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Culinary Center Still Open for Fall Classes!
Staff members and friends who want to dice and slice their way to culinary heaven are in luck. There are still a number of cooking classes with openings this fall. Courses include: How to Cook Fish on Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to noon; Italian Wine and Dinner Pairings on Nov. 13, 2 to 5 p.m.; and Indian Cooking on Dec. 10, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Special classes for the holidays include Thanksgiving Pie Workshop on Nov. 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Holiday Candy Making on Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to noon; Traditional Italian Christmas Desserts on December 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner on Dec. 11, 2 to 5 p.m. Holiday Greens, including evergreen centerpieces and wreaths, will be presented on Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to noon. To register call 609-570-3311 or e-mail ComEd@mccc.edu.


Documentary Film Nov. 9
The Future Teachers Club will be showing "May Your Memory be Love," a documentary about Holocaust survivor Ovadia Baruch’s miraculous journey to find love and survival despite inhuman conditions, on Tues., Nov. 9 at 12 noon, CM 158. All are welcome.

Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton Nov. 9
MCCC's Hospitality students will bake cookies in conjunction with a local appearance of TV Chef Sara Moulton. All are invited to see her on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Stone Terrace by John Henry's, 2275 Kuser Road in Hamilton Square. Guests will enjoy cookie samples. Tickets at $35 include "The Gourmet Cookie Book." Call 800-483-7436 or click here.
For more information contact Frank Benowitz at ext. 3579.

Health Fair Nov. 10
Staff, faculty and students are invited to a free Health Fair on Wed., Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in SC104. A free ”Healthy” lunch will be provided by Dolce and Clemente in Robbinsville! Free massages will be provided by Robert Wood Johnson Hospital occupational health professionals! There will be health information, prizes, raffles, give-aways, and coupons! Participants include Cassara Consulting Nutrition Company, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial, Mary Kay Beauty Products, Monday Morning Flower Company, NAMI Mercer, Partylite Candles, Sally Jones, Life Coach/Stress Management advisor. Participating fitness centers include Curves, Work Out World, Robert Wood Johnson, Hamilton Fitness Center. Flyer here.

Forum: Accounting as a Career Nov. 10
All are invited to the Business Forum, "Accounting as a Career," on Wed., Nov. 10 at 12 noon in CM 108. The speaker will be MCCC alum Susan Gola, CPA, associate director, Operations and Consolidating Entities for International Schools Services, Inc., in Princeton. Gola earned her AAS in Accounting from Mercer and her BS in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College. For more information e-mail Ken Horowitz or call ext. 3468. Flyer here.

Free Interview Coaching
The Career Services office is opening the opportunity for individual sessions with interviewing coach/consultant Susan Bershad to staff and friends in addition to students and alumni. Participants will learn the skills needed for success in a job interview, and gain valuable practice in answering interview questions. Susan will be available at MCCC on Mondays, from 4 to 8 p.m., through mid-December. To schedule an appointment, call Gail LaFrance in Career Services at ext. 3399. Please spread the word to students.

It's just one week away! Please help us spread the word about MCCC's Open House and Report to the Community on Nov. 11, 4:30 to 7 p.m. We are particularly targeting high school students and their parents, alumni, teachers and other educational professionals, etc. If you can post a note to your Facebook page that would be a great help!

If you haven't yet signed up online to let us know you will be attending, please do so now. We need a count for our food services. Sign up here: http://www.mccc.edu/nov11. This link is available right from mccc.edu.

Multi-Cultural Festival Nov. 16
Everyone is invited to the International Student Organization's Multi-Cultural Festival on Nov. 16 in the Student Center, 12 to 1 p.m.

"Boy's Life" Student Show Nov. 19-21
In their first production of the fall semester, MCCC Theatre students will perform Howard Korder's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "Boys' Life." This heterosexual coming-of-age black comedy will be performed Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at MCCC's Studio Theatre. More here

Event Reminders

Vikings Boot Camp: Every Monday at 12 noon at MCCC's Gymnasium, a free 30-45 minute muscle toning, heart pumping class for beginners to advanced. Bring water; mat suggested.

Wednesdays at noon in the gym; Mondays at 5:30 in PE225.

Before Nov. 18: AAWCC Thanksgiving Drive for MCCC students in need. Drop off donations of canned and packaged goods and turkey coupons to the Student Success Center, Student Center 2nd floor. At JKC contact Stacy Denton, ext. 3132. At the Conference Center contact Nancy Nicholson, ext. 3574, or Roseann Cooper, ext. 3202.

Nov. 9: Radiography Lab Open House for newly renovated lab (MS 314), 12 to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Nov. 9: William Paterson University Open House for bachelor's programs at MCCC, 6 to 8 p.m. in SC 104.

Nov. 10: Lecture, NY Painter Ryan Schneider, "Describing Energy in the Painted Object," 12 noon in CM 109. More here.

Nov. 11: MCCC's Open House and Report to the Community, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center. Staff and faculty who will be volunteering or attending the event are asked to sign up online here.

Nov. 16: Lecture: "A Sense of Wonder - The Role of Nature in Child Development and Environmental Stewardship, Jeff Hoagland 12 noon in CM 109. More here.

Nov. 17: Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center discussion of the film "Focus," about anti-Semitism in America during the waning days of World War II. 4:30 p.m. at the center. Details here.

Before Dec. 13: Kelsey Theatre Toys for Tots Drive. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the Kelsey Theatre lobby through Dec. 13. Contact Amy Bessellieu, ext. 3581. More here.

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What's Coming

Nov. 5-14: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Nov. 19-28: "Annie Get Your Gun"

2010-2011 Season



Men's Soccer Recaptures Region 19 Crown
MCCC has recaptured the Region 19 title (after losing in the final against Essex last year). The Vikings will head to the Northeast District championship Nov. 6-7 in Brockton, MA, and will face Monroe (Rochester) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Robin Patton was named Defensive MVP and Kadeem Dacres was named the Offensive MVP. Dacres was also named the Player of the Year for Region 19.The Vikings defeated Monroe earlier in the season by a score of 3-2. The winners of Saturday's games will face off for the district title on Sunday at 11 a.m.
More here.

Student Newspaper Awarded for Oct. Issue
The College VOICE took second place in the Best of Show Awards for their October 2010 issue, at the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Convention in Louisville, KY, last week (Oct. 28-31). Six VOICE staffers and three faculty members (Holly Johnson, Michael Dalton and Diane Rizzo) attended the conference. MCCC students attended five workshops or more each day and presented two panels of their own. The faculty gave another two. All the MCCC panels were well attended and well received. The convention took place at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville and more than 1,200 student journalists from more than 400 two- and four-year colleges were in attendance, and participated in the awards competition.


MCCC's Bed Bug Brochure Now Online
A new MCCC brochure that pulls together a lot of facts about bed bugs is now online. The brochure may be printed out and provided to students and others who have questions. Printed copies are also available at the Security offices on both campuses. Link here.


Grant to Redesign Developmental Math
MCCC has received a $40,000 grant from the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) to teach math fundamentals in a whole new way. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Betty Peterson was instrumental in writing the grant application and will develop the curriculum for the two courses to be offered in spring 2011. The courses will follow a structure created by NCAT that has been used across the country over the past ten years. "With an emphasis on learning math by doing math, students will work with computer software as well as receive one-on-one assistance from faculty," says Dean Robin Schore.
More here.

MCCC Offers Free Basic Skills Training
Through NJBIA funding, MCCC’s Center for Training and Development is again offering free training classes for employed adults in basic math and measurements, verbal skills, writing skills, customer service, Word, Excel, Outlook, Introduction to E-mail, and English as a Second Language (I and II). Those seeking training may take courses as a group through their employer or individually with proof of employment. The training is offered at no charge to employers. More here.


Flight Team Takes Second Place
MCCC’s Flight Team took second place out of seven teams competing in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) regional competition in October. The teams included five four-year colleges and two two-year colleges. The Mercer team also placed second in flying and ground events. Student Keith Stover placed third our of 47 in the top scoring male category and third overall among the 52 male and female contestants. Student Ricky Vetick was recognized for outstanding team support.
NIFA results here.

Students/Faculty Bring Science to Schools
From Helen Tanzini: “We wowed them, we mesmerized them, and yes we aroused their curiosity yet again! Who am I talking about? I am referring to approximately 660 elementary school children who shared in an educational experience provided by student volunteers and faculty from Mercer, Rider University, and TCNJ. This incredible event is made possible each year by the generous support of the Trenton section of the American Chemical Society. As the grand finale, the children and teachers made wonderful green, glitter slime.”

On Oct. 19-22 a total of 26 college students – 18 of them from MCCC, visited 26 classes at elementary schools. Faculty participants included Bruce Burnham, Diane Hilker, Ron Russell, Carlo Alfare, Lisa Meseroll, and Helen Tanzini. Helen invites faculty and staff to volunteer with her for Super Science Saturday, to be held on April 16, 2011 at the NJ State Museum in Trenton. E-mail Tanzinih@mccc.edu.


Education Honor Society Inducts Eight
On Oct. 27 Mercer's Education program hosted a ceremony inducting eight students into the Alpha Gamma Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society. Honorees have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average. Photos here.

Women's Soccer Suffers Loss at Region 19
Just seconds prior to the end of the first overtime in the Region 19 championship game on Oct. 30, the women's soccer team's dream of advancing to the NJCAA District Tournament ended following an unlikely goal by Burlington. The Vikings ended the season with a record of 7-8-1. Within Region 19 Division I, their record, including their two games in the playoffs, was 5-2-1. Forward Cristina Alonso was named Player of the Year for Region 19 women's soccer. More here.

Polish Club Hosts Holocaust Event at MCCC
The Polish Arts Club of Trenton hosted an event at MCCC's Conference Center Oct. 24 with Professor Marek Konarzewski from the Polish Embassy as guest speaker.
Dr. Donohue presented opening remarks. Dr. Konarzewski provided insight on the Laurence Rees film, "Behind Closed Doors, Stalin, the Nazis and the West," and portions of the film were shown. More here.

New Oracle Academy Classes
Within MCCC's Information Technology program are new classes in Oracle which prepare students for Oracle ccertification and also fulfill core or technical elective requirements. Spring 2010 courses include Oracle SQL and Database Admin. 1. Contact Queen Okike at okikeq@mccc.edu, or Jeff Weichert at weicherj@mccc.edu, or call 609-570-3464.


Carlo Alfare Wins Crostic
The October 2010 issue of Chem 13 News credits MCCC's Carlo Alfare with winning their March crostic puzzle. Alfare says he does about five puzzles a year and won a different puzzle prize five years ago. This time the prize was a book, "Stalin and the Bomb." Chem 13 News is a magazine published by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo for teachers of introductory chemistry courses. Approximately 3000 teachers subscribe from 30 countries


Death of Scott Loh's Father
From Winston Maddox: Colleagues: It is great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Scott Loh’s father, George M. Loh, Jr. He passed away on Friday after a long illness. Scott is the Director of the Fire Science Academy. Cards and condolences may be sent to Scott at: 45 Kino Boulevard, Mercerville, NJ 08619.


Wristband Project for MSA
From Mary McCormick: Yasmine Khoushab, daughter of colleague Framarz Khoushab, has a very worthwhile Wissahickon High School graduation project. She is trying to raise awareness of MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). MSA is a very rare disease that causes symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. However, patients with MSA have more widespread damage to the autonomic nervous system (which controls organ functions). Yasmine is selling colored wristbands at $1 each and all funds will go to SDS/MSA Support Group (www.shy-drager.org), which is dedicated to finding a cure and raising awareness of this disease. To purchase a wristband, please see Mary McCormick, BS105, or e-mail mccormim@mccc.edu and she will deliver the band to you.


Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
Patton is Game Changer on Offense Too

Mercer Men's Soccer Tops Burlington for Region XIX Championship

MCCC to Honor its Hero Jersey Trooper Steven Foster

Princeton Online:
MCCC's Open House and Report to the Community

JazzOn2 Moves to MCCC's James Kerney Campus

MCCC Inducts Students Into International Education Honor Society

No Losers in The Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Examiner:
Arthur Miller's "Focus" to be Discussed Nov. 17

Registration for MCCC's Winter Session is Open

The Artful Blogger:
Art for Healing

Updates & Info

The WWC Café Menu
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Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

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