CCC growing, building for student success


By Kenneth Ender, Ph.D.

It’s not just a slogan. Indeed, Cumberland County College is growing and building for student success. The changing face of CCC is becoming more evident day by day as the college progresses with its ambitious $18 million construction program. The $6 million Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center is taking shape adjacent to the Frank Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Also this summer, two large parking lots are being built on the north side of campus, and paths and roadways are being laid out along College Drive and throughout the campus. A new college entrance is being cleared and paved on College Drive, and it will lead to the college’s new “front door,” which will be a circle in front of the student center. Other summer construction projects include library renovations, adding studios to the Guaracini Arts Center and turning the Wheaton Building into the Allied Health Center.

Children are among the first witnesses of this historic construction. Though the projects are fenced “off limits,” the children will get a chance to see the campus changing before their eyes as they make their way to and from the Summer Academy for Kids classes that began yesterday on campus.

“Kids College” offers an array of fascinating week-long classes through Aug. 24 for 5- to 14-year-old children. Enrollment has been strong for courses such as The Magic of Disney, Crime Scene Investigation, Extreme Engineering, Cool Science for Curious Kids, The World of Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others. But there are still some classes available, according to SAFK Director Lea Shapiro, 856-691-8600, ext. 338. This is time well spent for the children since they get to participate in fun, educational experiences at a growing campus where someday they may be college students.

Congratulations are in order for a student and some staff members:

A logo designed by CCC student Elizabeth Regan will appear on billboards, buses and stationary throughout New Jersey. That’s because Regan’s logo won the $5,000 first-place prize in a competition held by the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma to select the organization’s official logo. Regan, a graphic design major, and CCC Art Professor Sarah Shapiro received the award and a plaque from Sen. Richard Cody.

Mathematic Professor Gabrielle “Brie” Michaelis was elected by students as the 2007 CCC Professor of the Year. Other nominees include Science Professor Dr. Robert Clark, Mathematics Professor Joseph Dugan and Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Charles Kocher.

Admissions Counselor Lucy Ojeda Acevedo was elected 2007 Advisor of the Year. Other nominees include Bruce Birkholz, Dave Harwood and Patricia Labonne.