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Board Elects 2008-2009 Officers, Reorganizes

December 1, 2008

Nicholas Talvacchia was elected chairperson, Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, vice chairperson, and David Evans, treasurer, when the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 25.

Talvacchia of Margate is an attorney with Cooper Levenson, Dworsky of Ocean City retired as superintendent of the Cape May City schools and Evans of Galloway is an Atlantic County educator. Their terms run until November 2009.

Outgoing chairman Robert Boyer thanked the board for its support of the college.  Pointing to the Middle States reaccreditation, the expanded Atlantic City campus and the upcoming management information system implementation, he said "we have made some great strides over the last three to four years."

Talvacchia thanked Boyer for the "outstanding" job he had done and said he was pleased to be taking the board's helm.  "I'm a strong believer in higher education and in public education," he said.

BettyAnn Inloes Hines of Laureldale was reappointed board secretary, and the board designated college banking depositories and set their annual meeting schedule, which rotates between the three campuses.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Appointed:

--Dharmesh Dave of Mays Landing, program developer/coordinator, Continuing Education, effective Nov. 26.

--Patricia McFadden of Mays Landing, senior nursing lab manager and simulation coordinator, effective Nov. 26.

--Mary Wunnenberg of Manahawkin, assistant professor, nursing, effective Jan. 20, 2009.

Freeholder Board Chairman Silipena Honored

In thanks for his ongoing commitment to the residents of Atlantic County and the students, faculty and staff of ACCC, the board honored Joseph Silipena, outgoing chairman of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The board recognized him for his "advocacy for a comprehensive, accessible and superior community college," evidenced by his support for funding for the Blueprint 2020 Master Plan. He will receive an honorary degree at ACCC's 2009 commencement.

Purchases/Contracts Approved:

--Professional architectural services for the library renovation and perishable storeroom addition, Blumberg Associates, Atlantic City, $64,869.

--Printing, 2009 continuing education guides, A.F.L. Web Printing, Voorhees, $24,927.

--Professional consulting services, solar energy design and development under green initiatives, Gabel Associates, Highland Park, $67,000.

--Ethernet wide area network services, three-year contract, Comcast, Moorestown, $359,820, plus monthly federal surcharges.

--Software licensing, Microsoft Campus, Educational Resources, Elgin, Ill., $34,884.

--Natural gas for college accounts using 5,000 therms or more a year, Woodruff Energy of Bridgeton.  Accounts with fewer than 5,000 therms will remain with South Jersey Gas.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Accepted the October monthly financial report.

--Received the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY' 08.

--Approved a name change, effective fall 2009, to Microsoft Certified IT Professional, option in technical studies, from the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer option in technical studies.  It remains an associate in applied science degree.  The change better reflects IT nomenclature and will not affect program content or articulation agreements.

--Approved the following policies as reviewed/revised: Policy No. 12 Naming of Facilities, Policy No. 502 Emergency Closings, Policy No. 504 Lines of Authority in Absence of the President, Policy No. 506 Atlantic Cape CommuniCator, Policy No. 508 Style/Use of College Seal or Logo, Policy No. 509 Official: Advisor College Recruitment/Marketing Publications, Policy No. 510 Special Events, Policy No. 511 News Releases, Policy No. 912 Sign and Poster Placement.   

In the President's Report:

--Several ACCCers spoke about the book collection project to benefit Atorkor, Ghana.  The International Education and Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee is sponsoring the book drive with support from Rotaract and Absegami High School. John Atsu-Swanzy, assistant professor, mathematics, and a native of Atorkor, has spearheaded the drive for several years.  Dr. Art Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, and Grant Wilinski, associate dean, academic support services, spoke on the project. Thanavanh Khattiya, a service learning student, also attended. The board viewed a video of the presentation of last year's shipment of books to the African community. 

--Dr. Mora, Brittany Williams, interim associate dean of human resources and labor relations and executive assistant to the president and director, board of trustees services, and Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky and David Evans, trustees, made presentations at the recent Association of Community College Trustees' Annual Conference.  Williams was re-elected to the ACCT professional board network as Northeast Regional Member-at-Large and nominated as Executive Board designee.

-- College Relations department staff members accepted nine Medallion awards at the recent National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1 Conference.  Kathy Corbalis, college relations, credited the CR staff for their work, noting all members of the department had a hand in one or more of the awards.

--Dr. Mora received the Educational Opportunity Fund Champion Award and the Chelsea Neighborhood Association Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

--The college received donations from two local businesses.  Sturdy Savings Bank provided $1,000 for scholarships for Cape May County students.  South Jersey Industries donated $27,400 to School Counts! Scholarships. 

In Committee Reports:

--Trustee Eric Reynolds said the academic and student affairs committee heard a report from Carmen Royal, dean of students, on the impending impact of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.  Dr. Mora reported the college is experiencing enrollment growth and is exploring several programs to sustain enrollment.

--Trustee Don Parker, for the ACCC Foundation, said the Pearls in the City Event raised $1,800 toward ACCC's Health Professions Institute Tuition Assistance Fund.

--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, gave the long-range planning committee report, noting work to upgrade the gymnasium will soon be advertised. The construction timeline will ensure the gym is available as a back-up location for commencement and is ready for next fall's basketball season.

--Trustee Maria Torres, for the diversity and equity committee, reviewed a report from the group's community advisory committee focusing on several upcoming projects.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus.  All are welcome to attend.