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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.

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. John Berger of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the May 11, 2016 recognition celebration at Montclair State University for the first graduating cohort of six STEM teacher education students supported by the National Science Foundation Noyce Grant.  All of the students were certified to teach science.  Dr. Berger serves as a co-Principal Investigator on the grant.  One graduate was a former CCM Biology student.  Two more cohorts will graduate from MSU in 2017 and 2018.

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on May 19, 2016, in the Dragonetti Auditorium.  Sixty-four 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).

Dr. Celeste Wayne and Lab Coordinators Lori Kruppo and Catherine Siciliano attended the 2016 Atlantic City Simulation User Network (SUN) Conference sponsored by Laerdal on May 23-25, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The conference offered best practices to help advance simulation training programs across all healthcare disciplines.  Participants discovered innovative strategies, met industry leaders and subject matter experts, and learned new techniques.

On May 26, 2016, Respiratory Therapy Program students together with Professor John Rutkowski, Program Director, attended a presentation at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Students also had an opportunity to tour the medical center.

Professor Vivek Agnihotri of the Department of Nursing attended a NurseTim, Inc. conference at William Paterson University.  The conference focused on NCLEX® preparation and test item writing and analysis.

Professors Suzanne Gilmore and Laura Parker of the Department of Nursing attended the 2016 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Conference: The New Frontier: Forging Partnerships for Lifelong Learning in Quality and Safety on May 24-27, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.  The conference focused on innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies that accomplish QSEN competency development; research findings related to quality and safety education and competency integration; and innovations that evaluate QSEN competencies (patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, teamwork, and informatics).

Professor Jutta Braun of the Department of Nursing was selected as a winner in the Fourth Annual Healing Voices Literary Contest. The Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health Systems works in conjunction with Montclair State University to sponsor this contest.  The theme of this year’s contest was Kindness.  Professor Braun shared her poem at a literary reading at Montclair State University on June 1, 2016.

Ten faculty members from the Department of Nursing attended the New Jersey Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs Annual Spring Nursing Faculty Workshop on June 3, 2016, in Monroe Township, New Jersey.  The workshop focused on managing difficult students from conduct to crisis.

Dr. Patricia Baxter presented a poster on Patient Satisfaction with Communication from Hospitalists in an Acute Care Setting at the 20th Annual Research Day for Atlantic Health System (AHS) on June 1, 2016.  Results from the most recent clinical research conducted by AHS faculty and staff; innovative advances in treatments, quality and healthcare management; and efficacy of current policies and ongoing reform in the area of healthcare and quality were discussed.

Dr. Greg Erianne of the Department of Biology and Chemistry worked with Cengage Learning and Integra-Chicago during summer 2016 to update PowerPoint slides and Test Bank questions for the 6th edition of Rice’s Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assistants, and the 8th edition of French’s Administrative Medical Assisting.

Professor John Rutkowski, Program Director of Respiratory Therapy Program, presented How to Groom Students to be Future Leaders at the 29th Annual Respiratory Care Managers/Educators Conference on June 9-10, 2016, in Round Top, New York.  The conference focused on the importance of leadership development in the respiratory care profession and advances in respiratory care products/services and their impact on the delivery of patient care.

Dr. Loryn Keating and Professor Christine Kelly of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 6th Annual Emerging Learning Design Conference:  Adopt and Adapt—Connecting Learning to Life on June 2-3, 2016 at Montclair State University.  The conference provided an opportunity to showcase innovation in pedagogy and a discussion on how technology can further enhance the pedagogy of engaging and dynamic approaches to learning.

Professors Bryan Lemme and Kelly Minter of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) 63rd Annual Meeting, 7th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and World Congress on the Basic Science of Energy Balance in Boston, Massachusetts on May 31-June 4, 2016.  More than 6,000 industry professionals participated in the conference where leading experts in the field presented the latest research on all aspects of sports medicine, exercise science and the benefits of physical activity.

Professor Denise Vill’Neuve, Chair of the Department of Allied Health, attended the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting on June 23-26, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The symposium focused on developing progressive practice standards that impact the responsibilities of all medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in the United States.

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri has been nominated for the 2016 Nurse of the Year for the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.  The event honors nursing excellence and pays tribute to the efforts of nurses throughout the community while raising valuable funds for the March of Dimes.  At the culminating awards event in November 2016, the most outstanding nurses will be recognized in up to 18 diverse categories.

On June 13, 2016, Professor Dorothy Salinas together with students enrolled in Biology of Environmental Concerns (BIO-127) participated in a field trip to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.  As part of the curriculum for lab, students toured the facility and learned the importance and value of wetlands.  Along the tour students actively observed and identified flora and fauna and discussed conservation efforts aimed at maintaining their diversity.

Seven CCM students who participated in the Atlantic Health System’s SEGway into Nursing:  Student Engagement and Growth Program, designed to provide nursing students an opportunity to have greater experience in an acute care setting, have been offered positions with Atlantic Health System’s Hire Learning Program.  The program provides one-year on-the-job training for eligible candidates who have recently graduated from a nursing school.

Respiratory Therapy Program Director, John Rutkowski, attended the 2016 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on June 26-28, 2016.  This year’s theme, Where Challenges Become Opportunities, provided participants with sessions essential to building and maintaining a successful and sustainable Respiratory Therapy program and curriculum as well as unique and effective teaching strategies, the use of simulation technology, and how to incorporate research in the curriculum.

Seventeen Respiratory Therapy Program students have completed graduation requirements.  The ceremony was held on July 28, 2016, in the Learning Resource Center.  Graduates will take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examination to earn the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRTT). This was the first group of students with nominees inducted into the Lambda Beta National Honor Society for the profession of Respiratory Care.  Five students received the honor—Anilkumar Desai, Christopher Koreivo, Rhianna Lees, Nicole Perretti and Carthy Rzeszotarski.

Respiratory Therapy graduate Rhianna Lees was awarded a scholarship from the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care (NJSRC) and will be recognized at its annual meeting in October.  She has also been awarded the 2016 CoARC Stephen P. Mikles Media Award which will be presented at the Lambda Beta Reception in conjunction with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress in San Antonio.

In 1988 the AARC established the AARC Fellowship Program to recognize AARC members who have reached a level of distinction in the professional practice of respiratory care.  Each year stellar professionals are chosen from among the AARC membership to become AARC Fellows. There are approximately 350 individuals nationally who have earned this honor since the program’s inception.  At the AARC International Congress, adjunct faculty Dr. Al Heuer will be added to the list of honorees.

Twenty-two Radiography Program students completed graduation requirements on August 4, 2016.  A celebration ceremony was held in the Learning Resource Center.  Students are in the process of taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Registry Examination.  Results will be available in January.

On July 20, 2016, the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department hosted the Rutgers Advanced Helpline Training which focused on tree care.  Forty-five Master Gardeners from northern New Jersey attended the event.  Participants were trained in plant diagnostic techniques, environmental issues relating to tree care, identification of tree abiotic disorders, and given updates on the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the northeastern United States.  

Professor Ann Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health Radiography Program attended the 49th Annual Association of Educators in Radiologic Science (AEIRS) conference on July 14-15, 2016 in Portland Oregon.  She presented Using Multiple Intelligence Theory to Help Remediate Struggling Students in Radiography and participated in the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation seminar.

The Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) has been active this summer participating in the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life on June 21, 2016; collecting non-perishable items for the Sussex County food pantry June 18, 2016; and hosting a Blood Drive on July 12, 2016 at the College.  Through fundraising activities, the SNA donated $100 to the Jersey Battered Women’s Service during the month of July.

Professors Buffy Reilly and Bernadette Schicho attended the New Jersey State Nursing Association (NJSNA) Region I general meeting and educational program, Medical-Legal Aspect of Nursing and Health Care: Theories of Liability, Anatomy of a Malpractice Case and Common Pitfalls of Practice, on June 18, 2016.  SNA student, Brittany Miller, joined Professors Buffy Reilly and Bernadette Schicho at the NJSNA Region I barbeque for the College of Saint Elizabeth’s (CSE) Haiti Project on June 22, 2016.  Twenty students from the Université Notre Dame d'Haïti visited CSE for a cultural exchange and participated in simulation activities at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Maria Isaza, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, participated in the 2016 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute I, on July 26-July 31, 2016 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland.  The 5-day intensive Institute, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), was designed to provide educators with an opportunity to develop leadership capacity in acting as an agent of change in the transformation of STEM higher education.

Professor Samantha Gigliotti of the Department of Biology and Chemistry presented a poster, Student driven monitoring and assessment of the anthropocentric effects on the Millbrook watershed, 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, Novel Ecosystems in Anthropocene, focused on new species arising under the influence of global change.

Drs. Loryn Keating and Gregory Erianne and Professor Dorothy Salinas of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended a conference, Engaging Learners in the 21st Century, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Mercer County Community College.  Sessions included four tracks: STEM, Problem-based/Engaged Learning, Online/Hybrid/Flipped Learning, and Student Support/Retention.

As part of his role in the National Science Foundation Noyce Grant, Dr. John Berger of the Department of Biology and Chemistry mentored Noyce Scholars during the summer Science Career Survey Experience (SCSE) component of the program. The SCSE component, which is coordinated with university partners in local biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries, is designed to enable Noyce Scholars to develop a robust knowledge of the range of science-related careers for the benefit of their future students.



Liberal Arts

Artwork from schools throughout Morris County will be on display in the LRC as part of Youth Art Month which the Art & Design Department helped to coordinate. 
Professor Renata Kessler, Adjunct in the Languages & ESL Department gave a presentation about her book at a conference at the Word Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. Adjunct Professor – Spanish and Italian, Vita Morales’s plays, The Diagonal Trilogy, will be given a staged reading by the Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. The play is about an Italian-American family from the Ironbound section of Newark. A young brother drowns in the Passaic river and the threads holding the family together unravel.
The Languages Department will be holding a Language Discovery Session in April.
Professor James Hart of the Languages Department received “Professor of the Semester” award from Phi Theta Kappa and also received a development grant from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Global Studies to continue to work on the study abroad program.  
Dr. Rita Heller, Associate Professor of History, will be presenting a screening/discussion of her National Endowment for the Humanities documentary film, “The Women of Summer: The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1938” at the Morris County Historical Society. This event will mark the opening of the Historical Society’s new exhibit, World War, Women’s Rights and Weaponry Science, once which will help commemorate America’s entry into The Great War in 1917.
Dr. Maryanne Garbowsky, English & Philosophy Department, has had her paper accepted for presentation at the E.E. Cummings session at the American Literature Association conference in Boston. 
Dr. Maria Lee of the History & Political Science Department’s Essay “Pragmatic Capitalism: Businessman Michael G. Harman of Staunton, Virginia 1823-1877” will be published in the 2017 edition of the Augusta Historical Bulletin. The Augusta Historical Bulletin is a scholarly journal of Shenandoah Valley studies and has been published continuously since 1965. This essay represents the first fruits of my ongoing research on August County’s transition from a slave to free society. 
Dr. Matthew Jones, Communication Department, has been invited to address a men’s group at Temple Shalom in Randolph to discuss his research and teaching on the subject of social media entitled “The Consequences of Social Network Technology: Collective (Un)Consciousness, Monism, and the Noosphere.” 
The Art & Design Department will present a lecture about recent photographs and appropriations by artist Manal Abu-Shaheen. Manal Abu-Shaheen’s series Beirut brings together black and white landscapes and street photographs. 
The Music, Dance and Performing Arts Department will be hosting the 2017 American College Dance Association Northeast Conference which will take place during Spring Break on campus. More than 400 participants from 26 nationwide colleges and universities will be in attendance.

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