Monthly Archives: February 2018

Atlantic Cape Opens $10.9 Million Student Center at Mays Landing Campus

group of men and women cutting ribbon

From left, Assemblyman John Armato, Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large Caren Fitzpatrick, Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large Amy Gatto, Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large John Risley; Lidangela Guzman-Palacios, president of the Student Government Association; Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson; David Coskey, chairperson, Atlantic Cape’s Board of Trustees; Helen Walsh and Maria Torres; both Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees members; during the ribbon-cutting for the new Student Center at the Mays Landing Campus on Feb. 28.

Atlantic Cape Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Feb. 28, to formally dedicate the new Student Center building at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

Atlantic Cape is a leader in focusing on student success and retention efforts, and this $10.9 million Student Center at the Mays Landing Campus will support the college’s growing Student Success Initiatives.

The event featured remarks from Dr. Barbara Gaba, Atlantic Cape president; Jean McAlister, dean, Resources Development, President/Board of Trustee Operations; Nicholas Cashan III, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation board president; Lidangela Guzman-Palacios, Student Government Association president; Caren Fitzpatrick, Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large; Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, Assemblyman John Armato; and Jeffery Pierson, Cape May County Freeholder. Continue reading

Upcoming Events at Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College is hosting the following events during the month of March:

March 6, 5:30-7 p.m.: An open house will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. Attendants will learn about career training programs and degree options offered at the college, meet faculty, speak with college staff about the enrollment process and more. Register online at or call 609-343-5009.

March 13, 5:30-7:15 p.m.: Nursing and Health Careers with Atlantic Cape Infosession recommended for high school students planning to pursue Nursing, Radiologic Technology, BioMedical Science, and Health Science. Also useful for those taking prerequisites for transfer to unique allied health programs offered elsewhere, considering options in related fields (example: Dental Hygiene, Nuclear Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and more). To RSVP, send an email to Glenda Stogel at or call 609-343-5048. For more infosessions, visit Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rowan University Sign Articulation Agreement for Engineering Program

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From left, Dr. Steven Chin, vice dean of Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; Anthony M. Lowman, dean of the Henry R. Rowan College of Engineering; Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; and Dr. Josette Katz, Dr. Josette Katz, interim vice president of academic affairs at Atlantic Cape.

Atlantic Cape Community College signed an articulation agreement today that will enable students who complete an engineering degree at Atlantic Cape to transfer into the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University as juniors in their Mechanical Engineering program. A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is required for automatic acceptance. Students who do not meet this requirement but have a grade point average of 3.0 will be given strong consideration.  Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–Feb. 23, 2018

Curtis Fitzpatrick, retired CMCC facilities employee, shared the following fundraiser for his daughter Jacqueline Ada Fitzpatrick: Go Green and Fight Adenocarcinoma Cancer Praying Fundraiser Dinner 7-11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Rio Grande Fire Hall, 1120 Route 47 South. Cost is $25 for adults (12 years and older) and $9 per child (6-11 years old). Donations are welcome. For more information, contact Janelle at 609-408-9091 or Jackie at 609-500-2906.

CMCC Nonprofit Resource Center to Offer Free Training to Staff on March 23

men and women at computers

The Nonprofit Resource Center, an initiative of the Cape May County Campus Library, invites faculty, adjuncts and college staff to free grant seeking training from 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, in the Cape May County Campus library.

Via an interactive workshop, attendants will learn how to use the Funding Information Network databases to identify potential grant funders for priority projects at the college. An orientation to grant seeking at Atlantic Cape will also be provided.

RSVPs are required. Please email to reserve your spot in this valuable training.

Staff members planning to attend should please have their participation approved by supervisors as necessary.


Student Success Initiatives – Too Embarrassed to Seek Help Round Table Discussion

Submitted by Svetlana Marzelli

On Feb. 20, 2018, full-time and part-time faculty members from Cape May County and Mays Landing campuses had a roundtable discussion exploring the reasons students don’t engage with instructors to improve performance.

woman speaking in room

Dr. Barbara R. Heard, MT(ASCP), associate professor of Biology, led the discussion. One participant said that “the topic was informative.” Others commented on “fantastic ideas from my brilliant colleagues,” “valuable suggestions provided by other more experienced faculty,” and “wonderful tips from fellow faculty on how to help students.”

Tickets on Sale for the March 28 ‘Culinary Magic’ Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala at Harrah’s Resort

two women and man smiling at female student chef holding plates of foodTickets are now on sale for South Jersey’s premier food and beverage fundraising event. The 35th annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will take place on Wednesday, March 28, in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City.

The annual event celebrates food by highlighting hors d’oeuvres prepared by students in the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape and showcasing the specialties of 40 of the region’s best restaurants during a progressive dining experience.

Kevin Ortzman, regional president for Caesars Entertainment (Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City) will be honored at the Restaurant Gala as the Community Honoree. The 2018 Culinary Honoree is Georgeann Leaming of Brigantine, executive chef of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Kitchen located in Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino and 1999 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate. Leaming was the Season 19 champion on the Food Network’s Chopped! series. Continue reading

Eight-Week Affordable Online Semester begins March 19 at Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College’s second “late-start” online semester begins March 19 for students who want to add a class to their schedule or anyone interested in continuing their education with the convenience of not having to leave home.

Classes include: Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, Introduction to Computers, Criminal Law, Composition I, Composition II, U.S. History II, Western World II, Introduction to Literature and Statistical Methods. The classes run for just eight weeks and only cost $154 per credit. Continue reading

March Birthdays

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

Richard CollinsLenora SheppardClaude Fortune, March 3; Janet MarlerJulia Ratliff, March 5; Curtis Andrews, March 6; Gracellen Etherton, March 8; Cindy DeFalco, March 10; Jed Soifer, March 11; Carlton Fernanders, March 12; Vincent Chainey, March 14; Carol Fraone, March 17; Kathy LandauCarol Melkonian, March 18; Esther James, March 19; Al Jou, March 20; Frank Branca, March 22; Geralyn Michelfelder, March 23; Matthew Gettings, March 24; Jose Jara-ZarrreaMariann Sozio, March 28; Lucille McGlynnJohn Stratton, March 30.

ACA Presents Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Feb. 23

pasta dinner 1The Academy of Culinary Arts is hosting a pasta dinner fundraiser, this Friday, Feb. 23, at Careme’s Restaurant.

The dinners are Pasta with Marinara Sauce for $12, and Pasta with Bolognese Sauce for $15; both include a roll, Caesar salad and dessert.

Reservations for seating can be made between 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pick-up’s for preorders begin at 4:30 p.m., and must be ordered by Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Cash, check or credit card accepted.

Proceeds will support the Academy of Culinary Arts Overseas Experience.

To make your reservation or pick-up order, call 609-343-4940 or email