E-Bulletin of January 25, 2008

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Health Care Plans Changing
By Feb. 15 everyone will need to decide on a new health care plan. The New Jersey State Health Benefits Program will offer two types of medical plans to local education employees. The new plans will be effective as of April 1, 2008. Seminars to describe the plans are set for Jan. 30 in the Conference Center auditorium at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. No reservations are required.

Sudent Produced DVDs on Sale
DVDs of the following MCTV student-produced programs are currently on sale. All proceeds benefit the Television Club.

Faculty/Staff Basketball Game - $10
Faculty Feud: Arts & Communication vs Liberal Arts - $5

To order, please contact Steve Voorhees (Voorhees@mccc.edu).

"Women and Heart Disease" Lecture Coming Feb. 14
During National Heart Health month Dr. Banu Mahalingam, a Princeton-based cardiologist, will present a lecture on "Women and Heart Disease: Why is it Largely Under-Diagnosed?" as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series. The talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon in CM 110. More here.

Go Red to Fight Heart Disease Feb. 1
On Friday, Feb. 1, Mercer will observe National Wear Red Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise funds to fight cardiovascular disease, the no. 1 killer among women. Red dress pins are available for a $5 donation. On the West Windsor campus, donations are being collected by Amy Iseneker, Barb Kunkel and Tina LaPlaca. At JKC, donations may be given to Joann Mia. Women are encouraged to complete a personal heart health assessment by visiting www.goredforwomen.org and clicking on "Go Red Heart CheckUp." Everyone is encouraged to wear red Friday, Feb. 1!

A Creative Focus on Academic Integrity
The 2008 Academic Affairs Convocation was planned and executed by the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) under Chair Helen Tanzini. The creativity of these faculty members was evident in the skits, videos, a game show, discussions and advice offered. In one video faculty members, wearing red shirts that said "student" on the front, acted out a "cheating in class" scenario. In another video, Mitch Canter and a student act out a plagiarism skit.

The convocation included an overview of the role of the AIC. In round table discussions, with 20 faculty members serving as facilitators, the groups discussed their previous experiences with the AIC. The Power Point presentation with videos will be available in the next E-Bulletin.

IPIC Training
With leadership from Debbie Kell and the BAT Cave, faculty and staff members participated in IPIC training classes during pre-class week that covered everything from legal issues on campus and Office 2007 to gardening and the culinary arts. Photos here.

College Assembly Updates
During the College Assembly on Jan. 16, President Donohue gave updates on the Emergency Management Plan, IT services, e-mail to be implemented for students and adjunct faculty, and new options in the college cafeteria. She reiterated the smoking policy, which will be enforced with fines, and the policy on ID badges, which must be visible at all times for faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Donohue presented an overview of the budget and said enrollment is up for the spring semester. She spoke about the health benefits changes that are coming. Representatives from the architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz described the college's facilities master planning process. Everyone in attendance participated in round-table discussions about the facilities plan for both campuses and were asked to offer their suggestions.

Town Meetings Set to Discuss 2009 Tuition Increases
The college will hold two town meetings on proposed tuition and fee increases:
Monday, February 4, at the James Kerney Campus, 1 to 2 p.m. in Kerney Hall.
Tuesday, February 5, at the West Windsor Campus, 12 noon to 1 p.m. in AD119.


Auditions for MouthWorks
Kathi Paluscio is holding auditions for the MouthWorks Troupe this Monday, Jan. 28 and again on Tues., Feb. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. in CM 144. Please encourage your students to attend, or they may call ext. 3454 for more information. In order to be eligible to audition, students must be full-time, current students at Mercer with a GPA of 2.75 or better, must have successfully completed CMN 111 or CMN 112, and must be able to attend the required rehearsals. All majors are welcome. Click here for the flyer.

WWFM is Media Sponsor for Princeton Historical Celebration
The 1783 Committee, which is planning Princeton's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Continental Congress meeting in Princeton, just chose WWFM as a media sponsor of the events they are planning for May through November of this year. WWFM will be using its new remote broadcasting gear to broadcast live from selected events, and will be included in all the group's stationery, newspaper ads, event programs, and website. In return, WWFM will publicize related events on the radio.

Mel Leipzig and Other Mercer Artists Featured in D&R Greenway Show
Mel Leipzig's work is featured in an exhibit mounted by D&R Greenway, a nonprofit New Jersey organization dedicated to preserving open space. The show, entitled "A Matter of Perspective - Our Personal Landscape," focuses on outdoor places and their special meaning in our lives. In addition to Leipzig, the numerous participants include former MCCC art students Keiko Ishida, David Biddle, David Kaufmann and Linda Pochesci as well as adjunct instructor Paul Mordetsky. The exhibit runs through March 21 at the Marie L. Matthews Gallery in Princeton, with an opening reception to be held Feb. 8.

Leipzig has two paintings in the show; one is a large-scale rendering of the MCCC campus in the 1980s and the other, which is featured on the exhibit invitation, depicts his late wife gazing from the back door of her home into the backyard. Click here to view the invitation.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, Jan. 24, 2008: MCCC Hosts Ceremony for 35 Nursing Graduates

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 1-10: Driving Miss Daisy
(Click here for the Princeton Packet's Feature Story)
(Click here for the West Windsor Plainsboro News Feature Story)

Feb. 2: Funny Stuff Circus

Feb. 15-24: My Favorite Year

Feb. 23: Max and Ruby

Feb. 29 - March 9: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The December eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

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