If you know of an Atlantic Cape student who is graduating in May who has overcome obstacles to complete school, is a senior graduate, is graduating with a family member or other unique angle, email Stacey Clapp,, by May 2.

Art Gallery Features Student Work; Reception Planned May 16

Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery is open with a student exhibit after a two-year hiatus. The gallery is located in a large space in the William Spangler Library. A reception will be held May 16. For more information, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at

Atlantic Cape to Offer Classes in Hammonton This Fall

The college will offer its first credit classes in Hammonton this fall at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Classes include:

  • Intro to Computers, Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
  • Composition I, Mondays/Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Western World I, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Statistical Methods, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5-6:50 p.m.

Fall semester classes begin Sept. 2. Visit to view class schedules and to register online. For more information, email or call ext. 5000.

Here’s the Scoop For May 2

Student clubs kicked off Earth Day with a free celebration for students including Earth friendly displays, games, giveaways and more. Highlights included an airbrush artist creating hats, inflatables and a free keepsake photo. The events were organized by the Student Government Association.

Students showcase their club at Earth Day festivities April 22.

Students showcase their club at Earth Day festivities April 22.

Rhonda Petruzzi, WACC administrative services, and her family recently traveled to Florida on vacation to enjoy a family vacation. She is proud to have attended her son-in-law’s graduation ceremony from Full Sail University and spent time exploring Disney World with her grandchildren.

Rhonda Petruzzi and her family.

Rhonda Petruzzi and her family.

Save the date for other upcoming retirement parties for departing staff, including:

  • A farewell for Dr. Art Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, at the Mays Landing Country Club. RSVP by May 1 to Laura Campbell, ext. 5001; Lisa Apel-Gendron, ext. 3619; or Vita Stovall, ext. 4832. Cost is $39.
  • A send-off for Terry Budd, dean of administrative and business services, will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 30, at the Mays Landing Country Club. Cost is $39. Call Marge Mettille, ext. 5115.
  • A celebration of Linda Mcleod, assistant director of college recruitment, will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at Tuscany House Hotel at the Renault Winery Resort. RSVP by May 23 to Kristin Jackson or Barbara Clark, ext. 4916 or ext. 5006. Cost is $38.

Happy birthday to: Mark Streckenbein, May 2; Cynthia Correa, Michael Mettille, Penny Gardner, Peter Mora, May 4; Kelly McClay, May 5, Mary Yoa, May 6; William Dougherty, Lauren Laughliln, James Sacchinelli, Marilou Trinh, May 7; David Capelli, Richard Russell, May 8; Wendy Gray, May 10; Tim Kelleher, May 11; Laura Campbell, George Taylor, May 12; Joe D’Agostino, Richard Perniciaro, May 14. Adjunct birthday: Joanne Kulzer, May 9; Myra Caplan, May 13.