By Lisa Apel-Gendron
Large needles, coats, books, Zumba and turkey are all part of late November at CMCC.
Many members of the CMCC community overcame their fear of lengthy needles, Nov. 19, when the Red Cross set up shop in Room 113. Students and employees, including adjunct instructor of English Mary Farrell, came together to give the gift of life. One could sense a warm concern for others as the Red Cross volunteer asked passersbys if they wanted to donate, and many answered that they would. The drive collected 24 units of blood.
The nursing club is sponsoring a coat drive right now. Please check your closets for gently used coats or jackets of any size and style and deposit in the decorated box just inside the CMCC front door.
Our Little Free Library is in need of some good books. Several years ago, the Rewrites club presented CMCC with this nifty little repository, where anyone can leave a book to share, or take a book to read. Right now, we are low on books. If you have some paperbacks at home that you’d like to share, please consider bringing them to CMCC Faculty Support, third floor, and we’ll restock the Little Free Library, which is located just outside Room 212, the large lecture hall.
Lunchtime Zumba made a return engagement, Nov. 18, in the dining room, led by CMCC student and certified instructor Josh Maldonado. Although many are shy about taking part, the idea is gaining momentum. Look for more dates for Lunchtime Zumba in the future.
Students enjoyed a sumptuous home-cooked turkey lunch, Nov. 17, as part of Hands Across the Campus, a time of thanksgiving and reflection. After enjoying the meal, students participated in an Open Mic. The event concluded with guest speaker and student, Abby Aulenbach, who spoke on Putting Things in Perspective. Her remarks centered on the lessons she learned as a missionary. SGA and CMCC Student Affairs sponsored the event.
On Nov. 6, Dr. Arthur Goldschmidt, professor emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Penn State, visited senior adjunct instructor Neil Brandt’s World Religions class via Skype. Dr. Goldschmidt spoke about the current situation in the Middle East, ISIS, and the role of Islam in the region, as well as conflicts with Israel. Dr. Goldschmidt taught Neil from 1972-73, and they’ve stayed in touch over the years. The event couldn’t have taken place without the help of Martin Thorstensen, ITS. Thanks, Marty!
Tammy DeFranco, director of CMCC student services and campus management, represented the college at the annual Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day, Nov. 15, in Avalon. Many attendees had questions, and she was ready with the answers!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!