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Atlantic County Freeholders recognize National Community College Month

Chairwoman Freeholder Amy Gatto, Vice Chairwoman Maureen Kern and the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Atlantic Cape in honor of National Community College Month. They presented Dr. Gaba with proclamations from the Freeholders and County Executive Dennis Levinson which recognized the importance of our institution to the community and to the students we serve.


Student Support Services Annual Day of Service – 2019

This year, the Student Support Services program sponsored their Annual Day of Service at the Community Food Bank on March 15, 2019.

They were a small group but were told that they were one of the best performing groups they’ve seen by one of the Food Bank’s regular volunteers. They managed to put away almost 70 boxes of food and miscellaneous items in two hours!


Cape May Campus Update: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Career Days & Earth Day

Black History Month
Dr. Tammy DeFranco coordinated a Black History Month Trivia event with moderator, Professor Kim Hall. Students had fun participating while we all learned about educational moments in Black History.
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, wrote and coordinated a Black History Month musical program and worked with Professors Andrew Hink (Music Appreciation) and Lisa Toal (Introduction to Theatre) to provide a documentary and history of Black History Month Role Models. Professor Hink’s class played a wonderful song that he taught his class to play and Professor Helen McCaffrey attended with her class. A big thank you to SGA for their refreshments. Thank you professors, if it wasn’t for your excellent support, we would have not been able to have this wonderful program.
Women’s History Month
Throughout the month of March, we recognized our “Sheros”, females that made a difference in our lives — our female heroes. Students wrote the name of their Shero (their mother, sister, professor, etc.) on the board in their honor.
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, interviewed a few female professors (Lenora Sheppard, Linda Koch, Helen McCaffrey, and Susan Van Rossum) on their career paths. Students got to hear about the different career paths and how they chose that direction as well as any obstacles they had to overcome, and provided excellent study advice. Students were able to connect to their professors and see that they too, experienced many of the same encounters.
Career Development Days
Dr. Tammy DeFranco, developed, coordinated, and presented Career Development days for 170 eighth graders from Lower, Wildwood, Dennis, and Middle schools. The students were wowed by speakers and career workshop presenters, Paula Davis (Dean of Students), Maria Kellett (Dean of Cape May and Resources), Donna Vassallo (Dean of WACC), Cynthia Correa (Director Career Services), Anisha Chhotalal (Registration Assistant), Professor’s Karl Guilian and Michelle Blumberg, Michael Barnes (Director of Center for Accessibility), Victor Moreno (Admissions Recruiter), Jessica Brown (E.O.F. Recruiter/Career Specialist), April Wolff (IT), Continuing Education.  Students had a wonderful time and learned so much about our college and the first steps of their career path. Many students said they are going to make Atlantic Cape their community college.  Thank you everyone for your support in this exciting program.

Earth Day

Dr. Tammy DeFranco developed and coordinated an interactive Earth Day Program where students learned valuable environmental information on composting, planting flowers to help with the bee and butterfly population. The Cape May Zoo provided “Annie” the Armadillo and “Susie” the python snake and informed students how important it is to keep our environment clean so their environment will thrive. Students had the opportunity to paint birdhouses, and other crafts they could start their environmentally safe garden with the free seeds they were given. Students also learned about the solutions to Stormwater Pollution (thank you to Eileen Curristine, Chief Officer Human Resources & Public Safety & Compliance) for this information. Thank you to April Wolff (IT) for providing “Sounds of Nature” music and pictures of the environment for students to see what a beautiful world we have and how to preserve it. A big thank you to the ACCCEA for the pretzels and water ice and to S.G.A. for the pizza and soda, the students loved everything and were so grateful for the goodies.

Women’s History Month – March 2019

The month of March Americans celebrate women—mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, and celebrate historical figures alike. The Worthington Campus remembered women with an Open Mic Tuesday March 26, 2019. Students and Faculty spoke of women that impacted or made a difference in their lives.

Dr. Nancy Purcell, Adjunct English Instructor, spoke of a Catholic nun that impacted her life in high school. Although her experience was not so favorable, because she was denied an application to take the SAT exam. Dr. Purcell remembered Sister Mary Elizabeth when she walked crossed the graduation stage accepting her college degree. Sue DePhilippis, ESL & Modern Languages spoke of several woman including her mother, teachers, and colleague Gwen McIntyre, the Coordinator of ESL & Modern Languages. Sue brought with her a bottle of pink salt. She challenged the audience to guess what salt has in common with women. The answer: both women and salt will flavor your life. Than Sue ask if anyone had any questions. The first student that posed a question received the salt. Student Maria Taleb a Business major spoke of several women in her family that help raise her and gave her guidance to become the woman she is today. Student Cecilia Doan, an Education major and Student Services work-study spoke about her mother and grandmother. She referenced, it was her grandmother that contributed the greatest impact as tears started streaming down her face because she misses her dearly.


Women’s History Month: “Hidden Figures”

The Worthington Campus held their second movie screening “Hidden Figures” for Women’s Month, directed and written by Theodore Melfi on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. “Hidden Figures” depicted three brilliant African-American women at NASA that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It was a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The stellar performances were by three talented women, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

The movie chronicles the lives of black women working at NASA as “human computers” who do difficult math by hand and in their heads. It takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. The title “Hidden Figures” has a double meaning, on one hand it refers to the mathematical calculations that went in to making John Glenn the first American man into space in 1962. On the other, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a math prodigy who can, “look beyond the numbers.”

The movie received many awards including three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer), and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Spencer and Best Original Score). It also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review chose Hidden Figures as one of the top ten films of 2016.

The student audience was treated to popcorn at the showing. Many of them were not aware of the NASA story. “It truly is a must see movie.” Thanks to SGA for the popcorn.

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Approved Freeholder E. Marie Hayes as the 2019 Commencement Speaker and Revised Tuition and Fees for Fiscal Year 2020

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting Tuesday, April 2 at the Atlantic City campus. The following motions were approved by the Board:

Grants Activity

  • Submission of an application to Atlantic City Community Fund (ACCF) to advance enrichment activities for Atlantic City residents ages 8 to 14, requesting a grant of $5,000, over the anticipated term of October 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Contracts and Purchases

  • Bid 1848 Exterior Wayfinding Signage, Allied Signage Corporation, Farmingdale, NJ, Chapter 12 and R&R Funding, $295,400.00

Academic Affairs

  • Termination of the Graphic Information Systems Office Specialist Professional Series program effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Geographic Information Systems Option in Computer Information Systems, A.S. effective Fall 2019.
  • Approved the nomenclature change from Elementary/Middle School Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A., to K-12 Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A. effective, Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Secondary Education Option in Liberal Arts, A.A. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Adding the offering the Baking and Pastry Option, Culinary Arts, A.A.S. effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Baking and Pastry, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of four ACA professional series programs (Baking and Pastry Specialization, Catering Specialization, Food Service Management Specialization, Hot Foods Specialization), effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Computer Applications Option in Office Systems Technology, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Database Design and Development Option in Computer Programming, A.A.S. degree effective Fall 2019.
  • Termination of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program effective Fall 2019.


Personnel Matters

  • The appointment of Jessica Brown, Program Coordinator, Center for Student Success, effective April 3, 2019.
  • The transfer of William Smith from Security Officer I to Security Officer I/Dispatcher, Public Safety effective April 3, 2019.
  • The title change of Anita Polanco, from Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Fund to Assistant Director, Center for Student Success and Director, Educational Opportunity Fund effective April 3, 2019.
  • The extension of Robyn Berenato, Temporary Office Assistant, Admissions.
  • The sabbatical leave of Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Associate Professor, English as a Second Language, a one semester leave for the Spring 2020.
  • The resignation of Nicholas Alexander, Technician, Information Technology Services retroactive to March 29, 2019.
  • The retirement of Mrs. Dolores Giannini, Office Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), effective June 30, 2019. Mrs. Giannini has been with Atlantic Cape since May 16, 1991.

Financial Matters 

  • FY19 Financial Statement for eight months ended February 28, 2019.
  • Tuition and Fee Schedule for FY 2020, which includes a $14 per credit increase in general education tuition and mandatory fees.
  • The FY 2019-2020 revenue budget contingent on the Board of School Estimate approval of county appropriations of $8,621,346 for the college’s fiscal year 2019-2020.
  • Submittal the list of renovations and upgrades for funding from the Chapter 12 FY 2020 allocation at a sum not to exceed $3.1 million.


Other Business

  • An Honorary Resolution of approval of Freeholder E. Marie Hayes to deliver the keynote address at the 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2019.
  • A Resolution to recognize April 2019 as Atlantic Cape Community College Month.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Mays Landing campus.


Barbara Clark Retiring after 25 Years of Service to Atlantic Cape

Barbara Clark joined Atlantic Cape Community College on January 13, 1994, part-time in Admissions at the Mays Landing campus until her full-time appointment to Transcript Evaluation Specialist in Admissions on October 1, 2001.

Barbara’s dedication to the college is evident having received numerous Perfect Attendance awards through the years. She has served as a member of the Jump Start team, supports admissions at on and off-site recruitment events, volunteered as a student mentor, and has served as the college’s liaison for eArmyU and Aviation students.

Students, staff and supervisors have recognized Barb for providing excellent customer service, maintaining a high level of professionalism and working well with other departments. She is a “perfectionist” trying to provide Atlantic Cape students with the highest level of service.

Barb will retire from Atlantic Cape on April 1, 2019.

photo gallery from Barb’s Retirement party at Blue Heron Pines on March 28th, 2019

Chad Bullock & Josh Carroll earn CPACC Certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.


Chad Bullock, Center for Accessibility, and Josh Carroll, Instructional Technology, earned the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

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 CPACC credential is IAAP’s foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.



The Traveling Adjunct March 2019 – The Most Remote Places on Earth Part 1

12 of the Most Remote Places on Earth (Part 1)

Ever dream of just getting away from it all? Ever wonder where you’d go to do that? Well, here are a dozen of the world’s most remote places…Part 1!

1. Hanga Roa, Easter Island

I put Easter Island, aka Rapa Nui, in the number one position on this list because I’ve been there. It’s a five hour flight on LATAM (a Chilean airline) from Santiago to the Chilean island in the South Pacific. As of 2017, there are roughly 7,700 residents on the 63 square mile (164 square kilometer) island. Why would you go there? For the 900 giant stone statues or “moai” throughout the island. They’re fascinating! How and why they were made is still a mystery, AND the entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We actually went scuba diving and saw an underwater moai (that I later found out was manufactured and put underwater as an attraction. It was still cool to see). Oh and the closest islands to Easter Island? That would be number two on this list!

2. Pitcairn Islands

Most of us probably think of Mutiny on the Bounty when we hear Pitcarn Island – a group of islands 3,300 miles from New Zealand. Officially known as Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, only one island, Pitcairn Island, is inhabited, and only 50 people live there. Most of the inhabitants are descendants from nine Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians who were with them. To attract people to move to Pitcairn, the government tried to give land away to anyone who would move there, but only one person applied. How do you get to Pitcairn Island? First you have to fly to Mangareva Island (not Pitcairn Island) via Air Tahiti Nui, then catch the airport taxi ferry to a village on Mangareva Island, then take a ship to Pitcairn…. Yeesh!
Dark note: In 2004, 13 Pitcairn Island men were charged with child sexual abuse and most of the men were convicted. In 2010, the mayor faced charges of possessing child pornography and in 2016 was found guilty.

3. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The world’s smallest capital is totally adorable! It’s smack in the middle of the North Atlantic, between Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom. I visited the Faroe Islands a while back, and based my trip out of Tórshavn. What’s there to do? We did a bit of hiking, but we also relaxed. How the heck did we get there? We flew on Atlantic Airways from Edinburgh, Scotland to the Faroe Islands.

4. Nauru

Nauru is the world’s smallest republic and home to about 11,000 residents, making it the second-least populated country. What’s the first least populated country? Vatican City – 557 citizens, 246 residents, one of them being the Pope. Nauru is technically part of Micronesia. The island is made up of phosphate so strip mining was the main industry for a long time. But mining damaged the environment (there’s little vegetation and water is scarce) and once the phosphate reserves were exhausted, Nauru scrambled to earn income. The island became a tax haven and money laundering hub. Recently, it received aid from Australia in exchange for becoming an Australian immigration detention facility.

5. Barrow, Alaska

Officially known as the City of Utqiaġvik, many people know it as Barrow. It’s the most northern city in the United States and has the lowest average temperatures of cities in Alaska. That’s saying something. It ain’t cheap to live there either. According to Numbeo, a pound of oranges costs $4.89 and a loaf of bread cost $5.01! Ouch! How do you get to Utqiaġvik/Barrow? Well, that would be by plane since there are no roads that will get you there.

6. Supai, Arizona

Supai, with a population of just over 200, is the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Although the town is located near the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls (the name Havasupai means “People of the Green Blue Waters,”), you can only get there by helicopter or hike in, and mail is delivered by mule (so no complaining about slow mail delivery in your town!).

Remember to come back next month for Part 2!

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 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!

Student L.E.A.D. Program Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the student Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D) Program.  Faculty and staff members are asked to identify students they feel have leadership potential and may be willing to participate in leadership activities throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.

Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership training and represent the college at various events throughout the year.  The L.E.A.D Committee will inform students of their nomination and check eligibility requirements.

The following is a list of eligibility requirements and qualities committee members will be looking for during the selection process:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Plan to return during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Display leadership roles in the classroom and /or on campus
  • Demonstrate evidence of  being a team player
  •       Show enthusiasm for helping others

Please e-mail your nomination with the student’s full name and college wide ID number to Anita Polanco at by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Previously nominated students have gone on to serve as SGA Presidents, Board of Trustees Student Representatives and various club and community leaders.

Once nominated, students will receive an invitation to attend a full day of leadership training during the spring semester and are eligible to attend additional workshops in the 2019 -20 academic year.