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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.

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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.

September & October Transfer Opportunities

September 2019 Transfer Days:
September 9th:  10a-2p  Mays Landing G-Lobby  FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

September 23rd:  9a-2p  Mays Landing G-Lobby  Georgian Court University

September 23rd:  10a-2p Mays Landing G Lobby Moore College of Art & Design  (Bring your portfolio for a free review)”

October 2019 Transfer Fairs (All Days 10am-1pm):
October 15th Mays Landing campus G-lobby
October 16th Cape May County Campus 1st floor lobby
October 17th Worthington Atlantic City campus 1st floor
Stockton University Instant Decision Days (by appointment): October 22nd & November 18th
For requirements or to schedule an appointment contact Wendy Gray wgray@atlantic.edu.
Upcoming Transfer Visits may be found by visiting http://www.atlantic.edu/admission/transferadmissions/index.php  or checking the college Events Calendar.

 

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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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