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ACCC's Trustees Meet at New Cape May County Campus - September 2005

September 28, 2005

Sept. 28, 2005

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP- Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees met for the first time at the new Cape May County Campus when they held their regular meeting Sept. 27.

Chairperson Brian Lefke opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the new campus and thanking all those who made its opening a reality. He said he had received a lot of positive feedback about the campus. "This is something to be proud of," he said. Several agenda items related to new hires, contracts and services for the campus.

Board Appoints New Staff Members; Approves Leave, Title Change
The board voted to appoint these staff members, several of whom will work at the Cape May County Campus:

--Linda Alcantara, Mays Landing; Irvin Cruz, Mays Landing; Anthony Fierro, Hammonton; and Tammy Taylor, Landisville; as housekeepers I, effective Sept. 28.

--Roy Burnham, North Wildwood, maintenance mechanic II, effective Sept. 28.

--Mary Beth DeBlasio, Pine Beach, assistant professor, developmental English, retroactive to Sept. 6.

--Kevin Weisgerber, Estell Manor, security guard I, effective Sept. 28.

--Luis Montefusco, Galloway, master technician, student development, effective Oct. 10.

John Atsu-Swanzy, Glassboro, assistant professor of mathematics, was granted a one-semester unpaid leave, retroactive to Sept. 6.

The title of Dr. Martin Marino, Galloway, was changed to professor of psychology and education from professor of social science, retroactive to Sept. 6.

Trustees Approve These Contracts

--Landscaping for the Cape May County Campus under the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act Management Plan, total of $152,391 for reforestation, wetlands planting, revegetation, installation of a well and above-ground irrigation, Tom’s Landscaping, Laureldale.

--Architectural and engineering services for the Worthington Atlantic City Center Renovation Phase II, Blumberg Associates, Atlantic City, $168,375.

--Media buying services for college, culinary arts and continuing education advertising, Harmelin Media, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., not to exceed $65,000.

--Engineering services for energy management, Concord Atlantic Engineers, West Atlantic City, not to exceed $40,000.

The board also authorized the college to enter into an agreement with New Jersey Transit for the installation of a bus shelter at the Cape May County Campus. NJ Transit will pay for the shelter and the college will maintain and repair it.

Tech-Prep Grant Accepted
The board agreed to accept $229,000 under the FY’06 Tech Prep Grant Program, Year 3 of 3. The grant will be used to improve, expand and promote vocational education programs in hospitality and tourism and provide a seamless transition for students.

In the President's Report:
Dr. Peter Mora reported that he had served as keynote speaker at the National Association of Industry Specific Training Directors conference in Atlantic City. He asked several senior staff members to give reports:

--Patricia Owens, acting dean of continuing education and resource development, invited trustees to attend the Foundation's Cape May County Campus fund-raiser, "Celebrate the Future," on Friday, Sept. 30. She also handed out commemorative tiles and a memento of the campus grand opening celebration that included print and electronic media coverage. She thanked college relations staff members Geoff Pettifer, Donna Leeds and Sherwood Taylor as well as Joe D'Agostino, academic computing, for their work on the handout and DVD.

--Owens also gave an update on the Institute for Service Excellence at Hamilton Mall. ACCC has been notified that it will receive a one-year $515,700 business services contract from the N.J. Dept. of Labor for the institute. The funds will provide training for potential workers for the high-growth hospitality and emerging retail industries. Training is under way at the Atlantic County One Stop Center and will move to the Hamilton Mall facility when construction is complete later this fall.

--Acting Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Art Wexler invited the board to attend the Nov. 15 lecture and jazz performance by James McBride, award-winning author of the "Color of Water." Effie Russell, professor of English, explained the work is this year’s "college book," an ongoing ACCC project in which faculty in many disciplines incorporate the same book into their curriculum during the academic year. She gave out copies of the book and invited trustees to attend online or in-person discussions of the subject. Borgata’s Heart and Soul Foundation provided support, in part, for the Nov. 15 event.

--Dean of Students Carmen Royal presented enrollment information from the fall 10-day count. A total of 6,804 students are enrolled, up 3.15% from last fall. They are taking 63,891 credits, an increase of 3.4% for that same period. Online enrollment continues to grow, up 9.10% in heads and 9.40% in credits, with 1,838 students taking 8,801 credits.

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, acting dean of administration, planning and research, gave comparisons for Cape May County enrollments. He said the enrollment of Cape May County residents attending at any campus was up 5.7% over last fall and 38.2% more Cape May County residents were taking classes in that county than last year. Trustee Lynn Kramer asked how many new students the recently opened campus has attracted and for a five-year enrollment projection for the facility. Dr. Mora said that information was available and would be provided to the board.

In Other Business:
--Trustees approved the monthly financial report, presented by Robert Boyer, vice chairperson.

--Boyer presented the ACCC Foundation report, inviting trustees to support three upcoming events, "Celebrate the Future" gala fund-raiser on Sept. 30, "Taste of the Gala" cooking demonstration on Oct. 6 and Cape May National Championship Golf Tournament on Oct. 14. Funds from all three events will support the Foundation.

--Trustee Eric Reynolds, chairperson of the long-range planning committee, outlined three major issues the group is reviewing. These include the status and future direction of the college's international program; plans for integrating credit and non-credit instruction in the Academy of Culinary Arts curriculum in light of declining enrollments; and the need for new construction on the Mays Landing Campus.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner, chairperson of the minority affairs committee, said the group had met recently and discussed its ongoing commitment to Kids College scholarships and the Celebrities for Education program. Bobby Royal, acting dean of Worthington Atlantic City Center and community affairs, thanked Kramer Beverage, Borgata, Guthrie Glass & Mirror and Cape Savings Bank for their support of Kids College.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.