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March 2, 2018

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Events and Announcements Current News Reminders, News Clips & Links

Final Weekend for 'Moon Over Buffalo' at Kelsey Theatre

Horticulture Program Participates in Philly Flower Show March 3-11

Subculture of Cockfighting Unveiled at JKC Gallery; Opening March 6

Next Health Professions Info Session is March 7

Hyacinth HIV Presentation and Testing March 7

Professor Craig Coenen to Present Auschwitz Lecture March 8

Student Restaurant Adds International Lunches to the Menu Starting March 8

High School Horticulture Expo Blooms at Mercer March 9-10

Deadline for 'Engaging Learners Conference' Proposals Is March 12

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Honors Reception Features Happy Scholarship Recipients and Generous Donors

CPR Training Session Provides Life-Saving Tips for Staff and Community

Lacrosse Program Announces Addition of Assistant Coach

Application Season Open for S-STEM Scholarships

Reminders

Mercer in the News

How to Submit Your News and Calendar Items

Coming Events

Final Weekend for 'Moon Over Buffalo' at Kelsey Theatre
Our very own M. Kitty Getlik is taking a delightful turn as director for M&M Stage Productions' "Moon Over Buffalo" at Kelsey Theatre, which has its final weekend tonight through Sunday at 2 p.m. It's the hilarious story of a fading theater couple who may finally get a big break in Hollywood -- if they can just get their act together for one perfect peformance in Buffalo. Read about it here. Read the terrific review on CentralJersey.com here.
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Horticulture Program Participates in Philadelphia Flower Show March 3-11
MCCC Horticulture and Plant Science students have been preparing all week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for Saturday's opening of the Philadelphia Flower Show's "Wonder of Water" exhibit. The MCCC display is multi-dimensional, featuring both land and water elements. This project included input from numerous academic programs including Television/Film Making, Advertising/Graphic Design, Illustration and Digital Media Arts. Thanks to all those who have volunteered to staff the display. See set-up photos here.
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Subculture of Cockfighting Unveiled at JKC Gallery, Opening March 6
The James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) announces the opening of Tony Chirinos’ “Fighting Cocks,” a photographic exhibit that reveals the exclusive culture and longstanding tradition of cockfighting that is still popular in some parts of the world. This provocative show runs from Tuesday, March 6 to Thursday, March 29. On Wednesday, March 21, JKCG invites the community to a Reception and Artist’s Talk with Tony Chirinos from 5 to 8 p.m., with the talk to begin at 5:30 p.m. Read more here.
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Next Health Professions Info Session Is March 7
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 is not required. The next session date is Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m., CM109, WWC. See the full schedule of info. sessions here. Questions? Contact Cindy Matyas at ext. 3596 or by email at matyasc@mccc.edu.
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Hyacinth HIV: Presentation and Testing March 7
As part of the college's Women's History Month observance, EOF hosts "Hyacinth HIV Presentation and Testing" on Wednesday, March 7 at noon in SC 104. Presented in recognition of the 12th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to be observed March 10, the Hyacinth Aids Foundation's informational session will include free testing. According to recent statistics, one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female and only about half of HIV-infected women are getting care. See the full calendar of Women's History Month activities here.
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Professor Craig Coenen to Present Auschwitz Lecture March 8
On Thursday, March 8, Dr. Craig Coenen, Professor of History, will present "Oswiecim, Poland, Since 1945: Living with Auschwitz." Coenen's talk will focus on the town’s past, present and future, and how it was changed forever by the five-year period under German occupation when the Nazis turned a Polish military base into the notorious concentration camp, death camp, and network of regional sub-camps that continues to define Oswiecim to this day. He will highlight the talk with photos from his three trips to the town as part of the MCCC’s Study Abroad Program. See the full spring schedule here.
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Student Restaurant Adds International Lunches to Menu Starting March 8
In addition to the Viking Cafe dinners (see information under reminders), the HRIM Program's Latitude 40 International Cafe will begin serving lunches next Thursday, March 8, with Israeli cuisine. See the menu here. Also coming up are Mexico on March 22 and 29; Asian on April 5 and 12; and France on April 19 and 26, and May 3. Seating times are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 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. See the HRIM webpage for more information here.
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High School Horticulture Expo Blooms at Mercer March 9-10
Too busy to get to the Philadelphia Flower Show this year? Central New Jersey will usher in spring with its very own flower show March 9-10! Now in its seventh year, MCCC, the MCCC Horticulture Program, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture are partnering to host the New Jersey High School Horticulture Expo. The event is free and open to the public. Read more about the show here.
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Deadline for 'Engaging Learners Conference' Proposals Is March 12
From Theresa Capra and Jill Marcus: Calling all presenters! Please submit your proposal by March 12 along one of the four designated tracks at  https://goo.gl/forms/X7Ld1ZsKNsVJU1oR2. Mercer’s signature professional development event, "Engaging Learners in the 21st Century," will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The keynote speaker is Dr. Nimisha Barton, Associate Director of Programs for Access and Inclusion at Princeton University. See the flyer here. A major goal of the conference is to offer a full day of quality, high-end professional development for MCCC staff while networking with educators throughout the region.
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Current News

Honors Reception Features Happy Scholarship Recipients and Generous Donors
MCCC scholarship recipients had an opportunity to enjoy lunch with their donors and socialize with other students who are committed to completing their degrees at Mercer. Students concurred that getting a Foundation scholarship boosts their motivation and morale. Read about the event here. The college paid special tribute to the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation in a 3:30-minute video in recognition of the organization's decade of support to MCCC students. Watch it here.
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CPR Training Provides Life-Saving Tips for Staff and Community
On Sunday, Feb. 25, MCCC employees and members of the community gathered in the gym to learning CPR techniques that just could save the life of their loved ones. Thanks to the MCCC Health and Safety Committee for organizing the event and Mat Gianchetti, of LifeForceUSA, Inc., who presented the two-hour program. Learn more about it here.
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Lacrosse Program Announces Addition of Assistant Coach Matt Serfass
As MCCC's newest athletic team gears up for a practice season this spring, the Lacrosse Program has announced the addition of Assistant Coach Matt Serfass. The team's first intercollegiate season will take place in the spring of 2019. Read more about him here.
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Applications Open for S-STEM Scholarships
Please encourage your students who are interested in careers in STEM to apply for an S-STEM Scholarship. Benefits include a Summer Bridge Program that facilitates the transition to college, review sessions, tutoring and mentoring/academic advising by STEM faculty, weekly cohort meetings and more. The scholarship amount is $4,350 a year for up to two years. Applications will be accepted through May 1. More information and the link to the application is available here.
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Reminders

Registration Under way for MCCC Summer Camps. If you have children between the ages of 6 and 17, MCCC camps could be just what you are looking for this summer. There are many options and schedules to suit your family's needs. The camp season runs from June 18 (with the first week of Soccer Camp) through August 17. The camps are directed by Rose Fiorello (Camp College and Specialty Camps), Ryan Zegarski (Sports Camps), and Kitty Getlik (Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops). More here.

March 23: Deadline for Silent Auction Donations for Scholarship Fundraiser. 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.

Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Is April 20. This year “Fat Tuesday” will come on Friday – and in April – as the MCCC Foundation adopts a Mardi Gras theme for its annual spring scholarship fundraiser, “Spring Into Student Success!” Read more here.

Through April 19: Penny Wars. The Student Government Association and L.E.A.D. has launched "Penny Wars V -- Attack of the Coins!" 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. Students, staff and faculty will battle in three categories -- individual, small group and large group. Be a part of the cure by donating your loose change or dollar bills. Stop by SC111 for more information on giving, or call ext. 3435. See the flyer here.

Through April 25: HRIM Student Restaurant.The Viking Cafe student restaurant, featuring Mercer's HRIM students, will be open for dinner Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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

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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Mercer in the News This Week

NJ.com

Kelsey Theatre presents 'Moon Over Buffalo'

Rick Freeman approved as Steinert baseball coach; Michael Moceri takes over at Hamilton West

Broadway World

High School Horticulture Expo in Bloom at Mercer County Community College This March

CentralJersey.com

STAGE REVIEW: 'Moon Over Buffalo' at Kelsey Theatre

Community News Service

The fine art of persistence: TAWA exhibit features artists with disabilities

Lawrence singer Luke Elliot returns to local roots

At Suppers Programs, health is on the menu

New Jersey Stage

MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery Presents Subculture of ‘Fighting Cocks’ by Photographer Tony Chirinos

Planet Princeton

Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, March 2-4

The Intelligencer

Theater listings for the week ahead

Town Topics

Chamber of Commerce Plans Annual Technology Summit

US 1

Summer Camps for All Ages & Interests

Inmates Score in Flower Show’s Super Bowl of Plants

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