E-Bulletin of November 5, 2009

Upcoming Events News Updates/Reminders

Upcoming Events

2009 Alumni Leader Awardee Les Venella
MCCC's Board of Trustees will honor alumnus Les Venella with the 2009 Alumni Leader Award at Mercer's Nov. 12 Community Open House. Venella is a 1976 graduate of MCCC's Funeral Service Program. Read the story here.

Plans are moving forward for this big event! If you are planning to attend, or to work your unit's table, please register here. Please have all student volunteers register as well.

Mel Leipzig to Examine Early Renaissance Painting Nov. 17
MCCC's own Mel Leipzig will examine one of the great periods in art in his talk, "Early Renaissance Painting 1420 - 1490," on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12 noon, CM 107. More here.

Seats Still Available for Student Restaurant Nov. 18
Get hooked on the delicious food at Mercer’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management program class restaurant “HOOKED,” in ES 111A -- the HRIM Food Lab/Kitchen. Coming lunch dates are Nov. 11 and 18. Seating will be between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. ONLY. Please do not arrive after 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for a complete meal (appetizer, entrée and dessert). To purchase tickets, go to the Accounting Office, AD building at WWC, or contact Raquel Hernandez, KC403, ext. 3160 at JKC. Flyer with menu here.

Coming Event Reminders

Now Through Nov. 12: "Connect" with Art at MCCC Gallery

Nov. 12: Holocaust Center film "Weapons of the Spirit," 12 noon in CM109, followed by panel discussion.

Nov. 13: Staff/Faculty in Football Classic, 4:30 p.m. Email Francis or Craig.

Nov. 20: MCCC participates as Food Network Chef Ellie Krieger presents "So Easy," 7 p.m., RWJ Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness

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Mercer Student Judy Galayda Takes Top Pilot Award
Last year she won the "Top Female Pilot" award, and this year Judy Galayda of Hamilton took the "Top Pilot Award" at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VII SAFECON Competition, besting 34 male and three other female contestants. The event was held Oct. 23-27 in Schenectady, N.Y. Mercer finished second in the overall team rankings after Dowling College, a four-year school in New York.

An NJSTARS and Phi Theta Kappa student, Galayda recently completed her Commercial Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Commercial Instrument Certificate, and Flight Instructor Certificate. Her accomplishments were recognized with the "Timothy Burns Memorial Scholarship" for a continuing aviation student this fall. More here.

Scholarship Event Honors Students and Donors
Some of Mercer's top students were recognized in a lively ceremony at the MCCC Student Center on Oct. 27. Approximately 200 attendees, including students and their families, donors and friends, Foundation Board members, faculty, and staff, joined together for a special evening that honored both students and the generous donors who are helping them pursue their educational goals. A total of 115 scholarships were awarded to continuing students in a wide variety of disciplines. More here with photos.

MCCC's Chemistry Week Tour Is Success by Any Measure
If you measure it in cups of slime, students from Mercer County Community College have distributed ingredients to make the gooey stuff to approximately 7,000 elementary school students in 34 schools over the past 12 years.

Each year, Mercer science students, accompanied by MCCC faculty and several students and faculty members from Rider University, fan out across the county to share the joys of chemistry during National Chemistry Week, which was held Oct. 19-23. This year, students from The College of New Jersey joined in the effort. The event receives funding from the American Chemical Society's Trenton Section. More here with photos.

Costume Dinner Dance Engages Students
According to Amy Immordino, more than 90 students enjoyed a Costume Dinner Dance at MCCC last Friday evening, sponsored by the International Student Organization, the Student Government Association and the African American Student Organization. The MCCC Hospitality Club catered the event, and made a "Spooktacular" themed buffet. All the proceeds went toward food for WomanSpace for its "Thanksgiving Wish List." Photos here.

MCCC Rocks the Vote at the James Kerney Campus
Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer, Princeton University's Mellissa Lacewell Harris, rapper MC Lyte, Mercer County freeholders and area residents came out in full force Oct. 28 at MCCC's Kerney Hall to voice their support for voter registration and the importance of voting on Election Day.

"MCCC Rocks the Vote: Your Vote Counts!" was the theme as MC Lyte and Lacewell Harris echoed the message in public service announcements and addressed community members in a panel discussion. Dr. Guy Generals served as moderator.
Photos here.

Kelsey Theatre Is Drop-Off Location for "Toys for Tots"
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre will once again collect new, unwrapped toys for the "Toys for Tots" holiday drive (no stuffed animals, please), organized by the U.S. Marine Corps. Drop off your donations in the Kelsey Theatre lobby now through December 21. The toys will be picked up by the Marines and distributed to needy children in the community. If you have any questions please contact Amy Bessellieu, ext. 3581.

Death of Former Staff Member Kathy Kitchen Bednar
According to retiree Susan Busch, Kathy Kitchen Bednar, who retired after 25 years as a supervisor in the Accounting Office, passed away on September 22 after a lengthy illness. Kathy and her husband had been living in Georgia following her retirement.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
More Students Floundering in Red Ink

US 1 Newspaper:
How Do Artists Connect With Their Subject?

Hamilton Space:
MCCC Hosts Open House; Invites Community

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 30-Nov. 8: Equus

Nov. 12-15 The Rimers of Eldritch (Student Production)

Nov. 13-22: The Producers

Nov. 21: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Nov. 27 - Dec. 6: A Christmas Story

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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