Atlantic Cape Board Elects 2015-2016 Officers; Makes Provisions for Armed Security

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees reappointed officers at its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 24. Maria Torres of Mays Landing was re-elected chairperson, Dave Coskey of Avalon was named vice chairperson and Maria Mento of Ventnor was reappointed treasurer. Torres is a retired guidance counselor who serves on the board of New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Coskey is president of Longport Media. Mento is retired executive vice president and chief finance officer for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. Jean McAlister of Galloway, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustees operations, was reappointed board secretary. Their terms run until November 2016.

Board members also approved their regular meeting schedule for 2015-16 and set official banking depositories.

Board Makes Provisions for Armed Security Guards

The Board of Trustees took steps to provide armed security at Atlantic Cape campuses, including hearing the first reading of a proposed revision to the Possession of Firearms Policy, No. 862. If approved, the revisions allow armed security officers and other persons so authorized by the college president to possess firearms on college property, college-sponsored housing or at any college activity. The action was taken in light of the increase in active shooter incidents at college campuses in the United States and a decision to provide a more rapid, on-site armed response to such an incident by providing an armed security presence at each of the three campuses.

Additionally, the board authorized a three-month contract to U.S. Security Associates, Inc., for services not to exceed $100,000 to provide armed security guards.

Board Presented Carl D. Perkins Grant Audit

Leslie Jamison, dean of finance, reviewed the purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Grant and discussed the results of a fiscal audit by the State of New Jersey Department of Education for 2012-13 and 2013-14. The audit report released this month cited six findings totaling $7,977 for the two years, out of $1,342,391 awarded to Atlantic Cape. The college will develop a corrective action plan and bring it to the board in December for review.

In Personnel Action:

–The board appointed Stephanie Davies of Atlantic City, supervisor, custodial and building services, facilities management, effective Nov. 30.

–The board accepted the retirement of Lisa Apel-Gendron of Dennisville, effective April 1. Apel-Gendron joined the college in 1997 as academic support services specialist, later serving as acting director and director of the Cape May County Extension Center, director of Cape May County Campus administration and most recently senior campus administrator of the Cape May County Campus. She has received numerous perfect attendance awards and also served as an adjunct instructor of public speaking, interpersonal communication and keyboarding. Former Dean Patricia Gentile praised Apel-Gendron’s work, stating, “I know that when Lisa is on the task it will be done well, accurately, with grace and in a timely manner. She is the ‘fabric’ of CMCC that keeps the campus humming happily.”

–The board accepted the retirement of Myrelo “Roze” Nicholson of Somers Point, effective Dec. 31. Nicholson has served the college for more than 28 years as security officer/dispatcher and received numerous perfect attendance awards and accolades for her assistance with recovery from Hurricane Irene, the STEM building groundbreaking and a regional SWAT drill. Current supervisor William Keener, director of public safety and security, said, “Ms. Nicholson will take on new responsibilities without hesitation. She always displays a professional attitude toward students, staff and visitors.”

The Board Approved the Following Purchases:

–Boiler replacement for Cape May County Campus to Aerco International Inc., Blauvelt, New York, $49,430.

–Ford F350 truck for facilities, Winner Ford, Cherry Hill, $51,667.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Approved submitting an application to Atlantic County for the competitive contract for Out-of-School Youth Program in Cape May County for a grant of up to $90,000 over the term of Dec. 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. The grant would be used to help out-of-school youth residents of Cape May County to earn their high school equivalency credential and gain job skills to secure employment or enroll in post-secondary education or vocational training.

–Approved the submission of an application to Atlantic County for a Work First New Jersey To-Work Activities for Cape May County grant of $114,203 for “to-work” training activities that support social and economic sufficiency for individuals receiving benefits through WFNJ from Dec. 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.

–Approved participating as a partner and proposed sub-grantee in Bergen Community College’s application to the New Jersey Department of Labor for the Establishing Talent Development Centers in Key Industries grant program, with Atlantic Cape’s ability to access funds to deliver health care training to incumbent and potential workers over the term of January-December 2016.

In Other Business, the Board:

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

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended June 30, 2015, as of Nov. 11.

–Approved named giving opportunities for the new Student Success Centers at the Worthington Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses.

–Approved naming rights of the Cape May County Campus Student Success Center for Morey’s Piers.

In the President’s Report:

Denise Coulter, interim dean of liberal arts, provided an overview of the Accelerated Learning Program, an initiative that allows students testing into the developmental English course ENGL080 to bypass it and go straight into college-level English 101 while taking a support course with the same professor. Coulter said the model has proved successful, and ALP students pass English 101 at a higher rate than traditional students. The success of the program is drawing interest from other community colleges.

Eileen Curristine, dean of human resources, public safety and compliance, provided an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act training she is conducting for all college employees in compliance with a consent decree with the National Federation for the Blind. Curristine said nearly 400 employees have completed training sessions and additional workshops are planned.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.

Here’s the Scoop – Nov. 25, 2015

Janet Marler, associate dean, academic support services shared the following note:

“Thank you to all of the Atlantic Cape community who surprised me with a lovely party in the art gallery to celebrate my wedding.  I was truly touched by the thought and effort that the LAC staff put into planning a first-class event. I greatly appreciate the generous gifts; you are—as always!—wonderful and supportive colleagues.  Thank you again!”

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In the News — Nov. 24, 2015

newspaperThe college was mentioned in this article from about a current student, Mark Gabriel, being one of the state’s youngest elected officials.

The vegan dinner hosted at the Academy of Culinary Arts was listed here by

Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, spoke about STEM and aviation programs being offered at Atlantic Cape in this article.

The college was mentioned in this article about a current student who was part of the NJ-STEP program.  Continue reading

‘This I Believe’ Essay Series 1

Students in Stephanie Natale-Boianelli’s Composition I classes this fall read essays from the This I Believe project ( and examined what they revealed about effective writing. Students then wrote their own This I Believe essays.  Atlantic Cape CommuniCator will share some of the best essays.  This essay comes from Sara France, a Nursing major and online Composition I student: Continue reading

CMCC Hosts ‘Adopt-A-School’ Event

Seventeen students from Middle Township Middle School visited the Cape May County Campus for an Adopt-a-School event, Nov. 24. The event was coordinated by Tammy DeFranco, director of CMCC student services and campus management. S.G.A., Circle K and student workers provided tours and were involved with hands-on career exploration activities. Atlantic Cape students shared information about why they are in college and what degree they are pursuing, and they advised the visiting students that passion for a career needs to come before the money they want to make.

After the interactive career exploration session, all students went to the cafeteria where they designed a T-shirt with their career choice. Continue reading

Accomplishments–Nov. 25, 2015

Dr. Curtis Andrews, assistant professor of social sciences, will lead a pre-pipe organ concert Christmas Eve at Peninsula-McCabe United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He is music director and organist for the church.

A Message from Dr. Mora about Changes to Atlantic Cape Security

Dear College Community,

Within the past several months, a heightened concern has emerged on college campuses throughout the country in reference to what the campus safety community calls an “active shooter” incident.

Following review of possible strategies, Atlantic Cape is making provisions to add armed security on our campuses to enhance the College’s active shooter response. Continue reading