The Camden County College Foundation Gala held on March 1 raised $87,000 for the student scholarship fund. More than 275 attendees enjoyed the sights, sounds and flavors of Mardi Gras as the Connector Building Atrium was transformed into New Orleans by our talented staff and partner vendors. In addition to recognizing CCC employees that achieved career milestones, we presented the former Mayor of the City of Camden Dana Redd and Freeholder Jeff Nash with the Presidential Impact Award. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Foundation and College community, we thank you for your attendance, donations and support that made the gala a tremendous success.
Vai Sikahema, a local NBC affiliate anchor and former NFL player, presented a motivational speech on “Careers and Success” at the Camden campus on October 31. Sixty-nine students attended the workshop sponsored by the EOF department.
The CCC shuttle from the Camden City campus to the Blackwood Campus has been increased to meet student demand. The pilot is a success among students and continues to increase in ridership.
Career Services rolled out a weekly “hot job” spot that airs every Tuesday on the College radio station and all social media platforms. The goal is to build more awareness of career services. Career Services also held a Fall Career Fair on November 7 with over 50 employers. Additionally, our two Academic Divisions and the Career Services Department have scheduled offices hours on the Camden City campus to assist students.
The Library hosted a Zombie Apocalypse Scavenger Hunt on October 30. Students learned how to use the book catalog and then had to find books on the shelves. The event was supported by Student Life & Activities, WDBK, PTK Honor Society and a group of student volunteers who dressed as zombies to lurk in the book stacks. Thirty-five students participated.
The patron count at the Library for the month of October was 10,121. Over 1,335 items were checked out and almost 500 library cards were requested or renewed.
On November 14 the College held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of The MarketPlace, our new food pantry. The MarketPlace, with locations in Camden and Blackwood, allows students to obtain food items for their homes for no cost at all.
The Office of Student Life & Activities held their annual Welcome Back BBQs on September 19 at the Camden Campus, September 26 at the Blackwood Campus and October 3 at the Rohrer Campus. Over 1,400 students participated in joining clubs, meeting with Student Support Services, and enjoying a free lunch as we welcomed our students back to campus.
The CCC Marketplace Food Pantry is up and running. Donations have been steadily coming in from faculty, staff and students. Our students are visiting the pantry for their needs and are also volunteering to work in the pantry to assist with stocking shelves and helping other students.
The Office of Student Life & Activities (OSLA) participated in the 2018 N.J. Ballot Bowl. Adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, PTK, and the OSLA distributed voter registration ballots at all three campuses. One hundred fifty-eight were returned back to the OSLA office while others were mailed directly to the superintendent of elections.
The Office of Student Life & Activities and the Camden County Police Academy held a ceremony on September 11 to remember 9/11. President Donald Borden and Adjunct Robert Delsordo presided over the ceremony. A plaque was presented to President Borden by Joe Valdera, President of the N.J. Retired Policemen & Fireman’s Association, in appreciation of the College’s support of 9/11. Retired Chief Robert Doyle & Police Academy recruits gave a few remarks on “what 9/11 means to me.”
Four-year college table visits began the first week in September at all three campuses and will run through November. Nine table visits were scheduled, and 17 different four-year colleges and universities attended.
The Camden County College Food Pantry is scheduled to open on both the Blackwood and Camden Campuses this fall. Plans have been finalized with the Food Bank of South Jersey and local organizations to offer this service to our students.
The EOF Summer Program culminated on July 26 with a Peer Reception where summer program participants and several of our EOF renewal students were able to meet and began to network. Jenea Davis and Lisa Gibson-Kellum encouraged students to use every resource available to them and to keep in close contact with their advisors who will work with them to provide support and direction. They day concluded with a pizza lunch and a tour of the Blackwood campus.
The library is in the process of re-configuring the second floor to accommodate more group study space and to fulfill the College’s need for a Reflection Room for all students to access.
Librarian, Elayna Turner re-designed the library home page to more closely resemble the College home page.
21st Century Scholars students from Overbrook High School attended the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on March 30. The Science Center is the premier field trip destination for students throughout the region. Students participated in numerous science and math-focused activities. Example activities included: Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, The SUstainable + REsistant SURE House. It uses 90% less energy than a traditional home and becomes a hub for emergency power to other buildings in the aftermath of a storm.