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.
The faculty members of the Division of Health and Natural Sciences provide a supportive learning environment that promotes student success through excellence in instruction and programs and services that meet the diverse needs of the College community. To promote student success, the faculty continues to seek new knowledge, ideas, and practices through participation in conferences, workshops, and regional meetings. Below you will find some of these faculty activities.
Professors Celeste Wayne and Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing attended the Eighth Annual Conference of the New Jersey End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (NJ-ELNEC) sponsored by Rutgers College of Nursing on June 6-7, 2013, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This year’s theme was Navigating the Wave of Change in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. The ELNEC Consortium project is a comprehensive national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses and was funded by a major grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Primary project goals are to develop a core of expert nursing educators and to coordinate national nursing education efforts in end-of-life care.
Program Director John Rutkowski and Director of Clinical Education Michele DaSilva of the Respiratory Therapy Program attended the 26th Annual Managers and Educators Conference on June 6-7, 2013, in Round Top, New York. The conference is sponsored by the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care and the New York State Society for Respiratory Care. This year’s theme was Meeting the Challenges Facing the Respiratory Care Profession. Participants had an opportunity to learn new directions and developments in the respiratory care profession at the state and national levels as well as licensure issues in both New York and New Jersey that could impact the delivery of respiratory care.
On June 24 and 25, 2013, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) site visit evaluation team conducted a comprehensive review of the Respiratory Therapy Program relative to the Standards for the Profession of Respiratory Care. Accreditation decisions are based on the CoARC’s review of information contained in the accreditation application and self-study report, the report of site visit evaluation teams, the annual report, and any additional requested reports or documents submitted. Programs that have successfully undergone the review process are granted accreditation status by CoARC, which provides public recognition of achievement.
Several Department of Biology and Chemistry students have received summer internships. Benjamin Muller is participating in Montclair State University (MSU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) 8-week Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU: Environmental Research on Forest Lakes) program at MSU's field station, New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC). Working with faculty mentors, he will gain scientific research experience by focusing on and rotating among the following research areas including hydrology, erosion and sedimentation, environmental chemistry, and ecology. McKenzie Sheldon accepted a research experience to work on collaborative research projects in environmental biology under the supervision of Monmouth University School of Science faculty. The summer internship program at BASF will provide Chemistry student, Triston DeBona, an opportunity to work at one of the world’s leading chemical companies and gain valuable experience. Thon Orozco accepted the Elusys Therapeutics internship where he will gain some insight in the Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology industry.
Professor Sheila Barbach of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the intermediate level workshop on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from June 20-22, 2013. POGIL is a student-centered and student-directed pedagogy that uses carefully designed course materials that guide students to construct their knowledge of a concept. The students work in small cooperative groups and develop process skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and verbal and oral communication. The POGIL process also promotes deep thinking about course content and mastery of the subject.
Respiratory Therapy Program Clinical Director Michele DaSilva attended the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum for managers and educators in Orlando, Florida, July 15-17, 2103. CoARC’s Meet the Commission provided information on new and pending changes to accreditation standards. The results of the 2012 Job Analysis and Content Outline and a comprehensive look at the new written combined multiple choice examination for the CRT/RRT were presented by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
Twenty-five Respiratory Therapy Program students have completed graduation requirements. The ceremony was held on July 25, 2013, in the Student Community Center. The award recipient of the Student Excellence Award given by the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care (NJSRC) to a student who demonstrates academic, clinical, and professional excellence was Sarah O’Doherty. All twenty-five graduates will take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examination to earn the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).
Twenty-nine Radiography Program students completed graduation requirements on July 31. A celebration ceremony was held in the Student Community Center. Students are in the process of taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Registry Examination. Results will be available in January.
Professor Brian Oleksak of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology gave students of Whippany Park High School a tour of the new LHT building with its sustainable features and greenhouses on July 26, 2013. A class in container plant design and installation outlining the use of color, composition, plant selection, and aftercare was presented.
Beginning fall semester the Department of Nursing will be using an educational electronic health record system (EHR). Tablets have been purchased for use in simulations in the Nursing Laboratory. Students will be able to chart and simulate medication administration in the EHR system using these tools. Professor Laura Parker has been developing lab activities and patient charts in order to make use of the new system. Students will gain experience navigating through patient information in electronic charts.
Professors John Rutkowski and Michele DaSilva attended the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ) annual statewide meeting on August 8, 2013, at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference and Event Center in Princeton, New Jersey. The mission of PACNJ is to improve the quality of life for people with asthma in New Jersey. The meeting provided a New Jersey Department of Health Asthma Awareness and Pediatric Program Evaluation Team update, as well as a discussion of where asthma fits in in the New Jersey Chronic Disease State Plan.
On August 8, 2013, Dr. Maria Isaza and Professors Jenifer Martin and Keri Flanagan attended a one-day comprehensive seminar, Writing and Designing National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposals, at Rutgers University. The seminar was designed for those who wish to submit winning research proposals to the NSF and was taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and serve as evaluators on NSF review panels. The participants engaged in interactive exercises, writing, lectures, and discussion, all designed to provide them with an understanding of how to research, write, and develop their specific project.