Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–April 24, 2015

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

The parade of events continues through the end of April at CMCC. A hearty thank you goes out to SGA for its support of numerous events this semester at CMCC.

April 21 was one of the more engaging days of the semester. Atlantic Cape students, 55 Middle Township Middle School students, and members of the community were treated to a live performance of the play A Comb & A Prayer Book, presented by the Stockton University players. Part of the Atlantic Cape-Stockton Holocaust Awareness Program, this performance chronicled the life of Hungarian-born Elizabeth Blum Goldstein, who, by the age of 19, had survived six concentration camps. Actors were primarily Stockton students, complemented by several Stockton alumni. After the play, audience members – 100 strong – were able to ask questions of the actors. From all accounts, it was a most moving and memorable experience.

Atlantic Cape student worker Griffin Ackley poses for a fun photo.

Atlantic Cape student worker Griffin Ackley poses for a fun photo.

A celebration of Earth Day was next on the agenda. The middle school students stayed, joining with CMCC students for Rita’s water ice scooped by none other than registrar Heather Peterson, T-shirt decorating with the Circle K club, selfies, refreshments courtesy of SGA, chess, board games, ping pong and a Q & A about college. The Student Nurses Club was also represented, as members worked on a fundraiser benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Everyone had an enjoyable time!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, 4 – 5:30 p.m., in the CMCC dining room for the Veterans Gratitude and Resource Fair. The event will feature a variety of information for veterans and their families, including information on services the college offers specifically for veterans, as well as assistance within the community. College trustee and veteran David Evans will provide the keynote address. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

Bradford pear trees stand sentinel over CMCC’s main entrance road.

Bradford pear trees stand sentinel over CMCC’s main entrance road.

The grounds are looking spiffy, thanks to continued attention by Tim Cliggett, facilities. The grass is cut, weeds are pulled, new mulch is down, and trees are beginning to blossom. Spring is indeed our favorite season at CMCC.

Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Please think of our students as you rearrange your closets and purge those items that you don’t use. CMCC Student Services is collecting books, new makeup, costume jewelry in good condition, and nonperishable food items for our students.

On the first floor classroom wing at CMCC, students are able to pick up items they need from the “freebie” table.  So, if you are spring cleaning and were planning to discard these types of goods, please send them to Tammy DeFranco for the “freebie” table. Questions? Contact Tammy at ext. 8113 or

Have a worry-free weekend!

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