Trustees Welcome New Member, Approve Contracts at September Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees welcomed a new member when they met Sept. 23 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases at the Mays Landing Campus.

Ellen Nicholson Byrne, Esq., specializes in contracts, real estate, land use and nonprofit organizations at her law practice in Sea Isle City. She is also the part-time public defender for Sea Isle City, and the former solicitor to the Sea Isle City Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Byrne’s work with nonprofit organizations stems back to her own days as a Girl Scout. She became an attorney after Girl Scout mentors encouraged her to consider a nontraditional career in which she could make a difference. Six years after graduating Syracuse University College of Law, her career came full circle when she was recruited to serve on a due diligence committee working on a merger of four Girl Scout councils. She later served the Girl Scouts as a board member, committee chair, writer of policy, a vice president, a National Council delegate and a legal advisor.

Based on what she learned through her Girl Scout experiences over the past 20 years, Byrne developed a legal practice focusing on the needs of nonprofit organizations in this area. She has consulted for or helped attain New Jersey and federal nonprofit status for a wide range of groups, including those working with autistic children, low-income housing, historic lighthouse preservation, feral cat rescue and sea turtle rehabilitation. She is also a past vice president and president of the Cape May County Bar Association.

She served, for two years, on the Sea Isle City Board of Education, where she focused on policy, employment issues, integration of special needs students and their parents into the school community, and the challenges of a changing local economy and a dwindling school population.

Her term on the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees runs until Oct. 31, 2017.

In Personnel Action, the Board approved:

–The appointment of Christian McDonal of Linwood, security officer I, effective Sept. 24.

–The title change of Lisa Stein of Linwood to associate professor of early childhood education, from associate professor of social science.

–The retirements of John Kyere, effective Jan. 1, and Ellen Parker, effective March 1. Kyere, of Mays Landing, served as grounds, labor and maintenance worker for 11 years and has received recognition for numerous perfect attendance awards and for his efforts in the setting up for major college events. Parker, of Absecon, joined the college in 2001 as librarian II and was later promoted to librarian III. She served on college wide committees and received the “Extra Mile Award” from the Counseling and Support Services department for her dedication to students.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Professional Services, state contract, PBX Technician, Tricomm Services Group, Moorestown, $60,000.

–Software and services, Kore Technologies, San Diego, $40,258.

–Wi-Fi installation for all three campuses, TTI Wireless, Sayreville, $121,500.

–Unmanned aerial vehicle, Draganfly Innovations, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, $57,854.

–Revised insurance award of contract to include coverage for non-owned aircraft, Borden Perlman, Lawrenceville, $30,270.

–Software maintenance, five-year contract for specific software maintenance and support services, Ellucian, Fairfax, Virginia, not to exceed $1.8 million.

–Software maintenance and support services, one-year renewal, Ellucian, Fairfax, Virginia, $48,905.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Approved the submission of an application to the New Jersey Department of Education for the FY’15 Perkins Grant program for a grant of $671,643 from July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, to strengthen vocational and technical education programs.

–Approved an application to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Skills4Jersey training program for a $341,047 grant from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015, to fund training for employees working in the region’s casino and hotel properties.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended June 30, 2014, as of Sept. 10, 2014.

–Approved the FY’15 financial statement for two months ended Aug. 31, 2014.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, introduced Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, to provide a summary of activities the college has initiated to assist workers displaced by recent casino closures.

Among the actions the college has taken so far, Continuing Education representatives provided career options and training information at the Local 54 event at the Atlantic City Convention Center as well as at several casinos and the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The college will follow up with all residents who provided information to assist them in beginning classes in English as a second language, basic skills training or to obtain their GED.

“This is where our continuing education program has excelled for years, and we have a legacy of helping those in need of training,” Hernandez said.

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, along with Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations, discussed various resources the college has made available for displaced workers, including free access to computer labs at all college campuses.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204. All are welcome to attend.

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