Here’s the Scoop–Dec. 2, 2016

Kelly Harris, adjunct professor of Modern Dance & Ballet, was recently appointed to the National Association for Gifted Children’s Parent Editorial Content & Advisory Board where she will write articles for their journal “Parenting for High Potential,” and also edit the magazine and website content.

Students in Julie Heiland’s World Religions and Sociology classes took a field trip to the historic Mays Landing Presbyterian Church where the Rev. John Ash has been a pastor for decades and has an incredible knowledge of local history. The cornerstone of the church, which they can no longer locate, was laid in 1841, so they just celebrated their 175th anniversary.

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The blueprints are from the WPA, when men were put to work recording the details of historical structures to the inch.
The vast majority of the church is unchanged since the 1800s. The biggest changes are electricity, heat and an organ. They also acquired the property to the rear of the church some decades ago, which is now their annex. They help maintain two historic cemeteries, too, which are interesting to explore.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 30, the college had “empty tables” on display to symbolize veterans who have gone missing during times of war. They are commonly known as POWs (Prisoners of War) or MIAs (Missing in Action). To many, they are known as Brothers. The tables were located in J Lobby and STEM Lobby of the Mays Landing Campus; the first-floor lobby of the Atlantic City Campus; and the first-floor lobby of the Cape May County Campus.


Display at the Cape May County Campus.


Gorgianne Giordano, Human Resources, welcomed two granddaughters into the world recently. Madelynn Ryerson was born Sept. 9, and Leah Giordano was born Nov. 6.
baby laying on back

Leah Giordano born Nov. 6.

Sleeping baby

Madelynn Ryerson born Sept. 9.

The Atlantic Cape Choir wishes to thank Professor Heather Boone for the request to perform at the Holiday Preview at Bob’s Garden Center in Egg Harbor Township. The group toured the entire grounds of the garden center singing different sets of holiday songs at each location.


On Nov. 9, Virginia  Lyons, business adjunct instructor, with help from Donna Vassallo, dean of career education, hosted a “Career Conversations Alumni Panel” for business and hospitality students. The objective was for students to learn the importance of completing their course of study, courses that are highly value in future career paths, and titles and requirements for entry-level positions in business with clear vision of opportunity. There were 47 students in attendance as well as Josette Katz, Karl Giulian and, of course, Donna and Virginia. The participating alumni were:

  • Ann Marie Morrison, Nature Store manager, Forsythe Wildlife Refugee
  • John Jackson, owner/real estate investor, JMJ Enterprise Ventures
  • Brenda Taube, business executive/political leader

Atlantic Cape’s Michael K. Forest Jr., counselor, Student Support Services, shared the following:

Atlantic Cape’s Student Support Services (SSS) program successfully completed its pilot Career Training Boot Camp. SSS is a federally funded, academic support program that offers a comprehensive array of services and activities to qualifying students. The services are designed to increase retention, cultural awareness and graduation and transfer rates of first generation (parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree), low-income and/or disabled college students. The program currently serves 200 eligible students. This year, Michael Forest, SSS counselor, launched an eight-week series to best serve students not only academically, but professionally. The goal was to provide practical career planning techniques to assist students with a successful transition into their perspective careers. The Career Boot Camp launched with an Introduction to Career Development workshop presented by Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean, Cape May County Campus. This session focused on linking careers with educational goals. The program also included topics such as work etiquette, social capital, resume writing, interview preparation, branding and networking. To close out this series, Forest hosted a Network Reception to provide students’ access to professionals for a hands-on networking experience.

students posing

Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educator Joe Sheridan and academy students hosted this amazing event. Student chefs, under the direction of Chef Jason Hippen, adjunct and ACA graduate, provided several delicious light bites along with two carving stations and a pasta station. SSS Boot Camp’s networking reception included several outside professionals that included representatives from a range of business organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Atlantic City Electric, law enforcement, NJ Superior Courts, education, City of Atlantic City, medical and casino properties.

Both the professionals and students seemed to enjoy themselves. Professionals praised the college for providing this opportunity to this group of students. The students were overly excited to meet professionals and to hear their stories on how/what made them successful.

Our deepest condolences to Thomas Hughes, business services, on the loss of his father William “Bill” Hughes of Pomona. He was 90.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Tom and family at 171 S. Leeds Point Road, Galloway, NJ 08205.

Kathryn Flynn, R.N., assistant director, of Health and Safety, is one of 12 appointees from across the nation to participate in the American College Health Association Data Warehouse project.  The project is a nationally recognized research survey that can assist college health professionals in collecting precise data about the students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions at the college’s they serve. Kathy has been appointed to serve as a member on the Clinical Team, Medical Care Sub-Team. ­

The Circle K Club raised $113 for #GivingOpporTuesday on Nov. 29, which the Foundation will match up to $100, bringing their total to $213 in scholarship donation funds!

Here, they are pictured holding their #UNselfies.

Students gathered around table holding signs

Former full-time faculty member Elinor Mattern and current adjunct faculty member Paul-Victor Winters presented a poetry reading on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Art Gallery. The artists rotated reading their work and discussing it in companion. Approximately 40 members of the college community and public were in attendance. Both Mattern and Winters will teach poetry workshops at the college in the near future. Mattern’s class will run during the winter session, Jan 3-14, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Winters will teach his workshop during the spring semester, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Both classes will meet on the Mays Landing Campus. For more information, contact Elinor at or Paul-Victor at

15107194_573641296161196_7749578792338819722_n Atlantic Cape graphic designer Shawn Gorman (pictured far right), is also treasurer of the Atlantic City Beard and Mustache Club which recently took part in Operation Help 2016 benefiting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch for the MGM Morning Show.

A donation box was located in the College Relations Department. 


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