Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

Rutgers Adds New Degree Options at ACCC

Rutgers University will add four undergraduate majors to its programs at ACCC this fall. The new majors include Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Political Science and General Science.

Rutgers already offers bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Hospitality Management and graduate degrees in Business Administration and Education at ACCC campuses. Last year the two schools formalized an agreement that allows students to earn these degrees without leaving ACCC’s campuses.

Rutgers will also hold open houses 5-7 p.m., Sept. 25 and Nov. 15, in Cafeteria B in C-Building at the Mays Landing Campus. Counselors will be available to answer questions.

For more information, call Rutgers at ACCC, (609) 343-4995, or visit

ACA Graduate Named Pastry Chef of the Year

The American Culinary Federation named Patricia Nash, ’97 ACA, National Pastry Chef of the Year. Nash received the honor at the 2007 ACF National Convention, July 21-24, in Orlando.

Nash, a former pastry chef at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, is pastry chef at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.

Chef Patricia Nash

Patricia Nash places the final touches on dessert.

The former Ocean City resident represented the United States as part of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004, and served as an apprentice at the 2000 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung in Erfurt, Germany. In addition, Nash earned four gold medals at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York in 1999.

Nash earned a 4.0 GPA at ACCC and served as the honorary alumni chef at the 2004 The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala, which raises funds for ACA scholarships.

Expanding Opportunities for Students at Atlantic City Campus

New and returning students at ACCC’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus will find more opportunities at the expanding campus this fall than ever before. Changes to courses and infrastructure will provide students new education options, greater access to technology, and amenities like a revamped cafeteria and student center. Highlights include:

  • Degree completion: Students can earn a degree without leaving Atlantic City. All courses to complete an Associate in Science in General Studies are offered at WACC.
  • A new student center where students can relax between classes. Equipped with a large screen television, arcade games, ping pong and other social activities aimed at making student life at WACC more enjoyable, the lounge will be ready for the fall 2007 semester.
  • A renovated cafeteria that will offer hot foods in addition to vending machines and snacks.
  • Full-service counseling, academic advisement and career planning in the relocated ACCESS Center.

Other services will be available beginning in spring 2008, including:

  • A full-service information commons, including a library with room for more than 20,000 books, a computer lab and math and writing labs.
  • One-stop admissions center, including placement testing, registration and financial aid counseling.
  • A new bookstore with expanded hours that will offer textbooks and school supplies.
  • Additional parking in an expanded, gated parking lot.
  • Casino games training in the redesigned Casino Career Institute.

Finally, in 2008, students can enroll in training programs offered in the renovated Health Professions Institute. This will occupy approximately 5,600 square feet and include a science lab, lecture classrooms and a computer center. Students will receive comprehensive auxiliary and allied health training for a number of health care careers, such as Surgical Technician, Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy, Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Administrative Office Specialist.

For more information on the programs offered at the Atlantic City Campus, visit

Alumni Updates

Steve Dunn ’68 is an assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He is investigating the diabetic complications of kidney disease. Dunn was the second Student Government Association president and recalls beginning his ACC experience in the old ACHS building at night and moving to the Mays Landing Campus later. “ACCC has made great strides since my days,” he writes. “ACC was a great, worthwhile experience.”

Colleen Winston ’85 ACA was appointed pastry chef at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pa. Winston has continued her education over the years at the International Pastry Arts Center in Elmsford, NY, and the International School of Confectionery in Gaithersburg, MD. She has worked as pastry chef at many notable restaurants, including LaTruffe Restaurant and the Rittenhouse Hotel, both in Philadelphia.

Alumni updates

Chef Michael Schlow ’87 ACA, owner of several restaurants in the Boston area, will open a new Italian fine-dining restaurant, Alta Strada, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The deal was reported in several publications, including The Boston Business Journal and The Hartford Courant. Schlow will open the 8,000-square-foot eatery, which will seat 225 patrons in a setting with indoor and outdoor seating, next spring. Schlow also owns and operates Radius Restaurant, Via Matta, and Great Bay, all in Boston.

Evelyn Benton ’89 ACA celebrates her 15th year as director of the Community FoodBank of NJ, Southern Branch. She writes, “Working for a non-profit is rarely financially rewarding and often extremely challenging, but it’s the cause and the mission that make it worth the effort. It’s what brings you back to reality when you’re wiped out and feeling discouraged. For us here at the FoodBank, it’s knowing that you are having an immediate effect on someone’s life by providing them with food for today and hope for tomorrow. And that’s the best feeling of all!”

Lisa Savage ’91 ACA was mentioned in an article titled “Survivor: Shore Dining,” in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article mentions the struggles of staying afloat in the restaurant business. After 13 years of building a devoted clientele for her restaurant Savaradio’s in Ventnor, Savage moved inland and the restaurant closed. Savage has returned to Ventnor to open Sage, where many of the signature items that took off at Savaradio still exist. She hopes to open an Italian prepared-foods market directly next door to Sage, where she will sell homemade pastas, bread and imported cheese.

Amanda Nahas-Christodoulou ’00 ACA has launched her own personal chef business, From Scratch. She will cook meals for clients in their own kitchen based on nutritional and dietary guidelines. From Scratch is located in Somers Point and was mentioned in The Press of Atlantic City.

Nicole Martinelli ’07 ACA is teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods Market in Sarasota, Fla.

Professor, Students Collect Books for African Village

John Atsu-Swanzy, assistant professor of math, collected more than 1,500 books this spring and summer through donations from students, faculty and staff. Atsu-Swanzy shipped the books to his native village of Atorkor in Ghana, Africa, in June.

Professor, Students Collect Books for African Village

Assistant Professor John Atsu-Swanzy and student Karen Larson box books they collected for a new library in Ghana, Africa.

The used textbooks, fiction novels and children’s books will fill the shelves of a new library in Atorkor, a small fishing village. The Atorkor Development Foundation, a non-profit development organization based in Ghana and the United Kingdom, was established in 2001 to help the community overcome poverty. The foundation recently built the library and is seeking to improve basic education in the village.

Others at ACCC helped Atsu-Swanzy with the book drive, including Karen Larson ’07 and professors Paula Manns and JoAnne Barbieri. Information about Atorkor is available at

Oct. 5 Golf Tournament to Benefit Students

Sponsors and players are needed for the 2007 Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament “Scramble Fore Scholarships,” Friday, Oct. 5. Partnering with the ACCC Foundation, Cape May National Golf Club will host the tournament to raise scholarship money for ACCC students.

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

Cape May National Golf Club

The tournament is presented by Newfield National Bank. Six sponsorship level package opportunities are available and range in price from $100 to $3,500.

Located on Route 9 near Cape May, 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 e-mail

Comcast Executive Reflects on Early Years at ACC

As a young, married father in 1966, Barry Taylor was looking for an alternative to part-time courses miles away from his Pleasantville residence. When Atlantic County College, now ACCC, opened its doors that same year at facilities rented from Atlantic City High School, Taylor’s problem was solved.

Though he was taking classes in Business Administration at the high school a few nights a week, Taylor said, “It felt like I was taking day classes. Since they used the school after hours, classes still had that college feel, instead of the part-time student environment.”

During his time at ACC he took business classes that would later prepare him for a career as president of WheatonArts (formally Wheaton Village) and later as Director of Government and Community Affairs for Comcast.

Taylor went on to continue his education, but left college a few credits shy of his bachelor’s degree to begin his career at WheatonArts.

He fell in love with the museum and culture that WheatonArts had to offer. “Believe it or not, the courses I took at ACC led me to the museum world,” he said.

After working at Millville’s WheatonArts for more than 30 years, Taylor left in 2002 and began his current job with Comcast in March 2003, where his post covers Trenton to Cape May. He used the education he received at ACC to flourish in his career.

Now a resident of Upper Township, Taylor finds time to stay involved in community projects by supporting organizations such as the NJ Motor Sports Park, Arts Pride, South Jersey Cultural Alliance and the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.

It has been many years since Taylor roamed the halls of ACC, but he still remains supportive of his alma mater.

“I would absolutely recommend the college to someone,” Taylor said, “even more strongly now then when I attended. The guarantee with credit transfer, finances and added courses is really increasing the potential of the college.”

Register Now for Fall Classes; 11 New Courses Scheduled

Registration for fall classes at ACCC is under way. Fall classes begin Sept. 4.

Register in-person from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at any of the College’s locations. The College is closed on Fridays through Aug. 17. Students can also register by mail, fax, or in person through Friday, Aug. 31. The last day to register online at is Monday, Sept. 3.

ACCC will offer 11 new classes this fall, including: Technology for Educators, Programming and Oracle SQL, Database Design Using Oracle, Computer Programming—Visual Basic.NET, Introduction to Computer Forensics, Introduction to Mass Media, Linear Algebra, Publishing for Business, Introduction to Philosophy and Literature, Conceptual Physics and The Art and Craft of Playwriting.

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 creative writing and sign language, ACCC will offer hundreds of continuing education courses this fall.

Career training and computer workshops also begin monthly. Additionally, ACCC will offer culinary workshops including Treats from the Garden, Halloween Treats, Hearty Soups, Homemade Seasonal Pies and La Viglia—Feast of the Fishes. 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

Online Auction to Feature Arts, Leisure and Entertainment

The ACCC Foundation is hosting its second Arts, Leisure & Entertainment Online Auction. Alumni can donate items to the auction now and/or place bids on items this fall. Proceeds will provide scholarships and grants to nursing students.

The Foundation is accepting donations of unique works of art, including prints, sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry, tickets to music or other performances, or trips to local spas and more. Merchandise, rare collectibles, business or personal services or access to unique events are all welcome donations.

The auction opens Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 19.

For more information, or to donate an item, contact Jennifer Martucci at (609) 343-5634 or, or visit

Spotlight on Scholarships: A Fundraising Event

ACCC will host Spotlight on Scholarships, Friday, Oct. 19, at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Now in its third year, the annual fundraiser has raised more than $75,000 to establish a scholarship endowment fund for residents in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Spotlight on Scholarships

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. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling (609) 463-4774, ext. 5674.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available ranging from $100 to $5,000 for businesses and individuals who want to show their support. To learn more about sponsorship levels or the Oct. 19 event, call (609) 463-4774, ext. 5674, or visit

ACCC Compound Archery No. 2 in the Country

The College’s men’s compound archery team placed second in the nation at the Unites States Intercollegiate Archery Championship, May 19-21, in Sparta, Ill. The women’s recurve team also placed fifth.

Approximately 175 archers from 25 schools in the United States competed in the competition.

Brett Lazaroff of Absecon and Steve Gatto of Hammonton were named to the All-American team, an honor bestowed to the top 10 finishers at indoor and outdoor national competitions. Dr. Helen Bolnick of Elmer coaches the team.

Additionally, Gatto and Desiree Sparano ’07 of Galloway, competed in the XXV Torneo Batalla de Carabobo in Venezuela, June 19-24. Gatto earned a Gold Cup, a Gold medal and four Silver medals for his performance during the four days of competition. Sparano helped the women’s recurve team win a Bronze medal at the tournament.

ACCC Awards 700 Degrees at Commencement, Honors Faculty

ACCC awarded nearly 700 Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Science degrees at the College’s 40th anniversary commencement ceremony in May.

Additionally, two faculty members received honors. Marilyn Malerba Keiner, associate professor of paralegal studies, received the prestigious Lindback Award. The Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Francis Rauscher of North Cape May, English instructor.

Jessica Westerland delivers a speech at graduation

Jessica Westerland delivers a speech at graduation./p>

High Honors student Jessica Westerland of Wildwood delivered the class farewell. She received her associate degree in General Studies and plans to continue her education at Rowan University.

“We all ran the same race, and we all had our own individual obstacles and triumphs, but what is most important is that we all persevered, and we all arrived at this point,” Westerland said. “For some of us, this is the end of the race, and for others we are still running and this is just another mile marker. Whichever way you look at it, we all made it this far and that is an accomplishment to be proud of.”

ACCC President Peter L. Mora presents Marilyn Malerba Keiner the Lindback Award

ACCC President Peter L. Mora presents Marilyn Malerba Keiner the Lindback Award at the 40th annual college commencement in May.

Judith A. Cole of Egg Harbor Township was elected by the student body to serve as student representative to the College’s Board of Trustees. She earned an A.A.S. in Nursing.

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, 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.