Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met July 22 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases and appoint Donna Vassallo of Egg Harbor Township dean of career education. Vassallo fills the new position immediately as part of a restructuring of the academic affairs administrative team that splits liberal studies, career education and science, technology, engineering and math programs into three divisions.
Vassallo joined Atlantic Cape in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member and assumed full-time faculty status in 2003. She has acted as area coordinator of business studies at Atlantic Cape while most recently serving as associate professor of hospitality management and business. She is the owner of Donna Vassallo Associates, LLC, a human resources consulting firm she established in 1999, specializing in employee and organizational training and development. She has worked in corporate and casino human resources at Spencer Gifts and the Claridge Casino Hotel. Her professional accomplishments include being named to the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University, receiving the The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award in 2009, and serving as co-chair of the Atlantic Cape Strategic Planning 2010-15 Steering Committee.
Vassallo holds memberships with the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association, the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a master’s degree in hospitality management studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a bachelor’s in hospitality management from Widener University and an associate degree in hotel and restaurant management from Atlantic Cape.
In Personnel Action:
The board approved these appointments:
—Patrick Keener of Mays Landing, testing assistant, effective July 23.
—Matthew Kozek of Galloway, technician, information technology services, effective July 23.
—Allison Monroe of Margate, financial aid specialist, effective July 23.
—John Thompson of Smithville, maintenance mechanic II, facilities, effective July 23.
—Martin Thorstensen of Vineland, technician, information technology services, effective July 23.
—Carmelo Hernandez of Egg Harbor City, grounds, labor, maintenance worker, effective Aug. 13.
—Jesse Kurtz of Atlantic City, senior manager, web systems and marketing, effective Aug. 4.
—Alicia McMackin of Mays Landing, specialist, office of the president and resource development, community and alumni outreach, effective July 28.
The board accepted the resignation of Michael Blencowe, senior manager, surgical technology program, retroactive to July 18.
The board approved the retirements of David Banholzer of Somers Point, security officer, effective Sept. 1, and M. “Trent” Jones of Galloway, senior technician for information technology services, effective Feb. 1.
Purchases, Contracts Approved:
–Professional services, Stantec Architecture, Philadelphia, amended fee for architectural and engineering services on STEM building, $31,500.
–Construction management services, Epic Management Inc., of Piscataway, amended fee for services on STEM building, $53,500.
–Nursing assessment program, Assessment Technologies Institute, Overland Park, Kansas, $82,112.
–New Jersey Council of County Colleges membership for FY’15, $51,259.
–Two-year renewal of internet services, consortium purchase, to New Jersey Institute of Technology/NJEDge, Newark, $157,616.
–Adult Basic Skills Contract, Pleasantville Public Schools, $75,750, Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, $69,690, and Cape May County Technical School, $176,750, total of $322,190.
–SimCare software and hardware support through June 30, 2015, to Adacel Systems Inc., Orlando, $50,826.
–Exterior signage for Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Custom Finishers Signs, Levittown, Pennsylvania, $78,898.50.
–Xirrus Wireless Solution for all three campuses, TTI Wireless of Sayreville, $325,447.
–Custodial supplies, multiple vendors, $127,508.
–Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, multiple vendors, $66,100.43.
In Grants Action, the Board:
–Accepted a contract from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Grant and Program Management, for $599,050, to provide adult basic skills and integrated English literacy training for 319 students with partners Pleasantville Board of Education, Literacy Volunteers Cape Atlantic and Cape May County Technical School, for the period of July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.
–Approved the application for and accepted a travel grant from the United States Collegiate Archery in the amount of $2,500 for May 9-13, 2014, to support travel expenses to attend the national outdoor championship.
In Other Business, the Board:
–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended July 30, 2014, as of July 10, 2014.
–Adopted the Post-Issuance Compliance Policy in order to assist it in fulfilling its obligations to comply with Federal Tax Law requirements applicable to state-backed bonds.
In the President’s Report:
—Dr. Peter L. Mora introduced Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, and Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics, to showcase the success of the college’s athletic programs this year. Among the recent accomplishments, six student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans, the men’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals, the college fielded its first women’s compound team in archery, and the baseball team played four games at Surf Stadium in Atlantic City. Additionally, the baseball and softball teams were named as 2013-2014 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Teams, which requires a minimum team GPA of 3.0. The college initiated a comprehensive approach to assisting student-athletes called the P.A.S.S. Program, Promoting Academic Success of Student-Athletes Program.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.