News & Events
News & Events
June 22, 2015
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the June 22, 2015, Board Meeting
DATE: June 18, 2015
Ms. Ilene Cohen, Executive Director of Athletics and Judicial Affairs, and Mr. AJ Trump, Director of Athletics, will be at Monday’s meeting to provide a report on the Spring athletic season.
The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) sponsors the NATYCAA Cup, which is awarded each year. The NATYCAA Cup program began in 2004 to highlight excellence in two-year athletics, and awards are given to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member colleges based on national championship competition performance.
With all national competition tournaments for the 2014-2015 year completed, Ocean County College has been ranked 9th among the top programs in the nation in the Non-Scholarship Division.
Additionally, NATYCAA selects male and female athletes of the year. This year’s Male Athlete of the Year is OCC’s Craig Smith, a standout soccer player for two years who earned All-American honors. It should be noted that Craig served our country as a Marine as well. Unfortunately, he will not be able to join us Monday as he is taking summer courses.
We are pleased, however, that Mr. Stan Friedman, Coach of the Men’s Tennis team, will attend the Board meeting with members of the team. They had an outstanding season, finishing in 4th place in the nation in Division III.
Ocean County College will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Division III National Soccer Championship Tournament in November. The Athletic Department is gearing up for the four-day event and will be asking for volunteers to perform various duties during the games.
Distance Learning Partnership
I am delighted to inform you that Dr. Hussein Mohammed Ahmed Essa and Dr. Sayed El-Sayed Elkouly, President and Department of Management Chair, respectively, of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, will be visiting Ocean County College on July 21, 22, and 23 to discuss the implementation of joint degree and certificate programs and distance learning through the cooperation of our partner institutions, Kean University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and our “cloud-based” technology partner, Pearson Learning Solutions.
During their visit, Kean University President Dawood Farahi, NJIT President Joel Bloom, and I will discuss details of our plan to form a unique, exclusive partnership for the purpose of providing joint degree offerings at the baccalaureate and graduate levels, including a single source delivery of distance learning to provide the highest quality collegiate education utilizing the most current technology, the best course content, and the finest online instruction.
The current itinerary calls for Dr. Essa and Dr. El-Sayed to visit Kean University on Tuesday and NJIT on Wednesday. They will also have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Don Norris, President of Strategic Initiatives, Inc., to discuss the USAID grant.
This is an exciting venture for OCC, one that was made possible with the very valuable assistance of Mr. Hatem Akl, OCC’s Chief Information Officer. We will keep you informed as the plans for their visit progress.
e-Learning and Enterprise Initiatives
Online Languages – An array of online languages is being offered for the Fall 2015 semester. In total, OCC’s Online Foreign Language Institute will include 32 beginner and intermediate online foreign language courses. Research is now being conducted to determine the market for and feasibility of developing a Certificate in Linguistics.
Currently, there are 25 corporate partnership targets; high-level conversations have taken place with 17 of the companies, including Home Depot and Southwest Airlines. Discussions continue with Vail Resorts; however, there is no new progress to report. e-Learning is also investigating with CVS the possibility of a new Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program for its front-line employees.
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has expressed a willingness to assist e-Learning in connecting with companies that have already established relationships with AACC. A meeting is scheduled for late July in Baltimore to continue discussions in this regard. Additionally, EduStrategy Group has provided additional resources in e-Learning’s efforts to gain traction with high school articulation and advanced placement/college credit needs for charter and private high schools.
Finally, meetings continue with Pearson to develop e-Learning promotional material aimed at corporate prospects that will include student testimonials, video, and the establishment of a demo protocol of learning technologies and support. In addition, a PowerPoint presentation has been developed which illustrates the value and outcomes that OCC can bring to corporations and their employees.
Finance and Administration
Ms. Karen Papakonstantinou, Controller, will give you a brief overview of this successful conference at Monday’s meeting.
This program is being offered to other County high schools; so far, Point Pleasant Boro, Jackson Liberty, and Manchester high schools have made a commitment to participate.
To facilitate a more effective partnership between the high schools and OCC’s TV facility, Mr. Lee Kobus, College Lecturer II and Broadcast Operator, and Mr. Ralph Bertini, Television Production Director, are planning studio tours and workshops for the students; in fact, there are discussions about having high school students shadow OCC students during productions. Such an experience will allow students to learn more about the Digital Mass Media program as well as demonstrate the capabilities of the College’s tele-production facilities.
Opening July 16, the Ocean County College Repertory Company presents “Fiddler on the Roof.”
I received an email from the mother of an OCC graduate who shared with me the outstanding success her son has enjoyed since leaving OCC. Mr. Robert “RJ” Norcia went on to complete a bachelor’s degree at The College of New Jersey, and he graduated from Rutgers Camden Law School in May. Ms. Joanne Norcia expressed her deep appreciation for the impact Ocean County College had on RJ and, more specifically, for the profound influence of Professors Marilyn Kralik and Mary Ellen Carr.
I have attached Ms. Norcia’s email to my report as well as the article in Rutgers Today, “Capitalizing on Challenges: Law Grad Tackled Unprecedented Projects with Aplomb.”