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EMERGENCY REAPAIRS TO WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN CURRENTLY ASSESSING SITUATION AT ALBANY AVENUE

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Municipal Utilities Authority (ACMUA) and the City of Atlantic City’s

Office of Emergency Management (OEM) were made aware of a water main break at

12:45pm. The break occurred at Albany Avenue and emergency repairs are being made to

the Albany Avenue water main. The damage is currently being assessed and the ACMUA is

working to restore water service to Atlantic City residents as quickly as possible.

The water main break has been contained and ACMUA maintenance staff will be shutting

down valves and controlling water flows at locations throughout the City. The ACMUA

advises that Atlantic City customers conserve water until further notice.

For more information please contact 855-291-6649.

 

EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN IN ATLANTIC CITY

MUA ASSESSING SITUATION

 

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – TODAY, May 15, 2019 at 5:00PM, Mayor Frank M. Gilliam, Jr., The Atlantic City

Municipal Utilities Authorities, Departmental Representatives from the City of Atlantic City, and Atlantic

City Office of Emergency Management will be holding a press conference to update residents and

businesses on water main issues.

 

WHEN:

TODAY, MAY 15, 2019; 5:00PM

 

WHERE:

PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

2715 ATLANTIC AVENUE, ATLANTIC CITY

4TH FLOOR

 

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

WHO:

Mayor Frank M. Gilliam, Jr., City Representatives, and ACMUA

First Leadership Doctoral Class Includes Husband and Wife, 177 th Fighter Wing Superintendent

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Galloway, N.J. - In marriage, a couple vows to work together. Mays Landing couple

Jerry and Nicole Nelson took their vows a little further ... to doctoral degrees in

Organizational Leadership from Stockton University.

Nicole Nelson is a Hamilton Township police officer, and Jerry Nelson works in

technology. Both had been seeking an interdisciplinary, face-to-face doctoral program

they could complete together.

In 2016, Stockton launched a brand new doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

The first cohort of 21 graduates received their degrees at the Graduate Commencement

on May 7.

The primary goal of the program is to help leaders improve so that they, in turn, will help

their respective organizations improve. It is interdisciplinary, specifically designed for

working professionals in different fields, with classes held online, in the evening, and on

Saturdays at the new Stockton University Atlantic City Academic Center.

For the Nelsons, Stockton’s degree was a perfect fit.

“(Jerry and I) both have different strengths and weaknesses, and knew that we would

need each other to effectively get through a program at this level,” said Nicole Nelson.

“The interdisciplinary aspect of (Stockton's) program gave us that opportunity, and it’s

exciting to think that even though we work in two completely different fields, we were

able to work in the same doctorate program.”

Teaching individuals from different professions how to work together was the exact

intent of the program.

“This degree took six years to put together,” said George Sharp, a coordinating faculty

member from the School of Education. “The goal was to create an educational

leadership doctoral degree that was different, unique, and stuck with Stockton’s mantra

of ‘distinctive’ education. We wanted to create a degree that put leaders of all types –

government, health care, faith-based, and so on – in a room together in communicative

situations to emphasize the importance of having strong leadership and communication

skills.”

The Nelsons said the program helped their careers, and their marriage.

“We seem to be discussing the leadership aspects of our organizations much more with

each other,” Nicole said. “I have also found that we seem to be more open to discussing

our communication with regards to our parenting styles. I have noticed that while our

personalities haven’t changed, our ability to communicate effectively with each other

has certainly increased.”

Jerry Nelson agreed.

“Throughout the program, we each had our ups and downs, but together, we balanced

each other out,” he said. “We would always compete on who would get the better grade

or turn in their project first, but in the end, the only way I was able to complete this was

with her help.  She pushed me the last mile, motivating me to make the milestones and

propped me up at the finish line.”  

William Perkins, the Superintendent of the 177th Fighter Wing Headquarters Staff in the

New Jersey Air National Guard was the very first applicant and interviewee to gain

admission.

“The program had been dubbed by its designers and developers as ‘a development

program within a doctoral program,' and I believe that to be very accurate,” he said. “I

didn't just broaden my leadership competencies via learning, as I would have with any

other educational programs. This program cultivated a mindset of vertical development,

meaning it enhanced my habits, mindsets, and capacities to optimize those

competencies.”

Karl Guilian, a professor at Atlantic Cape Community College, said he gained

friendships as well as organizational skills.

“The program help me to enhance my way of thinking about people, as well as about

my various organizations,” he said. “The classwork, competencies and dissertation have

taught me to better understand myself so that I can be better prepared to be a leader. I

now feel much more confident and motivated to be a change agent, as I now have the

knowledge and credential to be successful. As a member of Cohort One, I have met a

group of people [to which] I truly feel a deep and emotional connection. I will forever

have their friendships, which is a reward in itself.”

Sharp said he, too, made long-lasting friendships with his students.

“I would really like to thank them for taking the risk of deciding to accept admission into

this very new, different type of program. Our purpose was to improve one leader at a

time, and this cohort now consists of many strong leaders.”

Members of Cohort One highly recommend the Organizational Leadership program,

especially the Nelsons.

“The faculty was outstanding,” said Nicole Nelson. “They became a second family.

They were always open, honest, and gave so much of their time and effort to help us

achieve our goals. They exemplify the meaning of true leadership, and I know that I

have made not only mentors, but friends for life.”

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership graduates are: Tina Bridda, Daniel

Douglas, John Froonjian Jr., Karl Giulian, Robert Heinrich, Paul Herron, Jeannine

Ingenito, Kate Juliani, Walter Kappeler, Brian McBride, Kathleen McDonald, Nicole

Nelson, Warren Nelson, Dana Palma, William Perkins, Charlotte Phillip-Clarke, Charles

Powell V, Sharon Remeter, Kathryn Suk, Daniel Tomé, and Kristina War.

Applications for the next cohort of the Organizational Leadership doctoral program

applications are due May 17. More information about the Ed.D. in Organizational

Leadership is online at stockton.edu/graduate.

_ Reported by Kat Wentzell

More than 1,800 Graduates Show Their Fighting Osprey Spirit at Boardwalk Hall

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Atlantic City _ They may face failures, but they are strong enough to keep fighting for their dreams, speakers told more than 1,800 graduates at the Stockton University Commencement at Boardwalk Hall on May 10.

Keynote speaker Congressman Jeff Van Drew said failure is a part of life, but the graduates’ ability to rise up and keep going is what got them to graduation and will lead to their success.

“You have overcome odds, tried, failed and tried again until you met your goals,” Van Drew said during Commencement at Boardwalk Hall. “Remember those failures, and remember what it is that drove you forward.”

For graduate Luana Cordeiro of Galloway Township, those words have special significance.

In 2009 Cordeiro was preparing for her final semester as a dean’s list student at Kean University when prescribed pain medication led to an addiction to cocaine and heroin. She struggled for years with the addiction until finally entering rehab. She recovered, but thought college was a lost dream until the Atlantic County Recovery Court and Stockton offered her the opportunity to return to get her degree in criminal justice.

“My mother and my family are so proud,” said Cordeiro, who now works at Enlightened Solutions and plans to get her master’s degree in social work. Recovery Court Judge Mark Sandson and Assignment Judge Julio Mendez are so proud they attended her graduation.

“What Luana did is very, very hard,” Sandson said. “And now she is helping others.”

President Harvey Kesselman’s speech focused on famous fighters like Muhammad Ali and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some not so famous (at least yet) fighters – every student in the graduating class.

“You have proven yourself to be Osprey Strong or else you wouldn’t be sitting here right now,” he said.

He said challenges can sometimes feel like traps, but he urged the graduates to instead see them as opportunities, chances to test their mettle and rise about their circumstances.

“You have a choice,” he said. “You can either throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your brown and keep it moving.”

Kesselman and Stockton Board of Trustees Chairman Leo Schoffer also presented Van Drew with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Faculty Senate President Donnetrice Allison said while faculty may have lectured students on everything from whales to using cell phones in class, their goal was to see them succeed.

“And you have,” she said. “So celebrate today. Celebrate your accomplishment and get ready to soar.”

Student speaker Christina Denney received her BA in Criminal Justice in December and is already working toward her master’s degree. She also emphasized the persistence need to reach goals.

“The time has now come to show the world what we have to offer,” she said. “It is time to spread the seeds of the knowledge and experiences we gained here at Stockton University and blossom into our future endeavors.”

One graduate who has already shown what she can offer is Veletta Mister of Pleasantville, who while old enough to collect Social Security, chose college over retirement after losing her job when the Trump Taj Mahal closed.

Mister got an associate degree in marketing from Passaic County Community in 1975 while married with three children. She said grants became available and she had always wanted to go to college.

“My great grandmother raised me and my mother never finished high school,” she said. “But I knew the importance of education. Without it you don’t grow.”

She wanted to continue, but instead worked in banks, then moved to the shore where she got a job in surveillance at Taj Mahal in 1989, working there until they closed. She couldn’t find work, but took advantage of the opportunity to finish her degree.

“I figured I might never get this opportunity again,” she said. “I did four classes a semester and it was hard, but all my professors were supportive and I was able to accomplish something I wanted to accomplish and make my dream come true.”

She said family members have told her she is a role mode and inspiration, which makes her proud. She now has a part-time job in another casino and has no plans to retire.

“Education enhances your mind,” she said. “You just have to stay with it. Don’t give up.” 

Graduating student Christian Jimenez sang the national anthem. 

The graduating class incudes some 2,000 students who earned their degrees in summer of 2018, fall 2018 and spring 2019.

The event also recognized five professors for reaching Emeritus status: Professor of Psychology Michael Frank, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Michael Olan, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Brian Rogerson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Rupendra Simlot, and Professor of Environmental Studies George Zimmerman.

Panelists at 11th Jersey Shore Cast Predict Strong 2019 Season at the Shore

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Atlantic City, N.J. – A strong economy, low unemployment, and diverse offerings should make 2019 a good summer for the Jersey Shore, a panel of experts said at the 11th annual Jersey Shorecast, sponsored by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University on May 9 at the new Stockton Atlantic City Academic Center.

“There was more competition in Atlantic City in 2018 with two new casinos, but there was also more advertising and marketing which had a positive impact,” said Stockton University Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies Brian Tyrrell. “People have more disposable income, and that is good for this industry.”

Stockton Associate Professor of Economics Oliver Cooke said the leisure and hospitality industry accounted for most of the jobs created in the first quarter of 2019.

Industry professionals said they are diversifying the market to attract more millennials and create more activities for all visitors.

“People are not looking to just sit on the beach all day,” said Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism.

Wieland said ecotourism such as bird watching, and more activities like winery tours and cultural and historical activities, plus sporting events like the upcoming Escape the Cape Triathlon, help reach a larger and more diverse population likely to be willing to stay overnight and spend money.

Jim Ziereis, vice president of Hotel Sales for Tropicana Atlantic City, said the popularity of esports and sports betting are bringing in younger visitors, and Stockton’s campus has also helped business with conferences and special events like graduation bringing in families to spend the night.

“There was so much excitement during March Madness,” Ziereis said. “But some people come, and they never gamble, and that’s okay, too.”

He said any event, from beach concerts to an event at another casino property, can help everyone by drawing positive attention to the city.

Keynote speaker Mark Callazzo, CEO of Alpha Funding Solutions and a primary developer along Tennessee Avenue, said he wants to help create a new Atlantic City where people want to work, live and play. As owner of The Iron Room Restaurant, a co-owner of Tennessee Beer Hall, Callazzo is preparing to open a music venue, Rhythm and Spirits, this summer. 

He said Millennials don’t want to just stay in one place, they want to walk around, and bar hop, and he cited all of the businesses in the so-called “Orange Loop” (a reference to the streets that are coded orange in Monopoly - Tennessee Ave., New York Ave. and St. James Place) as working together to create a successful experience for visitors.

“We hope to draw people off the Boardwalk this summer,” Callazzo said. “We are all working together to make this a go-to area to live, work and play.”

Sandi Harvey, vice president of sales for Meet AC, said conference bookings are strong and they look to build on esports and the education market like Stockton to attract new events. She said the re-opening of the NJ Transit rail line between Atlantic City and Philadelphia is welcomed, even if it will be more limited.

“It’s a huge selling point that you can get here from Philadelphia for $10,” she said.

She said so far Meet AC has booked 150,000 room nights for 2019, with an ambitious goal of 360,000.

“I’m confident we will achieve that,” she said.

The panelists said a fifth weekend in August will also be helpful, but ultimately the summer is also always affected by something they can’t control, the weather, and even pessimistic weather reports.

Mike Tidwell, director of sales and marketing at Seaview Dolce Hotel and Golf Club, said wedding business is strong but also faces competition from location and destination weddings. They are focusing on recruiting corporate events, and the golf courses are a big draw. He said more events are being booked online, so a good web presence and rapid response times are crucial.

Another challenge is a shrinking labor force. While a low unemployment is good, panelists said it can be challenging to fill all needed jobs in the peak season. Some 3,500 jobs were added in 2018 with the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Casino and Ocean Resort.

The new sales tax on short-term rentals is also expected to impact shore rentals. Wieland said she has heard people saying they may not rent because they don’t want to deal with collecting and filing the tax forms, or they may just let a real estate agency handle their rentals instead of doing it themselves.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jersey Shorecast panelists, from left, Jim Ziereis, vice president of Hotel Sales for Tropicana Atlantic City, Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism, Brian Tyrrell, Stockton University Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies, Mike Tidwell, director of sales and marketing at Seaview Dolce Hotel and Golf Club, Sandi Harvey, vice president of sales for Meet AC, and Oliver Cooke, Stockton Associate Professor of Economics.

ICYMI: Tuition-Free Community College Now Includes Students Statewide in Spring 2019

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TRENTON – New Jersey’s program to make community college tuition-free for certain students, which began with a pilot at 13 county colleges, is being expanded to cover eligible students at all 19 county colleges in the current spring semester. 

“With this expansion, students in need at all 19 of our community colleges will have access to an education that is within financial reach and allows them to worry about their grades instead of how they will pay for school,” said Governor Murphy. “We know that if our students can obtain a higher education, our communities become more prosperous, their employers become more competitive, and the state economy becomes more innovative and attractive to businesses. I look forward to providing this critical opportunity to students at all 19 community colleges for the upcoming Fall and Spring semester.”

Thirteen county colleges across New Jersey began piloting the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program in January 2019, while all 19 county colleges indicated interest through their application for the Community College Innovation Challenge last summer. The expansion will provide qualifying students with the ability to attend county college tuition-free this spring at these six additional schools: Brookdale Community College; County College of Morris; Essex County College; Raritan Valley Community College; Rowan College at Burlington County; and Sussex County Community College. 

Students across the state now will be eligible for CCOG if they meet the requirements of enrolling in at least 6 credits this spring, making satisfactory academic progress, coming from families with adjusted gross incomes between $0 and $45,000, and having a completed application for federal and state financial aid. Such students are eligible for CCOG, which is a “last-dollar” grant that covers any gap remaining between their tuition and covered educational fees and all other financial aid grants they receive. Current students who are already enrolled at these six additional institutions will be processed for potential CCOG eligibility over the next few weeks; students do not need to complete any additional application to be considered for eligibility. 

“We initially pursued a pilot approach at 13 community colleges to ensure that the program costs did not exceed the funds appropriated. Throughout the pilot, all 19 county colleges have been working to build capacity for the program expansion and to share learnings and best practices during implementation with the goal of expanding in the fall,” said Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis. “We are delighted to announce that we now have room to expand this opportunity even earlier than anticipated to benefit all eligible students statewide.”

“The 19 county colleges recently provided detailed information about all of the students enrolled this Spring. Our analysis of these data shows that the current Fiscal Year 2019 funding for CCOG will be able to cover eligible students at all 19 county colleges, as a greater share of students are receiving other aid this semester, including Federal Pell grants and State TAG, than was the case in prior years” said David Socolow, Executive Director of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. “We are delighted that students at New Jersey’s county colleges are hearing about this initiative to make college more affordable.” 

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) are jointly administering this funding opportunity. To learn more about the Community College Opportunity Grant, visit: https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/ccog.aspx.