Monthly Archives: May 2019

Professor Effie Russell Receives 2019 Governor’s Award in Arts Education

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 leaders and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

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The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government. For More Information Visit:

Two Hospitality Students Receive Scholarships at AC Host Awards

Congratulations to Artesha Lewis and Mackenzie Smith, two Atlantic Cape Hospitality students who received scholarships from the Atlantic City Concierge Association! The awards were presented at the AC Host Awards which honors employees in the tourism/hospitality industry who enhance the experience for Atlantic City visitors.


The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recognized 25 individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry during the 22nd annual Atlantic City Host Awards, held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The Host Awards salute and encourage outstanding customer service by employees in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries who contribute to Atlantic City’s success as a friendly, world-class destination.

Each winner received a keepsake commemorative box containing a gold lighthouse lapel pin as a symbol of their beacon of hospitality, an award certificate, assorted sweets and a $250 cash gift card.

Host Award winners were nominated for their enthusiasm, exemplary customer service and ability to enhance the overall experience of the visitors they serve. They were chosen from more than 100 nominees by a selection committee consisting of educators and representatives from Stockton University, Atlantic Cape Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Local 54, Meet AC and the Bacharach Scholarship Committee.

Worthington Campus Offers Stress Relief & Healthy Snacks for Finals Week

Worthington students, were treated to massages to help them relieve stress during finals week. Stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels.

Rob and Liz from Massage on the Go USA set up their massage chairs in the Worthington lobby on Tuesday May 7, 2019. They gave students 5 minute massages and the following are some comments from their experience: “It was great, I’m more relaxed”, “Thank you Mr. Rob, felt so good and it relieved a lot of tension”, “Thank you very much, much needed after studying” and “Thank you very much -this was so relaxing and you guys were so professional”.



Additionally, students were given healthy snacks which consisted of; apples, oranges, bananas, trail mix, assorted muffins, fruit juices and water. Nutritionists emphasize the importance of healthy eating habits for students at this stressful time of final exams. They say the right food and drink can energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain you through the long exam hours. Worthington campus hopes that healthy pre-exam nutrition will give their students an added edge during final exam time. A big thank you to Cynthia Correa, Director of Student Services and Career Services for greeting the students with a warm smile and offering them healthy snacks.

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Atlantic Cape Inducts Students Into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Congratulations to the 2019 Atlantic Cape Phi Theta Kappa inductees and new officers! Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth.

Candidates must meet this criteria for induction: be a full- or part-time student enrolled at Atlantic Cape; have earned 12 general education credits to date, either from Atlantic Cape or another community college; and hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

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Atlantic Cape Welcomes Local High School Students for College Awareness Day

Recently, we hosted area high school students who learned about the high quality, affordable programs we provide in STEM, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Aviation & more! Many will make the decision to begin at Atlantic Cape and we’re looking forward to welcoming them in the Fall!

Center for Student Success Holds Graduate Award Ceremony

The Center for Student Success held their annual Graduate Award Ceremony on May 3rd in the Walter Edge Theater. Graduates involved in a variety of programs were recognized for their achievements.

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Counselor‘s Award:

Kenya Andrews

Bryan Liang

Makenna Hass

Juan Alvarez Award:

Liliana Martinez

Director’s Award:

Juliana Torres-Santiago
Ivy Gyemfua
Amy Depietro
Samera Bishop

Outstanding Academic Achiever:

Jessica Holloway
Laura Gould
Delano Hendrix
Tori Alexis Tomlin
Tatiana Morales

President Gaba Pens Op-Ed Letter Urging Support for NJ Free College Grant

Back in October 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey’s free community college initiative would be piloted by 13 community colleges in spring 2019.

Atlantic Cape Community College was one of the colleges selected to participate in the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program. CCOG supports making higher education more attainable for New Jersey residents by providing additional funding above federal, state or institutional financial aid money to effectively make community college “free” for qualifying students.

The CCOG grant is designed as a “last-dollar” award, which covers any remaining costs of tuition and approved educational fees after applying all other financial aid grant awards to the student’s account. Students coming from families with adjusted gross incomes of up to $45,000 are eligible for CCOG awards.



In Atlantic and Cape May counties, this grant can mean the difference in getting an associate’s degree or not. Federal and state grants can pay for a portion of our students’ tuition then students may need to take out loans to finance their education. But even then there are costs that aren’t covered completely.

Unfortunately, many of our students can’t pay for these additional out-of-pocket expenses. Affordability is a tenet that Atlantic Cape lives by, so an additional resource like CCOG can literally change a student’s future prospects.

As part of Community College Month in April, we’ve talked to students and our local and state officials about the benefits of CCOG to residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. We were excited to tell the story of how, in just one semester, this pilot program has given students the ability to realize their educational goals.

In fact, to date over 250 students have been awarded CCOG for the spring semester by Atlantic Cape. The recipients who have benefited from this award cut across a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Several students work multiple jobs and this grant allowed them to cut their hours in order to concentrate on their studies. And many students are considered “non-traditional;” they are above the age of 21 and have decided to go to college and earn their degree.

Also, many of the recipients are the first in their family to go to college. All of these students are grateful to the state for the CCOG pilot.

As an anchor institution, Atlantic Cape is rooted in the community, dedicated to growing our future leaders and workforce. We are convenient, with three campuses across Atlantic and Cape May counties and we are affordable.

We have smaller class sizes, credits earned at Atlantic Cape are transferable to four-year universities and we have many transfer agreements with local, state and national universities. CCOG is important to us because it allows us to offer college to anyone who is interested in education by counteracting the higher costs associated with a post-secondary degree.

The college is also part of a collaborate initiative between the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state Department of Education and the Office of Higher Education called “Many Paths, One Future.” The shared goal of these three agencies is to ensure that 65 percent of adults in New Jersey have a post-secondary degree or industry-valued credential by 2025. Currently, only 50.2 percent of the workforce meets that criteria. To meet this goal, our residents must be educated.

The key to growing our two counties is through higher education. An increase in residents who have earned degrees invested in South Jersey is what we need to turn our region around. Providing that first step in higher education through Atlantic Cape and CCOG is something that deserves support because, in the end, a highly educated workforce is good for our economy.

Atlantic Cape applauds the efforts of Gov. Murphy and Higher Education Secretary Smith Ellis for bringing free college to New Jersey and we thank them for their vision. Please join me in voicing your support for the inclusion of the CCOG in New Jersey’s budget.

2019 Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society Inducts New Members

Congratulations to the 2019 Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society Inductees!

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This year’s inductees are: Gabrielle Cataldi, Rhys Ancheta, Fernand Marrero-Guido, Rainey Ruberton, Kayla Rosen, Caitlin Richardson, Sara Conover, Makena Olson and Joseph Dougherty.

SKD is the English honor society for two-year colleges. To qualify, students must have:

  • at least 12 college credits
  • at least two college-level English courses
  • a GPA of at least 3.0

A Sigma Kappa Delta chapter is more than just another college club. It is a unique entity that opens the doors of opportunity for its members and facilitates academic, professional, and personal growth. There are more than 100 active chapters across the country, each defined by its location and membership, yet bound to the rest by the common goal of promoting excellence in the disciplines of the English language.

With over 100 active chapters located in the United States, approximately 2500 members are inducted annually. Sigma Kappa Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate studies.

Members of every chapter have the opportunity to share their love of literature and linguistics with like-minded peers, participate in rewarding activities, and be recognized for their accomplishments. They may also apply, or in some cases instantly qualify, for one or more of the Society’s numerous awards and scholarships.

12th Annual Communication Awards Held on May 3rd

The 12th annual Communication Awards was held Friday, May 3, in the
Walter Edge Theater at Atlantic Cape Community College. The Oscar-style event featured
student-produced videos and performances by five “Communication Major of the Year”
nominees: Evan Fisher, Gianna Malgieri, Rachel Dougherty, Maria Gonzalez and Jalen Hudgins. The 2019 Communication Major of the Year award was presented to Jalen Hudgins.

The event featured 107 awards handed out in more than 40 categories including
journalism, public relations, public speaking, performing arts, film and television. Individual students, alumni, faculty and media professionals will be awarded for their work in the field.

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The show also featured remarks by Pete Thompson, local sports radio host and former NBC-40 sportscaster. Ken Kin will be honored as Communication Alumni of the Year. Kin, of Galloway, graduated in 2014 and was the only student to ever receive the Volunteer Service Award, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and serve as Communication Major of the Year in the event’s history. He is a recent graduate of Stockton University.

For more information about this event contact Associate Professor of Communication Keith Forrest at (609) 343-4994 or

April & May 2019 Birthdays!

April 2019

Lynette Ingram, April 1; Suzanne FiedlerRavi Manimaran; April 2; Christine Gamboa, April 3; Millie Ciraolo, April 5; Rhonda Petruzzi, Erin Mercer April 8; Norman McKiverVickie Melograno, April 9; Dorothy FilomenaBrenda Kuhar, April 10; Aline Milligan, Keith Forrest, April 12; Laurie Lemons, April 14; Judy DeSalvoNeera Desai, April 17; Jennifer Martucci, April 21; Joseph Krafft, April 26; Dorie Keener, April 27; Stephanie Natale, April 28; Edward Perkins, April 29.

May 2019:

Rachel Dieterly, Carolyn Messina, Kimberly Weber, May 1; Ken Richter, May 2; Miriam Mast, May 4; Daniel Mascione, May 5; Jennifer Campbell, Marcia Lasasso, May 6; Larisa Platt, May 7; David Capelli, May 8; Kenneth Dieterly, Afton Koontz, Joseph O’Neil, May 11; Myra Caplan, May 13; Caroline Espinal Bueno, May 14; Maryann Correll, Sandra Montanez, May 18; Tara Yard, May 19; Kevin Barnes, Stephen Reynolds, Sasigala Satiyanesan, May 20; Ian O’Neill, May 21; Gail MacBurnie, May 23; Maryann McGhee, May 25; Anne Bracarello, Mari Zgombic, May 26; Elsamma Varghese, Jenna Williamson, May 29; Nicholas Leonetti, May 30.