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Board of Trustees Hires Audit Firm, Promotes Faculty

May 27, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees hired a new audit firm and promoted faculty when it met in regular session May 24.

The board approved a two-year contract for auditing services with Ford, Scott & Associates of Ocean City, for a total of $78,200.

In Personnel Action:

The board approved these faculty promotions, all effective Aug. 29:

--Christina Cavage of Absecon, from associate professor to professor, English as a Second Language.

--Susan DePhilippis of Hammonton, from assistant professor to associate professor, English as a Second Language.

--Marcia Kleinz of Erial, from assistant professor to associate professor, mathematics.

--Jay Peterson of Howell, from assistant professor to associate professor, developmental English.

--James Taggart of Egg Harbor Township, from assistant professor to associate professor, computer information systems.

The board granted sabbatical leave to Donna Vassallo of Egg Harbor Township, assistant professor, hospitality management, a one-semester leave for spring 2012, at full salary.

These employees were reappointed to one-year terms, effective July 1:

Faculty without tenure: Robert Gerristead of Toms River, assistant professor, theater; and Oscar Halldorson of Port Republic, instructor, air traffic control.

Exempt administrator: Eileen Curristine of Tinton Falls, dean of human resources and compliance.

In Contracts and Purchases, the Board:

--Awarded a bid to Axios, Inc., of Northfield, for bathroom renovations at the Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses, $165,400.

--Authorized a contract with Giles & Ransome, Inc., of Blue Anchor, for the monthly rental of an emergency generator from May to September 2011. The college has already paid $14,450 for the generator, and it is anticipated it will need to pay an additional $4,335.

College Will Eliminate Two Degree Options

Due to changes in other degree programs, the college will drop the digital design option, liberal arts, associate in arts degree, and the corrections option, criminal justice, associate in arts degree, both effective in fall 2011.

The new media studies associate in applied science degree will include most of the program courses required for the digital design option, as well as program credits for an internship and capstone portfolio. Changes to the criminal justice, associate in science degree, which included adding six courses, rendered the corrections option unnecessary.

College Applies for Grants and Contracts

The board gave authorization to the college to apply for these grants or contracts:

--N.J. Department of Education FY’12 Perkins Grant, July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012, for up to $687,631. The grant focuses on federal and state investment in strengthening career and technical education programs.

--N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development, WIA Title II, Adult Education and Literacy, Year Two continuation with an anticipated grant totaling $572,116. If approved, the grant will run July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012, and include partnerships with Cape May Technical School District and Literacy Volunteers Cape Atlantic, Inc.

--Atlantic County Work First New Jersey Program, Countywide Performance-based Contract to Provide To-Work Activities for Work First New Jersey Recipients Living in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The grant would total $330,625 from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.

--N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development Competitive Customized Training Grant for a training contract with the Casino Training Consortium. The contract would total approximately $247,000 from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.

In Other Business:

--Approved the April 30, 2011, financial statement.

--Chairman Nicholas Talvacchia welcomed new trustee Dave Coskey of Avalon. Appointed by Cape May County, he will serve until 2014. A longtime casino executive, Coskey is president of Longport Media LLC and has more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience.

--Treasurer Maria Torres announced the formation of a board subcommittee that will review naming recommendations for the new Worthington Atlantic City Campus Hospitality Studies Center for Workforce Training. Members are: Brian Lefke, Andrew Melchiorre, Eric Reynolds and Helen Walsh.

--Bargaining unit members attended the meeting and their representative asked the board to settle the contracts. Contracts for union members expired June 30, 2010. The college and unions are working with a state-appointed mediator in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.

In the President’s Report:

--Noting it was the third year in the ongoing expansion of college athletics, Dr. Peter Mora introduced Dean of Students Carmen Royal, who provided an update on the college’s eight sports. Cynthia Correa, assistant director, student development, talked about the teams’ records, honors won and introduced Wanda Lugo of Pleasantville, Marissa Kozlowski of Port Republic, Michael DeCicco of Northfield, Ernie Dion Cape May Court House and Z Toucet of Pleasantville, who spoke about their positive experiences as student athletes.

--The president provided highlights of the May 19 commencement, including speakers, honorees and award winners, and introduced Dr. Lynn Hoffman, Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor, who worked at the Academy of Culinary Arts during the spring semester and received an honorary degree at graduation.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.