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Trustees Approve Full Baking and Pastry Degree

September 27, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College’s baking and pastry option will become a full degree program, following approval by the college’s board of trustees Sept. 25.  The change was made based on an examination of student interest, local industry and community needs, regional, state and national employment trends, and consideration of articulation with baccalaureate programs. 

The new associate in applied science degree will allow baking and pastry students to take more courses specific to their field of study and learn skills needed in their intended field, Academy of Culinary Arts Dean Kelly McClay told the trustees.  The new degree will be available in fall 2013, following state approval.  Dean McClay said the Academy’s baking and pastry program had grown substantially with 71 students now enrolled in the option to the culinary arts degree.

In Personnel Action, the Board:


--Kenya Goods of Pleasantville, financial aid specialist, effective Sept. 26. 

--Charlene Borgersen of Mays Landing, office coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund, effective Sept. 26.

Granted sabbatical leaves for the spring 2013 semester, to:

--Richard Kalman of Vineland, assistant professor, computer information systems.  He will begin the comprehensive exam phase of his doctoral program at Capella University, followed by the dissertation stage.

--Stephanie Natale-Boianelli of Sicklerville, assistant professor, developmental English, and Shirley Shields of Egg Harbor Township, assistant professor, English as a second language.  Both have been accepted into the Princeton University Mid-Career Fellowship Program for the 2013 spring semester.

Approved retirements for:

--Thomas Clark of Ocean View, a security officer at the college for more than 20 years, where he worked as overnight shift officer at the Cape May County Campus. He was recognized for his “devotion to the college” and “stellar attendance record year after year” as the recipient of numerous Perfect Attendance awards.  He will retire March 1, 2013.

--Gail Mischlich of Hammonton, who has worked at the college for more than 38 years as Registrar office clerk stenographer, account clerk and junior accountant, until her promotion in 1998 to accountant.  For her outstanding dedication to the college she was recognized in 1994 as an Employee of the Quarter and with Perfect Attendance awards.  During her time with the college she has served as a Heart Walk captain, a member of the Middle States team and worked at Hamilton Mall Day.  She will retire Dec. 31.

--John Mohr of Egg Harbor City, who worked at the college for more than 35 years.  He began his college service as assistant director of cooperative education, continuing in student services until his most recent promotion to director, Worthington Atlantic City Campus and Cape May County Campus student services.  During his time with the college, he served as head softball coach and participated in the Spring Bash, Career Fair, student orientation and graduation.  He was commended by his supervisor for finding “innovative ways to reach out to high-risk students” and possessing “a strong student development approach and excellent skills in working with the community at large.”  He will retire Nov. 1.

On behalf of the board, Treasurer Maria Torres extended them best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

--The board approved an additional $1,490 for a revised total of $21,461 for additional invoices received from Education to Go, Chicago, to offer online course registration for online training and educational solutions for adult education, career training and corporate training, for one year.

--Parking lot maintenance, Asphalt Solutions, Linwood, $20,113.

--Dell servers, Dell Computers, Round Rock, Texas, $33,103.

--Data drops, Tricomm Services, Hammonton, $25,424.

--Building automation system maintenance services for the Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses, five-year contract, Honeywell, Inc., Marlton, $483,400.

In the President’s Report

Dr. Peter Mora said his most recent quarterly column had appeared in the Cape May County Herald last week on the topic of student loan debt and the affordability of community colleges.  He thanked College Relations staff for their assistance in preparing the column.

Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations, gave a report on CMCC.  She provided a historic overview and projections of enrollment and population trends and outlined program offerings and faculty staffing patterns.  She also identified future issues of importance for the campus.

In Other Action, the Board:

--Accepted the Aug. 31, 2012, financial statement. Trustee Helen Walsh noted the college’s FY’13 enrollments were tracking near budgeted projections.

--Heard from retiree Mary-Ann Boyce of North Cape May, who thanked the board for recognizing her in July for her years of service as a part-time information technology instructor. “The type of support I received made it a joy to be here,” she said. “Thank you for some of the best years of my life.”

--Heard from Marcia Kleinz, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who serves as president of the Atlantic Cape Teachers Librarians and Counselors bargaining unit.  She reported on the bargaining units’ recent participation in Buccaneer Day at which they sponsored a free event for students and gave away pirate-themed items and lanyards with flash drives. The groups’ effort also collected donations to raise funds for student scholarships.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, noted highlights from the Board Activity Calendar, including the Sept. 28 grand opening of the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center at Atlantic Cape and the Nov. 1 groundbreaking for the college’s Science Technology Engineering and Math building.


The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204.  All are welcome to attend.