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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.

The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) voted to award Continuing Accreditation to the A.A.S. Degree Respiratory Care Program at its November 2013 meeting.
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress 2013 59th International Respiratory Convention and Exhibition was held on November 16-19, 2013, in Anaheim, California.   Professor Michele DaSilva participated in programs focusing on the latest advancements in patient care and experienced cutting-edge technology in the AARC Exhibit Hall with all the manufacturers in the industry.

Allied Health Chairperson Denise Vill’Neuve and senior radiography students attended the New Jersey Educators in Radiologic Imaging (NJERI) seminar, 4th Annual Advancing Your RT Career:  Pathways to Continuing Education on November 18, 2013, at Middlesex County College.

On October 26, 2013, Dr. Maria Isaza and Professors Christine Kelly, Jenifer Martin, Sheila Barbach and Helen Mastrobuoni of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 46th Annual Fall Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Conference at Bergen Community College.  The theme of the conference was bioethics and focused on the immortal human cell line known as HeLa cells.  The cells, which replicate indefinitely, have been used in many important developments including the vaccine for polio, research for cancer and AIDS, and gene mapping.

Professors Christine Kelly and Keri Flanagan of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the Network for Academic Renewal Conference on October 21-November 2, 2013, in San Diego, California.  Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence focused on reversing the dramatic U.S. loss of needed talent in STEM disciplines, using evidence-based practices that increase persistence and achievement for all students, with particular attention to students from underrepresented groups; and ensuring that all STEM graduates build—from the outset of their studies—the multi-disciplinary knowledge, research skills, and mindsets needed to address the complex challenges to be faced in every sphere of society.

Professor Sheila Barbach, Jenifer Martin, and Keri Flanagan submitted a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education program on October 17, 2013.  If approved, the grant would provide funds to expand the department’s internship program and implement Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activities into courses to improve student learning.

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology and students from the Turf and Turfgrass Management class attended the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ) Fall Field Day on November 7, 2013.  The focus of the event was baseball field maintenance strategies and field prep.

Students from the Nursery and Landscape Club together with Professor Craig Tolley attended the annual Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania.  The festival featured more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums nurtured and trained by horticulture experts to resemble clouds, torches, spirals, fans, 13-foot arches, and more while showcasing innovative plant-growing techniques.

Exercise Science Chairperson Marianne Morano and Professors Samantha Fuentes, Marjorie Tillman, and Brian Lemme presented a workshop, Mobile Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, on November 21, 2013, at the NJEDge.Net Conference in Plainsboro, New Jersey.    Workshop participants experienced a classroom simulation of the use of iPads in learning while utilizing iPad applications in small group activities for various academic disciplines.

Professor Craig Tolley attended the 38th New Jersey GREEN EXPO presented by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association in partnership with Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University Center for Turfgrass Science on December 10-12, 2013, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The science-based conference and trade show provided participants with cutting edge information on the GREEN Industry and an opportunity to see new products and services.

Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the 2014 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension on January 6-8, 2014.  The symposium is in its 53rd year and serves as an educational event for landscapers, arborists, and turf managers from northern and central New Jersey.  Over four-hundred participants attended this year’s event which included presentations on pesticide regulations, utility safety, invasive species, and new plant introductions for 2014.  Participation in the event allows professionals to maintain Department of Environmental Protection certification for pesticide and fertilizer applicator licenses and earns continuing education units for the International Society for Arboriculture.   

Professors Monica Maraska 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. 

Professor Patricia Baxter of the Department of Nursing together with seven students attended the Advanced Physical Assessment course at Morristown Medical Center on November 7, 2013.  The course focused on Roy’s adaptation theory of nursing practice and demonstrated advanced health and physical assessment review of the skin, abdomen, and gastrointestinal systems associated with the physiologic needs of nutrition, elimination, and protection.

The New Jersey League for Nursing has selected proposals submitted by Department of Nursing to be presented at their 2014 Convention in March.  Professor Laura Parker and Nursing Lab Coordinator Lori Kruppo will present a session, Using an Educational Electronic Healthcare Record; and Dr. Leslie Andrew with Overlook Hospital’s Bonnie Forshner will present a session Occurrence and Effects of Fever on Patient Outcomes Following Therapeutic Hypothermia.

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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