Monthly Archives: April 2019

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.