News & Events
News & Events
November 2, 2015
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the November 2, 2015, Board Meeting
DATE: October 28, 2015
I am pleased to announce that four OCC students became national winners: Davina Resto, Nina Rogers, Danielle Wittman, and Chaya (Eti) Hayman. This is the first time OCC students have placed in the Small Business Management Plan event at the national level, and it is their second victory in the Integrated Marketing Campaign competition. Students also ranked in the top ten in the Social Media category.
Associate Professor Katherine Dillon, Business Studies, herself a three-time winner of the National Adviser of the Year award, is the adviser to Phi Beta Lambda. Professor Dillon and several students will attend Monday’s meeting to share their experience at the national conference.
The idea for the book comes from the fact that most people who meet Posha ask, "What kind of dog is that?" Mrs. DiMario turned this oft-answered question into a teachable moment, explaining to children that putting a name on things is not nearly as important as loving and being loved. She currently tours local elementary schools, sharing her philosophy and the popularity of Posha with kindergarteners through fourth grade students.
Mrs. DiMario has been invited to the Board meeting on Monday.
Mrs. Murtha will attend Monday’s Board meeting so we may formally thank her for this gift.
The players traveled to Peach Tree Tennis Center in Peach Tree, Georgia, to participate in the NJCAA finals. On Thursday, October 22, they won their first singles matches and first doubles matches in the morning and lost in the next round of singles in the afternoon. On Friday, October 23, they played their next round of doubles but, unfortunately, they lost. However, the players enjoyed competing on the national level. We are proud of their performance, finishing tenth in the nation at the tournament.
As an athlete, Craig was one of OCC’s best. As a captain of the team, he was always willing to provide assistance, he led the team to deep runs in the Region XIX Tournament in both seasons, and he spearheaded the team community service efforts to assist with a Habitat for Humanity project for a Super Storm Sandy home and raised funds for the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Craig was ranked the number two player in Region XIX as a defender/midfielder in 2014 season. He was named to the NJCAA All-American, All-Region, and All-Garden State Athletic Conference Teams. Craig is currently continuing his academic and athletic career at Georgian Court University.
On the field, the team finished with 17 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie, winning the Region XIX “B” Championship and finishing fifth at NJCAA Nationals. OCC’s Women’s Soccer, as the host institution of the National Tournament, was awarded the National Tournament Team Sportsmanship Award. Three players were named NJCAA All-Americans, with two also named NSCAA All-Americans. The team also boasted six players on the NJCAA All-Region XIX Team, with four voted top ten in the Region by the coaches. The team set numerous school records, including fewest goals against in a season (9), fewest goals against average per game (0.450), and most shutouts (14). The team earned no ejections and only two yellow cards all season long.
Off the field, the team did great things as well, including initiating, participating in, and raising funds for such causes as the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”; a Habitat for Humanity project for a Super Storm Sandy victim; Breast Cancer Awareness; the Love Your Melon Foundation, which provides hats for children with pediatric cancer; and a bake sale to raise funds for a former OCC Women’s Soccer player who passed away from cancer.
A graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Education, Ms. Cohen was a standout softball player for legendary TCNJ coach Dr. June Walker. She transitioned from a successful playing career to a career in collegiate coaching, first at Middlesex County College and then at Ocean County College, always maintaining the academic success of her players as the program’s top priority. She was named one of the first female athletic directors in New Jersey when she moved to Ocean County College in 2001. As you know, Ms. Cohen is an energetic and passionate administrator. She has accomplished much while at OCC, such as creating an academic monitoring program for student-athletes and engaging OCC alumni in a number of different ways, including the establishment of the OCC Athletic Hall of Fame.
A leader on the national, state, and conference level, Ms. Cohen has consistently devoted time and energy to various organizations, ranging from NJCAA Region XIX to the New Jersey National Association of Girls and Women in Sports.
Congratulations are extended to Ms. Ilene Cohen for this prestigious accomplishment.
Mr. A.J. Trump, Director of Athletics, will present the new website to you on Monday.
The Advising Office personally contacted 165 students. An advisor spoke on the phone with 64 students. Another 87 students received phone or email messages. Advisors were unable to reach 10 students.
Transfer Coordinator Laura Wills has offered several transfer services to students this fall. Ms. Wills has visited the Southern Education Center each month to help students connect with transfer services at OCC. Students can make appointments online to get their transfer questions answered at the SEC. Additionally, Ms. Wills provided support for Commit to Complete by offering students lessons on NJ Transfer and navigating the transfer process.
Many colleges and universities are continuing to visit OCC throughout the fall semester, including Wilmington University, Marymount Manhattan, William Paterson University, Centenary College, Seton Hall University, University of New Haven, and Villanova University (School of Nursing). Additionally, Montclair University, Monmouth University, and NJIT will host Instant Decision Days on the OCC campus this fall. Farleigh Dickinson University will also be back on campus in November to assist students with transfer to their programs with a 40% tuition discount for OCC graduates.
The Academic Affairs Division has been moving forward with a number of projects and initiatives:
Pre-Nursing Information Sessions were held on Thursday, October 8, and Wednesday, October 28. Students who indicated an interest in the Nursing program were able to learn more about the requirements to enter the program.
The Student Nurses Organization held a Blood Drive on Monday, October 19, which will be followed by a Health Fair on Thursday, November 19.
On Wednesday, October 7 and 14, the Music Club held an informal open Mic and Jam session for students and staff. On Friday, October 11, Ms. Karin Gargone, Humanities Professor, and 15 of her Music Appreciation students attended a classical chamber music concert performed by the American String Quartet.
On Wednesday, October 21, the Global Education Committee and the Music Club sponsored a presentation titled, “The Art of Portrait in Painting, Literature, and Music,” by Ms. Patricia Kennedy, former Assistant Professor of Humanities; Dr. Sandra Brown, Professor of English; and Ms. Karin Gargone.
Global Education also sponsored a number of events that included presentations on Censorship in Theater by Mr. Paul Chalakani, College Lecturer II in Communications and Theater, and his students.
The Visiting Writers’ Reading Series sponsored lectures by Ms. Keira Parrott on Tuesday, October 20, and Mr. Matt Phelan on Thursday, October 29. Seascape hosted a Halloween event, also on October 29.
The OCC Repertory Theatre Company will hold performances of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the Black Box Theatre on October 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 6, 7.
Students in the Interpreter Training Program visited Gallaudet University on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24. Faculty and second-year students attended a program, toured the campus, and interacted with native users. The Sign Club and Student Life are co-sponsoring a trip to see the Broadway play, “Spring Awakening.” The cast, including its lead Marlee Matlin, are deaf.
The History Club sponsored a trip with Student Life on Saturday, October 24, to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The group will be holding a Canned Food Drive from November 2 to 19.
Technical Services Specialist Ashley Carvagno is currently the President of the New Jersey Library Association‘s Technical Services Section. She will be hosting a book repair demonstration, “Back from the Dead: Making Old Books Look New,” with Ms. Kim Avagliano on Monday, November 2.
OCC has conducted the first training with its new international partner, IMI, International Company for Human Resources and Management Development. Dr. Hayward and Mr. Harmon trained 13 IMI facilitators over the course of one week on the utilization of OCC’s technology, including the learning management system and Rosetta Stone language software. This group of facilitators will aid in the training of approximately one thousand students in Level One of ESL by the end of 2015. This represents an important acceleration of the progress in OCC’s first international partnership.
OCC’s presentations at the conference were:
Ms. Melanie Fernandez was awarded the NJANSA Community College Student Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding work as a first-year college student.
The College Readiness Now II program has completed the first round of testing at Jackson Liberty, Jackson Memorial, and Manchester High Schools. This will be followed by diagnostic testing in November. Students will then be able to complete ten-week, brush-up course work and take their end-of-program placement tests at their high schools in the winter. Many students are using the program to meet high school graduation requirements as well as for college readiness.
Finance and Administration
Ms. Jan Kirsten, Executive Director of College Relations, and Ms. Maureen Conlon, Assistant Director of Web Services, will discuss this campaign with you on Monday.
Mr. Matthew Kennedy, Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction, began the discussion with department updates, highlighting new and essential topics. A session was then presented on the topic of effective communication, which focused on listening as an essential skill that is just as important as speaking and writing. With the tools provided, the hope is to build positive morale, promote teamwork, and increase productivity.
NJEDge.Net reduced its cost per quarter while including additional services to guard against denial of service attacks.
As a result of this review, the following institutional documentation is under review: IT governance structure, IT strategic plan, IT annual plan, IT project request form, and IT project monthly snapshot/report. In approximately two weeks following the workshop, the consultant will deliver a written summary of findings and recommendations.
Ocean County College has two Veterans Day ceremonies scheduled on Wednesday, November 11, one on the Toms River campus and one at the Southern Education Center.
The campus ceremony will take place at noon at the Veterans Memorial on the College mall. A brief reception will follow in the Library Tower Room. The event will remain at the Memorial in the event of rain.
This year’s guest speaker will be Captain Christopher Bergen, Deputy Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and Commander, Naval Support Activity-Lakehurst. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Affairs, and he earned a Master’s degree in National Security for the Middle East and Southwest Asia from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was commissioned in May 1992 through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
During his long career, Captain Bergen served on the USS John F. Kennedy, the USS John C. Stennis, the USS Ronald Reagan, and the USS Enterprise. He was deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle following the attacks of 9/11 as well as in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Captain Bergen’s individual military decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, a Joint Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit commendation and service campaign awards.
The Manahawkin Veterans Day ceremony will be held at OCC’s Southern Education Center at 10:00 a.m. The program will feature keynote speaker Lance Corporal Audrey Kobliska, USMC, VA Peer Support Specialist; vocalist Elizabeth Weidenhof, OCC Class of 2015; and the Southern Regional High School R.O.T.C. Drill Team. Light refreshments will be served.
Please join us for either of these always poignant Veterans Day ceremonies.