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 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.
Vita M. Stovall
Worthington Campus celebrated Earth Day on Monday April 22, 2019. Students were treated to peat pots with flower seeds made by The Cross Cultural Club. Additionally, club members Najmin Kalam and Amna Malik offered Mehndi hand painting designs. Alexis Demitroff, Public Education and Outreach Assistant from ACUA provided students with materials and information for recycling. Eileen Curristine, Chief Officer, HR, Public Safety & Compliance presented students with informative handouts regarding storm water pollution prevention. SGA provided giveaways that consisted of: Earth stress balls and key-chains, Earth recycle bookmarks and book bags.
Thanks to all the club volunteers and Club Advisors, Shirley Shields and Michael Kammer, ESL Professors for all their hard work in making the day a huge success. A gigantic thank you to Caesar Niglio, Master Technician for providing pretzels and Rita’s water ice donated by the ACCCEA and Cynthia Correa, Director of Student Services Worthington and Institutional Career Services , Bibi Asma, Student Services work-study student for handing them out.
Atlantic Cape students Amanda Brady, Kiera Quade, and Jennifer Johnston (pictured left-right) presented work at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Colloquium held on March 29 at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.
Amanda presented her research paper on rape culture written for Composition II; Kiera, an explication of trans poet Justice Ameer’s poem “body without the d” written for Introduction to Literature; and Jennifer, a monologue about sexual assault titled “The Time Is Now” written for Creative Writing. Also in attendance were Associate Professor of Social Sciences Heather Boone, Professor of English Effie Russell, and Assistant Professor of English Rich Russell, who moderated the panel on Gender and Genre.
The mission of the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium is “to ensure the continued strength, visibility and development of interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies at universities and colleges in New Jersey.”
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.
The Worthington Campus held a movie screening of the Davis Guggenheim documentary “He Named Me Malala” on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and for Women’s Month. “He Named Me Malala” chronicles the seemingly ordinary life of a marvelous young woman who is a revolutionary in every sense of the word. Known for her fearlessness and never-ending persistence, activist Malala Yousafzai tells her story and provides viewers a glimpse into her life after being shot by a Taliban gunman as part of a violent objection to girls’ education in Pakistan.
Aside from all that she has gone through in fighting for girls around the world, scenes of Malala spending time with her family and bantering with her brothers humanize her in a way many do not get to see. Student viewers realize how remarkable her heroism is due to the fact that she is so powerful and committed when she speaks at these worldwide events, yet she has a lightheartedness about her that is infectious.
The student audience was treated to popcorn at the showing. Many of the students were impressed and ultimately inspired by Malala’s story and what she is doing to further amplify her message of education equality. Thanks to SGA for the popcorn.
Worthington campus welcomed Vanessa Julye on Tuesday February 19, 2019 as a guest speaker for Black History Month. She is a graduate of Temple University, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and serves as the Committee for Ministry on Racism Coordinator with Friends General Conference, based in Philadelphia. She has published numerous articles on Quakers and racism and travels throughout the United States and abroad speaking and leading workshops on related issues. Vanessa lectured to an audience of students, faculty and staff. She was very informative as she spoke to the racial injustice in the Quaker African American community. The Religious Society of Friends has been reputed to have opposed enslavement and later racial injustices. Many members, however, enslaved people of African descent, and Quaker attitudes toward African Americans since have generally reflected the culture at large. To some extent, then, the Quaker story has lessons for us all.
The student audience received Vanessa’s book “Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship” which she co-authored with Donna McDaniel. The book documented three centuries of Quakers who were committed to ending racial injustices yet, with few exceptions, hesitated to invite African Americans into their Society. Addressing the insidious and complex racism among Quakers of yesterday and today, the authors believe, is the path toward a racially inclusive community. Vanessa was excited to personally autography her book as students lined up to greet her after her presentation.
Thank you to Dr. Nancy Purcell and Afton Koontz, for allowing their English classes to support this event: and SGA for the purchase of the books and light refreshments.
Vita Stovall, Advisor & Social Science Instructor
The Worthington campus continued their celebration of Black History Month on Tuesday February 26, 2019. The Honorable Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton, NJ spoke to an audience of more than 65 students. He spoke about how proud he is of Cumberland County and the partnership they have with the George Washington Carver Education Foundation, which opened the first Carver Early College High School cohort on Cumberland County College’s campus in 2017 with 50 students from Bridgeton High School. Mayor Kelly referenced that students throughout Cumberland County have been provided with a pathway to a brighter future by being able to earn their high school diploma and a college degree simultaneously. Additionally, the mayor spoke about his incentives to bring more business properties to Bridgeton and how the residents are anticipating a new Wawa coming soon. He was extremely proud of Bridgeton’s Gateway’s Emergency Assistance Food Pantry which distributes bulk food supplies free of charge to needy residents. He shared an interesting fact that the meatballs in a subway sandwich are made in his city. Mayor Kelly is so proud of his administration and his accomplishments that he calls his city “The Great City of Bridgeton”.
In addition, Mayor Kelly spoke about what Black History Month meant to him. He referenced he is the first Black mayor of Bridgeton and served as the president of all the mayors in the State of NJ. He provided a picture of his great, great, great grandmother and other relatives born in the eighteenth century. He spoke about his great, great grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Pitts Wright a Captain in the confederate army in 1907. He informed the audience that Cumberland County played a large role in South Jersey’s efforts to help runaway slaves seek their freedom. Mayor Kelly stated that Harriet Tubman passed through Bridgeton as an Underground Railroad route running from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Canada.
A gigantic thank you to Dean Donna Vassallo for providing refreshments, Cynthia Correa, Director Student Services and Institutional Career Services for welcoming the students and sharing thoughts on Black History Month, Gwen McIntyre, ESL Coordinator and Modern Languages, Dr. Nancy Purcell and Afton Koontz, English and Katie Hetu, Jessica Kalisa, and Gabby LaMonaca, College Pathways for encouraging their students to support this event.
Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Sciences Instructor
Students from the Worthington campus ended their Black History Month celebration being entertained with an Open Mic competition on Wednesday 27, 2019. The activity was created to complement their academic curriculum and to augment the student’s Black History educational experience. Vita Stovall, Student Services Advisor understands extracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development. Taking part in these out-of-the-classroom cultural activities helps students to mature socially by providing a setting for student interaction, relationship formation, and discussion.
Seven students sign-up to compete in the Open Mic activity and six actually performed. Marc Desir, played the Congo, Jerry Grasty, sang a capella at times singing in an African dialect, Precious McCoy, recited poetry, Amna Malik, performed Henna Art on the hand of student Clenmari Almeida-Aquino , Songan Bazemore, wrote an original Blues rendition he played on the saxophone, and Quran Dabney took to the stage and showed off his African dance moves. The students performed in front of a crowded audience that cheered them on in support. The judges had to collaborate to break a tie between the saxophone and dance performances. The winner was announced: a General Studies major who performed an original dance piece, Quran Dabney. He received ovations from the screaming crowd. Quran won a Dell Chrome Book. The Worthington students found the experience of an Open Mic competition very exciting and uplifting.
Student Services would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time: Kenyatta Collins, Asst. Professor, Psychology, Dr. Susan DeCicco, Program Coordinator Workforce Development, and SGA for sponsoring the activity.
Vita M. Stovall, Advisor and Social Science Instructor
Time is running out to register for fall semester at Atlantic Cape Community College. The last day to register in person is Friday, Aug. 31. Registration continues online through Monday, Sept. 3. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Students can also register online at www.atlantic.edu/fall or in person, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at any of the college’s three locations: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.
First-time Atlantic Cape students applying for fall semester are encouraged to inquire about Atlantic Cape’s Conditional Dual Admission agreements with Stockton, Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers universities. Continue reading