Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

ACCC Sees Record Enrollment This Fall

Enrollments at ACCC are continuing an upward trend and reached their highest level ever this fall.

According to unaudited enrollment records, credits taken for fall 2008 totaled 70,514, an increase of 3.31 percent over fall 2007. A total of 7,012 students are registered this fall, compared to 6,929 last fall—a 1.2 percent increase.

Enrollment at the Mays Landing Campus was 41,889 credits, down less than 1 percent from the previous fall. Credits taken at the Cape May County Campus were up 7.07 percent with 9,941 credits taken for fall 2008, up from 9,285 in 2007. CMCC student enrollment rose 1.67 percent to 1,158 students from last fall’s 1,139.

The number of students enrolled at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is up 12.2 percent to 1,232 from 1,098 in 2007, with credits taken up to 8,440 from 7,351 in 2007, for a 14.81 percent increase.

There was a 9.35 percent increase in credits taken for the online courses to 10,244 from 9,368, with head count rising 7.42 percent to 2,027 from 1,887 in 2007. Online offerings have grown steadily since fall 1997 when the college offered six online classes. This fall, ACCC offered 168 Internet-based sections of 94 different courses.

'Pearls and the City' Fundraiser Benefits Student Aid

Treat yourself or that special someone to dazzling baubles, while helping a student train for a health career, with “Pearls and the City,” 4:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20. The ACCC Foundation partnered with Iridesse Pearls of Atlantic City for a unique demonstration and holiday shopping experience in a high roller suite at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

Iridesse, with exquisitely elegant locations across the United States, is a division of Tiffany & Co. that specializes in fine pearl jewelry. Pearls at all price points will be available that evening.

The fundraiser benefits the Tuition Assistance Fund at ACCC’s Health Professions Institute.

Champagne and canapés will be served, and 15 percent of all purchases will go to student scholarships. Space is limited, so reservations are required.

To reserve your spot, make a donation or for more information, contact Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674 or

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration Planned for Nov. 21

At one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, more than one million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau, the newest wine from the Beaujolais region of France, begin a journey to all parts of the world.

Wine enthusiasts can celebrate the release of several nouveau wines at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at Careme’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant of ACCC’s Academy of Culinary Arts. In conjunction with the local chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the Academy offers a limited number of tickets to this celebration where guests will be treated to authentic French country food and tantalizing desserts prepared and served by ACA students. Nouveau wines from several different producers will be available for tasting.

All proceeds support student scholarships. The Chaîne has awarded $18,500 to ACA students in the event’s history. The cost of the celebration is $50 per person. For reservations, contact Kelly Connor at (609) 340-4552 or e-mail

Catch ‘What’s Cooking’ on NBC through Nov. 10

“What’s Cooking,” a 90-second show featuring expert cooking advice from the chefs at the Academy of Culinary Arts, will air on WMGM-TV/NBC 40 through Nov. 10.

The segment airs Mondays during the 5 p.m. news broadcast. It began a 13-week run in August.

What's Cooking

Each episode is packed with tips for preparing delicious, seasonal recipes. Upcoming episodes include Butternut Squash Soup (Oct. 27), Chocolate Ganache (Nov. 3) and Braised Pork Loin (Nov. 10.)

Chef Supervisor Bruce Johns of Marmora and Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City appear in the segments, which were filmed in July using the display kitchens at Johnson’s Appliances and Bedding.

All recipes are available on the after the episodes air so viewers can recreate the dishes at home.

Alumni Updates

Eric Hegyi ’84 ACA, executive chef at Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, was featured in The Press of Atlantic City’s Edge magazine. A southern New Jersey native from Haddonfield, Hegyi trained at the Academy of Culinary Arts and has worked in and around the Cape May area since graduating. For Hegyi, preparing food is an exercise in creativity. He is always seeking new ways to excite the taste buds of his diners. “I like to take old favorites and give them a twist,” Hegyi said. He spent “a year or two at college as a biology major, but later transferred to the Academy,” he said. Hegyi has attracted a loyal clientele. “That’s my best award, having a regular clientele,” Hegyi said.

Chef Andrew Tuano ’86 ACA was named executive chef for all food and beverage operations at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Chef Tuano brings years of experience to this multi-faceted position with Well Bread Catering in which he will oversee all catering operations, banquets, weddings, parties, corporate functions and concessions for the 260,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art convention and entertainment facility. Chef Tuano most recently was the executive sous chef for Congress Hall Hotel. His experience also includes the Martini Beach Restaurant, Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast, The Chalfonte Hotel, Twinning Tea Room and Washington Inn, all in Cape May, as well as the Forks Inn in Sweetwater.

Alumni updates

Michael Schlow ’87 ACA 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 at the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Recipes for Schlow’s 10-Minute Tomato Sauce and Lemon-Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Walnuts are available from the Food and Wine Web site:

John Rellah Jr., ’89 ACA and executive chef at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, was a semifinalist in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or USA culinary competition in September. The Florida contest was a pre-qualifying event for the international Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. Rellah has worked at the Lespinasse Restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel and Le Bernardin Restaurant in New York City. Eight teams competed in the two-day event at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Rellah prepared elaborate fish and meat platters for a panel of judges before a live audience.

Tim Hand ’93 ACA runs Capt. Tate’s Tackle Box and Seafood Market in Dennisville. The eatery is open seven days a week and offers a full take-out menu featuring fresh sandwiches and, of course, seafood. Hand formerly worked at The Washington Inn and took time off from his culinary career after a kitchen injury.

Brandy (Mischlich) Ehrke, ’94, earned a Master of Science degree in Specialization, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She teaches second grade at the Mullica Township School in Elwood. Proud dad is retired ACCC Security Officer Mitch Mischlich.

Robert Nolan ’94 is running for a second term on Lower Township Town Council. Nolan is a captain in the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.

Cailin Callahan ’05 released her album “Next Time” earlier this year. In an article in the Atlantic Cape Review, Callahan cites musicians Bonnie Raitt, Ben Taylor and Tracy Chapman as influences on her music.

ACCC alumna Christina Martin Murphy of Marmora, who has worked at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point since 1999, was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for July. She is the hospital’s library, media and educational services coordinator.

Alum George Hallett of North Wildwood is the Democratic candidate for Cape May County Sheriff. He is a Vietnam veteran and former Secret Service officer. From 1999-2008 he investigated insurance fraud for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. He told the Ocean City Sentinel he is running for office because he has the leadership skills “to ensure the safety of the citizens of Cape May County and the officers in the correctional facility and the sheriff’s deputies in the court house.”

Longtime Archery Coach Helen Bolnick Retires

Dr. Helen Bolnick, ACCC archery coach for more than 30 years, retired from coaching recently. She produced 39 All-America archers for ACCC and the team won countless championships regionally, nationally and internationally under her direction. She retired from full-time teaching in 1998.

Bolnick founded ACCC’s archery team in 1970 and served as head coach until 2008. She was named Coach of the Year four times by USA Archery: 1980, 1998, 2006 and 2008. She served as Coach of the 1999 All-American Archery Camp and was named U.S. Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year in Archery in 2000.

Dr. Helen Bolnick

Dr. Helen Bolnick

Bolnick served as Director of U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships in 1980, 1998 and 2008 and was involved in Olympic competitions in Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996.

She founded the Atlantic City Archery Classic in 1977, a competition established to generate more interest in the sport on a regional level and ran it for more than 25 years with more than 750 archers competing.

U.S. Collegiate Archery Magazine says of Helen’s retirement: “Dr. Bolnick, beloved by everyone in the college archery program leaves behind a legacy that will be hard to match any time soon…Helen’s commitment to archery is displayed by the many tournaments she has hosted over the years…Replacing Helen will be difficult — it’s hard to imagine not seeing our 82-year-old icon and her friend, Sol, at our tournaments. Wishing you all the best, Helen!”

The college selected R. Michael “Mick” Ebert of Egg Harbor Township and Matthew N. Campagna of Mays Landing the new head coach and assistant coach, respectively.

Restaurant Gala Offers ‘A Taste of Paradise’ in 2009

The ACCC Restaurant Gala will move to Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino for the 26th annual dining extravaganza Thursday, March 12, 2009. With the theme “A Taste of Paradise,” the 2009 Gala will feature an exotic, tropical atmosphere.

The annual black-tie event celebrates food by highlighting hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and showcasing the specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience. Each year nearly 1,000 people attend the Gala, which also includes live music and an elegant dessert reception.

Restaurant Gala

“Bally’s is proud to serve as sponsor host for the 2009 Restaurant Gala, which again will feature fresh ideas, local legends and the greatest up-and-coming talent in Atlantic City,” said Joe Domenico, Bally’s senior vice president and general manager. “A strong tradition of culinary excellence makes Bally’s a uniquely fitting venue for this prestigious event.”

The event has raised nearly $2 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at ACCC.

For more information on the 2009 Gala, call Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674 or visit

More Personal and Professional Development Workshops on Tap

From learning how to network your home computers to mastering CPR or dishing up Tex Mex, you can enrich your life with Continuing Education classes forming now. More than a dozen new classes begin in November and December, including:

Computer Classes: Microsoft Word for Seniors, Home-Based Networking, PowerPoint 2007, Excel: Creating Dynamic Charts and Graphs, and Cascading Style Sheets and Web Standards.

Professional Development: Teaching Pronunciation for ESL Professionals, Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid, Yoga Instructor Certification and Teaching Grammar for ESL Professionals.

Personal Enrichment: Spanish II; Tex Mex Cooking; California Spa Cooking; Figure Drawing; Southern Cooking; Bed & Breakfast Afternoon Tea; Pen, Ink and Watercolor; and Clean, Simple, Healthy Cooking.

Classes are held at four ACCC locations, including 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; or the Institute for Service Excellence at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

For specific dates, times and fees for all classes, or to register, call (609) 343-4829. Alumni Association members are eligible for discounts on select workshops. For information, call (609) 343-4829.

Golf Tournament Raises Record $32,000 for ACCC Students

The 2008 ACCC “Scramble Fore Scholarships” golf tournament raised more than $32,000 for student aid at Atlantic Cape Community College. This year’s proceeds represented a 40 percent increase over last year’s golf tournament and set a fundraising record for the event.

Held Oct. 3 at Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May, the tournament drew 86 players. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships for students attending ACCC. The tournament was sponsored by Newfield National Bank.

Founded in 1978 as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation is dedicated to serving the mission of ACCC by providing financial support to the college and its students. In its history, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million for college scholarships, academic programs and enhancing the campus environment.

23rd Annual Studio Arts Workshops’ Show and Sale Begins Nov. 4

ACCC’s Art Gallery is featuring artwork from participants in its Studio Arts Workshops program Nov. 4-Dec. 10. An opening reception will be held 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

This exhibit marks the 23rd anniversary of the Studio Arts Workshops Program. The workshops offer a variety of visual arts instruction to the community-at-large and the opportunity to work with a professional artist for a nominal fee. The workshops have featured notable instructors such as Howard Watson, Homer Johnson and James Toogood. The exhibit, showcasing works by participants, will primarily include watercolors, pastels and drawings.

ACCC’s Art Gallery is located on the college’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, adjacent to the theater in C-building (C-125), parking lot #3. Gallery hours can be obtained by calling the ACCC Art Gallery Information Line, (609) 343-5040 (press 1).

Interested in Earning More Credits? Register Now for Spring Classes

Registration for both winter and spring sessions at ACCC begins Dec. 1 at ACCC’s three campuses for students with a minimum of 32 credits. Registration for all students begins Dec. 2.

Normal registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours to 7 p.m. are scheduled Dec. 2-4 and Jan. 12-15. The college will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

Winter term classes will be held Jan. 2-15. The last day to register in person for this session is Tuesday, Dec. 23. Mail, fax and online registrations will continue to be accepted through Jan. 1. You must have a PIN to register online.

Spring semester classes begin Jan. 20. Students can register for spring classes by mail, fax and the Internet through Jan. 19. The last day to register in person is Jan. 16.

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.

ACCC’s Continuing Education division provides career and personal training in subjects such as starting a small business, using the latest computer software programs or learning a foreign language. Alumni with current membership can receive $10 off a computer workshop valued at $100 or more. See the Continuing Education Program Guide, visit or call (609) 343-4829 for current offerings.

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