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The Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees recognize Atlantic Cape Employee of the Year, Approve Personnel Changes and Awards Contracts

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Mays Landing Campus and approved the following resolutions.

The Board approved the following contracts:

  • Bid Ex. 792-Software purchase plus 5 year support contract $308,173.00, FY18-FY23, Ellucian Company, Fairfax, VA;Bid Ex. 793-Desktop computers, state contract, $47,225.00, FY18 Perkins Funds, Ocean Computer Group, Matawan, New Jersey; Bid Ex.795-Labor Negotiations, $25,000.00, Blaney & Karavan, Avalon, New Jersey; RFP 212-Consulting Services, $70,800.00(not to exceed), FY18 Consent Decree, Interactive Accessibility, Sudbury, Maryland.
  • Extending the contract to U. S. Security Associates, Inc. to June 30, 2018 at a total cost not to exceed $1,045,000.00 including an increase of $195,000.00 for this extension and a total of $420,000.00 for fiscal year 2017-2018.

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Atlantic Cape Trustees Approve Personnel Matters at June Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved several grants, personnel changes and contracts and purchases when it met June 27 at the Mays Landing Campus.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Approved partnering with Passaic County Community College in the “Advanced Digital Learning Pilot” as part of the New Jersey Community College Consortium’s Ready to Work Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, with Atlantic Cape to train up to 40 students in Advanced Digital Literacy, from Feb. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30. 2018, with total funding of $250,000 to Atlantic Cape.

–Approved submitting an application to and accepting a grant from the New Jersey Department of Education, FY18 Perkins Grant program, for a grant of $491,152, over the term of July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. Continue reading

Board of Trustees Approves Contracts and Personnel Matters

The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Feb. 28 at the college’s Mays Landing Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

–Microsoft Campus, software license renewal, PCM-G Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, $33,454.

–Extension of services of Spiezle Architectural Group through March 31, 2018, at a cost not to exceed $42,000.

In Personnel Action, the Board Approved:

–Sabbatical leaves for Gwen McIntyre, associate professor of English as a second language, for the fall 2017 semester, and Donna Marie McElroy, associate professor of social science, for the spring 2018 semester.

–Title change for Nicholas Alexander, office assistant, Disability Support Services, to office assistant, Center for Accessibility, effective March 1.

Board Approves These Reappointments, Beginning July 1, 2017:

Supervisory and Administrative Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Jennie Ayres, Michael Barnes, Cynthia Correa, Paula Davis, Tammy DeFranco, Victoria DeLaurentis, Linda DeSantis, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Crista Golden, Sandra Greco, Terri-Lynn Hamby, Patricia Heller, Kristin Jackson, Dorie Keener, Maria Kellett, Michael Kernan, Barbara Kozek, Robert Kusmiesz, Kathleen Landau, Linda Palmer, Michelle Perkins, Heather Peterson, Anita Polanco, Nancy Porfido, Michael Rennick, Mariangela Sozio, Patrick Sweeney, Sherwood Taylor and Harry Whitelam.

Exempt Supervisory and Administrative Personnel: Stacey Clapp, Eileen Curristine, August Daquila, Stephanie Davies, Cindy DeFalco, Kathryn Flynn, Richard Garwood, Douglas Hedges, Otto Hernandez, Leslie Jamison, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Mitchell Levy, Janet Marler, Jean McAlister, Ravi Manimaran, Patricia McClay, Luis Montefusco, Edward Perkins, Richard Perniciaro, Andre Richburg, Robert Townsend, Donna Vassallo and Russell Waugh.

Faculty without Tenure: Kenyatta Collins, John Heenan, Laurie Lemons, Lorraine Monzo, Richard Russell, Reeva Salkin and Dean Wyks.

Librarian I: Leslie Murtha.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved accepting a $20,000 grant from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for the College Credit Now project, which will extend higher education opportunities to 24 11th and 12th grade students from two public high schools in Cape May County for a period ending June 30.

–Amended the college’s FY’17 Perkins grant budget, including changes to equipment to be purchased.

–Approved submission of an application to Easton Foundations/USA Archery for a travel grant to support the team’s intended trip to the U.S. Intercollegiate National Championship tournament in California in May.

In Other Business, the Board Approved:

–The financial statement for seven months ending Jan. 31, 2017.

–Reaffirmed the following policies with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #1: Code of Ethics Pertaining to Conflicts of Interest for College Trustees and the College President; and Policy #16: Hearings Before Board of Trustees for All Matters Pertaining to Tenure Charges, Personnel Matters of Employees Not Classified Under Title 11A of the NJ Statutes, and Other Disputes Arising Under the Higher Education Laws Contained in Title 18A of the NJ Statutes, Including Bidding Matters (Excluding Student Disciplinary Matters and Student Complaints Regarding Academic Matters.)

Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement

The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college’s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by June 30, 2017. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contracts, to $15,000. The change will be in effect from March 1-15, 2017. Terms of the agreement include:

–Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee’s accrued leave.

–Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than June 30, 2017.

The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees.

According to data supplied by the Human Resources office, 117 Atlantic Cape full-time employees are eligible for the payment under terms of the bargaining unit contracts and under college benefits for union-exempt staff. To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of full-time service.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Barbara Gaba reviewed the highlights of her first month as president of Atlantic Cape and told the board, “I am honored and humbled by the confidence you have placed in me to lead this institution forward.”

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at the Atlantic City Campus, Room 204. All are welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees Addresses Decline in Culinary Enrollment

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved issuing notices of potential layoffs to members of the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association at its regular meeting Jan. 24, at the Cape May County Campus.

External factors, including the closure of five gaming properties in Atlantic City and a decrease of college-age residents in Atlantic and Cape May counties, have led to a steady decline in enrollment at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape.

In accordance with the bargaining unit contract with the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution giving 210 days notice to the chef educators of potential layoffs “due to a natural diminution in the number of students in the program.” The college takes this process seriously and has initiated layoff notices only a few times in its 50-year history.

The Academy of Culinary Arts offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. For 35 years, the ACA has been a marquee program for the college and has a reputation for excellence in training. The ACA has 100 percent job placement and more than 3,000 ACA graduates are employed around the world in all aspects of the food service industry.

The ACA and Atlantic Cape remain committed to providing superior culinary training to students in these programs by offering relevant curriculum with state-of-the-art equipment that supports the needs of the community at-large.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Construction of a dance studio at the Cape May County Campus, R. Maxwell Construction Company, Inc., Pleasantville, $84,949.

–Theater repairs, Kavi Construction, Berlin, $206,673.

–Building automation system to control HVAC at the Cape May County Campus, CM3 Building Solutions, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, $19,440.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–Reclassification of Suzanne Fielder of Mays Landing to master technician, PC Services, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Michael Barnes of Ocean City to assistant director, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Chad Bullock of Sicklerville to senior manager, adaptive technology, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Resignation of Natalie Devonish, assistant director, Student Support Services, effective Jan. 20.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved extending a revised contract from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-employment Project, Literacy and Job Preparation Services, with an end date of June 30, 2017, and a contract amount increased by $225,000 to a total of $1,216,500.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the financial statement for six months ending Dec. 31, 2016.

–Approved the Named Giving Opportunity for the Cyber Café in the future Student Success and Career Planning Center on the Mays Landing Campus for Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Theresa DeFranco.

–Adopted revisions to Policy 101 to eliminate the duplicate Policy 807, Qualifications of Faculty.

–Approved a change in nomenclature from New Media Studies to Media Studies, Associate in Applied Science degree, effective fall 2017 to reflect current industry standards.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, interim president, showcased a feature on the Food as Art exhibit in the college’s art gallery that appeared on PHL-17, and recapped the Jan. 21 alumni basketball game and reception.

Additionally, Jean McAlister, dean, Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, reported on a donation that will pay for access to an online directory for nonprofits in Cape May County and located at the Cape May County Campus library. This databse is the most comprehensive website on fundraising resources and grants available.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.

 

Board Appoints Dr. Richard Perniciaro Interim President

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Richard Perniciaro of Pleasantville the interim president at its Dec. 20 meeting at the Mays Landing Campus. Perniciaro, executive vice president of Planning, Research & Facilities, and dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, will serve as interim president from Jan. 1-29, following the retirement of Dr. Peter L. Mora. Subsequently, Dr. Barbara Gaba will begin her tenure as president Jan. 30.

Board Approves Annual Financial Report

The board approved its annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2016, and accepted the FY’16 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, following a report from Henry Ludwigsen, partner of Bowman & Company LLP of Voorhees, the college’s audit firm.

Ludwigsen reviewed highlights of the report, noting his firm had issued “an unmodified or ‘clean’ opinion for the financial statements,” and there were no audit findings or recommendations.

Board Treasurer Jim Kennedy noted it was the “cleanest audit I have seen.” On behalf of the board, Dave Coskey, board chairman, thanked Leslie Jamison, dean of finance, and members of her staff for the “clean” audit.

In Personnel Action the Board:

–Appointed Kenyatta Collins of Clayton, assistant professor, Psychology, effective Jan. 17.

–Appointed Kelle Venturi of Vineland, manager, Financial Aid, effective Dec. 21.

–Appointed Warren Burton of Atlantic City, Grounds, Labor, Maintenance worker, Facilities, effective Jan. 3.

–Approved the reclassification of Lynda Phommathep of Mays Landing from office assistant to specialist, career education, effective Dec. 21.

The Board Approved the Following Contracts and Purchases:

–Sign Language Interpreter Services, Levittown, Pennsylvania, $31,775.

–Copier lease for FY’17-22, Xerox Corporation, Cherry Hill, $79,142.

–Color copier lease for FY’17-22, Xerox Corporation, Cherry Hill, $70,880.

–Payment to ServPro, Haddon Heights, for emergency work done to remediate water damage to the Walter Edge Theater, $24,020.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Approved submitting a budget modification and accepting a subgrant of $19,950 from the New Jersey Space Grant Program of Rutgers University, over the term of Sept. 1, 2016-June 1, 2017.

–Agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for the implementation of the College Readiness Now III Project, with a grant award of $31,475, from September 2016-July 30, 2017. The grant will allow the college to offer eight sections of its Math Boot Camp to students in grades 11 or 12 who are not likely to be college ready at the end of high school. The program will provide a diagnostic assessment identifying the students’ weaknesses and a transition program to address those learning outcomes necessary for the students to achieve college-ready skills.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the Nov. 30, 2016, financial statement.

–Approved a revised tuition and fee schedule for FY’17 removing the lab kit fee for Earth Science effective with the spring 2017 semester.

–Approved changing the name of the Health Services degree to Health Science to be consistent with other New Jersey community colleges. The college will begin offering the Heath Science, Associate in Science effective fall 2017.

–Approved dropping the Bilingual Office Assistant Specialist Professional Series program and the Computer Security program due to limited enrollment or overlapping coursework with other professional series options, effective fall 2017.

–Approved eliminating Policy 807, Qualifications of Faculty, a duplicate of Policy 101.

–Recognized Maria Ivette Torres of Mays Landing for her service as chairperson to the board from 2014-2016. Torres has served on the board since 2003.

Maria Ivette Torres, center, is recognized by Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dave Coskey for her contributions to the Board of Trustees.

Maria Ivette Torres, center, is recognized by Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dave Coskey for her contributions to the Board of Trustees.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Dave Coskey and David Evans congratulation Lynda Phommathep, center, on being named Atlantic Cape 2017 Employee of the Year.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Dave Coskey and David Evans congratulation Lynda Phommathep, center, on being named Atlantic Cape 2017 Employee of the Year.

–Approved a resolution recognizing Lynda Phommathep, office assistant, career education, on being named 2017 Employee of the Year for her outstanding service to the college.

Board Thanks Dr. Mora for His Service

Board member David Evans read a resolution acknowledging Dr. Mora’s accomplishments during his 41-year career at Atlantic Cape and thanking him for his service. “Dr. Mora, it seems you lived for this job. Your enthusiasm, leadership and thought were always evident,” Evans said.

Dr. Peter L. Mora is recognized at his final meeting of the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Dec. 20.

Dr. Peter L. Mora is recognized at his final meeting of the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Dec. 20.

Dr. Mora shared his appreciation of the board’s support. “I’ve been very fortunate to have inspired leadership on the part of the board and to be able to work toward a shared vision,” Dr. Mora said, noting he had never missed a board meeting during his 11 years as college president.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Mora introduced Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean, Cape May County Campus, to provide an overview of a new program, SCOPE, Senior Citizen Opportunities Promoting Education, a collaborative effort to enhance educational opportunities for seniors from Cape May County. SCOPE is a partnership between the college and the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services and Cape May Regional Medical Center. The first activity was a performance by the Atlantic Cape Choir this month at the Ocean City Senior Center. “This was a positive start and the beginning to a lot more programs with seniors in Cape May County,” Dr. Levy said.

Jean McAlister, dean, Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, and Andre Richburg, dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations, provided an update on the college’s 50th anniversary activities. The college has monthly events organized throughout the year in recognition of this milestone. Details are available at atlantic.edu/50.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Cape May County Campus, Room 113. All are welcome to attend.

Atlantic Cape Board Elects 2016-2017 Officers; Approves Retirements

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees appointed officers at its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 22. Dave Coskey of Avalon was elected chairperson, Maria Mento of Ventnor was named vice chairperson and James Kennedy of Linwood was appointed treasurer. Coskey is president of Longport Media. Mento is retired executive vice president and chief finance officer for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. Kennedy is former executive director of the Stockton University Foundation and served in leadership capacities for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Jean McAlister of Galloway, dean of Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, was reappointed board secretary. Their terms run until November 2017.

Board members also approved their regular meeting schedule for 2016-17 and set official banking depositories. Continue reading

Trustees Approve Contracts, Personnel Matters at September Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met Sept. 27 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases at the Mays Landing Campus.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Revision to the Student Success and Career Planning Center bid for alterations bringing the total cost to $13,543,510 to Arthur J. Ogren Inc. of Vineland.

–Mold remediation services, Restoration Management Inc., West Berlin, and MDG Environmental of Maple Shade, $20,660.

–PBX telephone support for FY’17, Tricomm Services Corporation, Moorestown, $60,000.

–Authorizing the college to cancel the remaining contract with Access4ALL and allocate those funds to adjusting the contract with Salome Heyward and Associates to fulfill service outlined in the consent decree with the National Federation for the Blind. Continue reading

Board of Trustees Appoints New Dean of STEM Programs

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. Richard Pagan as dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Programs at its July 26 meeting at the Mays Landing Campus.

Pagan comes to Atlantic Cape from Greensboro, North Carolina, with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, as well as 21 years of service to the United States Air Force. Highlights of his career include serving as senior vice president & campus director at National Aviation Academy of New England, college administrator and division chair at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina, and professor and program coordinator at Fairmont State and Pierpont Community & Technical colleges in West Virginia. Continue reading

Trustees Approve Contracts and Purchases at May Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved contracts and purchases when it met May 24 at the Cape May County Campus.

Contracts and Purchases:

–U.S. Security Associates Inc., Atlantic City, contract extension through Dec. 31, 2016, not to exceed $415,000 for the term of the entire contract, Dec. 6, 2015-Dec. 31, 2016.

–Audit services, two-year contract, Bowman & Company LLP, Woodbury, $81,100.

–Cafeteria furniture, W.S. Goff Company Inc., Mays Landing, $44,799.

–Video communication equipment, Troxell Communications, Lumberton, $59,392.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Approved accepting a subgrant from the New Jersey Space Grant Program of Rutgers University for a grant of $15,000 for the college’s Aviation Studies program to participate in an aeronautical research project over the anticipated term of Sept. 1, 2016-June 1, 2017.

–Approved accepting a subgrant of $500 from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges to provide professional development for Early Intervention Programming.

–Approved accepting a subgrant of $500 from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges to send an Accelerated Learning Program faculty member to the Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the April 2016 financial statement.

–Granted an honorary Associate in Arts degree to Professor Nina Stolzenberg, Ph.D., in recognition of her admirable service and lasting contributions to Atlantic Cape as the 2016 Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

–Granted an honorary Associate in Science degree to the Honorable H. Robert Switzer in recognition of his admirable service as the keynote speaker at the 49th annual commencement.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, introduced Holly Schultheis, advisor of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, who gave an overview of the role of the organization and its participation in PTK Day in Trenton this month.

–Dr. Mora provided an update on the May 19 commencement, where the college awarded 854 associate degrees.

–Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, detailed a new agreement with Rutgers University—Camden that will allow nursing students to complete three years of a Bachelor’s of Nursing at Atlantic Cape and transfer their credits to Rutgers. “This is the first time in our history we have entered into an agreement like this. It adds a lot of value to our students,” Hernandez said.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.       

Trustees Approve Personnel Matters, Contracts

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved personnel matters and contracts and purchases when it met April 26 at the Mays Landing Campus.

Board Accepts President Mora’s Retirement

The board approved a resolution to accept the retirement of Dr. Peter L. Mora, Sr., president, effective Dec. 31. Mora joined the college in 1974 as an assistant professor of developmental studies. He was promoted to chairperson and later associate professor before earning administrative leadership positions, including director of Institutional Planning and Research, associate dean of Academic Affairs, associate dean of Economic Development and Community Services, dean of Continuing Education and Training, and interim provost for Cape May.

In 2005, Mora was appointed the college’s eighth president. In that role, he provided leadership to establish the Rutgers Degree Completion project at the Mays Landing Campus, was elected chairperson of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, was elected to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Presidents Council, was elected chair of the Campus Safety and Security Committee of the NJPC, and was appointed by Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, to her statewide advisory committee on Student Success Initiatives.

In Personnel Activity, the Board:

–Appointed Nicholas Alexander of Pleasantville, office assistant, Disability Support Services, effective April 27.

–Approved the promotion of Paul Stewart Davis of Vineland, to director, Counseling and Support Services, retroactive to Feb. 5.

–Accepted the resignation of Michael Bruckler of Galloway, director, College Relations, effective May 18.

–Accepted the retirement of Assistant Professor of English Elinor Mattern of Mount Holly, effective June 30. Mattern joined the college in 1993 as a part-time instructor, securing a full-time position in 2000. Over the past 23 years, she has taught basic through advanced English, as well as English as a Second Language. She served on the Basic Skills Committee, advised Rewrites magazine, conducted poetry workshops and assisted with the Cross Cultural Club.

Former Dean of Instruction Ron McArthur stated Mattern “created a learning environment that was exceptional. Her enthusiasm and dedication to teaching is obvious, even to the casual observer.”

Contracts and Purchases:

–Continuing Education guide printing, Bartash Printing Co., Philadelphia, $18,698.

–Media buying services, Entrepreneur Advertising, Linwood, not to exceed $93,000.

–Internet services, three-year contract, Comcast, Trevose, Pennsylvania, $99,144.

–Unmanned aerial vehicle helicopter package, Draganfly Innovations Inc., Saskatoon, Canada, $30,822.

–Merchant card services, three-year contract, Touchnet Information Systems Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, and Ellucian, Fairfax, Virginia, annual fee of $28,700 and one-time implementation fee of $10,100.

–Services to redesign disability services for faculty to meet student needs as accepted under the consent decree with the National Federation for the Blind, Access 4 All, not to exceed $32,400.

–Services to redesign disability services for staff development and training in compliance with the consent decree with the National Federation for the Blind, Salome Heyward & Associates, not to exceed $27,000.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Approved submitting an application to the New Jersey Space Grant Subgrant Program of Rutgers University for a grant of $15,000 for the college’s Aviation Studies program to participate in an aeronautical research project over the anticipated term of Sept. 1, 2016-June 1, 2017.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the March 2016 financial statement.

–Approved a list of renovations and upgrades for funding for capital projects from the Chapter 12 FY’17 allocation of $2.9 million. Projects include replacement of the PBX system; updates and repairs to fiber networks; rebuilding manholes for primary electric network; furnishings for the new Testing Center; refitting J-Building space vacated by the day care center for office use, and refitting space in D-Building vacated by the Testing Center for office use.

–Adopted a change to Board of Trustee bylaws amending the number of voting members to reflect there is currently only one superintendent for both Atlantic and Cape May counties.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Mora recognized the student newspaper, The Atlantic Cape Review, which won 13 awards, including “Best of Show,” in the 2015-16 New Jersey Collegiate Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

–Beacons By the Sea Professor Nina Stolzenberg was introduced. Stolzenberg is teaching two classes at the college this semester, Child Psychology and Psychology of Exceptionality. She is a licensed psychologist and director of children’s services at the Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The visiting professor program is funded in part by the Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003.

–Dr. Rich Perniciaro, vice president of Planning, Research, Facilities and Executive Support, provided an overview of the March 14 Student Lobbying Day organized by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. Three Atlantic Cape students shared their personal stories with New Jersey elected officials of how they make a difference by their continued support of funding to students and accessibility to high quality education at Atlantic Cape.

–Dr. Mora introduced Ellie Fogarty, the college’s liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college is preparing for its next self-study by a Middle States team in 2018. Middle States is an internationally recognized organization that evaluates degree-granting institutions of higher education and assists institutions to improve their programs and services.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.