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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.

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.

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).

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.

Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing attended a seminar, Managing Pediatric Crisis:  Rapid Assessment and Treatment Strategies, on January 22, 2015, in Parsippany, New Jersey, sponsored by Pesi HealthCare, Inc.  The seminar focused on practical strategies for the recognition and management of urgent pediatric conditions.  Participants can incorporate these assessment findings with appropriate treatment options across different pediatric settings. 

The North Jersey Imaging Academy began offering courses for Registered Radiologic Technologists in February 2015.  The Academy, coordinated by Allied Health Chair Denise Vill’Neuve and offered through the CCM Career and Professional Programs, is a joint venture between the County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College.  It was designed to provide advanced certifications for registered radiologic technologists in the high-demand specialty areas of Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  

The Department of Biology and Chemistry obtained a campus-wide license from Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. Labs to install Chemsketch® Office software package. This provided chemical drawing software (Chemsketch®), a programming language (ChemBasic®), and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) processing software to be installed on departmental computers as well as computers in the Science Resource Center located in the Tutoring Center. 

Professors Denise Vill’Neuve, Ann Verschuuren, and Marian Maloney together with the senior Radiography students attended the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 3-6, 2015.  Faculty and students attended a variety of quality educational sessions to enhance their understanding of modern technology within the profession.  Approximately ninety students participated in the Emma Wolfe Memorial Student Competition. Joenell O’Brien advanced to the semi-final round; and although he did not place, Matthew Gross was one of eight students in the final round. In the Technical Exhibit, posters are judged on their professional/educational value, originality of subject matter, technical quality and creativity, and presentation.  Exit of the X-ray created by Blair Cooper, Joenell O’Brien, Katelyn Holder, and Danielle Titus earned first place, and Properties of X-rays created by Devin Lee, Matt Gross, Jonathan Codispoti and Joshua Schaikowitz was the second place wining exhibit. 

Professor Buffy Reilly together with representatives from the Student Nurses Association (SNA) attended the 63rd Annual New Jersey Nursing Students (NJNS) Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on February 12-13, 2015.  The NJNS aids student nurses in the transition from student nurse to professional nurse.  This year’s theme, Embrace the Journey:  What Will Your Legacy Be?, provided an opportunity for student nurses to network with other nursing students, hospital recruiters, and current nurses. 

Department of Health and Exercise faculty, Dr. Michael Paul and Professor Bryan Lemme, and Professor Buffy Reilly together with representatives from the Student Nurses Association participated in the 2nd Annual Community Wellness Day in Randolph, New Jersey, on March 7, 2015.  Coordinated by the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, the event offered attendees a variety of free health screenings plus complimentary health and wellness consultations, fitness classes and physical contests, as well variety of healthy snacks provided by local grocers and restaurants. 

Professor Buffy Reilly of the Department of Nursing completed Residency 1 as part of the requirements required for doctoral students at Walden University.  Residencies are designed to enhance the students’ learning at key points in their academic development. 

Dr. Maria Isaza, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, was elected to the Board of the Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCHOA).  Dr. Isaza began her term in January 2015. 

The Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for an all-day seminar on computer-aided design on March 12, 2015.  The focus of the seminar was to integrate Dynascape landscape design software with Google Sketch-Up for enhanced landscape portfolio presentations.  Landscape Design degree students participated with the professionals in a day of networking and advanced training. 

From March 12-15, 2015, the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology participated in the 19th Annual Springfest Flower and Garden Show in Augusta, New Jersey.  The event included landscape displays, sale of plants and garden-related items, and educational lectures and demonstrations.  Professor Brian Oleksak offered a presentation entitled Color in the Landscape: Where Art and Science Meet as part of the Springfest lecture series. 

Professor Ann Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health presented at the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference in Atlantic City on March 4-5, 2015.  Nelson Mandela’s Lesson of Leadership presentation provided a review of his wisdom and identified how his unique practices can benefit the professional radiologic technologists.  In Professional Evaluations:  A Progressive Approach, Professor Verschuuren used Blooms Taxonomy and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Practice Standards for the affective domain to demonstrative a progressive way to develop and assess the affective domain that mirrors the standard radiography competency assessment plans. 

On March 27, 2015, the Student Nurses Association hosted a film, The American Nurse, in Dragonetti Auditorium under the direction of Professor Buffy Reilly, advisor.  The documentary film explores the role of nursing in some of the biggest issues facing America–poverty, aging, war, and justice. 

Radiography student, Svetlana Butkevich, was selected by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) to take part in its Student Leadership Development Program this summer.  The ASRT leadership program provides students with the opportunity to attend educational sessions and network with medical imaging and radiologic professionals. 

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri of Department of Nursing was selected as one of the five finalists for the New York/New Jersey region Nurse.com GEM Award in the Clinical Nursing, Inpatient Category.  Nurse.com’s prestigious GEM Awards program honors outstanding nurses, leading to the selection of the National Nurses of the Year.  The award ceremony was held May 20, 2015.  

In her role as a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Dean Monica Maraska, participated in the review process of a nursing program in Puerto Rico on March 2-5, 2015. 

Professors Jenifer Martin and Keri Flanagan and Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the Fourth Annual Tri-State Best Practice Conference on March 7, 2015.  Hosted by Bergen Community College, the one-day conference was dedicated to the exchange of successful strategies among educators that will benefit students. The theme of this year’s conference was Culture, Learning, and Learning Cultures:  Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Environment. 

Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the NJEDge Faculty Showcase at New Jersey City University on March 13, 2015.  The showcase featured presentations and posters on technology-mediated instruction.  Faculty presented the newest applications and latest ideas about learning activities for both traditional and online courses. 

On March 23 and March 31, 2015, Professor Mary Gerepka of the Department of Nursing attended two seminars sponsored by Atlantic Health System. The seminars, Bioethics and Palliative Care, focused on improving the quality of life for both patients and their families.   

Dr. Michael Paul and Professors Bryan Lemme, Buffy Reilly, Therese Farmer, and Bernadette Schicho together with members of the Exercise Science Club and Student Nurses Association participated in the second annual To Your Health Community Wellness Day on March 7, 2015, in Randolph, New Jersey.     Almost eighty health and wellness exhibitors helped the community take action to strengthen their health and well-being. Nearly 1,000 Randolph and other Morris County residents attended the event and experienced free health screenings and health and wellness resources available in the community. 

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology attended the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Spring Field Day and Trade Show on April, 7, 2015, at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Mount Holly, New Jersey.  Both natural and synthetic fields were featured.  Topics focused on reducing herbicide use on school sports fields, compliant sports field fertilization, synthetic field installation and maintenance, as well as demonstrations of equipment for both natural and synthetic fields. 

Professors Celeste Wayne and Kathy Prokop of the Department of Nursing attended the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Spring 2015 Self-Study Forum, on April 9-10, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.  The ACEN is the entity responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs.  The forum provided attendees with the opportunity to meet with the ACEN professional staff members and receive guidance on the systematic planning for program evaluation and assessment of outcomes. 

On April 16, 2015, Dr. Bill Hunter of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended a conference, Reflecting on the Past to Protect the Future: A Conference on Medicine, Bioethics and the Holocaust, sponsored by Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies’ Department of Medical Humanities and the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Studies.  The conference focused on Nazi medical experimentation, the Nuremberg Trials, the development of codes of ethics governing human subject research, the various ways eugenic ideals were used to create, implement, and enforce Racial Hygiene Theory, and the lasting legacy of the Holocaust for bioethics. 

Dr. Loryn Keating of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the Second Annual STEM C2 Research Summit at Bergen Community College on April 17, 2015.  Dr. Jason Hudzik and Professors Keri Flanagan and Jenifer Martin presented their initial findings from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Grant, Pathways of Applied Career Experience (PACE) Science Program in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology at the summit.  The summit focused on PACE pathways, internship opportunities, improving student retention, POGIL pedagogy, POGIL drawing activity, and study methodologies.  Dr. John Berger also attended in his role as principal investigator for the NSF Montclair State University (MSU) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (NTSP).  The program actively recruits, prepares, and supports science teachers for New Jersey’s high-need K-12 districts. 

Professor Laura Parker of the Department of Nursing attended a symposium Surfing the Silver Tsunami:  Caring for Older Patients and their Caregivers, on April 20, 2015, at Morristown Medical Center.  The symposium provided participants with current developments in the care of older adults that can be applied to promoting improvements in healthcare and contributing to their quality of life. 

Dr. Trish Baxter of the Department of Nursing obtained her Doctorate in Medical Humanities from Drew University.  The program “examines the intersection of human experience and medical knowledge by engaging in a discursive dialogue centered on what medicine means in relation to the individual and society.”  Her dissertation examined patient satisfaction with hospitalists’ communication in an acute care setting.  

Senior chemistry student, Bernard Murphy, received the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) award on April 22, 2015, at its annual Student Awards program at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains.  The award honors outstanding students for recognition of a demonstrated ability, leadership, and professional promise.  Dr. Loryn Keating attended the award dinner.  

Professor Ann Verschuuren presented several lectures at the Clinical Instructor Workshop III at Burlington County Community College on April 25, 2015.  Nelson Mandela’s Lesson of Leadership presentation provided a review of his wisdom and identified how his unique practices can benefit the professional radiologic technologists.  Other topics include Learning Activities to Promote Critical Thinking and Mentoring in the Radiologic Sciences. 

On April 16, 2015, the Exercise Science Club hosted a Personal Training Seminar given by staff members from Equinox New Jersey Management Team.  The Pillars to Coaching Optimization was presented by Spencer Antonucci, Leo Troso, and Pasquale Amato.  The seminar focused on certifications, networking and the business side of personal training; the power of connecting with clients; successful behavior modification; and change psychology. Twenty students and staff members attended the seminar.

Dr. Loryn Keating and Professor Christine Kelly of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 2015 Emerging Learning Design Conference at Montclair State University on May 29, 2015.  The conference, Connect, Construct, Create:  Engaging Approaches to Teaching and Learning, served showcased innovation in pedagogy and how technology can better enhance or transform it. 

Professors Ann Verschuuren and 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) 49th Annual Conference on April 29 through May 1, 2015, in Lake George, New York.  Professor Verschuuren presented Nelson Mandela’s Lessons of Leadership which provided a view of his wisdom and identified how his unique practices can benefit professional Radiologic Technologists.  In Teaching Multiple Intelligence, she focused on the notion of separate human capacities and their ranges and how we learn, as well as future learning techniques. 

Dr. Lesley Andrew of the Department of Nursing facilitated a session, Hot and Bothered: Evaluation and Implications of Fever Following Targeted Temperature Management, at the 2015 National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition on May 18-19, 2015, in San Diego, California. The session explored the incidence of fever in a population of adult patients who have undergone therapeutic hypothermia following return of spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest.  Therapeutic hypothermia is a controlled reduction of core body temperature that has been shown to improve neurological outcomes in adult patients. 

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on May 13, 2015, in the Dragonetti Auditorium.  Seventy 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). 

Professor Jutta Braun and Lab Coordinators Lori Kruppo and Catherine Siciliano of the Department of Nursing attended Patient Dynamics Beyond the Medical Diagnosis at Saint Clare’s Hospital, Denville, New Jersey, on May 20, 2015.  The program focused on mental health concepts for nurses and provided skills needed to recognize and address patient issues beyond the medical diagnosis. 

Professor Bryan Lemme of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 62nd Annual Meeting, 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue on May 26-30, 2015, in San Diego, California.  The comprehensive conference brought together more than 70 disciplines from around the world to share new clinical techniques, scientific advancements, and cutting-edge research in sports medicine, exercise science, physical activity, and public health.


Professors Jutta Braun, Celeste Wayne, and Mary Gerepka attended the 2015 Quality Safety and Education for Nurses Institute (QSEN) National Forum:  10 Years and Going Strong, on May 26-28, 2015, in San Diego, California.  The forum provided nurses with strategies to build on the strengths and address the challenges associated with innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies that accomplish QSEN competency development in both academic and practice settings; apply research findings related to quality and safety education in clinical practice, pre-licensure, and graduate programs; and translate research and innovation in QSEN competencies into practice.  QSEN competencies include patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, teamwork and collaboration, and informatics.


Dr. Maria Isaza, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, attended the 2015 Teaching Professor Conference on May 28-31, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference was designed to enhance pedagogy and provide valuable insights on the critical issues facing educators today.  Practical teaching methods and strategies on instructional design, activities that engage students, teaching specific types of students, instructional vitality, teaching and learning with technology, and creating climates for learning were presented at the sessions.  

Professor Brian Oleksak of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology presented a lecture entitled, Take a Cue from Nature:  Sustainable Approaches to Landscaping at Plant Detectives Nursery in Chester, New Jersey on May 23, 2015.  Twenty-five participants attended the outdoor garden lecture.  The lecture focused on how to implement sustainable landscape practices such as composting, natural pest management, anticipating insect patterns through temperature monitoring, and sustainable practices to maintain soil fertility.  

Professors Jenifer Martin and Keri Flanagan of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 13th Annual POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) National Meeting on May 30-June 2, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri.  The working meeting allowed active members of the POGIL community to participate in important tasks to further the mission of the The POGIL Project, guided by its Strategic Plan.   It also provided opportunities for attendees to interact and collaborate with colleagues in a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions, and open working time. 

Eleven faculty members from the Department of Nursing attended the Annual Spring Nursing Faculty Workshop sponsored by New Jersey Council of Associate Degree Nursing workshop on May 29, 2015, in Monroe Township, New Jersey.  Keynote speaker, Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, presented the powerful impact of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning on enhancing clinical reasoning skills.  

Professor Denise Vill’Neuve of the Department of Allied Health attended the 2015 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 24-29, 2015. The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.  Senior Radiography student, Svetlana Butkevich, participated in the 2015 Student Leadership Development Program.  The program offered her an opportunity to get to know the ASRT, attend educational sessions, and network with medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. 

On June 22-23, 2015, six nursing faculty and the  Nursing Lab Coordinator attended on-campus training for the Nursing Laboratory’s newest adult human patient simulator, SimMan 3G.  Training sessions were led by a Laerdal representative.  Participants had hands-on training in using LLEAP (Laerdal Learning Application) software platform.  Emphasis was on teaching with scenarios using LLEAP and SimDesigner programming.  Use of human patient simulation in the Nursing Laboratory allows students to practice and develop clinical and critical thinking skills in a realistic yet controlled environment without the risk of injury to actual patients. 

Professor Jutta Braun earned her Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certification renewal through December 2020.  The CNE Renewal Program was designed to help academic nurse educators remain current in the practice and continue to expand their knowledge relevant to the role of an academic nurse educator.  The credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. 

Professors Keri Flanagan and Jenifer Martin and Dr. Jason Hudzik have been invited to present The Pathways of Applied Career Experiences Science Program Provides Opportunities to Prepare Students Entering the Workforce in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, as a breakout track at the Annual NJEDge.Net Conference on November 18-20, 2015, at the Princeton Marriott.  Sixty-eight proposals were submitted for breakout and poster consideration. A committee of academic professionals accepted over 25 for breakout presentations, poster, and special ignite sessions. Consideration was given to academic discipline, technology and educational methodologies with an eye towards creating a mix of breadth and balance. 

Professor Keri Flanagan and Jenifer Martin attended the 2015 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty on July 21-26, 2015 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland.  The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides faculty participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of such change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort. 

On July 7-8, 2015, a new Thermoscientific Trace 1300 Gas Chromatograph was installed in the Department of Biology and Chemistry Instrumental Methods of Analysis Laboratory. This instrument is used to separate, identify, and quantitate mixtures of volatile compounds. It is equipped with a robotic autoinjector along with software to automate the analysis and data processing. Training is being provided to faculty.

Professor Bryan Lemme of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s 38th Annual National Conference and Exhibition on July 8-11, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.  The conference brought together thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers, and dedicated researchers and educators and provided research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. 

Thirteen Respiratory Therapy Program students completed graduation requirements.  The ceremony was held on July 23, 2015, in the Learning Resource Center.  All thirteen graduates will take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examination to earn the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRTT). 

Professor Denise Vill’Neuve of the Department of Allied Health attended the 34th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association for Medical Imaging Management on July 19-22, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Over 1,000 imaging leaders and 200 exhibitors attended this premier educational event for radiology administration.  A complete slate of professional development programs including a comprehensive selection of educational conferences and seminars focusing on providing quality care, innovative use of technologies, and best practices in medical imaging management were presented.

Twenty-eight Radiography Program students completed graduation requirements on July 30, 2015.  A celebration ceremony was held in the Learning Resource Center.  Students are in the process of taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Registry Examination.  Results will be available in January.  

Professor Samantha Fuentes of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 2015 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, from August 9-14, 2015.  The year’s meeting, Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial, took a look back at the history of the field of ecology as well as forward into its future.  Workshops also explored interdisciplinary connections with areas of social and natural science outside of ecology. 

Professor Ann Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health, Radiography Program, attended the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 25-28, 2015.  Attendees addressed practice standards that impact the responsibilities of all medical imaging and radiation professionals in the United States.   Professor Verschuuren also attended the 48th Annual Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on July 16-17, 2015.  Among seminars presented were implementing web technology into the classroom, a new career path for radiologic technologists—Certified Informatics Professionals (CIIP), “boot camp” designed as a pre-clinical orientation, using the flipped classroom in radiologic sciences, and building and encouraging leadership skills in students.

On August 20, 2015, Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey toured the Nursing Laboratory.  Ms. Jasey is Vice-Chair of the Housing and Local Government Committee and a Member of the Education Committee.  A former public health nurse, Ms. Jasey had an opportunity to see firsthand the laboratory patient simulators designed to facilitate clinical mastery.

A Memorandum of Agreement between the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) and the County College of Morris was executed in August.  The Agreement is intended to provide a long-term working relationship between the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology and the LFH.  Students will have an opportunity to perform field activities at New Jersey’s largest lake.  Opportunities will be in areas such as sustainable landscape design and installation and educational landscape displays promoting sound practices for lake communities.

Professors Helen Mastrobuoni, Janet Johannessen, Kelly Miniter, and Dr. Greg Erianne attended Engaging Learners in the 21st Century at Mercer County Community on August 25, 2015.  Dr. Ken Bain, President of the Best Teachers Institute and internationally recognized for insights into teaching and learning, was the keynote speaker.  Session tracks included topics and examples of outstanding learning initiatives, related to online, hybrid, flipped or web-enhanced; STEM initiatives and learning techniques; and examples of student-centered pedagogy. 

Montclair State University’s (MSU) NSF-Noyce Scholars completed their second year of academic preparation. The purpose of the Noyce Grant is to recruit, educate, and train teachers in the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering; candidates are awarded a full scholarship to Montclair State University to enter the School of Education and earn a dual degree in teaching and a STEM field. Five students (including CCM graduate Samantha Tavalare, Year 2014) have been recruited to join the previous cohort of future teachers.  During the summer the candidates attended a number of job sites including Pfizer Inc., the NJ-DEP, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and Picatinny Arsenal. Students also attended the MSU School of Conservation for three days where they were exposed to more unusual education experiences including bear ecology, rock wall climbing, wildness orientation/navigation, and outdoor survival.

The newest degree at the College, the Associate in Science Degree in Public Health, rolled out with the fall 2015 semester.   The program is designed to address the specific needs of students who are interested in transferring to four-year institutions to earn a baccalaureate degree or higher in public health.  Students are currently enrolled in PBH-101, Principles of Public Health, which provides a broad overview of the many facets of public health.  An articulation agreement has been established between the William Paterson University (WPU) College of Science and Health Bachelor of Science in Public Health and the County College of Morris (CCM) Associate of Science in Public Health.  The articulation will be used to determine a dual enrollment program which will automatically transfer all eligible students from CCM who have completed Associate of Science degrees and meet the GPA criteria as set forth by the WPU College of Science and Health into a Public Health major with third year (junior) status.    

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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