Atlantic Cape Social Science Professor Receives National Service Award

mcelroyAtlantic Cape Community College Associate Professor of Social Science Donna Marie McElroy, M.S.W., of Egg Harbor Township, will receive the Outstanding Service Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to recognize outstanding service to her community. Awards will be presented Oct. 27 at the Annual Social Work Gala at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

This award recognizes the best social work values and accomplishments demonstrated by members’ contributions to the profession of social work within the community. McElroy is being lauded specifically for teaching and serving as the chair of NASW-NJ Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit, which bestowed the award.

“Helping students achieve their goals and realize their own potential and preparing them for jobs in human services,” McElroy says, is what she finds most rewarding about her work. Continue reading

Careme’s Restaurant to Host Vegan Dinners Nov. 14 & 15

Careme’s Restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts is the venue of choice for vegan fine dining in South Jersey.

Careme’s will open its doors to the public to celebrate the change of season during a Fall Celebration Dinner hosted by the American Vegan Society, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Academy of Culinary Arts students, under the instruction of Director of Culinary Operations Bruce Johns of Marmora, and Chef Educator Joseph Sheridan of Somers Point, will prepare and present the meal. The menu includes Roasted Eggplant Tapenade with Marinated Pepper Crostini, Vegetable Gumbo, Baby Beet and Frisee Salad with Fennel Orange Vinaigrette, Farro and Chick Pea Fritter Croutons; Southern Fried Tofu with Whipped Potatoes, Wilted Garlic Greens and Southern Country Gravy; and Stuffed French Toast with Maple Syrup Reduction and Spiced Stewed Fruit. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Announces Public Forums with Presidential Finalists

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees selected three finalists for the presidency of Atlantic Cape Community College. Each finalist will participate in open forums at all three campuses Nov. 8-10.

These forums are open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate followed by a question and answer session. The finalists include:

Dr. Barbara Gaba, provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Union County College. Previously, she was the dean of Academic and Student Support Services at Camden County College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Sociology from Stony Brook University, a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Bayero University, Nigeria.

Dr. Paula Pitcher is the senior advisor to the commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Previously, she served as the vice president of Enrollment Management, Research and Planning at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science from Texas State Technical College, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Business Administration from Bethel College, and a Doctor of Management in Community College Policy & Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Irene Rios is the dean of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut. Previously, she was the dean for the Division of Graduate and Evening Adult Undergraduate Programs at Albertus Magnus College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and a Master of Science in Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford.

The open forum schedule is as follows:

Dr. Barbara Gaba

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m, Cape May County Campus, Room 212
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2-3 p.m., Mays Landing Campus, Cafeteria, C Building

Dr. Paula Pitcher

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2-3 p.m., Cape May County Campus, Room 212
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m, Mays Landing Campus, Cafeteria, C Building

Dr. Irene Rios

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-noon, Mays Landing Campus, Cafeteria, C Building
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 2-3 p.m., Cape May County Campus, Room 212

Dr. Peter L. Mora announced he will retire in December, after 11 years as president and 41 years at Atlantic Cape. To learn more about the finalists and the presidential search, visit

The TED Women Conference is Coming to Atlantic Cape Oct. 27

Sponsored by The Spangler Libraries and She Speaks, the college will live-stream the 2016 TED Women Conference on Thursday, Oct. 27, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in J202 at the Mays Landing Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to drop in as their schedules permit. All talks are 18 minutes or less. Bring your class, bring your friends!   Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Participates in Statewide Community College Completion Challenge


Christine Martinez, PTK president, announces the essay winners during the C4 Closing Rally on Oct. 20.

Atlantic Cape Community College was one of 19 community colleges across the state hosting a series of campus-based activities during the statewide NJ Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4) this week.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Center for Student Success, Kean University and the New Jersey Education Association, the NJC4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates, so they have the credentials they need to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages. Continue reading

FINAL REMINDER: Join us for a ‘Middle States Live Chat’ Oct. 24

Please mark your calendars for a “Middle States Live Chat” with the co-chairs of the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee, Augustine Nigro and Jean McAlister. At this meeting, Augie and Jean will update faculty and staff on the following:

  • What is Middle States?
  • Timeline for the Self-Study
  • How to get involved
  • Updates available on the website and in the CommuniCator 
Date: Monday, Oct.24, 2016
Time: 3-3:45 p.m.

Location: Mays Landing Campus Room J-202 with broadcasting to CMCC Room 113 and WACC Room 160

Here’s the Scoop–Oct. 21, 2016

gordon-parks-imageFaculty and Staff are invited to join in the discussion of Gordon Parks’ autobiography, A Choice of Weapons, with Professors Paula Manns and Effie Russell, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the art gallery. Parks (1912-2006) began his career as a photographer, chronicling the WPA projects of the 1930s, and eventually became the first African American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine, the foremost photojournalist publication in the world of the period.

Although Parks’ subject matter was diverse, much of it focused on bringing awareness to issues of poverty and racism, subjects still relevant today. Continue reading