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ACCC Trustees Hold March Meeting in Atlantic City

March 28, 2008

March 26, 2008 

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved personnel resolutions, okayed a series of contracts and bids, and authorized a gypsy moth control program when they met in regular session at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus March 25.

Gypsy Moth Control Program Approved for Mays Landing Campus

The board authorized the college to begin a gypsy moth control program in compliance with state regulations. According to the resolution, the gypsy moth "...has been found heavily defoliating tree and plant growth at (the Mays Landing Campus) and continued destruction of foliage may result in loss of valuable forest lands and trees."

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

--Accepted the retirement, effective June 27, of Marston "Mitch" Mischlich of Hammonton, security officer. The board commended Mischlich for his demonstrated commitment to and love for education by earning his associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during his more than two decades of full-time service to the college. He also was recognized for serving as a highly-qualified and well-regarded adjunct instructor. The board extended its gratitude for his dedication to duty.

--Approved these appointments:

--Levi Fox, Somers Point, student development specialist, effective March 26.

--Dennis Jones, Vineland, counselor I, Educational Opportunity Fund, effective March 26.

--Linda Jones, Palermo, administrative secretary, facilities management, effective March 26.

--Approved a resolution honoring the late Joseph Zelnik, editor emeritus of the Cape May County Herald, who championed the need and viability of a local community college for Cape May County residents. Zelnik's "relentless investigative reporting and staunch support helped motivate citizens, organizations and governmental leaders to diligently examine (and re-examine) the affordability and probability of higher education in Cape May County."

--Approved the promotion of Josephine "Josie" Chivalette, Galloway, from assistant director, Worthington Atlantic City Campus Administrative Services, to director, WACC Program Support Services, retroactive to July 2, 2007.

Board Approves Bids and Contracts:

--Yezzi Associates, Toms River, professional architect and design services, J Building, Chapter 12 funds, $79,900.

--Innovative Leadership, Marmora, professional consulting, development and facilitation services for training under the Casino Training Consortium, N.J. Department of Labor, to be conducted at The Borgata by Continuing Education, $22,200.

--Comcast, Egg Harbor Township, cable TV advertising for ACA, not to exceed $10,061.

--The DaVinci Group, Woodbury, engineering design services (power plant), Chapter 12, $91,000.

--Air Control Technology, West Berlin, N.J., roof top units replacement, Mays Landing East location, $103,246.

--Xerox Corporation, Mt. Laurel, state contract, copier for Dean of Students area, $25,471.

--Leasing of additional modular space from Mobilease for Rutgers University, $195,706, to be reimbursed by Rutgers.

In Grants News, the Board:

--Authorized the college to apply for the N.J. Department of Education Tech Prep Grant, Sept. 1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2009, for a maximum of $60,000.

--Approved Adult Education Grant expenses for Cape May County Technical School, $41,653, and Pleasantville Public Schools, $33,083.

ESL Tuition and Fee Adjustments Reflect Program Change

The board approved changes to the tuition and fees schedule it approved in February to reflect the restructuring of the English as a Second Language curriculum.  Course-related fees are for all ESLN courses, not select courses, and will start with the summer session.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Arthur Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, reported on recent news coverage the Academy of Culinary Arts received on the "Lick Hunger Ice Cream Challenge."  Students competed to create two new flavors that will be marketed at Lindy Hops stores in the region.  Proceeds will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch.

--Dr. Peter Mora said the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized ACCC in a resolution for its work in hosting Gov. Corzine's Town Hall meeting Feb. 7.

--Bobby Royal, Dean, WACC and community affairs, reported on the 25th Annual Holocaust Awareness Program presented March 11.  The Pushcart Players staged a moving Holocaust remembrance piece for children titled "The Last, The Very Last Butterfly."

--Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on the men's basketball team and noted that Ricky Raymond White, co-captain, was named to the Second Team All Region XIX of the Garden State Athletic Conference.  Head Coach Tom Borucki and Assistant Coach Vince Geraci thanked the board for

its support as did Guard Mike Williams, who recently won a basketball scholarship to attend Wesley College.

--Brittany Williams, executive assistant to the president/director of board of trustees services, reported on Community College Ambassadors' Day and provided a list of upcoming board activities.

-- Dr. Mora said ACCC hosted The Press of Atlantic City Tri-County Spelling Bee March 7.  The president praised facilities, theater, and conference and meeting services staff for their work on the event.

--Michael Bolicki, faculty advisor, and Matt Lanzoni, club president, spoke about the history of the ACCC Rotaract Club and its numerous community service activities.  For its outstanding efforts, the club received a Rotary International Presidential Citation.

--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, announced the receipt of a silver Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for the 2007 Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala publicity. She credited Stacey Clapp, PR specialist, for the project.

In Other Business:

--George Boileau, who will soon retire as Atlantic County treasurer, was honored by the board with a certificate of appreciation for his work with the college. 

--The board approved the monthly financial report.

--Trustee Donald Parker, liaison to the ACCC Foundation, reminded trustees to attend the April 3 Restaurant Gala.  He gave updates on the annual appeal and work of the new major gifts officer.

--Trustee Terrence Crowley, for the academic and student affairs committee, said Dr. Mora had announced the Middle States Commission on Higher Education had recently reaffirmed the college's accreditation.  Next steps in the ongoing accreditation process include completion of a monitoring report, due April 1, 2010.  The due date for the college's Periodic Review Report was moved from 2011 to 2013, he said.

--Trustee Andrew Melchiorre said the diversity and equity committee's community advisory group heard reports on Black History Month events, minority male retention program activities and community affairs programs.

--Trustee Helen Walsh, reporting for the long-range planning & capital projects committee, said Dr. Mora made a presentation to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders on the college's Master Plan and a freeholder committee has begun meeting to review funding for the plan.

--Trustee David Evans praised Trustee Mary Long for her work as Trustee Ambassador.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Cape May County Campus, Middle Township. All are welcome to attend.