Monthly Archives: December 2015

From the President’s Office, Dec. 18, 2015

Dr. Mora provided testimony at a Senate for Higher Education Hearing, Nov. 16. Dr. Mora’s testimony focused on the “big picture” of campus safety and security including the Statewide Strategy/System working with the Office of Homeland Security. Dr. Mora also discussed the exchange of information and best practices between institutions.

Dr. Mora wanted to share this article from Community College Daily with the college community on enrollment continuing to drop nationwide.


Atlantic Cape Offices Close Dec. 24 for Holidays

Registration for Winter, Spring Classes Continues

Atlantic Cape Community College offices will close for the holiday break at the close of business Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen Monday, Jan 4.

During the break, students can register for winter and spring classes by mail, fax at (609) 343-4914 and online at To view a list of important registration deadlines, visit Atlantic Cape’s events calendar at Continue reading

Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals To New Chefs at Dec. 17 Ceremony


Keynote speaker Stephen Serano, adjunct instructor at the ACA, addresses the graduates and audience during the Awards Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded culinary medals and certificates to nearly 40 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Thursday, Dec.17.

Eighteen graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and 14 completed the Baking and Pastry program. Six short-term specialization certificates in Baking and Pastry, Food Service Management, and Hot Foods were awarded. Continue reading

Board Approves Retirements of Seven Longtime Employees

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees accepted the retirements of seven employees with a combined nearly 200 years of service at its meeting Dec. 15. Retirees include:

Wayne Cooper of Mays Landing, program coordinator for Worthington Atlantic City Campus Support Services will retire effective June 30. Cooper joined the college in 1998 as a program coordinator in Human Resources and over the years also worked for Administration and International Student Services, Office of the Executive Assistant to the President, and Community and Cultural Affairs. A former supervisor stated, “Wayne continues to engage as a positive and active supporter of various projects for Community Affairs. His degree of cooperation is excellent and he gives a positive response to requests made of him.”

Chef Educator Philip Cragg of Lanoka Harbor will retire June 30 following more than 25 years of as a culinary instructor of hot foods for the Academy of Culinary Arts. Cragg has achieved the distinctions of Certified Culinary Educator and Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation during his career. He has also been recognized for his contributions to the college’s Restaurant Gala, New Student Day, food competitions and other events. Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the ACA, stated, “Phil is dedicated to the Academy and represents the profession well through involvement in related organizations.”

Miguel Delgado has served as a custodian and grounds/labor/maintenance worker for more than 25 years and will retire effective April 1. The Mays Landing resident received numerous perfect attendance awards and accolades for his participation in Hurricane Irene cleanup, commencement, the STEM groundbreaking and other college events. Former Director of Facilities Mark Streckenbein stated, “…You have a great deal of self-motivation and pride in your work. The college and I greatly appreciate your efforts and quality of your performance.”

Dr. Joyce H. Grohman of Galloway will retire June 30 following 43 years teaching Atlantic Cape Nursing students. Grohman joined the college in 1973 as an adjunct instructor, securing a full-time position as assistant professor of Nursing in 1975, and was promoted to associate professor in 1983 and professor in 1988. She also served in administrative roles, including division chairperson for Allied Health and Physical Education, Distance Education facilitator, associate dean of Science, Allied Health and Physical Education, and dean of Instruction. Dean of Career Education Donna Vassallo stated, “Dr. Grohman is a strong supporter of our college’s mission, and a role model of ethical behavior for our Nursing/Allied Health students. She supports and encourages lifelong learning, which is evident in her support of integrating current medical field-related news into the classroom.”

Chef Michael Huber of Somers Point will retire June 30 following 19 years as a full-time chef educator for garde manger and hot foods. Huber earned the distinguished certification of Certified Culinary Professional from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and has received notes of gratitude for his contributions to New Student Day, ACA Homecoming, and the Cape May County Campus Gala. McClay stated, “Michael is an energetic and passionate chef educator. He provides his students with an excellent opportunity to learn and demonstrates a high level of professionalism.”

Dennis Huey of Linwood will retire June 30 after serving for more than 43 years as an assistant professor of Biology and later associate professor. He also was active at the college as an academic advisor, science club advisor, coordinator of academic advisement and served on college committees including Scholarship, Middle States, Academic Appeals and others. A former student wrote, “I got my BS and went on to get my Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University of Delaware. Now I am a first-year post-doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University. I just wanted to let you know that you really made a difference in my career and life with your teaching. I think that all too often, we don’t have the opportunity to thank those that helps us so very much, so ‘thank you’.”

Mary Yoa of Ocean City will retire June 30 after serving 25 years as assistant professor and later associate professor of Computer Information Systems. She also served as coordinator of the Computer Programmer Series, a faculty advisor and college committee member. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Otto Hernandez stated, “Mary has done able duty as a mentor for adjuncts. I am particularly happy with her work in this area. She has been very supportive of the adjuncts and has helped them improve tremendously as teachers.”

In Personnel Action, the Board:

–Approved the appointment of Kenyatta Collins of Clayton, temporary assistant professor of psychology, effective Jan. 19.

–Approved a leave of absence for Judith Otterburn-Martinez, associate professor of ESL, effective Jan. 19-March 11.

The Board Approved the Following Purchases:

–Boiler removal and installation for the Cape May County Campus to Bernal Mechanical, Vineland, $49,700.

–Web Hosting Outsourcing to 30R Networks, Bridgeton, $33,575.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Approved Atlantic Cape to be a partner in the Atlantic County Institute of Technology’s application to the New Jersey Department of Education County Vocational School District Partnership Grant, Cohort 2, for an anticipated subgrant totaling $90,000, over the term March 1, 2016-June 30, 2019. Through the program, participants could earn up to 48 credits for the aviation program while in high school.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the Nov. 30, 2015, financial statement.

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended June 30, 2015, as of Dec. 6.

–Approved offering a Fine Arts Professional Series effective fall 2016. The series will provide students with the skills required to create original pieces of fine art and earn credits that may be applied toward the Studio Arts degree.

–Approved dropping the Restaurant Supervision Professional Series effective fall 2016. The program has had low enrollment and the college offers other professional series to meet the needs of business professionals.

–Certified that findings of the State of New Jersey’s Carl D. Perkins Grant Report on Examination for the years July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, and July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, were discussed at the November meeting and approved a corrective action plan following results of a fiscal audit by the State of New Jersey Department of Education.

–The board approved a resolution recognizing Jeff Wenzel, senior manager, grants accountant, on being named 2016 Employee of the Year for his outstanding service to the college. Wenzel, of Egg Harbor Township, joined the college in 2004.

Board Makes Provisions for Armed Security Guards

The Board of Trustees approved a revision to Policy No. 862 to allow armed security officers and other persons so authorized by the college president to possess firearms on college property, college-sponsored housing or at any college activity.

In the President’s Report:

Jean McAlister, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustees operations, and Assistant Professor Augustine Nigro, who are chairing the Middle States Self-Study Team, reviewed the seven standards the college needs to respond to for the study. They asked for volunteers from faculty and administration to assist with the two-year process, that includes a site visit in spring 2018.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Cape May County Campus, Room 113. All are welcome to attend.

Happy Holidays from Atlantic Cape!

The College Relations department created an electronic holiday card for faculty and staff to share. You can send the link to your contacts with holiday greetings.

Happy Holidays!


Register for Spring Classes at Atlantic Cape

Registration is underway for the spring semester at Atlantic Cape Community College. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 19.

Seats are still available in astronomy, aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, hospitality, math and many other courses during the spring semester. Continue reading

2015 Atlantic Cape Holiday Decorating Poll

The college community is getting in the holiday spirit. We received photos of 12 decorated offices. Vote for your favorite below.

Please vote only once. Voting closes at noon, Friday, Dec. 18. We will announce the winner then!

Scroll down to view all of the submissions, then vote for your favorite in the poll at the end.

A. Perishable storeroom

Perishable Storeroom

B. academic affairs

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C. Barbara Long’s office

Barbara Long Office

D. effie russell

Effie Russell

E. college relations

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F. institutional research

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G. instructional technology


H. kathy flynn’s office

Kathy Flynn Office

I. lois angelozzi’s office

Lois Angelozzi Office

J. rich russell’s office

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K. wacc admissions office

WACC Admissions

L. finance

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Time is Running Out to Register for Classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts

$1,500 Scholarships Available for Spring

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring 2016 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Continue reading

Jeff Wenzel Named Atlantic Cape Employee of the Year

Jeff Wenzel of Egg Harbor Township is Atlantic Cape Community College’s 2016 Employee of the Year. Wenzel joined the college in 2004 as a Non-Credit Registration Coordinator; in 2005, he was promoted to Program Developer/Coordinator for Continuing Education; in 2008, he was promoted to Senior Manager for Continuing Education Compliance and Budgets; and in 2013 he transferred to his current position, Senior Manager, Grants Accountant. He is also the adviser of the college’s Lacrosse Club.

Jeff Wenzel, senior manager, grants accountant, was named Employee of the Year. He is congratulated by Dr. Peter L. Mora, Jennifer Rowand, Leslie Jamison and Jean McAlister.

Jeff Wenzel, senior manager, grants accountant, was named Employee of the Year. He was congratulated by Dr. Peter L. Mora, Jennifer Rowand, Leslie Jamison and Jean McAlister.

Former supervisor Jean McAlister stated, “Jeff’s strengths include communication skills and organizational skills including an ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines. Jeff is a team player and pitches in where ever needed. He is respected by his supervisor and colleagues for his leadership capabilities.”

In selecting Wenzel for the award, co-workers specifically commended his dedication, organizational skills, level of professionalism and cheerful attitude.

The Employee of the Year award is presented to a member of support staff who makes Atlantic Cape a place where students and visitors feel comfortable and welcomed. The Employee of the Year is someone who works hard and is also pleasant and helpful. Wenzel will receive a reserved parking spot and gift certificate for Careme’s, the on-campus restaurant run by the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Submit Your Photo For Atlantic Cape Holiday Decorating Contest

Feeling festive? Have you decked the halls of your office?

Send ONE photo of your decorated office to, and College Relations will post all submissions to the CommuniCator next week for faculty and staff to vote on their favorite decorated

The winning office will receive Atlantic Cape sunglasses and, of course, bragging rights!

Get creative and send your favorite photo by noon, Monday, Dec. 14, to We will notify you when voting opens!