Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–May 8, 2015

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

It’s nearly finals week! The bleak images of snow, ice and bitter winds have morphed into the sunny season of commencement and, for some, summer break. Thank you to all of those dedicated employees in Academics – faculty, tutors, library staff – for making the spring semester the very best it could be for our students.

WW II veteran Joe Zavavky talks to Bob Holden’s history students May 7.

WWII veteran Joe Zavavky talks to Bob Holden’s history students May 7.

Speaking of faculty, Bob Holden, senior adjunct instructor of history, was rather busy this week. On May 4, he was a guest at the board meeting of Stockton University’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center. During the meeting, the retirement of beloved Stockton professor Murray Kohn was celebrated. Bob and Dr. Kohn have worked together for decades, developing and refining curricula and teaching resources on the topics of the Holocaust and genocide. Next, on May 7, Bob treated his classes to a guest lecture from 89-year-old World War II veteran Joe Zavavky. Mr. Zavavky was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard’s Rainbow Division, which fought across Europe and liberated Dachau, Germany in 1945 – 70 years ago! It was a powerful living history lesson for everyone – instructor included.

As the semester draws to a close, so does our breakfast and lunch service. Madison’s Bakery will be on hiatus for the summer, effective May 8, but they will handle catering for CMCC events throughout the summer. Please provide at least five days advance notice for catering since they are not on campus. You can reach Carole and Joe at

As you may have heard, effective with the summer 2015 sessions, there will no longer be a physical bookstore at CMCC. All class materials can be ordered online or purchased in person at the main campus bookstore. Shipping will be free for online orders. To order online, students should have their schedules handy and visit Students who need computer access to order books may stop at the CMCC front desk to gain access to a computer. Additionally, Follett representatives are available for assistance at (609) 625-5205.

Beach Plums 2015 - 8 Beach Plums 2015 - 5The campus looks fabulous this spring! Cherry trees and redbud trees are blossoming in the front of the building, and in the back, our beach plums are waking up from the long winter in a big way. The beach plums were planted in November 2012 in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The project aims to convert a half-acre of lawn to early successional habitat, using native plants and grasses. Many of the beach plum seedlings have grown from diminutive sticks to sturdy bushes over 6-feet tall! They bore some fruit last summer, and we expect to see many more beach plums this summer.

This week, CMCC added a United States Coast Guard flag under the U.S. flag in our courtyard. This gesture supports Cape May County’s designation by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Congress as a “Coast Guard Community.” The proclamation takes place May 8 as part of this weekend’s Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival. Many businesses and individuals have decided to fly the Coast Guard flag in support of the men and women who serve in Cape May County and to acknowledge the significant contributions the Coast Guard makes to the Cape May County community.

CMCC proudly flies the flag of the U.S. Coast Guard in support of the hundreds of men and women who serve in Cape May County.

CMCC proudly flies the flag of the U.S. Coast Guard in support of the hundreds of men and women who serve in Cape May County.

Construction on the northbound Parkway overpasses in Cape May Court House is in full swing, with intermittent road and lane closures. To stay updated, check the Herald’s website each week at Updates are generally posted on Mondays.

Have a worry-free weekend!

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