Here’s the Scoop — June 2015, Part 1

As part of the astronomy module of earth science, students were treated to an evening of telescopic viewing on May 5. The skies were clear and temperatures were pleasant.

Taking part were students from Professor Sacchinelli’s class, as well as students from professors Greg Conway, Sal Riggi, Dave Jungblut and Julie Stratton’s classes. Students in Beacons-by-the -Sea Visiting Professor Fred Schaaf’s Fundamentals of Astronomy class also participated. A total of over 40 students participated.

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Fred Schaff, volunteer members of the South Jersey Astronomy, Club Nelson Biggs and Dave Rossi; and the Willingboro Astronomical Society (Joe Stieber) traveled many miles to set up additional telescopes. These were used in conjunction with the two large scopes housed in the Mary M. and Augustino J. Sacchinelli Memorial Observatory.

Students observed objects including the lunar surface and Jupiter.


Professor James Sacchinelli, Mr. Fred Schaaf, Beacons By The Sea Visiting Professor; Mr. Dave Jungblut and recent Rowan graduate (and former Atlantic Cape student) Rick Heggan hosted star parties over the course of two Friday evenings in May. They hosted children, teachers and parents from Our Lady Star of the Sea and Assumption schools.

Students from Assumption School.

Students from Assumption School.

In addition to telescopic and binocular viewing, some students were treated to demonstrations on the solar system, seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and eclipses. Students left with star charts in hand!

Students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School.

Students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School.

Atlantic Cape’s own Dee Rolls and Mike Sargente assisted the staff,as Mike was there with his son who attends Assumption.


Senior adjunct professor for the English Department Therése Halscheid’s new book of poetry, Frozen Latitudes, received the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Honorable Mention for Poetry. Check out a commentary that appears on U.S. Review of Books here. 


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Husband and wife adjunct instructors Afton Koontz, English and developmental studies, and Neil Brandt, humanities, celebrated the end of a successful spring semester with a trip to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. A good time was had by all!

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