November 10, 2017

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Coming Events

Final Weekend for 'Dogfight' at Kelsey Theatre
Set to music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers of La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen, Pierrot Productions proudly presents "Dogfight" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre tonight through Nov. 12. The show is set during the Vietnam War as the country began learning the costs of war and the never-ending need for human connections and compassion. More here. See a video spotlight on the production here.

MCCC Observes International Ed Week Nov. 13-17
The college will observe International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-17 with a series of events, including speakers, food, a drum performance, and classroom forums. Keynote speakers are Professor Laura Sosa, who will discuss her recent professional development experience in China, on Nov. 14 at noon in AD120. (Lunch will be served.) Alumnus and current CCS employee Bryan Steward will discuss his recent 500-mile walk across Spain as a person living with Muscular Dystrophy Nov. 15 at noon in SC104. (Lunch served.) IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for the global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. For the full schedule, click here.

Hospitality Club Taking Orders for Thanksgiving Pies through Monday, Nov. 13
Looking for an easier way to serve a delicious dessert on Thanksgiving? The Hospitality Club is taking orders for holiday pies through Monday, Nov. 13. at 4 p.m. Varieties include apple, pecan, sweet potato, and chocolate cream. Pies are $12 each or $10 each for two or more. Email Frank Benowitz with your order here or bring your order and payment to ES111 on Monday, Nov. 13, between 3 and 4 p.m.

JKC Gallery Hosts 'SHOT' Reception and Panel Discussion Nov. 16
On Thursday, Nov. 16, the James Kerney Campus Gallery invites the community to an Opening Reception for "SHOT," by photographer Kathy Shorr. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m., with a panel discussion on gun violence starting at 5:30 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Professor Alvyn Haywood and include Shorr, along with survivors pictured in her new book, "SHOT," which was published in April, 2017. The book depicts 101 gun violence survivors from across the United States from different socioeconomic, political, ethnic, gender and age groups. A book signing will follow the discussion. (Books will be available for purchase.) Read more about this powerful exhibit here.

Former NJ Governor McGreevy to Speak on Prison Reentry Program Nov. 21
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy, executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, will address the importance and success of prison reentry efforts during a lecture at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in CM109. Read more here.

Current News

Ad Design Students Get Inside Look at Busy Ad Agency
Developing graphic design skills in the classroom is the start. Seeing how those skills are applied in a work setting takes it to the next level. Twenty-four students in MCCC's Graphic Design Club visited Princeton Partners, Inc., to learn how a successful advertising agency works. Read more here.

Alumnus Bryan Steward Learns Life Lessons as He Hikes 'El Camino'
Completing the 500-mile El Camino trail in northern Spain is a challenge for anyone who attempts it. Alumnus Bryan Steward '14 (A.S., Communications), who has Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD), had a tougher time than some, but came away with lessons about strength, resiliency and compassion. Bryan will speak about his experience on Nov. 15 at noon in SC104 as part of International Education Week events. Read about Bryan's journey here.

Men's Soccer Team Heads to Nationals After Winning NE District
The men's soccer team has advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament as Northeast District champs after defeating Massasoit and Monroe (Bronx) this past weekend. The Vikings enter the tournament as the no. 6 seed and are ranked 7th nationally. We will be updating the college's Facebook page as the tournament proceeds next week. Read about our Vikings here.

Reps from MLB, Four-Year Schools Come Out for Vikings Baseball Scout Day
Even during its pracitce season, the MCCC baseball program is already drawing attention from scouts. Scout Day took place Oct. 28, drawing interest from four-year institutions nationwide, as well as representatives from Major League Baseball. Read more here.

Artist Michael Scoggins Shares Tips with MCCC Students
Internationally recognized artist Michael Scoggins, whose works is on display at the MCCC Gallery through Nov. 30, gave generously of his time the day of the Opening Reception on Oct 18. He presented a lunchtime talk and then stayed on to attend the Opening Reception later in the day. Read about his talk here.


Through Nov. 30: L.E.A.D. Collecting for ‘People and Pets’ Food Drive. MCCC’s Leadership, Education and Development program (L.E.A.D.) and the Student Government Association are collecting for Meals on Wheels of Mercer County this holiday season. The goal is to make 250 Blizzard Bags that include single-serve items for people and pets in case of a weather emergency when food deliveries are not possible. For a full list of items, e-mail Donation boxes are located outside SC111 on the West Windsor Campus.

Through Nov. 30: "#RealNews," Works by Michael Scoggins. An exhibit featuring the acclaimed artist continues at The Gallery in West Windsor. Read more here.

Through Dec. 7: Kelsey Theatre Collecting for 'Toys for Tots.' Kelsey Theatre is an official drop-off site for the Marine's Toys for Tots annual holiday drive. Staff members are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys in the box located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby. To aid in the collection effort, Rooftop Theatre Collaborative (RTC) will be selling toys in the Kelsey Theatre lobby during performances of "White Christmas," Nov. 18-Dec. 3 (no toy sale on Nov. 17). For every $10 toy sold, RTC will donate a $5 toy to Toys for Tots. The Marines drive will end on Dec. 7, but the sale will continue during all performances of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," Dec. 8-10, with all toys collected after Dec. 8 to be donated to a local charity.

Through Dec. 13: Yoga and Zumba Classes in PE Building. The schedule includes Monday evening yoga through Dec. 11 in PE225, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m; Wednesday lunchtime yoga through Dec. 13 in the gym, noon to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday Zumba through Dec. 12, in the gym from noon to 1 p.m. Note that there will be no classes during Thanksgiving week. Questions? Contact Danielle at

Through Dec. 17: HRIM Lunches. Tickets are on sale for Tuesday and Wednesday lunches at the student restaurant. The Little Skillet restaurant serves on Tuesdays through Nov. 28 and the American Regional restaurant on Wednesdays through Dec. 17. Seating is from 11:45 - 12:30 p.m. in ES 111. Tickets must be purchased in advance online, or at the Kelsey Theatre Box Office or the Bursar's Office. Tickets are $10 for students, faculty and staff, and $12 for guests. Please note that there is an additional charge for tickets purchased online or through the Kelsey Box Office. Tables of six or fewer, please. No refunds. Tickets only valid for a specific date. For the Tuesday Little Skillet menu, click here. For the Wednesday American Regional restaurant menu (different each week), click here. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Mercer in the News This Week

Trenton Times

Theater: 'Dogfight' at West Windsor's Kelsey Theatre

Kelsey Theatre presenting 'Dogfight'


Mercer Heading to Nationals

MCCC Heading to second straight NJCAA Cross Country National Championship

Community News Service (formerly Mercer Space)

‘Shot’ MCCC photo exhibit explores trauma behind gun violence

MCCC men’s soccer team advances to NJCAA national tournament

Burlington County Times

Area Theater: 'Dogfight' at Kelsey Theatre

Asbury Park Press

28 Places to See The Nutcracker in New Jersey

The Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ)

JuCo Soccer: Yavapai enters national tournament as No. 3 seed

New Jersey Stage

MCCC Professor Provides Historical Bonus Commentary on Green Acres Box Set

US 1

Maestro Comes to Trenton

Wanted: Linemen For Today’s Utilities

Duet Exhibition Captures Spirit of Art All Day

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