E-Bulletin of October 8, 2008

Features

Updates

MCCC to Lead Trenton Family Literacy Project
MCCC is inviting Trenton area families with young children to participate in free workshops designed to help them learn together and grow together. The Trenton Family Literacy Project, funded by Children's Futures, targets families with children ages 0-3, as well as their older siblings. The first classes for the fall have begun; classes to begin at the end of October are currently forming. More here.

Soccer Alums and Coaches Inducted into Hall of Fame
The MCCC Athletics Department inducted three players and two long-time assistant coaches into its Soccer Hall of Fame prior to the men's soccer game against Essex County College (NJ) on Friday, Oct. 3. This group was the seventh class of inductees, who are selected for their contributions to Mercer soccer.

The 2008 class includes players Kathy Creegan, Randy Garber, Blamo Kwein, and assistant coaches Bill Daily and John Pietrowski. Article and photos here.

Seminars for Cybersecurity Month
In celebration of National Cybersecurity Month, the Information Technology Services department will be offering several "brown bag" lunchtime seminars focusing on technology security. Topics include computer workstation and data security, identity theft, and wireless security. Detailed seminar descriptions and schedule can be found on the Technology Services MLink page at http://mlink.mccc.edu/tech_serv.shtml .

Please contact the ITS Help Desk at ext. 4357 or tech-help@mccc.edu to register for the seminars. We hope to see you in October. Bring your lunch and we will provide the dessert!
Reply to bowens@mccc.edu or ext. 3670.

Professor Mel Leipzig to Lecture on Eakins and Manet Oct. 21
The work of the American artist Thomas Eakins and French artist Edouard Manet, considered to be two of the greatest 19th century painters, will be discussed by Professor Mel Leipzig in a lecture/slide presentation, "Eakins and Manet," on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 12 noon. Free and open to the public, Leipzig's talk is part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will take place in the Communications Building, Room 107. More here.
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Bill Petrosky Participates in Radiology Academy
Faculty member Bill Petrosky was one of 20 educators selected from a pool of applicants from the US, Canada and Australia to attend the American Society of Radiologic Technologists' sixth annual Leadership Academy for Educators in Albuquerque, NM. The Academy provides a unique opportunity for radiologic science educators to acquire advanced instructional skills and learn about technologies and strategies that will enhance their learning and teaching experiences.

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From the BAT Cave (the following four items, headlined in green)
INTEGROW Green Screen Training

From Ed Carmien: The screens are not really green. (How did we come up with that phrase anyway?) The fact remains that many of us don’t know what to do in order to look up the information that we need. Now that Degree Audit is launched, it’s even more important that we know some basics. Join Dean Robin Schore, Integrow maven and power-user, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in AD213 for a hands-on training session that explores these features. Seating is limited. Reply to carmiene@mccc.edu.

Streaming Video: Techniques for Teaching Adults --
A Motivational and Reflective Approach

(Available on demand throughout the month of October.) (Password is 2teach (case sensitive).

From Debbie Kell: In this streaming video two pillars of adult education come together to share research and experience, providing a comprehensive list of strategies that can be employed to improve adult learning. These strategies and insightful recommendations will help instructors increase the repertoire of their instructional toolkit. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Raymond Wlodkowski, Director, Center for the Study of Accelerated Learning, Regis University, Denver, CO. Dr. Wlodkowski is author of Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults.
  • Leona English, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Dr. English is author of An International Encyclopedia of Adult Education.
  • Moderator - Dr. William Wenrich, Chancellor Emeritus, Dallas County Community College District.

Resource packet: http://www.starlinktraining.org/Packets2006/packet121.pdf

To access streaming videos, go to http://teach.mccc.edu and click on the link to “Streaming Video on Demand.” Reply to kelld@mccc.edu

Degree Audit: Especially for the Liberal Arts Division
From Ed Carmien: Members of the Liberal Arts Division rallied and talked Bob Terrano into putting together a workshop addressing Degree Audit especially for their program groups. This is the tool to use for student advisement. It’ll help a great deal if you have brushed up on the basics of Integrow first (see 10/15 workshop). The date is Oct. 22, 12 – 1 p.m. in AD213. Seating is limited. RSVP to Ed Carmien at carmiene@mccc.edu.

Strategies from the Front Lines: Best Practices from Hybrid Instructors
(Streaming online on demand ONLY from Oct. 20 – Nov. 3.) (Password is: boo2u)

From Debbie Kell: Looking for even more tips and ideas for your hybrid or blended class? Faculty feedback after last year’s Hybrid program indicated a need for more nuts and bolts tips. So here it is -- more practical and successful strategies for faculty on how to blend face-to-face with online instruction: Topics Include:

  • Blended learning problems and solutions
  • Best practices for chemistry courses in a hybrid format
  • Course design strategies
  • Building virtual teamwork skills
  • Addressing highly visual content or difficult discussion topics
  • Fostering student ownership over their own learning in a blended format

So log on and watch as a variety of professors share their ideas and strategies for teaching hybrid classes. More details: http://www.starlinktraining.org/Programs/Programs2009/oct20.asp

Reply to kelld@mccc.edu
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Mercer in the News Online

The Times:

10-1-08: Bondurant retires from police chief post

10-8-09: New Jersey's Sense of Security Rests in His Name (Richard Canas Lecture at MCCC)

The Steamboat Pilot:

10-5-08: Classical Returns [to Colorado]

Updates/Reminders

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 3 - 12: Brighton Beach Memoirs (Read the Packet's Great Review here)

Oct. 11: The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks

Oct. 17-26: Dames at Sea (Read Town Topics Preview here)

Oct. 25: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Oct. 31-Nov. 9: Rocky Horror Show

PREVIEW of the 2008-09 Season

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
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Sports Update
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