E-Bulletin of February 19, 2009

Upcoming Events

Features

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre/Studio Theatre

Updates/Reminders

Upcoming Events

Celebrity Performers to Appear in “Sunshine Boys” at Kelsey Theatre
See local celebs in their theatrical debuts. Adding even more hilarity to Neil Simon’s “Sunshine Boys,” which premieres at Kelsey Theatre this Friday, each performance will feature a different “celebrity” guest, according to Theatre Director Kitty Getlik. Appearing in cameo roles as part of a show-within-a-show vaudeville sketch, mystery guests will include a noted theater reviewer, an assemblywoman, and a college president. Don’t miss out on the fun. Pierrot Productions presents “The Sunshine Boys” through March 1. Read more about the production here.

Live Jazz Cafe at JKC Feb. 27
Bar-One Productions will perform at the James Kerney Campus Center City Cafe on Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. All are invited to "Come out, relax and chill. Let the smooth sound of jazz groove your soul." Food and drinks will be available. Click here for the flyer.

Distinguished Lecture Series Upcoming

"Biotechnology - Science of the New Millennium"
Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss to Speak Feb. 24. More here.

Renowned Cartoonist Presents "Image of America" March 10
Joe Szabo, an internationally recognized political cartoonist, will present "Image of America" at MCCC on Tuesday, March 10 at 12 noon. In his talk, Szabo will focus on his current study of America's political image around the world from the perspective of foreign cartoonists. Presented as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, the lecture takes place in CM109.

A former editor, art director, and cartoonist with national newspapers and magazines in the United States and Europe, Szabo was the organizer and chairman of an international cartoon festival held in Budapest, Hungary that drew professionals from more than 30 countries. More here.

New Works by Mel Leipzig Featured at State Museum
Fine Arts Professor Mel Leipzig will participate in two shows at the State Museum from Feb. 28 through Sept. 6. In “Artist as Curator,” he serves as curator of a major exhibit drawn primarily from the museum’s collection of 19th and 20th Century figurative paintings. In a concurrent exhibit, Mel will feature 27 of his own paintings. Mel says that many of the works are new and focus on MCCC subjects. The State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in downtown Trenton. See postcard here.

MCCC Basketball Teams Begin Play-Offs This Weekend
Play-offs for the NJCAA Region 19 Basketball Tournament begin this weekend. Mercer’s men and women are both four-seeds out of six teams. With a regular season record of 12-14, the men’s team will face Manor College at home this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first round. The women’s team, with a regular season record of 20-9, faces Essex County College on February 23rd at home in the first round. Game time is 6 p.m.

Reminder: Dr. Teena Cahill to Lecture March 20
"Equipping Women for Growth in the Workplace"

Breakfast Seminar March 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the formal presentation to follow from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per person including breakfast. More here.

TV Students to Broadcast H.S. Basketball Championships
Mercer's TV students will broadcast the Mercer County high school basketball championship games live county-wide from the college gymnasium on Fri. Feb. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. for girls and 7:30 p.m. for boys. The games will air on MCCC cable channdl 26 and Verizon FIOS channel 20. Faculty member Craig Conen will be play by play announcer. Students will produce, direct and serve as instant replay and camera operators.

Poetry Slam March 27
Date Change: The Poetry Slam at the James Kerney campus is set for March 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. This is an open mic event for students/faculty/staff in the Center City Cafe. All are invited. For more information contact Margarita Leahy at ext. 3182.

New "Go Green Club" for Students
Amy Iseneker has asked that all help spread the word. A new "Go Green Club" for students will have its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 12:00 noon in BS 208.

Bagpipe Concert March 29
All are invited to the 13th Annual Music for Bagpipes & Organ featuring Professor Edith Silver, her daughter Pam, and son-in-law Doug Clark. The organist is Michael McCormick. It takes place Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street. The show will include arrangements of Irish and Scottish music for two bagpipes, drum and pipe organ, with soloists and audience sing-a-long. A free-will offering benefits the Christian Children's Fund. For more information call (609) 208-9991 or 466-1511.

Features

Students Flock to New Learning Center
The Learning Center has reopened and is already being heavily utilized, according to Director Arlene Stinson. The staff is delighted with the renovation, which has made access easier and features 15 computers, supplemental rooms for small group work, a back area for quiet study, adjacent restrooms and more. With a new “u”-shaped configuration, the center has more usable, functional space, providing separate areas for different disciplines and activities.

Stinson notes that once construction is complete, the Learning Center will have both the newly opened Book Store and a significantly expanded Testing Center, set to open next month, as its neighbors. “We anticipate that this area will become a major hub for student activity.” See photos here.

Three to be Honored March 7
Three long-time supporters of MCCC will be honored at the Scholarship Dinner Dance March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Receiving MCCC's "Spirit of Education" awards will be Faridy,Veisz, Fraytak Architects, P.C. and Janssen, Division of Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. The "Spirit of Service" award will go to Richard Kisco, owner of LeFleur, The Princeton Flower Shop. Learn more about how the honorees have supported MCCC here.

MCCC Staff Volunteers Help Future Students at College Goal Sunday
Nineteen MCCC staff volunteers participated in College Goal Sunday on Feb. 8 at the James Kerney Campus. Held at seven sites across the state, the day is dedicated to providing low-income students with assistance in filing their financial aid forms for college. MCCC coordinators were Bilquis Zaka and Alice Chung. Mercer's volunteers were joined by those from other area colleges. The turnout was excellent and many future college students received the help they needed. Photos here.

Speaker Stresses Leadership and Goal-Setting
Guest speaker Hasani Pettiford entertained and enlightened a lunchtime audience of African American students on Feb. 11, when he discussed keys to success: having a vision and setting goals that are “S.M.A.R.T.”: specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely. The presentation was part of MCCC’s celebration of Black History Month.

Pettiford is an award-winning author and speaker and has been featured in national publications and on television and radio. His books include a series on the habits of successful people, wealthy people, healthy people, and effective leaders. For more on Mr. Pettiford, see his website here.
See event photo here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
2-15-09: Job Seekers in Mercer Have Options [Dean Linda Martiin was interviewed for this story; also published in New Jersey Online]

2-12-09: With His Recipes, Melker Still a Hit [Former baseball star at MCCC]

Pennington Post:
2-11-09: MCCC Offers Later-Starting Credit Classes

Updates/Reminders

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 20-March 1: Sunshine Boys

Feb. 28: Striking Viking Story Pirates

March 6-15: The Wiz

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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