E-Bulletin of October 23, 2007

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Mercer Celebrates 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 a large number of friends and colleagues, including many retrees who worked with Tom during his 38 years at Mercer. In brief remarks Tom reminisced about the world in 1969, when he began his tenure at Mercer. He said, "I intend to be a supportive member of the community, 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.

The Curriculum Committee also gave Tom a sendoff. Photos here.

Golfing for a Cause
Eighty golfers played for a good cause at the 16th Annual MCCC Golf Classic at Mercer Oaks on Oct. 16. According to Athletics Director John Simone, the event was memorable in a number of ways. "The weather was great. The tournament was competitive, but there was an overall feeling of real camaraderie among the golfers who came out. They recognize that Mercer fulfills a role for student athletes that is truly worth supporting."

Numerous golfers received prizes at the awards dinner that followed the day on the course. Tom Wilfrid won several prizes for his exceptional performance. New this year was a silent auction, held prior to the dinner. Among the prizes was a 42" plasma television donated by Mrs. G TV and Appliances in Lawrenceville. Other major contributors to the auction included golf committee members Doug Perlman of Borden Perlman Insurance Company, Dave Fraytak of Faridy, Veisz, Fraytak Architects, the Mercer County Park Commission, and the Knife and Fork Restaurant in Atlantic City. Steve Ritzau also served on the Golf Classic Committee. Photos here.

Mercer Hosts WIB Literacy Conference
Mercer's Conference Center was the site for the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board's Literacy Best Practices Conferences on Oct. 19. The conference brought together the major literacy providers in Mercer County and throughout the region to explore current trends and issues.

Vice President Beverly Richardson, chair of the WIB Literacy Committee and a member of its Board of Trustees, gave opening remarks. She said that 30 million people over the age of 16 in the U.S. are functionally illiterate. They can't read a newspaper, can't read to their children, can't read the label on their medications. In Mercer County, 18.2% of the population over age 25 does not have a high school diploma, and in Trenton the number is about 36%. Also
presenting remarks at the conference was President Patricia Donohue. Among the workshop presenters was faculty member Deborah Kell, who spoke about distance learning. Melinna Harris played a lead role in putting the program together. Photos here.

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.The station's fall fund drive continues through Oct. 26. Photos here.

WWFM Featured in The Packet
Peter Fretwell and WWFM were featured on the cover of "Tempo," the Packet's entertainment journal. Read the article "Classical Music Rocks" 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."

In its October issue, the Hamilton Post did a feature story on the Irvine event and Mercer's HRIM program. They interviewed students and faculty. (The article is not available online). 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. at 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 on understanding the microbiology of the pathogens, toxins and chemicals that cause foodborne illnesses. All participants took a test at the completion of the program and received a five-year Serv Safe Certification that is nationally recognized.

Editorial on the New Transfer Bill
Read an editorial in The Times about New Jersey's new transfer bill here.

Monica Weaver on CN8
MCCC Assistant Provost Monica Weaver was interviewed for a Comcast Newsmaker Interview about the offerings of the James Kerney Campus. The interview will air repeatedly during 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 and crafts, and featured diverse ethnic cuisine.
Photos here.

Bake Sales Every Wednesday
Mercer's culinary students are again holding their famous bake sales from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Student Center. Stop by for some special treats.

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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