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ACCC Board Approves Fund Balance Transfer to Support Key Initiatives

August 27, 2008

MAYS LANDING-Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved the transfer of $3.1 million from the FY'08 year-end unrestricted fund balance to the FY'09 unrestricted plant fund to support a range of key initiatives. 

Projects funded include:

--Management information system project, $500,000.

--Health Professions Institute equipment, $100,000.

--Campus Security Plan-Phase I (FM alert system, door locks), $168,000.

--FY'08 facilities fee (balance carry forward), $10,000.

--Phase I gym renovations including air conditioning, locker room renovations, repurposing of area for fitness center, $2,029,000.

--Green initiatives-professional fees for studies and facilities infrastructure enhancements, $293,000.

Trustee Helen Walsh congratulated the president and the staff for the fiscal management that allowed the college to allocate $3.1 million to key projects. 

In Personnel Matters:

The board approved these appointments, all effective Aug. 27:

--Anthony Booker, Blackwood, security guard I.

--Michael Capen, Haddonfield, graphic artist.

--Camille Levy, Ventnor, office assistant, administration and finance.

--Raymond Verdine, Egg Harbor Township, maintenance mechanic II.

--Michelle Bevan, Folsom, was promoted from program coordinator to director of instructional technology, effective Aug. 27.

--The resignation of Mary Wunnenberg, allied health senior manager, was accepted effective Aug. 27.

The board approved the retirement, effective Sept. 1, of Electra Stulak, North Wildwood, special populations and career counselor, a college employee for more than 17 years, most recently at the Cape May County Campus.  The resolution praised her for her years of faithful, professional service and her warm and caring personality.  Dr. Dworsky, who had personal experience with Electra's work, commended her and said "we appreciate all of her efforts." 

Board Approves Contracts and Purchases:

--Culinary food items, Home Town Dairy, Inc., Bayville, in excess of $17,500.

--Culinary food items, Sysco Food Service, Philadelphia, Pa., in excess of $17,500.

--Culinary food items, Dutch Prime Foods, Long Branch, in excess of $17,500.

--Disaster recovery, software support services and hardware maintenance, T3 Technologies, Tampa, Fla., total of $28,150. 

--FM alert system, Global Security Systems, Jackson, Miss., $60,199.

--WebCT software license renewal, N.J. Virtual Community College Consortium, Trenton, $29,694.

--IBM software maintenance, IBM Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa., $164,368.

In Grant Action, the Board:

--Authorized the college to accept the FY'09 Tech Prep Grant for $60,000.  The grant will run Sept. 1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2009, and will be used to improve, expand and promote vocational educational programs in law and public safety.  The college will participate in a consortium with the lead agency, the Cape May County Technical School District.

In Other Business:

--Chairperson Robert Boyer welcomed new member Adam Hill of Galloway, a 2008 nursing graduate and former Student Government Association president, as alumni representative to the board.  Hill was elected to the one-year position by his fellow graduates.

--Dr. Dworsky reviewed highlights from the June 30 and July 31, 2008, financial reports.  Both reports were accepted by the board.

--Trustee Eric Reynolds, for the ACCC Foundation, asked trustees to line up hole sponsorships for the upcoming ACCC Golf Tournament Oct. 3.

--Trustee Brian Lefke and Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, gave the long-range planning committee report.  The group heard updates from college staff on the ongoing J-building renovations, Blueprint 2020 financing, Green Campus Initiative, capital needs for the college Security Plan and capital initiatives that would be funded through a fund balance transfer.  The closing of Bacharach Blvd. adjacent to the Worthington Atlantic City Campus is expected to take place Sept. 8.  Lefke noted the group was working on an alternative energy and sustainability plan.

--Dr. Dworsky, reporting for the audit committee, said college representatives held an audit entrance conference with Bowman & Company representatives to review a host of areas related to auditing services for FY'08.

--The academic and student affairs committee learned from Dean of Students Carmen Royal that ACCC has become a "direct lending institution," a response to the fact that a number of banks and other private lenders are opting out of the Federal Family Education Loan Program.  She also announced the college has hired a coach and will field a women's basketball team.  Adam Hill gave the report.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgartner, for the diversity and equity committee, said the Summer Youth College program was a success with 43 disadvantaged students participating at the Worthington Atlantic City and the Cape May County campuses.

--Reynolds, who had attended a news conference that morning where the college accepted a check for more than $480,000 from the state Department of Labor for customized training, complimented the college on the event and the casino consortium project.  "We have a lot to be proud of," he said.

In the President's Report:

--Senior Dean of Academic Affairs Art Wexler and ACA Dean Kelly McClay outlined the process involved and the value to the Academy of its recent award of the American Culinary Federation accreditation.

--Dean McClay and Kathy Corbalis, executive director of college relations, reported on the new ACA cooking segment, "What's Cooking," that appears each Monday on the NBC-40 newscast.  Corbalis credited Geoff Pettifer, director of college marketing, for negotiating the contract that allowed the series to be filmed and presented.  Pat Gentile, Dean of Continuing Education and Resource Development, introduced the presentation.

--Dr. Peter Mora reported on his speech, "The Role of Community Colleges in New Jersey," to the Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Annual Dinner this summer.

-- Trustee Maria Torres, Dr. Mora and Brittany Williams, executive assistant to the president and director of board of trustees services, and gave an update on the recent NJ STARS hearing at Camden County College.  A number of ACCC faculty and staff attended and spoke at the presentation.  Dean Carmen Royal talked about the recent Breakfast with the STARS held at the Mays Landing Campus.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Cape May County Campus.  All are welcome to attend.