Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Dec. 12, 2014

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

Students and employees alike enjoyed Melissa’s engaging style as she explained how her characters came to be.

Students and employees enjoy Melissa’s engaging style as she explains how her characters came to be.

Students and employees were treated to an uplifting end-of-semester happening Dec. 9 as adjunct instructor of English Melissa Palmer facilitated an interactive reading from her recently published novel Twin Oaks. English Department Coordinator Rich Russell introduced Melissa, who, encouraged attendees to find their passion – whatever it is – and to march toward the goal every single day. A self-proclaimed writer since birth, Melissa told the audience that she had reached a creative plateau, but that when she began teaching at Atlantic Cape, she again found her passion and purpose in writing. Sparkling cider, lemon cookies and a Twin Oaks cake completed the event. To learn more about the novel, visit

Human service providers from around the region convened at CMCC Dec. 12 for a full-day conference about medically-assisted substance abuse treatment. Thank you to Kay Pandit, conference and meeting services, for coordinating the event. Tim Cliggett and Rob Townsend, facilities, and Martin Thorstensen, ITS, made the event a smooth and seamless day for our customers.

The admissions, registration, financial aid and business office team on CMCC’s first floor has been hopping since Dec. 1. Great teamwork for sure!

CMCC is offering one class during winter term: Intro to Computers, with Bo Zilovic, is set to begin Jan. 2.

CMCC employees are experiencing a learning curve, not unlike that of our students. After using the same photocopier for nearly nine years, we are entering the brave new world of copying with a brand new Kyocera machine that can do everything except make your breakfast. In time, we’ll get there, but, wow, copiers surely have changed since 2006!

The campus looks quite festive, with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa décor adorning all three floors. Our chief elf in charge of decorating is Tim Cliggett, facilities.

Toys for Tots wraps up Dec. 19. The Marine Corps reservists have made two pickups so far, carrying out several large sacks of toys and stuffed animals each trip. We are still accepting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages through the 19th, so it’s not too late to drop something in the box. Collection boxes are located on each floor.

Happy end of semester and Happy Holidays!

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