E-Bulletin of December 3, 2008

What's Coming



What's Coming

250 Expected at Dec. 4 Community Event
We are expecting a good crowd at our Community Event this Thursday, including many potential students. If you haven't signed up yet, please do so here.

MouthWorks Show Dec. 6
MouthWorks!, Mercer's Comedy Troupe in its 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. More here.

Student "Festival of Lights" Dec. 6
The International Student Organization and the Student Government Association will host a "Festival of Lights" on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria. The tickets are $3 for MCCC students and alumni, $4 for faculty and staff, and $5 for others. Tickets may be purchased in the Student Activities Office (SC160).

The event will be an evening of jingling and mingling with semi-formal dress, holiday music, dancing, a food fest featuring live cooking stations and entrees from every region of the world, surprise giveaways, and presentations from student clubs and organizations. Proceeds will go to Heifer International, which provides livestock for needy families worldwide. "We are trying to raise enough money to buy a goat, llama, and some chicks for a family that needs the gift of livestock," said Amy Immordino.

Chorus to Perform Dec. 9
The MCCC Chorus will present its Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Kelsey Theatre. The chorus is directed by Pamela Sharples. Composed of music majors and other students, the chorus will perform works from a wide variety of musical styles, including folksongs by Bela Bartok and Charles Ives and traditional holiday tunes in contemporary arrangements. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department, ext. 3735.

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. The 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 as well as with the full band.


Jazz on 2 Now Available Online
WWFM's Jazz on 2 is now available online as well as via HD radio, however, MCCC's IT department does not recommend listening online from the college. Doing so puts a strain on the system's available bandwidth. So, from your home computer or laptop, visit www.jazzon2.com or www.jazzon2.org for streaming audio.

MCCC Programs Part of EOF College Fair at TCHS
On Nov. 25 Trenton Central High School, MCCC's Student Affairs, PASS and Recruitment offices, and JKC's Youth College hosted the third annual Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) College Fair at Trenton Central High School. More than 15 colleges and universities that offer EOF programs attended. The event informed high school seniors about EOF and gave them an opportunity to talk with admission officers about program offerings.

EOF is a statewide program that provides higher education opportunities for students who have been disadvantaged economically and educationally. Financial and academic support helps students reach their potential. Photos here.

Anthology for Cat Lovers Features Story by Faculty Member Ed Carmien
"I Am King!" by Ed Carmien is one of 17 original stories included in the new anthology, Catopolis, which celebrates the mysterious world of cats. The book is published by DAW Books, a subsidiary of the Penguin Group. More here.

Kelsey Theatre Is Drop-Off Location for "Toys for Tots"
Kelsey Theatre is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys for the "Toys for Tots" holiday drive (no stuffed animals, please), organized by the U.S. Marine Corps. Drop off your toy to the Kelsey Theatre lobby now through Dec. 14. 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 Foris, ext. 3581.

Mud Pie Players Delight Children at Lawrence Library
About 100 children from the Little Kids College in Lawrenceville and those who attend Story Time at Lawrence Library headquarters enjoyed an interactive performance by MCCC's MudPie Players Dec. 1. The Players presented the fairy tales, “No More Sheep” and The Red Truck” as part of the Lawrence Branch Youth Program and Events series. The children squealed with laughter and responded to funny questions posed by Mercer's talented oral interprepation troupe. Photos here.

Gifts Requested for Deployed Troops and Families
Phi Theta Kappa students are collecting donations to benefit deployed troops and their families through the NJ National Guard. Bring your donations to the Student Center Cafeteria Dec. 3 to 5 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Donations are limited to newly purchased items such as picture frames, candles, small photo albums, disposable cameras, baskets of bath items (bath oils, lotions, powders, etc.) or gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, supermarkets, restaurants and movie theaters. Direct any questions to Diane at jedskid@student.mccc.edu or Sue at sanchezs@student.mccc.edu.

MCCC Welcomes Famous Guests
Two famous motivational speakers and writers visited the James Kerney Campus recently. Stedman Graham and Franklin Moore met with college administrators to discuss possibilities for future motivational and leadership workshops. Graham is the author of ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. Moore, of Princeton, is an Education Consultant for the Franklin Moore Group. Photo here.

Mercer Enjoys Thanksgiving Pie
Faculty and staff members purchased more than 100 pies from the MCCC Hospitality Club prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The selection included apple, pumpkin and pecan. Ketlinado Bullard was one of the students who delivered around the campus; he reports that apple was the favorite. See photo here.

MCCC Athletes Honored
There were plenty of athletic honors to go around following the Vikings' fall season. MCCC women's soccer player Kasey Kenny, who had 29 goals and 12 assists this season, was named to the NJCAA Division I All-American second team. Kenny was joined on the All-Region 19 first team by teammates Marlene Chotkowski and Erica Juricic.

In men's soccer, five players were selected to the All-Region 19 first team: Roy Vissers, Amit Abudmad, Rob Cabrera, Luke Stedmond and Sheldon Parkinson.

In women's tennis, four players earned All-Region 19 Division III honors: Hilary Gall, Rebecca Wolf, Kristina Holsman and Maria Eldridge. Gall and Wolf received the honors for first and second singles, respectively, and were voted as the first-doubles team. Holsman and Eldridge received second-team honors.

MCCC Electrician "Blazes" to Marathon Finish
In what sounds to the average mortal like a fantastic accomplishment, MCCC electrician Ron Blazejewski finished the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 23 in 4:09. Hoping to break four hours, he was only mildly disappointed with the result, noting that he felt good at the finish line except for "legs and hips that were screaming. They say that the hardest half of a marathon is the last six miles and that was true for me. On the last hill out of Manayunk, my legs were definitely feeling it."

A running enthusiast, Blazejewski had been preparing for the race since April, gradually building up his workouts to four hours at a stretch on weekends. In bad weather, he used the treadmill in the MCCC Fitness Center. At the age of 61, Blazejewski believes that running keeps him young and says that anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. For the past eight years, he has participated in an 18-mile race on Long Beach Island, and last year, at 60, he won the gold in the 60-64 age group. For photo at the marathon finish line, click here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:

12-3-08: MCCC to Offer Courses in English for Spanish Speakers

12-2-08: Focusing on the Future This Thursday at MCCC

11-28-08: Trading in an Imaginary Economy (Story about MCCC's International Business Practice Firm)

11-26-08: Educators Teach Kids About College Aid

11-24-08: Mercer Finishes Third

11-23-08: Italians Tell Stories of Migrant Experience


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre/Studio Theatre

Nov. 29 - 30: Hansel & Gretel

Dec. 5-7: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Read The Times Review here)

Dec. 12-14: New Jersey Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec. 20: Dazzling Light Show Combines with Magic in "Lazer Vaudeville"

Previously Announced Upcoming Events

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

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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