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May 11, 2012
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Table of Contents

Coming Event
Announcements

Current News

Reminders, News Clips, Links

William Paterson at Mercer to Host Graduation May 14

MCCC to Host Region 19 Baseball Tournament this Weekend

College Assembly and Staff Recognition May 17

Celebrate with the First 30

Sensational Summer Cooking Classes

Commencement Plans for May 24

Retirement Celebrations

Debbie Kell is Retiring! Join us May 14

Luci McElhenny is Retiring! Join us May 15

Open House for Judy Ehresman's Retirement May 16

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Flags Lowered Yesterday for Army Sergeant

Announcing the Mercer Institute

Baseball, Gardening and Writing Among New Noncredit Courses

Anita Hill Talk Draws Accolades

Mud Pie Players Perform

Higgins Wins Fellowship for Irish Studies

PTA Students Learn About Disabilities from Patient's Point of View

Have You Received an Award Recently?

Thank You From McCormick Family

Datatel/Project NASA Update

 

 

Updates & Info

Coming Event Reminders

Mercer in the News This Week

News Links and Social Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Event Announcement

William Paterson at Mercer to Host Graduation May 14
William, Paterson University at Mercer will host a graduation celebration on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conference Center. Deans, faculty, and staff from both institutions will be on hand for a brief ceremony to celebrate the 36 students who have earned degrees in WPU@Mercer programs. Degrees offered are Business Administration--Concentration in Management, Early Childhood Education--Certifications in PreK-3rd grade and K-5th grade, Liberal Studies and Psychology.
A reception immediately follows the formal program. For further information contact Judy Grausso or call ext. 3358.
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MCCC to Host Region 19 Baseball Tournament this Weekend
Mercer is gearing up to host the NJCAA Division II Region XIX Tournament, to be played this weekend at MCCC and Mercer County Park. The Vikings earned a bye in last weekend's play-in round, one of their goals going into the tournament, according to MCCC Head Coach Kevin Kerins. The Final Four features MCCC as the no. 2 seed. The Vikings will face Burlington County College (the no. 3 seed) on Friday, May 11. More here.

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College Assembly and Staff Recognition May 17
Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17, 10 a.m. for the College Assembly, immediately followed by the 35th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony at Kelsey Theatre. For an official invite to the staff event, refer to MLink here. The brochure for the Staff Recognition Program is also on MLink here. During the ceremony, the brochure will be projected on screen.

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Celebrate with the First 30
Come celebrate with the Office of the First Thirty! Please join us for an Open House on Friday, May 18, from 1:30-3 p.m. in SC 104. I will share what the Office of the First 30 has been up to, and I'd like to hear your ideas about ways to help our first-year students. This is also an opportunity for you to share your accomplishments. If you have completed a project, taken a class or earned a degree, attended a conference, or participated in any other professional growth -- even if it is not directly related to first-year students - please tell us about it! Let me know if you have something to share (and feel free to brag about a colleague, too!). Questions? Contact me at vondraka@mccc.edu.
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Sensational Summer Cooking Classes
In the mood for food? Learn how to cook that special meal for a picnic this summer in one of the many new noncredit culinary courses being offered through the Culinary Center at Mercer. Presented through the Center for Continuing Studies, classes are held weekends and evenings on the West Windsor campus. Learn how to make a homemade meal in 35 minutes with “Whole Meal & Half the Time” on June 15 with Chef Jeremy Stahl, who is also teaching on summer’s best bites in “Great American Summer” on July 21, “BBQ on Tour” on July 28, and “Kicked Up Momma’s Classics” on Aug. 10. Chef Bill Conrad will tempt your taste buds with a class on “Steakhouse Cooking at Home” on June 9. More here.
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Commencement Plans for May 24
Honors Convocation begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, followed by Commencement at 5:30. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be commencement speaker. Student speaker is Norman Glover. Preliminary estimates are that 1,084 students will graduate this year. Details here.
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Retirement Celebrations:

Debbie Kell is Retiring! Join us May 14
Please join us in a friendly send-off on Monday, May 14 from noon until 2 p.m. in the BAT Cave, CM126B. We’ll have cake and some beverages and come together to wish Debbie well in her next adventure. Regards, The MercerOnline Team (Mike, Karen, Rodney, Jill, Vicente and Linda). Details here.

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Luci McElhenny is Retiring! Join us May 15
After 25 years of service, Luci McElhenny of Transfer and Career Services is retiring. Come relax and enjoy some cake and coffee on Tues., May 15, 2 to 4 p.m. in SC104. Contact Beth Knight or Jen Cook to donate toward the purchase of a gift.
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Open House for Judy Ehresman's Retirement May 16
Judy Ehresman, dean of Business and Technology, is retiring at the end of this semester. We invite you to wish her well as she starts the next chapter of her life. An Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Dining Room. All are asked to contribute $15 for the food and a gift, or $6 for the gift only. RSVP to Doris Geck, ext. 3482, BS134, or Cindy Matyas, ext. 3596, ET109. Please include whether you are bringing a side dish or dessert to share--the more the merrier! See you there!
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May 12-13 Mercer Dance Ensemble

May 18-June 3: "Company"

May 19: "Skippyjon Jones"

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Current News_ __Current News online_________M-Newsletter submission form

Flags Lowered Yesterday for Army Sergeant
By executive order, Governor Chris Christie ordered all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, May 10, 2012 to honor the service and sacrifice of United States Army Sergeant Shauna Brocklebank Adams, who grew up in Long Branch, graduated from Montclair State University in 2008 and enlisted in the United States Army in 2010. Sergeant Brocklebank Adams tragically lost her life during a military training exercise in South Korea. For a complete listing of Governor Christie’s Executive Orders, click here.

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Announcing the Mercer Institute
MCCC's Center for Training and Development has changed its name to the Mercer Institute of Management & Technology Training. For more than 30 years the organization has delivered custom training and development programs that help corporate and community organizations. See their new website here, and like them on Facebook here.
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Baseball, Gardening and Writing Among New Noncredit Courses
Looking for a new hobby or interest?  Mercer’s Center for Continuing Studies is offering many unique noncredit courses this summer, including several new offerings. Check out "Understanding Major League Baseball: Scouting for Players and Parents,” new horticulture classes, a class on mobile apps, and classes in memoir writing, understanding how fiction works, and many more. Details here.
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Anita Hill Talk Draws Accolades
In an engaging talk that included personal history, some keen observations about how our troubled economic times impact women, and a call for women to become more vigorously involved in issues of gender equality, Professor Anita Hill, Esq., spoke to a packed auditorium at MCCC's Conference Center on May 2. During her presentation, entitled "Reimagining Equality, An Evening with Anita Hill," Ms. Hill, the youngest of 13 children from a rural Oklahoma family, said she learned of the power of education from her mother, and developed a sense of self-worth from an early age that has guided her success. More here.

The event organizers, including Provost Monica Weaver, received a thank you note from Ms. Hill: "Thank you all for a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the evening, the hosts, the audience, and the spirit of collaboration. Thank you also for your support of women who struggle to find home in New Jersey. I will not forget my time in Mercer County and wish you all the best in you're work together and each on your own. Best regards, Anita"
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Mud Pie Players Perform
Mercer students who participate in the Oral Interpretation class, called the Mud Pie Players, brought their speaking skills out to the community as they performed for The Cherry Tree Club, a preschool serving homeless and at-risk children in Mercer County. They made children's picture books come alive by staging two comedic and colorful interactive performances embedded with positive messages for an audience of four year olds. The month-long service learning project included students from previous Oral Interpretation courses who enjoy remaining involved. More here.
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Higgins Wins Fellowship for Irish Studies
Padhraig Higgins, associate professor of History, has recently been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Fall 2012. This fellowship provides him with a release from teaching for the semester and will enable him to travel to Ireland to conduct research into the history of urban poverty in 18th century Ireland. ACLS Fellowship awards are made for the advancement of humanistic studies and to strengthen the relations between the U.S. and the countries where research is conducted. They are highly competitive fellowships, with 65 awards made this year out of 1,191 eligible applications.

Higgins says, "This project grew directly out of discussions with students in an Honors History class at Mercer and I hope to continue to bring my research interests to bear on my teaching. I hope that this research trip will provide me with a deeper understanding of the history of urban poverty and social policy. It will add a valuable dimension to courses I teach at Mercer, such as European Women’s History and Western Civilization. A concentration on urban poverty will also help bring a greater emphasis on diversity to these classes, a key focus at Mercer these days. As with today, class, gender and race were central to the experience of poverty during the 18th century and comparisons can be made between historical and contemporary approaches to the problem of urban poverty."
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PTA Students Learn About Disabilities from Patient's Point of View
There is no better preparation for assisting people with disabilities than knowing what it feels like. That, according to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Coordinator Barbara Behrens, was the goal of "Disability Day," which students in one of their final PTA seminar classes carried out in early May. "The class was really exhausted when they returned to campus and that's just after 'staying in their disability' for approximately four hours," Behrens reported. "They were amazed at the amount of energy they expended during that time." Twenty-one students were assigned different types of assistive devices - wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or a sling/leg/neck brace combination. Traveling in teams of three or four, they headed for Quakerbridge Mall to learn what a simple shopping trip is like when "disabled." More here.

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Have You Received an Award Recently?
To all full-time staff and faculty: Please let the Public Information office know if you have been the recipient of a major award in the past year. We are compiling a list of awardees and don't want to miss anyone. We are looking for awards and honors, not committee appointments. So far we have information on awardees Lisa Camillone, Don Davis,
Padhraig Higgins, Bob Pugh, Tim Fitzpatrick, Latonya Ashford-Ligon, Andrea Lynch, and the Marketing Team. Please send an e-mail to symonss@mccc.edu.
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Thank You From McCormick Family
"My dear Mercer family, thank you for all the cards and words of compassion to help my family deal with the loss of my youngest son. We are finding comfort in the stories and memories shared by those who knew and loved him. It is helpful knowing that so many are keeping us in their prayers. Thank you. Mary McCormick and Family"

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Datatel/Project NASA Update
All updates here.
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Updates & Info

The WWC Cafe menu

Current Job Openings at MCCC

The MCCC Organization Chart

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Coming Event Reminders

_____This Week's Events on MLink ____ Full College Calendar
_____Event Submission Form

Now Through May 17: Visual Arts Student Show at The Gallery, featuring 126 works of art by 63 of the college’s visual and graphic art students.More here with photos.

Now through June 7: Artwork of Lucas Kelly at Arts Guild in a new exhibit, "Prismatic," at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway. More here.

May 12-13: Mercer Dance Ensemble presents "On the Move!" at Kelsey Theatre, May 12 at 8 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m. More here.

May 17: College Assembly followed by the Staff Recognition Ceremony, 10 a.m. Kelsey Theatre.

May 18-19: Youth Empowerment Summit co-hosted by The Neighborhood Improvement Association and MCCC, for young adults, ages 16 to 25 at the James Kerney Campus. For more information, call 609-915-7367. More here.

Tribute to Legendary Basketball Coach Howie Landa: The committee is searching for alumni, retirees, and long-time MCCC faculty and staff who know Coach Landa. Fundraising is ongoing to inscribe Landa's name on the gymnasium floor. A ceremony on Sept. 15 will unveil the court in the gym, followed by dinner at the Conference Center. More here, or contact John Simone at ext. 3740.

Exercise and Healthy Living Classes (yoga and Zumba) will resume next semester. For more information contact Danielle Garruba at ext. 3412 or garrubad@mccc.edu.
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Mercer in the News This Week

Trentonian:
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Coaching transition isn’t slowing Mercer down

Five honored at MCCC

CentralJersey.com:
Anita Hill Discusses Housing Crisis and More Before a Welcoming Crowd at MCCC

Baseball, Gardening and Writing Among New Noncredit Courses at MCCC

MCCC Lecture Focuses on Ways to Preserve New Jersey’s Environment

IN THE KITCHEN: Special delivery: Healthy, flavorful meals (Mercer Alum Tiffany Millen)

Patch.com:
Baseball, Gardening and Writing Among New Noncredit Courses at MCCC

Anita Hill Discusses Housing Crisis and More Before a Welcoming Crowd at MCCC

MCCC Lecture Focuses on Ways to Preserve New Jersey’s Environment

Princeton Online:
Baseball, Gardening and Writing Among New Noncredit Courses at MCCC

Anita Hill Discusses Housing Crisis and More Before a Welcoming Crowd at MCCC

MCCC Lecture Focuses on Ways to Preserve New Jersey’s Environment

New Jersey 101.5:
NJ Department Of Labor Plans To Help Long-Term Unemployed

U.S. 1 Newspaper:
This Mother’s Day Business Is Year-Round (Mercer Alum Rebecca Ann Hodges)

News Links and Social Media

MCCC Current News Full College Calendar WWFM
E-News Monthly Newsletters MLink Calendar of Events WWFM Arts Calendar
Past M-Newsletters Academic Calendar JazzOn2
Annual Reports

Athletics News

MCCC Social Media Sites

Alumni Success Stories

Athletes of the Week MCCC on Facebook

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