Here’s the Scoop–March 24, 2017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, faculty and staff are invited to a discussion, NJ Poets, Past & Present: Whitman to Williams & More. Led by retired English professor Elinor Mattern, the event will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. on the Mays Landing  Campus, Cafeteria C3, and will be telecast to the other campuses. To receive your packet of select poems prior to the event, RSVP to Maryann Flemming-McCall,, ext. 4987. This event is sponsored by the Instructional Resource Committee.

The 2017 Jersey Shore Science Fair was held on March 18 at Stockton University. Students from Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties in grades 612 competed in 14 different categories for the chance to move on to the next level of competition, The Delaware Valley Science Fair.

The following Atlantic Cape students, employees and faculty served as judges at the science fair:

Kevin Bendetti, Eileen Curristine, James Eberwine, Agnes Galiano, Michael Hackett, Eliza Kuc, Rita Marcon, Melanie Schroer, Paul Vu, Zhe Xu, Bo Zilovic and Chief Judge Rosanne Weiss.

Everyone enjoyed talking to the students and seeing the fascinating projects.

A note from Donna Marie McElroy, Circle K Club Adviser:

Five members of Atlantic Cape’s Circle K Club attended the New Jersey District Convention in Edison, March 17-19. They attended leadership workshops, participated in a service project creating gift baskets for families who stay at the local Ronald McDonald House, and interacted with Circle K Club members from Stockton, Rowan, Rutgers and TCNJ. Circle K’s motto is “Live to serve, love to serve.”  Pictured left to right are: Anthony Patrizi, Mazhural Hague, Ryan Grant, Brittany Barnett, Donna Marie McElroy (club adviser) and Molly Thompson (who was the District Editor for this past year).


Thanks to all who supported our bake sales, especially at the Mays Landing Campus, which helped us pay for some costs to attend this convention

Information Systems and Aviation Studies adjunct instructors John Livezey and Rosanne Weiss served as judges at the Second Annual Computer Science Teacher’s Association High School Programming Competition held at Stockton University on March 17. Over 125 high school students from Atlantic and Ocean counties competed in the event.

Therese Halscheid, senior adjunct of creative writing and English, presented at the Write Stuff Writers Conference, sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. She facilitated two workshops: The Artful Poem and Writing From the Inside Out, and provided feedback in an on-the-spot critique session. This year’s annual two-day conference took place March 24-25, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–March 24, 2017

Cape May Student Services “Free Tables” for our students have helped many with “Dress for Success” clothing, personal care products and nonperishable food items. Students look forward to having a “free snack” that, for many, is the only thing they have eaten that day. Many students go without food and personal care products because of their living situation and are so grateful that we have this for them. Just this semester alone, we have gone through 10 cases of nonperishable food items. Please contact Tammy DeFranco (ext. 8113) if you would like to donate any personal care items or nonperishable food items.


Many CMCC students rely on the free items on the clothing rack and hygiene table.

Atlantic Cape Archer in All American Contention

Archery team

The Atlantic Cape Archery team at the United States Indoor National Championships: (l-r) Head Coach Chad Affrunti, Jacob Verret, Lawrence Biacan, Phil Holmer, Kerri Byrne, Lorena Koidl, Nick Derr, Sarah Cordery, Matthew Schreiber, Christine Papaycik, Ariella Mossman, William Ebert, Yunuen Sabatino and John Repnicki, assistant coach.

Atlantic Cape Community College archers competed with archers from across the country at the United States Indoor National Championships March 11-12 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with one archer now considered to be in All American contention.

Defending Collegiate All American Lorena Koidl, of Point Pleasant, finished fourth in the Female Bowhunter competition. Archers who finish in the top 15 at Indoor Nationals are considered to be in All American contention. The final All American team is awarded based on the top 10 combined scores from the U.S. Indoor and U.S. Outdoor Collegiate Championships.

The Buccaneers will compete in outdoor competition in the Eastern Regional Collegiate Championships in April and then the United States Intercollegiate National Championships in May.

“The team is made up of new archers, many of whom shot personal bests at Indoor Nationals,” said Chad Ryan Affrunti, head coach of the Atlantic Cape archery team. “The team is looking forward to the outdoor season.”

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Atlantic Cape Invites Constituents to Join #NJCC1st Movement

Atlantic Cape Community College has joined with New Jersey’s community colleges to launch the New Jersey’s Community Colleges 1st (#NJCC1st) social media campaign to promote community college quality and affordability in New Jersey.
Atlantic Cape invites students, alumni, donors, trustees, foundation members, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials, and all those who have benefitted from a New Jersey community college, to take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to share their community college success stories using the #NJCC1st hashtag, or by tagging @NJCC1st in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.
The goal is to highlight community colleges as a worthwhile investment in the future by featuring genuine stories from those who have been positively impacted by New Jersey’s community colleges.
In addition to live social media posts, each of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges will release a series of testimonial videos that describe the importance of community colleges from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and business leaders.
#NJCC1st formally launched during the annual New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Student Lobbying Day, when students kicked off the campaign with their posts from the event at the Statehouse in Trenton March 6.
See why student Katherine Melo chose Atlantic Cape,
About Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape Community College is a comprehensive, two-year college that is celebrating 50 years of offering flexible, affordable learning for students of all ages. Atlantic Cape serves residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties at three full-service campuses in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. The Mays Landing Campus, which encompasses 541 acres in New Jersey’s picturesque Pinelands, houses several academic buildings, the Academy of Culinary Arts with eight training kitchens and a full-service gourmet restaurant, and a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building that opened in January 2015. The Cape May County Campus opened in 2005, providing access to all college programs and amenities close to home. The Worthington Atlantic City Campus houses the Casino Career Institute, which includes a mock casino floor and slot machines, the Health Professions Institute, where students train for careers in allied and auxiliary health fields, and the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies. For more information, visit
About the New Jersey Council of County Colleges
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

Atlantic Cape’s Art Gallery Hosts ‘Celebrating 32’ Exhibit Through April 22

Rein Ducks

‘Rein Ducks,’ a painting by Marian Reinheimer, is featured in the ‘Celebrating 32’ exhibit at Atlantic Cape Community College through April 22.

Atlantic Cape Community College invites the public to view “Celebrating 32,” an exhibit running through April 22 in the art gallery, housed in the William Spangler Library on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The college also invites the public to the Meet the Artists reception, 1 – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, in the gallery.

The exhibit celebrates Atlantic Cape Community College’s 32th anniversary of its Fine Arts Workshop series. The workshops have offered a variety of visual instruction to the community and provided the opportunity for participants to work with a professional artist for a nominal fee, through Atlantic Cape’s Continuing Education division.

“Celebrating 32” is in memory of Marian Reinheimer, formerly of Longport, an artist and instructor who was instrumental in starting the workshop series 32 years ago. The exhibit will feature two of Reinheimer’s works, “Rein Ducks” and “Rein Snow Scene,” along with works from workshop students and instructors from throughout the years.

The gallery, located in D Building, hosts monthly exhibits of a wide variety of works, including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists include students, faculty and local artisans.

Gallery hours are: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at or call 609-625-1111, ext. 5346.


Atlantic Cape to Host Open House April 2

Atlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to earn their degree, begin a new career or enhance job skills at an open house, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 2, in the STEM Building at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The Academy of Culinary Arts also will host an open house in M Building during these hours for anyone interested in learning about the culinary and baking programs offered by the ACA at the Mays Landing Campus.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Atlantic Cape faculty and learn about the college’s academic degrees, online degrees and career-training programs. Programs and departments represented include Allied Health and Nursing, Computer Information Systems and Aviation, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Workforce Development. In addition, representatives from Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University will provide information on their dual admission programs with Atlantic Cape.

Admissions staff also will be available to discuss the enrollment process and financial aid opportunities. In addition, Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, will greet guests. Current students also will be on hand to answer questions and lead tours of the campus. Continue reading

Academy of Culinary Arts Announces Spring Open House Dates

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host several open houses this spring for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a career in the culinary field.

The open houses are planned for 1-3 p.m. at the collegewide open house, Sunday, April 2; and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, M-Building.

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.

The academy also offers two one-year certificate programs, Baking and Pastry Certificate I and Culinary Arts Certificate I. These two-semester certificates are designed to provide students with career training for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry or culinary fields. The certificates can also be used as a foundation for completing an associate degree at the Academy of Culinary Arts.  Continue reading