Here’s the Scoop–Oct. 13, 2017

The members of the NAMI Club at Atlantic Cape are preparing for their first project, a Fall Fair, which will be held at the Cape May County Campus on Oct. 17. If anyone wants additional information about the event or the club,  contact Professor Michael Bolicki, club adviser, at

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Richard Russell, assistant professor of English, shared Atlantic Cape alumnus and former Rewrites editor Barry Edwards meeting National Book Award-winning author and MacArthur (Genius) Fellowship recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates at Howard University this week. Barry is a student at Howard.

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Rich Russell, assistant professor of English, conducted workshops for students at Ocean City High School on Friday, Oct. 6. Rich met with over 350 students in grades 9-12. Students discussed the elements of a story, constructed a loop-story and a hint fiction zine (small publication), and wrote original very short stories. This is the first in a series of writing workshops this month at the  Ocean City High School Library. Next up: Melissa Palmer, senior adjunct professor of English, Oct. 13; Leila Crawford, associate professor of English, Oct. 20; Keith Forrest, associate professor of communication, Oct. 27.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Dr. Denise Coulter, dean of liberal studies; Professor Leila Crawford, coordinator of ALP; and Senior English Adjunct Faculty member Julie Reinhardt, attended “English and Math Accelerated Learning Programs for Community College and High School Students,” a professional development activity sponsored by the Center for Student Success of the NJCCC, at Middlesex Community College. A panel of experts from Community College of Baltimore including Peter Adams, Susan Gabriel and Jesse Kiefner discussed accelerated learning models for developmental and credit-bearing English and math courses at the community college. Following this, groups of college and high school faculty brainstormed strategies for bringing ALP to cohorts of high school students. At lunch, the Atlantic Cape delegation had an opportunity to catch up with Peter Adams, who was instrumental in helping the college shape its ALP program during its early stages. Adams delivered professional development training at Atlantic Cape in 2012 as part of a Hewlett Scaling Innovation Grant, which also provided funding for a coordinator and efforts to increase the number of ALP sections being offered at Atlantic Cape. Professor Effie Russell spearheaded the ALP initiative, conceived of the unique triad design, and was the program’s first coordinator. Crawford was a participant in the Hewlett Scaling Innovation Grant. Reinhard was one of the first adjunct faculty to receive training and deliver ALP courses.

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On Friday, Oct. 6, Dr. Denise Coulter, dean of liberal studies, and Ravi Manimaran, dean of STEM, attended Mercer County Community College’s Leaders Symposium. Speakers included Dr. Jianping Wang, President of MCCC, Suzanne Corson, executive director of Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey; Simon Nynens, Chairman and CEO, Wayside Technology Group, Inc., and Dr. Joanne Clemente, executive director, Ventures for Good.

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A variety of topics were covered, including best practices for communication, innovative leadership strategies, teaching and learning leadership education in an urban setting and methods for building high-performance teams.  

Professor Lisa Stein had movement specialist Ann Stein as a guest in her Psychology of Exceptionality class on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The guest taught learners symbolic movement, engaged them in theater games and helped them see how everyday chores could be re-imagined as dance. The movement specialist’s aim was to help the future teachers understand the value of applying movement and imagination in helping learners reach their academic goals. Ann Stein studied dance in Philadelphia, New York and throughout Europe. She has been a professional choreographer and teacher of dance for over thirty years.

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Kneeling are Ann Stein, left, and Lisa Stein, in front of the students.

Janet Marler, associate dean of Academic Support Services, is a guest speaker for the Southern New Jersey Development Council joint meeting of the Education/Technology and Economic Development committee meeting at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 27, at the college’s William Spangler Library.

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