E-Bulletin of May 11, 2006

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MCCC 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.

Students/Staff 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.

Hospitality stole 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.

Photos and more

James 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."

Photos and more

Chemistry 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 May 4.

MaryJane Harris, 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 Frog." Photo here

Beverly 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.

In 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.

Committee 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.

Faculty 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.

Sponsors included Jim's Bagel Loft, David Brown US Foods, Mary Kay, Mastori's, McCaffrey's, Partylite, Salon Villa and Sysco Foods.

"Garden State Project" Coming May 12-June 3
Faculty and 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 interactive works.

Faculty members involved in the project include Michael Dalton, Yevgeniy Fiks, Sean Shearer, Kyle Stevenson, Mark Stockton, Sarah Sweeney, Paula Swisher and Michael Welliver.

Staffers 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 and Trenton.

According 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

Student 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 (soccer). Photos and more

Youth 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 and more

The 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

Retirees 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 reservation.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through May 12 -- "The Visual Arts Student Show 2006"

May 12 to 21 -- “La Cage Aux Folles”

May 20 -- "The Little Mermaid"

June 2 -- "Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening"

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