E-Bulletin of December 7, 2006

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Get Ready for the Ho Ho Holiday Party
Come hungry and ready to spread cheer at the M
CCC Holiday Party, set for Wednesday, Dec. 20, from noon to 2:30 p.m. You will be receiving a flyer in your mailbox. Please send the registration form to Mildred Leckie in HR, AD 101. (Do not e-mail your reply.)

Kelsey Theatre's Workshops for Children and Teens
The winter session of performance workshops for children and teens offered by MCCC's Kelsey Theatre is set to begin Saturday, Jan. 13. With the addition this past fall of "Tomato Patch On-Screen and Off-Screen," Kelsey Theatre now offers opportunities for young people from kindergarten through high school to explore the performing arts under the guidance of professionally trained theater educators. More here

NJ Stars Club Begins
Deb Tolboom is serving as faculty advisor for a new club at Mercer. The NJ Stars Club will provide an opportunity for students who are attending Mercer through the NJStars program to gather together and develop a network of peers. The club will provide a forum where members can share their insights and concerns, and will facilitate an awareness of academic and support services for transfer and career.

Donation Received from DaimlerChrysler
Mercer has received a $12,000 donation from DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund to support the college's automotive program. The funds will be used to purchase shop equipment, computers and storage systems for specialty tools and supplies, to develop curriculum and lesson plans, and to conduct career day recruiting fairs.

MCCC has offered the College Automotive Program in cooperation with DaimlerChrysler since 1986.

JKC Receives Grant for Adult Literacy
New Jersey Reads, The Foundation for Literacy, has awarded a grant to the Adult Education Department at the James Kerney Campus to begin an Adult Literacy Drop-In Center. According to Melinna Harris, director of adult education, classes will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 20, to help adults improve their basic skills. Low income individuals who have less than a 9th grade education or score between a 0 - 8th grade level in reading on a standardized test are eligible to participate. Space is limited to 25 students. For more information call the Adult Education
Department at ext. 3185.

New Jersey Reads is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and expansion of direct literacy programs for children and adults. Learn more at their website here.

Noncredit Programs Foster Career Options
Click here to read about the new courses and career programs offered by MCCC's Continuing Studies division this winter and spring.

Retirees and Friends Celebrate
Photographs are now online from the MCCC Retirement Party. In addition to these, we have a photo of each individual retiree who was present. If you would like an e-mailed copy of any photo in a printable size, send an e-mail to Saveria Symons.

Photos here

"Festival of Lights" Promotes Cultural Understanding
"Seeing Through the Eyes of the World" was the theme on Dec. 5, when the college's International Student Services office, International Student Organization, and Student Government Association sponsored the "Festival of Lights" luncheon. Camaraderie, dance, food and music, along with an overflowing crowd, filled the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.

Food prepared by Hospitality Club students and staff received rave reviews. A photo display was the work of Photography student Maria Meyer. Ashley Kahn performed an Indian dance.

According to event coordinator Amy Immordino of Enrollment Services, "We got a lot of feedback that this was the best Festival of Lights we ever had." MCCC has 177 international students on campus who are here on student visas. Photos and more here

Wreath Making Workshop Luncheon at Conference Center
Holiday spirit was much in evidence at the Wreath Making Workshop sponsored by the Horticulture Club Dec. 4. Faculty member Amy Iseneker was assisted by Teaching Assistant Marie Wszolek and students, including Barbara Wethe, in leading the workshops at the Conference Center. Participating staff members were joined by Conference Center clients and enjoyed hot chocolate and a full luncheon buffet.

Frank DiBella said several clients have already expressed their thanks and asked if this will be an annual event. Photos here

Lunch and Learn Reminder
Don't forget to make time for "Lunch and Learn" this Friday, Dec. 8, from 12:15 to 1:00 in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room. The American Heart Association event is open to everyone.

"Cleopatra" Coming to Channel 26
An original film version of "Cleopatra," written by Lawrenceville playwright Frederick Olessi and filmed on college grounds, will be shown on MCCC's Cable Channel 26, Dec. 12 and 14 at 8 p.m. According to Leona Maffei of Lawrence Repertory Company, the film was made with the help of Rich Johnson, who worked for the TV program, just before he died. It runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Feature Story on Special Show, "Through Our Eyes"
Click here for a Trentonian feature article on a unique play performed by special needs individuals who played themselves, interacting with "angels" and other regular actors at Kelsey Theatre.

Holiday Shows Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Through- Dec. 10 -- "It's a Wonderful Life"

Dec. 15-17 -- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Dec. 22-23 -- "The Nutcracker"

"Channel Traces" at The Gallery Through Dec. 20
The work of two area artists and teachers, Jean Burdick and Catherine R. Watkins, is on display at The Gallery through Dec. 20. Photos and more here.

Sports Update
Both the men's and women's basketball teams are off to strong starts. Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

Retirees to Meet
MCCC retirees are invited to meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens on Dec. 13. Call HelenMarie Dolton to RSVP by Dec. 11, at 882-5086.

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