Monthly Archives: September 2019

Student Engagement Welcome Back & Volunteer Events

Student Government had a busy start to the semester; volunteering for the NJ Family First Festival sponsored by New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy. The event was focused on providing resources and education to the community to end infant mortality rates in Atlantic City.

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SGA traveled to the Worthington Atlantic City and Cape May County Campuses to provide assistance for New Student Day. Members participated on a student –led discussion panel about their college experiences and gave helpful tips.

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SGA hosted two fun filled days of Welcome Back Club Recruitment for the Mays Landing Campus. Some highlights were Voter Registration, Rutgers Philly Pretzels, Hungry Hippo Challenge, Paint Your Pumpkin, Boardwalk Style Photo booth and Carmel Apple Creations! ACCCEA was on hand to bring the Treats!

 

A Silent Memorial Observation was hosted by Student Engagement in Memory of the victims of 9/11. A pictorial display was shown followed by the movie “102 Minutes that Changed America”.

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Student Engagement celebrated Constitution Day with a NJ Ballot Bowl Kick Off event featuring “Ben Franklin”. Students were able to ask questions about the Constitution and Ben gave the students a history lesson. Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections was on hand to assist students with voter registration. Gabrielle (Atlantic Cape Alumni) and Joy answered student’s questions and registered 11 new voters!

SGA traveled to the Cape May Campus to assist with New Student Day. SGA led panel discussions about their college experience and gave tips for success.

Aviation Studies program participates on Air Mobility panel at the 5th annual UAS conference

Aviation studies professor Jim Eberwine, 2nd from right, spoke on the Air Mobility panel at the 5th annual UAS conference in Cape May County. The Atlantic Cape Aviation Studies program was a co-sponsor of the event, which explores the latest issues and efforts in drone technology with innovators from throughout New Jersey and adjoining States.

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For more information on the conference, visit the UAS Conference page here.

Joshua Carroll earns WAS certification, CPWA designation from International Association of Accessibility Professionals

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Joshua Carroll, Instructional Technology, earned the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

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 WAS credential is IAAP’s technical level exam for an individual with at least an intermediate level of detailed technical knowledge about WCAG guidelines and other related web accessibility topics.

Those successfully passing both the WAS and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) exams earn the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) credential. Josh joins roughly 200 people worldwide holding this designation.

For more information visit: www.accessibilityassociation.org

Atlantic Cape Library Hosts Book Discussion of “Trevor Noah: Born A Crime”

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The Atlantic Cape library hosted a book discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 in the Spangler Library. 

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

For more information, here’s an article about the author and his story: https://bit.ly/2gYbn8a. Trevor Noah is a terrific narrator and the audio version is excellent. Print and audio copies are available through the public library. 

More book discussions will be announced soon. For more information contact Janet Hauge, Director of Academic Support Services at jhauge@atlantic.edu

Atlantic Cape Ballot Bowl 2019 Kick-Off

At Atlantic Cape, we hosted our Ballot Bowl kick-off with a celebration of Constitution Day on our Mays Landing campus. We had a special guest appearance from “Ben Franklin” himself, who distributed pocket-sized copies of the Constitution and spoke to students about the importance of voting and civic engagement. We also had a Voter Registration table to get students registered and answer any questions they had about the process.

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New Jersey Ballot Bowl

Civic engagement is key to our civic health. A core mission of the New Jersey Department of State is to promote civic engagement through voting. They want to ensure that everyone who is qualified to vote is encouraged and unencumbered in casting their ballot. That way we can live up to the promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal and deserve every chance to live out our dreams.

To encourage and promote civic engagement, particularly among our young people, the Department of State and Secretary of State Tahesha Way announced the launch of the 2019 New Jersey Ballot Bowl – A Statewide Non-Partisan Voter Registration Competition Led By and For Students.

Students at campuses across the state will compete against one another to register the most students to vote.

Gerri Black Publications Room Dedication Ceremony & Reception

On September 5th, 2019 college faculty, staff, board/foundation members and the community gathered to celebrate the life and work of retired Atlantic Cape English Professor Gerri Black at the unveiling of the Publications Room being named in her memory. Rich Russell Jr., who dedicated the room, and President Gaba opened by welcoming guests to the ceremony. Following the remarks, readings from Gerri Black’s work was presented by Rich Russell, Effie Russell, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Katie Weightman, Heather Boone and Leila Crawford.

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After the celebration of her work, guests walked to the Publications Room in G Building where the new plaque was unveiled by Professor Russell and Dr. Gaba. Guests then enjoyed a reception featuring light refreshments and a book of Gerri’s poems which was available to view.

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Gerri Black became an Atlantic Cape Community College adjunct instructor in January 1991 teaching developmental English. In September 1992, Gerri was appointed as a full-time, Assistant Professor and in 2008, Gerri was promoted to Associate Professor of English. The evaluations she received from her students were always consistently positive and in 2006 and 2007 she was voted as Faculty Member of the Year by the student body. She was included in “Who’s Who Among American Educators” numerous times.

At Atlantic Cape for 10 years, she took on the role of faculty advisor to Rewrites Literary and Art Magazine. Gerri and the Rewrites staff also offered a literary information newsletter called “First Draft.” She was awarded a fellowship to Princeton University in 2010-2011. A prolific writer herself, Gerri was a published poet and accomplished bookmaker. A member of the Great Bay Gallery poets and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, she often had her work exhibited at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts.

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After 20 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the college, and especially her students, Gerri retired from Atlantic Cape on February 1, 2013. Near the end of 2014, Ms. Black established the Gerri Black Creative Writing Endowment Scholarship for students with an interest in writing and majoring in either English or Communication Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College. Professor Gerri Black passed away in March 2015.

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Run Away for 24 Hours to Washington, D.C. (Part 1) – The Traveling Adjunct

Heading to DC for a quick getaway, but interested in doing more than the usual tourist stuff? Here are some suggestions for spending 24 hours in the nation’s capital!

Saturday

11:30am: Arrival

We parked our car at our hotel and off we went! We were staying downtown (near the White House) so we took a $10 ride share over to the market to save time for our first stop of the day.

Noon: Check out a Farmers Market

What? A farmers market? In DC? Yup! Eastern Market! Okay, so Eastern Market isn’t strictly a “farmers market”, but in addition to fresh produce, you can find all sorts of arts and crafts at the outdoor section. There’s also an indoor section that sells meats, etc. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the market’s been around for 136 years! There are all sorts of restaurants and cafes, so stay around for lunch like we did! 225 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

1:30 pm: Lunch … and dessert: Head to the District….District Taco!

Yeah, District Taco is a chain restaurant in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but my burrito was delish. Besides, we were really hungry and in the mood for Mexican food. I had a veggie and guacamole burrito and my husband had a grilled chicken burrito bowl. Lunch was about $25 and it fueled us for our walk. The District Taco we ate at was near the Eastern Market.

Oh, and we had to get some gelato, because, well, just because…

Still at Eastern Market, we stopped at Pitango Gelato where I had a scoop of rhubarb and a scoop of matcha (it sounds odd, but the tart of the rhubarb went well with the sweet of the matcha). Hubby, ever predictable, had stracciatella.

3:00 pm: Go green with envy at the United States Botanic Garden

To escape the blistering heat, we decided to take a stroll through the free U.S. Botanic Garden. First envisioned by George Washington, it wasn’t until 1820 that the U.S. Congress established the U.S. Botanic Garden. It’s one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001.

6:00 p.m. Happy Hour!

While neither one of us is a big drinker, we headed to happy hour at Fig & Olive for aperitivos! (that’s just fancy for happy hour!) An upscale chain in DC, New York and Los Angeles (among other places), there were tons of locals. I had a Champs de Fraises (Sparkling Wine with Strawberry Confiture, Elderflower Liqueur, Citrus Bitters & Earl Grey Tea) and Hubby had a Rosselini (Passion Fruit Vodka, Blood Orange Juice, Lime Juice). They were both awesome! And we had a little bowl of mixed olives with our drinks…mmmmm.

We stayed for dinner, which wasn’t as delish as the drinks, so we each had another drink. This time, I had a Soulflower (Gin, Rosemary, Honey, Lemon Juice, Aquafaba Foam & Lavender Bitters) and Hubby had the Fig & Olive (Muddled Grapes, Basil, Lemon Juice, Gin, Lillet Blanc)… and then we promptly returned to our hotel and fell sleep!

* Aquafaba is the liquid left over from cooking beans…. you know, the liquid in the can most of us pour down the drain!

Come back next month to find out what we did in the second part of our “run away”!

 

 

 

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.  

Get Your Vermont On!  5 Things to Do in Rutland – The Traveling Adjunct

So, what’s there to do in Rutland? On a Saturday? In the summer? A lot, as it turns out!

You might only think of Vermont as a ski destination in the winter or as a place to go leaf peeping in the fall. We took a spur of the moment road trip to Rutland in the summer and there were plenty of activities to keep us busy! Here are just a few!

But first, a bit about Rutland, Vermont…

  • Location: Rutland County, southern Vermont
  • Population: 15,440 (2017)
  • It’s the 3rd largest city in Vermont , behind Burlington and South Burlington
  • It covers 7.68 square miles
  • Not to be confused: There’s a Rutland city and a Rutland town. Rutland town has a population of around 4,000. Although Rutland town completely surrounds Rutland city, they’re distinctly and separately incorporated. Who knew?

What’s There To Do?

  1. Go to a farmers market

The Vermont Farmers Market is really fantastic. It has a summer market in two locations – one in Rutland and one in Fair Haven. There’s even a winter farmers market in Rutland!

  1. Check out the street art!

Turns out, there’s a lot of street art in downtown Rutland!

  1. Do some mountain biking

Okay, so not strictly in Rutland, but Killington is nearby. Although we weren’t in the Rutland/Killington area to mountain bike, we did take a ride past the Killington Bike Park. At 10 am it was buzzing with activity! Bring your bike or rent one at the Snowshed Lodge at Killington. Ride the gondola with your bike and ride down one of the many trails. Passes can be steep (pun intended) even if you buy online ($51 for an advance purchase 1-day weekend pass), but it looks like the fun you’ll have may be well worth the price!

  1. Don’t forget lunch!

Named as the best sandwich place in Vermont by Travel & Leisure, the Sandwich Shoppe doesn’t disappoint! And the owners couldn’t be nicer!

  1. And if you’re around…

Vermont State Fair is in Rutland.

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This was an excerpt from the original post.  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.  

Fiji is Calling – You Should Answer! By The Traveling Adjunct

Like you really need a reason to go to Fiji? Just in case you had any doubt, here are some of the best reasons to start planning your Fiji adventure!

But first, a bit about Fiji…

  • Located northeast of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean, it’s part of Melanesia

  • It’s officially known as the Republic of Fiji

  • It was under British rule from 1874 until its independence in 1970

  • There are 330 islands in Fiji covering about 194,000 square kilometers or 75,000 square miles

  • Only 10% of that area is land

  • Only 1/3 of those islands are inhabited

  • Population: over 900,000

  • Two islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for ¾ of the population

  • Capital: Suva, located on the island of Viti Levu

  • Fiji’s Rugby sevens team is the reigning Olympic gold medalists and has won the Rugby World Cup Sevens twice.

  • Super cool fact: Fiji was the first country to use GPS in aviation! Here’s the article about in on BBC.

 

Airfare: It’s more affordable than you think

When I received an email for a Black Friday sale on airfare on Fiji Airways for flights from Los Angeles from $729 roundtrip to Fiji, I thought, wow that’s doable! Sure, from the east coast of the U.S. you’ve gotta get yourself to the west coast, and the flight to Fiji is looong, but my point is, the cost of getting there is not as insane as you might think.

Activities: There’s Tons of Stuff to Do…Or Nothing at All

We were going to Fiji primarily to scuba dive, but it’s also known as a big surfing destination. Don’t dive or surf? Then how about ziplining, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing? Sure you can probably do those things in other places, but why not do them in Fiji? Oh yeah, or you could just hang out in a hammock by the beach….


Hospitality: The People are incredibly kind and friendly

Everyone says “Bula”! While the actual definition of “Bula” in Fijian means life or health, it seems to be used in the same way as “aloha” is used in Hawaii – as a greeting!

 

Accomodations: From Budget to Luxury

There are a range of accommodations to suit any budget, including well know chains, like Hilton, Radisson, Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, Intercontinental, etc., but we stayed at a resort specifically geared toward divers and surfers.

Islands: Take Your Pick

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are tons of islands to choose from. Due to time constraints, we stayed on Viti Levu.

The Food is Fantastic!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially as a vegetarian, but the variety and quality of food was surprisingly…INCREDIBLE! Yeah, there was fish, but there was also vegetarian food, and meat like chicken, beef and lamb!

We sampled traditional Fijian Lovo, the Fijian version of barbecue. Lovo not only refers to the traditional way of cooking meals in an underground oven, but also to the underground oven the meal is cooked in. Fiji also has a large Indian population (who knew), and that influence is apparent in its cuisine.

So, there are just a few reasons to plan a trip and pack your suitcase for Fiji!

 

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This article was an excerpt from the post, “Fiji is Calling – You Should Answer!”

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!  She’s  a member of the North American TravelJournalists Association!

August 2019 Board of Trustee Meeting

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at the Mays Landing campus. The following motions were presented:

In Contracts and Purchases, the Board approved:

  • Revising the college’s bidding threshold to coincide and agree with the County College Purchasing Law’s newly established threshold of $36,400.00 effective September 1, 2019.
  • Bid Ex. 832 Blackboard, 3-year contract, Blackboard, Inc., Washington, DC, $533,846.46.
  • Bid Ex. 835 Nursing Assessment Program, Assessment Technologies, Overland Park, KS, Perkins Grant, $90,000.00.
  • Bid Ex. 836 SimBaby Manikin, Laerdal Medical Corp., Wappingers Fall, NY, Perkins Grant, $56,162.49.
  • Authorization of a 1.5-year contract with Delta Dental.
  • Authorization to hire The Elevator Company to repair the Worthington Atlantic City Campus elevator at a cost not to exceed $18,649.00.
  • Authorization of a contract with Herlihy Helicopters Inc., DBA Helicopter Flight Services (HFS) of Medford, NJ for helicopter rentals.

 

In Personnel Matters, the Board approved:

  • The appointment of Rachel Amir, Technician, Information Technology Services effective August 26, 2019.
  • The appointment of Sharon Andress, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Nursing and Health Sciences effective September 3, 2019.
  • The appointment of Erin DeLong, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Nursing and Health Sciences effective September 3, 2019.
  • The appointment of Rachel Dieterly, Temporary Science Lab Assistant effective August 21, 2019.
  • The appointment of Stephanie Neville, Senior Nursing Clinical Instructor, Nursing and Health Sciences effective August 26, 2019.
  • The appointment of Anne Osman, Assistant Director, CDA, Workforce Development effective August 21, 2019.
  • The appointment of Kim Stowell, Manager, Office of Cape May County Campus Dean/Campus Operations effective September 4, 2019.
  • The appointment of William Simms, Technician, Information Technology Services effective August 21, 2019.
  • The appointment of Peter Quinn, Maintenance Mechanic I, Facilities effective August 21, 2019.
  • The appointment of Kenneth Cabarle, Assistant Professor, Science effective September 3, 2019.
  • The appointment of Victor DeMusz, Security Officer II/Sergeant effective August 21, 2019.
  • The resignation of Clifford Burns, Technician, Information Technology Services retroactive to July 19, 2019.
  • The resignation of Carleton Fernanders, Security Officer II/Sergeant, Security and Public Safety retroactive to August 2, 2019.
  • The resignation of Michael Rennick, Senior Manager, Grants, Resource Development retroactive to August 16, 2019.
  • The re-appointments of five (5) Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educators, effective July 29, 2019.

 

In Financial Matters, the Board approved:

  • FY19 Draft Financial Statement for twelve months ended June 30, 2019 as of August 5, 2019.
  • FY20 Financial Statement for one month ended July 31, 2019.
  • The Tuition and Fee Schedule incorporating Aviation course fees.

 

In Grants, the Board approved:

  • Submission of an application for a Capacity-Building Grant for the Community College Opportunity Grant Program, in order to provide planning, outreach and recruitment of students eligible under the Governor’s Community College Opportunity Grant Program (CCOG), requesting a grant up to $300,000 over the FY20 academic year.
  • Acceptance of a sub-grant of $791,106 from the NJ Health Professions Consortium, over the grant term of July 15, 2019 – July 14, 2023, to advance health career apprenticeships and expand opportunities for H1-B visa holders.

 

In Other Business, the Board:

  • Reaffirmed the following policies: Policy No. 701 Professional Ethics for Purchasing, Policy No. 706 Purchases for the Personal Use of Employees and Policy No. 707 Property Records.
  • Honored the legacy of Mr. Thomas Milhous and extend to his family and friends its sincere condolences.

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. on the Mays Landing campus.