E-Bulletin of January 19, 2010

Upcoming Events News Updates/Reminders

Upcoming Events

Unique Arts Event, "Dancing to Connect," at MCCC Feb. 2
The Dance Program at MCCC invites all to "Dancing to Connect," an original modern dance performance Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Kelsey Theatre, 8 p.m. Presented free of charge, the event will mark the culmination of an intensive, collaborative three-day workshop led by Battery Dance Company (BDC), based in Lower Manhattan, and will feature 10 MCCC Dance students and 10 students from the Mercer County High School for the Performing Arts. Professional dancers from BDC will also perform from their modern dance repertoire. More here.

Five Weeks Remain in Men's and Women's Basketball; Home Games Tonight
There are still five weeks left in the Vikings' men's and women's basketball seasons. The men are currently 9-9 with 12 games to play before the start of the Region 19 tournament later in February and the women's team is 11-6 with 13 games left to play before the play-offs.
Tonight's home games against Essex CC commence with the women's game at 5 p.m. and the men's game at 7 p.m. For more news, visit the redesigned MCCC Athletics site here.

Click here for recent men's baskeball photos.

Yoga Classes Resume Feb. 1
Prepare to stretch, tone and feel great! Mercer continues its commitment to fitness and stress reduction with yoga classes this semester. Monday classes with Tracey Ulschafer, of One Yoga & Wellness Center, will resume on Feb.1, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in PE 225. Wednesday classes with Helen Tanzini will resume Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m., in the gym. Classes are scheduled through the end of April. Participants should bring a yoga mat and a water bottle.

MCCC Hosting Mathcounts for High Schoolers
High school students will be coming to MCCC on Saturday, Feb. 6 for the Mathcounts Regional High School Competition sponsored by IEEE. Rain date is Feb. 13. This will be the third year MCCC has hosted the event. According to Executive Dean Diane Campbell, "Parents will be here, giving us an excellent opportunity to showcase our programs."

Students will be testing in the Student Center in the morning session. The afternoon competition is more lively and takes place in the CM Building. MCCC adjunct faculty member, Richard Williams, is the program coordinator. More here about Mathcounts.

Coming Event Reminders

Jan. 20: College Assembly, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria.

Jan 21: Professional Development Activities. More here.
James Kerney Campus New Student Orientation, 10 a.m. to noon, Kerney Hall.

Jan. 24: Summer Camps Open House, 12 - 3 p.m., Student Center. (Snow date Jan. 31.)

Jan. 27: Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center Rededication, 4 p.m., second floor, Library, next to the bookstore. More here.

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Dean Linda Martin is Now Dr. Martin
Linda Martin, dean of Science and Health Professions, was awarded her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University of Miami, Florida in December. Her dissertation, “Predicting Academic and NCLEX-RN Success in an Associate Degree Nursing Program,” has immediate application to her work at MCCC. The focus is on how to maximize student success in Nursing programs and on the licensure exam. Based on her research, the college has introduced a number of changes to admission and progression policies, and will be comparing student success rates. More here.

MCCC Celebrates MLK Day
Community members joined MCCC students and staff at the Kerney campus Jan. 18 to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The college's African American Student Organization and the James Kerney Campus Student Activities Board sponsored "Tribute to a Dream."

Presenters included the Rev. Michele Bazin, pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church in Groveville, N.J., The Tommy Grice Jazz Trio, the Vessels of Praise Dance Team, MCCC Communication Professor Alvin Haywood, and Key Arts Productions of Philadelphia. Speaking of the challenges which lay ahead, Rev. Bazin captured the spirit of the day in her sermon, We're Not There Yet. "Until gun violence disappears and societal ills are confronted, the problems will not go away. There's still work to be done. … Let us again take on the role of the village keepers." said Bazin. Photos here.

Noncredit Classes For Small Business Owners
Despite the many hardships that come with a down economy, there are also opportunities, particularly for small-business owners. MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering "Start a Home-Based Business with Little or No Money" and "How to Survive and Thrive in a Down Economy," two new courses that provide essential tips on low- or no-cost strategies for developing and marketing a small business. More here.

Sigma Phi Sigma Helps "Send Hunger Packing"
The Funeral Service Class recently collected food for the "Send Hunger Packing" program sponsored by the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. This program is for children who suffer from hunger on weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. Backpacks filled with nutritious, shelf-stable, and easy to prepare foods are given to the children to take home. The children return the backpacks every Monday so they can be refilled and redistributed for the next weekend. Photo here.

WWFM's Rachel Katz Plays with Orchestra
Rachel Katz, a second violinist with the Westminster Community Orchestra, was interviewed as part of a story in CentralJersey.com. Katz is the host of "Views and Voices.” Read the story here.

Two Area Educational Events on the Holocaust Era
Italian American Heritage Commission Event at Nottingham High School
Elizabeth Bettina, author of "It Happened in Italy" will be the guest speaker, along with several Holocaust survivors who were saved by the Italians in Italy during World War II, at Nottingham High School on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The program follows a curriculum unit on the Holocaust that was developed by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission. The program begins 11 a.m. in the high school auditorium, followed by a reception.

"Warsar" Theatrical to Benefit Boheme Opera
Boheme Opera NJ will host a benefit preview of WARSAW, a theatrical coming soon to Broadway, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial building. "WARSAW is an epic musical drama that has a passionate, soaring score with the breathtaking sweep of Les Miserables and the rich harmonic texture of grand opera. This powerful theater piece is based on the true heroic story of the Warsaw ghetto fighters who led an uprising against the Nazis in 1943. " Sponsorships are available. Student tickets are $15. Regular tickets are $28 to $50. Call the Boheme box office at 609-581-7200.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times (nj.com):

MCCC Dean Receives Doctorate

Good Options for Displaced Workers

Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Continues

Holocaust/Genocide Rededication

Pennington Post:
MCCC to Host Open House for Camps

Princeton Online:
MCCC to Host Summer Camps Open House Jan. 24

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center Open House and Rededication Jan. 27

Broadway World:
The Dance Program at MCCC Presents Dancing to Connect

West Windsor and Plainsboro News
Post-Holiday Dilemma: Which Camps to Choose

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Jan. 22-24: Nelson Illusions and "Magic with the Nelsons"

Jan. 29-31: Gangster Spoof "Bugsy Malone Jr."

Jan. 30: Parental Advisory Comedy Showcase

Feb. 12- 21: "Pygmalion" (featuring our very own Kitty Getlik!)

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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