E-Bulletin of November 21, 2008

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Mercer Men's Soccer Team Wins Quarterfinal Game; Plays in Semis Today
With a record of 20-1, Mercer is currently battling it out at the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. Going in as the no. 3 seed, the Mercer men's soccer team faced no. 6 seed CCBC-Essex (MD) yesterday in the quarterfinal round, winning 4-1. CCBC had beaten Mercer 3-2 on Sept. 30, so the victory was especially sweet for the Vikings.

With the win, Mercer will face San Jacinto College South at 6 p.m. today (local time). In the other semi-final game, Garden City (KS) will face Yavapai College (AZ), which is ranked no. 1 with a record of 23-0. The final, along with the consolation match and the game for third place, will be held on Sunday.

What's Coming

Two Weeks to the Dec. 4 Community Event
Get Ready for MCCC's second annual Community Event, "Creating the Future," hosted by our Board of Trustees on Dec. 4 at the Conference Center. An Open House takes place 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the awards presentation and Dr. Donohue's report begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The 2007-08 Annual Report and Foundation Annual Report will be available.

The committee needs everyone's help in getting out a large crowd this year.
All are invited, so please spread the word to your community contacts, your program's alumni, and your current students! This year we have invited high school students, their parents, and many alumni.

**Please e-mail the names of all alumni who will be representing your program, and all student volunteers, to Saveria Symons at symonss@mccc.edu. Alumni will be recognized, and student volunteers will receive gift certificates.

The menu, just announced by Chef Joe Chell, will include
Bananas Foster, mini pastries and homemade cannoli provided by the Hospitality Club, a roast beef carving station with all the trimmings provided by JKC culinary students, a homemade soup station featuring chicken corn chowder and vegetarian minestrone from the Campus Eatery, and butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, a Tuscano display, pasta and salad station provided by the Conference Center.

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Hospitality Club is Cooking Nov. 25
On Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m., our Hospitality Club will be selling delicious Thanksgiving platters for $5 per plate in the cafeteria. Proceeds will benefit Hospitality Club students.

Jazz Band Concert Dec. 10
The MCCC Jazz Band will perform its Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Directed by Professor James Kelly, the band will present a varied and exciting program. Repertoire will include such jazz classics as Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments and Thad Jones' A Child is Born, as well as Herbie Hancock's funk romp, Watermelon Man, and Clifford Brown's be-bop gem, Daahoud. All selections will feature standout improvisations by MCCC jazz students, who will be performing in small groups settings as well as in the full band.


MCCC Students/Faculty Take the Lead for National Chemistry Week
More than 20 students from Mercer and several from Rider University were involved in preparing and presenting experiments to a total of 550 youngsters at five area elementary schools during National Chemistry Week. According to MCCC Associate Chemistry Professor Helen Tanzini, thrilling children with the wonders of science is the goal of the visits she and her students make each year with the support of the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society. "We create magic moments through basic chemistry experiments," Tanzini said. More here.

JKC Hosts Breakfast Forum for Community Leaders
On Nov. 19 Mercer hosted a community breakfast forum at the James Kerney Campus which was well attended by area leaders including clergy, representatives from nonprofit and government organizations and other educational institutions. Guests provided feedback on current services and discussed what they perceive as needed in the future, including ways Mercer can strengthen existing bonds with the community. Photos here.

MCCC Cafeteria Expands Menu and Makes Upgrades
Panini anyone? How about Mongolian Grill? These are just two of the new menu items introduced by the MCCC cafeteria in recent months. Along with an expanded menu, the staff has placed a renewed emphasis on customer service. According to Frank DiBella, general manager of Conference and Dining Services, customers can expect service that is fast and friendly, delivered by professional staff members in stylish burgundy shirts and black pants. Read the full story here, with photos.

JKC Poetry Slam is Slam Dunk
The James Kerney Campus hosted its first-ever Poetry Slam on Nov. 14. More than 50 students, plus many faculty and staff, came out for the evening event, which featured student poets in an open mic format, along with several professional poets. Dinner was prepared by students from JKC's Culinary Training Institute. The event was held in memory of Don Jones. See photos here.

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 103 Members
The Alpha Theta Gamma Chapter of PTK held its fall induction ceremony for 103 new members, the most ever in our history, on Oct. 23 in Kelsey Theatre. The keynote speaker was Professor of Communication Alvyn Haywood, this year's recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Faculty member Michael Dalton presented opening remarks, and Vice President Guy Generals welcomed the attendees.

MCCC Catcher Dave Angebranndt to Play for U. Delaware Next Year
MCCC's baseball team catcher David Angebranndt has been offered an athletic scholarship from the University of Delaware. This week the 2007 Ewing High School graduate signed a pre-season NCAA Letter of Intent to attend Delaware in the fall of 2009. More here with photo.

Understanding Fostered at Interfaith Dialog Luncheon
On Nov. 19 the Student Services and International Student offices hosted an Interfaith Dialog Luncheon. Speakers included Dr. Levent Koc of the Interfaith Dialog Center, Rabbi Eric Wisnia, and Rev. Dave J. Spiegel Sr. A question and answer session followed. Lunch was provided by the MCCC Hospitality Club. Photo here.

MCCC Grad Jorunn Evju Wins 2008 Student Athlete Award
Jorunn Evju, a May graduate, has been selected for the 2008 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award from the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ). The award was announced at a special ceremony during the organization's annual conference in October. She was selected from among all female student athletes who attend community colleges in New Jersey. More here with photos.

Photo Student Wins Major Award
Photography major Carolyn Campbell-McGovern received a 2nd place award in the "Prallsville: Images of the Mills 2008" art show, including a cash prize. In a note to faculty member Michael Dalton, she said, "Thanks a lot for your guidance and encouragement. Maybe next year I can win first place."

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
11-19-08: Let the Cooking Begin (Feature on MCCC Noncredit Culinary, Front Page of Food Section with 5 photos)

11-19-08: Blue Collar Mercer Heads to Nationals

11-19-08 National Championship Returning to Mercer in 2009

11-17-08: Isles to Honor Unsung heroes (MCCC Student Candice Robinson Honored)

11-16-08: Celebration of Italian Heritage Links Cities

11-13-08: MCCC to Hold Open House Dec. 4

11-14-08 CYO Dinner to Honor Some of its Greatest Athletes

11-13-08 Upcoming Plays at MCCC


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre/Studio Theatre

Nov. 14-23: The King and I (Click here for the Packet review)

Nov. 14-23: Theatre Students Perform Ibsen's "A Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler" (Studio Theatre)

Nov. 22: Nate the Great

Nov. 29 - 30: Hansel & Gretel

Dec. 5-7: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dec. 12-14: Nutcracker

Previously Announced Upcoming Events

Three Gifted Artists Explore Light at MCCC The Gallery Now Through Dec. 18

MouthWorks Show Dec. 6
MouthWorks! Mercer's Comedy Troupe in it's 7th year, performs their hilarious show, "Jello Baby" Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Black Box Studio Theatre -- CM 122. Admission is free admission, along with coffee and baked goods. No reservations are required, and the show is rated PG. Kathi Paluscio says "Come early for seats." For more information call Kathi at ext. 3454.

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.


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