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County College of Morris: Student Art and Literary Magazine Once Again Wins National Awards

The Promethean, the award-winning County College of Morris (CCM) student art and literary magazine, once again has continued its dominance in both the American Graphic Design and American Inhouse Design awards competitions.

The two awards programs, which place the student-produced publication against work produced by major design firms, are sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a monthly trade publication for graphic designers.

In the 2016 American Graphic Design Award competition, the 2015-16 edition of Promethean secured a gold award in the Publication category. This is the 12th consecutive year the student publication has been selected for this award. Of the nearly 10,000 entries submitted, only 15 percent were selected for the award.

In the 2016 American Inhouse Design Award, the 2014-15 edition of the magazine won a silver award in the Publication category. This is the fifth consecutive year the student publication has been honored with that award. About 6,000 entries were submitted and 15 percent of the entries were selected for the award.

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CCM and WVU Sign Guaranteed Admission Agreement
CCM Art Professor Commissioned to Take Part in Painted Violin Project

The Promethean was judged against work produced by professional designers, as there are no student-only categories.

“I am very proud of our students,” says Kathleen McNeil, adjunct professor of design at CCM who serves as faculty advisor for the publication. “It’s nice to receive this national recognition for the quality of the visual and literary work produced by CCM students.”

The 2015-2016 CCM student staff was made up of graphic design students Jacobo Aristizabel, of Whippany; Elizabeth Comings, of Denville; Sabine Formanek, of Basking Ridge; Alexandra Paterson, of Mount Tabor; and Sandra Stites, of Randolph.

The 2014-2015 CCM student staff members include Paula Bevacqua, of Cedar Knolls; Perry Capalakos, of West Caldwell; Kylie Eckert, of Succasunna; Bobbi-Lyn Herda, of Dover; and Wassana Techadilok, of Philadelphia.

CCM and WVU Sign Guaranteed Admission Agreement

County College of Morris (CCM) and West Virginia University (WVU) recently signed a Guaranteed Admission Agreement to make it easier for students to effectively and efficiently transition from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in a variety of disciplines.

The agreement provides a clear pathway for students to transfer their credits from CCM to WVU to earn bachelor’s degrees in more than 15 disciplines including anthropology, biology, business, ceramics, chemistry, criminology, human nutrition and food, international studies, journalism, mathematics, painting, physics, political science, printmaking, psychology, sculpture, Slavic and Eastern European studies, sociology and strategic communications.

CCM is the first school in New Jersey to sign such an agreement with WVU that finalizes the acceptance of equivalent courses/credits between the two schools. As per the agreement, CCM students who graduate with an A.A., A.S. or an AAS degree, have a transferable GPA of at least 2.0 and are in good standing are guaranteed admission to WVU.

“This agreement represents an exciting opportunity for CCM students to advance their educational and career goals and is yet another example of why choosing CCM is a smart choice,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president. “We are proud and appreciative of West Virginia University’s support and are confident that students who choose to continue their education at WVU will enjoy a rigorous and rewarding academic environment.”

“We welcome CCM students to continue their educational journey at WVU,” said Sue Day-Perroots, associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs. “The educational preparation at CCM will provide a strong foundation for advanced programs at WVU. CCM students will join a number of other students from New Jersey who have found an academic home in Morgantown.”

“We’re excited about our partnership with CCM,” said Stephen Lee, associate vice president for enrollment management. “The agreement provides a seamless transfer process, allowing for a successful transition of the student to WVU.”

WVU now offers 19 articulation agreements with colleges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio as well as several in West Virginia. These partnerships allow students to start their undergraduate degree at one of the institutions and then finish at WVU. Normally a student completes an associate degree and then moves to WVU during his or her junior year.

This agreement is in addition to the more than 85 transfer arrangements CCM holds with four-year colleges and universities to provide its graduates with a seamless process for transferring credits to earn their bachelor’s degrees.

For more information on CCM’s transfer agreements, visit

CCM Art Professor Commissioned to Take Part in Painted Violin Project

Todd L. W. Doney, of Gillette, professor of visual arts at County College of Morris (CCM), is one of 10 artists commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) to take part in its 2016 – 17 Art Strings Painted Violin project.

The Art Strings project, which combines the visual and performing arts, raises funds for NJSO’s education and community engagement programs. The project each year commissions select artists in the state to paint violins provided by NJSO.

Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of the 10 works of art created by the New Jersey artists. The transformed violins will be displayed at NJSO concerts and other selected venues throughout New Jersey during the 2016 – 17 season. The drawing will be held on June 26, 2017.

“I was delighted to take on this challenge of doing something I had yet to tackle – painting a violin,” says Doney. “It also gives me great pride to be part of this fundraiser that supports art awareness in New Jersey.”

A community college graduate, Doney is widely known for his vivid Neo-Impressionistic paintings, many of which feature the Great Swamp as the subject. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibits at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Broadfoot & Broadfoot in New York and Boonton, the Gallery MacEgan in Morristown, the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey City University in Jersey City, Griffin Gallery in Madison and the Brickton Art Gallery in Park Ridge, IL. In 2014, his work also was displayed at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion, and at the Mansion in May at Blairsden estate in Peapack- Gladstone. His works are included in public and private collections worldwide.

Doney earned his Associate in Arts from the American Academy of Arts, his Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State College and his Master of Fine Arts from New Jersey City University.