E-Bulletin of December 19, 2006

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Governor's Town Hall Meeting Jan. 11
Governor Jon S. Corzine is coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre for a Town Hall Meeting, "Restructuring New Jersey's Future," on Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to 609-777-0994. Click here for flyer.

MCCC Security Officer Saves Grateful Co-Worker
If you haven't heard the story of how MCCC Security Officer and EMT, John Wambach, helped save the life of colleague Joe Lugo, read it here.

Dr. Beverly Richardson Awarded for Service
Childrens' Futures of Trenton honored Vice President Beverly Richardson at a recent reception for her years of service as chair of their board of trustees. Photos and more

Calling Artists for "Mercer County Artists 2007"
Artists living, working or studying in Mercer County are invited to participate in "Mercer County Artists 2007." Artwork must be dropped off for jurying on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Show dates will be Jan. 22 to Feb. 16, with a reception for the artists on Jan. 25. More here

Theatre/Dance Students Perform in New York City
Working under Theatre Program coordinator Jody Person, Mercer's theatre and dance students developed performances and took them to the big city this month. They are performing in a storefront window in Manhattan the weeks of Dec. 11 and 18. "You wouldn't believe how much audience reaction we are getting," Person said. "Twenty-five or more people at a time are at the window. We do one performance every 2 to 3 minutes and people are watching five rounds of it." Photos and more

Aviation Stars Make Page One of "Reporte Hispano"
Two of Mercer's Flight Technology students, Andres Hidalgo and Luis Nazario, were featured on the front page of the "Reporte Hispano" newspaper after being part of the competition-winning MCCC Flight Team. Click here for the web page, then click on the headline for the three-page story (in Spanish).

TV Students Win Telly Award
Again MCCC's Television program students took home a Telly Award -- this time for their live coverage of the Mercer County high school basketball tournament held at the college and aired on MCCC's Cable Channel 26. Photo and more

Science Students Learn at Forensics Seminar
Science students and faculty members attended a forensics seminar Nov. 14, "Celebrating the Diversity of Science." They learned about the variety of analytical tools used in forensic toxicology, including strategies to detect poisons and drugs in the human body, as well as the significant achievements and relevancy of DNA typing for crime scene investigations. More here

Foreign Language Scholars Inducted into Society
MCCC's top foreign language students were honored and inducted into the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language honor society recently. Photo and more

MouthWorks Show a Hit
The most recent MouthWorks production, "I've Got Something in my Pocket," hit the stage on Dec. 2. According to faculty member Kathi Paluscio, "As usual, it kept its promise of hilarity from start to finish. This year's troupe, the largest yet with 12 students, was delightfully insane, performing a variety of skits all related to political correctness and sensitivity to other's feelings. This included a vampire roadshow on self-disclosure, movie theatre courtesy gone awry, and performing the Student ID policy in styles from Shakespearean to Beatnik.

Said Paluscio, "As always, the rulebreaking superheroes were up to their usual antics -- such as crossing the street without looking both ways. All that in addition to the star of the show, Raphael, the blow-up doll. The free admission and free baked goods were another yummy part of the MouthWorks traditions. If you have never seen a MouthWorks show over the past three years, you are
truly missing out. We invite all to come to our Spring Show -- but we warn you -- come once and you're a fan for life!"

"GuyD and Hot Air" Rocks Student Center
On Dec. 12, Mercer students were treated to a lunchtime concert, courtesy of "GuyD and Hot Air." Led by faculty member Guy DeRosa, the band was a pick-up group that performed a variety of soulful selections, including an old R&B standard called "Merry Christmas Baby" and the infamous "Putting the X back in Xmas."

"I've put together similar bands for concerts like this for the last 10 years or so," DeRosa said. In addition to DeRosa on harmonica, the quartet included John Straus on drums (a former MCCC adjunct), Wilbo Wright on bass (husband of MCCC Gallery curator Tricia Fagan), and main vocalist Ron Kraemer on guitar. DeRosa is a versatile musician who plays blues, country, rock and roll, and jazz "to the extent that it can be done on an instrument that's only about three inches long." Photos

Joan Goldstein Featured in Feminist Directory
Adjunct faculty member Joan Goldstein is featured in Barbara J. Love's "Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975," the first comprehensive directory of the founders and leaders of the "second wave women's movement." The directory includes biographies "of more than two thousand individual women and a few notable men who together reignited the women's movement and make permanent changes to entrenched customs and laws," according to an online review. The book's foreword is written by Nancy F. Cott, a history professor at Harvard University. The publisher is the University of Illinois Press. For more, visit the website

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Dec. 22-23 -- "The Nutcracker"

Jan 5-14 -- "The Baker's Wife"

Jan 6 -- "Gizmo Guys"

Sports Update
Undefeated in the first half of the season, the men's basketball team has a 12-0 record, placing them among the best teams that have ever played at Mercer. As of the winter break, Mercer was ranked fifth in the nation. For more click here.

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