of February 25, 2010
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.
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
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
Practices Conference April 23
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:
3: NJSTARS Info Session, 6 p.m., Student Center. More
9: Nursing Fair, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria.
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.
24: MCCC's Scholarship Dinner Dance, Hyatt Regency, Princeton. More
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Success Story: 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
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.
Singer Wows Crowd at Black History Month Performance
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
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
more at Mirabal's website here.
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.
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
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.
in the News Online
CEO Mary Inzana Lecture
Presents Events for Black History Month
Coming to Kelsey Theatre
26 - Mar. 7: "Fiddler on the Roof"
12-21 "The Adventunes of Tom Sawyer"
Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the
list of job openings on campus.
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams
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