Monthly Archives: June 2016

Trustees Approve Personnel Matters at June Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved personnel changes and contracts and purchases when it met June 28 at the Mays Landing Campus.

In Personnel Action, the Board approved the:

–Promotion of Maryann Flemming-McCall to associate professor, English, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Barbara Heard to associate professor, biology, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Lydia Lehr to associate professor, art, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Dr. Geralyn Michelfelder to professor, nursing, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Stephanie Natale-Boianelli to associate professor, developmental English, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Jay Peterson to professor, English, effective Aug. 29.

–Promotion of Karen Zaniewski to associate professor, nursing, effective Aug. 29.

–Transition to institutional funding for Ellen Splaver, counselor II, Educational Opportunity Fund.

–Appointment of Michael Barnes, assistant director of disability support services, effective July 11.

–Promotion of Chad Bullock to senior manager of adaptive technology, disability support services, retroactive to June 6.

–Reclassification of Rahshana Davis to program coordinator, student development, retroactive to May 4.

–Promotion of Gracellen Thorstensen to specialist, office of the president and Board of Trustees services, effective July 5.

–Title change and transfer of Danays Alvarado to financial aid specialist, effective July 1.

–Promotion of Alicia McMackin to manager, resource development, effective July 1.

–Title change of Dr. Mitchell Levy, from vice president, student affairs and branch campus management, to vice president, student affairs and dean, Cape May County Campus, effective, Aug. 1.

–Title change of Dr. Richard Perniciaro, from executive vice president, planning, research and facilities to executive vice president, planning, research and facilities and dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, effective Aug. 1.

–Resignation of Danielle Epps, assistant director, admissions, effective July 8.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, multiple vendors, $47,166.

–Custodial supplies, multiple vendors, $111,743.

–Central storeroom supplies, Office Basics, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, $18,223, and W.B. Mason, Egg Harbor Township, $1,490.

–Paper and envelopes, Paper Mart, East Hanover, $10,472, and Office Basics, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, $31,410.

–Printer repairs, Harland Technology Services, Omaha, Nebraska, $19,277.

–Asbestos abatement, Building E, Jupiter Environmental Services, Inc., Pine Brook, $42,960.

–Authorized awarding contract with Borden Perlman for insurance with a premium of $464,789.

–Approved remittance of the assessment for FY2016-17 of $259,444 to New Jersey Community College Insurance Pool for the New Jersey Community College Insurance Pool Worker’s Compensation Fund.

–Approved awarding a contract with T.L. Groseclose Associates for student insurance, accident and catastrophic for sports.

–Approved a one-year legal services contract with Louis J. Greco for a retainer fee of $45,996 and an hourly rate of $134 for litigation and off-campus hearings.

–Approved a renewal of the course fee for fixed wing training service through Ocean Aire, Toms River.

–Approved a student fee schedule for helicopter training services with Helicopter Flight Services, Medford.

–Approved a contract for Sign Language Interpreter Services of Levittown, Pennsylvania.

–Approved a contract for $35,000 to the Association of Community College Trustees for professional services to conduct a presidential search, and authorized funds not to exceed $15,000 for related search expenses.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Approved accepting a Collegiate Archery Program travel grant of $500 from Easton Sports Development Foundation and a $1,000 travel grant from USA Archery.

–Approved submitting an application to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for a grant of $20,000 to support the delivery of college-level courses to high school students before they graduate high school, over the anticipated term of Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2016.

–Approved submitting an application to and accepting a grant from the New Jersey Department of Education, FY17 Perkins Grant program, for a grant of $479,851, over the term of July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

–Approved submitting a budget to and accepting a grant from the State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education FY17 Educational Opportunity Fund Article IV, for a grant of $183,340, over the term of June 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

–Approved submitting an application to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II, Adult Education and Literacy, Consolidated Adult Basic Skills and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant Programs for a grant of $650,300, with project partners Cape May County Technical School District, Literacy Volunteers Cape Atlantic and Pleasantville Public Schools, over the term of July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

FY17 Tuition and Fee Schedule Revised

The board approved per student per course fees for flight training services, revising program fees for experiential flight, $2,269; aeronautical skills, $3,399; instrument pilot, $10,929; airplane flight instructor, $8,285; and commercial pilot, $27,485. Fixed wing training services to be provided by Ocean Aire, Toms River. The board approved per student per course fees for helicopter training, revising program fees for instrument pilot helicopter, $28,452; commercial pilot helicopter, $50,700; flight instruction, $14,647; and helicopter add-on, $35,173. Helicopter training services will be provided by Helicopter Flight Services, Medford.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the May 2016 financial statement.

–Approved and adopted the Strategic Plan for FY2017-2021, effective July 1.

–Acknowledged the FY17 Annual Budget Message.

–Approved Cape May County Campus Named Giving Opportunities.

–Approved the Cape May County Campus Library naming rights to the Mullock Family.

–Approved offering the Preschool to Grade 3 Education Associate in Arts degree, and Child Development and Child Care Associate in Applied Science degree, effective fall 2017. The programs were previously offered as options but are being converted to full degrees to better serve students.

–Approved offering a Fine Arts Studies Associate in Fine Arts degree effective fall 2017. This new degree will provide students with a foundation in visual arts and lead to exhibition opportunities or entry-level employment.

–Recognized Israel Negron II of Hammonton for his service as alumni representative to the Board of Trustees.

In the President’s Report:

–Board Chairperson Maria Torres led a program on behalf of the board to honor the college’s 2016 retirees. Torres thanked the retirees for their combined 272 years of service to the college, including:

Angus Borders, Egg Harbor Township, 35 years of service

–Chef Phil Cragg, Lanoka Harbor, 26 years of service

Patricia Gandy, Mays Landing, 17 years of service

Joyce Grohman, Galloway, 43 years of service

–Chef Michael Huber, Somers Point, 19 years of service

Dennis Huey, Linwood, 43 years of service

Elinor Mattern, Mt. Holly, 23 years of service

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Palermo, 41 years of service

Mary Yoa, Ocean City, 25 years of service

–Trustee Ellen Byrne, Esq., and Eileen Curristine, dean of human resources, public safety and compliance, presented key topics and findings from the Association of Community College Trustees Summit on Safeguarding College Campuses they attended in Portland, Oregon, this month.

Jean McAlister, dean, resource development & president/board of trustees operations and executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, and Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations, spoke about the college’s upcoming 50th anniversary. The college will kick off a yearlong celebration with a community day event Sept. 17, at the Mays Landing Campus. Additional events at all three campuses will be held throughout the year.

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


Here’s the Scoop–June 30, 2016


Pictured, from left: NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Peter Mora, Senator Whelan, NJCCC Chair Helen Albright and Atlantic Cape Community College Trustee Ellen Byrne, Esq.

On June 21, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented its 2016 Legislative Excellence Awards to Senator Jim Whelan for his outstanding support of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.

“This award is an honor given each year to a selected legislator who has demonstrated extraordinary service directed towards helping New Jersey’s 19 community colleges,” said NJCCC Chair Helen Albright. “Senator Whelan has been a long-time community college champion, and sponsored legislation to help community colleges and our students.”

Dr. Otto Hernandez received a thank you from Kiwanis President Butch Rodio,

Dr. Otto Hernandez receives a thank you from Kiwanis President Butch Rodio.

Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, spoke at the June 21 Hammonton Kiwanis Meeting at the Maplewood about the many opportunities and programs available at all three of Atlantic Cape’s campuses.


In the News — June 30, 2016

newspaperThe college was mentioned in this post from about a drone demonstration June 23, here by, here by, and here by the Press of Atlantic City.

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, vice president of planning, research, facilities & executive support, was quoted in this Brigantine Beachcomber article about an ACIA grant for bay front redevelopment.

The college was mentioned in this article about an Absecon man being sworn in as police captain.

Atlantic Cape PTK inductees were mentioned in this Daily Journal article. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Offers Info Sessions on ‘Getting Into Health Care’

If you are considering beginning a new career in the health care field, the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College is offering short-term training that can put you on the path to a new profession.

Atlantic Cape prepares students for careers as a:

  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • EKG/Monitor Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

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July Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Dennis Price, Daniel Sweeney, July 4; Jesus Del Valle, July 5; Donna Marie McElroy, Heather Peterson, July 6; Chad Bullock, Hal Lugerner, Karen Haines, July 7; Doug Hedges, Rahshana Davis, July 8; Lynda Phommathep, July 10; Automne Bennett, Denise Coulter, July 13; Lisa Givens, July 14; Ellen Splaver, July 16; Daniel Matt, July 17; Linda DeSantis, July 18; Clifford Burns, July 19; Mark Camma, Ruth Latorre, Robert Townsend, July 20; Brittine Pratt, Maryann McCall, July 21; Cheryl Knowles Harrigan, Anita Polanco, July 23; Felicia Smith, July 24; Kenneth Selwood, July 25; Barry Canty, Clennon Roe Jr., July 26; Godfrey Barlatt, Robyn McCullough, July 27; Christine English-Martin, July 28; William Osler, July 29; Michael Bolicki, Shirley Shields, Joseph Sheridan, July 30; Sandi Greco, July 31.

‘Summer Fun’ Exhibit at Art Gallery Through Aug. 18

Take a break and walk over to the art gallery in the library to check out “Summer Fun,” an exhibit featuring paintings, prints, photographs and recycled silverware items by six artists, on display through Aug. 18.

Featured artists are Mike Bell of Northfield, Helen Clymer of Ocean City, Drew Dennis of Pleasantville, Mitch LaFleur, Maria Natale, both of Egg Harbor Township; and Ashley Warley of North Cape May.

You can see some images of the featured artwork on the art gallery’s Facebook page here.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at

Time is Running Out to Earn College Credit This Summer at Atlantic Cape

Time is running out to register for summer classes at Atlantic Cape Community College. The final six-week summer session runs July 11-Aug. 18. Whether you’re a current student, recent high school graduate or attending a four-year college and home for the summer, you can earn credits toward your degree this summer.

A variety of credit courses beginning Monday, July 11, include: Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Microeconomics, Literature for Children, Earth Science, General Chemistry II, Intro to Computers, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Algebra I-Prealgebra, College Algebra, General Psychology, Principles of Sociology, Technical Communication and many more. Continue reading

Accomplishments–June 23, 2016

Caesar Niglio, master technician, student affairs, presented at the NJRUG conference at Monmouth University. The topic was “Title IV Credits & Applying Financial Aid to Degree Program Credits.”

IMG_0512Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations, presented at the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) annual conference on June 7 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. Along with colleague Karen Archambault, executive director of enrollment management at Rowan College at Burlington County, Dean Richburg spoke about early intervention strategies to better prepare students for college-level work while they are still in high school. The presentation, “Understanding the Role That Community Colleges Play,” also highlighted the three year graduation rates of the State’s community colleges and pointed out the importance and incorporating career awareness into marketing efforts.

Dean Richburg was also recognized at the conference for his role as president of NJACAC for the 2015-16 year. Continue reading

Greetings from the Cape May County Campus — June 23, 2016

Submitted by Tammy DeFranco

Tammy DeFranco, director of student services at Cape May Campus, delivered a motivational speech to the G.E.D. 2016 graduating class at  Cape May County Vo-tech on May 25. Carol Fraone, admissions, provided information on our college to potential students.

Helen McCaffrey, adjunct professor, won the 9th precinct of Middle Township in Cape May County. She had the most votes. Congratulations, Helen.

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Atlantic Cape Adds New Hands-on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

Atlantic Cape Community College a will offer a new course this fall providing hands-on and classroom instruction designed to prepare students to earn their remote pilot certificate with small UAS rating as outlined in Part 107 of the Federal Air Regulations released this week.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation-Multi-Rotor is designed to teach students to operate a small-unmanned aircraft system. Topics in the three-credit course include regulations, navigation, the conditions affecting flight, and flight instruments. Students will gain practical experience flying a sUAS. Continue reading