E-Bulletin of January 15, 2009

Features

Updates/Reminders

MCCC Now on Verizon Fios
Good news. MCCC's cable TV station can now be viewed on the Verizon Fios fiber-optic network, on Channel 20. Many thanks to Tony Bruzaitis and his staff for coordinating this effort.

Kelsey Website Completely Redesigned
Kitty Getlik, artistic director at Kelsey Theatre, is happy to report that the Kelsey website has an eye-catching new design. Getlik looked at more than 100 theater websites, both college and professional, before proceeding forward with MCCC's web guru, Tim Fitzpatrick.

New elements include enhanced visual appeal, rotating photos on the banner, easy links to press releases about the shows, and simplified navigation. "We sought to make the site eye-catching, uncongested, yet informative. The site needs to appeal to two important sets of theater-goers: adults for our full-length series and families for our Kelsey Kids series. I think we have accomplished it all." To visit the site and see what's coming up at Kelsey, click here.

New Staff For Campus Scheduling
Among many other duties, Kathy Gilbert of IT Services will be responsible for coordinating and assigning room space at the West Windsor campus for classes, meetings and community events. Her new title is Coordinator of Data Operations and Campus Scheduling. Contact Kathy at gilbertk@mccc.edu or ext. 3622.


The Deep Freeze Is On…New Software in PC Labs
[From Susan Bowen, IT Services] As a reminder, we are using Deep Freeze software in all PC labs. Deep Freeze helps eliminate workstation damage and downtime by making computer configurations indestructible. Once Deep Freeze is installed on a workstation, any changes made to the computer, regardless of whether they are accidental or malicious, are never permanent. When a lab computer is rebooted, all personal documents are removed and changes to software or files are repaired.

Since Deep Freeze protects the computer, lab users are able to have full administrator access to system software and settings. Users get to enjoy a consistent and unrestricted computing experience every time they boot up a lab computer. In addition, the software allows us to automate weekly updates of Windows Security patches and virus definitions to help protect our network from vulnerabilities.

Each computer running Deep Freeze has a "ThawSpace" (unprotected space) on the hard drive which can be found by going to My Computer and choosing the T: drive. This space can be used for temporary storage if a student is without media to save his/her work. Data stored in the ThawSpace remains after restart. However, we do not recommend that students save their work to the hard drive except in emergencies in the event the computer has to be re-imaged or fails during the semester.

Please contact the ITS Help Desk, ext. 4357 for further information or questions.


Organization Chart Updated
Click here for the newly updated MCCC Organization Chart, always available on MLink.

MCCC Welcomes 59 International Students
An orientation was held Jan. 13 to welcome 59 new international students will join our student body in the spring semester. Many are transfers from other American colleges and universities. Marge Archer, Dee Smith Johns, Savita Bambhrolia and the Admissions staff, and Dr. Diane Campbell were among those who greeted the students and presented information about MCCC. Bank of America was on hand to offer assistance with financial matters. The student come from such far-a-way places as South Korea, Brazil, Lithuania, Turkey, Kenya, Cameroon, Columbia, China, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Russia, Maylaysia, Kazakhstan, India, Thailand, Romania, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Campbell says "Thanks to Amy Immordino for organizing the event."


Share the Kitchen With Expert Chefs at MCCC's Culinary Center
Noncredit classes with the region's top chefs begin Jan. 31 at the MCCC Culinary Center. Featured chefs are Bill Conrad, Elizabeth Dinice, Wendy Jaeger, Lawrence Frazer, Mamta Puri, Anne Lumberger, Benson Yu, Bruce Smith, Frank Campione and MCCC's own chef-in-residence Douglas Fee. Classes take place evenings and weekends. More here.

NJCAA National Soccer Tournament to Return to MCCC in 2009
MCCC will serve as host for the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men's Soccer Tournament set for Nov. 19-22, 2009. An opening night banquet will be held on November 18. According to Mercer Athletics Director John Simone, eight teams from across the country will compete for the title at the MCCC Soccer Complex. "We are excited to have the national soccer spotlight back in Mercer County," Simone said. "This tournament will provide soccer fans with some top level games right in their backyard." Mercer last played host in 1999. The tournament has been held in Texas and Arizona in the intervening years. More here.

Crabtree Presents at VALE Conference
On Friday, January 9, the NJ Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE), a consortium that works to increase informational access and skills for all academics in New Jersey, held its 10th Academic Librarian's Conference at the Rutgers University Busch Campus. This year MCCC Library Specialist Martin Crabtree became Mercer's first presenter at a VALE annual conference. According to Library Director Pam Price, "Interest in information literacy from around the state was so overwhelming that two sessions were scheduled. Martin's presentation focused on our use of TRAILS, Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills as a pre- and post-assessment tool in English 101 and 102 classes."

Photo Student at Gallery 125
Photography student, Eva Meyer, has three photographs in an exhibit at Gallery 125 in downtown Trenton, called "A Feast for the Eyes," Jan. 9 through March 7. The show features the work of 36 artists. The gallery is located at 125 S. Warren St. at the corner of W. Lafayette St., across from the Trenton Marriott. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 609-989-9119.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
1-11-09: As Economy Weakens, Students Seek More Affordable Education [front page story]

HamiltonSpace
We are now able to post many of MCCC's press releases to local websites for Hamilton, Ewing, Trenton and Princeton. For example: MCCC to Host Summer Camps Open House Jan. 25

The Packet:
1-2-09: Turning Over her Family's Heritage, Joan Goldstein Discovered a Greater Heritage

City Suburban News:
1-13-09: Mel Leipzig Reveals More of This American Life in Upcoming Exhibit

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Jan. 9-18: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" [Read The Times Review here.]
[Read the Packet Review here.]

Jan. 23-25: Rumplestiltskin

Jan. 24: Parental Advisory Comedy Show 2009

Jan. 31: The Russian American Kids Circus

Feb. 6-15: Man of La Mancha

Updates/Reminders

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

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.


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