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February 2019 Board of Trustees Minutes

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Approves Grant Submission and Contracts in February Meeting

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday, February 26 at the Mays Landing campus. The following motions were approved by the Board:

In Grants Activity:

  • Approved for the college to submit an application to Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) for the Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey, requesting a grant of up to $10,500 to provide assistance to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 2019 through September 2019 (projected).
  • Approved the amending of the Spending Plan of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Grant.
  • Approved the resolution to authorize the College President to submit grant applications on behalf of the College with Board action taken at the following Board meeting.
  • Submission of a grant application to Easton Foundations/USA Archery by the deadline of March 10, 2019 to purchase equipment to continue and expand hosting of tournaments at the college.

Contracts and Purchases:

  • OQ165, Microsoft Campus License, FY19-20 Information Technology Services, SHI International Corp, Somerset, NJ,
  • Bid 1847, Renovation A-Building, Chapter 12, Hessert Construction, Marlton, NJ, $1,752,000.00.

 

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

  • The appointment of Kelly Johnson, Housekeeper I, Facilities effective February 27, 2019.
  • The resignation of Stephen Fisk, Security Officer/Dispatcher, Security and Public Safety retroactive to February 15, 2019.
  • The resignation of John Thompson, Maintenance Mechanic II, Facilities retroactive to February 1, 2019.
  • The resignation of Ravi Manimaran, Dean of STEM Programs, effective June 30, 2019.
  • The reappointment to one-year terms, effective 7/1/19: Supervisory and Administrative Personnel included in the Bargaining Unit (28); Exempt Supervisory and Administrative Personnel (20); Faculty without Tenure (6) and Faculty Earning Tenure (1).
  • The retirement of Eileen Curristine, Chief Officer, Human Resources, Public Safety & Compliance, effective June 30, 2019.

 

In Financial Matters, the Board: 

  • Approved the draft of its annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2018.
  • Accepted the FY18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), conducted by Bowman & Company LLP. The audit firm issued “an unmodified or ‘clean’ opinion for the financial statements,” and there were no audit findings or recommendations.
  • Approved the FY19 Financial Statement for seven months ended January 31, 2019.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic City campus.

 

Hate Crime Symposium Recap

Hate Crime Symposium – Cape May Campus

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On Thursday, February 21, Cape May County Campus hosted a Hate Crimes Symposium conducted by the FBI and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Over the course of three hours several speakers discussed issues and laws related to hate crimes.
Vernon Addison, Special Agent, FBI reviewed the Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it’s 2010 expansion to include more protected classes and how it applies to crimes committed on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics such as race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or disability. Agent Addison effectively engaged the crowd by quizzing them on their understanding of what would be considered a hate crime using real life cases.
He was followed by Dave D’Amico, Chief Investigator, Middlesex County Dept. of Corrections, who reviewed bias incidents and their investigation, how to respond to and report a hate crime. The symposium was attended by more than 60 people from local law enforcement agencies, churches, schools and municipal governments. Lieutenant. Joseph Landis with the CM Co. Prosecutors office expressed much appreciation for college hosting the event and looks forward to working with us on future projects.
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The Traveling Adjunct Feb 2019 – Where To Celebrate Mardi Gras Besides New Orleans

Other Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Besides New Orleans

New Orleans is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of Mardi Gras, but did you know there are lots of other places that celebrate some version of Mardi Gras?  Here are three that totally on my bucket list! By the way – Mardi Gras is on March 5 this year!

But First…What the heck is Mardi Gras anyway?

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Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’*.  According to Catholic tradition, it’s the last day of celebrations before Lent begins. Lent (from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring”) is the 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday** and ending on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter).  Oh, and no counting Sundays in that 40 days.  Lent is a time to repent and fast.  Frequently, people give up something for Lent.  It might be chocolate, coffee, meat, smoking, or whatever.  

* Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday in some parts of the world.

 **Ash Wednesday starts Lent.  On Ash Wednesday, Catholics go to church services and get an ash cross marked on their farheads as a symbolic way to repent for their sins. In a nutshell, the ash cross is the human body (in the Bible the body is composed of dust) and the body’s returns to dust in death. 

Anyway, the Italians took things to a new level with Carniva – aka, Carnevale. Although it originally meant ‘farewell to the flesh’ (as many people give up meat for Lent), that kinda changed over time.  Carnevale evolved into wild parties, parades, and costumes, and not just in Italy!  It spread all over the world!  Just take a look!

And now, the fun stuff!  Where to go!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The granddaddy of all celebrations,  Carnaval  is no one day deal – uh, uh- it’s a four-day celebration beginning this year on Sunday March 3, and ending on Ash Wednesday (March 6), BUT, when I checked on the Rio Carnaval Party Planner,

 “pre-celebrations” start on Friday, March 1!  The Brazilians sure know how to throw a party!  There are extravagant parades, samba school competitions and awesome food! 

Good to know:  While some of the street parties (balls) are free, others require tickets. Here’s a website.   I found that lists the free and ticketed balls.

 

Dusseldorf, Germany

Yup, Germany.  While many cities celebrate fasching, fastnacht or karneval, Dusseldorf’s Rosenmontag parade is a big deal. First held in 1825, the parade is on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday (you know, Mardi Gras).  There are all kinds of celebrations leading up to the party, but I particularly love Old Hag’s Day (where women run through the streets chasing after men for kisses).  You can find out more on the Dusseldorf Tourism website.  

Montreal Canada

Introduced by 19th century French transplants as a Mardi Gras festival, the Carnaval de Quebec has turned into a celebration of all things Québécois. There are snow sculpture competitions, a canoe race down the frozen St. Lawrence River and crazy food to try like Beaver Tails (fried dough coated with cinnamon and sugar – what’s not to love?).  But, my fave is the carnival mascot, Bonhomme – which looks like a slightly insane mashup of a snowman and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters!   

Have you been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or any of the places above?  

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!  And guess what – she’s now a member of the North AmericanTravel Journalists Association!  

Circle K Club Valentine’s Day Roses

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, members of the Circle K Club at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May Campus and Club Advisor, Donna Marie McElroy, went to Genesis Rehabilitation Center and gave out roses to each resident. Some of the Activities Staff from Genesis are pictured with them below.

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Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Approves Contracts and Naming of Publications Office

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday, January 29 at the Cape May Campus. The following
motions were approved by the Board:

Contracts and Purchases:

  • Bid Ex. 814, PBX Technician Support, Tricomm Service Group, Moorestown NJ,
    FY19 Information Technology Services, $60,000.00 (not to exceed)
  • RFP 222, Architectural Services Chapter 12 and R&R Funds, Contracts will be
    awarded on an individual project basis: Clark Caton Hintz, Trenton, NJ, Remington
    & Vernick, Pleasantville, NJ, SOSH Architects, Atlantic City, NJ, plus engineering
    fee, Spiezle Architectural Group, Hamilton, NJ.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

  • The retirement of Mr. Timothy Cliggett, Maintenance Mechanic I, since August 24,
    2005, effective March 1, 2019.

In Other Business, the Board:

  • Naming the Publications Office, G-111 in the Student Center on the Mays Landing
    Campus as the “Publications Office Donated In Memory of Gerri Black”.
  • Approved the FY18 Financial Statement for twelve months ended June 30, 2018.
  • Approved the FY19 Financial Statement for six months ended December 31, 2018.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
at the Mays Landing campus.

January Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating in January:

Imtiaz Chowdoury, Jan. 1; Nicholas AlexanderMarilyn Keiner, Jan. 3; Eileen Bakley, Jan. 7; Al Ebinger, Jan. 8; Barbara Long, Jan 9; Loretta Dicker, Jan. 12; Michael ForestLori MonzoDeborah RogersLinda Wohlman, Jan. 13; Anthony Booker, Jan. 14; Charles Mettille, Jan. 16; Annmarie Chelius, Jan. 17; Nelson BugasLeslie Murtha, Jan. 19; Laura Batchelor, Jan. 21;Maria Kellett, Jan. 24; Barbara KozekAngela Stewart, Jan. 25; Susan DeCicco, Jan. 26; Jennifer Lashkari, Jan. 27; Michael Sargente, Jan. 30; Liriana Samuel, Jan. 31.

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

John Sodaitis, Jan. 1; Marlene Felicetti, Jan. 3; Robin Hopkins, Jan. 4; Randall Bishop, Jan. 7; Robert Brodwater, Jan. 11; Robert Mast, Jan. 12; Megan Cinquegrani, Jan. 15; Logan Hannen, Jan. 16; Robinson Groves, Jan. 17; Scott Snowden, Jan. 23.

January Events at Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College is hosting the following events during the month of January:

Jan. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.:  Free Nursing and Health Careers Information Session, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Room C3 of the Mays Landing Campus. This session includes a tour of the state-of-the-art simulation lab and covers topics including steps to enrollment, an overview of Nursing/Allied Health programs and preparing for entry exams. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register visit: atlantic.edu/nursing or email stogel@atlantic.edu.

 

Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Basic Knife Skills, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, in Kitchen 1 of the M Building on the Mays Landing Campus. Ever wonder how those TV chefs chop so quickly and evenly? In this class, students will learn the techniques used by the professionals. Hold a knife correctly and master the basic cuts. Learn chopping, dicing and a few secrets. This is a hands-on class. To register or for more information, call 609-343-5655.

 

Jan. 31, 5-6:30 p.m.: Faculty Selects Art Show Closing Reception, 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in The Spangler Library of the Mays Landing Campus. This exhibit will feature Atlantic Cape student work which will be juried and awards will be given. The art pieces will include drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and more. The Faculty Selects Art Show Gallery is available to view daily until January 31. For more information please call 609-625-1111, ext. 5346.

 

The Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing; the Cape May County Campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is located at 1535 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City. The Academy of Culinary Arts is located at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

2018 Holiday Office Decorating Contest

Look through the four submissions for the Holiday Office Decorating Contest and click on the link at the bottom to vote!

 

1. William J. Spangler Library

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2. Atlantic City Campus Admin Office

Atlantic City Campus Administrative Office

 

3. Instructional Technology Office

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4. Academic Affairs Office

Office Decor Academic Affairs 2018

To vote for your favorite

CLICK HERE

Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, 12/20. The winner will be announced at the office party on Friday, December 21st.

The Traveling Adjunct–Dec. 17, 2018

A Quick Trip to Annapolis

Sometimes, ya just need to run away from home for the night.  That’s exactly what we did when we ran away to Annapolis, Maryland for the night.  Our schedules were pretty limited, but we needed a break, and we chose Annapolis since it was an easy three-hour drive for us.  Here’s where we slept, where we ate and what we did!

But first, a bit about Annapolis…

Annapolis, Maryland is right on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River.  It’s 25 miles (40 km) south of Baltimore and roughly 30 miles (50 km) east of Washington, D.C., with a population of 39,321.  It’s the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County.  Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Annapolis also just a really charming and walkable town, perfect for a quick escape.  Many of the streets are cobblestones and there are lots of buildings from the 18th century that have been converted into restaurants, shops, antique stores, galleries, etc. Check out Visit Annapolis for more info. https://www.visitannapolis.org/

Fun fact:  The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest in continuous use (for legislative purposes) in the United States.

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Where’d We Stay?

We stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn on West Street. It’s walking distance from the harbor, but it’s enough out of the way to be enough out of the way, if you know what I mean.

Where’d We Eat?

We were only in Annapolis for the night and made dinner reservations at Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen.  http://www.carpacciotuscankitchen.com/ We went to Carpaccio early for drinks before dinner. I had a drink called Il Sorrentino with vodka, Limoncello, pineapple juice and prosecco.  Hubby had a cucumber martini with cucumber vodka (that’s a thing?) and muddled cucumbers* ( I had no idea what that was).  We’re not big drinkers, so one cocktail about did me in, but while we waited at the bar for our table reservation, the hostess came to us and said that they were tight on tables and asked if we’d mind sitting at a high top table.  The house would be glad to comp us a drink.  Sure! What was I thinking, I’ve already had a drink, but I had a prosecco and Hubby had a beer.

Once we were seated and the waiter came we couldn’t decide if we wanted the grilled calamari or the fried calamari, so we ordered one and the waiter comped us one.  Wow!  Totally unexpected!  After we filled up on calamari, our dinners arrived. I had monkfish and Hubby had veal.  Forget dessert. We’re stuffed!  Wait a second, there’s gelato?  Well, maybe just a little…..

 *What the heck are muddled cucumbers? Here’s the definition I found on Leaf TV, https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-muddle-cucumbers/

“When you muddle cucumber, you want its essence — the esters responsible for its clean, mild taste — to come through, not the remnants of flesh that result from pulverizing it. Peeling and seeding is often overlooked when muddling cucumbers; cucumber seeds and skin contain tannins, which impart an unwelcome bitterness to mixed drinks.”

What’d We Do?

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we headed out.  It was a beautiful November morning – perfect for a stroll.  Old Fox Books and Coffeehouse https://oldfoxbooks.com/ was having a painted violin exhibit, so we thought it would be fun to check out the violins and grab a cup of coffee, because you can never have too much coffee.  I found Old Fox Books online.  As I was checking out the website I noticed on the events page that the shop was having a painted violin exhibit.  I thought it would be fun to see.

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Sadly, the violin exhibit was delayed so they weren’t on display when we visited, but we got coffee and explored the books and other unique items in the store.

After we left Old Fox Books, we took a walk around the docks, past the Naval Academy and along the cobbled streets, with no particular agenda in mind.  When we were done wandering, we made our way back to the hotel, checked out and were on our way.

Kent Island

On the way home, we stopped for lunch on nearby Kent Island http://www.baydreaming.com/destinations/kent-island/ at Harris Crab Househttps://harriscrabhouse.com/  It’s situated right on the Cheasapeake Bay, on the way to/from the Bay Bridge.  It was filled with locals and tourists looking for their crab fixes.  If you’re not familiar with Maryland, it’s known for crabs and crab cakes.  And crab cakes is what Hubby got.  Me, I got fish tacos!  I dunno, I was just feeling fish tacos.

After a totally delish lunch, we made our way back home, satisfied with our brief escape.  And, even though we had a great time, excellent food and a lot of fun, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said best, “there’s no place like home.”

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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!  And guess what – she’s now a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association!

Nominations for Atlantic Cape Distinguished Alumni Due Feb. 1

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 President’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments.

This prestigious award demonstrates Atlantic Cape’s dedication to strengthening its alumni relations. Visit atlantic.edu/alumni to nominate an Atlantic Cape graduate for this honor by Friday, Feb. 1. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered with next year’s group of nominees.

To recognize the Atlantic Cape Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, the Alumni Advisory Committee will select four recipients for the 2019 award; one each from the late-1960’s/1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s. The Alumni Advisory Committee will additionally select four nominees under the age of 40 that represent our finest rising stars. New for this year, the Top Four Under 40 category serves to recognize young alumni that are excelling in their professions, contributing to their communities, and demonstrating a commitment to Atlantic Cape’s mission and values. The committee will present these recipients to the college president for approval.

Recipients of the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award are honored during a special dinner hosted by Careme’s Restaurant on the Mays Landing Campus. Recipients will also be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

To learn more about previous recipients of the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award, please visit www.atlantic.edu/alumni. For more information, contact Kristin Jackson at kjackson@atlantic.edu or 609-463-3621.