Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

Installation Ceremony Held for President Mora Oct. 19

ACCC held a formal installation ceremony honoring Dr. Peter L. Mora as the college’s eighth president on Oct. 19. The ceremony was held in the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus.

Dr. Peter L. Mora

Dr. Peter L. Mora

Mora was appointed president last year. Raised in Atlantic City, Mora has served ACCC for 31 years, including the position of vice president for continuing education and Cape May County.

As president, his primary focus is to foster student learning by promoting access, excellence and stewardship for all programs and services offered at ACCC. Mora recognizes the ongoing challenge of maximizing access for diverse constituent groups, while maintaining quality educational standards. His commitment to stewardship of the college’s infrastructure is demonstrated by the recent expansion project at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Center and by the initiation of a master facilities and academic plan for the Mays Landing Campus.

The installation ceremony included greetings to the president from several people, including Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano, Lawrence Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, and student representatives. Additionally, Dr. John Roueche, director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, was the keynote speaker. The ceremony concluded with Mora’s acceptance of the office of president.

Academy of Culinary Arts Dean Klaus Muller Retiring

A fixture at the Academy of Culinary Arts since its founding 25 years ago, Chef Klaus Muller, dean, will say goodbye to the school on Oct. 31. Muller officially retires on Feb. 1.

“It’s time to go. I have 55 years of professional experience. I’ve always had a job and have never been unemployed,” Muller said.

Chef Klaus Muller

Chef Klaus Muller

Muller joined the ACA on Jan. 25, 1982, bringing vast culinary experience from Germany, Switzerland, England and Bermuda. Muller ascended in leadership roles including chef supervisor, assistant director, director and finally dean in September 1999.

Muller is most proud of the nearly 2,500 students who have completed the program and found success in the industry. “All of them have done well and speak highly of the program,” he said.

He won numerous gold and silver medals and special awards in food competitions, including gold in the New York and New Jersey Seafood Challenge and, representing New Jersey, silver in the American Seafood Challenge in 1978. Muller has ushered the ACA through many changes in its 25-year history, including the addition of two-year degree programs in Food Service Management and Baking and Pastry.

A resolution passed at the September Board of Trustees meeting praised Muller for his “outstanding professionalism and dedication to provide the very best instruction to Academy students.”

Muller plans to spend his first day off playing tennis if the weather cooperates. Then he’ll spend time with his wife, Stephanie, and his two grandchildren.

Effective Nov. 1, Chef Kelly McClay will serve as Acting Dean of the ACA.

Calling all Archers: Team Plans Alumni Shoot

ACCC’s national championship archery team is planning an alumni shoot for 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 14. Dr. Helen Bolnick, head coach, encourages all former ACCC archers to contact her to participate.

Archery team

Members of ACCC’s archery team demonstrate their skills for the college community this summer.

The Double Star FITA Alumni Shoot is open to all alumni, regardless of when they shot for ACCC. The cost is $35 per person. All proceeds will be used to support the team. Alumni who can’t attend can also make a donation.

ACCC’s archery team has a long legacy of success, including 36 All Americans. ACCC’s men’s archery team won a national title at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships held May 19-21 in Los Angeles. For more information on the alumni shoot, contact Dr. Bolnick at (609) 343-4900, ext. 5272; 625-1111, ext. 5272, 463-4774, ext. 5272, or e-mail drbolnick@aol.com.

Alumni Updates

We heard from Jason Fridrich, ACA ’95, who wrote, “After graduating from ACCC I transferred to Johnson and Wales University where I received a B.S. degree in food service management. Since then I have made stops at several upscale restaurants along the East Coast. I spent five years as executive sous chef at Frescos in Cape May. Following that I worked as the executive chef at Magnolia Brooklyn in N.Y. and as Chef at Nicole’s in Avalon. Next, I spent time as the executive chef at Six Tables Boca Raton and am currently the executive chef at Gleiberman’s Deli and Grill in Charlotte, N.C. My career has been exciting and rewarding and I can thank my time and experience at ACCC for setting my career in motion.”

Alumni updates

Gerard Bragg, former ACCCer and ’93 grad, writes, “The educational and work experience from ACCC has taken me further than I thought possible. The sky is truly the limit. I went on to finish a B.A. in accounting at University of Maryland, MBA in finance at Southeastern University in Washington, DC, and plan to sit for the CPA exam this year. I’ve never stopped learning…and never will. ACCC was a phenomenal start.”

Tom 'TJ' Neal

The late Tom ‘TJ’ Neil.

We were sad to hear of the passing of our beloved student, Tom “T.J.” Neil, age 41, on Oct. 3. T.J. majored in general studies and office systems technology. A familiar face since 1996, he was often seen wheeling around campus. He was active in the computer club and always had a smile for others. He worked at Kessler Memorial Hospital as a clerk for more than 10 years. Tom also volunteered more than 1,000 hours at Kessler. T.J. served as a lector at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hammonton, where he was a weekly communicant. Tammy DeFranco, career and academic planning, is accepting donations in T.J.’s memory to be given to the ARC of Atlantic County from the ACCC family. He will be missed.

‘Taste of the Gala’ Cooking Demonstration Planned for Nov. 2

Enjoy the culinary delights of chefs from local restaurants and the Academy of Culinary Arts at “Taste of the Gala,” a cooking demonstration and wine tasting held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Academy, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, room M-129.

Local restaurant chefs from Joseph’s Restaurant at Renault Winery, The Berkshire Grill, Red Sky Café, and the internationally trained chef educators at the ACA will demonstrate their original recipes.

Tickets are $30 a person and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the ACA through the ACCC Foundation.

This is the second of three cooking demonstrations leading up to the March 7, 2007, The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala. The final ‘Taste’ will be Feb. 1. For more information or Taste of the Gala reservations, call Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674.

New Transfer Options for Future Teachers

ACCC alumni seeking teacher certification can now transfer specific education courses to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey under a new articulation agreement.

The heads of Stockton, ACCC, Cumberland County College and Camden County College signed the agreement in August, smoothing the transfer process for community college graduates.

For more information on this or other transfer agreements, contact Renee DeAngelo at (609) 343-5630.

Register Now for November Noncredit Courses at ACCC

From PowerPoint training to Italian lessons, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than a dozen Continuing Education courses in November.

Career training includes: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security Specialization.

Computer courses include: Excel-Part II, Access-Part II, Advanced Access-Database Design and Management, Introduction to PowerPoint, and Application Development with Dreamweaver 8 Using ASP.Net.

Personal development workshops include: Floral Design—Beyond the Basics, Figure Drawing, Piano Part II, Intermediate Conversational Italian, Spanish II, Dining According to Emily Post, and Caramels, Pralines and Toffees.

Classes will be held in one of three locations, including: ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; or the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For dates, times and fees for all courses, or to register, call (609) 343-4829 or (609) 463-4774, ext. 4829, in Cape May County. Class sizes are limited, so register early. Register online or view the complete schedule of courses at http://www.atlantic.edu/web4students.

Registration for ACCC’s Winter and Spring Sessions Begins Nov. 27

If you’re interested in pursuing another degree or need additional coursework to enhance your career, you can register beginning Monday, Nov. 27, for winter and spring classes at all ACCC campuses: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Registrations are accepted weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The college will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Jan. 1.

Classes for the winter term will be held Jan. 2-13, including Saturdays, Jan. 6 and 13. The last day to register for the winter term in person is Dec. 23. Registrations are accepted by mail, fax or online through Jan. 1. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 16. Depending on their status as new or returning students, students can register for spring classes in person or by mail, fax, and the Internet through Jan. 12.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. To register online or view a schedule of spring courses, visit http://www.atlantic.edu/web4students. For a free schedule, call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or (609) 463-3958 in Cape May County.

Taste the Thrill at the 24th Annual Restaurant Gala

The 24th Annual Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala: Live and Let’s Dine is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The event invites patrons to “taste the thrill” of nearly 40 of the area’s best restaurants.

The annual black-tie event, with its James Bond-inspired theme, also includes music, dancing and a dessert extravaganza. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and ACCC. Last year’s Gala raised a record-breaking $210,000.

Culinary students

ACA students prepare the seafood bar at a past Restaurant Gala..

The Gala also showcases the talents of the culinary students at the Academy, who prepare thousands of sumptuous hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served during cocktail hour. A dessert extravaganza will cap off the evening.

This year the Restaurant Gala Committee will honor The Honorable John J. Schultz and Gary L. Hill for their philanthropic efforts and community work in the South Jersey area and for the Atlantic City hospitality industry.

Tickets for the Restaurant Gala are $190 per person. Call (609) 343-5674 for tickets.

The ACCC Foundation will also bring back its 50/50 raffle, with a drawing to be held at the March 7 Gala. Tickets will cost $100, and five cash prizes will be awarded. Call (609) 343-5674 for raffle tickets.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the charity event in 2006. Their contributions, and those of the participating restaurants and sponsors, help ensure that the regional hospitality industry will remain strong with well-trained culinary arts professionals.

Online Arts, Crafts and Entertainment Auction Coming Soon

The ACCC Foundation is planning its first online arts, crafts and entertainment auction this fall to support scholarships for student nurses.

Alumni can participate by donating or bidding on unique works of art, including prints, sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry, knitted or hand-sewn items, collectibles, personal or business services, tickets to music or other performances or trips to local spas and more.

Dozens of items have already been donated, including a deep sea fishing excursion, storyteller services, framed photographs, original artwork and autographed books.

The auction runs Oct. 30-Nov. 17, but you can preview the items up for bid now at http://www.atlantic.edu/artauction.

‘A Vision for Excellence’ Raises $33,000

“A Vision for Excellence,” a scholarship fund-raiser and inaugural celebration honoring ACCC President Dr. Peter L. Mora raised $33,000. The ACCC Foundation hosted the event Sept. 29 at the Cape May County Campus.

Approximately 200 people attended this event, which also celebrated ACCC’s 40th anniversary. The proceeds from this event will go toward student scholarships. Jamar Bogan of Cape May Court House, an ACCC sophomore and recipient of the Marjorie Ward Scholarship, spoke at the event on what the full-tuition scholarship has meant to him. ACCC Foundation member Matt Buesing of Middle Township served as chairperson of the event.

Culinary students

Academy of Culinary Arts students serve mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres and desserts at the Cape May County fund-raiser.

Event sponsors included: Platinum Sponsor: Cape Savings Bank; Food Sponsor: Hoffman Agency Inc.; Wine Sponsor: NIA Group Associates LLC; Gold Sponsors: Avalon Carpet Tile and Flooring; and Crest Savings Bank; Silver Sponsors: 1st Bank of Sea Isle City; Agate Construction; Follett Higher Education Group; Ford, Scott, Seidenburg and Kennedy, LLC; Rutgers University; Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 27, Central & Southern N.J.; South Jersey Gas, and Verizon; Dessert Sponsor: Morey’s Piers; Bronze Sponsors: Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly; Garrison Architects; International Union of Operating Engineers; J. Byrne Agency, Inc.; Dr. Mary L. Caruso; Lomax Morey Consulting; Newfield National Bank; Northeast Community Lending; and South Jersey Transportation Authority.

Golf Tournament Raises More Than $23,000 for Scholarships

The 2006 Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament “Scramble Fore Scholarships,” on Oct. 13 at Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May raised more than $23,000. Partnering with the ACCC Foundation, CMNGC hosted the tournament to raise scholarship money for ACCC students. The proceeds will go toward scholarships for Cape May County residents attending ACCC and grants-in-aid for nursing students. The tournament’s presenting sponsor was Newfield National Bank, and it was also sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank.

Annual Appeal Update

The generous donations of ACCC alumni continue to have an impact on current students struggling to pay for classes. Many students are living paycheck to paycheck and at times require emergency assistance to cover their education expenses.

Alumni have donated more than $4,300 to ACCC’s annual appeal fund, which provides emergency and supplemental funds to ACCC students. For example, one student had to quit her job this summer to take care of her cancer stricken mother. She was not eligible for a full financial aid package due to her previous earnings and she received an emergency grant from these funds to help cover her costs.

You can help other ACCC students facing unexpected financial needs by donating to the annual appeal. For information, call (609) 343-4852 or e-mail volpe@atlantic.edu.

ACCC Seeks Alumni Success Stories

ACCC is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and alumni are encouraged to share personal and career highlights with the college by visiting http://www.atlantic.edu/alumni.

ACCC's 40th Anniversary

You can also join the Alumni Association and check for 40th anniversary events throughout the year at http://www.atlantic.edu.

Benefits of Membership

Membership in the ACCC Alumni Association, which is open to all students who have received a degree or completed the culinary arts program, will provide you with meaningful discounts and benefits while keeping you informed about the people, programs and events at your alma mater.

With your membership card you can receive a 10 percent discount at the Follett Bookstore at ACCC’s Mays Landing and Cape May Court House campuses. Alumni can receive a discount on clothing, school and office supplies, calendars, trade and reference books, specialty gifts and clearance items. The discount does not apply to textbooks and food items. To receive the discount, members must show a current ID card. For more information, call the bookstore at (609) 343-5130.

If you’re not already an Alumni Association member, call (609) 343-5616 to join, or visit http://www.atlantic.edu for more membership information. Annual membership dues are $15; lifetime memberships are $150.

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