E-Bulletin of May 11, 2006
to Offer Arabic this Fall
Foreign language program coordinator Steve Richman said the college will
begin offering a credit course in Arabic this fall, with a second course
to follow in the spring semester. ARB 101 will be offered on Tuesday and
Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The courses have been approved
by the Curriculum Committee.
"We have quite a few students of Arabic origin," said Richman.
He noted that many students are interested in the job prospects that knowledge
of Arabic could bring. The course will be taught by an Israeli scholar
of Hebrew and Arabic, Dr. Taysir Nashif, who works at the United Nations
and is the author of several books.
Honored at Student Activities Awards Night
Leadership, community involvement, hard work and success -- these words
were used often to describe student and staff awardees at the Student
Activities awards banquet on May 5. Student Activities Director Danielle
Garruba and her staff, Jessica Harris, Robert Delgado and Joan DeLucia,
with the help of numerous student leaders, faculty and staff members,
put together an impressive program.
the show, with Frank Benowitz named "Advisor of the Year," and
the club taking the "Club/Organization of the Year" award. Their
high level of involvement with so many campus events and their professionalism
were cited. "Student of the Year" awards went to Johanna Garrison,
president of the Student Government Association, and Rodney Wright, president
of the Hospitality Club.
Appreciation awards were presented to Counselor Marge Archer, Dean Diane
Campbell, Counselor Amy Immordino and Director of Athletics and Student
Activities John Simone.
Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement
Excitement was in the air on May 9, when the James Kerney campus celebrated
the academic achievements of students completing credit and noncredit
programs. Hundreds of students and family members packed the War Memorial's
Patriots Theatre. Numerous staff and faculty members participated in the
program by announcing awardees, presenting introductory remarks, and serving
as planners and ushers.
As Dr. Beverly Richardson opened the program she said 28 credit program
graduates who began their studies at the James Kerney campus or took most
of thir courses there would be among those honored. In the noncredit programs
the honorees included 14 Career Training Institute graduates in the Culinary
program and 36 in the Office Automation program. There were a record 83
graduates of the GED program, 14 of whom will be taking credit courses
at Mercer. Of the 85 graduates of the English Language Institute, 15 will
be attending credit courses. These students come from 35 different countries."It
doesn't get any better than this," Richardson said.
Student speaker Anyak
Boul, who came to the US in 2004 from Sudan and is graduating from the
English Language Institute, gave an inspiring talk about his journey from
Sudan to Egypt to America. "This is my really big dream -- to get
my GED and go to college, and I will never quit. For those of you who
have the opportunity to continue your studies, do not quit. Try to surround
yourself with people who accept their dreams and finish their goals."
Student speaker Nyanda Kamara, who earned an associate degree in math,
spoke for many when she said, "The James Kerney Campus was not only
a learning institution, it was a home for me. I was able to talk to my
professors when things weren't going well in my education or personal
life. Counselors were always there when needed."
Honors Students Present Research
As part of the Biology and Chemistry Honors Research program coordinated
by Helen Tanzini and Diane Hilker, two Mercer students who did research
projects under the guidance of Rider's Dr. Julie Drawbridge presented
their findings to a group of faculty and students from both colleges on
a part-time Biology and Chemistry major and a captain for Continental
Airlines researched "Morphogenesis of Rectal Diverticulae in the
Absence of Cloacal Tissue."
Kathy Litman, a Biochemistry major who has a bachelors degree in Business
Administration, hopes to combine her past education and experience with
current science credentials for a career in the pharmaceutical healthcare
industry. Her topic was "Cloning GFR Alpha-1 from the Xenopus Laevis
Richardson Speaks at Teacher Award Program
MCCC's VP Beverly Richardson presented the keynote address on May 4 at
the Governor's Teacher and Educational Services Professional Recognition
Program at ETS. The event honored numerous teachers in Mercer County.
her address Richardson said, "My point is that your greatness as
a teacher has a lasting and powerful impact on those you teach. You are
among the few to leave our students with strong academic content and hope,
high self-esteem and a desire for challenge, and a thirst for knowledge
and a desire to pursue their goals. And through you they understand passion,
innovation and creativity. You make them excited about learning and open
doors for them."
Administrative Staffers Enjoy Special Day
Thanks to a committee of dedicated volunteers, MCCC's administrative staff
members enjoyed beautifully-planned workshops and luncheon at the Conference
Center on May 5. The Administrative Professionals Day celebration included
a grilling workshop with Charles Smith, a floral workshop with Amy Iseneker
and Alysa Yeager, chair massages by MCCC Physical Therapist Assistant
students, a digital photography workshop with Alex Cooper, Mary Kay Makeup
with the Mercer County Technical School's cosmotology class, mini manicures
and hand parafin, chocolate dipping, handwriting analysis, a luncheon
and door prizes.
members were: Jennie DeLapo, Chair, Colleen Broe, Renata Fusco, Danielle
Garruba, Lynn Holl, Barbara Jefferson, Marie Mendez, Jennifer Nuechterlein,
Elaine Stout, Maria Tazza and Vanessa M. Wilson.
and staff who participated included Ray Andrejcik, Barbara Behrens, Frank
Benowitz, Doreen Blanc, Michelina Cardaciotto, Alex Cooper, Margaret Cosentino,
Amy Iseneker, Bill Johnston, Charles Smith and Joseph Russo.
included Jim's Bagel Loft, David Brown US Foods, Mary Kay, Mastori's,
McCaffrey's, Partylite, Salon Villa and Sysco Foods.
State Project" Coming May 12-June 3
students at MCCC are mounting a collaborative art exhibition at Gallery
125 in Trenton, located across the street from the Trenton Marriot Hotel.
The exhibit runs May 12 through June 3, with an opening reception May
12 from 5 to 8 p.m. A
gallery talk called "Collaborative Art Practice" takes place
on May 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
The project is "extra curricular" for students and focuses on
the theme of security. Installations will include photography and digital
media, painting, sculpture and mixed media. There will be inventive and
Faculty members involved in the project include Michael Dalton, Yevgeniy
Fiks, Sean Shearer, Kyle Stevenson, Mark Stockton, Sarah Sweeney, Paula
Swisher and Michael Welliver.
Film "Whodunit" -- Featured in Inquirer
Staff members Reuben Rodriguez and Korey Carter, both Mercer graduates
and partners in Iron Horse Films, are shooting a movie in Burlington County
to an April 16 feature story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the partners
are working on "Forgive Me? Not!" a murder-suspense film with
a whodunit quality, expected to be completed in August. The company plans
to send copies to film festivals all over the world.
Rodriguez, who directs the film, works in Mercer's Communications office
and Carter works for Food Services. The
Inquirer article is online here
Athletes Recognized at Breakfast Ceremony May 4
As another year in Mercer sports draws to a close, Student Services Director
John Simone and Dean Diane Campbell had kind words for the many student
athletes who contribute to team sports at Mercer at a special ceremony
on May 4. In addition to a great breakfast, second-year athletes received
framed team photos.
Said Dean Campbell,
"While competing here at Mercer, you have made us proud in sports,
but we know from tracking your academic progress, that you have also performed
in the classroom. Your athletic training will serve you in many more ways
than you may realize now. Knowing how to compete with a sense of ethics
and fair play will serve you in whatever you do. You will take these values
with you as you move on."
John Simone noted
that this group of sophomores was particularly high achieving. Those who
earned the most credits and GPAs of 3.0 or above included Katie Ashe (softball),
Jill Benningfield (softball), Jen Dipersio (soccer), Krystle Duay (tennis),
Rachel Hendrickson (tennis), Anthony Neuls (tennis), and Lisa Walters
College Hosts Awards Day
On May 6 MCCC
honored students, parents and staff members of the James Kerney Campus
Youth College. The highlight was the presentation of the First Annual
Jharod T. Echols Memorial Scholarship by Jharod's mother, Renee Echols
of the JKC Provost's office, to Upward Bound Program student Shaquera
Parish. A budding poet, Shaquera, has been a participant in MCCC's Youth
College programs since the fourth grade. She has a 3.5 GPA at Trenton
High School, and will be attending MCCC in the fall. Photos
Teen Arts Festival at Mercer
Approximately 1,200 students from 14 area schools, plus 40 professional
artists participated in the Teen Arts Festival held at the West Windsor
Campus May 5. Judy Ehresman coordinated Mercer's many participating faculty
and staff members. The day included performances, master classes and workshops
in visual and digital media art, music, creative writing, theatre and
dance, drumming, stilt walking and juggling. Photos
to Meet May 17
MCCC retirees will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. on May 17 at Sunny Gardens.
Please call HelenMarie Dolton at 882-5086 by the 15th to give her your
Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events
12 -- "The
Visual Arts Student Show 2006"
May 12 to 21
Cage Aux Folles
May 20 --
"The Little Mermaid"
June 2 --
"Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening"
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