News & Events
News & Events
February 29, 2016
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the February 29, 2016, Board Meeting
DATE: February 24, 2016
Ocean County College Nursing Program
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is very pleased to report that OCC’s Nursing Program is being recommended for reaccreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This recommendation is the result of a lengthy self-study process, a written report, and a site visit that took place February 23-25.
The ACEN site visitors included Margaret Rafferty, DNP, MA, MPH, RN, PMHCNS-BC from NYC College of Technology; L. Jane Rosati, EdD, MSN, RN from Daytona State College; Claudia Stoffel, MSN, RN, CNE from West Kentucky Community and Technical College; and Denisa Talovic, MSN, RN, CNE from Broome Community College. The evaluators interviewed faculty, staff, administrators, and students, toured the campus, and visited our classes, labs, and clinical sites. They found OCC’s program to be in compliance with all ACEN standards and particularly remarked positively on the faculty, OCC’s mission, college-wide support for the Nursing Program, the College campus, assessment methods, and positive outcomes. The site visitors are including in their report an identified area of strength, which was the support the College shows the nursing faculty through the ability to earn a PhD in Nursing Education Leadership at Kean University here on our campus. They did not find any areas needing development.
The site visitors are recommending the Ocean County College Nursing Program be reaccredited for the next eight years, which is the maximum timeframe. The report from the site visitors will now be forwarded to ACEN for a panel review. A final vote by the ACEN Board of Commissioners will take place in July.
I want to recognize and commend Ms. Tracy Walsh, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Nursing administrators, faculty, Lecturer II’s, and staff for their outstanding efforts preparing for the visit, hosting the site visitors, and ensuring the quality of OCC’s Nursing Program.
Ms. Lisa Kasper, Director of Admissions, will present to you on Monday a report on the extensive outreach by the Office of Admissions during the past year to both attract and recruit new students and to retain existing students.
In addition to traditional forms of outreach, a number of successful, new initiatives have been undertaken to engage students. Perhaps the greatest enhancement to the admissions and recruitment strategy is the ability to create and sustain automated, strategized messaging to prospective and current students. Ms. Kasper will expand upon these and other initiatives on Monday.
The spring 2016 semester is off to a great start for student activities in the new Student Center. A Club Fair was held on Thursday, February 11, showcasing 25 active organizations on the campus. The Student Government has recruited a full Student Senate for participation in College Governance across the campus.
Student Life is planning a “Grand Opening” event for the new Student Center on Friday, March 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the entire campus community.
A survey for student feedback is currently in progress; results will be available soon.
The Advising Office will continue to collaborate with IT and Academic Affairs to improve Student Planning software. Top priorities for the spring 2016 semester include:
The Academic Affairs Division continues to focus on initiatives and projects that support our students, staff, and the community.
Lieutenant Governor Guadagno will discuss her roles as both Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State in New Jersey government. She will speak about her experiences as a female in the world of politics and explain the importance of participating in government.
Freeholder Haines will talk about her various roles in county and state government, highlighting her experiences as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery, a Legislative Assemblywoman for the 10th District, the New Jersey General Assembly Assistant Majority Whip, a National Republican Committeewoman, and co-chair of the Republican National Committee’s Northeast Region.
Ocean County College’s Global Education Committee is presenting a celebration of Irish heritage that marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion and celebrates Irish culture. More than 30 events will focus on the art, landscape, history, literature, and politics of Ireland, highlighting the influence the Irish have had on the sciences and American culture, as well as the resilience, spirit, and heart of the Irish people. During the month of March, the following events have been scheduled:
Appreciation is expressed to Ms. Erica Carboy, Lecturer II of English, who is serving as Chair of the Global Education Committee, and Dr. Marilyn Kralik, Lecturer II of Humanities and Fine Arts, who is the Committee Events Coordinator, for their efforts in developing this array of events.
Dr. Maysa Hayward, Dean of Instructional Outreach, and Mr. Jeff Harmon, Associate Vice President of e-Learning and Learning Enterprises, recently traveled to Cairo, Egypt, to conduct the inaugural training for OCC’s first international partner, the IMI (International Company for Human Resources and Management Development) Group. Dr. Hayward and Mr. Harmon trained 13 IMI facilitators on technology and pedagogy and developed the infrastructure needed to commence language training for IMI trainees this fall.
Dr. Hayward and Mr. Harmon will make a brief PowerPoint presentation at Monday’s meeting to apprise the trustees of the efficacy of this training endeavor and detail ongoing and future partnership plans with IMI.
Ocean County College offers exciting Study Abroad opportunities to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness of global perspectives. They are led by OCC faculty members and lecturers and are open to students and community members. OCC Foundation scholarships are available to students for participation in these opportunities.
Two seminars were offered during the recent winter intersession:
At Monday’s meeting, Mr. Marchie, Mr. Downey, and Mr. Shaffer will discuss these popular and successful seminars, the ways in which they benefit the students, and their plans for future seminars.
Business and Administration
In cooperation with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, two anti-drug video messages were completed. The spots, using OCC students from the Performing Arts Program in a "THE MORE YOU KNOW" format, are targeted toward high school and college students through a “by students for students” presentation. The messages will be added to the Prosecutor's website as well as circulated to the schools and aired on Ocean TV20.
A video editing workshop will be conducted with Donovan Catholic High School on March 3 as part of the TV test drive initiative. In the four-hour session, students will learn basic editing skills on the ADOBE Premiere video editing software. Topics will include file management and navigation, project creation, audio, and effect creation.
Comcast Newsmakers completed the first of five studio recording sessions in OCC’s TV Studio. Newsmakers is Comcast’s news magazine program featuring topics and guests from the communities in their viewing areas. One OCC student in the Digital Mass Media Program will be selected to participate in the production as a paid intern. Tapings are scheduled for April, June, September, and November. In addition, Comcast has invited OCC faculty and staff to appear as guests on the show to promote new campus initiatives. The show will air on Comcast’s website and our own Ocean TV 20.
On Monday, a recommendation will be made to approve the 2016 Ocean County College Facilities Master Plan. The plan is the result of a year-long comprehensive analysis that encompassed all aspects of facilities planning, including a review of the College’s historical development since its establishment. The process also included consideration of technical information, evaluation of the condition of current facilities and landscaping, and the College’s vision for the next ten years. The 2016 Ocean County College Facilities Master Plan will guide the College on capital renewal, renovation, and construction as it moves into the future. It will also serve as a guide for the continuous improvement of the College to successfully meet the future needs of its students.
At Monday’s meeting, Ms. Tracey Donaldson, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, will introduce Ms. Carol Appleby, Recruiting Operations Administrator, and Ms. Cindy Fallon, Staff and Recruitment Technician, who will present the College’s updated, branded applicant portal as well as the new and improved features of the re-engineered PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking and Position Management Tool.
The members of this cohort are currently participating in a 360 Degree Feedback Process. Ten raters were carefully selected for each cohort member to provide input on the cohort member’s performance in thirty leadership competencies. Reports are scheduled to be released by the end of February. As a follow-up, four personal coaching sessions will be scheduled for each cohort member to build upon identified strengths that will help them in current and future leadership roles as well as to correct or eliminate areas of weakness creating impediments to leadership success.
A successful program has begun with the Senior Coalitions for Community Boards. A four-hour program on the Overview of Laws and Regulations brought out over 55 community board trustees. A request has been made to develop a series of training opportunities that would result in their obtaining certification in homeowner association management.
On February 19, Ms. Sara Winchester, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, held a meeting on the OCC campus for Chief Financial Officers of the 19 community colleges to discuss the potential consortium procurement of an ERP system in the cloud to be made available to all New Jersey community colleges. The focus of the discussion was on the financial implications of a consortium arrangement, rather than on the technical aspects of the system. There was great interest in the establishment of a governance body that would guide the development of the system as a compilation of “best in breed” functions currently in use at the various colleges. The meeting was well attended and helped gain the support of the CFO’s, which will be critical as we move forward in the development of the consortium cloud system.
During the month of February, several meetings took place between College staff, Ocean County Freeholders, and staff and representatives from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS). The discussions centered on the desire of all three entities to relocate the Performing Arts Academy on the OCC campus. Several options to finance the building were discussed. There was great interest in the possibility of developing an Early College High School program for the Performing Arts Academy students, creating synergies between OCVTS and OCC that would benefit all parties. I will keep you informed of the discussions about the possibilities of expanding the OCC campus to include the Performing Arts Academy.
As planning for the 2016/17 season begins, the Center is working with Professor Jennifer Evans’ marketing class to create marketing goals to reach students on campus. There are also discussions regarding the creation of a structure to reach out to various segments across Ocean County with focus groups.
An email communications plan was developed with College Relations for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, including “This Month at the Grunin Center” blast, “This Week at the Grunin Center” blast, and Flash Sale email.
Ms. Jessica Zawerczuk, Marketing Coordinator for the Grunin Center, has been busy since her arrival at OCC:
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Dr. Stanton Hales, Director of the Barnegat Bay Partnership, will attend Monday’s meeting to report on the recently received 2015 Program Evaluation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The primary purpose of the evaluation is to determine whether programs included in the National Estuary Program are making adequate progress toward implementing their Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMP).
Based on the visit, the Program Evaluation Team was pleased to report that it found the Barnegat Bay Partnership continuing to make significant progress in implementing its CCMP and is, therefore, eligible for funding authorized by the CWA.
The Barnegat Bay Partnership is among the 28 congressionally designated National Estuary Programs throughout the United States working to improve the health of nationally significant estuaries. The program is sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Ocean County College.
Ocean County College Foundation
The OCC Foundation has scheduled a Networking Reception for the 100 Women Campaign on Thursday, March 3, in the Gallery of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. This initiative was launched in May 2015 for the purpose of bringing together dynamic, innovative, and accomplished women of Ocean County who will support each other’s life and career goals, share their insights and experiences, and encourage women’s education through Ocean County College. The participants are contributing $100 per year for five years, which will allow the Foundation to provide annual scholarships to deserving OCC students in two categories: women entering STEM disciplines and women entering general academic disciplines.
The March 3 reception, planned by Ms. Heather Barberi, Executive Director of the OCC Foundation, will bring together all of the participants for an evening of networking and information-sharing about the program.
Ocean County College Athletics
Ms. Adelle Hickman was honored as the Ocean County College Woman of the Year at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration on February 7 at Seton Hall University. It is a great accomplishment to be chosen as the recipient of this award as only one woman athlete from each college is selected each year.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and the Star Ledger, the 30th annual, statewide celebration theme was "Leading the Way." The recipients were honored in a room full of hundreds of athletic administrators, coaches, athletes, parents, and supporters. The collegiate athletes were also honored at halftime of the Seton Hall Women's basketball game on the floor of the Walsh Gymnasium.
Adelle is a standout volleyball and softball player for the Vikings. She helped the volleyball team to the 2014 and 2015 Garden State Athletic Conference Championships playing the very important libero position. This past season, she was named to the All-Region XIX and All-GSAC teams. In softball, she helped the team reach the 2015 NJCAA Region XIX Championship game last season and was named to the All-GSAC team. Adelle is also a serious student earning numerous Academic All-Conference and All-Region honors as well as President’s Honor Roll. Adelle will attend Monday’s meeting so we can congratulate her on this outstanding honor. Also attending will be Ms. Ilene Cohen, Executive Director of Judicial Affairs and Athletics, and Mr. A.J. Trump, Director of Athletics.
New Jersey Council of County Colleges
Ocean County College is hosting the next New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Trustee Seminar on Thursday, March 10, in the Gateway Building. The afternoon will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a Trustee Orientation Session, “Building Good Relations between Community College Presidents and Their Boards of Trustees.” A Networking Reception will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The Trustee Seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the topic “Charting Our New Course: Ocean County College’s Transformation Initiative.” Dr. Don Norris and Dr. Tim Gilmour, Strategic Initiatives, Inc., will lead a presentation and discussion on the progress OCC has made and the benefits we will enjoy as a result of the dedication and commitment to this initiative by the College community.
The announcement for the seminar, which you should have already received, is attached.
ACCT Legislative Summit
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) held its annual Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., from February 8-10. The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of the nation’s community colleges for Congress and the Administration. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosted a reception on Tuesday, February 9, as well as a breakfast on Wednesday, February 10. I attended this event and will be scheduling separate meetings with Congressman Tom MacArthur and Congressman Chris Smith at a time convenient for them here in the district.
Mr. Jeff Harmon and Dr. Maysa Hayward accompanied me to Washington, taking the opportunity to meet with the State Department’s Head of the Egypt Desk, Candace Putnam, and Mr. Robert Smith of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), regarding potential funding for our several partnership plans for the MENA region. We were received warmly and invited to submit proposals for up to two pilot programs. We also visited with two of our grant providers, the coordinator of our student travel program to Morocco, America-MidEast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST), and the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL), which funds the grant opportunity through the U.S. Department of Education.
Board of Trustees Town Hall
An invitation has been extended to the College community to meet with the trustees on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Larson Student Center. My hope is that a number of faculty, administrators, staff, and students will take advantage of this opportunity.