E-Bulletin of January 2, 2008

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Holiday Party Enjoyed by All
As always, Mercer knows how to throw a party! Approximately 325 staff and faculty members got together for a fantastic celebration on Dec. 20. A varied selection of special food was prepared by the college's staff under the direction of Jackie Dunn, Bill Downs and Filomena Vasta. Goodies were sent to the James Kerney Campus for those who couldn't make it to West Windsor.

Santa (Frank Benowitz), The Grinch (Ken Hunt), The Mercer Viking (Francis Paixao), and Santa's Elf (Amy Foris) entertained, gave gifts and lent a festive tone to the event.

Door prize donations came from Kelsey Theatre (tickets), the Hospitality program's student restaurant (brunch tickets), Amy Iseneker (a floral arrangement), the MCCC Bookstore (gift certificate), and the Center for Continuing Studies (a noncredit course).

Creative committee members included Jose Fernandez, Kitty Getlik, Michael Glass, Martha Gunning, Donna Richardson-Hall, Nancy Sobala, Debbie Stotland, Elaine Stout, Dot Walton, Erika Worthy, and Rosanne Zarrilli.

Special thanks to Colleen Courtney for organizing a rousing rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," sung with enthusiasm by a large group of volunteers -- some wearing feathers and wings. The deep tones of Don Jones' voice rang out loud and clear, and elicited cheers.

Photos here.

Telethon Achieves Impressive Results
The MCCC Television degree program's Dec. 14 telethon raised more than $2200 for Mercer Street Friends, demonstrating once again that the community cares -- and the community does watch MCTV!

Accolades from a TV Program alumnus:

"I'm a Mercer alum from the Class of '85, that attended MCCC for its Television program. For the past 20 years I've worked in the New York metro broadcasting and corporate communications markets. I just took a look at the enews links to the Mercer Street Friends projects, and they look and sound great, and are well produced. More importantly, they communicate something of value -- unlike the growing trend in commercial television.

It's nice to see MCCC's Television program thrive. Kudos to the department and those who put together the enews for creating the clean, functional links to these purposeful projects." Larry Kaltenbach, class of 1985

Toys for Tots Drive a Success
Kelsey Theatre conducted a successful gift drive for Toys for Tots
, with generous donations from throughout the campus. "We managed to fill both of the boxes that they supplied to us – which makes me very happy," said Amy Foris.

In addition, the Kelsey Theatre staff, advisory board members and a few friends of the theatre sponsored several children at HomeFront for Christmas, and donated other items for the organization's needy families. Photos here.


Education Student Conducts Gift Drive

As part of a Future Teacher's Club event, MCCC student Victoria Echeverri and her daughters conducted a gift drive for children of Trenton's Joyce Kilmer Elementary School. "My daughter said, 'Why not do something for local children?' W
e delivered 102 nice packages to cover all the sixth graders plus their six teachers," she said. "In addition, we had enough supplies to give the rest of the 575 students one dozen pencils, one dozen pens, and a pencil sharpener. Gifts also went to other local organizations.

The gifts were donated by Staples and Temple University's School of Dentistry. Photo here.

Current Position Openings
The Current Position Openings List has been updated on MLink here. Below are positions added to the announcement the week of Dec. 17. Please take notice that the ABE/GED Program currently has eight vacant positions. The program provides Adult Basic Skills classroom instruction to adult learners, which prepares them for the NJ State GED Examination.

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs [Full-time] – Job Code: DB – 052507
  • Coordinator of Clinical Education (PTA), Science & Health Professions [Full-time Temporary] – Job Code: LM – 122307
  • Education Specialist (Teaching), ABE/GED Programs [Part-time] – Job Code: MHes – 122307
  • Education Specialist (Teaching), ABE/GED Programs [Part-time] [2 On-call positions] – Job Code: MHeso – 122307 and MH – 072306
  • Education Specialist (Teaching), ABE/GED Programs (Work Force New Jersey) [Part-time] –Job Code: MHeswf – 122307
  • Test Administrator, ABE/GED Programs [Part-time] [On-call] Repost –Job Code: MH – 031107
  • Administrative Assistant, ABE/GED Programs [Part-time] Repost – Job Code: MHaa – 081207
  • Education Specialist (Teaching), Career Training Institute [Part-time] – Job Code: REes – 122307
  • Administrative Assistant, Career Training Institute [Part-time] – Job Code: REaa – 122307


Mercer in the News Online

The Packet, 12-28-07
County College Launches 3-Year Plan for Improvements, Growth

The Times, 12-27-07
Nursing Education Labs Renovated at MCCC
(photo printed, not online)

The Times, 12-26-07
'Valnerina' exhibit features local Italian history
(photo printed, not online)

The Times, 12- 24-07
MCCC Envisions a Course of Improvements

The Times, 12-20-07
Ewing Superintendent Receives Leader's Award

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Jan 11-13 -- Sideways Stories at Wayside School

Jan. 18 and 19 -- Elegies

Jan. 26 and 27 -- Russian American Kids Circus

The December eNews@MCCC
Click here for the new December issue and all past issues of eNews@MCCC. This newsletter is designed for and e-mailed to external constituents, including alumni, trustees, foundation and advisory board members, and other friends of the college. Please help us build our lists. To have someone added, send advisory board and friends names and e-mail addresses to zarrillr@mccc.edu. Send alumni names and e-mail addresses to humphrew@mccc.edu.

Sports Update
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