Monthly Archives: March 2016

Solar Panel Work to Affect Parking

A Message from Facilities:

Contractors will perform maintenance work on the solar panels in Parking Lots 1, 2 and 5 on the Mays Landing Campus, March 24-April 2. Work will be confined to two rows each day, and parking will be restricted. Please plan accordingly.

Trustees Approve $40.6 Million Budget, Award Contract to Build Student Success and Career Planning Center

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees adopted a $40,600,000 FY’17 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when the group met at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus March 22.

The FY’17 budget, a decrease of nearly $500,000 over the previous year’s budget, includes $8,430,448 in county appropriations contingent upon approval by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of School Estimate, a group composed of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials. The state will contribute a projected $5.58 million in operating aid. Support from the counties for the college’s fiscal year and projected state operating aid increased by .28 percent and .54 percent respectively.

General tuition will rise to $120 a credit from $116, a 3.45 percent increase. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2016 summer session. A student taking 24 general credits a year–Atlantic Cape’s typical student–will see a $112.80 a year increase in tuition and general fees for a total of $3,525.60, up from $3,412.80 in FY’16. The college has also implemented a $20 Campus Safety Fee per semester.

The budget approved is down 1.2 percent from last year’s fiscal plan and includes a $1.125 million fund balance transfer. It projects a 23 percent increase in nursing credits and a 5 percent decline in credit enrollments due to changing demographics in the college’s service district.

Board Approves Contract to Build Student Success Center

The board awarded a $13.2 million contract to Arthur J. Ogren, Inc., of Vineland to build the Student Success and Career Planning Center. The project includes construction of a 20,000-square-foot building on the Mays Landing Campus, reconfiguration of the former Student Life Center to house the Testing Center, relocation of the President’s office, and renovations to the cafeteria and dance studio.

The two-story facility will house a student center on the first floor and the Student Success and Career Planning Center on the second floor. The Student Success Center will offer guidance and resources to assist students in making informed decisions about career choices, including career counseling and access to computers for job searches.

The building was designed by Spiezle Architectural Group of Trenton and is funded through GO Bonds and Chapter 12 funds. The contractor will break ground this spring and the estimated completion is fall 2017.

“This project is moving forward with a very strong commitment from Atlantic County. The board and staff should take pride in the amount that has been accomplished in the past years,” said Trustee Helen Walsh.

In Personnel Activity, the Board:

–Accepted the retirement of Patricia Gandy of Mays Landing, effective March 16. Gandy served the college for more than 17 years, most recently as office coordinator for Cape May County Campus Support Services. She was dedicated to college events, serving as a Heart Walk Captain and participating in Holocaust Awareness programs, Black History Month events and the Vision for Excellence event. Former supervisor Paula Davis, stated, “Patricia has proven to be an asset to the area. She is a true team player. She has the ability to interact with difficult individuals in a calm manner and follows through with problems.”

–Approved the appointment of Richard Luderitz of Mays Landing, assistant director, Paramedic and EMT Training, effective April 4.

–Approved the grant-funded promotion of Barbara Kozek of Galloway to assistant director, Adult Basic Education/ESL/HSE, effective April 4.

–Approved the grant-funded promotion of Robert Kusmiesz of Egg Harbor City to assistant director, Gear UP, effective April 4.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Food service operations at the Mays Landing Campus, Nobil Food Service of Margate, and vending operations at three campuses to K&R Vending of Bridgeton, three-year contracts.

–Magazine publication, Academic Marketing, Belleville, Michigan, $22,250.

–Unmanned aircraft system, Precision Hawk USA, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, $25,750.

–Medication dispensing system for nursing lab simulation, Pocket Nurse, Monaca, Pennsylvania, $49,640.

–Relocation of voice and data cabling at the Atlantic City Campus and portions of the Mays Landing Campus, Tricomm Services Corp., Hammonton, $132,363.

–Meat curing cabinet, Asher Worldwide Enterprises, Scottsdale, Arizona, $22,016.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the February 2016 financial statement.

–Approved re-designating $97,377 of unused institutional equipment leasing funds to complete a Main Distribution Facility/Intermediary Distribution Facility Rehabilitation.

–Approved a revised list of renovations and updates for funding from the Chapter 12 FY’16 allocation at a sum not to exceed $3 million.

–Approved entering into a five-year rental agreement of the East Campus with Gateway Community Action/Head Start for use as a child care center, beginning March 23. Gateway currently operates a child care center on the Mays Landing Campus.

–Approved converting the Studio Arts Option in Liberal Arts to a full Associate in Arts degree effective fall 2017.

–Approved offering the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist Professional Series, effective fall 2016. The program will provide students the skills and knowledge needed to safely operate and collect imagery and data using a small multi-rotor unmanned aircraft system. The need for the program is driven by the integration of UAS into the national airspace system, which impacts law enforcement, emergency management, environmental protection and management, and geospatial data collection.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.    

Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–March 23, 2016

Submitted by Linda Palmer

Students at Worthington Atlantic City Campus Prepare Easter Baskets for Donation

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Cross-Cultural Club students in Atlantic City with their completed baskets for donation.

On March 22, more than 20 members of the Cross-Cultural Club prepared a donation of 40 Easter baskets for the children of homeless families.  The baskets were delivered the same day to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, who will give the baskets to the children. The baskets, candies, coloring books and small toys were bought by the club, and members worked assembly-line fashion to complete the charitable project.

A Message from IT on Computer Viruses

A Message from IT:
New computer viruses, malware and ransomware are being created by malicious individuals every day. Unfortunately, nothing can protect you 100 percent of the time. Protection software is constantly struggling to keep up with different variations as well as new viruses, malware and ransomware. Please be diligent when surfing the web or opening emails, especially when an email asks to click on a link or has an attachment. If you are not expecting an attachment from someone, please call to confirm or send an email requesting further information. Do not reply to the email, instead open a new window and compose a new message to the sender.

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Strudels Grand Opening March 22 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Strudels Bakeshop, located in M-Building across from Careme’s, reopens today. Hours are 11:30 a.m.­–1:30 p.m. daily.

Daily specials include:

Daily Special 6-inch Italian Rum Cake, 5$

6-inch Carrot Cake, 5$

6-inch Death by Chocolate Cake, 8$

Apple Turnovers, 4 for 1$

Blueberry Muffins, 4 for 1$

Brownies, .50 each

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Stripes, 1$ each

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing, .50 each

Stromboli (sauce and cheese), 2$ each

Palmiers, 6 for 1$

Easter Chick Cupcakes, 1$ each (vanilla sponge, butter cream)

Check the website daily to see what is available for purchase: http://www.atlantic.edu/strudels/

Cash or checks accepted.

Tickets Are Available for Dennis Huey’s Retirement Dinner April 28

Tickets are now available for Dennis Huey’s Retirement Dinner! Join us in thanking Dennis for all of his years of service and dedication to his students.

Where: Tuckahoe Inn, 1 Harbor Road, Beesley’s Point, NJ 08223

When: Thursday, April 28, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Cost: $37.50 (Dinner and Gift)

If you cannot attend, feel free to send along your warm wishes, gift contributions, or any funny / embarrassing stories you have!

Tickets may be obtained from John Stratton, Delores Rolls or Jolie Master. Make checks payable to  “Atlantic Cape Community College” & write “Dennis Huey Retirement” in the memo. RSVP by April 14.

Sign Up for Faculty & Staff Reading April 12

It’s that time again, friends. Dust off that short story you were working on, tinker a little with that poem. Or maybe there’s a song you’ve written, that you haven’t tested on an audience yet.
Share a slice of your creative work with the college community, whatever genre you might be experimenting with, whatever stage it may be in. This is a very encouraging, supportive audience!

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Atlantic Cape Offers Online Training for Busy Professionals

Upgrade your current skills and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Hundreds of courses are available in topics ranging from Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Health Care, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Teaching, Web Programming and more. Continue reading

Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Nominations Due Tuesday, March 22

All nominations will be accepted through tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22, for the 2016 Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award.

This $300 award recognizes distinguished adjunct faculty team members for their contributions to the classroom and to Atlantic Cape.

Award details and the nomination form are attached.

Send completed nomination forms to Lynda Phommathep at lphommat@atlantic.edu.

For questions, contact Donna Vassallo at dvassall@atlantic.edu.

Careme’s Restaurant to Host Vegan Dinners March 28 & 29

vegan dinnerCareme’s Restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts is the venue of choice for vegan fine dining in South Jersey.

Careme’s will open its doors to the public to celebrate the change of season during a Spring Celebration Dinner, hosted by the American Vegan Society, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29. Continue reading