E-Bulletin of March 12, 2008
Guests Help Raise Scholarship Dollars at Annual Gala
The Hyatt Regency rocked as guests joined in "Dancing Under the Stars"
at MCCC's March 8 Scholarship Dinner Dance. Many staff members volunteered
to meet, greet, organize and work on the silent auction. Staff, faculty
and volunteers who served on the Dinner Dance Committee have been working
for months to sell sponsorships and ads, solicit auction items, plan the
decorations and theme, film and produce the video, write and produce the
program book, work on publicity, put up web pages, design and mail invitations,
make signs and create silent auction baskets.
Elaine Stout, who has served as coordinator of the dinner dance for the
past several years, was presented with an award for her service as she
plans to retire this summer. More here.
Student Rodney Hargis Receives $5,000 National Technology Award
a non-traditional MCCC student who has overcome significant challenges
on his way to achievement, is one of three winners of the 2008 Terry O'Banion
Student Technology Champion award, sponsored by the League for Innovation
in the Community College and Microsoft Corporation. Nominated by Debbie
Kell, he received $5,000 in the national competition, plus a variety of
software products from Microsoft. Hargis is a student worker for The Virtual
College and has a fascinating story. Click here.
Member Lucas Kelly Takes Top Award at "Mercer County Artists 2008"
The Gallery at Mercer has announced the award winners for "Mercer
County Artists 2008." The exhibit, which runs through April 3, features
64 works by 48 artists who live, work or study in Mercer County. Winner
of the Best in Show Utrecht Award of Excellence is MCCC Fine Arts faculty
member Lucas Kelly for his watercolor, "Study for Suitcase and Atoms."
Kelly received a $500 gift certificate from Utrecht Paint Supplies, located
in Cranbury. More here
Needed for Distinguished Teaching Award
If you wish to nominate a tenured professor for the Distinguished Teaching
Award, please forward your nominations to Jeff Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or send to him via interoffice mail in LA153. The deadline for receiving
them is Friday, April 4. If you are a professor, please inform your students.
Gianna Durso-Finley is Featured Speaker March 25
The Future Teachers Club is sponsoring a conference with MCCC's Dr. Gianna
Durso-Finley as featured speaker on "A Sociological Investigation
of Education - What Every Teacher Should Know. The Hidden Curriculum..."
It takes place on Tuesday, March 25, noon to 1 p.m. in LA120. Durso-Finley
earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brown University and her A.B.
in Anthropology from Princeton University.
the Spring Swirl Fest -- Coming April 21
Kathi Paluscio says "You really have to SEE this to BELIEVE it. There
is simply no way to put it in words. You hear things. In the hallways.
Under the smoking huts. In the shadowy corners of the Student Center.
After the success
of the Fall Swirl Fest, Mercer's public speaking students will again present
the spoken word. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 21 in the Quad,
12 noon to 1:15 p.m. More here.
Graduation will take place on May 22, 2008. Diplomas will not be available
on the day of graduation this year. Graduates will receive a postcard
10 to 14 days after commencement, instructing them to pick up their diploma
by reporting to Enrollment Services with a photo ID. For more information
contact Alex Cooper at ext. 3407.
Education Alumni Speak at Future Teachers Club
alumni reflected on their experiences in Mercer's Education program and
gave insight into the transfer process during a Future Teachers Club event
on Feb. 15, when they met with current students. Photo and story here.
to Speak on Energy Utility Tech Program April 4
Thomas Devine, originally a training consultant with PSE&G and now
assistant dean of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State
College, will visit the campus on Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m. in AD130,
to discuss the Energy Utility Technology Program. He will report on outcomes
identified in his research project.
Coordinated by Dominic
DeFino, Mercer's EUT program was created several years ago in order to
establish a pipeline feeding workers to PSE&G. According to Dean Judy
Ehresman, "The unique program provides introductory courses on campus,
followed by a series of courses and hands-on rotations at PSE&G. Passaic,
Essex, and Middlesex community colleges are also involved in this program
that was started at Mercer. This is a wonderful representation of collaborative
efforts between community colleges and industry. Thomas Edison State College
has also been a strong collaborative partner in this relationship, providing
an opportunity for students to continue their education and earn a four-year
degree in this field."
The presentation will provide an opportunity for anyone involved in advising/recruiting
to become more familiar with the EUT program in order to present this
as an option for students -- an option that holds the promise of secure
employment. All are invited. RSVP to Patti Richards at email@example.com.
Lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series
The First Century and Beyond" by Plainsboro Police Chief Elizabeth
Bondurant on Mar. 27 at noon in CM 110. Click here
for the story.
in the U.S.: A Review of the Process and Potential Career Opportunities"
by Dr. Ronald Harning, director of clinical research and regulatory affairs
at Teijin America, Inc. on Tuesday, April 8, at 12 noon in CM 109. Click
for the story.
Goldstein to Lead Political Discussions at Princeton Library
MCCC adjunct faculty member Joan Goldstein will lead three Talking
Politics discussion groups at Princeton Public Library this spring.
Developed for those who enjoy reading and talking about politics, Goldstein
will focus on "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
by Carl Bernstein on March 12; "Arrogance: Rescuing America from
the Media Elite" by Bernard Goldberg on April 9; and "The Conscience
of a Liberal" by Paul Krugman on May 14. Goldstein will provide overviews,
pose questions and suggest further readings. All programs will be held
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Quiet Room on the Librarys first floor
and are free and open to the public.
Film "Sand and Sorrow" Coming April 15
The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center at MCCC will present
the film "Sand and Sorrow," narrated by George Clooney, on April
15 at noon, CM 109. The show is free and open to the public. For further
information e-mail professor emeritus Saul Goldwasser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work in Sculpture Show
The Sculptors Association of New Jersey will host "The Raw and The
Cooked" at ARTWORKS, with an opening reception Friday, March 14,
from 5 - 8 p.m. A Gallery Talk takes place Sunday, April 6, from 2 - 4
p.m. Gallery part-time staff member Janis Purcell's work will be featured
in the show. Refreshments will be served.
in the News Online
Times, March 6, 2008: MCCC Foundation Board Members to be Feted
Packet, March 8, 2008: MCCC Plans April 9 Open House
Times, March 12, 2008: College Invites Students to "Explore Mercer"
here for the MLink Calendar
Soon to Kelsey Theatre
15: Strike Up The Band
28 - April 6 -- "Singin' In the Rain"
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