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.

 

Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Give Back at Rescue Mission Gala Featuring Darryl Strawberry

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The Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Baseball team was proud to be asked to serve as ushers & greeters for this years Summer Fundraising Gala for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The event was held on August 14th, 2019 at the Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Grand Ballroom. The Keynote speaker for this year’s gala was Darryl Strawberry who graciously met with the coaches and players and took photos with the team.

Coach Rod Velardi presented Mr. Strawberry with a Buccaneers Baseball Team Tie, a Baseball Blazer Crest and the Team Handbook, making him an Honorary Buccaneer!

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission provides hope daily to thousands of individuals and families in need. They provide physical, emotional and other basic needs (through the provision of shelter, clothing, food, counseling, referral and structured programs) of the poor and those who struggle with addictive lifestyles in Atlantic City and the surrounding communities. Their commitment to serving the community mirrors the values and ethics of the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers who strive to be leaders both on and off the field.

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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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Professor Effie Russell Receives 2019 Governor’s Award in Arts Education

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 leaders and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

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The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government. For More Information Visit: www.njgaae.org

Two Hospitality Students Receive Scholarships at AC Host Awards

Congratulations to Artesha Lewis and Mackenzie Smith, two Atlantic Cape Hospitality students who received scholarships from the Atlantic City Concierge Association! The awards were presented at the AC Host Awards which honors employees in the tourism/hospitality industry who enhance the experience for Atlantic City visitors.

 

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recognized 25 individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry during the 22nd annual Atlantic City Host Awards, held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The Host Awards salute and encourage outstanding customer service by employees in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries who contribute to Atlantic City’s success as a friendly, world-class destination.

Each winner received a keepsake commemorative box containing a gold lighthouse lapel pin as a symbol of their beacon of hospitality, an award certificate, assorted sweets and a $250 cash gift card.

Host Award winners were nominated for their enthusiasm, exemplary customer service and ability to enhance the overall experience of the visitors they serve. They were chosen from more than 100 nominees by a selection committee consisting of educators and representatives from Stockton University, Atlantic Cape Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Local 54, Meet AC and the Bacharach Scholarship Committee.

Worthington Campus Offers Stress Relief & Healthy Snacks for Finals Week

Worthington students, were treated to massages to help them relieve stress during finals week. 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 Tuesday May 7, 2019. They gave students 5 minute massages and the following are some comments from their experience: “It was great, I’m more relaxed”, “Thank you Mr. Rob, felt so good and it relieved a lot of tension”, “Thank you very much, much needed after studying” and “Thank you very much -this was so relaxing and you guys were so professional”.

 

 

Additionally, students were given healthy snacks which consisted of; apples, oranges, bananas, trail mix, assorted muffins, fruit juices and water. Nutritionists emphasize the importance of healthy eating habits for students at this stressful time of final exams. They say the right food and drink can energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain you through the long exam hours. Worthington campus hopes that healthy pre-exam nutrition will give their students an added edge during final exam time. A big thank you to Cynthia Correa, Director of Student Services and Career Services for greeting the students with a warm smile and offering them healthy snacks.

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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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