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Board Approves Achieving the Dream Participation

May 30, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College will join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network (ATD), following approval by the college’s Board of Trustees at its May 22 meeting.

ATD, which includes nearly 200 institutions, has made significant contributions toward increasing the number of Americans with a college certificate or degree. The college’s participation will support one of its strategic goals, Maximizing Student Success. The board approved spending $250,000 over the next three years for program membership, coaching and staff professional development.

Dr. Peter Mora, president, gave a report on the college’s Student Success Initiative, noting participation in ATD was among the recommendations of the college-wide Enrollment Management Cross-Functional Committee which he has charged with developing programs to support student retention and success.


College Adds New Degree Options; Removes Others


Effective fall 2012, the college will offer three new degree options: elementary/middle school education, liberal arts, associate in arts; secondary education, liberal arts, associate in arts; and computer applications, office systems technology, associate in applied science.

The education options were created to allow students to maximize transfer of credits and academic status as they move on to a four-year degree program. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a nationwide 15-16 percent increase in elementary/middle school teaching jobs and a 9 percent increase in secondary teaching jobs by 2018. The computer applications option will serve students who wish to study office systems technology with a focus on computer software, but are not interested in seeking a four-year degree.

The college will discontinue these degree options due to the development of more comprehensive degrees covering the same subjects: computing for small business, digital media production support and Web technologies, all options to the computer systems support, associate in applied science, degree. The changes are effective fall 2012.


In Personnel Matters, the Board:


--Approved a 2 percent base salary increase effective July 1, 2012, for all full-time employees not represented by bargaining unit negotiations.

--Approved Atlantic Cape 403(b) and 457(b) TIAA-CREF plans and approved the transfer of monies held in an Ocean City Home Bank custodial account to each of the plans as well as the unmatched pension contribution equal to 10 percent of salary for July 1, 2009–June 30, 2012. The funds were held until the establishment of such plans in accordance with Dr. Mora’s employment contract.

--Appointed Russell Waugh of Millville, director, facilities management, effective April 25.

--Approved a title change for Cynthia Correa of Galloway, from assistant director, student development, to associate director, student development, effective April 25.

--Appointed Michael Bates Jr. of Egg Harbor City, security officer I, effective May 23.

--Accepted the resignation of Kathy Nickolich of Egg Harbor Township, specialist, Aviation, Technology Studies Institute and GIS Programs, effective June 30.

--Approved a reduction in force for the position, director, Health Professions Institute, effective July 2.

--Reappointed, for one year, effective July 1: Michelle Gross of Margate, assistant professor, dance; Sandra Greco of Erial, assistant director, PC services; Terri-Lynn Hamby of Villas, assistant director, science labs; Michael Rennick of Ocean City, assistant director, athletics; and Kristin Fletcher of Cape May, assistant director, admissions.


Board Approves Employee Retirements, Commends Retirees

Retirees include, effective July 1: Bobby Lee Royal of Vineland, dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, community affairs & security, 38 years of service; Dr. Louise Kaplan of Mays Landing, professor, science, 44 years of service; and Thomas Giardina of Mays Landing, program coordinator/slot specialist, CCI/admissions, 29 years of service. Effective these dates: Linda Hair of Cape May Court House, office assistant, CMCC, 25 years of service, Aug. 31; Gayle Edwards of Hammonton, administrative assistant, dean of students, 37 years of service, Sept. 1; Nicholas Rabino of North Cape May, security guard I, 12 years of service, Oct. 1; Jo-Ann Volpe of Mays Landing, office assistant, advancement, 12 years of service, Nov. 1.

Trustee Helen Walsh recognized the employees on their retirements and commended them for their many years of commitment to the college and its students. “I’d like to go on record to thank them for their service.” Chairperson Robert Boyer offered his wishes to the retirees for “good luck and good health” and added, “We appreciate their efforts.”


Faculty Promotions Approved


The board approved these promotions, all effective Sept. 4:

--John Atsu-Swanzy of Mays Landing, from assistant professor to associate professor, mathematics.

--Denise-Marie Coulter of Barnegat, from associate professor to professor, English.

--Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan of Milmay, from assistant professor to associate professor, art.

--Amy Shelton of Mays Landing, from assistant professor to associate professor, mathematics.


In Grants Activity, the Board:


--Authorized the college’s application for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program to the U.S. Dept. of Labor with an anticipated grant totaling $500,000-$1,000,000, Oct. 1, 2012–Sept. 30, 2016.

--Authorized the college to submit an application to the U.S. Collegiate Archery/Easton Foundation, Archery Equipment Grants Program with an anticipated in-kind grant totaling $9,000, July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.

--Accepted about $14,000 in sub-grant funding from the Community College of Baltimore County, Accelerated Learning Program Grant to implement innovative models for teaching developmental courses, May 1, 2012–June 30, 2013.


Board Authorizes Two Honorary Degrees


The trustees voted to grant honorary associate in arts degrees to: Dr. Rod Risley, executive director, Phi Theta Kappa, and the college’s 2012 commencement speaker; and Professor Kathleen Graber, a respected poet and educator and the college’s 2012 Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

Graber was introduced at the meeting by Dr. Art Wexler, vice president, academic affairs, and Denise-Marie Coulter, department chair, English, who invited her to serve as visiting professor. Graber, who maintains a home in Wildwood and teaches in Virginia, spoke with enthusiasm about her positive experiences leading two Atlantic Cape classes, making public appearances and participating in poetry readings and writers’ events.


Contracts/Purchases Approved:


--Emergency work to replace deep water well equipment, A.C. Schultes, Inc., Woodbury Heights, $27,860.

--Professional services to facilitate and support senior management’s review and analysis of the college’s structure and processes, RPK Group, Severna Park, Md., up to $15,000.

--Revision to a previous consortium purchase for voice services, information technology services budget, Broadview Networks, Uniondale, N.Y., from an estimated $69,960 to $134,334.

--Student insurance, accident, healthy and catastrophic for sports, T.L. Groseclose Associates, Skillman, expected to exceed $17,500.

--Masonry restoration and waterproofing, Cape May County Campus steps, Joseph Dugan, Inc., Erdenheim, Pa., $23,000.

--Telecom audit billing services, Opticom Consulting, Pittsburgh, Pa., 50 percent of recovery.

--Flight training services for private pilot certificate, instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate, various costs to be covered by student fees, Big Sky Aviation, Millville.

--Refrigeration for Academy of Culinary Arts Kitchen 7, Don Urie Co., Vineland, $41,867.

--Handrail replacement, D-building, Mays Landing Campus, BR Welding, Inc., Howell, $19,389.


The board authorized the executive director of administration and business services to renew the bookstore contract with Follett Higher Education Group for one year, effective July 1, pending review by the college attorney.


In Other Business, the Board:


--Approved the March 31 and April 30, 2012, financial statements.

--Accepted the FY’13 Annual Budget Message based on the income budget approved at the March meeting.

--Authorized the president to amend and periodically review, update and submit the college’s Emergency Operation Plan in accordance with the state act covering disaster preparedness at higher education institutions.


In the President’s Report:


--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, facilities, planning and research, gave an update on the work of the college’s Green Campus Cross-Functional Committee.

--Dr. Pat Gentile, dean, continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations, provided an overview of Atlantic Cape’s advancement function.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, outlined new online resources for board members by which they can review committee minutes, resolutions and other materials.


The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, at the Cape May County Campus, Cape May Court House. All are welcome to attend.