Monthly Archives: April 2018

Communication Professor Named ‘Faculty of the Year’ for Record Fifth Time

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Photo by Donna Connor Photography

The students of Atlantic Cape Community College have named Associate Professor of Communication Keith Forrest Faculty Member of the Year for the fifth time, the most in the college’s history. He resides in Collingswood with his wife, Kris, and their four children, Madeline, Elijah, Josh and Kameron. Forrest is widely published with his essays and commentaries appearing in numerous publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also a producer at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Forrest is also the founder of the college’s annual Communication Awards Show, which is more similar to the Oscars than a traditional college awards program. The show is produced and staged by the college’s Communication Club. Forrest is a co-founder and adviser of the club. Continue reading

Fall Registration Is Underway at the Academy of Culinary Arts

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for fall 2018 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, ranked by Best Choice Schools as the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey. Fall classes begin Aug. 27.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–April 27, 2018

Daniel Sauers won third place in the category of non-fiction in the New Jersey Association of Lifelong Learning 2018 Learner Writing Contest for his research paper titled “Internet Addiction: Invisible and Perpetual Effects,” written in Stephanie Natale-Boianelli’s Composition II class last spring.

Carol Fraone, college recruiter, shared the following admissions and recruitment updates: 

Earth Day at Cape May County Zoo on  April 21:


ACUA Earth Day, Sunday, April 22:

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Riverwinds Career Council on April 24:

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Please join us in celebrating the career of Dr. Richard Perniciaro who is retiring from Atlantic Cape after 18 years of outstanding service.
Friday, May 11, 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Stop by at any time to offer Dr. Rich well wishes and enjoy light refreshments. No RSVP is required.

Atlantic Cape Trustees Approve National Science Foundation Grant for College’s Drone Maintenance Program; Criminal Justice Certificate Program begins Fall 2018

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at the Mays Landing Campus. Among other business, the Board unanimously approved a grant of $224,761 from the National Science Foundation for Atlantic Cape’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations and Maintenance Education and Training Project.” This grant’s term is from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 and will provide funding for advance technician training in the rapidly evolving field of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.”

The Board also approved the establishment of a Criminal Justice Certificate program that will be available to all students starting in the Fall 2018 semester. Continue reading

May Birthdays

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

Carmen Cabrera, May 1; Cynthia Correa, Michael Mettille, Penny Gardner, May 4; Kelly McClay, May 5; William Dougherty, James Sacchinelli, Marilou Trinh, May 7; Wendy Gray, May 10; Laura Campbell, George Taylor, May 12; Richard Perniciaro, May 14; Tiffani Harris, May 16; Richard Russell, May 18; Judith Otterburn-Martinez, May 21; Jennifer Botwin, May 22; Jennie Ayres, Robert Fischer, May 23; Patrick Sweeney, May 25; James Taggart, Melissa Hatty, Stacey Zacharoff, May 26; Barbara Gaba, May 29; Leila Crawford, May 30; Victoria DeLaurentis, May 31.

Upcoming Events at Atlantic Cape Community College

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

May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: The 7th Annual Writers’ Colloquium will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in the Art Gallery (D building) of the Mays Landing Campus. Students receiving Communication Awards in creative writing and journalism, as well as select students in Honors Composition II and Honors Public Speaking, will be reading and discussing their work.  For more information, contact Professor Rich Russell at or 609-343-4971.

May 9, 5:30-7 p.m.: Academy of Culinary Arts open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on May 9 in M Building of the Academy of Culinary Arts at the Mays Landing Campus. Register online at

May 11, 2-3:30 p.m.: A closing reception for the “Faculty Selects 2018” art exhibit will be held from 2-3:30 p.m., May 11, at the gallery located in D Building of the Mays Landing Campus. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape’s Chapter of English Honor Society Inducts 15 New Members


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Back row from left, Amber Hale of Villas, Bisma Munir of Absecon, Courtney Causey of North Cape May, Isabel Gomez of Egg Harbor Township, Cassandra Rosamund of Ocean City and Geolie Cayme of Mays Landing. Front row from left, Rebecca Lee of Northfield, Jaeda Cooper of Hammonton and Sarah Stefanick of Cape May.


Atlantic Cape Community College inducted 15 students into Sigma Kappa Delta, an English honor society for two-year colleges, on April 24, at a luncheon at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

Inductees are Amber Bailey of Hammonton, Courtney Causey of North Cape May, Geolie Cayme of Mays Landing, Dillon Clark of Egg Harbor Township, Alexis Condo of Villas, Jaeda Cooper of Hammonton, Ethan Gabrysz of Brigantine, Brooke Gilliano of Newfield, Isabel Gomez of Egg Harbor Township, Amber Hale of Villas, Rebecca Lee of Northfield, Bisma Munir of Absecon, Enzo Ronchi of Ventnor, Cassandra Rosamund of Ocean City and Sarah Stefanick of Cape May. Continue reading

Academy of Culinary Arts Names Iron Student Chefs

two female culinary and two male culinary students with male chef educator

First-place team members from left to right: Amiri Jones of Pleasantville, Allison Ebner of Atco, Dana Rowe of Bridgeton and Mekhi Davis of Mays Landing with ACA Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi of Northfield.

Fourteen Academy of Culinary Arts students showed their passion for food and competed in the 14th annual Iron Student Chef Competition at the ACA located at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Mays Landing Campus, April 23.

At 9:30 a.m. sharp, it was time to start the competition coordinated by ACA Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi of Northfield. The students were organized into three teams. Their mission: to create four dishes, each incorporating a tightly guarded secret ingredient revealed only minutes before the start of cooking. The teams were given 15 minutes to create recipes and 90 minutes to cook.

The secret ingredient to be included in each team’s four dishes, from appetizers to entrée was the potato, with the catch being they had to use five different types including Yukon, Red Bliss, Peruvian Blue, Sweet and Russet. The teams were given the potatoes and a variety of other ingredients and told to produce three plates for each dish, one for display, and the others for judging. Continue reading

Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–April 20, 2018

Submitted by Vita Stovall

The Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus celebrated Earth Day on April 17. Highlights included students being given peat pots with flower seeds made by The Cross Cultural Club, and club members Najmin Kalam and Israt Salma provided Mehndi hand-painted designs. Thanks to the club volunteers and advisers, Shirley Shields and Michael Kammer, ESL professors, for all their hard work in making the day a huge success. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–April 20, 2018

A message from Human Resources: 

The college will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 for Memorial Day.

Summer hours (flex time) will begin Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Support personnel normally working 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. will work 8 a.m.-4:37 p.m. or  8:30 a.m.-5:07 p.m.  During the four-day work week, support staff work 32.5 hours per week, a 2.5-hour reduction.

Facilities, non-office personnel, will work four 10-hour days.
Please consult with your supervisor regarding your precise reporting and dismissal times.

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