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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.


Kathleen Horan, Chair of the Department of Nursing, attended the Forum on Inter-Collegiate Regional Events (FIRE) for nursing and Ph.D. students and faculty sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine Section on Nursing on September 19, 2016. The forum focused on integrating data science concepts and methods into nursing research and practice.


The New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care Conference (NJSRC) was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 5-7, 2016. Respiratory Therapy Program Director, John Rutkowski, presented a lecture, Lung Microbiome in Health and Disease; and adjunct faculty, Al Heuer, presented Research 101 for RTs—The Basics on How to Interpret and Utilize Research in Respiratory Care. Professor Rutkowski also hosted a Student Hour. Rhianna Lees (Class of 2016) was presented with a NJSRC Student Excellence Award and was recognized for earning a NJSRC Student Scholarship. Teams participated in the annual Sputum Bowl, and the NJSRC Awards Ceremony celebrated this year’s outstanding contributors to the profession. 


Governor Christie has appointed Professor John Rutkowski, Respiratory Therapy Program Director, to the New Jersey Task Force on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The purpose of the task force is to conduct an investigation on, and study strategies to promote public awareness about, the causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in order to increase knowledge about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, effective prevention strategies, and disease management.


Professor Kelly Miniter of the Department of Health and Exercise Science has been named advisor of the Pretty Girls Sweat Club, a student group aimed at educating the campus community about ways to live a holistically healthier life.


On September 11, 2016, a team of ten students from the Exercise Science Department under the direction of Dr. Michael Paul, Chair, partnered with the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center to provide cyclists from the Gran Fondo Bike Ride with massages and stretches. Providing relief to the riders at the Recovery Zone, which was located just passed the finish line, gave the students an excellent hands-on learning experience. On September 17, 2016, a team of four students together with Dr. Michael Paul and Professor Bryan Lemme provided stretches to participants at the Mine Hill Community Wellness Fest. The event sponsored by the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center was designed to educate the community about health and wellness and featured exhibitors. Professor Buffy Reilly of the Nursing Department showcased the CCM Nursing Program.


Dr. Gregory Erianne of the Department of Biology and Chemistry is serving as the primary accuracy reviewer of the Test Bank questions accompanying the 3rd edition of Martini's Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology. The project is expected to extend into the spring/summer of 2017.


Professor John Rutkowski, Respiratory Therapy Program Director, attended American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress, the 62nd International Respiratory Convention and Exhibition, on October 15-18, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. The most advanced information on all areas of respiratory care was presented. Leading respiratory therapists, physicians, managers, educators and students had an opportunity to visit the AARC Exhibit Hall where the latest advancement in technology showcasing all manufacturers in the industry was available.


Dr. Vivek Agnihotri of the Department of Nursing attended the 114th Annual New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) Convention on October 11-14, 2016, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The theme, Embracing the Culture of Change, provided insight into building a framework for change that promotes excellence to patients, explored research and evidenced-based practices that affect the future needs of patients, and identified how nurses can embrace the culture of change. 


Dr. Teresa Birrer and Professors Dorothy Salinas and Caitlin Burns attended the 49th Annual Fall Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Conference on October 29, 2016, in Old Westbury, New York. The conference theme, The Dance of the Genes: From Cancer to Conservation, featured two keynote addresses, Choreographing Cancer Genomics by Dr. Jill Bargonetti and How Can Genetics Inform Biodiversity Conservation? by Dr. Mary Blair.


Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology together with students from the Introduction to Turf Management class attended the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Fall Field Day on November 3, 2016, in Pennsville, New Jersey. Minor League Head Groundskeepers presented baseball field maintenance strategies and field prep including: field specs, turf and skin surfaces, edges, mounds, home plate maintenance, infield conditioning, field lining, game-day field preparation procedures, fertilization and site safety.


Professor Kathleen Prokop of the Department of Nursing attended the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) 2016 National Convention on November 3-6, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The theme of the convention, Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration, focused on the development of greater skills and expertise in communication and relationship management, business skills and principles, leadership and professional development.


Dr. Celeste Wayne and Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing attended the Northeastern Interprofessional SIMWARS Competition and Symposium on November 3, 2016, at RWJ Barnabas Health in Livingston, New Jersey. Teams worked together in a high-energy competitive tournament to solve clinical problems in a simulated environment. 


Professor Kathleen Horan, Chair of the Department of Nursing, was re-certified as a Certified Nurse Education through the National League for Nursing (NLN) in the several core competencies. These competencies promote excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.


Professor Bernadette Schicho of the Department of Nursing passed the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam given through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The AANP provides a process for validation of an advanced practice registered nurse’s qualifications and knowledge for practice as a primary care nurse practitioner.


On November 17, 2016, the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department co-sponsored a panel discussion with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) entitled Business Models for Landscape Businesses. The panel was comprised of five business owners, all APLD professionals, two of whom are CCM alumni. The event was moderated by adjunct professor Susan Cohan. Topics during the evening discussion included financial management, employee hiring and management practices, educational support services for small businesses, insurance, marketing and business adjustments to economic cycles. Twenty-eight students participated in the discussion. 


Dr. Michael Paul, Chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, together with four students from his Kinesiology class provided stretching exercises for bikers and runners who participated in Fourth Annual Lake Loop on October 9, 2016 at Hopatcong State Park in Landing, New Jersey. The fundraising event was hosted by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the state’s largest freshwater lake. 


Mr. Michael Crocker, Director of Integrated Hospital Systems at Bayer Pharmaceuticals, presented The Journey to Optimizing Career Success on November 17, 2016, providing students with a new perspective on potential career paths in the sciences.


The Student Nurses’ Association held a Socks for Seniors drive. New socks were delivered to local nursing homes during the holiday season.  


CCM student Christina Allex secured one of three paid internships provided by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a non-profit organization that preserves open space and farmland throughout the state. She will assist with the organization of a statewide conference including developing the workshop program, communicating with speakers, recruiting exhibitors, and all aspects of event planning for a conference that attracts 400 people. 


Professor Kathleen Horan, Chair of the Department of Nursing, passed the written and oral defense for candidacy in her Ph.D. in nursing research program at Seton Hall University on November 9, 2016.


Health and Natural Sciences Division Dean Monica Maraska completed Leadership Morris, a community education program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. The program provided an excellent opportunity to learn about Morris County—its opportunities, challenges, institutions, and people. As a graduate of the Class of 2016, Dean Maraska joins a network of alumni who continue to be involved in service to the County. 


Professor Denise Vill’Neuve, Chair of the Department of Allied Health, has been selected to serve as the Affiliate Delegate representing the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists at the 2017 American

Society (ASRT) Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting in June in Orlando, Florida. The ASRT House of Delegates meets annually to debate and vote on motions and proposed changes to the ASRT Bylaws and to adopt clinical practice and educational standards.


On November 30, 2016, Professor Brian Oleksak, Chair of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology, presented two lectures on plant materials, Herbaceous Perennials as Problem Solvers and Big Surprises from Small Trees for the Rutgers VETS (Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions) program in Newark, New Jersey. The Rutgers VETS program trains unemployed military veterans in horticulture and landscaping to prepare them for careers in the green industry.  


Professor Laura Parker of the Department of Nursing was a reviewer for the 2017 textbook, Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice, published by F.A. Davis Company.


Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the 2017 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County on January 9-11, 2017. The symposium is in its 56th year and serves as an educational event for landscapers, arborists, and turf managers from northern and central New Jersey. Approximately 500 participants attended this year’s event featuring presentations on research and developments related to landscape construction and maintenance, tree care, landscape turf care, and integrated pest management.


Professor Keri Flanagan presented, Organic Chemistry: The Barrier that Prevents Potential Doctors from Entering Medical School, at the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference on January 11, 2017 in Ireland as part her graduate work. The theme of the 2017 conference was Emerging Equality.


The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on January 12, 2017, in the Dragonetti Auditorium. Fifty-four graduates were honored by the Board of Trustees, 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).


Update: The 2017 first quarter (January-March) NCLEX pass rate for CCM, which reflects the January 2017 graduates, is 93.88%.


Professor Anthony DiStasio of the Department of Biology and Chemistry has been serving on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Presidential Task Force on Implementing the Recommendations of the Industry/Two-Year College Task Force. The task force is focusing its efforts on the development of a roadmap for businesses and two-year colleges to collaborate on the education of the skilled labor force. Collaboration between industry and the two-year colleges that educate the skilled labor force is the most direct method for ensuring graduates have the skills and knowledge employers need. A panel presentation of the task force’s recommendations will be made to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee of the U.S. Senate in spring 2017.


Update: As a member of the Implementation Task Force of the American Chemical Society, Professor Anthony DiStasio of the Biology and Chemistry Department participated in a panel discussion, Addressing Workforce Needs through Industry/Two-Year College Partnerships, on April 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Task force members presented their results to approximately eighty Congressional staffers focusing on the value of partnerships between industry and two-year colleges in addressing the skills gap in the chemical labor force.  


The CCM Student Nurses Association has collected nursing, respiratory therapy, exercise science, and science books for the Lysoka Integrated Health Center in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, Africa, where there is a great need to expand health education. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for shipping costs: https://www.gofundme.com/2s-books-for-africa


Dr. Lesley Andrew of the Department of Nursing has been selected to present a lecture on Endocarditis at the Cardiac Symposium at Overlook Medical Center on February 24, 2017. 


Senior Radiography student Erica Milazzo has been selected to receive the Novartis Women in Science scholarship award in the amount of $1,500. The recipient must be a full-time, female student who has taken 12 credits or more with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Ms. Milazzo currently has a GPA of 3.640. 


Exercise Science students in HES-213 Exercise Measurement and Prescription will have an opportunity to apply their newly learned skills. Professor Kelly Miniter of the Department of Health and Exercise Science is working with the President of the Randolph YMCA, Bill Lamia, to organize a group of volunteers to serve as “clients.” Students will conduct fitness tests and create individualized exercise prescriptions based on those results. This capstone project will not only require students to utilize their knowledge of exercise science but will require them to clearly and effectively communicate with their “clients.”


Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology together with three students from the Turf and Turfgrass Management Program traveled to the 28th Annual Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, on January 24-27, 2017. The theme of this year’s event, Career Success + Rejuvenation, focused on best management practices through case studies, hands-on and traditional presentations and in-depth classes. Student teams participated in the Student Challenge Team event competing in an exam that challenges knowledge in the sports turf industry.


Professor John Rutkowski, Assistant Chair/Program Director of the Respiratory Therapy Program presented, Basic Labs for the Respiratory Therapist, at the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Annual Winter Lecture Series for Respiratory Care on January 26, 2017, in Garwood, New Jersey. The lecture focused on the functions of electrolytes, acid-base disturbances, and identification of biomarkers for acute myocardial infarction.


The Landscape and Horticultural Department hosted a panel discussion featuring seven successful professionals from the landscape industry on March 2, 2017. Approximately twenty-six students attended the event to learn about careers in the green industry including landscape design turf and sports field management greenhouse production and agribusiness. 


Jacob Kokoshka, a biology major graduate, is the recipient of the Two-Year College Programs for the Cooperative Education Internship Association (CEIA) 2017 scholarship. Jason will receive a $500 scholarship at the CEIA conference in Denver Colorado on April 4, 2017. 


Professor Dorothy Salinas of the Department of Biology and Chemistry participated in a webinar on January 24, 2017, hosted by the North American Association of Environmental Educators. The webinar, Learning to Live with Climate Change: What Educators Need to Know, provided environmentally-responsible approaches to climate change adaptation that bring benefits to both people and nature. 


The Student Nurses Association volunteered at the Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) on February 23 and 28, 2017. At the donor registry drive, students focused on recruiting new registry members and assisting with the registration process for the donors. 


Dr. Maria Isaza, Biology and Chemistry Chair, and Professor Jenifer Martin attended the 2017 General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning Conference, on February 23-25, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. The conferenced examined assessment models, tools, and feedback loops for advancing high-quality student learning; assignment designs to support student agency and signature work; new approaches to general education using design thinking as a guide; and structures and practices that support, recognize, and reward the creativity and leadership of faculty members and educators. 


Drs. Maria Isaza and Loryn Stoler, Professors Caitlin Burns and Dorothy Salinas of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, and Dr. Michael Paul of the Department of Health and Exercise Science volunteered their time and expertise to judge students’ projects at the 37th Annual Chester Science Fair on March 4, 2017. Projects were evaluated on the quality and complexity of work and adherence to the scientific method.


Dr. Loryn Stoler of the Department of Biology and Chemistry and Professors Buffy Reilly and Terese Farmer of the Department of Nursing participated in the 9th Annual Morris County 4-H Science-sational Day at the college on March 25, 2017. The hands-on event provided an opportunity for students in grades K-6 to explore new ideas, put their designs to test, and discover a new love for science. 


Dr. Jason Hudzik and Professors Dorothy Salinas and Caitlin Burns of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 2017 NJEdge Faculty Best Practices Showcase at Monmouth University on March 15, 2017. The theme of the event, Ensuring Student Success, created an opportunity for faculty to share their innovative pedagogy for engaging students and improving learning. 


Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing had a short story, “The Center of Everything,” published in Pulse—Voices from the Heart of Medicine. Pulse tells the story of health care through the personal experiences of those who live it—patients, health professionals, students and caregivers. https://pulsevoices.org/index.php/pulse-more-voices/the-middle-of-the-night/981-the-center-of-everything


A team of three students from the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department tested their green industry skills in real-world competitive events at the 2017 National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on March 14-17, 2017.   Professor Craig Tolley accompanied the students on the three-day competition and networking event which included a Career Fair and opportunities to meet landscape company representatives.


Students in the Women in STEM Club together with Professor Keri Flanagan of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, and Professor Nial McCabe and Lab Assistant Eric Pedersen of the Engineering Technologies/Engineering Science Department held the first of several workshops in the Prosthetics Kids Hand Challenge on March 23, 2017. Students learned how to use the engineering design process to design and print a 3D prosthetic hand as part of the challenge. The hands will be donated to help those in need of assistive devices.  


Several faculty members from the Department of Biology and Chemistry together with Dean Monica Maraska traveled to Morris County School of Technology in Denville, New Jersey, on March 20, 2017 to view a demonstration of the Anatomage Table, an advanced anatomy visualization system.  The interactive teaching tool serves as a virtual dissection table that has images of the human body in real size.


Professor Kathleen Horan, Chair of the Department of Nursing, attended the 30th Annual Reinkemeyer Research Day on March 31, 2017, at Seton Hall University. Nursing researchers and clinical nursing experts came together to present research study findings and evidence for best nursing practices to peers, colleagues, and students.


Dr. Michael Paul and Professor Bryan Lemme of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended the 98th Annual New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) Convention on February 27, 2017, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Sessions focused on lifetime sports and activities, fitness education, technology, health, inclusion, and assessment. Faculty shared their expertise on new strategies to promote lifetime wellness.


Professor Sueanne Verna of the Department of Allied Health, Radiography Program, attended the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of The State of New York (AERTSNY) 51st Annual Conference on April 5-7, 2017, in Lake George, New York. The conference focused on topics including digital imaging and radiation safety standards, the modern classroom, and future requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.


Professors Denise Vill’Neuve and Ann Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health Radiography Program together with 16 students attended the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists (NJSRT) Annual Meeting on April 5-7, 2017, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Professor Vill’Neuve served as chairperson of the meeting. Students participated in the Emma Wolf Student Bee Competition. Professor Verschuuren presented Teaching to Multiple Intelligence, Learning Styles and Generational Diversity. 


Professors Mary Gerepka, Bernadette Schicho and Therese Farmer attended Certified Nurses Day 2017 at Morristown Medical Center on April 3, 2017. This year’s theme, Using Evidence to Inform Practice and Policy, provided participants with an overview of the impact of certification on clinical practice and patient outcomes.


Professor Kathleen Horan of the Department of Nursing attended the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions: Leading the Way: Building Strength and Unity in Diversity of Nursing Science on April 5-7, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event, sponsored by the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), examined diverse programs of research in which nursing perspectives lead the way in knowledge development and provided strategies to build unity in nursing, healthcare and science that advance quality of care to individuals, families and communities.


Dr. Loryn Stoler of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 17th Annual 2017 New Jersey Council of County Colleges Best Practices Conference on April 21, 2017, at Union County College. As has been the practice in the past, the theme for the conference was Student Success.  Topics included the impact of non-cognitive factors on student success, universe design strategies that benefit diverse learners and engagement strategies that ensure success of incoming community college students.


Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the STEM C2 Research Summit on April 21, 2017, at Bergen Community College.   The focus of the conference was to bring together the academic accomplishments of community and 4-year colleges. The summit showcases the talents of faculty, students, and staff who have undertaken STEM-related research or special projects.


On April 20-21, 2017, Dr. Celeste Wayne of the Department of Nursing attended the Quality Matters (QM) Regional Conference at Berkeley College in New York City with the theme, Accreditation, Regulation, and Compliance—Oh My! Educators shared best practices including how QM supports institutional efforts for accreditations and compliance and provided specific ways for educators to learn about adopting best practices in online education. 


Professor Craig Tolley together with students in the Horticultural Soils course attended the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Spring Field Day on April 19, 2017, in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Educational topics included, weed control, overseeding, new certified sports field manager program, infield maintenance and pesticide and fertilizer credits. 


Professors Anthony DiStasio, Keri Flanagan, Christine Kelly and Jenifer Martin, Drs. Loryn Stoler and Jason Hudzik together with Dean Monica Maraska visited Novartis US CPO QC Laboratories in East Hanover, New Jersey, on April 28, 2017. Novartis representatives provided a laboratory tour providing insight into the characteristics of a current ‘real world’ pharmaceutical laboratory, discussed curriculum alignment based on regulatory and academic requirements and highlighted the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are highly valued in prospective employees and interns. The visit which was coordinated by Dr. Jason Hudzik served to further strengthen the positive connections that currently exist with Novartis.


Senior chemistry student, John Walters, was awarded a certificate of achievement from the New Jersey Institute of Chemists (NJIC) at its 66th Annual Student Awards Acknowledgement Dinner on April 19, 2017. The award recognizes students for demonstrating an outstanding record of achievement, ability, leadership and character.


Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry and Dr. Joseph Bozzelli of NJIT authored an article, "Thermochemistry of Hydroxyl and Hydroperoxide Substituted Furan, Methylfuran and Methoxyfuran." The article has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry. Part: Part A: Isolated Molecules, Clusters, Radicals, and Ions; Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, and Astrochemistry; Theory: Section: A: Molecular Structure, Quantum Chemistry, and General Theory.


For the 5th Annual Healing Voices Literary Contest, Healing Arts, writers from the Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University communities submitted their works of poetry or prose, highlighting the theme of compassion. Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing was awarded first place (tie) for her winning piece, For Gladys. In addition, she recently had a piece, Candace, published in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, an online literary journal focusing on healthcare, medical stories, hospitals and caregivers.


On May 7, 2017, Dr. Loryn Stoler of the Department of Biology and Chemistry participated in a webinar, Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The webinar focused on the logistics of planning a course, gaining a better understanding of who the students are, determining which teaching method to use and using active learning in the classroom effectively.


On May 11, 2017, Dean Monica Maraska, Dr. Celeste Wayne and Nursing Chair Kathleen Horan attended the Woman’s Association of Morristown Medical Center’s 18th Mansion in May event. The signature fundraiser of the association will take place at The Abbey in Morris Township, New Jersey. The event benefits the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center.


The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on May 17, 2017, in the Dragonetti Auditorium. Sixty-six graduates were honored by the Board of Trustees, 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).


During the spring 2017 semester, the Rutgers Center for Women and Work provided three workshops at the college on gender inequities. The workshops focused on strategies to increase recruitment and retention of nontraditional students in traditionally gendered programs and courses; discussed the root causes of inequity, strategies to address them and potential impact on the college; and provided assistance is providing culturally response education. The workshops were made possible through funding from the Carl D. Perkins grant.


Drs. Maria Isaza and Celeste Wayne and Professors Christine Kelly, Samantha Gigliotti and John Rutkowski are participating in the Quality Matters (QM) Teaching Online Certificate. The certificate enables instructors to demonstrate their knowledge mastery of online teaching.  The seven workshops that make up the Teaching Online Certificate include competencies aligned with QM’s Online Instructor Skill Set.  The workshops provide both current and potential online instructors with the experience of learning online from the student's perspective.






Liberal Arts

Artwork from schools throughout Morris County will be on display in the LRC as part of Youth Art Month which the Art & Design Department helped to coordinate. 
Professor Renata Kessler, Adjunct in the Languages & ESL Department gave a presentation about her book at a conference at the Word Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. Adjunct Professor – Spanish and Italian, Vita Morales’s plays, The Diagonal Trilogy, will be given a staged reading by the Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. The play is about an Italian-American family from the Ironbound section of Newark. A young brother drowns in the Passaic river and the threads holding the family together unravel.
The Languages Department will be holding a Language Discovery Session in April.
Professor James Hart of the Languages Department received “Professor of the Semester” award from Phi Theta Kappa and also received a development grant from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Global Studies to continue to work on the study abroad program.  
Dr. Rita Heller, Associate Professor of History, will be presenting a screening/discussion of her National Endowment for the Humanities documentary film, “The Women of Summer: The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1938” at the Morris County Historical Society. This event will mark the opening of the Historical Society’s new exhibit, World War, Women’s Rights and Weaponry Science, once which will help commemorate America’s entry into The Great War in 1917.
Dr. Maryanne Garbowsky, English & Philosophy Department, has had her paper accepted for presentation at the E.E. Cummings session at the American Literature Association conference in Boston. 
Dr. Maria Lee of the History & Political Science Department’s Essay “Pragmatic Capitalism: Businessman Michael G. Harman of Staunton, Virginia 1823-1877” will be published in the 2017 edition of the Augusta Historical Bulletin. The Augusta Historical Bulletin is a scholarly journal of Shenandoah Valley studies and has been published continuously since 1965. This essay represents the first fruits of my ongoing research on August County’s transition from a slave to free society. 
Dr. Matthew Jones, Communication Department, has been invited to address a men’s group at Temple Shalom in Randolph to discuss his research and teaching on the subject of social media entitled “The Consequences of Social Network Technology: Collective (Un)Consciousness, Monism, and the Noosphere.” 
The Art & Design Department will present a lecture about recent photographs and appropriations by artist Manal Abu-Shaheen. Manal Abu-Shaheen’s series Beirut brings together black and white landscapes and street photographs. 
The Music, Dance and Performing Arts Department will be hosting the 2017 American College Dance Association Northeast Conference which will take place during Spring Break on campus. More than 400 participants from 26 nationwide colleges and universities will be in attendance.

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