E-Bulletin of February 20, 2008

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Less Than Three Weeks to the Big Event
The 2008 Dinner Dance Committee again invites everyone to "Dancing Under the Stars," MCCC's biggest fundraising event of the year. It happens on March 8, 6 p.m.at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. Tickets for staff are $150; regular price is $200. (Black-tie preferred.)

If you can't make it to the event, you can still participate by making a donation or donating an item to the silent auction. You can also ask a local business person for an auction donation .

Please call Elaine Stout at ext. 3607 for more information or to reserve your seat

The Viking is Here
MCCC's Winter edition of the Viking newsletter has been distributed throughout our campuses. The Viking is published by MCCC's Public Information and Publications staff. Please be sure to cut off the packaging bands and put the copies you have received in a visible place where students and others can pick up a copy.

Student E-Mail Coming Soon
All MCCC credit students will be receiving e-mail through a new system named "MercerMail," which should be up and running by the end of March. Google offers this service free to educational institutions and guarantees that the addresses will not be used for advertising purposes. Click here for the details.

Veteran Civil Rights Activist to Speak Feb. 25
Jesse Epps, a veteran civil rights activist and an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., will speak at the college on Monday, Feb. 25. A guest of faculty member Eric Watson, Epps’ talk will take place in CM110 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For more on Epps’ life and accomplishments, see bio here. Links to recent articles:
New York Times
Commercial Appeal Online, Memphis

Vietnamese Government Delegation Visits MCCC
ETS has asked Mercer to host a high-level delegation from the government of Vietnam. The group will be composed of ministers and directors of governmental departments such as labor, finance, vocational education and training, and others. The group is interested in U.S. community colleges, the ties between community colleges and the local economy, and vocational training.

Now on its second trip to the U.S. and to Mercer, the group is visiting today, Feb. 20. They are being given a campus tour and will meet for a discussion with the MCCC executive team, who will present information about the American educational system, the mission of community colleges, academic programs, business development, non-degree programs, pre-college learning, advisory committees, governance and finance, student support systems and more.

Physician Gives Important Lecture on Heart Health
Dr. Banu Mahalingam's lecture on Valentine's Day "Women and Heart Disease: Why is it Largely Under-Diagnosed?" offered an overview on heart health, risk factors and prevention of disease. Dr. Mahalingam said one of every three women dies of heart disease, and the mortality rates for women who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery are 50% higher than men. With women there is often a delay in diagnosis, and treatment rates are lower. Most heart disease studies have been done on men.

She discussed prevention efforts including avoiding risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes. For more information, she recommended the websites of the American Heart Association, WomenHeart, and The Heart Truth. The lecture was initiated by faculty members Amy Iseneker and Barbara Kunkel, and coordinated by Judy Katz. Photos here.

PTA Students Walk in Shoes of Disabled
MCCC's Physical Therapist Assistant students learned what it feels like to conduct their daily affairs while using crutches and arm braces or maneuvering a wheelchair. Participating in "Disability Day," the students also learned where access is limited. "Their assignment is to go clothing shopping, to a food court, to public restrooms, and to elevators or escalators," said PTA Program Coordinator Barbara Behrens. "They come back with all kinds of experiences," Behrens said. "They come back exhausted." Photo here.

Police Academy Hosts Graduation Ceremonies
Thirty-seven cadets graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy. Click here to read the County of Mercer's press release.

Leipzig to Lecture Feb. 26
Professor Mel Leipzig will present a lecture entitled "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Picasso" on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12 noon in CM 107 as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series. Details here.

Campus Blood Drive March 5
On Wed., March 5, the Human Resources Office is coordinating a semi-annual blood drive with the Community Blood Council of New Jersey. Due to critical blood shortages throughout the state, the Council has asked everyone for their help in making this year's drive even more successful than in the past. Please make every effort to donate blood on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in the Student Center, Room SC-108 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mildred Leckie in Human Resources will take reservations at ext. 3271 if you wish to call ahead for available appointment times so we can estimate the number of people who will be donating. As in the past, we will always welcome all walk-ins. Click here for the flyer.

Silver to Perform at Bagpipe and Organ Concert
Faculty member Edith Silver will perform at a Bagpipe and Organ Concert on March 30, 3 p.m., at the Pennington Presbyterian Church,13 South Main Street in Pennington. The concert will feature arrangements of Irish and Scottish music for three bagpipes, drum and pipe organ, with soloists and audience sing-a-long. There will be a free-will offering to benefit the Christian Children's Fund. For more information call (609) 208-9991 or 466-1511.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, Feb. 16, 2008: They're Ready to Protect and Serve [Police Academy Graduation]

The Times, Feb. 14, 2008: County, freeholders honor area residents during Black History Month

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 15-24: My Favorite Year

Feb. 23: Max and Ruby

Feb. 29 - March 9: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The January eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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