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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

Through its Health and Exercise Science Department, the College offers a joint Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. CCM students, Kathryn Sema, Jessica Johnson, and Blake Ryanback of the OTA Class of 2016 will graduate on February 19, 2016, from the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Graduates are eligible to sit for a national certification exam, and once certified the graduate may obtain state licensure to practice as Certified Occupation Therapy Assistant (COTA) in New Jersey.

Respiratory Therapy Clinical Education Director, Michele DaSilva, has been selected to serve on an Ad Hoc Committee on Respiratory Therapists and Disease Management. The committee is part of the American Association for Respiratory Care—a professional association that promotes excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, and the respiratory therapist. 

Dr. Gregory Erianne of the Department of Biology and Chemistry completed a supplement revision project in the fall of 2015 for Integra Chicago to support the 13th edition of Scott and Fong’s Body Structures and FunctionsHe is also serving as primary author for a project that began in the fall of 2015 to revise Pearson's web-based Mastering A&P Dynamic Study Modules to support the 6th edition of Wood’s Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual. The project is expected to be completed in April, 2016.

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology together with four students attended the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) annual show in San Diego, California, on February 8-11, 2016. The theme, Everything Under the Sun, focused on key issues ranging from water conservation to advocacy.   Students also participated in the annual Collegiate Turf Bowl, a highlight for students who test their classroom and field knowledge as part of a team representing the College. 

Allied Health Chair, Denise Vill’Neuve, announced the results of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. The mean score of 86 for the Class of 2015 was higher than both the National score (83.7) and State of New Jersey (85). The ARRT exam is a five-section exam; students’ mean scores were higher on three of the five sections when compared to the State of New Jersey and higher on all sections when compared nationally.   

Professor Mary Gerepka of the Department of Nursing successfully renewed her Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification.  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.

Student Nurses’ Association Advisor, Buffy Reilly, led a kick-boxing event fundraiser which raised $1,100. The funds will be used to offset the cost of student attendance at the New Jersey National League for Nursing (NJNLN) Conference.

The Department of Nursing is continuing its quest for an adequate computer documentation system to simulate EHRs (electronic health records).  During the winter break faculty participated in a conference with the Neehr Perfect organization and quickly began using the new product in January.  Laura Parker was able to complete charts for five patients for use in a skills lab as well as other charts for classwork.  Students are currently using the system for clinical documentation in NUR-214 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing.

CCM graduate, Andy Raghunandan, R.N., received the DAISY Award at Morristown Medical Center. His clinical group instructor, Dr. Trish Baxter, attended the presentation. The Daisy (acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses.

On February 12, 2016, Dr. Trish Baxter of the Department of Nursing attended the 5th Annual Heart Success Program's Heart Failure Awareness Week: It Takes a Village at Morristown Medical Center. Current trends in heart failure treatment including pharmaceutical management and implantable devices were reviewed. Dr. Baxter together with ten clinical students also attended a lecture Delirium/CAM (Confusion Assessment Method) on February 16, 2016. The objective of the lecture was for attendees to define delirium and identify assessment methods to accurately diagnosis delirium in the hospital setting.   

Drs. Maria Isaza, Loryn Keating, Gregory Erianne, and Teresa Birrer, and Professors Christine Kelly, Samantha Gigliotti, and Dorothy Artale of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, Dr. Michael Paul of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and Professor Catherine Chambers of the Department of Mathematics volunteered their time and expertise to judge students’ projects at the 36th Annual Chester Science Fair on March 5, 2016. Projects were evaluated on the quality and complexity of work and adherence to the scientific method.

Department of Health and Exercise faculty and students under the direction of Dr. Michael Paul and Professor Bryan Lemme together with Professors Buffy Reilly and Theresa Farmer and representatives from the Student Nurses Association participated in the 3rd Annual Community Wellness Day in Randolph, New Jersey, on March 5, 2016. Coordinated by the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, the event connected people of all ages with the health and wellness resources in the community. Participation in this event provided the Division with an opportunity for students and faculty to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge on aspects of health and wellness, personal health, and environmental health. Proceeds from the event benefit the Randolph Education Foundation, which supports teacher innovation and student success throughout the Randolph Township school district.

Professors Bernadette Schicho and Therese Farmer of the Department of Nursing participated in the Saint Barnabas Medical Center College Career Fair on March 30, 2016, in Livingston, New Jersey. Employees, their families and the community explored careers in healthcare by speaking with educators from local area colleges and universities offering the programs necessary to reach their career goals.

On March 20, 2016, Dean Monica Maraska participated in the 5th Annual Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit in Arlington, Virginia. The summit, co-sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), brought together public health educators and professionals involved in undergraduate public health education. Dean Maraska served as panelist participating in a discussion on the pathways to public health education at community colleges and the development of the degree at County College of Morris.

Dr. Patricia Baxter of the Department of Nursing attended Certified Nurses’ Day at Morristown Medical Center on March 18, 2016. The program provided nurses with an overview of the impact of certification on clinical practice and patient outcomes. 

Professor Buffy Reilly of the Department of Nursing has been appointed to the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association (NJSNA) Region I Bylaws and Resolutions Committees. She also serves as an officer in Interested Nurses Political Action Committee (INPAC), a nonpartisan political action committee of the NJSNA. NJSNA Region I is committed to advancing the profession of nursing and fostering quality in healthcare. CCM nursing students were recognized at the NJSNA business meeting for their efforts in collecting socks for the Trinity Shelter in Dover. 

On March 24, 2016, Professor Reilly participated in a webinar, Driving Student Success: Using the SuccessNavigator® Assessment to improve retention and completion rates.

Dr. Patricia Baxter and Professor Buffy Reilly attended the 2016 Morris County Legislative Dinner on March 10, 2016, in Randolph, New Jersey, where they had an opportunity to meet county legislators and learn about current educational issues impacting K-12 and community college educators.

The Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department participated in the Springfest Flower and Garden Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey, from March 17-20, 2016. An educational booth was set up to promote the program as well as professions in horticulture. Chair Brian Oleksak gave a presentation entitled Xeriscape Design Principles: Creative Landscape Designs for a Changing ClimateSpringfest attracts over 10,000 attendees from the tristate region.

Several members of the Health and Natural Sciences Division participated in the Morris County 4-H 7th Annual Science-Sational Day on March 26, 2016, at the College. Drs. Loryn Keating and Teresa Birrer and Professor Samantha Gigliotti presented Creative Chemistry to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade demonstrating the role of chemistry in everyday life and introduced them to the concepts of polymers by making slime (a polymer). Professors Buffy Reilly and Therese Farmer and Lab Coordinators Lori Kruppo and Catherine Siciliano presented Heart and Lungs where students engaged in activities listening to heart and lung sounds on Sim Jr., a department simulator.

As a member of the Lung Force Expo Planning Committee, Professor Michele DaSilva of the Allied Health Respiratory Therapy Program participated in the American Lung Association Lung Force Expo in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on March 29, 2016. The Expo provided an opportunity for patients and healthcare professionals to learn about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, asthma, and other lung diseases.

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology together with students from his Horticultural Soils class attended the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Spring Field Day on March 30, 2016, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The event focused on safety regulations, good cultural practices, field maintenance, and both natural and synthetic field management.

Senior Radiography students volunteered at the Interfaith Food Pantry during spring break. The Pantry is committed to ending hunger and supporting self-sufficiency in Morris County. Volunteers helped with food sorting and food stocking.

On April 6, 2016, the HNS Division was represented at the Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) Advisory Board Meeting.  MCVSD consists of Full Time Academies, Share Time Programs and Adult Education. Dean Monica Maraska served as advisor for the Health Care Science Academy and Dr. Michael Paul, Professors Bryan Lemme and Kelly Miniter served as advisors for the Sports Medicine Academy. 

The Radiography Program recently had its reaccreditation extended from five to eight years—the maximum award of accreditation—by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) based on a successful site visit by the committee. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography.

Dr. John Berger of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the April 15, 2016 meeting of the New Jersey Assessment Consortium. The meeting provided an overview of the new changes to the Middle States accreditation process, new assessment technologies (software), and an opportunity to network with assessment officers from other institutions.

Professors Dorothy Artale and Samantha Gigliotti attended a conference, Global Climate Change and Environmental Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges, on April 21-23, 2016 at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Alexandria, Virginia. The conference presented strategies that can be used in engaging students in considering the urgent challenges facing society relative to climate change and other environmental challenges.

Dr. Lesley Andrew of the Department of Nursing attended the Nursing Education Research Conference: Research as a Catalyst for Transformative Practice sponsored by the National League for Nursing and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society on April 7-9, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on the impact of educational research on clinical outcomes. Participants explored innovative strategies that support education-practice-research collaboration. 

Professor Celeste Wayne has defended her dissertation and will graduate in May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Lori Kruppo, Lab Coordinator, and Dr. Patricia Baxter of the Department of Nursing attended the 6th Annual Atlantic Health System Psychiatric Nursing Institute Conference on April 8, 2016, at Morristown Medical Center. The conference focused on providing help in understanding anger and violence and the origin and impact on society and health care. 

Dr. Loryn Keating and Professor Helen Mastrobuoni of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 3rd Annual STEM C^2 Research Summit at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, on April 15, 2016. The summit served to showcase and share the accomplishments of faculty, students, and staff of 2- and 4-year colleges as well as select high schools who have undertaken STEM-related research.

Professors Denise Vill’Neuve, Marian Maloney, and Ann Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health attended the annual New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists (NJSRT) meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 5-7, 2016.  Professor Verschuuren presented at the clinical instructors’ workshop for radiologic technology educators. Lectures included Introduction to becoming a Clinical Instructor, Clinical Supervision Skills, Evaluation Methodology, and Motivation and Mentoring in Radiologic Sciences.

An article, “Expect the Unexpected,” written by Mariela Mazariegos, R.T.(R), 2015 graduate of the Radiography Program, was published in the March/April 2016 issue of Radiologic Technology.

On May 2-4, 2016, the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program held its annual Spring Plant Sale. This year's offerings include flats of annuals, herb and vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes and other varieties, along with flowering perennial plants and hanging baskets. Proceeds benefit the Landscape and Horticultural student activities.

Professor Brian Oleksak, Chair of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology, presented a lecture, Xeriscape Design Principles: Creative Landscape Designs for a Changing Climate, on April 20, 2016, at the Morristown and Morris Township Library. The program, supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, focused on xeriscaping—a set of landscape design practices that emphasize the reduction of wasteful water use in the landscape.  

New Jersey State Nurses Association President-Elect Mary Ellen Levine addressed the CCM Student Nurses Association on April 25, 2016. The association is an advocate for the nursing profession and the advancement of quality healthcare in New Jersey. Ms. Levine explained how membership in NJSNA provides unique opportunities for nurses to advance their career, gain knowledge that will improve patient care and influence decision that impact nurses at the state and national level.

Professor Samantha Gigliotti of the Department of Biology and Chemistry has been notified that her poster abstract, Student driven monitoring and assessment of the anthropocentric effects on the Millbrook watershed, has been accepted for presentation at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 7-12, 2016. The theme of this year’s meeting is Novel Ecosystems in Anthropocene. 

Elyse Angle, a biology major participating in an independent study with Professor Samantha Gigliotti, will be doing a poster presentation on Anthropocentric effects on the Millbrook Watershed, at the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s 101st Annual Conference on May 18, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On April 22, 2016, Dr. Patricia Baxter attended a lecture, Hot Topics in Pharmacology, sponsored by the Advanced Practice Council of Morristown Medical Center. Discussion included pharmacologic management of inflammatory bowel disease; poison control: drug toxicity treatment and management, delirium: pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures; management of the oncology patient: biotherapy agents and immunotherapy, and pharmacologic interventions in heart failure. 

Timothy Hajj, chemistry major, will serve as CCM’s first intern at Novartis this summer. He will be working in the company’s East Hanover location in stability control, testing how various drugs maintain or lose potency under different conditions. 

Dr. Lesley Andrew of the Department of Nursing passed the rigorous National League for Nursing's CNE (Certified Nurse Educator) exam. For academic nurse educators, earning the credential of Certified Nurse Educator establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. 

Dr. Maria Isaza, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, has been accepted as a participant in the 2016 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty at Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland. The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career 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.

Professors Buffy Reilly and Therese Farmer of the Department of Nursing served as judges at the 2016 Morris County 4-H Public Presentations Night at the College on May 6, 2016., where 4-H members delivered formal presentations on a topic of their choice. Judges provided constructive feedback that helped the 4-H members improve their public speaking skills. At the conclusion of the event, 4-H members were recognized for their achievements during a short awards program.

The Division celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2016, honoring the CCM nurse educators. The 2016 theme, Culture of Safety—It Starts With You, recognizes the impact nursing has on patient outcomes and quality of care.

As part of National Nurses Week 2016, Professors Kathleen Horan and Mary Gerepka attended a presentation, Pull vs. Push Theory, by keynote speaker Cheri Clancy, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, on May 2, 2016 at Morristown Medical Center.  The event focused on strategies for wellness and was attended by multiple colleges and universities.

On April 20-22, 2016, Professor Jutta Braun attended the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 2016 Self-Study Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. The forum provided an opportunity to review the standards and criteria as well as the current policies in the accreditation review process.


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) 50th Annual Conference on May 4-6, 2016, in Lake George, New York. Topics included integrating Fink’s Taxonomy in the radiologic technology classroom, the importance of a good patient history, the evolution of mammography, radiation safety and digital cropping, outcomes assessments, and strategies for improving retention. 


Dr. Leo-Felix Jurado was the guest speaker at the Men in Nursing Forum, hosted by the Department of Nursing and made possible through the Carl D. Perkins Grant on May 9, 2016. Dr. Jurado, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at William Paterson University, was joined by a panel of CCM male alumni and faculty. Discussion focused on developing recruitment strategies for men in nursing that dispel the current stereotype.


Division recipients of the 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award are Professor Christine Kelly, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, and Adjunct Faculty, Anthony Spagnuolo in the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology.


Liberal Arts

The Visual Arts Gallery will host an exhibit by the Art Association in Roxbury featuring the work of several local artists.

Professor Todd Doney of the Art & Design Department worked with Jeffrey Wanamaker, a firefighter with the Millburn Fire Department and students of the CCM Art Club to assist with creating a kitchen table for the firefighters to share meals around.  The tabletop features the wording "Millburn Fire Station 2, 'The House in the hills'".
Dr. Jose Bevia of the Music, Dance and Performing Arts Department traveled to Western Michigan University to attend a conference.  Fifteen composers from across the United States and foreign countries came to learn state of the art technology and software programs.
Dr. Michael Parrella of the History & Political Science Department was a presenter in the opening framing panel for the min-institute that AAC&U organized "Citizenship Under Siege: Finding Common Ground Amidst Fractious Differences" for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement national conference in Indianapolis.  Dr. Parrella participated in a panel "How Humanities Can Untangle Contentious Issues" which underscored one of the key points for the mini-institute by stressing the power of the humanities as guardians of democracy and a repository of personal narratives, imagination, historical memory and values. 

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