E-Bulletin of February 25, 2010


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TV Students to Broadcast HS Basketball Championships Live Feb. 27
MCTV, the student news program, will provide live, county-wide coverage of the 2010 Mercer County High School Basketball Tournament Championships on Saturday, February 27. The doubleheader, which takes place at the gymasium on the college's West Windsor campus, will feature the girls' game at 5:30 p.m. and the boys' game at 7 p.m. The games will be broadcast on cable channel 26 and FiOS channel 20.

The entire event will be produced by MCCC Television students. This is the fifth consecutive year Mercer students have broadcast the event on MCTV. Previous broadcasts have earned national awards including a Silver Telly Award and Videographer Award of Distinction. Read more here.

Professor Higgins to Speak About New Book March 15
Assistant Professor Padhraig Higgins will give a talk on his first book, "A Nation of Politicians: Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland" (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) at the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. A Dublin native, Higgins focuses on a period of Irish history which has received minimal scholarly attention -- from 1778-1784 -- which featured the emergence of a vibrant style of vocal politics established by a group of grassroots political organizers known as the Volunteers. More at amazon.com.

Best Practices Conference April 23
Registration is now open for the 2010 New Jersey Council of County Colleges Best Practices Conference, coming to the Warner Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College on Friday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. To receive the early-bird discounted rate of $60, register by March 15. See the attached flyer for details. Registration must be completed online via the following link: http://www.njccc.org/bp2010.htm

Coming Event Reminders

March 3: NJSTARS Info Session, 6 p.m., Student Center. More here.

March 9: Nursing Fair, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria.

March 10: Live Healthy Workshop, 12 to 1 p.m., Conference Center at Mercer. Lunch and workshop free with ticket, available for pickup at SC111, or call Bethanne at ext. 3435.

April 24: MCCC's Scholarship Dinner Dance, Hyatt Regency, Princeton. More here.

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MCCC Students Speak at State Farm Grant Presentation
At a ceremony Feb. 22, the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board presented MCCC with a $38,500 check to fund a service-learning project called Discovering Options that will help Trenton Central High School students prepare for college. MCCC is the only organization in New Jersey selected to receive a service learning grant this year.

During the presentation, four MCCC students who took part in writing the grant spoke in detail to an audience of trustees, State Farm representatives, community partners, faculty and staff about their plan to help the high schoolers. More here with photo.

Gallery Announces "Mercer Co. Artists 2010" Awardees
The Gallery at MCCC announced the award winners for "Mercer County Artists 2010" at its opening reception Feb. 25. The exhibit, which runs through April 1, features 82 works by 65 artists who live, work or study in Mercer County. Read more and see images here.

Introducing Focus 2 Career Assessment Tool
Career Services' Gail LaFrance and Sue Kotch recently presented a workshop for 21 MCCC women athletes, arranged by trainer Lisa Camillone, that introduced Focus 2, a new educational and career online assessment tool. According to LaFrance, Focus 2 replaces the college's former system, SIGI. "We thought it was time to try something new. It's a very comprehensive software program for career and educational planning," says LaFrance. "We think it's terrific."

The program has been customized for Mercer, linking students' career interests with academic programs offered by the college. Since its introduction, approximately 200 students have signed up. Read more here.

Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Kelsey Review
Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review, a county literary journal published annually by MCCC. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons. The deadline for submissions is May 1. Read more here.

Alumni Success Story: Tashira York-Funchers
Tashira York-Funchers considers her decision to return to college at MCCC in 1998 to be pivotal in her career advancement. Attending night classes at the James Kerney Campus, she recalls the challenge of going back to school full-time while working and raising two sons. "I could not have done it without the support of my husband, mother, great instructors, and my mentor, the late Don Jones, assistant dean at Kerney." Jones, in particular, encouraged her to keep pursuing higher education. "Mercer changed my life," she said. Read more here.

Students Make Lunches for TASK
As part of their community service activities, SGA and PTK sold freshly baked cookies to raise money to buy the supplies need to make 400 lunches. In one week they had raised almost $500! Approximately 13 people help to make the lunches, which were taken to TASK on February 16. Each lunch contained a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, two cookies, one applesauce/fruit cup, a bottle of water, two napkins and a spoon.

Opera Singer Wows Crowd at Black History Month Performance
A highly appreciative group of students, staff and faculty members enjoyed an interactive presentation by opera singer Dr. Lori Brown Mirabal as part of Black History Month on Feb. 16. Mirabal is producer and principal artist of Opera Soup Productions based in Maplewood, NJ, which offers educational presentations designed to spark interest in opera and other performing arts.

Accompanied by pianist DAVID P. MAIULLO, Mirabal told the story of the opera "Carmen" while she sang selected arias and demonstrated the castanets and the acting and dancing components of opera. Mirabal's career highlights include the title role in Carmen with New York City Opera National Tour, and Queenie in the Broadway revival of Jerome Kern's Showboat. Photos here.

Read more at Mirabal's website here.

Local Humanitarian Mary Inzana Speaks at MCCC
Mary Inzana CEO and founder of LifeTies, a Trenton nonprofit organization, spoke about the challenges and rewards of reaching out and empowering abused and neglected youth at MCCC Feb. 16 as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. "Our existing social services system is broken; we need to fix it," said Inzana. "All people need to know is that people care about them. There are so many kids who are homeless, living on the streets. Many have severe psychiatric issues due to their painful plight. Through our youth outreach services, we have become one big family."

Inzana has served as the guiding force for establishing Rainbow House, the first group home in the nation to provide a safe and nurturing environment for female adolescents 12-21 living with HIV or AIDS, lupus and diabetes and their children; Triad House, a group home for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered youth ages 14-18 who are victims of abuse, neglect and or homelessness; Teenage Independent Living Training for ages 15-21, and Mary's Place, a permanent supportive housing program for ages 18-21 who do not have a stable home base.

Leipzig Lectures on Matisse
On Feb. 23 MCCC Professor of Art and Art History, Mel Leipzig, drew his usual standing room only crowd for a lecture on Matisse and the history of art that led up to his innovative work. Leipzig began with the works of Manet, Cezanne, and Persian art to show the progression of ideas in modern art. See Matisse images here.

Athletics Spring Season Preview
Did someone say spring? Now posted to the Athletics website are preview articles on Mercer baseball and softball by sports writer Craig Haley. Read baseball preview here and softball preview here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times (nj.com):
LifeTies CEO Mary Inzana Lecture

MCCC Presents Events for Black History Month

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Feb. 26 - Mar. 7: "Fiddler on the Roof"

March 12-21 "The Adventunes of Tom Sawyer"

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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