Category Archives: Here’s the Scoop

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.

Atlantic Cape Students Tour New Stockton University Campus in AC

Students from the Worthington and Mays Landing campuses visited Stockton University on Friday April 5, 2019. Vita Stovall, Advisor and Adjunct Professor of Social Science took seven students from Worthington, Bibi Asma, Shagufta Bibi, Marta Stott, Cecilia Doan, Jonathan Zuniga, Blanca Hoyos and Cristian Tello. Michael Forest, Counselor and Eric Stewart, Program Coordinator from The Student Success Center took three students: Christina Kane, Nilela Scott and Asia Alexander to experience first-hand the atmosphere at the new Atlantic City four-year university. James Rodia, Assistant Director of Admissions greeted the students upon arrival in the state of the art Academic Center.

 

The tour guide, Alex Marino, Director of Operations was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and gave excellent details about all the programs available to prospective students. He encouraged everyone to live on campus for that real college experience.

After the tour, students were treated to a fabulous buffet lunch that was so graciously provided by the Stockton University kitchen staff. The students found the Stockton experience very valuable.

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Atlantic Cape Students Present Work at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium

Atlantic Cape students Amanda Brady, Kiera Quade, and Jennifer Johnston (pictured left-right) presented work at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Colloquium held on March 29 at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.

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Amanda presented her research paper on rape culture written for Composition II; Kiera, an explication of trans poet Justice Ameer’s poem “body without the d” written for Introduction to Literature; and Jennifer, a monologue about sexual assault titled “The Time Is Now” written for Creative Writing. Also in attendance were Associate Professor of Social Sciences Heather Boone, Professor of English Effie Russell, and Assistant Professor of English Rich Russell, who moderated the panel on Gender and Genre.

The mission of the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium is “to ensure the continued strength, visibility and development of interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies at universities and colleges in New Jersey.”

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.

Black History Month 2019 – A Visit From Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly

The Worthington campus continued their celebration of Black History Month on Tuesday February 26, 2019. The Honorable Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton, NJ spoke to an audience of more than 65 students. He spoke about how proud he is of Cumberland County and the partnership they have with the George Washington Carver Education Foundation, which opened the first Carver Early College High School cohort on Cumberland County College’s campus in 2017 with 50 students from Bridgeton High School. Mayor Kelly referenced that students throughout Cumberland County have been provided with a pathway to a brighter future by being able to earn their high school diploma and a college degree simultaneously. Additionally, the mayor spoke about his incentives to bring more business properties to Bridgeton and how the residents are anticipating a new Wawa coming soon. He was extremely proud of Bridgeton’s Gateway’s Emergency Assistance Food Pantry which distributes bulk food supplies free of charge to needy residents. He shared an interesting fact that the meatballs in a subway sandwich are made in his city. Mayor Kelly is so proud of his administration and his accomplishments that he calls his city “The Great City of Bridgeton”.

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In addition, Mayor Kelly spoke about what Black History Month meant to him.  He referenced he is the first Black mayor of Bridgeton and served as the president of all the mayors in the State of NJ. He provided a picture of his great, great, great grandmother and other relatives born in the eighteenth century. He spoke about his great, great grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Pitts Wright a Captain in the confederate army in 1907. He informed the audience that Cumberland County played a large role in South Jersey’s efforts to help runaway slaves seek their freedom. Mayor Kelly stated that Harriet Tubman passed through Bridgeton as an Underground Railroad route running from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Canada.

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A gigantic thank you to Dean Donna Vassallo for providing refreshments, Cynthia Correa, Director Student Services and Institutional Career Services for welcoming the students and sharing thoughts on Black History Month, Gwen McIntyre, ESL Coordinator and Modern Languages, Dr. Nancy Purcell and Afton Koontz, English and Katie Hetu, Jessica Kalisa, and Gabby LaMonaca, College Pathways for encouraging their students to support this event.

Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Sciences Instructor

Black History Month 2019 – Open Mic Night Finale in Atlantic City

Students from the Worthington campus ended their Black History Month celebration being entertained with an Open Mic competition on Wednesday 27, 2019. The activity was created to complement their academic curriculum and to augment the student’s Black History educational experience. Vita Stovall, Student Services Advisor understands extracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development. Taking part in these out-of-the-classroom cultural activities helps students to mature socially by providing a setting for student interaction, relationship formation, and discussion.

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Seven students sign-up to compete in the Open Mic activity and six actually performed. Marc Desir, played the Congo, Jerry Grasty, sang a capella at times singing in an African dialect, Precious McCoy, recited poetry, Amna Malik, performed Henna Art on the hand of student Clenmari Almeida-Aquino , Songan Bazemore, wrote an original Blues rendition he played on the saxophone, and Quran Dabney took to the stage and showed off his African dance moves. The students performed in front of a crowded audience that cheered them on in support. The judges had to collaborate to break a tie between the saxophone and dance performances. The winner was announced: a General Studies major who performed an original dance piece, Quran Dabney. He received ovations from the screaming crowd. Quran won a Dell Chrome Book. The Worthington students found the experience of an Open Mic competition very exciting and uplifting.

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Student Services would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time: Kenyatta Collins, Asst. Professor, Psychology, Dr. Susan DeCicco, Program Coordinator Workforce Development, and SGA for sponsoring the activity.

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Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Science Instructor

 

Buccaneers Baseball Team Supports Basketball against Ocean County

Buccaneers Baseball Night at Basketball
Staff Writer, February 5, 2019

The Gym on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus was rocking as the Baseball Buccaneers came out in force to support their brothers and sisters on the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they competed against the Ocean County College Vikings.

“We teach our guys to be men for others; supporting our fellow Buccaneer athletes is one small way – and a fun way – to fulfill that obligation,” said Head Buccaneer Baseball Coach Rod Velardi. And what a fun night it was. The Baseball team watched and cheered vigorously as the women Buccaneers soundly defeated the Vikings.

“Hopefully, having almost thirty players and coaches in the stands shouting and cheering them on helped motivate our young ladies,” added Velardi. “In any case, they looked terrific out there. I’m sure Coach Fred is proud. I know we were.”
After the game, the Baseball team congratulated the young ladies and they all posed to have their pictures taken together before they retired to the stands to share pizza as they waited for the men’s game to begin.

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Sean Dillon and Oscar Tejada join the line of Buccaneer Baseball Players as they Congratulate the Women’s Basketball Team on their great win. Smiles all around.

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Buccaneer Baseball Players Join the Women’s Basketball Team for a Victory Pose after their terrific and exciting win over Ocean County

 

The ladies joined the Baseball Team as they enjoyed pizza together and waited for the men’s game to begin. And what a game it was. For most of the game it was like watching a heavyweight prize fight as the two teams charged up and down the court, exchanging blows and trading points in a tight see-saw battle as the first half ended with the Vikings up by only two points.

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The Buccaneers Baseball Team watches intently as the men battle the visiting Vikings in a tense contest.

The second half started where the first half left off. Some spectacular dunks by the Buccaneers brought the Baseball Team to their feet yelling and cheering their comrades on. Back and forth they went. The Vikings pulled away at one point only to see the Buccaneers valiantly battle back. In the end, the Vikings pulled out the victory; but the Buccaneers never quit.

It made you wonder if there was more time, maybe the Bucs would have prevailed. We may never know. What we do know is it was a fun night for all involved and the Buccaneer basketball players – men and women – definitely impressed the baseball team.

Head Baseball Coach Rod Velardi succinctly summed up the evening, “This was a great night for our Baseball Team as we hope it was for the Basketball Teams. The students at this college really need to support their athletic teams. These kids work so hard and the games are terrifically entertaining. We will definitely do more of this next year. We salute the basketball teams and their wonderful coaches.”

In the meantime, Coach Velardi and his team have an exciting season of baseball coming up, starting Sunday, March 3 at beautiful Surf Stadium in Atlantic City. There is no doubt the baseball team is hoping for Atlantic Cape fans to show up and bring that Buccaneer Spirit with them!

 

December Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating in December:

Josette Katz, Dec. 3; Denise Petro, Dec. 7; Karen Zaniewski, Dec. 9; Dolores Giannini, Jolie Masters, Dec. 10; Edwin Nieves, Harry Whitelam, Dec. 11; Tonya Cooper, Dec. 12; Leslie Atherholt, Michelle Andrews, Dec. 13; Matthew Miller, Dec. 14; Tammy DeFranco, Michele Leacott, Charita McClain, Pam Baker, Virginia Macrie, Dec. 16; Crista Golden, Dec. 20; Cheryl Ann Garwood, Dec. 22; Lisa Stein, Dec. 27; Carolyn Coulter, Maria Giordano, Dec. 28.

Happy birthday to the part-time faculty and adjunct professors celebrating in December:

Monique JohnsSilvia Schottinger Dec. 2; Linda FichetolaErnest Gratz, Dec. 4; Brandie Cesari, Dec. 6; Aida Colon, Douglas Dimeler, Dec. 7; Cheryl Crews-Lynch, Susan Elmer, Dec. 9; Michael Seidenstricker, Dec. 10; Raymond Lopez, Kathleen McCabePeggy McFarlane, Dec. 11; Maxine Patroni, Dec. 13; Thomas Kluxen, Mary Miklasz, Dec. 14; Michael Rowan; Dec. 17; Dorothea DunayerLester Keeper, Dec. 18; Jen Lee, Dec. 19; Eddy Demosthene, Dec. 21; Ralph IvieKevin Garcia-Rios, Dec. 22; Sherry Jurasinski, Dec. 23; Michael JohnsonAllison KellySusan OlaschinezDonna Szemcsak, Dec. 24; Scott ChernoffChristina Michalowski, Dec. 25; Debra Scott, Dec. 28; Keith Carmack, Dec. 29; Edward DormerPatricia Kennedy, Dec. 30; Frederick Daniel, Dec. 31.

Here’s the Scoop – Nov. 21

A message from Donna Vassallo, Dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus: 

The Worthington Atlantic City Campus was proud to participate in “Chalk About AC,” an event hosted today by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation held on Saturday, Oct. 14.  The chalk effort, in its third year, is one of several the foundation has been working on in the city to foster art and inspiration. Over 120 students worked alongside local artists in beautifying Brown’s Park and other AC locations with chalk art.  Atlantic Cape was the host site for registration and lunch.


A message from Susan DePhilippis, Associate Professor of ESL and Chair, General Studies Degree Program Advisory Committee:

The ESL and Modern Languages Department is grateful to its new partners who have formed an advisory board for the General Studies Program. At its inaugural meeting on October 17, 2018, the committee offered a variety of practical, useful ideas for application to the program, particularly advising strategies for students to stay on track toward graduation.

The committee is a combination of representatives from the EHT Chick-Fil-A (Josh Maxwell, Mina Kim and Rick Paton); ACUA (Harry Gallagher); the United States Air Force (TSgt Christina Noriega); Stockton University (Dr. Rob Gregg); Rutgers University (Elizabeth Moore and Jason Jankowski); and Atlantic Cape administrators and faculty (Dr. Denise Coulter, Gwen McIntyre, Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, Dr. Curtis Andrews, Dr. Augie Nigro, Susan DePhilippis).

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PICTURE:  Dr. Gregg, Harry Gallapgher, Mina Kim, Rick Paton, Stephanie Natale-Boianella,  Dr. Nigro, Dr. Coulter, Dr. Andrews, Susan DePhilippis, Jason Jankowski, Elizabeth Moore, TSgt Christina Noriega, Gwen McIntyre


A message from Denise-Marie Coulter, Dean of Liberal Studies:

Professor Tony DeLuca had guitarist Teddy Royal visit his Music Appreciation class at Worthington Center to discuss with students his experience as a professional musician. Royal, a guitarist, was born in New York, but he traveled the world playing jazz, blues and rock and roll with a number of artists, including the Four Pennies, the Nevill brothers and Fats Domino. He said the latter was like a father figure to him and a terrific cook, let alone an amazing musical artist. Royal demonstrated his talent for the students and answered their questions. Here is a photograph of Mr. Royal and Mr. DeLuca with the class.

IMG_9919.JPGPICTURE: Enoch Grigsby, Amy Aikens,Brandon Phan, Sierra Honeycutt, Mr. Teddy Royal, Professor DeLuca, Riley Gersham (also in first picture with Teddy and Prof. DeLuca), Quran Dabney, Karen Balderas, Jeremiah Lazorko,  Anirah Rex, Eden Lazorko.

Dr. Nancy Purcell’s Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) students recently collaborated on a research project focused on the causes of procrastination. They reported their findings on a bulletin board outside of their classroom for public consumption. Here is a picture of Dr. Purcell and the students who created the bulletin board.

IMG_9922.JPGPICTURE: Brett Cook, N’yak Bradley, Marc Depiero, Michelle Escoto, Aasia Muhammad, Sadaat Taylor, Hasib Ullah, Jennifer Asencio, Gabriella Taylor, Mohammed Khan and Atiyah Brooks.


A Message from Judy DeSalvo, Office Assistant, Academy of Culinary Arts:

I would like to thank the college community and my culinary family for the cards, prayers and condolences I received for the recent loss of my father.  It was truly appreciated.

 


Carol Fraone, College Recruiter, shared the following admissions and recruitment updates:

Egg Harbor Township Branch Library visit on Nov. 19:

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Career Fair at Schalick High School on Nov. 15:

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Winslow Township High School on Nov. 12:

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Fall Festival in Mays Landing on Nov. 10:

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NACAC National College Fair on Nov 1:

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Perth Amboy Recruitment Fair on Oct 26:

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Career Council at Riverwinds on Oct. 25:Career Council @riverwinds 10_25

Pennsauken High School College Fair on Oct. 17

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Camden Technical School College Fair Oct. 16: Camden Technical School College Fair

Life in the City Unity Day in Egg Harbor City on Oct. 13:

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November Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Bo Zilovic, Nov. 1; Eileen Curristine, Nov. 3; Gorgianne Giordano, Nov. 5; Stephen FiskJesse Kurtz, Nov. 6; Clifton Sudler, Nov. 7; Jean McAlister, Nov. 10; Gwen McIntyre, Nov. 13; Christopher Vallese, Nov. 16; Danays Hernandez, Nov. 17; Regina Van Epps, Nov. 19; Darick Garrison, Nov. 22; JoAnna Johns, Heather Boone, Nov. 23; Polly Thierler, Nov. 25; Luis MontefuscoAugustine Nigro, Nov. 29.