E-Bulletin of November 25, 2009

Upcoming Events News Updates/Reminders

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MCCC Theatre Students to Present "Peer Gynt Remixed and Remade" Dec. 4-6
In their second drama of the fall semester, MCCC Theatre students present a thoroughly modern version of a Henrik Ibsen classic.
This collaborative effort is set in a disco and features both actors and dancers who will perform in varying styles.

"Peer Gynt in Process: Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt Remixed and Remade"
will be performed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Studio Theatre on Mercer's West Windsor campus, next to Kelsey Theatre. More here.

MCCC Chorus and Jazz Students to Perform Dec. 15 and 16
The MCCC Chorus, directed by Pamela Sharples, will present "An Evening of Musical Cheer" on Tues., Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Band, directed by Professor James Kelly, will perform its Winter Concert on Wed., Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Both performances take place at Kelsey Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. More here.

"Reconnect" is Newly Minted Exhibit
Visitors are invited to reconnect - or connect for the first time -- with contemporary art at The Gallery. In the second installation of artwork by 16 arists entitled "Reconnect," the artists have re-hung the first exhibition in order to create new formal and conceptual connections between the works. Special programming for this second exhibition includes a Gallery Talk on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. and a concert by the multi-instrumental improv duo, "Stop Correcting Me," featuring Wilbo Wright and Erica Haltmeier, on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public and take place at The Gallery on the second floor of the college's Communications Building. More here.

Coming Event Reminders

Dec. 8 : African-American Student Organization Kwanzaa Event, 12 noon, WWC Cafeteria, $5.00 a plate, with proceeds used for a scholarship fund. Flyer here.

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MCCC Staff and Volunteers Earn Top Marks As NJCAA Hosts
While the best news would have been another national title for our very own Vikings men's soccer team, another story unfolded during the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Soccer Championship, hosted by the college Nov. 18-22. Approximately 300 players and supporters from eight teams from across the nation traveled to Mercer County. They stayed at two local hotels and ate at local restaurants.

Staff joined in the effort in all kinds of ways, according to Athletic Trainer Lisa Camillone. "Everyone put on their Sunday best," she said. "Facilities and security staff couldn't have been more supportive. They were everywhere, excellent, and friendly." Camillone reports that staff from around the college volunteered their time to man the ticket and t-shirt booths.

Volunteers included Liz Bondurant, Kristin Callahan, Bruce Chorba, Eileen Curristine, Martha Czop, Hector Dimas, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jackie Franz, Michael Glass, Raquel Hernandez, Amy Immordino, Laurene Jones, Al Leister, Peggy Livingston and Nancy Sobala. Jim Franklin and Peter Horne served as hosts for visiting teams, along with five other community members, who advised visitors on navigating the region.

Students also played an important role. More here with photos.

Tyler Junior College Comes up Roses at NJCAA Soccer Final
Head Coach Steve Clements, of Tyler Junior College, doled out the compliments to MCCC for the way it hosted the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men's Soccer Championship. "The folks at Mercer, you can't say enough for them in appreciation for hosting the event. They did an outstanding job without question," said the coach of the Texas squad out of the city known as the "Rose Capital of America."

While Mercer provided the national stage, it was Tyler's undefeated national champions that put on the show at MCCC Stadium. The Apaches won the NJCAA title for the first time to cap the highly successful tournament. More here.

International Students Raise $600; Visit Charter School
On Nov. 12 students from the International Student Organization delivered 72 bags of food to a WomanSpace shelter, purchased with funds raised through three events this semester -- the Costume Dinner Dance, The ISO Bowling Fundraiser Night, and the ISO Bake Sale. The group raised over $600 to purchase the items from the WomenSpace Wish List. Photos here.

International Students also visited Pace Charter School in Hamilton on Nov. 18, where they read poems from their countries to students in two third-grade classes. "The children really enjoyed themselves," said Amy Immordino. "They had so many questions to ask our students." Photo here.

International Students Host Multi- Cultural Festival
On Nov. 17 Mercer's international students participated in a Multi-Cultural Festival, showcasing their talents, music, culture, and backgrounds. This fall Mercer enrolled 59 new F-1 students, bringing the total number to 203. The top five countries represented are South Korea, Poland, India, China and Brazil. The most popular programs chosen by international students are Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management, Education and Biology. Photos here.

African American Student Org. Assists CWEP Clients
On Nov. 19 Mercer's African American Student Organization collected and delivered clothing donated by the MCCC community to clients served by the Community Work Experience Program (CWEP). Mercer's Adult Education Department works with CWEP clients, referred by the Mercer County One Stop Career Center, to help them enhance their work readiness skills.

According to club advisor Lucia Brown-Joseph, the drive was a huge success. "The clients were thrilled at the quality and the quantity of items donated. The AASO would like to thank everyone who helped to make this venture a success. Please feel free to continue donating clothing since we are constantly getting new clients." Clothing may be delivered to Lucia Brown-Joseph in the Bursar's office at WWC. Photos here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
Mercer County is Soccer Heaven

Healthy Curiosity About Food Grows into Career

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Nov. 27-Dec. 6: A Christmas Story

Dec. 11-13: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dec. 18-20: The Nutcracker
(See Packet article here.)

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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