Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Sept. 22, 2014

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

Now that the fall semester is well underway, we can catch our breath long enough to say we are so glad to see everyone! Welcome for the first time, or welcome back!

Additions to the CMCC adjunct team include: Wil Briddell, business; Brenda Colon-Smith, Spanish; Rachel Dieterly, biology; Dr. Garry Gilbert, biology; Wendy Gray, developmental studies; Thandi Hannah, sociology; Brittany Holmes, interpersonal communication; Afton Koontz, math; Janet Payne, art; Kristina Ranalli, sociology; Debbi Richardson, chemistry; Jessica Walker, math; Tom Wexler, English, and Dr. Jon Decker, who will likely be tutoring science. It’s great having you all here!

Speaking of tutoring, that is taking place in the library. We have walk-in labs for writing (all subjects) and developmental math. Students should inquire about these schedules at the circulation desk. Additionally, content tutoring for subjects can usually be arranged by filling out an application. This is more of a one-on-one arrangement. For more information about tutoring services, please contact Mike Sargente at

The Faculty Support Office and library are back to in-semester hours, which are:


Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Faculty Support

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

We welcome Marty Thorstensen to the CMCC team. Marty is handling tech support during the day shift. When you enter a School Dude during the day, it will likely be Marty who comes to your aid. In the evenings, veteran Dereck Pruszinski will come to the rescue.

A huge welcome back to Denise O’Connor, customer service specialist, who has returned from medical leave. We missed you, DOC!

The semester has been busy, with several events already in the books:

  • On Sept. 8, Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, presented Student Success Workshops to eager students.

    Dr. Mitchell Levy presented a series of Student Success Workshops to help students acclimated to the college and set expectations for the success this semester.

    Dr. Mitchell Levy presented a series of Student Success Workshops to help students acclimate to the college and set expectations for the success this semester.

  • CMCC hosted a 9/11 Remembrance that included reflection with poetry, guest speakers and a photo gallery. A big thank you to student Denton Scheibal and his mother, Mary Jane, for helping with the photo display, and also to student Willie Barnes for the 9/11 art work. We extend our thanks to Rob Townsend, facilities, for hanging this display. The event was coordinated by Tammy DeFranco, director, CMCC student services and campus management, with support from the SGA.

    Staff and students collaborated to host a 9/11 Remembrance.

    Staff and students collaborated to host a 9/11 Remembrance. Above, student Willie Barnes, a first responder on Sept. 11, 2001, addresses the audience.

  • Welcome Back Days, Sept. 15 & 16, featured airbrushed T-shirts and caps and refreshments courtesy of Student Government.

Still to come, the Rutgers@Atlantic Cape representative will be available from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, in the first floor lobby, with details about B.A. and B.S. degrees offered at the Rutgers building on the main campus.

On Monday, Sept. 29, CMCC will host a Stockton Teacher Education Info Session, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in room 103. Come learn about the Stockton teacher education and certification program. Contact Wendy Gray for more information at

We do have a student club at CMCC, the Circle K Club. This is the collegiate version of Kiwanis International. Meetings are generally held each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., in room 215, starting Sept. 23. For more information, students should contact club adviser Donna Marie McElroy at New members are always welcome!

Have a splendid semester!


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