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New Media Degree and $8.5 Million in Chapter 12 Construction Requests Approved by Board of Trustees

January 26, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new degree program, Chapter 12 funding requests and the FY’10 audit when it met in regular session Jan. 25 at the Cape May County Campus.

New Media Studies Degree Approved

To prepare students who seek a career in new media production for employment in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, web and graphic design, the board approved an associate in applied science degree in new media studies.  Otto Hernandez, associate dean of GIS and the Technical Studies Institute, presented information on the new program. The degree will be offered in fall 2011.

Board Approves Application for $8.5 Million in Chapter 12 Construction Projects

The college will apply for up to $8.5 million in FY’12 funding under the state’s Chapter 12 program.  The college will use the funding for renewal and replacement projects totaling $3,378,444 and major renovations and repurposing of existing academic buildings for a total of $5,121,556.  Under the Chapter 12 program, community colleges submit their capital projects for state funding with a match from their local county.  R&R work submitted includes these projects: fire detection, alarm and suppression; roofing; electrical; heating, air conditioning and ventilation; sewer; and plumbing.

FY’10 Audit Report Accepted

The board voted to accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.  Conducted by Bowman and Co., the financial report included no findings of significant deficiencies or material weaknesses related to internal controls or compliance. Trustee Don Parker commended Cathie Skinner, dean of finance, and her staff for their work in preparing for the audit.

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

Made these appointments:

--Eileen Curristine of Tinton Falls, dean of human resources and compliance, effective Feb. 1.

--Automne Bennett of Atlantic City, specialist, student development, effective Jan. 26.

--Rachel Dieterly of Corbin City, laboratory assistant, science department, effective Jan. 26.

--Kathyrn Flynn of Absecon, college nurse, health office/human resources, effective Jan. 31.

--Jennifer Giardina of Mays Landing, specialist, academic affairs, effective Jan. 26.

--Ruth Latorre of Atlantic City, chef educator, Academy of Culinary Arts, retroactive to Jan. 18.


Accepted these resignations:

--William Ice, housekeeper I, effective Jan. 7.

--Ghyll Theurer, program developer/coordinator, Health Professions Institute, effective Feb. 25.

--Mary Jane Smith, program assistant, admissions, effective Jan. 28.

--Paula Roberson, program coordinator, student learning outcomes assessment, effective Feb. 1.


Approved retirements for:

--Kathleen “Taffy” Peterson of Nesco, office coordinator, a college employee for more than 32 years, effective Jan. 31.  Taffy’s supervisors described her as the “heart” of the Faculty Support Office, who added a personal touch to everything she did and provided a welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff.  Taffy received the college’s first Employee of the Quarter award for her dedication and commitment to the college.

--Sue Weisgerber of Estell Manor, office coordinator for financial aid, effective March 31.  A college employee for more than 26 years, Sue was recognized by her supervisors for her “willingness to go the extra mile” and displaying a “genuine interest for the students.”  The recipient of multiple certificates for perfect attendance, Sue was recognized for her loyalty to the college and providing outstanding service.

Purchases and Contracts:

--Three-year software license, consortium purchase, NJEdge.Net, Newark, $27,656.

--Six-month contract extension for e-commerce services, Official Payments Corp., Reston, Va., for a fee of 2.5 percent for each electronic credit/debit card payment transaction.  Total cost estimated at $70,000.

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Mora provided testimony before the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority regarding the organization’s efforts to create an Atlantic City arts and medical education district.

--Dr. Mora, Carmen Royal, dean of students, and Nancy Porfido, director of student development, met with a group of students from Woodbine Elementary School, who visited the college to learn more about our academic and athletic programs. 

--Dr. Mora and Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, attended a breakfast  sponsored by the Employer Legislative Committee of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt provided remarks on the growing number of career opportunities for “green” jobs in our district. 

--The N.J. Council of County Colleges has begun work on its “Big Ideas” initiative. Dr. Mora is co-chairing Big Ideas Group #5, which will focus on strengthening joint purchasing practices across the sector.

--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, gave an overview of major media coverage received by the college since the last board meeting.

--The community and cultural affairs office supported the annual American Conference on Diversity’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. Trustees Eric Reynolds, Maria Torres and Helen Walsh and Dean Bobby Royal serve on the board of the Atlantic County Chapter and attended the event, along with Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, and John Mohr, director of student services.

--Fischer reviewed the Board Development & Activity Calendar for the next several months and Dean Bobby Royal reported on upcoming Black History Month events. Dean Pat Gentile reported on the upcoming Taste of the Gala and the 28th Annual Restaurant Gala to be held on March 31, 2011.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Voted to accept the Dec. 31, 2010, financial report.

--Welcomed new trustee, Maria K. Mento of Ventnor, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Atlantic County Utilities Authority.  Mento holds an MBA from Rutgers University, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rowan University and an associate degree in liberal arts from Atlantic Cape Community College.

--Adopted policies relating to outside employment, adjunct tuition waivers, student personal conduct, general admission, threatening and violent behavior and cyber harassment.

--Approved reallocation of funds for the $687,631 FY’11 Carl D. Perkins Vocational Grant.

--Trustee Don Parker spoke about the board’s upcoming annual retreat.

--Welcomed new Cape May County Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard of Ocean City, who delivered greetings to the board. She serves as freeholder liaison to the college.


The next board of trustees meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Mays Landing Campus.  All are welcome to attend.