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Division News at County College of Morris
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Business, Mathematics, Engineering,
 and Technologies

This semester we welcome a new department chairperson for Information Technologies, Prof. Nancy Binowski. Nancy has been working through the summer to transition into the role and is hitting the ground running.  Also, joining the faculty in Information Technologies for the 2014-2015 academic year is Russell Gambino.  Russell holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, has five years of community college teaching experience and over twenty years computing industry experience.  

The engineering lab remodels were completed in the spring of 2014 and new equipment, funded by the State of New Jersey’s Equipment Leasing Fund (ELF), has been arriving ever since.  A total of $362,000 worth of new manufacturing and testing equipment is in the process of arriving with about three-fourths already onsite and the remaining items to arrive in mid-October.  The physics labs renovation is underway and expected to complete during the fall term.  Also, the Criminal Justice faculty, Professors John Hurd, Nick Irons and Bill Solomons, are now located SH 203.

The Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department is also benefitting from ELF funds with the installation of a much-needed new dishwasher in the Teaching Kitchen to be completed in the next few days.

The math department is working hard to transition to its new developmental curriculum which will be fully implemented in the spring of 2014. A new computer lab has been created in DH 151 to support the new curriculum. Also this academic year, a revised statistics curriculum is being implemented that includes the elimination of the Basic Statistics course (MAT 108), an increase in the prerequisite on Probability and Statistics (MAT 130) and the required inclusion of the use of statistical software in the curriculum. Chairperson Alexis Thurman and Assistant Chairpersons Doreen Sabella and Deborah Poetsch stand ready to provide support with advising for mathematics placement as questions arise.

Prof. Maureen Sutton, Assistant Chairperson for Business, travelled to Chicago this summer to the Annual ACBSP Conference and received the department’s certification of accreditation which will proudly grace the walls of the Business Department offices for the next ten years, the length of their reaccreditation status.  

Other recent faculty/staff activities are:

Chris Fenwick, Planetarium Astronomer, organized and presented an “automotive astronomy” show! Roberta O'Neill, winner of a customized Planetarium show prize at the CCM Scholarship Gala, donated the prize to her husband, the president of the New Jersey Association of Corvair Enthusiasts (NJACE).  The entire car club was invited to the program at the Longo Planetarium on July 12, where 50 members and their families were surprised by the content assembled by our astronomer, Chris Fenwick.  The show featured Mercury, Saturn, Vega, Aries, Taurus, a Nova, a Galaxy, etc.  The NJACE club will never look at the skies the same way again.

On July 29, our astronomer Chris Fenwick brought his space program on the road to the Garden State Yacht Club.  After an indoor presentation about some current and future exploration of space for 30 members of the club at their facility in Hopatcong, NJ, the clear night skies brought everyone to the docks on Lake Hopatcong.  Some boats were populated and launched to the center of the lake to view some clear, dark skies -- and Chris Fenwick presented under the dome of the "real life" planetarium! They viewed constellations, the planets Mars and Saturn, as well as being treated to a few falling stars from the Delta Aquarid meteor shower!

Professors Pat and Joe Tamburelli attended the first annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois in July 2014.  A principal outcome of the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is the creation of a new blueprint for the rapid expansion and enhancement of cybersecurity education programs at community colleges throughout the United States. This blueprint will be distributed to all community colleges, key Federal agencies, Congressional committees, state boards of education, associations, and businesses.  Pat and Joe are researching curricula currently offered in New Jersey community colleges for this blueprint.  Pat and Joe are on the National CyberWatch Center Collaborative Curriculum Taskforce that met at the Summit.  The most exciting outcome of this Summit is CCM entering into an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), which is the first step in participating in the National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) program.  The Information Technologies department is offering the first course in Digital Forensics this fall.

In its 22nd year, the Summer Academy for Young Scholars provided 15 Dover High School students a one week (July 7-11) opportunity to participate in this year’s program on the “Art of Computer Science”.   In Professor Susan Winston’s (Mathematics) class, the students used Scratch (a basic computer coding program from the MIT Media Labs) to develop their own games and animations.   Among the computer projects developed by the students were a digital soccer field, a circus and animations involving names and animals.  In Professor Alexis Thurman’s (Mathematics) class, students learned about the importance of going to college, the application process, financial aid and the value of budgeting and saving.  

On May 19 2014, CCM offered its first Summer Session courses, under the direction of Prof. Deanne Stigliano (Mathematics), to those teachers looking to be certified to teach mathematics at the middle school level.  CCM is the first community college in New Jersey to offer a Middle School Mathematics Endorsement program.  The classes were offered as hybrid courses and were taught by CCM’s full-time Mathematics faculty who are also certified as high school math teachers.

Prof. Doreen Sabella – Mathematics for Middle Grades
Prof. Deborah Poetsch – Algebra for Middle Grades
Prof. Susan Winston – Numbers and Operations for Middle Grades
Prof. Dale Garlick – Statistics for Middle Grades
Prof. Deanne Stigliano – Geometry for Middle Grades

Six teachers enrolled in CCM’s Middle School Mathematics Endorsement program.  Five of those teachers will be submitting applications to the state in August.  Teachers looking to be certified to teach mathematics at the middle school level now have a more affordable option for meeting New Jersey’s subject matter preparation requirements.

Health and Natural Sciences

The faculty members of the Division of Health and Natural Sciences provide a supportive learning environment that promotes student success through excellence in instruction and programs and services that meet the diverse needs of the College community.  To promote student success, the faculty continues to seek new knowledge, ideas, and practices through participation in conferences, workshops, and regional meetings.   Below you will find some of these faculty activities.
Montclair State University’s (MSU) NSF-Noyce Scholars have completed their first year of academic preparation.  The Noyce Program is a National Science Foundation supported grant that provides scholarships and career experiences for training undergraduate STEM majors to be highly trained science teachers and place them in high-need K-12 school districts.  CCM is a subcontractor on this grant with Dr. John Berger as a co-PI on the grant.  Dr. Berger and the Noyce scholars completed their summer career experiences, which included site visits to a PSEG generation station, Pfizer Inc. stability testing facility, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the environmental engineering firm Matrix NeWorld, Picatinny Arsenal, and MSU’s School of Conservation.  The purpose of the site visits is to expose the scholars to careers outside of academia that require STEM graduates; the scholars are then expected to incorporate their experiences into their future teaching and to pass on their experiences to future students.

The Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department participated in the New Jersey State Fair in Augusta, New Jersey, with an educational display on August 1-10, 2014.  LHT distributed information about careers in horticulture and information about the County College of Morris’ programs of study.  Chairperson Brian Oleksak served as a judge for the State Fair’s flower show in the professional floral division.

Dr. Greg Erianne of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the Annual Qivana Natural Health and Wellness Convention in Orlando, Florida, on September 19-20, 2014.  The convention highlighted scientifically-developed, breakthrough natural products systems designed to prevent disease and maintain optimal health in the areas of metabolism and weight management, immunity, chronic inflammation, and vascular disease.  Dr. Greg Erianne also served as a contributor to a project to develop Mastering A&P Dynamic Study Modules for Pearson Education from February 2014 until August 2014.  Dynamic Study Modules are assignable, adaptable study modules used in Pearson's online resource, Mastering A&P, and are designed to overcome some of the limitations of standard quizzing while helping students to achieve mastery of laboratory concepts in anatomy and physiology.

Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Bozzelli of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Dr. John Simmie of the Combustion Chemistry Centre at the National University of Ireland, have written an article, Thermochemistry of C7H16 to C10H22 Alkane Isomers: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary C–H Bond Dissociation Energies and Effects of Branching.  The article has been accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry A and is now available in print form.

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri of the Department of Nursing presented a poster at the Seventh National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, October 8-9, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.  Over 256 abstracts were submitted; approximately 80 poster presentations were selected.

The Radiography Program Class of 2014 had a 100% pass rate on their national boards of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

Professors Suzanne Gilmore, Patricia Baxter, and Laura Parker attended the National League for Nursing 2014 Education Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 17-20, 2014.  Concurrent sessions and workshops focused on exploring interprofessional teaching strategies that improve quality and safety; discussions regarding innovative and adaptive curricula that address health care imperatives in our current educational climate; and celebrating individual and collective accomplishments in nursing education, as well as strengthening networks and partnerships. 

In her role as a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Chair Monica Maraska participated as a team member in the evaluation of a nursing program at a community college in the Midwest on September 22-25, 2014.

On September 9, 2014, Professor Patricia Baxter of the Department of Nursing attended Current Trends in Pulmonary Care at Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center.  The purpose of the program was to provide nurses and respiratory therapists with the latest evidence-based practices related to the current trends in the care of the pulmonary patient.  She also attended the Second Annual APN and Nursing Symposium:  Pathways to Nursing Excellence through Evidence-Based Best Practices, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurship on September 12, 2014.  Both pharmacists and nurses presented current practice standards for various medical specialties.

Professor Brian Oleksak of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology presented a workshop on October 29, 2014 for the Rutgers VETS program in Newark, New Jersey.  The Rutgers VETS (Veteran Environmental Technology and Solutions) program is a green-industry job retraining program for unemployed U.S. military veterans.  Professor Oleksak offered presentations on The Basics of Plant Identification and The Top 25 Trees and Shrubs for the Landscape.

Drs. Loryn Keating and Greg Erianne of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended a Pearson-sponsored workshop, Flipping the STEM Classroom, on October 18, 2014, at Kean University's New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics in Union, New Jersey. This opportunity introduced a blend of creative tactics in traditional, online, and hybrid classrooms designed to overcome some of the unique challenges and obstacles faced within each learning modality.  As a part of the workshop, Pearson's Learning Catalytics system was demonstrated.

Dr. Greg Erianne also attended a Pattern for Success, a full-day workshop on maximizing one's potential and personal and professional development given by Casey James Combden, Human Potential Specialist and founder of Human Potential International, in North Haven, Connecticut on October 25, 2014.  The interactive workshop was a kick-off for a 3-week long webinar-based mentoring and coaching program.

Respiratory Therapy Program Director, John Rutkowski, co-presented, Body Language and Career Success, at the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care (NJSRC) Annual Shore Conference on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Co-presenter, Breanne Pearl, Class of 2014 CCM Graduate, was recognized as a NJSRC scholarship recipient and received the Student Excellence Award.  Professor Michele DaSilva, NJSRC Education Coordinator and her committee organized the event.  

Professor Keri Flanagan and Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 21st National Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, DC, on October 22-24, 2014.  The conference, Navigating the Future of Advanced Technological Education:  Developing Leaders, Broadening Impact, was sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation.  It brought together approximately 850 people focusing on the critical issues related to advanced technologic education.  Key people working on ATE projects across the country participated in a wide variety of areas including information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, and biotechnology. 

Professors Lesley Andrew and Kathleen Prokop attended, Fostering Integrity, Respect and Civility in Nursing Education, presented by Seton Hall University College of Nursing Continuing Education Provider Unit on November 7, 2014.  The event deepened the understanding and amplified strengths for nurturing integrity, respect, and civility in nursing students.

Professor Patricia Baxter of the Department of Nursing together with her clinical students attended several lectures at Morristown Medical Center.  On October 16, 2014, they attended Personal Well-being as the Path to Effectively Caring for Others, which was designed to increase the health care professional's knowledge about personal well-being and its impact on the workplace.  Another lecture, Ebola, presented by the Infection Control Department on October 22, 2014, provided information on how health care providers can protect themselves and care for their patients.  Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Theory at the Forefront was presented on November 6, 2014, which enabled participants to identify challenges in the LGBTQ populations and broaden perspectives on gender and gender roles and implications. 

On November 12, 2014, Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted students and instructors from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) of Wayne, New Jersey.  Students were given a presentation on poinsettia production and greenhouse operations as well as a campus tour and tour of the LHT LEED certified building.  The students are currently studying horticulture at PCTI which has an articulation agreement with the CCM LHT program.

The Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department sponsored a student/industry meet and greet event in cooperation with members of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association on November 20, 2014.  Professors Brian Oleksak, Craig Tolley, and Susan Cohan offered a tour of the LEED certified LHT building and introduced students to potential employers.  Students from the Design I class had an opportunity to display their current work and provide resumes to the business leaders.  Richard Heller of Greener by Design gave the evening's presentation on green roof construction.  Mr. Heller is a leader in green roof construction and sustainable design in the New York City area. 

John A. Rutkowski, Program Director of the Respiratory Therapy Program, appeared on One on One with Steve Adubato on November 18, 2014.   His discussion about humanism in medicine and the lack of empathy when using electronic devices in medical care can be viewed at

Professor Laura Parker of the Department of Nursing, had an article published in the November 2014 peer reviewed Nursing 2014 Critical Care, Volume 9, Number 6, Pages 38-41.  The article, “Tracheostomy Care,” discusses indications, benefits, potential complications, and nursing care associated with tracheostomies.  The article can be viewed at

Respiratory Therapy Program Director, John Rutkowski, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).  The award was established in 1998 to recognize those individuals who have made a profound and lasting contribution to the profession of respiratory care and to the AARC.  Professor Rutkowski was formally inducted and received his certificate and pin during the AARC’s 60th International Respiratory Congress on December 9, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Professor John Rutkowski was recertified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Earning the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of FACHE signifies expertise, experience, and commitment to continuing education and professional development.

Dr. Maria Isaza and Professors Christine Kelly and Michele DaSilva completed the 2014 Leadership Development Program on December 5, 2014.  Sponsored by the Human Resources Department, participants representing a cross section of the College participated in a series of sessions targeting personal and professional leadership development.  The program provided employees an opportunity to gain better insight and knowledge of the College as a whole and the surrounding community. 

Professor Craig Tolley attended the 39th New Jersey GREEN EXPO presented by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association in partnership with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey, Rutgers University Center for Turfgrass Science, Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association on December 8-11, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The science-based conference and trade show provided participants with cutting-edge information on the GREEN Industry and an opportunity to see new products and services.

Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the 2014 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension on January 5-7, 2015.  The symposium is in its 54rd year and serves as an educational event for landscapers, arborists, and turf managers from northern and central New Jersey.  Approximately 600 participants attended this year’s event which included presentations on pesticide regulations, techniques and strategies for protecting trees near construction sites, the top ten new trees for 2015, new pest resistant shrubs for the home landscape, and organic land care.   Participation in the event allows professionals to maintain Department of Environmental Protection certification for pesticide and fertilizer applicator licenses and earn continuing education units for the International Society for Arboriculture.

Senior nursing students, Kristen Millian and Jessica Graessle, gave a brief presentation to the Board of Trustees at its December 10, 2014, meeting.  The students are participating in a joint program, SEGway into Nursing:  Student Engagement and Growth Program, between Morristown Medical Center and CCM nursing students providing them with an opportunity to gain greater knowledge of the patient care delivery system. 

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on January 8, 2015, in the Dragonetti Auditorium.  Thirty-four graduates were honored by college administrators, professors, family, and friends.  The Pinning Ceremony is a rite of passage into the nursing profession.  It signifies the acceptance of the responsibilities of the practice of Nursing and the educational preparation of the graduate.  Graduates will now prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).


Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts Division faculty is committed to the development of creative and impactful ways to impart to students of County College of Morris is an appreciation of the practical and creative side of the worlds of art, music, writing, language, literature and much more.  In addition, the faculty also search for opportunities to showcase their diverse talents at concerts, exhibitions, performances, as well as participating in seminars and conferences.  Below you will find some of these faculty activities.

Professor John Hurd of the History and Criminal Justice Department was a guest speaker at the Introduction to Criminal Justice Symposium sponsored by McGraw-Hill National Symposium in Florida on October 27th and 28th.

The Promethean, the student-produced literary and arts magazine at CCM recently was presented with a national award of distinction in the Publishing category from Graphic Design USA, one of the major graphic design competitions in the country.  The publication consists of literary and art submissions from students, faculty and staff at CCM.

Adjunct Professor, Leah K. Tomaino of the Visual Arts Department has designed a collection of artwork for Bloomingdales to help increase breast cancer awareness.  The “LeahBras” collection is on display in Bloomingdale’s in three New Jersey Stores.

Yuka Yanagi, adjunct professor in the Music Department, performed solo piano pieces by Chopin at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

Dean Keith Smith judged an art exhibition for the Milburn Short Hills Art Council.

Adjunct Professor Todd Doney will be presenting his paintings at a solo show at the Morris Museum for the summer of 2013.


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