Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fall Book Discussion Planned for Nov. 12

The Atlantic Cape Instructional Resource Committee will host a book discussion led by Adjunct Professor of English Lydia Fecteau, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. This event will also be simulcast to Room 324, Cape May County Campus, and Room 215, Atlantic City Campus.

Join Lydia and colleagues to discuss Jeff Greenfield’s work, Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Author and political analyst Jeff Greenfield ponders some smaller-scale and more plausible what-ifs: three events, he says, “that came within a whisker of actually happening.”

The book discussion is open to faculty on a first-come basis; however, seating is limited as are the number of books available. This is a brown bag event, with beverages and dessert provided by the IRC.

To register and to obtain your free copy, RSVP to Ellen Parker at eparker@atlantic.edu, ext. 4952. If you previously RSVP’d to Millie Ciraolo please confirm with Ellen Parker.

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. Continue reading

September Birthdays

Happy birthday to: Tammy Taylor, Sept. 2; Richard Gibbons, Virgilio Yray, Sept. 3; Michael Kammer, Sept. 4; Diana Lojewski, Sept. 5; Delores Rolls, Dennis Jones, Jeff Wenzel, Sept. 6; Nancy Porfido, Sept. 7; Caesar Niglio, Sept. 9; Edward Deuchar, Donald Tietje, Sept. 11; Paula Manns, Sept. 12; Paula Davis, Sept. 13; William Briddell, Sept. 16; Thomas Boghosian, Sept. 21; Barbara Warner, Barbara Heard, Sept. 22; Joyce Grohman, Martin Marino, Sept. 23; August Daquila, Marge Mettille, Amy Shelton, Sept. 24; Lewis Miller, Ellen Parker, Sept. 29. Adjunct birthdays: Jody Davis, Dennis Piermattei, Sept. 11; Barbara Heisman, Susan Van Rossum, Sept. 17; Mary Farrell, Sept. 24; Richard Monteleone, Sept. 27; Holly Schultheis, Sept. 30.

The ACCCEA and You–Sept. 22, 2014

By Daymis Alicea

Great Summer Participation! Thank you to our membership for participating during the summer at many campus-sponsored events, giving your “free” time to make our work environment a more welcoming place.

NJEA PRIDE in Higher Education participated in New Student Orientation Aug. 7 in Mays Landing, Aug. 12 in Atlantic City, and Aug. 13 in Cape May County. New students received a red NJEA PRIDE bag and a spiral notebook, pens, highlighter, marker and USB lanyard to help them start the semester off with much needed supplies. We are always pleased to see the students using them.

Students received a back with ACCCEA PRIDE pens, highlighters and more at New Student Orientation in August.

Students received a bag with NJ PRIDE pens, highlighters and more at New Student Orientation in August.

Welcome Back Buccaneers! NJEA PRIDE participated in the annual Buccaneer/Club Recruitment Days, Sept. 16-17. The students enjoyed the Philly soft pretzel giveaway from NJEA PRIDE, among the many activities each day. Thank you to the volunteers who spent their lunch hour going above and beyond to support our  students.

Students enjoyed the soft pretzels provided by the ACCCEA.

Students enjoy the soft pretzels provided by the ACCCEA.

The Convention is Coming Right UP! Members, it’s time to make plans to attend the annual NJEA Convention. Here are some reasons why you should:

  • More than 300 workshops and an impressive roster of presenters, including Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg, Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe, and a session with the State Board of Education.
  • More networking opportunities, including a dedicated event for younger members.
  • An enhanced High Tech Hall, including showcases from Apple, Edmodo, Verizon, Black Rocket, Teq and Project Foundry.
  • More giveaways than ever before, including a car, round-trip flights to anywhere in the United States, and a week in London for two.
The NJEA Convention is coming up in November in Atlantic City.

The NJEA Convention is coming up in November in Atlantic City.

Everything you need to know about the NJEA Convention is available on the convention website and in the convention app. Search “NJEA Events” in your app store, or point your mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/njeaevents. Within the next week, all members will receive the NJEA Convention Program in the mail.

Keep your area of ACCCEA-related member news exciting and informative. Send your photos and interesting stories, and other ACCCEA event happenings, to dalicea@atlantic.edu, subject line: CommuniCator.

‘Til next time, keep working together!

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 msargent@atlantic.edu.

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

Library

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 wgray@atlantic.edu.

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 dmcelroy@atlantic.edu. New members are always welcome!

Have a splendid semester!

 

Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–Sept. 22, 2014

By Linda Palmer

Administrative Office Update – W217

The Administrative Office, also known as the Faculty Support Office, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus went through some changes over the summer. The office was painted and re-carpeted, plus a new door and minor layout updates completed the makeover. The space is now designated as W-217, with a sign near the double entry doors. All services remain the same. The office is open from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. We look forward to seeing faculty during the semester!

Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies Update

The Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies is nearly complete and scheduled to open this month. The 20,000 square-foot building includes a mock casino floor and kitchens and classrooms for students to receive training in many aspects of the hospitality and gaming industries. The Baking and Pastry Training Program begins Sept. 22, and the Culinary Training Program will meet for the first time Oct. 6.

Commemorating Patriot Day – A 9/11 Remembrance Event

Student affairs hosted a remembrance movie in honor of our fallen.

Resources for Displaced Casino Workers

The college welcomes workers displaced by casino shutdowns to use computer labs by appointment. Displaced workers must present a casino ID and bring a USB drive to save their work, or purchase a low-cost print card at campus libraries. The hours at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus are Mondays from 9-11 a.m., Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in room 145. Contact (609) 343-4857 for more information.

‘Read, Relax, Return’ Books

The “Read, Relax, Return” bookshelf donated by staff members at WACC continues to thrive. What began as a small collection in 2008, under the direction of Daymis Alicea and Dr. Alice Rainey, has grown into four shelves of books donated by faculty, staff and students. That growth shows how much people appreciate being able to just take a book to read at a moment’s notice.

Retirement News

After almost 12 years of service as a security officer at the college, David Banholzer has retired. A sendoff was held Aug. 28 with a cake at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. Colleagues thanked him and wished him a very happy retirement!

David Banholzer retires after 12 years of service to Atlantic Cape.

David Banholzer retires after 12 years of service to Atlantic Cape.

Early Childhood Program Earns National Accreditation

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Atlantic Cape earned accreditation for its Preschool-Grade 3 Education degree option.

Atlantic Cape Community College has earned national accreditation for its new Associate in Arts Preschool-Grade 3 Education degree option, which began this month. The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awarded the distinction.

To earn accreditation, Atlantic Cape had to participate in a self-study process, collect and submit data and reports, and undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The entire process took about two years to complete. “The process enabled the college to make several changes and improve its program to guide our students to become better teachers,” said Lisa Stein, assistant professor of social science.

Atlantic Cape was one of five associate degree programs to earn accreditation this year, and is now one of 162 programs in 31 states to reach this achievement since the system was launched in 2006. It is the first college in New Jersey to earn this accreditation.

“These programs have demonstrated their commitment to continuous quality improvement, transparency and public accountability at a critical time when there is increased demand for more early educators with the competencies needed to support young children and their families,” said Marcia Cox Mitchell, director of higher accreditation and program support at NAEYC.

The accreditation system establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of early childhood teacher education, and in turn raise the quality of early learning programs serving young children. To earn and retain accreditation, faculty at these programs had to demonstrate they collectively respond to the needs of their stakeholders; provide intentional learning experiences for their students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to be effective early childhood educators; and continuously assess and reflect on their students’ performance.

“The introspective analysis and subsequent improvements that are required to earn accreditation can be rigorous but very transformative. We congratulate these programs for the innovative strategies they have implemented to ensure that their graduates are prepared to support the developmental and learning goals of young children,” said Nancy Beaver, president of Associate Degree Early Childhood Teachers Educators: ACCESS to Shared Knowledge and Practices.

Atlantic Cape’s degree program option prepares students to work with children in early childhood centers, hospitals and social service agencies. It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed day care facilities. With the addition of one year’s work experience, some of which can be completed through field placements, the student receives recognition by the state as a group teacher. The option also provides a foundation of courses suitable for students interested in certification in early childhood education at the bachelor’s degree level.

For more information, contact Lisa Stein, assistant professor of social science, at lstein@atlantic.edu.

Teacher Education Info Sessions Planned Sept. 25 & 29

A variety of transfer events are scheduled for the fall semester, including:

Rowan University – College of Education will present a Teacher Education Information Session at the Mays Landing Campus in café B Thursday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Students considering becoming teachers or a career in the education field are encouraged to attend and then meet with their academic advisor. When planning courses for their associate degree in education, students should begin thinking about the subject areas typically taught in public schools. Students will learn about coordinate area/subject areas, applications, transfer and GPA requirements, Praxis testing and certification planning. These sessions are open to any Atlantic Cape student considering a career in teaching. For more information and to RSVP, contact Wendy Gray, program officer, CMCC student services, at ext. 6786 or wgray@atlantic.edu.

Richard Stockton College of NJ – School of Education will present two Teacher Education Information Sessions Monday, Sept. 29, at the Cape May County Campus, room 103, at 12:30 p.m., and later that day on the Mays Landing Campus in café B at 5:30 p.m. Students considering the education field or becoming teachers are encouraged to attend and then meet with their academic advisor. When planning courses for their education associate degree, students should begin thinking about the subject areas typically taught in public schools. Students will learn about coordinate area/subject areas, applications, transfer and GPA requirements, Praxis testing and certification planning. These sessions are open to any Atlantic Cape student considering a career in teaching. For more information and to RSVP, contact Wendy Gray, program officer, CMCC student services, at ext. 6786 or wgray@atlantic.edu.

Atlantic Cape will host the 2014 College Transfer Fairs Oct. 14-16 at each campus. Colleges and universities will be on hand to meet with students about opportunities to transfer upon completing their associate degrees. Colleges and universities scheduled to attend include*: Bloomfield, Cabrini, Centenary, CUNY, Dowling, Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson, Felician, Grand Canyon, Gwynedd Mercy, Quinnipiac, Rosemont, Rowan, Rutgers at Atlantic Cape, St. John’s, Stevenson, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Widener, William Paterson and Wilmington, just to name a few. Students will learn about majors, housing, clubs and activities, Greek life, scholarships, co-op and travel abroad opportunities, career services, application requirements and deadlines, as well as how easily their Atlantic Cape degree can be transferred. Faculty members are asked to consider incorporating attendance at the fairs into your class. As we know, successful student transfer begins with the first credit, not the last!

*Participants subject to change & vary by location.

Centenary College will be in front of the bookstore on the Mays Landing Campus, 11a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, to discuss transfer options with students. Centenary offers programs in Art, Acting, Dance, Communication, Journalism, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Criminal Justice, pre-Veterinary Equine Studies, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Graphic Design, Sciences, Business (online) and Elementary and Secondary Education. More than 93 percent of the fall 2014 transfer class received grants or scholarships from Centenary College.

For information on the Transfer Fairs, transfer events, articulation agreements or transferring, contact Wendy Gray, program officer, CMCC student services, at (609) 463-6786 or wgray@atlantic.edu. Check out the Transfer Events page for upcoming college visits and Instant Admissions Decision Days.

Academy of Culinary Arts Announces Winners of ‘ACA Cupcake Wars: Miss America Challenge’

Sixteen students at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College combined their passion for baking with a local favorite to come up with the ACA Cupcake Wars: Miss America Challenge.

The students in Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius’ Classical Confections class each selected three or more states to create mini cupcakes representing an ingredient significant to the states or their pageant contestant.

With the judging completed Friday, Sept. 12, the top five cupcakes were all created by students Alexis Pelaschier of Sicklerville and Jennifer Vacca of Brick. The cupcakes represented the flavors of New Mexico, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. But there could only be one winner, and top honors went to Pelashier’s Virgin Islands-themed vanilla cupcake with a mango filling. Pelashier said she spent countless hours during the last week working on her cupcakes to get her technique and flavors just right.

Alexis Pelaschier of Sicklerville holds her Virgin Islands-inspired mango cupcake, which took first place in the ACA Cupcake Wars: Miss America Challenge.

Alexis Pelaschier of Sicklerville holds her Virgin Islands-inspired mango cupcake, which took first place in the ACA Cupcake Wars: Miss America Challenge.

Chef Chelius also singled out runner-up Vacca for her Maryland cupcake, which used the popular Old Bay seasoning in the buttercream frosting. “Her cupcake was out of sight. She used a classical technique, but thought outside the box.”

Jennifer Vacca of Brick concocted an Old Bay buttercream frosting for her Maryland cupcake, which received praise from Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius.

Jennifer Vacca of Brick concocted an Old Bay buttercream frosting for her Maryland cupcake, which received praise from Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius.

Contestants included: Emma Wuillerman of Hammonton – Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota; Alison Sayles of Somerdale – Missouri, Montana and South Carolina; Katherine Lawrence of Upper Deerfield – Tennessee, Vermont and Washington; Arielle Masters of Vineland – Wyoming, Oklahoma and South Dakota; Jamie Eberhardt of Stratford – Pennsylvania, Kansas and Oregon; Nick Cotellese of Mullica Hill – North Dakota, New Hampshire and Connecticut; Jaymie Martin of Galloway – Maine, Nevada and Colorado; Ashley Squicciarini of Toms River – Puerto Rico, Alaska and Mississippi; Amanda Germano of Atco – Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois; Alexis Pelaschier of Sicklerville – New Mexico, Virgin Islands and West Virginia; Kelsey Radio of Franklinville – Hawaii, Georgia and Indiana; Jennifer Vacca of Brick – Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and Delaware; Megan Agren of West Deptford – California, Rhode Island and Florida; Dorothy Burkett of Hammonton – New Jersey, Massachusetts and Idaho; Christopher Gora of Sicklerville – Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska; and Jessica Scannapieco of Egg Harbor Township – Arizona, Washington, D.C., and New York.

The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years, and recently received national accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

Careme’s Restaurant Opens for Fall Semester

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, is accepting reservations for lunch and dinner service beginning Friday, Sept. 19.

The a la carte menu features choices from appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. A $12.50 lunch special includes soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage.

Careme's Restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and dinner.

Careme’s Restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and dinner.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday, August-December and January-May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call (609) 343-4940.

The restaurant is named after the first “celebrity chef” in culinary history, Marie-Antoine Careme. Careme’s command of culinary art was so famous in the early 19th century that he became known as “the chef of kings and the king of chefs.”

The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. For more information about the Academy, visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.