Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Nov. 14, 2014

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

From legislative task force meetings to baked goods fundraisers, we have the gamut of events and activities at CMCC.

During the week of Halloween, Circle K Club members dusted off the Trick or Treat for a UNICEF fundraising idea. Club members took UNICEF Trick or Treat boxes to class to collect donations and collected donations in the lobby on several evenings, where donors were treated to tasty home-baked treats. According to club advisor Donna Marie McElroy, CMCC students and employees contributed $235 to the cause. “This is quite impressive and most appreciated,” she said. We agree! Thank you to club members, advisor and those who donated to UNICEF.

PTK Photo CMCC 11-11On Oct. 29, Dr. Mitchell Levy, PTK president Thomas J. Brannon and Tammy DeFranco encouraged and met with students to sign the PTK – NJC4 banner in the CMCC first floor lobby.

On Oct. 30, Hazzan Jeffrey Myers from Beth Judah synagogue, Ventnor City, visited senior adjunct instructor Neil Brandt’s World Religions class. The Hazzan gave an overview of his job as well as his place in the Jewish community. Students discussed concepts like The Golden Rule, and they examined mind-bending questions, including their role in the world.

Adjunct instructor Helen McCaffrey’s history class celebrated and shared 11-11 Class CMCCtheir knowledge of Samhain, the Gaelic Festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Students donned costumes and shared their presentations on historic figures. All were engaged and involved with the topic of discussion.

Nov. 6 marked an interesting event at CMCC – something we never hosted before. Leaders from New Jersey’s first legislative district (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties) convened in an economic development task force meeting at CMCC. The task force, chaired by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, took testimony from invited guests on the socio-economic conditions in the first legislative district. Dr. Mora and Cumberland County College president Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe serve on the task force. Dr. Richard Perniciaro, vice president of facilities, planning, research and executive support, provided expert testimony to the group. The task force will take public testimony at a future meeting. More than 50 members of the public and college community attended, including adjunct instructor of history George Boyer.

An open mic and Thanksgiving luncheon, sponsored by Student Affairs and SGA, is set for Monday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the CMCC dining room. Since the lunchtime goodies are available on a first come, first served basis, best to get there early!

Don’t forget about the Red Cross blood drive at CMCC Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2:30 – 7:30 p.m., in room 113. Appointments are preferred. Please visit the Red Cross website at to make an appointment. Just type in our ZIP code: 08210. This drive is open to the public and the campus community. If you can’t donate, please help pass the word to others. Thank you!

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