E-Bulletin of March 12, 2008

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400 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.

Foundation Coordinator 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.

MCCC Student Rodney Hargis Receives $5,000 National Technology Award
Rodney Harris, 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.

Faculty 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 with images.

Nominations 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 callahaj@mccc.edu 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.

Dr. 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. D
urso-Finley earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brown University and her A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton University.

Announcing 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. Whispers. Rumors."

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.

Commencement Message
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.

Seven Education Alumni Speak at Future Teachers Club
Seven MCCC 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.

Consultant 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 richardp@mccc.edu.

Upcoming Lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series

"Policewomen: The First Century and Beyond" by Plainsboro Police Chief Elizabeth Bondurant on Mar. 27 at noon in CM 110. Click here for the story.

"Drug Approval 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 here for the story.

Joan 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 Library’s first floor and are free and open to the public.

The 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 goldwass@mccc.edu.


Purcell 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.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, March 6, 2008: MCCC Foundation Board Members to be Feted

The Packet, March 8, 2008: MCCC Plans April 9 Open House

The Times, March 12, 2008: College Invites Students to "Explore Mercer"

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

March 15: Strike Up The Band

March 28 - April 6 -- "Singin' In the Rain"

The February 29 eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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