E-Bulletin of October 22, 2007

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Mercer Bids Fond Farewell to Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid
On Oct. 12 the college community celebrated the career of Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid, and wished him well in his new role at the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. A festive event at the Conference Center drew more than 160 friends and colleagues, including many reirees who worked with Tom during his 38 years at Mercer. "I intend to be a supportive member of the community," Tom said. "One who knows the college well and loves it dearly."

Another farewell party took place before the Oct. 18 board meeting, with trustees, faculty and staff. Board Chair Anthony Cimino read a Resolution of appreciation and presented it to Tom, along with an engraved gift bowl.

MCCC Golf Classic A Success


Mercer Hosts WIB Literacy Conference
Vice President Beverly Richardson and President Patricia Donohue presented opening remarks at the Literacy Best Practices Conference at MCCC's Conference Center Oct. 19. Hosted by the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board
and County Executive Brian Hughes, the conference brought together the major literacy providers in Mercer County and throughout the region to explore current trends and issues. Among the presenters was Deborah Kell who spoke about distance learning. Melinna Harris played a lead role in putting the program together. Dr. Richardson is a member of the Workforce Investment Board's Board of Trustees.

WWFM "Family" Celebrates 25th Anniversary
WWFM the Classical Network gathered close to 200 members of its "family" at the MCCC Conference Center on October 4. According to General Manager Peter Fretwell, the event was held to thank volunteers and members as the station's celebrates its 25th anniversary year. In typically enthusiastic fashion, a station member from Pennsylvania called WWFM an "oasis" in her hectic life. For many guests, the event was their first opportunity to visit the MCCC campus. WWFM's ambitious plans for the digital age include reaching a larger audience with both music and educational podcasts.

WWFM Featured in The Packet
Read the article "Classical Music Rocks." Click here.

Celebrity Chef Demonstrates Expertise and Offers Advice at MCCC
On Thursday, Oct. 11, celebrity chef Robert Irvine dazzled a packed house in the MCCC Communications Building with a two-hour presentation that included a cooking demonstration and a candid, humorous and wide-ranging question-and-answer period. Irvine signed copies of his new book, "Mission Cook," at the conclusion of the program, while audience members enjoyed samples of one of his signature dishes, Red Snapper with Pepper Sauce and grits, prepared and served by MCCC's Hospitality students. Irvine, who stars on Food Network's "Dinner Impossible" series, offered Mercer's culinary students three sterling pieces of advice as they embark on their career path: "Listen carefully, have fun and be dedicated." Photos

Bold Theatrical Undertaking, "Seven Sins," Premieres Nov. 9-18
A unique collaborative performance event premieres at MCCC in November. Created by students, faculty, alumni and professional award-winning guest artists, "Seven Sins" features four, original one-act plays and three dance numbers in a production that is "every bit as fanciful, dramatic, raunchy, and deadly as the sins themselves," according to MCCC Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person, the show's creative director and producer. "Seven Sins" will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays, November 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey Theatre.
Click here for the details.

Food Service Workers Trained in Food Safety
This month, all 26 of Mercer's full- and part-time dining service employees -- from the Conference Center, West Windsor and JKC Cafeterias -- attended an eight hour Serv-Safe course in proper food handling taught by Bob Harry of the West Windsor Health Department. The instruction included; acceptable cleaning and sanitizing methods, food handling, storage and service with an emphaisis in understanding the microbiology of the pathogens, toxins and chemicals that cause foodborne illnesses. All took a test at the completion of the program to receive a Serv Safe Certification that is nationally recognized for five years.

Hamilton Post Features Culinary Program
Mercer's students and faculty are interviewed by the Hamilton Post. Click here for the story.

Editorial on the New Transfer Bill
Read The Times editorial here.

Monica Weaver on CN8
MCCC Assistant Provost Monica Weaver was interviewed for a Comcast Newsmaker Interview. Her interview will air repeatedly the week of Nov. 21 on CN8.

MCCC Participates in Cultural Celebration
College staff and students were on hand to provide information during the New Jersey State Cultural Celebration on Sept. 29 at the South River Walk Park in Trenton. Hosted by Governor John Corzine and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, it was a day to celebrate New Jersey's culture. The festival showcased art, music, poetry, craft and featured diverse ethnic cuisine.
Photos here.

Lectures Coming Soon

Oct. 25: "Corrections in the 21st Century: Prisoner Re-Entry" Details here.

Oct. 31: Stanley Greenberg to Present "Photographing The Physical World" Details here.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 19-28 -- Clue the Musical

Nov. 2-11 -- Beauty and the Beast

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