Category Archives: Accomplishments

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


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.

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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.


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.


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.


Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Give Back at Rescue Mission Gala Featuring Darryl Strawberry

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The Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Baseball team was proud to be asked to serve as ushers & greeters for this years Summer Fundraising Gala for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The event was held on August 14th, 2019 at the Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Grand Ballroom. The Keynote speaker for this year’s gala was Darryl Strawberry who graciously met with the coaches and players and took photos with the team.

Coach Rod Velardi presented Mr. Strawberry with a Buccaneers Baseball Team Tie, a Baseball Blazer Crest and the Team Handbook, making him an Honorary Buccaneer!

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission provides hope daily to thousands of individuals and families in need. They provide physical, emotional and other basic needs (through the provision of shelter, clothing, food, counseling, referral and structured programs) of the poor and those who struggle with addictive lifestyles in Atlantic City and the surrounding communities. Their commitment to serving the community mirrors the values and ethics of the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers who strive to be leaders both on and off the field.

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2nd Annual Baseball Commitment Ceremony

The Athletics Department held its second annual Baseball Commitment Ceremony. Letters of Intent were signed by local high school seniors who will attend Atlantic Cape in the Fall.
This year seven commits and their families attended the ceremony. The keynote speaker was Stephen Nehmad, Atlantic Cape Alumni and former baseball player. These promising players come from surrounding area high schools.
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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.

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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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

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