Monthly Archives: April 2019

Stedman Graham attends Funding Information Network training at Cape May County Campus

On March 28, Stedman Graham joined 25 other workshop attendees for a training on how to use the Funding Information Network. Mr. Graham attended as representative of the nonprofit called Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro. The FIN is an online directory of grant making organizations, institutions and agencies in the United States and around the world. The FIN is available for free to the Atlantic Cape community and the general public. It is located at the Nonprofit Resource Center in the Cape May County Campus library. Periodic workshops are conducted by Resource Development and library staff and individual FIN training sessions can be arranged by appointment.

Janet Hauge, Director of Academic Support Services, oversees activities at all three campus libraries and was instrumental in coordinating the delivery of the FIN workshops. The training was conducted by a Senior Librarian, Susan Shiroma, from the Foundation Center in New York City. She spent two days in Cape May training nonprofit organizations as well as faculty and staff on how to research grant opportunities using the FIN. She also presented workshops on the elements of basic grant proposal writing.

Additionally, Mike Rennick, Senior Manager of Grants, presented the Grants 101 workshop in March 13 to interested Atlantic Cape faculty and staff. Mike’s presentation covers the how the Resource Development Department can assist in the research, development and writing of grant proposals at the college. Mike is available to offer this presentation to other faculty and staff members at department meetings. Please contact Mike directly if you are interested in learning more about the grant development process or researching potential grant opportunities at Atlantic Cape.  Mike can be reached by email at or by phone at x4516.

To schedule individual FIN training sessions please contact Dorothy Pearson, part-time Cape May Campus library. Dottie can be reached at or by emailing

The Nonprofit Resource Center and the FIN are made possible through a generous donation from the Mullock Family.

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Pictured in the photograph from left to right: 

Stedman Graham, Janet Hauge, Susan Shiroma, Maria Kellett and Bob Mullock

– Article by Maria Kellett, Dean, CMCC

Atlantic Cape Students Present Work at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium

Atlantic Cape students Amanda Brady, Kiera Quade, and Jennifer Johnston (pictured left-right) presented work at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Colloquium held on March 29 at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.


Amanda presented her research paper on rape culture written for Composition II; Kiera, an explication of trans poet Justice Ameer’s poem “body without the d” written for Introduction to Literature; and Jennifer, a monologue about sexual assault titled “The Time Is Now” written for Creative Writing. Also in attendance were Associate Professor of Social Sciences Heather Boone, Professor of English Effie Russell, and Assistant Professor of English Rich Russell, who moderated the panel on Gender and Genre.

The mission of the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium is “to ensure the continued strength, visibility and development of interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies at universities and colleges in New Jersey.”

Student Support Services Annual Day of Service – 2019

This year, the Student Support Services program sponsored their Annual Day of Service at the Community Food Bank on March 15, 2019.

They were a small group but were told that they were one of the best performing groups they’ve seen by one of the Food Bank’s regular volunteers. They managed to put away almost 70 boxes of food and miscellaneous items in two hours!


Cape May Campus Update: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Career Days & Earth Day

Black History Month
Dr. Tammy DeFranco coordinated a Black History Month Trivia event with moderator, Professor Kim Hall. Students had fun participating while we all learned about educational moments in Black History.
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, wrote and coordinated a Black History Month musical program and worked with Professors Andrew Hink (Music Appreciation) and Lisa Toal (Introduction to Theatre) to provide a documentary and history of Black History Month Role Models. Professor Hink’s class played a wonderful song that he taught his class to play and Professor Helen McCaffrey attended with her class. A big thank you to SGA for their refreshments. Thank you professors, if it wasn’t for your excellent support, we would have not been able to have this wonderful program.
Women’s History Month
Throughout the month of March, we recognized our “Sheros”, females that made a difference in our lives — our female heroes. Students wrote the name of their Shero (their mother, sister, professor, etc.) on the board in their honor.
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, interviewed a few female professors (Lenora Sheppard, Linda Koch, Helen McCaffrey, and Susan Van Rossum) on their career paths. Students got to hear about the different career paths and how they chose that direction as well as any obstacles they had to overcome, and provided excellent study advice. Students were able to connect to their professors and see that they too, experienced many of the same encounters.
Career Development Days
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, developed, coordinated, and presented Career Development days for 170 eighth graders from Lower, Wildwood, Dennis, and Middle schools. The students were wowed by speakers and career workshop presenters, Paula Davis (Dean of Students), Maria Kellett (Dean of Cape May and Resources), Donna Vassallo (Dean of WACC), Cynthia Correa (Director Career Services), Anisha Chhotalal (Registration Assistant), Professor’s Karl Guilian and Michelle Blumberg, Michael Barnes (Director of Center for Accessibility), Victor Moreno (Admissions Recruiter), Jessica Brown (E.O.F. Recruiter/Career Specialist), April Wolff (IT), Continuing Education.  Students had a wonderful time and learned so much about our college and the first steps of their career path. Many students said they are going to make Atlantic Cape their community college.  Thank you everyone for your support in this exciting program.

Earth Day

Dr. Tammy DeFranco developed and coordinated an interactive Earth Day Program where students learned valuable environmental information on composting, planting flowers to help with the bee and butterfly population. The Cape May Zoo provided “Annie” the Armadillo and “Susie” the python snake and informed students how important it is to keep our environment clean so their environment will thrive. Students had the opportunity to paint birdhouses, and other crafts they could start their environmentally safe garden with the free seeds they were given. Students also learned about the solutions to Stormwater Pollution (thank you to Eileen Curristine, Chief Officer Human Resources & Public Safety & Compliance) for this information. Thank you to April Wolff (IT) for providing “Sounds of Nature” music and pictures of the environment for students to see what a beautiful world we have and how to preserve it. A big thank you to the ACCCEA for the pretzels and water ice and to S.G.A. for the pizza and soda, the students loved everything and were so grateful for the goodies.

Women’s History Month – March 2019

The month of March Americans celebrate women—mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, and celebrate historical figures alike. The Worthington Campus remembered women with an Open Mic Tuesday March 26, 2019. Students and Faculty spoke of women that impacted or made a difference in their lives.

Dr. Nancy Purcell, Adjunct English Instructor, spoke of a Catholic nun that impacted her life in high school. Although her experience was not so favorable, because she was denied an application to take the SAT exam. Dr. Purcell remembered Sister Mary Elizabeth when she walked crossed the graduation stage accepting her college degree. Sue DePhilippis, ESL & Modern Languages spoke of several woman including her mother, teachers, and colleague Gwen McIntyre, the Coordinator of ESL & Modern Languages. Sue brought with her a bottle of pink salt. She challenged the audience to guess what salt has in common with women. The answer: both women and salt will flavor your life. Than Sue ask if anyone had any questions. The first student that posed a question received the salt. Student Maria Taleb a Business major spoke of several women in her family that help raise her and gave her guidance to become the woman she is today. Student Cecilia Doan, an Education major and Student Services work-study spoke about her mother and grandmother. She referenced, it was her grandmother that contributed the greatest impact as tears started streaming down her face because she misses her dearly.


Women’s History Month: “Hidden Figures”

The Worthington Campus held their second movie screening “Hidden Figures” for Women’s Month, directed and written by Theodore Melfi on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. “Hidden Figures” depicted three brilliant African-American women at NASA that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It was a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The stellar performances were by three talented women, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

The movie chronicles the lives of black women working at NASA as “human computers” who do difficult math by hand and in their heads. It takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. The title “Hidden Figures” has a double meaning, on one hand it refers to the mathematical calculations that went in to making John Glenn the first American man into space in 1962. On the other, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a math prodigy who can, “look beyond the numbers.”

The movie received many awards including three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer), and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Spencer and Best Original Score). It also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review chose Hidden Figures as one of the top ten films of 2016.

The student audience was treated to popcorn at the showing. Many of them were not aware of the NASA story. “It truly is a must see movie.” Thanks to SGA for the popcorn.

Women’s History Month Movie Screening: “He Named Me Malala”

The Worthington Campus held a movie screening of the Davis Guggenheim documentary “He Named Me Malala” on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and for Women’s Month. “He Named Me Malala” chronicles the seemingly ordinary life of a marvelous young woman who is a revolutionary in every sense of the word. Known for her fearlessness and never-ending persistence, activist Malala Yousafzai tells her story and provides viewers a glimpse into her life after being shot by a Taliban gunman as part of a violent objection to girls’ education in Pakistan.

Aside from all that she has gone through in fighting for girls around the world, scenes of Malala spending time with her family and bantering with her brothers humanize her in a way many do not get to see. Student viewers realize how remarkable her heroism is due to the fact that she is so powerful and committed when she speaks at these worldwide events, yet she has a lightheartedness about her that is infectious.

The student audience was treated to popcorn at the showing. Many of the students were impressed and ultimately inspired by Malala’s story and what she is doing to further amplify her message of education equality. Thanks to SGA for the popcorn.

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Approved Freeholder E. Marie Hayes as the 2019 Commencement Speaker and Revised Tuition and Fees for Fiscal Year 2020

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday, April 2 at the Atlantic City campus. The following motions were approved by the Board:

Grants Activity

  • Submission of an application to Atlantic City Community Fund (ACCF) to advance enrichment activities for Atlantic City residents ages 8 to 14, requesting a grant of $5,000, over the anticipated term of October 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Contracts and Purchases

  • Bid 1848 Exterior Wayfinding Signage, Allied Signage Corporation, Farmingdale, NJ, Chapter 12 and R&R Funding, $295,400.00

Academic Affairs

  • Termination of the Graphic Information Systems Office Specialist Professional Series program effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Geographic Information Systems Option in Computer Information Systems, A.S. effective Fall 2019.
  • Approved the nomenclature change from Elementary/Middle School Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A., to K-12 Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A. effective, Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Secondary Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Adding the offering the Baking and Pastry Option, Culinary Arts, A.A.S. effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Baking and Pastry, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of four ACA professional series programs (Baking and Pastry Specialization, Catering Specialization, Food Service Management Specialization, Hot Foods Specialization), effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Computer Applications Option in Office Systems Technology, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Database Design and Development Option in Computer Programming, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program effective Fall 2019.


Personnel Matters

  • The appointment of Jessica Brown, Program Coordinator, Center for Student Success, effective April 3, 2019.
  • The transfer of William Smith from Security Officer I to Security Officer I/Dispatcher, Public Safety effective April 3, 2019.
  • The title change of Anita Polanco, from Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Fund to Assistant Director, Center for Student Success and Director, Educational Opportunity Fund effective April 3, 2019.
  • The extension of Robyn Berenato, Temporary Office Assistant, Admissions.
  • The sabbatical leave of Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Associate Professor, English as a Second Language, a one semester leave for the Spring 2020.
  • The resignation of Nicholas Alexander, Technician, Information Technology Services retroactive to March 29, 2019.
  • The retirement of Mrs. Dolores Giannini, Office Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), effective June 30, 2019. Mrs. Giannini has been with Atlantic Cape since May 16, 1991.

Financial Matters 

  • FY19 Financial Statement for eight months ended February 28, 2019.
  • Tuition and Fee Schedule for FY 2020, which includes a $14 per credit increase in general education tuition and mandatory fees.
  • The FY 2019-2020 revenue budget contingent on the Board of School Estimate approval of county appropriations of $8,621,346 for the college’s fiscal year 2019-2020.
  • Submittal the list of renovations and upgrades for funding from the Chapter 12 FY 2020 allocation at a sum not to exceed $3.1 million.


Other Business

  • An Honorary Resolution of approval of Freeholder E. Marie Hayes to deliver the keynote address at the 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2019.
  • A Resolution to recognize April 2019 as Atlantic Cape Community College Month.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Mays Landing campus.