E-Bulletin of January 19, 2007

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Nursing Program Hosts Graduation
Forty-two very happy graduates of Mercer's Nursing Program received their diplomas at a ceremony on Jan. 10. Beatrice Mwariri, originally from Kenya, was valedictorian. Linda Martin served as emcee, Dr. Wilfrid, Dean Martinez and Susan Zambrio lent their support, and all of the program's faculty and staff were introduced to cheers from the students. More here.

Mercer County Artists 2007 Opens Jan. 22
MCCC's Gallery will exhibit "Mercer County Artists 2007" from Jan. 22 to Feb. 16. This is the 35th anniversary of the annual exhibit, a collaboration between the college and The Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. A celebratory reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Gallery. Announcement of awards will be at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to this free reception.

This year the highly esteemed art critic, Burt Wasserman, is the juror. More here.

MCCC Grad To Speak About Civil Strife in Africa Feb. 8
Emmanuel Clarke, a 2002 MCCC graduate, will present a lecture on his experiences growing up in war-torn Africa, on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 12 noon in CM110. More here.

Info Sessions for Alternate Route Teaching Program
Spread the word! MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering information sessions on the "New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey," an alternate route teaching program, on Wed., Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Wed., March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conference Center. Call ext. 3311 or e-mail ComEd@mccc.edu.

JKC Career Training Institute Info Session Jan. 23
Perhaps you know someone looking to train for a new career. MCCC's Career Training Institute will host an informaion session on Tues., Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the James Kerney campus, Kerney Hall. Staff will present information about the Office Automation and Culinary Technician programs and will explain financial options.

College Bound Program Reports Success
MCCC has administered Project SMILE, part of the College Bound program, at the James Kerney campus since 1986. According to Director Wayne Murray, this year Mercer is working with 386 students at six public schools and three charter schools. In 2005-06 100% of participants graduated from high school and 82% of high school graduates started college.

Statewide, the outcome measurements for the College Bound Program were recently published, showing a 99% high school graduation rate for participants, compared to 77% in a comparison group. College enrollment of low-income students within six months of graduation was 72.6% (compared to 42.8% statewide). College enrollment of African American students within six months of high school graduation was 77.7% (compared to 62.5% nationally).

Average verbal SAT score was 458 (395 in a comparison group). Average math SAT score was 474 (408 in a comparison group).

Food Prep Video Receives Accolades
Producer Lisa Jackson at Films Media Group in Lawrenceville sent the following note after MCCC television students and alumni, with guidance from Doug Fee and Frank Benowitz, and help from HRIM students, produced a food preparation video program for Jackson's company.

"I just wanted to let you know how absolutely thrilled I am with the Food Presentation video! Jen and Chris did an amazing job. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it definitely blew any of my expectations away. The work they did is comparable, if not better, than some of our outside producers. Also, both of the chefs did a great job, but Doug is really good on camera! Thank you so much for your work with them on this. I hope we can continue to build a relationship and partnership with Mercer and Films."

$7,700 for Heart Association
On Jan. 10, the American Heart Association of Mercer County had its annual awards banquet at the Conference Center. Amy Iseneker says, "I am pleased to report that MCCC was honored in the $5,000 to $10,000 category, having raised $7,700 for the 2006 Heart Walk. Congratulations Team Mercer!"

The next Heart Association event, “Go Red Day,” takes place Friday, Feb. 2. Everyone is encouraged to wear red that day to show their support for heart disease and stroke awareness among women. Red Dress pins will be available in exchange for a $5 donation. If you have any questions, please contact Amy at ext. 3372.

Basketball Player Patti Foley is NJCAA Player of the Week
Patti Foley, a 5-9 forward for the Lady Vikings, is the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball Co-Player of the Week (for the week ending Jan. 13.) Foley recorded her 31st and 32nd career double-double in a Jan. 9 loss to Harcum and a Jan. 13 win against Burlington respectively. She scored 28 points against Harcum and had 18 rebounds, one assist and one steal. In the win over Burlington, she had 38 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and five steals. For the week, she was 23-of-49 from the floor and 20-of-26 from the free-throw line. Foley has collected 11 double-doubles in 15 games this season and currently has 915 career points (20.7/game) and 488 career rebounds (11.5/game). The Lady Vikings face Essex at home this Saturday, Jan. 20.

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

Staffer's Sculpture on Display
Janis Purcell, a part-time staff member in the Testing Center, formerly with the Art Gallery, will have her sculpture featured in two upcoming shows. One work will be part of the Feminist Art Project with Rutgers University. The Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York City is hosting "Access: A Feminist Perspective" from Jan. 18 to Feb. 10 with Opening Reception Sat., Jan. 20, 3 to 5 p.m. Visit www.rhondaschallerchelsea.com.

Two of her newest sculptures will be part of the Mercer County Artist 2007 show, beginning Jan. 22 at MCCC's Gallery.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Jan 26-28 -- "James and the Giant Peach"

Feb. 3 -- "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Feb 9-18 -- "For The Glory! -- The Civil War Musical"

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