Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

New Legislation Allows Seamless Transfer to All NJ Public Colleges

ACCC graduates will be able to transfer seamlessly to baccalaureate degree programs at public four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey under historic legislation signed last month by Gov. Jon Corzine.

Under the new law each public higher education institution will enter into a collective statewide transfer agreement in consultation with the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council. The legislation requires the agreement to be in effect by September 2008.

ACCC President Peter Mora and Gov. Jon Corzine at the transfer legislation signing

ACCC President Peter Mora and Gov. Jon Corzine at the transfer legislation signing.

“This landmark legislation will significantly improve access to higher education for New Jersey residents for several reasons,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president. “First, state colleges will accept all courses completed by community college graduates. This will eliminate the need for community college transfer students to re-take courses they had passed at the community college. Second, by accepting all courses from the community college graduates, those students can complete their baccalaureate degrees sooner. “This will save them money on college tuition and enable them to enter the workforce earlier, thus increasing their income capacity. Finally, since minority students attend community colleges at higher rates than at senior state colleges, the enhanced transfer capability this legislation provides will foster increased minority student enrollment in baccalaureate programs.”

Prior to this legislation, New Jersey community college students have transferred to four-year colleges and universities on a college-to-college, course-by course basis. With this legislation, New Jersey joins nearly 40 other states throughout the country that have enacted some form of higher education transfer legislation.

“With increased enrollment in baccalaureate degree programs from community college graduates, more New Jersey students will complete the baccalaureate degree at state colleges and stay in this state,” Mora said. “Past experience shows that New Jersey students who complete undergraduate degrees in other states tend not to return to New Jersey upon graduation. This legislation will help reduce the ‘brain drain’ and improve the economic health of the state.”

Careme’s Restaurant Offers Dinner Special

Carême’s, the gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, is offering special prices on its a la carte menu through October. Diners can choose three courses for $19.95 per person or four courses for $22.95. Tax and gratuity are not included. This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts.


Carême’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. It is located at ACCC’s main campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing.

Carême’s is open Monday-Friday, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for dinner between 6:30 and 8 p.m. For reservations, call (609) 343-4940. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

'A Raisin in the Sun' Comes to ACCC Nov. 9-10

ACCC’s Student Government Association presents Leonard Dozier, Martina Bumpus and Arnelle Lyles in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The play portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, a black family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. Each family member has a different idea how to spend the money to improve their lives. The show received great reviews earlier this year at Dante Hall in Atlantic City.

The cast of A Raisin in the Sun

The cast of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’

Show times are 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at ACCC’s Walter Edge Theater, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with an ID. Tickets will be available at the box office one hour before show time, or contact Lisa Givens at (609) 343-5010 or

Alumni Updates

Kevin Scull ’85 ACA opened Scully’s Asbury Café and Pizzeria in Ocean City. The Press of Atlantic City highlighted the restaurant in an At the Shore dining profile.

Michael Schlow ’87 ACA joined celebrity chefs Dave Lieberman, Masaharu Morimoto and others during a weekend of food demonstrations and fine dining at the Foxwoods Food and Wine Festival in September at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Schlow, chef-owner of four Boston restaurants, will open another restaurant at Foxwoods this spring.

Alumni updates

Warren DeShields ’93 ACA served as a judge in the first of two barbecue contests sponsored by the Bridgeton Breakfast Rotary Club over the summer.

The Current wrote an article about personal chef Amanda Nahas-Christodoulous ’00 ACA who opened From Scratch in Somers Point. She shops and prepares homemade meals based on clients’ preferences.

Roger Lillo ’03 was featured in the September issue of New Jersey COPS. Lillo, a Wildwood police officer, founded the Wildwood Triathlon Club. He was featured in ACCC’s Cape May County campaign.

Joe Ondusko ’07 ACA is employed at Champion Produce. He recently wrote the ACA “gave me direction and strengthened (my) confidence.”

Enrollment at Highest in ACCC History

ACCC’s fall 2007 enrollment is the largest in its 41-year history. The number of students overall rose to 6,929 from last year’s 6,828, a 1.48 percent increase. The number of full-time students rose to 3,404, an increase of 5.7 percent, while part-time enrollment is 3,525, down 2.2 percent.

“This increase in enrollment at our Atlantic City and Cape May campuses, and the continued strong participation in the NJ STARS program have supported the college’s overall growth,” Dean of Students Carmen Royal said.

Since 2000, ACCC’s fall enrollment has grown 50 percent to more than 68,200 credits from 45,573, according to Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of administration, planning and research.

The number of credits students are taking overall rose to 68,252 from 65,714 in 2006, a 3.86 percent increase. The number of credits taken at the Mays Landing Campus rose to 42,248 from 41,106 for a 2.78 increase. Enrollment at that campus, meanwhile, went to 4,652 from 4,708, a 1.19 percent decrease.

After the main campus, the college’s online virtual “campus” – students taking classes via the Internet – continues to represent a significant portion of the college’s total credit enrollment with a 2.8 percent credit increase to 9,368 from 9,113 in 2006, and an enrollment increase to 1,887 up 2.89 percent. Online credits represent nearly 14 percent of all credits taken by ACCC students.

At the Cape May County Campus, there has been a 5.68 credit increase to 9,285 from 8,786 in 2006, with a 2.15 percent enrollment increase to 1,139 from 1,115. The largest enrollment increase, however, is at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus with a 9.23 percent credit increase to 7,351 and enrollment growth of 13.43 percent to 1,098. The increase at WACC is a result of the college’s commitment to providing expanded programs and services at that site.

Academy of Culinary Arts Names New Dean, Director

Atlantic City native Chef Patricia “Kelly” McClay was named dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts at ACCC, effective Sept. 26.

McClay of Mays Landing, who joined the College in 1994, was assistant director of the Academy — a post she held since 1996. She was named acting dean in October 2006. She succeeds Dean Klaus Muller, who retired earlier this year.

Chef McClay

Chef McClay

Having launched her career at the Ramada Hotel in Washington, D.C., in 1981, she returned to her native city where she worked in various top kitchens. Among these were the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Marriott’s Seaview Country Club and Trump Castle Hotel and Casino. She later became executive sous chef at Resorts International prior to joining the Academy.

She received an associate degree in education from ACCC and a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Drexel University. She is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University.

Chef Johns

Chef Johns

In addition to this appointment, Chef Bruce Johns of Marmora — who has been with the Academy since 1994 — recently was promoted from chef supervisor to director of culinary operations. After beginning his culinary career at Resorts International in 1983, Johns enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Arts to earn his degree. He went on to work in various South Jersey restaurants before becoming owner/chef of Our Place Too. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Rutgers University.

Both chefs are members of the distinguished American Culinary Federation.

ACCC Mourns Loss of Two Former Faculty Members

ACCC recently planned memorial services to remember the Rev. John Bryant and Chef Educator John Carbone, who passed away earlier this year.

Father Bryant died April 16, just before his 63rd birthday. A service will be held Oct. 16 with remarks from Angel Eguaras, Professor of Mathematics/

Developmental Mathematics; Dr. Peter L. Mora, President; Dr. Arthur Wexler, Senior Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ronald McArthur, Dean of Instruction, and Godfrey Barlatt, Professor of Science and Department Chair, Science and Mathematics.

Father John Bryant

Father John Bryant.

Father Bryant joined ACCC as an adjunct instructor in September 1987 before accepting a half-time faculty role three years later. He served committees for diversity and equity, policies and procedures, faculty development, and the Atlantic County Alternative High School. Father Bryant routinely fulfilled the duties of ACCC chaplain.

The Academy of Culinary Arts organized a Sept. 26 memorial service and tree planting for Chef Carbone, who died June 6 at age 79.

Chef Klaus Muller speaks at the memorial for John Carbone

Chef Klaus Muller speaks at the memorial for John Carbone.

Carbone, Certified Culinary Educator, Certified Executive Chef, and American Academy of Chefs certified, was a hospitality/apprenticeship instructor from 1978-81, and a chef educator from 1981, when the ACA opened, until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure at the Academy, Chef Carbone was well known for his involvement with the students. He acted as the advisor for the American Culinary Federation junior members for many years and served as a mentor for students.

ACA Dean Kelly McClay, Bruce Johns, Director of Culinary Operations, and former Dean Klaus Muller, were among the speakers.

ACCC Serves Up Variety of Noncredit Culinary Classes

You can become a kitchen whiz, from preparing homemade pies to designing your own Halloween treats, through hands-on culinary workshops this fall at the Academy of Culinary Arts. The continuing education classes include:

  • Halloween Treats - Designed for kids (age 10 and older) to bring a parent and learn together how to prepare ghoulish treats for trick or treating or Halloween parties, including candied apples, chocolate spiders and seasonal cupcakes. $60 per parent/child pair, Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.
  • Homemade Seasonal Pies - Learn pie crust basics and bakeshop secrets that will make this year’s holiday pies the best ever. $60, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m.
  • La Vigilia: Feast of the Fishes
  • Eclairs and Crème Puffs - Learn to make cream fillings, chocolate and fondant coatings, and easy techniques to finish and display the treats for your guests. $60, Thursday, Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m.

The Academy’s professional chefs teach all workshops at the ACA, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. To register, call (609) 343-4829, (609) 625-1111, or (609) 463-4774, ext. 4829, in Cape May County. To register online or view the complete schedule of courses, visit

Registration for Winter and Spring Sessions Begins Nov. 26

Registration for both winter and spring sessions at ACCC begins Monday, Nov. 26, at ACCC’s three campuses: 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and in Cape May Court House, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

Normal registration hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours to 7 p.m. are scheduled from Nov. 26-29, and Jan. 14-17. The College is closed Monday, Dec. 24,-Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Winter term classes will be held Jan. 2-16. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 16. Students can register for spring classes in person or by mail, fax and the Internet (with a PIN) through Jan. 18.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. To register online or view an updated schedule of spring courses, visit For a free schedule, call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111 or 463-3958 in Cape May County.

Reflections: The Gala Turns 25

The annual Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala will celebrate its 25th anniversary April 3 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The Gala is the area’s premier black-tie fundraiser, and all proceeds go to student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and ACCC. The Gala has raised nearly $1.7 million for scholarships since its inception.

Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala

Tickets for the Gala and the 50/50 Gala raffle are on sale now.

Raffle tickets are $100. Up to 500 tickets will be sold, and three lucky winners will share up to $25,000. The winning tickets will be drawn at the Gala, but winners need not be present to win. For tickets, contact Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674 or

Numerous Construction Projects Under Way at ACCC

Last year, ACCC’s Facilities Management Office polled faculty, students and staff to determine priority construction projects at the College’s three campuses. They identified bathrooms and outdoor lighting as top concerns, so the College is addressing those issues. Some of these projects are funded with more than $4 million in Chapter 12 funds the College receives this year for repair and renewal activities. Ongoing or recently completed projects include:

  • Rutgers moved into the modular classrooms in new “Q Building” this summer. ACCC can schedule classes in the facility when Rutgers is not using the classrooms.
  • The College completed the purchase of the “Fishheads” property adjoining the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. This will eventually allow the addition of more than 70 parking spaces.
  • The Health Professions Institute addition to WACC, a $3 million project, was completed on time and on budget. Healthcare classes will begin in the spring. In addition, a cafeteria, bookstore, information commons and student life area were added to the campus, giving it complete branch campus functionality.
  • The renovation of bathrooms at the Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses began with two bathrooms in A Building. Work should be completed this month.
  • The $134,000 renovation of B-Courtyard in Mays Landing is complete. This improved drainage and replaced worn concrete and landscaping structures.
  • Parking lots at the Mays Landing Campus were resurfaced and lighting updated and added, the first total overhaul in more than 15 years. Also, lighting was upgraded for safety in the parking lots as well as the access roads. The project cost $1.135 million.
  • The retaining wall around the cafeteria plaza in Mays Landing is being rebuilt.
  • Work updating the HVAC system at Mays Landing East (Building T) as well as the main chiller and boiler on the main campus is under way. When completed, the main campus will have a new chiller and boiler to conserve energy and increase reliability, and the old units will serve as back-ups.
  • Other projects scheduled this year include the cleaning and resealing of all buildings on the Mays Landing Campus.
  • Finally, with the Board of Trustees’ endorsement of Blueprint 2020, the College has solicited requests for proposals for the preliminary building programming and permitting, as well as capital formation plans for the best use of the College’s land assets. These projects will be brought to the Board in the next few months.

Golf Tournament Raises $23,000 for Scholarships

The 2007 Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament “Scramble Fore Scholarships,” Oct. 5 raised $23,000. The ACCC Foundation partnered with Cape May National Golf Club for the annual tournament to raise scholarship money for ACCC students.

More than 60 golfers participated in the tournament, which was presented by Newfield National Bank.

2007 Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament

Online Auction Bidding Open; Tickets Available for Scholarship Event

The ACCC Foundation is hosting two exciting events this month: The second Arts, Leisure & Entertainment Online Auction and the Spotlight on Scholarships.

Bids on nearly 70 items will be accepted at through Oct. 19. Proceeds benefit nursing students. Bidding closes at the Oct. 19 scholarship fundraiser at the Cape May County Campus.

Tickets to Spotlight on Scholarships are $50. From 6-9 p.m., patrons can enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and elegant desserts prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts chefs and students. The Back Bay Acoustic Duo will provide entertainment. Call (609) 343-5674, for tickets.

Benefits of Alumni 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, excluding textbooks and food items. Alumni can receive a discount on clothing, school and office supplies, calendars, greeting cards, computer software, trade and reference books, specialty gifts and clearance items. To receive the discount, members must show a current ID card. For information and bookstore hours, call the bookstore at (609) 343-5130.

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