Monthly Archives: March 2017

Here’s the Scoop–March 31, 2017

The Student Affairs Department, in sponsorship with the ACCCEA, presented speaker and author Brandon Novak to share his personal struggles with heroin addiction. Brandon shared his story of his rise to fame as a skateboard prodigy, discovered by Bucky Lasek and Tony Hawk at the age of 14, to hustling and homelessness as a result of his addiction. Students participated in a Q & A and book signing after the event. Audience members commended Atlantic Cape for bringing such an inspiring and truthful speaker to discuss this serious epidemic affecting so many in the local community.

Submitted by Lisa Givens

A note from Wendy Gray, adviser and program officer of the Cape May County Campus:

Upcoming Transfer Events
April 6: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, NJIT (NJ Institute of Technology)-Transfer Table & Instant Decision Day (no appointment needed; bring official transcripts.)
April 6:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
April 10: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Career Center of Cape May County Campus, Stockton University Instant Decision Day
April 10: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cape May County Campus, Drexel University-Online Transfer Table
April 12: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus near game room, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
April 19: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Career Center of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Centenary University Transfer Table
April 24: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the Cape May County Campus, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
May 1: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, College of Mount Saint Vincent Transfer Table
Contact Wendy Gray 609-463-6786 or for additional information.
Check Transfer Events webpage for upcoming events.
Faculty members are asked to this information with your classes. As we know, successful student transfer begins with the first credit, not the last!

Atlantic Cape alumna (A.A. Communication) and current reporter for The Press of Atlantic CityMadison Russ, and Keith Forrest, associate professor of Communication, presented workshops on Mass Media/How the Media Works at the Ocean City High School Library on Friday, March 10.

This was the final program in a series of workshops for OCHS students and teachers. 

Atlantic Cape Trustee David Evans Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Atlantic Cape Board of Trustee, Mr. David Evans. Mr. Evans served on the Board of Trustees, with distinction, since 2005.  Mr. Evans also served as a member of Atlantic Cape’s Community Affairs Advisory Committee and served on the NJ Council of County Colleges as a Trustee Ambassador.

Mr. Evans’ community involvement includes service as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Galloway FSA and the American Legion.  He formerly served as Deputy Mayor of Galloway Township. Mr. Evans was awarded the Atlantic County Veterans Service Medal.

Mr. Evans retired as an educator from Galloway Public Schools and, in that role, was recognized as the New Jersey Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Galloway Township Teacher of the Year, and Galloway Township Government Advocate for Education.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Beacon Church – Food Bank, 420 S. 6th Ave, Galloway, NJ 08205.

April Birthdays

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

Lynette Ingram, April 1; Suzanne Fiedler, Ravi Manimaran; April 2; Christine Gamboa, April 3; Joy Jones, April 4; Millie Ciraolo, April 5; Bridget Temme-Soifer, April 7; Rhonda Petruzzi, April 8; Norman McKiver, Vickie Melograno, April 9; Dorothy Filomena, Brenda Kuhar, April 10; Aline Milligan, Keith Forrest, April 12; Laurie Lemons, April 14; Curtis Fitzpatrick, April 15; Mark Lewis, April 16; Judy DeSalvo, Neera Desai, April 17; William Keener, April 20; Jennifer Martucci, April 21; Joseph Krafft, April 26; Dorie Keener, April 27; Stephanie Natale, April 28; Edward Perkins, April 29; Alfred Jayne, April 30.

TED Talks on Tuesdays– April 4: Juan Enriquez

Come to a lunchtime screening of a single TED talk each month, sponsored by the Spangler Libraries, that lasts no more than 20 minutes. The talks are designed to create a sense of community, to diversify thoughts and ideas on campus, and to provide a safe, open forum for discussion.

What will humans look like in 100 years?” TED Talk by Juan Enriquez will air 12:30-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in D202 of the Mays Landing Campus, Room 204 of the Atlantic City Campus and Room 115 of the Cape May County Campus.

All are welcome.

“We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals — futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we’ll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.”
For more information, contact John Wallace at 609-343-4815 or



Open Registration for Summer and Fall Classes Is Underway at Atlantic Cape

          Open registration for summer and fall classes at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered to new and returning students beginning April 10 during extended hours, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on each campus. College campuses are located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

Beginning April 11, students may register for courses during regular registration hours, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To view summer and fall course schedules or to register online, visit

The first summer session is six weeks, May 22 – June 29; the second session is eight weeks, June 26 – Aug. 17; and the third session is six-weeks, July 10 – Aug. 17. A full session meets May 22 – Aug. 17, and an accelerated session runs May 22 – June 8. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 5. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Trustees Authorize Notices of Layoff

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved resolutions authorizing the college to issue notices of layoff to some staff in order to address a revenue shortfall due to declining enrollment, when the board met March 28 at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

Atlantic Cape’s enrollment has declined steadily since its peak in FY’10. For the past several fiscal years, the college has worked diligently to balance the financial impact of declining enrollment through a strategic finance model that emphasizes revenue enhancement, cost avoidance and cost management, said Dr. Barbara Gaba, president. Those measures and general staff attrition enabled the college to balance its budget despite the decline in revenue; however, at this time administration determined the need to eliminate 24 full-time staff positions.

“The reductions that we are forced to consider are a result of declining population and enrollment in both counties over a period of years and they are not taken lightly,” said Dave Coskey, board chair. “The severity of our actions is exceeded only by the responsibility that we have to the stewardship for the overall good of this institution, its staff, faculty and students.”

The positions to be eliminated will include exempt, support and supervisory staff.

Board Adopts Budget, Sets Tuition and Fee Schedule

The board adopted a $37,145,668 FY’18 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan.

The FY’18 budget, a decrease of nearly $2.4 million over the previous year’s budget, includes $8,535,828 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 $5.23 million in operating aid. Support from the counties for the college’s fiscal year increased by 1.25 percent. Projected state operating aid decreased 6 percent from FY’17.

General tuition will rise to $124 a credit from $120, a 3.3 percent increase. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2017 summer session. A student taking 24 general credits a year—Atlantic Cape’s typical student—will see an increase in tuition and general fees for a total of $3,680.80, up from $3,565.60 in FY’17.

The budget approved is down 5.8 percent from last year’s fiscal plan. It projects a 10 percent increase in culinary credits and a 7 percent decline in credit enrollments due to changing demographics in the college’s service district.

In Grants Activity, The Board:

–Approved submitting an application to Disability Rights New Jersey for the Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey, requesting a grant up to $12,500 to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 14-Sept. 30, 2017.

–Approved submitting an application to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Consolidated Adult Basic Skills and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant Programs for FY’18, ’19 and ’20, to provide adult basic education, literacy and English as a second language services in Atlantic and Cape May counties, for a total of $528,050 over the term of July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020.

–Approved submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Education for the Title III, Part A “Strengthening Institutions Program,” which provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students, with a grant application requesting approximately $550,000 per year over five years, contingent on Congress making funds for this program available.

–Accepted a $500 grant from Easton Foundations/USA Archery to support the team’s intended trip to the 2017 U.S. Intercollegiate National Championship tournament in California in May.

Contracts and Purchases

–Emergency repair and replacement of the air handler coils in A Building, to Falasca Mechanical, Atlantic City, $22,955.

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

–Reappointed eight faculty without tenure to one-year terms, including: Curtis Andrews, assistant professor of Social Science; Kenyatta Collins, assistant professor of Psychology; John Heenan, assistant professor of Criminal Justice; Laurie Lemons, assistant professor of Chemistry; Lorraine Monzo, assistant professor of Nursing; Richard Russell, assistant professor of English; Reeva Salkin, assistant professor of Nursing; and Dean Wyks, assistant professor of Criminal Justice.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the February 2017 financial statement.

–Approved amending the current unrestricted FY’17 budget consisting of revenues of $37,798,924 and expenditures of $39,585,584, including $212,683 of FY’16 encumbrances carried forward, and an additional fund balance transfer of $449,083.

–Approved a list of renovations and upgrades from state-funded Chapter 12 FY’18 funding at a sum not to exceed $3.1 million. Projects include renovation of classrooms and refitting of space; C Building roof replacement; additional fund for sewer infrastructure replacement; and air handler unit replacement for D, H and K Buildings.

–Reaffirmed the following policies with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #4—Curriculum; Policy #502—Emergency Closings; Policy #707—Property Records.

Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement

The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college’s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by Dec. 31, 2017. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contract, to $15,000. The change will be in effect from March 29-April 26, 2017. Terms of the agreement include:

–Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee’s accrued leave. For employees who meet the terms of the MOA, payment will be made in a lump sum.

–Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees.

The MOAs are part of a comprehensive process to develop a projected balanced FY’19 budget. The college follows a strategic finance model that calls for it to look at ways to contain costs and enhance revenues. Knowing how many employees plan to take retirement before developing the budget for FY’19 will provide more precise salary and benefits projections for that year’s fiscal plan. Currently, those expenses comprise about 80 percent of the college’s budget.

To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of consecutive full-time service at the college.

Board Remembers Longtime Member

The board held a moment of silence in honor of David A. Evans, who passed away March 23. Evans was appointed to the board in 2005, and during his tenure had held several leadership roles, including chairman.

“Dave was a dedicated father, honored educator, veteran, mentor and friend,” said Coskey, the board chair. “While the state will fill his seat in time, Dave will never be replaced.”

Evans was a retired educator from Galloway Public Schools and, in that role, was recognized as the New Jersey Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Galloway Township Teacher of the Year, and Galloway Township Government Advocate for Education.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.

Atlantic Cape, Rutgers – Camden Sign Conditional Admission Agreement

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Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University – Camden signed a conditional admission agreement March 27 that will enable students from Atlantic or Cape May counties to earn their associate degrees at Atlantic Cape and then seamlessly transition to Rutgers Camden to complete their undergraduate education.

Under the program, a student from either of the two counties who is denied admission to Rutgers University Camden directly out of high school would be offered conditional admission as a transfer student to Rutgers Camden from Atlantic Cape. Atlantic Cape students can also apply for conditional acceptance under the agreement, which applies to all Rutgers – Camden programs except Social Work, Teacher Preparation and Biomedical Technology. A separate agreement is in effect for the Nursing degree program.

“Many students who graduate from Atlantic Cape Community College choose Rutgers University Camden in order to earn a world-class bachelor’s degree. Working together, our two institutions are helping South Jersey residents achieve their career and personal goals in a more convenient and expedient manner,” says Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of the Rutgers Camden campus. Continue reading

Restaurant Gala Raises $212,825 for Student Scholarships; 50/50 Raffle Winners Announced

two men and two women standing with giant check on stage

From left to right, Gala Committee co-chairs Kim McCarron and Jim Rutala; Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; and Nicholas Cashan, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation board president.

The 34th annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, with the help of guests, sponsors and donors, raised $212,825, and showcased 40 of the region’s top restaurants at the March 23 event. The proceeds from this event will benefit students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, an emergency fund for students and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, which featured the theme, “Golden Gala,” celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary. The event showcased the talents of the culinary students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, who prepared thousands of sumptuous hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served during the cocktail reception.

The Atlantic Cape Foundation honored Academy of Culinary Arts graduate Chef George Kyrtatas ’99, owner of SweetWater Bar & Grill in Cinnaminson; and Steven Brady, vice chairman of OceanFirst Bank. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Presents Comics Workshop with Marvel Comics Artist

Joe Del Beato Artwork

Original comic artwork by Joe Del Beato, a former artist for Marvel Comics, who will lead a comic book illustration workshop at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Atlantic Cape Community College invites you to attend the Comic Book Illustration Workshop, sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Art Club, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, in the cafeteria, located in C Building on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Explore the realm of comics with Joe Del Beato, a former artist for Marvel Comics and current owner of Atlantic City Comics and Graphics Arts Gallery where his original artwork is showcased. Del Beato will discuss today’s comics industry, its unique demands and tips on what students should study to break into the field. He will also lead a drawing session for the first 15 artists (of any skill level) who register for the workshop.

To learn more or to register, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at or call 609-625-1111, ext. 5346. You may also register in the art gallery, housed in the William Spangler Library on the Mays Landing Campus.

The gallery, located in D Building, hosts monthly exhibits of a wide variety of works, including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists include students, faculty and local artisans. The gallery is currently hosting “Celebrating 32,” an exhibit that marks the college’s 32nd anniversary of its Fine Arts Workshop series. Gallery hours are: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday.

Here’s the Scoop–March 24, 2017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, faculty and staff are invited to a discussion, NJ Poets, Past & Present: Whitman to Williams & More. Led by retired English professor Elinor Mattern, the event will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. on the Mays Landing  Campus, Cafeteria C3, and will be telecast to the other campuses. To receive your packet of select poems prior to the event, RSVP to Maryann Flemming-McCall,, ext. 4987. This event is sponsored by the Instructional Resource Committee.

The 2017 Jersey Shore Science Fair was held on March 18 at Stockton University. Students from Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties in grades 612 competed in 14 different categories for the chance to move on to the next level of competition, The Delaware Valley Science Fair.

The following Atlantic Cape students, employees and faculty served as judges at the science fair:

Kevin Bendetti, Eileen Curristine, James Eberwine, Agnes Galiano, Michael Hackett, Eliza Kuc, Rita Marcon, Melanie Schroer, Paul Vu, Zhe Xu, Bo Zilovic and Chief Judge Rosanne Weiss.

Everyone enjoyed talking to the students and seeing the fascinating projects.

A note from Donna Marie McElroy, Circle K Club Adviser:

Five members of Atlantic Cape’s Circle K Club attended the New Jersey District Convention in Edison, March 17-19. They attended leadership workshops, participated in a service project creating gift baskets for families who stay at the local Ronald McDonald House, and interacted with Circle K Club members from Stockton, Rowan, Rutgers and TCNJ. Circle K’s motto is “Live to serve, love to serve.”  Pictured left to right are: Anthony Patrizi, Mazhural Hague, Ryan Grant, Brittany Barnett, Donna Marie McElroy (club adviser) and Molly Thompson (who was the District Editor for this past year).


Thanks to all who supported our bake sales, especially at the Mays Landing Campus, which helped us pay for some costs to attend this convention

Information Systems and Aviation Studies adjunct instructors John Livezey and Rosanne Weiss served as judges at the Second Annual Computer Science Teacher’s Association High School Programming Competition held at Stockton University on March 17. Over 125 high school students from Atlantic and Ocean counties competed in the event.

Therese Halscheid, senior adjunct of creative writing and English, presented at the Write Stuff Writers Conference, sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. She facilitated two workshops: The Artful Poem and Writing From the Inside Out, and provided feedback in an on-the-spot critique session. This year’s annual two-day conference took place March 24-25, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.