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Media Coverage and Annual Highlights of the President’s Office (July 2008- July 2009)

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  • 1. Media Coverage and Annual Highlights of the President’s Office (July 2008- July 2009) Dr. Peter Mora, President Atlantic Cape Community College
  • 2. July 2008
    • Dr. Mora was quoted in the NJBIA article, “Basic Skills Training Program” in the Spring 2009 edition.
    • Dr. Helen Bolnick presented Dr. Mora with two plaques which are currently on display in the President’s Office display cabinets. The plaques include the U.S. Intercollegiate Men’s Team 2006 Archery Award and the Margaret Klan Award for National Coach of the Year from the National Archery Association Collegiate Division .
    • Dr. Mora was recognized by the NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development . The Consortium presented Dr. Mora with a plaque in recognition of his “visionary leadership as a founding member of the Consortium’s Board of Directors.” The plaque also noted that Dr. Mora has served for four years as a member of the Consortium’s Executive Committee and just completed a one-year term as Chairman of the Consortium.
  • 3. July 2008
    • Dr. Mora served as guest speaker at the South Jersey Freeholder’s Association meeting. The topic was the Role of Community Colleges in New Jersey. Dr. Mora explained that the main challenge for community colleges is balancing access and excellence and identified the community college operational areas that need to be supported in order to maintain excellence.
    • He also spoke about the working relationship the college has with the Freeholders on the institutional master plan, Blueprint 2020.
  • 4. August 2008
    • ACCC was awarded $481,950 to deliver workforce training to the Casino Consortium by the NJ Department of Labor.
    Commissioner of Labor David Socolow and Dr. Mora pictured with members of the Casino Consortium, SGA and Board of Trustees.
  • 5. September 2008
    • Dr. Mora was appointed by Dr. Brenda Beckman, of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College , to serve on the national review panel for applicants seeking admission to the League’s Executive Leadership Institute. The ELI is an advanced professional development program for community college leaders who are seeking to move to the position of college president. Dr. Mora is a graduate of the ELI program.
    • Dr. Mora met with two external evaluators of the Atlantic Cape Safe Youth Partnership to discuss the program’s challenges, successes and its future. ACSYP provides training opportunities in four target areas:  organizational development, program development, leadership development, and community engagement.  The program received an above average satisfaction rating.
    • Dr. Mora participated in the launching of a new video program created by the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office under Edward McGettigan promoting Voter Awareness . The video is an informational piece about how to properly use absentee ballots and the absentee voting process.
    • On September 15, Dr. Mora was appointed to the NJ President’s Council Campus Safety and Security Committee.
  • 6. September- October 2008
    • Dr. Mora participated in the Inauguration of Dr. Russell Davis as the sixth president of Gloucester County College Sept. 26.
    • Dr. Mora participated in the ACCC Foundation’s Scramble Fore Scholarships Golf Tournament to raise money for scholarships for students on Oct. 3.
    • Dr. Mora hosted a “Thank You Celebration” for the 2008 Heart Walk Team Captains in Careme’s Restaurant on Oct. 10.
    Dr. Mora, far left, with ACCC’s 2008 Heart Walk Team Captains.
  • 7. November 2008
    • Dr. Mora was honored by The Chelsea Neighborhood Association at their Annual Dinner Nov. 2 for his oversight in the expansion of the WACC campus.
    • Dr. Mora received the EOF Champion
    • Award at an EOF luncheon Nov. 14.
    • Dr. Mora was recognized for “having earned
    • the collegial respect and admiration of the
    • campus EOF program by demonstrating
    • dedication…and general commitment to the
    • spirit and intent of EOF.”
    • Sturdy Savings Bank of Cape May Court House presented Dr. Mora with a $1,000 scholarship check for ACCC students Nov. 3.
    Dr. Mora, center, is presented with the EOF Champion Award by ACCC’s EOF team. Dr. Mora and Sturdy Savings Bank CEO, Gerald Reeves.
  • 8. November 2008
    • South Jersey Gas presents Dr. Mora with a $28,000 check toward the School Counts program, providing scholarships for incoming high school students.
    • Dr. Mora, Brittany Williams, and Trustees Dave Evans and Liz Dworsky attended the Association of Community College Trustees Conference in NYC recently. Dr. Mora, Trustees Evans and Dworsky presented at the conference “How Boards of Trustees can Ameliorate the Impact of Student Poverty on Access” . Brittany Williams presented on “National Legislative Trends in Community Colleges and Their Impact on Governing Boards” . Congratulations to Brittany, who was also re-elected to the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network as the Northeast Regional Member at Large and was nominated as Executive Board Designee.
    (Pictured left to right are Timothy Rundall, Director of Gas Supply, South Jersey Industries, ACCC Foundation Member; Stephen J. Bruner, Executive Director of Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board; and Dr. Peter Mora.) From left: Trustee Dave Evans, Trustee Liz Dworsky, Dr. Mora and Brittany Williams at the ACCT conference.
  • 9. November 2008
    • The Atlantic City Bailliage of the Chaine des Rotisseurs awarded $8,000 in scholarships to six Academy of Culinary Arts students Nov. 21 at a Chaine Beaujolais reception held in Careme’s. The event was attended by over 200 guests including Congressman LoBiondo.
    Dr. Mora, center
  • 10. December 2008
    • December 15, 2008 Senior Staff Retreat, “ Fostering a We Centric Collaborative Team Environment to Achieve Enduring Greatness”
    • Dr. Mora participated as a panelist at the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Workforce and Economic Developmen t in Atlantic City Dec. 3. Dr. Mora joined three other panelists and moderator Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan to discuss Transitions to Post Secondary Education : state and national level projects aimed at improving the quality of postsecondary education programs.
  • 11. January 2009
    • Dr. Mora appeared as a guest on the Pinky Kravitz TV 40 Show on January 17. Dr. Mora spoke about the new Hospitality Wing addition to the WACC; the Green Campus Initiative energy sustainability and environmental projects; the expansion of the intercollegiate sports programs for women and men; and the expansion of the Fine and Performing Arts programs.
  • 12. January 2009
    • Dr. Mora was interviewed by Atlantic County Freeholder Jim Curcio for a segment of NJN News. Freeholder Curcio conducted the interview at the WACC and questioned Dr. Mora about the WACC expansion and the college master plan.
    • Dr. Mora attended a meeting of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Executive Cabinet Jan. 14.
    • Dr. Mora made welcoming remarks at Faculty Development Day on Jan. 16 at the Mays Landing Country Club. The topic for discussion was Academic Advising.
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  • 13. February 2009
    • Dr. Mora participated in the opening day event for Black History Month on Feb. 13.
    • Dr. Mora hosted the Board of School Estimate meeting at ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus. County leaders from Atlantic and Cape May Counties joined together to review county appropriations to the college’s operations and to approve bonding/projects supported by the Chapter 12 capital fund. Atlantic County agreed to issue bonds to support the funding for Blueprint 2020 projects, chiefly the Science/Technology/Engineering/Math building this year.
    • The Board of Trustees hosted its annual retreat on Feb. 20. The morning session, The Economy and the Community College , included remarks from three panelists: “The State Council Perspective” by Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, President, N.J. Council of County Colleges; “The President and the Accreditor Perspective” by Dr. Peter Burnham, President, Brookdale Community College/Chair, Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and “The Trustee Perspective” by Ronald Winthers, Burlington County College Board of Trustees Chairman, N.J. Council of County Colleges Chairman and ACCT Diversity Committee Chair.
    • Trustees had the opportunity to ask questions
    • of the panelists and to network with guest trustees
    • from Gloucester County College. The afternoon
    • session , Interactive Workshop on Appreciative
    • Inquiry , was led by James Davy, Consultant.
    • Appreciative inquiry is a “theory and management
    • practice for approaching change from a holistic
    • framework.
  • 14. March 2009
    • Dr. Mora was on hand to welcome incoming STARS students and their parents at the NJ STARS information session March 5. Jacob Farbman, Director of Communications at the N.J. Council of County Colleges, was the guest speaker.
    • Dr. Mora attended the N.J. Council of County College’s Community College Ambassador Day on March 16 with ACCC’s NJ STARS students and Hal Lugerner , Counselor. A photo of Dr. Mora, the students, and Senator Jim Whelan was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of the Trustee News magazine.
    Dr. Mora, NJ STARS students Henry Ramirez and Mary Oliver, and ACCC Counselor Hal Lugerner
  • 15. March 2009
    • Dr. Mora was joined by student members of the Rotaract Club at the Rotary Club of Atlantic City’s meeting in Careme’s March 31. The students presented their current projects to the Rotarians. Rotarian Ted Lands was the guest speaker.
  • 16. April 2009
    • Dr. Mora was guest speaker at the Council for Resource Development’s Annual Conference . CRD is an affiliate group of the American Association of Community Colleges that brings together professional grant writers, fundraisers, advancement and foundation resource development staff working for the community college sector. Dr. Mora presented on factors favoring community college development.
    • Dr. Mora welcomed the staff and introduced the honorable Mayor Lorenzo Langford as the event’s keynote speaker at the College Awareness Day .
    Dr. Peter Mora with Patricia Williams, Director of Grants at Monroe Community College in NY and CRD Region II Director. Dr. Peter Mora, Linda McLeod, Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford and Cal Maradonna of Rutgers University.
  • 17. April 2009
    • The Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Commission , The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and The Bank hosted the 2009 Major Public Construction Projects Breakfast Forum at Greate Bay Country Club. Dr. Mora presented on Blueprint 2020, focusing on upcoming campus projects including the Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics building and Student Center.
    • Some fellow presenters included representatives from the Atlantic City Housing and Urban Redevelopment Agency, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Richard Stockton College and Atlantic County Utilities Authority.
    • Dr. Mora delivered remarks at the Employee Service Awards April 24, saying that the college’s employees “deliver the mission, the services and the smiles; all of which have maintained the integrity, the spirit and the excellence that makes ACCC not only a successful institution, but a great workplace.”
  • 18. April- May 2009
    • Dr. Mora attended ACCC’s Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony on
    • April 30. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for excellence in academics
    • and citizenship in community colleges. ACCC’s PTK chapter, Alpha Delta
    • Mu is led by Professor Carolyn Coulter , Advisor, and student president
    • Sheyla Ayala-Mantilla . Senator Jeff Van Drew, First District, provided the keynote address.
    • Dr. Mora provided opening remarks for the Communication and Art Awards Ceremony on May 1. The ceremony was hosted by Mike and Diane from the local radio station 95.1 WAYV.
    • The ACA Commencement was held May 15. Dr. Mora made welcoming remarks and Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. , former ACA student and host of “Big Daddy’s House” on the Food Network was the guest speaker.
    Kathy Corbalis and Dr. Mora pose with Chef Aaron McCargo
  • 19. ACCC Commencement Spring 2009 Dr. Mora is pictured with J. Noah Brown, Guest Speaker. Supporters of ACCC were awarded honorary degrees by Dr. Mora and Trustee Liz Dworsky. Dr. Mora recorded a video message to the graduates of ACCC. The video was broadcast on the college’s new Facebook profile.
  • 20. June 2009 Dr. Mora, Vice Chairperson of the Board Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, and Carolyn Coulter, Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Mora, Vice Chairperson of the Board Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, and Joe D’Agostino, Employee of the Quarter. ACCC staff is recognized in local media for their activity with the American Heart Association
  • 21. June 2009
    • Dr. Mora’s recent overview of ACCC’s FY10 plans was the subject of articles in Easy Living magazine and the Cape May County Herald newspapers.
    • Dr. Mora , Brittany Williams and Trustee Mary Long presented a panel session at the annual New Jersey Council of County Colleges Trustee Conference on June 15 in Trenton. The session focused on how trustee boards can ameliorate the impact of poverty on access to higher education.
    • Dr. Mora served as the keynote speaker at the Atlantic City Rotary Club’s annual scholarship luncheon on June 9.
  • 22. Other 2008-09 moments… Dr. Mora discusses plans for the WACC Expansion with Dean Bobby Royal and Mayor Langford. Professor John Atsu-Swanzy updates the Board of Trustees on the book drive. Freeholder Silipena is honored by the Board for his advocacy on behalf of ACCC.