E-Bulletin of October 22, 2008



Jazz On 2 Invites All to an Evening of Jazz "Rent Party" Nov. 7
From Winifred Howard: WWFM has added JAZZ back into the mix, broadcasting on FM 89.1, HD2. But, we need your help to pay the rent! Please join us on Nov. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer for our first RENT PARTY -- an Evening of Jazz featuring the Jazz Duchess Doris Spears. Dress is casual chic. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 27 to 609-587-8989.

Remember, this is a fundraiser for the station. So, please come out to support this new branch of WWFM. If you can attend with a minimum donation of $25, that would help immensely. Thank you in advance for your support. Reply to winifred@wwfm.org

Forty Colleges Coming to College Transfer Day Oct. 23
Reminder: The Transfer Office will host its annual
College Transfer Day at a new location on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Physical Education building. Representatives from more than 40 colleges will be in attendance. PLEASE encourage your students to attend this special event. Contact the Transfer Office for more information at ext. 3397 or 3307.

Men's and Women's Soccer Teams Prepare for Region 19 Tournaments
Both men's and women's soccer teams are now preparing for Region 19 tournament games, to be played at MCCC on Oct. 27 and 28. The winners will appear in the finals, also to be played at MCCC. Details here.

The Bat Cave: Degree Audit for the Rest of Us
From Ed Carmien, The Bat Cave: So that no one is left out, there’s a workshop scheduled for the rest of us to learn how Degree Audit works on Oct. 28, 12-1 p.m., in AD213. We’ve got to learn how to do this, since the students are already using the system. In order to properly advise students, we need to be able to see what their placement indicators are, what classes they've taken, the grades they've received, and the courses yet required. Once again, Bob Terrano will show us how it all works. RSVP to Ed Carmien carmiene@mccc.edu.

Repeat College Assembly Oct. 27 at JKC
Reminder: The college will host a repeat College Assembly on Monday, Oct. 27 at the James Kerney Campus, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in Kerney Hall. President Donohue will give remarks, and the architects from Clark Caton and Hintz will again present information about the master plan for facilities. Refreshments will follow. This Assembly was scheduled to ensure that staff members who work in Registration and others who missed the August Assembly can attend.

Lecture on Famous Architects Nov. 19
Filmmaker James Venturi, the son of leading 20th century architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, will present a synopsis of his feature-length documentary, "Learning From Bob & Denise," at a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 12 noon in CM 107, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

According to Professor Mel Leipzig, "Bob Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are considered among the most influential designers of the 20th century. They launched a critique of architectural modernism that led to the development of alternative strategies for urban design during the 1960s and 1970s." Details here.

Mel Leipzig to be Featured on NJN's "State of the Arts"
A crew from New Jersey Network was on campus Oct. 16 to photograph and record an interview with Professor Mel Leipzig. The program is expected to air on "State of the Arts" in January. Crew members included a Mercer graduate from 1974, photographer Aubrey J. Kauffman. Professor Leipzig was filmed while working on a painting of Professor Dominick DeFino. Photos here.

Students Learn Candidates' Positions in Lively Presidential Forum
In an hour-long "Presidential Forum" held at Kelsey Theatre on Oct. 16, representatives from the Obama and McCain campaigns described their candidates' positions before a full house that included students, faculty members, and staff. Mark Alexander, a law professor at Seton Hall University who heads Obama's New Jersey campaign, and Robbinsville Mayor David Fried, who chairs the McCain campaign in Mercer County, answered questions posed by moderator Linda Bregstein Scherr. Read the whole story here.
Read The Times story here.

Students Present Honors Research Projects
Three MCCC students presented the results of their honors science research during a lunchtime presentation on Oct. 14. Susana Sanchez worked with Dr. Jim Riggs at Rider University on a project entitled "Study of Macrophages that Suppress Immunity: The Quest for Immunotherapy for Cancer." Luis Reyes worked with Dr. Bruce Burnham, also at Rider, on "Synthesis of a Pyrrole and its Role in Medicinal Chemistry." John Braun reported on his summer internship with Conserve Wildlife New Jersey Foundation under the guidance of the organization's executive director, Margaret O'Gorman. During the 10-week program, Braun traveled around the state assisting with wildlife identification and habitat protection projects.
Presentation photos here.

James Kerney Campus Hosts Community Health Fair
On Oct. 15 the James Kerney Campus hosted a Health Fair that drew a substantial number of students and community members. Representatives from Capital Health System and St. Francis Hospital were joined by many other health care agencies to provide blood pressure screenings and distribute information about disease prevention and health maintenance. The fair was held in memory of Don Jones, and donations were taken for the Don Jones Memorial Scholarship, the American Diabetes Association and the Lupus Foundation. Linda Ertingu and Bilquis Zaka served as event coordinators. Photos here (courtesy of the James Kerney Campus staff).

PNC Bank Continues Support of MCCC
Representatives from PNC Bank have rededicated the atrium of the college’s Conference Center after they acquired the former Yardville National Bank recently. During a visit on Oct. 16 Kevin Tylus, PNC Bank's regional president for Central NJ said, “PNC Bank is pleased to continue Yardville National Bank's longstanding relationship with the college.” Photo here.

Information Session Draws Parents/High Schoolers
Parents and high school students -- 147 of them -- learned about transferring to four-year colleges when Enrollment Services hosted an Information Session Oct. 15. They heard from MCCC and representatives from five four-year colleges. Photos here (courtesy of the Enrollment Services staff)

Culinary Students to Participate in March of Dimes Fundraiser
On October 27, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction of Princeton will be held at the Princeton Hyatt to benefit the March of Dimes. Among the participants will be Mercer's culinary program students. They will be in the company of the area's top restaurants.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items including fine jewelry, sports memorabilia, and airline tickets. For more information and tickets ($100), call 609-655-7400.

SGA To Sponsor Thanksgiving Food Drive for United Way
From Executive Dean Diane Campbell: The Student Government Association will collect canned goods and other non-perishable items for Thanksgiving food baskets and food pantries for the needy. For many, hard times may mean that we get behind on a few bills. For others, it means that children have little to eat, families live in cold homes, shelters or on the street. Sharing a bit of what we have can help agencies like the United Way of Mercer County help people in need. Please bring an item and put it in the provided box outside of the Student Activities Office at the West Windsor Campus, or next to the Security Office by the main entrance at the James Kerney Campus. Please join with us to help Mercer students to help others.

PTK Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Oct. 28
From PTK: Phi Theta Kappa will be raising money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Members will be at a table in the Student Center wearing pink items and collecting money from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Here are some facts:

  • About 182,460 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer in 2008…
  • About 40,480 women will die from the disease this year. Right now there are about two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the US.
  • The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her lifetime is about 1 in 8.

If you want to donate, e-mail Susana Sanchez at sanchezs@student.mccc.edu, Jennifer Santos at jsantos@persephonebirthways.com, or call (908) 400 6817.

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Mercer in the News Online

The Times:

10-11-08: Artist Leipzig to Present Lecture on Eakins, Manet

10-17-08: Health Care a Hot Topic at MCCC's Mock Presidential Debate

The Packet:

10-21-08: Dames at Sea


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 17-26: Dames at Sea (Read the Oct. 21 Packet review here)

Oct. 25: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Oct. 31-Nov. 9: Rocky Horror Show

Nov. 22 Nate the Great

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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