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February 16, 2018

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Events and Announcements Current News Reminders, News Clips & Links

Final Weekend for 'HONK!' at Kelsey Theatre

Your Donations Needed for EOF Food and Clothing Drive Feb. 20

Viking Cafe Student Restaurant Opens for Dinner Feb. 21

Black History Month Continues With Events Feb. 22, 24, and 27

National TRiO Day Feb. 24; Donations for TASK Requested

Free CPR Training Session Feb. 25

Community Screening of 'Only a Number' at Conference Center Feb. 26

Health Professions Information Sessions Start Feb. 27

New WPU@Mercer M.A. Degree in Higher Ed Admin; Open House Feb. 28

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

MCCC-Fulton Bank Partnership Is Good Match for Blood Drive

Student Chris Molnar Shares Journey as Heart Transplant Patient with MCCC's Future Nurses

Two-Sport Athlete Shaunice Palms Selected for National Women in Sports Day

Let the Penny Wars Begin!

'Spring Into Student Success!' Gala Seeks Silent Auction Treasures

Streamlined Process for Data Requests

Reminders

Mercer in the News

How to Submit Your News and Calendar Items

Coming Events

Final Weekend for 'HONK!' at Kelsey Theatre
A misunderstood duckling reveals its inner beauty as The Yardley Players presents their final performances of the heart-warming family musical tonight at 8 p.m., tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Read more about the show here.
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Your Donations Needed for EOF Food and Clothing Drive Feb. 20
The EOF Club is holding a food drive to fight hunger within the campus community, and asks for the help of Mercer students, faculty, and staff. The drive will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in SC104, where you can drop off non-perishable food items, as well as new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves. The items will be distributed free of charge to those in need. Catholic Charities will be on hand to help provide assistance with enrollment in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click here for a list of suggested donations.
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Viking Cafe Student Restaurant Opens for Dinner Feb. 21
The Viking Cafe student restaurant, featuring Mercer's HRIM students, will be open for dinner Wednesdays, Feb. 21 through April 25. (The restaurant will be closed March 14.) Guests will be seated from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Kelsey Theatre Box Office, the Bursar's Office, or online. Maximum party size is six; guests will not be admitted after 6:45 p.m. Tickets are valid only for the selected date and are non-refundable. For the full menu and additional information, visit the Viking Cafe website here.
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Black History Month Continues with Events Feb. 22, 24 and 27
On Thursday, Feb. 22, the James Kerney Campus (JKC) will host a screening of the film "Hidden Figures" from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Kerney Hall (KC229). Snacks will be provided. On Saturday, Feb. 24, a Gospel play entitled "Sistas" will be presented at Kelsey Theatre, starting at 3 p.m. The play features four church sisters, accompanied by the Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church Praise Choir. The community is welcome. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Bursar’s Office (SC256) or at the door prior to show time. All proceeds will go to the MCCC Book Scholarship Fund. The event is co-sponsored by the MCCC chapter the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., the JKC Student Executive Council will host its annual Black History Month panel discussion in Kerney Hall. The panel will feature three entrepreneurs from the Trenton community who will share their stories and advice for empowerment and success. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A. Questions? Contact Steve Waniak at 609-570-3165 or waniaks@mccc.edu.
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National TRiO Day Feb. 24; Donations for TASK Requested
The JKC Youth College program invites the college community to join a celebration of National TRiO Day on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kerney Hall. The goal of National TRiO Day is to focus the nation's attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives. TRiO programs at MCCC include Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search. The day will feature workshops, a Trenton historical tour, and a financial literacy talk. In addition, students are collecting items for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), including men's tube sox, disposable razors, cookies, brownies, washcloths, and bar soap. Items can be dropped off at the Upward Bound office, Room 147, in the Kerney Building. Call ext. 3155 for more information. See the flyer here.
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Free CPR Training Session Feb. 25
The college's Health and Safety Committee is sponsoring a CPR training session on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Windsor Campus Gym. The session is free and open to the public. The first 50 families to register will receive a free Family and Friends CPR Anytime Kit. (Note: This is not a certification course and is not appropriate for healthcare professionals.) To register, contact Roseann Cooper at cooperr@mccc.edu, or call ext. 3202. See the flyer here.
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Community Screening of Holocaust Film 'Only a Number' at Conference Center Feb. 26
Students, staff and community members are invited to a free screening of the award-winning Holocaust documentary "Only A Number" on Monday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium. (Note that the film will also be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at noon in the Holocaust Center.) Directed by local filmmaker Steve Besserman, a member of Mercer's Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center, the film depicts the true story of Steve's parents, who met during their imprisonment in a concentration camp during World War II. Learn more about the film here.
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Health Professions Information Sessions Start Feb. 27
Current or prospective students interested in learning about health profession degree programs, requirements, employment opportunities, career paths, the application process, and more can do so during a series of upcoming information sessions. These are general information sessions and include Q&A. Registration not required. Session dates are Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., KC240 at JKC; Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m., CM109, WWC; Wednesday, March 28, noon, KC240, JKC; and Tuesday, April 10, noon, CM110, WWC. Questions? Contact Cindy Matyas at ext. 3596 or by email at matyasc@mccc.edu.
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New WPU@Mercer M.A. Degree in Higher Ed Admin; Open House Feb. 28
William Paterson University has introduced a new M.A. program in Higher Education Administration, offered right here on the West Windsor Campus! This 30 credit hour, two-year program combines online and on-campus evening courses. Learn more at an open house for MCCC employees on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at noon in SC104. A second session for the general public will be held later in the day in the Conference Center, rooms 214 and 215, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. RSVP at wpunj.edu/wp-mercer-oh. Questions? Contact Dr. James E. Alford Jr. at alford3@wpunj.edu. See the flyer here.
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Current News

MCCC-Fulton Bank Partnership Is Good Match for Blood Drive
Community residents will benefit, thanks to a six-year partnership between MCCC and Fulton Bank, which teamed up once again for the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Jan. 31. Thirty-two productive units were collected. Read more here.
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Student Chris Molnar Shares Journey as Heart Transplant Patient with MCCC's Future Nurses
Communication student Chris Molnar's medical history has proven to be a teaching moment for MCCC Nursing students. Molnar, who will graduate in May, received a heart transplant at the age of 19 and has been speaking about his journey back to health since he enrolled at Mercer three years ago. He says he welcomes the chance to speak to nursing groups. “It’s my opportunity to thank them for going into the medical field. So many dedicated healthcare professionals helped me regain my life." Read Chris' story here.
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Two-Sport Athlete Shaunice Palms Selected for Women in Sports Day
Sophomore Shaunice Palms has played two seasons of soccer and basketball for the Mercer Vikings. She was the unanimous pick to represent Mercer at the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 4. Read about Shaunice here.
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Let the Penny Wars Begin!
Fourteen MCCC clubs -- and counting -- picked up their containers yesterday as the Student Government Association and L.E.A.D. launched "Penny Wars V -- Attack of the Coins!" Students, staff and faculty will battle in three categories -- individual, small group and large group -- to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which helps fight childhood cancer. Over the last four years, this initiative has raised more than $5,500 for this worthy cause. Be a part of the cure by donating your loose change or dollar bills. The collection continues through April 19. Stop by SC111 for more information on giving, or call ext. 3435. See the flyer here.
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'Spring Into Student Success!' Gala Committee Seeks Silent Auction Treasures
The "Spring Into Student Success!" gala committee asks staff and faculty to consider donating items for the silent auction portion of the Foundation's annual benefit fundraiser, which will be held Friday, April 20 at Cedar Gardens. The deadline for auction donations is March 23. For general information about the event, and to view suggested donation items and access the online donation form, click here. If you have questions or would like your donation item picked up, contact Gabriella Hill at hillga@mccc.edu or stop by AD112. (Note that there is a discount on tickets for MCCC employees. Details to come.)
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Streamlined Process for Data Requests
From Liz Anderson, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness. A streamlined process has been developed for data requests. More about the new procedure is available here.
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Reminders

Through May 2: Yoga and Zumba Classes in PE Building. The schedule includes Monday evening yoga through April 30 in PE225, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m; Wednesday lunchtime yoga through May 2 in the gym, noon to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday Zumba through May 1, in the gym from noon to 1 p.m. Note that there will be no classes during Spring Break. Questions? Contact Danielle at garrubad@mccc.edu.

Scholarship Season Open Through May 31. Please encourage students to complete their scholarship applications as early as possible. Students complete one general application and will then be considered for all matching scholarships. Important deadlines are March 28 for graduating students and JKC scholarships, and May 31 for fall scholarships. Students should apply at AwardSpring: www.mccc.edu/apply4awards. For more information, click here. Questions? Email richardl@mccc.edu.

Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center Schedule of Spring Events. Check out the calendar here.

AAWCC and Health & Safety Committee Announce Heart Month Activities in February. Mercer's chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges is teaming up with the Health & Safety Committee for Heart Health Month events in February. Proceeds of all fundraising will be donated to the American Heart Association. See the calendar of events here.

Updated List of Adjunct Faculty Members. See the list for the Spring semester here.

Wanted: Faculty and Staff Accomplishments! Did you publish a paper, attend a training session, or earn an advanced degree? The Human Resources Office wants to accurately record and recognize the accomplishments of MCCC faculty and staff. Email your professional activities news to accomplishments@mccc.edu. Questions? Contact Kelly Greene at greenek@mccc.edu.
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Mercer in the News This Week

The Times of Trenton (NJ.com)

Honk! if you remember 'The Ugly Duckling'

Broadway World

GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS Comes to Kelsey Theatre

Bucks County Courier Times

Area theater listings for the week ahead (HONK!)

Community News Service

Long-time High School South orchestra director begins anew at MCCC

Intelligencer

Area theater listings for the week ahead (HONK!)

Out In New Jersey

Screw your “thoughts and prayers”

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