Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

Atlantic Cape Raises $1.5 Million Toward Capital Campaign

Atlantic Cape and the Atlantic Cape Foundation announced on Sept. 13, they have raised $1.5 million of the $2.5 million goal in the school’s first capital campaign.

At a news conference, Dr. Peter Mora, president, kicked-off the “public phase” of “Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College,” by announcing the receipt of five major gifts totaling $235,000. The campaign’s first public phase gifts, when added to the $1.265 million raised in the “quiet phase,” bring the amount donated so far to $1.5 million, 60 percent of the campaign goal.

Create Opportunity The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College

“Atlantic Cape must maintain its commitment to accessibility and affordability. Faced with the reality of today’s economy, we are seeking new funding streams to support our operations and help our students pay for tuition,” Dr. Mora said. “Building on the Foundation’s successful events-based fundraising, this capital campaign places a new focus on raising philanthropic support from private sources, specifically from individuals through major gifts.”

The Capital and Scholarship Campaign has two initiatives:

  • Increase college-based financial assistance by enhancing the scholarship endowment.
  • Secure funding to purchase furnishings and scientific equipment for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facility to be built on the Mays Landing campus.

Gifts include:

  • Dr. Sandra Harmon Weiss and her husband, Dr. Richard Weiss, of Avalon, have established a $15,000 endowed scholarship, in memory of Sandra’s sister, Marilyn Rhoads Miller.
  • Charles Robinson of Brigantine, a friend and supporter of Atlantic Cape and the Academy of Culinary Arts, donated $20,000 to establish the Neide Robinson Memorial Scholarship—an endowed scholarship for culinary students—in memory of his wife.
  • Ocean City Home Bank has pledged $25,000 to the campaign for scholarships. The bank will pay $5,000 each year for five years.
  • An anonymous donor has contributed $75,000 to the previously established Baucus & Company Scholarship Fund. Over the past three years, an anonymous donor has supported the Baucus & Company Scholarship, creating opportunity for Cape May County students majoring in Business Administration.
  • The Frances M. Zaberer Foundation will donate its $100,000 endowment to the Atlantic Cape Foundation and entrust Atlantic Cape to continue its legacy of inspiring culinary excellence. Started by Charles Holliday in memory of his grandmother, the Frances M. Zaberer Foundation has provided more than $50,000 in culinary scholarships to Atlantic Cape culinary students since 1986.

Atlantic Cape alumna Mary Beth Zenyuk ’09, of Woodbine, a recipient of the Marjorie Ward Leaders Scholarship, discussed how the scholarship changed her life. Zenyuk recently graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is pursuing her master’s degree in school psychology at Rowan University.

Atlantic Cape’s Capital & Scholarship Campaign began in September 2009 and is expected to conclude in March 2013. The campaign offers investors recognition opportunities, and invites donors to support Atlantic Cape students through the creation of scholarship programs.

To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s Capital & Scholarship Campaign and other investment opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, at (609) 463-3670 or, or visit

Atlantic Cape established the Foundation in 1978 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity to build a broad base of financial support for its programs and services. Foundation members are drawn from local industry and small businesses and represent a broad cross-section of active leaders in the community. The Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million for scholarships, Foundation operations and to enhance academic programs and the campus environment. Annually, the Foundation provides nearly $200,000 for institutional scholarships, grants and emergency help.

Capital & Scholarship Campaign ‘Creates Opportunity’ For New Atlantic Cape Facebook Page

The kick off of the Capital & Scholarship Campaign’s public phase created an opportunity to launch the “Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation” page, an official Atlantic Cape Facebook page that will share information about the Restaurant Gala, Scramble ‘Fore’ Scholarships Golf Tournament, Capital & Scholarship Campaign, scholarships, major gifts, donations and more.

College Relations and Resource Development encourage the college community to “like” the page, which can be found at

Atlantic Cape Foundation Facebook Pate

The new Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation page has taken the place of the “Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala” Facebook page - The Gala Facebook page will no longer be updated. All Gala information sharing will take place on the new Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Facebook page. Please share this information with your peers and Facebook friends.

Atlantic Cape recognizes the follow pages created by clubs and departments:

  • Atlantic Cape Athletics
  • Atlantic Cape Asian Student Alliance
  • Atlantic Cape Communication
  • Atlantic Cape Community College TV Club
  • Dragon Masters [Gaming and Roleplaying Club]
  • Fine Arts Club of Atlantic Cape
  • GeoWEP at Altantic Cape Community College
  • Technology Studies Institute at Atlantic Cape
  • Rewrites of Atlantic Cape

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Academy of Culinary Arts Announces 30th Anniversary Dinners Featuring Alumni Chefs

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Academy of Culinary Arts will host a series of special dinners this fall at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, featuring the culinary talents of some of ACA’s top graduates.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: Chef Jason Hippen, ’03, chef/owner, Jay’s on Third in Stone Harbor
  • Monday, Nov. 21: Chef Stephen Serano, ’96, chef/owner, Café Loren in Avalon
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: Chef Michael Williams, ’92, executive chef, Izakaya in Borgata
  • Monday, Dec. 12: Chef Mike Stollenwerk, ’99, chef/owner, Fish, Little Fish and Fathom Seafood House restaurants in Philadelphia
 30 Years The Academy of Culinary Arts

Chefs will prepare a special five-course meal featuring specialties from their restaurants. Seating is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For reservations, contact Danays Alvarado at (609) 343-5623.

Careme’s is located at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

The ACA has been training future chefs since 1981, and is celebrating 30 years of culinary achievement this year. For more information on the Academy, call 1-800-645 CHEF, e-mail, or visit

Construction Under Way on Rutgers Building

Work is under way at the site of the future Rutgers building on the Mays Landing Campus. Clearing of the site has been completed, including the removal of some trees and tennis court paving. Fencing is being installed to identify the construction site area, and activity at the site will continue to increase.

Rutgers University will move its operations from Q-building to a new facility that will be built on the existing tennis courts. The project will cost between $6 million and $7.5 million, with about 22,000 square feet, allowing Rutgers to accommodate as many as 2,000 Atlantic Cape graduates. The building is designed to expand to twice the original size, if/when necessary, and is expected to meet LEED Silver certification standards.

Any questions regarding the construction should be directed to Mark Streckenbein, director, Facilities Planning & Construction, at or (609) 343-5124.

Alumni Updates

Patrick Dugan ’11 was featured in an article in The Current about his role as a medic for the Ocean CityBeach Patrol.

Brittany Wehner ’09 recently began a full-time reporting position at Today’s Sunbeam in Salem.

Sheyla Ayala ’09 graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics May 19. Sheyla, who was the alumni representative to the Board of Trustees in 2009-10, shared her success in a note to Dr. Peter Mora: “Today, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to Atlantic Cape Community College faculty and staff for preparing me well to move into a four-year institution, and for all the support and encouragement received while at Atlantic Cape and after!”

Jessica Newcomer ’07 was sworn in as a Class 2 officer with the Brigantine Police Department.

Tony Primavera ’07 ACA was featured in a story in The Current about how the Wildwood Crest resident was hired by the North Cape Center to upgrade their menus for patients in the nursing home and rehab center.

ACA graduate Adrianna Spencer ’05 was featured in The Vineland Daily Journal about her new venture, Sweets Suite Bake Shoppe Café, at Wheaton Village.

Nursing graduate Kristie Ann Rinier ’99 was named Cape Regional Medical Center’s Service Excellence honoree in May. Her accomplishment was documented in The Cape May County Herald.

Chef John Webersinn ’99 ACA, is owner of Time to Dine Personal Chef Services. He recently presented a workshop, “Picnics: Appetizers, Side Dishes and Desserts,” at the Cape May County Library.

Chef Jeffrey Martell ’96 ACA was named 2011 Chef of the Year for the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Chef Martell was recognized at the Chef of the Year awards gala in June. Chef Martell is the assistant executive chef at Excalibur & Luxor Hotels in Las Vegas and serves as secretary for the Chefs for Kids organization, which serves at-risk children in Southern Nevada.Congratulations!

ACA alumna Camille Becerra ’93 is fast becoming one of the most followed chefs in New York City. The former Top Chef contestant has opened “pop-up” restaurants. Read more about her recent endeavors, including a traveling restaurant series called “The Cookery,” at 13.html?_r=1.

Richard Barber ’91 was promoted to sergeant with the Galloway Township Police Department, where he has worked for more than 11 years.

Deb Pellegrino ’91 ACA was featured in an article on about her recent win in a Food Network Challenge. Deb, a pastry chef at Harrah’s/Showboat, walked away with $10,000 and bragging rights in the mythical creatures cake competition shown last month on the Food Network. Read more at

Sherry Stanbach ’85 was Cape Regional Medical Center’s Service Excellence honoree in June. An article about her accomplishment appeared in The Current,

ACA alumni Chef Michael Schlow ’87 prepared gourmet tacos on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently to celebrate the opening of his new Boston restaurant, Tico. View the show at Read more about his new venture, which highlights the tastes of Central and South America and Spain. In July, Schlow also ran a gourmet “pop-up” restaurant at Fenway Park in Boston. The restaurant featured a four-course feast with wine pairings on the Green Monster, and the First or Third Base Decks.

ACA alum Katie Wiegand was featured in a article about new eateries in Ocean City. Katie opened Sandcastle Cupcakes, which offers an array of specialty cupcakes from apple pie to tiramisu.

ACA alum Michael Wheaton is executive chef at the new Mammoni Cucina Rustica in Delaware County.

Save the Date for March 22 Restaurant Gala

The 29th annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala will be held Thursday, March 22, at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

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 hundreds of people attend the Gala, which also includes live music and an elegant dessert reception.

Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala

The event has raised more than $2.5 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

For more information on the 2012 Gala, contact Lauren Canzanese at (609) 463-4672, or visit

ACA Receives American Culinary Federation Accreditation Renewal

The Academy of Culinary Arts received renewal programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission in July.

ACF accreditation assures the Academy’s programs in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry meet the standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.

“Renewal of our American Culinary Federation accreditation confirms our efforts in providing an excellent education to our students. It provides national recognition of our program and allows our graduates to apply for certification as culinarians,” said Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the ACA.

To receive accreditation, the Academy submitted a self-study and participated in an on-site evaluation of the school in April by a three-person team. The Accrediting Commission reviewed the team report, along with the institution’s self-study, and renewed accreditation to the ACA through June 30, 2014.

Fall in Love with Autumn Cooking Classes at Atlantic Cape

The ACA is featuring new workshops for the amateur chef this fall.

Add gourmet flair to pancakes, sweet and savory crepes, French toast and quiche in Brunch, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

French-Vietnamese Cuisine on Tuesday, Nov. 29, explores one of the first fusion cuisines of modern times. Learn history while you prepare Phi, Banh, spring rolls, savory sweet rolls and coffee.

The traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast will get an American makeover with Caribbean conch fritters, salt cod and potato cakes with cognac sauce and other seafood samplings in Seven Fishes—Revisited, on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

All classes take place 6-9 p.m. Check the website for pricing and more culinary workshops.

The Academy of Culinary Arts is located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information, call (609) 343-4829, or visit

The ACA celebrates 30 years of culinary achievement in 2011. View a list of 30th anniversary events at

Register for Computers and Technology Workshops this Fall

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of computers and technology workshops, from the basics to the advanced, including: Social Media for Businesses, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Office Project 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010, PowerPoint 2010, How to Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Suite, Adobe Flash CS5 and Adobe Illustrator CS5, Part 2.

Courses will be offered at the Mays Landing East Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For workshop prices or to register, call (609) 343-4829 or visit

Atlantic Cape Offers Green & Sustainable Living Classes

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of career training, professional development and homeowner workshops this fall in Green & Sustainable Living.

In Making Your Own Rain Barrel—A Demonstration, learn how to make your own barrels, tools and materials needed, installation techniques and maintenance for harvesting rain water, 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

Understanding the “House as a System” Concept explores each component of construction and the implications that proper use of materials and techniques will have on improving performance, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., two Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Green Building Today!, will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the design and construction of Green High Performance Buildings and explore the most up-to-date and future building systems, technologies and materials, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8.

In Green Building for Existing Homes, learn how to access and prioritize green upgrades based on safety, cost and increased efficiency, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9.

In Green Building Materials and Products, discover the short- and long-term environmental impacts and human health risks associated with the production and use of conventional building materials, and how to choose green alternatives, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10.

In Landscaping Industry Certified Technician-Exterior, learn the different types of plants and flowers, common landscaping tools and machines and techniques in green irrigation and landscape design, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., begins Jan. 9.

Green & Sustainable Living classes will be offered at the Mays Landing and Mays Landing East campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For workshop prices or to register, call (609) 343-4829 or visit

Art Gallery Features 26th Annual Studio Arts Workshops’ Show and Sale

Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery is featuring artwork from participants in its Studio Arts Workshops program through Oct. 29. A closing reception will be held 1-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

This exhibit marks the 26th 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, Jim McFarlane and Robert Heyer. The exhibit, showcasing works by participants, will include watercolors, pastels and drawings.

Atlantic Cape’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 Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery Information Line, (609) 343-5040.

For more information about Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery, or to book a group visit, contact Buddy Jacobs, art gallery coordinator, at (609) 625-1111, 343-4900, 463-4774, ext. 5346, or Visit our gallery online at

Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Atlantic Cape 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, 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 membership letter. Bookstore hours are as posted at each campus. For information, call the bookstore at (609) 343-5130.