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Atlantic Cape Board Approves Retirements for Three Long-Time Employees

June 30, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees accepted retirements for three long-time employees, approved contracts and purchases, and authorized insurance coverage for the coming fiscal year when it met in regular session June 28 at the college’s Cape May County Campus.


Retirements, Leave of Absence Granted:

Carol Drea of Glassboro, director, corporate training and Casino Career Institute, will leave the college Nov. 1 after 25 years of service.  She was recognized for working “…closely and effectively with employers, government and organizations” to generate business for the college and for her role in developing table games curriculum guidelines for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, which are used as that state’s standard for gaming training. Active with professional groups, Drea also volunteered her expertise to the Cape May and Atlantic County Chambers of Commerce and the Greater Atlantic City Tourism Council.

Dr. Dorothea “Dottie” Dunayer of Margate, director, academic effectiveness and dual enrollment, will retire Sept. 30 after more than 31 years of service. She began work at the college as a life skills instructor and adult education teacher and, in the past 16 years, held positions responsible for college assessment, academic program effectiveness and dual enrollment, while serving as the college’s Perkins grant administrator.  She was recognized for her “outstanding work ethic” and being “a strong role model for her staff.” She represented the college at the Atlantic and Cape May County Superintendents’ Roundtable meetings and served on the Middle States, institutional effectiveness and strategic planning committees.

Nicholas Ganaway of Pleasantville, director, telecommunications and video services, will retire Sept. 1, after more than 25 years of service.  Ganaway managed and maintained all college telecommunications systems, implemented Atlantic Cape’s voicemail and video conferencing systems, and moved the college to SMART classroom technology.  He was recognized for working round the clock and postponing vacations if necessary to troubleshoot technical problems.  In his unofficial role as college photographer, he recorded countless functions, including employee service awards, the annual Restaurant Gala, perfect attendance breakfasts, retirement dinners and college special events. He also played a lead technical role in the college-hosted 1999 National Educational Computing Conference.

The board approved an unpaid leave of absence for Christina Cavage of Absecon, associate professor, English as a Second Language, from July 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012.


Board Approves Naming of Worthington Campus Wing

An upcoming addition to the Worthington Atlantic City Campus will be called the “Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies,” following board approval.  The designation is contingent upon Caesars providing the college with legal authorization to use its trademarked name which must, in turn, be approved by the college solicitor. The action is consistent with the college’s naming policy, which states “new construction funded with public money shall be named only in exchange for gift commitments of at least 50 percent of the building’s cost of construction.” Caesars, through its Casino Reinvestment Development Authority credits, has pledged $5 million to the $10 million project.  The County of Atlantic will provide the remaining $5 million under its commitment to match capital gifts made to the college.


Purchases, Contracts Approved:

--Paper and envelopes, Office Basics of Boothwyn, Pa., and Paper Mart of East Hanover, total of $48,172.

--Central storeroom supplies, Office Basics, $43,652.

--Custodial supplies, Hillyard, Inc., of Warminster, Pa.; Central Poly Corp. of Linden; Unipak Corp. of Brooklyn; Penn Jersey of Egg Harbor Township; Camden Bag & Paper of Mount Laurel; and Interline Brands of Winslow, total of $70,256.

--Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, china and equipment, Edward Don & Co. of Marlton; Camden Bag & Paper; and Penn Jersey, total of $50,247.

--Toner cartridges, Office Basics; Star Data Products of Ramsey; Supply Saver of Neptune; and Impex Micro., Inc., of Basking Ridge, total of $49,459.

--Media buying services, the Marathon Group, Mount Laurel, not to exceed $85,000.


Insurance Coverage Extended

Trustees approved the college’s continued participation in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool and agreed to pay $217,877 for the pool’s 2011-2012 N.J. Worker’s Compensation Fund. They voted to spend a total of $267,379 with Borden Perlman for coverage during FY’12 including multi-peril/commercial, data security liability, umbrella, errors and omissions, environmental and excess. The board also approved a one-year contract with T.L. Groseclose Associates for student insurance covering accident, health and catastrophic for sports.


In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the May 31, 2011, financial statement.

--Acknowledged receipt of the FY’12 Annual Budget Message.

--Recognized Martha Madronero, alumni representative, in appreciation for her service at the end of her term on the board.


In the President’s Report:

--Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on college Earth Day activities, which she said “raised awareness of what students can do to create a healthier planet.”  Dr. Mora took part in the event, sponsored by the Student Government Association and some 20 student organizations.

--Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations, reported that Sturdy Savings Bank President and CEO Jerry Reeves recently presented Dr. Mora with a $2,000 check toward the bank’s $10,000 pledge to the Capital & Scholarship Campaign.

--On June 21 the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, of which Dr. Mora is a member, met with Governor Christie, who noted his support of higher education and outlined his plans for educational reform.

--Rutgers University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus on June 21.  Vice Chairperson David Evans said the event was well-attended and noted the strong commitment Rutgers has made to Atlantic Cape and the project. Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, said Rutgers has selected a general contractor, will use as many local builders as possible and expects to have the project complete for Fall 2012 classes.

--Dr. Mora and the president of Cumberland County College, Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe, briefed State Sen. Jefferson Van Drew on June 23 about remedial education throughout the sector and at their respective colleges.

--Kathy Corbalis, APR, executive director, college relations, reported on significant news media coverage for May and June, including commencement activities, the Rutgers groundbreaking, and regional and national coverage of the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Restaurant Gala.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, reviewed key items on the Board Development & Activity Calendar for the coming year, including the October ACCT Leadership Congress in Texas and the annual board retreat in February.

--At the request of Maria Torres, treasurer, Dr. Mora gave an overview of the cost containment and strategic finance model, which was endorsed by the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee and will be covered in fuller detail at an upcoming meeting. 

The president said it’s vital for the college to have a comprehensive cost containment policy to assure college funding agencies and students every dollar spent by the college is used wisely. To that end, the college engaged the firm RPK Consultants who have been working with a college task force to develop a model, which will include cost management, cost avoidance and revenue enhancement components.  The final element, strategic finance, will integrate fiscal planning into strategic planning, budgeting and outcomes assessment, Dr. Mora said.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202.  All are welcome to attend.