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ACCC Board Approves New Cultural Studies Option; Accepts Draft Audit - October 2005

October 28, 2005

Oct. 28, 2005

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved a new cultural studies option to the liberal arts degree when they met in regular session Oct. 25. Officials said the A.A. degree option will support the college's mission and was developed in response to interest from local political leaders, business executives, academics, medical services providers and minority organizations.

The degree option will be offered for the first time in fall 2006. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rowan and Rutgers universities offer similar programs at the baccalaureate level.

Trustees Accept Draft FY ’05 Audit Report
The board voted to accept the draft audit report for FY’05. Glen Ortman, partner in the college’s audit firm, Ford, Scott, Seidenburg & Kennedy, presented the report and said it represented “an unqualified opinion.” He added, “You are in sound financial condition.”

Trustee Lynn Kramer, chairperson of the audit committee, praised the work of the college’s finance office. “To Cathie (Skinner) and her staff I express the appreciation of the board.” Kramer made some suggestions for items that might be included as part of next year’s audit report.

Dual Credit Tuition Rate Set
The board approved a $20 per credit rate for dual credit enrollment programs the college offers with area high schools. Under these programs, students earn ACCC credits for ACCC-approved courses taken while at their high school.

In Personnel Action:
The board approved these appointments:

--Natalie Cohen, Brigantine, instructor for sales and service (ESL), Institute for Service Excellence, continuing education department, effective Oct. 26.

--Noel Criscione-Naylor, Egg Harbor, office coordinator, Institute for Service Excellence, continuing education department, effective Oct. 26.

--Penny Gardner, Galloway, administrative secretary, facilities management, effective Oct. 26.

--Susan Lee, Mays Landing, non-credit registration coordinator, City Center administrative services, effective Oct. 26.

-Matthew Liggins, Mays Landing, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective Oct. 26.

--Carol Melkonian, Egg Harbor, specialist (buyer) business services, effective Nov. 7.

--Delores Mercedes Rolls, Absecon, laboratory assistant, science department, effective Oct. 26.

--R. Ghyll Theurer, Cape May, program developer/ coordinator, Health Professions Institute, continuing education department, effective Oct. 26.
The resignations of Max Slusher, assistant dean for research, and Paulett Strand, culinary recruiter, were accepted, effective Oct. 28 and 20, respectively.
Contracts/Expenses Approved:

--Professional services, consulting and support services, information technology budget, Ricomm Systems, Marlton, $69,140.

--Software license, Microsoft Campus Agreement, information technology budget, Educational Resources, Elgin, Ill., $29,632.

--Printing of the 2006 credit tabloids, academics budget, AFL Web Printing, Voorhees, $46,827.
In Grant Action, the Board:

-- Accepted a $514,445 Perkins Grant for FY’06. The funds will foster the expanded use of technology in vocational and technical training and support training for students, teachers, counselors and administrators. The grant runs July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.

--Accepted an $18,000 co-sponsored grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to continue to maintain the Southern New Jersey Arts Space Bank, a Web site created by the college under a previous grant. The grant runs July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.
In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora made several announcements and introduced senior staff members for additional reports. He presented the new Employee of the Quarter, Brittany Williams, Ventnor, who formerly worked in admissions and recently assumed the post of administrative assistant, president’s office. Dr. Mora also gave an update on the Middle States re-accreditation process, noting that a preliminary visit would be held Nov. 8. The president announced that work was proceeding on planning a board retreat.

--Dr. Joseph Rossi, acting dean of Cape May County and labor relations, spoke about several honors awarded recently for the Cape May County Campus. The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce presented ACCC its Betterment Award for the new campus, and the county’s legislative delegation bestowed accompanying awards. On Oct. 24 the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women presented the college a plaque in celebration of the campus’ long-awaited opening.

--Patricia Owens, acting dean of continuing education and resource development, displayed six Medallion awards the college had won at the recent District 1 conference of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. College Relations executed the winning projects in collaboration with admissions, ACA, continuing education and the Cape May County grand opening committee.

Owens also announced that Terry Sampson, executive director of administration and business services, received the 2005 KPMG Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers at their recent annual meeting.

In Other Business:

--Vice Chairman Robert Boyer presented the September financial report, which was approved.

--Boyer also reported on ACCC Foundation activities. He said the Cape May County fund raiser had netted more than $40,000 and the Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament raised $11,500, with more sponsorship revenues expected up to the goal of $15,000. The next Taste of the Gala event will be held Nov. 3 and award-winning writer and jazz musician James McBride will appear at the college Nov. 15. The next Foundation meeting will be held Dec. 1.

--Trustee Eric Reynolds, chairperson of the long-range planning committee, reviewed five building projects for which the college will seek capital funding under a proposed state bond issue next year.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner, chairperson of the minority affairs committee, said ACCC will host the Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair Nov. 18, and recently held a luncheon for minority faculty, staff and students. The committee learned about the new office of Community Affairs, being set up by Bobby Royal, acting dean of the Worthington City Center and community affairs, and will actively support the college’s African-American Male Retention Program.

--Trustee Elizabeth Dworsky, chairperson of the personnel committee, reported the group’s recommendation on the establishment of a new trustee ethics policy. The group recommended that the present ethics policy be maintained, but that it be redistributed and signed by trustees each year at the November reorganization meeting. They also suggested that each trustee sign a financial disclosure form and that they annually receive a copy of the trustee roles and responsibilities.

--The board officially reviewed the FY’04 Perkins Grant audit and recommendations.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Mays Landing main campus, J202. All are welcome to attend.