E-Bulletin of January 29, 2009

Upcoming Events


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre/Studio Theatre


Upcoming Events

Exciting Lineup of Black History Month Events
"Unity" is the theme of MCCC's tribute to Black History Month at both campuses. Activities are sponsored by the African American Student Organization (AASO), Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and the Student Government Association (SGA). Next week's events are listed below. For details and the full schedule of events, click here.

Feb. 3 at noon in CM 110, WWC: Student Summit: "It's All About You."

Feb. 4 at noon in Kerney Hall, JKC: A talk by Sidney Taylor, a descendant of Harriet Tubman. "The Underground Railroad: What Has it Got to Do with Us."

Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Kerney Hall, JKC.: A panel discussion: "Homecoming: The Reentry to Society." Representatives from several organizations will discuss ways to effectively reform prisoners and decrease recidivism.

Civil Rights Leader to Speak at MCCC Feb. 10
Noted civil right activist Jesse Epps will share his perspectives on "Civil Rights Then and Now: Where do We Go from Here?" Tuesday, Feb. 10 at noon in the Communications Building, room 109, West Windsor Campus. Epps was one of the last people to speak to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his assassination. The talk is part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series. More here.

Biotechnology Expert to Speak at MCCC Feb. 24
Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss will discuss the use of biotechnology and recombinant DNA in today's society in her presentation, "Biotechnology - Science of the New Millennium," on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon, CM 109. She will focus on her ongoing laboratory research, supported by National Institutes of Health, that deals with inherited visual disease and bioterrorism. More here.

Center for Training and Development to Host "Economic Crisis Grant Breakfast Workshop"
NJ businesses are invited to a complimentary breakfast workshop on Thursday, Feb. 26, to learn how Mercer's Center for Training and Development can help them secure a training grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There is no cost to the companies other than releasing their staff during training hours. The workshop will take place 8 to 10 a.m. at the Conference Center. RSVP to Mychelle Garcia at garciam@mccc.edu or call ext. 3279. More here.

Gallery Talk Feb. 2 for "As Seen By Hand" at The Gallery
MCCC's Gallery will host a Gallery Talk/Presentation on Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., including a brief slide presentation by artist Frances Heinrich on the history of assemblage sculpture, followed by an interactive portion with the audience.
"As Seen By Hand," an exhibit of touchable sculpture from 14 artists of the Sculpture Association of New Jersey and three invited artists, is on display through Feb. 19. More here.


Coleman Appointed Board Chair
Rev. William E. Coleman, Jr., has been appointed chair of the Board of Trustees of MCCC. He replaces Anthony (Skip) Cimino, who served as chair for four years and remains a member. Rev. Coleman has been a college trustee since 2003, and most recently served as vice chair.

Mark Matzen, vice president of the M.W.W. Group, has been appointed vice chair, and Robert DiFalco, vice president of investments for UBS Financial, continues as treasurer. More here.

Theatre Student Honors Rosa Parks in One-Woman Show
Activist Rosa Parks has been widely recognized for her ground-breaking role in the American civil rights movement. Her legacy is being kept alive for a new generation by Ewing resident Doreen Griffin, a Theatre student at Mercer. Griffin pays tribute to the civil rights icon in her one-woman show, "She's Gotta Ticket to Ride: An Interview with Rosa Parks," which she has presented at numerous venues since 2006. Griffin was invited to perform the show at the Rosa Parks Museum and Library at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 1, 2008 -- the 53rd anniversary of the day that Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus.

Read the full story here.

TV Students Create Documentary for Breast Cancer Resource Center
Last semester the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) in Princeton was one of the clients of Steve Voorhees' advanced TV course. Much in the spirit of the Mercer Street Friends project, four students took on the challenge to create a documentary to help raise awareness of the services available to survivors in our area. The director of BCRC, Kara Stephenson, was so pleased with the students’ final presentation in December, she made the video part of their annual New Year’s party.

On Jan. 25, the students attended the premiere of their documentary, shown to approximately 50-75 members of BCRC at their Princeton location. The audience profusely thanked them and told them how much the video meant to them. The BCRC is planning to distribute the video to doctors, clinics and county organizations, such as the Mercer County Office on Aging. Additionally, portions will be posted on their website and Voorhees will enter it in the Telly Awards.

Bonner Leaders Meet at JKC for King Day of Service
In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. day, Bonner Leaders from throughout the state met at the James Kerney Campus on Jan. 19. The students completed a full day of service at Trenton area agencies that address hunger issues, including Crisis Ministries, T.A.S.K., Habitat for Humanity and Mercer Street Friends. The Bonner program is now in its third year at Mercer. Story here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
1-25-09: MCCC Hosts Summer Camp Open House Today

1-25-09 Minister Named to MCCC Trustees

1-21-09 Cooking Classes Back in Session at MCCC

Packet Group:
1-22-09 Communication Revelation

US 1 Newspaper:
1-7-09: MCCC Makes Friends in Creative Places

Town Topics:
1-21-09 MCCC Gallery Hosts "As Seen by Hand"


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Jan. 31: The Russian American Kids Circus

Feb. 6-15: Man of La Mancha

Feb. 14: If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Feb. 20-March 1: Sunshine Boys

Feb. 28: Striking Viking Story Pirates

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

Sports Update
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