Trustees Approve Grants, Personnel Matters

The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Feb. 24 at the college’s Mays Landing Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

–Appointed Janice DeCicco Fipp of Northfield, director, National Emergency Grant, effective Feb. 25

–Appointed Kenneth Marchione of Absecon, technician, information technology services, effective Feb. 25.

–Appointed Michele Rehill of Brigantine, temporary office assistant, office of the president, Board of Trustees, resource development, community and alumni outreach, effective Feb. 25.

–Appointed April Wolff of Rio Grande, technician, information technology services, effective Feb. 25.

–Accepted the resignation of Margaret Hurley, temporary office assistant, resource development and president/board of trustee operations, retroactive to Feb. 16.

–Appointed Jean McAlister of Galloway, interim dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustee Operations and to the position of secretary to the Board of Trustees, effective March 2-June 30.

Additionally, the board accepted the resignation of Sean Fischer of Vineland, dean, resource development/president & Board of Trustees operations, effective March 13. Following nearly 10 years of service at Atlantic Cape, Fischer accepted a position at Rowan University.

“We’ve watched Sean grow in his career to the point where he sits at the left hand of the president. He brings wisdom, experience and knowledge of his generation,” Trustee Don Parker said

Board Approves These Reappointments, Beginning July 1, 2015:

Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Lisa Apel-Gendron, Cynthia Correa, Paula Davis, Tammy DeFranco, Linda DeSantis, Natalie Devonish, Danielle Epps, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Crista Golden, Sandra Greco, Terri-Lynn Hamby, Patricia Heller, Kristin Jackson, Dorie Keener, Maria Kellett, Michael Kernan, Kathleen Landau, Linda Palmer, Michelle Perkins, Heather Peterson, Anita Polanco, Nancy Porfido, Michelle Previti, Michael Rennick, Mariangela Sozio, Patrick Sweeney, Sherwood Taylor and Harry Whitelam.

Exempt Administrative and Supervisory Personnel: Michael Bruckler, Eileen Curristine, August Daquila, Cindy DeFalco, Kathryn Flynn, Elmer Godeny, Douglas Hedges, Otto Hernandez, Leslie Jamison, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Mitchell Levy, Janet Marler, Jean McAlister, Ronald McArthur, Patricia McClay, Luis Montefusco, Edward Perkins, Richard Perniciaro, Andre Richburg, Jennifer Rowand, Robert Townsend, Donna Vassallo and Russell Waugh.

ACA Educators: Annmarie Chelius, Philip Cragg, Michael Huber, Ruth Latorre, Daniel Matt, Mary Theresa McCann, Joseph Sheridan, Vincent Tedeschi, James Usilton and Linda Wohlman.

Faculty Without Tenure: Curtis Andrews, Michelle Gross, Laurie Lemons, Richard Russell and Dean Wyks.

These Faculty Earned Tenure with This Appointment: Karl Giulian, Joseph Krafft, Jolie Master and Beth Sanders-Rabinowitz.

Librarian I: Leslie Murtha.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Emergency repair service, English Sewage Disposal Inc. of Bridgeton, $37,354.

–Project management services for construction of capital projects, GO Bonds, Chapter 12 and R& R projects, Atlantic County Improvement Authority of Atlantic City, 4.9 percent of construction costs.

–Edmentum software, Minneapolis, $42,650.

In Grant Action, The Board:

–Approved accepting $123,853 subgrant funding from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for the New Jersey Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, over the term of Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2017. The grant will establish a Training Academy focused on child care, family child care, Head Start and preschool settings.

–Approved accepting a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Skills4Jersey, for $54,400 over the term of Jan. 30, 2015, through Jan. 30, 2016. This grant provides funding to train employees in five gas industry organizations, including South Jersey Gas, NJ Natural Gas, JF Kiely, Precision Pipeline Solutions and Utiliquest.

–Approved accepting a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Skills4 Jersey, of $108,800 over the term of Jan. 30, 2015, through Jan. 30, 2016. The grant provides funding to train health care workers at Shore Medical Center, Shore Physicians Group, AtlantiCare and AtlantiCare Physicians Group.

–Approved accepting an award of $72,587 and the return of $72,587 to the Department of Children and Families, Division on Women. The college previously applied for and obtained a $145,714 Displaced Homemaker Program Grant from the state in April 2014, however, the Department of Children and Families announced a reduction of the grant this month.

–Granted approval to apply for and accept $10,000 in subgrant funding from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for the project “K-12 STEM Outreach in Atlantic County, N.J.” over the term of January 2015 to August 2016.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the Jan. 31, 2015, financial statement.

–Approved closing the ACC Federal Perkins Account with the Bank of America.

–Presented a resolution to Dr. Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton University, congratulating the institution’s faculty, staff and students on achieving university status.

Dr. Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton University, accepts a resolution from the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees.

Dr. Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton University, accepts a resolution from the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees.

“While we currently live in one of the most challenging times in the United States, it looks to be a remarkable future where we can work together rebuilding Atlantic City and the area,” Saatkamp said. “The solution is to make sure we work together. It’s an honor to be here.”

In the President’s Report:

–Fischer provided an update about the March 10 Taste of the Gala event at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the March 26 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Atlantic City. Tickets for both events are on sale, and information is available at

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, vice president of planning, research, facilities and executive support, gave an update on the long-range capital projects planned at the college. Phase one begins this spring with renovations to buildings A, D and H to repurpose space and add Student Success Centers at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus and Cape May County Campus. The second phase of projects begins later this year with the construction of a Student Success Center at the Mays Landing Campus and renovation of the cafeteria.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, Maria Torres, chairperson, and Maria Mento, treasurer, discussed the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit they attended this month. Torres sits on the nominating committee for the group. The summit focused on President Obama’s recent proposal of Federal Support for Community College Tuition, Pell grants, Perkins Vocational Education Basic State Grants and dual enrollment programs.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. All are invited to attend.

Buccaneers to Play 2015 Season at Surf Stadium

Atlantic Cape Community College’s men’s baseball team will make Surf Stadium in Atlantic City home for the 2015 season.

The Atlantic City Council approved an agreement with the college Feb. 18 for the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers to use the stadium for its practices and home games this spring.

Practices begin this week, and the first home game will be Saturday, March 7. All games will be free and open to the public.

The men's baseball team will make Surf Stadium its home this season.

The men’s baseball team will make Surf Stadium its home this season.

“Atlantic Cape Community College is excited to further our partnership with the City of Atlantic City by making the Surf Stadium home for the men’s baseball team,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president. “We are grateful for the generous support of Mayor Don Guardian and Atlantic City Council members. We are looking forward to an exciting season and welcome the community to come out and join the fun.”

Mayor Guardian said, “We look forward to being the home stadium for Atlantic Cape Buccaneers this year, and we wish them a successful season!”

The Bucs played five home games at the stadium in 2014.

The team plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 19. Rodney Velardi is head coach and Jeff Ball, former Atlantic City Surf assistant general manager, is assistant coach.

Gala 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Atlantic Cape Scholarships; Chance to Win up to $15,000 in Prizes

aca_a_72_3600Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2015 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Accepts Nearly $6,000 Donation from South Jersey Gas Customers

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation received a donation from South Jersey Gas customers this month for the School Counts scholarship fund to benefit Atlantic and Cape May County students who have earned the School Counts certificate.

South Jersey Gas presented a check for $5,976 to the Atlantic Cape Foundation to support the scholarship program. The funds were raised by South Jersey Gas customers in Atlantic and Cape May counties who donated $1 to the School Counts program via their monthly gas bills.

“Atlantic Cape is grateful for the efforts of South Jersey Gas customers. The School Counts program is designed to prepare high school students for the workforce and post-secondary education and to promote student achievement in New Jersey’s schools,” Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, said. To earn a School Counts certificate, students must maintain a minimum “C” average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters.

To learn more about the School Counts program, visit

Casino Career Institute Offers New Gaming, Surveillance Training

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College has prepared more than 50,000 people for rewarding careers in gaming and continues to offer top-notch training for those who wish to enter the casino profession.

If you are interested in a fast entry to a career in table games, CCI is offering a new Multi Game Dealer with Technology course. The training combines Blackjack and Craps to prepare you for a position in the gaming industry and includes an introduction to computers to enhance your employability.

The course teaches the fundamentals of Blackjack and Craps and emphasizes game knowledge, chip value and card handling. Special attention will be given to game and accounting procedures, accuracy and speed. The course includes your practice kit and professional uniform for auditions.

The class runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday, March 16-June 4.

Classes also begin monthly in a variety of table games, including: Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker and Tournament Play, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette, Pai Gow Poker and Carnival Games.

Additionally CCI is now offering Certified Surveillance Professional training, which prepares you on all aspects of gaming that lend themselves to cheating and illegal procedures. The program includes instruction in table games, loss prevention and surveillance methodology. At the conclusion of training, you will be ready to apply for positions in surveillance departments at gaming properties anywhere in the world. The course meets 7 a.m.-noon, Monday-Thursday, March 9-June 4.

For more information, or to register, call (609) 343-5655 or visit

Culture Collective, Atlantic Cape Present ‘For Colored Girls’

Culture Collective and Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate Women’s History Month March 27, with a performance of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, an award-winning play that travels through the journey of love and discovery.

A powerful work called a “choreopoem,” For Colored Girls is a series of 20 poems by Ntozake Shange that tell stories of complications and sorrows, as well as joy and hope. The production includes music and dance and presents the audience with a personal view of the decisions, loves and dreams while combatting issues with race, gender and identity. Continue reading

Christina Clemans Appointed Atlantic Cape Trustee

Christina P. Clemans of Lower Township was appointed to the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees by Gov. Chris Christie and was welcomed to the board at the Feb. 3 meeting.

Clemans is broker-owner of Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty of Cape May and is president of the New Jersey Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunity Foundation. She also serves as a trustee of the Realtors Political Action Committee and sits on the executive and legislative committees and board of directors. A Realtor for 31 years, Clemans is a member of the RPAC Hall of Fame, a Golden R and President’s Circle member since 2003. Continue reading