Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

ACCC Receives $1.25 Million GIS Job Training Grant

ACCC has received a $1.25 million Community-Based Job Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is for the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Workforce Education Project of Southern New Jersey, a partnership between ACCC and various other area schools and colleges, community employers and organizations.

Introduced by former President George W. Bush in 2004, the primary purpose of the CBJT grants is to build the capacity of community colleges to train workers to develop the skills required to succeed in high growth/high demand industries.

“As the economy continues to struggle, and finding work grows increasingly difficult, effective job training programs must be utilized to their fullest potential to give workers a leg up on the competition,” U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo said in announcing the award.

The project will focus on the burgeoning GIS/geospatial technology field to include New Jersey’s four southernmost counties: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem. GIS is used prominently in southern New Jersey in industries that are expected to grow at the fastest rates between now and 2014: government, education, health care, wholesale trade, business and professional services.

The project will target high school and college students, entry-level workers, dislocated workers, incumbent employees and ancillary users of GIS.

GIS, which touches the lives of people around the world daily, is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about locations such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The power supplies directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road are more efficient because of GIS. People in almost every profession, from farmers to Homeland Security, reap the benefits of this burgeoning technology.

Over the next three years, ACCC will create a GIS Workforce Education model that is relevant to the labor market in the southern New Jersey coastal region, train GIS users for geospatial industry certifications, integrate GIS education into multiple academic disciplines, and establish a pipeline for GIS education for students transitioning from high school to community college to four-year colleges and universities.

“ACCC will begin offering its first GIS course, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, in the summer of 2009,” said Loretta Dicker, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, and Project Director of the Grant.

ACCC Celebrates Black History Month with Public Events

ACCC will celebrate Black History Month with various fun, educational activities throughout February. All activities are free and open to the public.

The J-Building lobby of the Mays Landing Campus will be the site of the African American Market Place, with vendors selling African-American art, books, jewelry and other collectibles, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, through Feb. 19.

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the cafeteria of the Mays Landing Campus will come alive with the African-inspired drumming, stories and dance of the acclaimed Kofi & Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble, performing at 12:30 p.m. The Heritage Drum and Dance Ensemble bring their Afro-Caribbean rhythms to the cafeteria at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Cape May County Campus will host inspirational speaker George D. Arnold, who will present “Echoes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” and the Charter-Tech High School of Somers Point Choir Ensemble in Room 212 at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Historian Ralph Hunter will present artifacts from the African American Heritage Museum’s Traveling Exhibit in the Mays Landing Campus cafeteria, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19.

The works of self-taught Atlantic City artist Tyrone L. Hart will be on display in the student lounge of the Atlantic City Campus, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19.

The Mays Landing Campus is at 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is at 1535 Bacharach Blvd., and the Cape May County Campus is at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For questions about events in Mays Landing, call Cynthia Correa at (609) 343-5089, or Patricia Gandy at (609) 343-4827 for events at the Atlantic City and Cape May campuses.

Restaurant Gala Offers 'A Taste of Paradise' in 2009

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

ACA students serve hors d’oeuvres at the 2008 Gala

ACA students serve hors d’oeuvres at the 2008 Gala.

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.

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.

In addition, three lucky winners will share up to $25,000 in the 2009 ACCC Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the ACCC Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships.

Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $15,000, first prize; $7,500, second prize; and $2,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 500 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 12 Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Atlantic City.

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

ACCC, Stockton Sign Social Work Program Articulation Agreement

Students completing ACCC’s Human Services degree will be able to seamlessly transfer into the Social Work program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey under a new articulation agreement. ACCC President Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, president of Stockton, signed the agreement Dec. 18.

ACCC has about 100 students in its Human Services program, which leads to an associate in science degree. The majority of these students will seek to transfer to the program at Stockton, where all 64 ACCC credits will now be accepted.

ACCC President Peter L. Mora and Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp

ACCC President Peter L. Mora and Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp.

“This new agreement outlines which electives students need so everything fits. Students will have better use of their credits,” said Dr. Thomas Grites, Assistant to the Provost at Stockton.

“The affiliation agreement both recognizes our positive relationship with Stockton and strengthens it, as its main beneficiaries will be the students, who are provided greater clarity and more reassurance of a smooth transition for them from ACCC to Stockton,” Mora said.

Stockton has 204 Social Work majors and will add a master’s in Social Work option beginning this fall, said Dr. Cheryl Kaus, Dean of Social and Behavioral Science.

For more information on ACCC’s Human Services program, contact Dr. James MacNair at (609) 343-4954. For the Social Work program at Stockton, call (609) 652-4261 or visit

Carême’s Restaurant Open for Lunch and Dinner

Carême’s, the gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, is now open for lunch and reopens for dinner beginning Feb. 12.

Carême’s offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. It is open Monday-Friday, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for the buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Dinner features an a la carte menu, with seatings from 6:30-8 p.m.

The a la carte menu includes choices of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables contribute to the enjoyment. The elegant dessert pastries are all made by student-chefs, as are delectable breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered.

The restaurant is named after the first “celebrity chef” in culinary history, Marie-Antoine Carême. Carême’s command of culinary art was so famous in the early 19th century that he became known as “the chef of kings and the king of chefs.”

Alumni Association members receive 20 percent off their check.

For reservations, call (609) 343-4940, or visit for menus and more information.

ACCC Offers Fun Noncredit Classes; Launches 'Club 60 Plus'

Warm up the winter at ACCC with a variety of computer, art, exercise and other classes.

Computer courses include: Upgrading to Office 2007, Intro to iPod, Macromedia Studio 8, Introduction to Dreamweaver and Fireworks 8, Introduction to Personal/Business Computers, Word 2007, Adobe Photoshop Elements, QuickBooks Pro 2007, Excel 2007, ABCs of Accounting: Understanding Debits and Credits, Intermediate Dreamweaver and Fireworks 8, Photoshop Elements 4.0-Layers and Advanced Tools, and eBay: Buying, Selling, Collecting.

Fun classes are Magazine Writing, Beginning Piano, Exploring Digital Photography, Pastel Portraits from Photographs, Beginning Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Conversational Italian and Zumba Gold for Beginners and Seniors.

In addition, active seniors now have the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun, with the College’s new Club 60 Plus programs.

These workshops and seminars designed specifically for adults 60 and older will include Introduction to Personal Computers for Seniors, for those who have no previous experience. There’s also Microsoft Word for Seniors, also for the beginner; Exploring the World Via the Internet for Seniors; Manage, Edit and E-mail your Photographs; All in the Family: Genealogy Online for Beginners; Cherished Heirlooms and Curious Finds, during which participants may show and tell about their treasures; and Yoga for Seniors, which also will include components of tai chi.

The courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; and the Institute for Service Excellence, in the Hamilton Mall, Mays Landing.

For class dates and times, and to register, call (609) 343-4829, or visit

Feb. 21 Memorial Event to Benefit ACA Scholarship

The Nate Allen Memorial Benefit on Feb. 21 will raise funds for a scholarship to the Academy of Culinary Arts in Allen’s name. Allen, a Cape May County resident who graduated from the Academy in 2003, died in a car accident in February 2006 at age 22.

Allen loved nature, adventure, sports and cooking. “When he was not off on a snowboarding trip, going on a spontaneous road trip, playing or practicing golf, he could be found whipping up a nice meal for his friends,” said his sister, Alyssa Jones.

He was a 2001 graduate of Middle Township High School and worked at the former Ocean Drive Seafood and Oyster Bay in Cape May.

The “Night for Nate” benefit begins at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Avalon Golf Club in Cape May Court House. Tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.

In addition to chili, pulled pork and more, there will be a “werewolf” putting contest with glow-in-the-dark golf balls, music, T-shirts and raffle prizes. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Alyssa Jones at

Art Gallery Features 'The Reality of Abstraction' in February

ACCC’s Art Gallery features the work of Clifford Maddox through Feb. 27. The Pleasantville resident is mostly self-taught and shaped his perceptions by being a “keen observer and committed visionary.”

Dr. Helen Bolnick

The exhibit, “The Reality of Abstraction,” will feature oil paintings, most exceeding six feet in size. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

ACCC’s Art Gallery is located on the main campus in Mays Landing, 5100 Black Horse Pike, adjacent to the theater in C-building (C-125), parking lot #3. For more information about the gallery, call Buddy Jacobs, Art Gallery Coordinator, (609) 625-1111, ext. 5346, or e-mail: Visit the gallery online at

ACA Students Earn Gold Medals at Prestigious New York Food Show

The Academy of Culinary Arts seafood and centerpiece teams earned three gold medals at New York City’s 140th annual “Salon of Culinary Art.”

Held Nov. 9-10 at the 93rd International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, the Salon featured breathtaking creations of master chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, butchers, culinarians and apprentices from around the world competing in an array of categories. Known as the world’s largest freelance culinary arts exhibit and considered the most prestigious competition on the East Coast, the show is organized annually by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique.

Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi, CCC, CCE, of Northfield coached the student teams responsible for the gold-medal hot and cold platters and hors d’oeuvres in the seafood category.

The gold medal recipients included: Dan Bliss of Glassboro, Juliano Cannuscio of Galloway, Kevin Horne of Glassboro, Jackie Melendez of Sewell, Danielle Notorfrancesco of Villas, Bill Reeves of Haddonfield, Tim Sullivan of Mantua, Dave Watson of Cape May Court House and Brian Yeatman of Atco.

Chef Educator Daniel Matt of Mays Landing directed the winning centerpiece team, which created an abstract sculpture made from bread. Team members included: Katie Ball of Ocean City, Caitlin Crossin of Haddon Heights and Kimberly Graham of Stratford.

The students spent hundreds of hours perfecting the final entries. The seafood platters included Grilled Bacon Wrapped Scallop Mousseline, Braided Salmon and Flounder Paupiette with Chive Caviar, Lobster and Asparagus Roulade, Wasabi Stuffed Tuna Tataki, and more. They competed against teams from other culinary schools including Johnson & Wales and the Culinary Institute of America, and industry professionals.

The ACA has a history of success at the Salon of Culinary Art every year they have competed, including four silver medals in 1998, four gold medals in 2000, a gold medal in 2002, two gold medals in 2006 and four gold and four silver medals in 2007.

ACA Donates Peanut Butter, Ice Cream Proceeds to Food Bank

Academy of Culinary Arts students worked on two projects in 2008 to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey—Southern Branch, which saw demand increase in the wake of the recession.

From left, Timothy Sullivan, Cindy Cassidy, Evelyn Benton, Chef Educator Linda Wohlman and Culinary Student Association President Paige Puentes

From left, Timothy Sullivan, Cindy Cassidy, Evelyn Benton, Chef Educator Linda Wohlman and Culinary Student Association President Paige Puentes.

In December, the Culinary Student Association launched a drive to collect peanut butter for the food bank, which resulted in 82 jars donated by students, faculty and staff. That was more than 2,000 servings of peanut butter, a source of protein food bank clients turn to after beef and poultry run out.

In March, students at the Academy of Culinary Arts competed in the Lick Hunger Ice Cream Challenge, creating 11 original flavors. The winning flavors were sold at Lindy Hops Ice Cream locations in South Jersey during the summer. In December, Lindy Hops owners Linda L’Erario and Ed Jones presented Evelyn Benton, ’89 ACA and director of the food bank, a $300 check, the proceeds of the ice cream sales.

The winning flavors were Lemon Meringue Pie by Randi Wallace of Cherry Hill, and Where’s the Beach, a concoction of Creamsicle swirl, salt water taffy bits and orange jelly candies created by Nancy West of Frenchtown.

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.

As a member of the Alumni Association, you can receive a 20 percent discount at Carême’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant on ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus. The restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate setting, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Alumni Association members can receive a 20 percent discount on the cost of their meals, excluding specials. Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call Carême’s at (609) 343-4940.

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.