Division News at County College of Morris


School of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences

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.

School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences

The faculty members of the School of Health Professions 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.

Dr. Maria Isaza, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, participated in the Princeton University Community College Faculty Program.  The program provides New Jersey community college faculty members and administrators with an opportunity to undertake advanced study.  Dr. Isaza audited two courses:  MOL425: Infection, Biology, Burden, Policy and MOL561: Scientific Integrity in Practice of Molecular Biology.

Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology hosted the 2018 North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County on January 8-10, 2018.  The symposium is in its 57th year and serves as an educational event for landscapers, arborists, and turf managers from northern and central New Jersey.  Approximately 375 participants attended this year’s event featuring presentations on research and developments related to landscape construction and maintenance, tree care, landscape turf care, and integrated pest management.

Professor Keri Flanagan presented, Ethical Considerations for Responsibly Researching the Utilization of CRISPR-Cas9 to Edit the Human Genome at the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference on January 11, 2018, in Bundoran, Ireland, as part her graduate work. The conference theme, Kindred Spirits, explored a variety of topics dealing with history, literature, peace studies, Irish language, creative arts, indigenous culture and medical humanities.

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on January 10, 2018, in the Dragonetti Auditorium.  Forty-five graduates were honored by the Board of Trustees, 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).

Professor Ben Ondimu of the Department of Biology and Chemistry volunteered his skills and expertise as a scientist at Students 2 Science in East Hanover, New Jersey, on January 19, 2018.  STEM professionals from the community volunteer to inspire, motivate and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in STEM by providing a state-of-the art laboratory experience with modern instrumentation and professional scientists.

Professors Brian Oleksak and Craig Tolley of Landscape and Horticultural Department participated in the 8th Annual New Jersey Plants Trade Show and Educational Symposium sponsored by the New Jersey Nursery Landscape Association in Edison, New Jersey on January 30-31, 2018.  Professor Tolley was responsible for recruitment and outreach efforts as well as organizing the student volunteers.  Professor Oleksak offered a presentation, Water Conservation Landscape Plantings, as part of the trade show’s educational series.  The talk focused on the College’s emphasis on sustainable design practices and highlighted the features of the LHT department’s LEED certified building.

Professor Denise Vill’Neuve of the Department of Allied Health has been selected as a delegate for the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists.  Professor Ann Verschuuren has been selected as a delegate for the State of New York by the New York Society of Radiologic Sciences.  The ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) House of Delegates meets annually to debate and vote on motions and proposed changes to the ASRT Bylaws and to adopt clinical practice and educational standards.

Dr. Maria Isaza of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the AAC&U conference, General Education and Assessment: Foundations for Democracy, on February 15-17, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The conference focused on promoting an experience where students understand the value and purposes of general education and learn to think critically and collaborate with others in their majors, professions and daily lives.

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) under the direction of Professor Buffy Reilly held a successful Blood Drive in the Learning Resource Center on February 14, 2018.

On February 23, 2018, the SNA presented the film screening of The American Nurse.  The inspiring documentary follows the path of five nurses in various practice specialties outside of the hospital and looks at the many ways nurses care for patients.  A portion of the ticket price was donated to SNA to support its community work in Appalachia, West Virginia.

Professors Buffy Reilly and Elizabeth Elliott of the Department of Nursing together with five nursing attended the New Jersey Nursing Students 66th Annual Convention:  Caring and Endurance—Finding the Balance on March 1-2, 2018, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The convention focused on the importance of taking care of one’s own mind, body, and spirt to ensure personal wellness.

Professor Kathleen Horan, Chair of the Department of Nursing, attended the 31th Annual Reinkemeyer Research Day on March 2, 2018, at Seton Hall University.  Nursing researchers and clinical nursing experts came together to present research study findings and evidence for best nursing practices to peers, colleagues, and students.

Drs. Maria Isaza and Teresa Birrer and Professor Christine Kelly volunteered their skills and expertise as scientists with the assistance of four Biology and Chemistry students at Students 2 Science in East Hanover, New Jersey, on March 2, 2018.  On February 26, 2018, Professor Ben Ondimu was part of team that worked with group of students at Students 2 Science.  STEM professionals from the department continue to volunteer to inspire, motivate and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in STEM by providing a state-of-the art laboratory experience with modern instrumentation and professional scientists.

Dr. Michael Paul of the Department of Health and Exercise Science attended the 99th Annual New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) Convention on February 26, 2018, in Long Branch, New Jersey, and participated in the 4th annual gathering of professionals in higher education.  Faculty from area colleges and universities discussed the current relationship between higher education and public schools in physical education and the evolution of student learning.

CCM graduate, Marlina Mendoza, R.N. in the cardiac care unit at Morristown Medical Center received the DAISY Award.  The Daisy (acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses.

An article, Lessons from Women in the Field, featured in On the QT, an electronic bimonthly newsletter of the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA), was a result of the panel discussion held this fall by the Department of Landscape and Horticulture Technology.  Professor Susan Cohan led the panel designed to expose students to successful women professionals in the field of horticulture and encourage them to pursue positions in the field.  Chair Brian Oleksak continues efforts to connect CCM students with industry professionals in an effort to increase enrollment of women in horticulture.

Professor Craig Tolley of the Department of Landscape and Horticultural Technology together with three students from the Nursery and Landscape Club attended the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) 42nd National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Alamance Community College in North Carolina on March 14-17, 2018.  Over 700 students from 62 schools tested their skills in real-world competitive events with an excellent performance by the CCM students in the overall competition.  Students also participated in a series of career development workshops and a national career fair.

Professor Keri Flanagan presented a poster, Ethical Considerations for Responsibly Researching the Utilization of CRISPR-Cas9 to Edit the Human Genome, at the Medical Humanities Program Symposium hosted by Drew University on March 23, 2018.  The theme of the event, Opening Doors: from the Medical to the Health Humanities, examined the path and future practice of the health humanities in U.S. healthcare and healthcare education.

Student News:  Biology student Ilona J. Cazorla has accepted a summer internship position at the Quality Assurance Labs of Novartis in East Hanover, New Jersey.  Ms. Ilona is the third student in the Department of Biology and Chemistry to receive the position following Steven K. Lienhardt (2017) and Timothy R. Hajj, Jr. (2016).  Andrea Lucia Alfonso, a dual major in biology and engineering, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported summer internship to continue her work at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on artificial tissue engineering.  She recently presented her research findings at a NIH conference and authored an article on her work in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practices.  Senior nursing student Elizabeth Fariello received the Kenneth E. Overby Ultimate Customer Satisfaction Award from Saint Clare’s Hospital Denville Campus.  Ms. Fariello embraces the qualities of the consummate professional—exceptional patient care and sensitivity, outstanding knowledge and skill and superior interpersonal communication skills.

 Dean Monica Maraska, Drs. Michael Paul and Teresa Birrer, Professors Elizabeth Elliott, Bryan Lemme, William McHugh, Kelly Miniter and John Rutkowski together with students from the Department of Health and Exercise Science participated in the Fourth Annual Randolph Health and Wellness Fest on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Randolph Middle School.  The event focused on helping the community take action to strengthen their health and well-being through various interactive activities.  It also provided student volunteers an opportunity to put theory into practice and showcased the programs offered through the School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences (HPNS).

Professors Buffy Reilly and Kathy Prokop of the Department of Nursing successfully renewed her Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification.  The CNE Renewal Program was designed to help academic nurse educators remain current in the practice and continue to expand their knowledge relevant to the role of an academic nurse educator.  The credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role.

Professors Dorothy Salinas and Samantha Gigliotti together with Jenna Royal, an environmental science major in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, attended the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) Student Summit, Uniting Jersey for the Global Goals, on April 18, 2018, at Kean University.  Using the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the focused on ways in which higher education can better understand, promote and educate others on sustainability. Professors Salinas and Gigliotti served as members on the planning committee for the event.

On April 4, 2018, Dr. Loryn Stoler and Professor Samantha Gigliotti attended an event, Reimagining Your Schedule Using Bloom’s Taxonomy, sponsored by Pearson.  The event focused on using Bloom’s taxonomy to reimagine courses to ensure that students are provided opportunities to actively engage and reach the top of Bloom’s pyramid.

Drs. Jason Hudzik, Loryn Stoler and Teresa Birrer and Professor Ben Ondimu of the Department of Biology and Chemistry attended the 5th Annual STEM C2  STEM Research Summit sponsored by Bergen County College on April 13, 2018.  The summit is an initiative to foster excitement about STEM majors in higher education, smooth the transition from 2-year to 4-year college STEM programs, and enhance potential for success in STEM careers, especially by partnering with business and industry. It brings together the talents and academic achievements of faculty, staff, and students from 2- and 4-year colleges across the tri-state area. A panel of judges comprised of faculty and staff from multiple colleges as well as STEM industry professionals presents awards to the highest caliber projects.

The Environmental Club hosted an Earth Day event on April 19, 2018.  To promote sustainability, the club provided reusable shopping bags and water bottles and wildflowers.  Donations from the event were made to the Raptor Trust, a non-profit organization which rehabilitates and provides a home to injured raptors.

The Department of Biology and Chemistry nominated Andrew Degroot, an undergraduate chemistry major, for a Chemistry Major of the Year award to the New Jersey Institute of Chemists.  He will receive a plaque recognizing this award.

A short film, Appalachia:  Chasing Hope, featuring nursing students, was shown on April 19, 2018.  The film documented the travels of Professors Buffy Reilly and Therese Farmer together with 12 nursing students to Gary, West Virginia through Experience Mission and the School for Life Ministry, which helps to serve underprivileged communities.  Students engaged with and served the community through rehabilitating homes and a playground.  The group had an opportunity to meet a home health aide who shared her experience in caring for residents of the impoverished area.

Ms. Colleen Drum, administrative assistant in the Department of Nursing, was awarded Best of Show for her painting, Bride of Frankenstein, at the Art Club Spring Exhibition in the Art and Design Gallery on April 12, 2018.

Professors Kathleen Horan and Elizabeth Fitzgerald attended the 30th Annual Scientific Sessions sponsored by the Eastern Nursing Research Society on April 11-13, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey.  The sessions examined innovative programs of research, proposed strategies for translation of nursing science into practice and explored theoretical and methodological perspectives of nursing science.

On April 29, 2018, the March of Dimes Morris County March for Babies event was held on the CCM campus.  Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year.  Participants walked in support of moms with research, programs and education at every stage from preconception to post-delivery.  Funds raised serve as a lifeline for moms and babies in the Morris County area and across the country.  Dr. Michael Paul, Chair of Health Exercise Science and Dean Monica Maraska staffed a table that provided information and education about prenatal care and infant CPR as well as informational materials about CCM.

On April 18-20, 2018, Professors Sueanne Verna and Ann T. Verschuuren of the Department of Allied Health attended the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of NY State (AERT SNY) 52nd Annual Meeting held in Lake George, New York.  Lectures focused on MRI safety, interdisciplinary approach to patient safety, radiation risks associated with imaging studies, assessing students’ prior knowledge, and increasing cultural competency.

Professors Denise Vill’Neuve, Sueanne Verna and Ann Verschurren together with senior Radiography students attended 2018 New Jersey Society or Radiologic Technologists (NJSRT) Annual Meeting on April 25-26, 2018, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Students Hayden Delle Donne, Cory Moore, Ryan Buayaban, Ryan Rothschild and Nish Naik were awarded first place in the technical exhibit for their poster titled, How Fractures are Repaired. Students Allison Scardena, Corinne Przyborowski, Erica Pyper, Brian Berry and Kaitlin Berger earned a third place for their poster titled, Radiation Effects on the Human Body.

On April 24, 2018, Elizabeth Elliott of the Department of Nursing led a panel discussion with patient educators from Pathways Women’s Cancer Support, one of the only local organizations that provides direct services to women with cancer.  The eight women, who have survived breast or gynecologic cancer, spoke to NUR-214 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing students.  The discussion provided an understanding of the perspectives, stresses and needs of women with cancer, enabling students to become more empathetic and interpersonally effective at providing care.

The Exercise Science Club sponsored the Spring 2018 CCM Mr. and Ms. Fitness Competition on April 17, 2018.  Francesco Arena and Sara Prado were crowned spring 2018 champions.  Six males and four female students completed a shuttle run, pull-ups/arm hang, sit-ups, pushups and a mile run in 75 minutes.  On May 3, 2018, the club sponsored two guest speakers.  Michael Bryant from the Randolph YMCA presented The Business of Personal Training and Brittany Peterson, a Registered Dietician from Chester Shop Rite, presented The Role of Nutrition for Athletic Performance.

Dr. Michael Paul and Professors Bryan Lemme and Diana Aria joined Rowan, William Paterson, Kean and Monmouth Universities in the Higher Education Consortium of New Jersey Physical Education Universities on April 20, 2018, via video-conferencing.  The discussion focused on curriculum, student enrollment, student teaching, transfer and the praxis core exam and provided an initial step in strengthening CCM’s relationship with four-year universities.

On May 1, 2018, six students from the CJS 110 Introduction to Policing course were accompanied by Dr. Michael Paul and Professor Maureen Kazaba of the Criminal Justice Department to the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy.  Students had an opportunity to participate in a police simulation to test their individual skills.

Professor Bill McHugh provided a Free Blood Pressure Workshop on campus on May 5, 2018.  The hands on workshop provided students with an opportunity to practice their skills on proper blood pressure monitoring and procedures.

Drs. Maria Isaza, Celeste Wayne and Gregory Erianne and Professors Christine Kelly and Samantha Gigliotti have earned the Quality Matters (QM) Teaching Online Certificate.  The certificate enables instructors to demonstrate their knowledge mastery of online teaching.  The seven workshops that make up the Teaching Online Certificate included competencies aligned with QM’s Online Instructor Skill Set.  The workshops provide online instructors with the experience of learning online from the student’s perspective.


School of Liberal Arts

History and Political Science professor Mark Washburne is a Democratic congressional candidate running in the 11th Congressional District in the 2018 midterms.  Washburne, one of four declared Democratic candidates, described himself as belonging to the “Democratic wing of the Democratic party” and supports socially liberal stances, such as LGBTQ equality, gun control and a solution for DACA recipients.  But as a former economics professor who holds an MBA in the subject, Washburne has centrist views on fiscal matters and hopes that can appeal to independent and conservative-leaning voters in a general election.  Professor Washburne was recently interviewed on PBS station NJTV and can be viewed at : https://www.njtvonline.org/programs/on-the-record/democratic-candidates-for-11th-congressional-district-ooypha/  and was also featured in the New Jersey Herald article at : http://www.njherald.com/20180220/democrat-running-on-issues-not-on-money

Dr. Karen Danna of the Sociology, Economics and Anthropology Department organized and presided over a session on Culture and Cognition at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (EES).  She also became part of the Honors College Advisory Committee and attended the AACU Conference in Chicago with the committee.

Dr. Danna published a newsletter item for the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association on the concepts of structure and agency and their relationship to cognitive processes.  She also was a guest lecturer in an undergraduate course at Rutgers University focused on the Individual and Society.

Dr. Calvin Hoy of the Sociology, Economics and Anthropology Department published Freedom or Equality? You Can’t Have Both; CNS News; October 26, 2017 and Stiglitz and Tocqueville on Freedom and Equality; We Are Libertarians; November 19, 2017.

The Art & Design Department has launched a new degree in Virtual Reality as part of the Photography Technology Program.  Students enrolled in the program will study a range of areas, including photography, digital imaging, computer science and narrative story telling in virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Julian Costa, adjunct in the Communication Department presented his paper “Old Standards, New Expectations: Irving Berlin and Online Dating” at the Eastern Communication Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA and “General Semantics and Music: A Critical Analysis of Irving Berlin’s ‘What’ll I Do?” at the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture symposium in New York in October 2017.  He also had his paper “Service Learning, Project Management and Professional Development” published in Business Education Innovation Journal.

Dr. Maria Lee of the History and Political Science Department will have her essay “Pragmatic Capitalism: Businessman Michael G. Harman of Staunton, Virginia, 1823-1877” published in the 2018 August County Historical Bulletin, a journal of Shenandoah Valley historical studies.

Dr. Melissa Kasmin of the Psychology and Education Department met with school administrators at Randolph High School and West Orange High School to promote the Early Childhood Education Program and recruit students.  Both schools are interested in articulation agreements and continued collaboration.

Run through the Art & Design Department, the CCM Gallery will host the National Association of Women Artists presenting its annual juried members exhibition revolving around the concept of “Open Horizons” February through March.  Included in the exhibition are the works of adjunct professors Andrea Kelly, Marisol Ross and Leah Tomaino.  The three professors led a panel discussion about open horizons at the beginning of February.

Dean Dutra attended the AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC and the 7th Annual Deans’ Institute.  He attended sessions on Data and Analytics, New Program Development and Implementation, and Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students.  Other sessions attended were digital liberal arts, liberal arts and internships, and communicating about and advocating for the liberal arts.