E-Bulletin of April 6, 2004

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Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Announces Training Partnership with MCCC
Timothy Losch of Yardville National Bank, chairman of the Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and Michele Siekerka, chamber executive director, announced on Monday the establishment of a new training partnership with the college. The chamber has appointed Dean of College Advancement Bill Mate to lead its “Mercer Business Forum,” a series of seminars designed to cover topics of critical interest to the business community. More

Come to Our Theatre Evening
Don't forget to reserve your seat for MCCC's Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening set for Friday, April 16. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the play"Crazy for You" begins at 8 in Kelsey Theatre. More than 50 participants have already signed up, so it should be a fun evening for everyone. The alumni who attend would love to see faculty and staff members that evening, so put it on your calendar!
To sign up please call Elaine Stout at ext. 3607.

JKC Awards Night Set
All MCCC students, staff, family and friends are invited to the James Kerney Campus sixteenth annual “Celebration of Academic Achievement” on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the George Washington Ballroom, Trenton War Memorial, Memorial Drive & Lafayette Street.

Hosted by Dr. Beverly Richardson, the ceremony will honor students in the credit program, GED (General Educational Development), ABE (Adult Basic Education), Career Training Institute and The Language Institute. President Rose and selected students will address guests. Refreshments will be served by JKC culinary arts students following the ceremony.

Photo Program Goes to the Southwest
The desert region of the southwest U.S. will be the destination for a group of photography students from Mercer this spring and summer. Eric Kunsman, Photography program coordinator, will lead the trip, which was inspired as a result of his own photographic adventures in the southwest.

The five-week credit course, "Southwest Photography Workshop," takes place May 29 to July 7 in the "Four Corners" region of the United States: New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. The itinerary includes photography excursions to Arches National Park in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, the Carlsbad Caverns and Taos in New Mexico, and the Petrified National Forest in Arizona, as well as many other scenic destinations. Two- and three-week sessions are available for students unable to attend for all five weeks.

Members of the community are invited. More

Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Muldoon to Speak at Mercer
Internationally renowned poet Paul Muldoon will come to Mercer for a poetry reading on Tuesday, April 20 at 12 noon. Muldoon, a professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, is a 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for his collection of poetry, "Moy Sand and Gravel." He will read from this and other work as part of the MCCC Distinguished Lecture Series. More

Mercer Students Going to Princeton U.
Two MCCC chemistry students have been selected to be recipients of the Princeton University CEBIC Summer 2004 Fellowship. They will do research in chemistry for eight weeks this summer under Professors Jay Groves and Francois Morel. The fellowship includes a stipend of $3,000 in addition to travel allowance and housing if needed. The students will attend seminars, group meetings and socials.

Mercer Presents at Best Practices Conference
MCCC faculty and staff members presented workshops at the Best Practices Conference on April 2, using smart boards, videos and other technology.

President Rose was part of the panel "Community College Presidents Discuss Managing Growth."
Nunzio Cernero offered a presentation on "Partnering with PSE&G."
Kay Eaton and Don Davis offered a workshop entitled "Collaboration with Your School District: The MCCC-Trenton District Partnership."
Helen Tanzini and Diane Hilker presented "Bridging the Gap: An Integrated Science Research Program for Community College Students at Four-Year Institutions."

Mercer Viking Grabs Spotlight at Arena
MCCC drew attention through its sponsorship of College Night on April 3 at the Sovereign Bank Arena. The Mercer Viking (Francis Paixao) dropped the puck and attracted people to the college display table, which was staffed by volunteers from the Student Government Association. Stadium radio featured MCCC spots throughout the event. Photos

News from The Virtual Campus
Diane Campbell supplied the following update:

You might be wondering what "HW" means on MCCC's master schedule. It's the new designator for “hybrid web,” which are combination courses that give Mercer students the best of all worlds.

While distance learning has its advantages for many students, the traditional classroom holds invaluable benefits. Combining the traditional classroom with an online component offers students another great option. For instance, adding a web component to a telecourse could increase student-teacher interaction and communication.

At Mercer, Debbie Kell was the first to implement online learning in the traditional lab. This semester Amy Iseneker added a web component to a course which linked Mercer and Rutgers. This fall, three other professors will merge the two delivery modes. More hybrid courses combining varied modes are possible, Campbell said.

Erik Allesee Presents Piano Recital
A full house enjoyed the faculty recital of Erik Allesee on April 5, as he performed works by Liszt, Debussy, Hindemith and Gregson. Robert Buzinkai accompanied on trumpet. James Kelly said "We are proud to have this young gentleman on our faculty and it is a delight to hear him perform." Photo

128 Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa
Mercer held its Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremonies on March 30 for 128 high-achieving students. President Rose, Dr. Diane Campbell and faculty sponsor Laura Sosa addressed the group in Kelsey Theatre. Also serving as advisors are Helene Plank of Financial Aid and alumna Emily Benjamin, a part-time college staff member.

ssignment Leads to Job
Herb Spiegel wondered why one of his good students suddenly dropped his two marketing classes. The answer was a bit unusual, and it was Spiegel's own doing. One of her assignments was to research and write about career change. When she was looking for information on the Internet, she saw a job that looked interesting, applied and was hired. Spiegel said he received a great letter from the student explaining that she had to drop out of school to start her full-time job.

Talent at The Gallery
Don't miss the "Mercer County Artists" show at The Gallery through April 8. It's an impressive display of area talent. Click here for images

What's Coming to Kelsey
"Crazy for You," a 1992 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, will be presented by Pierrot Productions Fridays and Saturdays, April 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. An Opening Night Gala on April 16 will give audience members a chance to share refreshments with the cast and crew. More

"Corduroy" is the story of a lonely teddy bear and the little girl who adopts him. The award-winning New York theater company, TheatreworksUSA, presents this jazz-inspired musical version of Don Freeman's classic children's book on Saturday, April 17 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

In a world that keeps getting "curiouser and curiouser," there's no telling who you will meet next. Join in the fun as GMT Productions presents an original musical adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" on Saturday, April 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

Attention Mercer Retirees!
Join your fellow retirees for a luncheon on April 14 at Sunny Gardens at 1 p.m. Call Helen Marie Dolton by April 12 to confirm your reservation at 882-5086.

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