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February 9, 2018

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Events and Announcements Current News Reminders, News Clips & Links

'Ugly' Is Center Stage for 'Honk! A Musical' Tonight at Kelsey Theatre

Success Coach 'Meet and Greet' is Feb. 13

AAWCC Plans 'Heart Healthy' Activities for Feb. 14, 16

'Plants With Attitude' Is Sierra Club Topic Feb. 14

Learning Center Open House at JKC, West Windsor Feb. 14

Black History Month Events Continue With Screening of The Wiz Feb. 15

EOF Club Food and Clothing Drive Feb. 20

Viking Cafe Student Restaurant Opens for Dinner Feb. 21

National TRiO Day Feb. 24; Donations for TASK Requested

Free CPR Training Session Feb. 25

Series of Health Professions Info Sessions Starts Feb. 27

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

'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears' At Kelsey Theatre March 3

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

3-D Sculpture Lab Provides Space for Students' Big Ideas, Big Creations

WWFM Presents 'Art of the Spiritual' Live From Miller Chapel Feb. 16

MCCC Automotive Students Are Technology Driven

Entrepreneurial Master Class Provides Realistic View of the Business World

Keep Up With Holocaust Center Activities on Social Media

 

Reminders

Mercer in the News

How to Submit Your News and Calendar Items

Coming Events

'Ugly' Is Center Stage For 'Honk! A Musical' Tonight at Kelsey Theatre
Join The Yardley Players at Kelsey Theatre for a wise, funny tale about a chick named “Ugly.” Shunned by the other barnyard animals for being different, he ultimately finds acceptance when his special kind of beauty is revealed. “Honk! A Musical,” a retelling of the classic tale The Ugly Duckling, opens tonight and runs through Feb. 18. A reception with cast and crew follows tonight's opening performance. Read more about the show here.
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Success Coach 'Meet and Greet' is Feb. 13
Spread the word to your students! The Center for Retention and Completion is sponsoring a Spring 2018 Meet and Greet with college success coaches on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Windsor Campus cafeteria. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet with representatives from MercerOnline, the Financial Aid Office, Veterans Services, the Library, the Testing Center, Registrar, and Career and Transfer Services, among many others. See the flyer here.
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AAWCC Plans 'Heart Healthy' Activities for Feb. 14, 16
Mercer’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) is promoting a variety of activities focused on heart health for the month of February, including two events next week. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, AAWCC asks Mercer folks to pull out their favorite red attire as the college celebrates “Wear Red for Heart Health Day,” while also celebrating Valentine’s Day. A group photo of everyone in red will be taken at noon on the Kelsey Theatre stage. Red Dress Pins will be available for purchase in the Student Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Feb. 16, participants can turn their attention to the kitchen, as Chef Doug Fee, Coordinator of the HRIM program, presents “Healthy Eating, Healthy Menus” in ES110 from noon to 1 p.m. Professor Fee will talk about recipe development, lifestyle and diet, as well as portion control, and share methodologies that make food preparation quicker, easier -- and healthier! Some samples will be served (although it will not be lunch).The program is limited to 40 participants, so register soon by calling ext. 3202 or via e-mail at cooperr@mccc.edu. Read more about AAWCC Heart Health Month activities here.
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'Plants With Attitude' Is Sierra Club Topic Feb. 14
All are invited to a free Sierra Club lecture, “Plants with Attitude,” on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Pizza will be served at 6 p.m., with the program to start at 6:30 p.m. Bruce Crawford, Director of the Rutgers University Gardens, will discuss the breeding program at the award-winning gardens and how the future of horticulture is grounded in the past. His presentation, which will include beautiful images from Rutgers Gardens, also discusses how plants are selected based on their historical, scientific, environmental, and aesthetic value. The extensive gardens include ornamental tree, holly, and shade tree collections and a bamboo forest, among others. Sponsored by the Sierra Club NJ - Central Group, the event takes place in SC104. See the flyer here. RSVP to: Kipatthesierraclub@gmail.com.
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Learning Center Open House at JKC, West Windsor Feb. 14
The Learning Center staff at the West Windsor and James Kerney campuses invites all students, faculty, and staff to meet tutors, win prizes -- and eat candy! -- during a Valentine's Day Open House. The event will be held at the JKC BAR Learning Center from 10 a.m. to noon in KC211, and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the West Windsor Learning Center, LB214.
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Black History Month Events Continue With Screening of The Wiz Feb. 15
MCCC's celebration of Black History Month continues next week with a screening of the 1978 film The Wiz on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in BS209. A discussion follows the conclusion of the film. Read more about upcoming events here.
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EOF Club Food and Clothing Drive Feb. 20
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Club at MCCC 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. The club seeks donations of 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 also 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 only valid 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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National TRiO Day Feb. 24; Donations for TASK Requested
The Youth College program at the James Kerney Campus 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 Kerney Hall. Call ext. 3155 for more information. See the flyer here.
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Free CPR Training Session Feb. 25
The college 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 at ext. 3202. See the flyer here.
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Series of Health Professions Info Sessions Starts Feb. 27
Current or prospective students interested in learning about health profession degree programs, requirements, employment opportunities, career paths, how to apply, and more can do so during a series of upcoming information sessions at MCCC. These are general information sessions and will include the opportunity to ask questions. 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 e-mail 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. degree 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. 18 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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'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears' At Kelsey Theatre March 3
Young theater goers will enjoy a delightful romp through the woods as "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" comes to Kelsey Theatre. Kaleidoscope Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the fairytale classic Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Read about it here.
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Current News

3-D Sculpture Lab Provides Space for Students' Big Ideas, Big Creations
Art students now have a beautiful new space where they can complete large-scale three-dimensional work, with the recent addition of the college’s new 3-D Sculpture Lab in the ES building. Funded through an MCCC Innovation Grant, the space provides hands-on learning experiences that were not possible previously. Read more here.
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WWFM Presents 'Art of the Spiritual' Live From Miller Chapel Feb. 16
WWFM The Classical Network will present “Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual,” featuring the Washington-based PostClassical Ensemble and bass-baritone Keven Deas in concert Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel. The concert will be broadcast live as part of WWFM’s PostClassical concert broadcast series and will be hosted by WWFM host David Osenberg. Read more here.
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MCCC Automotive Students Are Technology Driven
Check out the Automotive Technology Laboratory at Mercer County Community College and you might be surprised by how many laptop computers the lab is equipped with! Thanks to a Perkins grant, the lab recently added to current equipment purchased more than 20 years ago. Read more here.
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Entrepreneurial Master Class Provides Realistic View of the Business World
With students representing each academic division, MCCC's first Entrepreneurial Master Class was created as an experiential opportunity where participants engage in interactive sessions mirroring real-world situations. The class was led by Simon Nynens, a seasoned business professional who volunteered his time to give students a better understanding of what it takes to launch a successful career. Read more here.
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Keep Up With Holocaust Center Activities on Social Media
The Mercer County Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Center (HGHREC) is offering a full slate of events for spring 2018, and invites the college community to stay up-to-date through the center's new social media sites. Click here to visit the HGHREC Facebook page (@HGHREC); click here to visit the Twitter site (@mccc_hghrec). Next up at HGHREC: screening of the film Only a Number on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and a two-part showing of the documentary Tickling Giants on Feb. 27 and March 1. All screenings are at noon in the Holocaust Center, LB200. For a full list of upcoming events, click 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.

Through Feb. 24: Works by Visual Arts Professor Lucas Kelly. Kelly's works are part of the show "Louder than Bombs" at The Curator Gallery, 520 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The show runs through Saturday, Feb. 24. See the exhibition website 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)

Kelsey Theatre presenting 'Moon Over Buffalo' Feb. 23-March 4

Theater: "Honk!" at West Windsor's Kelsey Theatre

Broadway World

MCCC's WWFM Hosts Live Broadcast From Princeton Theological Seminary, 2/16

CentralJersey.com

Artful Displays at Galleries

New Jersey Stage

WWFM The Classical Network Presents “Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual” with PostClassical Ensemble

Slate Magazine

Twenty-Five Years After the Passage of Family and Medical Leave Act, Better Policies Are on the Horizon

US 1

The Shows Go On and On for Kelsey Artistic Director

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