Monthly Archives: February 2016

March Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following full-time employees celebrating in March:

Richard Collins, Lenora Sheppard, March 1; Miguel Delgado, Claude Fortune, March 3; Janet Marler, Julia Ratliff, March 5; Curtis Andrews, March 6; Gracellen Thorstensen, March 8; Cindy DeFalco, March 10; Jed Soifer, March 11; Vincent Chainey, March 14; Carol Fraone, March 17; Kathy Landau, Carol Melkonian, March 18; Esther James, March 19; Al Jou, March 20; Frank Branca, Jennifer Rowand, March 22; Geralyn Michelfelder, March 23; Matthew Gettings, March 24; Jose Jara-Zarrrea, Mariann Sozio, Denise O’Connor, March 28; Lucille McGlynn, John Stratton, March 30.

Here’s The Scoop–Feb. 26, 2016

A note from Jean McAlister, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustees operations:

File_000 (2).jpeg“Thank you for all of your suggestions thus far. Thanks to facilities, the ‘official’ suggestion box is up and ready for your input on continuous improvement of service, streamline operations, increase revenue  or just let us know what is on you mind.”

Send comments via interoffice mail marked Suggestion Box or drop off your idea in our new suggestion box near the President’s Office in J-Building.

If you have any questions, contact Jean McAlister ext. 4901.

Kelly McClay, dean of the ACA, was asked to judge the first annual Hammonton Gravy Vs. Sauce 2016 Competition, Sunday, Feb. 21, hosted by the Hammonton Rotary Club. Other judges for the event included Steve DiDonato, mayor of Hammonton; Frank Raso, Hammonton Municipal Court judge; and Kelly Brown, “the Hostess with the Mostest.”

Michelle Washington Wilson, adjunct social sciences instructor, is hosting a workshop focusing on increasing class participation by learning the techniques of telling and teaching multicultural stories, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at County College of Morris in Randolph. Cost is $32. To register for workshop go to For Festival information go to

Kathleen M. Fritz, library technician at Atlantic Cape and member of General Lafayette Chapter DAR, shares an upcoming Women’s History Month event at the Ocean City Library: “A Tribute Our U.S. Women’s Military Service,” 1-4 p.m., Sunday, March 13. Light refreshments will be provided.

Michael F Kernan, associate director cash reconcilement and member of the Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge 2563, shares a fundraiser for the organization: “A Night of Painting” will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at the lodge, 1815 Mays Landing-Somers Point Road in Egg Harbor Township. Cost is $45 per painter which includes refreshments, desserts, beverage of choice, artist-guided instruction, all supplies and canvas. For more information call Michael at ext. 5103 or email

Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside, written by Turiya S. A. Raheem, adjunct instructor, has been turned into a play that will be shown April 15-17, and 22-24, at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. For ticket information, visit here.

The Atlantic Cape Choir would once again like to invite members of the staff and faculty to join us for a song in the Spring 2016 Showcase.  The song is “We Are the World.”  Tjeshowcase is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, with performances at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested, reach out to Robyn McCullough, advisor, at, or ext. 4922.  You will be provided sheet music and audio recordings to help with learning your particular part in the song (soprano, alto, tenor or bass.)

Atlantic Cape is hosting a variety of transfer events this semester, including visits from University of Valley Forge-online programs, St. Joe’s, Seton Hall, Grand Canyon, Centenary, Wilmington and more.
 For information, contact Wendy Gray or 463-6786.
Visit the Events Calendar & Transfer Events webpage regularly for a list of upcoming events.

ESL Department

The ESL Department hosted a workshop for both full-time and part-time faculty to discuss best practices for scoring student-speaking assessments.
From left are, Shirley Shields, Jody Davis, Penny Santa Maria, Michael Kammer, Gwen McIntyre, Katie Hetu, Kelly Herbst, Susan DePhilippis, Susan Olaschinez and Ingrid Sanders.

A note from Tom Roesch, former employee with mail/central stores:

“Thank for the kind words of sympathy about the passing of my sister, Mary Agnes.”

To view obituary click here.



Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Feb. 26, 2016

By Lisa Apel-Gendron

More than 60 students, employees and members of the community, including members of the local AAUW chapter, gathered in the CMCC dining room Feb. 25 for a lecture on human trafficking. Sponsored by SGA and CMCC Student Services, the lecture featured Detective Paul Vanaman of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

Thank you to SGA for their support of this important event, as well as to April Wolff, ITS; and Rob Townsend and Curtis Fitzpatrick, facilities, for their efforts in setting up the dining room and providing that all-important tech support.

CISM senior adjunct Suzanne Haggerty and her students attended the lecture on diversity in the STEM disciplines Feb. 23 at CMCC. Thanks to Suzanne’s suggestion, the lecture was videoconferenced to the branch campuses. Eleven people, including Lenora Sheppard, math, attended via ITV at CMCC.

Atlantic Cape Offers ‘Club 50 Plus’ Enrichment Workshops for Seniors

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this spring designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.

Intermediate Piano builds on basic piano theory, 5:30-7:30 p.m., five Mondays beginning March 14.

Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or email, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, April 8; at the Mays Landing Campus; and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the Cape May County Campus. Continue reading

Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D) Program Nominations Sought

A note from Anita Polanco, assistant director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program:

Dear Faculty and/or Staff Members,

We are excited to announce the continuation of the Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D) Program.  Your past nominations have helped identify Board of Trustees Student Representatives and other college and community leaders. Continue reading

Board of Trustees Approves Contracts and Personnel Matters

The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Feb. 23 at the college’s Mays Landing Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

–Software license renewal, PCM Sales, Holmdel, $30,129.

–Merchant card services, one-year extension of agreement, Official Payments, Reston, Virginia.

–Two-year agreement for banking services with Cape Bank.

–U.S. Security Associates Inc., Atlantic City, contract extension through June 30, 2016, not to exceed $230,000.

–Electronic and information technology assessment, Interactive Accessibility Inc., Sudbury, Massachusetts, not to exceed $274,000.

In Personnel Action, the Board Approved:

–Sabbatical leaves for Lisa Stein, professor of early childhood education, and Linda Wohlman, chef educator, for the fall 2016 semester.

–A 5 percent base salary increase for Donna Vassallo, dean, career education, effective Feb. 24.

–A 2 percent base salary increase effective July 1, for all full-time employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations, and the following personnel reappointments, contingent upon appropriation of required funding and approval of that appropriation in the FY’17 budget.

Board Approves These Reappointments, Beginning July 1, 2016:

Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Cynthia Correa, Paula Davis, Tammy DeFranco, Victoria DeLaurentis, Linda DeSantis, Natalie Devonish, Danielle Epps, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Crista Golden, Sandra Greco,  Terri-Lynn Hamby, Patricia Heller, Kristin Jackson, Dorie Keener, Maria Kellett, Michael

Kernan, Kathleen Landau, Linda Palmer, Michelle Perkins, Heather Peterson, Anita Polanco, Nancy Porfido, Michelle Previti, Michael Rennick, Mariangela Sozio, Patrick Sweeney, Sherwood Taylor and Harry Whitelam.

Exempt Administrative and Supervisory Personnel: Michael Bruckler, Eileen Curristine, August Daquila, Stephanie Davies, Cindy DeFalco, Kathryn Flynn, Richard Garwood, Douglas Hedges, Otto Hernandez, Leslie Jamison, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Mitchell Levy, Janet Marler, Jean McAlister, Patricia McClay, Luis Montefusco, Edward Perkins, Richard Perniciaro, Andre Richburg, Jennifer Rowand, Robert Townsend, Donna Vassallo and Russell Waugh.

ACA Educators: Annmarie Chelius, Ruth Latorre, Daniel Matt, Mary Theresa McCann, Joseph Sheridan, Vincent Tedeschi, James Usilton and Linda Wohlman.

Faculty without Tenure: Curtis Andrews, John Heenan, Laurie Lemons, Lorraine Monzo, Richard Russell, Reeva Salkin and Dean Wyks.

Librarian I: Leslie Murtha.

In Other Business, the Board Approved:

–The financial statement for seven months ending Jan. 31, 2016.

–The transfer of $500,000 from the FY’15 year-end unrestricted fund balance to the restricted fund in an account designated for funding the required actions set forth in the Consent Decree with the National Federation for the Blind.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved submitting an application to Easton Foundations USA for a $1,500 grant to cover some costs to attend the United States Intercollegiate National Championships at Michigan State University in May.

–Approved partnering in Camden County College’s grant application to the U.S. Department of Labor, H-1B TechHire Partnership Grants program, for a subgrant to train up to 25 people through the Health Professions Institute, over the term of June 1, 2016-May 31, 2020.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, announced the college received a College and Career Readiness Partnership Grant with the Wildwood School District, aimed at enhancing the capacity of students to come to Atlantic Cape college-ready.

The $250,000 grant will allow the college and Wildwood High School to implement career and college-readiness programs, including career workshops and boot camp beginning in March. Students will be assessed so they can find out where they will best fit career wise. “If they know what career they want to pursue when entering college they are more successful,” said Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations. The college will host a five-day career boot camp at the Cape May County Campus in June for up to 30 Wildwood High School seniors.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the Atlantic City Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.

You’re Invited to ‘Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement’

SGA will present “Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement,” a multimedia performance that provides insight to the legacy of student activism and inspires all ages to lead in today’s challenge for social reform.
The performance will include powerful film footage, thoughtful commentary and inspiring musical performance.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., Walter Edge Theater.

Please encourage students to attend. Admission is fee; the event is open to all.

Cheer on Men’s Basketball in Playoffs Feb. 23

Atlantic Cape’s  men’s basketball team has advanced in the Region 19 playoffs and plays the No. 1 seed Camden County College Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Camden’s Blackwood Campus Gym at 6 p.m.
It’s just a short drive from our campus to CCC, 200 College Drive, Blackwood.
If you can’t make the game, get updates on Twitter @TheBucGuy

Time is Running Out to Purchase Gala 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Atlantic Cape Scholarships

Chance to Win up to $15,000 in Prizes

Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2016 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. Continue reading

Faculty, Staff Volunteers Needed for April 10 Open House

The Admissions Office is seeking faculty and staff to volunteer for our Spring 2016 College-Wide Open House:

Sunday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. — Mays Landing Campus — J-Lobby

Students will have the opportunity to speak with college faculty to learn about degree and career training programs, meet with staff to discuss the enrollment process and find out about college services and activities, as well as take a student- or staff-led tour of campus.

The Admissions Office greatly appreciates your participation in our college-wide open houses. We are grateful for the continued support of faculty and staff in our recruitment efforts and hope you will consider getting involved for this wonderful event!

Confirm your participation with Carol Fraone, ext. 5009 or, as soon as possible.