E-Bulletin of December 11, 2007

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Mercer Successes Highlighted at Dec. 5 Event
From science to dance to horticulture, Mercer's programs and students were shining brightly on Dec. 5 for "Creating the Future, Celebrating Success," a community event initiated by our Board of Trustees. A large committee chaired by Vice President Beverly Richardson worked hard and creatively to make the event truly special. Click here for photos.

Click here for the post-event press release.

The 2006-2007 Annual Report is Now Online
Click here to read copies of the Annual Report and the Foundation Annual Report.

Mercer County Symphonic Band to Perform Dec. 19
All are invited when Lou Woodruff conducts the Mercer County Symphonic Band's Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. The free concert will feature an eclectic program including Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F, Beethoven's Egmont Overture, selections from Les Miserables, music from the movie scores for Raiders of the Lost Ark and 2001 A Space Odyssey, and A Symphonic Prelude by Alfred Reed. The performance will also include a variety of seasonal selections.. More here.

Chemistry Students Present Honors Research Projects
Two students presented their honors chemistry research projects before classmates and science faculty members on Dec. 6. Timothy Klockner presented findings on "Synthesis of Pyrrole Nucleosides as Anti-cancer and/or Anti-viral Agents," a project he worked on under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Burnham of Rider University. Nitya Royapet presented "Hormone Sensing Using Bacterial Bio Sensors," which she completed under the guidance of Dr. David Woods of Princeton University. Photo here.

PSE&G Wins Honors for Utility Tech Program
The U.S. Department of Labor presented a "2007 Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award" to Public Service Electric and Gas Company on Nov. 8 for establishing its "Energy Utility Technology" program at MCCC in 2003.

The event program states that the company was facing a shortage of skilled workers. "To meet this challenge, PSEG launched the Energy Utility Technology Degree Program in 2003 to develop a continuous pipeline of diverse talent for employment in entry-level technical trade careers. In partnership with Mercer County Community College, the program combines classroom instruction with technical apprentice-level training at PSE&G's Edison Training and Development Center. PSE&G employees also mentor students on the job and in the classroom."

Estok and Blasenstein Interviewed on Comcast
Career Training Institute Director Bob Estok and Professor Joseph Blasenstein were recently interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers. Look for them on CN8.

Zachary Ezra Becomes a Citizen
Congratulations to Zachary Ezra of Accounting, who b
ecame a U.S. citizen on Dec. 4. He came to the U.S. from Eritrea (in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea coast) six years ago, and is an MCCC graduate in Business Administration. He continued at Rider Univ. and graduated last May in accounting. He joined the MCCC staff in August. Photo here.

Queen Okike Presents "Culture Shock"
Faculty member Queen Okike presented a lecture on "Culture Shock" Nov. 28. She spoke about the experiences of all who leave their native countries, and detailed her own experiences in coming to the U.S. from Nigeria. Although she spoke English, she didn't understand American pronunciation, and learned through the use of tapes that corresponded to written text. During her presentation she presented an authentic Nigerian gift to her host father, Rev. Peter Molnar.
Photos here.

MCCC Basketball Star Top Scorer in Nation
Mercer's Pedro Burgos has scored more points than anyone else in the country, according to a recent story in The Times. Read it here.

Bat Cave Upcoming Events from Debbie Kell
Doug Fee Spotlighted Faculty Member
Join us in congratulating Doug Fee, our newest spotlighted faculty member! Learn more about the programs offered by Mercer's culinary program and more about Doug's teaching philosophy. View this streaming video online! Visit http://teach.mccc.edu/ and click on "Professor Profile." Tell Doug that you've seen him in the BAT Cave!

Angel Training for Online Teachers
Virtual College Angel training sessions conclude this month. It’s down to the last few moments for those of you transitioning to the new learning management system, Angel. Click here for the dates, times and details of this training.

Measuring Student Outcomes: Streaming Video Through 12/17
Online ONLY from December 3-17
Course-level approaches will be considered as this program examines a performance-based general education assessment model as well as techniques instructors can implement within their current models. Faculty-developed holistic scoring rubrics will be included.
Presenters include: Dr. Thomas A. Angelo, Dr. Diane F. Halpern, Dr. Milton D. Hakel, Dr. Jeffrey A. Seybert, Dr. Belle Wheelan.

To access this streaming video*, visit: http://teach.mccc.edu and go to the "Streaming Video" Page (from December 3 -17th only). The password is festivus3.

Click here for the MLink Calendar of Events, including the Chorus tonight and Jazz Band tomorrow night.

Photo Exhibit Continues at The Gallery
The Mercer County Photo exhibit continues at The Gallery through Dec. 19. Open hours are Tues. and Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sample photos here.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

Dec. 14-16 -- T'was the Night Before Christmas

Dec. 21-22 -- The Nutcracker

Jan 11-13 -- Sideways Stories at Wayside School

The eNews@MCCC
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Sports Update
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