E-Bulletin of October 15, 2008



Debate and Town Hall Meeting Thursday, Oct. 16
Reminder: MCCC will host a debate and town meeting with representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12 noon at Kelsey Theatre. Representing the Obama campaign will be Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Alexander. Representing the McCain campaign will be Robbinsville Mayor David Fried. More here.

New Program for Locomotive Engineers and Conductors
Beginning Nov. 15, the college's Center for Continuing Studies will offer the "Basic Training Certificate" for locomotive engineers and conductors, which also prepares students for careers as train dispatchers or transportation management trainees. Students will receive a complete overview of railroad operations, equipment, safety, infrastructure and security issues. Upon completion, participants will be eligible for well-paid positions at heavy or light rail companies across the United States. More here.

Come Out for the Faculty vs. Staff Football Game This Friday
This Friday, Oct. 17, is the big night for MCCC's Faculty vs. Staff Football Game, with the kick-off promptly at 4:30 p.m. at the field behind the library (the "old" track).
The college's Culture Committee will be serving water and hot chocolate for all. There will be several special guest appearances during the game by surprise players, so bring your blanket and come to cheer on your respective team.

Contact either team captain with any questions: Professional Staff -- Francis Paixão (ext. 3731 or paixaof@mccc.edu); Faculty -- Craig Coenen (ext. 3533 or coenenc@mccc.edu).

MCCC's 2008 Kelsey Review Showcases Local Literary and ArtisticTalent
Celebrating local literary talent, MCCC has published Kelsey Review 2008, a collection of eclectic writings and illustrations from creative individuals who live or work in Mercer County. An MCCC tradition now in its 27th year, the 2008 edition features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork by 19 contributors writing on subjects ranging from angst, fear, lust, and denial to love, joy and the dilemmas of everyday living.

Copies of the 68-page journal are available now at all branches of Mercer County's public libraries as well as on MCCC's West Windsor and James Kerney campuses. More here.

MCCC Cultivates Mentoring Culture for Women
Thirty-five female staff and faculty members from the West Windsor and James Kerney campuses spent time mingling and networking on Oct. 10 during the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) Mentoring Program kick-off meeting. The meeting was led by Dr. Khalida Haqq, local chapter president, and Margarita Leahy, president elect.

President Patricia Donohue, who serves as national president of AAWCC, provided a motivational message with words of welcome. "As we connect with each other, we raise our expectations to build skills that lead us to new professional opportunities," she said.

Attendees participated in an ice breaker bingo game and a speed mentoring-mentee session. The next meeting takes place Friday, Dec. 12, at the James Kerney Campus, featuring Dr. Teena Cahill, a nationally and internationally acclaimed speaker on leadership and resilience skills.

If you are interested in joining, contact Margarita Leahy at ext. 3182, or Khalida Haqq at ext.3327. Photos here.

Golf Tournament a Success for Scholarships
Clouds gave way to beautiful sunshine, as the MCCC Athletics Department welcomed 84 golfers to the Mercer Oaks West Golf Club in West Windsor on Oct. 6. The 17th Annual MCCC Golf Classic provided college supporters and friends a chance to enjoy a day of golf and celebration while raising scholarship dollars for the college's student-athletes. The event raised approximately $15,000 that will be donated to the college's athletic scholarship program.
More here.

Sales of Dori Seider's New Book to Benefit Student Causes
As previously announced, Professor Dori Seider has recently published a new book entitled "Teach Me Something Real," dedicated to teachers and learners. The books are now available on campus for $10, with proceeds benefiting students. You can order a copy from Karen Bearce, with proceeds going to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, or from Danielle Garruba, with proceeds going to other student causes. More here.

Soccer Program to Welcome Back 1988 National Champs Oct. 18
A recognition ceremony will take place prior to the start of the Vikings' game against Massasoit Community College on Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the MCCC soccer complex, as the men's soccer program welcomes back its 1988 National Championship team. This year marks the 20th reunion for the remarkable 1988 squad, which went 23-0-1 during the season. More here.

Student Retention -- Electronics Engineering Program's Great Idea
Faculty in the Electronics Engineering program did some brainstorming this fall to come up with ways that could help new students feel welcome and comfortable, and meet with faculty and more advanced students. Their idea of a 5:30 p.m. pizza party turned out to be quite a success.
Organized by Coordinator Dom DeFino and adjunct faculty members Harry Bittner and Mackington Joseph , a former Utility Tech student here, the event drew 30 students out of 34 invited.

According to Bittner, student participation exceeded expectations. "The students started interacting right away. We had to kick them out at 7:00, but they were still going strong. What many of them had started doing was opening up their textbooks and doing homework together. Afterward the students were thanking us -- and they want to do it again." More here.

ISO to Sponsor Bowling Night for Charity Nov. 7
From Amy Immordino:
On Friday night, Nov. 7, the International Student Organization (ISO) at Mercer will sponsor its second annual Fundraising Bowling Night at Slocum's Bowl-O-Drome, 1675 Pennington Road in Ewing (right down the street from TCNJ). We have the entire bowling alley starting at 9 p.m. The price per ticket is $15.00, which includes shoes, bowling ball, two games, refreshments and music. Slocum's also has its own bar and grille. We will also be giving awesome prizes to the bowler with the highest score, the bowler with the lowest score, and the bowler who has the most strikes of the night.

If you are coming out that night and not playing, please make a donation in the collection box. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to ninemillion.org, an organization that works to ensure that children affected by the conflicts in Dunfar and Iraq have access to education, clean water, health and nutrition.

We are hoping for an even bigger turnout than last year. So please buy a ticket, bring your friends, your co-workers, your teammates, your kids, your wife, your husband, your brother, your sister, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your cousin, or anybody else, and come out for a good time and good cause. Please RSVP to request your tickets.

One more thing -- anybody playing must bring their own socks! Thank you for your time. Reply to immordia@mccc.edu or call ext. 3531.
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PTK Hosts "Passionately Pink for the Cure"
From Members of PTK: On Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 28, Phi Theta Kappa will be going Passionately Pink for the Cure® to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. It's passionate, because the need to end breast cancer is so urgent. It's pink, because that's the color we'll wear to accomplish our goal. Participating is simple. Just wear a pink item of clothing on Monday, Oct. 20 or Tuesday, Oct. 28, or make a donation of $5 or more to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the leader of the global breast cancer movement.

Volunteers will be collecting in the cafeteria on the above dates. If you are interested in donating, but won't be on campus, please don't hesitate to contact us! Also, please contact us if you have any questions or would like to be involved in planning our event.

If you'd like to contribute online, use the link here. In return for your contribution, you'll get a pink ribbon pin and the satisfaction of helping to move us closer to a world free of breast cancer. For more information contact Jennifer Santos (908) 400-6817 or Susana Sanchez 609 638-1878.
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Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
10-14-08: MCCC To Honor '88 National Champs

10-11-08 Artist Leipzig to Present Lecture of Eakens, Manet

10-8-08: Scout's Eagle Project Benefits Soldiers, TASK (MCCC Student)

The Packet Group:
10-8-08: Objects of Affection: Artists focus on 'Favorite Things' in MCCC Gallery


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 17-26: Dames at Sea (Read the Packet preview here)

Oct. 25: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Oct. 31-Nov. 9: Rocky Horror Show

Nov. 14-23: East Meets West in "The King and I"

Theatre Program Events for Oct.-Dec.

Save the Date!
"Creating the Future" Coming Dec. 4

MCCC's Board of Trustees will again host a special event, "Creating the Future" set for Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at MCCC's Conference Center. The "living report to the community" coincides with the publication of the college's 2007-08 Annual Report, and will be a showcase for student and college success. The entire community is invited, so help us spread the word. Details are coming soon.

Current Position Openings at MCCC
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Sports Update
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