Deptford Twp. –On Wed., Nov. 2, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) celebrated the astounding achievements of seven distinguished Gloucester County College (now RCGC) alumni, who were inducted into the College's Alumni Hall of Fame.
The ceremony, held in RCGC's main dining room, formally inducted: Sergeant Major James T. Adams Jr., Patricia Van Atter, Thomas J. Carrocino, John J. Marolt, Anthony J. Pacifico Jr., Elizabeth S. Pappas and Albert G. Sye.
Sergeant Major James T. Adams Jr.
Honored as the 2016 "Person of the Year" at the RCGC Foundation Gala, Sergeant Major James T. Adams Jr. is a graduate who has dedicated his life to serving both his country and his community. A native of West Deptford Township, Adams earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Gloucester County College and a bachelor's degree in Law & Justice from Rowan University. Since enlisting in the United States Marine Corps., he has served in-country and abroad, been assigned to nine U.S. Embassies and provided support for the 1993 Presidential Summit with President Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin from the Commonwealth of the Republic of Russia. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps. Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps. Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Service Volunteer Service Medal.
Patricia Van Atter
Patricia (Pattie) Van Atter's service to Phi Theta Kappa spans 18 years, beginning at Gloucester County College where she was a chapter officer and member of the All-New Jersey Academic Team. Not only was Van Atter an active member of the society, she was also the recipient of the President's Medallion for Service and Leadership. As a charter member of the Middle States Regional Alumni Association, she served as president in 2003-2004 and was later named the Middle States regional coordinator. Now, after years of being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Van Atter has been chosen to serve on the society's Board of Directors and at their January 2016 meeting was elected as the Board's vice-chair for a three-year term.
Thomas J. Carrocino
Thomas J. Carrocino— president of Hungerford & Terry, Inc., an international water conditioning purification engineering and manufacturing company based out of Clayton, New Jersey— began his career at Gloucester County College. Carrocino graduated from the College in 1977 with an associate degree in Architectural Design and went on to complete a vigorous, hands-on training program at Hungerford & Terry where he has been employed for almost 40 years. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1994 and held the position of vice president of operations, overseeing all of the company's daily operations for 11 years before taking over as president in 2014. For more than 23 years, he served as vice president on Elk Township's Board of Education.
John J. Marolt
John J. Marolt has a long and accomplished record of public service in the field of law enforcement. A 1991 criminal justice graduate of Gloucester County College, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master's degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A member of the Deptford Township Police Department for 30 years, Marolt moved up through the ranks from patrolman to chief of police before retiring in 2009. During that time from 1975 to 1997, he also served in the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army Reserves and New Jersey Army National Guard. For 11 years, he taught courses at the Gloucester County Police Academy for the Special Law Enforcement Officer (S.L.E.O.) and Basic Police Officer programs. Today, the Mullica Hill resident is the military veteran initiative coordinator for the New Jersey State Parole Board, where he works to assist other veterans who are experiencing criminal justice issues upon their return from active duty.
Anthony J. Pacifico Jr.
Anthony J. Pacifico Jr. has spent the past 36 years working in the finance industry — a career that began at Gloucester County College. After graduating with an Associate of Science degree in Marketing and Management and completing his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University, Pacifico began his career as a commercial banking officer at Industrial Valley Bank in Philadelphia. He has served as a vice president at seven different South Jersey banking institutions and is currently serving as senior vice president at 1st Colonial Community Bank in Cherry Hill. Pacifico's career is rich with awards and accomplishments, including the College Professional Circle of Success Award and the UJB Chairman's Award. He and his wife Lenora — also a GCC graduate — have a special place in their hearts for the college where they first got their start. Pacifico has served as the GCC Alumni and Student Government president and as an advisor to the GCC Board of Trustees. He currently volunteers his time as a member of the Rowan College at Gloucester County Foundation Board of Directors. In 2015, an endowment in the family's name was donated to provide financial and educational support to RCGC business administration students.
Elizabeth S. Pappas
Elizabeth S. Pappas has enjoyed her 31 years in education, a journey that began as a 20-year old at Gloucester County College. After graduating with an associate degree, Pappas transferred to Catawba College in North Carolina for her bachelor's degree, then went on to earn a Master's degree from Glassboro State College in 1988. Education and athletics have provided a number of "firsts" throughout her life. She played on Gloucester County College's first field hockey team and was awarded the first MVP award in 1970-71. At Salem High School in 1988, Pappas was named the first female athletic director in the Tri-County Conference. In 1991, Elizabeth changed roles becoming a counselor at Pitman High School and worked closely with the Gloucester County Professional Counselors Association. Five years later, she was recognized as Gloucester County's "County High School Counselor of the Year" at a statewide meeting. Elizabeth returned to her athletic roots in 2000 as supervisor of Athletics /Health and Physical Education at Pennsville Memorial High School until her retirement in 2005.
Albert G. Sye
Albert G. Sye, a 1971 Gloucester County College graduate, was the college's first All-American athlete after twice finishing second in the National Junior College Wrestling Championships. Two times he was named "Most Valuable Wrestler" in addition to being a charter member of the Gloucester County College Sports Hall of Fame. Sye was also inducted into the National Junior College Wrestling Hall of Fame, and in 1992 was honored with the Gloucester County College Alumni Silver Anniversary Circle of Success Award. Sye earned a wrestling scholarship after graduating from Gloucester County College to the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education. A two-time NCAA wrestling All-American, he was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Sye has worked under former Chicago School Superintendent and past United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. His vast knowledge of educational systems, professional development, curriculum, urban/suburban settings, student/teacher needs, combined with his broad academic achievements and diverse work experience allows him to bring to the table a truly global perspective.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.