Presidential Inauguration Slated May 5

By RACHEL DIMAURO Staff Writer

On May 5, 2017, Cumberland County College (CCC) will induct Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez as the seventh president of our institution. The induction ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Luciano Theatre located in the Fine & Performing Arts Center located on campus.

The ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes in length. There will be several speakers in attendance, including representatives from the college, local and regional two and four-year institutions, professional colleagues, mentors, elected officials, and a keynote speaker. Dr. Salomon-Fernandez will be delivering an inaugural address.

Dr. Yves informally took office last June. As a result of that, one thought that has crept into the minds of eager learners on campus is: why hold an inauguration ceremony a whole year after you’ve been serving as president?

In a recent interview with Executive Director of Grant Development and Trustee Relations, Anne Bergamo, she stated that, “Formal inaugurations/installations are the practice in institutions of higher education across the nation. They are usually held at some time during the first 12 months of a president’s term. The ceremony signals the “official” instillation of the college’s leader.” Bergamo went on to say, “It is important to formally recognize and celebrate the College’s newest leadership administration as it begins its next 50 years.”

Presidential inaugurations are a way to formally communicate the vision, goals, and theme of the new administration. They are full of pomp and circumstance, and it is often customary for representatives from local and regional colleges and universities to join in the festive celebrations. The board of trustees will present Dr. Salomon-Fernandez with a Presidential Medallion. The medallion is worn with academic regalia at formal academic ceremonies, such as commencement. The back of the medallion is inscribed with the President’s name and the date on which she started. The front of the medallion is inscribed with the College Seal.

There will be an informal luncheon in the Conference Center Banquet Rooms directly following the ceremony.

The 50th anniversary and inaugural gala that will be held on May 6, promises to be a sophisticated event. It will be held at the Centerton Country Club, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A social hour will begin at 6:30-7:30, and from 7:30-11:00 there will be dining and dancing, with music performed by the David Christopher Orchestra. Tickets to attend the event are $150 per person. The gala will be held in celebration of the College’s seventh president being inducted, and the College’s 50th anniversary. It is anticipated to be a major scholarship fundraising event, and is being run by the College Foundation with support from the local community. Sponsorships and donor options that benefit the Cumberland County College Foundation will also be available.

Both events are being held in honor of Dr. Salomon-Fernandez, and I am sure that she will continue to propel Cumberland County College, and the community at large, into reaching its highest potential.

For more information regarding the gala, contact Alice Woods at 856-691-8600 ex. 1390 or awoods@cccnj.edu.

Since CCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary, here are a few fun facts from 1967—the year it all began:

1. Gas was 32 cents per gallon.

2. A new car was $2,650.

3. The television show Batman premiered.

4. First Class Stamps were 5 cents a piece.

5. A dozen eggs cost 60 cents.

6. No.1 T.V. Show was Bonanza.

7. CCC student population was 350.

8. Elizabeth Taylor won best actress for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.

9. It’s a Small World opened in Disneyland.

10. Pampers created the first disposable diapers.

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F-U-N-D-I-N-G, find out what it means to CCC

By Sarah Galzerano

On Monday, March 14, a designated group of Cumberland County College students took a trip to Trenton to visit the statehouse; but this was not your average visit. This group of students – Samantha Cocove, Georgia Salvaryn, Anthony Chesebro, Rachel DiMauro, Terron Mitchell-Green, and myself – attended an annual state-sanctioned event with Kellie Slade, Executive Director of Student Activities and Leadership, called Community College Lobby Day. The purpose of this event is to give college students, whom are active in their school community, the chance to express their hopes and concerns to state assemblymen about underfunding.

CCC sat beside New Jersey’s 18 sibling community colleges for their second time early Monday morning at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, where we were introduced and itineraries were reviewed. The walk to the statehouse was slippery, but the rain did not dampen our moods or our minds. We were privileged to meet with Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro, Assemblyman R. Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, and befriended our neighbors Salem County and Atlantic Cape County along the way.

After first thanking the Assemblymen, our personal stories, thoughts, and worries started to flow. Some of the concerns that were discussed were the decreasing graduation rates throughout the state, the percentage of poverty specifically in our county, the expansion of NJ STARS to transfer students, the important “transition” ability a community college can provide, the blatant unaffordability of 4 year schools, the opportunity to start more bachelor programs at community colleges, the unfair underfunding of community colleges in comparison to universities, and the overall importance of receiving an education to benefit our nation’s future.

CCC freshman and education major, Samantha Cocove was honored to attend Community College Lobby Day for her first time and says she looks forward to going again next year! Her biggest concern about the lack of funding for our community colleges is “it will affect the resources that help our students become successful – the lack of budget often reduces the number of available advisors, registrars, tutors, etc.” Cocove elaborates further by saying, “I’m worried about students becoming discouraged and leaving community college altogether.” If more funding was available to us, she would hope to see more student worker programs. “This would benefit students by providing them with valuable work-related experience such as communication, customer service skills, organizational skills, and much more.”

I too am worried that students are rapidly becoming discouraged. As a student leader and active participant in Phi Theta Kappa’s C4 Initiative campaign for the past two years, I have noticed determination dwindling down to nothing. When you ask students if they’re committed to graduating, they hesitate to answer. Do you find community college important?

If you’re interested in attending Community College Lobby Day next year, contact the Student Life and Activities Office. Fight for your right for fair funding.

CCC’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

CCC’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

By Jenn Hallgren

On May 19, Cumberland County College graduates and the community will be addressed at commencement by this year’s keynote speaker, CEO of Wawa, Chris Gheysens. Before becoming the head of the flock, Gheysens grew up in Vineland and worked at his father’s carwash while attending local schools such as St. Mary’s in East Vineland and St. Augustine Preparatory in Richland, NJ.

He then went across the river to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and later went on to earn his Master’s of Business Administration at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “I have a fondness for Villanova and St. Joe’s,” Gheysens told Mainline Today in a 2013 interview, “They helped shape who I am in a lot of ways.”

Gheysens became the Chief Executive Officer for Wawa in 2013. He began his career with Wawa in 1997 as its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and went on to become the President in 2012. Gheysens told Nj.com, “South Jersey is a big part of Wawa, and it is definitely a part of me.”

As CCC approaches their 50th anniversary, Wawa will have celebrated 52 years of service on Wawa Day, which is on April 16. The founding family of Wawa, the Woods family, donated the land on which CCC was built and still owns half of the company.

During a press release announcing Gheysens as the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement, interim president Shelly Schneider stated, “Mr. Gheysens and Wawa are two great Cumberland County success stories, a great inspiration for our new graduates and the community.”

Although his footprint covers 645 stores across the tri-state area, Maryland, Virginia, and now central Florida, Gheysens still calls New Jersey his home—South Jersey actually—and enjoys visiting the Jersey Shore with his wife, Patricia Gheysens, and four children. “I grew up in South Jersey, spent my summers in Sea Isle,” Gheysens told Philly Magazine in 2012 when he was about to take the “lead goose” position replacing then CEO Howard Stoeckel. Just as South Jersey is loyal to Wawa, Wawa is loyal to South Jersey.

Commencement will be held at Cumberland County College on May 19 at 6PM and is open to the public.

Cumberland County College’s Dynamic Duo

By Georgia I. Salvaryn

For the past 50 years, John Gibbs and John Adair have worked as associate professors in English here at Cumberland County College. Throughout the years, both professors have had the opportunity to watch the campus and students grow. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gibbs and Adair and they shared their remarkable stories and unforgettable memories about their experiences at Cumberland County College.

Throughout the interview, Gibbs and Adair expressed their appreciation of the diversity in the student body, their love for their students and courses, and their enthusiasm for learning and their professional careers.

“My first day [at CCC], it was wonderful because I walked into the speech class, I taught speech at night, and I had a 65 year old woman and a 17 year old guy in the same class, and I thought, ‘This is for me,’” Gibbs states. “…it’s the interchange between the students that makes it so good.”

“People say to me, ‘Don’t you get tired of doing the same thing?’ and I say, ‘Of course not because I am not doing the same thing.’ Every class is different,” Gibbs states. “As the years go on, you get different experiences and different reactions. And, actually, what we’ve discovered, I think is, you learn new things, and…teachers learn from students as well as students learn from teachers.”

“We learn new things because you have students who had different experiences and they have different attitudes. And you hear and see things, sometimes, in a completely different way than you saw them,” Gibbs adds.

“I tell students, ‘The beauty of teaching literature is you can never exhaust it.’ And every once in a while, I haul out a pen and I’m writing and someone will ask me, ‘What are you writing down?’ and I’ll say, ‘I just thought of a new idea on what we discussed in class. I’m going to incorporate that next year,’” Adair states.

“We both like the interchange that we have with the students,” Adair adds. “That’s one of the neat things that we have about the community college… And I think that is part of why we have been here as long…”

Are you anti-college?

By KYLEE BAGLEY

Staff Writer

The notion that traditional college is not for everyone is rapidly becoming part of mainstream society, but what about the idea of an anti-college? Anti-college is the opposite of traditional schooling, yet still higher education nonetheless. There are many people who believe this type of schooling is more beneficial for prospective students, but due to the short amount of time anti-schooling has been in effect, it is hard to know whether or not it truly is a better way to handle education.

In 2012, the Make School was founded on the idea of allowing students to learn and create without the pressure of grades and tuition fees. The only one of its kind, Make School has become a prototype of experiential learning with eyes heavily watching to see whether it will succeed or flounder.

Advocates for Make School and budding replications include the founders of PayPal, Virgin Airlines, and EBay. These are all people who didn’t go to college, or they themselves have dropped out. CCC’s Professor Kevin McGarvey thinks that these founders and geniuses like them are more readily available to support nontraditional ventures like Make School seeing as they flourished in this type of environment and felt that they didn’t need college.

Make School was co-founded by Jeremy Rossman and Ashu Desai. According to HuffingtonPost.com, Rossman and Desai were high school friends who, after each spending a year at MIT and UCLA, respectively, decided to take a semester off and explore the process of creating mobile apps. Rossman describes Make School as “a college replacement for founders and developers.”

MakeSchool.com reports they only have 50 spots to offer to prospective students each two-year program. There is only a 10 percent acceptance rate, but Make School is not for every major. The school specifically teaches classes in software engineering and computer sciences. According to McGarvey, “Make School is for people who are already at the top of their game. There are thousands of students who need the guidance a professor provides to point them in the right direction. Most people don’t just “know” these things; they have to be learned.”

What prospective students find so alluring is that Make School requires no upfront tuition. In a year where student loan debt is at 1.2 trillion in America (marketwatch.com) and the cost of tuition is at an all-time high, people are desperate to keep themselves out of monstrous debt. It is not until after graduating from Make School and acquiring a “career” that you are required to begin paying for your schooling. No official tuition rate has been released, but as stated on MakeSchool.com, students will pay 25% of their salary each year until the cost is covered.

Make School gives no grades. There are no tests or homework. Rather, they focus on project-based learning. Depending on the rapid advances in the technological world, students learn based on what is happening right now. In an interview with Seeker Stories, a YouTube channel that produces short documentaries, Rossman described their core philosophy: “…if you teach the same thing two years in a row, it has got to be wrong because computer science as a field and software engineering as a discipline are moving so fast.”

This new twist on education has raised the bar for effective learning, but McGarvey thinks colleges have nothing to fear. “Don’t count colleges out yet. Students learn to think critically; they discover ideas and concepts that hadn’t occurred to them before. They become individuals who can make rational decisions and think for themselves. For so many, college is a rite of passage into adulthood.”

There is no one right way for a person to learn, similar to the question students ask themselves, “Am I a visual learner? Auditory? Kinesthetic?” McGarvey stated, “The best and brightest rise to the top regardless. But that’s a small number of gifted people. Most of the rest need a push, a nudge in the right direction, some moral support when things become overwhelming. Those are some of the things a college like Cumberland does best.” And it’s true. The best type of schooling for an individual is based solely on said individual’s personality.

Make School offers students another alternative to traditional school. With diverse types of schooling popping up like this, it is clear to see that people are taking school seriously; something that can only cause our country to progress more rapidly.

Rowan College at Cumberland County?

By GEORGIA I. SALVARYN

For the past several months, Cumberland County College has been meeting with regional four-year universities for a possible partnership. Our number one candidate up for consideration is Rowan University.

While conducting research for this article, I found that information and files about this process were provided for faculty and staff via the Portal. However, information for the students and the community is nowhere to be found on the college website or student Portal.

I had the opportunity to interview John Gibbs, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Kim Ayres, a consultant for the college on various projects. Professor Gibbs stated his concern of the partnership with Rowan being a merger and that the possible name change of Cumberland County College to Rowan College at Cumberland County. Dr. Ayres clarified stating that this will not be a merger but a partnership between Rowan and Cumberland, but the name change is non-negotiable. Both presented opposing sides and expressed their thoughts and concerns on this soon-to-be partnership.

Q: What are the benefits of Cumberland County College partnering with Rowan University?

The only benefit of this partnership is the opportunity for transfer students and their ability to seamlessly transfer credits to Rowan University, stated Professor Gibbs. There are no other advantages. Dr. Ayres, on the other hand, stated that this partnership will allow students to have access to a higher education in a four-year university, will be affordable for students to achieve a four-year degree, and will give students a greater choice for a higher education.

Q: Do you believe the partnership will bring in more students? Why or why not?

Because these partnerships are new for higher education institutions, there is no solid evidence of an increase or decrease in incoming students. Professor Gibbs predicts that there will be no increase in enrollment whatsoever, but there could be a possible decrease. Dr. Ayres stated that there is not enough data collected to predict an increase in enrollment, but the partnership could possibly attract a new pool of students to Cumberland.

Q: What will happen to the University Center and the other partnerships with the various colleges and universities?

Professor Gibbs expressed his fear about the University Center stating, “Rowan would either eliminate [the University Center] or take it over, so that most of the students would then go to Rowan for the last two years.” Dr. Ayres commented that the University Center is a non-negotiable entity and that everything in the University Center will remain that same. She also stated that the college’s goal is to expand and grow the University Center and this partnership will allow us the opportunity to partner with other four-year colleges.

Q: What will happen to the Cumberland faculty and staff?

Dr. Ayres said that there will be no changes to the faculty and staff and all of the professors and employees with remain the same.

Q: What will happen to Cumberland County College if the partnership doesn’t go as planned?

Professor Gibbs assesses that if his information is correct, politicians in Trenton may cut off financial assistance to CCC if we don’t do what we are told. Dr. Ayres states, “Everything remains the same.”

OBOC – An Evening with the Author

By YVONNE CURRY

Cumberland County College had the honor of hosting a number one bestselling author, this past October. Christina Baker Kline was the selected author in the 2015 One Book – One College program. She was on campus to share her insights on her New York Times best seller Orphan Train. Each year the OBOC committee chooses one exceptional book for the College community to read.  Orphan Train did not disappoint.

Briefly, the story Orphan Train is a classic exile story that, at its heart, revolves around an elderly Irish immigrant women (Vivian), who was among the thousands of abandoned children on the streets of New York taken in by the Children’s Aid Society. These children where regularly sent by rail trains from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest between 1854 and 1929, in hopes of a better future. As Vivian remembers her past, she connects with a younger character Molly, a troubled teenager seemingly living a life Vivian is all too familiar with.

Kline, who was born in England, raised in Maine, and is currently a resident of Montclair, New Jersey is an admirable storyteller. Maybe once in a decade, or even once in a generation, a book like Orphan Train comes along. Kline’s storytelling makes the reader aware of the character’s harsh loneliness, their deepest pain, but also shows their resilience to survive. From the first page of her writing, it’s clear that Kline is a contemporary master.

In person, Kline was as fascinating and resilient as her characters Vivian and Molly specifically, the way she spoke of her personal battle to overcome cancer.  Prior to the presentation to the general public, English Professor, Sharon Kewish, the OBOC coordinator, invited the author to the college for an intimate meet and greet.  A small group of students, staff, and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to meet the author, ask questions about the book, express their likes as well as dislikes, and revel in taking pictures during a book signing.  Following an enjoyable dinner for the author and the small group of attendees, campus and community members were invited to listen to a free author-led invigorating discussion on the history of the novel, the motivations behind the story, and a question and answer session for the audience.

Orphan Train falls into two distinct parts, both with an underlying common theme, the reveling of children passing through a system that didn’t have their best interest at heart during the 1800’s, and simultaneously focusing on the present day.  Not an appealing subject, but an amazing journey that is simply captivating. Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life quotes, “Christina Baker Kline’s latest wonder, Orphan Train, makes for compulsive reading – this is a story of resilience in the face of tremendous odds and oppressive loneliness. Meticulously researched and yet full of the breath of life, Kline’s novel takes us on an historical journey where survival depends on one’s own steely backbone, and the miracle of a large and generous heart.”

This was the 10th year for Cumberland’s OBOC campus and community wide reading program. The National Association of Scholars has been studying college common reading programs to find out what books are selected, how many and what kinds of colleges have such programs, and how these assignments are integrated into campuses’ academic life.  Their analysis show that this is a trend to pay attention to and can be seen as a microcosm of college life that can illuminate the particular concepts that American colleges and universities care about and the kind of reading they expect of their students.