Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

Alumni Updates

April M. Pashley ’07 of Egg Harbor Township has been mobilized and activated for future deployment at an undisclosed overseas location in the Iraqi war. Pashley received an associate in arts degree in childhood development and an associate in science degree in general studies. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college students.

ACA graduate Jason Hippen ’05 recently opened a fine dining restaurant in Stone Harbor called Jay’s on Third (formerly Fish Tales). Hippen has worked at many prestigious dining establishments across the country, including Buddakan at the Pier at Caesars, Morimoto in Philadelphia and Sumile in New York City. Hippen describes his menu as new American cuisine with global influences.

Alumni updates

Meghan Lombardo ’05 is engaged to Matthew Riess. After earning an education degree from ACCC, Lombardo earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is a peer group case manager for Cape Counseling Services. A June 2009 wedding is planned.

Amanda Merlock ’05 and Joseph Malecki ’05 were married March 29. The newlyweds met in sociology class their freshman year at ACCC.

Rebecca Hurst ’03 is engaged to Kyle Sciullo. The future bride and groom, who live in Mays Landing, plan a 2009 wedding.

Mohammad Islam ’00 received the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award at ACCC’s 2008 commencement. Islam, who is originally from Bangladesh, has been in the U.S. for 12 years. In addition to ACCC, he is a graduate of the distinguished Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Richard Stockton College. In addition to his position teaching math at ACCC, he teaches eighth grade English at the Uptown School Complex in Atlantic City.

ACA grad Michael England ’99, executive chef at the Atlantic City Palm, whipped up one of his signature dishes at the “Chefs at the Shore V” fundraiser, held at the Atlantic City Aquarium in Gardner’s Basin in June. The American Culinary Association’s Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey created this event to further its commitment to culinary training, education and humanitarian efforts in Atlantic City. His featured dish was Veal Scaloppini Martini.

Michael Schlow, ACA ’96, was featured in Food and Wine magazine’s July issue. “For years, Schlow has impressed Bostonians at both his fancy Asian-French Radius and the Italian Via Matta,” the article stated. “Now, with Alta Strada in Wellesley, he’s brought his top-notch Italian cooking to the suburbs.” In addition to his enormously popular Radius, which he opened in 1999, Schlow is executive chef and co-owner of two other Boston restaurants, Via Matta and Great Bay, and owner of Alta Strada, which reflects his affinity for regional Italian food. He opened a second Alta Strada in the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

Karen Nelson ’95 ACA was featured in an article on Mother’s Day in The Press of Atlantic City about how she juggles being a mom and co-owner of Karen and Rei’s on Route 9 in Clermont.

We are sad to report the untimely passing of ACA graduate William Malachy Kraus ’94 of Hillsborough, who died suddenly in the Bahamas on May 30.

Chef Timothy Hand ’93 ACA was featured in an article in the Cape May County Gazette. Hand, who received a gold medal at graduation, recently turned a bait and tackle shop in Dennis Township into Capt. Tate’s Seafood Takeout. This is Hand’s first venture back in the kitchen in a number of years. A kitchen accident severely injured his arm nearly a decade ago, and doctors didn’t think he would be able to work in a restaurant again.

ACA graduate Jeffrey C. Lolli ’84 of Erial is a lecturer at Widener University. Lolli earned a master’s in Human Resource Management and bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Widener. He has more than 18 years of experience in the hotel and gaming segments of the hospitality industry, with companies such as Wyndham Hotels, Sands Casino Hotel and Harrah’s Entertainment. Lolli held positions in both food and beverage and hotel operations. He is working toward completion of his doctorate in education. He is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association, CHRIE and is co-advisor of Widener University’s PCMA Student Chapter.