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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. 

On September 13, 2015, a team of fourteen students from the Exercise Science Department under the direction of Dr. Michael Paul, Assistant Chair, partnered with the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center to provide cyclists from the Grand Fondo Bike Ride with massages and stretches.  Providing relief to the riders at the Recovery Zone, which was located just passed the finish line at the Morristown Green, gave the students an excellent hands-on learning experience.  The event was covered by the Randolph Reporter and included photos of the CCM team.  

Dr. Jason Hudzik of the Department of Biology and Chemistry recently had an article, “Bond Energies and Thermochemical Properties of Ring-Opened Diradicals and Carbenes of exo-Tricyclo [,6] decane ,”published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Dr. Loryn Keating of the Department of Biology and Chemistry recently had an article, “Indirect Pulsed Electrochemical Detection of Aliphatic Carboxylate-Containing Analytes Following High Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatography,” published online in Elsevier’s scientific journal, Talanta.  The article will soon be available in print.  

Professors Bernadette Schicho and Buffy Reilly attended the National League for Nursing Education Summit 2015, Bridging Practice and Education:  A New World of Innovation and Technology, on September 30-October 2, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The summit explored teaching strategies that improve quality and safety and innovative and adaptive curricula that address health care imperatives, as well strengthen networks and partnerships. 

Dr. Maria Isaza attended the New Jersey Guided Pathways Cohort Colleges Meeting at Middlesex County College on October 5, 2015. This meeting provided an opportunity to learn about the statewide initiatives taken by community colleges in New Jersey to improve student success.  Guest speakers presented models used by institutions, both in New Jersey and other states, where specific roads or paths are clearly defined and delineated to the students.  In addition, the presenters highlighted other organizational changes that must occur in order to improve student success.  

Professional training on the new Trace Gas Chromatograph in the Department of Biology and Chemistry was provided by Thermoscientific Inc. to Professors John Berger, Keri Flanagan, and Jenifer Martin. 

Professors John Berger and Jenifer Martin participated in the initial committee meeting for the preparation of the next Middle States Commission on Higher Education report. Professor Berger is a subcommittee chair for Standard V (Education Effectiveness Assessment) and Professor Martin is a subcommittee chair for Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). 

The following students participated in the SEGway into Nursing:  Student Engagement and Growth Program between Morristown Medical Center and County College of Morris and other nursing programs:  Diane Radice, Phyllis Antwi-Boamah, Juliana Colecchia, Monica Capote, Luis Gutierrez, and Shannon Fabre.  Students presented their findings in poster format at Research Day on September 21, 2015. 

Dean Monica Maraska was a member of a three person team that did a site visit for ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) at an Associate Degree Nursing Program in New York State on October 5-7, 2015.  The site visit is one of the steps for nursing programs that seek to obtain or continue their voluntary accreditation with ACEN. 

The New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes will host the 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards on November 18, 2015, as a way to celebrate nurses, say thank you and honor selflessness, dedication and passion for the profession, and recognize nursing excellence and leaders across the state.   Four CCM nursing alumni have been selected as finalists for these awards: Bhumika Mehta, Cathy Bensley, Corinne Engelhart, Carol (Ramsland) Ciccarella, and Kathryn Smith.  Proceeds from the Nurse of the Year Awards will directly benefit the March of Dimes mission to have every baby born strong and healthy. 

Three nursing alumni, Monica Grzelak, Carol (Romero) Santana, and Ruben Millian, together with Dr. Rolando Rolandelli, Chief of Surgery at Morristown Medical Center, are part of the non-profit organization, Unidad Hospitalaria Movil Latino American (UHMLA).  UHMLA’s mission is to bring ambulatory surgery to underserved areas of Latin America on a continual basis.  On its first missionary trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in August, the team of 13 medical professionals performed 48 surgeries in five days with no complications.  

Professors Keri Flanagan, Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigators Dr. Jason Hudzik and Professor Jenifer Martin presented an update to the grant project, Pathways of Applied Career Experience Science Program in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology at the 22nd National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conferences in Washington, DC, on October 21- 23, 2015.  Over 850 people came together to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technologic education.  Key people working on ATE projects across the country participated in a wide variety of areas including information technology, engineering technology, micro-and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, and biotechnology. 

Respiratory Therapy Program Director, John Rutkowski, and Director of Clinical Education, Michele DaSilva, together with 12 current students and several recent graduates attended the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care Conference (NJSRC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 14-16, 2015.  Two of the graduates, Stephanie Lefkaritis and Sean Mullin, co-presented, Medical Marijuana and the Respiratory Therapist.  Ms. Lefkaritis was presented with the NJSRC’s Outstanding Respiratory Therapy Student Award for 2015.  Several of the students participated in the Sputum Bowl. 

Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy Program, Michele DaSilva, has been re-elected to serve as the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care (NJSRC) Board Secretary. 

Professor Buffy Reilly and Lab Coordinator Lori Kruppo of the Department of Nursing attended the Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Conference, Aging in Place:  What Caregivers Need to Know, on October 16, 2015, sponsored by Chilton Medical Center, a NICHE designated facility.  NICHE is designed to improve the quality of care for older adults and provide support to families in their role as caregivers. 

Kean University has announced the New Center for Environmental and Sustainability Science at its Highlands campus.  The center will be the home to degree completion programs specifically designed for community college graduates primarily in the Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. Representatives from Kean conducted a focus group on campus on October 29, 2015, for interested biology majors within the environmental and traditional tracks. 

Faculty and students in the Respiratory Therapy program celebrated Respiratory Care Week October 25-31, 2015, with their annual bake sale.  This year’s theme, Respiratory Care, Changing the World One Breath at a Time, recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices. 

Faculty and students in the Radiography Program celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week November 8-14, 2015.  The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety.  This year’s theme was Discovering the Inside Story. 

Landscape and Horticultural Technology students, Stacy Webb, Nisha Khanna and Brian Ensminger, under the direction of LHT Professor Susan Cohan, are designing a sustainable landscape for the Lake Hopatcong train station.  The project is the result of a partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and will be conducted in phases over three to four years as the historic building is renovated.  

The Neshanic Valley Golf Course has earned environmental recertification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.  The sanctuary helps course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program.  Professor Craig Tolley of the Landscape and Horticultural Department served as an auditor for the program to ensure that the Neshanic Valley Golf Course met the benchmarks for sustainability.  Turf and Turfgrass Management student, Frank Merrill, is currently doing his Co-Op at the golf course. 

The Respiratory Therapy Program was recently commended for its commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by its participation in programmatic accreditation.  Based on the outcomes of the 2015 Annual Report of Current Status and Resource Assessment Matrix, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoArc) has indicated that the program has met or exceeded all currently set thresholds for success on each of the required outcome measures.  

Professors Jutta Braun and Ellen Mascia and Lab Coordinator Lori Kruppo attended the Northeastern Interprofessional SimWARS Competition and Symposium on November 5, 2015, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.   Teams worked together to solve clinical problems in a simulated environment.  Following the competitive tournament, experts discussed the use of simulation in healthcare education. 

Dr. Gregory Erianne attended a seminar on Microsoft Excel, Beyond the Basics, on October 29, 2015.  The seminar provided practical, real-world computer skills including shortcuts, new techniques, key codes, and handy tips to create spreadsheets. 

The Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department assisted The Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry with a vegetable seedling project in the spring of 2015.  For the 2015 end-of-season report, the MCIFP reported that they were able to distribute 800 herb and vegetable “Gardens to Go” to their clientele, produce 1,000 pounds of produce and continue their initiative for a children’s nutrition program through the help of the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department. 

The College participated in the 17th Annual Rutgers School of Related Health Professions Career Fair at Liberty Science Center on December 4, 2015.  Students from high schools throughout New Jersey had an opportunity to learn about the various health career options that exist as well as tour the Liberty Science Center. 

Dean Monica Maraska of the Division of Health and Natural Sciences has been invited to become a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) advisory board member.  She attended a meeting on December 3, 2015, at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Scotch Plains campus.  The HOSA program is part of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Career Technical Student Organization and seeks the input from health care professionals that deliver education and treatment services to students and the public.  

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on January 14, 2016, in the Dragonetti Auditorium.  The ceremony was streamed live on YouTube.  Thirty-nine 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).

Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the 2016 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension on January 11-13, 2016.  The symposium is in its 55rd year and serves as an educational event for landscapers, arborists, and turf managers from northern and central New Jersey.  Approximately 500 participants attended this year’s event which included presentations on new pest-resistant plants, new ideas for ornamental plants in the home landscape, update and pest forecast from Rutgers Plant Pest Lab, NJDEP Pesticide Regulations update, and key diseases of landscape plants for 2016.  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.

2012 Nursing Graduate, Heather Sheehan, was inducted into the Circle of Excellence at Chilton Medical Center.  Inductees go above and beyond what it takes to promote wellness and to provide compassionate care and healing to patients.

Professors Bernadette Schicho 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 Celeste Wayne of the Department of Nursing attended a weeklong intensive course at Drexel University Center on January 4-8, 2016.  The course provided participants theory and hands-on training with leading-edge simulation skills using state-of-the-art computerized manikins (Human Patient Simulators) and patient actors, as known as standardized patients (SP).  Programming covered a broad spectrum from design and implementation of scenarios to setting up and running a simulation center.  At the completion of the course, students earned a Drexel University “Certificate in Simulation.”    

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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