Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Nov. 21, 2018

Submitted by Tammy DeFranco:

New Student Orientation on Oct. 16:


Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus was happy to provide supportive college information at our New Student Orientation, October 16, 2018 to NJ Stars student; Joshuamel Osoria and winner of the gift card

PTK C4 Completion Challenge Week:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus worked with Holly Schultheis; PTK Advisor in signing up students for the C4 Completion.

New Freshman Senator Selected:


Congratulations to student; Kaitlin Manson on her proud accomplishment as our Freshman Senator representing Cape May. Kaitlin was very excited and is working on her degree in Education so she can become a Special Education teacher.

Pizza with the President on Oct. 4:

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Dr. President Gaba had pizza with students at the Cape May Campus. Students exchanged ideas and provided information.

Hispanic Heritage Month:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus and students with the Circle K club provided light refreshments honoring Hispanic Heritage month with Cuban coffee, Spanish desserts, and featured artist Frida Kahlo. Students enjoyed the wonderful flavors and thought it was a great way to start their morning. An extra benefit is that Circle K was able to sign-up more students to their club.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

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Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus worked closely with C.A.R.A. (Coalition Against Rape and Abuse) to present The Clothesline Project to our students. The Clothesline Project depicts domestic violence trauma with drawings on t-shirts. There is also table of information on domestic violence and where to seek help for students.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:


Cape May students (Circle K club and advisor Professor McElry) and staff recognized and honored Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Tribute to the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke Tribe on Nov. 12: 

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus and Professor Cheryl Crews coordinated and organized a tribute to the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke tribe on Monday, November 12, 2018. Students, employees, and the community joined in the celebration with dancing, art projects, and to learn about the Lenni-Lenape Nanticoke tribe from Chief Gould. Thank you S.G.A. for your support.

Veteran’s Honored on Nov. 12:

Dean Maria Kellett, of the Cape May Campus and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of the Cape May Campus honored our Veteran’s with Free coffee and cookies on Monday, November 12, 2018 and they appreciated such thoughtfulness. Thank you S.G.A. for your support.

A “spooktacular” event:

Circle K provided a haunting Halloween party for the students on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Find the Leadership Within Workshop on Nov. 16:

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus provide a “Find the Leadership Within” workshop for over 100 local high school students at the Peer Leadership Conference through Cape Assist at the Wildwood Convention Center on Friday, November 16, 2018.

In other news…

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director Cape May Campus met with the counselors and superintendent of Wildwood High School about providing a “Career Day” for their students in January of 2019.

Dean Maria Kellett, Dean of the Cape May Campus and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of the Cape May Campus met with local high school principals in having their eight grade students visit in March 2019 for a Career Day.

Dean Maria Kellett, Dean of the Cape May Campus, hosted a Economic Development Meeting for Middle Township community members on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Atlantic Cape Community College Associate Professor of Business Receives Statewide Distinguished Faculty Award


PICTURE: NJCCC Chair Helen Albright, ACCC President Barbara Gaba, Ph.D., ACCC Associate Professor Karl Giulian, and NJCCC President Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D.

TRENTON, N.J.—On Friday, Nov. 16, as part of the Vision 2028 Leadership Summit, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the statewide Community College Distinguished Faculty Award to Atlantic Cape Community College Area Coordinator and Associate Professor of Business Karl Giulian.

The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented annually to a New Jersey community college faculty member who has had a profound influence on students academically and professionally inside and outside the classroom.

Giulian has taught at Atlantic Cape Community College for eight years. A student-centric educator and pioneer in online instruction and experiential learning, Professor Giulian embodies the spirit of a true community college educator. He does not hesitate to teach credit courses in area high schools, present to local businesses and mentor adjunct faculty members.

Recognizing the impact he can have on his students’ professional lives, he proudly helps students find jobs with local employers. He works closely with students on résumé and interview techniques, and works with employers to find the right candidates to fit their needs. Professor Giulian also engages in education for adult learners at area businesses.

The award, a glass acorn atop a metal base, was designed and created through a partnership between Salem Community College and Camden County College. Salem Community College has one of the most innovative glass programs in the country and Camden County College has been a leader in New Jersey in training and educating students to work in the metal fabrication and advanced manufacturing industries. The award embodies the commitment of New Jersey’s community colleges to creativity, knowledge, innovation, and collaboration.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is a resource that strengthens and supports the state’s 19 community colleges.

‘The Spirit of Modern Artists’ Art Exhibit at Atlantic Cape Features Artists from The Arc of Atlantic County Nov. 2- Dec. 15

Art-Gallery_Pic.jpgPHOTO: Artwork by Alfred Palmieri will be featured in this year’s “The Spirit of Modern Artists” exhibit at the Atlantic Cape Community College Art Gallery.

MAYS LANDING— Atlantic Cape Community College’s art gallery, in partnership with The Arc of Atlantic County will host “The Spirit of Modern Artists” Exhibit Nov. 2-Dec. 15. This exhibit showcases over 30 pieces of art in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, watercolors, and pencil features artists representing The Arc of Atlantic County. Featured artists who have contributed to the exhibit are: Dee Caldwell, Robert Cheesman, Raymond Davis, Sarah Hendrixson, John Jeffries, Louis Knisley, Alfred Palmieri, Shiheeb Peterson, Lee Shafer, Latoya Smith, and Canary Taylor.

An opening reception took place 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 2. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Art gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What makes this exhibit unique is that each of these artists have been attending some form of art instruction classes as part of the Art Program at The Arc of Atlantic County. The classes, taught by talented art instructors affiliated with The Ocean City Fine Arts League, are open to anyone with an intellectual or developmental disability. According to Mary Ruley Moyer, Director of Development and Community Outreach at The Arc of Atlantic County, “the classes encourage people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to express themselves and enhance their wellbeing.  The various forms of art can strengthen a person’s self-esteem giving them the courage to try new things and improve their quality of life.”

“We are excited to display these works which showcases the creative talent of these artists, and includes their work in the community,” commented Katherine Aikens, Art Gallery Coordinator for Atlantic Cape’s William Spangler Library. “This exhibit serves a vital role of raising awareness on social issues for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities,” Aikens added.

Funding for this project is supported by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant administered by The Atlantic County office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

The gallery is inside the William Spangler Library, D Building, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The gallery will host monthly exhibits of a wide variety of works including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists will be students, faculty and local artisans. For more information about “The Spirit of Modern Artists” Exhibit, please call (609)625-1111 Ext. 5346.


Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus Launches 12- Week Seasonal Semester to Cater to Members of Tourism Industry starting this Spring

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE—Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May
County Campus will offer the “12-Week Seasonal Semester,” a semester that “works around your schedule,” this spring. The college recognizes Cape May County’s seasonal economy and the need for workers during peak summertime months. Additionally, the Fall 2019 semester will begin Sept. 30, giving students the opportunity to work through the last busy month of the summer season without having to choose between financial stability and their educational goals.

“The Chamber applauds Atlantic Cape Community College for introducing this
creative scheduling program for Cape May County residents who struggle to balance overlapping work and class schedules.  In a seasonal tourism driven economy such as ours, work schedules often prevent students from enrolling in classes during the traditional academic calendar.  I see this a tremendous benefit to students as well as businesses who need their employees in September and May,” remarked Vicki Clark, president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.

The spring classes offered run from Jan. 22-April 20, accommodating those with work schedules that reflect the summer tourism industry in the local community. Classes offered include English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Statistics, Public Speaking, Psychology and Child Psychology, Criminal Justice and Fundamentals of Drawing, Intro to Theater and Intro to Acting, Intro to Government and Politics, Music and Art Appreciation. Workforce Development courses being offered are Wildlife Photography, Personal Fitness Trainer, How to Buy and Sell on eBay, Serve Safe and Social Media Marketing Professional.

According to Maria Kellett, Dean of Cape May County Campus of Atlantic Cape
Community College, “It’s a great opportunity for students to earn credits towards their degree in an accelerated program. This Seasonal Semester is truly designed with Cape May County resident’s busy schedules in mind.”

Registration begins on October 29th for returning students and November 1st for new students. Students are encouraged to register early to secure their spot in the classes they want. Students can apply in person at our Cape May campus or online. Normal registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day to register for classes in person is Jan. 18. To register online through Jan. 21, or view an updated schedule of spring courses, visit .

Atlantic Cape was recently selected as part of New Jersey’s “Community College Opportunity Grant” a pilot program that provides “free” tuition and fees for qualifying students.   If a student’s adjusted gross income is under $45,000, they are enrolled in six or more credits in Spring 2019, and have applied for federal and state aid– then they may be eligible for this grant. For more information about this program please visit  or call 609-343-5626.

In most cases, financial aid is available to students. Students may also be eligible to receive a Pell Grant for their spring classes. Students can visit to apply. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at 609-625-1111, ext. 5278, or email .

The Cape May County Campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. For more information, visit , email , or call 609-463-3960.

Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Honors Trustee Leslie White-Coursey for her Service to the College and Welcomes New Trustee Dr. Judith DeStefano-Anen in October Meeting

MAYS LANDING – The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at the Atlantic City Campus. Joining the Board was Dr. Judith DeStefano-Anen, Interim Executive County Superintendent for Cape May County.

The following motions were approved by the Board of Trustees:

 Contracts and Purchases: 

  • Approved Bid Ex 811, SimView Systems, Laerdal Medical Corp, Wappingers Fall, NY, FY19 Perkins Grant Funds, $89,890.00;
  • Approved Bid 1846 Autoclave, Steris Corp., Mentor, OH, FY19 R&R, $40,350.00;
  • Approved Bid OQ158 – Revised, Architectural Services for Building A Renovation, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., Hamilton, NJ, Chapter 12 Funds, $97,390.00.


The Board approved the acceptance of a grant of $250,000 from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, in order to provide planning, outreach and recruitment of students eligible under the Governor’s Community College Opportunity Grant Program (CCOG).

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

  • The appointment of Carmen Cabrera, Assistant Director, Admissions, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The appointment of Victor Moreno, College Recruiter, Admissions, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The appointment of Stacey Zacharoff, Director, Student Success Center, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reclassification of Michael Barnes, from Assistant Director, Center for Accessibility to Director, Center for Accessibility, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reclassification of Chad Bullock, Senior Manager, Adaptive Technology, Center for Accessibility effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reclassification of Lisa Givens, from Manager, Student Activities and Athletics to Manager, Student Engagement, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reclassification of Douglas Mills, from Specialist, Conference and Meeting Services to Manager, Conference and Campus Operations, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reclassification of Anita Polanco, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Fund, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reassignment of Daymis Alicea, from Program Coordinator, Career and Academic Planning Center to Program Coordinator, Student Success Center, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The reassignment of Rahshana Davis, from Program Coordinator, Career and Academic Planning Center to Scholarship Manager, Financial Aid, effective November 8, 2018;
  • The reassignment of Eric Stewart, from Program Officer, Career and Academic Planning Center to Program Coordinator, Student Success Center, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The title change of Myrna Morales Keklak, from Division Chair, Nursing and Allied Health to Division Chair, Nursing and Health Sciences, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The title change of Nancy Porfido, Director, Student Development and Judicial Officer to Director, Student Engagement and Judicial Officer, effective October 31, 2018;
  • The resignation of Amanda McCullough, Social Media/Public Relations Manager, Marketing and College Relations retroactive to October 12, 2018;
  • The retirement of Mr. Douglas Hedges, Chief Information Officer, since May 1, 1995, effective December 31, 2018.

In Other Business, the Board:

  • Approved the resolution extending appreciation to Trustee Leslie White-Coursey for her service to the Board, the College, and its students, wishing her well as the next Executive County Superintendent of Cumberland County.
  • Approved the FY18 Draft Financial Statement for twelve months ended June 30, 2018 as of October 11, 2018.
  • Approved the FY19 Financial Statement for three months ended September 30, 2018.

The next meeting of the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6 p.m. on November 20 at the Mays Landing Campus.

Atlantic Cape Observes Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day and all who served and continue to serve, two events took place at the Mays Landing campus on November 12th. These two ceremonies are a small token of thanks from our college to those who defend the freedom of the United States every day.

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The Student Activities Office and the Student Government Association presented the “We Support our Troops” Flag Raising Dedication at the Student Center Quad in the morning. According to Lisa Givens, “This flag is in honor of our service men and women and all current and past Atlantic Cape Students who have made the commitment to serve our country. We thank them for their service.” This brief ceremony included a musical performance by Robyn Berenato, Choir Director and included a flag raising by Staff Sergeant Ryan Schechter, US ARMY Recruiter and Sergeant Taylor Speirs, US Marine Corps Recruiter.

Veteran's Day Pic 4The Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Veteran’s Day Ceremony was held in the G-Lobby. Guest speakers include Dr. Barbara Gaba- President of Atlantic Cape, Dr. Ronald McArthur- First Lieutenant, U.S. Army and Professor of History at Atlantic Cape, Patrick Carney- Staff Sergeant U.S. Army and VA Outreach Specialist,  Jacqueline Hinker- VA Outreach Specialist, and Student Speaker Alexis Bing, Army Specialist. The ceremony also featured an Honor Guard by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and performances by Robyn Berenato, Choir Director. This Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony was presented by the Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office.


Special thank you to Chef Chelius and our Academy of Culinary Arts students Amber Askin, Natalie Flynn, Joe Gontowski, Alissa McGreevy, & Jennalyn Petean,  for making the beautiful cupcake flag for the Veteran’s Day Ceremony.

To see more photos of the Veteran’s Day events please visit,

November Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Bo Zilovic, Nov. 1; Eileen Curristine, Nov. 3; Gorgianne Giordano, Nov. 5; Stephen FiskJesse Kurtz, Nov. 6; Clifton Sudler, Nov. 7; Jean McAlister, Nov. 10; Gwen McIntyre, Nov. 13; Christopher Vallese, Nov. 16; Danays Hernandez, Nov. 17; Regina Van Epps, Nov. 19; Darick Garrison, Nov. 22; JoAnna Johns, Heather Boone, Nov. 23; Polly Thierler, Nov. 25; Luis MontefuscoAugustine Nigro, Nov. 29.

Registration for Spring Classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts Begins Oct. 29

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring 2019 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, ranked the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey by Best Choice Schools. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students who take advantage of early registration can delay their payment until Dec. 4. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan for students. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–Oct. 5, 2018

Joseph F. Berenato, senior adjunct professor of English, was invited by the Hammonton Historical Society to speak on the history of the Berenato Family in Hammonton on Oct. 4 at the Canoe Club in Lake Park of Hammonton.

Michael Hogan, Atlantic County Friends of the Parks, Inc., is hosting a talk, “How to Photograph Birds,” at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in the art gallery located inside the William Spangler Library, D Building, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus. Light refreshments will be provided. Hogan is one of the featured artists in the gallery’s current exhibit, “Atlantic County Parks,” at the gallery. Continue reading

Eight-Week Affordable Online Semester Begins Oct. 29 at Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College’s second “late-start” online semester begins Oct. 29 for students who want to add a class to their schedule or anyone interested in continuing their education with the convenience of not having to leave home. Atlantic Cape was recently ranked a Best Online Community College in New Jersey, and a Top Online Community College in 2015 and 2016.

Classes include: Bioethics/New Millennium, Introduction to Computers, Interpersonal Communication, Composition I, Composition II, Introduction to Literature, Western World II, Statistical Methods, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Ethics, General Psychology, Human Development, Principles of Sociology, Elementary Spanish II and Introduction to Theater. The classes run for just eight weeks and only cost $163 per credit. Continue reading