E-Bulletin of January 28, 2010


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Advocate for At-Risk Youth To Speak at MCCC Feb. 17
Mary Inzana, C.E.O. and founder of LifeTies, Inc., a leading Trenton area nonprofit organization serving youth in crisis, will share her personal voyage to empowering abused and neglected youngsters in her talk, "The Unseen Path," on Wednesday, Feb. 17, as part of the college's Distinguished Lecture Series. The talk will take place at noon in the Communications Building, Room 109. More here.

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries
Artists aged 18 or older who live, work or study in Mercer County, N.J., are invited to submit work to be considered for this year's Mercer County Artists exhibit. Artists may enter one or two pieces in any media except photography. (The county hosts a separate Mercer County Photography exhibit).

Jurying will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 at The Gallery. Artwork should be dropped off at The Galley between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Work not selected for the exhibit must be picked up that same afternoon between 3:45 and 5:00 p.m. More here.

Save the Date for MCCC's Scholarship Dinner Dance April 24
Get out your dancing shoes! Mercer's Scholarship Dinner Dance is set for Saturday, April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. "Puttin' On the Ritz" will feature an elegant dinner, silent auction that includes original artwork, dancing and fun. The committee is now soliciting corporate sponsorships and ads for the program book. If you can help or suggest prospects, please contact Art Cianfano at art@livewirebd.com or ext. 3728.

Film Festival at James Kerney Campus
MCCC's African-Centered Student Movement will sponsor an African-Centered Film Festival at JKC on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. All shows are free and begin at 5 p.m.

Book Club Meets Feb. 19
The next meeting of the MCCC Book Club will be Friday, Feb. 19, at 12 noon in the faculty/staff dining room for a discussion of "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch.

Coming Event Reminders

Feb. 1: Yoga classes resume: Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in PE 225; Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in the gym.

Feb. 2: Unique Arts Event, "Dancing to Connect." More here.

Feb. 2: Black History Month: Intergenerational Conversation, 12 noon, CM110. More here.

Feb. 3: Black History Month: Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Kelsey Theatre.

Feb. 5: Open Mike Night at the James Kerney Campus, 7 to 10 p.m. Call ext. 3166. Flyer here.

Feb. 13: Black History Month Valentine's Day Dance, 6 to 11 p.m., Conference Center. Tickets $10, available at the Bursar's Office in the Student Center, or call ext. 3404. Flyer here.

Feb. 16: Black History Month: Life performance of Carmen, noon to 1 p.m., Kelsey Theatre. Free with ticket available at the Bursar's Office in the Student Center, or call ext. 3404.

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Winter Viking Newsletter is Here
The Winter Viking Newsletter for alumni and friends of MCCC is now being distributed throughout our campuses and by mail to 20,000 alumni. Please cut the straps and put your unit's copies out where all can take them.

The issue includes feature stories about alum Abby Watrous, who is now working in China on a Fulbright Scholarship, alum Teresa Fordyce, who is a psychiatric nurse supervisor, and alum John Maurer, artistic director of Maurer Productions. A story about the Mercer County Fire Academy features alum, Drew Kintzel, who became a fire chief at age 25, and Shannon Pope, a firefighter in West Windsor.

The newsletter is online here.

MCCC Students Are Going to Italy
Associate Business Professor Andrea Lynch, coordinator of MCCC's new Study Abroad Program, reports that students will be packing their bags for Italy this spring. Twenty-three students and three faculty members will enjoy eight days of food, culture, history and more from May 19-28. (The other trip, planned for Germany/Switzerland, did not attract enough participants.)

The group is comprised of students from Professor Marilyn Dietrich's Architecture and Culture: International course (ARC 141), instructor Chris dePagnier's Food and Culture course (HOS 115), and seven noncredit students, along with the three faculty members. Faculty members interested in developing a Study Abroad course should contact Andrea Lynch at studyabroad@mccc.edu. More here.

Thirty-Three Nursing Graduates Receive Pins
Before proud family members and friends, 33 MCCC Nursing graduates were recognized at a ceremony Jan. 20. Hailing from many different life paths, several began the program right out of high school, while for others it was a dream deferred as they juggled the demands of raising children, working and studying. Several were making a mid-career change. Whatever the scenario, all pronounced their love for helping others. More here with photos.

Investigative Teams on the Case in Pre-Class Week Lab
Five fictitious crime scenes around the campus set the stage for "CSI: MC3," offered by science faculty members Laura Blinderman, MaryAnn Norcross and Helen Tanzini on Jan. 21 as part of pre-class week activities. Working in teams, 17 staff members enthusiastically answered the science lab challenge. Armed with bags of evidence, the amateur investigators rotated through MS 317, conducting experiments including hair sample comparisons under a microscope, analysis of a white powder found at several of the crime sites, and the testing of a red fluid to determine if it was blood. The final results revealed both the perpetrator and the location of his or her crime.

In addition to being fun for all, the workshop gave staff members an overview of CHE106: Chemical Science Concepts, a general education science course for non-science majors. Created by Blinderman and Tanzini several years ago, the course uses forensics as the backdrop to explore basic principles of general, organic and biochemistry and general and molecular biology. See photos here.

Mercer Student in Haiti During Earthquake
MCCC student Todd Stone-Sapp was with a group from three area churches that arrived in Haiti the morning of the earthquake on a mission to assist people in a remote mountain village. The U.S. embassy took in the group, and they assisted the wounded in Port-au-Prince before returning home. The story was prominently featured on the cover of the Trentonian, and stories ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on Television news shows.

Bowen Presents at Conference on Time Management
Susan Bowen, Mercer's executive director of IT Services, gave a presentation at the Educause Mid-Atlantic Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Jan. 13. Entitled "You Can Get IT Done!" her presentation focused on leadership and management, including the t
ime management and planning techniques of Stephen Covey and David Allen.

MCCC Soccer Coaches Lead Clinic At NSCAA Convention
On Jan. 15, MCCC's men's soccer coach Charlie Inverso and assistant coach Larry Povia presented a clinic at the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, held in Philadelphia from Jan. 13-17. Drawing on their 23 years of experience at the helm of Mercer's top-ranked soccer program, their workshop was entitled: "The Rise to Prominence of the American Community and Junior College." More here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times (nj.com):

Rededication to Remembrance; MCCC Holocaust Center has new home

4 Mercer Residents Among MCCC Nursing Graduates

Princeton online:
MCCC Plans Multiple Events for Black History Month

Philly Burbs.com
Church Trip Turns Hectic as Quake Hit

Updated Pygmalion Comes to Kelsey Theatre

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

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

Jan. 30: Parental Advisory Comedy Showcase

Feb. 12- 21: "Pygmalion" (featuring MCCC's own Kitty Getlik)

Feb. 20: "Little Mermaid"

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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