E-Bulletin of January 5, 2007

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Breakfast and College Assembly Jan 10
All are invited on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to help welcome our new president, Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, at a breakfast reception from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room. At 10:30 a.m. the College Assembly will convene at Kelsey Theatre, where Dr. Donohue will speak.

Tom Wilfrid Warmly Applauded by Faculty/Staff at Holiday Party
The entire college community participated in applauding and lightly roasting Acting President Tom Wilfrid at the Holiday Party on Dec. 20. Story with photos here.

Photos only here.

More Photos from the Holiday Party
Click here for more photos of the holiday party of Dec. 20.

Faridy Kicks Off Dinner Dance Giving
Foundation Board member and long-time MCCC supporter, Jamil Faridy, kicked off the Scholarship Dinner Dance contributions with a $5,000 donation. Mercer's biggest fundraiser of the year is set for March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. The faculty/staff ticket rate is $150, and you can set up a payroll deduction. Contact Elaine Stout for more information at ext. 3607. More here.

Governor to Host Town Hall Meeting at MCCC Jan. 11
Governor Jon S. Corzine is coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre for a Town Hall Meeting, "Restructuring New Jersey's Future," on Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to 609-777-0994. Click here for flyer.

Winter 2007 Viking is Published
The new Viking newsletter has been distributed throughout our campuses. The Marketing and Public Information Office asks that you help us spread the good news about MCCC by placing your copies in a place where visitors and students can take them. Also please give them out when you are representing MCCC in the community. Click here to see Viking online.

On Dec. 21 Dr. Donohue is Welcomed and Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, who will assume the presidency of MCCC on Feb. 1, joined the campus community for a welcoming reception preceding the meeting of the Board of Trustees on Dec. 21. The college also congratulated Mercer's high-achieving men's soccer (2006) and women's tennis (2005-06) teams and the award-winning Television program students. More here

Mercer's EOF Program Increases Graduation Rate
Because of its successful outcomes, Mercer's EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) program will receive a monetary increase in its 2007 allocation. The program increased graduation rates by 11.1% -- from 12.5% in 1997-98 to 23.6% in 2000-01.

EOF director Khalida Haqq said the award is based on the greatest improvement in four-year average cohort graduation rates. According to our EOF liaison, Janis Flannagon, an announcement was made at the Dec.7 EOF Board Meeting. Mercer is one of two community colleges in N.J. that will receive the outcomes-based increase.

Where are Your Children Going in Summer 2007?
Put your mind at rest and plan ahead for this summer, at the Camps Open House on Jan. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Center. (Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 4.) Click here for details.

HRIM Chef Wins "Chef of the Year"
Claire Berg, an adjunct faculty member in the HRIM program, won the "Chef of the Year" award from the American Culinary Federation, N.J. Shore Chapter. This makes two consecutive years that an MCCC teacher has won the award. Berg teaches full-time at Brookdale Community College.

TV Students Produce Food Art Video
MCCC's TV students and May graduate Jennifer Joyce took on a paid project Dec. 19. They produced a video on "The Art of Food Presentation" with the help of TV program coordinator Steve Voorhees, HRIM coordinator Doug Fee, and teaching assistant Frank Benowitz. HRIM students worked on the food -- with "before" dishes, looking unpresentable, and "after" dishes, looking good enough to eat. Photos here.

MCCC's Delectable Noncredit Classes
The kitchen is heating up this winter as the MCCC Culinary Center opens its doors to the community with a variety of scrumptious noncredit classes beginning Jan. 10. Click here for the full story.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Jan 5-14 -- "The Baker's Wife"

Jan. 20 -- "The Russian-American Kids Circus"

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

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