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March 17, 2017

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Events and Announcements Current News Reminders, News Clips & Links

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Opens Tonight at Kelsey Theatre

Lunch Discussion of Vegetarian/Vegan Diets March 21

'Rise Up' Discussion Takes Place March 23

Gallery's 'Mercer County Artists' Exhibit Closes March 23

AAWCC-Mercer National Day of Dialogue March 24

Women's Variety Show Set for March 25

Intermediate Microsoft Excel Training Offered March 28

'Miss Representation' Documentary Screening March 29

'Schools for the Colored' by Photographer Wendel White at JKC Gallery April 6 to May 4

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Horticulture Program Wins Gold at Philadelphia Flower Show

Alum CJ Harker Describes His Process During Closing Reception for "Trenton Blacksmith"

Two Basketball Alumni Flourish During Junior and Senior Years

Baseball Alumni Share Experience and Advice with Current Players

High School Horticulture Expo Brings Springtime to MCCC

Reminders

Mercer in the News

How to Submit Your News and Calendar Items

Coming Events

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Opens Tonight at Kelsey Theatre
Based on the famous book by Harper Lee, the classic drama "To Kill a Mockingbird" opens tonight at Kelsey Theatre and runs through March 26. Opening night includes a post-show reception with the cast and crew in the Kelsey Theatre lobby. In a one-time, solo performance, acclaimed actress Prudence Wright Holmes presents "The Secret Life of Harper Lee" on March 25 at 2 p.m. Read more about these shows here.
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Lunch Discussion of Vegetarian/Vegan Diets March 21
On Tuesday, March 21, as part of MCCC's Women's History Month observance, the Student Life and Leadership office and the Leadership Education And Development (L.E.A.D.) program will host a lecture by author Mary Ann Cavallaro entitled "Do Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Play a Part in Women's Health?" Cavallaro has been living a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle for more than 20 years, Everyone who attends will receive a signed copy of her book, “What My Dog Told Me About Healthy Eating.” A vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served. The event starts at noon in SC 104 and includes a book signing and give-aways. See the flyer here. See the full list of Women's History Month events here.
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'Rise Up' Discussion Takes Place March 23
Also part of Women's History Month will be a discussion by Syreeta Washington entitled "Rise Up" on Thursday, March 23, starting at 12 noon in CM 107. Washington is an entrepreneur, educator, author and motivational speaker. Washington’s professional accomplishments include her appointment by the Governor of New Jersey to the Board of the Ann Klein Forensic Center and serving as vice chair on the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women. She is the regional vice chair for National Hook-Up of Black Women Inc., and a member of the Ewing Drug and Alcohol Alliance.
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'Mercer County Artists' Exhibit Closes March 23
If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the MCCC Gallery to view "Mercer County Artists 2017," you are missing out on a great show. Works by 37 artists span media including oils, acrylic, and watercolor painting, plus mixed media and sculptures. The exhibit's final day is Thursday, March 23. Read more about the show and the winners here.
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AAWCC-Mercer National Day of Dialogue March 24
The Mercer Chapter of American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) will sponsor a National Day of Dialogue on Friday, March 24, at noon in CM108. This panel discussion will focus on Title IX, the Clery Act, and sexual harassment. Featured speakers include Jordan Draper, Title IX coordinator for The College of New Jersey (TCNJ); Beth Gallow, from the Office of Student Conduct at TCNJ; and Michael Flaherty, commanding officer for MCCC College Safety and Security. See the flyer here.
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Women's Variety Show Set for March 25
In another Women's History Month event, Mercer's AAWCC chapter hosts a Women's Variety Show on Saturday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music, praise dancing, miming and poetry. Artists include Leah James, PUSH Ministry, Lady Tree and Essence Ministry. Tickets are available at the Bursar for $5. Refreshments will be available for sale.
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Intermediate Microsoft Excel Training Offered March 28
The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering Intermediate Microsoft Excel Training on Tuesday, March 28, 2 to 4 p.m., in AD234. This session will start where the beginner sessions left off last fall. Once again, Professor Kristen Callahan will lead the training. Based on feedback from the beginner sessions last fall, the following topics will be covered: templates, cells, rows, columns, styles, Insert, delete, copy, move, copy/paste, creating series and formatting. Depending on the group, the class may also cover formulas and functions. If you are already knowledgeable about these functions, you may benefit more from taking advanced sessions that will be offered next semester. Seating is limited.To register, please click here: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nncmh. Questions? Email Jill Marcus at marcusj@mccc.edu or call ext. 3551.
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'Miss Representation' Documentary Screening March 29
The documentary "Miss Representation" will be shown Wednesday, March 29 at noon in SC 104. The documentary focuses on mainstream media's often limited and often degrading portrayal of girls and women. The interviews are bolstered by compelling statistics. All are welcome!
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'Schools for the Colored' by Photographer Wendel White at JKC Gallery April 6 to May 4
The Gallery at JKC opens its doors April 6 for its second exhibit. The beautiful new gallery presents "Schools for the Colored" by photographer Wendel White. An Artist Talk and Gallery Reception take place Wednesday, April 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The grand opening of the Trenton Hall Annex takes place earlier that same day. More details to come. Information about the Gallery at JKC is available here.
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Current News

Horticulture Program Wins Gold at Philadelphia Flower Show
The MCCC Horticulture Program has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Education category at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show, on display through Sunday at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Mercer's amazing "Postcards from Holland" display, which brings to life the most beautiful and iconic elements of the landscape of Holland, also earned the Alfred M. Campbell Memorial Trophy, a major award for an educational exhibit that demonstrates the most successful use of a variety of plants in a unique fashion. Congrats to our students, faculty and alumni volunteers for putting Mercer on the map in a major way at this year's show! See photos on Facebook here.
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Alum CJ Harker Describes His Process During Closing Reception for "Trenton Blacksmith"
The inaugural exhibit at the Gallery at JKC closed last week, but not before guests had a chance to hear from CJ Harker, who explained the background on his solo show, "Trenton Blacksmith." Among the guests gathered in the new gallery space in Trenton Hall was Blacksmith Alex "Sasha" Parubchenko, the last full-time blacksmith in New Jersey. Harker's 27 black-and-white photos captured the richness of the nearly 200-year-old shop. “Many souls have called that building home in one sense or another. Countless stories can be traced through the many corners or found caught up in the dust and cobwebs,” Harker said. See photos on Facebook here.
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Two Basketball Alumni Flourish During Junior and Senior Years
Two alumni of the 2014-15 men's basketball team have succeeded in big ways as members of the basketball program at their four-year colleges. David Johnson and Tyliek Kimbrough helped their teams to championships and earned individual honors. Both are on track to earn their bachelor's degrees. Read more here.
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Baseball Alumni Share Experience and Advice with Current Players
At the annual First Pitch Dinner in February, members of MCCC's 2017 nationally ranked baseball team got some lessons from those who have been there and done that exceptionally well. Returning alumni who addressed the players included Dan Klim, Michael Procaccini and Randy Voorhees (who also served as pitching coach from 2000 to 2002 and as head coach in 2003). Read about them here.
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High School Horticulture Brings Springtime to MCCC
March 10 dawned snowy and bleak, but that didn't stop high school students from heading to MCCC for the 2017 High School Horticulture Expo, co-hosted with the NJ Dept. of Agriculture. Students took part in live floral design competitions and entered their creations in 30 different categories that were judged by FFA officers. Congrats to all students who participated and brought springtime to MCCC! See photos on Facebook here.
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Reminders

Through May 4: Student Restaurants Serve Dinner. Dinner tickets for Latitude 40 - An International Cafe are on sale for Wednesdays, March 22, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, and May 3. Tickets are also available for the Viking Cafe, serving dinner on Thursdays on March 23 and 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4. Tickets must be purchased in advance either in person at the Bursar's Office, at the Kelsey Theatre Box Office, or online through the Kelsey Theatre portal. To purchase tickets online, click here for Latitude 40 tickets and here for the Viking Cafe. (There is a $1 extra charge for purchases at the Kelsey Box Office and $1.50 for online purchases.) Tickets are $10 for students/faculty/staff and $12 for guests.Seatings for dinner are between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. Tables of six or fewer, please. No refunds. Tickets only valid for specific date. To view menus for both restaurants, click here. Questions? Email benowitf@mccc.edu.

April 7: "Spring Into Student Success!" Scholarship Fundraiser. The MCCC Foundation will host its annual spring scholarship fundraiser, “Spring Into Student Success!”, on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Road in Hamilton. All proceeds from "Spring Into Student Success!" support student scholarships. A discount is available for current faculty and staff. Read more about the event here.

Through April 19: Lunch 'n Learn Professional Development Series. Presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Upcoming sessions include Grade Center Open Sessions; Refreshing Your Online Course; and MO-201: Designing and Developing an Online Course; Student Planning; Excel Training; and more. Sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. For a list of sessions by month, click here. To register, click here.

Through April 20: 'Penny Wars.' The LEAD Program and SGA are hosting "Penny Wars IV: Return of the Silver" through April 20 to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Stop by SC111 to pick up a jar and start collecting coins of all denominations. Participants can be individuals, a small group (2-9 people), or a large group (10+ people). Prizes will be awarded in each category during an appreciation luncheon May 2. Questions? Contact Jeannette at clugstej@mccc.edu.
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Mercer in the News This Week

NJ.com

Scores expected to mourn longtime Trenton funeral director

Broadway World

Visit a World of Tall Tales in BIG FISH at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre

CentralJersey.com

COLLEGE CONNECTION: College Fairs offer info on hundreds of schools

MercerSpace.com

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ comes to Kelsey Theatre March 17 to 26

New Jersey Stage

"Big Fish, The Musical" Comes to The Kelsey Theatre at MCCC

Patch.com

World of Tall Tales Awaits in ‘Big Fish, The Musical’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre March 31 to April 9
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