Category Archives: Accomplishments

Accomplishments–June 1, 2017

​Congratulations to Sandi Greco, ITS, who completed her bachelor’s degree in May. Sandi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Employment and Labor Relations.

Lynda Phommathep is Named Atlantic Cape Employee of the Year


Lynda Phommathep is the 2017 Employee of the Year.

Atlantic Cape Community College has named Lynda Phommathep of Mays Landing the 2017 Employee of the Year. Phommathep joined the college in 2007 as an office assistant for Adjunct Development and Administrative Services and then became office coordinator for Geographic Information Systems in 2009. She currently serves as office assistant for Career, Technical and STEM Education; and since 2015 Phommathep has been an adjunct instructor in Office Systems Technology.

“Lynda has an incredible work ethic, and her passion for excellence is relentless,” said Donna Vassallo, dean of Career Education at Atlantic Cape. “Lynda is a true team player; she jumps in when she sees a fellow colleague who needs assistance.”

In selecting Phommathep for this award, coworkers specifically commended her dedication, organizational skills, professionalism and cheerful attitude. Phommathep, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, was surprised that she was selected because, “I know that everyone works very hard.”

The Employee of the Year award is presented to a member of support staff who makes Atlantic Cape a place where students and visitors feel comfortable and welcomed. The Employee of the Year is also someone who works hard and is pleasant and helpful. Phommathep will receive a reserved parking spot and gift certificate for Careme’s, the on-campus restaurant run by the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Atlantic Cape’s Miles Carter Named NJCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week

cartermilesMiles Carter, an Atlantic Cape Community College freshman, has been named the NJCAA, Division III, Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 5-11. Carter, a 6-3 guard of Rosenhayn, also earned the Garden State Athletic Conference Division III Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award. Carter is being recognized for averaging 30.5 points for the Buccaneers as they defeated Brookdale Community College on Dec. 8 and lost to Bergen Community College on Dec. 10.

“On Thursday, Miles scored 40 points and made the game-winning free-throw with two seconds left as the Bucs defeated Brookdale 90-89,” said Michael Rennick, Atlantic Cape’s assistant director of Athletics. He added that on Saturday, Carter scored 21 points in the Bucs’ 79-75 loss to Bergen.

“Miles is certainly one of the top players in the region,” Rennick says. “He is a great outside shooter, and he is also one of our top inside players. He makes our team competitive with anyone as shown by his 40-point game against Brookdale, one of the best programs in the country.”

According to the Garden State Athletic Conference, “Carter had a massive game in the win over Brookdale, as he scored 40 points, including 30 points in the second half.” The GSAC also noted that for the week, Carter made seven of 10 3-point attempts and 16 of 20 free throws. Carter also leads his team for the season in scoring with a 19.9 PPG average.

The Buccaneers, who compete in NJCAA Region XIX, are two-time Garden State Athletic Conference champions and have featured several All Region and NJCAA All-American players.


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

Atlantic Cape Community College Earns a Top Ranking for Online Degree Programs in New Jersey recently ranked Atlantic Cape Community College eighth overall in New Jersey for online education and degree programs. More than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities were ranked nationwide, including 46 in New Jersey, on various factors, including the number of programs offered, affordability, academic and career counseling, and job placement services. is a resource for people seeking information about online colleges and degree programs. This year’s ranking was based on 11 criteria, using 2014 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Atlantic Cape currently offers the following 12 degree programs entirely online: Business, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Database Design and Development, General Studies, History, Literature, Office Systems Technology, Psychology and Social Science. Continue reading

Accomplishments–Sept. 30, 2016

Robyn McCullough, admissions, graduated from Neumann University on Aug. 18, 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a GPA of 3.90. McCullough is also 2012 Atlantic Cape graduate.

Janet Marler, associate dean of Academic Support Services, was appointed to the New Jersey Library Network Review Board by State Librarian Mary Chute for a two-year term.  The board’s purpose is to advise the State Librarian on matters related to statewide and inter-regional programs and services, including interaction and linkage between the New Jersey Library Network with other state’s networks and national networks.

Accomplishments–July 28, 2016

At the University of New England’s graduation ceremonies on May 21, Barbara Heard, assistant professor of biology, earned the degree of doctor of education in educational leadership. Her research evaluated the effectiveness of specific accommodations provided for students with blindness and visual impairments in the college biology laboratory. An article summarizing the study results was published in Future Reflections, a National Federation of the Blind publication for parents and teachers of students with blindness and visual impairments. The article is available at Science is For Everyone. She also presented the results of her study in a workshop at the annual conference of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society in Atlanta on May 25.

Dr. Josette Katz, professor of hospitality management, attended the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Conference in Dallas, this month. She was responsible for co-chairing and moderating ICHRIE’s Leadership Institute and gave a presentation on “Exploring Exit Exams in Assessing Hospitality Management Programs.” Dr. Katz, a former president of this international group, is recognized as one of its “Master Teachers.” She also attended the Accreditation Commission of Programs of Hospitality Administration meeting where she serves as a Commissioner.