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 http://steveadubato.org/humanism-medicine-john-rutkowski/
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 http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/JournalArticle?Article_ID=2625823
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).