Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

ACCC Seeks Alumni Success Stories

ACCC is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and alumni are encouraged to share personal and career highlights at

ACCC's 40th Anniversary

You can also join the Alumni Association and check for 40th anniversary events throughout the year at

Rutgers to Expand Degree Programs to ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus

ACCC graduates can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees through Rutgers University at ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus beginning in September.

Rutgers will offer an undergraduate degree in liberal studies and graduate courses in education at the Mays Landing Campus. Rutgers will expand courses it already offers at ACCC’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center toward its master’s of business administration and bachelor’s in hospitality management.

“ACCC is very excited about the opportunity to expand our baccalaureate partnership with Rutgers University and welcome them to our Mays Landing Campus,” said Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president. “This is an expansion of a very successful program we’ve had with Rutgers at our Worthington Atlantic City Center for more than five years. It gives our local residents the opportunity to earn a Rutgers degree right in their own back yard.”

There will be a ceremonial signing of a memorandum of understanding with Dr. Mora and Dr. Richard McCormick, Rutgers University president, Aug. 30 at ACCC.

For more information about Rutgers’ programs at ACCC, visit

Academy Celebrates 25 Years of Culinary Excellence

Restaurants across the nation from Boston to Hawaii, around the world in London and Indonesia, and in our own backyard from Atlantic City to Philadelphia, feature chefs trained at the Academy of Culinary Arts during the past 25 years.

Culinary students

The ACA has trained nearly 2,500 chefs since opening in 1981.

Nearly 2,500 chefs completed training at the ACA since it opened in 1981. These alumni are now leaders in major restaurants and hotels, at resorts and on cruise lines, and in their own catering businesses and restaurants. To help celebrate this milestone, the ACA is planning a series of events throughout the year, including special dinners this fall in Careme’s, the student-run restaurant. On Oct. 6, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Dec. 8, Careme’s will bring back its original restaurant menu and prices. On Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Dec. 11, alumni will return to prepare featured menu items from their own restaurants at Careme’s. Chefs will be announced.

Each year the ACA graduates nearly 100 new chefs who completed training in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, and Food Service Management. Additionally, the ACA trains dozens more in short-term programs focusing on Hot Food, Catering, Baking and Pastry, and Food Service Management, as well as specialized training with casino partners.

For reservations at Careme’s, call (609) 343-4940. To join the Alumni Association and learn about more 25th anniversary events, visit

Alumni Updates

James Lucy ’06, General Studies, will continue his education at Rutgers University this fall.

Caryn Lynn Rixey ’04, Business, received a bachelor’s degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is pursing a master’s in administrative sciences from FDU.

Alumni updates

Lauren Birdsong ’03, Liberal Arts, graduated from Thomas Edison State College and is certified to teach high school psychology and elementary education. While looking for a full-time teaching position, Lauren works part time for ACCC in the testing office and as an online tutor, and part time for the Literacy Volunteers Association.

Jennifer Hall Librizzi ’94, Office Systems Technology, is president of the FAA Technical Center Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She was also designated a 2005-06 Distinguished Chapter President by the IAAP and will be honored at the 2006 International Convention and Education Forum in Reno in August.

A Vision for Excellence: A Fund-Raising Event Sept. 29

ACCC will host A Vision for Excellence Friday, Sept. 29, at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

The event will commemorate the inauguration of ACCC’s President Dr. Peter Mora and celebrate the college’s 40th anniversary while raising funds for a scholarship endowment. From 6-9 p.m., patrons can enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and elegant desserts prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts chefs and students. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling (609) 463-4774, ext. 5674.

Last year’s affair raised $43,000 for student scholarships through ticket sales and sponsorships. Sponsorship opportunities are still available ranging from $500 to $5,000 for businesses and individuals who want to show their support. To learn more about sponsorship levels for the Sept. 29 event, call (609) 463-4774, ext. 5674.

Online Auction to Feature Arts, Crafts and Entertainment

The ACCC Foundation is hosting a special virtual event this fall—the first Arts, Crafts & Entertainment Online Auction. Alumni can donate items to the auction or place bids on items later this fall. Proceeds will help second-year nursing students at ACCC who face an extraordinary increase in their fees this year.

This is an opportunity for an artist or crafter to donate unique works of art, including prints, sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry, knitted or hand-sewn items, tickets to music or other performances, or trips to local spas and more. Handmade items should have a beginning value of at least $30.

The auction opens Oct. 30 and ends Nov. 17, but the preview of the Web site will open in mid-September. Visit for more details.

For more information, or to donate an item, contact Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674 or

Golf Tournament to Benefit ACCC Students on Oct. 13

Sponsors and players are needed for the 2006 Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament “Scramble Fore Scholarships,” planned for Friday, Oct. 13, at Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May. Partnering with the ACCC Foundation, CMNGC will host the tournament to raise scholarship money for ACCC students. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 in scholarships for Cape May County students and another $10,000 in grants-in-aid for nursing students.

Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May logo

The tournament will follow a Scramble Format, beginning with a shotgun-start at 12:30 p.m. Player fees, which include a golf shirt and the dinner awards banquet following the tournament, are $125 per person.

This year, The Cape May National Championship is asking players to “tee it up” for ACCC nursing students by donating $100 to assist nursing students facing increased fees. In addition, five sponsorship level package opportunities are available and range in price from $100 to $2,500.

Located on Route 9 near renowned Victorian Cape May, and centrally located among one of the world’s most famous bird migration flyways, Cape May National has been recognized as one of the most naturally beautiful courses in the United States.

For sponsorship or player information, call Sean Fischer at (609) 343-5674 or visit

Archery Team Wins National Recurve Title

ACCC honored its national championship archery team and coaches during a reception in July at the college.

ACCC’s men’s archery team won a national title at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships held in May in Los Angeles. They topped teams from Texas A&M and UCLA.

Archery team

ACCC's archery team and coaches celebrated their national championship with President Dr. Peter Mora and Dean of Students Carmen Royal.

The men’s recurve team, including sophomores Brett Lazaroff of Absecon, Noah Patterson of Egg Harbor Township, and Carlos Villa of Pleasantville placed first at the event.

ACCC President Dr. Peter Mora commended the team for its achievement and presented the team with resolutions from New Jersey Assemblyman Jim Whelan and the ACCC Board of Trustees, certificates for individual team members and plaques to head coach Helen Bolnick and assistant coaches Chad Affrunti, Leah Beverley and Jim Repnicki.

Lazaroff ranked third overall in individual men’s competition. He also qualified for a spot on the World University Championship Men’s Recurve Team, and competed in June in Slovakia. For the second consecutive year, Lazaroff was named to the All-America team based on his score from this competition and the National Indoor tournament held in March.

Noah Patterson archery demonstration

Noah Patterson points out different features of the bow during a demonstration at the college.

Patterson finished 11th at the competition and for the second year in a row was named to the Academic All-America team. Freshman Steve Gatto of Hammonton finished 12th and was also named to the Academic All-America team. Sophomore Mark Schiavo of Somers Point placed 19th, freshman Keith Miller of Atco finished 21st, Villa finished 25th and Josh Coleman of Cape May Court House finished 26th.

ACCC’s compound team ranked fourth in the country.

Sophomore Desiree Sparano of Northfield, ACCC’s only female competitor, finished 15th overall.

Bolnick was named Coach of the Year for the third time, an award voted on by all coaches in the collegiate division.

More than 30 colleges and 150 archers attended the competition held at the University of California, Los Angeles. ACCC was one of only two community colleges with students competing at the event.

ACCC Breaks Ground on Health Professions Institute

ACCC held a ceremonial groundbreaking in June for its Health Professions Institute that will consolidate existing auxiliary and allied healthcare training to one location and allow the school to expand its offerings while better serving the needs of local residents. The 5,600-square-foot facility will be located at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

Health Professions Institute groundbreaking

From left, Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County Executive; Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president; U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo; and Paul Raetsch, regional director, Economic Development Administration.

The institute is funded by a $1.2 million capital grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and $1.8 million in state and Atlantic County funds. The project is also backed by Workforce Investment Board Healthcare Partnerships and executives in the healthcare industry. ACCC will renovate existing garage space at the Worthington Atlantic City Center into a state-of-the-art site featuring classrooms, science labs and computer labs. Construction is expected to begin this fall. ACCC President Dr. Peter Mora called the institute a “demonstrative commitment to the healthcare industry.”

The creation of the Health Professions Institute comes in response to the growing demand for skilled healthcare workers in the region. By 2010, there will be 98,700 new healthcare jobs created in New Jersey, according to the N.J. Department of Labor. Nearly 10 percent of all workers in Atlantic and Cape May counties will be employed in the healthcare sector. The Health Professions Institute will improve opportunities for low income individuals to acquire skills for these demand occupations with high wage potential, benefits and career mobility.

Some of ACCC’s auxiliary healthcare training programs include: Surgical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, Allied Health Assistant for Out of School Youth, Central Service Technician, Phlebotomy and CPR/First Aid.

Register Now for Fall Courses at ACCC

Registration for fall classes, which begin Sept. 5, is under way. Register in-person from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at any of the college’s locations. Students can also register by mail or fax through Friday, Sept. 1. The last day to register online at is Monday, Sept. 4.

ACCC will offer several new classes this fall, including: Introduction to Public Relations, Technology for Educators, Introduction to Mass Media and Teaching: An Introduction to the Profession.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. For a complete listing of courses, visit or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111 or 463-4774, ext. 5000, for a schedule.

ACCC Announces Fall Continuing Education Classes

From professional development classes in real estate licensing and nonprofit management to personal enrichment workshops in antiques and cooking methods, ACCC will offer hundreds of continuing education courses this fall.

Career training and computer workshops also begin monthly. Additionally, ACCC will offer special enrichment workshops for seniors in yoga, Bridge, digital photography, computers and more. A selection of online courses is also available in business, languages, test preparation, writing and Web programming and design.

For dates, locations, 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

Annual Appeal Funds to Help Nursing Students

Generous alumni have donated more than $4,300 this year to ACCC’s annual appeal fund, which will provide emergency and supplemental funds for some of the 90 second-year nursing students facing a stiff increase in their lab fees for the fall semester.

For example, one student receives employer assistance toward his tuition and he only had to pay $500 out of pocket in the past. This year he expects to pay nearly $1,800 a semester since his employer won’t cover fees. He has worked 65-70 hours a week this summer to save up. Another student had to take out a loan to pay her tuition and fees because her earnings from her summer job won’t cover the costs of the fall semester, as they had in the past.

Other students are finding they won’t receive enough financial aid though scholarships and loans to cover the costs of the higher fees, which ACCC raised due to the extraordinary cost of the nursing program due to increasing the number of seats in response to the regional labor shortage.

The ACCC Foundation has also set aside $44,000 to support the cost of the program it had previously underwritten for nursing student grants-in-aid and earmarked $10,000 from projected proceeds from a golf tournament fund-raiser this fall for scholarships.

ACCC continues to accept donations from alumni to its annual appeal to support these students. For information, call (609) 343-5634 or e-mail

Planning a Wedding? Put ACCC on the Registry

Getting ready to tie the knot? Have all the kitchen gadgets and dishware you can use? Why not consider joining a growing number of couples who designate charitable organizations as part of their wedding gift registry.

You can choose to make a gift to the ACCC Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization by selecting it on one of these two online wedding registries that focus on charities, the I Do Foundation,, and

Wedding cake

In its history, the Foundation has raised well over $1 million for college scholarships, academic programs and enhancing the campus environment, including more than $365,000 during the 2005-06 academic year from the Cape May Gala, Cape May National Golf Tournament, Leaves for Learning campaign, 2006 Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala, and two endowments. It has allocated nearly $230,000 for 2006-07 scholarships and grants-in-aid.

Founded in 1978 as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation is dedicated to serving the mission of ACCC by providing financial support to the college and its students. Foundation funds provide college scholarships to students with financial need, capital for campus improvements, and cultural and educational community outreach programs.

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 a current membership card 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 information. Annual membership dues are $15; lifetime memberships are $150.

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