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August 17, 2017

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Coming Events

Kelsey Awards Show This Saturday, Aug. 19
The "2017 Kelsey Awards " comes to Kelsey Theatre Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. It's a night of entertainment and recognition as Kelsey theater people join together with their fans to reprise great moments from the past season. Read more about the production here.

College Assembly Set for Aug. 24
All members of the college community from both campuses are encouraged to attend the College Assembly on Thursday, Aug. 24. Coffee will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Kelsey Theatre, with the assembly to begin at 9:30 a.m. Time will be reserved for questions and answers. Following the assembly, all staff are invited to a barbecue at noon on the main quad. For the schedule of other pre-class week activities, see M-Link here.

MCCC Gallery to Showcase Arts Faculty at Opening Exhibit Aug. 28 to Sept. 30
First up at the MCCC Gallery (WWC) in the 2017-18 academic year is the "Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition." The show opens Monday, Aug. 28 and continues through Friday, Sept. 29. An opening reception takes place Wednesday, Aug. 30, starting at 5 p.m. The gallery director is Professor of Fine Arts Lucas Kelly. More about the season ahead here.

Current News

New MyMercer Mobile App Released
Students now have access to a new mobile app that provides anytime, anywhere access to helpful college information as well as features and services linked to their student account. Self-services include course browsing, class registration, academic advisement and planning, payments, and applying for graduation. They can check on tuition and fees status, explore and monitor financial aid, view class schedules, grades, and transcripts, and read MCCC news. There are also links to Facebook and Twitter, campus maps, directories, and the Student Handbook. Read about it on the website here.

WPU to Offer Master's in Higher Education Administration Degree at MCCC
Students will soon be able to complete a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from William Paterson University at the MCCC campus, as part of an expanding agreement between the two institutions. The agreement will be finalized this fall with the program to begin in September 2018. Read more here.

CCS to Focus on Teacher and Industry Training this Fall; Info Session Sept. 7
Spread the word to neighbors and friends. This fall, the Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) will offer certificate programs for early childhood education and industry safety among many courses for adults seeking enhanced or new careers. Read more about the fall offerings here or visit the CCS webpage here.

ODCP Is Now the Division of Lifelong Learning
MCCC’s Organization Development & Community Programs (ODCP) division has always had a mission to provide personal and professional development opportunities to local businesses, organizations and individuals. But, according to Dean Leah Pontani, the ODCP name was often confusing. In an effort to better communicate that mission, ODCP is now known as the Division of Lifelong Learning. "Representing four very distinct departments including the Conference Center, Center for Continuing Studies, Camp College, and Mercer Institute of Management & Technology Training, we decided that our name needed to represent the work that we do," Pontani said. "The Division of Lifelong Learning is a better representation of the populations we serve, which range from children as young as six to senior citizens. Our belief is that learning is a lifelong process that can happen in a traditional classroom, during a continuing education course, over the summer in camp, or as part of a conference.”

Video Tour Highlights Life and Locations on Both Campuses
If you are new to the college, or have students who want to familiarize themselves further with MCCC's West Windsor and Trenton campuses, a series of 13 videos can be your online guide. The videos were developed by TV students in Professor Steve Voorhees' Applied Field Production class (CMN 241), in collaboration with Video Producer Valarie Daniels. Narration on all videos was done by students. According to Daniels, the primary goal of the project was to inform prospective and current students, as well as parents and visitiors, about the wide array of offerings, equipment and facilities available at Mercer, and increase awareness of student life and extracurricular activities on campus. Check out the videos here and share them with the community!

New College Logo Now in Use
Now that the 50th Anniversary year is over, the college has retired the special logo designed for that year. The new logo in several formats and sizes can be downloaded from M-Link here, along with templates for letterhead, faxes and memos. For questions about logo uses, contact Senior Graphic Designer Francis Paixao at

2017-18 Catalogs Have Arrived
A limited quantity of the 2017-18 college catalog was delivered this week to key areas at both campuses. For restocking, contact Francis Paixao in Publications at ext. 3731. Please note that this year’s supply is very limited (just 500 printed), so please distribute minimally with discretion! Whenever possible, students should be directed to the most recent catalog editions online here.

Facebook Photos Capture Summer Camps at Mercer
As MCCC camps enter their final week, here are some photos posted to Facebook that capture the diverse array of programs our county's kids enjoy at the college. See photos from "Diggin' for Dinosaurs" here (Camp College Specialty Camp), Tomato Patch Session One rehearsal here, Tomato Patch Session Two rehearsal here, Kids in the Kitchen here (Camp College Specialty Camp), Field Hockey Camp here, and Tennis and Golf camps here.


MCCC Library Home Page Update. From Pam Price: The home page for the MCCC libraries has changed to highlight our new search tool – MerSearch, located at: This is a summer-long trial of a new discovery service that offers the convenience of using a one-search interface to access specific content. Another benefit of MerSearch is that search results include: books listed in the MCCC online catalog, full-text journal articles, newspapers, eBooks, AP images and videos. Additionally, there is a variety of information included from case studies, congressional documents, open textbooks, primary source documents, and TV/Radio news transcripts, to name a few subjects that complement our academic program offerings. Direct access to the library’s list of databases and online catalog is still available to the left of the MerSearch box. As always, current student, faculty, and staff access to library resources is still available from off-campus locations by using the appropriate login procedures. Please contact the library at x3560 or at for assistance, or if you have questions. We are happy to hear your feedback and suggestions as we make improvements to our services.

Mercer in the News This Week (Trenton Times)

Wells Fargo donates $15K to MCCC

2017 Kelsey Awards slated for Aug. 19

Food Notes: Stock up for the winter by making your own preserves

On the air with music's future: A new radio show gives young musicians a chance to share their talents

STAGE REVIEW: 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Kelsey

Clifton's Tuesta family has soccer connection at NJCU


2017 Kelsey Awards to celebrate a year of theater


Former major leaguer Dave Gallagher on his fight with Darren Daulton and why Dutch was the best kind of leader

Town Topics

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