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ACCC Gears Up for Cape May County Campus With Computer, Networking and Lab Purchases- May 2005

May 27, 2005

May 27, 2005

With the opening of the Cape May County campus approaching in August, Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved science equipment, computers, and networking hardware and services for the new facility when it met May 24.
Purchases and contracts approved include:

--Autoclave, Cape May County campus, Chapter 12 – Cape May funds, Alfa Medical, Hempstead, N.Y., $36,000.

--Network hardware, Cape May County campus, Chapter 12 – Cape May County governmental bond, Graybar, Philadelphia, $55,136

--Computers, including 157 PCs with flat screen monitors, 14 laptops and one cart, Perkins grant, $82,661, and Cape May County government bond, $126,097, Dell Computer Corp., Austin, Texas, total of $208,758.

--Ethernet wide-area network services, including the Cape May County campus, three-year lease, Information Technology FY’06-’08 budget, Comcast, Moorestown, $264,000.

--Academy of Culinary Arts equipment, Don Urie Associates, Vineland, $36,893.

--Primary Electrical Testing and Repairs, Plant Fund, Coastal Electric, $414,261.

--Control package as part of the geothermal expansion project, Chapter 12, FY’04, Honeywell International, Marlton, $67,426.

--Utility company contract as part of the primary electric repairs and upgrades, Conectiv, $51,500

--Roofing J & K Buildings, Chapter 12 FY’04, McMullen Roofing, Philadelphia, $582,787.

In Personnel Matters:
The board appointed these staff members: Leslie Jamison, Palermo, controller, effective May 26; and Heather Oliver, Hammonton, conference and event specialist, effective May 25.

A sabbatical leave was approved for William Dougherty, Sewell, assistant professor, computer information systems. He will take a one-semester leave at full salary effective Jan. 17.

Two staff members were reclassified: Michael Kernan, from director, accounting operations, to associate director, cash reconcilement; and Mariann Sozio, from assistant director, accounting, to associate director, budgets and systems. Both are effective May 25.

Resolution Lauds Dr. May Upon His Retirement
The trustees approved a resolution praising Dr. John May and accepting his retirement as president effective June 30. Chairman Brian Lefke presented a framed copy of the resolution to Dr. May.

The board recognized Dr. May for his “collaborative leadership style that guided the formal higher education merger between Atlantic and Cape May counties on January 1, 1999,” and for his recognition of the “potential for growth in educational technology (that) positioned the college as a statewide leader in online delivery.”

In approving his retirement, the board thanked Dr. May for “his educational leadership, loyalty and commitment to a comprehensive, student-centered, accessible higher education for the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties.”

In Other Business:

--Treasurer Nick Talvacchia offered highlights from the monthly financial report, which was approved.

--Reporting for the ACCC Foundation, Dr. Albert Monillas said that to date the Leaves for Learning beautification campaign had exceeded its $50,000 goal by more than $4,000 and reminded trustees of the May 31 deadline for participation. He announced that Cape May National Golf Club will again hold a tournament to benefit the ACCC Foundation and its scholarship program.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner gave an update from the board’s Minority Affairs Committee. At their last meeting the group heard a very positive report on the African-American Male Retention program, she said. The committee is sponsoring a Kids College program at the Worthington Atlantic City Center and has received a great response from Atlantic City and Pleasantville schools. They are seeking donations to support student scholarships.

--Trustee Lynn Kramer suggested the board annually sign a code of ethics that would include a conflict of interest statement.

In Grants Action:
--The board voted to authorize the college to apply for N.J. Dept. of Labor FY’06 Adult Basic Skills Grant and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant. The grant would run July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006, for approximately $442,000.

--The board accepted a FY’06/FY’07 Education of Language Minority Students Grant, for a total of $130,180. The grant will update curriculum, facilities and support services for language minority students.

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. May expressed gratitude to all those from the staff, board, community and foundation board who participated in his retirement party last week.

--Trustees were invited to attend a Trustee Conference in Trenton on June 23.

--Summer enrollments are running 9% ahead of the same time last year with online enrollments 20% up, the president said. Fall enrollments are also trending up. “The new space in Cape May will be put to good use,” he added.

--Terry Sampson, executive director, business services, gave an update on the Cape May County campus construction. The project is about 90% complete, she said, with floors and ceilings finished in the north wing. The glass curtain wall is done and handrails are being installed. Pavers are going in this week and black top will be done next week.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, in J-202. All are welcome to attend.