Here’s The Scoop—Sept. 22, 2014

Welcome to Christian McDonal, security.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, was appointed by New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew and and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak to a new economic development task force that will come up with recommendations to improve one of the most economically depressed areas in New Jersey.

Dr. Mitchell A. Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, was selected to serve as a program reviewer for the 2015 NASPA National Conference.

Atlantic Cape was represented at the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Miss America Beach Party at Trump Plaza, Sept 3. Pictured are Miss Louisiana and Miss New Mexico, along with  Sean Fischer, dean of resource development and president/Board of Trustee operations; Donna Vassallo, dean of career education; Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations; Jean McAlister, associate dean of continuing education and business development; and Dr. Peter L. Mora, president.

From left, Sean Fischer, Miss Louisiana, Donna Vassallo, Miss Arizona, Andrea RIchburg, Jean McAlister and Dr. Peter L. Mora attend the Miss America Beach Party.

From left, Sean Fischer, Miss Louisiana, Donna Vassallo, Miss New Mexico, Andre RIchburg, Jean McAlister and Dr. Peter L. Mora attend the Miss America Beach Party.

There are students seeking part-time employment through the college’s work-study program. The program teaches students responsibility, transferable skills and helps them develop a work ethic. If your department is interested in hiring a work-study, contact Automne Bennett at or ext. 5274.

Michelle Washington Wilson, adjunct instructor and storyteller, was featured at The Women’s Center’s Sept. 18 “Parents Night Out,” at the new Atlantic City Family Success Center. She is also working with a local group of poets and storytellers on a “choreopoem” in remembrance of Maya Angelou, to be presented early next year. Also to come, Michelle will showcase “Celebrations to Remember” later this fall at the Ocean County Libraries. Stay tuned for more details!

Our deepest condolences to Dee Rolls, science lab assistant, on the loss of her grandson, Qadir Ambrose. Expressions may be sent to Dee at 4952 Deer Run Road, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.

Dee Rolls, science lab assistant, sends the following note of thanks: “I want to thank the college community, the Math and Science Department and the Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association for extending so much love, prayers and support to our family during this difficult time. We greatly appreciated the warm thoughts expressed in your sympathy card, as well as the lovely plant and Edible Arrangements. Your kindness meant a great deal to us. Thank you for extending so much love and support to our family.”

Retiree Tom Clark, security, was spotted once again during a Phillies broadcast, this time in Atlanta. When the Phillies finished their series against the Braves Sept. 3, there was Tom in the audience at Turner Field, festively dressed in his Phillies Hawaiian shirt. Tom and his wife were spotted earlier this season during a Phillies broadcast from Miami. The Clarks live in South Carolina, but they come back to Jersey often for family events and to visit their Atlantic Cape colleagues…when they’re not following the Phillies on the road!

Beacon Animal Rescue, a no-skill shelter in Upper Township, is looking for volunteers to care for its cats who reside in the adoption center at the brand new PetSmart store in Somers Point. Volunteers are needed seven days a week. For more information, contact Dave Haines at 390-7946 or Laura Campbell, academics, and Lisa Apel-Gendron, CMCC, are longtime volunteers, and they can tell you more about Beacon as well.

Neil Brandt, senior adjunct instructor, invites the college community to sit in on his World Religions class when he hosts guest speakers this semester at the Cape May County Campus, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Guests will include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, who received a B.A. from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and studied privately with Cantor Zvi Aroni before graduating from the Cantorial School of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He organized the June 1998 gathering of nearly 1,000 children from the tri-state area to celebrate Israel’s 50th Anniversary in Central Park under the auspices of the 50th Anniversary Gathering of the Cantors Assembly. He serves as a trustee on the Executive Board of the Jewish Educators Assembly. He received a Schechter Award for his interfaith Evening of Harmony that commemorates the Holocaust and awards for synagogue and family programming.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, Arthur Goldschmidt will speak about Islam and the Middle East via Skype. Dr. Goldschmidt taught Middle East history at Penn State University from 1965 to 2000.

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