E-Bulletin of January 18, 2008

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JKC to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Addition Feb. 6
The James Kerney Campus will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. for its new building addition, which houses kitchen and dining facilities for culinary training programs. All are welcome to attend.

Nursing Program Confers Diplomas on 35
Thirty-five men and women who graduated in December from Mercer's Nursing Program received their degrees at a special celebration on Jan. 9 at the Conference Center. Acting Director of Nursing Education Donna Penn served as master of ceremonies. Dean Linda Martin and President Patricia Donohue addressed the graduates and conferred degrees. Also speaking was Acting Vice President Judith Redwine and Valedictorian Phyllis Cooney.
More here with photos.

Amy Iseneker Named "Volunteer of the Year"
The American Heart Association surprised Amy Iseneker at their Jan. 15 awards night by presenting her with the "Volunteer of the Year" award. Iseneker, who teaches Horticulture and Plant Science, and is coordinator of those programs, has chaired the college's participation in the Heart Walk for the past four years. For the past three years she has also volunteered for the organization's Events Committee, which helps to plan the festivities for the walk and works to increase participation. Iseneker and her students even constructed centerpieces for a Heart Association event.

According to Jody Grinwold, regional director at the American Heart Association, Iseneker is always the first one to say 'I will be there early, I will stay late, I will do whatever you need to be done.' Grinwold said Iseneker has reached out to the community for donations, found six florists to donate carnations to give to race finishers, and personally cut and stored them before the race. "She goes above and beyond every time," she said.

Iseneker said she is involved because there are heart problems in her family, including with her father. "This is my way to contribute and make changes," she said. "If I can bring about awareness, that is a positive thing." Click here for photo of Iseneker with Tim Losch, who served as MC for the awards ceremony.

This past September MCCC participants raised just shy of $6,500 for the Heart Association. As the highest-producing college, we earned the "College Cup" for the year, which President Donohue accepted at the awards event.

MCCC Exceeds Goal in Employees' Charitable Campaign
Staff and faculty at MCCC contributed more than $15,000 to the Employees' Charitable Campaign. Our goal was $12,000. At the College Assembly Dr. Donohue commended all for their generosity.

Open House for Summer Camps Jan. 27
The college invites families to a "Summer Camps Open House" on Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. (Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 3.) The event will be held in the Student Center. Representatives will provide overviews and answer questions about all camp programs, and families will be able to submit their camp registration forms. Details here.

President Donohue to be Honored
The Princeton YWCA will honor President Patricia Donohue at its "Tribute to Women" dinner on March 6 at the Hyatt Regency. According to the YWCA website, "Tribute to Women" recognizes outstanding women who live or work in the greater Princeton area, and who have made significant contributions to their professions and communities. Through a competitive process, honorees are selected from a pool of nominations based on each candidate’s accomplishments in her field and commitment to the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women." Click here for more at the YWCA website.

MCCC Part of Presidents' Climate Commitment
President Donohue has recently joined 474 other college presidents in signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, meaning the college will strive to decrease emissions that contribute to climate change. The college's Sustainability Task Force will be writing an action plan detailing ways to save energy and resources.

New Grant for Literacy Education
MCCC has received a $100,000 grant from Children's Futures to expand its literacy education program for parents and institutional caregivers. We will be hiring a program coordinator and part-time instructors to implement the program.

Pitching In! New Recycling Effort Off to a Good Start
The college's new recycling can clusters have been placed throughout the campus to encourage students, faculty and staff to recycle all paper, cans and bottles. Amy Iseneker, chair of the new Sustainability Task Force, encourages all to "please use them and encourage students to use them too."

Each campus office should have a container for garbage and a container for paper. If you don't have those, please contact Iseneker at ext. 3372. All are asked to deliver empty cans and bottles to the nearest recycling cluster.

Cafeteria Opens Pizza/Panini Stations
In response to staff and faculty requests, the college cafeteria has opened new stations that will serve pizza to order and toasted panini sandwiches. Also, the salad bar has been enhanced. During the first week of classes, Jan. 22-25, the cafeteria is offering a free fountain beverage with any purchase at the new stations.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, Jan. 5, 2008: NJSTARS: Good for students and good for the state

Mercer Business Magazine, Jan. 2008: Mercer Higher Education as Economic Force

The Packet, Jan. 11, 20008, MCCC Registration

US 1 Newspaper, Jan. 8, 2008, Making the Switch to a New Career

The Packet, Dec. 28, 2007: MCCC Culinary Center Turns Up the Heat in Winter

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Jan. 18 and 19 -- Elegies

Jan. 26 and 27 -- Russian American Kids Circus

Feb 1 - 20 -- Driving Miss Daisy

Feb 2 -- Funny Stuff Circus

Feb 15-24 -- My Favorite Year

The December eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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