Category Archives: Here’s the Scoop

Here’s the Scoop–July 13, 2017

Dr. Geralyn Michelfelder and Nursing Skills Lab Manger Deborah Seaman attended the International Nursing Association for Simulation and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24. This is an annual conference for nurse educators, researchers, nurse managers and staff development professionals, and enables colleagues to share and gain current knowledge in nursing skills and simulation lab management and simulation enhanced education. Nurses and other healthcare professionals network with colleagues and exhibitors; and discuss best practice research, safety-related outcomes, competencies and challenges.

The Atlantic Cape Nursing Program implements many simulation experiences throughout the curriculum and the conference helps to develop the best evidence–based practice to accomplish student learning outcomes.

In June 2017, Dr. Curtis Andrews, a member of the Social Sciences Department, participated in a seminar at the University of Pennsylvania. The seminar was “Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography.” During this seminar, he had the pleasure of working with Dr. Samantha Powers, Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration. On June 23, 2017, Dr. Andrews was selected by the KROC Institute as one of 30 recent scholars in International and Domestic Violence and Conflict Analysis. This honor was awarded after attending the University of Notre Dame’s famous Kroc Institute in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace and the Keogh School of Global Affairs.

If you were unable to make Tuesday’s Farewell for Stacey Clapp and Andre Richburg, you can still stop in at the College Relations Department located in J Building, upstairs, to sign memory books for each of them.

Stacey Clapp’s final day is July 20, and Andre Richburg’s final day is July 31.

Here’s the Scoop–July 6, 2017

Academy of Culinary Arts graduate Juliana Torres Santiago spoke about the academy’s programs at the Galloway Township Middle School’s Career Fair on June 8.

She presented a slideshow of the items she and her classmates made in the classes and answered questions from the students.  It was evident that her presentation was well received by the students based on the attention given to her talk.

Santiago will receive her associate degree in May 2018.

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of the Cape May County Campus; Ken Litwak, Council on Compulsive Gambling of N.J., Inc.; and Natalia Wilber, Cape May Healthy Community Coalition coordinator; all members of the Steering Committee of the Cape May Health Community Coalition, represented the coalition at the “Connecting Communities Training” at the National Conference Center in East Windsor on June 29. Continue reading

July Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Dennis PriceDaniel Sweeney, July 4; Jesus Del Valle, July 5; Donna Marie McElroy, Heather Peterson, July 6; Chad Bullock, July 7; Doug HedgesRahshana Davis, July 8; Lynda Phommathep, July 10; Automne Bennett, Denise Coulter, July 13; Lisa Givens, July 14; Ellen Splaver, July 16; Daniel Matt, July 17; Linda DeSantis, July 18; Mark CammaRuth LatorreRobert Townsend, July 20; Brittine PrattMaryann McCall, July 21; Cheryl Knowles HarriganAnita Polanco, July 23; Kenneth Selwood, July 25; Barry Canty, July 26; Godfrey Barlatt, July 27; Christine English-Martin, July 28; William Osler, July 29; Michael Bolicki, Shirley Shields, Joseph Sheridan, July 30; Sandi Greco, July 31.

Here’s the Scoop–June 29, 2017

Madeline Giardina, adjunct instructor, recently published a book, Hooves on the Shore, The Lure of Chincoteague. The book is a pictorial essay on what is so special about Chincoteague, Virginia. The images give a visual description of what life is like on the island including the famous pony swim, the carnival, simple pastimes as well as the beautiful wildlife and fauna surrounding the area.

Giardina is teaching Intro to Digital Photography during the late-start session this fall.

A message from Merrill-Jean Bailey, assistant professor of English: 

“Thanks to all of my colleagues who attended the English Department’s retirement send-off for Tom and me.  It was absolutely lovely. A special thank-you is extended to Jay, Stephanie and Effie for all your time and work organizing this wonderful tribute. I shall always cherish the 26 years spent at Atlantic Cape!”

Julie Heiland, adjunct instructor or religion and sociology, and her family are in the process of raising money to help her 11-year-old autistic son, Francis, obtain a service dog. If you would like to donate to this cause, visit here, or consider sharing with your social media friends and followers.

UPDATE on Farm Fresh Fix Pick-Up for Next Week
box of fruits and vegetablesDue to Tuesday, July 4, being a holiday and the college being closed, all pick-ups will take place on Thursday, July 6.

Mays Landing Campus: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Atlantic City Campus: 1:30-2:15 p.m.

For additional information regarding next week’s pick-up, contact Annie Pape at

Include the codes below to receive a discount on your snack box:

Mays Landing Campus Pick-Up use code ACCC5

Worthington Atlantic City Campus Pick-Up use code ACCC$5

Place your order here:

Here’s the Scoop–June 22, 2017

two men standing in front of projector screen

Sherwood Taylor, director of Workforce Development, and Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, presented at the Thomas Edison University’s National Institute for the Assessment of Adult Learning Conference. They presented on the college’s PLA program, looking at both the academic process for assessment and the business model for the same.

Order your Farm Fresh Fix box for next week!

As part of the Green Campus Initiative and efforts to fight hunger across our region, we are offer Farm Fresh Fix, courtesy of Donio Farms/Top Crop.

Orders placed by Sunday for Farm Fresh Fix will have a pick-up time from noon-2 p.m. on Tuesdays outside of STEM at the Mays Landing Campus (closest to parking lot).

Orders placed by Tuesdays for Farm Fresh Fix will have a pick-up time from noon-2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus lobby.

There will be a few boxes of fruit/vegetables for sale, as well.

Each Farm Fresh Fix box contains a mix of fresh and nutritious fruits and/or vegetables sold at a budget-friendly price point.

Include the codes below to receive a discount on your snack box:

Mays Landing Campus Pick-Up use code ACCC5

Worthington Atlantic City Campus Pick-Up use code ACCC$5

Place your order here:

Here’s the Scoop–June 15, 2017

man cutting cake

The Safe Campus Cross Functional Committee celebrated Bill Keener, director of Public Safety and Security, and his contributions to the college at its June 12 meeting. Keener will retire July 1.

woman holding certificate smilingDeborah Seaman, nursing skills lab manager, earns certificate in Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University. The training covered using standardized patients and human patient simulators (manikins). Participants learned how to write nursing scenarios and use scenarios for teaching nursing skills and critical thinking. Debriefing techniques and moulage were also covered in the intensive training program.

The Accelerated Learning Program Summer Institute was held  June 13, in the Rutger’s Building on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus.

The program highlighted the college’s successful practices of the ALP Program for educators from other community colleges, and Atlantic Cape faculty, as well.

Speakers included Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs; Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, ALP coordinator and ALP professor; Effie Russell, ALP professor; Leila Crawford, ALP professor; and Richard Russell, English department coordinator and ALP professor.

Attendee evaluation of the event was all positive. Multiple attendees suggested a second, follow-up workshop, and attendees mentioned leaving with “much to think about” and referred to the facilitators as a “great group of mentors.”

The Traveling Adjunct–June 15, 2017

5 Reasons Why I love Saba

mountain covered in trees and cottages

Welcome to the June edition of the Traveling Adjunct! Unless you’re a scuba diver, chances are you haven’t heard of the Caribbean island of Saba. Why you may ask?  Well, it’s not your typical Caribbean island. Sandy beaches? Nope.  Nightlife. Nada. So what’s the draw? The diving and hiking!

Saba is  a volcanic island located in the Caribbean roughly 30 miles southwest of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Like Bonaire and Sint Eustatius (aka, Statia), Saba became a special municipality of the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October 2010.  The other islands of the former Netherlands Antilles – Curaçao and Sint Maarten– became autonomous countries, while Aruba became a constituent state – a territorial and constitutional entity forming part of a sovereign state. I digress. Anyway, Saba covers about five square miles.  And as of January 2013, the population was just under 2,000 – which is about 500 more inhabitants than the first time I visited!

The main town, with most of the shops and restaurants is called Windwardside. The capital or administrative center is call The Bottom. Fort Bay is at the harbor and is where you catch the ferry and board dive boats.  Some of the other areas are Zion’s Hill (aka Hell’s Gate), Troy Hill and Booby Hill.

Now that you know where it is, here’s why I love it!

It really is the Unspoiled Queen

The official nickname of Saba is the Unspoiled Queen and it’s easy to see why. The Sabans are serious about maintaining their resources – primarily the rain forest for hiking and the underwater world for diving. There’s not a franchise or chain restaurant around. Sure, there’s satellite television and ATM machines are available, but those are probably the closest things you’ll get to the big city. The cottages (most people don’t call them houses) don’t have addresses, they have names, like Dushi Cottage (dushi means cute) or Flossie’s Cottage (I haven’t stayed at either).  Yeah, there are hotels, but they’re not megaresorts. They’re personal and cozy and intimate and all part of why I love Saba. Continue reading