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Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–April 28, 2017

Cross-Cultural Club Spring Easter Project

group of students and staff gather around Easter baskets.

The Cross Cultural Club displays their Easter baskets for donation to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

In early April, members of the Cross-Cultural Club completed their spring project and assembled more than 40 Easter baskets for donation to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The baskets were filled with candy, small toys, coloring books and erasable drawing boards. Shirley Shields and Michael Kammer, club advisers, assisted club members with this project.

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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.


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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.

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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.

Trustees Approve Layoffs, Retirements

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved resolutions to lay off 19 employees and reassign others effective April 26, to address a revenue shortfall due to declining enrollment, when the board met April 25.

The board authorized the college to issue notices of layoff last month following a steady decline in enrollment for the past seven years. Positions were eliminated from a variety of college departments at all three campuses and include exempt, support and supervisory staff.

In Other Personnel Matters, the Board:

–Appointed Stacey Zacharoff of Egg Harbor City, assistant director of Student Support Services, a grant-funded position, effective May 3.

–Accepted the resignation of William Briddell, specialist, Bursar’s Office, retroactive to March 31.

–Approved the retirements of four faculty and staff members, including:

John Atsu-Swanzy of Mays Landing joined Atlantic Cape in 2004 as assistant professor of mathematics and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. He participated in several committees, including Scholarship, Diversity and Equity and International Studies. He also served as a faculty mentor and organized book drives for Ghana. His former department chair, Dr. Godfrey Barlatt, said, “Being cognizant of the issue of math anxiety, Professor Atsu-Swanzy has endeavored to create a positive learning environment for his students by constantly offering words of encouragement. His teaching effectiveness has been outstanding.” He will retire effective June 30.

William Keener of Galloway joined Atlantic Cape in 1985 as a security guard and was later promoted to sergeant, supervisor and finally Director of Security and Public Safety. He will retire effective July 1. During his 32 years at the college, Keener has participated in extensive emergency management training, including Homeland Security Awareness and Prevention, table top drills with Hamilton Township Police, Atlantic County, FEMA and SWAT teams, and others to bring relevant security strategies to the college. Supervisor Eileen Curristine said, “Bill Keener is the ultimate professional, handling the wide range of complex matters in public safety and security with extraordinary competence, decisive judgement, keen interpersonal skills and always tact.”

Diana Lojewski started at Atlantic Cape in 2006 as a registration assistant and later transitioned to office assistant for Support Services at the Atlantic City Campus. Director Cynthia Correa said, “Diana displays strong customer service skills and professionalism when working with Atlantic Cape’s diverse student population.” Lojewski, of Egg Harbor Township, will retire June 30.

Denise O’Connor of Cape May began her career at Atlantic Cape in 1994 at the then Cape May County Extension Center. She has held various roles supporting the college’s facilities in Cape May County as registration assistant, customer service specialist and Student Services specialist. Dr. Tammy DeFranco, her supervisor, stated, “Denise welcomes everyone with a smile and is always willing to help. She goes above and beyond the call of duty, whether it is assisting students or participating in a college function.” She will retire effective June 30.

In Grants Activity, The Board:

–Approved submitting a proposal to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for the New Jersey Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (NJ GEAR UP) to provide comprehensive mentoring, outreach and supportive services to participating middle and high school students in the Atlantic City and Pleasantville school districts, requesting $272,950 each year, from September 2017 to September 2024.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the March 2017 financial statement.

–Reaffirmed the following policy with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #504, General Administration.

–Approved granting an honorary Associate in Science degree to Dr. Peter Oudemans in recognition of his service and contributions to Atlantic Cape and its students as the 2017 Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor. Oudemans is a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University and uses tools such as remote sensing and geographic information system methodologies to detect, map, quantify and track plant pathogens. This experience was instrumental in shaping the pedagogy of the courses he taught at Atlantic Cape this spring: Special Topics in Information Technology-Applying Technology in Agriculture and Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems. These courses engaged the students in fieldwork using drones to collect data for analysis and geospatial processing.

–Approved awarding an honorary resolution to Stephen Dunn, who will serve as the keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary commencement May 18. Dunn was a member of the college’s first graduating class in 1968 and was the first elected Student Government Association president.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.

 

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WorkAC Initiative Helping Atlantic County Residents Find Jobs

WorkAC, a new initiative between the Atlantic Cape Community College Workforce Development Department, the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber have partnered in helping Atlantic County residents find employment.

The WorkAC office, located at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., in Room W105 in the Caesars Entertainment Hospitality and Gaming Studies Wing, will be open until June 30. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments are not necessary.

Job-seekers will team up with a WorkAC success coach, who will serve as a navigator and advocate to help people find meaningful work. The coach will connect participants to information, resources and the office’s employment specialist. All services are free. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape’s Chapter of English Honor Society Inducts 14 New Members

SKD Luncheon 2017

From left, Neemie Fleuridor of Estell Manor, Jessica Ponton of Cape May Court House, Alexis Emery-Clark of Folsom, Ashley Dorce of Mays Landing, David Smith of Cape May Court House, Orsalia Palapanis of Ocean View, Michelle Murray of Egg Harbor Township and Theresa Hart of Ocean City.

Atlantic Cape Community College inducted 14 students into Sigma Kappa Delta, an English honor society for two-year colleges, on April 25, at a luncheon at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

Inductees are Matthew Assad of Absecon, Jose Zuniga of Atlantic City, Samantha Lizek of Cape May, Jessica Ponton of Cape May Court House, David Smith of Cape May Court House, Brian Alfaro of Egg Harbor Township, Michelle Murray of Egg Harbor Township, Neemie Fleuridor of Estell Manor, Alexis Emery-Clark of Folsom, Stephanie Rodriguez of Galloway, Ashley Dorce of Mays Landing, Theresa Hart of Ocean City, Orsalia Palapanis of Ocean View and Taalibah McCoy of Wildwood. Continue reading

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 kforrest@atlantic.edu.

Atlantic Cape Offers Virtual Summer Classes beginning May 22

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering virtual summer classes during Summer Session One beginning May 22. Classes for this new model will be taught in a hybrid virtual format with students at both the Mays Landing and Cape May County campuses. The professor will divide their time between the two locations and the course will be live-streamed to the opposite campus at each class meeting.

Virtual classes offered include:

  • Introduction to Business, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4:50 p.m.
  • Principles of Management, Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8:50 p.m.
  • Public Speaking, Monday and Wednesday, 5-8:50 p.m.
  • Composition I, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-11:50 a.m.
  • Child Psychology, Monday and Wednesday, 1-4:50 p.m.

To view a complete list of summer courses and to register online, visit www.atlantic.edu/summer. Regular registration hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment is due at the time of registration. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/summer. For more information, email summer@atlantic.edu or call 609-343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.