Monthly Archives: May 2017

June Birthdays

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

Apisit Vichienrat, Connie Walton, Zhe Xu, June 1; Thomas Hughes, Stacey Clapp, June 2; Joshua Carroll, June 3; Timothy Cliggett, June 5; Norman Gray, June 6; Dr. Mitchell Levy, June 8; William Smith, June 9; Michael Bates, Patrice Leatherberry, June 11; Carmelo Hernandez, Svetlana Marzelli, June 12; Donna Vassallo, June 15; Michael McHale, June 16; Tak-Shun Chung, June 18; Valerie Weller, June 24; Kristin Jackson, June 25; John Feldbauer, June 27.

Atlantic Cape Opens Veterans Lounge at Cape May County Campus

As part of its efforts to better serve area veterans, Atlantic Cape Community College has opened a new lounge and will offer TeleHealth services at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

The veterans lounge will serve as a meeting place for current Atlantic Cape veteran students to convene, relax and get to know one another. In the lounge, there are couches, a computer and internet access, relevant veteran community resources and a television.

The veterans lounge at the Cape May County Campus is the first of three lounges for the college. Spaces are identified for similar lounges at the Atlantic City Campus and in the new Student Center under construction at the Mays Landing Campus.

The college will also provide veterans with the ability to connect to health providers to address any health-related matters virtually through TeleHealth in the future. TeleHealth allows an individual to privately speak to a health professional about their benefits without having to travel far. All three Atlantic Cape campuses have designated private rooms for this service.

The Cape May County Campus lounge officially opened April 29 during a veterans’ clinic hosted by the Veterans Administration and attended by 250 people.

Veterans interested in learning more about Atlantic Cape’s services or registering should contact Ellen Splaver at

Atlantic Cape Archer Named to 2017 Collegiate Archery All-American Team

Atlantic Cape Community College archer Lorena Koidl of Point Pleasant was named to the 2017 Collegiate Archery All-American Team, a distinction that combines results from Collegiate Indoor and Outdoor National Championship Competitions and recognizes the top overall finishers. This was her second year earning the distinction while shooting for Atlantic Cape. She was also named to the Academic All-American Team, which recognizes the top shooters with the highest grade point average. Koidl graduated with honors this month with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Archery Team competed in the Outdoor National Collegiate Archery Championships May 17-22, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. More than 450 archers representing 40 different colleges from across the country participated in the competition.

Atlantic Cape Archery Team Picture

From left: John Repnicki, assistant coach; Phil Holmer of Northfield; Ariella Mossman of Somers Point; Lorena Koidl of Point Pleasant; Christine Papaycik of Egg Harbor Township; Nick Derr of Vineland; Kerri Byrne of Egg Harbor Township; and Chad Affrunti, head coach, at the National Collegiate Archery Championships.

Atlantic Cape Archers finished in the following places in individual competition:

Male Recurve:

Phil Holmer (Northfield) – 42nd

Male Bowhunter:

Nick Derr (Vineland) – 13th

Female Recurve:

Ariella Mossman (Somers Point) – 17th

Female Compound:

Kerri Byrne (Egg Harbor Township) – 10th

Christine Papaycik (Egg Harbor Township) – 33rd

Female Bowhunter:

Lorena Koidl (Point Pleasant) – 6th

Atlantic Cape’s team is led by long-time archers Chad Affrunti of Atco and John Repnicki of Galloway. Atlantic Cape’s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 50 All-American archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.

Accomplishments–June 1, 2017

​Congratulations to Sandi Greco, ITS, who completed her bachelor’s degree in May. Sandi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Employment and Labor Relations.

In The News – June 1, 2017

newspaperThe SJ Beer, Food & Music Festival was featured here by, here by the Press of Atlantic City, here by, here by the Courier Post and here by the Burlington County Times.

The Cape May County Herald posted here about the Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration on May 4.

Dr. Barbara Gaba being named the college’s ninth president was posted here by Inside Higher Ed.

SNJToday’s coverage of the college’s Cape May County Campus Earth Day celebration was featured here. featured the college presenting “Little Women” here.

The Cape May County Herald posted here about the college offering hands-on FAFSA information sessions. posted here about Keith Forrest being named the college’s Faculty Member of the Year. Continue reading

Employee Discount Deadline TOMORROW for South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival June 3

Beerfest_FB Event (1)Employees will receive $10 off their South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival admission by purchasing tickets through this link:

Once you select the session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), a $10 promo code will be applied bringing the cost from $30 per ticket to $20 per ticket.Employees can purchase up to four tickets at this price. The online-only discount will not be available after TOMORROW. Purchase tickets ASAP.

Event Highlights include music by the band Juicy, 10 breweries, food and beer pairings by Chef William McGinnity of Nobil Food Services, crafters, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, paintball battles by Backyard Battles Paintball and much more.

Participating breweries include Tomfoolery Brewing Company of Hammonton, Brotherton Brewing Company of Shamong, Three 3’s Brewing Company of Hammonton, River Horse Brewing Company of Ewing, Pinelands Brewery of Tuckerton, Garden State Beer Company of Galloway, Demented Brewing Company of Middlesex, Ironbound Hard Cider of Whitehouse Station, Yards Brewing Company of Philadelphia and Dogfish Head Brewery of Delaware.

The event is supported by ACIR Professionals, APE Atlantic Power and Equipment, the Atlantic City Beard and Mustache Club, Eastern Homebrew, Farmers Insurance of Mays Landing, Backyard Battles Paintball and more.

Patrons will feast on items from Brickworks Brick Oven Pizza, Smokey’s World BBQ and Nobil Food Service for an additional cost.

For more information regarding the event, contact Jennie Ayres at ext. 5039 or email

Trustees Approve Contracts, Retirements at May Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved contracts and personnel matters when it met May 23 at the Cape May County Campus.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, services performed as part of the WorkAC program under the Atlantic County NEG Program Grant Feb. 1-June 30, 2017, not to exceed $150,145.

–U.S. Security Associates Inc., Atlantic City, contract extension through Dec. 31, 2017, $225,000.

–Delta Dental, two-year contract for employee dental insurance.

–Success Communications Group of Haddonfield, media buying services for July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Accepted a $10,000 grant from Disability Rights New Jersey to provide assistance to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 1-Sept. 30.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–The promotion of Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan of Milmay to professor of art, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing to professor of arts/humanities, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Leila Crawford of Haddon Township to associate professor of English, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Amy Shelton of Mays Landing to professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 5.

–The transfer of Dr. Susan DeCicco of Mays Landing to program coordinator, Health Professions Institute.

–The notice of layoff for one support staff employee.

–Accepted the retirement of Richard Benner, effective Dec. 31. The Mays Landing resident joined the college in 1995 as an adjunct instructor, later earning the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor of philosophy and religion. He also served as department chair of Arts and Humanities, co-adviser of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, chair of the Curriculum Committee and held roles with numerous other initiatives.

–Accepted the retirement of Esther Gandica of Linwood, effective Dec. 31. Gandica, senior manager of Workforce Development, joined the college in 1988 as a part-time instructor. She has also served as acting assistant director of Workshops and Training and interim senior director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

–Accepted the retirement of Al Jayne, security sergeant, effective Dec. 31. The Egg Harbor Township resident earned accolades for his assistance with numerous college events since joining Atlantic Cape in 1991.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the April 2017 financial statement.

–Approved a 2 percent base salary increase effective July 1, to full-time college employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations.

–Authorized the college president to amend the current Emergency Operation Plan and review, update and submit the college’s plan in subsequent years in accordance with New Jersey statute.

–Reaffirmed the following policy with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #400-Information Technology services.

–Created an ad-hoc Marketing Board Committee.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Barbara Gaba provided an update on the May 18 commencement, where the college awarded 921 associate degrees with more than 3,000 people in attendance

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.      

Atlantic Cape Inducts 147 Students Into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Atlantic Cape Community College welcomed 147 inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society May 5, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus. Speakers at the induction were: Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape, and Courtney Rice, former Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region New Jersey president and Atlantic Cape alumna. Outgoing officers for the 2016-17 year were Christine Martinez, president; Joey Merlo, outgoing executive vice president; Maria Saavedra, outgoing secretary; and Locke Randolph, outgoing Student Government Association representative. New officers for 2017-18 were also inducted: David Smith, president; Orsalia Palapanis, executive vice president; Christine Martinez, secretary; Joseph Merlo, treasurer; and Locke Randolph, vice president of leadership.

Established by two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education today, with more than 2 million members in the United States, U.S. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Hosts South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival June 3

Beerfest_FB Event (1)Tickets are on sale for the first South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. There will be two sessions: noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., that each cost $30. Entry fee includes access to the event and brewery samplings.

The South Jersey female-fronted band “Juicy” is set to perform for the afternoon session of the festival, and Geri Mingori will take the stage for the evening session. Other highlights include 10 breweries, food and beer pairings by Chef William McGinnity of Nobil Food Services, crafters, a LuLaRoe vendor, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, paintball battles by Backyard Battles Paintball, and much more.

Homebrew competition participants should drop off two 12-ounce bottles with $5 entry fee by June 2 to Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Continue reading

Earn Your Degree Online at Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than 100 courses online this fall as an option for those unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The college offers 13 associate degree programs entirely online, as well as credits toward any of the college’s 46 degree programs. Fall classes begin Sept. 5.

Register online at or in person, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at any of the college’s three locations: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Some online options this fall are: Financial Accounting, Essentials of Culinary Nutrition, Graphic Design, Criminal Law, Composition I, Educational Psychology, Western World I, College Algebra and more. Continue reading