Here’s the Scoop–June 28, 2018

Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba sits down with Comcast Newsmakers and talks college affordability, articulation agreements, a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for drone maintenance and the new Student Center in this recent video clip.

Donna Vassallo, dean of the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, shared the following:

Our Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus hosted artist Rob Rossiello this weekend, as we were “Block #44” of the “48 Blocks Atlantic City” Art Festival. 48 Blocks AC is a celebration of the artistic talents, creativity, community, culture and history of Atlantic City. This was their second year hosting this event, and the first year Atlantic Cape participated. It is also an initiative by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.Rob created a beautiful mural entitled “Ocean Recycle” which consisted of numerous pieces of recyclable material that was collected off to the AC beaches. Atlantic City Special Improvement District collected the recycled materials collected on the beach and delivered them to Rob’s home in Ventnor. Members of the community were invited to assist Rob by placing recycled material directly onto his mural.

Once completed, and approved, we will hang this mural inside our Atlantic City Campus for all to see and appreciate.

Pictured from left, Joyce Hagen, the executive director of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and coordinator for Atlantic Cape’s art gallery; artist Rob Rossiello and Donna Vassallo, dean of the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

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Dr. Denise-Marie Coulter, dean of liberal studies, presented as part of a panel of representatives of New Jersey community colleges that benefited from the College Readiness IV Grant. Coulter discussed the English ALP course her area delivered at Lower Cape May Regional High School.

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Afton Koontz

“Being deeply steeped in the theory behind ALP and having enjoyed regular success with the ALP courses we offer our incoming freshmen, Atlantic Cape was ready for this opportunity,” said Coulter.

New Jersey’s Center for Student Success provided significant support for planning and creating a viable ALP experience for high school students. Coulter took information she gathered at a state-sponsored networking session and a presentation delivered by Peter Adams, the creator of ALP and used it to design a hybrid ALP class that met twice a week, after school on the high school campus.

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Coulter decided to schedule the class at LCMRHS for the convenience of the learners; at the same time, the location posed a bit of a challenge to the design since ALP aims to acclimate students to the landscape and culture of the college setting. Coulter overcame this in two ways: First, she employed Afton Koontz, a longtime college faculty member formally trained to teach ALP. Koontz came to Atlantic Cape following a career in the secondary school system, making her an outstanding match for this initiative. Chuck Mussachio, guidance counselor for LCMRHS composed a letter to Ms. Koontz in which he praised her work, remarking the learners received “a much-needed dose of what lies ahead for them as college students.” He also said, “I couldn’t have asked for a more patient and professional professor to introduce them to a college-type setting.” Second, drawing from a practice Mary Miklasz, another ALP instructor at the college, Coulter and Koontz scheduled a series of guest speakers to teach the learners about a variety of services available at the institution.

Mike Sargente, assistant director of Academic Support Services, spoke about the library and tutoring services; Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director, CMCC Student Services and Campus Management, led a career workshop; Danays Hernandez, financial aid specialist, conducted a hands-on FAFSA workshop; Lisa Givens, manager, Student Activities and Athletics, discussed opportunities to engage in student activities; and Jason Jankowski, manager of Academic Programs for Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies, discussed transfer opportunities available from his college at the Mays Landing campus.

Completing a survey about their ALP experience, the LCMRHS learners reported they enrolled to save money and time. They were also excited to earn college credits prior to high school graduation. A total of 17 seniors successfully completed the course. Sixteen are planning to attend Atlantic Cape in the fall.

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A message from Jen Martucci and Matt Miller from Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning: 

We would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate Dr. Richard Perniciaro’s retirement from Atlantic Cape on Thursday, June 21 at Hidden Sands Brewing Company. It was well attended by both current and former friends and colleagues. The atmosphere was amazing, as was the food from Dags Dippers food truck. A great time was had by all!
To quote Rich “I would like to both publicly and personally thank everyone that attended the party. While a bit overwhelming at first, by the second pint of beer seeing friends from all of the stops along the career path mingling and having a good time together was the best retirement gift ever.”
We will miss you Rich!
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There will be a Memorial Service for Atlantic Cape Library Technician Bob Benner at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.
This will be the one year anniversary of Bob’s passing.
Bob worked at the College for over 20 years, and many people benefited from his presence at the library circulation desk.  Staff, faculty, students and the public are welcome to attend a tree planting service in Bob’s honor.  Attendees are welcome to share stories or a reading.
Light refreshments will be served in the library.
Please contact Janet Marler if you have any questions.  Janet is still with Atlantic Cape as an adjunct and can be reached via email at

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