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Atlantic Cape Trustees Approve Personnel Matters at June Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved several grants, personnel changes and contracts and purchases when it met June 27 at the Mays Landing Campus.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Approved partnering with Passaic County Community College in the “Advanced Digital Learning Pilot” as part of the New Jersey Community College Consortium’s Ready to Work Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, with Atlantic Cape to train up to 40 students in Advanced Digital Literacy, from Feb. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30. 2018, with total funding of $250,000 to Atlantic Cape.

–Approved submitting an application to and accepting a grant from the New Jersey Department of Education, FY18 Perkins Grant program, for a grant of $491,152, over the term of July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. Continue reading

Trustees Approve Contracts, Retirements at May Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved contracts and personnel matters when it met May 23 at the Cape May County Campus.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, services performed as part of the WorkAC program under the Atlantic County NEG Program Grant Feb. 1-June 30, 2017, not to exceed $150,145.

–U.S. Security Associates Inc., Atlantic City, contract extension through Dec. 31, 2017, $225,000.

–Delta Dental, two-year contract for employee dental insurance.

–Success Communications Group of Haddonfield, media buying services for July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

In Grant Activity, the Board:

–Accepted a $10,000 grant from Disability Rights New Jersey to provide assistance to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 1-Sept. 30.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–The promotion of Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan of Milmay to professor of art, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing to professor of arts/humanities, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Leila Crawford of Haddon Township to associate professor of English, effective Sept. 5.

–The promotion of Amy Shelton of Mays Landing to professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 5.

–The transfer of Dr. Susan DeCicco of Mays Landing to program coordinator, Health Professions Institute.

–The notice of layoff for one support staff employee.

–Accepted the retirement of Richard Benner, effective Dec. 31. The Mays Landing resident joined the college in 1995 as an adjunct instructor, later earning the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor of philosophy and religion. He also served as department chair of Arts and Humanities, co-adviser of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, chair of the Curriculum Committee and held roles with numerous other initiatives.

–Accepted the retirement of Esther Gandica of Linwood, effective Dec. 31. Gandica, senior manager of Workforce Development, joined the college in 1988 as a part-time instructor. She has also served as acting assistant director of Workshops and Training and interim senior director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

–Accepted the retirement of Al Jayne, security sergeant, effective Dec. 31. The Egg Harbor Township resident earned accolades for his assistance with numerous college events since joining Atlantic Cape in 1991.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the April 2017 financial statement.

–Approved a 2 percent base salary increase effective July 1, to full-time college employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations.

–Authorized the college president to amend the current Emergency Operation Plan and review, update and submit the college’s plan in subsequent years in accordance with New Jersey statute.

–Reaffirmed the following policy with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #400-Information Technology services.

–Created an ad-hoc Marketing Board Committee.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Barbara Gaba provided an update on the May 18 commencement, where the college awarded 921 associate degrees with more than 3,000 people in attendance

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.      

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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Atlantic Cape Trustee David Evans Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Atlantic Cape Board of Trustee, Mr. David Evans. Mr. Evans served on the Board of Trustees, with distinction, since 2005.  Mr. Evans also served as a member of Atlantic Cape’s Community Affairs Advisory Committee and served on the NJ Council of County Colleges as a Trustee Ambassador.

Mr. Evans’ community involvement includes service as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Galloway FSA and the American Legion.  He formerly served as Deputy Mayor of Galloway Township. Mr. Evans was awarded the Atlantic County Veterans Service Medal.

Mr. Evans retired as an educator from Galloway Public Schools and, in that role, was recognized as the New Jersey Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Galloway Township Teacher of the Year, and Galloway Township Government Advocate for Education.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Beacon Church – Food Bank, 420 S. 6th Ave, Galloway, NJ 08205.

Atlantic Cape Trustees Authorize Notices of Layoff

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved resolutions authorizing the college to issue notices of layoff to some staff in order to address a revenue shortfall due to declining enrollment, when the board met March 28 at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

Atlantic Cape’s enrollment has declined steadily since its peak in FY’10. For the past several fiscal years, the college has worked diligently to balance the financial impact of declining enrollment through a strategic finance model that emphasizes revenue enhancement, cost avoidance and cost management, said Dr. Barbara Gaba, president. Those measures and general staff attrition enabled the college to balance its budget despite the decline in revenue; however, at this time administration determined the need to eliminate 24 full-time staff positions.

“The reductions that we are forced to consider are a result of declining population and enrollment in both counties over a period of years and they are not taken lightly,” said Dave Coskey, board chair. “The severity of our actions is exceeded only by the responsibility that we have to the stewardship for the overall good of this institution, its staff, faculty and students.”

The positions to be eliminated will include exempt, support and supervisory staff.

Board Adopts Budget, Sets Tuition and Fee Schedule

The board adopted a $37,145,668 FY’18 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan.

The FY’18 budget, a decrease of nearly $2.4 million over the previous year’s budget, includes $8,535,828 in county appropriations contingent upon approval by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of School Estimate, a group composed of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials. The state will contribute a projected $5.23 million in operating aid. Support from the counties for the college’s fiscal year increased by 1.25 percent. Projected state operating aid decreased 6 percent from FY’17.

General tuition will rise to $124 a credit from $120, a 3.3 percent increase. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2017 summer session. A student taking 24 general credits a year—Atlantic Cape’s typical student—will see an increase in tuition and general fees for a total of $3,680.80, up from $3,565.60 in FY’17.

The budget approved is down 5.8 percent from last year’s fiscal plan. It projects a 10 percent increase in culinary credits and a 7 percent decline in credit enrollments due to changing demographics in the college’s service district.

In Grants Activity, The Board:

–Approved submitting an application to Disability Rights New Jersey for the Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey, requesting a grant up to $12,500 to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services to Atlantic Cape students with disabilities over the term of April 14-Sept. 30, 2017.

–Approved submitting an application to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Consolidated Adult Basic Skills and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant Programs for FY’18, ’19 and ’20, to provide adult basic education, literacy and English as a second language services in Atlantic and Cape May counties, for a total of $528,050 over the term of July 1, 2017-June 30, 2020.

–Approved submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Education for the Title III, Part A “Strengthening Institutions Program,” which provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students, with a grant application requesting approximately $550,000 per year over five years, contingent on Congress making funds for this program available.

–Accepted a $500 grant from Easton Foundations/USA Archery to support the team’s intended trip to the 2017 U.S. Intercollegiate National Championship tournament in California in May.

Contracts and Purchases

–Emergency repair and replacement of the air handler coils in A Building, to Falasca Mechanical, Atlantic City, $22,955.

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

–Reappointed eight faculty without tenure to one-year terms, including: Curtis Andrews, assistant professor of Social Science; Kenyatta Collins, assistant professor of Psychology; John Heenan, assistant professor of Criminal Justice; Laurie Lemons, assistant professor of Chemistry; Lorraine Monzo, assistant professor of Nursing; Richard Russell, assistant professor of English; Reeva Salkin, assistant professor of Nursing; and Dean Wyks, assistant professor of Criminal Justice.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the February 2017 financial statement.

–Approved amending the current unrestricted FY’17 budget consisting of revenues of $37,798,924 and expenditures of $39,585,584, including $212,683 of FY’16 encumbrances carried forward, and an additional fund balance transfer of $449,083.

–Approved a list of renovations and upgrades from state-funded Chapter 12 FY’18 funding at a sum not to exceed $3.1 million. Projects include renovation of classrooms and refitting of space; C Building roof replacement; additional fund for sewer infrastructure replacement; and air handler unit replacement for D, H and K Buildings.

–Reaffirmed the following policies with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #4—Curriculum; Policy #502—Emergency Closings; Policy #707—Property Records.

Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement

The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college’s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by Dec. 31, 2017. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contract, to $15,000. The change will be in effect from March 29-April 26, 2017. Terms of the agreement include:

–Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee’s accrued leave. For employees who meet the terms of the MOA, payment will be made in a lump sum.

–Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees.

The MOAs are part of a comprehensive process to develop a projected balanced FY’19 budget. The college follows a strategic finance model that calls for it to look at ways to contain costs and enhance revenues. Knowing how many employees plan to take retirement before developing the budget for FY’19 will provide more precise salary and benefits projections for that year’s fiscal plan. Currently, those expenses comprise about 80 percent of the college’s budget.

To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of consecutive full-time service at the college.

Board Remembers Longtime Member

The board held a moment of silence in honor of David A. Evans, who passed away March 23. Evans was appointed to the board in 2005, and during his tenure had held several leadership roles, including chairman.

“Dave was a dedicated father, honored educator, veteran, mentor and friend,” said Coskey, the board chair. “While the state will fill his seat in time, Dave will never be replaced.”

Evans was a retired educator from Galloway Public Schools and, in that role, was recognized as the New Jersey Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Galloway Township Teacher of the Year, and Galloway Township Government Advocate for Education.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees Approves Contracts and Personnel Matters

The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Feb. 28 at the college’s Mays Landing Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

–Microsoft Campus, software license renewal, PCM-G Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, $33,454.

–Extension of services of Spiezle Architectural Group through March 31, 2018, at a cost not to exceed $42,000.

In Personnel Action, the Board Approved:

–Sabbatical leaves for Gwen McIntyre, associate professor of English as a second language, for the fall 2017 semester, and Donna Marie McElroy, associate professor of social science, for the spring 2018 semester.

–Title change for Nicholas Alexander, office assistant, Disability Support Services, to office assistant, Center for Accessibility, effective March 1.

Board Approves These Reappointments, Beginning July 1, 2017:

Supervisory and Administrative Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Jennie Ayres, Michael Barnes, Cynthia Correa, Paula Davis, Tammy DeFranco, Victoria DeLaurentis, Linda DeSantis, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Crista Golden, Sandra Greco, Terri-Lynn Hamby, Patricia Heller, Kristin Jackson, Dorie Keener, Maria Kellett, Michael Kernan, Barbara Kozek, Robert Kusmiesz, Kathleen Landau, Linda Palmer, Michelle Perkins, Heather Peterson, Anita Polanco, Nancy Porfido, Michael Rennick, Mariangela Sozio, Patrick Sweeney, Sherwood Taylor and Harry Whitelam.

Exempt Supervisory and Administrative Personnel: Stacey Clapp, Eileen Curristine, August Daquila, Stephanie Davies, Cindy DeFalco, Kathryn Flynn, Richard Garwood, Douglas Hedges, Otto Hernandez, Leslie Jamison, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Mitchell Levy, Janet Marler, Jean McAlister, Ravi Manimaran, Patricia McClay, Luis Montefusco, Edward Perkins, Richard Perniciaro, Andre Richburg, Robert Townsend, Donna Vassallo and Russell Waugh.

Faculty without Tenure: Kenyatta Collins, John Heenan, Laurie Lemons, Lorraine Monzo, Richard Russell, Reeva Salkin and Dean Wyks.

Librarian I: Leslie Murtha.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved accepting a $20,000 grant from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for the College Credit Now project, which will extend higher education opportunities to 24 11th and 12th grade students from two public high schools in Cape May County for a period ending June 30.

–Amended the college’s FY’17 Perkins grant budget, including changes to equipment to be purchased.

–Approved submission of an application to Easton Foundations/USA Archery for a travel grant to support the team’s intended trip to the U.S. Intercollegiate National Championship tournament in California in May.

In Other Business, the Board Approved:

–The financial statement for seven months ending Jan. 31, 2017.

–Reaffirmed the following policies with no changes, as part of a periodic review: Policy #1: Code of Ethics Pertaining to Conflicts of Interest for College Trustees and the College President; and Policy #16: Hearings Before Board of Trustees for All Matters Pertaining to Tenure Charges, Personnel Matters of Employees Not Classified Under Title 11A of the NJ Statutes, and Other Disputes Arising Under the Higher Education Laws Contained in Title 18A of the NJ Statutes, Including Bidding Matters (Excluding Student Disciplinary Matters and Student Complaints Regarding Academic Matters.)

Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement

The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college’s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by June 30, 2017. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contracts, to $15,000. The change will be in effect from March 1-15, 2017. Terms of the agreement include:

–Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee’s accrued leave.

–Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than June 30, 2017.

The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees.

According to data supplied by the Human Resources office, 117 Atlantic Cape full-time employees are eligible for the payment under terms of the bargaining unit contracts and under college benefits for union-exempt staff. To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of full-time service.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Barbara Gaba reviewed the highlights of her first month as president of Atlantic Cape and told the board, “I am honored and humbled by the confidence you have placed in me to lead this institution forward.”

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at the Atlantic City Campus, Room 204. All are welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees Addresses Decline in Culinary Enrollment

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved issuing notices of potential layoffs to members of the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association at its regular meeting Jan. 24, at the Cape May County Campus.

External factors, including the closure of five gaming properties in Atlantic City and a decrease of college-age residents in Atlantic and Cape May counties, have led to a steady decline in enrollment at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape.

In accordance with the bargaining unit contract with the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution giving 210 days notice to the chef educators of potential layoffs “due to a natural diminution in the number of students in the program.” The college takes this process seriously and has initiated layoff notices only a few times in its 50-year history.

The Academy of Culinary Arts offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. For 35 years, the ACA has been a marquee program for the college and has a reputation for excellence in training. The ACA has 100 percent job placement and more than 3,000 ACA graduates are employed around the world in all aspects of the food service industry.

The ACA and Atlantic Cape remain committed to providing superior culinary training to students in these programs by offering relevant curriculum with state-of-the-art equipment that supports the needs of the community at-large.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Construction of a dance studio at the Cape May County Campus, R. Maxwell Construction Company, Inc., Pleasantville, $84,949.

–Theater repairs, Kavi Construction, Berlin, $206,673.

–Building automation system to control HVAC at the Cape May County Campus, CM3 Building Solutions, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, $19,440.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–Reclassification of Suzanne Fielder of Mays Landing to master technician, PC Services, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Michael Barnes of Ocean City to assistant director, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Chad Bullock of Sicklerville to senior manager, adaptive technology, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Resignation of Natalie Devonish, assistant director, Student Support Services, effective Jan. 20.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved extending a revised contract from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-employment Project, Literacy and Job Preparation Services, with an end date of June 30, 2017, and a contract amount increased by $225,000 to a total of $1,216,500.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the financial statement for six months ending Dec. 31, 2016.

–Approved the Named Giving Opportunity for the Cyber Café in the future Student Success and Career Planning Center on the Mays Landing Campus for Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Theresa DeFranco.

–Adopted revisions to Policy 101 to eliminate the duplicate Policy 807, Qualifications of Faculty.

–Approved a change in nomenclature from New Media Studies to Media Studies, Associate in Applied Science degree, effective fall 2017 to reflect current industry standards.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, interim president, showcased a feature on the Food as Art exhibit in the college’s art gallery that appeared on PHL-17, and recapped the Jan. 21 alumni basketball game and reception.

Additionally, Jean McAlister, dean, Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, reported on a donation that will pay for access to an online directory for nonprofits in Cape May County and located at the Cape May County Campus library. This databse is the most comprehensive website on fundraising resources and grants available.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.