Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dr. Marty Marino Receives Lindback Teaching Award

Dr. Martin “Marty” Marino of Galloway, professor of social science at Atlantic Cape Community College, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award during the college’s May 22 commencement.

Dr. Peter L. Mora presents the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award to Dr. Martin Marino.

Dr. Peter L. Mora presents the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Martin Marino.

Marino joined Atlantic Cape in 1970 as assistant professor of psychology and was later promoted to professor. He has also served as a mentor to adjunct instructors, school psychological counselor, area coordinator and chair of the social science department during his 44 years at the college.

“I am very happy to be the 2014 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award,” Marino said. “It is an honor to be selected for this award from the many outstanding and dedicated faculty members at Atlantic Cape Community College.”

Marino holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the former East Stroudsburg State College, a master’s in counseling and guidance from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and certification as a school psychologist from Temple.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia endows the award to outstanding teachers at select colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Atlantic Cape presents the Lindback award to teachers who have contributed significantly to the education of Atlantic Cape students. The honoree is a role model who demonstrates accessibility to students, high standards, openness to new ideas and practices new teaching methods.

Past honorees include: 2013, Amy Shelton, associate professor of math; 2011, Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan, associate professor of art; 2009, Donna Vassallo, assistant professor of hospitality and business; 2008, Christina Cavage, associate professor and department chair of English as a second language; 2007, Marilyn Malerba Keiner, associate professor, paralegal studies; 2006, Ethel “Effie” Russell, professor, English; 2005, Dr. Louise Kaplan, professor, anthropology and bioethics; 2004, Richard Benner, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; 2003, Donna Albano, assistant professor of hospitality management; and 2002, Regina Van Epps, assistant professor of English.

Summer Hours Begin June 2

Summer hours (flex time) begin Monday, June 2. Support personnel normally working 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. will work 8 a.m.-4:37 p.m. or 8:30 a.m.-5:07 p.m. During the four-day work week, support staff work 32.5 hours per week, a 2.5-hour reduction. Consult with your supervisor regarding your precise reporting and dismissal times.

Management, counselor and librarian personnel should maintain a 37.5 hour schedule per week during this period.

Leave time taken during summer hours will be charged at hours paid, not hours worked. A vacation week during summer hours is charged at 35 or 40 hours not 32.5 or 37.5, respectively. One leave day is charged at 8.75 hours for staff and 10 hours for management/counselors/librarians.

Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 18.

College to Offer Environmental Science Degree; Trustees Approve Personnel Resolutions, Purchases

Atlantic Cape Community College trustees heard a report on the new Environmental Science degree to begin this fall and approved personnel and purchasing resolutions when they met in regular session May 27 at the college’s Cape May County Campus.

Students in the new associate in science degree program will develop work ethics that are effective and safe in a laboratory environment and experiment with laboratory and field equipment to obtain data. This degree can lead to a baccalaureate degree in environmental science or environmental studies at accredited colleges or universities.

Atlantic Cape is working with connections at local high schools to develop concurrent and dual enrollment programs. “We also looked at local four-year schools and developed a curriculum that is appropriate for transfer,” said Jim Sacchinelli, assistant professor of science.

In Personnel Action:

The board made the following appointments:

Danielle Epps of Galloway, assistant director, admissions, effective May 28.

Mark Lewis of Egg Harbor City, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective May 28

Felicia Smith of Egg Harbor City, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective May 28.

Bridget Temme-Soifer of Mays Landing, senior research technician, effective May 28.

Dr. Curtis Andrews of Sicklerville, assistant professor of social science, effective Sept. 2.

Dean Wyks of Woodbine, assistant professor of criminal justice, effective Sept. 2.

Richard Russell of Ocean City, assistant professor of English, effective Sept. 2.

August Daquila of Ocean City, dean of administration and business services, effective July 1.

“After a very comprehensive search, we are replacing the last of our retiring cabinet members,” Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, said. “Mr. Daquila brings extensive higher education experience and knows the business services, funding and financial aspects of the job.”

Daquila has an MBA from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University. He most recently served as manager of fiscal reporting and analysis at Rowan University and held previous posts at Ramapo College, St. Peter’s Prep and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The board accepted the resignations of:

Scott Conklin, security officer I, retroactive to May 23.

Joe D’Agostino, senior manager, Web systems and marketing, retroactive to May 16.

Danielle Devlin, office assistant, president’s office, retroactive to May 12.

In Other Action, The Board:

–Granted an honorary associate in arts degree to Rochelle Hendricks, secretary of higher education for the State of New Jersey, in recognition of her admirable service as Atlantic Cape’s 47th annual commencement speaker.

–Approved the April 30, 2014, financial statements and acknowledged the FY’15 Annual Budget Message.

–Approved a recommendation of Dr. Mora to appropriate $224,978 from the FY’13 year-end unrestricted fund balance to a designated account in the Plant Fund for the institution’s share of the debt service of the 2014 Funding Cycle of the NJEFA Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund.

–Authorized a two-year contract with Delta Dental for the employee dental plan.

–Authorized a contract with Iden Advancement through June 30, 2014, not to exceed $21,060.

In Grant Action, The Board:

–Approved serving as a partner on three separate applications to the State of New Jersey Department of Education for a $7.1 million Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Training Academy, which would allocate up to $2 million to Atlantic Cape from July 18, 2014-Dec. 31, 2017. The grant will provide funding for the development of a statewide Training Academy for the provision of core supplemental training for early childhood learning and development providers. Only one consortium led by a four-year institution with two community college partners will receive funding.

–Agreed to accept up to $88,466 from the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club for training services related to Youth Build programs from Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015.

–Approved submitting an application to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for $599,050, over the anticipated term of July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, to provide adult basic skills, integrated English literacy and civics education.

–Approved a recommendation of the official named facilities in the STEM building.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Media buying services, Success Communications, Parsippany, not to exceed $93,000.

–Continuing Education guide printing, Bartash Printing, Philadelphia, $20,050.

–3D printers, Allegheny Educational Systems, Inc., Natrona Heights, Pa., $29,900.

–Voice services, Broadview Networks, Rye Brook, NY, $2,300. Adjustment to existing bid.

–Computer equipment, state contract, ELF funds, $1.03 million. Purchase includes 657 Dell personal computers, 262 Dell laptops, 163 Macintosh mini computers and 57 Macintosh laptops to replace computers at all three campuses.

–Servers, state contract, HEIT Grant, Ocean Computer, Matawan, $343,041.

–Boiler replacement, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Kisby-Lees Mechanical, Atlantic City, $322,880.

In the President’s Report:

Sean Fischer, dean of resource development/president & Board of Trustees operations, and Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs, provided an overview of the 47th annual commencement, held May 22. A total of 850 students earned associate in science, associate in arts and associate in applied science degrees. “There was a phenomenal amount of work, and we had in excess of 2,000 people on campus, inside and outside, during the event,” Dr. Levy said, thanking the efforts of the staff to coordinate this activity.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are invited to attend.

From the Cape May County Campus-May 30, 2014

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

As we transition into the summer rhythm at CMCC, we have an appealing blend of credit classes and noncredit workshops, as well as externally-sponsored events that will keep the building humming.

The noncredit Math Boot Camp for Math 073 and Math 074 is scheduled the week of June 23, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please let eligible students know about this new program.

The summer library schedule at CMCC is Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tutoring may be available, depending on demand. For more information about tutoring, contact Mike Sargente at

CMCC will continue to host meetings of the Statewide Youth Advisory Board, under the auspices of Rutgers’ School of Social Work in Camden, twice a month throughout the summer. Next month’s meetings are set for June 12 and 26.

On Saturday, June 14, hundreds of cyclists will cruise into the CMCC parking lot for some rest and refreshments on their way to Morey’s Pier in Wildwood, as part of the annual ALS Express Bike Ride, sponsored by the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter. CMCC has lent the lower part of its lot to this commendable cause for quite a few years.

We’re pleased to report that the majority of our beach plums made it through the cantankerous winter. This project, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, aims to reestablish native plants on CMCC grounds. The seedlings, raised by prison inmates, were planted in November 2012, and this is the first year they’ve blossomed. That is a very good sign!

Nature lovers and biology students alike were pleased to see that most of the beach plums blossomed in mid-May.

Nature lovers and biology students alike were pleased to see that most of the beach plums blossomed in mid-May.

In keeping with the greening of the College, CMCC’s grey water hookup for irrigation is now complete and tested. Grey water is waste water collected from hand washing and showering that is then recycled for use in irrigation. As of mid-May, when we water the lawns, the water used is recycled grey water rather than precious drinking water. This project in partnership with Cape May County, several years in the making, required some excavation and pipe laying in order to complete the hookup, but everything looks fine now.

Using grey water for irrigation is safe, and it saves precious drinking water while providing cost savings at the same time.

Using grey water for irrigation is safe, and it saves precious drinking water while providing cost savings at the same time.


Have a worry-free weekend!

June Birthdays

June Birthdays:

Apisit Vichienrat, Connie Walton, Zhe Xu, June 1; Thomas Hughes, Stacey Clapp, June 2; Joshua Carroll, June 3; Timothy Cliggett, June 5; Cathie Skinner, Norman Gray, June 6; Dr. Mitchell Levy, June 8; William Smith, June 9; Michael Bates, Patrice Leatherberry, June 11; Svetlana Marzelli, June 12; Donna Vassallo, June 15; Michael McHale, June 16; Tak-Shun Chung, June 18; Valerie Weller, June 24; Kristin Jackson, June 25; John Feldbauer, June 27; Ronald Peters, June 29; Trent Jones, June 30.

Here’s The Scoop-May 30, 2014

Atlantic Cape is sponsoring the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 11th annual Spin 4 The Cure, Sunday, June 8, at Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness in Somers Point. Classes take place throughout the morning. Spin 4 The Cure raises money for adult and pediatric cancer research, provides patient aid for families coping with financial hardships and has funded informational and educational programs. For more information, visit or contact Lisa Bee at 609-204-1170 or Mary Ellen Spiers at 609-926-9550.

If you watched the Phillies game in Miami May 20, you may have seen retired main campus and CMCC overnight security officer Tom Clark and his wife, Dianna. Tom and Dianna now live in South Carolina, and they travel to see the Phillies throughout the east and Midwest. And there they were in Miami, in their dapper Phillies Hawaiian shirts and Phillies caps. They were shown twice – once before the game started and once between innings.

Retiree Phyllis Bagnell sends the following note of gratitude: “I want to thank everyone who wished me well on May 15. It was great seeing my boss, Dr. Richard Perniciaro, my co-workers, and the many friends I made over the years at the college. Many laughs and good memories were shared. Retirement really is as good as they say! Love to All, Phyllis”

Mary Jayne Santilli, enrollment services, shares the following note: “I would like to thank the college community for your thoughtfulness in sending cards, flowers and baskets during my time of sadness. Words cannot express my heartfelt thanks.”

Summer café hours at the Mays Landing Campus are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Welcome to:

  • Danielle Epps, assistant director, admissions
  • Mark Lewis, housekeeper I
  • Felicia Smith, housekeeper I
  • Bridget Temme-Soifer, senior research technician, institutional research

Atlantic Cape Honors Tom Innocente with President’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Atlantic Cape Community College conferred the fifth President’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Thomas Innocente, a professor and retired law enforcement officer, at the 47th annual commencement, May 22.

Innocente, of Somers Point, was a member of the first Atlantic Cape class, which began in September 1966, with evening classes at Atlantic City High School. He earned an Associate in Science in Business in 1971, and transferred to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, earning a degree in Criminal Justice in 1973. He later earned a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and enlisted in the New Jersey State Police.

Tom Innocente center, with Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, and Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey secretary of higher education at the May 22 commencement.

Tom Innocente center, with Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, and Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey secretary of higher education at the May 22 commencement.

He led a distinguished 30-year career as a state trooper and completed training at the FBI National Academy. He retired from the State Police in 1998 with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

As a military veteran prior to attending Atlantic Cape, Innocente transferred to a military reserve status in the U.S. Army, and as a result of his educational background, was able to qualify as a commissioned officer. He retired from the military as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 33 years of military service.

Innocente served as an adjunct instructor at Atlantic Cape since 1983, and became a full-time criminal justice professor in 2006. He also has been a business owner since 1990. He established a successful personal watercraft business that continues to grow and employ local workers.

The award, initiated by Atlantic Cape’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee, recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has displayed professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, a New Jersey licensed professional counselor, Atlantic City Attorney Katherine Morris, Linwood Attorney Michael R. Rann and Superintendent of Northfield Community Schools Janice DeCicco Fipp.

Atlantic Cape Honors Diane T. McKoy with President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award

Atlantic Cape Community College conferred the fourth President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award to Diane T. McKoy, CPA, of Mays Landing, at the college’s 47th annual commencement May 22.

McKoy has been a member of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board since 2002. During her tenure, she has chaired the Restaurant Gala Committee and served on the Finance Committee, Scholarship Selection Committee and the cabinet for the college’s first major gifts campaign, Create Opportunity—The Capital and Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College. McKoy also volunteered for the college and Foundation for many years prior to joining the Foundation Board.

Dr. Peter L. Mora and Diane T. McKoy.

Dr. Peter L. Mora and Diane T. McKoy.

She has served with distinction as both president and vice president of the Foundation.

“Throughout her 12 years of service on the board, Ms. McKoy has worked tirelessly to alleviate the financial burden for so many of our past, present and future students,” said Sean Fischer, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation. “Through her leadership, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars in support of student scholarships, college programs and campus improvements.”

The award, initiated by a special committee of the Foundation Board, recognizes a current or past member of the board who has demonstrated leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the college and its students. Past recipients include Robert Mullock of Cape May, owner of the historic Chalfonte Hotel, Charles Pessagno of Galloway, executive vice president of Marsh & McLennan Agency, and James Cooper, Esq. of Margate, President Emeritus of the Foundation.

Atlantic Cape Awards 850 Degrees at Commencement

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 850 associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science degrees at the school’s 47th commencement, Thursday, May 22. New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks delivered the keynote address.

Graduate April-Rose Muentz of North Cape May, with her Collegiate Computers Program mentor, Jane Gleason.

Graduate April-Rose Muentz of North Cape May, with her Collegiate Computers Program mentor, Jane Gleason celebrate after the May 22 ceremony.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, presented an honorary associate in arts degree to Hendricks and honored Dr. Martin Marino of Galloway with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award.

Tom Innocente received the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has distinguished him or herself through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Innocente, of Somers Point, was a member of the first Atlantic Cape class and had a distinguished 30-year career as a New Jersey State Trooper. He has taught criminal justice courses at Atlantic Cape since 1983, and in 2006 became a full-time professor.

Diane T. McKoy of Mays Landing, president of the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board of Trustees, received the President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award, which recognizes a current or past member of the board who has demonstrated leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the college and its students. As a member of the Foundation Board, she has chaired the Restaurant Gala Committee, the Finance Committee and Scholarship Selection Committee, and served on the cabinet of the college’s first capital campaign, Create Opportunity.

High honors student Kenneth Kin of Galloway, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the class farewell. Kin earned an associate degree in communication.

After completing his coursework in December, Kin enrolled at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and began classes this spring. His goal is to work in production or on-air for a local radio or television station.

“For some of you, perhaps this day could not get here quickly enough. For others, it seems we are leaving much too soon. Either way, I hope you were able to take advantage of some of what the college has to offer. I joined the Radio Club since working in radio has always been my dream,” Kin said. “That opportunity led to my involvement with the Student Government Association, which then led to being a student-member on the Enrollment Management Committee. I helped co-create the Atlantic Cape News Minute, and later joined the TV Club. All of those opportunities flowed out from just one: the opportunity to attend Atlantic Cape.”

Student Government Association President Ines Rosales of Egg Harbor Township, who will transfer to Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., this fall, told the graduates: “As we walk away from this school today as graduates, I can’t leave without telling you how proud of us everyone here is today. But, most importantly, I can’t leave without telling you how proud you should be of yourself. I don’t know if it has taken you 2, 5, 10 or 20 years. It does not matter. What matters is that you finished, because this journey isn’t about the people that start but, instead, the people that finish. That is you sitting in that chair this morning.”

Briar Gibbons of Egg Harbor City was elected by the student body to serve as alumni representative to the college’s board of trustees, and was recognized. She earned an associate degree in communication.

Maria Torres, board of trustees vice chairperson, conferred and presented degrees to the graduates.

Sojourn Faith Presents Free Play at Atlantic Cape June 6 and 7

Two free performances of “The Cross and The Switchblade,” a play presented by Sojourn Faith, will be held 7 p.m., June 6 and 7, in the Walter Edge Theater on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The play is a true story about a small town Pennsylvania pastor, David Wilkerson, who reaches out to the toughest street gangs in New York with a message of hope and redemption.  David gets a quick street education when he sees firsthand the reality of street violence, heroin addicts, teen prostitutes and crime.  Armed with a simple gospel message and love, Wilkerson begins to bring hope and light to the darkest alleyways of New York City.Sojourn Play 2

Sponsoring churches of the performances are Sojourn Community Church of Egg Harbor Township, Lakewood Chapel of Mays Landing, Trinity Alliance Church of Pomona, Faith Alliance Church of Vineland, King of Kings Church of Manahawkin, Crossroads Fellowship of Pleasantville, and Hope for Atlantic City.

For more information regarding the production contact Amy Joan Culleny at (609) 445-4070 or You can also visit