Here’s the Scoop–May 25, 2018

Bert Rosica, assistant coach of the Buccaneers Baseball, shared the following: 

baseball players smiling inside building

On Wednesday, May 9, in the formal vestibule of the beautiful new state-of-the-art STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Building located on its Mays Landing Campus, the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers Baseball Team officially welcomed its 2018-19 season recruiting class – its largest to date – during its annual Commit Ceremony.

 The ceremony was held in Atlantic Cape’s STEM building rather than the more traditional venue of Surf Stadium in Atlantic City to highlight the Buccaneers Baseball Program’s commitment to academic excellence and to celebrate the fact this year’s recruiting class includes no less than three engineering candidates: Richard Almonte from Pleasantville, architecture/structural engineering; Brian Dickson from Egg Harbor Township, mechanical engineering; and Mike Graziano from Atlantic County Insitute of Technology, civil engineering. 

In addition to these three fine young student/athletes, the Buccaneers recruiting class for 2018-19 also includes Anthony Barretta, Mainland; Jacob Brennan, St. Joseph’s in Hammonton; Justin Mainiero, Buena High School; Julian Massella, Holy Spirit High School; Jake Morrisset, Cape May Tech; Ishmael Muniz, Vineland High School; Matt Pedrick, Woodstown High School; Frank Piernikowski, Ocean City High School; Philip Santa Maria, Atlantic County Insitute of Technology and Luis Sauri, Buena High School.

 Returning sophomores for the Buccaneers include Dan Burke, Egg Harbor Township High School; Sean Dillon, Mainland Regional High School; Kyle Eppright, Cape May Tech; Joe Hartley, Holy Spirit High School;  LJ Maldonado, Buena High School; Josh Marsden, Wildwood High School; Noah Robinson, Arthur P. Schalick High School; and Oscar Tejeda, Pleasantville High School.

The ceremony was well attended by coaches, players, commits and their families, Buccaneers alumni, and college administrators, faculty and academic advisors. In addition to the commitment signings, the ceremony featured inspirational speeches from Dr. Barbara Gaba, Atlantic Cape president; Paula Stewart Davis, acting dean, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Nancy Porfido, athletic director; Ravi Manimaran, dean, STEM Programs; and Rod Velardi, head baseball coach.

 One of the highlights of the ceremony occurred after the formalities had concluded. Mr. Stephen R. Nehmad, Esq., partner with the law firm of Nehmad, Perillo & Davis and alumnus of Atlantic Cape and Buccaneers Baseball (1968) and a member of the college’s Foundation Board gave an impromptu speech directly to a gathered group of the ballplayers. He inspired and encouraged them to take full advantage of the excellent opportunities available to them at Atlantic Cape and Buccaneers Baseball. It was a very special moment for all in attendance.


On May 23, the first veterans center at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Mays Landing Campus was dedicated in honor of Dave Evans, former Board of Trustees member for 12 years, who passed away March 23, 2017.

Evans taught in the Galloway Township School District for 35 years and served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-69 both in Vietnam and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He received five commendations while serving, as well as being Attack Squadron 42 Sailor of the Month in February 1969.

The center will be a resource to veterans, providing computer access, a lounge, career assistance, Telehealth services and much more.


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

Vineland Career Fair, May 11:

student filling out paperwork at table, woman standing behind it

Academy of Culinary Arts Open House, May 9:

two women and man at table

Opioid Seminar/Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage Recovery Court Program at ML Campus, May 15:

woman at table

Pleasantville Middle School Career Fair, May 21:

woman talking to female student


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.

Management, counselor and librarian personnel should maintain a 37.5-hour schedule per week during this period
Leave time taken during summer hours will be charged at hours paid, not hours worked.

A vacation week during summer hours is charged at 35 or 40 hours, not 32.5 or 37.5, respectively. One leave day is charged at 8.75 hours for staff and 10 hours for management/counselors/librarians.

Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.


 A message from Jean McAlister, dean of Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations: 
Meet the 2019 Restaurant Gala co-chairs:
woman and man shaking hands
Cheryl Pivola is also a vice president on the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board and Dave Coombs has been an integral part if the gala for more than a decade. The Restaurant Gala Committee is excited to work with our newest co-chairs as we continue to raise scholarships for students attending the Academy of Culinary Arts.
We thank Kim McCarran and Jim Rutala who served as Gala co-chairs for the past two years. We are very lucky to have so many community members give of their time supporting students attending Atlantic Cape.

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