Category Archives: Here’s the Scoop

Here’s the Scoop–April 28, 2017

Effective for the Fall 2017 Semester, we have made it even easier for students who are interested in taking advantage of Atlantic Cape’s dual-credit programs in over a dozen area high schools to earn college credit.  Each year, upper level high school courses are reviewed by Atlantic Cape faculty to determine college-credit worthiness.  Those that are deemed eligible are included in the annually executed contracts, allowing high school students to get a head start on their college career.

First, we will be waiving the $35 application fee for these students.  Second, students participating in the dual-credit program will no longer need to take the ACCUPLACER placement test or submit standardized test scores (i.e. SAT, ACT, or PARCC) in order to earn the college credits.  Students will need to meet the testing requirement upon matriculation at Atlantic Cape.

Based on consistent feedback from our high school partners as well as trends in other dual-credit programs across the State, we believe this will streamline the process so students may seamlessly continue their educational pathway with Atlantic Cape.

Keith Forrest, associate professor of Communication, is one of the winners of The Philadelphia “Why I Run” essay competition sponsored by The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News. He had to explain in 150 words or less why he runs. As the prize, Professor Forrest receives a free entry into the Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 7. Here is the winning essay:

“I started running as a midlife crisis when I was 40 because I couldn’t afford a red convertible. At first, I could run about a block, before I would have to stop and nurse my sore knees. But I kept putting one running shoe in front of the other. My twins Elijah and Madeline were infants then and I thought I could bond with them through running. I put an ad on a website looking to trade for a double-jogging stroller. Luckily, there was a woman who was mad at her ex-husband and gave me his brand-new BOB jogging stroller with jeep tires. The twins and I ran together every morning and I became “that crazy guy with the double stroller.” Now, my twins are 11 and we run races together. I’ve done 20,000 miles over the last decade and along the way running has reshaped my body and soul.”

The NEW date for the Atlantic Cape Community College 5K is Saturday, Sept. 9. Stay tuned for more details as the event gets closer.

girl, boy and two girls sit and raise hands

Professor Leila Crawford’s Composition I students just finished reading Americanah, a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. They celebrated their new knowledge of Nigerian culture with a Nigerian Fest on Tuesday, April 11. Students volunteered to contribute to the fest in different ways. In addition to writing two essays on the book, students baked ube pies, made chin-chin and a dip, compiled some modern Nigerian music, brought short clips from Nollywood films, cracked a coconut in the B Building courtyard for sharing, researched the Nigerian landscape, fried plantains, pureed peppers for jollof rice, dipped bananas in peanuts and covered their forearms in removable tattoos of the Nigerian flag. Though they know they are certainly not experts on Nigeria, they have advanced from the “single story” of the country about which Adichie warns her fans.

The Atlantic Cape Choir signed a piece of sheet music from the song they sung at the Mays Landing Campus Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 18, that will be encapsulated for the next 50 years in the Atlantic Cape Community College time capsule.

group of students gather around girl holding sheet music outside
piece of paper with signatures

Richard Russell, assistant professor of English, and Stephanie Natale-Boianelli, associate professor of English, presented, “The Hamilton Experiment: Turned Upside Down” at the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges Best Practices Conference on Friday, April 21 at Union County College. Their presentation explored the advantages and challenges of using a non-traditional text, specifically Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, in the Composition classroom. Their work was supported by a Creative Content Project grant from the Instructional Resources Committee.

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a one-day workshop for college educators interested in starting an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). The ALP Summer Institute will be held Tuesday, June 13at the college’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

ALP is proven to increase college success rates for students who test into remedial English. Atlantic Cape piloted its nationally recognized Accelerated Learning Program in spring 2012. ALP allows the student to bypass the second level of remedial English and go straight into college-level English while taking a support course with the same professor. The program allows students to save time by taking the courses concurrently and enabling them to begin college-level work immediately.

This workshop is for those interested in starting an ALP program at their school, those in the process of scaling an ALP program, those who teach ALP, and those who are new to ALP. The ALP Summer Institute will include an overview to ALP and Atlantic Cape’s triad model as well as sessions on:

  • The essentials of the program, including scaffolding assignments, non-cognitive issues, active learning, and integrated reading and writing
  • Best practices, assignments and activities particularly suited to ALP
  • Best practices and challenges in implementing and scaling the program

The workshop will be led by ALP faculty, and the day will provide ample opportunity for discussion. The registration fee includes lunch and all materials, including a copy of our ALP Faculty Handbook.

Registration fee is $189. Call 609-343-5655 to register.

Atlantic Cape received the 2016 Diana Hacker Two-Year College English Association Award for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers in the Enhancing Developmental Education category for the college’s Accelerated Learning Program.

College data shows 84 percent of students enrolled through ALP complete ENGL101, nearly double the completion rate of students who go the traditional route of remedial English.

Tenth Annual Communication Awards April 28

The tenth Annual Communication Awards will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 28, in the Walter Edge Theater. The event will feature student-produced videos and performances by “Communication Major of the Year” nominees. Individual students, alumni, faculty and media professionals will be awarded for their work in the field.

Heather DeLuca of SOJO 104.9 and Nick “NorEaster” Pittman of SNJ Today will host the show, which will also feature: remarks from industry professional Gaten Matarazzo of “Stranger Things;” and remarks by Alumna of the Year Taylor Bailey ’14 (reporter at the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa).

There will be a reception preceding the show at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the theater.

For more information, contact Keith Forrest at ext. 4994 or email

Atlantic Cape Hosts South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival June 3; Local Breweries Highlighted

Beerfest_FB Event (1)Atlantic Cape Community College will host the South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. There will be two sessions: noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., that each cost $30. Entry fee includes access to the event and a sampling of two beers from each brewery.

Highlights include music by the band Juicy, 10 breweries, food and beer pairings by Chef William McGinnity of Nobil Food Services, crafters, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, paintball battles by Backyard Battles Paintball and much more. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–April 13, 2017

A message from Human Resources: 

We regret to report the passing of retired security officer Donald “Don” Nigsch.

Donald Nigsch joined, what was then, Atlantic Community College as a Security Guard I on May 2, 1985. Don spent most of his career at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus.   For many years he’d been most familiar to WACC staff and students alike as the friendly guard manning the second floor security desk.

Director of Security William Keener said that Don “works well with his supervisors and he performs his duties well with little supervision.  He is constantly updating and working with building management to assure classes and conferences run smoothly.”

In 2005, Don was honored along with his fellow WACC Security team members Ernie Sandoz, Serena Palmer, Rick Collins and Bill Smith as the Employees of the Quarter for their dedication and service to the college and the Atlantic City Campus in particular.

Don retired from the college on Sept. 30, 2010.

The Instructional Resource Committee held its annual April Poetry event in honor of National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 11. The discussion of New Jersey poets was led by retired professor Elinor Mattern, and included works by such diverse writers as Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Kathleen Graber, who was an Atlantic Cape Community College visiting scholar.

A cross section of the college community participated from all three campuses. Attendees included Merrill-Jean Bailey, Tom Celandine, Tammy DeFranco, Maryann Flemming-McCall, Claude Fortune, Gianni Gaudino, Ron McArthur, Gwen McIntyre, Vickie Melograno, Leslie Murtha, Louis Nelson, Jay Peterson, Effie Russell, Rich Russell, and Regina Van Epps.

The IRC would like to express its appreciation to Elinor Mattern for returning to campus to host the event. Elinor will be hosting another poetry event, Favorite Poems + You, Thursday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m., in the Art Gallery located above the William Spangler Library, Mays Landing Campus. Contact her at for more information.


The Traveling Adjunct–April 13, 2017

Intriguing Easter Traditions Around the World

With Easter upon us, many in the United States are thinking about visits from the Easter Bunny and all the candy he’ll bring. Others may be getting ready to dye and decorate eggs. Still others who celebrate the Christian holiday may be more reflective, considering Easter to be perhaps the most significant Christian holiday. But, what are some other traditions? I found quite a few really interesting ones on the web that are very different from those in the U.S. So, whether or not you celebrate the holiday, I hope you’ll enjoy this post about some really unique and fascinating traditions. Enjoy!

easter egg


Egg painting dates back to ancient and pagan times. It was customary to give an egg as a gift to pagan gods, and to exchange eggs with friends and relatives on the first day of the New Year and on birthdays. Eggs also held powerful and magical meaning, representing life. It was considered a symbol of spring, marking the end of winter and magic rituals were performed relating to the first signs of spring. Once Christianity was introduced into the Ukraine, the tradition of decorating eggs continued, incorporating the new religious beliefs with the old magical beliefs. Egg painting was usually done in rural areas during the late winter when there was little work in the fields. Ukrainians believed that eggs could put out fires and find lost cattle. They even put eggshells in with seeds to improve the crop yields.


On Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, locals fly homemade kites, traditionally shaped like a cross. It’s thought to have begun when a teacher tried to explain Christ’s ascension to heaven to his Sunday school class. The children had trouble understanding the concept, so he made a kite to explain the story.


Holy Week or Semana Santa in Spain is the last week of Lent, which is the 40-day period before Easter. There are ‘penance processions’ through the streets that are performed by Catholic religious brotherhoods. They wear different colored robes to tell themselves apart and carry life-size images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, accompanied by somber music. Similarly, in Malaga, hundreds of lengthy processions take place. Participants dress in white robes and parade through the streets carrying altar pieces, candles, orange blossom and incense. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–April 7, 2017

The Student Nurses Club is hosting a ‘baby shower’ on MondayApril 10, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and we want you there! Our very own SIMantha is having yet another baby! She is one of our state-of-the-art simulators that our students have the joy of training with.
Come join us for refreshments and a tour of our new lab in H108. We have lots of new equipment that allows us to better learn how to care for our patients.
The Student Nurses Club loves helping in the community, and what better way to give back than to help those in need. The club will collect donations for mothers and babies in need, including personal care items, diapers, wipes, etc., at the baby shower.

For more information, contact Deborah Seaman at

photos of truffles
The Baking and Pastry Club is sponsoring a truffle sale for Easter. Cost is $7 per truffle gift box and can be picked up from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at Careme’s Restaurant.
Arrangements can be made for earlier pick-up, if needed.
To place your order, call Valerie Weller at ext. 4944.

Join in Atlantic Cape Community College’s 50th Anniversary celebration by purchasing a commemorative Restaurant Gala plate. photo of plate for Gala
Plates can be purchased for $30 at
For more information contact Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672 or

Join us to celebrate the retirements of English professors Merrill-Jean Bailey, Tom Boghosian and Gene Lo Presti, immediately following Commencement on Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. for a joint retirement luncheon at the Gourmet Italian Restaurant in Galloway.

We are asking for $30, which will include lunch and a small gift to the three honorees.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 10, to Jay Peterson at Payment instructions with food choices will be sent to those who reply.

Therese Halscheid, senior adjunct of creative writing and English, is presenting a poetry workshop for NAPT, the National Poetry Therapy Association at its annual conference in Denver, April 6-9. The conference brings together health care professionals, therapists, professors and educators across the country who regard poetry as a powerful force for healing and transformation.
Although Denver may be a little too far … here are two literary events in our own state, that you should consider for April, otherwise known as National Poetry Month! For those interested in publishing, come meet a panel of NJ Publishers featuring Diane Lockward, Mike Northen, Denise La Neve & Paul Nash, and panel moderator Therése Halscheid, at the Lawrence Library at 7 p.m. on April 13 in Lawrenceville. The event is free and registration is suggested by contacting  609-989-6920 or
And for those who want to celebrate poetry in the historic summer home of Walt Whitman, come spend a Sunday afternoon at the Whitman-Stafford House in Laurel Springs at 2 p.m. on April 22 with Chris Bursk and Therése Halscheid. RSVP to 856-783-0602.

Here’s the Scoop–March 31, 2017

The Student Affairs Department, in sponsorship with the ACCCEA, presented speaker and author Brandon Novak to share his personal struggles with heroin addiction. Brandon shared his story of his rise to fame as a skateboard prodigy, discovered by Bucky Lasek and Tony Hawk at the age of 14, to hustling and homelessness as a result of his addiction. Students participated in a Q & A and book signing after the event. Audience members commended Atlantic Cape for bringing such an inspiring and truthful speaker to discuss this serious epidemic affecting so many in the local community.

Submitted by Lisa Givens

A note from Wendy Gray, adviser and program officer of the Cape May County Campus:

Upcoming Transfer Events
April 6: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, NJIT (NJ Institute of Technology)-Transfer Table & Instant Decision Day (no appointment needed; bring official transcripts.)
April 6:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
April 10: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Career Center of Cape May County Campus, Stockton University Instant Decision Day
April 10: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cape May County Campus, Drexel University-Online Transfer Table
April 12: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus near game room, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
April 19: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Career Center of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Centenary University Transfer Table
April 24: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the Cape May County Campus, Grand Canyon University Transfer Table
May 1: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor of the STEM Building at Mays Landing Campus, College of Mount Saint Vincent Transfer Table
Contact Wendy Gray 609-463-6786 or for additional information.
Check Transfer Events webpage for upcoming events.
Faculty members are asked to this information with your classes. As we know, successful student transfer begins with the first credit, not the last!

Atlantic Cape alumna (A.A. Communication) and current reporter for The Press of Atlantic CityMadison Russ, and Keith Forrest, associate professor of Communication, presented workshops on Mass Media/How the Media Works at the Ocean City High School Library on Friday, March 10.

This was the final program in a series of workshops for OCHS students and teachers.