Trustees Approve Contracts, Retirements at May Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved contracts and personnel matters when it met May 23 at the Cape May County Campus.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, services performed as part of the WorkAC program under the Atlantic County NEG Program Grant Feb. 1-June 30, 2017, not to exceed $150,145.

–U.S. Security Associates Inc., Atlantic City, contract extension through Dec. 31, 2017, $225,000.

–Delta Dental, two-year contract for employee dental insurance.

–Success Communications Group of Haddonfield, media buying services for July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Accepted a $10,000 grant from Disability Rights New Jersey to provide assistance to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 1-Sept. 30.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–The promotion of Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan of Milmay to professor of art, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing to professor of arts/humanities, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Leila Crawford of Haddon Township to associate professor of English, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Amy Shelton of Mays Landing to professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 5.

–The transfer of Dr. Susan DeCicco of Mays Landing to program coordinator, Health Professions Institute.

–The notice of layoff for one support staff employee.

–Accepted the retirement of Richard Benner, effective Dec. 31. The Mays Landing resident joined the college in 1995 as an adjunct instructor, later earning the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor of philosophy and religion. He also served as department chair of Arts and Humanities, co-adviser of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, chair of the Curriculum Committee and held roles with numerous other initiatives.

–Accepted the retirement of Esther Gandica of Linwood, effective Dec. 31. Gandica, senior manager of Workforce Development, joined the college in 1988 as a part-time instructor. She has also served as acting assistant director of Workshops and Training and interim senior director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

–Accepted the retirement of Al Jayne, security sergeant, effective Dec. 31. The Egg Harbor Township resident earned accolades for his assistance with numerous college events since joining Atlantic Cape in 1991.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the April 2017 financial statement.

–Approved a 2 percent base salary increase effective July 1, to full-time college employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations.

–Authorized the college president to amend the current Emergency Operation Plan and review, update and submit the college’s plan in subsequent years in accordance with New Jersey statute.

–Reaffirmed the following policy with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #400-Information Technology services.

–Created an ad-hoc Marketing Board Committee.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Barbara Gaba provided an update on the May 18 commencement, where the college awarded 921 associate degrees with more than 3,000 people in attendance

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.      

Atlantic Cape Inducts 147 Students Into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Atlantic Cape Community College welcomed 147 inductees into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society May 5, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus. Speakers at the induction were: Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape, and Courtney Rice, former Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region New Jersey president and Atlantic Cape alumna. Outgoing officers for the 2016-17 year were Christine Martinez, president; Joey Merlo, outgoing executive vice president; Maria Saavedra, outgoing secretary; and Locke Randolph, outgoing Student Government Association representative. New officers for 2017-18 were also inducted: David Smith, president; Orsalia Palapanis, executive vice president; Christine Martinez, secretary; Joseph Merlo, treasurer; and Locke Randolph, vice president of leadership.

Established by two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education today, with more than 2 million members in the United States, U.S. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Hosts South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival June 3

Beerfest_FB Event (1)Tickets are on sale for the first South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. There will be two sessions: noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., that each cost $30. Entry fee includes access to the event and brewery samplings.

The South Jersey female-fronted band “Juicy” is set to perform for the afternoon session of the festival, and Geri Mingori will take the stage for the evening session. Other highlights include 10 breweries, food and beer pairings by Chef William McGinnity of Nobil Food Services, crafters, a LuLaRoe vendor, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, paintball battles by Backyard Battles Paintball, and much more.

Homebrew competition participants should drop off two 12-ounce bottles with $5 entry fee by June 2 to Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Continue reading

Earn Your Degree Online at Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than 100 courses online this fall as an option for those unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The college offers 13 associate degree programs entirely online, as well as credits toward any of the college’s 46 degree programs. Fall classes begin Sept. 5.

Register online at or in person, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at any of the college’s three locations: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Some online options this fall are: Financial Accounting, Essentials of Culinary Nutrition, Graphic Design, Criminal Law, Composition I, Educational Psychology, Western World I, College Algebra and more. Continue reading

Employee Discount Deadline Approaching for South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival June

Beerfest_FB Event (1)Employees will receive $10 off their South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival admission by purchasing tickets through this link:

Once you select the session you would like to attend (afternoon or evening), a $10 promo code will be applied bringing the cost from $30 per ticket to $20 per ticket. Employees can purchase up to four tickets at this price. The online-only discount will not be available after May 31. Purchase tickets soon.

Event Highlights include music by the band Juicy, 10 breweries, food and beer pairings by Chef William McGinnity of Nobil Food Services, crafters, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, paintball battles by Backyard Battles Paintball and much more. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Recognizes 86 Nurses with Pinning Ceremony

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Nursing Class President Brittany Jones of Rio Grande speaks to graduates at the 2017 Pinning Ceremony at Middle Township Performing Arts Center on May 17.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded nursing pins to 86 new nursing graduates at its annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony, May 17, at the Middle Township Performing Art Center in Cape May County. The pins signify the completion of the nursing degree program at Atlantic Cape. Graduates include: Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Awards 921 Degrees at Commencement

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Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, stands with High Honors Speaker Paolina Holman of Egg Harbor City prior to the college’s 50th commencement on Thursday, May 18.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 921 associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science degrees at the school’s 50th commencement, Thursday, May 18. Stephen R. Dunn, president of Atlantic Cape Community College’s first graduating class in 1968, delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Barbara Gaba, who celebrated her first commencement since becoming Atlantic Cape’s ninth president, presented an honorary associate in arts degree to Dr. Peter Oudemans, Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor, and honored Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award. Continue reading