Monthly Archives: February 2019

February 2019 Board of Trustees Minutes

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Approves Grant Submission and Contracts in February Meeting

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday, February 26 at the Mays Landing campus. The following motions were approved by the Board:

In Grants Activity:

  • Approved for the college to submit an application to Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) for the Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey, requesting a grant of up to $10,500 to provide assistance to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 2019 through September 2019 (projected).
  • Approved the amending of the Spending Plan of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Grant.
  • Approved the resolution to authorize the College President to submit grant applications on behalf of the College with Board action taken at the following Board meeting.
  • Submission of a grant application to Easton Foundations/USA Archery by the deadline of March 10, 2019 to purchase equipment to continue and expand hosting of tournaments at the college.

Contracts and Purchases:

  • OQ165, Microsoft Campus License, FY19-20 Information Technology Services, SHI International Corp, Somerset, NJ,
  • Bid 1847, Renovation A-Building, Chapter 12, Hessert Construction, Marlton, NJ, $1,752,000.00.

 

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

  • The appointment of Kelly Johnson, Housekeeper I, Facilities effective February 27, 2019.
  • The resignation of Stephen Fisk, Security Officer/Dispatcher, Security and Public Safety retroactive to February 15, 2019.
  • The resignation of John Thompson, Maintenance Mechanic II, Facilities retroactive to February 1, 2019.
  • The resignation of Ravi Manimaran, Dean of STEM Programs, effective June 30, 2019.
  • The reappointment to one-year terms, effective 7/1/19: Supervisory and Administrative Personnel included in the Bargaining Unit (28); Exempt Supervisory and Administrative Personnel (20); Faculty without Tenure (6) and Faculty Earning Tenure (1).
  • The retirement of Eileen Curristine, Chief Officer, Human Resources, Public Safety & Compliance, effective June 30, 2019.

 

In Financial Matters, the Board: 

  • Approved the draft of its annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2018.
  • Accepted the FY18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), conducted by Bowman & Company LLP. The audit firm issued “an unmodified or ‘clean’ opinion for the financial statements,” and there were no audit findings or recommendations.
  • Approved the FY19 Financial Statement for seven months ended January 31, 2019.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic City campus.

 

Hate Crime Symposium Recap

Hate Crime Symposium – Cape May Campus

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On Thursday, February 21, Cape May County Campus hosted a Hate Crimes Symposium conducted by the FBI and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Over the course of three hours several speakers discussed issues and laws related to hate crimes.
Vernon Addison, Special Agent, FBI reviewed the Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it’s 2010 expansion to include more protected classes and how it applies to crimes committed on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics such as race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or disability. Agent Addison effectively engaged the crowd by quizzing them on their understanding of what would be considered a hate crime using real life cases.
He was followed by Dave D’Amico, Chief Investigator, Middlesex County Dept. of Corrections, who reviewed bias incidents and their investigation, how to respond to and report a hate crime. The symposium was attended by more than 60 people from local law enforcement agencies, churches, schools and municipal governments. Lieutenant. Joseph Landis with the CM Co. Prosecutors office expressed much appreciation for college hosting the event and looks forward to working with us on future projects.
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The Traveling Adjunct Feb 2019 – Where To Celebrate Mardi Gras Besides New Orleans

Other Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Besides New Orleans

New Orleans is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of Mardi Gras, but did you know there are lots of other places that celebrate some version of Mardi Gras?  Here are three that totally on my bucket list! By the way – Mardi Gras is on March 5 this year!

But First…What the heck is Mardi Gras anyway?

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Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’*.  According to Catholic tradition, it’s the last day of celebrations before Lent begins. Lent (from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring”) is the 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday** and ending on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter).  Oh, and no counting Sundays in that 40 days.  Lent is a time to repent and fast.  Frequently, people give up something for Lent.  It might be chocolate, coffee, meat, smoking, or whatever.  

* Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday in some parts of the world.

 **Ash Wednesday starts Lent.  On Ash Wednesday, Catholics go to church services and get an ash cross marked on their farheads as a symbolic way to repent for their sins. In a nutshell, the ash cross is the human body (in the Bible the body is composed of dust) and the body’s returns to dust in death. 

Anyway, the Italians took things to a new level with Carniva – aka, Carnevale. Although it originally meant ‘farewell to the flesh’ (as many people give up meat for Lent), that kinda changed over time.  Carnevale evolved into wild parties, parades, and costumes, and not just in Italy!  It spread all over the world!  Just take a look!

And now, the fun stuff!  Where to go!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The granddaddy of all celebrations,  Carnaval  is no one day deal – uh, uh- it’s a four-day celebration beginning this year on Sunday March 3, and ending on Ash Wednesday (March 6), BUT, when I checked on the Rio Carnaval Party Planner,

 “pre-celebrations” start on Friday, March 1!  The Brazilians sure know how to throw a party!  There are extravagant parades, samba school competitions and awesome food! 

Good to know:  While some of the street parties (balls) are free, others require tickets. Here’s a website.   I found that lists the free and ticketed balls.

 

Dusseldorf, Germany

Yup, Germany.  While many cities celebrate fasching, fastnacht or karneval, Dusseldorf’s Rosenmontag parade is a big deal. First held in 1825, the parade is on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday (you know, Mardi Gras).  There are all kinds of celebrations leading up to the party, but I particularly love Old Hag’s Day (where women run through the streets chasing after men for kisses).  You can find out more on the Dusseldorf Tourism website.  

Montreal Canada

Introduced by 19th century French transplants as a Mardi Gras festival, the Carnaval de Quebec has turned into a celebration of all things Québécois. There are snow sculpture competitions, a canoe race down the frozen St. Lawrence River and crazy food to try like Beaver Tails (fried dough coated with cinnamon and sugar – what’s not to love?).  But, my fave is the carnival mascot, Bonhomme – which looks like a slightly insane mashup of a snowman and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters!   

Have you been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or any of the places above?  

Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog Traveleidoscope.com.  Psst! You can also visit Traveleidoscope on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter!  And guess what – she’s now a member of the North AmericanTravel Journalists Association!  

Circle K Club Valentine’s Day Roses

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, members of the Circle K Club at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May Campus and Club Advisor, Donna Marie McElroy, went to Genesis Rehabilitation Center and gave out roses to each resident. Some of the Activities Staff from Genesis are pictured with them below.

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Buccaneers Baseball Team Supports Basketball against Ocean County

Buccaneers Baseball Night at Basketball
Staff Writer, February 5, 2019

The Gym on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus was rocking as the Baseball Buccaneers came out in force to support their brothers and sisters on the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they competed against the Ocean County College Vikings.

“We teach our guys to be men for others; supporting our fellow Buccaneer athletes is one small way – and a fun way – to fulfill that obligation,” said Head Buccaneer Baseball Coach Rod Velardi. And what a fun night it was. The Baseball team watched and cheered vigorously as the women Buccaneers soundly defeated the Vikings.

“Hopefully, having almost thirty players and coaches in the stands shouting and cheering them on helped motivate our young ladies,” added Velardi. “In any case, they looked terrific out there. I’m sure Coach Fred is proud. I know we were.”
After the game, the Baseball team congratulated the young ladies and they all posed to have their pictures taken together before they retired to the stands to share pizza as they waited for the men’s game to begin.

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Sean Dillon and Oscar Tejada join the line of Buccaneer Baseball Players as they Congratulate the Women’s Basketball Team on their great win. Smiles all around.

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Buccaneer Baseball Players Join the Women’s Basketball Team for a Victory Pose after their terrific and exciting win over Ocean County

 

The ladies joined the Baseball Team as they enjoyed pizza together and waited for the men’s game to begin. And what a game it was. For most of the game it was like watching a heavyweight prize fight as the two teams charged up and down the court, exchanging blows and trading points in a tight see-saw battle as the first half ended with the Vikings up by only two points.

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The Buccaneers Baseball Team watches intently as the men battle the visiting Vikings in a tense contest.

The second half started where the first half left off. Some spectacular dunks by the Buccaneers brought the Baseball Team to their feet yelling and cheering their comrades on. Back and forth they went. The Vikings pulled away at one point only to see the Buccaneers valiantly battle back. In the end, the Vikings pulled out the victory; but the Buccaneers never quit.

It made you wonder if there was more time, maybe the Bucs would have prevailed. We may never know. What we do know is it was a fun night for all involved and the Buccaneer basketball players – men and women – definitely impressed the baseball team.

Head Baseball Coach Rod Velardi succinctly summed up the evening, “This was a great night for our Baseball Team as we hope it was for the Basketball Teams. The students at this college really need to support their athletic teams. These kids work so hard and the games are terrifically entertaining. We will definitely do more of this next year. We salute the basketball teams and their wonderful coaches.”

In the meantime, Coach Velardi and his team have an exciting season of baseball coming up, starting Sunday, March 3 at beautiful Surf Stadium in Atlantic City. There is no doubt the baseball team is hoping for Atlantic Cape fans to show up and bring that Buccaneer Spirit with them!