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President Outlines Major FY'10 Initiatives

June 29, 2009

Dr. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape Community College president, gave an overview of major projects for the fiscal year that begins July 1 when the college's board of trustees met June 23 at the Cape May County Campus here.

Saying the coming year will be one in which the college will "attend to major issues in the pipeline," Dr. Mora provided an overview of FY'10 projects, including developing a Strategic Plan for 2010-2014, the submission to Middle States of the college's Institutional Effectiveness Plan in March and continued progress on initiatives in the Blueprint 2020 master plan. 

Other highlights included:

--A study will begin this fall to determine how to expand the college's fine and performing arts programs.

--The capital formation process to support ACCC's Blueprint 2020 master plan will continue.

--Collective bargaining is expected to begin in the fall.  The current four-year pact with the college's bargaining units ends June 30, 2010.

--Construction for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Building is slated to begin in 2010, with architects and engineers hired this summer and construction bids to go out in early 2010.

--The new Geographic Information Systems program is under way, under which Atlantic Cape will become the South Jersey center for GIS training through linkages with employers and educational institutions.

Dr. Mora also discussed such other major 2010 projects as the continuation of the Datatel Management Information System conversion, upgrades to the gymnasium and creation of a fitness center, and expansions of ACCC's intercollegiate sports programs. Other top priorities include implementation of the Green Campus and Safe Campus Initiatives, and finalization and implementation of a college rebranding.

In Other President's Report Items:

--Dr. Mora served as keynote speaker at the Atlantic City Rotary Scholarship Luncheon in May.

-- Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education, resource development and the Cape May County Campus, was featured on Comcast Newsmakers speaking about the college's role in Cape May County and in workforce training.

--ACCC Director of Major Gifts Maria Kellett was appointed to the post of District II chair of the Council for Resource Development.

--College Relations received a silver award at the 24th annual Higher Education Marketing Report Awards in the New Media category for the "What's Cooking" TV segments that appeared on NBC40.  The series features ACA chefs demonstrating summer dishes.

--Trustee Don Parker was recognized for his community-based achievements in the Atlantic City Rotary Club's newsletter.

--Brittany Williams, associate dean of human resources, president and board services, said registration is now open for the 40th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, taking place Oct. 7-10 in San Francisco. The theme is "Achieving Success in a Global Economy: Navigating the Educational Landscape During Turbulent Times."

--ACCC's Trustee Resource Center has added two new titles: "How to do More with Less: Community College Innovations to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs" by Brenda Beckman, and "Creating More Learning-Centered Community Colleges" by Terry O'Banion.

Trustees Act on Personnel Matters:

The board approved these appointments:

--Kristen Fletcher of North Cape May, senior manager, admissions, effective July 6.

--Otto Hernandez of Hammonton, associate dean of Geographic Information Systems and Technology Studies Institute, effective July 1.

--Esther James of Villas, senior manager, grants and resource development, effective July 20.

--Rahshana Murphy of Vineland, specialist, student development, effective June 30.

 

The board accepted the resignation of Sara Turner, health specialist, human resources, effective June 15. She is relocating to Florida.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

--Science supplies and equipment, Para Scientific, Macalaster Bicknell, Wards Natural Science, for a total of $31,092.52.

--Central storeroom supplies, Office Basics, Quill, for a total of $52,813.77.

--Paper and envelopes, six-month supply, Office Basics, Paper Mart, for a total of $22,379.29.

--Custodial supplies, All American Poly, Hillyard, Inc., City Supply, Amsam, for a total of $90,584.41.

--Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, Edward Don & Co., City Supply, for a total of $35,235.88.

--Media buying services, The Marathon Group, not to exceed $85,000.

--Cleaning services (ISE and Mays Landing East), Bravo Group Services, $25,500.

--Toner cartridges, Supply Saver, $27,530.80.

The trustees approved the college's continued participation in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool and agreed to pay $164,273 for the pool's 2009-2010 N.J. Worker's Compensation Fund. They voted to spend a total of $245,341 with Borden Perlman for coverage during FY '10 including multi-peril/commercial, data security liability, umbrella, errors and omissions, environmental and excess. The board also approved a contract with T.L. Groseclose Associates for accident health and catastrophic sports insurance for students.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Authorized a one-year legal services contract for attorney Louis J. Greco, the college's legal counsel since 1983. The new contract calls for a $41,660 annual retainer, and an hourly rate of $121.77. Both fees are up 4 percent from FY'09. The contract runs July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

--Approved a contract with Confires Fire Protection Service for fire suppression system upgrades to culinary kitchens #5, #6, #7 and #8 for $41,694.

--Agreed to the college's adoption of a cyber harassment/student conduct policy, assuring the online safety of students and educators, in compliance with state safety regulations.

--Approved the May 31, 2009 financial statement.  

--Accepted the FY'10 Annual Budget Message.

--Authorized the college to apply for a customized training contract with the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development which would run Sept. 1, 2009 through Aug. 31, 2010 for $247,700.  The contract would provide training for casino workers in technology, English as a second language and workplace communications.

--Authorized the college to apply for and accept funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to service approximately 500 low-income youths in Atlantic County and 200 in Cape May County through a short-term college preparation course.  The grant, for up to $80,000, will run July 15 to Sept. 30, 2009.

--Recognized Adam Hill, alumni representative, in appreciation for his service at the end of his term on the board.

--Heard a report from Trustee Helen Walsh, a member of the Diversity & Equity Committee, about the Summer Youth College for disadvantaged students which begins July 6.  She praised college staff for their work in revising the program's curriculum and for volunteering their time to teach in the program.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202.  All are welcome to attend.