Category Archives: Accomplishments

Atlantic Cape Social Science Professor Receives National Service Award

mcelroyAtlantic Cape Community College Associate Professor of Social Science Donna Marie McElroy, M.S.W., of Egg Harbor Township, will receive the Outstanding Service Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to recognize outstanding service to her community. Awards will be presented Oct. 27 at the Annual Social Work Gala at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

This award recognizes the best social work values and accomplishments demonstrated by members’ contributions to the profession of social work within the community. McElroy is being lauded specifically for teaching and serving as the chair of NASW-NJ Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit, which bestowed the award.

“Helping students achieve their goals and realize their own potential and preparing them for jobs in human services,” McElroy says, is what she finds most rewarding about her work. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College Earns a Top Ranking for Online Degree Programs in New Jersey recently ranked Atlantic Cape Community College eighth overall in New Jersey for online education and degree programs. More than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities were ranked nationwide, including 46 in New Jersey, on various factors, including the number of programs offered, affordability, academic and career counseling, and job placement services. is a resource for people seeking information about online colleges and degree programs. This year’s ranking was based on 11 criteria, using 2014 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Atlantic Cape currently offers the following 12 degree programs entirely online: Business, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Database Design and Development, General Studies, History, Literature, Office Systems Technology, Psychology and Social Science. Continue reading

Accomplishments–Sept. 30, 2016

Robyn McCullough, admissions, graduated from Neumann University on Aug. 18, 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a GPA of 3.90. McCullough is also 2012 Atlantic Cape graduate.

Janet Marler, associate dean of Academic Support Services, was appointed to the New Jersey Library Network Review Board by State Librarian Mary Chute for a two-year term.  The board’s purpose is to advise the State Librarian on matters related to statewide and inter-regional programs and services, including interaction and linkage between the New Jersey Library Network with other state’s networks and national networks.

Accomplishments–July 28, 2016

At the University of New England’s graduation ceremonies on May 21, Barbara Heard, assistant professor of biology, earned the degree of doctor of education in educational leadership. Her research evaluated the effectiveness of specific accommodations provided for students with blindness and visual impairments in the college biology laboratory. An article summarizing the study results was published in Future Reflections, a National Federation of the Blind publication for parents and teachers of students with blindness and visual impairments. The article is available at Science is For Everyone. She also presented the results of her study in a workshop at the annual conference of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society in Atlanta on May 25.

Dr. Josette Katz, professor of hospitality management, attended the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Conference in Dallas, this month. She was responsible for co-chairing and moderating ICHRIE’s Leadership Institute and gave a presentation on “Exploring Exit Exams in Assessing Hospitality Management Programs.” Dr. Katz, a former president of this international group, is recognized as one of its “Master Teachers.” She also attended the Accreditation Commission of Programs of Hospitality Administration meeting where she serves as a Commissioner.

Cape May Court House Resident Receives Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award at Atlantic Cape Community College

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Susan Van Rossum of Cape May Court House

Susan Van Rossum of Cape May Court House won Atlantic Cape Community College’s Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award at the Adjunct Appreciation Event, May 25, at the Mays Landing Country Club.

Van Rossum teaches English at Atlantic Cape, and was honored with a $300 check and engraved plaque.

The eight other nominees for the award included: Jody Davis of Linwood, ESL and modern languages instructor; Lisa Jones of Hammonton, nursing instructor; Al Kaplan of Galloway, criminal justice instructor; Linda Koch of Cape May Court House, English instructor; Julianne Reinhardt of Galloway, English instructor; Gracellen Thorstensen of Vineland, English instructor; Michelle Wilson of Mays Landing, social science instructor; and Larry Young of Mays Landing, microbiology instructor. Students or colleagues nominated instructors for the award.

Accomplishments–June 9, 2016

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Denise Coulter, dean of Liberal Studies, earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University this spring. Coulter is pictured with other members and teachers from the Community College Leadership cohort, a specific track of the degree that focuses on issues relevant to the community college sector. Congratulations Denise!

Elinor Mattern’s original poem, “One Month after Returning from China,” was published in the Journal for Baha’i Studies.

Susan Van Rossum, English, received the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award at the Adjunct Appreciation Event on May 25 at Mays Landing Country Club, which included a $300 check and engraved plaque.

Nominees for the award included: Jody Davis, ESL and modern languages; Lisa Jones, nursing and allied health; Al Kaplan, criminal justice; Linda Koch, English; Julianne Reinhardt, English; Gracellen Thorstensen, English; Michelle Wilson, social science; and Larry Young, science.


Accomplishments–May 20, 2016

Dr. Mitchell A. Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, has been re-appointed to the NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community Promising Practices Award selection committee.

Brandi Megan Granett, adjunct instructor of English, will have a novel published Sept. 1, titled, “Triple Love Score.”


Accomplishments–May 13, 2016

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, and Sherwood Taylor, director of continuing education and workforce development, represented the college at a statewide meeting April 18 to discuss the implementation of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Career Connections Initiative.

Caesar Niglio, master technician, student affairs, presented at the Ellucian Live 2016 Conference in Denver. The topic was “Student Planning: A Success Story” highlighting how Atlantic Cape Community College implemented student planning including, but not limited to, necessary changes to degree audit, sample plan creation, related program creation, implementation decisions, testing, training, student feedback and roll out.

Keith Forrest Named Atlantic Cape’s Faculty Member Of The Year for Third Time

The students of Atlantic Cape Community College have named Associate Professor of Communication Keith Forrest Faculty Member of the Year.

Forrest, of Collingswood, is widely published with his essays and commentaries appearing in numerous publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also a producer at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Accomplishments–April 22, 2016

Rosanne Weiss, senior adjunct of Information Systems and Aviation Studies, served as a judge at the first annual programming contest sponsored by the South Jersey Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Nearly 100 high school students from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland,  Ocean and Monmouth counties competed for prizes and certificates March 18 at Stockton University. The students worked in teams to solve eight challenges, which were scored by a group of judges made up of college professors and students. Rosanne represented Atlantic Cape at this contest.

Keith Forrest, associate professor of communication, presented the paper, “When Fiction and Non-Fiction Collide: Using the Intersection between Journalism and Creative Writing to Help Students Get Published,” at the Transitions and Transactions III Conference at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.