Monthly Archives: May 2014

College Recognizes 57 Nurses with Pinning Ceremony

Nurses Pinning Ceremony 2014

Students celebrate the completion of the nursing program at the annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony May 15, in the Walter Edge Theater.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded nursing pins to 57 new nursing graduates at its annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony, May 15. The pins signify the completion of the nursing degree program at Atlantic Cape. Graduates include:


Nancy Eldis, Kaitlyn Gaines

Atlantic City

Viviana Barreno, Kirstyn Cooke, Stephanie Marino, Lan Nguyen, Yafreisy Salazar


Michelle Montgomery

Cape May Court House

Colleen Bennert, Barbara Burke, Kalin McVeigh


Laura Flynn


Melita Bates

Egg Harbor Township

Beth Huebner, Felicia Johnston, Anthony Lin, Alia Mehdi, Ryan Sosnoff, Tracy Wong, Chanthana Yabandith

Fishing Creek

Kimberly Heathcote


Danielle Davoli, Beatrice Martinez, Pankini Patel, Lauren Reese, Shahida Zaffar


Denise Petro


Dominique Avery, Sarah Cossabone, Kaylyn Lockwood, Coleen Serzanin


Carmen Bradley


Gabrielle Meyers

Mays Landing

Linda Benner, Glendon Cayme, Lindsay Davis, Dorothy Drevnak, Patricia Liepe, Katherine Myers, Olusola Ogunbanjo, Rachael Policarpo, Skye Zuniga

North Wildwood

Christina Salwach


Alyssabeth Brown

Ocean City

Elizabeth Nell

Ocean View

Jennifer Camerlengo

Port Republic

Victoria McCarthy


Patricia Burch, Adam Laisi

Somers Point

Roys Andrews, Wendy Wallace, Jennifer Witmer


Carolina Giraldo


Sean Ziegler


Ryan Burke, Dana M. Cosentino, Kevin Fischer

Student Scholars Honored at Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored Atlantic Cape Community College students Carlie Calabria of Hammonton and Jon Yuen of Galloway, along with 36 additional New Jersey community college students and their families, at its 20th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration May 1 in Trenton.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Carlie Calabria, Jon Yuen and Holly Schultheis, PTK adviser.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Carlie Calabria, Jon Yuen and Holly Schultheis, PTK adviser.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association. Also, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered more than $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 96 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.

Students Complete Course in Unmanned Aerial Systems

Atlantic Cape Community College aviation students recently completed Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems, a new course in the Aviation Studies program taught by employees from the William J. Hughes Technical Center.


Instructors Adam Greco and Michael Konyak

Twenty-two students enrolled in the class, which covered a host of topics on the emerging field of non-piloted aircraft such as:

  • History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems
  • Comprehensive applications of UAS in precision agriculture, search and rescue, pipeline monitoring, protecting wildlife, police surveillance, motion picture filmmaking, border patrol and tracking migrating whale populations among other activities
  • Fourth Amendment considerations concerning domestic surveillance, privacy protection, unreasonable search and seizure, case law and the legislative climate
  • Present and future regulations and standards
  • Technical components of UAS such as ground stations, autonomous flight, payloads, launch and recovery process, sense and avoid capability, line of sight operations, communication data link and satellite uplink

Students were tested on their ability to analyze data, remember historical milestones, technical capabilities, technical development, UAS performance characteristics and human factor issues. In addition, each student had to present an approved project presentation in chosen media that described, in great detail, an application of a UAS in the real world and defend their project to the instructors.

Instructors were Adam Greco, air traffic domain director in the Technical Strategies & Integration Division at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Michael Konyak, aeronautical engineer in the Laboratory Services Division at the technical center. Konyak brought his aeronautical engineering expertise to the course and Greco brought his knowledge of the National Airspace System and air traffic control experience.

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will be offered again this fall at Atlantic Cape on Tuesdays from 7-9:45 p.m., beginning Sept. 2, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

To register for the class, visit Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Registration hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at The college is closed Thursday, July 3, and Fridays through Aug. 15. For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Registration Underway for Fall; Literature Classes Among Offerings

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting registrations at all campuses and online for the fall semester. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

This fall the college will offer a series of literature classes for the avid reader. Some classes include: Western Literature I explores the work of Homer, Aristophanes and more within our cultural context and examines how their themes evolve in modern works; Shakespeare studies the Bard’s major plays and sonnets; 19th Century American Literature takes a close look at the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson and others from this period; and World Literature studies literary masterpieces from other cultures to compare diverse histories, world views and values.

Registration hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at The college is closed Thursday, July 3, and Fridays through Aug. 15. For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

With locations close to home, students can start at Atlantic Cape and finish at Stockton, Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson. Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has nearly 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Classes will be held at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; and online.

Artist Workshop to Teach Finer Points of ‘Drawing Skies’ June 17

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a fine arts workshop called “Drawing Skies,” 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 17.

Artist Diane Tomash will direct this workshop for adults, ages 18 and older, on the nuances of drawing skies to help artists gain a solid understanding of how skies are constructed that can be translated into any medium you choose. Participants will first focus on the value and tonality of skies and clouds in charcoal and chalk and transition to color chalk pastels.

The fee is $25. Supplies are not included. The workshop will meet in K-136 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

To register, call (609) 343-5655 or visit

ESL Teacher Training Course Begins

Have you always wanted to teach English as a second language? Beginning May 29, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a 40-hour program designed for individuals interested in teaching adult learners ESL or EFL. The course will take place at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus located at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

The program is divided into the following: 10 hours in a traditional classroom setting, 10 hours of classroom observations and 20 hours delivered online.

Course modules include: Lesson Planning and Classroom Management; Teaching Reading and Writing; Teaching Listening and Speaking; Teaching Pronunciation; and Teaching Grammar. Attendants will complete five class observations, 20 hours of online assignments and five in-class meetings.

Trainees will learn a variety of language teaching techniques and methodologies. Classes will meet five Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., May 29 – June 26. Cost is $349.

Class size is limited. To register, call (609) 343-5655.

Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals to New Chefs at May 19 Ceremony

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to nearly 40 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Monday, May 19.

Thirty-one graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and six completed the Baking and Pastry program. Three short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management were awarded.

The awards ceremony was held in the college’s Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony.

Chef Patricia “Kelly” McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, awarded Dr. Art Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, with an Honorary Culinary Certificate for his work with the department and upcoming retirement.

Daniel Crumb of Elmer was named valedictorian and winner of the Nathan Schwartz Award, which is presented to the top student of each graduating class.

The keynote speaker was Anthony T. Catanoso, principal owner and managing partner of Steel Pier Associates, LLC, Atlantic City.

Catanoso advised graduates, “Just as your sharpest knives can get dull, so can your talent— never stop learning. Strive to be the best and the brightest, stay hungry, no pun intended.”

ACA alumna Rachel Zarycki presented Culinary Student Association awards to Adam Field, Joseph Sterchele and Briana Manning for their dedication to the student club.

Honorees, their hometowns (by county) and their awards are:


Javon Adams, Atlantic City — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Xavier Baskerville, Egg Harbor — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Dylan Bonilla, Egg Harbor — Certificate, Culinary Arts

Lindsay Bender, Galloway — Silver, Culinary Arts

Caryll Camp, Somers Point — Silver, Baking & Pastry; Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization

Bridgette Fox, Galloway — Silver, Culinary Arts

Renee Harrold, Hammonton — Silver, Baking & Pastry

Jaime LaPinta, Absecon —Silver, Culinary Arts

Redentor Linzo, Somers Point — Certificate, Culinary Arts          

Briana Manning, Mays Landing — Gold, Culinary Arts

Shayla Marks            , Somers Point — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Natasha Rosa, Atlantic City — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Timshal Snable, Mays Landing — Gold, Culinary Arts

Jessica Solorzano, Pleasantville — Gold, Culinary Arts


Tyler Goldstein, Mt. Laurel — Bronze, Culinary Arts


Kaming Au,Cherry Hill — Silver, Culinary Arts

Nicholas Alliano, Clementon — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Antonia Curtis, Chesilhurst — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Amanda Germano, Atco — Silver, Culinary Arts


Carrie Allsopp, Marmora — Gold, Culinary Arts; Gold, Baking & Pastry

Jacob Mann, Marmora — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Adar Mays-Miller, Wildwood — Bronze, Culinary Arts


Evi Andra, Vineland — Gold, Culinary Arts

Brandon DePasquale, Vineland — Bronze, Culinary Arts

Arielle Masters, Vineland — Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Sarah Nichols, Millville — Certificate, Baking & Pastry Specialization

Joseph Sterchele, Vineland — Gold, Culinary Arts


Erika Burke, Williamstown — Silver, Culinary Arts

Kyle Cicale, Williamstown — Certificate, Food Service Management

Nicholas Mazza, Sewell — Bronze, Culinary Arts


Megan Caffrey, Toms River — Bronze, Culinary Arts; Bronze, Baking & Pastry

Anthony Dorando, Brick — Silver, Culinary Arts

Adam Field, Barnegat — Silver, Culinary Arts

Anthony Iaria,Barnegat —  Silver, Culinary Arts

Domenick Renna, Bayville — Bronze, Culinary Arts


Daniel Crumb, Elmer — Gold, Culinary Arts


Shane Rinker, Barto, Pa. — Silver, Culinary Arts

The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. Academy graduates can be found in kitchens around the world in major hotel and restaurant chains, while others have gone on to open their own restaurants and catering businesses. For more information about the Academy of Culinary Arts, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email, or visit the ACA online at

Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 25. Seats and scholarships are available. To register, call Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944.

ACA awards ceremony May 2014

Atlantic Cape Inducts 236 Students Into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Atlantic Cape Community College welcomed 236 inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society April 18, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus. Speakers at the induction were: Courtney Rice, former officer of the 2010-2011 team and former regional officer of Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region, 2011-2012 (New Jersey president); Gabriella Mayorga, former chapter president (2012-2013) and Felix Contreras, regional officer of Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region 2013-2014 and New Jersey president.

Established by two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education today, with more than 2 million members in the United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.

Candidates must meet this criteria for induction: be a full- or part-time student enrolled at Atlantic Cape; have earned 12 general education credits to date, either from Atlantic Cape or another community college; and hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Inductees were:


Absecon: Adam Curnow, Jeffrey Flynn, Jucy Ghandi, JXennifer Robles

Atlantic City: Viviana Barreno, Mohammed Bouskilis, Lina Branciforti, Casey Clisham, Inemesit Dan, Claude Doswell, Princess Eskudi, Shabina Gibbs, Donita Harmon, Darcee Heffner, Nick Kershaw, Kabrina Kayes, Jiawei Long, Chadecia Lowe, Lorna Monk, Sacthez Neville, Sendie Paul, Gigi Sturdivant, Rayhana Shuva

Brigantine: Robert Ortiz, Deepa Patel, Kajal Patel, Lauren Pizza, Madeline Torres

Corbin City: David Dwyer, Kylie Green

Dorothy: Teresa Mesler, Katelyn Czechowski

Egg Harbor City: Marcos Aguina, Ryan Baclayo, Robert Berkstresser, Walli Forman, Crista Herman, Nanette Galloway, Kelly Giambrone, Jacob Kertz, Minhaz Khan, Brittney Nicholson, Dawn Ponzio

Egg Harbor Township: Mary Addo, Edward Atinya, Ayrrin Bain, Heather Bishop, Brendan D. Branca, Puiman Chan, Alexis Corey, Catherine DePalma, Scarlet Dominguez, Sean Draper, Tyler Eden, Camillo G. Giuletti, Joy Harper, Yujiang Jiang, Marlene Maldonado, Gina Manysab, Amanda Meeker, Joseph Merlo, Iftidar Miah, Scott Michalowski, Nikaela Monroe, Lauren Moran, Nathan Morgenstern, Zachary Palankar, Stephan Salas, Raina Santiago, Joshua Santos, Mohammed Shawi, Summer Speigel, Shaun Steinman, Natalia Trafimuk, Christina Tsoplakis, Denise Urtubey, Sarah Ware, Azwar Zahid

Estell Manor: Marissa Cartier

Galloway Township: Darren Babnew, Brittney Bruno, Alexander Corozon, Matthew Craig, Anthony Davoli, Katie Eaton, Brian Edmistorm, Ayah Elsayed, Ava Favaro, Bruce Franchetti, Corrina M. Gaskill, Dennis Gentile, Imtiaz Imam, Patricia Lambert, Kin Lau, Bhautik Patel, Lauren Reese, Tanzela Riaz, Jaclyn Rivera, Jamie Scheer, Ying Su, Nicole Transue, Ciera Ventura, Stacey Ann Watson, Yan Yuen

Hammonton: Michael Anderson, Michael Andreini, Thomas Branin, Debra Cramer,Brenda Aguilar-Guzman, Jen Lee, Carla McKenzie, Kelly S. Simmons

Linwood: Lauren Dalzell, Christina Karakatsanis, Brian Khoury, Cooper Terrell, Erin Wilson

Margate: Daniel Nicolaisen, Brus Vasiliev

Mays Landing: Minely Acosta, Juan Anaya, Ashley Bates, Helen Borro, Julianna Costantini, Jared Fatcher, Kirsten Gall, Nicholas R. Harring, Richard Jeffries, Saffiyah Johnson, Briana Manning, Olusa Ogunbanjo, Jennifer Smith

Milmay: Jennifer Kouhoupt

Mizpah: Damont Dudley

Northfield: Matthew Bye, Elizabeth Cocchiarelli, Robert Fitzpatrick, Matthew Freihofer, Amy Macaluso, James Moscillo, David Salsburg

Pleasantville: Yargalmea Buyandelger, Jancarlos Comacho, A’idah Hamidullah, Alvin Ruiz

Pomona: Charles Mettille, Steven Schwegel

Richland: Fabiola Hernandez

Somers Point: Christopher Alssen, Roys Andrews, Desmond Devery, Stephen Geary, Cassandra Hajosy, Jason King, Natalia Niebuhr

Ventnor: Kelly Andretti, Neena Biello, Angelina Gomez, Maricor Panghulan, Elba Ledesma-Pimental, Monica Ledesma-Pimental, Lital Rastel, Glen Rubin


Cape May: Heather Bailey, Musawwir Bashir, Erika Coughlin, Michael Eck, Galina Garkusha, Rachel Gianni, Maria Gibson, Jade Miller, Polina Sherstova, Christopher Shibles

Cape May Court House: Samantha Burkholder, Volha Castillo, William Crowther, Aaron Fincke, Annabeth Gibson, Stephanie Haines, Michelle J. Heacock, Katelyn Kelly, Kaitlin Lawrence, Brianna Romanowski, David Sugar, Louise Sugar

Erma: Kelsey Fadel, Dennis McVay, Julia Schaffer

Green Creek: Maria Osler

Marmora: Natalia Cabareas, Gabrielle Meyers

North Cape May: Maria Biffoni, Joseph Madden, Shannon Miller, Ryan Reiss

Ocean City: Geoffrey Ely, Ashley McGuigan, Valerie Guilfoy, Sarah Sheldon

Ocean View: Natalie Fine, MaryEllen LaRosa

Petersburg: William Anderson, Christina Homan, William Lokker

Sea Isle City: Rada Rosu, Amelia Steelman

Seaville: Kristina Carpino

Tuckahoe: Courtney Lepping, Alissa Petrella

Villas: Timothy Brady, Wade Breslin, Patricia Fiordimondo, Tatsiana Garvalou, Anna Letzgus, Briana Schull, Nickolay Zhelyazkov, Stephanie Zuzulock

Wildwood: Tatsiana Atashkas, Katsiaryna Lipskaya, Tutusaashito Magalogo, Kristen Reyes, Alexandra Ricart

Woodbine: Kaitlyn Cook


Millville: Aglee Burke

Port Norris: Asher Nothaft

Vineland: Joseph Sterchele


Berlin: Emily Dunn

Somerdale: Alison Sayles


Franklinville: Katie Kronberger

Mullica Hill: Taylor Evans

Williamstown: Alicia Kelly, Daniel Roberts


Manahawkin: Alex Wunnenberg

Ocean Gate: Anthon Iaria


Newark, Del.: Wyn W. Evoy, Angela Evoy


Accomplishments-May 30, 2014

Andre Richburg, dean, enrollment management and college relations, was elected president-elect of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC). This position is a three-year commitment, with roles as president-elect, president and immediate past president. NJACAC is composed of secondary school counselors, independent counselors and college representatives who advocate for college access for high school students. Andre has been on the executive board for NJACAC for eight years.

Atlantic Cape professors Turiya Abdur-Raheem, Gerri Black (retired), Rich Russell, Elinor Mattern, Dave Murphy and Mary Yoa read their original work at the Noyes Museum for National Poetry Month.

Faculty read their work in honor of National Poetry Month.

Faculty read their work in honor of National Poetry Month.

Congratulations to CMCC’s Trish Hansen, who earned her AS in Criminal Justice last week. Trish is one of the smiling faces at CMCC’s front desk.

Instructor Lydia Fectau was a co-coordinator of Syracuse University’s “Cripping the Comic Con,” an academic conference on disability and pop culture in April. She also presented two papers: one on the the immortal disabled body and one on comics and suicide. She will also present two papers at Rutgers Camden’s conference “Buffy to Batgirl: Gender in Comics and Pop Culture.” Finally, Lydia is also quoted in the new book “Pop Culture Freaks,” by Dustin Kidd.

In The News-May 30, 2014

The Press of Atlantic City, The Current and The Atlantic County Record covered the May 22 commencement. Coverage included online photo galleries and front page color photos.

The Press of Atlantic City featured nursing graduate Linda Benner, 59, in the Everyone Has a Story column about finding a passion for nursing later in life.

NBC-40 covered the Nurses Pinning Ceremony.

The Press of Atlantic City Hometown section, The Current and printed a news release about the 7th Annual Communication Awards Show.

The Press of Atlantic City reported on students inducted into Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society.

Chef Educator Michael Huber wrote articles for The Press of Atlantic City about the obstacles the owners of The Saltwater Café overcame to open the eatery and the head sushi chef at Scarduzio’s.

The Cape May County Herald printed a news release about new ESL teacher training the college is offering.

Donna Vassallo, associate professor of hospitality, was quoted in a Press of Atlantic City article on a resurgence of boutique hotels in Atlantic City.

Alumna Angie Vitale ’10 was featured in a Philadelphia Neighborhoods article about creative sustainability in Philadelphia. Angie is an artist who incorporates natural materials and earth-inspired techniques into a portion of her artwork.