From the Cape May County Campus – Aug. 19, 2014

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

The grounds look impeccable, the floors are flawlessly waxed, the white boards are pristine, the desks are shiny, and we’re ready for fall 2014!

Tammy DeFranco is pictured with some of our student volunteers who did whatever it took to make the day a success.

Tammy DeFranco is pictured with some of our student volunteers who did whatever it took to make the day a success.

New Student Orientation at CMCC Aug.13 was an unqualified success, with nearly 100 students and 30 parents in attendance. Most took advantage of the informative workshops, campus tours and information tables, and many obtained student ID’s and parking decals, as well.

New Student Day was a success at the Cape May County campus.

New Student Day had a great turnout at CMCC.

Those who attended clearly got a head start on maximizing the services available to them at CMCC. Thank you to everyone who made this day work!

We had to bid a fond farewell to English adjunct instructor and faculty advisor to the Atlantic Cape Review Trudi Gilfillian this week. Trudi is heading to State College, Pa., where she will advise Penn State’s daily student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Trudi worked as a reporter for The Press of Atlantic City for the last 15 years, covering the courts in Cape May County, the Wildwoods and Miss America, but she said that teaching and working on the student paper were the most fulfilling parts of her day. Now, she’ll get to do what she enjoys most full time! Best wishes, Trudi, and please stay in touch!

This fall, for the first time at CMCC, we are offering General Biology, BIOL 109. The class is filled, so clearly there is demand for this course at CMCC. Thank you to the science department for bringing this important offering to CMCC students. It’s being taught by Melanie Schroer.

The visiting full-time faculty office has moved to room 323, just to the right of the Faculty Support counter. This is where full-time faculty, like Chris Ranelle and Karl Giulian, who teach a section or two at CMCC, host office hours. The adjunct faculty office and nursing faculty office are still in the same place.

Keeping with the environmentally conscious theme of recent campus improvements, Facilities has installed a brand new water bottle refill station on the first floor classroom hallway. Identical to the station in D-Building at main campus, it allows users to refill their bottles without getting soaked or spilling water all over the floor. It also counts the number of throw-away bottles that are kept out of the waste stream with refilling. This latest improvement complements other recent initiatives at CMCC: CollidEscape solar film applied to windows earlier this summer, grey water connection for irrigation completed this spring, solar arrays completed in 2013, and a habitat restoration project with beach plum planting completed in 2012.

Please encourage students to attend one of the Secrets to College Success workshops scheduled for Sept. 8 at CMCC with Dr. Mitchell Levy. Four convenient times are offered: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. All meet in room 103 and appointments are not needed. You can’t beat that!

Have a fabulous fall semester!

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