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

The BMET Division had a very active 2012-2013 academic year with many curriculum projects coming to fruition including the completion of six-year program reviews and accreditation self-studies.

We introduced two new degrees in the division: the Associate in Applied Science Culinary Arts and Science degree (P3425) which became effective with the fall 2012 term and the Associate in Science Computer Science degree (P2500) which became effective with the spring 2013 term; the latter degree replaces the associate in applied science degree of the same name. Chairpersons Cosgrove and Murphy are to be commended for shepherding these new degrees over many months to completion.  Prof. Nancy Binowski provided invaluable expertise to the development of the computer science degree.

The Engineering Technologies/Engineering Science (ET/ES) Department, the Business Department, and the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department were engaged in their reaccreditation processes during the past academic year.  The ET/ES Department submitted self-studies for the Electronics Engineering Technology Program and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program in the summer of 2012 and hosted a team of program evaluators from their accrediting group, ABET, from October 21 through October 24.  The evaluators’ review was presented to the July 2013 meeting of The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The policy of ABET is to grant accreditation for a limited number of years, not to exceed six, in all cases, and we are pleased to report our programs received the reaccreditation for the full six-year period.  Congratulations to Prof. Fuentes and the faculty of these programs.  Meanwhile, the Business Department and the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department began the self-study process for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Accrediting Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  The four ACBSP accredited programs are:  Business Administration, Business Career, Hospitality Management, and
Restaurant and Culinary Management.  The effort began with three business faculty: Professors Bagan, Cupo and Sutton, traveling to the annual ACBSP conference in Baltimore, MD in June 2012.  Professor Sutton received the appointment of Assistant Chairperson for Business in October 2012 and she was also selected to lead the self-study effort for the Business Department in coordination with Chairperson Mark Cosgrove for Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.  An exhaustive nine-month examination of the programs’ compliance with the six standards of excellence for ACBSP accreditation was aided by information from numerous college offices and the self-study was submitted in August of 2013.  Michelle Roe provided her technological expertise to this substantial document. The departments now look forward to hosting a team of ACBSP evaluators from October 6 through October 9.

Six-year program reviews were completed for several programs in the Information Technologies including all degree options in Computer Information Systems (#3501-#3504).  Professor Bonnie Murphy is to be commended for her efforts in completing these reviews and we thank Dr. Barbara Bracken of Wilkes University for serving as the external consultant for these programs.  The final steps in the six-year review process will be completed as the review documents are brought to the Curriculum Committee in fall 2013.

Other curriculum developments included the incorporation of a “common core” of major courses in the three degrees in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department; the incorporation of “student success” content in the degree programs throughout the division; and the development of substantial degree revision proposals for the Telecommunications Associate in Applied Science and Aviation Flight Technology Associate in Applied Science degrees.  These degree revision proposals should be making their way in the curriculum process during the 2013-2014 academic year.  The Mathematics Department also began an extensive review of both the development mathematics curriculum and the statistics curriculum and we are looking forward to their proposals in the coming months.  The Business Department made significant changes to the elective portion of the Business Administration degree and will be turning its attention to the Associate in Applied Science Business Career degree during the 2013-2014 academic year.  A valued department in the division is the Planetarium led by Astronomer Chris Fenwick who has begun a regular posting on CCM’s Facebook page titled, “Here’s What’s Up!”  The weekly postings highlight topics of astronomical interest while reminding readers of the Planetarium programs.  A catalog of the postings is maintained on the Planetarium’s webpage.  Follow the Planetarium on Facebook!

The maintenance of program quality through facility remodels and equipment upgrades continued in the past academic year. The ET/ES Department, Information Technologies and the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts all benefited from the Carl Perkins grant and look forward to additional major equipment purchases under the state’s capital equipment leasing program.  Laboratories in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology have been approved for a major renovation funded through state bond money and the renovation began in August of 2013 with an expected completion date in December of 2013.

The division welcomes the Criminal Justice Program and Professors Nick Irons, Jon Hurd and William Solomons effective with fall of 2013.  The program will be within the ET/ES department under the leadership of Prof. Fuentes who has many strong relationships with Morris County public safety agencies.

At the heart of our academic programs are the faculty who bring their expertise to their discipline.  Support for professional development and engagement in the community continues to be a division priority.

On November 29, 2012, Dean Patrick Enright and members of CCM’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leadership Team met with Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (iWitts) through a conference call.  The purpose of the call was to discuss further implementation of strategies developed in the May 2012 two-day training session held at CCM addressing the gender imbalance in STEM enrollments.

On December 20, 2012, Professor Fuentes gave a lecture and demonstration on gears and torque to the seventh grade class at St. Mary’s School in Rockaway, NJ.  The seventh graders are working on a Motorized Toy Car challenge (STEM initiative) and needed additional information on gears, gear ratios and torque.

Professor Fuentes attended the semi-annual meeting of the Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation Activities (CETAA).  The meeting took place in Orlando, Florida on January 25th, 26th and 27th.  The CETAA is responsible for implementing IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) involvement in the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, the accrediting agency for engineering programs in the United States.  The committee oversees the program evaluators that represent the IEEE on ABET visits and it is also responsible for developing the curriculum for all of the programs that fall under the IEEE as the lead society.

Professor June Scott, Information Technologies, attended the Computer Information Technology Symposium in Miami Beach, Florida from February 7 to 9.  The participants were teachers from all over the United States who taught the beginning computer courses as well as the computer application courses at community colleges and universities. The groups discussed the way CIT (computer information technology) is being taught today, and how technology is being used right now in classrooms across the country using tablets, mobile technology (smartphones), iPad’s and social media.  Conversations included learning tools, learning styles, technology solutions and events beyond the academic environment.  It was an interactive environment with teachers using laptops and tablets and others leading the development of educational tools and technology.

The Morris Area Mathematics Alliance (MAMA) held its 40th successful meeting on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the Davidson Conference Rooms.  As NJ K-12 schools are meeting the state requirement to incorporate CCSS into their mathematics curricula, this timely program provided the latest key information, best-practice methods and discussion opportunities for mathematics instructors from northern NJ.  The first speaker, Dr. Dwight Smith, addressed the audience on the importance of pedagogical content knowledge in implementing the CCSS and on the assessment programs that will be developed (PARCC).  The attendees appreciated his question-and-answer period that followed.  The meeting then divided into three concurrent sessions, covering Elementary School, Middle School, and High School implementation topics, respectively.  The speaker/moderator of each session was either a District Director or a Coordinating Supervisor of Mathematics Instruction in his/her school district.  Much information on “working models” as well as “roadblocks” was provided, exchanged, clarified, and discussed.  The meeting was well attended (almost 100 mathematics professionals in total) and the feedback has been incredibly positive.

Mathematics Professors Jeff Jones, Roger McCoach, Meimee Persau and Natalie Yang attended the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) Conference in Boston, MA from 3-21-3/24.  The conference reviews excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics.

On March 28, 2013 Professor Nial McCabe and Lab Coordinator Eric Pedersen visited Custom Alloys Manufacturing in High Bridge, NJ. The visit was part of the planning process for an upcoming CCM field trip of engineering students in April.

Professor Bonnie Murphy attended the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Student Success and the Quality Agenda held in Miami, Florida, from April 4-6.  Professor Murphy attended the conference as a representative of the College’ General Education Committee.  She attended all LEAP-featured sessions (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) in addition to the opening and plenary sessions.  The focus of the conference was on student success and implementing high-impact practices to ensure that success.
The Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department led by Chairperson Mark Cosgrove hosted two successful events in the Hospitality Dining Room: a luncheon for tenure-track faculty on April 24, 2013 and the CCM Foundation “Visioning the Future” dinner on May 1, 2013.  Lab assistants Alicia Harris and Jennifer McCord supported kitchen and dining room operations as program students demonstrated their cooking and service expertise for the guests.

Professor Patricia Bernson, Business Department, reported that the first meeting of the Finance Club will be held on Tuesday, February 19 during College Hour in CH155. 

The Nineteenth Annual Women Who Dare Conference was held on Friday, May 10, 2013.  Approximately 205 high school junior and senior young women attended from 10 high schools representing four counties.  The students received a morning greeting from Dean Patrick Enright and Dr. Bette Simmons.  The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Posillico, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. Students had the opportunity to participate in two workshops during the event.  Workshops were presented by: Professors Nancy Binowski, Jefferson Cartano, Mark Cosgrove, John Klages, Nial McCabe, Susan Miller, Meimee Persau, Maureen Sutton, Patricia Tamburelli, Joseph Tamburelli , Alexis Thurman, and Natalie Yang; by Mechanical Engineering Lab Coordinator Eric Pedersen,  and Planetarium Astronomer Chris Fenwick.   Ms. Michelle Roe coordinated all aspects of the conference.  The event also received support from offices across the campus.  This year’s event was sponsored by Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., First Energy Corporation, Jersey Central Power & Light, Lucent Technologies, New Jersey Natural Gas, County College of Morris Campus Life, Business, Mathematics, Engineering & Technologies and the County College of Morris Foundation Office.

Professor Mark Cosgrove attended the NRAEF Summer Institute Level 3 conference in Daytona Florida from June 23-June 28.  The seminar covered the following areas: Cost Control, Marketing, Baking, Desserts, Global cuisines, Salads and garnishing, Sustainability, and Teaching pedagogy. Level 3 featured culinary topics in salads and garnishing, baking and desserts.  Management topics included marketing and cost control. The class also featured topics at the forefront of the industry, such as global cuisines and sustainability.

Professor Maureen Sutton attended the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) Annual Conference from June 21-24, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme of the conference was "Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in the Classroom".  In addition to attending a variety of sessions, Prof. Sutton met with an accreditation council commissioner to review elements of the department’s self-study to be submitted in August. The Business Department’s reaccreditation visit is scheduled for October 2013.

The Summer Academy provided 20 students from Dover High School with a one-week opportunity to sharpen their science, math and technology skills, express their creativity and start planning for college. Professors Alexis Thurman and Susan Winston prepared, instructed and directed all activities for the Summer Academy students. The program, which ran from July 8 through July 12, 2013 focused on a different aspect of math, science and technology. This year’s program “Emagination” placed the participants into small groups and challenged them to create an amusement park in Minecraft, a video game where players build things in 3D. Some of the results included a volcano roller coaster, a “Jungle Vines” ride filled with numerous climbs and dips and lots of green vegetation, and even some bathrooms.  The Summer Academy was funded by Alcoa and Investors Bank.   


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.

Dr. Gregory Erianne of the Department of Biology/Chemistry attended the workshop, POGIL:  Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning for AP Biology and Chemistry, sponsored by EASTCONN Conference Services on February 1, 2014, in Waterbury, CT.  The workshop explored the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom.  Instruction was provided using a POGIL-based learning environment, allowing participants to experience first-hand what students using this technique would experience.  Several POGIL activities were done to help participants understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom and illustrate classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL.

Drs. Maria Isaza and Amanda Orenstein, Professors Christine Kelly and Samantha Fuentes 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 34th Annual Chester Science Fair on March 1, 2014.  Projects were evaluated on the quality and complexity of work and adherence to the scientific method. 

Dr. John Berger of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 62nd National Conference on Science Education (NSTA) in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 3-6, 2014.   The conference, Leading a Science Revolution, offered the latest in science content, teaching strategies, and research to enhance and expand faculty growth.  The NSTA Exhibit Hall provided an opportunity for science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, and curricula. 

Drs. Maria Isaza, John Berger, Jason Hudzik, Loryn Keating and Professors Christine Kelly, Janet Johannessen, and Keri Flanagan of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the First Annual STEM C2 (Community College) Research Summit on April 11, 2014, at Bergen Community College.  The summit fostered strong collaboration among community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in the area.   It was designed to promote the intellectual and investigative development of students, faculty, and staff in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.  Professor Kelly presented Using Outcomes Data to Assess Long-Term Retention in Biology.

Drs. Jason Hudzik, Loryn Keating, and Justyna Korczeniewska of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended a Best Practices Conference as part of the statewide strategic planning effort, Big Ideas for Student Success, at Mercer County Community College on April 25, 2014.  Topics included improving student success and satisfaction by creating student-centered learning experiences based on active learning and classroom flipping strategies, innovative approaches to adjunct faculty development, bridging the math gap through concurrent enrollment, and college acceleration and increased retention initiatives in a community college setting.

Professor Trish Baxter of the Department of Nursing attended Donor Advocacy Training in February 2014 sponsored by the New Jersey Sharing Network, a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation.  Patient narratives and family perspectives were discussed, as well as legal issues and the referral process.

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri of the Department of Nursing completed his doctoral studies and successfully defended his thesis at William Paterson University.

Professor Monica Maraska attended the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Program Evaluator Training in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 20-22, 2014.  As an ACEN program evaluator, Professor Maraska will be part of a team that evaluates nursing programs for initial or continuing accreditation by the ACEN Commissioners.  Programs must demonstrate compliance with ACEN standards of accreditation. 

Dr. Lesley Andrew and Professor Kathy Prokop of the Department of Nursing participated in the Morristown Medical Center symposium, Celebrating Certification:  Making a Difference in the Nursing Work Environment, on March 19, 2014.  The symposium enabled participants to increase their knowledge of clinical leadership, career development relationships, and integrating evidence into patient quality outcomes.   

The 2014 New Jersey League for Nursing Annual Convention, Leadership in a New Era:  Engagement, Empowerment, Evolving, was held on March 27-28, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Professor Laura Parker and Nursing Lab Coordinator Lori Kruppo presented Using an Education Electronic Healthcare Record (EEHR).  Dr. Lesley Andrew presented a session, From Cold to Hot:  An Investigation of Fever Following Therapeutic Hypothermia, and Professor Buffy Reilly presented Be in a Constant State of Readiness—Interviews, Resumes, and Portfolios. 

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to honor the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families, and commemorate all transplant recipients. Barbara Turci RN, BSN, CPTC, Organ and Tissue Donation Education Manager, of New Jersey Sharing Network, met with Nursing IV students and encouraged them to help spread the life-saving message of organ donation and get involved with National Donate Life Blue and Green Day on April 11, 2014.

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri of the Department of Nursing has been selected to present 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.

Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing attended a PESI seminar, Using the DSM-5 for Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment, on April 15, 2014, in South Plainfield, New Jersey.  The seminar covered the dramatic changes in the fifth edition of the classification and diagnostic tool, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), and their impact on mental disorders.

Professor Craig Tolley together with students from LHT 231: Landscape Construction and Equipment attended the New Jersey Landscape 2014 Trade Show and Conference at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, on February 26, 2014.  The event featured over 150 companies showcasing their newest products, equipment, machinery, and services.

The Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted meetings in its new building for the Women’s Landscape Alliance and the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association North Metro Chapter.  Each group brought approximately 40 green industry professionals to the CCM Campus during the month of March.

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology presented, General Irrigation Concepts for Good Cultural Practices, at the Sports Field Managers Association (SFMANJ) of New Jersey Spring Field Day on April 22, 2014, in Glassboro, New Jersey.  Other topics included the fertilizer law, weed control, grasses, and field maintenance.

Dr. Michael Paul of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended The Speed Summit East 2014 at Morristown Medical Center on January 18 and 19, 2014.  The summit featured talks by coaches, running and speed development experts.  Guest speakers included Dr. Peter Weyand, world's leading scholar on the scientific basis of human performance; Vern Gambetta, Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems and considered the father of "Functional Sports Training;" and Gary Winckler, University of Illinois’ premier coach. 
Professor Denise Vill’Neuve, Chairperson of the Department of Allied Health, and Professor Marian Maloney together with senior Radiography students attended the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Meeting on March 4-7, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Faculty and students attended a variety of quality educational sessions to enhance their understanding of modern technology within the profession. Approximately 140 students participated in the Student X-ray Bowl. Daniel Lasky, Eric Salameh, Barbara Spina, and Darius Bakstad made it to the semi-final round with Dan Lasky finishing fourth in the competition.  Scatter—It’s What’s the Matter created by Barbara Spina, Eric Salameh, Brian Polkowski and Darius Bakstad earned a third place in the Technical Poster Exhibit.  Posters are judged on their professional/educational value, originality of subject matter, technical quality and creativity, and presentation. 

Respiratory Therapy Program Director John Rutkowski presented Emotional Intelligence: An Ethical Imperative at the 11th Annual Spring Seminar on April 29, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

The Respiratory Therapy Club raised over $1,800 in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 5, 2014.  The event promoted awareness and monetary support for the 35 million Americans who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases.  CCM students Edit Punk, Mark Bustamante, Melissa Jones, Bijo Joseph, and Reyna Deras placed in the event.  The club’s team, Air Supply, was one of the top fundraisers at the event.  The club also participated in the recent CCM Health Fair demonstrating equipment, talking to visitors about respiratory diseases and smoking, and discussing the program with interested students.

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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