Atlantic Cape Community College News at Atlantic Cape Community College Atlantic Cape Board Elects 2014-2015 Officers; Approves Reorganization <p><strong></strong>Maria Torres of Mays Landing was elected chairperson, Dave Coskey of &nbsp;Avalon was named vice chairperson and Maria Mento of Ventnor was appointed treasurer when the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 25. Torres is a retired guidance counselor who serves on the board of New Jersey&rsquo;s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Coskey is president of Longport Media. Mento is executive vice president and chief finance officer for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. Sean Fischer of Vineland, dean of resource development &amp; president/Board of Trustees operations, was reappointed board secretary. Their terms run until November 2015.</p> <p>Board members also approved their regular meeting date&mdash;the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding August, at 7 p.m.&mdash;and set official banking depositories.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>In Personnel Action:</strong></p> <p>--The board appointed Myrna Morales-Keklak of Somers Point, division chair, nursing and allied health programs, effective Jan. 1.</p> <p>--The board approved Elizabeth McFadden of Somers Point, clerk, perishable storeroom, effective Nov. 26.</p> <p>--The board appointed Ryant Rivera of Vineland, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective Nov. 26.</p> <p>--The board accepted the resignation of Kathleen Denice, testing assistant, retroactive to Nov. 14.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Board Eliminates Two Degrees</strong></p> <p>The board approved dropping the Associate in Applied Science in Accounting and the Associate in Applied Science Accounting Information Systems Option, effective spring 2015. The decision was based on changes in the accounting field that now require students to hold a minimum of a bachelor&rsquo;s degree to secure employment.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Board Approved the Following Contracts:</strong></p> <p>--Support agreement for FY&rsquo;15/16 for information technology services to Ocean Computer Group, Matawan, $31,471.</p> <p>--I-Building re-roofing to Statewide Fire Restoration Inc., Vineland, $56,299.</p> <p>--Culinary equipment to Todd Devin Food, Yardley, Pennsylvania, $39,108, and Don J. Urie Associates, Vineland, $2,848.</p> <p>--Non-bid award for magazine publication, Academic Marketing Inc., Bellville, Michigan, $25,000.</p> <p>--Three-year Blackboard support services renewal to Blackboard Inc., Washington, D.C., $326,880.</p> <p>--Non-bid award for August Daquila, dean of administration and business services, to enter into a cooperative pricing agreement with the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>In Other Business, the Board:</strong></p> <p>--Approved the Oct. 31, 2014, financial statement.</p> <p>--Renewed a contract with Follett Higher Education Group for bookstore services for 12 months, Dec. 31, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015.</p> <p>--Approved a one-year agreement with Cape Bank for banking services, effective Feb. 12.</p> <p>--Accepted a cost reimbursable sub-grant from Rutgers University&rsquo;s Center for Effective School Practices for $17,773 for the implementation of the N.J. Race to the Top Early Learning Training Academy&rsquo;s services and activities in the southern region over the term of July 18-Dec. 31, 2014.</p> <p>--Approved renaming the Airplane Flight Instructor Certificate to Flight Instructor Certificate to reflect changes to the program that incorporate training for students interested in becoming helicopter pilots, effective fall 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>In the President&rsquo;s Report:</strong></p> <p>--Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs, reported on this month&rsquo;s Penn TESOL East, a national English as a second language conference, where he and faculty members Judith Otterburn-Martinez and Susan DePhillipis represented the college. They presented on the college&rsquo;s initiative to connect ESL students to career planning and pathways.</p> <p>--Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, honored Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, as an &ldquo;unsung hero&rdquo; for her work to establish partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, including Atlantic Cape, and government agencies to provide a seamless system of employment, training and social services to residents and employers in Atlantic and Cape May counties.</p> <p>--Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations, announced the college has a memorandum of understanding with GoArmyEd, the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers to manage their education.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.</strong></p> Mays Landing Merchants Association Gives Money To Support Culinary and Hospitality Scholarships at College <p>The Mays Landing Merchants Association donated $2,500 toward culinary and hospitality scholarship funds Friday, Nov. 21, at Atlantic Cape Community College Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing.</p> <p>For more information about the Atlantic Cape Foundation and giving opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, senior director of resource development &amp; community and alumni outreach, at (609) 463-3670 or <a href=""></a>, or visit <a href="../../about/foundation.htm"></a>.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> New Archery Coaches Aim for Success at Atlantic Cape <p>Long-time archers Chad Affrunti and John Repnicki will lead Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s nationally ranked archery team as the new head coach and assistant coach, respectively.</p> <p>Affrunti, of Atco, has been involved with the archery program since he was a child, and his father, Bruce Affrunti, assisted the team&rsquo;s founder, Dr. Helen Bolnick.</p> <p>He shot for the team while a student at Atlantic Cape from 1997-2000. He was a three-time Intercollegiate All American and qualified to attend the 2000 Olympic Trials. He later stepped into his father&rsquo;s role as assistant coach until Bolnick retired.</p> <p>Affrunti, 37, has officiated tournaments at the local and regional levels and finished second at the U.S. National Crossbow Championships in 2014, qualifying for the U.S. National Crossbow Team. He will shoot in the World Championships in Ft. Lauderdale in July 2015.</p> <p>He earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape, a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in accounting from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and a master&rsquo;s of business administration from Utica College in economic crime and fraud management. He is a certified public accountant and is employed by the U.S. Department of Defense as an auditor.</p> <p>Repnicki, 57, of Galloway, took up archery as a college student in Florida. Upon returning to New Jersey, he began assisting Bolnick as a volunteer and team member while a student at Atlantic Cape. A highlight of his archery career was qualifying for the U.S. Archery Olympic Trials in 1992. He continued assisting with the team, though he stopped shooting when his daughters were born. With his children now in college,</p> <p>Repnicki began shooting again in October 2013, and this fall placed first in the N.J. State Archery Outdoor in the Master (50 and Over) Division.</p> <p>Using his Atlantic Cape degree in Computer Information Systems, Repnicki automated the registration and scoring for college archery events in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Thomas Edison State College and works in information technology at Resorts Casino Hotel.</p> <p>Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 40 All-America archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.</p> Atlantic Cape Collecting Donations for Toys for Tots Drive through Dec. 15 <p>For more than a decade, Atlantic Cape Community College employees at the Cape May County Campus have coordinated a Toys for Tots drive. The college again will collect new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. Drop-off boxes are located on each floor of Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.</p> <p>Previous drives, spear headed by Lisa Apel-Gendron of Dennisville, Tom Clark of Ocean View, now retired, and Denise O&rsquo;Connor of Cape May, have collected more than 400 toys from students, staff and the community.</p> <p>For more information, contact&nbsp;<span>Denise O&rsquo;Connor at&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="westernCxSpFirst">The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will sponsor &ldquo;Breakfast with Santa&rdquo; at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. The event is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6, in the mall food court.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The chefs and students at the Academy will prepare pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins and Danish. In addition to meeting Santa, children can enjoy a visit from Mrs. Claus and other favorite holiday characters.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 a person and can be purchased now at the customer service desk at Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, or the day of the event, based on availability.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">All proceeds benefit the Spread the Magic Foundation, which aims to spread hope and possibility to children battling cancer and their families and supports the Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Philadelphia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape to Offer Classes in Hammonton This Spring <p>Atlantic Cape Community College will offer credit classes in Hammonton this spring at Richard Stockton College&rsquo;s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Classes include:</p> <ul> <li>Principles of Marketing, Mondays, 6-8:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Statistical Methods, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6-7:50 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Composition I, Wednesdays, 2-4:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Intro to Business, Wednesdays, 6-8:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>Spring semester classes begin Jan. 20. Visit <a href="../../fall"></a> to view class schedules and to register online.</p> <p>For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.</p> <p>Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.</p> <p>For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p> Register for Spring Classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts <p>If you&rsquo;ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring 2015 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Registration begins Dec. 1, for returning students, based on number of credits earned. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 20.</p> <p>New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or <a href=""></a> to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at <a href="../../webadvisor"></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.</p> <p>ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation&rsquo;s Junior Chefs Competition, Cha&icirc;ne des R&ocirc;tisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking &amp; Pastry Club and food shows. Students have gone on to compete on nationally televised food shows including Chopped and The Next Food Network Star.</p> <p>Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon sessions. Part-time classes are available also.</p> <p>The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years, and recently received a national accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. &nbsp;For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645&#8209;CHEF, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href="../../aca"></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Registration Begins Dec. 1 for Winter and Spring Sessions <p><strong></strong>Registration for winter and spring sessions at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered to new and returning students based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not in progress. Registration begins at Atlantic Cape:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 1 for students with at least 48 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 2 for students with at least 32 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 3 for students with at least 17 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 4 and 5 for returning students</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 8 for all students</p> <p>Normal registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The college will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.</p> <p>The 11-day Winter Term classes will be held Monday-Saturday, Jan. 2-15. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 20. To view a list of important registration deadlines, visit Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s academic calendar at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students can visit <a href="../../finaid"> </a>to apply. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan for students in good academic standing. For more information, contact the Bursar&rsquo;s Office at (609) 625-1111, ext. 5278, or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape has partnerships with Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities where students can earn a bachelor&rsquo;s degree without leaving the Mays Landing Campus.&nbsp;Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s campuses are located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.</p> <p>Payment is due at the time of registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. To register online or view an updated schedule of winter and spring courses, visit <a href="../../spring"></a>. For more information, email <a href=""></a>, or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p> Atlantic Cape Honors Veterans, Past and Present, With Ceremony <p class="westernCxSpFirst">Atlantic Cape Community College held a Veterans Ceremony on Nov. 11 to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces, past and present, at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">The program began with a rendition of the &ldquo;Star Spangled Banner&rdquo; sung by Heather Boone, associate professor of social science at Atlantic Cape. Guest speakers included Atlantic Cape associate professor of philosophy and religion, Richard Benner of Mays Landing, United States Army; Atlantic Cape student and Egg Harbor Township resident Kevin Pasiglao, United States Army Reserve; member of the Atlantic County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office Honor Guard, Daniel Lewis, United States Army specialist; and 177th Fighter Wing Inspector General Lt. Col. Thor Himley of Egg Harbor Township, United States Air Force.&nbsp; Heather Boone invited attendants to join her in singing, &ldquo;God Bless America,&rdquo; to conclude the ceremony. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape Students, Recent Graduates Eligible to Apply for Largest Scholarships for Community College Students <p><strong></strong>The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nomination process for the largest scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges. Atlantic Cape Community College students and recent alumni are eligible to apply by Dec. 2. The private foundation will award up to $40,000 annually per recipient to pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States.</p> <p>While 45 percent of all college students in the United States attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college students transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $40,000 annually, for tuition, living expenses, books and other required fees.</p> <p>The Foundation plans to award 85 scholarships through this program this spring based on achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and desire to help others. Applicants must:</p> <ul> <li>Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by Dec. 31, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).</li> <li>Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.</li> <li>Have a cumulative undergraduate&nbsp;grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).</li> <li>Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Have not previously attended a four-year institution.</li> </ul> <p>For more information visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Veterans Day Ceremony Planned for 12:30 PM, Nov. 11 <p>Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Atlantic Cape's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Cafeteria B, J Building.</p> <p>The event will honor all veterans and service members, past and present. Guest speakers will include Richard Benner, associate professor of philosophy and religion, Kevin Pasigalo, student and US Army Reservist, among others.</p> <p>The ceremony will also be simulcast to the Worthington Atlantic City campus in Room 288, and the Cape May County campus in Room 113.</p> Atlantic Cape to Host Infectious Disease Information Session Nov. 18 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College will host a public information session on infectious diseases, including flu, Enterovirus D68 and Ebola, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Walter Edge Theater at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The program will be presented by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, and cover the following topics:</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Defining infectious diseases</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The signs and symptoms of Flu, Enterovirus D68 and Ebola</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How infectious diseases are spread and who is at risk</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How to protect yourself against infectious diseases</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Flynn, college nurse, at</p> <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College will host a professional development and networking event from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, for community members and students. The event, titled&nbsp;<em>Starting Over: The Power of Innovation</em>&nbsp;<em>and Self-Presentation,</em>&nbsp;will feature information and resources for professional development, college programs, job and community resources for those impacted by the recent casino closings or those looking for a new career path for other reasons.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The session will feature resource and information tables beginning at 2:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Teressa Moore Griffin, a nationally known personal development coach, author and contributor to NBC and CBS, will begin at 3 p.m. In addition, donations for the Atlantic County Women&rsquo;s Center Professional Clothes Closet will be accepted.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The event is organized by public relations students at Atlantic Cape under the direction of Joy Jones, assistant professor of communication.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The event, which is free and open to the community, will be held in the Walter Edge Theater, C-Building, on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">For additional information, contact Joy Jones at (609) 463-3590 or at <a href=""></a>.</p> Learn About Nursing Program At Atlantic Cape Nov. 20 <p>For those interested in pursuing a career in the nursing field, Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session on the program it offers, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p>The session will focus on Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam.</p> <p>Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The session is free and open to the public.</p> <p>For more information, contact Glenda Stogel at (609) 343-5048, (609) 463-4774, ext. 5048, or visit <a href="../../program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm"></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Academy of Culinary Arts to Host Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration Nov. 21 <p><strong></strong>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.</p> <p>Wine enthusiasts can celebrate the release of several nouveau wines at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. In conjunction with the Atlantic City chapter of the Cha&icirc;ne des R&ocirc;tisseurs, 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.</p> <p>&ldquo;This event offers our students an opportunity to network with industry professionals and work one-on-one with ACA faculty to create unique recipes using high-end ingredients,&rdquo; Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, said.</p> <p>Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun, uncomplicated red wine meant to be enjoyed soon after bottling. Several varieties will be available for tasting, along with a just-released white Gewurztraminer from California.</p> <p>Proceeds support scholarships for culinary and hospitality students at Atlantic Cape. Past events have raised more than $75,000 in scholarships. The cost of the celebration is $65 per person. Checks can be made payable to Atlantic Cape Community College. For reservations, contact Donna Vassallo at 343-4972 or</p> <p>The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. For more information on the Academy, call 1-800-645&#8209;CHEF, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href="../../aca"></a>.</p>