Monthly Archives: March 2019

Barbara Clark Retiring after 25 Years of Service to Atlantic Cape

Barbara Clark joined Atlantic Cape Community College on January 13, 1994, part-time in Admissions at the Mays Landing campus until her full-time appointment to Transcript Evaluation Specialist in Admissions on October 1, 2001.

Barbara’s dedication to the college is evident having received numerous Perfect Attendance awards through the years. She has served as a member of the Jump Start team, supports admissions at on and off-site recruitment events, volunteered as a student mentor, and has served as the college’s liaison for eArmyU and Aviation students.

Students, staff and supervisors have recognized Barb for providing excellent customer service, maintaining a high level of professionalism and working well with other departments. She is a “perfectionist” trying to provide Atlantic Cape students with the highest level of service.

Barb will retire from Atlantic Cape on April 1, 2019.

photo gallery from Barb’s Retirement party at Blue Heron Pines on March 28th, 2019

Chad Bullock & Josh Carroll earn CPACC Certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

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Chad Bullock, Center for Accessibility, and Josh Carroll, Instructional Technology, earned the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

The IAAP certification program aims to better define what accessibility professionals are expected to know and increase the quality and consistency of the work performed by accessibility professionals.

The CPACC credential is IAAP’s foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.

https://www.accessibilityassociation.org

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The Traveling Adjunct March 2019 – The Most Remote Places on Earth Part 1

12 of the Most Remote Places on Earth (Part 1)

Ever dream of just getting away from it all? Ever wonder where you’d go to do that? Well, here are a dozen of the world’s most remote places…Part 1!

1. Hanga Roa, Easter Island

I put Easter Island, aka Rapa Nui, in the number one position on this list because I’ve been there. It’s a five hour flight on LATAM (a Chilean airline) from Santiago to the Chilean island in the South Pacific. As of 2017, there are roughly 7,700 residents on the 63 square mile (164 square kilometer) island. Why would you go there? For the 900 giant stone statues or “moai” throughout the island. They’re fascinating! How and why they were made is still a mystery, AND the entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We actually went scuba diving and saw an underwater moai (that I later found out was manufactured and put underwater as an attraction. It was still cool to see). Oh and the closest islands to Easter Island? That would be number two on this list!

2. Pitcairn Islands

Most of us probably think of Mutiny on the Bounty when we hear Pitcarn Island – a group of islands 3,300 miles from New Zealand. Officially known as Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, only one island, Pitcairn Island, is inhabited, and only 50 people live there. Most of the inhabitants are descendants from nine Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians who were with them. To attract people to move to Pitcairn, the government tried to give land away to anyone who would move there, but only one person applied. How do you get to Pitcairn Island? First you have to fly to Mangareva Island (not Pitcairn Island) via Air Tahiti Nui, then catch the airport taxi ferry to a village on Mangareva Island, then take a ship to Pitcairn…. Yeesh!
Dark note: In 2004, 13 Pitcairn Island men were charged with child sexual abuse and most of the men were convicted. In 2010, the mayor faced charges of possessing child pornography and in 2016 was found guilty.

3. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The world’s smallest capital is totally adorable! It’s smack in the middle of the North Atlantic, between Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom. I visited the Faroe Islands a while back, and based my trip out of Tórshavn. What’s there to do? We did a bit of hiking, but we also relaxed. How the heck did we get there? We flew on Atlantic Airways from Edinburgh, Scotland to the Faroe Islands.

4. Nauru

Nauru is the world’s smallest republic and home to about 11,000 residents, making it the second-least populated country. What’s the first least populated country? Vatican City – 557 citizens, 246 residents, one of them being the Pope. Nauru is technically part of Micronesia. The island is made up of phosphate so strip mining was the main industry for a long time. But mining damaged the environment (there’s little vegetation and water is scarce) and once the phosphate reserves were exhausted, Nauru scrambled to earn income. The island became a tax haven and money laundering hub. Recently, it received aid from Australia in exchange for becoming an Australian immigration detention facility.

5. Barrow, Alaska

Officially known as the City of Utqiaġvik, many people know it as Barrow. It’s the most northern city in the United States and has the lowest average temperatures of cities in Alaska. That’s saying something. It ain’t cheap to live there either. According to Numbeo, a pound of oranges costs $4.89 and a loaf of bread cost $5.01! Ouch! How do you get to Utqiaġvik/Barrow? Well, that would be by plane since there are no roads that will get you there.

6. Supai, Arizona

Supai, with a population of just over 200, is the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Although the town is located near the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls (the name Havasupai means “People of the Green Blue Waters,”), you can only get there by helicopter or hike in, and mail is delivered by mule (so no complaining about slow mail delivery in your town!).

Remember to come back next month for Part 2!

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 American Travel Journalists Association!

Student L.E.A.D. Program Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the student Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D) Program.  Faculty and staff members are asked to identify students they feel have leadership potential and may be willing to participate in leadership activities throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.

Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership training and represent the college at various events throughout the year.  The L.E.A.D Committee will inform students of their nomination and check eligibility requirements.

The following is a list of eligibility requirements and qualities committee members will be looking for during the selection process:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Plan to return during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Display leadership roles in the classroom and /or on campus
  • Demonstrate evidence of  being a team player
  •       Show enthusiasm for helping others

Please e-mail your nomination with the student’s full name and college wide ID number to Anita Polanco at apolanco@atlantic.edu by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Previously nominated students have gone on to serve as SGA Presidents, Board of Trustees Student Representatives and various club and community leaders.

Once nominated, students will receive an invitation to attend a full day of leadership training during the spring semester and are eligible to attend additional workshops in the 2019 -20 academic year.

Black History Month 2019 – Vanessa Julye

Worthington campus welcomed Vanessa Julye on Tuesday February 19, 2019 as a guest speaker for Black History Month. She is a graduate of Temple University, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and serves as the Committee for Ministry on Racism Coordinator with Friends General Conference, based in Philadelphia. She has published numerous articles on Quakers and racism and travels throughout the United States and abroad speaking and leading workshops on related issues. Vanessa lectured to an audience of students, faculty and staff. She was very informative as she spoke to the racial injustice in the Quaker African American community. The Religious Society of Friends has been reputed to have opposed enslavement and later racial injustices. Many members, however, enslaved people of African descent, and Quaker attitudes toward African Americans since have generally reflected the culture at large. To some extent, then, the Quaker story has lessons for us all.

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The student audience received Vanessa’s book “Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship” which she co-authored with Donna McDaniel. The book documented three centuries of Quakers who were committed to ending racial injustices yet, with few exceptions, hesitated to invite African Americans into their Society. Addressing the insidious and complex racism among Quakers of yesterday and today, the authors believe, is the path toward a racially inclusive community. Vanessa was excited to personally autography her book as students lined up to greet her after her presentation.

Thank you to Dr. Nancy Purcell and Afton Koontz, for allowing their English classes to support this event: and SGA for the purchase of the books and light refreshments.

 

Vita Stovall, Advisor & Social Science Instructor

Black History Month 2019 – A Visit From Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly

The Worthington campus continued their celebration of Black History Month on Tuesday February 26, 2019. The Honorable Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton, NJ spoke to an audience of more than 65 students. He spoke about how proud he is of Cumberland County and the partnership they have with the George Washington Carver Education Foundation, which opened the first Carver Early College High School cohort on Cumberland County College’s campus in 2017 with 50 students from Bridgeton High School. Mayor Kelly referenced that students throughout Cumberland County have been provided with a pathway to a brighter future by being able to earn their high school diploma and a college degree simultaneously. Additionally, the mayor spoke about his incentives to bring more business properties to Bridgeton and how the residents are anticipating a new Wawa coming soon. He was extremely proud of Bridgeton’s Gateway’s Emergency Assistance Food Pantry which distributes bulk food supplies free of charge to needy residents. He shared an interesting fact that the meatballs in a subway sandwich are made in his city. Mayor Kelly is so proud of his administration and his accomplishments that he calls his city “The Great City of Bridgeton”.

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In addition, Mayor Kelly spoke about what Black History Month meant to him.  He referenced he is the first Black mayor of Bridgeton and served as the president of all the mayors in the State of NJ. He provided a picture of his great, great, great grandmother and other relatives born in the eighteenth century. He spoke about his great, great grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Pitts Wright a Captain in the confederate army in 1907. He informed the audience that Cumberland County played a large role in South Jersey’s efforts to help runaway slaves seek their freedom. Mayor Kelly stated that Harriet Tubman passed through Bridgeton as an Underground Railroad route running from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Canada.

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A gigantic thank you to Dean Donna Vassallo for providing refreshments, Cynthia Correa, Director Student Services and Institutional Career Services for welcoming the students and sharing thoughts on Black History Month, Gwen McIntyre, ESL Coordinator and Modern Languages, Dr. Nancy Purcell and Afton Koontz, English and Katie Hetu, Jessica Kalisa, and Gabby LaMonaca, College Pathways for encouraging their students to support this event.

Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Sciences Instructor

Black History Month 2019 – Open Mic Night Finale in Atlantic City

Students from the Worthington campus ended their Black History Month celebration being entertained with an Open Mic competition on Wednesday 27, 2019. The activity was created to complement their academic curriculum and to augment the student’s Black History educational experience. Vita Stovall, Student Services Advisor understands extracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development. Taking part in these out-of-the-classroom cultural activities helps students to mature socially by providing a setting for student interaction, relationship formation, and discussion.

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Seven students sign-up to compete in the Open Mic activity and six actually performed. Marc Desir, played the Congo, Jerry Grasty, sang a capella at times singing in an African dialect, Precious McCoy, recited poetry, Amna Malik, performed Henna Art on the hand of student Clenmari Almeida-Aquino , Songan Bazemore, wrote an original Blues rendition he played on the saxophone, and Quran Dabney took to the stage and showed off his African dance moves. The students performed in front of a crowded audience that cheered them on in support. The judges had to collaborate to break a tie between the saxophone and dance performances. The winner was announced: a General Studies major who performed an original dance piece, Quran Dabney. He received ovations from the screaming crowd. Quran won a Dell Chrome Book. The Worthington students found the experience of an Open Mic competition very exciting and uplifting.

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Student Services would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time: Kenyatta Collins, Asst. Professor, Psychology, Dr. Susan DeCicco, Program Coordinator Workforce Development, and SGA for sponsoring the activity.

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Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Science Instructor