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Going Green for 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.

Ready, Set, Admit: Leading an Admission Team from Prospect to Matriculation

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Joseph Rooney, Director of Admissions, Atlantic Cape Community College

The admissions department plays a critical role in the student experience, which traditionally begins at the prospect phase.  Setting trends, best practices, and assessing the overall climate of admissions services is important to this experience. This workshop is designed for admissions professionals with 0-20 years of experience. Participants will explore best practices from prospect to matriculation, as well as ideas on improving the overall admissions department operations from admissions/enrollment management professionals. This is an interactive workshop and will have ample time for discussions and questions from participants.

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Inspiring Women

Women's History Month. The annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history. Celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Vector poster

Throughout the month of March, we recognized our “Sheros” females that made a difference in our lives — our female heros. 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 heard 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.
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.  All good …thank you everyone for your support in this exciting program.

Worthington Campus Sponsors Sock Drive for the Homeless

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During this past holiday season the Worthington Campus sponsored a sock drive from November 11th to December 11th for the homeless. A collection box was placed on the first floor lobby. Thanks to the students, staff and faculty, the Worthington campus was able to donate an abundant amount of socks to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission on December 13, 2019. A special thank you to Cynthia Correa, Director, Worthington Student Services and Institutional Career Services for personally delivering the socks. Socks are the most needed item among the homeless, yet the least donated. Thanks again to all who donated for your compassion to enrich so many lives in more ways than you’ll ever know.

Vita M. Stovall, Program Coordinator


Celebrating Black History Month

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco coordinated with moderator, Professor Kim Hall a Black History Month Trivia event. 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 for Professor Helen McCaffrey in bringing 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.

Dancing the Stress Away at Worthington Campus


 Worthington students continued to receive effective stress relief support before finals on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 with Zumba dance. Arlin Padilla, owner of Arlin’s Dance Spot in Ventnor City, NJ educated students and staff with Zumba. Zumba is a form of cardiovascular exercise that helps with improving mood and the energy level of an individual through the secretion of hormones that induce stress relief. Zumba dance involves various active movements and exercises that stimulate the production of endorphins in the body in order to suppress the action of stress-causing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Studies show that exercise is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function. Students enjoyed Zumba so much and were so filled with energy that they asked Mr. Padilla to continue past his hour of instruction time. He was most gracious and continued for an additional 5 minutes of instruction.  Thanks to SGA rep Noorualin Adil for working this event, and SGA for their support with student activities.


Well Deserved Stress Relief Found on Our Worthington Campus

Worthington students, staff and faculty were treated to massages, and healthy snacks; bananas, granola bars, and bottled water to help them relieve stress for finals. Stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. 

Rob and Liz from Massage on the Go USA set up their massage chairs in the Worthington lobby on Monday December 9, 2019.  They gave 5 minute massages to approximate 25 participates. The following are student comments from their experience: “The massage was fantastic, “It was awesome, the best experience”, “It was very relaxing”, I had pain in my lower back which disappeared after the massage”, “Wonderful experience! Please bring them back soon”, “The massage was great and I feel relaxed”, “This massage was very amazing” and “It was great- ready for finals.” A gigantic Thank you to Student Services work-study student and SGA rep Noorualin Adil for working this event, and SGA for their continual support with student activities.

Veteran’s Community Engagement Forum held at Cape May County Campus

Cape May County Campus welcomed over 60 Veterans on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. They Veterans came to campus to learn about changes and improvements to their healthcare benefits. The attendees heard from Wilmington VA Medical Center representatives including Directors Vince Kane, Michael Crecenz and Karen Flaherty-Oxler and Health Systems Specialist Chief, Community Based Care, William Griffiths. Speakers also fielded questions from the group.

The word Airport has South Jersey roots

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Many of us use airports all the time, and probably what comes to mind is the hassle that air travel has become. But, do you know the origins of the word “airport”? It was first used in Atlantic City, New Jersey! What? Yep. So, if you want to impress your friends with some aviation trivia or be able to answer a question on Jeopardy, now’s your chance! And here’s the story.

 The Wayback Machine (for all of you Mr. Peabody fans…)

 According to Wikipedia,

 “The word aerodrome derives from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aḗr), air, and δρόμος (drómos), road or course, literally meaning air course. … Αεροδρόμιο is the word for airport in Modern Greek, which transliterates as aerodromio.”

 Fast Forward to the 20th Century….

 The first time the word “airport” was used in reference to a specific location – the airfield in Atlantic City, Atlantic City Municipal Airport, aka Bader Field. Opened in 1910, Bader Field was (and still is) a strip of land surrounded by water on three sides. The word airport wasn’t used until 1919 when journalist Robert Woodhouse used it to describe the place and the seaplane service that ferried passengers back and forth to New York. Because of its location, the airport could accommodate both seaplanes and land planes. Scheduled commercial airline service continued until 1990, but Bader Field was still used for private airplanes until the late 1990’s when the control tower was removed.

  The 21st Century

Sadly, Bader Field is no longer used as an airport. After the airport completely closed in 2006, part of the property became a minor-league baseball stadium. That too, is closed. Today, Bader Field has been used for concerts, festivals and other events.

  • The airport was named after Edward L. Bader, the former mayor of Atlantic City during the 1920’s. He got Atlantic City to buy the land that became the airport.
  • Bader Field covers an area of 143 acres at an elevation of 8 feet above sea level. Yep, 8 feet folks.

It had two runways: 4/22 measured 2,595 feet long (less than .5 mile) and 11/29 measured 2,948 feet long (just over .5 mile). I flew out of Bader Field a number of times, both commercially and on private planes, and it was always an adventure! Yeesh, the wind!

To give you some perspective about the size of Bader Field’s runways

World’s longest runway: Qamdo Bamda Airport in China is 18,045 feet or 3.3 miles.

World’s shortest runway: The Caribbean island of Saba, Juancho E Yrausquin at 1,312 feet or less than .25 miles. Side note: I’ve flown into Saba numerous times and it’s hair-raising

LAX has runways that are 8,925 feet or 1.7 miles.

Miami International has a runway that is 10,506 feet or just under 2 miles.

JFK Airport has a runway that’s 14,572 feet, or 2.75 miles.

The Space Shuttle Landing Facility, has a runway that’s 15,000 feet.

The largest plane to fly into or out of Bader Field was a 4-engine De Havilland Canada DHC-7-102, owned by Resorts International Casino.

Bader Field was the founding location of the Civil Air Patrol in 1941. Read more about the Civil Air Patrol.

There was a football field at Bader Field, where Atlantic City High School played. 

So, there you have it! The origin of the word airport.


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 


Small but Mighty… Student Support Services Volunteer at the Food Bank

The Student Support Services program sponsored our Annual Day of Service at the Community Food Bank on March 15, 2019. They were a small group, but we were told that they were “one of the best performing groups” the Food Bank has seen. They managed to pack almost 70 boxes of food and miscellaneous items in only two hours! Great Job Guys!